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  • Blog Post: Microsoft signs 3 Japanese developers for XBox 2 exclusive content

    This is probably the most exciting bit of news I've heard about XBox 2 yet. While I love Halo as much as the next guy, I sometimes prefer to play a nice epic RPG like Final Fantasy. In fact, the sole reason that I own a PS2 is because of Final Fantasy. Well, it looks like the man behind the Final Fantasy...
  • Blog Post: XBox Live: 1.4 million strong

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jan05/01-20XboxLive04BenchmarkPR.asp Some other interesting stats from the press release: There are now more than 200 Xbox Live -enabled titles, making it the richest library of online console games available today Halo 2 has sold more than 6.4 million copies...
  • Blog Post: XBox Live: On the Road

    Over the holidays, I went back home to visit my family. My little sister has an XBox, Halo 2, and DSL, as well as a free trial to XBox Live that came with Halo 2. However, the XBox is located in a part of the house that doesn't have any phone jacks nearby, so she'd never taken the time to hook it up...
  • Blog Post: XBox Live traffic quintuples after Halo 2 launch

    Here's an graphical look at XBox Live traffic after Halo 2 launched. Source: http://www.sandvine.co.uk/solutions/pdfs/Gaming_trend_analysis_haloII_traffic.pdf Not like this is something we didn't know was going to happen, but interesting nonetheless...
  • Blog Post: Halo 2 stats in Excel

    I just saw this in the Seattle PI today. "Microsoft Notebook: Tool connects 'Halo 2' with ... Excel?" Using the RSS feed that http://www.bungie.net provides, Microsoft Excel Program Manager Sam Radakovitz was able to create a better way to check out your Halo 2 stats. (Well, the Game Viewer is pretty...
  • Blog Post: Halo 2 Sales in Japan

    For the week of 11/8 - 11/14, Master Chief worked his way into 37,507 Japanese homes, placing Halo 2 in 3rd place on the all console charts. Not bad, considering that the XBox console market share is....shall we say, a bit small. English: http://www.m-create.com/eng/e_ranking.html Japanese, complete...
  • Blog Post: Lazy Mail

    Have you ever sent out an email saying: "Hey, check out the new Britney Spears video <hypothetical link/>! It's HOT HOT HOT!" Only instead of sending the mail to your buddy Alan, you sent it to the "All Employees" alias? Then you frantically send out a "Recall" mail, which simply attracts more...
  • Blog Post: Bungie.net website revamped for Halo 2

    With all the excitement surrounding Halo 2's release, it seems that the new features added to Bungie.net's website have been overlooked. A co-worker told me about it, and I am now in awe. Once you finish a game over XBox live, all your stats are uploaded to the servers. Sure, you get all the standard...
  • Blog Post: Super Tuesday

    Sure, electing the leader of the free world may seem important, but I think this is the day that the "Youth Vote" has been waiting for. (Good idea having the election BEFORE Halo 2's launch date, rather than ON launch day!) Yes, my friends, it's time for representatives from the Red and Blue states to...
  • Blog Post: Security Report on Vulnerability Scanners

    Hey, my buddy Joe wrote Security Innovations' Security Report this month. It has all sorts of information about vulnerability scanners, how hackers use them, and how you can help keep your network secured. Could be useful for those of you with a home wireless network !
  • Blog Post: Vacation, all I ever wanted...

    I'm off to Japan next monday for 4 weeks, so I most likely won't be blogging much, if at all. I'm sorry to both of my readers for the inconvenience. :)
  • Blog Post: Back in my day...

    ... we didn't get iPods just for being freshman. We were happy with our shaving kits, Pert Plus, and chewing gum. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5469970/
  • Blog Post: Halo 2 and XBox Live

    With the release of Halo 2 on Nov. 9th, I'm looking forward to breaking out my XBox Live Communicator once again, and joining the ranks of the online warriors. (Actually, my dog chewed up my Communicator, so I've got this cell phone adapter headset that doesn't quite work right...) I was one of the...
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