My Xbox is back online

Since moving house a week or so ago I’ve been faced with a dilemma  do I connect my Xbox to the Internet via wireless or do I attempt to run a pretty blue cable around the perimeter of the room and hard wire into the router located in my study. Well after some deliberation (and approval from the wife) I decided to get an Xbox 360 wireless adapter. Only problem was once I got home I found I couldn’t connect to my router, after an hours worth of “please hold Mr Walters while I check my resources” from customer support I decided to ping out for some help from my fellow MVP’s. Luckily Phil Webster came to my rescue, turns out that my Linksys WAG325N will only allow my Xbox 360 Wireless adapter to connect if the router is running the original firmware version of 1.006 (keeping in mind that the current firmware revision is 1.012) so after a quick downgrade of my firmware version I’m now back online!

Just waiting now for Linksys to fix their firmware issues

Mario Invading Melbourne

While driving back to the office the other day I snapped everyone’s favourite plumber Mario stopping traffic. Seems he’s in town for the Game On exhibit at Federation square Which details game development from 1962 through to today, 

while I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet I’m planning to head down there in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be sure to post some more pics once I have them



Web Service Studio

Ok so I know that this utility is nothing new but this is something I’ve found very useful especially when developing with the SharePoint web services. It basically allows you to make calls to a web service and see the returned results (simple I know but very useful)

So why blog about it now? well it used to be when I was out on client site and needed to test a web service I would head over to GotDotNet and pull down the latest copy. Since GDN moved to MSDN I’ve found this tool near on impossible to track down. So I thought I’ll put it up somewhere where I can reliably access rather than wasting time trawling search engines. Also this will hopefully make it a bit easier for others to find enjoy.

Windows 2008 SP1?

As you may have seen in my last post my Xbox is on the fritz so I thought I would setup a Window 2008 image and see if the performance gains for SharePoint that everyone keeps talking about really exist.

Anyway after finishing the setup I noticed something strange in the system properties



Still don’t spot it?


Apparently the windows team have found a way of addressing the SP1 mentality that exists with server admins everywhere. Include it in the initial product ?!?

Why do early adopters get screwed over all the time?

Ok so before you read this you should know that I’m one of the biggest advocates of Microsoft technology. I’m always the first to jump into a verbal bout over the Xbox 360 to Playstation 3 debate but at the moment my commitment is feeling a little shaky.

You see today marks the 3rd time my Xbox 360 has RROD’d on me. So while I would usually be sitting down making my way through Lost Odyssey I’ve had some time to think.

See I was at the front of the line 2 years ago at my local EB games when XBox 360 was launched in Australia and was home within 10 minutes setting up my new console like an excited boy on Christmas morning.

Of course after I had come back down to earth and made it back to work I was quick to promote Microsoft’s new console to anyone that asked (and everyone that didn’t) so essentially I become one of Microsoft’s greatest marketing resources a word of mouth that wouldn’t shut up.

This all went along fine and then MS announced the Xbox 360 Elite, little more expensive but included a 120 GB HDD and HDMI port. I could live with that as MS provided me the ability to pick up a 120GB drive anyway and as for the HDMI port well I couldn’t use it at the time anyway so it didn’t bother me too much.

Then MS started fitting HDMI ports on all consoles and to rub salt into the wound  tacks on  a price drop. Now I have no problem with the price drop that’s something that’s bound to happen sooner or latter.

The HDMI port however means that any one of my friends who goes and buy’s an Xbox today will get more value for money and a better built console than someone who supported the console when it was first released. This wouldn’t bother me so much if MS offered some type of upgrade program e.g. trade in your old console with $50 and we’ll give you the new one or some way to get the new features fitted to the old console.

However MS didn’t offer any such upgrade offer and here I’m stuck with a console that for the 3rd time in 3 years has died on me and the best MS have to offer is a repair job after repair job to tide me over until my Xbox is out of the extended RROD warranty period and they try and sting me $130 each time the console dies.

So to close I put one warning out there Microsoft, be wary of breeding a SP1 mentality amongst your gaming community the first couple of months of a new console release are key to it’s success or failure. As it stands come the next round of console releases I will be asking myself “Should I buy now or should I wait a couple of months until they get it right?”