Xbox Live down Oct 17th

Got the word from Major Nelson.  Here is the page: (linkage)



Downtime for and Xbox Live

We’ve got some scheduled maintenance coming up and want to let everyone know that both the Xbox Live® service and will be offline and unavailable starting at midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday October 17, 2006 for up to 24 hours. We know you’ve got some questions, so here are some answers:

Q: Why? Why? Why?

A: Because we’re adding some cool stuff. And we have to take the service and website offline in order to do it. We’re not doing it to make you mad … really.

Q: What kind of cool stuff?

A: Secret cool stuff that we’ll tell you about when we’re back online October 18. Other stuff we’ll be talking about later in the fall.

Q: Is this a Dashboard update?

A: Nope.

Q: So what’s going to happen exactly? What’s it going to look like for me?

A: For the first hour or two that and Xbox Live are down, you’ll get error messages—when you hit you’ll see a Server Not Available message, and if you try to connect to Xbox Live you’ll get the “can’t connect” message. Don’t freak. It’s not your account, your computer, your browser, or your ISP. It’s us. After a couple hours you will see a “We’re down for maintenance” page on and a similar message on your Xbox console.

Q: Twenty-four hours? That’s a whole day!

A: Yes it is. It is also 86,400 seconds. Too bad the Xbox Operations Center isn’t on Jupiter. A day there is a little less than 10 hours! 

Q: What the heck am I going to do for 24 hours if I can’t troll the forums, pwn my rivals, download stuff on Marketplace, or video chat with my friends?

A: We’re glad you asked. We hereby submit our Top Ten Things to Do on October 17 2006:

  1. Boost your gamerscore. That’s right, you can still earn achievements when you’re offline. Your achievements will be uploaded to the Xbox Live service when it becomes available.
  2. Bust out your big black buddy original Xbox. There are still awesome games coming out for Xbox®. In fact Destroy All Humans!™ 2 comes out on Tuesday October 17. That’s pretty good timing.
  3. Go shopping! We’ve had a boatload of great games and accessories release in the last few weeks. Check out LEGO® Star Wars II®: The Original Trilogy, Xbox Live Vision Camera, Test Drive® Unlimited, and lots of other great stuff. Make your local retailer very happy.
  4. Nominate a friend for the Gamer Spotlight. TriXie’s email will still be working, so drop her a line at and tell her who you think needs some attention on
  5. Listen to Xbox podcasts. Visit Gamertag Radio, XBLRadio, SquadXP, and Unscripted360, just to name a few. We’d suggest Major Nelson’s ‘cast, but we know everyone’s already listened to all of his!
  6. Study up on October 17 history. Here are some examples of momentous events that occurred on 10/17:
    • 1931: Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
    • 1933: Physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
    • 1945: Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.
    • 1979: Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  7. Birthdays! October 17 is also the birthday of Rita Hayworth, Evel Knievel, Mike Judge, Eminem, and Superman creator Jerry Siegel! It’s a great opportunity to use Xbox 360™ for more than games—watch the Shawshank Redemption, Beavis and Butthead, and Superman: the Movie.
  8. Holiday anyone? Hoist a glass in honor of The United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (just don’t waste any) and Black Poetry Day in the U.S.
  9. Talk to your significant other. Remember them? You last spoke about 11 months ago when you got your Xbox 360 console. Just don’t say anything like, “Have you gained weight?”
  10. Make your holiday wish list. HD DVD anyone? How about the Wireless Headset and Wireless Racing Wheel? How about that cool new Zune thingamagig and the cool accessories to go with it? Don’t forget Gears of War®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent™, and Viva Piñata!

Dig Dug, tonight on XBL at 1am!

Just got this news:

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“Dig Dug,” the Bandai-Namco classic originally released in 1981 is launching on Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays, tomorrow, October 11. Eliminate the monsters deep beneath Earth’s surface by dropping rocks on them or blowing them up until they pop!


Dig tunnels and defeat enemies. Use your harpoon to inflate and pop enemies or crush them with rocks! Earn bonus points by crushing multiple enemies with one rock!


Enhanced graphics including HDTV support (720p, 480p), 12 Xbox Live Achievements and online Leaderboards make this version of the classic game the best yet.  

WHEN CAN I GET IT: Download “Dig Dug” tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11, at 1am PST on Xbox Live Arcade.

“Dig Dug” (Bandai-Namco): 400 Microsoft Points

Gary Sheffield Critical of Joe Torre’s Game 4 Moves

So, first off, I am a Yankees fan.  Have been my whole life, and will continue to be.  Gary Sheffield’s recent comments, that are critical of Torre shows me just how much this team really isn’t a team.

Joe Torre has been the manager of the New York Yankees for the past 11 seasons.  In each of the 11 seasons, they have made the playoffs, won the divison for the past 9 seasons, and have won 4 World Series (1996, 1998-2000).  Joe has proven his managerial skills in the years that he has been here.

Sheffield’s comments revolve around the decision by Torre to move Alex Rodriguez to the 8th spot in the lineup.  Gary said “I think that affected the morale and psyche of the entire team, not just A-Rod.”  That isnt the only thing he said, but I’ll address this one first.  Joe has done this numerous times, with numerous players he has had on his team.  Over the years, it was known that he moves players down the order when they experience a bit of a slump.  It is to give them to “better” of the pitching, giving them a better chance to make contact with the ball.  The more contact you make, the more likel you are to get out of the slump.  Again, it is not the first time Joe has done this.

Another comment by Sheffield gets me as well.  He questioned why he, and Giambi, would be benched.  Gary maybe its your .083 batting average, as well as Jason’s .125 batting average.  Give Melky and others a chance, as they have almost saved the team this season, wtih your injury and that of Matsui’s.

Hopefully, the Yanks will not pick up Sheffield’s options.

Source: Fox Sports.

I have lost Vista’s Aero theme.

My computer is a gateway laptop, purchased in May 2005.  I have been part of the Longhorn/Vista beta since late July 2005 (when B1 released).  My video card has displayed Aero, on EVERY build.  ATI has it listed as being compatible with Vista since day one.

BUT, I have just installed Vista RC2, and It does not display.  Heck, it doesnt even give me the option!  I have updated to ATI's RC1 drivers (as those were more recent than the ones installed during Vista's installation.

Where I choose the theme, it doesn't even give me the option.  Any clues on what to do?

PS:  I love the snipping tool.

New Marketplace Content – Totemball and Need for Speed

This just in from Major Nelson:

Totemball, the new arcade game that utilizes the XBox Live Vision camera as its controller, has been released.  I have been waiting for this game.  My arms are a little tired from practice, but what the heck, this will be fun!

Also just released on the Marketplace is the Need for Speed: Carbon demo.  I liked Most Wanted, so I am really wondering how this one will play.  Hopefully this will build on top of Most wanted.