December 30th 2005, 10:05 pm PT
Bill Gates’ 1990 Lexus is now up on eBay. Complete with his old school car phone, and proof that it was his.
[BillG's Lexus on eBay]
Edit: Bill himself is not selling it, read the vehicle description for a full history of the vehicle.
Edit: The auction was pulled. No, I don’t know why.
December 30th 2005, 5:59 am PT
New content just went up on the Xbox Live Marketplace:
Ballas! Picture Pack
Fine Wood Picture Pack
Googly Eyes Picture Pack
Monkey Business Picture Pack
Here, Kitty Kitty! Picture Pack
Baseketball Court Picture Pack
Battle Ground Picture Pack
Beach Picture Pack
Skate or Die Picture Pack
Battle Ground Theme
Monkey Business Theme
Basketball Court Theme
Fine Wood Theme
Skate or Die Theme
Check the individual item for pricing.
Edit: there is also a new Outpost Kaloki scenario available.
December 30th 2005, 5:20 am PT
A demo* of “Quake 4” is now available in the Xbox Live Marketplace.
*Not available in Asian regions.
December 29th 2005, 10:54 am PT
A demo* of “Condemned: Criminal Origins” is now available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Download it and be prepared for the nightmares that will follow.
*Not available in Asian regions.
December 29th 2005, 1:16 am PT
It’s kind of a slow week, as everyone prepares for CES in Las Vegas or the Detroit Auto show. This press release landed in my inbox and combines the best of both shows:
Xbox 360 Powers All-New Nissan URGE Concept Car
Motorcycle-inspired roadster delivers a futuristic driving experience using ?oProject Gotham Racing 3.?
DETROIT ?” Dec. 28, 2005 ?” Nissan North America Inc.(NNA) and Microsoft Corp. have merged automobile design and gaming technology to create the first-ever fully integrated gaming system within a vehicle. Conceived by Nissan Design America Inc. (NDA) and equipped with the Xbox 360″ next-generation video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Nissan URGE concept car allows drivers (while parked) to play ?oProject Gotham Racing 3? using the car’s own steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal while viewing the game on a flip-down seven-inch LCD screen. ?oPGR 3? is developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Bizarre Creations Ltd. for Microsoft Game Studios.
The URGE, which will make its world debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 9, offers a glimpse of how echo boomers are influencing the next generation of vehicle design.
?oNissan conducted an Internet survey of 2,000 echo boomers, a majority of which said technology and gaming are among the most important attributes in their first car,? said Bruce Campbell, vice president of design at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, Calif. ?oXbox 360 offered the latest in technology and was already a favorite among this audience.?
The Nissan URGE, outfitted with an Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, puts the controls of the world’s most powerful gaming console at the hands and feet of the driver. Implemented by the designers at Nissan Design America with the guidance of Microsoft engineers, the Nissan URGE delivers an immersive driving experience not available in any living room.
The URGE concept car is equipped with the award-winning ?oPGR 3,? which allows drivers to control a breathtaking trip through the streets of five photo-realistic locations: New York City, London, Las Vegas, Tokyo and the Nurburgring test track in Germany. ?oPGR 3? drivers view and play the game on a flip-down LCD screen, which doubles as a rear-view mirror when the car is being used for real driving. They control the action using the Nissan URGE’s race-inspired steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal. A Nissan URGE driver can, for example, maneuver through the streets of New York, park the car and fire up the Xbox 360, then virtually race through the same streets using the same steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal ?” blurring fantasy and reality in a way that the automotive world has never before seen.
December 28th 2005, 5:19 pm PT
I need a new hosting provider. It’s been great, but the site needs an upgrade of a server power and bandwidth, both of which I don’t want to pursue with my current provider. WordPress, the blogging software that I use, has held up fairly well under pressure (remember the Leipzig outage of August ?~05?) but I need a new hosting solution to move both it and my blogcast files on to.
Got any tips? Here is what I am looking for:
Support for WordPress (PHP)
ASP. NET 1.1 Support, if ASP. NET 2.0 is supported that’s a plus, since I want to move to a .Net solution eventually.
MSSQL Support, SQL Server 2000 preferable
Support for user-created scripts
Good administration software, such as Plesk
A decent database manager
RDP Support is a plus
SSH Support is a plus (not sure if there are any Windows hosters that support SSH)
All of the other obvious other webhosting features (FTP, email accounts, etc.)
Yea, I know it is a lot…but it’s what I need to keep my site going and keep bringing you the weekly blogcasts and information I share here on the site.
If you have any ideas, or better yet, want to host my site…drop me an email.
December 27th 2005, 11:57 pm PT
I hope you all had (or are having) a nice Holiday. Mine was spent much like the common joke about fortune cookies: …in bed. I caught a nasty cold late last week, so I spent the entire holiday weekend medicating myself with Zithromax and cough syrup (with a hint of Codeine to help me sleep.) Five days later, I am about 75% back, no longer infectious and trying to catch up on mail and blogs. Due to my sickness, I got very little game playing in, spending much of my time staring at the pretty gems in Bejeweled 2, although that did not help my gamerscore at all. I pretty much spent a majority of my conscious time with the Xbox Live Arcade Games, since they were easy to jump in and out of as I nodded off under my prescriptive based consciousness. As I walk the road back to health, I am going to work on my blogcast schedule for the next couple of weeks. I may round up some folks here in the office to record a special New Year’s edition of the show. For now though, I need to catch up on email and get ready for CES next week.
December 25th 2005, 7:26 am PT
Where ever you are, and what ever you celebrate…the Xbox Live team wishes you a safe and Happy Holiday. I think we can all agree on that…can’t we?
December 25th 2005, 7:17 am PT
There are some reports of people that are getting voice echo in their headset when they are playing some Xbox 360 games on Xbox Live. If you hear the echo, the problem is with someone else in your session. The issue can be easily fixed by having the person in your session who does NOT hear the echo to clean their metal headset plug. I recommend using a cotton swab and alcohol. Remember.. If you hear echo, then it’s someone else in the chat session that needs to clean off their metal headset plug. It’s quick, easy and can save people a lot of trouble.
December 23rd 2005, 8:10 am PT
There is new content for “NBA Live 06” on the Xbox Live Marketplace. There is a new theme and a BUNCH of gamer pictures (one for each* NBA team) now available for download.
*The “76ers” gamer picture won’t be up until next week, sorry about that Philadelphia. Never mind, it’s there. Have fun.
December 23rd 2005, 7:52 am PT
If you are a member of Xbox Live, then you should swing over and sign up for a “Diamond Card”
My lovely marketing team neglected to tell me this program started today, so I apologize on being late with this.
December 22nd 2005, 5:36 am PT
Not sure where to grab that “Gold Detective Badge” achievement in Condemned ? Need help getting the “Enter History Book” achievement in Madden NFL 2006? Xbox360achievements.com has the answers!
This new site looks to be dedicated to tracking all the achievements on Xbox 360 games, and will help you squeeze ever last drop of gamerscore out of a game.
December 21st 2005, 11:32 pm PT
My Co-worker Sean Alexander posted on his blog how he used technology and (gasp) getting up early to score himself an Xbox 360. Sean walks you through the process, and provides some good tips.
December 21st 2005, 2:25 pm PT
I mentioned this in my blogcasts (podcasts) but I wanted to be sure I asked the readers: Are you going to CES? I’ll be there in the Microsoft booth Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stop by and say hello if you can. In the meantime, I am working on getting clearance to blogcast (podcast) the Bill Gates keynote Wednesday night to share with everyone here.
December 21st 2005, 1:27 am PT
went to crashed the Nintendo ‘event’ here in Seattle. I wanted to see how they did it…and it was a pretty underwhelming event. It was not able to connect via the wireless connection, or play as my nickname ‘Xbox Live.’ On the upside I was able to get my DS signed by Reggie (to “Major” none the less.)
[Read Joystiq's write up on the event here]
[See my Flickr photos here]
Edit: I need to clarify some misinformation around my appearance. I did not go there to bad mouth Nintendo, or talk smack about them (contrary to what some think.) Those that follow my site, know that I am a fan of the DS ?” I think it’s an excellent hand held gaming machine. I just wanted to show what my experience was like at the event. Also, I was very respectful to Reggie, I told him it was a pleasure to meet him, and then welcomed him to the online space. Also, I do need to do some research, since after the event I could not understand why my DS could not connect (even though I can connect at home) and was searching across the internet for help. I was then told by a co-worker that older DS’s may have trouble connecting, I am still researching that, but that may explain my trouble.
December 20th 2005, 7:46 am PT
No, I did not interview him…he interviewed me. Dean is a high profile journalists in the tech world, as well as an avid gamer. In addition, he wrote a book back in 2002 entitled “Opening The Xbox.” Well it turns out that Dean is writing a book on the Xbox 360, and while I am not sure what he’ll call it yet, I did have the pleasure of spending an hour with him last week where he asked me questions about the development of the Xbox 360, ‘Major Nelson” and this blog. I told him many of the stories that frequent readers and listeners of my blog/blogcasts may recognize…plus a few new ones. When he has a release date for the book set, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, Dean wrote a little about his visit on his blog here.
December 20th 2005, 3:07 am PT
If you are having problems with iTunes getting yesterday’s blogcast, go ahead and re-subscribe to my cast on iTunes…and that should fix it. If it does not, I’ll be working on this throughout the day, but you can always get the show directly from my site here. In the mean time, I need to find a better hosting solution for my shows. Suggestions accepted.
Edit: I think I fixed it…give it a try.
December 20th 2005, 1:38 am PT
In my blogcast from yesterday, I did an interview with one of the minds behind the Xbox Live feedback system. During that interview, I asked him about the Xbox 360 ‘plugs’ in his ears. I posted some photos of the plugs on my Flickr site. Yes, they do light up.
[See them here]
BTW: David wanted me to thank the folks at Anatometal for the stellar job on these custom pieces. These are one of a kind, and are not an item you can order from them…sorry!
December 19th 2005, 4:45 pm PT
It was announced yesterday that Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are TIME’s Persons of the Year.
[Read it on Time's website (subscription required)]
December 19th 2005, 8:00 am PT
This weeks show:
Interview: A look inside the Xbox Live feedback system
Inteview: Perfect Dark Zero Producer
Xbox Week in Review
Vote for my best show
Name the game
…and much more!
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