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May 2004 - Posts

Xbox Friends Thing... possible release later today.

It's been difficult to really test against the Xbox.com changes, but I did find a few more things that needed to be addressed due to those changes. I think I've got everything covered at this point and it's in the hands of the beta testers. So far everything
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Xbox Live + MSN Integration + Alerts + New Website = Me Scrambling!!!

Microsoft is in the final stages of upgrading that last pieces of the Tsunami (Live 3.0) version. The last portion is the MSN Integration and Alerts... which should be available later today. In the process of these changes, their website is making a few
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Obfuscation Tip of the Day - Embedded Resources

When loading embedded resources like bitmaps and icons from your assembly, such as using the following method as described by Windows Forms Programming in Visual Basic .NET (Chris Sells & Justin Gehtland): NotifyIcon1.Icon = New Icon( Me .GetType,
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Xbox Friends Thing + Windows / MSN Messenger... Bringing the two together.

I've just finished adding the first round of features to Xbox Friends Thing that will bring in some features of Windows / MSN Messenger directly into the user interface. New sets of icons to reflect those users who are online and in both lists. The icons
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Rally Sport Challenge 2... Gorgeous! Awesome game play! Impressive physics! What a disappointment...

I've been playing this game for several days now and have a few comments. I agree that the game deserves a 9.0 rating that The Official Xbox Magazine gave it... well... sort of. Yes, the game is visually stunning and is very enjoyable as a racing game.
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Xbox Friends Thing v1.0.6.0 Released

Xbox Friends Thing v1.0.6.0 has been running reliably on everyones machine that have been beta testing; so it's time to release it upon the masses. After marking it as a live version, 10 people downloaded it immediately, so it looks like the update notification
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A shameless plug and I get something for free?

Mike Schinkel of Xtras.Net decided “what the heck” and is giving away free memberships to Xtra.Net Developer Network (XDN) Professional ($99 value) during the month of May. The only catch is I have to put this shameless plug on my site about
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Xbox Friends Thing - New version on the horizon.

I've got the next release of Xbox Friends Thing just about ready to be released to the general public. Now that there are over 2300 people using it, I've got to be a bit more careful about what I release ;-). Currently, there are about 10 people testing
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Web Service Woes (OK, maybe it was just a little mud.)

After making the changes to the web service calls in my application so that HTTP Keep-Alive was disabled, I had one instance (10 hours later) where it crashed. At that particular moment, I didn't have time to look into it. I fired it up again to see if
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