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Every so often I Wordle my delicious account to see “where I’m at”. This is a spookily accurate depiction of my online life at the moment :-) Therefore… Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – UK Online community for Azure fans http://www.eurogamer.net/ My favourite online fix for gaming news http://badcompanytwo.com/ My next Xbox 360 game – should keep me busy for many months http://bit.ly/ef4resources All the best Entity Framework resource links in one place :-) ...
A short while ago I became a REAL game developer with the release of an XBLIG I helped create called “Kissy Poo”. Overall this game has been a huge success. It has far exceeded my original expectations of sales and was just a really fun project to work on. (In case you were wondering I was expecting to sell around 500 copies and we’re right now hanging around 1200 copies sold!). Now though, I want to take some time to reflect a bit and share what went well and what I would have done differently. ...
Figured what the heck, I'd share my two cents. I know someone is prolly interested in yet another view of the new device by Apple. I've read tons of views and being the lemming I am (as my boss calls me for owning an iPhone and using Ubuntu alongside my MS products), I figured a post was in order. After all, why not? For the record, I am a “fanboi” of no one's technology. I both love and hate their technology equally and often for the same reasons. The only thing I fanboi about is The Batman, as ...
One of the problems that a large part of the a certain gaming community has understood over the years has been one of version checking. A common, though now older, method of version checking among this community has been to execute a known algorithm based on a seeded value; however, the algorithm would change based on a formula sent over the wire. For instance, suppose for every four bytes in a file, there are four state values: A, B, C, and S. The S value is the current four bytes of the file. The ...
It’s always exciting to attend the CES keynote. This was the second year that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has had the honor of presenting the night-before keynote and, as a speaker, he did well. On the PC front, we saw new slate form factors from HP and others. On the Xbox side, we saw a new mystery/film noire genre game, a new version of Halo, the new Xbox Game Room service that will feature numerous classic arcade games and Project Natal, the forthcoming Xbox innovation that will let you use your ...
In this 01022010 Issue: Michael Washington, nmarun, Andrea Boschin, John Papa, Victor Gaudioso, and Jesse Liberty. From SilverlightCream.com: Closed Captioning with Silverlight (using MVVM) Michael Washington explains his 'closed captioning' Silverlight 3 solution, but take note, it's also MVVM... good long article and code too! COM Automation with OpenOffice – Silverlight 4 Here's a cool Silverlight 4 B demo... nmarun is doing COM Automation with OpenOffice... with all the code as well. Writing ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...
I’m very excited to see some progress and buzz at Tampa Code Camp since we announced. We are still accepting speaker submissions and we are working having more sessions now. Continue spreading the word in person, online and even in general public too! We can still use your help to reach out to your fellow geeks and let them know about Windows Phone Camp, you never know who is not admitting to be a fan. Don’t believe the hype? At the very least come out and learn about what’s new for yourself. We ...
StarterKits for Silverlight and the Expression Tools Lately I’ve seen some tweets passing by with links to various StarterKits. I’ve decided to "Bing” around a little and find out what these people were talking about. There are quite a few StarterKits available on various topics. I’ve listed a few below, old and new ones, that I find relevant to my fields of interest: Silverlight and the Expression Blend, Design and Web. Building a Zune Website with Expression Blend 3 StarterKit In this lab you will ...
I tend to always have side projects going on. I think many developers are like this, either because we want to learn new things or have the opportunity to work on things that directly interest us or to make a little extra cash. Two of my side projects are the Pathfinder Project and Zombie Apocalypse. Pathfinder Project There are two kinds of companies in the world: the ones that listen to what consumers want and give it to them, and the ones that shove what they want to give you down your thoat and ...
I've had my Mac mini for a couple of weeks now, I confess I like it. The Mac mini works well, it's cheap (for a Mac), and pretty fast. I got it to do iPhone development and it's perfect for that. However, I don't like it more than my PC. Honestly, I don't understand why ppl care enough to argue. It occurred to me recently that other than gaming or development, 99.9% of what I do is on the web anyway, so I don't really care. I know some people do have some specific needs/purposes that require one ...
Most developers these days have moved on from C++ and its lower-level cousins. Higher-level languages are now the norm, including Java, Python, Ruby and C#. Developers have adopted these languages because of the productivity gains that are enabled by working in a higher-level language. Garbage collection frees a programmer from worrying about several common classes of bug. These languages also stress expressiveness over performance, meaning that you have to do less work to get the results that you ...
That is the question really, isn’t it? It has been more than a couple of days that Apple has released its 3.0 update for the iPhone / iPod touch OS, and I haven’t updated my iPod touch (1st gen) yet. Why? Well, because I’m not sure it is worth the £5.99 I will have to part with (US$ 9.95 if you are in the US). I know that eventually I will end up updating it because I like having the most updated software and I don’t like being left behind, and also because £5.99 is an amount I allow myself to spend ...
I have a couple of days leave coming, hence the early poll to accompany the Flash next week. I bumped into an old colleague who now has a six monitor setup in his home for developing software – which made my “notebook + 19inch monitor” setup look a little sad. Especially as I share that monitor with an Xbox 360 and a PC gaming rig. Your chance to sneak in a vote. I was wondering if folks would like me to organise a full hardware (multi-question) survey via the Flash in the future? I for one would ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
Calling Kathleen Sanders a gamer geek, while true, is really an understatement. She’s unlike pretty much anyone else I’ve met in my career. So, it’s not surprising that this interview is a bit different as well. Check out these NINE Questions with Kathleen Sanders, and then check out her blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/ 1. Where are you from? Originally from Flint, Michigan. I got to Seattle by way of San Francisco, though. 2. What do you do / Who do you work for / What is your product? Give us ...
I am currently downloading the Win7 RC from MSDN even as I type this, so believe me when I say I am interested in seeing it. I installed the beta months ago, and worked in it. It’s not a bad OS, of course. Honestly, as someone who is still on WinXP Pro SP3 and absolutely hates Vista for development or gaming (which is about all I do on my PC), I am hoping Win7 lives up to the hype we’ve all heard. Seriously, if Win7 can deliver the performance with all those added features and without the incredible ...
Good games don’t get old, they just get old school. Some of the ppl with whom I work (great team building) and I have recently started reliving our past by having a weekly online session of Diablo II. You know, I always liked this game, but never really got to play it too much in a group. Being able to get back into it after years has been a complete blast. It’s old, but it’s still a very cool game. :-) I’d forgotten just how much fun the hack and slash dungeon crawl can be. We have a TeamSpeak server ...
I saw today on several outlets that Microsoft is extending their free repair policy. This time it is to cover the ever increasing E74 errors on the XBox 360. I think that extending the warranty to cover these failures was the right thing for Microsoft to do. Of course it would have been even better if these issues were worked out during R&D but that horse has left the barn. I am still wrestling with trading in my 360 for a PS3. Knowing that this issue would be covered improves the chances of ...
In this issue: Pencho Popadiyn, Gavin Wignall, Jesse Liberty(2), Ian Blackburn, Rishi, Andrej Tozon, and Corey Schuman. Shoutouts: Andy Beaulieu has a post up about all the good Silverlight Gaming goodness: Silverlight Gaming ++, as with PCs and hardware, I also believe gaming will bring Silverlight into it's own. Tim Heuer describes his new best friend and why: Silverlight Business Application Development faster with IdeaBlade Phoenix' own Steve Commisso has an entry in the MIX09 ShowOff competition ...
I love Xbox 360 when we talking about: 1) XNA - great free tool for game developers 2) Boku/Kodu – great visual game language system 3) Games – plenty good games awesome Xbox Live 4) X360 Prize – not too expensive and good quality (now… http://gizmodo.com/5099721/... I hate and it’s drive me crazy when we talk about X360: 1) XNA – free tool but it’s not available in Poland! No Xbox Live… 2) Boku/Kodu – I made Polish translation for Kodu and I show ...
In this issue: Mark Monster, Jesse Liberty, Eric Mork, Mike Snow, Jeff Weber, Bob Brumfield and Erwin van der Valk, and Dave Campbell. Shoutout: Looks like I'm in good company with regard to thoughts on Silverlight and Games, Adam Kinney posted Silverlight-based Gaming is about to explode From SilverlightCream.com: Integration of browser’s unloading with Silverlight Mark Monster shows how to keep a user from inadvertently closing a Silverlight page ... not sure I've seen this approached before... ...
I was just thinking about how far things have moved on in the last five years….and in thinking I got to examine my own home network…. So my home network serves a number of purposes: 1. Providing access to the internet for all it’s users: me, my wife and daughter when at home from Uni, my other daughter when she calls (iPhone usage). 2. My network joins my gaming experience to the outside world 3. My net work streams music around the house 4. and streams video around the house 5. Provides centralised ...
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This is a back up place for me to blog :) I have my own blog site (http://www.calebwatson.synthasite.com) but that seems to be having problems right now so if that doesn't get working or if it goes down I can still use this one :)

Ummmmmm, I found out about this site from Trinity from WoWScape / Scape Gaming lol and decided to make one.

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Thanks for reading.

Caleb Watson
2009, Day 10 (Saturday): The weekend went well. Picked up a 4x8 sheet of MDF board for the gaming table for Sunday's Twilight Imperium game. Later that day I picked up Jason Olson at the airport. The weather was mostly cooperating, though we did have some snow and slick roads on the way home. Spent a couple hours parting out all the cards and minis and tiles for TI into baggies for easy/quick startup on Sunday. 2009, Day 11 (Sunday): Twilight Imperium!! We got started around 10am (mostly) and after ...
I've been an avid user of Windows 7 pre beta ever since we got a build at the PDC conference in Los Angeles in October 2008. I installed it in dual boot on my work laptop, as explained here. There were a few minor kinks that forced me to keep Vista on this machine. The most annoying was that it was impossible to debug Silverlight on that build. Well, happy to report that this annoying bug is gone now, and I can develop and debug Silverlight on Windows 7 now. Let's see other problems and what happened ...
Last three days have been pretty decent. My good year continues... Wednesday (1/7/09) was "free chili day" at work, which was a nice surprise. I also made a lot of progress on my project at the client. Thursday (1/8/09) was also good, with lots being accomplished. I ended up leaving early (Thursday evening instead of Friday morning) to avoid a snowstorm that was headed my way. The roads weren't bad yet, though visibility was poor. I finished Book 8 of Legacy of the Force and started Book 9. (audiobook) ...
Well, wifey called me (and the world) to task, so I figured I should step up. I'll admit, I was being one of the debbie downers reflecting on everything that I didn't get done this past year. So, well here it is, some reflections on things that I did well and accomplished in 2008. It' all about the family and I made sure I focused on that. My wife and I had a great year. I mean, a REALLY REALLY REALLY good year. Our relationship has never felt stronger (and well, I feel we've been pretty strong from ...
Hello everyone! Although I'm not new to blogging, I am new to this site so I thought I'd take a minute and introduce myself. Who am I? I am not a developer or coder, although I have coded. I'm not a web guru, although I have built web sites. I'm not a network administrator, although I have been in the past. Who am I? A freakin' cool IT staffing professional. Now before you *roll eyes*, sigh and say, "oh great another head hunter".. please give me a minute to change the stigma that goes with my profession ...
For the past ten months, I have been waiting and waiting sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patient for the DreamSpark program to be available to high school students. Back in February with a huge announcement by Bill Gates about the DreamSpark program, I have been waiting. So here's the program: The Microsoft DreamSpark student program www.DreamSpark.com makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download. The program is now available to more than 35 ...
I am not sure how many out there have machines that are capable of running a 64 bit operating system, but my new machine is. I originally installed x86 Vista (32 bit) and pretty quickly removed it in favor of Windows XP. I know that I am not the only one who has done that. I have been reading quite a bit that Vista is Windows ME version 2 (for all of you out there that remember that catastrophe). Vista was operating like it had a boat anchor around it’s neck even with system specifications like Intel ...

The army is investing 50 million dollars in the next five years  on games and gaming systems designed to prepare soldiers for combat. The need for video games as training aids was judged so great that the Army wanted to get products out to units before the funding came online. Check it out.

Well so far so good. I downloaded the New Xbox Experience last night (all in all there isn't much choice). I was a bit apprehensive with NT 4.0 SP5 flashbacks coming to mind. But it downloaded fairly quickly in maybe 3 minutes or so on my 5Mb FIOS service and a few minutes to install. I setup my little Mii with legs avatar and went about figuring out the new layout. I did not find anything really that much better albeit the layout is different than the blades. There is a bit more scrolling than before ...
Wow! It has been a while since I blogged here. I had a server of my own for a while but I got tired of the up keep so I quit blogging all together. Then, I was at Microsoft PDC 2008 and I saw a booth for geekswithblogs.net and it reminded me that I had an account here! I will say, I am impressed with everything they have done with geekswithblogs.net since I last blogged! What have I been up to since my last blog. Well, I have been working for about 2 years now with GameSpy/IGN/FIM/Fox/News Corporation ...
So after staying in Vegas for a whole three days and now *obviously* being an expert on the city, I thought I’d share some observations based on the experience. No guarantee or warranty that your experience will match mine, but hopefully something here is helpful for your next trip down to LV. Hotels/Casinos MGM Grand Awesome hotel, and not just because this was the one I stayed at. MGM has a great gaming area, great restaurant selections, and a number of bars and clubs. We found ourselves very content ...
Last February, Bill Gates announced a free software giveaway to college university students and high school students as well. Here is what was offered to them: Microsoft developer tools. Visual Studio is the Swiss Army knife of computer programming. These professional-grade products provide a security-enhanced and reliable environment, enabling students to program everything from a cell phone to a robot or to create their own Web page. Students will also be able to invent compelling new gaming content ...
Don't TELL me you haven't heard about the Charity Fragathon?! Are you kidding me? It's only going to be the biggest, loudest and rockinest XNA gaming event to benefit a charity ever! This is one of those events that makes me wish I didn't live where I do because I KNOW I'm missing out on the start of something cool. So if you're within driving distance of Bloomington, Minnesota (or you have the resource to fly there), don't be lame, shake off some of that mid-week lethargy and do something fun like ...
This is one of common questions that I get during my presentations/conferences. We see MS with OS, Office line of products, Server/middleware products, designer products, games, etc. In addition to that, MS is also competing with enterprise like Google and Oracle on multiple avenues. At high level, it looks amazing to me. Anyone would agree that having developed and delivered these kind-of stack of products is itself an achievement. And delivering world class products and competing with market leaders ...
Erik Mork interviews Bill Reiss, Terence Tsang with Flash & Sl 3D Text Space, Shawn Wildermuth's ADO.NET & SL2 article in MSDN Magazine, Silverlight SDK reports on tutorials on their site, Christ Hay with a SL2 Spectrum Emulator, Mike Snow on centering your app, and Jesse Liberty on PodCast-a-rama! Rob Bagby has announced MSDN Events in Colorado, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas in September and October 2008 ... I've signed up for the one in Phoenix, so come on down! From SilverlightCream.com: ...
So tell me what the following have in common: WebTV TabletPCs WinFS Passport .NET Windows Live Spaces SidewinderFreestylePro WinG Sidewalk OS/2 Give up? Well, according to Jeremy Kaplan and Sascha Segan of PC Magazine, these are all 10 Great Microsoft Technologies That Failed. There’s nothing really scientific about this list, especially considering that its a jumbled collection that spans 1980’s operating systems, a gaming controller, and a very well established development platform. In fact, I ...
Website: http://www.charityfragathon... Where? Microsoft 8300 Norman Center Dr, Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 When? Wednesday September 24, 2008 Time? 6-10pm The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room set aside for Rock Band 2 and of course XNA games for anyone who wants to check out the new Xbox Live ...
We're kicking this week off with an interview with my good friend Rod Paddock. Aside from being one of the coolest dudes on earth, Rod's also the editor of a little mag you developer types may have heard of: CoDe Magazine. I shot Rod some questions, and he shot me some answers. Here you go: 1. Where are you from? (especially if its not where you are now, geographically.) I’m from California. I graduated from Palmdale High School in 1987. I lived in Bend Oregon for a few years when I went to school. ...
so a few of you (including my parents) have been wondering what this "big idea" of mine was. It's not another game store, although don't rule that out permanently. It's not a video game studio, although again... never say never. No, this is something truly magnificent. I give you the Charity Fragathon. www.charityfragathon.com The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest ...
I've alluded in the past that I got my start in computers because of games; I also ended up getting started in programming because of games. I happen to be a big fan of the WarCraft and StarCraft series produced by Blizzard Entertainment, and it was my association with (and desire to make a good website for!) a group of people on their gaming service called Battle.net that got me involved with programming, and that's where the "Fun" part of this comes from. I'm not sure where "Profit" comes into ...
Welcome back after the chaos of last week. This time around, I'm talking to my very good friend Alan Jamieson (also known as Ripark in the gaming community.) Alan and I met back during my Reality Check Games days in Greenville, SC, where he was instrumental in helping to build a very strong gaming community. We've both moved on since then, but we'd both still rather be running a game store. Ahh memories... Anyway, without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with Dr. Alan C. Jamieson: 1. Where ...
http://www.torpexgames.com Microsoft and Torpex Games announced today the release of Schizoid for Xbox LIVE Arcade. Billed as "the most co-op game ever", Schizoid creates a new category of action gaming where teamwork equals survival and players must protect each other from waves of glowing enemies. Available for download now, Schizoid is the first-ever Xbox LIVE Arcade title built using Microsoft's XNA Game Studio. Microsoft's Schizoid page: click me I am really really excited about this. It's great ...
Many of my friends, co-workers, family, and others have their computer specs posted in their blogs. So, I decided to add my own and a few other current features. (Note: Computer Specs will be updated without notice.) The Workstation/Gaming PC: Updated: Updated: 8/20/10 @ 3:42 PM PST System Hardware Specs: System CPU & Current Stats: 2x Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors CPU1: Dual-Core Intel Xeon @ 3.0GHz CPU2: Dual-Core Intel Xeon @ 3.0GHz System Memory: 8GB ECC DDR2 RAM = 8x 1024MB ECC DDR2 RAM ...
Well as far as I am aware, XPe as it stands to day will be available through till sometime in 2010, but it seems more news is getting out about is’s possible Vista based replacement? My personal view is that MS should take a deep hard look at the *LACK* of take up and interest in Vista before heading down this path anytime soon – but that doesn’t mean they won’t try regardless. Now of particular note from the details below from Mary Jo Foley is the indication of the size of the OS? XPe may have a ...
The other day I blogged about Server Quest which is a little game Microsoft has put out to shine a spotlight on the I.T. Pro. Having played it for a bit tonight I have to say it's a crazy mix of old school graphical gaming, think something along the lines of an I.T. Themed "Maniac Mansion" for those who may remember that one :) Anyways it's full of some subtle references to gaming from the old days, and it's a neat way to pass some time. If you never played any of those old games, you may not like ...
TechNet interactive campaign lets the geek get the glory Just when you thought your eyes had finally healed from years of straining to make out pixelated adventure game graphics, Server Quest rolls into your browser like an avalanche of early nineties gaming action. This spring, prepare to be ushered into a world where the IT pro reigns supreme. "Don't they already?" you might ask. Maybe so, but this is your chance to prove it. You play as Matt and Alicia, IT geniuses navigating their way through ...