Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Twitter: Why aren’t thou scalable?

Any user of the Twitter service has more than likely noticed that it has a problem. No, not that kind a problem, but a problem of scalability. You see, scalability is this thing you have to have when your user base exponentially grows and you continually get hammered with more and more requests. Unfortunately, Twitter hasn’t been doing such a great job of scaling up and it shows when the service goes down time to time.

And when TriXie (Xbox.com/community team, you may have seen her here and there, most notably as of late with Community Confidential on Inside Xbox) declares the following, the streams must have been crossed, the inter dimensional portals have all collapsed, cats and dogs are sleeping together, Ghost Rider has become a good movie, and/or Micheal Jackson has turned human again. Ohhh the humanity!

TriXie trixie360 guess what Twitter? I’m cheating on you with Pownce! http://pownce.com/trixie360/

I’m back……hopefully

This blogging/writing thing takes up a whole hell of allot of time, as anyone else who has ventured into this thing with any ambitions should know. I originally started out with the intentions to use my writing talents for a change and write about what I love so dearly, the videogame industry. I started out relatively well, but soon found myself wanting to write more deeply about videogames. The strait up news and game reviews weren’t good enough to me. Hence, me not posting the same old fluff that everyone else is likely to do.

Obviously, posting longer more thought out piece’s takes up even more time. Then came the move on over to The Xbox Domain. I love videogame’s in general, but the Xbox is doing things right (to me). The community is mostly fantastic and frankly I was getting tired off Sony’s shit, with their hardware superiority complex that they inherited after being by far the lesser of the other two machines last go around. Of course, I’ll play any game on only platform if I dig it. I don’t hate Sony or Nintendo, but Microsoft seems to get what I want out of gaming without much fail.

Back to the point of this. During my time over at The Xbox Domain, things have been going pretty well. Mike a.k.a Thrills Killa has gotten named Xbox MVP up until now. 2,000,000 plus visitors and climbing has been reached and great conversations have been had with our readers over the last year and change even with the grand majority choosing to wallow in a lurking capacity. Comment People, COMMENT! With all of that going on, I’ve had to swallow a large chunk of my writing prowess to cater to the format of which works for The Xbox Domain. I’ve tried to write longer more thought provoking pieces, but the sheer wall of text viewed upon causes lots of readers to just give up before they even start. That’s where I admire N’Gai Croal of Newsweek for what he does. Someday I hope to obtain his status in the gaming industry, but for now it’s just baby steps.

My intention is to start to write my longer post’s here once again, leaving the more community and news focused stuff over at TXD. I’m not guaranteeing anything, but I will definitely try to keep my word to at least myself this time around. If I get a post up everyday will remain to be seen since TXD normally takes up allot of time when no technical difficulties arise. So, with no further ado, see you in a bit, however few you may be.

Tetris made me do it!

I caught this over on Flickr and a had a sort of epiphany of sorts. After thinking about every bad thing I’ve done over my time on this here Earth, none serious (I’m not a criminal, shish), I finally figured out what caused it all. Yep, it was Tetris. Call me crazy if you want, but if someone can get a way with murder by saying that GTA made them do it, then I can blame Tetris for my petty mistakes.

[via Flickr]

Guy Returns Original Xbox to Wal-Mart as a Xbox 360 and Gets Away With It..

A staffer at a Michigan Wal-Mart mailed in to let us know about a rather funny ‘Xbox 360’ which passed through their returns center. A guy returned an original Xbox spray painted in white and put it in an Xbox 360 box bundled with some official accessories but also a random power adapter and regular phone cord. Poor Wal-Mart…

This would be genious if he had really gotten away with it. I still don’t understand the Walmart return policy one lick. The stuff your able to return is unreal.

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Happy New Year!

 

Hope Everyone has a Happy New Year!

Go Blue! May you kick USC’s ass!

Happy Holidays to all!

To those who celebrate Christmas, Channakuh, Kwanza or what ever it may be I hope you have a very nice holiday season. My New Years resolution is to finally begin to pick up with or better balance my writing on this here conrner of the web. On the first of the year I will begin to commit myself to pushing content every which way, whether it’s here or over on The Xbox Domain. Of course much of my Xbox related material will be on the Xbox Domain,but everything else will be here. So keep fragging trucks (Lorrey’s for those over on the other-side of the pond, chain sawing does Locust, saving those hostages, and tending to that garden. Check ya’ll out on Xbox Live. Gamertag: Sacredleader for those who find themselves with a new Xbox 360 and a Xbox Live Gold subscription.

R.I.P James Kim

This is a very sad time for the tech community in lite of the news of James Kim’s passing. I can’t speak for everyone but I feel like I lost a friend even though we’ve never met nor did he ever know who I am. Needless to say though, nevermind that because it doesn’t matter if we met or not. The times and joy of watching him on Techtv and Cnet will be greatly missed by me and I’m sure everyone that he has influenced.
Check Cnet for more.

James and Kati found

“I have a police scanner and am listening to it right now her in Grants Pass, OR. They have found the mom and kids but dad left on snow shoes two days ago to find help. Mom and kids are being airlifted out to the hospital in Grants Pass within the hour.”

This is great news.Hopefully James is alright as well. The drama should be over, but don’t cross your fingers. I never thought this would happen in the first place.

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CNET’s James Kim and family missing

We’ve received word that a respected member of our tech community, James Kim (whom many of you may know as CNET’s senior editor of digital audio), and his family have gone missing. As we understand it, last weekend James, his wife Kati (above right), and his very young girls Penelope (left) and Sabine (baby), drove from their home in the SF Bay Area to Seattle.

What terrible news. Like everyone else I have very found memories of James going back to his days at ZD/Tech Tv before Cnet. Hopefully everything is alright.

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source: Engadget 

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of us in the US. Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to keep on fragging trucks.

image source: Ben & Jerry’s