Archive for December, 2006

Cooling fan

Posted: December 30, 2006 in xbox360

We were looking for jackets at Target yesterday and as an aside, why is it you can’t get the clothes for the season you’re in?  Anyway, since we were there I figured I’d check out the 360 area and found a 3 fan cooler that snaps onto the back of the xbox360 console.  So I picked it up and snapped it on.  I also started pulling the console out of the area below the TV and for Need for Speed it seems to be working great.  For COD3, though, I’m still getting freezing so I’m not sure if there is something goofed up with the game or if it’s still a console thing.   We’ll see what happens.


My Christmas Gift

Posted: December 28, 2006 in xbox360

I wrote it at the top of my list, dropped hints left and right, filled out spots 2-4 with games for it…I got it! An Xbox 360. Along with the system, I also received an extra controller and two games. Call of Duty 3 and Need for Speed – Carbon Canyon. All in all, setup was a snap and the picture looks great on my 42″ HD TV. So far I’ve not had a chance to do the “Live” thing because I don’t have networking setup quite yet. I’m sure that will spawn some posts. 🙂 Both games have been a blast though I’ve had some freezing issues during game play. One caused me to lose my Carbon Canyon profile and I was about 25% through. I’m thinking it’s due to overheating so I might have to think about either putting a fan on the under TV cabinet (though there is plenty of ventilation) or moving the system. We’ll have to see.

I’ve been working with business to business area at work for a couple of years, pretty much by accident, but it has been pretty interesting. I started out modifying the ASP pages that essentially made up the system, dealing with the CXML ecommerce standard. About a year ago I made an attempt to convert that to .NET when we needed to add XCBL support for one of our clients. As I built this implementation I did some things to make it a bit more object oriented, but my main goal was to get the code base into .NET and support the new standard rather than to re-do how the code was architected.

Fast forward to today and we are beginning to actually re-architect how our B2B is done. We’ve spent the last couple of days trying to understand what we do currently and what the business is trying to accomplish and some of the ways we can accomodate that. It’s been pretty cool, though the group of us is rather inexperienced with the actual building of architecture, though we have someone on the team with that type of experience who is trying to guide us.

I’m definitely interested in this because it’s where I would like to go in the future. Of course one of my first questions when doing this is that we can’t be the first ones. I realize I am not going to get the code, and quite frankly wouldn’t want that, but I would have thought there would be some patterns available that could somewhat guide us. It realistically is probably my inexperience with what to even look for that is probably the real issue. We’ll see what happens.