Archive | November 2005

XBox 360 Mods

This case mod is very cool!!

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WordPress Convert?

On a new host, I created a DreamHost account and installed WordPress 2.0rc1.


  • Set up 304 redirects from entries to
  • Move all linked files over.
  • Move other misc apps over.
  • Move the domain over.
  • Start playing with the WP2.0-ready plugins.

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Week One with the XBox 360

It’s been wonderful, mostly. Kameo($60) and Geometry Wars($5) are my favorite games so far. I don’t have an HDTV, so I’ve been using the VGA cable and playing at 1360×768. Beautiful!

The 12 month XBox Live account I bought for $70 is broken, currently. The current theory is that passport account that have one or more Microsoft premium services do not work with the new XBox 360 Live Gold Pre-Paid cards. I’m communicating with the other affected users in a thread on the XBox forums.

There is a great article on about the 360’s cooling system. Channel 9 needs more XBox 360 videos.

Joystiq posted a picture of the special edition 360 that Bill gave to the launch team. Nice!

This is my favorite flickr search: xbox360 faceplate.

This mod is tempting, but all of my 360 controllers are wireless and the guide only covers the wired version.

While I’m waiting for the gamertag jtokash to be fixed, I’m using an alternate Live account with the gamertag inyourfaceplate. It’s a great name, so I’m starting to hope that I can move my 12 month card to that account instead of keeping jtokash.

Random Ideas

Guest Editor Tokens – Blogging tools should allow for the creation of special tokens that bloggers can give to friends, family and peers. Each token would allow others one opportunity to post as a guest editor on the user’s blog.

App for Embedding URLs in Podcasts – I’ve mentioned this one before. Podcasters need an app that embeds URLs in Podcasts as a series of tones. Players on the PC and Mac could decode these tones and browse to the URL.

My favorite XBox 360 game cost me $5

Geometry Wars is a cross between Robotron and Asteroids with a ton of special effects thrown in.

Interview with Geometry Wars creator, Stephen Cakebread
. Excerpt:

Q: One of the most striking new graphical features in the game is the “gravity grid” play area. How did you make this look so cool; does every object in the game really have its own gravity?

The grid itself is made up of 60,000 points, each one exerting a small amount of force on its neighbour. The simulation itself sits on the edge of stability which is what causes it to swing about so much when one of the game objects gives it a small push!

Only a few types of object affect the grid. As the grid system is rather expensive to calculate, it actually runs on the second core along with the audio system, (the first core being dedicated to gameplay and particles, the third is used to render the audio).’s official Geometry Wars intro page. Excerpt:

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is the sequel to the original Geometry Wars mini-game… You use the left analog stick on your Xbox 360 controller to fly your ship around the area, and the right analog stick to fire a bullet in any 360 degree angle. Avoid the spawning enemies, and shoot them down for points. You can also pull the right trigger to fire a smart bomb, which decimates all bad guys on the screen. Save these up for when the going gets really tough!

Geometry Wars Forums