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Is Xbox Live Sign-up overloaded?

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We got a Kinect a couple of days ago and it’s been a smash-hit in our house!

Since the kids are now old enough and need to transport their game progress and history between machines, we decided to sign up for an Xbox Live family account.

I’ve been trying to sign-up for a family membership for the last 30 mins or so and am getting the above screenshot.

I don’t know if it’s a bug in the system or if the service is just overloaded due to all those new Kinect and Windows Phone users activating their devices and accounts. Anyone else got any info?


Categories: XBox | XBox Live | Kinect
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Windows Phone 7 3G tethering for Samsung Focus and Omnia7

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Engadget are reporting that some industrious individuals have discovered that Samsung’s Focus and Omnia7 running Windows Phone can be switched into USB tethering mode by dialling “##634#” (sans quotes).

So, with copy & paste on its way and tethering clearly in progress, it doesn’t appear that it’ll take long for Microsoft to remedy most of the issues that the vocal minority are complaining about.

We stood in line for over an hour last night to order our Samsung Focus phones – they should arrive on Nov 18th so I’ll try out this feature then Smile


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Wahoo - Razor Syntax Highlighting available now

imageIf, like me, you’ve fallen in love with the new ASP.NET Razor syntax, then you’ll be delighted to know that the Intellisense & syntax highlighting ships as part of the newly released ASP.NET MVC 3.0 Release Candidate (RC).

Be sure to go read the write-ups from the Gu and Phil Haack on what goodies ship in the MVC 3.0 RC, such as a newer build of NuGet (which replaced NuPack), Partial Page output caching, Unobtrusive JavaScript and a whole host of other goodies.

imageThe easiest way to get this stuff onto your machines is, of course, the Web Platform Installer which itself has been somewhat overhauled recently.

If you’d rather, you can just download the MVC3 RC bits here.

So stop reading right now and rush over to get all this new goodness installed on your machines!


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Octarine Industries website now open

Octarine Industries website screenshot

As many of you know, I decided to leave Microsoft back in August 2010. Since then I have been very busy forming my new company – Octarine Industries – and executing some important client work. This ate up most of my time over the last few months which meant our new website took a back seat.

Well, no more! As of 03:00am this morning, our new site went live – http://www.octarineindustries.com is now open for business Smile

Stop by, poke around and let me know if you find any issues or problems.

Note: If you’re running IE9 Beta, you may notice some behavioral oddities when using the Services “accordion” – this is due to a bug in IE9 Beta1 and does not appear in IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome or (the latest, post-beta1) IE9 Platform Preview 6!


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Which browser is top of the class for HTML5 support?

HTML5 pictureIt’s gotta be Google’s Chrome, right?

Wrong.

Okay, so it must be Mozilla’s Firefox?

Nope!

Ooh ooh, I know, Apple’s Safari – yayyyyy … Apple FTW!

Nuh huh! Wrong again.

Erm … Opera?

Nope.

I give up. Who is it?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9!!

[cue sound of chins hitting the floor echoing all across the internet!]

The W3C publishes the latest HTML5 test results across the most prevalent browsers. Top of the stack right now is IE9. Of course, the browser at the top of the stack is likely to change over time the browser vendors continue to improve their browsers and (hopefully) converge on 100% test coverage and compliance.

But what these results show VERY clearly is that Microsoft is absolutely dead serious about its commitment to making IE9 the premier web browser for Windows.

Long gone are the days of browser vendor lock-in. Today’s web browser market is all about nose-to-nose open and direct competition with one another and rigid compliance to published and developing standards.

We’re about to enter a whole new era of web development. Not only will browser compatibility issues largely cease to be an issue, but we’ll have at our disposal the kinds of markup, scripting and support features that we’d only have been able to dream of just 5-6 years ago.


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