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Tweet from David Risney

2017 Jan 19, 12:51
Playing The Witness again after seeing an area I hadn't visited in the Xbox trailer. Listening to a lot of Hall of the Mountain King now...
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Tweet from Jason Scott

2016 Nov 1, 2:06
Running Windows 3.1 in browser emulation on an XBOX One because that's a thing that happens
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Retweet of randileeharper

2016 Jan 11, 6:26
I demand a new Katamari game for Xbox One. please.
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Nov 30, 11:00
Learn flexbox via Flexbox Froggy http://flexboxfroggy.com/ . I learned & relearned various interim flexbox names so it may be too late for me.
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Aug 4, 3:08
Very helpful site to determine which channels you're likely able to receive OTA based on your address or zip code: http://gomohu.com/xbox/ 
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Aug 4, 3:06
Enjoying this inspirational cord cutting Ars article: http://arstechnica.com/staff/2015/08/i-finally-kicked-cable-tv-to-the-curb/ …. Can I use HBO Now subscription with HBO Go app on Xbox One?
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Retweet of Polygon

2015 Jun 14, 9:20
Xbox One will become backward compatible with Xbox 360 http://polygon.com/e/8547238?utm_campaign=polygon&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/B4cCre1A2l
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Retweet of gadhra

2015 Mar 3, 8:44
Flexbox in 5 minutes - very nice http://flexboxin5.com/ 
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A Complete Guide to Flexbox | CSS-Tricks

2014 May 22, 1:02

"The Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module (currently a W3C Candidate Recommendation) aims at providing a more efficient way to lay out, align and…"

Great diagrams showing the use of the various flex css properties. I can never keep them straight so this is perfect for me.

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YouTube - June System Update Walkthrough for Xbox One OneGuide...

2014 May 21, 6:15


YouTube - June System Update Walkthrough for Xbox One

OneGuide on SmartGlass is coming in the June Xbox One update! The feature I’ve been missing since day one. I don’t think I’m an average Xbox One user.

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Xbox One Sign Out Trolling - YouTube

2014 Jan 8, 5:53PermalinkCommentsvideo game xbox voice security

Changing Windows Live IDs

2012 Jun 6, 2:54

Use of my old Hotmail account has really snuck up on me as I end up caring more and more about all of the services with which it is associated. The last straw is Windows 8 login, but previous straws include Xbox, Zune, SkyDrive, and my Windows 7 Phone. I like the features and sync'ing associated with the Windows Live ID, but I don't like my old, spam filled, hotmail email address on the Live ID account.

A coworker told me about creating a Live ID from a custom domain, which sounded like just the ticket for me. Following the instructions above I was able to create a new deletethis.net Live ID but the next step of actually using this new Live ID was much more difficult. My first hope was there would be some way to link my new and old Live IDs so as to make them interchangeable. As it turns out there is a way to link Live IDs but all that does is make it easy to switch between accounts on Live Mail, SkyDrive and some other webpages.

Instead one must change over each service or start over depending on the service:

Xbox
In the Xbox 360 system menu you can change the Live ID associated with your gamertag. This worked fine for me and I got an email telling me about the transfer of my Microsoft Points.
Zune
There's no way to do this for the Zune specifically, however changing over your Xbox account also transfers over all your Zune purchased content. I don't have a Zune Pass so I can't confirm that, but all of my previously purchased television shows transferred over successfully.
Windows 7 Phone
To change the main Live ID associated with your phone, reset your phone to factory default and start over. All purchased applications are lost. Had I purchased any applications I would have been pissed, but instead I was just irritated that I had to reset my phone.
Mail
I don't use my Hotmail account for anything and it only sits and collects spam. Accordingly I didn't attempt switching this over.
SkyDrive
I didn't have much in my SkyDrive account. I downloaded all files as a zip and then manually uploaded them to the new account.
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Jet Set Radio HD coming soon with awesome soundtrack...

2012 Jun 1, 2:55


Jet Set Radio HD coming soon with awesome soundtrack promised. Exciting!

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Play Fez

2012 May 7, 3:30

I'm done playing Fez. The style is atmospheric retro nastalgia and on the surface the gameplay is standard 2D platformer with one interesting Flatland style game mechanic but dig deeper to find Myst style puzzles. Despite the following I thoroughly enjoyed the game and would recommend it to anyone intrigued by the previous. Five eighths through the game I ran into one of the game's infamous Fez save game breaking issues, but I enjoyed the game enough that I started over before any patches were released and had no further issues.

While playing the game I created some tools to help keep track of my Fez notes (spoilers) including a Pixelated Image Creator that makes it easy to generate data URIs for large, black and white pixelated images, and (spoilers) a Fez Transliteration Tool to help me translate the in-game writing system.

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The Metro Developer Show

2012 Apr 20, 9:15

The Metro Developer Show is the first podcast exclusively for Metro developers and enthusiasts.

Each week Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk traverse the exciting world of Metro (phone, tablet, desktop and Xbox); covering the latest news and exploring what it means for the developer community and everyday users.

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CSI: Xbox - how cops perform Xbox Live stakeouts and console searches

2012 Jan 10, 2:33

Fascinating anecdotes on criminal investigations involving game consoles.

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Portal 2's Turret Lullaby comic sheds light and lasers on the singing turrets

2011 Oct 2, 4:30
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Encode-O-Matic Update: Compression, Hex View, Quick Show Output

2010 Mar 9, 9:08

I've just put up an update for Encode-O-Matic with the following improvements:

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Methods of Watching TV

2010 Feb 3, 1:09If you've got cable, Internet, and Netflix you end up with a large number of TV viewing options. Its nice to have the options but is there some way to collect and summarize my available options at any one time?

TV PC
Comcast TV Xbox 360 + Windows Media Center Windows Media Center
Comcast OnDemand Cable box Fancast
Hulu Xbox 360 + PlayOn + Windows Media Center Hulu
Netflix Watch Instantly Xbox 360 + Netflix App Netflix Watch Instantly
Netflix DVDs Xbox 360 PC
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Comcast Digital Switch Impact on My Windows Media Center

2009 Sep 25, 2:19

Amateur wireless station (LOC)Irritatingly out of line with what their commercials say, in my area Comcast, under the covers of the national broadcast digital switch, is sneaking in their own switch to digital, moving channels above 30 to their own digital format. Previously, I had Windows 7 Media Center running on a PC with a Hauppauge PVR500 which can decode two television signals at once setup to record shows I like. The XBox 360 works great as a Media Center client letting me easily watch the recorded shows over my home network on my normal TV.

Unfortunately with Comcast's change, now one needs a cable box or a Comcast digital to analog converter in order to view their signal, but Comcast is offering up to two free converters for those who'd like them. The second of my two free converters I hooked up to the Media Center PC and I got the IR Blaster that came with my Hauppauge out of the garage. I plugged in the USB IR Blaster to my PC, connected one of the IR transmitters to the 1st port on the IR Blaster, and sat the IR transmitter next to the converter's IR receiver. I went through the Media Center TV setup again and happily it was able to figure out how to correctly change the channel on the converter. So I can record now, however:

  1. I can only record one thing at a time now
  2. Changing the channel is slow taking many seconds (no flipping through channels for me)
  3. The Hauppauge card can't know if the channel change worked. So if it tries to change to HBO (I get it for free with one of the Comcast packages) which is encrypted and the converted won't show, the channel doesn't change but the PC doesn't know it and ends up recording some other channel.
To fix (3) I need to manually go through and remove channels I don't have from the Media Center. To fix (1) I may be able to get a second IR transmitter, a third digital converter, hook it up to one of the other inputs on my Hauppauge, and go back through the Media Center TV setup. There's no fix for (2) but that's not so bad. All in all, its just generally frustrating that they're breaking my setup with no obvious benefit.PermalinkCommentsdigital tv hauppauge mce cable windows media center comcast
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