Archive for March, 2007

Gears of War to become a Movie

March 21, 2007 Leave a comment
The hit game Gears of War is to become a movie. This has a good theme that could easily yield such a screenplay. I hope this has more success than the still-speculative Halo movie, which also would yield to a great trilogy.
There’s been a lot of movies based on games, most not worth spending the money to see in theaters. The Resident Evil series has been pretty good. Nothing could be as bad as Super Mario Bros, though.
Categories: Entertainment

Flat Tire

March 16, 2007 Leave a comment
Monday night I drove my friends, former interns, and now Microsoft MVPs here in Seattle for the MVP Summit around. We went out for dinner with Tracy in Redmond, then I drove them back to the hotel via the long route, stopping up on Queen Anne where I took shots sometime back like you see below. It was night, but still beautiful.
The next morning I got in my car and started driving, but it felt squirrelly. Turns out I had a flat. I hadn’t gone far, so I pulled back into my parking space and fixed it. As usually, it wasn’t hard to change once I figured out where to put the jack. There’s a picture, but it’s not specific to my car so it was a little different.
Even though I have a full-sized spare, I figured I’d better get my now-spare fixed before I get another flat. That’s just my luck. I took it to Les Schwab – a place that specializes in tires around this part of the country – and they patched it from the inside, then put the original tire back on (since differences in tread wear can affect all-wheel drive). While it normally costs $12.50, they didn’t charge me. Must be lucky, having been a first-time "buyer". I know I’ll be going back there should I ever need to again, though I hope I don’t.
Categories: Travel

New Windows Mobile Phone

March 3, 2007 Leave a comment

After a lot of thought I decided to get a new mobile phone. My Palm Treo 700w – and many other people’s – would continuously lock up. I even had a replacement that was little better than the first one. Sometimes I even had to pull the battery to reset it because the reset button wouldn’t even work. It also didn’t support normal features like voice dialing over Bluetooth; it support voice dialing on the phone itself and Bluetooth headsets, but not together.

But mostly it was the reliability that was the problem. Typically every other day it would freeze while trying to make or even receive calls; the latter was certainly a bigger problem. I tried working with Verizon and Palm. I even offer to get a crash dump to Palm – which contains all the memory for running programs and the operating system – and they never got back to me. Since I work for Microsoft, I also tried working through the Windows Mobile team but that didn’t help remedy the situation with my phone model. Only Palm could issue updates for my phone because of how Windows Mobile is modeled and installed on the phone.

So I broke down and bought a Motorola Q. It’s a bit different since it’s a Smartphone, not a Pocket PC. The difference is mostly that it doesn’t have touch screen or stylus. The Q is more stable, more slender, and lighter. It has a much clearer screen as well that shows colors beautifully. Windows Live Search for Mobile at looks amazing on this phone!

To get used to the slightly different keyboard I typed all this on my phone.

Chatting for Charities

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment
Microsoft is currently donating a portion of its ad revenue from Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) every time you chat. So, visit, download Messenger if you don’t have it already, follow instructions to modify your screen name, and be social. There are several charities to choose from.
Categories: News and politics

Snowing Again

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment
We have several inches of snow again last night at this low elevation (about 90 feet). Fortunately the beautiful, sunny day today made short life of the snow and traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as it was last time.
Categories: Travel