Fable 3 worse than Fable 2

Boxshot: Fable III by MicrosoftI just finished Fable III a week ago, and I’ve been wondering whether or not the game was actually worse than the second game (Fable II).   I had originally decided to take my time in mulling this over, and after a whole week of waiting, I am now ready to say that it is very much worse than Fable II.

The story had the unenviable role of being both the best and worst part of the game, it’s own worst enemy so to speak.   Peter Molineux’s desire to provide a gaming experience that Continue reading

Microsoft begins offering WP7 “pre” Update

On Monday February 21st Microsoft began making a “pre-update” update available for Windows Phone devices.  The updates appeared to be distributed based on who the customer used as their wireless provider.  

Monday’s updates seemed to begin in some European countries, and some of the updates in North America were thru Rogers in Canada.

Make sure your WP7 device is configured to receive Updates (Settings > Phone Update > enable both) and make sure you are using v4.7 of Zune client software on your PC and Mac.  Mac users will also need the Connector software here or from the Mac App Store.

Please understand that the update will rolled-out in staggered fashion, so some users may have to wait a day or two before getting their update notification.

If you have problems installing the Update, please check out this Knowledgebase Article.   If you continue to have problems, please post a thread in the Windows Phone 7  forum at Microsoft Answers.

MicroSD Compatibility with Windows Phone 7

If you use a Samsung Focus WP7 device, then you have a “Consumer Accessible” MicroSD card slot into which you can plug a card of your chosing.

Unfortunately, your favorite brand may not be compatible with WP7 devices, but you wouldn’t know that because Microsoft has decided not to publish a list of Compatible cards at this time.  Since most of the WP7 devices do not have a Consumer Accessible slot, it was not deemed a high priority for apparently good reason.

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Windows Phone 7 Launch Event in NYC

This morning’s Windows Phone 7 Launch Event, while appearing in a somewhat subdued fashion, ended on such a very high note that I considered the launch a rousing succcess!  

The lack of an impressive Microsoft presence in the Windows Mobile field over the last few years has kept the fanboys and girls from becoming overly excited at the event, like Apple fanboys are with just about any Steve Jobs announcement.   Heck, even Antenna-gate showed a lot more Apple fan enthusiasm than this launch event.   However, I really think that Windows Phone 7 is such a different OS that it will quickly gain mindshare with consumers who have yet to purchase an iPhone.   It *may* even convert a few existing iPhone/iPod users.

I also appreciated Steve Ballmer’s enthusiasm, and Ralph de la Vega provided some very interesting details on AT&T’s future device line-up!

Joe’s presentation, with all the demos and live interaction was a complete joy to watch.   I especially enjoyed watching his bravery and true faith in taking a second shot at connecting to the Tell Me servers to complete his online search for Alaskan Airlines flight number 7.  VERY IMPRESSIVE.

In all honesty, I can truly say that I cannot wait until November 8 to get a new Windows Phone 7 device!

Presented with Microsoft MVP Award 3rd Year in a row

mvplogo160I received notification earlier today that I have been presented with another Microsoft MVP Award for the 2010 year.   This makes my 3rd consecutive award-year!   

This year, I am one of 79 MVPs in the Windows Phone category, and one of just under 5000 MVPs (across all disciplines) worldwide this year, so sufficed to say that I once again find myself in good company.

This also means I’ll be able to attend the 2011 MVP Summit in February, which is always a blast.  

This totally makes my day, and my weekend to boot!   Woo hoo!

A wonderful discussion about Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a very confusing subject, mostly because it means different things to different people.  

At the heart of the whole debate is whether a company who has the responsibility of providing the internet infrastructure (or the “Internet Backbone”) has the right to sell higher speed access to the backbone to those client companies that might want their website to display faster.

There are two ways to look at the this situation, in more or less black and white terms.   Unfortunately, this is anything but a black and white situation, so I admit that this breakdown of terms will be rather simplistic.  Here is the nutshell version of each:

  • If you are for the continued lack of regulation of the Internet, and opt for more of a laissez-faire angle, then you are considered to be AGAINST Net Neutrality.   You join the ranks of large companies like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc.   Just recently, Google has announced a desire to work with Verizon, so they are now changing sides.
  • If you vote to regulate the Internet, then you are FOR Net Neutrality.  You join the ranks of groups like Free Press, Public Knowledge, Amazon, and Yahoo.  Google used to be on this side, but because they are now in talks with Verizon Wireless about a bundling deal, they have concievably changed sides…

People who are AGAINST Net Neutrality want to be able to sell the Googles of the world a far superior connection to the Internet compared to the small business websites.   The major argument here is that allowing these backbone companies to charge more for faster connections gives these companies the necessary incentives to continue to invest in their own networks and infrastructure.

People who are FOR Net Neutrality want the Amazons of the world to have the same visibility on the Internet that the average Small Business website has.   They say that regulations to prevent (or at least restrict) any possible discrimination are required to keep the big businesses of the world from conspiring to limit options of regular users.

For a really good list of articles on the issue, please visit the New York Times Room for Debate topic of “Who Gets Priority on the Web?”  There are articles from 9 different Contributors available for your perusal, so you’ll get both sides of the story.  Highly recommended read.

It’s Free App Friday at Handango!

Free App Friday


Today is Free App Friday at Handango.   Today’s free App is Chess Pro II:

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Features include:

  • Award winning artificial intelligence engine
  • Multiple player and multiple game support options
  • Full undo and redo of moves
  • Find Hints
  • English, French, German, Spanish and Italian support

EFF Wins Legal Protections for Cell Phone Jailbreakers/Unlockers

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won a critical exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions on Monday July 26th.  This exemption provides new legal protections for consumers who modify their cell phones in order to make them more operable for their own personal use.   Previously, these actions could have been used as grounds to sue them for their non-infringing or fair use activities.

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