Tag Archives: Microsoft

What’s Inside The Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack?

Ever wondered what kind of official Microsoft Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery is in the Xbox 360 Play and Charge Kit? I’ll bust one open and show you what kind of cheap crap they’re made with!

Don’t waste your money. Use a proper pair of NiMH AA’s with the stock battery case that comes with the controller! Get one of these:

If you want a set of “warranty voiders” like I have, this is the set that I use 

With all this renewed interest in hacking, information security, and computer development, I thought it prudent to dig out my Hacker’s License

The resemblance is uncanny, innit?
The resemblance is uncanny, innit?

You know, to prove that I’m certified in what I’m talking about. Approved by the USDOJ, even!

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Seattle: Here I am now, entertain me

Seattle: Here I am now, entertain me

Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email

In what seems to be a complete reversal in position, Microsoft is suing the US government on the grounds that gag orders on warrants are unconstitutional. Good on them! Let’s hope that the courts agree!

“We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have …

Source: Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email / Boing Boing

It’s time for Microsoft to turn the Xbox into a PC

And why not? This is why I started Project Magnavox in the first place! It wouldn’t be terribly difficult to build your components into a modular system, upgradable as necessary without having to shell out for a completely new system every few years. Not necessarily in the way that the Genesis/32X worked, but more like how the old PCs (or even the N64) worked.

The Xbox One is currently a Jack of all trades. It’s time to master a few of them.

Source: It’s time for Microsoft to turn the Xbox into a PC | Ars Technica

You will upgrade to Windows 10: Inside Microsoft’s strong-arm upgrade tactics

Microsoft is playing desperation cards at this point, it would seem. I’ve already found my dealbreakers, so after 7 runs its course, I’m done with Windows (again).

Now that the carrots aren’t luring new users to Windows 10, Microsoft’s breaking out the sticks

Source: You will upgrade to Windows 10: Inside Microsoft’s strong-arm upgrade tactics | PCWorld

Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It

Who else remembers surfing around on TerraServer back in the day?

A long-forgotten Microsoft project from the late 1990s revolutionized how we saw the Earth and became the underpinning technology of Google Maps and Google Earth.

Source: Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It | Motherboard