Rock Band for Xbox 360

30 06 2008

Despite the fact that my neighbours may never speak to us again, the kids got  Rock Band for the Xbox at the weekend, along with the drum kit, guitar and mic:

image All I can say is that it’s awesome!  We (the adults) played it until 6:30am Sunday morning, and now have no boxrockbandpegivoices left.  The kids resumed a few hours later, and were much more serious than we were.  They managed to win a tour bus and a few thousand fans, and unlocked a few new tracks.  We had downloaded some extra tracks in the early hours, like the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love”, “Roxanne” by the Police, and other such classics which we then truly murdered.

If you’re a budding or wannabe Slash, Jon Bon Jovi or John Bonham, and haven’t quite managed to get that contract signed, then this game won’t help you at all.

But it is really tremendous fun.

(Note to self: everything in moderation…)

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Feel free to drool…

19 06 2008

I got my new mobile phone this week.  It’s the HTC Touch Diamond…oh yes!  It’s beautiful.  It’s sleek.  It’s light.  It replaces the Nokia N95 I’ve had since last htcdiamondAugust.  The real reason I wanted a new Windows Mobile-based device is that we’re running a pilot project to integrate our Nortel CS1000 PBX with Microsoft Office Communication Server to give us full unified communications.  There’s a Communicator Mobile client app that runs on WM devices that connects to our OCS server in the office to give me presence and IM capabilities to all my corporate contacts.

Initial impressions are that it’s an excellent unit, although the battery life has yet to be determined under “normal” usage, as opposed to the incessant playing with that it’s currently getting.  I just can’t leave it alone.

As an iPhone alternative, it’s got a few things the iPhone doesn’t: MMS, video recording, and the ability to load any WM apps I want.  It’s also got a 3MP camera, as opposed to the 2MP one in the iPhone.

I’ll post more as I get used to it.