Speculation: Used games management on the Xbox One

Filed under: Tech,Thoughts and Ideas — Tags: , — Sebbs @ 11:39 pm June 16, 2013

So, there’s a lot of angry people on the Internet right now, all upset over the DRM policies Microsoft has announced for the Xbox One. It seems to me though, after reading a lot of these comments and reactions, that most of these people haven’t read much into it themselves, either jumping to conclusions, never reading past the news headline (virtually all the headlines mention the online check-in requirements, but not the game sharing) or just joining the bandwagon.

I’m writing this partly to try put my understanding of Microsoft’s system down in a clear and concise manner, but also to detail how I see it could actually be implemented. Let me say here that I do not work for Microsoft, nor am I receiving any payment or benefits from them for writing this. This is all just my understanding and ideas based on the information publicly available in the press.


Embed your contact details in a QR Code

Filed under: How-To — Tags: — Sebbs @ 6:39 pm January 9, 2012

So, the other week I was creating a personal business card for myself. While looking around for templates, I stumbled across the idea of having a QR code that could be scanned with the camera on a smartphone, and have the phone automatically create a contact.

A quick bit of research shows this is actually quite simple to do. Basically, you first create a file using one of the many contact markup languages, paste the content of the file as text into a QR code generator, and that’s it. (more…)

Create Playlists in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Filed under: How-To — Tags: , , , , , — Sebbs @ 5:17 pm October 1, 2011

I discovered this hidden away this morning, and figured it’s something most people won’t have noticed.  It’s not exactly the most obvious way to do it (or, knowing WP7 a bit, maybe it is), though it could be made much easier…

To start off, find the first item you want to add (whether it be an individual song, album, artist, genre, or even an existing playlist). Tap the play button on the right-hand side so that it is the only thing in your Now Playing list. You can pause the playback if you want.

Now, tap the back button, and for each other item you want to add, touch and hold your finger on the item until a list of actions appears, then select “add to now playing”. This is the part that may have seemed most obvious.

Now, tap the back button until you’re on the start page for the Music+Videos app, swipe across to history. The tile at the top of the list goes to the “now playing” page, so tap on this. Now, tap on the “…” in the bottom-right corner, and voila, “save as playlist”.

I’ll update this later with screenshots when it’s possible to take them on the phone, or I can be bothered to get my SLR out.

Erebos Specs

Filed under: My Computers — Tags: , , — Sebbs @ 8:55 am July 4, 2011

Here are the specs of my main rig, Erebos (dxdiag dump with boring stuff edited out)

Also, pictures of Erebos are here coming back soon


How To Sync iPhone with multiple Outlook Calendars

Filed under: How-To — Tags: , , , — Sebbs @ 2:43 am July 3, 2011

This was originally posted on a previous version of my site, back in December 2009.

Since getting my iPhone, and starting to utilize the functions a bit more, I found myself wanting to have separate personal and work calendars in Outlook, and for these to be synced properly to the iPhone. Anyone who has looked at the Info tab in their iPhone’s sync settings can see that iTunes has provisioned for multiple calendars (you have the choice of All Calendars and Selected Calendars), but it is not quite clear on how to get iTunes to pick up all your Outlook calendars.