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It’s Good to Play Together: 10 Years of Xbox

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Nobember 15, 2001. 10 Years ago today, Microsoft released the Xbox. It was a gamble for the software giant… could they capture customers in the living room where Sony and Nintendo (and previously Sega) had dominated for so long? Could they design hardware that would not only play games, but encourage developers to create games?

As Microsoft has demonstrated for decades, It was all about the software. This philosophy lead to their acquiring of an Apple game studio, called Bungie, in 2000. Bungie had been hard at work designing what would become the most influential game series of the decade. Halo.

Let’s take a look through some of the key moments in the Xbox lineage’s history, starting with the most important moment: The release of Halo: Combat Evolved alongside the first console.

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1981 – 2011: The Space Shuttle Era Ends

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The Shuttle "Enterprise" - The prototype that never actually made it into orbit.

I am sad today. After 30 years, the Space Shuttle Program is ending. Yes, it is probably time to retire this method of travel, but there is no replacement in the works at NASA and this launch could perhaps signify the end of American lead spaceflight. Anger, disgust, and confusion are all words appropriate to describe the lack of planning our politicians (both sides of the isle are to blame) in this matter.

I’m sure all of us had dreams of being astronauts as children. We owe it to our childhood and our future children to develop a new space program worthy of carrying on the legacy of not only the Space Shuttle program, but manned spaceflight in general.

 

God Speed on your journey today, Atlantis.

 

-Jimmy the G.

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Dead at Desk

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Hi guys. The picture above is quite accurate. I’m literally dying at my desk right now. Why didn’t I take a sick day? (more…)

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Security in Gaming

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It sucks to be a Playstation 3 owner right now...but it could happen to any of us.

 

Being a Cyber Security Engineer and watching these recent attacks against the Playstation Network, I thought that it might be a good time to review why Cyber Security is important, what you can do if you feel that your information has been compromised, and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Dear Sony: A ChannelHide Shenanagram

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We take your angry letters and send them via snail mail for you.

We haven’t done a Shenanagram since we migrated the site, but I got a good one in yesterday involving the Sony debacle.

This Shenanagram was sent by a reader of ours named Loren Pike. Thanks Loren!

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SPORTS: BARRY BONDS – A LIAR AND A CHEATER

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Channel Hide: Weekend Update

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Happy Saturday, everyone, and welcome to the first edition of the Channel Hide: Weekend Update! I will be trying to do a nice little wrap up here every Saturday evening, highlighting some of the past week’s events and previewing some of the great things to come. This issue will be a bit light, I’m sure (we are still celebrating our launch) but in the future I hope these posts will allow you to catch up with some of the things going on in the lives of the Channel Crew.

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