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Help Sell Xbox 360, Get 10 Free Games

This deal is Europe only, but if you help Microsoft sell an Xbox 360, you can get ten free Xbox Live Arcade games. Convince a friend to buy a new Xbox 360 between November 1 and January 31 of next year, fill out a coupon and send it with a receipt, and both you and the friend get ten free Live Arcade games to download. The games are:

  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
  • Bomberman LIVE
  • Marble Blast Ultra
  • Spyglass Board Games
  • Small Arms
  • 3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures
  • Assault Heroes
  • Zuma Deluxe

October 26th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Xbox Live, Xbox 360, Xbox | one comment

DirecTV Streams From Home Server

The Windows Home Server blog discovered a nice bonus when one of their guys hooked up a new DirecTV high definition DVR set-top box: The boxes stream music and photos from Windows Home Server. If you’ve got a DirecTV HR-20 box and a Home Server hooked up to your home network, a new beta service developed with Intel will stream to your TV from the Home Server, and possibly from any Windows Media Connect-compatible client.

While it isn’t as good as a Media Center Extender, it is an easy way to get some extra streaming hardware if you are already a regular DirecTV customer. If enough products people are getting for other reasons work, with no effort on the user’s part, with Home Server, then Home Server becomes a lot more valuable.

October 26th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Home Server, Server, Windows | 3 comments

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Microsoft Domain Name Registration Blowout

There are four posts at Resource Shelf, chock full of domains registered by or transferred to Microsoft, that you might be interested in.

Post #1 contains such gems as, (Microsoft just keeps buying Media Center Extender domains), (for the recently launched Health Vault),, (because of Real Live Moms),, and

The second post has so many domains, they’re on a seperate page. They include lots of “hyper-v”-related domains, whatever that is, including hyper-vclub, hyper-vdownload, hyper-vstore. I’m seeing a bunch of sites speculating as to what hyper-v is, and why Microsoft needed to buy up tens of domains containing the term. If you’ve got a clue, let me know. I’m anticipating Microsoft launching a new brand of some sort under the Hyper-V name.

The third post contains (related to new Live Maps features),, (gotta compete with that iPhone), (could a mobile device antispyware tool be coming?) and

And, finally, the fourth post contains,,, and (Microsoft Expo? I’m in!).

October 26th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | 7 comments

Live Search Adds AutoSpellchecking, Word Stemming

The Windows Live Search blog writes about two new features they’ve added. AutoSpell, which activates when they think you’ve misspelled a search term. Unlike Google, which says “Did you mean ____” and invites you to click a link, Live includes the properly spelled search results along with your misspelled results, probably fixing the problem for you with no effort on your part. If you didn’t misspell, you can click to dump them out, instead. VERY smart.

The other new feature is Stemming. With this one, if you search for a word, if it thinks a longer version of that word will deliver better search results, it includes those results in your regular search results as well. So, if you search for “book”, it might include “books” as well to improve things, and if you search for “walk”, it might include “walking” automatically.

October 26th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Windows, Search | 2 comments

Hillary Clinton, Fake Steve Jobs, Speak At Microsoft

In seperate events, former First Lady and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and “Fake Steve Jobs” blogger, editor and author Dan Lyons spoke at Microsoft yesterday. Todd Bishop spoke with Fake Steve and has an interview up, asking Dan how it feels, as a fake Apple icon, to be at the Microsoft campus. If you like reading, here are some quotes from the interview. Here’s Fake Steve announcing his plans to come to Microsoft, saying “Apparently the Microtards just can’t get enough of my abuse”.

This Microsoftie seemed quite impressed with Hillary’s speech earlier that day. This photo is from the event and was taken by Jeff Maurone, licensed under CC:

October 26th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Apple | no comments