Archive for July, 2008

Red Rings of Death Plague Me

Red Rings of Death

Well it finally happened.  My XBox360 Elite died about two weeks ago.  We first noticed a problem playing Lego Indiana Jones.  We would be about 5 to 10 minutes into playing and then the video would go crazy and the audio would give an annoying buzzing lockup sound.  The only thing to do from there was to just turn it off.  A week later I had some time to trouble shoot the issue and found that this problem would occur with any game, though not when I was just in the Dashboard.  And during the troubleshooting I finally got the dreaded “Red Rings of Death” I’ve heard so much about on the white XBox’s.  I assumed this issue had be resolved with the release of the Elite system, but alas, I was wrong.   I called Microsoft XBox support and they were quick to setup shipment for my system to be repaired.  UPS tracking states the my XBox is ‘out for delivery’ in good ‘ol Mesquite, TX just about 200 miles north of here.  And now I just wait for that box to show up on my door step, I’m guessing in about 2 weeks.
My XBox is about 14 to 16 months old and I’m glad it happened now and not later after my warranty expired.  This has brought me closer to thinking about a PS3 now that the Blue-Ray/HDDVD war is over.  Though I’m not really convinced that Blue-Ray will even stay around too long due to the ease of HD download and streaming over network.  Right now I have other things I need to spend money on.

Scoot Scoot Scoot

These gas prices are getting insane.  $60 to fill up for my car is just out of control.  I feel sorry for people in California and I always have, but I feel sorry for me here in Austin, TX.  I don’t think anything is going to happen to get the gas prices lower.  I just don’t see it happening.  I will have my car paid off in December of this year, about 6 months away.  I’ve been contemplating buying a nice new motorcycle but I’m not sure my Keinbock Diseased wrist can take the strain a sport bike would give me, and I know I can blow through a 5 gallon tank of gas on a sport bike in one night, I’ve gone it many times years ago.  I need something inexpensive for my daily work commute, which is in town and basically from North Lamar and Braker to downtown.  It’s an easy straight shot.  Is a scooter the best solution for me, other than the bus?  I’ve never owned one, but some of them look pretty cool.  Keneda and his bike from the anime Akira comes to mind with some of the latest scooter designs that are hitting the streets.  I’ve been doing a little research and I might actually hit  some scooter shops to take a look at what they feel like and see what happens.  It’s Austin and scooters are being seen more and more and more everyday.  Is it finally here that people are realizing they don’t need their big cars anymore or that they just can’t afford to drive them everyday?  I picture in my head traffic jams of scooters in Austin like they have in the busy cities of china.  I’m sure if I end up getting one I’ll be posting all about it.