Brothers in Arms on Xbox Live

I recently bought Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (BIA) in anticipation of playing with one of my former DOT supervisors, Paul. Paul had explained to me that this was a squad-based World War II game, but he really enjoys playing it online. Seeing how it was on sale, I bought a copy and started playing it. I was amazed at how easy it was to learn, yet it’s also challenging. I realized that I was hooked.

After a couple of weeks of trying to find time to play against each other online, Paul and I finally did so last night. Initially, we probably would’ve played Halo 2 or ESPN NFL 2K5. Since I purchased BIA, we chose to play that instead. It was actually a lot of fun. So if you’re looking for a fun yet challenging World War II game, I recommend this. Of course, I haven’t played any of the other WWII genre games, so I can’t compare BIA to them.

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 – Xbox

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A friend’s blog on creationism

The fight to teach creationism in American public schools continues. My friend Jason found an interesting article about how the residents of Dover, Pennsylvania are split on the issue. I think Mr. Esbach’s comments in the Yahoo News article are important to consider. I posted my comments on Jason’s site; the link follows.

jasonbock.net blog: Scary. VERY Scary

Yahoo News article: Teaching Darwin splits Pennsylvania town

Try limited full version software before you buy

The IT section at work ordered me a copy of Microsoft Visio for developing flowcharts. While I’ve been waiting, I decided to give it a try at home. Microsoft allows a person to try its Office software for over a month before rendering it inoperative (just like other software trials). I downloaded the 190 MB file, installed it, and started using it to draw a process flow diagram for work. What I find amazing is that I’ve already gotten pretty used to it, even though I only downloaded it last night. After using it for a couple of days, I’m inclined to purchase a copy.

Some software companies have done a good job of providing full versions of their products to consumers and businesses to give it a test spin for a set amount of time (typically 30 days). I did this with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004; after downloading, installing, and trying it, I decided that I liked it more than FrontPage and purchased it within a week. I’ll admit that it’s a form of marketing, but it gives the user a chance to really determine if the software will meet his or her needs. I don’t know if I’ll decide to purchase Visio right away, but at least now I know what it is capable of and how it can meet my needs. Unfortunately, most of the software companies do not offer a discount for purchasing a full version of the software after you’ve downloaded and tested it.

Trial Microsoft software available for download

SBC-Yahoo! ups the ante over Google

I haven’t been keeping up on the tech news lately. But I read today that SBC-Yahoo! will start providing two gigabytes of space for each of its e-mail accounts. Subscribers can have up to 10 e-mail sub-accounts per subscription plus the primary e-mail account. That means that an account can have as much as 22 gigabytes of e-mail storage. It is probably in response to Google offering one gigabyte of space for its Gmail (which is still in beta-testing). I’m not a big fan of SBC, but I admire the fact that Yahoo has already crawled my site, unlike Google. I still use Google for most of my searching, though. So what is MSN offering?

Press release: SBC Yahoo! DSL and Dial Subscribers to Receive Huge Boost in Email Storage Capacity

Google’s Gmail service

My search on hold

I hate to admit it, but Google has not crawled my site since I published the new design. I cannot keep it as a search on my site if it is ineffective. So I suggest using Yahoo Search and typing “site: http://brianshah.net” after your search term or terms. I plan on adding a built-in search, but that will take some reorganizing and additional programming. And since I’m not a programmer, I will need to learn the things I need to learn to make this site a little more dynamic (namely PHP, MySQL, and XML). And since I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, it will be a while (although I did manage to buy about half of a paycheck’s worth of books on the subject lately). Wish me luck!

Snowy St. Patrick’s Day

I may not be Irish, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate what it means to be Irish. Of course, this is Wisconsin, so it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some special weather. The following is from the WKOW-TV (ABC affiliate in Madison) weather Web site (and it is copyrighted; I just want to make sure that they know I recognize the source):

It’s Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wisconsin is usually hit with one nice snow storm in March, which is what we’re seeing now! A band of snow will continue to drift northward across southern Wisconsin through the evening, with generally three to five inches expected through Friday morning. (heaviest north of Dane County.) So if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this evening, be aware that you will likely encounter slick spots out on the roadways.

**A SNOW ADVISORY is in effect for Iowa and Dane Counties from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Friday and for Columbia, Sauk, Marquette and Green Lake Counties from midnight until noon Friday for 4 to 5 inches of snow. Juneau and Adams Counties are under a WINTER STORM WARNING from 3 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday for total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.**

That’s right, we’re getting snow here in Wisconsin. Technically, it’s still winter for four days. So more snow is likely, such as on Saturday when a snow-rain mix is predicted with a high temperature of 39 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wisconsin Action Man – follow up

Glen Loyd was able to find my blog about honoring him. He sent me a note thanking me for the mention. It feels good when the person that you’re complimenting finds out about it. He found my site by using alltheweb.com, which he stated he uses all the time. Like Yahoo!, this search engine managed to find and crawl my site. So what’s going on with Google (why isn’t it finding my site)?