Whizzing Through Atlanta

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Whizzing Through Atlanta

I’m proud to be from Augusta, Georgia. As one of the oldest Southern cities, Augusta holds a special place in the development of Southern hospitality and charm. Manners are important, and we all teach our children to follow the golden rule.

Similarly, for the sake of Southern decency, some topics just don’t need to be discussed in public, much less in the media. You’re probably thinking this is going to be another Phil Robertson reference, but no. It’s the following wired.com headline that caused me to cringe just a little: “Atlanta Battles Public Urination With Pee Detectors in Subways.”

How wonderful. Now the whole world knows two new facts about Georgia:

1.Our engineering prowess includes automated urine technology.

2.Don’t ride MARTA. 

(I would tell you more about the article, but honestly, it just kind of flows downstream from there.)

 

Adventures in Xbox — I’m pleased to announce that Santa Claus brought me an Xbox One for Christmas! As discussed here before, it’s been over 10 years since our family has purchased a gaming console, and I was completely excited to experience a decade of technology improvements. So after the kids’ Santa, followed by Christmas brunch, then the family’s present opening and finally a trip to Grandmama and Granddaddy’s for a late lunch, by early evening I was able to sit down and play with Daddy’s new toy!

Well, not so fast. The unboxing process is not that difficult, but it takes a few minutes to clear space for the new console and get everything connected. I decided to connect the cable box through the Xbox, so that required a little bit of extra re-wiring. After 15 minutes or so, I was ready to start playing.

Hold your horses. Being a Microsoft device, updates must be downloaded and installed prior to doing anything else. (And me being an IT professional… how could I forget that!) Another 15 minutes, and we’re good to go!

But wait, there’s more. Unbeknownst to me, all new gaming systems require registration into their community to operate. I enter the junk email address that I use for this kind of stuff and click enter. The Xbox displays a message stating a verification email has been sent to that account. After a “quick” password reset, I’m able to log in to verify the address.

Did I mention that it has to be a Microsoft Live ID email? Well, bummer. I create a Microsoft Live ID, and re-do the registration process. Thirty more minutes. Let the games begin!

No, not yet. The Xbox needs to run through some configuration wizards to set up and calibrate the cable box, the TV and the Kinect. While it’s pretty neat to see how the Xbox sends signals to the cable box and TV, all I really want to do is shoot something. Another 10 minutes is gone. Are we ready to play yet?

Possibly. However, at this point, my wife asked me to help her put the kids to bed and start cleaning up the house. That took the better part of the rest of the evening. By the time we got everything done, she was ready to watch some TV — that’s right — on the same TV I installed the Xbox. :-)

 

Happy New Year!