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“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” …or is it?

It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve heard something that made me want to run to my blog. Normally I tap out a quick 280 characters of “WTF is this now?” and move on.

Not so much today. Today, I’ve got a stone in my shoe. And what’s more is that this is actually a quasi-work-related post which is something I usually stay away from. I mean I do post about product news or tips to help stuff, but very early on, I vowed not get into the internals of a company and I made that decision long before Zuck’s first day at college, way before there was a media that was social. Call it self-preservation if you want to, because that’s how I see it.

So, what has set me off today? I saw that Team Xbox members started to get new badges for their profiles, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Xbox. I said, “Sweet!” and went on with my day.

…until I saw one person tweeting out to a team member and giving her grief about having employee-only badges, that “I deserve a badge too!” and the usual self-entitled bullshit that is rampant in the world today. To be clear, I didn’t get a badge today as I haven’t been in Xbox for a while now and Team Xbox doesn’t need my help in discussing topics on Twitter, so why this post?

I think… I’m not sure because it’s only happened a few times in my life, but… I think this… attitude offended me in some popcorn-stuck-in-the-back-of-my-teeth way.

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To USB or Not To USB

The Escapist: Microsoft’s addition of USB drive support to the Xbox 360 is evidently another way for the giant to make a couple more bucks.

Will someone tell these people that Microsoft isn’t making the USB drive that people are complaining about here? SanDisk is making it. And while you’re at it, can you tell the people in the comments, that are overreacting to pricing, that SanDisk also makes an “SD Card for the Wii,” which is also inflated in price? That there’s no grand 360 conspiracy here?

My guess is that SanDisk will take the time to brand, configure, and test their products with the consoles they are selling them for. Last I looked, Major Nelson said you can plug in “a USB stick up to 16GB” – meaning one branded or not – the same way you have the option of using SD with the Wii. Of course, as with all things storage – be it USB, SDD, or HDD – there’s always quirks with these devices that could involve quality, speed or even reported size… the branded products should take away any of doubt that you are getting what you paid for.

I would say the same is true of PS3 and USB sticks, but I haven’t had a reason to use removable storage from mine – still looking for a game that forces me to pop out the Blu-ray disc that’s in it.

Jump In: Part III version 2

Lo! Behold a Ship-It montage! This collection of Ship-It’s are a small sample of my shipped products as well as some of the people I work with…

Want some of this? Keep reading: I’ve got two positions open on my team and I really need to fill them… after all, we’re already in full blown “busy” mode for the Holiday season.

Wanna know what we’re shipping this year?

Updated: here are the two direct links to the positions I currently have open: 214715 and 223754
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