After Sony dropped its prices last week for the PS3, Microsoft followed suit and lowered prices for its Xbox 360 console gaming system. The Xbox 360 Elite is now available for $299, down $100 from $399. The new prices is effective as of yesterday, Friday, August 28, 2009.
The Xbox 360 Pro system was reduced by $50 to $249, and the Xbox 360 Arcade edition kept its price at $199.
I’ve been holding on to my old Xbox game console, but I’ve checked out the new Xbox 360 several times over the past few years, and I think this price drop will cause me to take the plunge and get the new system. I’ll have to research the differences between the Xbox 360 Pro and the Xbox 360 Elite. I’m thinking the Pro edition is good enough for me.
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My Theories on Windows 7
There appears to be a trend with Microsoft Windows release, in my opinion. It appears that one version comes out which receives a lot of bad press and criticism, and then that system is followed up by a version which becomes popular and accepted. People often say the newer version is the “working version” of the previous version.
Historically speaking, I have noticed that Windows 98 was called “Windows 95 that works”, and Windows XP was “Windows Me that works”, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Windows 7 is called “Windows Vista that works”.
What’s In Windows 7?
- Touchscreens! The new version of Windows will support touchscreen technology which allows you to manipulate objects on screen with your fingers instead of a mouse. You’ll have to buy touchscreen monitor, of course. HP has been promoting and selling a Touchscreen system for several months now.
- The taskbar at the bottom of the desktop, looks and acts a lot more like the Dock in Mac OS X by listing open applications as icons without the names, along with lists of common commands and recently opened documents. A feature I like is the ability to re-arrange the running application buttons by dragging and dropping them in a preferred order.
- Dragging a program or document to the top of the screen maximizes that window to fill the screen. Dragging the window to the left or right causes it to cover that half of the screen. Additionally, you can hide other windows on the screen by “grabbing” one window with your mouse and shake it. Or you can grab and shake by touching your touchscreen monitor.
- Vista’s User Account Control is revised in 7 to allow the user to select four control levels.
- Home audio and video features are extended in 7, allowing music and video to be shared and viewed on other devices in the home such as networked media players like the SoundBridge wireless media receiver from Roku, and Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 game console.
- Cell phone and smart phone synchronization features are developed further in Windows 7, thereby allowing you to sync your calendars or contacts or copy over your music.
See yesterday’s article on the Windows 7 Beta release.
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