ESPN ScoreCenter for Windows Phone: the total package

While sitting at the bar the other night, awaiting my Pittsburgh Steelers preseason action, a few of us were reading up on the latest and greatest in the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bucs went more than a few extra innings – 19 in total – in their win against the Cardinals.

But we, the Pittsburgh fans in Rochester, New York, weren’t just excited to see the final score on the ESPN ScoreCenter App for Windows Phone 7, they wanted the rest of the action! And they got it. You see, what we learned with several of us sitting around with smartphones in hand, was that on the iPhone, you have the ESPN ScoreCenter app, and the ESPN GameCenter app. On Windows Phone? It’s all conveniently rolled in to one total package.

Tap on any game’s score to reveal an in-depth play-by-play of the game, including a view of the strike-zone and diamond for baseball, the hardwood for basketball, a football field and presumably an ice rink, all showing where shots take place, gains and losses on the play, strikes, balls, field goals, and three pointers, all depending on your sport de jour. No need to launch in to a different app, Windows Phone 7 has brought the GameCenter to you within the ScoreCenter app.

Microsoft has some new tools to take malware and spyware seriously

Even though I have listed off a good number of programs in my IT toolkit and cleaning malware infected computers, I have a new tool I’m starting to use more and more – and you already have it. It goes by two names. The “Malware Removal Tool” from Microsoft, or even “Microsoft Safety Scanner.”

Microsoft packs this little beauty in to your computer with each Windows Update. Simply go to your Start Menu and click RUN (or if you don’t have run just use the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu), type in MRT and press enter. You’ve opened the latest Malware Removal Tool! With a few presses of the next button, you’ll be on your way to scanning your computer for known pieces of malware that can slip right by antivirus and other tools.

If you don’t know the last time you’ve run your Windows Updates and you want to ensure you have the latest and greatest version right from Microsoft’s Security Scanner website. Don’t plan to keep this one in your IT toolkit – unlike the download from Windows Update, this download will actually expire every 10 days to ensure you’re keeping a fresh and up-to-date copy with you.

Microsoft has also launched the very interesting Malware Protection Center, which reports most active and recently published / identified pieces of malware. Currently, Microsoft is reporting the top ten desktop threats right now to be:

  • Trojan:Win32/Sirefef.AC
  • Trojan:JS/IframeRef
  • Worm:Win32/Conficker.B
  • Worm:Win32/Conficker.C
  • Virus:Win32/Sality.AM
  • Exploit:Win32/CplLnk.A
  • Virus:Win32/Sality.AT
  • Worm:Win32/Dorkbot!lnk
  • Trojan:Win32/FakeSysdef
  • Trojan:DOS/Alureon.E

So be sure to check your computer for your own safety!

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Failure Codes

When Microsoft has an open beta test for the Xbox 360 Dashboard, the public release can’t be far off. With a new dashboard update just around the corner, I thought it might be handy to have this article at your disposal. If you perform an update and receive an error code after the update, here is how you can decode it, and what to do about each one. Some even require SPECIFIC updates that may not automatically be downloaded through Xbox Live – you would have to download these ‘special’ updates designed to resolve these issues. Microsoft has created a VERY helpful page, and addresses several possible error codes:

xxxx-307D-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
xxxx-3080-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
xxxx-3143-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
xxxx-3151-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
xxxx-xxxx-1xxx-xxxx-C000-007B
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-000E
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0010
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-007F
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-D000-0120
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-0461
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-2746
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-274C
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-2751
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-2AF9
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8007-2EE2
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-8015-xxxx
xxxx-xxxx-xx8x-xxxx-807B-0194
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0185
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0032
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0013
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0286
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-8007-000F
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-8007-045D
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-D000-0185
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0001
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0034
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C810-1001
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0022
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C800-8001
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-003C
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0221
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C005-3007
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-003A
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-0099
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C810-1012
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C810-1011
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C800-0080
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-016B
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C005-3002
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-C000-003F

Possible Error Codes after Console Update has its own support section on Xbox.com.