A couple of Xbox 360 usage tips

Care of Major Nelson's podcast, I've found out about a couple of tips for Xbox 360 owners.

Starting the Xbox straight to the dashboard

To boot straight to the dashboard when there is a game in the drive, you can use the media center button on a remote, which will start the console into media center mode, but even if you don't have a media center machine on your network you can just cancel out of that screen, leaving you on the dashboard instead of in the game.

Echo during Xbox Live sessions

If you are hearing the echo, the problem isn't on your end. The person who can't hear the echo is the person with the issue, let them know and get them to take their mic connector out and clean the jack.

Again, thanks to Major Nelson for publishing the tips in his podcast

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On weekdays I'm a Senior Software Engineer at Comparethemarket.com, having previously been a Solution Architect at Nokia & Nokia Siemens Networks, creating creative software solutions for mobile operators around the world.

In my spare time I'm an avid new technology fan, and constantly strive to find innovative uses for the new gadgets I manage to get my hands on. Most recently I've been investigating Mobile Codes, RFID and Home automation (mainly Z-Wave). With a keen eye for usability I'm attempting to create some cost-effective, DIY technology solutions which would rival even high-end retail products. The software I develop is usually released as Open Source.

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