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XBox (Games)

Inside the New Xbox Experience 50

Eurogamer has an in-depth look at the new Xbox Experience, which is coming on November 19th. They discuss the new interface and features, and their reaction is generally positive, citing graphical improvements, smooth file management, and better chat functionality. "The Guide is also your access point to the new Party system, where you can gather eight of your friends together in a voice-chat channel and move the group between games. You don't even have to be doing the same thing: you can just chat along regardless. And because it's a service layer, it automatically works with all your existing games. Gears of War treats it like it's always been there. Instead of inviting a player, you invite the group; instead of ending a session and having to reassemble for another, you stay together. You can open it up to friends or set it to be invite-only, and while it's one of NXE's quieter additions, it's also its most authoritative statement: this is Microsoft saying, 'We figured we might need to do something like this, so we made sure we could.'"
Data Storage

Submission + - SPAM: Data center power: the cost reality

alphadogg writes: Most IT executives haven't focused on their IT equipment's power costs, and they aren't taking energy efficiency into account when they choose servers, storage devices or network gear. But this story explains why they might want to change their ways. "Oftentimes, the people who pay the power bill aren't in the IT department, they're in the facilities department. Where it shows up is in the capital cost for the data center," says one expert. "This all happens invisibly until you run out of capacity."
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Linux Business

Submission + - Incident Management System

rgwalch writes: I'm in the process of looking for an Open Source Web Based Incident Management System that will allow me to track trouble tickets from inception to final resolution. The functionality I'm looking for includes the ability to define the type of problem, automatically assign independent technicians to the ticket based on location (zip code)and skill type, track the ordering and shipping of repair parts to the technician, track critical events such as assigning technician, parts ordered, parts shipped, appointment date, completion date. Multiple systems will be fine as long as I cna build interfaces between them.

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