I really struggled to keep to my targets this week. Wednesday was my birthday (yaaay, party!) and I just couldn't keep my mind on work, and as a result I slipped back into some bad habits which continued through till yesterday. I managed to get things back under control today though. I'm keeping my goals for next week the same as this week, and then next friday I will set out my final goals:
-Check email when I arrive at work, lunch, 4pm and possibly before going home.
-Check RSS streams when I arrive and at lunchas well as while compiling/building. Links may only be followed at lunch, or after work.
-Only check forums and reply at lunch or after work.
-Only IM at lunch and after 2PM.
-Only blog and Flickr at lunch Monday to Thursday, and after 4pm on Friday. During builds preparing posts in a text file is acceptable.
-Update podcasts when I arrive and at lunch. Watch short videos immediately, copy the rest to PSP and listen to/watch them at home.
As I mentioned, it was my birthday on Wednesday. Natalie really spoiled me on the day with some nice cologne, Kalua chocolates, a warm stress reliever pillow thing. I've yet to use the pillow since she's been using it-it must be very stressful being married to me ;) She also spoiled me with a copy of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo on the PSP. It is a tactical shooter in the vein of Ghost Recon, and is closely linked with the series by the same name on the PlayStation 2. I haven't had much time to play it, but what I've played so far has been very good. Graphically I think the game could do with a bit more polish, but the gameplay is excellent and the novel implementation of shooter controls on the PSP (with it's single analog control) is surprisingly good. I'll hopefully put up a full review some time in the future.
Xbox 360 in SA
There still hasn't been any significant news regarding the launch of the 360 in South Africa, and many in the community are starting to worry that we may see a repeat of the fiasco surrounding the phantom Xbox 1 launch. Other than a very non-committal statement immediately following Bill Gates' E3 announcement that the 360 would hit SA shores 'before november 2006', MS South Africa has been surprisingly tight lipped. Lets hope they get the hype machine going sometime soon, or they may be in for a very rough ride against the incredibly popular PlayStation brand in this country.
At least there's now a dedicated (independant) Xbox 360 community site in SA: www.xbox-360.co.za.