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February 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Mac, Xbox

Frequent visitors here know that I spend a bit of time on Xbox Live. Since I almost exclusively play with folks I know, making game time happen can be a bit like herding cats. If I’m not actually using the Xbox, the only way I can tell if I am missing out on something is to refresh my friends list on the xbox.com website. Since I use a Mac, I can’t use some of the Windows tools that integrate instant messaging with an Xbox Live friends list. The closest thing on the Mac side is the very flaky and unstable Xbox Live Friends.

Xbox friends dashboard widgetI did manage to find a nice dashboard widget that allows me to see which friends are on. The imaginatively named Xbox Live Friends List Widget lets me see what’s sort of gaming action I could join with just one key press. The widget isn’t linked to a friends list, which is why it works well. Instead of logging in to the Xbox.com web site (and deal with the crappy Microsoft Passport authentication) to get friends info, it requires you to put in each of the gamertags you want to monitor. This means you can just focus on a subset of gamertags you want to watch, something I find useful. The widget provides a one-click shortcut for sending messages over Live via xbox.com, which is a nice bonus.

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