Xbox Friends Watch : Silverlight Sidebar Gadget

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Now that HALO 3 has been released, my Xbox 360 and I are hanging out together again, Xbox Live is in the picture too.  Why?  Best answer could be HALO 3 multiplayer mode, and what's better than multiplayer mode?  Multiplayer mode with friends.

This resulted in a perfect opportunity to create a new sidebar gadget, which of course since I'm a big fan of Silverlight I used it as the UI for the gadget.  I'm pretty happy with the results and this video is a quick demo of how the gadget works.

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      What can I say other than: very very cool. Thank you so much for creating this and giving us an insight into the internals.

      Kind regards,

      (Gamer Tag: polyGhost)
    • User profile image
      Thanks tom Smiley

      I'm working on putting together a Silverlight-based Sidebar gadget template, which I'll be posting soon.
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      My XBox Friends Watch refuses to display friends, it worked fone for a day or so then point blank refuses to display anything now.

      I put in some names seperated by a comma as per instructions, I notice you put it as "Gamertag, Gamer Tag, TAG"  as in a comma and a space in the video... This didn't work for me either.

      Any ideas?  I do have silverlight installed.
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      Ive got the same problem as Aidy which really sucks cuz I was looking forward to this. Fix it? nawr? By the way, Halo 3 is Awesome.

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      Wamp Thing

      Yea got the same problem.  This is a great idea, and it would be nice if someone would respond to this error, been looking for some kind of solution for awhile now.

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      The web service address returning the xbox data has changed. Navigate to the subdirectory called js under the directory where the gadget is installed (a hidden folder)... In Windows 7 this is C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\XboxFriendsWatch.gadget\. Open the Gadget.js file in notepad to edit. Change the GAMERINFO_URL to ""... save your changes. Close the gadget if you have it open and reload it. Now just enter up to 5 gamer tags separated by commas.



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