Connection Failed. The Xbox 360 was unable to prepare a connection to the Windows Vista Media Center-based PC. Restart your Xbox 360 and try again.


Recently, I began having some problems with my Xbox 360 connecting to my Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center PC. I’d repeatedly get the following error:

Connection Failed.

The Xbox 360 was unable to prepare a connection to the Windows Vista Media Center-based PC. Restart your Xbox 360 and try again.

Guess what… restarting the Xbox 360 didn’t work. For some reason, the credential that got setup on the Windows Vista Media Center PC went bad and the PC just stopped recognizing the Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender (MCE). Thankfully, after some searching, I found the solution here: Continue reading Connection Failed. The Xbox 360 was unable to prepare a connection to the Windows Vista Media Center-based PC. Restart your Xbox 360 and try again.

This site may harm your computer – Google and StopBadWare.org Combine to Kill Web Traffic


I’ve had this personal blog site running for about a year now, and thanks to Google and all of the tools they offer, I have been able to monetize it. Most of my traffic (in the past) had come from Google and over the life of the site the traffic has grown every month.

Recently, September 14th to be exact (we’ll call it G-Day… the day when Google decided to stop all inbound traffic for me) I noticed that my traffic had slowed to about 25% of what it had typically been, and after doing a little bit of research, I noticed that the reason was this little bit of text that Google decided to display next to search results without any warning. That little piece of text?

This site may harm your computer.

This site may harm your computer.

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