Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Geek's Guide to Dieting, Part 2: Diet-friendly Foods

In Part 1, I shared my diet plan. Here in Part 2, I'll share some of the foods I've found that make my reduced-calorie diet work.

Breakfast: Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (80 cals), Coffee with Creamer (40 cals)

If I wasn't dieting, I'd be enjoying a Jimmy Dean sausage, egg and crossant sandwich most mornings for breakfast. But I am dieting, so that's out. Breakfast is the most challenging meal of the day for me: I'm only allowing 120 calories for it, and there's a long stretch between it and lunchtime.

What works best is yogurt, but which one? The craze right now is Greek yogurt--which I really don't like. Fortunately, Dannon's Light & Fit Greek yogurt (80 calories) tastes great. In fact, they've done something remarkable with the huge variety of delicious flavors they offer. It comes in Banana Cream, Blackberry, Blueberry, Caramel Macchiato, Cherry, Cherry Chocolate, Citrus Blend, Key Lime, Peach, Pineapple, Pomegranate Berry, Raspberry, Raspberry Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Cheesecake, Toasted Coconut Vanilla, and Vanilla. They're always experimenting with new flavors too, so it doesn't stop there. I've recently seen limited edition flavors as well such as Pumpkin Pie. I've tried about half of these so far, and nearly all of them are really delicious.

But it doesn't stop there. There's also Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt Mousse (also 80 calories), which tastes more like a dessert. These come in Cherry Cheesecake, Coconut Cream, French Vanilla, Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Tart, Raspberry & White Chocolate, and Salted Caramel flavors.

You can buy Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt in packs of 6 or individually.

With my yogurt I'll have a cup of Breakfast Blend coffee (2 calories) from my Keurig and some creamer (30-40 calories).

Snack: Pickles (0 calories)

Pickles have a special place in the world of dieting because most varieties have zero calories. Don't believe me? Check out the nutrition facts label on a jar of pickles and see for yourself. How can this be? Well, it turns out the energy it takes to digest pickles offsets the calories, coming out to a net of 0 calories. For me, pickles are a welcome snack in that long morning stretch between breakfast and lunch.

Pickles: 0 calories

Another good snack are cuties (tangerines), only about 40 calories each.
Cuties: 40 calories

Lunch: Lean Cuisine Microwave Meals

I work from home most days, so microwave meals are typically what I have for lunch. If dieting were not a concern, I'd favor meals from Stouffers and Marie Callenders. But I am dieting, so I need leaner choices. Lean Cuisine to the rescue! Lean Cuisine has a large offering of meals with low calories and many of them are quite good. I'm especially fond of their under-200 calorie meals such as Herb Roasted Chicken and Steak Portabella, because these leave me enough calories for a mid-afternoon follow-up meal. Also good from Lean Cuisine are their Chicken Parmesan (310 calories), Ranchero Braised Beef (250) and Fiesta Grilled Chicken (250). Another note in Lean Cuisine's favor is honest labeling. I can't tell you how many times I've bought a microwave meal from some other brand only to find out the calories on the front were misleading due to how they figure portion size. With Lean Cuisine, they're very clear with their calorie labeling.

Good meals under 200 cals from Lean Cuisine

Very good from Lean Cuisine in the 250-310 cal range


Boston Market Turkey Medallions--a good portion of food (Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables), only 230 calories.

With one of these meals for lunch, I'm satisfied until my mid-afternoon meal.

Lunch Part 2: Mid-Afternoon Meal: Ready-Pac Bistro Bowl Salad

By 2:30 or 3:00pm I'm getting hungry again, but I have room for another meal because I kept my lunch to 200-300 calories. Ready-Pac Bistro Bowl Salads make a great follow up. They have a large variety in the 210-330 calorie range and most of them are quite good. There's a good variety and they are easy to prepare: just mix the toppings and dressing and stir.

Bistro Bowl Salads

My favorite is the Chef Salad (240 calories). If I need to stay on the lower side of calories, I'll go with the Caprese Salad with Balsamic Dressing or the Walnut Cranberry salad with Raspberry dressing (each 210 calories). The Santa Fe, Bacon Blue Wedge and Turkey & Bacon Cobb are also good, but I'll have those less often because they are 290 calories.

With my mid-afternoon salad, it's smooth coasting till dinner time.

Dinner: Home Cooking

My wife usually cooks for dinner, so it could be something different each time.  Fortunately, she's good at helping me figure out the calories. On my diet plan, I've kept 600 calories (half my daily allowance) reserved so I can have a satisfying dinner.

Dessert: Sugar-free Jello and Diet Snapple

In the evening, I may have a sugar-free Jello (10 calories) or a Diet Peach Snapple (10 calories).

Well, there's my default meal plan. Of course, I sometimes eat out or have to drive in to the office, which changes things. I'll share tips on staying on your diet plan while eating out in Part 3.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Azure SQL Database Cross Database Joins with Local Databases

Organizations that make use of the cloud sometimes have to integrate that information with local databases. If you have a need to do cross-database joins including an Azure SQL Database, you might be wondering how that can be accomplished. One solution that works is to go to a local database and add a linked server to your Azure database.

Defining a Linked Server with sp_addlinkedserver

To add a linked server, open your local database in SQL Server Management Studio and execute a sp_addlinkedserver statement. You'll need to specify a number of parameters:
  • @server : the name you want to use to refer to the database in queries. Use a simple, memorable name. In our example, we'll use abc.
  • @datasrc : the data source (Azure database server), such as
  • @catalog : the database to connect to. We'll use ABC_PROD in our example.
  • @provider : set to SQLNCLI.
  • @srvproduct : set to empty string.
sp_addlinkedserver @server='abc', @datasrc=N'', @catalog=N'ABC_PROD', @provider=N'SQLNCLI', @srvproduct=N''

Defining a Linked Server Login

To go with your Azure linked server you'll need to define a login for it. Use a sp_addlinkedsrvlogin statement with these parameters:
  • @rmtsrvname : name of the linked server (same value you used for @server in the previous section). Example: abc
  • @useself : set to 'false'
  • @rmtuser : username. Example: dbrpt
  • @rmtpassword : password. Example: s4ssafr4ss!
sp_addlinkedsrvlogin @rmtsrvname='abc', @useself='false', @rmtuser='dbrpt', @rmtpassword='s4ssafr4ss!'

Viewing Linked Server in SSMS Object Explorer

After performing the above steps, refresh your SSMS Object Explorer and you should see your linked server. If you defined everything correctly, you'll also see the database objects available, such as tables and views.

For troubleshooting, there's also a handy Test Connection option if you right-click the linked server name.

Querying the Azure Linked Server

To query your linked database, use the prefix [server][database] before specifying schema/table, where server is the value your used for @server and database is the value you used for @catalog in the first step above. For example,

SELECT * FROM [abc].[ABC_PROD].[dbo].person

Including Azure Linked Server in Cross-Database Queries

Now that you have a working linked server, you can include it in database queries that join to the local database or other linked databases. In the query below, the Azure linked database is joined to a local database table.

There you have it: queries that combine cloud and local data through the use of a Linked Server.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Geek's Guide to Dieting, Part 1

I started dieting 3 4 months ago, and as of today I've lost over 30 40 lbs. I thought I'd share some tips on how I've been able to reduce weight and stick to my diet plan. In Part 2, I'll also discuss some of the diet-friendly (yet tasty) foods I've latched on to.

I've lost more than 2 bowling balls of weight

Let me begin with some words of encouragement: you can do this! If I can do it, anyone can. As you'll read below, I'm about the worst candidate for weight loss you can imagine, yet I'm doing it. You can too.

The Geek's Dilemma: A Sedentary Lifestyle

I've certainly attempted diets before, usually ending in failure. One thing I learned from those experiences is that temporary diets are destined to fail, because when they're over you revert back to life as usual. Instead, you've got to make permanent lifestyle changes that you can stick with. This time around, I've been able to do that and that's why it's been working. 

As anyone who's ever made a New Year's resolution knows, lifestyle changes are hard. I think it's even harder for geeks who can't tear themselves away from their work. I'm a software developer with project responsibilities and looming deadlines, and that means a sedentary lifestyle. I spend 12 hours+ a day sitting. There's not a whole lot of exercise going on, other than conjugal visits (heh heh). And realistically, that's not going to change much. I may take an occasional walk but it's been hard to get into a daily exercise routine. That leaves food as the logical area of focus for me, and that's where I've had some success.

Another challenge for me is that I really love food! My wife is an excellent cook. Gourmet cooking is her hobby, so there's lots of good food at home. Half the time Food Network is what we're watching on TV. Plus, we like to dine out. We usually dine out as a family every Sunday.

Lastly, I have Type 2 Diabetes which really complicates things. With diabetes you're needing to eat often, but with a diet you've got to eat less. What prompted me to start dieting again was the realization that I've been putting on a great deal of weight year after year since the onset of diabetes about 5 years ago. 

Limiting Your Daily Calories

But what kind of diet to go on? There are endless diets to choose from, but I had some specific criteria to narrow things down. I needed something that would be:

1. Simple
2. Not expensive
3. Not unpleasant
4. Not disruptive to family dinners

This criteria quickly eliminated many diet approaches. Special diet foods were out: they cost a lot of money, taste foul, and complicate family dinners if I have to eat something different from everybody else. 

I ultimately settled on something very, very simple: limiting the amount of calories I eat each day. Simply eating less has a lot going for it. It doesn't restrict what you eat. When eating with others, you don't have to be eating something different.

I started out at 1800 calories a day, but wasn't seeing much weight loss so I reduced that until I started getting results. Since getting down to 1200 calories a day, weight loss has been around 10 lbs a month. (Note: if you're considering limiting your daily calories, you should set a limit that makes sense for your height and weight. There are online calculators for that, or even better discuss with your doctor.)

Tracking Your Calories

With a firm calorie/day goal in mind, the next question is how to keep track of everything you put into your mouth. These days, that's fairly easy. Many restaurants now display calories on their menu and/or have nutrition information on their web sites. Food products you purchase list calories in their Nutrition Facts labels. For dishes prepared at home, there are apps that let you enter ingredients and calculate calories for the dish.

Speaking of apps, an invaluable tool for tracking calories is My Fitness Pal, a free phone app. It lets you set and track your daily calorie goals and track what you eat (with an enormous database of foods and calories). It also keeps track of your weight goal and lets you enter your weight as it changes. My Fitness Pal is a key element to my diet plan.

Tracking meals in My Fitness Pal

Weight reduction progress in My Fitness Pal

Sticking to a Daily Routine

I settled into a daily eating routine that has become ingrained in me, which is very helpful to sticking to the diet plan. Here it is:

Breakfast (120 calories)
Coffee with creamer

Mid-morning snack (0 calories)

Lunch, Part 1 - Noon (250 calories)
Microwave meal

Lunch, Part 2 - Mid-afternoon (210 calories)

Dinner (600 calories)
Whatever's being served, but not more than 600 calories

Evening (20 calories)
Diet Snapple
Sugar-free Jello

A big challenge for me is the stretches between eating, hard on me due to my diabetes and fluctuating glucose levels. I decided I would tough out the morning with a small breakfast and a mid-morning snack of pickles (which are 0 calories). The rest of the day is easier as I eat progressively more. For lunch I have two 200-250 calorie items, one at noon and another mid-afternoon. Dinner is best of all, where I still have half of my daily calories available.

Each morning I weigh myself. Often it's good news, and I enter my new reduced weight in My Fitness Pal. Some days my weight stays the same, and sometimes it even jumps up a bit--it's a finicky thing, that scale. But I don't let that bother me: I stay on my routine, and each month I've lost another 10 pounds.

Are there ever exceptions to the daily plan? Sure. Occasionally, I will have dinner out with my wife. On Sundays, I have dinner out with the entire family. On those occasions it's tempting to forego the daily routine, but I've been careful to keep the calories in check. If I eat more calories than usual for lunch, I'll eat fewer for dinner. Sometimes I'll only eat half of what I'm served at a restaurant and take the rest home, where my 13-year old son is happy to take it off my hands.

Well, there you have it. A diet that works for a geek that doesn't cost extra money. Now that I've been doing this for three months, it's become easier. My body has become used to eating less each day.

In Part 2, I'll cover some of my favorite diet-helpful foods.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Geek's Paradise: My First Week with a 2016 Nissan Maxima

I'm the new owner of a 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum. I've had the car for one week, so I thought I would share my first impressions.

Why a Maxima?
First off, why did I select this car? My wife has the minivan, and I like to drive a sedan -- when possible, a luxury sedan. A few years back when I worked for Microsoft, I drove a stylish Infiniti I30 which I loved. More recently, it's been a Camry Hybrid--a big downgrade on luxury, but the hybrid technology had geek appeal. Anyway, my oldest daughter is off to college and we've given her the Camry, which means it's time for new wheels for Dad. :)

I did take a look at the near-luxury models within reach including Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, and Mercedes. I can't really get excited about Lexus these days ever since Toyota/Lexus adopted that hideously ugly spindle grille. Although I can afford an entry-level BMW or Mercedes, I get the feeling I'd be in for a more expensive cost of ownership. Options cost more, and even simple maintenance like an oil change costs more. Before long, I was focusing on Acura and Infiniti as realistic possibilities.

For quite some time, I was seriously considering an Acura TLX: it has a great collection of features for the price, and we've loved the quality of our Honda Odyssey minivan. But then my wife and I went for a test drive, and found the interior disappointing. There's just enough room in front (though I could easily hit the roof just by stretching a bit), but the back seat space is woefully inadequate. My teenagers would never fit back there. I also found the interior bland and very much lacking in quality materials for a near-luxury brand. Disappointed, we realized we'd better keep looking. I widened my circle of car brands a bit and kept reading reviews. Before long I found some mentions of how well the new 2016 Nissan Maxima compares to luxury brands, so I decided to take a closer look, and was immediately impressed.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima has a bold new exterior styling that gets a lot of attention. The interior, modeled after a fighter jet cockpit, is stunning and rivals luxury brands. There are tech features galore. The car has plenty of power with a 300HP V6 engine, but gets 30 MPG on the freeway. We took a test drive and were won over. Soon afterward we made our purchase.

The Maxima comes in 5 trim levels, all with the same engine. Even the lowest trim includes a navigation system and rear-view camera. I went for the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, which includes some nice goodies like a 360-degree camera view, heated/cooled seats, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and dual sunroof.

Tech Features

I'm a geek, so tech features matter a lot. The Maxima has lots of them which I'm going to describe in the remainder of this post. I'll cover other topics such as power and comfort features in future posts.

Center Console

The Maxima has a center console touch-screen which displays Audio, Map, Navigation, Traffic, Weather, nearby Fuel Stations (with gas prices), Movies (with nearby theatres and showtimes), and even Google Search results. Some of these features are dependent on a SiriusXM subscription or a connection to your smartphone.

Center Console showing Map

Nearby Fuel Stations with Prices

The console touch-screen can be touched and pinched wider/smaller similar to a smart phone. Alternative ways to interact with the console screen include voice commands and a Command Dial.

Command Dial

Driver Assist Display (Dashboard Screen)

In addition to the center console there's also a good-size display right in the dashboard between the tachometer and speedometer. You can cycle through a number of useful views using steering wheel controls including Speedometer/Compass, Audio, Tire Pressure, Navigation, and Driver Warnings.

Compass/Speedometer view

Navigation view

Audio View

Tire Pressure View

It's nice having all this information right there in the dashboard, pleasantly presented.

Blind Spot Warning

Ever have a close call where you were about to change lanes only to find there was a car present you hadn't noticed? Blind Spot Warning comes to the rescue. If a car is on your left or right in your blind spot, you get a light in the left or right door near your side-mirror; a message will also appear on your dashboard if you have the Driving Aids view displayed. If your turn signal is on and there's a car in your blind spot, you get a beep as well. This is a really useful safety feature and I feel much more secure on the freeway with it looking out for me.

Blind Spot Warning

Collision Detection

Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) warns you of an impending collision. It actually looks two cars ahead (by bouncing sonar under the car in front of you). The advance warning gives you time to react. If a collision is unavoidable, Forward Emergency Breaking (FEB) will apply the brakes automatically.

I know this is a valuable safety feature that really works because I've already seen it in action--it went off during our test drive! My wife was getting on the freeway, and the car ahead of her suddenly slowed to a halt without warning on the entry ramp. Alarms went off alerting us to take action.

Intelligent Cruise Control

What Nissan calls Intelligent Cruise Control is more commonly known as Adaptive Cruise Control. The innovation over traditional cruise control is that the distance to the car in front is maintained, with your car automatically slowing or speeding up on its own. I tried this on a California Freeway that was open road at times and stop-and-go at other times: the car drove itself, even coming to a complete stop when necessary and resuming when traffic started moving again. All I had to do was steer. This feature is really well implemented and has already won my trust. Clearly we're not far from the time when self-driving cars are going to be a reality.

Steering Wheel Controls

All-Around Camera and Moving Object Detection

Rear-view cameras are becoming very common in newer vehicles, but Nissan and Infiniti are known for their Around View that shows you the front, sides, and rear of the car. This is done very well and presented like a birds-eye view on the center viewing screen. It's an invaluable help when parking. There's also Moving Object detection, which alerts you if something is moving toward the vehicle (such as another car or a pedestrian). Frankly, I never realized how poorly I center myself in road lanes and parking spots until I had this Around View feature.

Rear-View and Around-View Split Screen

Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers

Sensors behind the windshield detect rain automatically and turn on/off the windshield wipers as well as adjusting their speed. I haven't personally seen these in action yet (rain is rare in Southern California), but my wife came back from a drive yesterday and reported that sure enough, it started to rain and the windshield wipers came on all by themselves.

Phone Integration

I have an Android phone and my wife and children have iPhones. The phone features vary slightly by phone platform, and we're still learning our way around them. The car will read me text messages from my Android phone and let me send replies (from a list), but it doesn't do that for an iPhone. My wife and daughter can access music from their iPhones through the car's audio system, but I can't seem to get to my Android phone's music.

Heated and Cooled Seats, Heated Steering Wheel
I've had heated seats in previous cars, but cooled seats is new to me--and it works quite well. The steering wheel can also be heated, though I haven't had the need for that feature (and probably won't, given where I live).

What's Not to Like?

One feature that is missing that would be nice to have is Lane Departure Warning; I otherwise have all of the other tech features I want.

The Nissan Connect integration with smart phones is something I'm still working on figuring out, so I won't weigh in on that yet other than to say setup is rather confusing.

I'm also just getting started with voice recognition, so I'll also report on that another time.

The sun visors should be a bit larger. It's the only complaint I have about an otherwise stunning interior.


So far, I love my new Maxima. It's a blast to drive.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Now on Kindle: The Programmer's Guide to Quality Assurance

The Programmer's Guide to Quality Assurance is now available digitally on Kindle.

As I mentioned in my original announcementThe Programmer's Guide to Quality Assurance is a book on testing and quality assurance aimed at programmers, not quality assurance professionals. It's about software developers taking ownership of the quality process instead of merely reacting to it. It covers your role in software quality, building in quality, testing your own work, functional testing, hostile testing, automated testing, analyzing & debugging, fixing bugs completely, and bug causes & remedies. Lack of software quality is a rampant problem; programmers need to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

The Kindle edition of this 275-page book is only US $9.99, which makes it very affordable to give each developer on your team a copy. If you've already purchased the paperback edition, you can get the Kindle edition at a lower price through Amazon's MatchBook program.

Friday, February 26, 2016

My New Book: The Programmer's Guide to Quality Assurance

I'm pleased to announce the availability of my latest book, The Programmer's Guide to Quality Assurance. This is something I've been working on for a long time, and I'm happy to finally see it published.

This is a book on software quality that targets programmers, not quality assurance professionals. Why did I write it? Simply put, the state of software quality today is, well, pretty awful. Your average software project has far too many bugs—and far too many developers willing to accept that as normal. After three-and-a-half decades of developing software and managing teams, I've grown weary of projects where everyone works really hard but no one is satisfied with the results. It doesn't have to be that way: programmers can and should take ownership of the quality process instead of merely reacting to it. My book is about programmers becoming part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Part I is about taking ownership of the quality process. As a developer, you are the key ingredient in software quality. While others on your team can influence quality, what you do matters most since you actually produce the software.

Chapter 1: Your Role in Software Quality
Chapter 2: Building in Quality

Part II is about testing your own work, and testing it well. Failure by developers to sufficiently test their own work is the reason projects have high bug counts: the software entering formal test is frequently incomplete and unfinished.

Chapter 3: Testing Your Own Work
Chapter 4: Functional Testing
Chapter 5: Hostile Testing
Chapter 6: Automated Testing
Chapter 7: Analyzing and Debugging

Part III is about learning from your bugs. Those who fail to learn from their bugs are doomed to repeat them. Only by making changes can you escape from a chronic bug problem.

Chapter 8: Fixing Bugs Completely
Chapter 9: Bug Causes and Remedies

The support site for the book is

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bringing Back the XBox

I was recently happy to make the purchase of a used Xbox. No, not an Xbox One or even an Xbox 360. I'm talking about an original, black Xbox.

Original Xbox

If it seems odd to go back two generations, allow me to explain.

The Way It Was: XBox in the early 2000s

My history with the XBox starts when I lived up in Washington and worked for Microsoft. I won a contest testing employees' knowledge of EAI, and the prize was an XBox. I brought it home, along with several XBox games purchased at the Microsoft Employee Store. At the time, my girls were 6 and 4 and my son was an infant.

The games we found most compelling on the original XBox were Midtown Madness 3 and Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.

Our Favorite XBox Games

Midtown Madness became an instant family favorite. It has a lot more humor than most driving video games, and lets you drive around (or smash up) Paris or Washington DC in great detail, by yourself, with a second player, or with robot players. You can race, perform challenges, or just cruise around. It's a hoot.

Midtown Madness

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb is also great fun. Who doesn't want to be Indiana Jones? You go through a series of levels in the jungles of Ceylon, then in a castle in Prague, later to Istanbul, and finally to various parts of China. You fight, whip, explore, make discoveries, battle monsters, and have to solve puzzles. It's epic and captures the experience of being Indiana Jones very well. It took me 4 months of weekends to get through all of it, and I loved every minute of it.

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb

Aftermath: The Later Generations and No Backward Compatibility

As much as we loved our XBox, it eventually died. The logical thing to do was get an XBox 360, which is what we did. The 360 had some nice improvements, such as wireless controllers... but also one big, glaring flaw: it wouldn't run games for the original XBox! No Midtown Madness, no Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.

I was stunned. In the computer hardware industry, it's the norm to retain compatibility with earlier platforms so software applications will continue to work. Not doing so disrespects the customer's investment and doesn't give customers any incentive for brand loyalty. Microsoft certainly understands this principle well in general, but not at all in the XBox division.

There was some outcry about this, and Microsoft did institute a compatibility program where some games were updated to work on the XBox 360. But the games we loved were not included in this effort.

And so we bought some new games that worked on the XBox 360, but none that we liked as much as the original XBox games. The makers of Midtown Madness 3 did not come out with an XBox 360 version. The makers of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb had plans to come out with another Indiana Jones game title for the newer videogame platforms, but ended up scrapping those plans in favor of a Star Wars themed game.

Highly, highly disappointing. As years went by, my family continually reminded me of how they missed those original XBox games.

More recently, Microsoft announced their third generation gaming platform, XBox One. I paid much attention: would they change their tune about maintaining compatibility? No such luck: XBox 360 games do not run on the Xbox One, Microsoft had learned nothing. I decided then and there I wouldn't be getting an XBox One or any future Xbox platforms. It's bad enough to have been burned once.

Getting a Used Xbox: The Magic is Back

Recently, I had the opportunity to pick up an original first-generation Xbox -- and we love it. We're happily ripping up Paris again in Midtown Madness 3. I've been able to introduce my 11-year old son to Indiana Jones and we are now going through it together level by level.


Follow-up - 6/17/15:

It seems there's been feedback from enough people who feel like I do that Microsoft has decided to change its stance on backward compatibility. They have announced XBox 360 compatibility for the XBox One. This will only be for a select subset of titles, however, so whether your favorite 360 game makes the cut or not remains to be seen. There's nothing here for compatibility with original Xbox games.