I'm still finding some time to work on game dev related stuff though.. Back at the end of July I bought a new laptop so I could work on stuff when I was away from the house, it's pretty nice, has a GeForce 7300 Go in it, 2.4 ghz dual core.
So I've been playing with the XNA dev kit since a day or so after it was released and I have to say it's really nice. Microsoft did an excellent job with it. I ended up going and picking up a wired XBox controller because all mine are wireless and I wanted to be able to test with the actual controller. I haven't really messed around that much with C#, but I have been programming in C++ for over 15 years so it's not that far of a stretch.
I started in working on an engine for a game idea I have. I think its going to work pretty well but I want to get the engine fleshed out some before I really lay out the game. Right now between what I've gleamed from several tutorials plus ideas from other engines I've put together I've gotten some groundwork laid. A basic object framework that is working, a scenegraph, and I started on basic cameras before it got too late last night. I'll start on that again tonight after work.