Veronica Belmont from Mahalo Daily has some tips for fixing the dreaded red ring of death that makes Xbox 360 gaming so unfun. One of the tips (not recommended by Microsoft) involves wrapping a towel around your Xbox 360 that might give you a few more minutes of game time or mess up your Xbox 360 even more. There's also a complex article from Ars Technica. Unfortunately, there isn't much you do about the red ring of death which represent a "general hardware failure." To avoid the red ring of death in the first place Veronica Belmont suggests taking actions like keeping the Xbox 360 off the carpet and keeping it in a well ventilated area. Basically treat it like you would your expensive laptop or desktop and don't put it on the carpet or let it get dusty or let the cat climb on it. Veronica also recommends purchasing the extended warranty - good idea.