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At the BUILD 2013 conference this year the attendees were lucky enough to get Surface Pros as one of the give-aways. I realize this is a device that has been in the market since January of this year, but I wanted to record my thoughts as a user and a developer. Pros There are a number of things that I really find attractive about the Surface Pro. One of them is the screen which is crystal clear and bright. It is especially impressive after seeing the screen on the Acer W3 which looks like it belongs ...
As a consultant I have long stretches where I may be heads down with a single technology. In the mean time the rest of the world can be passing you by. When I get off of that project there is a lot to catch up to. I could buy a bunch of books or request time to go to a class, but the first is time consuming and the second is expensive. Pluralsight allows me to catch up quickly at the end of a project or even keep up during a project by giving comprehensive video courses for a reasonable price. The ...
DZone is a great technology site and their Refcardz are a great way to kick start your understanding of new topics. Refcards are about the length of a book chapter packed with great details to quickly get you up and running with the latest technologies. There are quickly approaching 200 Refcardz on subjects varying from Adobe Coldfusion to Windows Powershell and everything in between with more added all the time. These quick start guides are created by the leading subject matter experts in the DZone ...
When O’Reilly gave me an opportunity to review this book I was excited. It gave me a reason to finally put some time into this new platform and what developers will need to learn in order to be successful. This book by Ben Dewey is only 92 pages long, so if you were looking for an in-depth treatment of Windows 8 development you will need supplemental materials. It is also due for an update from the perspective of recent changes made by Microsoft prior to the final release of the OS and tools. This ...
I originally started this post when I had the Windows 8 preview setup on VirtualBox image. I have since put the RTM bits on a Dell E6530 that is my new work laptop. It isn’t a table so I am not getting the touch experience, but as a developer this makes the most sense for the moment. This is the first Windows OS that I have had to spend much time exploring to even get started. The first thing I ran into was when I clicked on the desktop icon I was lost. Where is the Start menu? Where are my programs? ...
The Kindle Fire, like a lot of devices these days, does not come with a user manual. Kindle Fire: Out Of The Box covers the basics of setting up and using your Fire. This 76-page book is divided into 6 chapters: Get to Know Your Kindle Fire Set Up Your Fire Books, Newsstand, and Docs Music and Video Apps Web and Email The book is loaded with detailed, annotated screen shots, which makes it easy to figure out exactly what you should be seeing on your Kindle's screen. However, this comes at a price ...
I’ve worked with the BizTalk Rule Engine and various rule systems using Windows Workflow Foundation with varying degrees of success, so I was interested in seeing InRule’s solution, billed as “The Premier .NET Solution for Authoring, Managing and Executing Business Rules”. The company has been around since 2002, and lists AirTran Airways, Trane and Experian among its customers. Product Components of InRule InRule has multiple components for authoring, storing and executing rules, each of which can ...
So we are at almost two weeks since I purchased the 11 inch MacBook Air and the question would be asked, would you buy it again now that you had one? The answer, absolutely. I am amazed at the speed. Engadget suggested that it was slow on their podcast, but I have to disagree. I only have the 2gb and 1.4ghz model as well, the only upgrade I was able to purchase at the store was the 128gb SSD. I would say it is fast enough for what I use it for. Blogging, Word, Outlook, Excel, surfing, music, video ...
Even though this week has been a bear for me dealing with AT&T support for DSL service and after 4 hours on the phone with their support team trying to get to the place where I can connect to their service again, I am still happy with the new product I introduced into our house, the 3G MicroCell. The 3G MicroCell is a mini cell-tower for your house that generates a stronger 3G signal for you while going over your DSL/Cable modem to connect back into the AT&T network. Why did we get it? After ...
Along with the new TV we purchased, I need a new antenna for Over-The-Air HD/DTV because I absolutely hate the Trek antenna I bought last year because of it’s bulky size and lack of a strong signal. I was strolling through Lowe’s picking up some stuff for youth group and I wandered by the home audio/video section. You will be amazed sometimes by the stuff Lowe’s carries and the prices compared to Best Buy and the chains. In this case I for the RCA Flat, non-powered antenna (see picture) for around ...
This is a photo taken of me using my new Nikon D60 I received for my birthday and I couldn't be happier (as stated in the photo). I am by no means a Digital Camera Expert or DCE, but I do enjoy taking photos, especially when they turn out good. My Review Good Price Good Photos Good Beginner's SLR Great Prices this weekend (Wolf Camera) My Samples Technorati Tags: Nikon D60,Review,Camera ...
I found this link on i-am-bored.com today. Its a review to a page on Amazon.com selling Chiquita Bananas. What you should look at is the reviews and not the item. Specially the review by Z. Wolf. I think more authors should write reviews for this reason. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pr... Technorati tags: Banana, Review, Amazon Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
Man I need some accessories. Last night I downloaded so much music that I have been meaning to listen to (well over $249.99 in CDs), but I don't have anything for playback in my car. Here is my review of features: Radio - Robert's friends say it isn't good, but I am in the middle of a large brick building (center office, middle floor) and it comes in perfectly. It is nice to just flip from CDs to FM, too bad I mostly listen to AM and there are no talk radio stations on FM in KC. Buttons - Yeah this ...