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The Surface 3 Giveaway

May 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Performance Meets Portability In This Extraordinary New Tablet/Laptop Hybrid from Microsoft

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FINALLY, A DEVICE FOR ANY OCCASION

The Surface 3 truly offers you the best of both a tablet and a laptop.

While the 10.8-inch screen and thin, light frame make the Surface as easy to toss into your backpack or purse as a tablet, the ability to run full scale desktop software on Windows 8.1 will make you forget that you’re not using a laptop.

This device is extraordinarily cool/versatile, and we were so impressed, that we decided to give one away.

Re-think how you compute and head on over to Neowin Deals to…

ENTER.SHARE.WIN.

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Where’s Apple’s Media Server??

May 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Am I missing something, or has the whole world gone out to lunch..?

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Ok… if you haven’t guessed by now, I am a tweener.

I sit firmly in between both the Apple and Microsoft eco systems with my feet firmly planted in the middle of the pool. I’ve got a boat load of Apple gear (with a “What I Use” column pending…) – an iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro and of course, an Apple Watch (and no, if you’re at all curious if my Watch shows that its shipping early, it isn’t, doggone it).

On the Microsoft side, I’ve got a Surface Pro 3, a Dell Latitude 10 ST2, and of course a Microsoft Band (part 2 of its review can be seen here). I also run a Windows 7 VM via Parallels Desktop on my MacBook Pro to enable me to write Windows-based software reviews. Much of my early writing career was also spent as a Windows Mobile/ Pocket PC Microsoft MVP nominee and in covering Microsoft on both WUGNET – The Windows User’s Group Network and in the Computing Pro Forum over at AOL/CompuServe.

So, yeah… firmly planted in both camps.

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Windows 10 on a Low-End Windows Tablet

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

There aren’t enough pain relievers for crap like this…

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I have a 32bit Dell Latitude ST2 Windows Pro tablet. It came to me as a review unit while I was writing at InformationWeek’s BYTE. I’d point you to that URL, but unfortunately, UBM has finally retired it (along with most of the writing and editing staff. Boy do they like to do "strategic shifts" over there…) Originally, the device ran Windows 8.0. It got upgraded to Windows 8.1 and then Windows 8.1 Update before finally moving to Windows 10 in October of last year when the Windows 10 Technical Preview began.

As you may recall, I put Windows 10 on it, and its performance with the new OS in ALL builds so far has been… well… yeah. To be blunt, it’s been painful… at best.

 

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 10061 to Fast Ring Insiders

April 27, 2015 Leave a comment

If you in the Fast Ring, you’ve got a new build to install…

Windows 10 Insiders have a new build to play with. If, they’re on the Fast Ring, that is. Build 10061 was released to Windows Insiders on 2015-04-22, but late in the day. This release comes a full three weeks after the release of Build 10049 to the Fast Ring. While builds 10051, 10056 and even 10061 leaked to the general public, neither build 10051 nor 10056 were official releases to either the Fast or Slow Insider’s Rings.

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As this is a Fast Ring only build – at least for now – Microsoft isn’t releasing ISO’s for this build (files that can be used to burn DVD’s with). That only happens when a build is released to Slow Ring Insiders. Unfortunately, this is where the problems come in.

During any beta cycle, most experienced testers will want to do a clean install when a new build is released. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with Build 10061, at least right now, for a few reasons.

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Windows 10 Preview Builds to Come More Frequently

April 24, 2015 Leave a comment

According to Gabe Aul, it’s about to get hot in their kitchen…

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I’ve spent a great deal of my early to mid-adult life in the South Eastern United States. When you hear someone tell you that it’s about to “get hot in the kitchen,” what they mean is that things is fixin’ ta get real busy. According to Gabe Aul, the Microsoft exec in charge of the Windows 10 Insider program for the Windows 10 Technical Preview, its fixin’ ta get hot in the Windows 10 kitchen.

Now, what exactly does that mean? Very simply – more builds.

According to a 2015-03-09 blog, and then reiterated in an email sent earlier today 2015-04-20, Windows Insiders are about to see the frequency of builds pick up.

Microsoft has released the second build of Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone; and from all accounts, including my own look at the new Mobile OS, it’s still a VERY early b

 

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Watch video on your advanced, ultra HD display with CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra

April 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Watch video on your advanced, ultra HD display with this must have Windows media player

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I love watching movies. In fact, I watch movies more than I watch regular, network TV here in the States. I have a real issue with mainstream television. I am not fond of the writing, I don’t like many of the plot lines, and most of it isn’t appropriate for family viewing. I have cable TV and most of the movie channels because I REALLY don’t like network TV. However, when I can’t watch my movie channels due to travel, business commute or other issues, I really like to take my video on the go and its important to have a really good Windows DVD app like CyberLink’s PowerDVD Ultra at times like those. Its one of my favorites.

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So… Like, I’m in Wait Mode

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

There’s a lot happening and I’m all set to hurry up and wait; and it sucks.

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I’ve got a lot to be thankful for and I truly feel blessed.

I have a wife and family that love me. I have a great job. I have a great gig here at Soft32. I actually think it’s one of the best sites I’ve ever written for, and I’ve written for a GREAT many over the past 20 or so years including CMPnet,WUGNET. AOL/CompuServe, Gear Diary, pocketnow, InformationWeek, LockerGnome, plus a number of print pubs including, Computer Power User Magazine and a Sun-Times affiliated newspaper – The Aurora Beacon-News. Definitely blessed.

All of the writing over the years has kept me in baseball cards and bubble gum, for sure. I’ve been able to afford to buy a number of different technology items and write about them that in just about any other life scenario, I simply wouldn’t have been able to afford to do.

Case in point… I’ve got a number of different things cued up for this Summer and Fall, but I’m stuck in a wait and see mode, or stuck waiting for something to ship. Here’s a run-down of all that I’ve got queued up. I’m going to try to sort these by the time I am supposed to have something in hand, though it will likely be a few weeks after they are received before I have anything written and/ or posted about them.

 

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