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Surface Pro 3 - Initial Impressions

Posted Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 7:37:08 pm in Technology with , , and

The Towson Town Center Mall finally has a Microsoft Store. Well, kind of. On June 28th, 2014 a Microsoft Store kiosk opened. I kept telling myself I wanted to get some face time (excuse the pun) with the Surface Pro 3 before making a decision on whether or not it was for me. Some of the main concerns I had were with the overall size (it is now larger than the Surface Pro 2) and the Type Cover (stability, trackpad, keyboard, etc.). Regardless, I was finally able to give it a try over the weekend (for about a half hour). And here are my impressions.

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MySQL: How To Sum Innings Pitched

Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 12:36:54 am in Technology with , , and

Okay, a bit of an odd title I know. But this is where the intersection of programming and baseball happen. And when someone asks when does 0.1 plus 0.2 equal 1...you will know why. Read on.

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Windows 9: What It Should Be

Posted Sunday January 26, 2014 at 10:14:20 am in Technology with , , and

Windows 8 was a necessary evil. Windows 8.1 is what Windows 8 should have launched as. Those two sentences sum up my takes on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. But with that Windows 9 needs to remedy quite a few wrongdoings. But I want to point out that the Modern UI is not going to go anywhere. And nor should it.

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Chiming In On the Xbox One Vs. PS4 War

Posted Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 9:18:08 pm in Technology with , , and

Windows vs. OS/X. iOS vs. Android. Windows Phone vs. BlackBerry. Playstation 3 vs. Xbox 360. These are just a few examples of products and platforms that can be purchased that people feel the need to validate. So it is no surprise that the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are already causing fanboi wars. 

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The Great Android Dilemma: Is Galaxy Bigger Than Android?

Posted Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 8:30:12 am in Technology with , , and

Google is in a precarious situation here. On the one hand, they have turned into the Windows of the smartphone world. That is, the sheer number of devices running Android is much akin to the sheer number of devices running Windows. That is a great problem to have. A not so great problem to have is when one particular company dominates that market.

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Just Fork It: Google and Opera Blink

Posted Thursday April 4, 2013 at 9:41:41 am in Technology with , , and

We have been down this path before. It seems that there is always a new browser war. It started off with Internet Explorer and Netscape, evolved into Internet Explorer and Mozilla, and now it is a muddled mess of desktop, smartphone, and everything in between. But do not for a second blink (pun intended) or you might forget that the desktop is still in the middle of a browser war.

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Windows 8 Mail App, How To: Bring Back Google Calendar Events

Posted Tuesday March 26, 2013 at 3:25:40 pm in Technology with , , and

The Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging suite of apps in Windows 8 have been updated, and while it is nearly a very positive welcome set of changes, there is one side effect: Google calendar support is removed entirely.

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Microsoft vs. Google: Services

Posted Saturday March 23, 2013 at 10:31:49 pm in Technology with , , and

People say you are not buying into a phone, you are buying into an ecosystem. To that end, it is important to analyze competing services between two of the biggest companies: Microsoft and Google.

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Improving Windows 8 vs. Windows RT Differentiation

Posted Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 8:11:39 pm in Technology with , , and

Windows 8 can be a little confusing, not just from a perspective of creating an entirely new UI as the landing screen for users, but also from the beginning when picking an OS version.

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Chrome OS Needs to Merge with Android

Posted Saturday March 9, 2013 at 9:05:56 pm in Technology with , , and

Chrome OS needs to merge with Android to be taken seriously. 

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The PS4 Puts the Xbox in a Strategic Position

Posted Thursday February 21, 2013 at 9:27:59 am in Technology with , , and

To say that the Sony PlayStation 4 event yesterday was disastrous is putting it lightly. The media is putting Sony through the gauntlet...

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Are Chromebooks the New Ubuntu Laptops?

Posted Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 10:12:09 pm in Technology with , , and

The Chromebook laptops have been getting a little press lately due to multiple manufacturers picking them up. But the real questions seem to be: should Microsoft be scared? Or are they just the new Ubuntu laptops?

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Windows 8 Without Optical Drives: How Much Space?

Posted Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 2:52:40 pm in Technology with , , and

The internet is abuzz with talk of the 64GB Surface Pro reportedly having only 23GB of free space. But how is this the case? Read on to find out.

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The Future of Microsoft, Apple, and Google

Posted Sunday January 27, 2013 at 1:44:42 pm in Technology with , , and

Apple is trying to plant iOS elements in OS/X. Google is trying to merge Android and Chrome OS. Microsoft is trying to make a consistent UI across all of their devices...

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60 Million Windows 8 Licenses Since Launch

Posted Tuesday January 8, 2013 at 3:15:27 pm in Technology with , , and

Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date.

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Steam Proves Gamers Still Prefer Windows

Steam Proves Gamers Still Prefer Windows

Posted Saturday January 5, 2013 at 12:41:10 pm in Technology with , , and

Steam recently released their latest hardware survey, and its results are obvious but still interesting.

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Windows 8 Defines the New Direction of Microsoft

Posted Sunday December 30, 2012 at 10:40:13 pm in Technology with , , and

Windows 8 is a lot of things to people. But one thing it definitively is is the new direction of Microsoft. It is revolutionary for the PC industry and at the same time transitional. 

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Quick and Easy Email Aliases with Gmail

Posted Saturday December 22, 2012 at 12:07:09 am in Technology with , , and

Sick of having to create a new email address whenever you want to associate a specific email address to a service?

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Windows 8 Suggestion: Improve Uninstallation of Desktop App from Start Screen

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 12:30:24 am in Technology with , , and

I like the Start Screen. There, I said it. But it is not perfect. Not yet. There are improvements that can be made to make it better. And here is one.

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On the Surface

On the Surface

Posted Saturday December 1, 2012 at 10:42:04 pm in Technology with , , and

The Surface. Just the mere sound of it can elicit all kinds of reactions from people....

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40 Million Windows 8 Licenses Since Launch

40 Million Windows 8 Licenses Since Launch

Posted Tuesday November 27, 2012 at 11:51:30 pm in Technology with , , and

Gabe Newell continues to get pie in his face. Per The Verge: Microsoft revealed today that the company has sold 40 million licences of Windows 8 to date. Tami Reller, the Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer, revealed the figure during a speech at Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference.

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The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer’s view