I’m writing this on my Surface 3, I’ve found it amazingly robust, rugged, adaptable and insanely portable. I’m relatively excited about the Surface 4.
One thing will keep me from upgrading, a foot MS have chosen to keep firmly in the laptop ballpark:
No USB charging.
I’m not faulting the inclusion of a custom charger connector, but the lack of a way to feed the device power via it’s USB port or a USB-to-charger cable.
It’s precisely because the device is so adaptable and handy that this becomes an issue. USB ports are everywhere these days. But for power, the Surface is utterly reliant on the custom charger brick.
(I’ve been writing this over the last week or so, and I’m no editor so apologies if it’s a little jagged)
I got into the take-off training in Star Citizen. It made the hairs stand up on my neck and arms.
Let’s put the first card on the table: It’s alpha or pre-alpha or something. Early development.
Ok – the experience should be gauged accordingly.
With the availability of cheap quads with cameras, and a desire to get out of the house a little more often, I finally have enough justifications to explore my lifelong interest in RC flight.
I’m going to post my experiences and thoughts based on the Hubsan X4, Blade 180qx and the Syma X5SW – that’s the order I got them in.
In particular, this has been torturous for me. There’s so many sites with bits of information and there seems to be a language/cultural barrier resulting from the majority of products being made in China, and the majority of available products being the same devices poorly rebranded (one display unit I saw was boxed as something but the device was literally just the X5C).
Elite Dangerous has 4 billion+ stars. Cool concept, and as a programmer I can see how the tech behind that would be neat to develop. But I sort of feel there should have been a meeting where a designer stood up and slammed his fist onto the table and said “NO! That’s stupid”. “Cool” does not automatically translate into “fun”; “cool” is a few degrees from “cold”.
So the tag line of my blog was always “gamer turned dev”, referring to my becoming a game dev.
Well, that’s no-longer true. I’d been considering some really exciting opportunities from MMO- and just-plain-online- game developers but ultimately I had a left-of-field offer that was just too interesting.
When most people hear where I’ve chosen to place my hat for the next few years, they’re confused. “Isn’t it just a website”.
There’s a hell of a lot of infrastructure behind the scenes to make Facebook seem like “just a website” to people. I’ve hired on to the Production Engineering team, a group of engineers within FB that some people make sound like the engineering equivalent of a marine corpsman and others liken to just plain marines.
It’s also a fairly close analogy with the sorts of roles I had working for ISPs 93-03.
My passion for gaming and my passion for connecting people online come from the same moment – when my fourth-grade class was made to play a single-player “settlers” type game in groups of 5 on an Apple Lisa and I was appointed “secretary” (the one operating the keyboard) for my group. I joking refer to this as my “1979 Multi-Player Experience”.
We just bought ourselves Samsung’s 65 inch, Ultra High Def 4k 120hz Smart TV… Ooer.
This is a stunning piece of hardware. We picked the variant with the “one connect” external box. You plug everything into that rather than the TV itself. This has all kinds of advantages.
The display is HUGE. It really is a little bit of a home-theater experience. There are some fantastic presets for picture settings and some clever nuances like three settings for auto-levelling sound (off, standard and night).
For our first night of viewing we broke out an eclectic series of tests.
We plugged in the Xbox one and threw in a Pacific Rim bluray; we threw in a DVD of old 40s, black and white, Sherlock Homes, Heaven Can Wait on DVD and finally Rio on Blu Ray.
Then to streaming, Amazon Instant Video (AIV): The “One Connect” box that comes with our particular model has build in apps, so we tried AIV on both the Xbox and the TV.
I wrapped up the night with a short session of Thief on the Xbone.
Tonight I tried watching a few more shows using solely the TV – some HD YouTube videos, “The Pacific” on AIV and Falling Skies S04E01 on AIV on the TV and on the Xbox.