I got a good deal this past Friday on one of last years tablets from Microsoft, the Surface RT. They’ve recently updated the Surface line to a faster CPU and apparently needed to get rid of a bunch of leftover stock. For $199, it was something that I could get. Sure it’s not as fast as the new ones, but right now I’m not complaining.
So what did I get for $199? It’s a 32 GB memory device running Windows RT on a Tegra 3 CPU. It comes with Office 2013 Home and Student edition (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, One Note and Outlook). No keyboard is included, but you can pick one up if you so desire (which I did).
So how is it? Fantastic. That’s the short version. I love that I’ve been using it all day (reading PDFs, watching video and surfing the web using IE11) and there’s 50% battery life left still. I got tired of the little touch pad on the keyboard, so I grabbed the wireless mouse from my bag and plugged into the USB port on the side. It worked immediately. I’ve printed, scanned and copied files across my network without any issues. Yea, I’m pretty pleased. I’m sure I’ll have more to post at some point.
I’ve made it another month with my cycling. It seems that I’ve become known as a (novice) cyclist to family and friends. This has somewhat pushed aside being known as a geek and an old guy that still plays video games. I consider that a status upgrade. Perhaps for that reason alone I should continue to ride. With the colder temps, it hasn’t been the environment that’s been motivating me.
So how did I do? With a week out of town, I did pretty good. I rode 207.77 miles in November with a total duration of 11 hours and 39 minutes. That’s an average 17.18 mph.
With the cooler temperatures, I did invest in a long sleeve cycling jersey. That along with some glove liners really helped on the especially cold nights. The temperatures are all relative such that my wife thinks I’m crazy and my friend from Alaska thinks I’m a wimp. The good news for December is that my neighbors (in the general sense and not just those adjacent to me) have started to put out their Christmas lights. It’s a little something different to brighten my ride. Speaking of that, it’s a lot warmer during the day than it is at night.
Posted in General
Tagged Cycling, Sports
Connie and I have been recently reminded about some of the illnesses, surgeries and other medical emergencies that we’ve experienced with the kids over the years. There have been quite a few, yet we have been blessed beyond our imagination when we consider how well they are doing now. We are thankful for the opportunity to educate them at home and that they’ve done so well with their standardized testing. We just take so many things for granted.
We live in a country of unrivaled prosperity and I’ve been able to learn a trade with which to support my family for many years. It’s just amazing that I could do that when I was born into a poor and family of meager means. This kind of mobility just isn’t common in human history and neither are the vast freedoms we enjoy.
We have the freedom to place our faith in The Almighty if we so choose (which I do) and I’m so thankful that there is an eternal purpose for my life (one which I don’t totally understand or fully appreciate). We share this life with so many wonderful people that we have the privilege of calling friends. Great family members and still others that are as close as family.
And so we give thanks for these and so many other blessings. Later today we’ll enjoy a feast with family to celebrate our many blessings and our thankfulness for them. May your day and this advent season be filled with an appreciation of all we’ve received. For the un-merited love of our Creator.
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As the IT guy for the family, I finally replaced our aging wireless access point and router (two different devices). Not only was the access point slow (802.11g variety), but it went through a lightning strike a couple years back. It never was the same after that. The same goes for the DLink gaming router. One of the ports got ”disabled” in the strike and I had to wonder if anything else got impacted. Anyway, I purchased a new ‘AC’ dual band router (Netgear R7000 Nighthawk) yesterday and installed it after everyone had gone to bed.
Back when I swapped out my cable modem, I had a speedtest.net that showed a pretty good gain. I checked it again this morning and now my upstream speeds are double what they were then (30mb down/20mb up). I’ve check the signal around the house and the signal remains fairly strong. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
With the added speed (and hopefully consistent connectivity), I also have support for VPN, external storage sharing, guest access and several other features I’ve yet to setup. The guest access will be nice though as I can share internet connectivity with visitors without opening up my internal network. It wasn’t cheap, but I was out of patience with the status quo.
Posted in Techie
Just so you know, I want one of these. Seriously.
If you take a moment and think about how Google makes money, you’ll realize it’s not by selling software. No, they make their money by selling your information. They don’t just sell ads that you can overlook as it wouldn’t be profitable enough.
What they really deal in is information along with behaviors and relationships (and the tracking of the two). It’s only just beginning as well as investors like growth and just selling ads doesn’t provide that growth.
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft wield a lot of power in that area as well, but they are fundamentally different in that they make most of their money from either hardware and/or software sales. At any rate, I love this coffee mug. Makes a great Christmas gift I hear.