It was almost eight years ago to the day that I walked into the Microsoft Store in Toronto to purchase the very first Microsoft Surface Pro sold in the world. There was a huge midnight event planned so that on the day of the release – February 9, 2013 – anyone lined up at the … Continue reading Surface Laptop 3: A new chapter
In 2009 Microsoft started opening retail locations, hoping to compete with the Apple Store. Over the past eleven years, and especially while I was still a Microsoft MVP and living in the Greater Toronto Area, I did a lot of work with the stores in Toronto and Mississauga, and wrote many articles about experiences at … Continue reading Goodbye Microsoft Store.
Friday afternoon I had a Skype meeting, and as I was settling into the board room at my office for quiet, I realized the battery on my Surface Pro 4 was at 0%. I plugged it in, and got the feedback: "Plugged in, Not charging." Okay, I would be careful to not yank the power … Continue reading Surface Pro Battery Woe
About 2.5 years ago, I wrote an article called I'm Juiced... Because my Surface Pro 3 Got Juiced! It was a play on words because I had won an adapter for my Surface Pro from Juiced Systems that was a 4-in-1 adapter custom-fitted to the Surface Pro 3, with two USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader, … Continue reading Juiced Again!
Once again, I find myself sitting at the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale Mall, Toronto. Frankly, if it were not for the snow and traffic, I likely would have dealt with this online, once I got around to it… but Highway 401 through Toronto has a tendency of being congested, so here I sit. Over the … Continue reading Expensive Pieces of Plastic
Microsoft has, over the last few versions of the client, made it much easier to log on to Windows. By introducing PINs, Picture Passwords, integrating logons with Microsoft Accounts they have given us a lot more freedom, while taking security quite seriously. I honestly think it is harder to hack into someone’s personal computer today … Continue reading Hello? Nice… but is it worth the money
I walked into the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale on a Wednesday evening with money to spend, and I was going to walk out with a new device. The question was… which one? A couple of months ago Microsoft announced two new devices: The Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The Pro4 looks a lot … Continue reading Why I chose the Pro.
I must be mellowing as I get older. When I got my Surface Pro (was it really only February of 2013 that they came out?) I was still working with Microsoft, and a colleague at the Microsoft Store in Toronto (back then there was only the one) arranged for me to get in early so … Continue reading Surface Pro 4: First impressions
Ok, the title might sound a little bit cryptic… let me explain. A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast that I enjoy called Surface Smiths (www.surfacesmiths.com). It was Episode 11, and the product they were reviewing was called the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – 4 In 1 USB 3.0 Adapter from Juiced … Continue reading I’m Juiced… Because My Surface Pro 3 Got Juiced!
“Just remember Mitch… you are coming into an environment where people love their Macs and their Linux. As long as you don’t come in and try to convert them, you will do well here.” Yes, when I had my initial conversation with the leadership at Kobo I was told something very much like that. Obviously … Continue reading Apple Dongles… Dangling functionality in front of you!
Are there problems with it? Yes. Do I absolutely love it? I love my kids and my dogs... but I suppose I do like it as much as I have ever liked a laptop or tablet... and I have had quite a few of them over the years! What are the problems? There is really only … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Two weeks later
I've said it before and I'll say it again... I do like my Surface Pro 3. With that being said, I know everyone has different tastes, and some people are not going to like it. A couple of months ago my sister, a long time Mac user (and Apple Fanboi) told me that her new … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 and Windows 8: Not everybody’s cup of tea
I have been having an issue with the device… it’s a networking issue that is absolutely not normal behaviour. The Microsoft Store replaced it for me once, but I am still having the issues. I requested a call-back from Surface Support this week; I was assured by the site that I would receive a call … Continue reading Should I return the Surface Pro 3?
As I have written previously I recently picked up a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and despite a couple of minor annoyances it truly is a wonderful device. Because I have not been traveling as much as I did over the past few years, I have taken the opportunity to downsize my carry-load. My sister called … Continue reading What’s in My … Messenger Bag?
Earlier this week I posted an article about the versatility of my Surface Pro 2. Actually it was a combination of an article (Battery Up- Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2) and a Facebook status update (See here). I bragged not only about the battery life, but also how cool it is that I … Continue reading Surface Docked