Have been meaning to put this post together for a while, but I wanted my setup to stabilize a bit to gain confidence that it ‘works’. Now that I’ve been using this for over two months and things have stabilized time to put it down.
Last night I heard Microsoft is taking a $900 Million charge on Surface RT this quarter. A billion in a otherwise very healthy quarter is a bit much for MS as well. Needless to say haters are rolling on the floor laughing with their “I told you so” comments!
I am not the typical adventure sports guy, but thanks to my better half, we have our fair share of outdoor adventures. Our last outing was a year ago when we went trekking 16 kms from Lonavala to Rajmachi a remote village tucked away in the Sahyadris. That was an embarrassing tale of unfit legs on my part. I never came around to finishing that post and a year has since passed.
I’ve been holding off on an SSD upgrade for a very long time now, simply because I didn’t want to be limited to 40-60Gigs of drive space even though it’s more than enough for an OS partition. But cost of SSDs have fallen pretty fast over the last 6-8 months and I saw a Kingston 240GB available for little under INR 12K at Flipkart last Monday. So I went for it finally.
Inspired by @SamSaffron’s post I tried to improve my ‘workflow’ today. I have a desktop running Windows 8 and a laptop running Windows 7. Though I don’t use the laptop often, it’s mostly because it’s ‘odd’ to type on a laptop kept on an Rain Design M-Stand.
Around middle of April I came across an interesting site + service called IdeaPress. It's actually an open source project on GitHub. IdeaPress converts your WordPress site into a Windows Store App. Best part is it gives you the option to download the generated code or the appx file, you pick!
Windows has had the ‘Snipping Tool’ for grabbing screens or portions of screens for a while now.
My Windows 8 Desktop seems to have trouble staying connected to my Wireless network. I haven’t gotten down to debugging exactly what causes it to go bonkers but a quick peek at the EventViewer shows this cascading failure of services that ultimately takes down the Wireless network service with it.
Yesterday, I came back from a visit to the kiddo’s doctor. Doctor had prescribed a medicine that we couldn’t find in the nearby pharmacies (in India you are allowed to walk out with a prescription and get the medicine from any pharmacy). The med prescribed was not available and the doctor was unreachable on phone! Pissed, I turned to the Internet to look for composition.
My 6yo has been asking for ‘Rocket’ projects (ever since he saw Tintin’s Moon adventure story), for a while now and we’ve staved it off with rockets like these
Today I got into a debate with Peter Bright of Ars Technica on Twitter. Got a little bugged with his hyperbolic claims that Office 2013 only increases spacing on the ribbon in the name of enabling touch. Having used Word RT for significant amount of time in the past few months I found his claims childish. He retorted back with an F bomb asking how about a UI that doesn't need a mouse. I replied saying I don't need mouse for most of what I do. He came back with a bunch of challenges and this post is an attempt to publicly respond to them.