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Why I am using Microsoft Surface
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Volker Weber    

WhySurface

Surface has a sense of elegance to it. It is almost completely free of any decoration, with the exception of the Windows logo on the kickstand and the Microsoft word mark on the back of the type cover. Both of those are sudued and don't draw too much attention. Apple has gone down that same path with dropping the backlight from the newer MacBooks. It no longer screams "look here, I am an Apple". The Alcantara clad Signature Type Cover completes this elegant design.

Martin asked me the other day if I stopped using my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. Not entirely -- there are some things I can do faster on the MacBook than on Surface, but that is mostly due to the fact that I own more Mac software than Windows software. For the most part I have been relying on Surface for the last couple of weeks. It combines two uses cases into one machine: the leaning forward mode of sitting at a desk, typing into the notebook or drawing on the flat tablet, just slightly raised with the folded backwards kickstand, and the leaning back mode of reading and watching video. When leaning forward I use the keyboard and trackpad, sometimes augmented by touching things on the screen. Leaning back I am only using touch, typing the odd login with the on screen keyboard.

I am running Windows 10 in tablet mode at all times with the exception of managing files, which I hardly ever do. So even in notebook mode, all Windows are full screen and don't show window borders. I prefer the lightweight Word Mobile over the Office 16 version, mostly because I am only typing plain text anyway. I am using Edge as my browser in the same way that I am using Safari on the Mac. As a tablet Surface is way heavier than an iPad Pro, but it is also larger and more capable. On the iPad I would often have to go through hoops just to qickly move a file which is very natural on Windows. I can also do more things with the Surface Pen than I can do with Apple Pencil.

Windows 10 is this odd mixture of old and new. The legacy software is what I am struggling with. If it were for me, I would be perfectly happy with Windows RT. Simpler, no clutter, again: elegant. I am staying mostly on the UWP side of things. Universal Windows Platform, apps tha could potentially adjust to any size of device from phone to wall mount monster. I have some favorites like NextGen Reader UWP for instance or the Windows version of Instagram which displays photos larger than a phone. On the iPad in contrast, you would be looking at a scaled up iPhone app.

I am not giving up on Apple. Not on Mac nor on iPad. Using both at the same time has its challenges, keyboard shortcuts for instance. I struggle with Windows once in a while. But I am persistent. When Windows strikes me down, I get up and continue the fight. And I will win. Microsoft is on to something with Surface and Windows 10. I want to be a part of it.



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Sonos is announcing changes for its privacy policy: Next week, we’ll be introducing some important updates to our privacy statement. Sonos owners and anyone who visits our website will be asked to acknowledge this new policy when we update our software and systems in the coming days. Sonos is opening up. There will be new ways for Sonos players to interact with other services. And that means that Sonos has to exchange data with other entities and they need your approval. Read the whole bl
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Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besser
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Wieder ein großartiger Text von Clemens Gleich: In der vergangenen Woche riss ich in einem Satz an, dass Elektroautos im Hinblick auf die Zukunftsplanung besser seien als Verbrenner, aber eben nicht so viel besser, dass es ihren medienvirtuellen Status als Lösung aller PKW-Ressourcenprobleme rechtfertigt. Nach einigen enttäuschten Elektroautofreunden sollten wir das näher ausführen. Wer den üblichen Veitstanz mit dem Holzhammer sucht, sei
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Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC
Wed, Aug 16th 2017 10:09a   Volker Weber
Das neue Voyager 8200 UC ist der zweite Crossover von Plantronics, der Musikhören mit Telefonieren verbindet. Normalerweise können Headsets nur das eine oder das andere richtig. Das erste solche Headset war das Voyager Focus, das ich vor zwei Jahren auf der IFA entdeckte. Es verband einen Mikrofon-Arm aus der Voyager-Serie mt einem On-Ear-Headset, das den Nutzer von seiner Umgebung isolieren sollte. Ich fand das eine sehr gelungene Kombination für jeden, der in einem o
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Alexa on your UE Boom 2 or Megaboom
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Amanda has left the building
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 6:39p   Volker Weber
A few months ago I told you about Penumbra Prism Award winner Amanda Bauman. Amanda has now left IBM and joined Salesforce, a popular destination for the the best IBMers and partners.
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LAN-Außensteckdose
Tue, Aug 15th 2017 10:03a   Volker Weber
Ein kleiner Sicherheitshinweis: wer seinen Sonos-Player außerhalb seines Hauses platziert, der schafft auch gleichzeitig einen Zugang zum eigenen LAN. Wer ein Ethernet-Kabel steckt, ist drin. Man kann den Plaer auch ein paar Meter mitnehmen und in Ruhe arbeiten. Strom bekommt man über einen Inverter an der Autosteckdose.
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Alles nur eine Farce? Digital Collaboration und NewWork im Wirklichkeitsschock
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Siegfried Lauterbacher auf LinkedIn: Ich stelle mir derzeit oft die Frage, ob der ganze Digital Work/ Digital Collaboration Hype nicht bloße Schminke ist. Könnte es sein, dass Kollaborationsplattformen ein bewußt eingesetztes Werkzeug darstellen, über das die Ansprüche der neuen Generation an den Sinnbezug von Arbeit nur scheinbar befriedigt werden? Ich erlebe diese Plattformen häufig als Wohlfühlprojekt, das in die eigentlic




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