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Microsoft Surface

With the Microsoft Surface costing only $499 to start for the 32GB version, it’s hard not to want one of these things. I was thinking that the prices would be a little higher. Having a full OS on the modern tablet has been on my list for some time. I never considered the modern day tablets really viable. Sure I had one, but I was much more productive on my convertible tablet. Full OS, lots of memory, high power, and I can run Office, MATLAB, and LabVIEW natively.

Since its first introduction by Microsoft back around the 2002 timeframe, I have loved the idea of tablets. When apple brought out the iPad, I thought that the iPad seemed like a big phone. Boy was I right! The apps have gotten better with time, but you have pseudo-apps. They have some functionality, but there’s just not enough there to make it viable. Being a student of engineering, I find Microsoft OneNote necessary for taking notes. Nothing on Android or the iPad comes close to functionality with, or without pen input.

Aside from the apps, I have thought that you need a pen device to input data into the device. Microsoft convertible tablets have had this for a while, but HP brought it to the modern tablet with the HP slate. The slate was a cool looking laptop, but I think it was a little underpowered for today’s market. The Slate II looked very nice. I would have considered buying one, but the Microsoft Surface looked really nice. I would consider selling my laptop and buying a Surface tablet.

The Surface will come in two models. The RT model is considered the lower end model. It comes with a decent screen to comparable devices, USB 2.0, the quad core Tegra 3 APU, 32GB or 64GB storage, an HD display port, and 2 GB RAM. These specs are ok for most users, but I want something with a bit more power.

The Surface Pro has a bit more power to it. You’ll have a 1080p screen, USB 3.0, mini display port, core i5 to start, 64GB or 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. So, you’ll have a better device for those of you who want to use more high powered apps and maybe a few games. It won’t play all the high end games, but you should be able to play all the casual games on steam. I would be more into the Upper model though, which doesn’t come out until after the holiday season.

For the casual user, I would say that the basic Surface model will be great! For those of you who want a more powerful tablet or just want more storage space, then the Pro version is the device for you. Personally, I like the USB 3.0. With a high powered USB port, you can store all your music and videos on it and save all the space on your internal storage. With the Microsoft Surface costing only $499 to start for the 32GB version, it’s hard not to want one of these things. I was thinking that the prices would be a little higher. Having a full OS on the modern tablet has been on my list for some time. I never considered the modern day tablets really viable. Sure I had one, but I was much more productive on my convertible tablet. Full OS, lots of memory, high power, and I can run Office, MATLAB, and LabVIEW natively.

Since its first introduction by Microsoft back around the 2002 timeframe, I have loved the idea of tablets. When apple brought out the iPad, I thought that the iPad seemed like a big phone. Boy was I right! The apps have gotten better with time, but you have pseudo-apps. They have some functionality, but there’s just not enough there to make it viable. Being a student of engineering, I find Microsoft OneNote necessary for taking notes. Nothing on Android or the iPad comes close to functionality with, or without pen input.

Aside from the apps, I have thought that you need a pen device to input data into the device. Microsoft convertible tablets have had this for a while, but HP brought it to the modern tablet with the HP slate. The slate was a cool looking laptop, but I think it was a little underpowered for today’s market. The Slate II looked very nice. I would have considered buying one, but the Microsoft Surface looked really nice. I would consider selling my laptop and buying a Surface tablet.

The Surface will come in two models. The RT model is considered the lower end model. It comes with a decent screen to comparable devices, USB 2.0, the quad core Tegra 3 APU, 32GB or 64GB storage, an HD display port, and 2 GB RAM. These specs are ok for most users, but I want something with a bit more power.

The Surface Pro has a bit more power to it. You’ll have a 1080p screen, USB 3.0, mini display port, core i5 to start, 64GB or 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. So, you’ll have a better device for those of you who want to use more high powered apps and maybe a few games. It won’t play all the high end games, but you should be able to play all the casual games on steam. I would be more into the Upper model though, which doesn’t come out until after the holiday season.

As an added bonus, both tablets will have a cover that is optional. The cover attaches magnetically, similarly to the iPad, but it has a much stronger magnetic attachment. The cover also doubles as a keyboard. When you flip it out, you have a touch style keyboard.

For the casual user, I would say that the basic Surface model will be great! For those of you who want a more powerful tablet or just want more storage space, then the Pro version is the device for you. Personally, I like the USB 3.0. With a high powered USB port, you can store all your music and videos on it and save all the space on your internal storage.

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Overdue update

I had a rather awkward moment the other day. I was over at my mother’s house and I decided to fix a drink while I was watching The History Channel. I reached for what I thought was a Pepsi. After filling the glass, I took a big chug, as I love my Pepsi. It had a rather odd taste and I looked at the bottle to see if it had expired. Come to find out, I drank my first Pepsi max. I was not impressed. That is almost as bad as the time I bought grapefruit juice instead of orange juice. The grapefruit juice is just slightly more sour than orange juice.

So, it’s 2012! It’s been a while since my last update. I’ve been slightly busy. Rachel and I have been going steady for six months now. Things have been going very well for us. School has also been keeping me busy. My winter break was nice, but I was excited to get back to school. I have a fairly fun quarter. Differential equations is probably my favorite class thus far. Linear systems is still going over review of circuits and calculus. Once things start to pick up, I think I’ll have more fun. Physics is just going to be a pain. Light and sound sounds light a big old hoot!

Work has been draining me as oblate. I can work very hard at a project, and by the time I come into work the next day, it will be destroyed for what seems like no good reason. This is pretty frustrating, but I keep at it, hoping that our inventory will improve.

All in all, I am happy with life right now. I have about a year left in my undergrad. I am finally going to finish it. I think I put it of long enough. If all goes well, I should have my degree next spring. I might have to put it off for a semester due to the psychology minor. I don’t have it done yet, and I’m waiting on semesters to take the last 4 classes I need.

I was recently looking at new computer parts, since it has been a while since I updated my computer. After a long while of looking, I came to the conclusion that I really don’t need a new computer or any parts. I have a rule. I don’t upgrade something unless I will get three times the benefit as the last one for the same price as the original element. Most of my components fall into this category, but I just don’t use my computer enough for games anymore. Skyrim was the last game I played for an extended period, but I find myself not playing because of lack of time. School, work and a wonderful girlfriend keep me pretty busy.

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Innovating the tablet, again.

I know it’s been a while, but I want to come back on one of the greatest pieces of technology to come in 2011. A tablet with full Windows 7 capabilities.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/09/acer-iconia-windows-7-tablet-hands-on/

For $600, you’de be stupid not to buy one of these. 32 GB SSD with expandable media. 10.1 inch screen makes viewing information easy. There is also a dock for this that turns the device into a laptop computer. Note that the picture from engadget only shows the device plugged into the dock. When you unplug it from the dock, you have a stand alone tablet.

If I didn’t already have a full blown tablet, I would buy this in a heartbeat. I have always said that tablets needed to have a full blown OS. Android came very close with the 3.0 Version of android, but it still wasn’t quite there. The iPad, don’t even get me started on that PoS. With a tablet like this, you can run any application you could think of, as well as manipulate pictures on the fly without having to lug around a huge laptop. Think about running photoshop to edit a picture of your friend to make them look like a clown in front of the louve. This device gives you the power.

Did I mention it has an ethernet port and built in USB? You now have the ability to plug in a mouse, DVD drive, EXT HDD, or whatever else you would need. It can get bulky to lug around all those devices, but you don’t have to take all those items with you. Being a tablet, you can touch the screen instead of using a mouse. Who needs a DVD drive anymore? And External HDD could be nice on the go, but I can’t think of too many times I would actually use it.

Since this is a full blown OS, you’ll have full access to flash content as well as a larger selection of games. This won’t run crysis, but you’ll be able to run the full version of plants vs zombies, crazy machines, as well as many other arcade style games. You know what? I just thought of a great idea. Since you’re running the full version of Windows 7, you can install the xBox 360 controller driver and play games like Dirt 2, or any other arcade style games.

I would have loved the iPad if they just would have had these capabilities built in. Instead, you have a larger iPod touch.

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Gravitational Forces

As I was rummaging through some papers and I found a great article I wrote my Junior year of high school. It was covering how gravity affects different sized masses. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I set up your basic run of the mill implicit function with three unknown variables. The equations I formulated were very, primitive. Looking back on the paper, There are so many places I can simplify the equations with simple integrals and derivatives. I titled this paper, “Gravitational Forces.” This was my first piece of work I’ve really been proud of. I took a concept of gravitational forces of planet sized bodies and derived an equation that would solve for acceleration’s “constant” for three or more objects moving together. I use constant in parenthesis because acceleration due to gravity is not constant, but i doesn’t change at a very fast rate, so we call it constant. Looking at this paper, I can see how people from the past can come up with crazy ideas like calculus. It just takes the imagination to think about something in a different way.

It’s funny to look back on grade school. I was never really challenged in grade school, so I never really applied myself. Heck, I enjoyed Band class, but I never really took it serious. This is a problem I still face today. Physics now is very easy, and I don’t really take it that seriously. The labs are trivial and the basic. In college, I’ve been challenged in some of my classes, but not others. For starters, I’m really digging the neurophysiology course I’m taking this quarter. I’m glad I decided to take it. I’ve always been fascinated with the brain, and this is a two part course on the CNS. Next quarter, I’m looking at taking another group of boring classes. I’m either going to be taking Calc IV or Differential Equations, Circuits I, Physics II, and neurophysiology II (the only one I’m excited about). I need to bear with a few more boring classes until I can get to the really fun classes.

For the last two or so months, I’ve been working the day shift at my place of employment. This is something that’s helped me a great deal with my school work. When I was working third shift, I would have such an irregular sleep schedule that I would not be able to sleep for days at a time, and I would then beige sleep for days at a time. This caused me to miss work on a few occasions and caused my school work to suffer. The hour a day commute to work and school was killing me. Switching to days gave me the time I needed to be able to enjoy life and still have time for work and school, even though I’m working more hours than before. I don’t really need to work, but I enjoy the extra money.

I’ve been playing a few games lately to ease the “stress” levels of life. I was never one to really stress over anything, as I’ve always been pretty laid back. What’s the point about getting upset about something? When you’re mad, you can’t think straight. When you can’t think straight, how can you make intelligent, logical decisions? I say this, and I know for a fact that I’ve been angry about things in the past. Things that people have done to me, or things that have been said to me. I get over it, but for that time, I don’t think as logically as I should.

It’s getting to be pretty late. I need to get some sleep. I have an 8:30 class tomorrow.

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