Anyone who has to sit near me in an open office for any length of time usually comments on the punishment that I tend to give keyboards. I type (both general text and code) very quickly. When my fingernails are in good condition (i.e. I haven’t spent the weekend with power tools) this fast typing can make a sound like heavy hail on a conservatory roof. I’ve worn out keyboards before with one work laptop having to use ascii codes every time I needed to type s, n, j or i1 until a replacement arrived. It’s not that I’m a heavy typer, just that I do a lot of it, especially as a hands on manager over the years, I’ve had to write reports, documentation and code, so I’ve learned to be very, very fast at it. Continue reading Review: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonmic Keyboard
Surface Pro: how I use it – a review
I first used the Surface Pro 3 on my trip to Boston to take notes at ReWorkDL rather than scribbling on bits of paper or taking a full laptop and found it to be a great replacement for an A4 notebook, but didn’t really use it to its full potential. At the start of November, I joined a new company and I’ve been using the Surface exclusively for all my note taking, as well as for studying for my OU Maths modules.
With the recent release of the Surface 4, there may be people wondering if they’re worth it, and what use they’d get out of it. There are plenty of technical reviews around so I’d suggest using those as a starting point, and if you’re headed out to the sales, you might find my experiences helpful. Continue reading Surface Pro: how I use it – a review
Microsoft HoloLens and backwards compatibility
It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to really dedicate to gaming in the way I’d like. My XBox360 is languishing unloved, my World of Warcraft account dormant since I got the Insane achievement in Cataclysm and the most I can manage now is the odd game of Hearthstone on my Nexus 71. I still keep an eye on what’s going on as the gaming industry is pushing the development of a lot of technologies that make their way into our lives in one way or another and I always have that hope that maybe something will give me the free time to immerse myself into some of the latest games again.
I was watching the announcements for XBox at E3 as they popped up on twitter this evening and two things really stood out for me.
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How Old Robot – Well played
So, a few days ago, the internet had a new toy: How Old Robot – a very simple website where you can upload a photograph and it will guess your age and gender. For many people the guess was about right, but there were some howlers, with very similar images being uploaded and giving age results differing by (several) decades!
The site doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a learning tool based on Microsoft’s facial recognition technology and is built on the Azure platform as an example of how quickly it is to build and deploy sites using Azure. What started off as a quick demo from the Build conference soon became viral, with people all over the world loading their photos into the app and sharing the results on social media. This is exactly what Microsoft wanted and they’ve been oh so clever with this and here’s why.