"The only way to be truly satisfied, is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Surface 2 drivers won't update

If your Surface 2 suffers from display crashes, it doesn't come back from standby and your event log and reliability report looks really bad. Then you should read this thread from Microsoft's forum.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maps Preview

Microsoft has recently released Maps Preview. The feature that really separate this apps from tether maps Apps is the 3D view of some cities land marks. It's known when MS will have at least most of the cities using this feature but so far what I have seen is really impressive. Just check the below pictures.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Installing a WiFi printer to your Surface 2

This is one of those questions that I find a lot in forums relative to Surface RT and Surface 2. The beginning of the procedure is the same as in a regular desktop, you open the Control Panel, Device and Printers, add a printer and here is where the real fun begins. In my case, I want to add a HP Deskjet 6800 WiFi network printer. The Surface detects the printer and the shared installation in my Lenovo Desktop.

I'll pick the second from the above list that is the actual printer. Then I proceed with the driver installation:

The printer driver is not found and I have to pick the closest to my printer the HP Deskjet 6800 which in my case is the HP Deskjet 6520. To be sure that I picked a model close enough to the one I have, I do a Google search for that model.

Just by looking at the picture you can have an idea of how close is that one to the one that you own. If they look similar you can pick that one and install the driver.

Click on Print the Test Page and you should be getting your confirmation that your printer is ready.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Surface Forums

Lately I'm hanging more and more at this forum:

I don't know anything about the owner or owners. I found it accidentally about a year ago and during this year the forum has grown to be one of the biggest community all about the Surfaces. What attracts me to this one is that no all the threads carry the negativity found at answers.Microsoft.com where everything is about issues and problems. It's not that at surfaceforums.net you won't find people reporting issues but you also find people reporting and sometime bragging about the good things they enjoy from Surfaces. And that gives you a break.

Any other good forum out there?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Surface Contest

You can win 1 of 4 prices it you win the contest announced at Surface Blog.

Are you geeking out with Surface? Tweet us your unique Surface scenario with #geekoutsurface from November 18 & 20 for your chance to win* 1 of 4 Surface prize packs – there will be bonus points for pictures and videos . Watch for a post on the @Surface Twitter account at 10:00 am PT on November 18, 2013 that will kick this off – we’ll then begin taking your responses until 11:59 pm PT on November 20, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Huge update released today for Surface 2

A huge update was released today for Surface RT, Surface 2 and Surface PRO. The Surface PRO 2 was left behind this time. One point that impressed me was the more than 100 MBs of this patch on the Surface 2 and the amount of drivers changes coming from NVIDIA. A sign to Microsoft that clearly ask to increase the quality control in the software coming from this company.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Surface RT only: Battery issue when updating from Windows RT 8.1 Preview

If you updated Surface RT from Windows RT 8.1 Preview to Windows RT 8.1, you may notice a decrease in battery life. During the update, the wireless adapter power policy isn’t migrated. Instead, the power policy is set to a default value that consumes more power both during use and in the connected standby state.

To restore the wireless adapter power policy to the correct settings, open an administrator command prompt:
Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter command prompt.
Step 3: Touch and hold (or right-click) Command Promptto bring up the context menu. Tap or click Run as administrator.
Step 4: On the User Account Control dialog box, tap or click Yes.
Step 5: At the Administrator: Command Prompt, enter the following:
powercfg -setdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT 19cbb8fa-5279-450e-9fac-8a3d5fedd0c1 12bbebe6-58d6-4636-95bb-3217ef867c1a 3
Step 6: Then enter
powercfg -setactive scheme_current

Mocha VNC

Finally a VNC application for Windows RT: Mocha VNC. This application allows you to connect remotely no just to any PC but also to any Mac.

I tested in a Surface 2 and it works very well using TightVNC as VNC server.

Monday, October 21, 2013

RT 8.0 Recovery DVD

According to Microsoft's investigation, 1 every 1000 users that applied the Windows RT 8.1 upgrade failed. Thanks God I'm within the other 999 users. And I think that it wasn't luck but my paranoia of keeping my RT updated with the latest released patches.

Anyway, if you are one of the unlucky ones here is the link to the RT recovery DVD released by MS.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

WinRT 8.1 is here, my first impressions

After a 6 hours update, one of the longest updates I have done in my 18 years of IT career, I'm using now WinRT 8.1 in my Surface RT. Very quick sometimes, very slow other times, 8.1 is a complete different experience than Windows 8. The experience is overall positive but not without a learning curve because of the changes in some applications such as Mail and IE. This last one is version 11 and instead of using a top and bottom bars now it uses the bottom bar for all it's needs. IE11 open pages quicker but some, specially a google's do not render correctly.

Mail is now a totally different application. Nothing to do with it's first version. Now we have a new interface and a lot more options, and the most important, a better performance.

On of the new features that I love is the way IE opens when you click in a link inserted in an incoming email. To show Apple's fan a real multitasking.

Most of the old Apps have now a new Interface and there are some new ones like Reading List. This App is a must have and use, let's say you found an article online that you want to read but you don't have time. You open the right charm, pick Share and then Reading List.

Then you click Add...

The article is saved in your Reading List and synchronized between all devices where you are using your account.

Once you have read it you can delete it.

Very simple but useful application!