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    Bringing up something I stated last week. I want to give my initial impressions about the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet and the Type Keyboard.

     

    First of all it's fast. Not as fast as my desktop at home, but it does pull up programs and applications faster than my computer at work. I like that when I try to use the pen to draw/write something on the tablet, the touch input is disabled so you'll be able to rest your hand on the surface of the Surface (ha!) without worry about causing touch errors.

     

    Another thing I did was install Civilization V on here since they have a new touch interface for the game. At first I was running into an issue where the game wouldn't go into full screen but be placed in a funny window that wouldn't be positioned properly on the desktop.  Well I found out the issue was with the DPI scaling that the Surface has preset. I disabled DPI scaling for Civ (and Crayon Physics Deluxe) and now it works great.  Definitely a great way to play the game. Other games I've tried on here that work great without modifying DPI settings are World of Goo, Bejeweled 3, and Plants vs.. Zombies.

     

    Now the main reason I wanted the Pro version over the RT version was for Office (and the ability to run macros). This works just as well as it does on my work computer. All of my Excel macros run fine and I don't notice any issues with any other Office program.  A very nice thing is that unlike the iPad, when I look at a PowerPoint presentation that someone sent to me, it looks exactly like it does when they present it in a meeting and isn't missing bullets or other various things that don't translate well on the iPad.

     

    Now I talked about the DPI scaling issue with Civ, well this can become an issue with other programs that cause issues with DPI scaling.  I first changed the scaling to 100% (as opposed to the 150% that is the default on the Surface) and the text for icons and and other things is too small.  So I went back to 150%.  125% might be a good compromise for some people but I still felt that the text was too small for average reading. I do wish that there was an easier way to have scaling done on certain programs without having to turn on a compatibility setting inside the folder holding the program.

     

    Another issue I'm having is that some Windows Store Apps don't have screen rotation in mind that should or that the rotation doesn't work properly 100% of the time.  Where's my Water and Where's my Perry don't have screen rotation so that I can play it with the Surface in a Portrait orientation and Comixology sometimes won't rotate the comics to where I can read them in a portrait orientation.  The Kindle app rotates fine.

     

    I got the Type cover over the Touch because if I was going to use this tablet for work, I want something that I can easily take notes on. The trackpad on it is a little wonky due to its small size but I've used worse trackpads (Dell Mini 10 I'm looking at you) I can't really tell you the difference between a touch or type since I don't have a touch to do a full evaluation.

     

    One last annoyance of mine is that the magnetic location to hold the pen onto the tablet is the exact same location used to charge the tablet, so when you need to charge your tablet, you'll have to remove the pen and there's a risk of losing it.

     

    Overall I'd say that I'm very satisfied with the Surface and that I'm lucky to have my wife!

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    Thank you very much, A.G., for that evaluation.  I am one who has yet to succumb to the attractions of a tablet.  My decision is made somewhat easier by the fact that I want a Windows compatible OS.  The eliminates iPad and Droid systems along with Windows 8 RT.  The Surface Pro is looking better all the time and I really appreciate your input.  BUT....oh boy they are expensive with the keyboard.  I've got a new furnace-heatpump-A/C to pay for first.  By the time I'm ready to buy who knows what tablets will look like?

     

    The visit by the three techs this past week or so had some real positive effects.  The error report in UV Realtime has NEVER looked this good after three days plus.

     

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    I hope it stays this good.  We've had no further signal drop-outs

     

    Hey S.J.   If you see this....my location displayed in UV Realtime is incorrect.....by around 50 miles and in adjacent state.   How do I correct that?  I've looked around but can't figure it out.

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    Hey S.J.   If you see this....my location displayed in UV Realtime is incorrect.....by around 50 miles and in adjacent state.   How do I correct that?  I've looked around but can't figure it out.


     

    Sorry, there's nothing that can be configured on the user's end for that.  The location is determined by IP Geolocation, which is notoriously inaccurate.

     

    I do need to update the geolocation database on the UV Realtime server, but I've been so busy at my business that I just don't have time anymore.  I'll see if I can get to it one of these weekends.

     

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    I'm definitely loving my Surface and the Mrs. loves that she has exclusive use of the iPad now. If you have any questions about it hpmsrm I'd be glad to answer them.

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    Well gee whiz, S.J.    'Bout time for you to retire.  That working can get a

    guy down.Smiley winks.gif   OK...just kidding.  I gather that having that location exactly right is not really all that important to the proper functioning of the UV Realtime app.   I had noticed it had my location as over on the western side of the Missouri/Kansas state line and a bit south.  Whereas we are located about 20-30 miles east of Kansas City, MO.

     

    A.G., it's gonna be a while before I can afford a tablet for myself.  My wife also loves her iPad and the only time I'm allowed to touch it is when she has a problem she cannot solve on her own.  I do have leverage, however.  The iTunes program is on my laptop.  Apple support has told me more than once that iOS upgrades should be carried out via iTunes with the iPad connected to the PC.  So that's the way we do it now.  That one time she upgraded to iOS ver. 6 (I think it was) and she did it directly from Apple to the iPad we had all sorts of problems and had to go back (with support's help) and completely uninstall the OS and then do a reinstall through iTunes to get things working correctly.

     

    It's been an absolutely terrible weekend.  Another major snow storm moved in and dumped about 8 to 10 inches on us.....wet snow so heavy it is nearly impossible for a couple of old geezers to remove.  Then the city trucks came along blading the street at high speed and threw street snow about 15 feet...nearly burying the sidewalk we had just shoveled.Smiley - Very Angry.gif    Then, Alfie got sick and kept me up all night with growling stomach and intestines.....moaning and pitifully howling when he hurt.  Finally a couple doses of Pepto Bismol seemed to help and I finally got him quieted down.  He still has not eaten anything today.....except for a couple or three teaspoons of fresh cooked rice mixed with some canned, chicken dogfood.  Now he is sleeping.
     And finally, I got a phone call with news that my life-long best friend, an 80 yr. old, retired U.S. Army Artillery colonel, fell over a piece of broken sidewalk concrete and broke his hip last evening.  He was in surgery this morning in a Phoenix, AZ hospital and they had to do a rebuild with titanium parts.  Guess he's doing well now....if they can just prevent any clots from forming and he doesn't catch pneumonia before he gets out of the hospital.  He'll be up and walking tomorrow they say.  He and his wife were down there attending some Texas Rangers games at spring training in Surprise, AZ.

     

    Now.....last problem...if KU doesn't get with it during the second half they're gonna get whipped by N. Carolina.  I try not to watch too closely.  My blood pressure won't handle it.

     

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    Hey Phil, you need to get one of these. You wouldn't even have to get out of your recliner.Smiley Very Happy

     

     

     

     




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    That would be a great way to remove the snow, C.J.     Don't know where I'd put it during the warmer seasons.  I need a 3 car garage instead of the 2 car version we have now.  Have only one car but all our yard and garden tools plus other stuff we could not find room for in the house are stored out there.  If I get a snow blower.....robo or otherwise....I've GOT to start throwing things away.

     

    One closet out there is completely full of vinyl LP records.....classical, jazz & opera.....dating back to the very beginning of 33 1/3 RPM long playing records around 1950 +/-.  Most are in mint condition and include my dad's collection, along with mine.  All the stereo versions of these LP disks are stored in a big cabinet back in our 3rd bedroom which is now our computer room.   All my old 78 and 45 RPM disks of Glen Miller....Tommy Dorsey.....Spike Jones....etc. were copied to tape, then later to CD, long ago.  I've got two big boxes of cassette tapes....many of them of recordings I made during my broadcast career.  I've been trying to get them moved over to CD's.   But sometimes I ask myself why go to the trouble.  After I'm gone who knows where they'll end up.

     

     

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    hpmsrm wrote:

    That would be a great way to remove the snow, C.J.     Don't know where I'd put it during the warmer seasons.  I need a 3 car garage instead of the 2 car version we have now.  Have only one car but all our yard and garden tools plus other stuff we could not find room for in the house are stored out there.  If I get a snow blower.....robo or otherwise....I've GOT to start throwing things away.

     

    One closet out there is completely full of vinyl LP records.....classical, jazz & opera.....dating back to the very beginning of 33 1/3 RPM long playing records around 1950 +/-.  Most are in mint condition and include my dad's collection, along with mine.  All the stereo versions of these LP disks are stored in a big cabinet back in our 3rd bedroom which is now our computer room.   All my old 78 and 45 RPM disks of Glen Miller....Tommy Dorsey.....Spike Jones....etc. were copied to tape, then later to CD, long ago.  I've got two big boxes of cassette tapes....many of them of recordings I made during my broadcast career.  I've been trying to get them moved over to CD's.   But sometimes I ask myself why go to the trouble.  After I'm gone who knows where they'll end up.

     

     


     

    As famous as you are around here Phil, I wouldn't doubt they would want them for the library of Congress.Smiley Happy

     

     

     




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    Phil, 

      If you have collection that far back you may be sitting on a fortune.  You might want to get it appraised and take out a rider on your insurance policy.

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    I agree with OUfan, definitely get those appraised just in the odd chance that they are stolen you can be compensated by your insurance company.

     

    In other news I just saw where buy.com has changed its name to rakuten.com. From a marketing perspective, I don't understand this. The average American can think of and easily type buy.com into an address bar. Rakuten.com isn't easy to remember, doesn't flow off the tongue, and long term could cause lost sales.  I wonder if it was because you can easily trademark a unique name like Rakuten but you can't trademark the word buy. But I think it's possibly more to do with the Japanese ownership being proud and wanting to make their corporate name as the main website.

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    Like Phil, Indianapolis got a 7-10" snowfall.  Hit Sunday night, into Monday.  The heaviest late season snowfall, ever.  The city refused to plow all of the streets (they normally send contracters for neighborhood snow removal when the snow is over 6") but most melted from the streets by Tuesday.  Since the snow is so heavy and wet, it not only melted, it compacted itself and just plain evaporated.  There may be 2" left, on the ground.

     

    We are still stuck in a cold pattern and may be for another 2 weeks.

     

    Phil - do you collect airchecks, jingles and such?  I do.  I have an MP3 of a jingle montage and there is at least one Iowan included, something like "Bert Powley, K-I-O-A Des Moines."

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    Thank goodness we got some slightly warmer weather these past two days and our latest snow is disappearing.  But still not completely gone.  At least Alfie is finding it easier to locate just the right spot for you-know-what.  When I take him out and everything is covered with several inches of snow he just gets a bewildered look on his face and has a heck of a time.  All the odors are covered up I guess.  All the ones left behind by other dogs passing by.

     

    RE the records.  Well.....yeah...one might think they would be valuable.   But usually that is  not the case.  Most of the companies still have the masters....either disks or tapes....both analog and digital.  So they could still be made available to the buying public.  Ya know....one of the most interesting and strange developments in the production of super high fidelity vinyl disks occurred when some companies returned to the direct-to-disk method.....completely eliminating the use of recording tape.  Back in the early days of record making......all recordings were cut directly on masters....from which the "mothers" were made...followed by the "stampers".  Then came magnetic tape......developed in Germany and brought to the U.S..  Then pioneered by Bing Crosby and the Ampex company for making records of music.  The "direct-to-disk" method was abandoned......until the 1970's when a few companies found out that analog, super high fidelity recordings could be made best by feeding the audio during a recording session directly to the control board.....to the amplifiers that drove the cutting heads.  Usually a tape was also made because from each master disk.....only so many mothers can be made before quality begins to fade and then only so many stampers can be made from each mother and, lastly, each stamper can be used only so many times before quality diminishes.  But, for analog recordings, the quality was absolutely fantastic.  Especially noticeable was the improved handling of any sounds with a percussive quality....such as drums of all kinds.....piano.....etc.  It truly was amazing.  Furthermore CD's were just beginning to make their presence known on the market.  And nearly all of us audiophiles....nationwide....probably worldwide....hated the brittle, unnatural sound we were hearing from digital recording.  So there we were.....some of the most beautifully sounding recordings....made by the ages-old techinique of direct-to-disk.  Not much difference from the old 78 RPM days.  I am fortunate to have a fair selection of those recordings and I play them only on my Stanton turntable using either a Stanton pickup or my Japanese Dynavector moving-coil pickup and only about 1 gram of pressure on the diamond stylus.  If you haven't figured it out by now.....I'm a dedicated audiophile....and I love classical music, opera and good jazz.  I grew up on Miller, Dorsey, Kenton & Maynard Ferguson (old leather lips) & others.

     

    Actually it's my understanding that vinyls are coming back.  There are still a lot of people like me out there who do not like what we hear from CD's.  I've been told that there is a dealer here in the Kansas City area who specializes in old vinyl LP's.  I do not know if anyone is still producing them or even if the technology and equipment is still available for making them.

     

    Dave:  No, can't say that I've every tried collecting that sort of thing.  But I know that there are folks who do.

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