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how i run a whole company on the surface 3

Some years ago I purchased Microsoft's Surface 3 laptop as a convenient on the go amendment to my full sized laptop at home. Obviously something running an Atom processor with 4GB of RAM isn't going to be a heavy duty work machine I thought. It was more of a tool to take to meetings and to get some work done outside of the office. The Surface 3 runs the latest full Windows version so all of my software could finally travel with me in a neat little package.

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two years with the microsoft surface 3

When I first purchased the Microsoft Surface 3, it was in May of 2015. It was a birthday present for myself, as I like to create reasons for enjoying life guilt-free. But it wasn't just that. It was curiosity. It was a fully Windows-powered 1lb machine with an FHD display. It was a statement really. That I could take my entire tech world with me wherever I went in the width of less than most books. Sure it was underpowered compared to the big boys on the market. But it had a 10-hour battery life and a tiny backlit keyboard. From a technical standpoint, it was near perfect, although somewhat pricey.

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the nintendo switch is my next console
Why I'm Finally Buying A New Console And It's Nintendo's Switch

As many could tell yesterday, the hype and excitement for Nintendo's newest console codenamed "NX", actual name "Switch" was real. And you could tell because their website was down for a good part of the day. And the 10 million plus views on the reveal trailer say alot as well. As someone who's been a Nintendo fan since 1989, when I received my first NES and played it until my television had irradiated a percentage of my body, I was equally as hyped. And it did not disappoint and in fact exceeded all of my expectations.

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taking the gear vr for a test drive

For the past year, everyone online has been fascinated by VR. Virtual Reality, like the kind that we see in Anime and movies. Nobody I know has ever used a VR device, and that's mainly due to the fact that there aren't any real commercially viable options out there for regular people. Last year I bought the Oculus DK2 just to come to the realization that my 4-year-old laptop was not a gaming rig, and so it pretty much just looked like a PS2 game and 90% of the time crashed my computer. VR is tough apparently. People swear by this though. They assure you that it's pretty much like being there, wherever there may be at the time. Lucky for me, I just picked up a Galaxy S6 Edge to replace my aging LG G2 from a time long gone. And luckily again, Samsung has jumped on board the VR train and has come out with their own headset.

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reviewing the lumo lift fitness tracker
Lumo Lift

Being a software developer is less strenuous than many other jobs. And if not, then you're doing it wrong. Sitting on a chair for 8-10 hours per day though takes a big toll on your overall health, and particular on that back of yours. I don't care how ergonomic and forwardly bent your work chair is at work. Nobody was meant to sit for that many hours per day. And because of that I just picked up the Lumo Lift from Amazon

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reviewing the moto 360 2nd generation

Motorola's first 360 watch was one of the most talked about wearable devices when it first came out this time last year, and for good reason. It was one of the better looking smartwatches to hit the market. And in that same fashion, it's managed to do that once more with their 2nd Generation version. This time around, instead of going for a fully functional powerhouse watch, Motorola has balanced out a semi-powerful device in a very customizable and attractive package. This is my second wearable device so far, my first being the LG G Watch, and after a week of using it, this is how it held up.

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is the surface 3 a good developer laptop?

When I originally picked up the Surface 3, it was mainly because of it's lower price point and smaller size. It's not targeted towards developers however, I'll say that now. But that doesn't mean it can't handle some development work here or there. I was hopeful that it could at least keep up with my day to day work while I'm out of the house. And with a full version of Windows running, I'm free to install my usual developer tools on it and see how it handles it. This is the smallest device that I've purchased so far that has made it possible to finally be able to continue my normal work operations on the go. Which is very exciting for me, especially because it comes with an HD display, full touchscreen, tablet mode, and drawing capabilities. If it can indeed handle my development work, then I'm set.

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oculus rift dk2 unboxing and first impressions

I've heard tons of people talk about the Oculus DK2 and praise it for its magnificence. I've never tried it personally, but I wondered what it was that they were seeing that was so jaw dropping. And why were so many damn people falling on their faces when trying the virtual roller coasters. These questions needed answers. So I picked up the Google Cardboard to test out the waters. Although no where near the level of the Oculus, it gave me an idea of what I could expect. Shortly after that I decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. The Oculus site estimated about 1-2 weeks for shipping and they were right on it. I got the shipping notification about 7 days in, and it shipped 1 more day after that. Living close to Oculus HQ, it was set to arrive the next day. And it was a Friday! Awesome way to start the weekend, or so I thought.

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the amazon echo unboxing and first impressions

A while back Amazon surprised the internet by introducing it's latest and most out there device, the Echo. No one really knew what it was. It was a device that was out of the norm for Amazon. We're so used to seeing tablets and phones from them after all. But intrigued I was personally. It seemed to do the same things that Siri or "Ok Google" did, but it was different because it was always listening and there was no need to recharge it as it's intended to be an always on device. It was a bluetooth speaker, and it had this smooth voice that responded to any question you had. It could tell you jokes, then keep track of your shopping list. It could do all of those gimmicky things that you would show off one time and then forget about. So I just had to buy it.

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one week with the microsoft band

The multi-platform Microsoft Band came out about a week ago in limited quantities and only in the US for now and irregardless of funds, I decided to pick it up. Microsoft's first attempt into the fitness tracking / smartwatch world was not going to be missed by me. The fitness tracker / smartwatch hosts a slew of sensors that measure you're every move throughout your day from sleep to workout and everything in between really. The Band features smartwatch like notifications from your phone, and if you have a Windows Phone you get voice control features as well with Cortana. You can check out my unboxing and first impressions here.

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