Microsoft Surface Studio – A cool All-in-one computer but what’s with 6:18?

During the October 2016 Microsoft event, Microsoft announced the Surface Studio all-in-one computer and I really like it! Good job Microsoft!

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But…I could not help but notice the time and the date on the screen poster to be 6:18 (which is also Saturday, June 18th, 2016)…

 

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Any thoughts?

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Inside the Microsoft Visitor Center – Redmond, Washington

I was visiting the Microsoft H.Q in Redmond, Washington and I stopped by the Visitor Center.
I share with you some pictures, but if you have not been there, then it is worthwhile visiting:

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Batchography: Changing the MAC address on Windows – A free Batch script

batchography-good-resIn a previous post entitled “How to get unlimited free Internet at Airports“, I showed you how to circumvent the time limit imposed by the “free” Wi-Fi connections in certain airports.

For that trick to work, you were required to update the MAC address of your computer each time the free time is over.

In this blog post, I am going to share with you the ChangeMACAddressBatch script that I wrote with the help and instructions from the excellent Batchography book.

The script makes use of various recipes illustrated in the Batchography book (in Chapter 4) and uses the various Batch scripting language syntax (Chapters 1 and 2) and methodologies (Chapter 3). Therefore, I will not be explaining the script’s contents or how it works because it will become evident if you read the Batchography book.

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How to use the script interactively

To begin with, you need to run the script with administrative privileges.

Running the script as an administrator


On Windows 8 and above, just press Win+X and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” like this:

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Otherwise, if you are using the Windows Explorer window, then right-click on your script and choose “Run as Administrator”:

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Starting the script

When you first run the script, you will be presented with the main menu that will show you a list of all the adapters you have on your system.

On my laptop for instance, I have 4 adapters:

  • An Ethernet adapter
  • 2 x VMWare virtual adapters
  • A Wi-Fi adapter

Using the keyboard, type the adapter number that you want to inspect and/or change its MAC address:

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Let’s press “4” in this case and go inside that adapter’s information screen. Continue reading

Microsoft’s New – Surface Book – Review

I had the chance to go to Microsoft Store and check out the new Surface Book. This is the video review below:

I personally was not wowed about it. Here are my comments:

  • When you close the lid, it is not very convenient to open it up. Unlike other laptops I used, say the MacBook Air, with the Surface Book, you need two hands to open the lid and you need to push a bit harder
  • The screen does not detach without first pressing the EJECT button for a couple of seconds
  • The keyboard is good. If you’re a programmer you may get used to it, it has a nice feel to it.
  • It is relatively heavy 3.3 pounds
  • The competitors have already a hybrid laptop where you can detach the screen from the keyboard and have a dual experience: tablet or laptop.

I also shot another video showing the new stylus:

What is hard to capture in the video is how it feels when using the stylus. Each stylus tip gives you a different feel / drag on the screen. That’s pretty nice!

In conclusion, and in my opinion, the Surface Book does not deserve to be called “The Ultimate Laptop”, at least not yet.

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Early MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code released

Hello everyone,

What I am sharing made the news already, but in case you missed it, here it is:

On ~March 25, 2014, the Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has, with permission from Microsoft Corporation, made available original source code for two historic programs:

  • MS-DOS, the 1982 “Disk Operating System” for IBM-compatible personal computers [link]
  • …and Word for Windows, the 1990 Windows-based version of their word processor [link]

For more reference, please check here:

http://www.computerhistory.org/press/ms-source-code.html

 

Enjoy!