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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Avalon Bellevue Towers: 4 years of time well spent

In this blog post I will be sharing my experience of living in the Avalon Bellevue Towers Community right in downtown Bellevue, Washington for 4 years.

Avalon Bellevue Towers’ slogan is: Time well spent. Let me explain what they mean with that!

The staff and the service

abt-602-During my 4 years living there, the community and its staff lived up to their word.

The concierge staff was always professional and friendly (hello Ken and Stephen). Apart from greeting them when I enter the building, they took care of the package reception and delivery and other mundane issues.

When it comes to maintenance requests, I can say it was top notch. Mr. Attila Madaras, the maintenance supervisor, was always there in person to fix all kinds of problems in the apartments: from replacing busted light bulbs to repairing a broken appliance. I would place a maintenance request online and within the same day (or max the next day) I would get the issue taken care of.

The leasing office staff was also very friendly (hello Cathy, Michael, Rebecca and Terri). I interacted with them often, not just once a year when I was renewing my lease.

As a positive “side-effect” of the staff’s friendliness, they became like a small family to me.

Note: I don’t want to sound all sensual in my experience, I have to say that I did encounter some misunderstandings with the staff during my stay, but when I communicated my concerns politely, I was met with nothing but good and prompt service. Continue reading

A visit to: Amazon Books in University Village, Seattle

You may have heard on the news that Amazon is opening a physical store to sell books, its products as well as let you play with the Amazon devices family. Additionally, you will have a chance to interact with Amazon techies who will answer all your questions.

In Amazon’s words:

This store is a physical extension of Amazon.com

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Good bye 2015, Hello 2016

Image source: http://newyeargreetings2016.comHello my loyal readers,

Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my articles during this year. Unlike last year, this year was a very tough one. It was mainly about making the right choices and taking the right decisions. I can summarize this year as a year of reflection and hard work.

On a global scale, this year was filled with lots of tragedy. Many people were predicting that the third World War would start.

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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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CostcoCouple blog

Hello,

This is a quick review about the CostcoCouple.com blog which is run by a couple, Olli and Andy, that have been Costco members for 10 years.

Their blog is dedicated to giving Costco shopping tips, coupons and reviews of other interesting Costco items.

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You may also follow Olli and Andy on twitter @costcocouple

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A brief interview with Dan Green from TheMortgageReports.com

Hello,

Today I met Dan Green, the founder of TheMortgageReports.com at Starbucks. It was fun to see him blogging.

Here’s a short bio from Dan’s blog:

Dan Green is a mortgage market expert, providing over 10 years of direct-to-consumer advice. You can also connect with Dan on Twitter and on Google+

I kind of interviewed him about how he started his blog and I took some advise from him about blogging and how to succeed.

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