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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Are portable devices worth buying?

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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I’ve become a huge fan of touch computing. I believe that most things we think of as “computers” will be de-facto tablets, either in our pocket, in our hands, possibly even mounted on our wrists or forearms.

I can’t wait for the iPad 5 this week (I’ll be ordering three), and my Surface Pro 2 should arrive this week too. Because it is a blazingly fast, modern Intel machine, I like to use the Surface Pro to predict where tablet performance ought to be for everyone in 2 to 3 years. I think of it as an iPad 7.

My main complaint with the Surface Pro is the incredibly lackluster battery life. Granted, this is a classic Intel x86 box we’re talking about, not some efficient ARM system-on-a-chip designed to run on a tiny battery. Still, I was hopeful

So WiFi web browsing battery life, arguably the most common user activity there is on a computer these days, goes from 4.7 hours on the Surface Pro to 6.7 hours on the Surface Pro 2, a 42% increase. That’s a decent increase, I suppose, but I was hoping for something more like 8 hours, something closer to doubling of battery life – to bring the Surface Pro in line with other tablets.

Nearly 7 whole hours of WiFi web browsing for a real computer in tablet form factor … that’s not bad, right? Let’s see how the 2013 MacBook Air does, which spec-wise is about as close as we can get to the Surface Pro 2. The screen is somewhat lower resolution and not touch capable, of course, but under the hood, the i5-4200u CPU and LPDDR3 RAM are nearly the same. It’s a real computer, too, using the latest Intel technology.
The Surface Pro 2 has a 42 Wh battery, which puts it closer to the 11 inch Air in capacity. Still, over 11 hours of battery life browsing the web on WiFi? That means the Air is somehow producing nearly two times the battery efficiency of the best hardware and software combination Microsoft can muster, for what I consider to be the most common usage pattern on a computer today. That’s shocking. Scandalous, even.

UPDATE: Turns out the Surface 2 Pro was shipped with bad firmware. Once updated, the WiFi adapter enters lower idle power states and this helps a lot, going from 6.6 hours of browsing time to 8.3 hours, a 25% improvement! That puts it much more in line with the rest of the field, at least, even if it doesn’t achieve Mac like runtime.

It’s not exactly news that Windows historically doesn’t do as well as OS X on battery life. Way back in 2009, AnandTech tested a MacBook Pro with multiple operating systems:

Demo of a Featured Post

Friday, January 17th, 2014
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You probably have stories in your blog you want to highlight to your readers. This is commonly referred to as “Featured Posts” or “Featured Content”. If you are using WordPress, displaying these featured posts can be achieved in various ways, one of which is using a plugin like Jetpack.

 

Jetpack consists of the features that we find in WordPress.com. At the time of the writing, it holds 30 features including WordPress.com Stats, Photon, Infinite Scroll, and our focus of the day, Featured Content. Let’s get to it.

We will add a few lines of code to display the featured content in our theme. And, as an example in this tutorial, I’m going to use TwentyTwelve.

Usually the featured content is displayed on the front page. If your theme follows the WordPress standard theme strucuture, the front page is rendered either in index.php, home.php, or front-page.php.

The above conditional statement will show the featured content if at least there is one present and while the page is not being paged (it is not in the second page onwards).

Additionally, we can also set a new thumbnail size for the featured content. In this example, I created a new size, which is 250 by 160 pixels. You can add the following code somewhere below the add_theme_support( ‘post-thumbnail’ ).

How to follow your favorite blogs

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I was having a conversation the other day with one of my good friends about Pinterest. She was telling me that she wished more of her friends pinned stuff because her Pinterest feed wasn’t moving very fast. I suggested she follow some of her favorite creative bloggers because if she likes their style, she will like what they pin. She didn’t realize she could do that. Once I got over the shock and lifted my chin up off the floor, I felt like a failure as a blogger and a friend. Well, just as a blogger friend, I guess. This post might be basic for some of you may already know, but I want to share how to follow your favorite blogs {and other insider tips} and maybe offer a few suggestions and tips as well.

I blog because I love to share, I love the community, I love the feedback, and I love the drive it gives me to do projects on my list. As a side note, I make money from the amount of pageviews I get. I don’t think it’s a secret that bloggers make money, but most of us don’t make enough money that we do it FOR the money…does that make sense? Below minimum wage for me, my friends (if we are counting hours). Some have made it a very lucrative business though.
If you are like me, you have your favorite blogs to read, but don’t always remember to go there, don’t have the right time, get online but fish around other spots and then you realize it’s been a month or more since you’ve been to your favorite spot on the web. Here are my ways to keep on top of following the creative inspiration.

If I know I love the blog and really don’t want to miss a minute, I enter my email, and a reminder comes straight to my inbox when they update. Then I click over and read the post. If I don’t have time that day, I delete and get the reminder again the next day, but I don’t get too far behind on my favorites. I don’t think I make this option as visible, it’s on the “subscribe” tab where my profile picture is. Kinda hidden, might need to change that. Most blogs have this option on their HOME page, just look around. (You can also click on the “sonar waves” icon at the top and subscribe via email).

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Friday, January 17th, 2014
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Wooden Work

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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