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    Microsoft is about to kick off some awesome deals with its 12 Days of Deals promotion.  I assume you have already heard about Monday's deal.  No? How about a Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99?  Fantastic deal for the first 20 in line at Microsoft's brick and mortor stores.
     

     
    If you don't have a physical store near you don't fear as you can get these same deals online.  Each day, previews will go live at midnight, door buster pricing is live at 7 AM PST, while supplies last, and then Daily Deal pricing will be in effect until midnight or while supplies last. Early shoppers save even more!
     
    Use this link to get to the deals! (ya, SurfaceGeeks will get a few pennies on each purchase. Thanks for helping out)
     
    Shop 12 Days of Deals at Microsoft! New limited quantity door buster deal each day at 7 AM PST. Available while supplies last.
     
    If that's not enough, the Surface Geeks will be podcasting live on Wednesday, December, 11th, at 8:30 Eastern time.  We are going to have our annual Christmas Gift Guide, Surface Geeks Style!   Psssst, we will probably give out another Xbox Live 12 month code.  Join Live here or at the Live link above.

    Dave
    It's been a while since the last show so Jim and I are back to wrap up our visit to Redmond Washington.  We talk a little bit about that, a brief chat about Surface, and then straight to news, Azure, and Synology.  I'll then go over a give away that The Geeks Network and Surface Geeks have going on.  Read on!

    Surface Geeks December Give Away, Surface Gear!
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    Dave

    Surface Geeks December Giveaway 48

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    We are giving away some great Surface gear and talking MVP Summit and the news of the week.  Great show this week and great to be back!  Enjoy and see you in the forums.
     
     
     
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     December Give Away Information
     
    A Winning Tablet, and From Microsoft, NYTimes, Bob Tedeschi, December 4, 2013
     
    Holiday Shoppers Snatch Up iPads, $199 Surface, PCMag, Chloe Albanesius, December 1, 2013
     
    Microsoft May Expand Surface Sales To More Partners, But Requirements Are Strict, CRN, Kevin McLaughlin, December 4, 2013
     
    Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 suffering from overheating, pocketnow, Jaime Rivera, November 28, 2013
     
    Microsoft Surface Barely Registers On Web Usage Microsoft Surface tablets are still getting crushed by the iPad, web use data shows, InformationWeek, Michael Endler, November 27, 2013
     
    Microsoft Surface Usage Continues to Grow Following Surface 2 Release, Chitika, November 26, 2013
     
    Microsoft is finally tired of bashing Apple, sets sights on Samsung instead, BGR, Zach Epstein, December 2, 2013
     
    Microsoft latest Surface 2 ads take jabs at iPad Air, Galaxy Tab 3, Blog.GSMArena, Kyle, November 27, 2013
     
    The World Famous staff on Chromebook: No deal. (Scroogled.com)
     
    Chromebooks vs. Windows laptops (Microsoft.com)
     
    Windows 8.x growth flatlines, Internet Explorer 11 makes a splash OS X 10.9 and Windows 8.1 are neck and neck, ArsTechnica, Peter Bright, December 2, 2013
     
    Microsoft's Windows future: One core, many SKUs, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, December 3, 2013
     
    Microsoft codename 'Threshold': The next major Windows wave takes shape, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, December 2, 2013
     
    Microsoft: We aren't going to have three different versions of Windows, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 25, 2013
     
    Microsoft on 'Threshold' of Windows Phone growth, ComputerWorld, Matt Hamblen, December 4, 2013
     
    Microsoft counters latest PS4 sales figures with meaningless zombie stats, The Verge, Tom Warren, December 3, 2013
     
    European Commission clears Microsoft's Nokia purchase, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, December 4, 2013
     
    U.S. Department of Justice gives Microsoft-Nokia deal the OK, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, December 2, 2013
     
    Mint app brings its money moxie to Windows Phone
     
    And now, too, there's also a Windows 8 version of Mint, the financial-planning and transaction-tracking service, Cnet, Sarah Mitroff, December 4, 2013
     
    6snap app update for Windows Phone 8 gets fast app resume, blur filters and more, WinBeta, Ron, Tuesday, December 3, 2013
     
    Unofficial Google Maps app for Windows Phone 8 updated, change log missing, WinBeta, Ron, Tuesday, December 4, 2013

    Dave
    It's finally December! Surface Geeks, The Home Server Show, and the upcoming Geeks Network would like to kick off the holiday a little early by giving away some awesome Microsoft and Surface Gear.
     
    Here is what I have for you.
     
    Xbox Live 12 Month Subscription Code(s)
     
    Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition
     
    Surface Pro / Surface Pro 2 Docking Station *
     

     
    I've got several Xbox Live gifts to give away and you can't even buy the Surface Pro Dock but we are giving one away! * Heads up, the Docking Station is a review unit and should be considered "Used.". All other items are "New.". Here is the fine print and how to qualify!
     
    How to Win
     
    Follow @surfacegeeks on Twitter.
     
    Tweet the following or click here to tweet it. (it has to have the hashtag present to count)
     
    The @surfacegeeks are giving away Surface gear for the holidays! Watch and win! http://bit.ly/sfcgive #surfacegeeks2013
     
    Tune in to Surface Geeks Live every Wednesday night this December for more chances to win.
     
    The Rules
     
    All prizes will be awarded via random draw.
     
    One tweet per person. Multiple tweets will enter you one time only, although appreciated!
     
    Xbox Live 12 Month Subscription codes will be delivered by a Twitter direct message.
     
    Read these Rules as they apply to redemption of Xbox live codes. By redeeming this code you agree to Xbox LIVE Terms of Use.
     
    There is no guarantee that winners will receive the good prior to Christmas. Don't count on it as a gift.
     
    Arc Touch Mouse and Surface Pro Docking Station give away only available for those with a physical address within the 48 contiguous states. Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and PO Boxes is not available for these items. Surface Geeks, Home Server Show, and its affiliates are to be held harmless due to any circumstance of you winning one of the above items. This includes your imminent desire to purchase additional Surface gear due to it's "awesomeness."
     
    Stay tuned to Twitter for updates, changes, etc. Follow Surface Geeks here.
     
    Don't like all that Twitter stuff? I hear ya so I'm giving away one Xbox code to a live listener on December 4th, 2013. Watch the live podcast at http://surfacegeeks.net/live for your chance to win. You don't have to chat but you have to be in the chat room. Podcast will start at 9:30 Eastern Time. All the rules above still apply.

    Dave

    BYOB Episode 136

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    XBox One, XBox One, and more XBox One.  Both Michael and I got our XBox One and have put them through the ringer over the past couple of days.  This week we are going to talk about our impressions, things we like, and things we do not like, as well as any issues we had.  Hope you enjoy the show and as always, let us know if you have any feedback.
     
     
     
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    BYOB Episode 135

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    Michael’s back this week and we talk some XBox 1 in readiness for launch day.  We also discuss the VM Ultra drive, portable Bluetooth speakers, and some odd wireless controllers.  Mike gives a quick impression of the new Plex Home Theater version that is available for Plex Pass members and we also discuss Untangle 10.  Hope you enjoy the show and thank you for the continued support.
     
     

    Show Links
    Photive CYREN Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Built in Speakerphone 8 hour Rechargeable Battery - Black
     
    Velocity Micro VMUltra Drive:  http://www.velocitymicro.com/wizard.php?iid=234
     
    Cao Controller  http://www.smarthome.com/69532/Cao-Gadgets-Wireless-Sensor-Tag-Manager-Controller/p.asp
     
    Cao Sensor Tag.  http://www.smarthome.com/69531/Cao-Gadgets-Wireless-Motion-and-Temperature-Sensor-Tag/p.aspx
     
    Untangle 10:  http://www.untangle.com/
     
     
     
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    Amazon Glacier, CryptoLocker, Everpix, and Cloudberry on Home Server Show 242
     
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    Cloudberry for Windows Home Server

    EverPix goes under

    Amazon Glacier

    Glaicer Costs Calculator

    Report on Malware Bytes not protecting from new virus. 

    http://blog.malwarebytes.org/cyber-crime/2013/11/cryptolocker-ups-the-ante-demands-2000-for-overdue-ransom/

    http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/11/how-to-avoid-cryptolocker-ransomware/

    NEW Information on CryptoLocker



    Dave
    Review Wrapups Dell Venue Pro 8 vs. Lenovo Miix 2 and the Nokia 1520 on Surface Geeks 46
     
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    Photos you must see
     
    Nokia Lumia 1520
     
    Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
     
    Nokia Refocus. Low light. Now if only @nokiaus had an app to put away all these Halloween decorations pic.twitter.com/djhrYdIfpA
     
     
     
    Acer goes up against the Surface Pro 2 with its own $950 hybrid, engadget, Sharif Sakr, November 13, 2013
     
    Forget Surface. Microsoft's new iPad rival is the Windows 8 tablet, CNet, Richard Nieva, November 13, 2013
     
    Dell Venue 11 Pro vs. Surface Pro 2: The Best Windows 8.1 Tablets for Business, Business News Daily, Brett Nuckles, November 9, 2013
     
    Windows 8.1 powered Dell Venue Pro 11 now available for $499 in US, WinBeta, Ayman, November 10, 2013
     
    Surface RT 32GB to cost $199 on Black Friday, Blog GSMarena, November 13, 2013
     
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7478/microsoft-surface-pro-2-firmware-update-improves-battery-life
     
    Microsoft Surface 2 gets its own battery-boosting update, PCWorld, Jared Newman, November 12, 2013
     
    Microsoft Surface Firmware Updates for November 2013 With several updates for Surface 2, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, November 12, 2013
     
    From the rumor mill: Windows Phone 8.1 to be released Q2 of 2014 to all current WP8 devices, WinBeta, Ron, November 12th, 2013
     
    Windows Phone is surging at BlackBerry’s expense, BGR, Brad Reed, November 12, 2013
     
    Android Pushes Past 80% Market Share While Windows Phone Shipments Leap 156.0% Year Over Year in the Third Quarter, According to IDC, Press Release, November 12, 2013
     
    That's amore: What's behind Italy's love affair with Windows Phone – and can it last? ZDNet, Raffaele Mastrolonardo, November 11, 2013
     
    Microsoft works with Xamarin to simplify cross-platform development, PCWorld, Mikael Ricknäs, November 13, 2013
     
    Hands-on: Vine beats Instagram to Windows Phone 8, Tech Hive, Caitlin McGarry, November 12, 2013
     
    NOOK gets updated for Windows 8.1, Windows Experience Blog, Brandon LeBlanc,
     
    Nokia releases photography-based Storyteller app, WinBeta, Ayman, November 12, 2013
     
     

    Dave

    The Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet Portfolio

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    The Dell Venue 8 Pro has been fun to review but I kept getting asked about the case.  I didn't buy the case or the stylus because I thought the costs vs. my use of them would not work out.  I finally broke down and ordered the case and wanted to share some thoughts on it.
     
    I unboxed and put the tablet in the case in this video.
     

     
    The first thing you will notice is that I struggled finding the way to make the tablet sit at an angle.  The kickstand portion of the case.  I finally figured out two ways.  There might be more.
     

     
    It has a very slick outside and a velour / suede feel on the flap that will cover the glass.  The tablet rests in a plastic shell designed specifically for the Venue 8 Pro.
     

     
    The inside suede portion is already gathering crumbs and hinting to me that snacking at my desktop is not good for me. (don't you just hate when reviewers leave their prints and dust all over the thing?)
     

     
     
     
    What is that? Leather?
     
    The plastic shell hold the tablet in nicely and protects all 4 corners.
     

     
     
     
    Conclusion:
     
    I think the outside of the case is a bit slippery but protection from a small fall should be pretty good with this case.  The problem i have with it is the cost. $39.99 plus tax is pretty steep.  However, it's the only game in town if you own this tablet.  Otherwise, maybe a slip cover would be good for travel.
     
    I say if your a homebody, save your money.  If you are a traveler and/or purchased the stylus you might as well get the case!
     
     

    Dave

    The Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    The Dell Venue 8 Pro 8" Windows 8.1 Tablet Review or the, "Conclusion is longer than the review", review.
     
    This is not just a "Should you buy this" review.  It's a "How did we get here" and a "where are we going" look at it.
    I would have never guessed that my review would start with a trip to Wal-Mart.  Yes, Dell supplied Wal-Mart before shipping the Venue 8 Pro to it's loyal website buyers.  If not for us spreading the word that the store had them I doubt they would have ever left the store.  My local store had 3 of them locked in a cabinet.  This is just a small bump to an otherwise nice Windows 8.1 Atom processor tablet.
     
    We have covered this tablet a lot here at Surface Geeks.  Why is that?  Well, the Acer W3 was a bust, even though I recommended it at a far reduced price. (I need to update that post) This is the first real 8" Windows 8 tablet.  Meaning, non ARM based.  I'm not going to count the W3!
     
    Yes, you can install Photoshop on it. Yes, you can install your favorite off the shelf software on it.  You can, but you probably shouldn't.
     
    Let's get it out of the box first.  I have two of these tablets.  One from WalMart and one from Dell.  So naturally, I unboxed both of them.
     

     

     
     


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    This photo gallery should cover all the ports and details of the tablet.  Here is the link to Dell if you want to dig in more or buy one.  Quickly though, what sets it apart from the W3 and anything else before it is it's Baytrail processor and the 8.0 inch IPS Display which is WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch.  That alone blows away the Acer W3. It's a VERY NICE screen.  Viewing angle is awesome and it's crisp, clear, and bright.
     
    I mentioned that you can install PhotoShop on it because it has the Intel Atom processor Z3740D.  Mine came with 32GB of storage and you can get it with 64GB.  The processor clocks in at 1.8Ghz (up to) and it's a quad core.  I did some rudeamentary speed tests on the tablet and installed a game to demonstrate this here.
     

     
    The original Halo on 8" screen.  Worked well but mouse and keyboard can be cumbersome if not all bluetooth.
     
    Quick and Dirty Review
     
    It's small! Honestly, desktop on this thing is almost unusable it's so small.  It comes with Office but do yourself a favor and don't count on creating a big project on it.  Read, make a small change here and there and move on. Yet, thankful it does come with office for that reason.  If your app of choice is not touch enabled forget about it.  You will be frustrated.
     
    Here it is against the Yoga 13" Ultrabook. I left the USB adapter on so you could see how pretty it looks.
     

     
    Screen - gorgeous.
     
    Cameras - mediocre.  You have heard this before. Great for Skype. Good lighting and you can capture a photo but use your phone instead.
     
    Stylus - By all reports(i have not used it) garbage, but did you expect to do fine art on this thing? No, don't buy.
     
    No video out - an arguable point for an 8" device but I will not subtract points because it doesn't have it.
     
    Micro SD card slot is a plus for storing extra media for road trips.  Plus, a SIM slot should come to this device for those that wait for 2014.
     
    Windows button - It's on the side and sometimes cumbersome to find.  Take that vs. a windows button on the bezel that you accidentally tap.
     
    Storage - I have 12.3 Gb free after removing the recovery partition. Not bad but I have not installed a lot of stuff. Don't be shocked that your 32Gb device has only 12Gb free after you do updates.
     
    Form Factor - 8" feels great to hold in either landscape or portrait orientation. Not that heavy that you tire holding it.
     
    Dell Cruft? - Not really.  There is not a lot of bloatware on it.  Dell did put on their registration app, the "My Dell" app, but that's to be understood.  PocketCloud and the Kindle App were also installed.  Not something to moan about.
     
    Faster than my Surface RT. Probably not a fair comparison.
     
    Conclusion
     
    You would not believe the amount of requests I've seen asking me to test a piece of software on it.  A game, etc.  It's a netbook guys. Yes it will probably run what your interested in and I hate to tell you that it will probably be slow.  Do you seriously want to run PhotoShop on a tiny desktop?  Overwhelmingly, I think the answer is yes.  Yes you do.  Maybe not PhotoShop but a .EXE program of some sort.  This is the tablet that you can throw around yet run that one program that only you want to run.  We all have the ONE program right?
     
    Why do I think this?  Feedback, hits, views.  I've had more feedback over this one device than I've had for the entire year of 2013.  Granted, this is a niche community but people are viewing, reading, and interested in this device.  It drives home what I have felt for some time.  The 8" form factor is what people want.
     
    The big question in my mind is will you be using it a year down the road?  Two years?  My guess is No.  Just like the netbook craze, you will be back to a laptop or full size tablet with keyboard in order to get back to work.  The one thing that can keep the momentum rolling for this size tablet is the marketplace.  Yes, you are tired of hearing about apps but it's true.  Apps will drive this size tablet to success or failure.  It's small! Do small things with it.  Photoshop on the desktop, no.  Photo manipulation in a modern UI screen, YES!  Interact with my home media, YES! Interact with the living room experience, YES!  Keep those apps coming developers.
     
    If you want to install anything on this it better be in the marketplace or downloadable.  Otherwise, you will need a micro USB to full size USB converter.  Joe Public is not going to go through this hassle in order to get a CD-ROM program onto this tablet.  Marketplace matters, even on a full blown Windows device.
     
    My last dig on the marketplace I promise.  I think it's off to a good start but it really needs to take some lessons from Apple and Google on layout and presentation.  I still find it a little underwhelming.  Kind of bland.
     
    My last thought goes back to ARM and the Surface.  I'm interested to see an 8" Surface and how people will react to it.  I think it will be gorgeous but I get the feeling that you have already made your minds up.
     
    It's priced right.  $299.99  Pay Uncle Sam and you have a nice companion device.  Recommended? Yes, but don't think that your going to organize your Lightroom database or play a high end game on a 27" monitor off of this thing.  Companion.   That's the key word here.
     
    It's a couch tablet.  A nice one at that.
     
    Supporting Links
     
    Dell Venue 8 Pro vs. Lenovo Miix 2 8 on Surface Geeks 45 - The Podcast Review
     
    Lenovo Miix 2 8 – A Windows 8.1 8-inch Tablet Review - for comparison
     
    Probably the best Venue 8 review i've read so far and it's right here in the Surface Geeks forum

    Dave
    Intro


    “Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance.” - Bai Peng, Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo Business Group
    The iPad mini proved that an 8-inch tablet can hold more value to some than a 7-inch device. The extra inch seems to allow for more impressive content consumption, while also lending itself better to getting work done. While smartphones get larger, so must our tablets. I have been a believer that 8-inch tablets are more compelling than smaller ones while being more portable than their 10-inch brethren. Now imagine an iPad mini running full x86 Windows 8.1. That’s the Lenovo Miix 2 8.
     
    From Lenovo…


    8" HD 1280 x 800 WXGA IPS display
    Intel Atom “Bay Trail T” 1.8 GHz (1.3GHz non burst)
    2 GB LPDDR3 memory
    32GB/64GB/128GB eMMC storage
    Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (5GHz supported)
    2MP front camera / 5MP rear camera
    Micro-USB, Micro SD, Audio Combo Jack
    5.2" x 8.5" x 0.3” and only 0.77-lbs
    Up to 7 hours battery life (but I saw more)
    Stereo speakers (in one opening) and a single microphone
    Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013
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    Usage
     
    The Lenovo Miix 2 8 was available for shipping on Amazon for a few days, and I was lucky enough to grab the 32GB model. It has since become unavailable, but it should be back in stock soon. There are several other 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets out now or coming soon. I picked the Lenovo because it was one of the thinnest, and is definitely the lightest. It has been used for a week, at both home and work. The battery was tested under various conditions, and the device only needed to be fully charged once. It came almost topped off, although it need to be plugged in before powering on the first time. After powering on, all available system updates, drivers and software updates were downloaded and installed. I let it sync settings and apps from my Surface 2. Work email was configured via the stock mail app via Exchange Active Sync.
     
    Experience
     
    It is all about the in-hand feel. And boy, does the Lenovo Miix 2 8 feel great! I owned an iPad mini previously, and this is the closest I have felt any device come. The back has a nice, ever so grippy matte texture. The very bottom has a shiny and smooth chin. The rear camera is no standout, but it is nice to have it. The speakers (although you really only see one) output a nice sound, albeit bass free. It did impress my coworkers while playing back a movie trailer on YouTube via Hyper. There is a standout feature, and it is on the front of the device. The screen is very, very good. Colors and backlighting are balanced. No dead or stuck pixels are present. Brightness is adequate, although I tend to use my device in low light conditions. Video playback is near flawless. YouTube, Vevo, NBC News and Watch ABC content all look incredible. The bottom bezel is the biggest, and that is where the capacitive Windows key sits. Originally I did have some issues* with it, however everything was resolved after a system refresh. Lenovo did build in some sort of accidental protection, so it works better than most. The rest of the bezels are at or below average size. It feels just as good in portrait as it does in landscape. One handing the device is no problem, at least for me. You won’t believe Windows 8.1 runs (and runs well) on something this light.
     
    Just as impressive as the screen, is overall Modern UI performance. Video content ramps up to HD quality near immediately. I found myself watching 1080p content more on this device than any other midsize tablet. The Bay Trail Atom’s quad cores are perfectly suited to 1080p video playback, including 8-12GB MKV files. Apps launch quickly, multitasking is near perfect, and games don’t skip a beat. This tablet makes the ARM-based Surface 2 look like a slouch. That’s right, Xbox Music, Halo: Spartan Assault, Mail and Facebook load significantly faster than on the Surface 2. Clearly Windows is more optimized for x86 platforms than any ARM chipset. The only place it falls behind is on the desktop. It could be that the Surface and Surface 2 don’t have much to do in the desktop, but the Lenovo Mixx 2 8 is noticeably slower. Yes, that means Office 2013 performs worse on this device than the Surface 2. Not a deal breaker, as you can run any x86 Windows app on this tablet versus nothing but Office RT on the ARM-based Surfaces. The battery lasted me 2-3 days with my mild usage of a couple hours per day. This is a good day or more longer than my Surface 2’s battery.
     
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    The device boots quickly, and gets you going right away. Every Modern UI app I tested felt better at 8-inches that at the Surface 2’s 10.6-inches. Amazon, 500px, Flixster and Netflix just felt right. New games like Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and Six Guns were easier to play, and provided more enjoyment. The Windows 8.1 mail app is a true pleasure. Work email is easy to keep up with, and the on screen keyboard in landscape can be used with two thumbs. At least for my big hands, thanks to the thin and light design of the device. Desktop Office apps were slow to open and load data, but they were touch navigable. This device excels at one handed use in portrait mode. In landscape, it feels better with two hands on the device. Hopping between meetings is where the Lenovo Miix 2 8 shines. You can keep up with your emails, Office documents and Remote Desktop needs (even via VPN). In your free time, various apps and IE 11 offer just about everything you need.
     
    Verdict
     
    Buy one at $299. Use the SD card slot to compliment the 32GB on-board storage. If the Lenovo’s styling isn’t for you, check out offerings from Dell, Toshiba, and Acer. But it is truly amazing that you can have a full featured PC in a less than 1-pound package. Windows 8.1 and the Modern UI are perfect for this size. The desktop is there if you need it, and Bluetooth support means pointing devices and/or keyboards can be attached. There is no display out port however, and only one micro-USB. Lenovo is offering a detachable cover that can house a capacitive stylus. No active digitizer here, but sometimes that is OK. It is nice to see more and more games and other apps make their way to the Windows Store. Full x86 Windows means any app your desktop or laptop PC can run, so can this tablet. But don’t spend too much time in the desktop. The Modern UI is where this tablet stands out. It’s gorgeous screen and solid performance give other touch focused tablets a run for their money. In my opinion, you can take the Lenovo Miix 2 8 anywhere and it won’t likely let you down.
     
     
     
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    Dave

    BYOB Episode 134

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    Yep, it has been a while.  We have been out of commission mainly due to problems in my schedule but we are back this week with a great show.  Mike Martis is off to the races today so I am joined today by Paul Braren (tinkertry.com).  We discuss the completion of my rack project, my experience with an Arc 2U server case, and talk in depth with Paul on his recent painful  upgrade to 150/50 internet service.  Paul gives us an overview on the 3 current routers he has been testing.  A special thanks to Paul for his time and expertize today and please visit his links below for more detailed information.
     
     

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    Mike’s Rack Project
     
    Arc IPC-2U2055 Server Case
     
    Firsthand experience with the Motorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCIS 3.0 Cable Modem
     
    Firsthand experience with ASUS RT-AC68U, Netgear R7000, and Linksys EA6900 802.11ac WiFi routers
     
    Superguide: VMware vSphere
     
    Install ESXi 5.5 with Realtek 8111/8168 NIC
     
    Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350T2 Dual port, for ESXi 5.5 home lab
     
    Superguide: Timeline of USB, SATA, and Thunderbolt speeds
     
    Looking forward to breaking past 550MB/sec SATA3 SSDs, using PCIe, PCI NGFF (M.2), and software caching
     
     
     
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    We start out with 6TB hard drives and end up with a Essentials R2 DNS fix.  In between is news and follow up.

    FlipBoard – Home Storage Geeks http://flip.it/LsCjB
    Surface Geeks – http://flip.it/PcEU
     
    UR3 for 2012 Essentials
     
    New Synology DS214

    Helium Filled 6TB Hard Drive

    APC Safety Recall

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6075-recommendations-to-hp-to-make-the-microserver-gen8-even-better/

    So we talked about trial versions - Get one month of Azure ($200 credit) for free to try.  http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro Lifetime - 1 PC - Download
     
    Box announces Boxnotes Beta - an alternative to Google Docs in the Enterprise:  http://blog.box.com/2013/09/introducing-box-notes/

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    We have new hardware for you again! This time it's the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  We will compare this Atom based tablet to the Dell Venue 8 Pro that we unboxed last week.  Also, we have the ASUS T100 to show you.  There is a ton of video in the SurfacGeeks YouTube channel so you can take a look at all this gear!
     
    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe, John Wiskowski
     
    Blog post image courtesty of Dewain27
     
    YouTube Channel
     
    Metro Mail for WP8
     
    SmartGlass Half Full
     
    From the Forums - Dewain27 takes a look at both the Dell Venue Pro 8 and the Lenovo Miix2 8.
     
    USB Adapters as shared by our live chatroom(i think i'll get one of each!)
     
    USB Male to 2-Port USB 2.0 Female + 1 Micro USB Male Charging HUB - Black
     
    C&E CNE16187 Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 Adapter
     
    ASUS Transformer T100 - $399
     
    Awesome Lock app for WP8
     
    Nokia preparing an 8-inch Lumia tablet for early next year, The Verge, Tom Warren, November 4, 2013
     
    Microsoft's holiday goal: Sell 16 million Windows tablets, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 1, 2013
     
    November 22nd is Zero Hour: Nokia Lumia 2520, Lumia 1520 and Xbox One all launch in the US, WPCentral, Daniel Rubino, November 6, 2013
     
    The New Surface: Teacher, Advertisement on YouTube, November 4, 2013
     
    Microsoft botched the Excel spreadsheet in its Surface tablet ad, David Yanofsky, November 5, 2013
     
    Microsoft Surface 2: A Tablet With A Serious Identity Problem [Review], ReadWrite, Dan Rowinski November 6, 2013
     
    Microsoft starts donating Windows 8.1 to nonprofit organizations and public libraries, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, November 6, 2013
     
    Microsoft to Windows RT 8.1 preview users: Come and get Outlook 2013 for Windows RT, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, November 1, 2013
     
    Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop, ZDNet, Ed Bott, November 1, 2013
     
    Nokia Lumia 1520 no longer up for preorder through Microsoft, Lance Whitney, November 6, 2013
     
    Microsoft's CEO short list falls short, CNet, Larry Dignan, November 6, 2013
     
     
     
    Microsoft reorg: More pieces fall into place, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, October 31, 2013
     
    Market Data


    comScore Reports September 2013 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share, comScore, November 5, 2013
    Charts from the Report:





    Top Smartphone OEMs3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2013 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Age 13+ 
    Source: comScore MobiLens







    Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers





    Jun-13
    Sep-13
    Point Change


    Total Mobile Subscribers
    100.0%
    100.0%
    N/A


    Apple
    39.9%
    40.6%
    0.7


    Samsung
    23.7%
    24.9%
    1.2


    HTC
    8.5%
    7.1%
    -1.4


    Motorola
    7.2%
    6.8%
    -0.4


    LG
    6.6%
    6.6%
    0.0








    Top Smartphone Platforms3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2013 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jun. 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Age 13+ 
    Source: comScore MobiLens







    Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers





    Jun-13
    Sep-13
    Point Change


    Total Smartphone Subscribers
    100.0%
    100.0%
    N/A


    Android
    52.0%
    51.8%
    -0.2


    Apple
    39.9%
    40.6%
    0.7


    BlackBerry
    4.4%
    3.8%
    -0.6


    Microsoft
    3.1%
    3.3%
    0.2


    Symbian
    0.3%
    0.3%
    0.0








    Top 15 Smartphone Properties & AppsSeptember 2013Total U.S. Smartphone Mobile Media Users, Age 18+ (iOS and Android Platforms) 
    Source: comScore Mobile Metrix








    Top 15 Properties
    % Reach
    Top 15 Apps
    % Reach



        Smartphone Browsing + App Audience
    100.0%
        Smartphone App Audience
    100.0%


    1
        Google Sites
    90.0%
        Facebook (Mobile App)
    74.3%


    2
        Facebook
    84.0%
        Google Play (Mobile App)
    53.9%


    3
        Yahoo! Sites
    82.2%
        Google Search (Mobile App)
    53.2%


    4
        Amazon Sites
    65.5%
        YouTube (Mobile App)
    49.6%


    5
        Apple Inc.
    50.8%
        Pandora Radio (Mobile App)
    49.3%


    6
        AOL, Inc.
    50.1%
        Gmail (Mobile App)
    44.9%


    7
        Pandora.com
    49.6%
        Apple App Suite (Mobile App)
    44.2%


    8
        Microsoft Sites
    46.5%
        Google Maps (Mobile App)
    43.0%


    9
        Wikimedia Foundation Sites
    43.5%
        Yahoo! Stocks (Mobile App)
    30.9%


    10
        CBS Interactive
    39.8%
        Instagram (Mobile App)
    25.9%


    11
        Turner Digital
    38.1%
        Apple Maps (Mobile App)
    25.6%


    12
        eBay
    35.3%
        Yahoo! Weather Widget (Mobile App)
    24.4%


    13
        ESPN
    33.4%
        The Weather Channel (Mobile App)
    21.9%


    14
        Glam Media
    33.0%
        Twitter (Mobile App)
    21.1%


    15
        Weather Company, The
    31.0%
        Facebook Messenger (Mobile App)
    18.0%



    *Apple App Suite includes iTunes, Apple App Store, and Apple Game Center


    A quarter of a billion smart phones ship in Q3 2013, Canalys, November 5, 2013
    Some points from report:


    Over a quarter of a billion smart phones shipped worldwide in Q3 2013 as the market grew 44% year-on-year.
    Shipments of large-screen smart phones, 5" and above, reached their highest ever level, accounting for 22% of shipments or 56 million units.
    Canalys expects smart phones with screens between 4.1" and 5" will be most popular with consumers in 2014 as they offer the best balance between portability and legibility.
    Samsung was the leading vendor across all regions except North America, where Apple held the top spot. These two vendors account for almost 70% of the market there. LG held onto third place in North America, while Nokia has moved from eighth to fourth place after making gains from its competitors with its new flagship products, the Lumia 1020 and 925.’
    In terms of platforms, the Android and iOS shares were static sequentially, but Microsoft increased its share of the market to 4%. It increased its shipments by 185% to 9.2 million units against Q3 2012, which helped to place it as the second biggest OS in 19 countries, most notably Finland, with a 39% share; Vietnam, with 16%; Italy, with 15%; Thailand, with 11%; Turkey, with 11%; and Russia, with 8%


    Nokia and Windows global momentum continues, Kantar Worldpanel, November 4, 2013


    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to September 2013, shows Windows Phone now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across the five major European markets*, has overtaken iOS in Italy, and is gaining momentum in emerging markets. Android remains the dominant operating system across Europe with 71.9%, an increase of 4.2 percentage points compared with the same period last year. (*The big five European markets includes UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.)
     
     
    App News
     
    Windows and Windows Phone grow closer as Microsoft unifies developer registration, The Verge, Tom Warren, November 6, 2013
     
    Facebook, TeamViewer Touch and Yahoo Mail apps for Windows 8.1 receive updates, WinBeta, Ron, November 5, 2013
     
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