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    Tons to talk about again this week.  We talk a lot of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.  We also break down the Nokia announcement and rumors.  Also, the date and times for all the announcements and releases.  Where will you be?  xBox Music and more!
    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe, John Wiskowski
    The Surface Geeks Blog
    Break Free by Leonard Welch
    15 Days Until Surface 2 – A Look At Surface RT, Part 2 - by John Wiskowski
    The Fabulous Shownotes for Surface Geeks compiled by Mrs. Shownotes-Cohen (thank you as always)
    Microsoft, Google Offer Similar Visions for the Future of IT A future of devices and services, go figure, Windows IT Pro, Paul Thurrott, October 9, 2013
    Microsoft's new mission statement: No more computer on every desk, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, October 7, 2013
    Microsoft pays out $100,000 bounty for Windows 8.1 bug, The Verge, Tom Warren, October 9, 2013
    Windows Phone 8.1 Rumors Emerge Yes, we'll get a third Windows Phone 8 update first. Still.... Windows IT Pro, Paul Thurrott, October 9, 2013
    Windows Store refresh promises simple, stunning experience for Windows 8.1, The Fire Hose, October 9, 2013
    Wacom Tablet costs how much?
    Microsoft ramping up to push Surface broadly through resellers, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, October 9, 2013
    Surface 2 improvements touted in Microsoft video, CNet, Lance Whitney, October 8, 2013
    Surface Pro 2 Is A Laptop Replacement And Surface 2 Is A Tablet For Business
    Surface Blog, September 30, 2013
    Microsoft Surface selling out? We've seen this movie before, CNet, Brooke Crothers, October 6, 2013
    Some Microsoft Surface 2 tablets sold out—barely, PCWorld, Mark Hachman, October 7, 2013
    Surface Pro Update History, October 2013
    Apple's Oct. 22 iPad event likely to overshadow Microsoft Surface 2 launch, Nokia announcement, Apple Insider, Neil Hughes, October 9, 2013
    Microsoft Retail Stores to host midnight launch events for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in 10 cities across the country, Microsoft News Center, October 9, 2013
    Attend the OakBrook Il launch at Midnight and then listen to the 3AM EST Nokia announcement on the drive home?
    Tune in on the 22nd – live from Nokia World Abu Dhabi, Ian Delaney, October 9, 2013
    Nokia Apps - Microsoft’s $7.2 Billion Nokia Bet Not Luring Apps, Bloomberg, Adam Satariano & Douglas MacMillan, October 9, 2013
    Twitter - Twitter update on Windows Phone not just skin deep: Quicker access to tweets that matter to you, The Fire Hose, October 8, 2013
    YouTube - Windows Phone Has A New YouTube App—Same As The Old YouTube App, ReadWrite, Dan Rowinski October 8, 2013
    Office for iPad - Office for iPad to debut after touch-friendly Windows version, The Verge, Tom Warren, October 8, 2013
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    Please see my previous post on why I am talking about the Surface RT so close to the release of Surface 2.

    "What is that?"
    "Is that the new Surface 2?"
    "A Surface? I heard they weren't very good."
    "Wow, I am glad you like it as I am thinking of getting one soon."
    In the past week, I used my beloved Surface more while at work then at home. I bought a case from the Microsoft Store. The Golla Sydney 11-Inch Dark Blue Slim Sleeve looks great and couldn't be happier. It holds the Surface, a USB powered Qimini wireless charger for my Lumia 925, my Bose earphones and a cleaning cloth. It also holds one more item that I picked up last week, the AT&T Beam. The dongle provides LTE access anytime, anywhere and is powered via USB. It gives me the flexibility I need, and compliments the Surface perfectly.
     Device: Surface RT 32GB running Windows 8*
    If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me why I have a Surface! Multiple co-workers said they were interested but the reviews were so bad they stayed away. I took every opportunity I could to explain why I love mine. Multitasking, screen size, flexibility, and apps. I was usually working on emails, or reviewing PDFs and Word documents. However, I would show them how easily I could pin Tweetro+ or Nokia Music+ next to my work. They loved it as much as I did. Once I learned to just leave my apps running, loading/resuming times were significantly cut. Multitasking was usually quick and responsive. Battery life gets better and better, and even with the LTE dongle connected, I easily get 2-3 days usage.
    Adding LTE in the mix allowed me to use any application and protocols, while not being limited to what my company’s IT Security opens up over Wifi. TeamViewer and Splashtop 2 worked flawlessly. Splashtop 2 allows me to stream audio and video from my Mac at home. Yes, I can watch any movie stored on my home network, on my Surface RT. The AT&T Beam supports Windows RT, but not 100%. Windows 7 is needed to install firmware updates. Also, if you want to use the dongle as a mobile hotspot so others can join in, you need Windows 7. Not Windows 8 x86, but Windows 7. The initial connection time is about 20-seconds. However, it resumes a connection in split seconds after the screen wakes back up from sleep. Being powered via USB means I never have to charge it. I think I would love having LTE built-in, but this works today on any Windows 7/8/RT machine.
    Applications can still be… interesting. The same issues I found on Windows Phone 8, I find here. An application will work fine for a few days, then become almost useless. For example, InstaPic seemed like the perfect way to follow my Instagram feed. A couple days in, it refused to load my timeline, but reported no error. Piktr is now working fine, loading my timeline instantly on launch. However Piktr used to be just as troublesome as InstaPic is for me today. I feel like developers fix one problem, but only uncover more bugs. Hyper is a great YouTube app, but not all videos play nicely. Nine times out of ten there is no problem. But that oddball video has me keeping MetroTube installed as well. Twitter scrolls poorly, and Tweetro+ doesn’t keep in sync with Rowi via TweetMarker as well as I would like. I don't blame the devs here, I assume APIs and OS support is lacking compared to iOS and Android.
    I’m still enjoying the Surface. I am interested to get my hands on both Windows 8.1 and the Surface 2. Hardware wise, the speed improvements and screen resolution will be nice to haves. Also, I think a Touch Cover 2 or Type Cover 2 will be a really nice addition. However, I do find typing directly on the screen to be better on the Surface that on any other tablet. The live tiles make me feel like I am using something cool, and usually provide useful data and encouragement to dive into an app. If not, they at least look good. For me, turning on a Surface give me a “let’s do this” feeling. In my experience, “this” is just about everything I need it to be.
    * I am still running Windows 8 as the 8.1 Preview has ended and Microsoft won’t let me download it.

    John buys the Surface RT in order to prepare for his Surface 2. New Surface hardware is at your Microsoft store, Dell is showing off some killer new hardware, and we debate Microsoft killing RT.  Also, what is your Surface RT worth and how to sell it.  All on Surface Geeks 40!
    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe, John Wiskowski
    Delta Pilots Will Use Surface 2 Tablets Instead of Flight Bags, Mashable, October 1, 2013
    Delta to equip 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 electronic flight bags, Microsoft News Center, September 30, 2013
    Surface 2 tablets to enhance efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, save $13 million in fuel and associated costs each year
    MICROSOFT COUP: Delta Air Lines Just Bought 11,000 Surface Tablets and 19,000 Windows Phones, Business Insider, Julie Bort, September 30, 2013
    A breakthrough in new Surface 2 ad: No dancing
    Microsoft releases a TV ad for the Surface 2, claiming this is the one device for everything in your life. Fortunately, the ad excludes tightly choreographed dance. CNet, Chris Matyszczyk, September 30, 2013
    Microsoft's Surface 2 with LTE to debut on AT&T, Vodafone, Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet, October 1,2013
    Dell unveils first four Venue tablets, including a Microsoft Surface competitor, The Verge, Sean Hollister on October 2, 2013
    Dell unveils its all-new Venue tablets, plus major updates to its XPS Ultrabook line, PCWorld, Michael Brown, October 2, 2013
    Dumping a Surface? eBay averages double the return of a buyback vendor, ComputerWorld, Gregg Keizer, September 30, 2013
    How Microsoft Could Cope With The Differing European And US Windows Phone Markets, Ewan Spence, Forbes, October 1, 2013
    Windows Phone nears double digit share across Europe, Kantar World Panel, September 30, 2013
    Windows Phone takes more of Europe's smartphone market amid signs of a Nokia comeback, Jo Best, September 30, 2013
    Microsoft has an app problem, CBS Money Watch, Dave Johnson, October 1, 2013
    Microsoft expanding Office's reach with 'Reader' for Windows 8 and 'Lens' for Windows Phone, The Verge, Tom Warren, September 27, 2013
    Microsoft’s Office Store apps to get subscription pricing, 5 new languages and 8 more markets this spring, The Next Web, Emil Protalinski, October 1, 2013
    Microsoft Increases Windows 8 And 8.1 App Roaming Limit To 81 Devices, TechCrunch, Frederic Lardinois, September 27th, 2013
    Microsoft opens Windows 8.1 preorders before Oct. 18 launch, CNet, Stephen Shankland, October 2, 2013
    Play Hover on Your Surface in IE10 or 11, Windows RT Source, Lane Freeze, October 2, 2013
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    We have news and a new Add-In! Can you believe it? Fun stuff to talk about this week and John Aydelotte joins Jim and myself to talk a lot of Synology. Jim has a two bay, John has a 5 bay and we start down the path of using Synology in our homes.  Enjoy and see you in the forums!
    Thanks to John aka BSR for joining this week.
    Home Server and NAS News - Headlines that Caught our Attention this Week
    Add-In Central is back!
    WHS V1 Crashes
    Drive Bender V2 Beta
    WD have released a software update for their Sentinel DX4000 running Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
    Version has the following changes: Added support for 4TB Enterprise drives
    Keep Vault issues and update to 4.2
    Meetup Video SlideShow
    DashDrive AE800
    Jim’s wrapup show
    Meetup 2013 is September 21st

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    Long story short, I spent the year testing multiple tablet and portable computers. I started the year with an iPad mini, and went through the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, Asus Vivo Tab Smart (Windows 8) and Asus MemoPad 10 FHD (Android), the Samsung Ativ Tab (Windows RT), and even the Samsung Chromebook (ARM-based) and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. Although in some ways, I was impressed with each device, none of them felt quite right. Looking back, the Windows RT solution was the best fit for me. However, by mid September I had returned or sold all of the above devices. No worries, Surface 2 was announced and I immediately pre-ordered one. But, could I last over a month with nothing but my trusty Nokia Lumia 925?
    The answer is NO! I needed something for work purposes, and I also had an idea. Why not pick up the original Surface at the now standard $349 price point? I could not only have a decent mobile device, but would be in a better position to review the Surface 2 come late October. So that is what I did, knowing I had 30-days to return it. I was worried the underpowered Surface RT would scare me away from the platform, and diminish my desires for the Surface 2. I couldn’t be more wrong.
    Use Case
    After all my experiments with form factors and operating systems, I know what I want and need in a mobile computing experience. My usage is split between consumption and productivity, leaning towards consumption centric. However, when I need to do work… I need to do work. In an IT Systems Management role, if a system is down, I need to hop online and get to the root cause ASAP. Having the option of a keyboard and pointing device, makes that easier. I don’t need a clamshell or convertible, as I won’t use the bottom half enough to justify the added weight. Weight is important to me, and is second only to battery life. I want to go multiple days off the charger. Mainly because I want the longevity there if I need to work off the device all day. If the device is light, I will carry it more places, and be more responsive.
    Typically, I will use the device a few hours each day. While at work, I will email, browse the web and read documents when not at my desk and in meetings I should have skipped. I will also need to remote to my work machine and various servers to look things up and restore functionality. I’m not a big fan of VPN and RDP as I don’t want to carry the FOB nor spend time making connections. I use TeamViewer for connecting to my work PC and Splashtop for getting back to my Mac at home. Wifi gets the job done for the most part, but my company blocks the protocols both services use. So I need LTE. I want to use my own network connection whenever I can. This means I can work while out of the house and even on the road.
    I’ve found that I need at least an 8” screen, but find it much easier to work on a 10” range device. Consuming media is better as well, especially with true HD resolutions. Both 1366x768 and 1920x1080 keep those pesky black bars off the screen more often than not. Widescreens are also great for working on two things side by side. Every OS and device let me down, except Windows 8/RT powered ones.
    Surface RT 32GB running Windows 8* (no accessories)
    In my opinion, the Microsoft Surface RT is the most underrated mobile computing device of all time. Period. I am using the Surface RT with no Touch/Type Covers or external pointing devices or keyboards. There is no way for me to get the same experience on iOS or Android. The screen size is perfect, as using the on screen keyboard still leaves enough room for apps. The keyboards width, thanks to the screen’s aspect ratio, makes it easier to type on as well. I can only imagine how much better it must be with a Touch/Type Cover. Only Windows 8/RT and the widescreen allows one to pleasantly snap apps next to each other on a tablet. I can see my email, and my server/browser/documents/etc… all at the same time. I can even consume AND produce at the same time. And as any Surface user knows, I don’t just mean in the background. Surface gives me the same abilities as the dual monitor setup on my home Mac.
    [caption id=attachment_1276" align="aligncenter" width="614] Microsoft Apps[/caption]
    Work gets done on a Surface RT. Live tiles are both fun and useful. I keep my Microsoft based apps up front on page 1, and my third party apps on page 2. My games round it off, and are ever changing. Calendar, Desktop, Internet Explorer, Mail and OneNote are my most used first party apps. They all help me keep up with the day, and shine at getting work done. I have used Outlook RT previously, and can’t wait to get it back. Outlook RT will likely make my Surface the primary device for work calendars, contacts and email. But for now, I still find myself happier than I was on iOS and Android. Everything feels right, and running the bundled apps side-by-side has clear advantages. The Desktop-based Office apps are nice to have, but I do realize the Touch/Type covers are what makes them truly usable. Still, I can follow along with documents in meetings, and make quick edits all with the touch screen.
    [caption id=attachment_1275" align="aligncenter" width="614] Other Apps[/caption]
    Third party apps are where the fun is at, as I pin some apps just for their great live tiles. 500px just came out, as did the gorgeous Foursquare app. Flixster keeps me up to date with new releases, while NBC News alerts me to breaking stories. Hyper (YouTube), Netflix and Vevo are always showing something new to watch, or remind me to finish where I left off. Nokia Music is my go to service for mixes, but the Songza app is beautiful and seems to be the best implementation of the service, on any platform. InstaPic is the 6tag of Windows 8/RT and with Pouch and Twitter, rounds out my most used apps. However, TeamView and Splashtop is what bring Surface to the forefront for me. Without them, I couldn’t get my work done. Without the efficiency they offer me, I wouldn’t have time for the fun stuff mentioned above.
    Now Surface RT isn’t perfect. Apps take too long to load, and occasionally they force quit or act up. Installing apps and performing Desktop-based operations take too long. But thanks to the Modern UI, I don’t venture to the Desktop often. And once apps are installed and configured, there isn’t much to complain about. App loading can take forever, but I have learned to leave them running. I can be over aggressive about closing apps, usually for no good reason. (I blame early iOS.) Battery life has been great so far, but I need to bring the device to work for a week for a good test. I’ll know more soon, but I expect to easily get 2-3 days usage.
    The kickstand is less than stellar. It makes Surface look beautiful when I put it down, and comes in handy on a desk. However, I am a tall guy and the viewing angle isn’t optimal. The kickstand is near useless on my lap as well. The device sits OK in the hands, but is tad heavier than I would prefer. The feel of VaporMag is something other companies should pay attention to, although it can get a little slippery at times. I also can’t get over the screen. The resolution is lower than one would like, but the colors and overall balance is near perfect for my tastes. In the Modern UI, touchscreen responsiveness is great. It is a little off when in the Desktop.
    Believe it or not, I can understand why Microsoft plans to keep selling the Surface. I am sure I will love the Surface 2 even more, but if I wasn’t a bleeding edge fanatic, I could live with the Surface just as it is. We know 8.1 will bring improvements across the board. I know the Tegra 3 and display resolution will continue to age poorly, but it doesn’t stop one from working and playing wherever, whenever. I think the most interesting part of the Surface continuing on at $349 is how close it is in pricing to its successor. For $100 more, one will supposedly get a radically faster device. For those who can afford it, it’ll be a no brainer. For those who can’t, it won’t stop them from having the best in class experiences only the Surface can offer.
    iPads fall short in consumption due to their 4:3 resolution. You also need to buy external keyboards and covers for any true productivity experience. And there is NO mouse/trackpad support to be found. Android tablets fall short at the 10” range due to lack of apps. Small Android tablets are fine for play, but I just can’t get work done on them. And as phone screens get bigger, 7” tablets are less appealing. Android still has odd issues with lag, and third party skins can really mess the whole thing up even more. Android just doesn’t feel right for productivity, and my workplace blocks them from the network.
    I’ll be getting an AT&T Beam USB dongle for LTE connectivity this week. It works with Windows RT and should be a great addition to both my Surface and Surface 2. I am sure to have additional thoughts on it, and the Surface in the weeks ahead. In just over 3 weeks, I’ll have a Surface 2. But to be honest, I don’t really care as much as I did. I am getting work done and having fun on my Surface TODAY. I hope all of you are too, and I hope many more get to experience it this holiday and beyond.
    * I am still running Windows 8 as the 8.1 Preview has ended and Microsoft won’t let me download it.


    I Want To Break Free

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    What if I told you that Microsoft was about to offer a free utility that would convert up to $200 of your existing iTunes or Play music library to comparable Xbox Music selections - do you think that would make a splash in the crowded smartphone ecosystem marketplace?  Way out there?  Read on.
    Don’t Fight. Switch.

    I love this series of Nokia commercials – especially this one with the Lumia 1020 in a school setting.  ‘Don’t fight, switch’.  It’s a great line and it certainly sounds simple enough.  Have you ever thought about the practical steps required to ‘switch’?  Have you considered how people other than we ‘Surface Geeks’ would approach such a switch?

    Think back to your first smartphone purchase.  Did you realize – as a result of your selection – that you were making a commitment that would have long-term consequences?  Not only did you shell out hard-earned cash, but you made a choice that might prove difficult to migrate from in the future.

    Multi-mode Household

    In addition to a selection of Microsoft devices, my household also has the requisite Apple hardware – including an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.  Recently, as the iPhone has become a bit long in the tooth – and since my wife has never really taken to her MacBook Air – we started to contemplate ‘just switching’.

    Making a List

    When you start to think about switching, you quickly come up with a list of things that you need to plan for.  How many of these items apply to you?


    If you’ve had any type of smartphone over the last four years, you’ve taken a boatload of pictures.  Not only do you have a large quantity, but the quality has improved significantly enough that the size of the files is now more of an issue that ever before.


    The same dilemma applies to videos as photos.  Four years ago, smartphone video quality was barely more than a novelty.  Today, we’re taking 1080p video on phones.  That’s a lot of space.


    Although music is still one of the primary uses of smartphones, digital audio quality has not kept pace with advancements in on-board cameras.  As streaming audio services continue to proliferate, we’ll continue to move from storing media on devices to the cloud.  Even so, most smartphone music represents a large investment of money that users need to consider before they switch.


    This may be the biggest obstacle to migration of any type.  The press continually reminds us that Apple has all of the apps that would satisfy anyone.  Apparently, unless your ecosystem at least meets the quantity of Apple’s, your device is worthless.  That’s not my perspective, but obviously the majority of smartphone users currently agree.

    Carrier Obligations

    Although this is last on my list, it’s probably the first thing that you have to consider.  Have you satisfied the initial contract commitment with your carrier and are you within your upgrade window?  If not, you may be looking at a significant expense to switch to a new device – regardless of the operating system.

    Taking the Plunge

    So once you’ve decided to switch – and let’s assume that part of your decision requires a change of ecosystem – how do you approach it?  For my own situation, I’ve started by backing up the iTunes library and copying all video and picture files to a Windows Server 2012 Essentials share.  It also helps that the iTunes application for Windows contains the ability to create a new version of audio files – one of which is to the MP3 format.

    Aside from some file format conversions, I should be good to go if we decide to make the move from an iOS device to something else.  Even if we do not make a move, at least I have a crude form of backup evolving for the precious photos that reside on the iPhone and are being added to it every day.

    I Am the 3.7%

    If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re not daunted by the prospect of switching ecosystems.  Even though there’s some planning required, we’ve all done an in-place upgrade of our OS and swapped hard drives enough times that we can handle it. 

    Now consider how your friends and family would approach the potential of a migration.  My guess is that most smartphone users have no idea how they’d approach a migration between ecosystems.  Without assistance – and with a gleaming new gold iPhone 5s available as an upgrade at their favorite carrier – most will choose the path of least resistance.


    Help Me Switch

    That said, could Microsoft help to ease the transition?  Here are some thoughts:

    Microsoft could develop a transition utility that the carriers could work with at their store.  Imagine walking out of your carrier’s store with your M4As converted to MP3 – all converted and migrated to a DRM-free Xbox music library.  Similarly, the same utility could convert videos from MOV to MP4.  Wild idea?  Read on.

    Consider a holiday season special offer that would provide a $200 credit toward Xbox music purchases.  You’d have to have a qualifying music library – either iTunes or Play.  I’m thinking that this would be a bold marketplace move.

    What if Microsoft worked with carriers to develop a ‘get out of jail free’ month or two at the beginning of the school season or even on Black Friday weekend?  You could walk into your carrier with an allowance toward relaxing the remaining time on your contract – eliminating perhaps the biggest obstacle to switching.  Microsoft could work the details out with the carriers.

    These are just some far-out-of-the-box thoughts.  Really, if we hope to move the needle, bold moves are mandatory.  Don’t fight, SWITCH!

    What do you think?


    This is #meetup2013

    By Dave, in Meetup,

    If you have any questions about what these meetups are that I put on every year this folder of photos should answer them. It's people, gear, and fun.

    Fantastic job Mike Howard.  Fantastic.

    Darren, John, and myself sit down to finally discuss the new hardware announced by the Surface Team. This episode is jam packed with Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.  I'll update you just a little bit about #meetup2013 and we will get right to the news! I'll also embarrassingly stumble and blurt out a secret about seeing the Surface 2 hardware.  It's pretty obvious I try to move on quickly but I'm leaving it in for posterity!  Also, Surface MVP news at the end of the show.  Enjoy, and see you in the forums!

    Twitter: Darren Cohen, David McCabe, John Wiskowski

    Darren’s site, darrencohen.me
    Presentation: On-Demand: Surface 2 Launch Event, Watch an on-demand presentation of the Monday, Sept. 23, Surface 2 launch event in New York City.
    Press Release: Microsoft unveils Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories, September 23, 2013 (Pre-order September 24, 2013)
    Surface 2: Fact Sheet
    Surface Pro 2: Fact Sheet
    Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 Forums and Podcast, Surface Geeks, David McCabe, September 24, 2013
    Surface Or SurfaceRT, Microsoft’s Rebranding is Misleading, Darren Cohen, September 24, 2013
    Surface 2′s development manager explains what MS learned over the past year (video), VentureBeat, Devindra Hardawar, September 25, 2013
    Microsoft Releases Surface Commercials That Actually Say Something, WindowsITPro, Rod Trent, September 24, 2013
    Surface Pro 2 Ad YouTube:
    Surface 2 Ad YouTube:
    The Surface Pro 2 Is the Device You’ve Been Waiting For, Darren Cohen, September 25, 2013
    Surface Accessories
    Microsoft business 'blades': Thinking outside the Surface consumer box, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, September 24, 2013
    Microsoft is looking for ideas for a new class of peripherals, codenamed 'Blades,' that can plug into its Surface tablets. What might business blades look like?
    Surface blades: Microsoft bets on accessories as the future of tablets, The Verge, Tom Warren, September 24, 2013
    Join the #RemixProject http://surfaceremixproject.com/
    From the Surface Geeks Forum
    Surface Pro 2 Discussion: Welcome Surface Pro 2
    Surface 2 Discussion: Welcome Surface 2
    Some other News
    Microsoft To Offer Cash For Your iPhone With Trade-In Program, Forbes, Kelly Clay, September 24, 2013
    Surface Mini: Not Until Spring 2014?, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, September 25, 2013
    Nokia Will Announce Six New Devices at its October 22nd event, The Verge, Vlad Savov, September 25, 2013
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    Meetup 2013 Wrap Up

    By Dave, in Meetup,

    Meetup 2013 has come and gone and I wanted to jump out here and thank all of you who made it possible.  That’s you guys that made the effort to travel to Indianapolis and stay for a weekend to make this the #bestmeetupever, as John Stutsman would say.

    It really was a fantastic couple of days.  I know that many of you can’t attend.  I know it’s a stretch and it certainly costs a few dollars to get here and stay for the weekend.  I would like you to hear from other guys about what the Meetup is like though.  You hear it from me all the time.
    Now hear it from the guys who attended in this forums post.
    Paul Braren has a great post that captures his experience.  I love the photos at the bottom of the post.  He captured a lot of nice shots.
    I’m very proud to say we had 53 official attendees present at Meetup 2013.  That is the official number that checked in.  The room was comfortable but I don’t think it would handle many more.  It was borderline crowded.
    The Sponsors
    I told the attendees how awesome it was to work with this year’s sponsors.  The sponsors for Meetup 2013 were very helpful in getting me materials, handouts, give away items, and help in covering expense.  I cannot thank them enough.
    Main Sponsor – Synology
    Lunch Sponsor – WD
    Breakfast – Home Server Show
    theaverageguy.tv Sponsor – DrivePop
    Equipment Demos – Microsoft, Dewain Robinson and the Atlanta Microsoft Crew
    I also would like to thank the following organizations and people:
    Fry’s Electronics, The Indianapolis Microsoft Store, Assassin HTPC, Plugable, thedigitalmediazone.com, ioSafe, SkyDrive, Recorded TV HD.
    James Shoemaker, John Stutsman, Tim Black, Kevin Schoonover, Rob Bazemore, Greg Starks, Jim Collison, Mike Faucher, Greg G., PC Eddie, John Aydelotte.
    Alan Eisen donated a boatload of gear to give away. Thank you Alan.  I left your name off of the poster. My apologies for that.
    I also can't forget everyone who was there Friday night until 1AM helping me get the whole thing set up.  You guys are awesome.  I can't possibly list everyone for fear of leaving someone out.
    I had been thinking about my opening talk for several weeks. Thank the sponsors, thank the attendees, etc.  I made a note that was something like, “Thanks to the sponsors, without them this wouldn’t be possible.”  When I saw the buzz in the room and everyone talking and having a good time I immediately realized that this line in my speech was all wrong.  It’s the complete other way around.  Without you guys, flying, driving, and putting up good money to attend the meetup would not have been possible.  I hope that I got that point across to everyone attending.

    I’m not an event coordinator!  I just play one on a podcast. I’m still learning how to throw these events and there are still ways to improve.  First of all, I think we have outgrown this room but the hotel in general is really great.  We used the lobby to gather and meet and the room is still good for about 50 and under.  I can’t believe the room is rated at 90.  The air conditioning was good and the power held up.  I even managed to get 5 Meg up and 5 meg down on the Ethernet connection.  Lastly, i think I’ll ban the use of fog machines in the finale.

    The Little Things
    I poured over every detail of this event in hopes of making it perfect for all attending.  That’s an impossible feat but I tried!  Here is the badge. Simple and effective. Logo?  Keep reading.

    I even made the IP address on the router to be  8.1, get it?  Check in procedure was all online and done
    via the Surface RT.  I thought that was cool!

    Pickup your badge, check in on the Surface RT and pick up a goodie bag.  I really could have used a two position kick stand on my Surface like the Surface 2! Laying it flat worked perfectly though.

    These posters were throughout the meetup and in the goodie bags.  Just to give you a sense of what it was like.
    The following is a little something I shared with the attendees of #meetup2013 that I’ll be talking a little more about soon. Nobody could guess where the logo came from.  It was a little site I created long ago and have since scrapped. Anyone?


    #meetup2013 #bestmeetupever

    All Meetup 2013 photos can be found here.

    On Monday, September 23rd, Panos Panay introduce his new baby, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.

    The Microsoft online store is now open taking pre-orders for an October 22nd, delivery.  Accessories are available as well and they might be the hit of the announcement.

    I've gathered a few links that I have found useful and I thought you might as well.
    Keynote introducing Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
    Surface as  DJ Mixer
    Press Links for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
    Much has been said both good and bad about the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 but now it's time to hear from you.  The Surface Geeks forum now has a dedicated section for the new gear and is waiting for your opinion.  Buying? Pre-order or line?  How about the accessories?  Another huge tidbit is that LTE will be available on Surface 2 in 2014.  Does that change your decision process?
    Regardless, the Surface Geeks will be talking about the new hardware offering on the Surface Geeks Podcast.  Join in this Wednesday evening for live coverage.  Usually, around 9:30 Eastern but stay tuned to Twitter for updates.
    Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 Forums


    BYOB Episode 132

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    This week Michael and I talk about a variety of topics from Untangle 10, Server 2012/Essentials R2, Windows 8.1 and IOS 7, along a with a few side tracks down some other topics.  Michael hints about his new network setup.  Some pretty good stuff coming down the road as we both migrate to different platforms and completely different directions.    We hope that you enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback.

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    By: JohnStutsman
    One of the machines that I demonstrated at the Home Server Show Meet-up 2013 was an HP ProLiant N54L MicroServer running Windows Home Server 2011 (“WHS-2011”) with a Sans Digital TR4M+BNC.
    Parts List (as demonstrated at Meet-up 2013):

    HP ProLiant N54L G7 MicroServer
    8GB RAM: ECC 8GB KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G
    Port Multiplier Mod
    Icy Dock DuoSwap MB971SP-B (plus: Molex to SATA power connector & using 2 of 4 SATA cables that came with 640L)
    HighPoint Rocket 640L (for OS Drive)
    OS Drive: Crucial M4 256GB SSD
    OS: Windows Home Server 2011
    OS Add-Ons: StableBit Scanner; StableBit DrivePool
    Data Drives: Five (5) WD1500HLHX HDD’s
    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 213T
    Keyboard/Mouse: USB Dell Keyboard & USB MicroSoft Mouse
    Sans Digital TR4M+BNC 4 Bay eSATA Port Multiplier

    Data Drives: Two (2) WL320GSA872 HDD’s & Two (2) VB0250EAVER HDD’s

    Icy Dock Docking Station

    Server BackUp Drive: ST3750630AS

    You can read more about how I followed Alex’s instructions to Successfully Enable Port Multiplier on MicroServer eSATA Port.
    Then follow along in the video below as I demonstrate how to add 3TB HDD’s in WHS-2011 with Disk Management on a N40L MicroServer with the Sans Digital attached. During the video I also created RAID1’s with the 3TB drives in the MicroServer and the Sans Digital.

    In this next video, follow me as I tear-down the Sans Digital TR4M+BNC then put it back together attaching it to the N40L, the same N40L demonstrated in the above video, and powering the whole system up.

    I had been testing the N40L MicroServer and Sans Digital together for over two weeks with WHS-2011 and the add-ins StableBit Scanner & DrivePool. Then, before the Meet-up 2013 I switched my production and test WHS-2011’s on the N54L and N40L respectively, much like I did in Moving My Windows Home Server 2011 to the HP ProLiant N54L G7 MicroServer, but in reverse, enabling me to bring the N54L to the Meet-up 2013 to demonstrate with the Sans Digital TR4M+BNC. After the Meet-up 2013, I will restore the production and test WHS-2011’s to their proper MicroServer’s.
    Many thanks to “Alex” for his excellent posting on how to enable the port multiplier on the MicroServer.
    Please join us in the HSS Forums with comments on the above and other threads.
    More Interesting MicroServer Links
    MicroServer hardware Links
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links

    By: JohnStutsman
    One of the machines that I demonstrated at the Home Server Show Meet-up 2013 was an HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer running Windows 8 with an HDMI video card.
    Parts List (as demonstrated at Meet-up 2013):

    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer
    16GB RAM: G.Skill 16GB F3-1333C9D-16GAO
    BIOS-Mod (I set Load Optimal Defaults in BIOS before enabling AMD SATA RAID feature and creating the RAID0 Volume in the MicroServer)
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L)
    Blu-Ray/DVD Drive in ODD bay (plus: 18” data SATA cable and Molex to SATA power converter cable)
    CyberLink PowerDVD 13
    Two (2) WD1500HLHX HDD’s in Hardware RAID0 for OS Drive
    OS: Windows 8 Pro 64b
    Office 2013 Pro
    Two (2) ST3000DM001 HDD’s in Software RAID1 for Data Drive
    Planar PX2710MW (plus: 6’ HDMI cable)
    Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech K800 & Logitech Performance MX
    You can read more about how I set this up including information on the performance of the RAID’s used for the OS and Data drives at Video & Sound Cards for N40L/N54L MicroServer.
    Many thanks to members of the HSS Forum MicroServer who helped me find the video card to fit my needs.
    Please join us in the HSS Forums with comments on the above and other threads.
    More Interesting MicroServer Links
    MicroServer hardware Links
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links


    The Pre Meetup Show on HSS 237

    By Dave, in Windows Home Server,

    If you are interested in #meetup2013 this is the episode for you. If you are not interested at all you should probably skip this one. I apologize to those expecting a show this week but Meetup is very important to me and this is the Pre Meetup Show. Otherwise, we will be back to regular storage content soon! I have a lot of things to tell you after #meetup2013 is over!

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    Meetup 2013 is September 21st 

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    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 

      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!

      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
      or you can get it it via
      Here is the main design.

      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  

      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
      or you can get it it via
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
      Expandable Storage
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.

      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
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