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Checking out the Asus Vivotab Note 8

Asus Vivotab Note 8When I heard about the Asus Vivotab Note 8 from this year’s CES, I was pretty psyched! Not only is the Vivotab Note 8 An 8″ Windows Tablet running full Windows 8.1, it comes with a Wacom Stylus; a feature that sets itself apart from anything else in the 8″ Windows Tablet space. The only problem is the difficulty in getting one.  It seems the tablet is only available from the Microsoft store in limited quantities, when they do get them in, they seem to sell out fast; which hopefully is a good sign. I managed to grab one, and it arrived this past Wednesday, so I’m busy configuring it and giving it a once over. Stay tuned for my full review!

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My Return… Finally… I hope.

It’s hard to believe that the last real thing I wrote on my blog was almost a year ago. It’s not like I didn’t have anything to say; on the contrary. With so much that happened in the tech world during the last part of 2013, it was hard not to want to, but I guess I became a little bit disenchanted with blogging. I had many other things going on to, such as my real job. It took me over a year to deflate and get into the rhythm of the company I work for. It was a good thing, and I found my work groove, a much better one than the place I spent almost 10 years at before.

I’ve also not been silent. I instead took time to work exclusively on my YouTube Channel (http://bit.ly/1dWFJTS). I should have updated my blog at the same time, but, like  I said before, I became disenchanted with the styling and feel of it.

Now, I decided to try and return, clean things up a bit, add a fresh layer of paint, and try again.

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What’s all this?

So, after taking a lengthy break from Blogging, I’ve decided it was time to clean house a little.

My old WordPress site had gotten rather bogged down and slow. I wasn’t sure what exactly the main issue was, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few factors.

Too many plug-ins, too much spam, and lastly, the possibility that it’s Bluehost.

I was goofing around with Gantry as a framework to theme my blog, but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it, and frankly, I just don’t have time to mess with it as much as I’d like. So, I’m going to a basic theme, using Bones as a starter. Hopefully I’ll have things wrapped up soon.

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AppRochester Photoshop for Pixel Art Presentation

Thanks everyone for attending my Photoshop presentation at today’s AppRochester meeting.

I hope you found it helpful. For those that are interested. I’ve uploaded my presentation as a PDF to my blog here, so feel free to ask me any questions.

 Photoshop for Pixel Art Presentation (PDF)

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R.I.P. Lucasarts

Yesterday while poking around my RSS feeds for news, something caught my eye, it was a headline that Disney has shuttered Lucasarts. At first I thought it was an April fools joke, since I didn’t pay much attention to this years pranks, but I looked at the date and the announcement was April 3. From what I gather, Disney broke the news to Game Informer and indeed, it wasn’t a joke. So, I took a moment of silence and shed a small tear for a company that had given me some fond memories growing up.

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Microsoft Surface Pro – Now the Bad Parts

With all the recent flourishes and praise I’ve been giving the Surface Pro, you might be surprised that now I bring up the things that have annoyed me about the Surface Pro. Indeed, with all that I feel the Surface Pro does right, there are things that it doesn’t. You should read this section if you’re on the fence about buying a Surface Pro, and if you can live with some of these issues and shortcomings.

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Dower’s Surface Pro Setup

I’ve been enjoying my time with my Surface Pro, and I wanted to share with you my setup for working on my Surface Pro. First off, I don’t use the Surface Pro vanilla, I’ve tricked it out with all manner of software and peripherals to make it as useful as possible. I’m taking advantage of all the ports and connectivity the device has to offer. I’ll also give you some of my recommendations for other accessories that you might want to consider if you jump onto the Microsoft bandwagon.

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Dower’s First Few Days with the Surface Pro

So, now that I’ve had my Surface Pro for a few days, I wanted to let people know what I’ve been trying to do with it and if it’s been meeting my expectations. To really put it through it’s paces I’ve got to cram it full of stuff for me to use. Follow me and let’s see what I’ve uncovered so far.

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