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Michael Butler Michael Butler Just a software kind of guy.
  • October 6th ​Announcemen​ts

    Band 2 ordered, 950XL will be ordered as soon as it can be.

    Would love the Surface Book but will wait for the reviews (and it to be available in the UK)

    The only question is, do I want to order a Surface Pro 4 in the meantime. I only have a Surface 3 and that 16gb of RAM looks awfully tempting.

  • Google is now Alphabet

    At first I had to check to make sure it wasn't April 1st.

  • Tips for the Microsoft Band?

    @Ian2:It's a nice device, battery life is okay unless you switch the GPS on and then it lasts about a day. Finding time to charge it when you are wearing it to monitor sleep can be a pain, but can I can get about 48 hours out of it on most days. I tend to put it on charge when I'm having a shower or washing up - because water isn't the Band's friend.

    UV sensor is good, but not that I'm out in the sun much anyway.

    Cortana integration is okay for simple questions, other wise the band will refer you to the phone.


  • Only April 29 Session of Build on the C9 Xbox One App

    I had the same problem, but once I started using Search rather than Browse, I could find all the sessions.

    It was a pain to start with having to search just a few letters from the session title, or the name of the presenter will get you the stuff. But the stuff is available.




  • Anyone notice some //build/ and Ignite sessions are delivered via Office Mix?

    It would be nice to be able to get a link into a specific time in the video.

    I wanted to link the database stuff in the Key Note 2 to some DBAs, it would have nice to have a url which went to one of the bookmarks in the video. I had to resort to telling them to jump the video to a specific time.

  • Tablets are dying

    I've owned various tablets over the years, but 9/10 I'll reach for my phone first.

    Whether sat at home on the sofa, or in the office, or in a coffee shop - the phone is just more convenient.

    My view of the future is one where my phone is the only device I need. Plug it into a dock, it becomes my "PC" replacement. Want to play a movie or a game, 'cast it to the TV or console for a larger screen.

    We are a long way from this, especially if I want to write code on it. So for now I'm sticking with the phone/laptop combo. Not sure I need a tablet anymore, unless it is part of the laptop configuration like a Surface device.

    Although saying all that, until screen technology improves. I'll stick with my Kindle Paperwhite for reading books.

  • let's all stop wasting.

    I'm not wasting, I'm just killing time till BUILD.

  • There is no escape from the suck-train!

    If they've pushed this out already, then maybe the Summer release date is closer than we assume.

  • Xbox One Channel 9 app

    Just want to say thanks to the team for creating this. Great to be able to view C9 content on my TV. I don't think I'll ever leave my sofa again.

    Looking forward to watching Build sessions on it later next month.


  • Spartan will go open source

    I'm hoping that Microsoft announce the open-sourcing of Spartan at Build. Or at least open the source of the rendering engine, if not the browser itself.