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Proton2 Proton2 Gary George Mount
  • do you think there is any new Lumia model for AT&T?

    I want a phone without the phone bits. Like a Surface Mini with all the WP 8.1 stuff like Action Center. An enhanced Action Center where for example I can have a running stop watch or timer app running or easily accessible. And the new reversible USB would be nice too.

    I have only used a cell, feature or smartphone only once as an actual phone.

    I'd like the 41 mp camera to capture high resolution shots of articles from news papers, magazines etcetera for my research work instead of having to scan with a scanner.

  • Did your Surface pen get lost yet?

    My pen went skirting across the coffee shop floor once, but I haven't lost it yet (the pen). I have a protocol I use to prevent this recurrence, I have a separate zipped compartment where I store the pen while transporting it to and fro from the coffee shop. I hate it though when I have to get off of my relaxing stretch out zonal ephemeral ... lounge chaise and get the pen.

    A certain windows tech blogger who shall remain unnamed but has the initials P.T. ;) said you were sure to lose the pen.

  • Did your Surface screen crack?

    I have dropped mine once or twice with no damage resulting. It probably depends on how it hits the ground. For example if a corner hits, there will be concentrated energy that may be enough to crack the screen. Hitting the ground flat may cause a compressed cushion of air to help absorb the energy.

    My device was knocked over from sitting on a tall unfinished speaker that I keep around which makes for a good stand beside my zone of comfortable stretched out relaxing... my bed, and I forgot it was there.

    I did drop my Windows Phone recently and it split in half. Fortunately its the HTC Surround and it is designed to split apart and reveal speakers. So I just pushed it back together, no damage. Great shock absorber design.

  • Vortex based mathematics.

    This would be a fun exercise to pick apart the so called math.

    I've been trying to find if my favorite physicist had written anything about this, but came up empty.

    The reason is obvious for someone like me with a fair bit of math capabilities. The author claims that the math is so complex that few people have yet to master it. I know that in string theory, it could take perhaps a thousand pages of math to explain some of the concepts. Personally I have been trying to get beyond chapter 1 of my Quantum Mechanics book let alone study string theory.

    Anyways... evildictaitor is ... gulp... right.

    The complexity of string theory:


  • The IPC barrier has been broken

    My world is getting more complicated and easier.

  • Cortana, where are you?


  • Windows Phone 7 & Universal Apps

    One advantage of this new Universal Apps is I can now forget about having a solution that contains all the various project types I want to support that includes WP7, WP8 and Windows (Modern / Store / Metro),

    I will now have just a solution for WP7 and everything else will be done in a solution that contains the Shared Universal App stuff. I still have some details to work out such as what method to share code that isn't platform dependent, play with the bits for a while, but life should be simplified.

    It is perhaps because I only have a WP7 device that I remain committed to a WP7 version of my app. By the way, my surface tablet has got me spoiled for high resolution screens and my current phone is inadequate in this regard. My next phone will definitely have a big screen.

    I was pleased that I could do phone development in the Windows development visual studio and not have to use the VS Express for the phone separately. I experimented on my laptop though that doesn't have Windows Pro, so the emulator couldn't run. I'll try on my secondary Desktop Dev machine later. My Surface Pro machine doesn't have enough storage space (128 GB) to install all the Visual Studio stuff, so it remains as my WP7 dev machine.

  • Brandan Eich Steps Down as CEO of Mozilla

    I have come to the conclusion that the less government you have in your life, the better off you are.

  • Good thing I waited for the universal app

    I sure do want to try this out. I'll just install the RC on my desktop machine or my laptop though and leave my dev machine (my Surface Pro) as is for the time being. I only have a Windows phone 7 device though for the time being.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to get two buttons into a couple of columns in a grid just below a multi-select control with that control spanning across the two columns. My XAML skills need a little bit more work. Reading the Charles Petzold book Programming Windows Phone 7. Yeah, I shoulda started a couple of years earlier than I did.

  • My Metro / Modern IE broke

    , contextfree` wrote

    I have a really obnoxious problem with Metro IE on my tablet whereby it somehow thinks/tells pages my screen is wider than it actually is, so pages don't quite fit on my screen horizontally. :@ 

    It just started recently, too ...

    I often get that when I undock or remove my external monitor. I go into settings and adjust the screen to zoom to 150%. Sometimes you can fix the problem by moving from full screen to half the screen, then back again.