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  • Would a modular video card be ​possible/pr​actucal?


    Yes, for 1 an external monitor does the trick, 2 is more complicated.

    For 2, the Surface pro already has plenty of RAM, but certain applications refuse to work because of the lack of a decent video card (by contract my 5 years old workstation has 4 GB of RAM and 500 MB of basic video card and it works just fine with the same apps).

    I am still not sure how Azure implemented it, but most app virtualization technologies I looked into are expensive and complicated to implement (they are designed for enterprise environments). They either require Citrix or similar solutions. Remote Desktop works ok with some applications like Inventor when it can be used with RemoteFX, but don't work well with Alias (which uses OpenGL instead of DirectX). Plus you need a pretty decent network connection.

    I looked around, but no sign of dockable or external video card, maybe it isn't feasible?

  • Would a modular video card be ​possible/pr​actucal?

    There are two factors that prevent me from using a small factor laptop/tablet as my main device:

    1) Small screens (below 13.3 in I find it hard to use desktop apps, particularly design related ones)

    2) Need for a (decent) discreet graphic card for 3D work.

    Now, for point 1 it is easy to dock to an external monitor; would it be possible to dock to a discreet graphic card with the latest USB3 standards?

    An alternative to a graphic card could be to use app virtualization, but I am still not sure how easy, expensive, and feasible that is to implement for small business environments and personal use.

  • Office for iPad

    , wkempf wrote

    To be fair, everything your giving kudos to Nadella for was actually already in the works under that evil "Ballmer" that made all of the past decisions you've been critical of. We've yet to really see what Microsoft under Nadella will be like. :)


    I Like Nadella a lot and it seems the press does too, but do people realize this was all prepared by Ballmer?

  • InfoPath is no more :-)

    @Proton2: :P

  • InfoPath is no more :-)

    I think I might like where this is going:


    Maybe there will be more information in C9?

  • Take a look at what you can make with Word

    @JoshRoss: Some of the drawing tools in Word are impressive (particularly picture effects, etc.), but frankly I wish the Word team focused more on making it a more robust editor for long and technical documents. Word should be a light and simplified version of FrameMaker more than a competitor of Illustrator.

    On the other hand, it would be wonderful if MS Word (and possibly PowerPoint, etc.) could import AI and PDF files and convert them to DrawingML. Or the Office team could make a drawing editor/importer program that works seamlessly with the other Office programs and keep the Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. simpler and lighter.

  • Building a home NAS

    @babelshift: any easy to make solution to have RAID work? I would like to have some redundancy.

  • Building a home NAS

    @Ion Todirel: The Fractal Design Node was my first choice too. Compact and yet can hold 6 drives. However, I have a preference for aluminum and I can't tell from the website how many parts are plastic. LianLi has some decent design as well and they are almost all aluminum.

    I still don't know what I will go with for the OS. FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, which would be a plus. Windows Server is an expensive solution (well, MSDN might come to the rescue, but Microsoft definitely needs to offer a cheaper alternative for enthusiasts and hobbyists!). WHS would have been ideal, but it is no more and Windows Server Essentials by default will want to implement a domain, which is a NO for my home environment. I think I need to do some playing around.

  • Building a home NAS

    @blowdart: I see what you mean: I don't seem to find an entry level equivalent of an iDrac. It seems that the only options available that actually work are on high end servers. Too bad.

  • Building a home NAS

    @Bass: I am looking into it and certainly it would be a very small form factor (I even found some people able to do similar things with Arduino and Netduino). However, I am willing to sacrifice a bit of size factor and energy efficiency in the name of greater power (transfer rate and versatility).

    I found a couple of alternatives to FreeNAS, I guess the best thing is to try them in virtual machines.

    I still don't know if I should go headless or not as I have not found a good solution yet.