Tag Archive: Surface

Nov 01 2013

Toggle the Charm Keys on the Surface Keyboard

Here’s a quick tip for Surface power users. The keyboards are one of the hardware highlights of the Surface particularly for power users. However, the F keys (like F1, F2, F3, F4, etc) are inverted such that they are assigned special uses such as accessing charms, navigation options or multimedia control. Unfortunately, this can be …

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Oct 24 2013

Grab a Copy of the Windows RT 8.0 Recovery Image

A short, sweet tip for original Surface owners out there. If you’ve ended up with a bricked Surface RT tablet after attempting an upgrade to Windows RT 8.1 then you might have wondered what to do to get it working again. Well, Microsoft has released the recovery image for Windows RT 8.0 which you can …

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Jun 13 2013

Surface RT Firmware Update – Improved Device Waking

One minor gripe that I have had with the Surface RT is that it doesn’t always wake up reliably when you push the power button or Window button. This tends to happen most when the device has been left alone for longer periods of time allowing the device to go into a deeper sleep state …

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Apr 17 2013

Microsoft Surface – Type Cover or Bust

The title really says it all but I thought I would share my experience with the Touch Cover and Type Cover for Microsoft Surface. To put it plainly, they are chalk and cheese. You can type far more easily and efficiently with the Type Cover compared to the Touch Cover with a minor increase in …

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Mar 16 2013

KB2768349 Breaks Connectivity Between Office 2013 and SharePoint Hosted on Office 365

Update 19/03/2013: Microsoft are currently working to resolve this issue. Just sharing this as an observation noted on the Office 365 forums. I installed a raft of updates on my Surface RT recently after the March 2013 patches came through and over the last couple of days I have been unsuccessful in connecting to my …

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Mar 08 2013

How to Keep a Microsoft Surface Awake When Connected to Power

The Microsoft Surface attempts to offer both a tablet and laptop experience and, at least in my experience so far, it seems to fit the bill (how well is up for debate). However, if you are using the Surface more as a laptop you might become a bit annoyed with the aggressive power saving profile …

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Mar 06 2013

Microsoft Surface Type Cover Unboxing and Preview

I was hoping to hold off for a bit longer but due to the degrading reliability of the Touch Cover for my Microsoft Surface I had to kick off the process to get it replaced. Unfortunately, the online chat representative seemed unaware (or unwilling) to offer me the option of having sending back the defective …

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Feb 16 2013

Microsoft Surface, Windows RT and International Travels

Usually when I am on travels away from home I pack quite a comprehensive technology bag including cameras (a tough camera and a higher end replaceable lens camera) as well as a backup smartphone, tablet and a laptop. The laptop I have been packing recently is a MacBook Pro but decided to throw caution to …

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Jan 24 2013

Desktop Apps for Windows RT

It didn’t take long for desktop apps to be ported over to the ARM-based Windows RT operating system soon after an exploit was found to remove the artificial restriction imposed by Microsoft. Anyway, there is a growing number of apps available over at XDA Developers, including: 7Zip, Audacity, DOSBox, KeePass Portable, Notepad++, OpenTTD (one of …

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Dec 18 2012

Apple iPad mini Unboxing

Here it is, the unboxing video of the Apple iPad mini! It really came as little surprise with the success of seven inch tablets in the market in the Android space that Apple wanted to get a slice of the action. Coming in at the top end of the seven inch range at 7.9 inches …

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