Dymo tape woes

May 21st, 2014

Sometimes I'm overtaken with the urge to be tidy. One such example of this wildly errant behavior is when I decided to label the USB cables coming from my storage and input devices with my Dymo tape labeller.

A while ago I switched from the paper tape to the plastic variety, the idea being that this stuff would be more durable. It is. But then I hit a snag.

I like to roll the tape against itself for cables, and create a tie of sorts. This works well with the paper tape, but the plastic variety doesn't seem to want to stick to itself. It slowly unsticks and I once again find my cables unlabeled.

The solution: Add a drop of superglue/crazy glue/cyanoacrylate to the tape. After unsticking myself from a USB 3.0 cable following a slight 'incident' I was pretty pleased with the job.

The two best Surface Pro 3 features, and one big worry

May 20th, 2014

Here's what I think are the two best Surface Pro 3 features:

  • It's only 9.1 mm thick, the thinnest Intel Core product on the market today.
Surface Pro 3

(Source: Microsoft)

  • The full-friction kickstand. It apparently too Microsoft three year to develop this hinge.
Surface Pro 3

(Source: Microsoft)

My worry is heat.

The top-end Surface Pro 3 features a Core i7 processor, and even at the lower end Microsoft felt it necessary to not go with a fanless design and pop a fan into the Surface Pro 3. I worry that this tablet is going to run warm. OK, not warm, but hot. Too hot.

Consumers aren't used to a sizzling tablet belching out  fiery air from vents. Microsoft demoed Photoshop running on this, but I know how hot my Mac gets running that app, and that's certainly too hot to hold comfortably.

I hope Microsoft has got the thermals worked out on this.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet PC

May 20th, 2014

Today Microsoft unveiled the latest in the Surface tablet lineup, the Surface Pro 3.

This, according to Microsoft, is the tablet that can replace your PC.

The Surface Pro 3 replaces the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets that were released 8 months ago.

Here's a rundown of the basics:

  • 12-inch display
  • 4:3 aspect ratio (just like the iPad)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • A choice of processor and storage options, ranging from Core i3/4GB RAM/64GB storage to Core i7/8GB RAM/512GB storage
  • Prices start at $799
  • Optional keyboard and pen
  • 9 hour battery life

For more information check out here and here.

The $30 Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air

April 24th, 2014

Looking for a cheap Bluetooth keyboard for an iPad Air? For $30 the Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air seems like a good buy, and ZDNet's James Kendrick has a review of it over on his Mobile News column.

The claimed battery life of 6 months is certainly an attractive feature for me, beating the competition hands-down.

For the price this looks like a very well put-together product.

Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air

Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air

Removing a stripped screw

April 24th, 2014

Some good tips in this video.

If you use a quality screwdriver with the appropriate sized head in the first place and you reduced the chances of chewing a screw up enormously.

If things get chewed up big style, there's always is Neji-Saurus – the screw extracting dinosaur!