19 Aug.

Surface Pro 3 as my airport loungetop

The airport business lounge is a great place to compare tech with other business people.

What’s interesting is that as much as I travel I still commonly see only two predominant profiles of people:

  • iPad users with a keyboard propped up in a case to simulate a laptop
  • Traditional notebook users

Amongst these two types of people I immediate have the thought: “that’s not a computer, THIS is a computer” (refer Crocodile Dundee knife scene, or more recently The Simpsons with “knifey/spooney”).

The thing I find about the iPad is as most of the business and education communities are starting to come to – is that they are not a full computer. They are a consumption device with limited inputs and interactivity. There is only a certain amount you can do with them when compared against a full PC.

Conversely for those with normal notebooks I am alarmed at how many of them are GIGANTIC! Either their CFO is very tight, or their CIO doesn’t care for human comfort levels and is happy for them to cart around kilograms/pounds of equipment.

As a seasoned traveller I love the fact that the single device is both my entertainment / gaming unit as well as my full productivity machine. While at the lounge I am online (in Australia we do not have in-flight WiFi yet) synchronising, streaming, chatting, bopping away to music, and working. I don’t have to hunch over my device, or struggle with its limited capabilities.

While I wait in the lounge I enjoy my beer, some music and write this blog post. When I get in the air I’ll be offline but with access to my files, my OneNote files, cached email, and pretty much everything I still need to be productive.

 17 Aug.

Ice bucket challenge… accepted!

Early this morning I awoke to discover that my good friend and fellow Office 365 MVP Sean McNeill had challenged me to pour an ice bucket over my head to help raise awareness for ALS.
While he did his video in shorts and a t-shirt, unfortunately Melbourne weather is not so pleasant.
In any case I quickly accepted the challenge and now further challenge these people:
Peter Ball – friend and former boss
Steven Miller – Office business group lead at Microsoft Australia
David Greve – my co-author on the Office 365 book we wrote

Anyway, without further ado here is the video of my challenge: http://1drv.ms/1pASaL0

In the video I ask how the ice bucket challenge is relevant to raising awareness. Perhaps I should have done some reading before doing the video: http://www.alsa.org/news/archive/ice-bucket-challenge.html

To know more about ALS you can read up on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis