Surface: Picture Passwords

Are you using a Picture Password with your Surface? I’ve been using the Windows Picture Password since I got my first Surface and since then on all my other touch screen enabled computers.  Intuitively I trusted the Picture Passwords right from the start and I just found a great article about the art, science and security thinking behind it.  I’m feeling even more secure after reading the article.  The experience of signing in to your PC with touch has traditionally been a cumbersome one. In a world with increasingly strict password requirements—with numbers, symbols, and capitalization—it can take upwards of … Continue reading Surface: Picture Passwords

Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

Every now and then I come across an article and I just know that I’ll need it someday. Here is one of those. Quoting verbatim from the Microsoft Support site If you’re having a problem with your Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3, you may be able to restore, refresh, or reset it and solve the problem. Before you begin Solution 1: Restore your Surface to an earlier point in time Solution 2: Refresh your Surface Solution 3: Reset your Surface Before you begin To perform a restore, refresh, or reset, you’ll need to check … Continue reading Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

Surface Pro 3 for Developers–Sightings in the Wild

When I’m out and about and I fire up my Surface Pro 3, I look around for other Surface devices. I guess I’m looking for kindred spirits. I was at a Developers’ event on the weekend. As usual I glanced around and there were about thirty portable computers of various kinds from mega-gaming machines to tiny tablets.  Seven of them were Surface Pro units (mostly Surface Pro 3). Except for the Microsoft Store,  that’s the most Surface  devices I’ve ever seen in one place. That was fun and edifying. We compared notes. Several of us have the docking station. Most … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 for Developers–Sightings in the Wild

OneNote: A Few Thank You Notes

I’ve been using OneNote since it came out in 2003. It was one of the first applications that treated ink as a first consideration in design. It was unconstrained by the traditional concepts of horizontal lines and vertical borders. It could search your ink; Ink that you created using a pen and active digitizer. It was one of the best applications for what we used to call Tablet PCs. OneNote was clearly different in terms of workflow. You didn’t have to save your work and you didn’t have to consciously synchronize  your notes across multiple devices.  It was a great … Continue reading OneNote: A Few Thank You Notes

Surface Pro 3: External Disc Performance

Pete Vickers at GUi Innovations has written up a great report about Surface Pro 3 and external disc performance using the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station. Read the article to see what he found. External Disc Performance on the Surface Pro 3 Here are some more interesting things to explore. Azure Free Trial MSDN Azure benefit CANITPRO at the Movies (English) CANITPRO at the Movies (French)

Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3

Great video from Sean Ong. Although this is oriented for students, there are some great hints about being productive with your Surface device. Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3   And after you have watched the video here are some more interesting things to explore. Azure Free Trial MSDN Azure benefit CANITPRO at the Movies (English) CANITPRO at the Movies (French)