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Something’s stirring

I might start paying attention to this site soon…

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8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers

I especially like the Font and “What’s it saying?” graphic on this page.

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Surface Surprise

One thing that I’ve been looking for in the Windows Store was a good news app- like Flipboard on the iPad. Sure, there’s the built in News app in Windows 8 and I’ve been using it a little here and there during the multiple customer previews but it never really connected with me.

That changed earlier this morning when I was reading a news item using this app and I swiped down from the top of the screen. It was when I did this I noticed the buttons you’ll see below. Sources? Featured? What is this?

Clicking the sources, I found something quite unexpected and pleasant. There are A LOT of news sources here at my fingertips among several categories including “National & World News”, “Business”, “Technology”, “Entertainment” and more. I remember reading a few months ago when the Microsoft/NBC news joint venture split was made official that Microsoft was going to bring their own news business in-house – this is the obvious and impressive result of that decision. They even hired one of the news directors from the Houston Chronicle to work on this.

Each category has multiple sources – some I usually visit on my own or through an RSS reader but others I almost never read. Now that I’ve discovered them, I’m going to take advantage of them.

There’s even a category for regional news sources and I’m lucky enough to see the aforementioned Chronicle, my local paper, in the list of choices.

So there you have it, Windows 8 users. You can stop searching in the Store for that app. You’ve already got a great one pre-loaded. I’m sure we’ll have a great developer come out with a comparable one in the future but this app is the high water mark in my book.

BONUS: Okay, as I’m typing this blog post (in Word 2013 on my Surface) and switched from the news app into Word and ended up actually docking the two side-by-side. This is how multitasking really rocks on the Surface. When you dock this news app to the side it nicely resizes and arranges each of the news sources into a nice usable pane.

And the side pane is fully clickable making this app fully usable off to the side of a larger app.

Explore and enjoy this News app. The same is true for the Finance and Sports app. (Actually, I think they’re just stubs for this main app. I would be interesting to see if you could spawn off a Technology news icon on the Start menu.)

If you’re a new owner of a Surface or recently upgraded to Windows 8, I’d love to hear your opinions of this app of any other new feature you’ve discovered.

 

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I love watching the Olympics online!

That about sums it up…

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Test mobile post

I’m blogging from my phone.
Here’s a burger I ate.

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RSS Feed change

I’ve changed the URL of this site and would recommend that you change any subscriptions you have to this site and the 2.5 White Guys podcast.

Sorry for the inconvenience but it’s good to do this now before we get totally famous and are podcasting for a living.  Also, I’ll be using that money to feed my pet unicorns.

Thanks.

Jason

Oh, the feed is at the right of the page over there.  

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D&D Encounters Visual Aid

I’m testing this WordPress Output accessory for SnagIt again. I think it’s going to be awesome. I’ll stop going on about it for now.
So just to share what this image is all about – One of my D&D group was unable to make it to last week’s D&D Encounters game so I scanned a small copy of the map and marked it up (with SnagIt – okay, I mentioned it again) and emailed it to him so he’d know what he missed.

I had fun making this so I wanted to share it here.

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SnagIt Output Test – D&D stuff…

Just a quick note here – I’m testing out a plugin for SnagIt (my favorite screen capture utility) that will allow me to more easily do screenshots and then share them on my blog. If it’s considerably easier to do this I would really like that.

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Hello from my Windows Phone

i juat downloaded this new app and HAVE to try it out!

Posted from WordPress for Windows Phone

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Almost fell for it! (Spam scam)

This was a good one.  It wasn’t particularly creative – not one that I haven’t seen countless times before – but somehow it intrigued me and I almost fell for it.

I got this email seemingly from Amazon.com about a cancelled order.  The neat thing was that it wasn’t my name on the order.

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So I immediately found myself thinking, “OMG! What did this woman order that she cancelled!!?”  I was about to click it when it came to my senses.  So I instead hovered over the URL and, sure ‘nuff, it’s a frikkin’ link to an online pill factory. 

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BOOOO!  Go away.

It just goes to show that no matter how careful you are, you can fall for something if you let your guard down even just a little bit.  So check before you click!

The More you Know. *ding*