Thoughts on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

Posted: February 26, 2015 in My Engadget
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Holiday Season 2014. I looked around and had several computers around the house – ones that I seldom used. So cleanup ensued and I sold off a Surface, a Macbook Air & an old HP laptop. All that raised cash had to go towards a new toy, right? My bet – the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro! I believe this was one of the best OEM innovation attempts and deserved a look. Primary dev machine continues to be a MacBook Pro – this was to be a side ultrabook for light work and staying connected. Here are my thoughts ..

Specs – 8 GB RAM | Intel Core M | 256 GB SSD | Win 8.1 Pro | 13.3″ QHD+ 3200 x 1800 IPS multitouch display.

Pros:

– It’s bright Orange
– Seriously, the whole laptop is orange from front to back
– Turns heads when used in public
– Beautiful super thin design
– The watch-band like hinge is solid
– The hinge is very flexible in any of the Yoga’s positions
– Responsive Touchscreen
– Super high resolution screen (3200×1800)
– Lots of screen real estate for geeky users
– Lenovo keyboard is crisp & makes for smooth typing
– Keyboard backlighting is soothing
– Rubberized material around keyboard is comfortable for constant touch
– No, it does not ship with SuperFish malware
– While no MacBook touchpad, the Yooga 3 Touchpad is the nicest I’ve seen on any Windows machine
– Charges up quickly
– No dearth of ports despite the thin design
– Yoga 3, while being a full-featured laptop, is exceptionally light
– Sleep & wake up are instantaneous
– Despite your doubts about the Intel Core M processor, performance is good under normal usage
– The iconic 360-degree fold-back Yoga hinge adds to flexibility of use
– Use it in laptop mode 90% of the time
– Reverse stand mode useful in planes as consumption device

Cons:

– Comes loaded with crapware, as expected from OEMs
– Almost enticing to install fresh Windows
– It’s not fanless & makes a slight whining noise at times
– Battery life under normal usage isn’t as great as the competition, but a decent 6+ hours
– Two finger tap to right click isn’t on by default & takes a registry edit to fix
– The display, while high-resolution and crisp, could use a tad more brightness

Overall, happy camper with the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. Recommended!

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Complete article over @ TDN HERE!

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Write C# on a Mac like a Champ!

Posted: January 14, 2015 in .NET, Articles
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Let’s face it – Apple makes some of most desired notebooks in the industry. The MacBook Pro Retina is loved by many developers for its screen real estate and silent but robust performance. The MacBook Air, on the other hand, offers portability and long battery life for productivity. If you own one of these, you know that you’re not alone in your love for notebooks with glowing fruit!

If you are a Microsoft stack developer, you may want to use a Mac as a development machine and write C# code – is that even possible? Alternatively, you may have always been a Mac developer, but are interested in .NET going Open Source and want to try out some native ASP.NET on OSX. Either way, your goal is to marry up two of the best things for developers: quality Mac hardware and C# comfort. Good news – they happily coexist! Let’s talk options ..

Write up as TDN article HERE!

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The Future of .NET

Posted: December 31, 2014 in .NET, Articles
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Microsoft’s beloved .NET Framework is evolving and the future looks awesome with greater variety of applications and open sourced cross-platform support. Check out all that’s new in my article at the Telerik Developer Network on The Future of .NET!

Write-up over HERE on TDN.

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Live Services is what powers many facets of your Microsoft account, like profile information, contacts, calendars and OneDrive. These services are very familiar for many users, and when you’re able to leverage these same services, users can feel right at home within your application. Enter Live Connect APIs, which are a thin layer of RESTful services on top of Live Services that allows developers to integrate Live Services into their applications. This is possible from any type of application – web, whether desktop or mobile, and across any platform. You can do user authentication through MSFT account on web & any mobile app (native/hybrid) across platforms. You can then take the next step forward & integrate with user’s Calendar, Contacts & even OneDrive.

See the promise? Check out my 2 article series on integrating Live Connect in your Web, Windows 8 & hybrid mobile apps. Write-up & walkthrough over HERE & HERE @ the Telerik Dev Network.

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Are you developing apps for Windows 8/8.1? Do you know all the different notification types & delivery mechanisms to keep your users engaged? Yeah, I don’t remember all of the details when I’m coding; so a concise write-up helps. Check out my article on the Telerik Developer Network on demystifying Windows notifications for developers.

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Write-up, sample code & demos over HERE @ the Telerik Dev Network.

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