I was sitting with someone yesterday showing them how to access their business from their phone.
We downloaded a few apps and did some demos.
Sometimes people don’t realize that their entire business can fit - in the palm of their hand.
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January 14, 2020. It’s the day that Microsoft stops supporting Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. So what does that mean? Basically it means this… Microsoft won’t provide technical support, software updates, security updates, and fixes after January 14, 2020.
Several years back when I first got into the tech consulting field a group of us wanted to figure out a way to explain tech to people in a way that made sense. We knew that talking tech to people didn’t work. And so, through some trial and error and a lot of customer feedback, we came up with 4 areas of tech that resonated with people.
So I got a new Lenovo Yoga 910 yesterday and I'm in the process of getting it dialed in.
I wanted to give a first impression review since things are still fresh in my mind.
Before we get into likes and dislikes I wanted to share with my intended use case.
I was hoping to consolidate all of my home and business computing needs. Which means replace my iPad and work PC. All tall order indeed, but I figured what the heck, let’s give this a try. After an initial look at the Microsoft Surface platform I thought I might be able to pull it off at least in part. So here we are.
In case you’re not familiar with the Lenovo Yoga it’s comparable to the Microsoft Surface and was f.r.e.e.
There are two main items to consider when looking at any Windows tablet type platform.
Here’s what I like about it.
I like that the Yoga 910 is light.
I like the screen, although it feels a little small.
I like the built in camera. It’s sharp.
That's it. No, really, I'm not that kind of tech reviewer.
Now for the dislikes.
I don't like that when you flip it over the keys are now on your desk or lap. I know they're disabled but it's kind of meh.
I don't like that you can't press Alt+F4 to shut the thing down. You have to push a combination of Func+Alt+F4 turn off the unit. Yes, I know I could just hibernate the thing.
And my least and biggest dislike of all is that the iPad apps that I need are not on the Microsoft Store.
Now I probably should've checked that before I got the laptop but hindsight is 20/20 and laptop was a gift and beggars can’t be choosers.
So if you get one tech tip out of this I would say - always check the App Store for the apps you need before you jump onto a new platform.
At the end of the day it's a really nice laptop. It's light. It's super fast. And it's portable. If you're looking for a light laptop to travel with around with all day I'd say it's as good or better than a Microsoft Surface laptop.
If you're looking to handle all of your tasks on one device and displace an iPad or Android device you're going to come up really short.
So will I be using it much?
Who knows, it's only been one day.
Only time will tell.
I have a heavy reliance on the iPad for all things social and love it’s portability.
Just in case you’re wondering I did compare this to a Macbook before writing this article and I suffered the same AppStore fate.
I’m a big fan of the iOS and Android apps and tools.
They’re simple to use and typically very intuitive.
Jumping over to a full blown operating system you lose the fluidity and simplicity of a mobile platform.
So at the end of that day Mr. Yoga will have to get along with my new iPhone 8s.
I'm sitting here reflecting one week after hurricane Irma.
What was originally forecast as a major threat to my little city of Hollywood Florida ended up being a little more-than-slight kick in the butt.
While we were fortunate to not get the full force of hurricane Irma - what we got was still pretty serious.
Trees were knocked down.
Power was lost.
Homes were damaged.
The power was out.
But the biggest inconvenience of all was no cell phones.
Mind you it wasn't all carriers.
AT&T was up.
Verizon was up.
Everyone else was down.
T-Mobile was down.
Sprint was down.
MetroPCS was down.
Virgin Mobile was down.
For me this was a lesson learned.
The carrier that I depended on for many years T-Mobile let me down.
As a matter fact T-Mobile let millions of people down.
Where were the battery back ups?
Where was the redundancy?
AT&T and Verizon had it - and you would've thought with all the commercials on TV everyone else would've had it.
But they didn't.
Carriers talk about coverage but they don't talk about redundancy.
It's little things like this or better said - it's big things like this that make a difference.
Our technology choices can affect us in many ways.
Choosing your cell phone provider on price is not always the best choice.
I'm switching cell providers.
Well that's up to you to decide.
The reliability I had when living in California didn’t follow me to Florida.
I need a hurricane proof cell phone.