My new high-tech toy

August 20, 2015 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

In anticipation of our move overseas, I decided to treat myself to a new computer. I wanted something portable that could pull double-duty as a tablet to replace my slow-as-molasses Nexus 7 and as a laptop to replace my desktop that will be going in storage. I settled on the Microsoft Surface 3. It’s taken a little time to get it set up — in fact, it took four days just to upgrade to Windows 10. I have very little time to sit in front of a computer these days. But now that I’ve got email, banking, wordpress, facebook, and the link to my library books done, I feel like I can really test this thing out.

So far it’s been mostly great. It boots up super fast, the keyboard snaps on just like in the commercial, and the operating system is fairly intuitive. I’m a little disappointed in the app store — some of the apps I have on my iPhone and Nexus (which is run by Google) don’t have equivalents in the MS app store. But I can usually just use the web versions instead. And I can’t seem to load Windows Live Writer, a program I like to use to update my blog on my desktop. But it looks like WordPress has updated its website since the last time I used it, and I’m fine using that.

Windows 10 seems a little buggy. My computer has frozen up a few times and I’ve had to reboot it. I’m hoping the next round of updates will help that problem. The new web browser program, Microsoft Edge, is useless to me because it doesn’t work with Dashlane Password Manager, so I’m stuck using Windows Explorer or Chrome. It’s taken some getting used to snapping the keyboard on and off, but I’m sure it’ll start to become one fluid motion soon. I really like having the option. The kickstand has worked wonderfully — especially great for reading books in bed while nursing a hungry infant. And I’m loving the touch screen. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the home screen live tiles. I’m so used to the iPhone format, and the tiles were a pain to arrange and size the way I wanted. However, now that I’ve got them the way I want them, I’m starting to get used to them.

I haven’t loaded any music or photos yet, and I suspect I’m going to have to cull my collection or find a way to add more memory because half of my 128 gigs is already used up. It looks like there’s a way to connect my iPhone photos to my Windows account so I can easily download photos to my computer. Still working out the kinks on that. Going from Apple to PC is always a challenge. And I’m going to have to find a good photo editing app – I doubt I can run my full version of Adobe Photoshop on this thing. But overall I’m pleased with my purchase, and I think this new little toy will work well for the next four years in Greece.



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  1. I have a newer Dell desktop. I have a chance to load Windows 10 for free. Do you thing I should?

    • If you’re going from Windows 7, I would hold off. It’s hugely different, and it seems geared more toward touch screens. I’m not going to update my desktop — I’m afraid Windows Live Writer won’t be compatible, and I really like using that program.

  2. THINK not THING, sorry!

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