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The best accessories for Surface Pro don’t all come from Microsoft

A few months ago, I wrote about how my Surface Pro (v1) had become the only device that I travel with (blog).

Since then, I have streamlined optimized even further, with a few other gadgets.  In my travel bag:

Portable DVD/Blu-Ray from Buffalo ($85)

This ultra-portable Blu-Ray player/burner is barely larger than two blu-ray […]

I love my Surface Pro; here’s how I made it better

This is an absolutely phenomenal device – with enough CPU to do my day job while I travel, long enough battery to last a day of meetings (or a long flight), and light enough that it is now the only gadget that I put in my bag (leaving home my power-laptop and eReader).

That all […]

Thinking about Xbox Home Server

My friend Mark Bowker recently blogged about the hypothetical potential of a Microsoft Surface Server. Since he covers Virtualization for ESG, he has a lot of opportunities to think about converged infrastructure, as well as the impressive hardware stacks of converged infrastructure that are powering today’s data centers. At the same time, another friend, Rod […]

Microsoft’s Three Screens and a Cloud

Lately, it has occurred to me that Microsoft’s banter about “Three Screens and a Cloud” gets more real every day — those screens being your smartphone, your computer and your television, as a unified and unifying experience.

As a confessionary disclosure:

My computers run Windows, including my home server My gaming consoles are Xbox 360s […]

Full House Poker – for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone

This is a great example why it is cool to have a phone that is integrated with Xbox Live – you can have a continuous gaming experience across devices!

Last night, the Marketplace released two games:

Full House Poker for Xbox 360 (Live Arcade)

Full House Poker for Windows Phone

Okay, I might be […]

Yes, there is a Video Game belt-loop for Cub Scouts

If you have read my blog, then you may know that I am a Gamer and a Dad (hence my other blog — XboxDad.com).  What you may not know is that I am also a Cubmaster for one of my son’s Cub Scout Pack and an Assistant Scoutmaster for my other son’s Boy Scout […]

Xbox Family Game Recommendation : Cars Race-O-Rama

If you liked the first Cars game from Disney and THQ, then you ought to really, really like this one.  If you didn’t (but did like the movie), then you should still probably give this game a shot.

Cars Race O Rama took the better parts of the original game and made them so […]

A Kingdom for Keflings on Xbox Live Arcade (and on-sale thru Jan.10)

This is a really clever game that has captured my family’s heart.  In fact, I think that it is the only game that I have ever purchased twice.  We have two Xbox 360’s and it allows my kids and I to collaborate across systems.  Kingdom for Keflings is one of the first Xbox […]

Family Game Recommendation — LEGO : Rock Band

A big hat’s off and ‘thank you’ to the folks at LEGO and Harmony for a great game in LEGO: Rock Band

For those that have read my blog before, you know that I am a big fan of all of the Lego titles, including Batman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Battles.  And […]

Game Recommendation : LEGO Battles for Nintendo DS

As promised, I did receive LEGO Battles for Fathers Day – so I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this game.  My sons have both been into LEGO for a few years – and of course, I played with them when I was a kid.

We have collectively played through all 3 video game series […]

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