Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs Macbook Air
Is the Surface Pro 2 a tablet? Is it a computer? ! I'm CONFUSED!
It's both! The Surface Pro 2 is a hybrid device, meaning it's both a tablet and a computer. Use it as a tablet when you want to and use it as a computer when you want to also. It's unfair to compare this device directly with the iPad simply because it blows the iPad out of the water in terms of power and productivity. The processor and memory that powers the iPad can be found in modern phones these days. You can't really compare that with the power of a full blown laptop. The only reasonable competitor the Surface Pro 2 has is the Macbook Air.
Macbook Air ($999 starting price) vs Surface Pro 2 ($899 starting price)
Macbook Air 13 inch pictured here. There is also a Macbook Air that has an 11 inch screen. The Surface Pro 2 has a 10 inch screen.
Processor:The brain behind all computers and modern devices. The processor in both of these devices are actually the same. No device has an edge on each other.
RAM:Also known as computer memory; not to be confused with storage space. Wait, what does memory do then if it's not to store stuff? Well, RAM is basically temporary storage for the stuff you are working on in your computer. Ever wondered why the first time you load a website it's a little slow to load, but when you re-visit the site it loads substantially faster? That's because your computer stored all the pictures and text in a temporary storage location called RAM. The more RAM your computer has, the more data it can store for QUICK retrieval of loaded information. In lamer terms: MORE RAM = FASTER COMPUTER.
The entry level of both devices come with 4GB of ram, but they both offer 8GB ram as well. If you want an 8GB of ram Macbook Air, you will have to custom order this via the Apple web store only. The 8GB models of the Surface Pro 2's can be picked up at your local store.
Screen:The Macbook Air has a resolution screen of 1366 x 768, which can be seen as dated these days. The Surface Pro 2 has a full HD screen of 1920 x 1080. Basically, things look look sharper on the Surface Pro 2. The Surface Pro 2 also has a touch screen, whereas the Macbook Air does not.
Winner: Surface Pro 2
The Macbook Air has a magnetic charger connection, 2 USB 3.0 Ports (one of which shown here), Audio out, and dual mics.
Only the higher end models of the Macbook Air has an SDXC expansion slot for additional storage. The other USB 3.0 port is shown here and the "Thunderbolt" port (also known as Mini Display port to the rest of the IT world. Not sure why Apple calls it "Thunderbolt". Marketing :]
The Surface Pro 2 features the audio out, up and down volume buttons that can be reprogrammed to do other things, and a single USB 3.0 port.
The Mini Display port, the magnetic charger connection, and the slot for the MicroSD card (all models have these).
The Surface Pro 2 has a 10 point multi-touch digitizer screen that can be used with a stylus. The technology behind these two are powered by Wacom, the industry leader in graphics tablets. This is a HUGE deal as this can increase your productivity big time! The stylus is pressure sensitive, meaning if you press lightly on the Surface 2 screen, you will produce a thin line. Press a little harder and thicker line will form. This is excellent for note taking and for artists.
Winner: Surface Pro 2.
The Macbook Air is highly responsive and it is back lit. Unlike the Surface Pro 2, it is not detachable. I supposed this is what makes the Macbook Air a real laptop as opposed to a hybrid device.
The Surface Pro 2 does not come with a keyboard and it must be purchased separately. There are two types of keyboards, the type cover (which features physical keys to press down on), or the touch cover (which is a pressure respond keyboard, no actual keys). The back lit versions of each are a whopping $130 and $110 respectively. The non back lit keyboards can save you anywhere between $40-$50 dollars. The keyboard also serves as screen covers.
Putting the cost aside, the convenience of removing the keyboard to use the Surface Pro 2 as a tablet seems to be worth it to me.
Winner: Surface Pro 2
The Macbook Air has a reported 9-10 hour life on a single charge, where as the Surface Pro 2 has an 8-9 battery life per charge.
Winner: Macbook Air
The Macbook Air has one 720p resolution camera in the front. The Surface Pro 2 has two 720p cameras, one in the front and one in the back.
Winner: Surface Pro 2
Overall, the Surface Pro 2 has better hardware than it's main competitor, the Macbook Air. The iPad cannot be compared because the iPad is just a tablet and does not come close to the power of the Macbook Air or the Surface Pro 2.
The Importance of Windows:
Macs don't get viruses, who cares about Windows!
How many of you heard that Apple computers do not get viruses? How many of you believe that is the case? Ask any IT professional and they will inform you that it is a myth. Macs, like PC's, do get viruses.
The software library that can be installed on Windows is unmatched. There are more software applications out there designed for Windows than there are for Macs.
The importance of the stylus and screen:
The digital notebook for students
I am still attending Florida International University and I haven't used a pencil or a sheet of paper since I purchased my original Surface Pro last year.
Why bother with pencils and erasers when you can just write on your screen? You can use color codes, turn the digital page into grids for graphing, store all your notes digitally and store them on your computer, record audio or video of the lecture, easy organization of your notes, and more. Microsoft One Note is a powerful application for any student of any level. See the video below:
The digital canvas for artists
The pressure sensitive pen is ideal for digital artists since the penis pressure sensitive. I use this technology to edit the photographs I take in Photoshop. It's nice to draw on the actual screen as opposed to a pad ala the conventional Wacom method.
I suck at drawing but take a look at this video below:
If you are in the market for a new tablet or a computer, get a Surface Pro 2. Use it as a tablet, as a computer, as a note pad, as a canvas! This device is incredibly versatile. You can purchase a laptop and a tablet to have the best of both worlds, or you can have the best of both worlds in one device.
Holiday Special: Buy One Get One FREE!!!!
I hope everyone is doing well and is getting ready for the Holidays. I wanted to take a short amount of your time to let you know about a special beginning tomorrow. For the first time, Truestar is offering a special buy one get one free promotion for the holidays. This amazing opportunity beginning this Wednesday (tomorrow!!!)! Buy one get one free on any and all Truestar products.
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Jenna Fournier of Nights
I had the pleasure of photographing Jenna Fournier (singer/guitarist of Nights) a while back. I remember wrapping up the day with her and Katie. She handed me a CD of her album in progress and she autographed it for me. On my way home I inserted the disc in my car and was blown away by how good she is! If I would have known how talented she was prior to shooting her, I would have been a bit intimidated! She's an amazing person. I'm a fan and hopefully you will be too! Nights is currently touring in Japan.
I love the artistic direction of this video. She wrote, directed, and animated this video. The song is awesome! Very catchy and soothing. :)
Here is another video of her. What I like about this video is the insight it gives about her passion for her work. Not sure how to describe it...it's just a raw feeling about this video. The lullaby goes well with her soft voice.
Nights featuring their song "Sunshine".
Nights behind the scenes live recording.
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Halloween Half Marathon
So I'm a bit late with this blog post, but Elena and I participated in the Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-Miler this year. I did the half marathon while Elena did the 4 miler.
I originally was not going to run in a costume but family kept insisting I run in one. The race had 7 categories. Fastest Super Hero, Villian, Underwear, Scary Person, Funny, and WTF. What can I possibly run with that won't bring me too much discomfort after 2 hours or running straight without stop? Batman maybe? He wears tights right? That should keep things cool during the run right?
What else? Superman?
So I just noticed. Why do DC superheroes look so...ugh..well, why do they have to look weird? I mean, why do they wear their underwear outside and what's the deal with the cape anyways? Capes were originally designed to bring warmth back in the medieval ages, but what's their use now? Why not wear a jacket? Anyways...no superheroes. Not only would I look silly, it would make my body temperature rise faster and the silly cape would slow me down.
Luckily for me Elena purchased me a hippie set.
Oh man! There we go! Looking like Mr. Bad-ass with the beard and glasses. Only later did I notice that my peace sign was upside down :o. The glasses were very cool too. I couldn't run in them though, so I put them on my belt. The hair looked absolutely wicked!
Elena and Blu ended up wearing their costumes from last year, when we all went as two chefs and a little lobster.
Running without waterSo I figured that since this race was not so serious and it was more like a party race, why not try running without water and use the water stops that are conveniently located every mile? What are water stops in a race? Well, it's where volunteers hold out cups of water or sports drinks that runners can grab to hydrate. I normally run with a backpack of water but it does tend to slow me down.
The above is an awesome shot of a bad-ass looking runner grabbing a cup of water and not looking back. Yeah. Cool runners don't look back at the watery mess they make. Who's got time to look back? This dude has a race to win! Keep running! KEEP SHINING! THE MORE YOU IGNORE IT THE COOLER YOU LOOK!
The the start of the race was in front of Parrot Jungle, goes down MacArthur Cosway, around South Pointe, up the boardwalk, around Lincoln Rd, and back around South Pointe for the win. Ugh. So many turns!
Well, to be honest, this was one of the most pleasant runs I've ever had. I decided to take it easy since I was not running with water and just have a nice time. I was VERY disappointed in the underwear division. Why do so many old men wear underwear in this race? -_- SO much for finding my pace early on lol
Between miles 6-8 there were no water stops! That was extremely disappointing. When I got to Lincoln Rd, where there was a water stop, a huge line was forming for water. Absolutely ridiculous! The water coolers were raided like an angry mob and people were dunking paper cups into the coolers directly. The poor volunteers did not stand a chance! Poor poor planning by the organizers.
The amount of loops was also a bit nuts. I knew the course would have a few, but the number was just ridiculous. The last half a mile had like 4 loops!
Elena crossing the finish line of her Freaky 4 Miler. She also ended up placing 3rd in her age group and she wasn't even trying, all the while pushing Blu and in a costume! Very proud of her.
Elena's medal for the Freaky 4 Miler.
Elena and Blu waiting for me at the finish line.
Blu waiting for me to show up for the win.
And here I come! Yes, my cool hippie glasses and beard are gone! :( At around mile three my beard become uncomfortable with all the breathing and sweating going on so I just tossed it to the side. I think Elena wants me to grow my hair now :) jk.
And I cross the finish line! Time was 1:58. Three minutes shy of my personal record. I should have tried harder, I didn't feel bad at all at the end of this race.
I noticed that someone was taking a picture of me. I didn't realize it was Elena at first lol.
The beautiful medal! One of my favorite ones collected yet!