Running with Code Like with scissors, only more dangerous


Modern Dilbert Reader v1.1 submitted to the Store

Posted by Rob Paveza

My Dilbert app for Windows 8, the Modern Dilbert Reader, just got an update that is pending certification for the Windows Store. This change fixes a bug that a few people have periodically seen where strips lie on top of each other. It also speeds up search.

Best, it uses the higher-quality images available for the main strip display.

I'll note when the new version gets updated, but you can download today's version and the Store app will let you know when the new version is available.


Modern Dilbert Reader is now in the Windows 8 Store

Posted by Rob Paveza

My Dilbert reader app has passed certification and is now in the Windows 8 app store! Check out the info about it on my blog or head directly over to the Windows Store web site.

The "Modern Dilbert Reader" app is not endorsed by my employer. :)


A Week with a Surface

Posted by Rob Paveza

A week ago, on October 26, Microsoft released the Surface, along with Windows 8. Because this was my first product launch (other than TypeScript, though that technically wasn't my product), well, I just couldn't help myself: I waited in line at the Bellevue Square Microsoft Store and got mine on release day. It was a madhouse:

I got a 32gb device along with a Type Cover, the thicker one with the mechanical keys. I believe that the specs for the Type Cover say that it's 5 or 6mm thick; okay, that might be twice the thickness of the Touch Cover, but it's still tiny.

Not only is it awesome for taking to meetings, but I can actually get work done on it. I can't code, of course; well, at least, not at the office, since I can't RDP to my desktop from it. But I've spent the whole week taking it to meetings, taking notes, and writing specs. I can't believe how snappy everything is.

Now, let me set the stage a little bit more. When I started at Microsoft in April, I was assigned a Lenovo ThinkPad X-Series convertible tablet. It supported multi-touch, has a keyboard, an extended battery life of about 6 hours, and on day one I was able to install a daily build of Windows 8. I've been using Windows 8 on my desktop PC (no touch) at the office since then as well, and in August when we RTM'd, I installed it onto my home iMac (of course no touch), which I previously dual-booted with OS X and Win7.

I didn't really understand how cool Windows 8's touch functionality was until I got the Surface.

Now, this isn't to say that partner / OEM vendors don't have worthwhile devices. I haven't played with them at this point. I hope they're as good as the Surface, or even better, because if they're better, then, DANG. But all that having been said - I have to give my kudos to the team behind Windows RT and the Surface. They have done a remarkable job.

If you haven't experienced Windows 8 on a touch device yet, get thee to a Microsoft Store. Try it. The productivity losses of being completely addicted to Jetpack Joyride will definitely be offset by the productivity gains of being able to flick a Word document up to scroll, and then just pointing the cursor into place on the screen rather than using the mouse.

And to be honest, as much as I have been thinking I might want to code on the Surface, in retrospect, I'm not sure that's true. I have a 17" laptop and a 27" desktop screen, and I use that screen real estate judiciously when I'm coding.

OK, who am I kidding? I'll be getting a Surface Pro whenever it comes out. But until then, I'm having a good time on this awesome tablet!

Surface with Type Cover

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