Whew! I just finished a long overdue update to Bit Jumper yesterday. The update changes all the icons and I also managed to fix a few bugs as well. I am currently finishing up my next game, Bit Runner, which will probably be released in a few months. You can download Bit Jumper in the Windows Store by searching "Bit Jumper" or you can click the link to it on the Sam's Apps page. Enjoy and happy jumping!
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I have gotten a few requests asking for my opinion as to whether or not to purchase a Surface tablet. Since most of the questions come from readers of my blog, I thought it best to write a post on this subject. Here are a few questions you must ask yourself before making a final decision about your next PC:
1. What am I mainly going to use my new Surface for?
The biggest difference between the Surface RT & Surface 2 compared to the Surface Pro (1 and 2) is that the Pro is a full fledged laptop PC. The Pro has the ability to run desktop apps such as Quicken, Windows Live Essentials, and Google Chrome as well as run Windows 8 apps. The Surface RT and Surface 2 do not have this ability; they are only able to run Windows 8 apps (also called Metro apps).
This is important because if you need to run desktop apps on your new PC, you will have to get either the Surface Pro 1 or the newer Surface Pro 2. If you do not need to run any desktop apps, great; you can settle for a Surface RT or the new Surface 2.
2. How big of a screen do I need? Will I be able to operate my Surface without straining my eyes too much?
This is a problem that I have ran into quite recently. I have a Surface Pro (the original) and I really enjoy using it. It has a 10.1 in. screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The amount of screen space you need really depends on what kind of work you plan to do on your Surface and how good your eyesight is.
For example, I have a web design business (Sam's Web Design; check it out with the tab above), but I rarely edit my webpages on my Surface Pro. Why? The answer is that it is much easier for me to have a dual monitor layout (one monitor for code and the other for a preview). The Surface Pro can be hooked up to an external monitor, but the issue lies with how big items appear on the screen. Windows has a built in scaling feature (which happens to be turned to 125% when you first open your Surface) that can help alleviate this problem. I have kept the window scaling at 125% since it is much easier on the eyes while still retaining the native resolution of the screen (translation: things look crisper and smoother on your screen). You can enlarge items even larger, but this will impede how much you can see on your screen at once.
3. How's the Surface support?
This is a very easy question to answer! My experience with the Surface support staff has been great (They have replaced my Pro once for a faulty Mini DisplayPort) and they helped make the transition to the replacement as simple as possible. They even extended my warranty so that I would not have any delays during the process!
In closing, I will just say that the decision to buy a Surface is really up to what you plan on doing with it and how much you have to spend. I would definitely recommend getting one, but I would rather you have a PC that suits your needs.
Post in the comments if this helps you in any way!
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is on its way with some great minor refinements to make the Windows 8.1 experience even better. Here's a short list of what's to come:
Pin Apps to Taskbar
Finally! I can't wait to start using this feature, this is one of those features that should have been included in the first release (but at least it's here now!).
New Buttons on the Start Screen (Search and Power).
There are now two new buttons on the Start Screen: the Search button and the Power button. Each of the buttons performs a simple function, but they are definitely a welcome improvement!
Context -Menu on the Start Screen
Mouse users everywhere rejoice! With Windows 8.1 Update 1 you can now right-click Metro app tiles to pull up a context menu instead of having to use the App Bar. How sweet is that?
Metro App Title Bar
This new feature makes it much easier for desktop users to minimize, close, and snap Metro apps.
Check out some of the cool screenshots that show off some of the new features below*:
*All pictures courtesy of The Verge
Thank all of you for following my blog into the new year! I have been really busy lately, but I hope to blog more often in the coming weeks. To start this year off with some humor, I have compiled some redneck computer terms for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and thanks again!
LOG ON: Makin’ a woodstove hot.
LOG OFF: Don’t add no more wood.
MONITOR: Keepin’ an eye on the wood stove.
DOWNLOAD: Gittin’ the farwood off the truck.
MEGA HERTZ: When you’re not keerfull gittin’ the farwood.
FLOPPY DISC: Whutcha git from trying to tote too much farwood.
RAM: That thar thing whut splits the farwood.
HARD DRIVE: Gittin’ home in the winter time.
WINDOWS: Whut to shut when it’s cold outside.
SCREEN: Whut to shut when it’s black fly season.
BYTE: Whut dem flys do.
CHIP: Munchies fer the TV.
MICRO CHIP: Whut’s in the bottom of the munchie bag.
MODEM: Whutcha do to the hay fields.
LAP TOP: Whar the kitty sleeps.
KEYBOARD: Whar you hang the truck keys.
SOFTWARE: Them plastic forks and knifes.
MOUSE: Whut eats the grain in the barn.
MOUSE PAD: That’s hippie talk fer the mouse hole.
MAINFRAME: Holds up the barn roof.
ENTER: Northerner talk fer, “C’mon in, y’all.”
CLICK: Whut you hear when you cock your gun.
DOUBLE CLICK: When the gun don’t fire when you pull the trigger.
REBOOT: Whut you have to do at bedtime when you forgot the kitty’s still outside.
Think I should start a computer jokes page on my website? Ask me in the comments!