Today we purchased our first Mac and I can certainly say I am impressed with the build and usability of the hardware and software, it is different to using my work PC from Dell that has Windows 8 installed but the differences appear at first to be good.
When choosing the Mac we were going back and forth between the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro, initially we had our minds set on the Air until I realised for an small amount extra we could get the 13in Retina which really provides far more power and the screen is absolutely amazing.
So today I found a nice “feature” of the new
Metro Windows 8 interface. Now that the start button can be exposed by moving your mouse to the bottom left of the screen this does not work well when you have RDP in full screen mode.
I have just connected to Windows Server 2012 using my Windows Surface RT Tablet in full screen and wanted to load up the start menu of the RDP session, moving my mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen will infact bring up the start button on the Windows Surface RT OS and not the RDP session.
A workaround for this is to use the start button on the key board, but the fact remains this adds additional confusion. At least the start buttons are somewhat colour coded to help you distinguish which version they relate to!
So having been using the Surface RT for just over a week now and I am very impressed with it. I had previously tried Windows 8 on my laptop and it just didn’t feel right. It may have been because it was such a huge change that it will take me a while to get used to, but on the Surface it feel much more natural, and actually helps me with using the version now installed on my main laptop.
I even see my ditching the laptop and working solely on the Surface, if I can get my work mail and network connectivity sorted, I may need the Surface Pro for this but I am still seeing if I can hook up my Surface RT to the work network.
One major issue I predict with the Surface RT though is the limited functionality when it is not connected to the internet, more so around the integration with SkyDrive. The “metro” SkyDrive application is only a viewer of your online SkyDrive documents so you have no way of working offline. This is a huge disappointment as I would love to work with document whilst on I’m on flights over the Atlantic, the small form factor of the Surface coupling with Office is perfect for this!
Talking about Office, I am so happy that there is now a tablet device which provide the capability to create content, rather than used consume. The Surface RT I have already has Office 2013 Preview installed and it works really well, fingers crossed they allow SkyDrive Pro to be available that may allow me to work offline!
So after using Windows 8 for a few weeks I have found a few “features” that may frustrate a few people. I will start making a note of some of these and provide configurable workarounds where needed.
The first one up is the confirm delete option when deleting files. I understand why this may be an enhancement but I have had years of conditioning where Windows is trying to look after me by double checking I actually wish to delete a file. Now however if you select delete or simply hit the delete key on the keyboard the file is gone, no warning, no check, nothing.
It turns out the option is very quick to turn back on, and below are the steps you need to follow.
1. Right click your “Recycle Bin” on your desktop
2. Select “Properties”.
3. Tick “Display delete confirmation dialog” option to the bottom on the window.
4. Choose “OK” to close the window.
Order is now restored.
After installing a fresh version of Windows 8 Enterprise and adding it to our AD domain, I proceeded to active the copy, however I received the “DNS name does not exist” error when clicking activate.
During the installation process I never entered a product key, however it appeared that one was showing on the activation screen.
To enter your correct product key go to the metro start menu and type “slui 3”, this will open up a window where you are able to enter your actual product key. Once entered you should now be able to activate your copy of Windows 8.