The new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Stylus

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

The new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Stylus that was just released.  I just got mine in the mail today.


The Stylus is also backward compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3, which is great news since this is what I am currently using.

New with this Stylus is a package of different tips.  The tips provide different friction on the glass.

2H – Very Low Friction
H – Low Friction
HB – Medium Friction
B – High Friction


The default tip in the stylus is the HB version.

The new Surface Stylus is about 1/2” longer than the previous pen and in my opinion it seems to be more weight distributed.  Comparison of the SP3 and SP4 Stylus.


No buttons on the new Stylus.  There is a button bar on the flat side of the Stylus that now controls the right click feature.  I kind of like the flat surface of the Stylus for my finger.  It feels more ergonomic.

Be careful trying to remove the cap.  IT IS NOT A SCREW CAP like the previous version.  It is a guided notch.  It turns a quarter turn and pulls off.  I bet there will be a handful of calls to Microsoft support from people breaking them before they are ever used.  Ouch…

I actually read the user guide with this pen, after almost breaking mine.




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October 10, 2015 Leave a comment

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Categories: Computers

Dream Slate or Tablet (throw back)

October 10, 2015 3 comments

This is a couple days after Microsoft big Windows 10 Device event.  With the announcement of the new Surface Pro 4 and the Surface book it got me to thinking about what I am using and what I want in a device.  I happened to look back to some notes that I had made back in April 2012 of the features that I was looking for for my dream slate\tablet device.  This was before the release of the first generation of the Surface Pro line (June 2012).  This was also after owning and using an assortment of underwhelming slates\tablets.  Well this was my list in OneNote.

Screen Size of around 10” (aspect ratio 3:2 not 16:9)

5 hours of battery


i5 Core processer (x64)

(2) USB slots

Full SD Card or MicroSD

Detachable Keyboard

HDMI (Mini)

Pen Silo

Wacom Digitizer

MicroUSB Charging


Well it is 2015, what am I using now.  My main work machine is the Surface Pro 3 (i7/8GB/256GB) device running Windows 10.  I am running it through Surface Dock and running two Dell U2414H in a DaisyChain.  I absolutely love it.

Now, my home machine and my consumption device is a Surface 3 model.  I went with the 4GB/64GB model (LC5-00001) that comes with Windows 8.1 Professional.  This is really a great size memory and hard drive space as the majority of stuff that I have is up in OneDrive or DropBox.

The Surface 3 device almost checks off everyone of my previous wants.  I really love the size of this device.

This is going to be my dream tablet list for 2015.

Screen Size again at the 10” (same 3:2 aspect ratio)

Stylus that keeps advancing like the SP4 pen

128GB+ SSD

i5 core + (fanless)

(1) USB 3.1 or C

MicroUSB Charging

Detachable Keyboard base like the new Surface Book that contains additional juice (GPU/memory/HDD)

I’m over the Pen Silo want.

MicroSD Card


10+ hours of battery life


There you go.  What is your favorite tablet?  What do you want in your dream tablet?


October 10, 2015 Leave a comment

The best thing that ever happened to N-trig?  Microsoft buying them. 

Their previous products were a disaster prior to the Surface Pro 3 Pen.  Now this pen is the premier pen.  I was very sad to learn when the Surface Pro 3 came out that it was switching from Wacom to N-trig.  My previous experience with N-trg on the HP Slate and Dell Latitude ST devices were a complete and utter fail.  Their support was worse.

Future is looking bright for the Surface line and N-trig.

Categories: Microsoft, N-trig

Windows 10 Builds Versions and Release Dates

June 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Windows 10 Build Versions and Dates

BUILD 9841 | October 1st, 2014 [WED]

BUILD 9860 | October 22nd, 2014 [WED]

BUILD 9879 | November 12th, 2014 [WED]

BUILD 9926 | January 21st, 2015 [WED]

BUILD 10041 | March 18th, 2015 [WED]

BUILD 10049 | March 30th, 2015 [MON]

BUILD 10061 | April 22nd, 2015 [WED]

BUILD 10074 | April 29th, 2015 [WED]

BUILD 10122 | May 20th, 2015 [WED]

BUILD 10130 | May 29th, 2015 [FRI]

BUILD 10158 | June 29th, 2015 [MON]

BUILD 10159 | June 30th, 2015 [TUE]

BUILD 10162 | July 2nd, 2015 [THU]

BUILD 10166 | July 9th, 2015 [THU]

BUILD 10240 | July 15th, 2015 [RTM] [WED] [Not counted as a insider build]

BUILD 10240 | July 29th, 2015 [GA] [WED] [Not counted as an insider build]

BUILD 10525 | August 18th, 2015 [TUE]

BUILD 10532 | August 27th, 2015 [THU]

BUILD 10547 | September 18th, 2015 [FRI]

BUILD 10565 | October 12th, 2015 [MON]

BUILD 10576 | October 29th, 2015 [THU]

BUILD 10586 | November 5th, 2015 [THU | 10:00am]

BUILD 11082 | December 16th, 2015 [WED | 10:05am]

BUILD 11099 | January 13th, 2016 [WED | 10:03am]

BUILD 11102 | January 21th, 2016 [THU | 10:03am]

BUILD 14251 | January 27th, 2016 [WED | 10:02am]

BUILD 14257 | February 3rd, 2016 [WED | 4:01pm]

BUILD 14267 | February 18th, 2016 [THU | 10:06am]

BUILD 14271 | February 24th, 2016 [WED | 10:01am]

BUILD 14279 | March 4th, 2016 [FRI | 10:07am]

BUILD 14291 | March 17th, 2016 [THU | 4:05pm] | w/Edge Ext.

BUILD 14295 | March 25th, 2016 [FRI | 10:01am]

BUILD 14316 | April 6th, 2016 [WED | 10:02am]

BUILD 14328 | April 22nd, 2016 [FRI | 08:01am]

BUILD 14332 | April 26th, 2016 [TUE | 3:01pm]

BUILD 14342 | May 10th, 2016 [TUE | 6:00pm]

BUILD 14352 | May 26th, 2016 [THU | 3:30pm]

BUILD 14361 | June 8th, 2016 [WED | 10:00am]

BUILD 14366 | June 14th, 2016 [TUE | 3:20pm]

BUILD 14367 | June 16th, 2016 [THU | 7:15pm]

BUILD 14371 | June 22nd, 2016 [WED | 9:00am]

BUILD 14372 | June 23rd, 2016 [THU | 3:00pm]

BUILD 14376 | June 28th, 2016 [TUE | 3:00pm]

BUILD 14379 | June 30th, 2016 [THU | 3:00pm]

BUILD 14383 | July 7th, 2016 [THU | 10:00am]

BUILD 14385 | July 9th, 2016 [SAT | 3:00pm]

BUILD 14388 | July 12th, 2016 [TUE | 3:00pm]

BUILD 14390 | July 15th, 2016 [FRI | 10:00am]


Windows 10 Nerd Math (Insider Build Release dates).  The percentage of what day of the week an Insider Build is typically released.

DAY # of Rel Per%
MON 3 6.5%
TUE 7 15.2%
WED 16 34.8%
THU 13 28.3%
FRI 6 13.0%
SAT 1 2.2%
SUN 0 0
Total of 46 Build Releases as of 7/15.

Update to DisplayLink software (7.7 M2)

November 27, 2014 Leave a comment

DisplayLink just released an updated driver dated November 27th, 2014 (here).


Product Version: 7.7.59032.0

Get Driver (here).

Readme / Fix List (here).

Windows 10 Builds

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment


BUILD 9841 | October 1st, 2014

BUILD 9860 | October 22nd, 2014

BUILD 9879 | November 12th, 2014



Windows Insider Program to download (here).

Windows 10 Community Forum (here).