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#Interesting  - Oldest Living Things in the World

3,000 year old parsley?  100,000 year old sea grass? 2,000 and 80,000 year old trees?  600,000 year old bacteria?  2,000 year old coral?

Who knew these things have been alive for this long.  Too bad they can't tell us what they've seen (well, of course, they don't have eyes...either...um...yeah...)

Check them out here:  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/04/oldest-living-things
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#Technology  - Trade in an Old iPad, Get $200 Towards a New Microsoft Surface 2

If you have already read my review (and videos) regarding the Surface 2 (here's a link to the article: http://bit.ly/1fZvprU ), you'll know that it is a great little device.

Now Microsoft is offering $200 trade in value for your older iPad (2, 3, or iPad mini) when you purchase a Surface 2 device (3/29/2014 until 5/4/2014).  That's a pretty cool deal!

This offer is through the Microsoft Store (either their retail locations, or online with free shipping):  http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-2

#Microsoft   #Surface   #Surface2  
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+Alan Peto Thank you for clarifying that.
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#Technology  -  Using the USB 3.0 Port on a Microsoft Surface

The full size, full powered, USB 3.0 port available on the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 gives you a A LOT of possibilities.  Charge up your smartphone, view documents and videos on a USB thumb/flash drive, connect an external hard drive, or plug in a mouse and keyboard!  Check out how in my video.

To read my full review on the Surface 2, click here:  http://bit.ly/1fZvprU

#Microsoft   #Surface2  
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#Buddhism  - Understanding the Noble Eightfold Path

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1jk4fmn

"By following the Noble Eightfold Path, sentient beings can forever cut off their afflictions, suffering, and the causes of suffering, and attain the state of the sages – nirvana."  ~ Ven. Master Hsing Yun

The core of all Buddhist practice is centered around the Noble Eightfold Path, which is what the Buddha talked about in his very first sermon (so you know it’s important!).

- The Eightfold Path is very much like a prescription that the Buddha (if he was a doctor) would write out in order for us to cure ourselves of an illness.

- The illness he identified (as explained in the Four Noble Truths) is called “Dukkha” which all sentient beings (such as humans) experience.

- Dukkha is often translated to mean “suffering”, but has many meanings such as dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress, etc.

- You can end Dukkha through the Eightfold Path

How do we use the Eightfold Path to cure us of this illness called Dukkha?  Read my article! :)
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#Buddhism :  Enjoy Life! :)
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Save the Lives of Children

Share this information with others...saving lives worldwide costs very little.  Support UNICEF's mission to save children from horrible diseases and more:  http://www.supportunicef.org/

h/t to Bill Gates for sharing this graphic:  https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/458688936647622656
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#Technology  - Trade in an Old iPad, Get $200 Towards a New Microsoft Surface 2

If you have already read my review (and videos) regarding the Surface 2 (here's a link to the article: http://bit.ly/1fZvprU ), you'll know that it is a great little device.

Now Microsoft is offering $200 trade in value for your older iPad (2, 3, or iPad mini) when you purchase a Surface 2 device (3/29/2014 until 5/4/2014).  That's a pretty cool deal!

This offer is through the Microsoft Store (either their retail locations, or online with free shipping):  http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-2

#Microsoft   #Surface   #Surface2  
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#Buddhism  - Smells Like Buddhist Nirvana

"In the same way that a criminal loses his freedom by being shackled and manacled, so too are sentient beings bound by the chains of greed, hatred, and ignorance.  The Dharma can liberate us from these defilements, and allow us to attain nirvana." ~ Ven. Master Hsing Yun.

For Buddhists, the ultimate goal of practicing Buddhism is to achieve a state known as “Nirvana” (also known as “Nibanna” in Pali).

But what exactly is Nirvana, and what does it mean to you:  Is it a popular grunge band?  A place you go after death?  Is it a Yoga position?  Let’s find out…

Read my full article here: http://bit.ly/MmDMVY

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#Technology :  Microsoft Surface on a TV or External Monitor

Yes, you can easily extend or project your Surface to your TV or a computer monitor.  Perfect for watching movies, or doing work that needs a bigger monitor.  Check out how in my video.

To read my full review on the Surface 2, click here:  http://bit.ly/1fZvprU

#Microsoft   #Surface  
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Hi +Max Voß, I'm not sure I'm the right person to answer all your questions, but here I go ;)  Before I begin, there is nothing called "Metro".  That was a codename over two years ago, and Microsoft doesn't use that terminology.  The place where Windows Store apps/Start Screen resides is known as either the Modern Experience (MX) or Modern UI (Take your pick).

1) Not sure what you mean about configuring user accesses. I'm presuming you may work in I.T.   Microsoft actually made software for enterprise level configuration to do exactly what you needed for that master image...you may want to check it out next time.  I also have a full article (with links to downloads and other resources) here:  http://www.alanpeto.com/tech/windows-8-it-pro/

2) Yes, you can get rid of the Start Screen.  With Windows 8.1 (you may be using only the first release, for some reason) you can boot right to the desktop.  There is no need to go to the Start Screen if you don't want to.  I'm typing this from my desktop PC, and I never see the Start Screen or MX unless I want to.  http://www.alanpeto.com/tech/windows-8-mouse-keyboard/

Further, they revealed at Build 2014 that a 'start menu' will be available as an update to Windows 8.1 later this year, and MX apps can run on the desktop.  

3) Not sure what you mean by the network bar??  I've never had to use anything like that...please elaborate.

4) You're asking a broader question, and may not realize it.  Windows 8(.x) reveals a transformation of Windows.  The MX is for a growing touch based world, and the new direction.  The older legacy desktop is for the "power user" (although you can actually do a lot of power stuff in the MX, but that's a topic for another day).  Microsoft purposely seperated these two worlds because, as you know, the Windows 7 and below versions were a "pizza" that everyone had to eat.  A consumer who didn't care about power user features HAD to use the desktop.  Thus, that's why they don't like it  (they may be "trained" and "conditioned" to "like" it, but that's why they all gravitate to Android and iOS right?).  This is going to allow MS to make the "desktop" more tailored to power users.  They've said this already.  Part 1 was the MX, part 2 is the desktop.  This way, everyone can have their own pizza.

So, that's a long answer to your two control panel questions.  The older control panel still exists...for legacy users.  They didn't want to take that away at this point due to I.T. / enterprise who still wanted it.  Otherwise it would be gone.  I rarely use the old control panel.

5) Nor should the desktop be optimized for touch usage...it's the legacy Windows 7 desktop.  Surface devices, just like laptops, can use a touchpad or a mouse (or for the Pro series, the included pen).  I always use a mouse with the legacy desktop on my Surface 2, but I'll be glad when the desktop is gone completely with Windows RT (the only thing I use it for is Office 2013 RT...that's really about it).

A longer answer is that any x86 style programs can easily be turned into MX style apps for use in the MX.  They demo'ed this at Build 2014 showing a program made back in XP days that was easily compiled into a new MX program.  It was pretty impressive and the dev's loved it.

6) IE 11 can be configured for whatever you need it to be (this is Microsoft, so everything is enterprise configurable of course).  It's 115% on my Surface 2, so maybe something was "touched" to make it that high a % zoom.  It's above 100% on purpose due to the small screen size...but you can make it whatever you want (easy enough to do).

I understand you are not trolling (but not sure if my video about connecting to an external monitor was the right place for this haha), but most of these issues are already addressed, you're talking about a small form factor device, and there is assistance and resources out there for I.T. pro's like yourself.

Hope that helps!
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#Technology :  The Microsoft Surface 2 (RT) Review
A great device for those upgrading from Windows XP PC's

Check out the full review here, along with photos and a video review:  http://bit.ly/1fZvprU

With Windows XP ending it's very long 12 year run, many people are looking at replacing their old computers with something new.  Since the world, and needs, have changed for people in 12 years (back then a PC in your home was the only route to go), the device people need is also different.

Google has been pushing Chromebooks (Chrome OS) as the better replacement to those upgrading (main points they make is that the OS it's free, and simple to use, and immune from Windows viruses).  While Linux fans are pushing heavy that XP users should go to a Linux distro (main points they make is that the OS is free, simple to use, and immune from Windows viruses).  

I'm sure you see the trend from those two camps, and I'm not going to debate if you should go Chrome OS or Linux...please do that if you think you'll like it better!  But the objections made against Windows by both Chrome OS and Linux have all been addressed by Windows RT, and Surface 2.  In-fact, most users would actually like a Surface 2 if they actually could see what it can do.  And that's where my review comes in.

Mind you, this is NOT the Surface PRO 2 which runs full Windows 8.1, but the RT version which runs Windows RT 8.1.  I went that route on purpose...because how many people who are considering Chrome OS or Linux would even purchase a Surface Pro 2...NONE.  

But I'm also a power user.  I have full Windows 8.1 on my computer at home.  So why would a power user opt for Windows RT?  That was my goal to find out if it could be a viable device.

Actually, Windows RT has tons of features that make it an even better option than full Windows 8.1...namely it's immune from Windows viruses and malware (just like Chrome OS and Linus), immune from the "Heartbleed" vulnerability going around right now, and it's very easy (and intuitive) to use!  

In the end, this device gets used more than my regular desktop PC.  I can even run regular "desktop" programs on it (such as Google Chrome and Chrome Apps) using the Remote PC app.

I'm sure many in those two camps will be "up in arms" over such a claim (they are very passionate folks!).  Once again, I'm saying go with what you want to use...but there is an alternative that works just as well, and has benefits and features that many consumers will love.

#WindowsRT   #Microsoft   #Surface  
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I'm a author, researcher, designer, and teacher.  Topics include Buddhism, design, technology, and leadership.


My goal is to write informative, yet easy to read, articles about Buddhism to help everyone along the path (especially those just starting).  You'll also find designs that help explain it (I'm a graphic artist) and other helpful materials!

Note:  For my posts, if you are not playing nice:  such as trolling, hate speech, being a jerk, advancing your own cause at the detriment of the comment thread, etc....I will block you.  Fair warning.
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  • Penn Foster College
    Business Management, 2013 - present
  • Penn Foster College
    Graphic Design, 2006 - 2011