The Lenovo Yoga 2 pro Ultrabook – Simply the best device I have ever used

lenovo-yoga-2-proI have had the fortune of using many business and consumer devices over the course of my career. From the first smart phones running palm OS (Samsong SPH-500 and the Trio 90) to the early iPhone to the Windows Phone 8.1 I run today. When laptops first hit the market I was right in line, looking forwarded to running Visual Studio in front of my television. For ServiceMonster, we get every relevant device to use in engineering. When the early tablet PCs hit the market (with a silent thud) I knew what the future would hold. And now I use that device today.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 is small (14″ touch screen), fast (i7 intel), and efficient (5 hour battery life). With the back-lit keyboard I can work at night without bothering my wife and the 256 gig SSD boots in under 20 seconds. I can go from cold boot to working in Visual Studio in under 60 seconds.

It’s a dream to travel with too. The size is good for working and watching movies and still small enough to not be bothered by the guy in front of you that reclines for the entire airplane ride. The flip ability of this ultra book is cool, though I mostly use it in laptop mode when working, tent mode when watching movies, and tablet mode when playing games.

Windows 8.1 virtual keyboard and html form interface leave plenty of room for improvement but I do ever so love this device. Will done Lenovo.

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Verizon will not be carrying Windows Phone 7. Duh.

I went to Development Connections with my trusty BlackBerry. I knew that we were going to be developing a version of our flagship product on the new Windows phone but when I actually saw it I had to have one. Verizon was my carrier for my BlackBerry.

In November, I found references to Verizon offering the new Windows Phone 7 in January 2011. In December I even saw posts stating that Verizon HQ employees had them in their hands. And when I asked my local retail store that month, they said; “Check back next month”.

So I checked in January. “Not yet” was their reply. Now if I would have taken a few seconds to think about it I would have realized that it was unlikely that Apple would allow Verizon to carry both devices. Hell if I was in Steve’s place that’s just what I would have done. But it still felt like I was on the red pill when I went back in early February and everyone looked at me like I was Agent Smith himself. So I asked for a manager. His official response; “I have no idea what you’re talking about. We will not be carrying the Windows phone.”

So I went back to the office, shut down my BlackBerry and had a new contract with AT&T the next day. Now if we can just convince the rest of the business community to actually adopt it. I’ve now had an iPhone, an Android, a BlackBerry, a Trio, and one of the very first smart phones, the Samsung SPH-I300. I even went without a cell phone for nearly 4 years after my dog ate my Trio. I have to say I love this phone. After their really poor pre iPhone attempts, Microsoft finally got it right.

P.S. BlackBerry is done for.

New workstation is up!

After a bit of soul searching I have talked myself into getting another work station in engineering. Nice machine. Completely dedicated to development. I’m not even installing outlook.

When I’m in engineering, there is no Joe. At least, that’s what the sign on the door says.