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The Surface Revealed

A few months ago Microsoft announced their entry into the new tablet market with the Surface. For the first time in a long time, people were really excited about what Redmond was showing off. With an Apple style event to kick things off, they showed off a really cool piece of technology. However, they got one thing wrong, there was no price, and no ship date. Unlike the 'king of big reveals' that Apple is, Microsoft forgot this crucial step when you have a room full of hungry journalists and bloggers looking for information.

All is better now though, since the pricing on the RT (ARM based) version has been revealed. The base level model with 32GB of memory will be launched with a $499 price tag. That puts it right in the ballpark of the iPad, which is really where Microsoft needed it to be. For an extra $100 you can get it with their revolutionary keyboard cover. Considering you'll pay ~$100 for a decent Apple keyboard cover, this isn't too bad of a pricing model. I ha…

Finally a date....

Not that kinda of "date" silly, this is a tech blog. We finally have a rumored date for the much anticipated iPad Mini, and that date is October 23rd. Honestly, I'm more excited about this than the iPhone 5 or a new MacBook refresh. After playing with some 7 inch tablets, and having an eReader, I've come to find some really good value in that particular tablet size. The key is going to be price. If the rumors are true, the iPad Mini will NOT have a retina display. I'm really hoping it doesn't, because honestly, I want a value Apple device, not a top of the line tech device. I was sorely disappointed with the iPod Touch refresh, and it's sky-high price point because of it's retina display.

I think the key for Apple with this device is to target the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Nook HD. That means that they can't go above $250 for the base level model. No one is going to fault them for asking for a $50 premium over their competitors for the "Apple …

I don't have a wood shop...

It's been a few weeks since my last entry on this site, and there's been a good reason. No, it's not because there hasn't been anything interesting to write about, I certainly didn't take advantage of many good opportunities to write about tech news. It has been for a simple, somewhat silly reason. The new Warcraft expansion launched.

I hear the groans now, all the way through the ether. People screaming "Oh no... he's one of THEM!" Well, sorry to disappoint, but yes, I am "one of them". But, some clarification is in order. I don't abandon my family to play WoW, I get my work done, I don't call in sick, etc., etc.,. However, it does bring up an interesting new phenomenon in our modern society. Gaming as a hobby.

It's long been a staple of adult life to fill our time with hobbies and pastimes that give us something to do beyond work, but yet challenge us a bit mentally or physically. Video gaming has been around only a few decades…