Who Designs this Stuff – Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Power Supply & Pen Connector

From the WTH department comes the easiest way in the world to lose a $30 Stylus

I am probably one of the most anal retentive people I know. I keep all of my computing equipment in pristine, mint condition as I never know when I’m going to put it up on eBay or Craig’s List and sell it because something else got introduced. Recycling computer equipment is something that is getting a LOT of press right now. Special nods to the iDevice for its rapid revision cycle and Apple’s high product quality levels.

One of the things that makes this difficult, however is poor design. Case in point – Microsoft Surface RT/2 and Pro/2 devices use a magnetic charger just like most of Apple’s laptops; but there’s a subtle difference – the Surface devices use the same port to dock its stylus when the charger isn’t connected.

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The problem is that the magnet that holds the stylus isn’t strong enough to hold it in place. It’s easily knocked off and you might not notice that it’s fallen off and no longer there for quite a while.

Losing the stylus is a huge problem. The magnet that holds the pen in place isn’t strong enough. The port that holds it also sits against the angled side of the device at a 45 degree angle. The wall isn’t flat. The stylus is difficult to dock and often doesn’t sit right in the magnetic well. The weak bond makes the stylus fall off very easily. If you don’t hear it fall, you won’t notice it’s gone until long after you’ve lost it. Then it costs you $30USD to replace.

As I mentioned earlier, the stylus docks in the same spot as the device’s charger is placed. As the side of the device is at a 45 degree angle, and the charging port is long, stiff and exact fitting, it’s difficult to place into the port due to the size, shape and angle of the side of the device. The charger often doesn’t make full contact with the charging plate, and then… doesn’t charge the device.

It’s the 45 degree angle that prevents the charger from sitting correctly. The charger cord also doesn’t like being twisted enough to face the charging plate.

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What does this all mean – besides the fact that the guy that designed these features should be found and shot? It means that you’re likely going to need to buy a few extra styli or hope someone designs an affordable or reasonably priced, 3rd party keyboard that includes a built in stylus that’s either tethered to it, sits in a silo or both. Unfortunately, Surface 2/Pro uses the same stylus and AC adapter, so no one addressed this design flaw in the new hardware release.

If you’re considering a Surface 2/Pro, you’ll need to be aware of this issue. There has to be a better way of keeping track of these styli without buying a pencil cup full of them for if and when you lose them. There should also be a better way of charging and powering the device. There are other design issues with the AC adapter (charging indicator location) that I also really haven’t touched on that should be resolved. Again… who designed this and/or approved the designs?

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Too many times I fell asleep…

I know, I’m not the only one who likes to watch a movie on the computer when I get in bed, and very often, the movie is so “interesting” that makes me fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night more than half-asleep and barely see the mouse cursor to shut down the computer. Sometimes, I just wake up in the morning with the computer turned on, resulting a bad night with a fuzzy sleep and more tired than I was before I got to sleep, and with some electricity waste in vain for the whole night.

Now, let’s talk about power. The more powerful your computer is, the more electricity it consumes. The amount of electricity consumed by a computer is somewhere between 300-600 watts for desktop computers, and 15-60 watts for laptops. And a powerful gaming computer is using 600 watts/hour, left running 24/7 will cost you about 1000$ a year in electricity – and that is only the computer in your house.

Now here comes Auto Shutdown Pro II to help you make a better management for the usage of your computer. It’s not only that it shuts down your computer when you schedule it to do so, it can block your computer at a specific time of the day, so you can keep your computer safe even if you’re not at home. This “Blocked Time” feature is quite handy if you want your children to do their homework instead of playing video games.

As a illustration for you in order to help you make a better picture of this software: Parents do not want their children to play computer games or text endlessly on Facebook and Yahoo Messenger, chat with unknown strangers on social web sites 24/7 especially through the night. Children may believe that they are indestructible, but parents know better. And what parents do know for sure is that their children have to have their sleep at night. With Auto Shutdown Pro II parents can set absolute limits that guarantee that their children will not be on the computer after bedtime. Auto Shutdown Pro II will keep those computers turned off even when parents are asleep. With Auto Shutdown Pro II, parents get their children back.

So, it will save your money, shutdown your computer, save electricity, and while is also a computer management tool, will make your computer “live longer”.

 

Download Auto Shutdown Pro II

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Corsair Announces New Line of Power Supplies

Corsair power supply

The Enthusiast Series TX V2 is the successor to the award-winning Enthusiast Series TX power supplies, which have won dozens of awards worldwide and received widespread critical and customer acclaim. The TX V2 PSUs offer improved energy efficiency, with 80 PLUS® Bronze certification and European Commission Energy-Related Product (ErP) directive compliance. The improved efficiency results in lower noise levels than the original TX PSUs under typical usage conditions, and a new DC-to-DC converter design provides tighter voltage regulation, with measurably lower ripple and noise. Features carried over from the acclaimed TX PSUs include the use of Japanese capacitors, enthusiast-grade performance, and a comprehensive fixed cable set that accomodates tall PC chassis and multiple-GPU installations.

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