Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Published Articles

It has been quite a while since the last post on my blog. The truth is that I have been focusing my energies on lots of different things.

However, during this year I got a few articles published on The Guardian, Contagious and R/GA Blogs, so I wanted to share them here.

Check them out!

Google Outside: A Storytelling Platform (R/GA Tech Blog)

Is Context the Saviour of Marketing (The Guardian)

The Design Challenge of Wearables (The Guardian)

Beyond the Digital Screen (Contagious)

10 Steps to Effective Creative Prototyping for Agencies (The Guardian)

I hope I’ll get back to writing more here with the new year.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Operating system wasn't found ,try disconnecting drives and press cltr+alt+del to restart

Annoying, isn’t it? I ran into this problem with an old Windows 7 tablet while performing a full restore of Windows 8. Although the Tablet was made for Windows 7, I was able to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview when it came out.

The restore seemed to run just fine, but after restart the tablet run into this issue and I was unable to get it to start Windows again.

I knew I had to boot from a bootable USB image, but the tablet wound not use the USB to boot. Normally, you need would restart and get into the BIOS to change the boot device sequence. However, getting into and navigating the BIOS on a tablet without a keyboard is daunting at best.

I tried several button sequences to no avail. For the sake of reference, here’s how you would navigate the BIOS on a touch device without keyboard:

  • Windows Key held during boot:  BIOS
  • Volume Up (up key): Navigate current page options
  • Volume Down (down key): Navigate current page options 
  • Rotation Lock (enter / select key): Select option
  • Windows Key [In BIOS] (escape / return / go to exit page)
  • Hold Rotation Lock + Volume Up / Volume Down: Navigate tabs/pages

Frustrating enough, I was able to navigate the BIOS, see the boot sequence, but from the Tablet I wasn’t able to change the boot sequence order.

Additionally, there are also a couple of suggestions on how to booth into the recovery partition or connected UBS devices:

  • Hold Volume Up to start the System Recovery Partition
  • Hold Volume Up + Volume Down to change the booting device sequence

However, in my case, the System Recovery didn’t work (missing Windows files) and neither the combination to change the boot sequence.

Finally, I found out that at the bottom of the BIOS exit page, the available boot devices are listed. The connected USB key devices should be there (make sure the USB device is connected before powering on the tablet).

On that page, you can actually step on the USB device and select it with the Rotation Lock button. Doing this, I was able to force the tablet to boot into the USB device and get the Windows installation going.

I hope this saves you some time and helps you bringing your tablet to life again.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Quite a few months since the last written words here on the blog huh? It has been a hectic but amazing year. There are really exiting things coming our way, technology is moving fast!

Anyway, have a peaceful and fun holiday break, and an even better year. See you in 2014!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

BUILD 2013–3D Printers Everywhere

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One of the most eye catching things I saw last week, at Microsoft’s BUILD 2013 conference in San Francisco, was how 3D Printing was everywhere.

As may know, Windows 8.1 brings native, seamless support for 3D printing. You will be able to send your 3D print files directly to a 3D printer just as you currently do with any 2D printer. This is actually amazing, considering that 3D printing is still in its early stages.

BUILD had one big room dedicated to device showcase and partner’s displays, and let me tell you, I have never seen so many different types of 3D printers and so many people into it under one room. Every one was super friendly and willing to share their print-outs, models, advise and services.

I thought that the best way to share this with you, was with as many pictures as possible, so check them out!

Up Mini 3D Printer – Up 3D USA

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Fabster 3D Printer

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Netfabb Private

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Type A Machines

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Cubify 3D Systems

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MakerBot

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Cubify + Kinect Live Printed from a Kinect-scanned person!

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Xbox Music Pass Available on the Web

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Just received an exciting notification from my Xbox Music service communicating that the Xbox Music Pass is now on the web, allowing you to stream millions of songs through your browser, from any device. Best of all? No annoying ads!

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The web streaming service completes the overall cross-device offering. Now you can stream and sync up your music on your Xbox, Tablets, PCs, mobiles and the web, making it one of the most compelling music services in the market. Don’t believe me? Try it for your self. You can get a 30 days trial. I use several other services including Spotify, and although the social features are quite good, I often struggle to find some of my favourite music, specially if it comes from non-English markets.

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You can explore albums, artists, and songs. You can easily browse and jump to specific names and the search works as expected. You have access to all your playlists, and you can create and modify them on the fly. Which means that you can setup your playlists before getting home, in preparation for your dinner party.

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Interesting enough, at home, we are heavily using our Xbox  as an entertainment and music system. It allows us to stream all the music we like, with big screen visualizations and a decent sound system. Sure, it is a subscription service, but so far, it is one of the best-value subscriptions I have.

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Let me know your thoughts about it. And please share your experience with other services to have as a reference.