Nokia Lumia in Concordia University, Montreal


Okay, I find this quite fascinating. In Concordia University, I have been noticing that there are a lot of people with Windows phones. I hear the familiar notification sounds that are so unique to Windows phones throughout the university.

So the other day, I was hanging out with some people after class, talking about anime, video games, art, and tech. Then I noticed that one of the person in our group took out her phone. It was a Windows phone. I asked her which one is it. She promptly replied Lumia 920. It was a high end smartphone, indeed, with a fantastic camera. By comparison, I have a low end Lumia 520, which–might I add–I am very happy with, Alhamdullillah.

Oh, and one more thing. She had Cortana pinned to the Start screen. So she did upgrade the OS to Windows Phone 8.1. Maybe I should tell her about the Preview for Developers program, which gets us more updates more quickly, including the Start screen folders feature.


Apple iPad 4 versus Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Academic, Technology

Instructor: RL Malcolm

Illinois Central College

Date: February 19, 2013

Apple iPad 4 versus Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

The choice to purchase something, particularly an expensive product, is, or at least should be, based on good research and thoughtful process. What makes the product worth the money or investment? What kinds of need or desire does the product help fulfill. But when the choice is about picking out the right product from various options, the question becomes that of a comparison. Which product is worth more money or investment, and which one fulfills a need or desire better? The choice between getting a fourth generation Apple iPad or a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is one such example. Both devices are tablets that are around ten inches and priced starting $500. They weigh similar and have essentially the same thickness. What, then, determines which device one should purchase? The answer lies in the use case and the demography of the user. How a user primarily intends to use the device or what might be his profession will play a key role in the deciding factor of choosing between the iPad and the Surface.

Windows 8 is Coming

Academic, Technology

Windows 8 will allow us transition to an era where we see and use personal computers differently. The way we use PCs today is a usage paradigm that dates back since the early 90s. However, Windows 8, which will be released the fall of 2012, will completely change PCs as we know today. Touch will become a very common factor for using personal computers, along with mouse and keyboard. Using and maintaining PCs will become much easier and safer, data and settings will all be in the “cloud”, and sharing photos and other items of interest on social networks will become ever more integrated.