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Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is CSO of Linchpin People and SQLPeople, an SSIS Trainer, Consultant, and developer; a Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) developer; SQL Server database and data warehouse developer, community mentor, engineer, and farmer. He is a co-author of SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns and Managing Geeks - A Journey of Leading by Doing, and author of the Stairway to Integration Services.

I Touched a Screen (and I Liked it)

StevieAndTheSurfaceThis is a picture of my son, Stevie Ray, learning SQL on my Surface Pro 2. I bought the Surface Pro 2 the day it was released. I didn’t pre-order it because I wanted to read what others had to say about it first. I’m an early-adopter, but not the earliest of adopters.

I did not like it at first. “Why not, Andy?” I’m glad you asked. The form factor was the culprit. That, combined with the touch keyboard, nearly did me in.

I took the advice of some friends with Surface 1’s and bought the type keyboard. That helped immensely. In fact, I am typing this post from the Surface and experiencing the usual amount of typos and corrections. After a few weeks, I am starting to enjoy the form factor. I’m getting older and had to adjust the screen resolution some, but finding a comfortable viewing resolution wasn’t difficult.

Anyone familiar with Windows 8 will have no difficulty with the Surface Pro. It’s a Windows machine, and runs all the software that will run on my laptop. I am learning more about SkyDrive integration and I like what I’m learning. I’ve been a Dropbox user for a while and use it for things like storing primordial blog posts across machines.

I’ve used less than half of the 112GB available on the C: drive of this 128GB model. That’s a little surprising to me.

I like the backlit type keyboard 2. My Lenovo W530 spoiled me with it’s keyboard lighting; I use the backlit keys the most because I prefer working in less-lit spaces.

All in all, I like the Surface; and my fondness increases the more I use it.


Published Friday, November 15, 2013 10:54 PM by andyleonard

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ReizSpektrum said:

Join to the club. I bought my Surface Pro 2 last weekend and I like it. I have to acclimatice to Windows 8(.1), but sooner or later I will like it too.

(I will try to post some experiences at

November 19, 2013 3:04 PM

Robert Bishop said:

SkyDrive integration across Windows devices is amazing.  I love the fact that I can drop a file in SkyDrive at work and then later find it on my laptop, Windows Phone, home computer and my Surface.  

December 6, 2013 10:54 AM

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