Living with the Surface RT [Day 100]

Surface RT

I have hit 100 days with the Surface RT and I can say that they only thing about it that has been an uphill struggle has been this blog (only at times!). I certainly would have liked it to be more educational that it has been but attempting to blog daily has limited that. Id on’t intend to stop blogging, but I do not intend beyond today to blog on a daily (or attempt) basis but I do feel that this entry should look back at what I have tried to do and where i still/want to go with the Surface RT.

  1. Connecting wirelessly to another display
  2. Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (made some headway – Bluetooth only real solution from a cost perspective, and so far not needed to!)
  3. Finding at least one good app (and free) for all categories (a bit ambitious now the categories have expanded i.e. sport & government not my thing!)
  4. Trying to write this blog from the Surface itself (setup has been on a PC, entries have been on an iPhone 5)
  5. Not writing this blog retrospectively (which it has up till now!)
  6. Purchase & use a stylus

I still have a few projects/research pieces involving the Surface RT that will be a part of this blog.

  • Tethering to my phone for when I cannot get Wifi (from my original list above)
  • Micro HDMI to mini HDMI adapter (on order)
  • VGA adapter (on order)
  • Working with whole groups of students and staff to utilise tablets in the classroom

I do have to say that I have not powered up my works laptop since July 2013, the Surface RT has been a great replacement and the abilities it has serves it well:

  • light
  • portable
  • Small form factor
  • Amazing battery Life
  • Productive (especially love office and OneNote app)
  • App store is starting to mature


I am going to have to dust off the laptop, if only because I’m teaching game engines and the software is on my laptop ready to utilise. I am still holding out hope that miracast will come to the Surface RT (although knowing it not coming), but overall I don’t see myself being drawn back to the iPad.

In fact I would probably be persuaded to move onto a Surface Pro or similar tablet/laptop device.



Resources & Support for the Surface RT

Hang on a minute……

  • I want to sort out my bookmarks of videos, tips, guides, etc
  • they could help out others new to the Surface RT, why duplicate the work!
  • IT are not able to support personal equipment (rightly so) and I bet they get more than the odd impromptu corridor stop!
  • it could start to foster a community that supports itself

If only I had a platform to throw it up on… MOODLE! So a little careful thinking and the sections are taking shape. A courtesy email to the head of IT to see if he is ok with it and willing to disseminate the link – thankfully he is 🙂

So the link is out there. I have all my resources organised, a link to numerous blogs (including this one), RSS feeds, tweets, a forum, etc.

I realise that I’m actually creating a Moodle course that covers a lot of content. Plus a good opportunity to dust of an old blog and repurpose it. It’s also stopped me from drumming my fingers (I Am finding it tough to love Moodle blogs).