Archive | December, 2013

PhotoSynth 2 Preview

12 Dec

The new version of PhotoSynth has been released as a preview, and now offers walk, spin, panorama and wall modes, but loses the zoomed source photo functionality that I’m particularly fond of (apparently it doesn’t work so well in a “touch first” world, but they may add it later.

It’s still in beta, but well worth a look, see http://photosynth.net/preview/

My efforts can be found at http://photosynth.net/preview/users/Imorital , let me know what you think in the comments below.

Blackwall Basin Wall by Imorital on Photosynth

Blackwall Basin Walk by Imorital on Photosynth

Canary Wharf Panorama by Imorital on Photosynth

Blackwall Basin Spin by Imorital on Photosynth

Killing A Surface Pro 2

11 Dec

In my previous post, Killing Windows 8, I wrote about how I had managed to de-activate the copy of Windows installed on my Surface Pro 2, and how I was waiting for a response from Microsoft customer support.

Yesterday I contacted them and they called me back with an update.

Apparently the Windows key had not been injected into the BIOS of my device, so the only way to rectify this issue is to replace the device.

That’s right – they couldn’t send me a new key to activate Windows.

Nope, only a new device will do.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly mind. It’s a little inconvenient, but hardly the end of the world. But really Microsoft, if this really a cost effective way of fixing this problem, after all a new key for Media Center only costs $10, significantly less than the UPS shipping alone I suspect.

Still, I suppose if it is a manufacturing problem this is for the best.

Perhaps my lack of success with Miracast will be resolved too?

Never mind.