SMRPodcast #139: Where’s my Bike

by Rod on October 17, 2012 · 1 comment

by Rod on October 17, 2012 · 1 comment


Episode #139 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download.  This week we talk Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 RT.  Both Rod and Chris have already ordered their devices, but, Robb is holding out for the full Windows 8 Surface device.

We also go off on a tangent about stolen bicycles from our childhood, the RedBull Skydive, and the ridiculous New York Times article about BlackBerry devices and how their owners feel about having them.  We’ve got all this plus our picks in this weeks episode of the SMRpodcast…

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Show Details

  • Recorded: October 16th, 2012
  • Published: October 17th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 23min 00sec



Opening Thoughts

  • We jump right into the announcement of Microsoft Surface RT

There is a lot of energy and excitement on the show today because of Surface RT

  • Chris confirms that he ordered a 64GB Surface RT
  • Rod Confirms that he ordered one too
  • Robb says that he is not interested in the RT Model

We debate whether or not the RT tablets will make sense for consumers

  • Robb believes that people  will pay more for a full Windows 8 Tablet
  • Rod presses Robb on what is considered successful and what is a failure
  • Chris thinks Robb is missing a section of people that will be fine with an RT device

Microsoft has a few more announcements this week

  • Chris talks about Xbox Music and the new Xbox Dashboard update
  • Rod says he would consider using the Xbox Music service
  • Robb has a complaint about the new service

Other Stories

  • We recap one of Rod’s worst moments
  • Chris and Robb get into a Movie discussion
  • The Lumia 900 tethering worked great this weekend

Picks of the Week

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  • bdegrande

    One subject that came up was if you have a lot of iTunes music with DRM and want to switch to another service. Microsoft’s or whichever – I don’t use iTunes for music, I use Amazon’s Cloud Drive/Cloud Player, which I can access from anywhere, even my PlayBook. If you get iTunes Match once ($25 a year), you can convert all of your old DRM songs to higher bit rate versions without DRM – a very good deal compared to 30 cents a song if you have a lot of music.

    I’m still chuckling at you guys believing that the Surface Pro will be a “no compromise” tablet. This is going to be fun to watch. Hint: look at Paul Thurrott’s latest “What I Use” column and see his opinion of the Windows 7 tablet he is now using.