My Microsoft Surface Pro

Earlier this week my new Surface arrived! It is very, very cool and I haven’t stopped using it since it arrived.

Being the Pro one, I installed Visual Studio 2012 already :). At work I did use it a bit, but I have not done any dev yet as I don’t have bluetooth keyboard yet.

The shipping costs where quite high due to me having to import it. I used Amazon, but had to use a Third Party vendor, WorldWide Distributors, as Amazon does not stock the tablet. (the total costs worked out to 2/3 tablet and 1/3 shipping and admin fees) I really feel that the cost was worth it. I can use it as my “normal” desktop as will as a tablet. I an not really a gamer, so the lack of a dedicated graphics card does not really affect me. I also think that the USB port on the side was a good move by Microsoft as I can now plug in my flash drive and/or external hard drive.

I am currently looking into a portable hard drive and a cable for my monitor (as the device has a mini DisplayPort and I have an old DVI monitor). I will probably buy a cheap bluetooth keyboard and mouse until I get one of the Touch/Type Covers (I am actually writing this with that pen).

I have an album on Facebook with some photos of my surface. Yay!

Well anyway, this is just an update, I still want to do some more blogging this months.

Changing Bing Stylesheets

I have never liked Bing’s results page style, it is a decided lack of coloring – or anything for that matter. So, using Google Chrome I tweaked the stylesheet.

Here is the before:

 

Here is the after:

 

And all it took was a little CSS:

#sw_hdr {
    border-bottom: #6190FF 1px solid;
    padding-bottom: 12px;
    background: #DBE6FF;
}
#id_h {
    height: 75px;
    background: #DBE6FF;
}
.sw_bd {
    background: #FFF;
}
.sb_form_go {
    background: #DBE6FF;
    height: 25px;
}
.sb_ph .sb_count {
    color: #777;
}
.sw_logo {
    background-image: url('http://www.logostage.com/logos/bing.png');
    background-color: #DBE6FF;
    background-size: 75px 26px;
}

It is just a tiny splash of colour and everything looks better. I use the different image because I wanted the transparency. Maybe Microsoft will change it a bit and then we can all celebrate by doing a few extra searches – maybe even click on some ads?