Mark Deakin

#GeekinDeakin

Mark Deakin

  • Getting the small screen on the big screen

    Over the last few months I have been playing about with a few small gadgets, in particular the type that project your screen onto the TV. As an iPad and iPhone owner for a number of years, I was an avid user of Apple TV which worked great when I was part...
  • 'Windows' where you don't expect

    At the minute there is a lot of news about the 'internet of things' from Nest to Google Glass to the recently announced Android Wear. The 'internet of things' in the next big thing without at doubt, so much so that if I understand correctly...
  • 100 Months of Microsoft

    This month I celebrate 100 months of working at Microsoft so I thought it might be interesting for me to look back and see what's happened during my time here. I am sure I will have missed a few important events, but these are the ones that came to...
  • Is there space for the 8 inch tablet?

    How we got here There was a time when a Windows Personal Computer was exactly that, a box sitting under your desk and if you wanted something to use when out and about then you purchased a mobile. Later on came the laptop, which meant you could take...
  • Xbox One

    Just in case you didn't hear, the Xbox One was launched last Friday and I managed to pre-order one. There have been countless reviews on the hardware and games so I am not going to cover either of those, instead I am going to share with you some of my...
  • Accessing my 'Big Data' with PowerQuery and PowerMap

    One of the great things about Office 2013 is that it includes something called 'Self-service Business Intelligence' which allows mere data-crunching-mortals like you or I to play with data through a tool that we understand i.e. Excel. After watching a...
  • Common misconceptions about Office 365 (as discovered at IPExpo)

    Last week I spent a few days at IPExpo talking to partners big and small about Office 365 and I wanted to cover a few of the areas that came up repeatedly. Office 365 isn't selling that well is it? People want to own the software and service? Office...
  • Home is where the heart is

    Over the last six years, a lot has happened in my life and it's taught me a 3 simple things. 1. True friends and your family are worth their weight in gold, never take them for granted 2. Enjoy life as you never know what's going to happen. Don...
  • Windows 8.1 - One month on

    After installing Windows 8.1 in July and with the impending final release in of the final code in August, I thought it might be a good idea to review how thing went since my initial post..... what have I noticed the most? Split screen - This really...
  • Windows 8.1 on my Surface RT - First impressions

    Last night I finally completed the install of Windows 8.1 preview on my Surface RT (there is a UK version now). I have retweeted a number of articles but thought I would add a few words on my own first impressions. Set the background picture for...
  • Patterns start to Surface

    Back in October I bought the Microsoft Surface RT and popped the iPad on ebay. 7 months later I thought it might be good to look back to see if it was the right choice for me. Work Microsoft Surface is touted as a work device in part, easy to see...
  • Wedding OneNote Wonder

    With the recentish announcement of Google Keep ( https://drive.google.com/keep/ ), the note taking solution from Google, I thought I might share the unsung wonder that is Microsoft OneNote. I am getting married in August to my fiancée Ilona...
  • "Dont know what you've got 'til it's gone"

    Although a fleeting visit (unless Nokia want to furnish the Vodafone UK Microsoft Partner Manager with a permanent device), using the Nokia Lumia 820 has reminded me of what I miss buy having a Windows Phone 7.8 device only. Lockscreen lovelyness ...
  • Nokia Lumia 820 Trial - First impressions

    The guys at @nokia_connects were kind enough to send me a Nokia 820 to trial this week so I thought I would try and do another series of posts (but perhaps less than before). Form factor As a previous iPhone owner and a current Nokia Lumia 800 owner...
  • Three Screens? Does it matter?

    A while back I decided to set my lock screen on my Lumia 800 (with the WP 7.8 update) to the Bing homepage wallpaper. At the same time I downloaded the 'Bing my lockscreen' app on my Surface. This, along with a few other apps, have tied my phone, tablet...
  • Office 365 Home Premium - Worth it?

    Recently Microsoft announced the availability of Office 2013 for Home users, the naming is a little confusing but it's worth taking a moment to understand. First thing to understand is that 'Office 365 Home Premium' is not the all the server side stuff...
  • Tips and Tricks for Windows Surface

    For me, one of the great things about Windows 8, particularly on the Surface, is that there are lots of tips and tricks out on there on how to 'hack' or 'improve' the experience. Some might say that if you need a 'hack' to enable a feature then why not...
  • iPad vs Surface - Over before it started

    As a quick recap, after three years of purchasing iOS devices, cracks started to form in my Apple ecosystem and I sold our iPhones and replaced them with Nokia Lumia 800's. However I still had my lovely iPad, surely that wouldn't get replaced? Ilona...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 - In Summary

    I wasn't sure how to best summarise my time with the Nokia Lumia 920. Do I compare it to an iPhone? Do I compare it to my Lumia 800? How do I even know what is 'good' or 'bad' for a phone? If I have learnt anything from my three years of owning Apple...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 - And the rest

    Well, as you can tell, I kind of lost track of time and missed a few blog posts. To help with Google (or Bing) and it's mountain of pages to search, I am going to keep the remainder of my daily posts I had planned to one post. This one :) In the car...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Day 8 - The Nokia added extras

    As you would expect, the Nokia Lumia 920 has all of the positives and negatives that any other phone running Windows Phone 8 has, given they all run the same Windows Phone 9 operating system. Nokia however have added some little extras in order to separate...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Day 7 - Kids corner

    Kids corner is new to Windows Phone 8 and therefore new to the Nokia 920. What a genius thing it is too! The first time you start Kids Corner, it asks you to pick a name and picture for your kid (I decided Ilona was going to be the 'child' in this...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Day 6 - Working with Windows 8

    The one obvious theme through Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8 is the metro interface. Most people I have spoken too, even those that have used ios like myself, find the personalised interface experience refreshing and less clinical than the 'rows...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Day 4 and 5 - Something for the weekend

    This weekend we had friends over. I took this as an opportunity to get someone else to take a look at the phone. Matthew has had a number of Apple devices over the years. I have copied in his comments below but interesting to see him concerntrating...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Day 3 - Application availability

    Having had the Nokia 920 for a few days now, I thought I would take a look at the application availability. It wont surprise you to hear that all of the applications I had on my Lumia 800 (Windows Phone 7.5) also exist on the Nokia 920 with (Windows...