Episode 024-eh – A Podcast eh

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00:00 Intro

  • Welcome to the show
  • Special guest star Sean Kearney
  • Word of the Week is “Power Shell”
  • My PowerShell Script is Still Running – a radio play
  • Interview with Thomas Rayner

03:00 My Powershell Script is still Running

  • Colin suggested we produce an episode called “Smith Busters” with a video in the style of “Myth Busters”, or as we called it “Smith Busters”. This seemed like a great idea, but the mount of effort required to product a Video seemed too much, so we created a radio play.

  • Here are the tests that we performed in our Radio Play / Podcast. The tablet kept on working!!!! Listen to our Podcast Episode 024 – Smith Busters – we hope you have as much fun listening as we had making it!

  • Frozen Tablet – The first test we did was to put the tablet in a bucket of snow and leave it at sub-zero temperature all day.

  • Cold and Wet Start – In Canada we’ve all left our computers in the car overnight and they’ve been frozen – but what we normally do is let them acclimatize to the warmer weather and humidity for an hour or two! In this case we turned it on and then put it back into the freezer for a while.

  • Steam Bath – We made a little sauna out of very hot and wet towels with the Tablet straight out of the freezer – while still running. After about 15 minutes we took it out of the freezer and it was still running. I’m not sure where Colin came up with the idea of a Cooler Sauna – but that’s how we made it! And again the warm and moist tablet kept working.

  • Rain – We then sprayed it with water – more than I wanted too, less than Colin wanted too – but I’m the one Dell had the address and phone number of!
  • Drop Test – The sounds that a ruggedized tablet that you have one loan makes when it hits the floor is entirely different that the sound my iPad made when it fell off the deck I was constructing last summer. The result was completely different too – the Dell just kept working – but my iPad screen broke into a thousand pieces costing me $150 to get it repaired.

  • Met other members of Surface Nation!
  • Real people really use the Microsoft Surface – not just Geeks!

07:00 – Interview with Thomas Rayner

Surface Labs

  • Thomas Rayner is an information technology, entrepreneurship and leadership enthusiast with a penchant for Microsoft tools and products. Thomas is a proud graduate of several programs at NAIT, an institution that he remains actively connected to. He is a Systems Administrator with Alberta Blue Cross.


  • Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/thomasrayner/ and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ThmsRynr
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