A client recently purchased a couple of Surface Pro 2 devices and needed some help getting them set up.
I’d got everything as I wanted and was just about to hand them back when my phone rang. I took the call and by the time I came back the device had gone into standby mode.
I turned it back on and I couldn’t use the network drives. After looking further I was unable to even see the wireless network I’d been happily connected to the for the last few hours.
After a restart it all worked fine again.
I left it to go back into standby mode again and sure enough the same problem occurred.
Since it was pretty clear this was to do with the wireless network card and standby mode that was the first place to check.
I’m not sure if this is because of Surface itself or the wireless access point it was connected to or a combination of both but I didn’t have any trouble after this.
Firmware and Windows were fully up to date.
If this comes up again I may look at updating the network card drivers separately but since this sorted it I was happy enough.
This weekend marked two months since I last wrote anything here. It’s not exactly by accident.
In my 2013 round up post I mentioned there had been some very bad news in the wider Parkes family. It took a little while for this to fully sink in but it made me think about exactly what’s important to me and how I prioritise certain things.
There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week and I want to spend as much of that time with the people who are important to me, enjoying life and doing things I enjoy.
Of course there is still that balancing act between putting in the hours at work because enjoying life costs money!
What that has meant though is tweaking how I make use of time and shifting priorities around certain things. Writing here is an example. If I’ve got an hour free and the choice might be between writing something or kicking a football in the garden with the kids then these days the blog post loses every time.
It’s a pretty simple example but it stretches across into work too. We’ve had a particularly busy period recently so I’ve done my best not to increase my own workload by getting involved in certain things and drop other areas altogether. (I have a bad habit of not being able to say no that I’ve been trying to work on for some time)
I’m also effectively off Twitter at the moment – I check there a couple of times a week at the moment as I’d find myself “having a quick look” and before I knew it an hour was gone.
It’s working out ok at the moment.
So this post is really going anywhere else but it’s something I wanted to get out of my head. Doing that here has worked pretty well for me before.
If you do want to take anything away then please do believe when I say you have no idea what could happen tomorrow. Terrible and tragic things can and do happen to good people. Make the most of the time you have with the people you love.