I <3 my new Macbook Pro Retina with Crane Stand Pro

Being that I have the absolute worse neck, shoulders, and upper back problems; I’ve been relentlessly searching for a “real” notebook stand for my MacBook Pro Retina. I was primarily looking for one where I could adjust the height to where the top of my notebook’s screen was eye level to be ergonomic compliant (http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html). I finally found the Crane Stand Pro from Crane Hardware (http://www.cranehardware.com/product_info.php/products_id/31).

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Note: Can’t see my screen in the 1st picture because of my 3M Privacy Filter for MacBook Pro Retina (http://store.apple.com/us/product/HA743ZM/A/3m-15-privacy-filter-for-macbook-pro-with-retina-display), which also works great by the way.

It’s also great because my entire Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/natural-ergonomic-desktop-7000/WTA-00001#details) keyboard can fit under it. This is extremely important for the coders out there, since doing so allows you to minimize the distance from your eyes to the screen, pretty much keeping the same distance from the screen to your eyes as if you weren’t using a stand. Being that I am using a MacBook Pro Retina with a resolution of 2880×1800, this is uberly important, so that I can still see my code while working within Visual Studio. This was also after already trying out the following stands:

Last but not least another great quality of this stand is that it has two points of adjustment, as well as one for the viewing angle.

Anyhow, this stand comes high recommended for developers that are coding on their laptops in in an environment where you might not be at home and don’t have your big screens, in my case, when I’m at the office.

Happy Coding…! 🙂

TwilioCON 2012 Developer & Doers @ San Francisco, CA – Day 1

Had an awesome day yesterday @ TwilioCON 2012 here at San Francisco, CA. Attended some pretty interesting key notes and lab sessions. I really appreciate some of the new features added especially working with call queues (http://www.twilio.com/voice/features/queue) with Twilio Client (http://nuget.org/packages/Twilio.Client).

The demo of full browser soft phone was totally awesome, and having almost full Twilio Client ability on the client side as you would on the server side was also rocked! As day one of TwilioCon 2012 was wrapping up and I started packing, guess what?! Saw Scott Guthrie and fellows walk through the door, will keep you guys posted on what this is about in tomorrows blog, or you can keep an eye on my Twitter (http://twitter.com/lelong37) for updates on this.

Last but not least thanks for the Twilio VIP Dinner invite, had a blast!

Attending Microsoft Cloud Summit: Windows Azure and Beyond‬ in Dallas, TX!

Attending Microsoft Cloud Summit: Windows Azure and Beyond‬ in Dallas, TX.

New Azure Portal UI rocks…!

Thought this was an interest converation during the developer session dinner between my friend Noah a C# MVP and a VB.NET MVP while Tom and I tune in. Since we’re graced with the opportunity to be at the dinner table why not record it!