Surface Book is a Serious Scientific Machine

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  1. sharpuser

    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Surface Book has become my scientific workhorse. I only received it a week ago.

    The first week included a business trip, movie watching, number crunching with Matlab and Excel, playing music from a 132 GB library on SD card, revisiting a Visual Basic 6 project, clipboard mode on an airplane for very pleasant magazine reading, Web browsing from home and from a public Wifi, a bit of geologic mapping, and some sketchwork.

    I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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    What program are you using for those HP calcs?
     
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    Kind of a given. The surface pro is a serious scientific machine, so this wouldn't really be any different. Powerful, portable, versatile.
     
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    Visual Basic 6 project.... you are NOT alone!
     
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    nothing with a low-voltage, dual-core processor is a "scientific workhorse."
     
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    Hi there, @mtalinm,

    The Surface Book is my geophysical workstation.
    I work it like a horse. The horsepower and comfortable saddle allow me to accomplish the work faithfully and in a timely manner.

    I can do the math on that: My scientific workhorse.
     
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    Same for me - I'm a hydrogeologist - I have no problem with running modelling and calculations software.
     
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    I have a surface pro 3. sure for light calculations it is fine, but it can't compete with a quad-core full-voltage machine
     
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    I get up to Calgary and Edmonton from Seattle all of the time. The oil companies up there are taking a royal beating.
     
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    Tell me about it ... :( Luckily I'm working in the environmental part of this business and there are to many spills and old skeletons to clean ...
     
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    The first ten days with my Surface Book have been very productive. I'm glad about this purchase.
    Though @mtalinm say it is wrong for me because it is not "quad-core and full-voltage", I like it because it gets the job done, and plays my tunes while I work. I spent much of today streaming my music to a Bluetooth speaker across the room.
    Critics could always play "topper" and name some features any given machine does not provide, but this one is mine, not theirs. :) To each, his own!
     
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    Updated to Build 10586 today. Running smoothly. No watermark on bottom-right of screen.

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