Michelle Lee

Guest blog by Chris Karaffa, Lenovo Advocate As a long-time business user of the X1 Carbon, I was very excited to see the new X1 unveiled at CES 2014.  A little background: I was issued an X1C accidentally when everyone else was being issued mainly T-series and the random L-series or X-series other than the X1.  Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gladly accepted.  Just based on form-factor alone, it looked like the perfect notebook for me.  I spend a decent amount of my time traveling and presenting in front of moderately-sized groups. However, there were some immediate growing pains that I had to overcome.  In order to shrink a very capable notebook to this size, one must sacrifice certain things: An optical drive – No big deal.  It’s a dying medium, anyway, right? VGA/DVI/HDMI outputs – I am constantly using multiple displays or a projector, but I’ll just make do with the miniDP port, I suppose. Ethernet – Wireless is where it’s at, and well, it did come with a USB-to-Ethernet dongle in case I absolutely must use it (albeit at USB 2.0 speeds). Smart Card Reader – Well that kind of sucks, but I always use a USB card reader, I guess. Furthermore, there are only two USB ports on the older X1—one 2.0 and one 3.0.  So with one always occupied with a smart card reader (partially pictured on the left, above), and one occupied with a wireless mouse...

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Guest blog post by Andreas Gotthelf, Lenovo INfluencers. #GivingTuesday may be over, but that doesn't mean we should just stop giving to those in need. In Germany we don't have special days like Giving Tuesdays, because we don't have Black Friday Deals as in America, but it is quite usual in Germany to raise funds for charities on- and offline during December and the upcoming holiday season. Local charities in Germany, like many other countries, often do not have the budget to buy the newest gadgets. Knowing this, you can easily guess how happy the teenagers at “Jugendtreff Gelmer” (a local Youth Centre in Germany open for kids and teenagers from 6 to 21 years) were after receiving their Yoga Tablet from Lenovo. Jugendtreff Gelmer The provider of this Youth Centre is a friendly society called “Schule, Jugend, Kids & Co e.V.” located in Muenster, Germany. The Youth Centre in Gelmer is a place where young people can meet and participate in indoor activities such as table soccer, table tennis or video games and a wide variety of outdoor activities like soccer and basketball. The Gelmer Youth Centre is led by both professional and experienced voluntary leaders and they guide the children and teenagers in building lasting friendships and a sense of community by having unique experiences during the various activities. It is open four times a week and the youth will be able to learn cooking and baking or just playing...

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Guest blog by Shawn Fennell, Lenovo employee. Passing by a child visibly dealing with treatment for an illness or living with a disability, many thoughts can come rushing to your head. You wonder what is the “right” thing to do. You’re not a bad person, but you don’t know how your actions will be received. I know. I’ve been on both sides. I was a disabled child myself, battling juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Thankful that my own children are healthy, my passion today is to make a difference in the lives of others. Over the last 10 years, many children have inspired me in this pursuit. Some I’ve crossed paths with anonymously; others I have grown to know very well and I now proudly call them “friend.” My name is Shawn Fennell. I’ve been working as a Lenovo employee for over eight and a half years, as a Senior Account Executive serving Lenovo’s Enterprise clients in the Northeast, United States.  I manage Lenovo relationships and interests of Enterprise accounts and their affiliated companies and divisions worldwide. I was hired by IBM, actually for only one day, before the Lenovo acquisition of IBM’s PC Division, back in April of 2005.  Prior to joining Lenovo, I was the owner of a technology solutions company, an IBM Business Partner, located in Rhode Island, USA for fifteen years. I’m a proud Lenovian and I’m humbled by my company’s support of my mission to...

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Guest blog by We Are Social. Adieu 2013! This year-end, we’re taking everyday items and transforming them into useful gadgets and gizmos for the holiday season. Send out your New Year greetings by creating personalized e-cards on your tablet. Haven’t got a stylus? That’s where your leftover potato chip bag comes in. LIST OF ITEMS YOU’LL NEED: STEP 1: Find a pen with a metal casing. STEP 2: Cut across the potato chip bag. STEP 3: Snip off a strip of foil. STEP 4: Trim the foil and tape it around the tip of your pen, not covering the full metal casing. STEP 5: Ensure your fingers are in touch with the metal casing when using the stylus. Draw and write away!

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Guest blog by We Are Social. Hello Holidays! We think there’s no better way to get ready for the season than whipping up some DIY projects with your family and friends. From decorating, caroling to card-making, we’ve got a whole series of Holiday Hacks lined up for you. For a start, cosy up at home with your loved ones while catching your old-time favourite movie, with your very own smartphone projector. LIST OF ITEMS YOU’LL NEED: TIP: Before you begin, spray or black tape the inside walls of your shoebox to get the best image quality. STEP 1: Trace the outer edge of the magnifying glass on the shortest length of the shoebox. STEP 2: Using a penknife, carve out the outline you have just traced. STEP 3: Remove the handle from the magnifying glass and align the lens with the hole. Apply duct tape all around the edge of the lens and ensure it is tightly secured to the box. STEP 4: To make a stand for your smartphone, bend 2 paperclips into the shapes shown in the visual and secure them together with duct tape. STEP 5: Lock your phone’s screen and flip it upside down to rest against the paperclip stand. Position your smartphone in the box as shown in the visual. It would take a number of attempts to get the focal length right. Shift the phone back and forth inside the box until the projected image is focused. Upon finding a good range, you can enlarge the size of your projected image by increasing the distance...

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