Recycle Lumia 635 battery to use as spare for Lumia 950

My Lumia 950 phone is great and with a 3000mAh battery it lasts quite a while. But sometimes I like to carry around a spare battery. Rather than buy a spare, I had some old Lumia 635 batteries (1830mAh) which are a bit smaller and thought they might work in my 950. The electrical contacts... Continue Reading →


Surface Book/Book 2, Surface Pro 3/Pro 4/Pro 2017, Surface Laptop, and docking station power supplies

Many folks on Reddit and were interested in the various power supply options for 2015 and later Surface products. Here is a list of frequently asked questions followed by power supply specs and product links. Which USB Type-C chargers work with the Surface Book 2? Any charger that is USB Power Delivery 2.x/3.x compliant... Continue Reading →

Surface Pro 2017 / Pro 4 / Pro 3 – VESA-mounted ergonomic docking station

Don't have access to a 3D-printer or public maker space and still want an ergonomic VESA-mount? Order yours at   This quick guide steps through the process to build a VESA-mounted vertical docking station for the Surface Pro using the brick-shaped Microsoft Surface Dock. Why a VESA mount? Reduces neck and eye strain by bringing your... Continue Reading →

Sneak Preview of SP4 dock

Ready to use your Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4 with the newer brick-shaped MS dock for smooth portrait docking? With this latest prototype no disassembly is required so you can keep your warranty. Its just 6 plastic parts and some nuts and bolts making assembly quick! Download the design files from GitHub:   Full... Continue Reading →

Surface Dock teardown (brick-shaped dock for SP3/SP4/SurfaceBook)

[I'm a Surface Fanatic. I *love* all the Surface devices, accessories, and the rich ecosystem built around this brand. I also love tearing devices apart. So in the spirit of my last teardown series lets do a teardown of the new brick-shaped Surface Dock.] Tools pliers T6 torx screwdriver 1/8" slot screwdriver Disclaimer Opening your... Continue Reading →

Surface Book/Book2, Surface Pro 3/4/2017 – high-dpi multi-monitor optimization regkey for alternate 3:2 aspect ratio resolutions

[Can't decide what Surface docking hardware to buy? Click for a comparison of many popular docking options.] [Setting up a live Surface demo using the scaling tweak and Vertical Surface Docks at the Seattle Maker Faire (EMP Museum/MoPop)] Here is the optimization in action: The Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 2017, and Surface Book have 3:2 aspect... Continue Reading →

3-in-1 Dock – A Microsoft Garage Project for Surface Pro 3

[Updated design works for Surface Pro 2017/Surface Pro 4/Surface Pro 3 and preserves your warranty:   At the //build conference earlier this year, we showed a sneak peek of the 3-in-1 Dock for Surface Pro 3. The response has been so positive to our point of view on multi-monitor/tablet integration that we've decided to release the... Continue Reading →

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