Lenovo Thinkpad x130e rugged little notebook 5

Lenovo Thinkpad x130e rugged little notebook
So about the time I upgraded to the now less the great Lenovo U400 I also found a great deal on Lenovo’s outlet site  for a Lenovo 11.6″ x130e. This little rugged laptop is practically a net-book , but it’s larger 11.6″ display coupled with a sturdy proven design, appealed to me for making this my portable PC. It’s definitely been built with rugged use in mind, ...

watching the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon 13

watching the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
  I had the opportunity to visit some friends near San Francisco , and got a chance to watch live the 33rd edition of the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. This is an fantastic spectator race with a very scenic backdrop , SF bay , the bridge and of course Alcatraz Island. The Race The race is a modified Olympic distance ...

importance of running on soft surfaces 5

importance of running on soft surfaces
Running can be a fun sport, be let’s be frank its hard on the legs, the pounding which can place around 600 lbs. of load for each foot strike  is not the most pleasant experience. While a running is a  natural part of the human gait, it  can break down our legs pretty hard when we ...

Maximize Android Battery Life – 3 proven strategies 5

Maximize Android Battery Life - 3 proven strategies
I have had android phones since the the original HTC Google Nexus (2010), coming previously from a blackberry curve , I have always been disappointed with battery life. Where my pseudo “smartphone” blackberry curve could go 3-4 days before a charge, my new nexus at the time struggled to get in a a whole 24-hour day. It was no surprise a full-screen ...

Pro tip Staying tied: Running prevent shoe laces coming undone 5

Pro tip Staying tied: Running prevent shoe laces coming undone
Here’s a quick little tidbit that I just came across. One of the most annoying, and irritating things about running (particularly in races) is when your laces come undone. No matter how many knots double, triple, some laces (I’m talking about you Suacony Kinvera) just seem to yearn to beak free and get loose at the most inopportune ...

Future of high-speed travel is not by air but by “rail” 8

Future of high-speed travel is not by air but by
The more you live the more you realize how things change. While your going through it,change sometimes seems to take forever but only when we reflect back does it seem so obvious and apparent. Oddly  one area of change that hasn’t progressed much since my birth in the early seventies is that of high-speed travel, ...

Why no Prize-linked savings accounts… 2

Why no Prize-linked savings accounts...
How many of you out there have heard of the Powerball ? Megaball? MegaMillions? or any other of the hundreds of lotteries and games? now, how many have heard of prize-linked savings accounts? Not many, there’s a simple reason, that’s because they don’t really exist here in the U.S. (there are a couple experiments see ...

Lenovo U400 Laptop: Review

Lenovo U400 Laptop: Review
So I was in the market for a new laptop, my trusty R61i Thinkpad had served me well for many years, so I was a big fan of Lenovo. I decided to skip the next series of thinkpads (they were a looking a little too boxy) and wanted the more sleek ideapad line , plus ...

Code Sample: PHP Backup MySQL and files to Dropbox 16

Code Sample: PHP Backup MySQL and files to Dropbox
Most web hosts have the ability via their control panel to offer an entire site backup , and this is the minimal functionality you  should consider. Generally there’s a site backup link within the control panel that create a tar ball (.zip file)  of the entire site and its contents. then you can email,or simply download ...