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Microsoft band first thoughts

I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago so I bought a band. Here’s my first thoughts:
1. Heavy. It is quite heavy – I feel it when I go running.
2. Battery. Requires charging every 2 days.
3. Waterproof. Cannot handle shower but can handle rain.
4. Heart rate. I’ve noticed big differences between band and and an HRM belt.
5. Pedometer. Big differences between Garmin vivosmart and band – but I am wearing them on different wrists.
6. Cortana. Cant figure out how this works, nor twitter.
7. Music. Why cant I start and stop music?

Things I like:
1. Ecosystem. Its part of the ecosystem so it should get better.
2. Data. It collects a lot of data – including gps when running. Where does it all go? Would be great to have Endomondo interface…
3. Sleep %. Ok one for data freaks but quite interesting to see % efficiency of sleep and how many times you woke up…

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Posted by admin - March 31, 2015 at 22:44

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Technology and the gym

Collection of high end, high tech gym equipment:

  • anti-g running treadmill
  • high altitude cycling & high altitude gym in hypoxico chambers. More theory and some nutty hypoxic swimming techniques.
  • endless swimming pools
  • Plus some very useful blogs
    DC Rainmaker – ultimate gadget triathlon
    ultrarunner girl

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    Posted by admin - May 21, 2013 at 21:57

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    Silicon Valley and Beyond: Technology Tourism

    I recently had a chance to take some time out in January. Apart from snowboarding in Whistler, I did a tour of technology in America. This comes highly recommended if you have the time and money. My itinerary:
    1. New York – I plugged into Ultralight startup event in Microsoft New York
    2. Seattle – only passed through: looking forward to a longer stay later
    3. San Francisco – MoMo at Adobe on Healthcare. Lots of startup action happening in the city, as well as an ever growing tech hub in the city (friend at salesforce.com says it is now much harder to get talent due to the reinvigorated love of San Fran). I love this place: enough outside activities, REI store with fake mountains, brilliant intellectual conversations, infectious tech.
    4. Silicon Valley – I hired a car in San Francisco and based myself in Mountain View at Hampton Inn (Hilton Brand :-)). Brilliant jogging nearby (Steven’s Creek, run past NASA, Microsoft, etc). Trips included Computer History Museum (wow – need at least 3 hours), Intel Museum, Google café visit, the mall :-). Going by car meant that I could see all the sites of the tech giants: linkedin, Microsoft, nokia, apple, etc. Unfortunately only had 3 days, so did not make it down to Cupertino, Oracle, etc.
    5. Houston – chose this because I have a friend living here. Looking back though I should have gone up to Austin, which is meant to be better for tech startup.

    Along the way, I also had sessions with right management, as I was lucky enough to have my previous employer pay for a recruiting outplacement agency, so I decided to use that to understand the employment scene everywhere I went.

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    Posted by admin - April 27, 2013 at 09:00

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    KIA

    I cannot remember too many details about this car. But the fuel consumption was *amazing*. We did 2 return trips to London and 1 across London and it only came to about 13GBP!?

    Summary: 8/10

    Space: 5/10 – trouble fitting our 2 carry ons. car was very small.
    Security: 10/10 – boot contents hidden, central locking easy to use (and automated if I remember)
    Fuel: 11/10 – see above.
    Visibility: 5/10 – no radar, window frames at front cause blindspots, and was hard to see everything backing out
    Sexiness: 2/10 – wife did not like it

    Notes
    Location. Hertz Heathrow, UK. Date: December 2012.

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    Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 12:15

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    Ford Focus 1.6D ZETEC

    Summary: 7/10

    Space: 8/10 – fitted our large suitcase, 1 holdall and 2 carry ons
    Security: 10/10 – boot contents hidden, central locking easy to use (and automated if I remember)
    Fuel: 7/10 – consumption ok, not spectacular. Filling up was a bit of a nightmare, no screw off cap and you had to put the pump end in and then turn 30 degrees anti clockwise before it would fill.
    Visibility: 7/10 – no radar, no obvious blindspots, but was hard to see everything backing out
    Sexiness: 9/10 – quite a few comments from the neighbours who wanted to see the car

    Notes
    Plastic. Car had been crashed on left side before our trip. Somehow this had affected the black plastic that runs under the front and back left passenger doors and it fell off once (!) Seemed simple to clip in and did not fall off again.
    Key. Someone had wrecked the key and the rental tag fell off.
    Location. Hertz Heathrow, UK. Date: Christmas 2012.

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    Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 12:10

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    portable laptop power pack innergie mcubepro

    I travel a lot and companies nowadays don’t replace batteries unless there is only 10 minutes left. So I bought the innergie mCubePro about 1 year ago (I think it was on Finnair, BA or American Airlines – sorry to be so helpful).

    I bought it for use with my Dell Latitude E5410, but it also works with my HP Envy dv6.

    Power rating is 70W. My HP has a 120W powerpack. It says that it is not charging, but if you leave it alone, it does.

    I have used it on the mains, in the car and on the aeroplane. One important thing for the aeroplane is that it requires the empower socket (but nowadays that should be ok). For more info on airplanes check out seatguru.

    There are also tips for many different laptops.

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    Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:57

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    cool 1920×1080 samsung T22B300 monitor

    As I am doing a bit of development now, I wanted to get a proper good (but cheap) monitor.
    I bought the 1920×1080 samsung T22B300 monitor which also has a DVBC and DVBT tuner. Works brilliant with the hdmi on my HP Envy dv6. Unfortunately siloed design comes into play and you cannot have a VGA monitor and HDMI as the connectors cannot both physically fit into the sockets on the computer – doh!

    Only other unfortunate thing is that the remote control also operates my Samsung monitor/TV for my desktop 🙁

    I bought it 169EUR from Gigantti.

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    Posted by admin - January 4, 2013 at 11:50

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    Exporting outlook contacts

    I was trying to export my outlook contacts. I tried to copy/paste them into my hotmail account. However I got an error: “Cannot complete the copy operation. The items may have been moved or deleted, or you may not have sufficient permission.”

    The error is very misleading. What is actually happening is that the form for Outlook is much more extensive than that for hotmail. It cannot find all the fields and therefore says that there is a problem. I did try an export of the data (if I remember right it is in the advanced options of import?!). However that took way too long and I risked losing data.

    So what was the solution? I subscribed to office365… bit costly, but with 3500 contacts in my address book, I think it is worth it…

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    Posted by admin - November 30, 2012 at 18:48

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    gmail and IMAP or how can I sort my emails in gmail?

    I am soon leaving my company. One downside is the loss of Outlook.

    I’ve tried to move over to googlemail. It’s got some distinct advantages, but also some key disadvantages. My key peeve is the inability to sort by something other than date. Whilst the interface is great for access from all sorts of devices, I will still miss Outlook. A temporary fix is the tool that used to be called Outlook Express. This is now called Windows Live Mail 2012, part of Windows Live Essentials.

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    Posted by admin - November 30, 2012 at 18:42

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    Nokia Lumia 820

    Loving my new #Nokia #Lumia #820.

    WHY I LOVE NOKIA LUMIA 820 (as oppose to other win8 phones) – my top 4:
    1. back cover can be removed / replaced… carphone currently selling NFC back cover (& free NFC charge pad)
    2. expandable mini-SD (but see below)
    3. Great screen.
    4. Front facing camera, ready for Skype – if it ever stabilizes

    WHY WP? Basically I love:
    1. motion engineering paradigm. Microsoft guy explained they have motion engineers. This is all about what happens when you interact with the phone, for example the phone swiping, etc.
    2. social integration. This is a really key thing: all my facebook, linkedin, outlook contacts and calendar events in 1 place. Very easy search telling me my interactions with people before I call them
    3. nokia radio. creating my own (multiple) radio mixes of my favourite artists

    GETTING ONE
    Carphone warehouse does sim-free for 380 GBP. My suggestion is ring up the shops and check stock. I got mine from an out of town store near Oxford – they had only received 1 Nokia Lumia 820 and I got it. No other stores in Oxford had stock. Reading had also ran out. The guy in Reading town center said they had sold 20s of units.

    GLITCHES
    1. Distribution. Common story though: Nokia sales distribution channels are very poor in UK, stock is not really reaching shops and sales support is not reaching some of those shops – luckily the phone almost sells itself!
    2. SD card. Few glitches with the mini SD card – some don’t work and I bought a new one with the phone. I bought a sandisk 32Gb originally which did not work – but then carphone warehouse tested in another phone, decided the SD card was fried and replaced it. The new one works fine.
    3. Spotify. Cannot find the app yet – however found all my other apps. Phone seems to be coded to UK marketplace even though I use a Finnish live id (I can download t-mobile app, but not Elisa Viihde).
    4. The carphone warehouse free Win8 upgrade offer did not have the sticker on the box, so not quite sure how that works as I need a code to get that working – luckily the carphone warehouse guy is very good and following up.
    5. Charger. There is a fake plastic earth on the charger plug which did not seem to work on one of my plugs (but worked on the other)
    6. NFC charger. This needs to be delivered to either carphone warehouse or to a UK home address, is shipped by courier and usually arrives in 1-2 days.

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    Posted by admin - November 23, 2012 at 14:06

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