Feeling At Home in New Places

running in snow – icebug

These are the greatest invention ever: icebugs

They are shoes that allow you to run in the snow and ice, using retractable spikes. They are also waterproof. Only disadvantages:
1. heels are soft, so hard to get on and off without doing the shoe laces up
2. arch support (for me) was not so good.

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Posted by admin - November 17, 2012 at 21:53

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hellofax – evernote fax service

This week I came up against one of the old world problems. I wanted to reverse some BA points on my frequent flyer card. I rang up BA. They said I needed to send a fax (I gave up right away on the other option, send a letter). Unbelievable. Their back office has no external email, you cannot ring them, you need to send a fax!? Of course they are not the only service that still requires fax (my French bank for example).

I’ve looked at so many of these services, but none of them come close to what I want: something cheap to send the occasional fax when I really cannot do anything else. Well here’s the latest I am trying (as part of Evernote): http://www.hellofax.com/

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Posted by admin - November 17, 2012 at 21:47

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is hgvc good?

There’s a few time shares out there linked into hotels. I’ve got a friend who has a Marriott deal and he seems pretty happy with that. We went for hgvc. Why?

We stay at a lot of hotels anyway – usually either Hilton or Radisson (although this clearly does not help with Radisson). The membership provides us with gold membership for life, good points conversion (West 57th has a higher points conversion than most other hgvc properties), free breakfast & internet in hgvc and Hilton locations. My favourite is that Central Park is just 2 blocks up and there are some really good places in the neighbourhood. Resell value of West 57th still remains high on ebay, etc. Every time we go there, we get asked to a sales meeting to discuss our investment (and more to discuss whether we would like to upgrade or buy something else) – but those meetings also have their benefits.

Downsides: you need to pay maintenance every year (we pay approx 1000 USD). When booking there are some extra charges (approx 100 USD) that you need to pay.

Overall: I am very happy still with the deal. If you want to find out more views from other owners, then check out tugbbs, Judi’s page and wikipedia.

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 13:57

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FinnGo Help

I developed this on a day when it was -30C… and the first weekend I had my Lumia…

HELP

Hit a button, select some text, hold it down, then wait for the translation bubble to appear. Sometimes it appears very small, so you might need to enlarge the text. Right now the back button will exit the application.

MICROSOFT TRANSLATE

Generally I find this is not as good as google translate, as I think google gets used more. I did try to use this originally. However there are a lot of blue bars that appear on the screen, so I switched back to Google translate.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

This is not as good as it was on my Android device: the text is a lot smaller and background is not opaque, so it is quite hard to read.

LAST WORDS

Hopefully you’ll have fun. Otherwise use my html version.

I will be adding ads into this as soon as I get time to do that.

 

 

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Posted by admin - February 5, 2012 at 20:05

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Raichle 324 Snowboard Boots

My snowboard roots are in hard boots. I have a pair of Raichle 324 which have spent the last 6(?!) seasons living in my friend’s attic in France. Finally got them back last year, but the rubber pads / semelles had disintegrated. Really upset, then I found bomber online…

http://bomberonline.3dcartstores.com/Deeluxe-Toe-Pads_p_77.html#.TyQoyvFNlto.facebook

And if you wondered about what happened to Raichle they became Deeluxe: http://www.alpinecarving.com/boot_models.html

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Posted by admin - January 28, 2012 at 19:11

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splashtop for iPad

I just got splashtop for iPad… most essential app ever. I can now watch videos from my desktop PC beamed via the iPad to the AppleTV. I won’t go into why I do that, suffice to say you will know if you live abroad. Other essential app so far is airplayer.

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Posted by admin - January 15, 2012 at 00:56

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Buffalo and itunes server mt-daapd

I noticed that I lost my linkstation in the itunbes shared section.

Having just opened up the telnet access (see my earlier post), I decided to analyze a bit…
ps -edf|grep daapd
threw up nothing… it should have shown the itunes server running. Similar thing for twonky.

I therefore added 2 lines into /etc/init.d/rcS (be careful when you do this… this is the same level of danger as changing your registry on windows or using msconfig on windows) and I added in 2 lines to start “itunes.sh start” and twonky.sh… I copied the telnet line just above so that it pipes the log to /dev/null.

Now I can see my linkstation in itunes again (and my twonky server).

BTW: twonky installs onto port 9001 on linkstation – not the 9000 default (that is pcast), nor the 9010 mentionned in the twonky setup file.

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Posted by admin - January 15, 2012 at 00:51

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Media Servers and iPad

I’ve tried a few media servers now: twonkymedia, tversity, squeezebox. I’m beginning to think that twonkymedia is the best of those. Synology and QNAP think the same, as that is the server they decided to use.

Best UPNP / DLNA player I’ve found so far on the iPadĀ is airplayer. It plays all formats – including iTunes DRM files.

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Posted by admin - January 14, 2012 at 14:33

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Nokia Lumia 800

Very smooth presentation from Stephen Elop and Kevin Shields on the Nokia Lumia and Asha (Asha means hope in Hindu apparently – which is great to provide recognition to what will be one of the mass markets, Lumia is a great name, but not so good in Spanish).

Some very clear differentiators too from the other WP manufacturers, proving that Nokia has worked very closely with Microsoft and vice-versa.

And some strong ecosystem partnerships – including Watson (I think I got that right) for the headphones.

The phones should be available now in select markets… however when you go to Vodafone UK, they are only available to pre-order in 8 days’ time… Orange took about 8 clicks to actually find where I could buy phones (really in these days??), but don’t seem to have anything on this…

Let’s watch the share price soar…

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2011 at 11:47

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Basic Finnish Lite Explanation

With some help from EXCEL and google translate, here’s the Basic list for Finnish. In a nutshell, these are the 850 key words in English that will help you rule the world – for more info, see Basic Finnish Explanation.

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Posted by admin - August 26, 2011 at 22:48

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