Month: August 2003

Review site for IMAX films

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BIG MOVIE ZONE. Use this quite a lot for figuring out what IMAX films to take the kids to. Their reviews seem to track pretty well with what we’ve thought. Here’s a quick review of recent IMAX movies we’ve watched. Both at the theaters on DVDs via Netflix: * Mount Everest. Awesome. This is an…

FSA Carbon Pro Elite

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When Tyler Hamilton crashed and fractured his collarbone in the final kilometer of the Tour’s first stage, many people felt that his race was over; there was no way a rider with a broken collarbone could tackle the big climbs that were to come. But we’d reckoned without Hamilton’s sheer determination, and a little help…

Answers: Threading a Derailleur Cable

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Eureka. The rear derailleur cable is threaded. OK, thanks to great folks like Peter Westerholm and Skip Echert, I’ve think at least I have some strategies for getting the darn rear deraileur cable through a chain stay: * Here is my technique. I noticed this rear derailleur cable is at the exact center of the…

Wattage Training and Polar S-720i Installation and Comparison

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I finally sprung for a bike computer with wattage in addition to cadence and heart rate. It’s a Polar S-720i and I’ve finally gotten it to work. Here are some tips and what I’ve learned so far about training with wattage: h4. Tips on using the Polar S-720i After you follow the directions carefully, but…

Close to perfect: Buffalo Tech WLA2-G54

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Tom’s Hardware Guide Networking: Review: Buffalo Tech WLA2-G54 AirStation 54-Mbps Wireless Compact Repeater Bridge-g – Closing Thoughts. This is close to the perfect wireless access point. The main issue is that it has a pretty bad user interface. Also note that the WLA2 uses Broadcom’s BCM4702 Wireless Network Processor which is the same as used…

Verbatim 2.4x don't work, Memorex 4x does

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Well, I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been getting perfect burns with the Memorex 2.4x DVD+RW and the Memorex 4x DVD+R blanks, but having lots of trouble with Verbatim 2.4x DVD+R blanks. So, the folks on the various forums are right. The media does seem to matter at this stage. With the Verbatim, I get hangs and…

Kid Cars Galore

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Well, its almost the school season and we need a car that can carry 4-5 kids in addition to grownups. We looked at a ton of cars, but Connie really liked: * “Volvo XC-90”:http://volvocars.com. They did a great job designing a car for someone who doesn’t want a minivan (I’m not really a mom!) or…

No more coasters…now I need software

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Well, the conversion of my Sony DRU-120A to use the Ricoh MP2125 firmware has been an incredible success. Been great to burn DVDs without creating coasters and artifacts. Not sure whether it was the firmware burn or the use of SiS IDE drivers. But now MyDVD bundled with the Sony has given up the ghost…