Month: January 2008

Tom tom 720 Corruption

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Finally got a replacement TomTom 720, here is what you do if you corrupt the software on it. This is very easy to do with the TomTom software. So, before you do anything, you should first connect the TomTom and copy the entire contents of the “Internal Drive” folder to your computer hard disk somewhere….

Whistler Trip Planning

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Well just about everyone is going to be headed up there the february break, so here is a compendium of notes: # Unless you have a Nexus card, don’t just go to Blaine and pray. Consider taking one of the alternative like the Aldergrove-Lynden crossing which is about 10 miles further inland on WA-539/Canada-13 or…

Monitoring the crash

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As stocks fall around the world, I’m using the Apple OS X default widget from Yahoo. Main issue is you can’t sort the entries and it doesn’t allow you to look at overseas markets. Fortunately, “Maba”:http://maba.wordpress.com/widgets/ adapted a version that uses Yahoo’s international feed and “Qing Wang”:http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/business/chinastockwidget.html has a dedicated Chinese Stock market widget. Powered…

Photomatix is amazing

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“Outbackphoto”:http://www.outbackphoto.com/CONTENT_2007_01/section_workflow_basics/20071213_ToopTools_2007/ has a good review of phototools on top of the standard Photoshop. I just tried “Photomatix”:http://www.outbackphoto.com/workflow/wf_a106/essay.html and have to say it is easy and amazing. Just get a tripod, take five bracket exposure, then you generate an HDR and map it. Comes out easily. What does it do? Well, it makes really amazing color…

Sleeping Bags

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Brett says, the “Western Mountaineering”:http://westernmountaineering.com bags are really the best for light and warm. The “Highlite”:http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.cfm?section=Products&page=Sleeping%20Bags&cat=ExtremeLite%20Series&viewpost=2&ContentId=16 is an amazing one pound in weight yet works down to 35F is a good example. Or for two pounds, you get the “Alpinlite Super”:http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.cfm?section=Products&page=Sleeping%20Bags&cat=ExtremeLite%20Series&viewpost=2&ContentId=28 which is two pounds and good to 20F. Powered by ScribeFire.

Sleeping Bags

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Someone was asking me about sleeping bags. Good reviews are at “Outdoor”:http://outside.away.com/outside/gear/gear.tcl?gear=sleeping-bags&gear_cid=10589 and they have some good synthetic bags including Mountain Hardware UltraLamina 32 for $175 and a three season synthetic bag from North Face called Cat’s Meow. Then there are some bags that are ultra lightweight. For instance, the REI Kilo Flash +40 at…

Guide to unlocking iPhone to 1.1.2

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The state of the world for “iPhone”:http://www.iphone4world.com/?p=82 firmware is very confusing. The things to understand is that there are three parameters, the version of your firmware (1.0.3, 1.1.1, 1.1.2 and the new 1.1.3) and different versions of the firmware that run the GSM baseband chipset (4.01.xx and 4.02.13_G) and different boot loaders (BOOT03.09_M3S2 and BOOT04.06_M3S2)….

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