Category Archives: TECHNOLOGY

Quitbit – A Goal Tracker I Can Get Behind

QuitbitThere are a million and one devices for tracking your life: pedometers to track your footsteps, apps to track your calorie intake, scales to track your weight. They are all geared toward healthier living and I have never found much use for any of them – until today.

A new Kickstarter project debuted this week called Quitbit. It is a smart lighter with all sorts of fancy features designed to track your smoking habits and make quitting easier. I have never been a smoker myself, but most of my family members are chimneys and I would love to see every one of them with this device. Continue reading

The Last Of the Superfast Planes

What finally grounded the Concorde?Segments of this post first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Braintainment produced by Rik Kuiper

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The Concorde has not flown in a decade.  What clipped the wings of this technological wonder that flew around the planet at twice the speed of sound?

 

The Last Ride Home

There are flames a few metres long and a roaring noise.  The pilot pushes the throttle forward and the Concorde starts to accelerate. The pilot pushes the throttle forward and the Concorde starts to accelerate.  The plane points upwards after a 1500 or so feet.  Then the unique triangular wings of the plane lift off the runway at 27T at Heathrow Airport in London, U.K.  A large crowd observes the retracting wings of the aluminum plane as it climbs ever higher.  “There goes a technological thing of beauty.” think many in the crowd. “For the last time.”

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Battlefield 3: The Jeep C4 Attack

Interactive environment: it’s one of the biggest  reasons I prefer the Battlefield series to the Call of Duty franchise.  You can actually destroy buildings your opponents are hiding in (or blow a hole in a wall and enter through it, instead of walking through the door as they are expecting you to do).  Plus: it’s just more dramatic that way.  Why walk through the front door?  You do that in real life every day.  On Battlefield, you make your own front door.. with an RPG.

One of the more creative things you can do in Battlefield 3 is strap C4 onto a vehicle and ram it into an opponent (or even a team mate if you prefer being that annoying player).  Jeeps are probably the most popular vehicle for this job.  Simply strap on some C4 to your Jeep and drive it into an opposing tank.  However, remember to partially encircle and flank the tank so as to take it by surprise, because driving straight for the tank isn’t a great idea.  This video does a pretty good job of explaining how to  “Jihad a Jeep” (as hardcore gamers refer to it).

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OBD2 Reading with your Smart Phone or Tablet

Ever want to read your vehicle’s fault codes and see relevant information without shelling out the bucks for an ODB II diagnostic scanner or  a programmer?    You can do this quite “easily” by combining a Bluetooth enabled OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner with a smart phone or tablet app that can read and display the information (I used Torque Pro with my Android).   For the setup, I used this video as a tutorial.  To be clear, this is more of a fun thing to do for a gadget geek like myself.  It’s not going to do the powerful performance tuning you’ll find from Superchips or Hypertech.  Nevertheless, this will allow you to Continue reading

Android OS Update Details

Calling All Android Users

Android’s fantastic.  Intuitive UI, customizable, good looking – if only people were like that, right?  The closest I can think of is Zoolander but I don’t know how intuitive or good looking Derek Zoolander really is, in any case:

It’s a love / not-so-much-love thing with Android.  Love – cuz of all the great above-mentioned things and more about this smartphone and tablet operating system.  Not-so-much – cuz they roll out OS upgrades but do so slowly and without any discernible pattern.  I’m all about life, liberty, and free-Android-OS-upgrades for all.  What’s the deal with some devices getting ICS and Jellybean while some don’t? Continue reading