Thursday, February 23, 2006

Polar RS200sd

Polar | RS200sd Running Computer
recently started running again [to prepare for ippt]. was using the garmin forerunner 201 to pace myself. i chose a route with minimum overhead obstructions, to reduce the chances of losing the gps signal. but sometimes, the pacing shown did not feel right.

there are 2 types of pacing devices on the market. one type uses gps to measure pace, while the other uses inertial sensors. some older devices use a pedometer, which rely on the runner maintaining a constant stride length. as stride lengths easily vary, it is not an accurate way of measuring pace, and we will skip them here.

polar just came out with a cheaper version of its s625x model, which still includes the heart rate monitor and the inertial sensor.

garmin also recently launched watch-sized gps models, the forerunner 205 & 305, but they look quite bulky compared to the RS200sd.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

micro ATX computers

seems like there isn't a website dedicated to micro ATX computers... the nearest that i could find was SFFTECH. offthebeatenpath feels that this is one big unexplored market... lets start here

  • antec aria
  • aspire x-qpack
  • silverstone sg01
motherboard chipset
  • ati rs482
  • nvidia geforce 6150
p.s. just remembered that amd will be switching to it socket m2 design, which will not be compatible with current socket 939 motherboards, so it looks like i won't be changing my 2nd pc so soon...

Saturday, February 18, 2006

michelin tweel

a concept tyre by michelin that does not need air. visually, it looks strange, as one can now see through a tyre. but it does mean that punctures will become a thing of the past. one to watch.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Sleep on it, decision-makers told

BBC NEWS | Health | Sleep on it, decision-makers told
looks like we needed a scientific experiment to tell us that better decision making comes when u don't overthink it. cool research though.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Yahoo! Desktop Search

Yahoo! Desktop Search
while everyone is talking about version 3 of google's desktop search software, i still find yahoo's desktop search more useful for me. search while u type is now available on both software, but i like yahoo's preview function

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

IPPT Preparation

A quick guide to preparing for IPPT. Pretty useful, I must say.

Bluecasting Four Docs
I've been following what four docs have been doing, with its interesting concept of self-uploaded 4-minute documentaries and its useful guides. Now they have a new idea. They are bluecasting [I assume it means transferring via bluetooth] documentaries to handphones at various UK train stations.

Mitac Mio A701 GPS PDA phone

A GPS capable PDA phone, looks cooler than the HP HW6515 with similar capabilities. A pity then that it has no wi-fi. Think a wi-fi SD card will solve that problem.