Posts Tagged ‘electronics’

Training for STP 2016

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

20160306_143137-1I’m thinking of changing my name to Duncan, because my exercise habits and weight have been all yo-yo the last few years. I was having a really good go of crossfit, but random aggravations of my back over the years have prevented me doing it consistently. I’d lost 20 pounds crossfitting a few years ago, then gained 10 pounds back in 2014 after injury. I participated in a weight loss competition at work in early 2015; losing most of those 10 pounds by April. At the time I was still going to crossfit, but doing a specialty program to protect my back and build endurance for my first 5k. I ran that in April 2015, a week after reinjuring my back again, and thought I’d found something to do while rehabing. I did another 5k two months later, but stopped running when I realized the shock wasn’t allowing my back to heal effectively. I spent the fall trying to get into swimming, but I stopped that because I couldn’t get over being the youngest person by ~30 years. I stopped exercising while doing 3-4 months of intense PT and gained those 10+ pounds back this winter. I’ve definitely been losing muscle all the while, so I’m sure it’s more than those 10 pounds in fat making my clothes uncomfortably tight. That was a ton of information – still with me?

My back is a lot better lately (not perfect by any means), so I’m getting back on the horse by training for the STP in four months. STP stands for “Seattle to Portland,” and is a ~200 mile ride… you guessed it… from Seattle to Portland. It’s a very popular ride in an area where there are a lot of rides and I’ve wanted to do it since learning about it a few years ago. A friend of mine, who rides like it’s his job, did it a few years ago and wasn’t crazy about it. I think partly because he decided to do it in one day 1.5 weeks before the event, but also because it’s really damn far. I know someone else, similarly trained as me, who did it for the first time last year and will be doing it again. Weighing those items, I’m choosing to believe it’ll suck and I’ll be glad I did it. I have a habit of signing up for things that force me to motivate; this is one of those times. The good news is I’ve already proven this works when I did 50 miles nearly three years ago. The bad news is I think that’s the last time I was on my bike.

It’s still the rainy season in Seattle – how you gonna train? Technology! My momma got me a brandy new smart trainer for my birthday, which is a cool piece of kit that attaches to your bike and controls the resistance to simulate elevation. Pair that with a training/simulation program like Zwift and you’ve got the closest thing you’re going to come to riding outside on a budget. I really, really do want to go back to crossfit at some point this year, but I’m going to use this over the next few months to turn the weight tides in my favor. I can toughen up my coccyx, get used to clipping in again, and do it at any time schedule permits. It’s gonna be a hectic summer, so I like having access to exercise in my basement. Only 130 days to train!

Pro tip: You can, in fact, fall over while clipped into a trainer.

GPS Maps

Monday, September 28th, 2015

If you use GPS products (that aren’t your phone), you know how expensive and/or annoying updating maps can be. I’m surprised the likes of Garmin doesn’t just give you the hardware for free and charge you for the maps. That’s basically what they do if you don’t want to resell your old tech and get new stuff. If you’re like me, you don’t want to pay money just to keep you stuff relevant. Enter GPSFileDepot. Leave it to the internet… and outdoors folks… to  stick it to the man.

I know what you’re thinking – no change they work. Well, I’m happy to report the Northwest Topos from loaded and works on our old Garmin. “Northwest Topos is a mapset containing contours, hydrology, roads, trails, points of interest and more for the State of Washington and adjoining regions. It is designed for upload to any map-enabled Garmin GPS receiver.” It also, conveniently, meets our needs for both outdoor life and emergency preparedness. Yeehaw.

Fix: Galaxy S6 Wifi Reboot

Friday, May 29th, 2015

You’re probably here because you’ve found a bug with your Galaxy S6 (mine’s an edge, but it appears this impacts both models) that causes random reboots when accessing certain wifi networks. You’ve may or may not have realized it’s related to portal-style wifi networks – those that appear as open but require authentication/login via a redirect in your browser. This type is common in public or “guest” networks; especially those found in hotels, airports, and occasionally in your neighborhood. To date, the only way you’ve been able to deal with the problem is by quickly turning off wifi between reboots.

[cue Android haters]

I have good news – there is a fix. I thought it was an odd one-off bug due to a Kit Kat update, but a recent trip overseas left me frustrated enough to scour the internet to see if I was alone. It turns out, I wasn’t. I have no idea what actually causes the bug, but it seems related to the S6 corrupting the wifi database. The symptom of this is your phone reporting it’s connected to wifi network [null]. The blessing that is Google backups of your wifi settings means replacing the phone doesn’t work because the corruption is imported onto your new device. The only way to fix this, that I’ve found, is to wipe all your wifi networks/passwords.

There’s probably a manual way to find the problematic one and kill it, but I went for the easy button and downloaded FXR WiFi fix and rescue from Google play. The bad news is it will indeed wipe all your wifi passwords… and it probably adds Chinese spyware to your phone… but it does in fact fix the problem. I cannot say if it prevents another corruption; it has, however, removed the existing corruption. Nothing like a ham-fisted approach to fixing what is probably a single line of code. Huzzah!

The silver lining, if there is one, is I no longer have every single wifi network I’ve connected to stored on my phone. Those of you who travel a lot know it can get pretty obnoxious… and those of you who are slightly obsessive about tidiness (like me) will appreciate the cleanup. I hope you remember the password to your home network. 😀

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