Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Costco tire now accepting reservations online

Costco has a website for tire center reservations at https://costcotireappointments.com

I couldn't find this on the main Costco website or anywhere else, so here it is.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - review of a steampunk novel

This book had a couple of technical errors that really irritated me but other than that it was a pretty good read.
The technical things, probably minor for most, but that really irritated me dealt with the air pumps a some other random issues. For I quite a while the main character was caught in an air pump inlet and somehow she was being blown back and forth. That must be some really inefficient pump! She should only be getting sucked in not blown out. Then there's other random things like a 200 foot wall around all of Seattle that was built in less than a year? To get away from a heavy soupy gas they go underground? Nobody notices dirigibles flying into Seattle, a city surrounded by hills, just because of a 200 foot wall? Sneaking up behind someone and shooting the in the head causes their brain to fly backwards towards the gun? Questionable facts here.

Otherwise though it was entertaining but the zombies were rather boring, the reviewed "suspense" was non-existent, and the characters were quite unbelievable.
The main character has been working in a plant that boils muck and water for 16 years yet suddenly she's a crack shot action hero better than people that have been living with the zombies for 16 years. A 15 year old boy is a complete moron and afraid to shoot a gun? An ordinary lowlife is able to pretend to be a mad scientist for 16 years?

It would have been much better if they just killed on the damn rotter zombies. It didn't appear to be too difficult to do. Flamethrowers anyone?

On second thought I'm lowering my review.

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sprint Epic 4G Review / Comments (Samsung Galaxy S Pro)

Here I'll make some observations of different aspects of this Android device with somewhat detailed analysis of its performance.

Battery Life / Charging
Well, battery life isn't very good. The Galaxy S phones ship with a 1500mA battery, and that just isn't going to last very long if you use it heavily. In standby with most things shut off (4g, wifi, gps) it will last a few days though.

Charing with this phone is the interesting thing. Connected to the little USB charger that comes with it the phone charges at a rate of about .4% a minute. So it takes about 2 hours to charge fully. Connected to any other USB device that I have to test with (computer, AC to USB adapter, car to USB adapter) it charges at a rate of about .2% an hour, taking about 4 hours to fully charge. If you use the android application "Battery Status" you can see that the phone detects the Samsung USB adapter as "AC" but every other USB adapter as "USB." Because of what it detects the phone apparently charges at different rates. This does not have any correlation with the amount of power supplied by the actual adapter (well it probably has to have enough) as I've used 1A adapters and they charger slower than the .7A Samsung adapter. I will continue testing with generic and the official Sprint adapter when I acquire them (hopefully in the next week.

GPS Accuracy
I received my phone after at least one GPS accuracy patch has been released but there are still issues that have been apparent and that I'm noticing. The patch allows for quicker satellite acquisition and accuracy fixes. However, using the Android application "GPS Status" it shows that the error margin (accuracy reported) never gets below 98 feet. In testing though the accuracy is closer to 3-4 feet with 8 satellites connected. I'm not sure what is up with that abut it is almost dead on even though it says it isn't. Anyway, it works just fine for geocaching.
GPS is sitting on top of a geocache with accurate coordinates, showing it is within 4 feet, but the error range is way off.

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