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I Completed the Apple May Activity Challenge Yesterday

I Completed the Apple May Activity Challenge Yesterday

I completed the Apple May Activity Challenge yesterday. The goal was to walk or run 349 kilometres within one month. I finished this challenge two days early. Using the Apple Watch Series 3 and the SUUNTO Spartan Sport Wrist HR BARO I tracked all of my activities. For the first two or three weeks I tracked activities with both devices and then deleted the duplicates on Strava and then I stopped tracking with the Apple Watch as I saw that activity data…

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Day 61 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – World Community Grids Pandemic work units.

Day 61 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – World Community Grids Pandemic work units.

World Community Grids OpenPandemic work units are now ready. With your laptop or desktop, you can help find a cure for COVID-19. As a World Community Grid volunteer, you download a secure software program to your computer. And when your computer is not using its full computing power, it will automatically run a simulated experiment in the background which will help predict the effectiveness of a particular chemical compound as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Research: OpenPandemics – COVID-19: Project Overview Downloading…

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Day Two of ORCA in Switzerland

Day Two of ORCA in Switzerland

We are in ORCA day two in Switzerland and I crashed the drone. I also avoided the shops because of the behaviour I witnessed yesterday. The weather is excellent at the moment. Sunny, warm, and without wind. These are perfect conditions for drone flying so I thought I’d take advantage. I forgot to put an SD card in the drone so instead of flying and trying to get video I put it in sports mode. I played in the field,…

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Of AirPods – useful and simple

Of AirPods – useful and simple

What do you have to say about AirPods? I see them as useful and simple. I have tried earphones, headphones, and Bluetooth variants. With some earphones, I found that they hurt my ears. With others, I found that they slipped out too easily. With yet more, I found that the noise cancellation feature was unpleasant. All in all, AirPods are still the earphones that I prefer. Earphones and headphones are curious, because we may keep them with us every day…

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Ingress Walks – A 12km path to Level 13

Ingress Walks – A 12km path to Level 13

I stopped playing Ingress a few years ago because of how much time it requires. I have started going on Ingress walks again – a 12km path to level 13 in yesterday’s case, because I’m combining the daily walk that I would do anyway, with listening to podcasts and audiobooks, anyway. By walking and listening to audiobooks and podcasts I am constantly learning about new things. Recently I’ve been listening to current affairs podcasts, I listened to 13 minutes to…

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Suunto and Wear OS

Suunto and Wear OS

Suunto and Wear OS is a cultural shame. I like Suunto because it’s a European company with a European OS developed in Europe. It’s nice to buy their products because they’re reliable and hardly ever let me down. They’re also great because it’s European tech developers working together to create something interesting and reliable. It’s not that I don’t like Google as a company. I do. I have liked Google since I first learned about them on my website’s visitor…

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Flying over Oeschinensee with an FPV Drone

Flying over Oeschinensee with an FPV Drone

Flying over Oeschinensee with an FPV drone looks nice. I went there as a child and the lake is distinct with its lake, green slopes, hills and that wall of rock on the other side. It’s above Kandersteg and there are a number of walks to be enjoyed in the area. Flying a drone in such a place is great because it gives you a way of exploring the landscape either before you’ve been on a hike or afterwards. It…

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A Drone flying over Hong Kong at night.

A Drone flying over Hong Kong at night.

I ate lunch as I watched the footage of a drone flying over Hong Kong at night and at first I was confused as to whether the images were real or not. As you watch more of the video you see that everything is real. The depth of field is good and so is the exposure. There is no or very little noise from this being shot at night. You see buildings, cars, traffic and more. You see things from…

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Does the World Wide Web Dumb us Down too Much to Read

Does the World Wide Web Dumb us Down too Much to Read

Does the World Wide Web dumb is down to much to read is an article exploring the idea that we have too many distractions and that as a result we are unable to focus. Yesterday I wrote about blogging rather than writing twitter threads and this article goes some way to exploring the same theme. The first thing I would look at is the quality of writing and the quality of information. Are we reading articles that are clickbait, that…

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Thoughts on the Oculus Quest

Thoughts on the Oculus Quest

During the World XR Forum I had to carry six or more Oculus Quest devices from a car to the conference centre and then help with setting up at least one of these devices. At first I thought it was like most VR headsets where the phone is the display. In reality, the Oculus Quest is a self-contained VR headset driven via an app from the mobile phone. Once the Oculus quest and the mobile phone are paired you can…

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