Monday, 31 January 2011

Welcome to the First Post

I am going to try my hand at this blogging thing, with one specific subject in mind, the subject of camping... with  a caravan.


As a family of 5, with 3 children Beatrix (5), Elize (3) and Paul (1) and a Sprite Swing Caravan, it poses a interesting set of challenges. Firstly and MOST importantly a camping weekend needs to have a camp site that caters for the busy bodies on all levels, with a “safe” playing environment such as a jungle gym with out rusted nails sticking out or wood splinter’s due to deterioration.


So for the year of 2011 our aim is to find some of these nice camping places by going camping one weekend out of every month, including the winters :-)


This blog is to share some of our experiences and if there are less that fantastic, at least the campsite will be reviewed having our family dynamics in mind for any interested party out there is cyberspace.


Firstly I need to state for the record, camping with a caravan is a way of life it is not the poor man’s choice due to being unable to afford chalet or hotel pricing, it is something that IF the camping bug (:-) has bitten you it is always something you long for or there is always the next camping session on the horizon.


The first camping weekend has been penciled into the family calendar and as at present the plans are to go to Omaramba in the North West province. (Based on their website description and photo gallery this seems to be the IDEAL camping site for families.  Here is to holding thumbs that it will be as idyllic as …. a piƱa colada with an umbrella tucked into the pineapple.)




Off to plan the menu, to ensure that there is minimal effort involved come the weekend and maximum contributions from all including the kids being able to make their own food.


Other sites investigated but still needing to be confirmed with the camping committee (my husband) are in order of the closest travel time:


1. Omaramba, north west past britz
2. Lover's Rock, Magaliesberg
3. Klein Pardys, outside Brits
4. Mbizi, Bela Bela
5. Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela
6. Sondela, Bela Bela
7. Atlanta Holiday Resort, Brits
8. SanChalen, Bela Bela
9. Forever Resorts Warmbaths, Bela Bela
10. El Rancho Grande, Bela Bela
11. Bakgatla Resort, Pilanesberg


If there are any specific aspects of the campsites you want reviewed please let know and will take it accordingly.


Friendly Camp shake


Me

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Let's Talk Geek Show

And again, some of the cool links in the IRC channel uring the show.

MobileMonday - http://www.momojoburg.com/

Switch Modular Pocket Knife - http://www.quirky.com/products/35-Switch-Modular-Pocket-Knife

Pool and Bowling - http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/knokkers-combining-pool-and-bowling-in-one-new-sport.html

Go - http://www.britgo.org/learners/chessgo.html

Chess and Boxing - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing

IBM and the Jeopardy Challenge - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3IryWr4c8

Bandsawing - http://toolmonger.com/2011/01/17/badass-bandsawing/

Bottom Up Beer Dispenser - http://www.wired.com/playbook/2011/01/bottom-up-beer-dispenser

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Finding Satellites

A couple of resources are available online to help finding satellites. The most comprehensive being DishPointer ( http://www.dishpointer.com/ ).

With this interactive mapping service, you can select the desired satelitte add your location and get the direction and elevation of the satellite you require.



Futher information regarding programs on the satellite can be obtained from http://en.kingofsat.net/http://www.tracksat.com/ and http://www.lyngsat.com/.

But the scary information is at http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_weapons_and_global_security/space_weapons/technical_issues/ucs-satellite-database.html

UPDATE: Another brilliant site is SatBeams ( http://www.satbeams.com ). This site uses Google Maps to overlay footprints and has a database of channel information.

Android x86 / LiLi / VirtualBox

I started a debate yesterday at the Android Developers Day around Android or Google O/S for my Netbook. Now with a good selection on Android tablets coming out, I understand that would be a good option, but I already have the netbook.

With no way to "test" the new Google O/S, all I can do is test Android on x86 and make some assumptions.

Why:

My netbook needs an O/S that would be quick and lightweight.

I've tried Ubuntu Remix (http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook/get-ubuntu/download) and JoliCloud (http://www.jolicloud.com/) but have settled on Windows 7 Pro on my Acer Aspire One Netbook. Additionally installed Microsoft Security Essentials, Chrome Browser, 1Password and World of Warcraft. I do everything in Chrome, but for the occasional additional applications required, the Standard Suite from PortableApps.com adds what I need (http://portableapps.com/).

All of this works well, but sometimes feels to much. I just want to quickly reply to a message in Gmail, and my keyboard on my mobile is just to small. Or have something next to my primary machine that I can keep an eye on TweetDeck (http://www.tweetdeck.com/). And then of cause "it will look cool!!!".

What:

The Android on x86 Project is not official ( http://www.android-x86.org/ ) but Open Source.

To evaluate this on any platform is made very easy with LiLi (http://www.linuxliveusb.com/). This little application can take any Linux ISO image and create a bootable USB. This would include Android providing a stick that you can boot from.

LiLi also has a tick box in step 4 that "Enable launching LinuxLive in Windows". This downloads and adds a portable version of VirtualBox.org (http://www.virtualbox.org/) allowing you to launch the stick in Windows.

Not all the hardware works on the Acer (No WiFi and will not wake from sleep) but it works to have a look. It is similar to what you would see on the mobile with the addition of wired Ethernet.

Summary:

It seems that Android needs a Windows manager. Something that would let you open Android Apps in a window, instead of full screen. 

Unboxing the Toshiba AC100 Smartbook running Android ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uphXRBUtx_4 ) and first impressions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p02HHmyiOBo) shows what Toshiba has tried to address this. They have added a Toshiba application to Android which tries to address this, but it seems this would be a much better if part of Android.

No touch is also weird while in Android, but more a human thing, than anything else.

Overall, Windows 7 it will be for now, but I will keep an eye on this development.

Windows 11, but for Web

This guy has created Windows 11 on the web. Have a look at https://dev.to/piyush/windows-11-but-for-web-22h1 Source is over at  https://gith...