mapping my hikes & bike trips

For summer 2019 I’ll use the Relive app.

It generates Google Earth videos with the photos you too included.

Here’s an example from the FREE version of the software.

The free version adds a maximum of 10 photos. For up to 50 photos you must join the CLUB which costs US $60 / year.

Mapping works in conjunction with Strava, Runtastic, Endomondo, Garmin Connect, Suunto, Apple Health (Watch), MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, MapMyHike and Polar Flow.

I might be using the free version of Strava. Otherwise I’ll use Apple Health.


New Macs NEED a hub for cables 😕

One of the main things I dislike about Macs (since 2015) is the lack of ports.

For my new 2019 MacBook Pro I had to buy a Sanho HyperDrive hub. (CDN$ 109.00)

  • HDMI and 4K HDMI
  • 40Gb/s USB-C
  • USB-C
  • SD and microSD
  • 2 x USB 3.1

It’s tiny (80gm) and looks super durable.

If interested, there are several different versions of the HyperDrive hub.

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my TRAVEL computer back-up system

This is the best, smallest and lightest hardware I’ve ever used.

I splurged a bit on the Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB USB 3.1 for CDN$ 239.99 all in.

Only 50gms. Almost exactly the same weight as my EarPods & case.

Currently the most popular solid state external hard drive.

I use it as a Time Machine backup for my Mac. AND for additional storage of videos I want to bring with me traveling.

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my CURRENT travel camera system

As of May 2019.

Two cameras. The iPhone can be remotely controlled by my Apple Watch 3.

I’m trying to use voice control as much as I can for the GoPro.

I have GoPro attachments on both bike helmet and bike handlebars as well.  All mounts can attach either GoPro or iPhone.

What’s lacking most is the ability to ZOOM with either camera. I MIGHT carry a small camera with zoom, as well. I like zoom for distant animal sightings. And for Gymnastics.

recording AUDIO with my Watch

If you don’t own a smart watch you probably wonder why ANYONE would pay hundreds of dollars.

One of my favourite apps is Just Press Record. It cost about CAD $7.

It’s considered the best app of its kind on iPhone bringing one tap recording, transcription and iCloud syncing to all your devices.

You can even start a new recording completely hands-free with Siri!

When I’m traveling, hiking or cycling and come-up with something I want to remember, this is the quickest, easiest way to remember.

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I love Apple warranty work

Yes Apple products are WAY overpriced.

But if you ever do need shop work, they are fantastic. My laptop looks like NEW.

That’s a 3 year old workhorse MacBook Pro which had reached 1000 battery charge cycles. That’s the lifetime expectation.

The battery died died quickly.

Taking it to an Apple store in Wales the Genius recommended I pay for a new battery. And he would throw in a new display for free as the anti-reflective coating was peeling off … as it always does. The free display covered the labour for the battery replacement.

In fact I ended up with a new bottom (with battery) and a new top (with display). All new aside from the chips.

Cost 199€. (US$260)



recommended – Halt and Catch Fire

I watched all 4 seasons of Halt and Catch Fire. It’s certainly one of the very best series I’ve seen.

… the series depicts a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and later the growth of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. …

The cast is all excellent. In season 4 I was won over by newcomer Susanna Skaggs  who played a brilliant but socially confused teenager perfectly.

Very believable.

Susanna Skaggs

If you hate technology don’t be dissuaded. This series truly isn’t about TECH.

“Computers aren’t the thing,” … “They’re the thing that gets you to the thing.”

I hate football. Yet loved Friday Night Lights. This series is similarly excellent.

I agree with a number of reviewers who felt season 4 was best. And that season 4 tied the story together very well.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – NY Times review – How Failure Made ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Great