Computer vs mobile

Computer: I have not been spending much time on my computer and this is causing me to neglect some of the things I usually do with my blog. I always try to get back to the likes and comments and I may be missing a few by staying on the tablet. I always get the notifications but it seems harder to respond. Ha, maybe I’m not as mobilize as I would like to be! At any rate, I don’t think the WordPress’s mobile app is as full featured as it web page version (overall I still think it is very good). I guess the bottom line here is that I miss some of the full blown features of a computer when I use just mobile devices a high percentage of the time. The world is just so full of trade offs, yes?

Solar and tilting, computer and mobile: Did you know that tilting your solar panels up in the winter helps capture more solar power? The technical part of this can get kind of deep, here is a link if you want to study up on it. I don’t get all this technical about it. The basic ideal is that in the winter the sun is very low in the southern sky and tilting your solar panels up in a southern direction will help capture a good deal more energy. If you have a house you can tilt your panels and forget about it. However in a RV you can not have your panels tilted up when you move and for that reason many folks in RVs don’t tilt their panels up in the winter, because you either have to climb up on top of your RV and do this manually or have a very expensive mechanical tilt system installed. I manually tilt my panels when I am going to be staying still for at least a couple of weeks.
There are about 3 months that I do this and that is December January and February. If you are a big time solar user like me, these are the hardest months to keep your batteries at the best charge and especially when your batteries are 7 years old like mine are this year. Even though I am doing fine, I have been a little conservative this year with my computer use and other power use during the day, to conserve battery energy. The reason I was writing/thinking about this is because it is one of the driving forces making me want to be more mobile this year, thereby causing me to use the computer less. Mind you, another driving force for using mobile is the sheer convenience of it, as I wrote about in earlier post.
Just one more note on this, my laptop computer is not that much of a power hog and I could probably use it all I want, but with the power drain and convinces of mobile use, it just ain’t getting all that much love this year, LOL!

Walk: I am debating on the ideal of a walk. My knee could use the rest but the rest of my body is raring to go, what to do? I’ll think on it a while.
Yes, I did walk and this time I recorded it with two apps. Neither of which is making me real happy. MapMyWalk and Google Tracks.

I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.45mi, time: 44:09, pace: 18:01min/mi, speed: 3.33mi/h. At least with MapMyWalk you see the map in the right way, unlike Google’s My Tracks below.

Google’s version.

Created by Google My Tracks on Android

Name: 18221 Tom Wells Rd
Activity type: walking
Description: –
Total distance: 3.93 km (2.4 mi)
Total time: 45:12
Moving time: 43:14
Average speed: 5.22 km/h (3.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 5.45 km/h (3.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 14.15 km/h (8.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 11:30 min/km (18:30 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 11:00 min/km (17:42 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 4:14 min/km (6:49 min/mi)
Max elevation: 212 m (696 ft)
Min elevation: 163 m (534 ft)
Elevation gain: 669 m (2196 ft)
Max grade: 2391 %
Min grade: -18 %
Recorded: 2/11/2014 10:33am

I can’t seen to get Google Tracks to map right 😦 It puts a bunch of straight lines on the map that should not be there. It may be something on my end, I uninstalled the app and reinstalled it but that didn’t seen to help.

Night folks

Playing with the toys

Today I have read up on how to root my Nexus 7 and I may get it done later this evening. I have all the computer files and programs set up so all I like is a few things on the Nexus and I’ll be rooted. And I think all I need to do is to flash a new recovery software to the Nexus and add the superuser file and I’ll have it done.

The reason I decided to root it now is because when Google updated the other day it took out an app that I very much want (app ops start) and without being rooted I can’t get another program that does the same trick. After I get the Nexus rooted I will download another program, haven’t decided which one yet. You can look at the app on Google store if you want to see what it does, but basically what it does is to allow you to control the user permissions of your apps. For example a flash light app just has no need to use your contact list, and you can stop apps with silly permissions like that with control apps like mentioned above. In my mind this should have been a thing you could do from day one. Google on the other hand is about knowing more about you than your mother so it’s not a thing they would want us to have. Google is also okay with all their app makers knowing all things to. Lately there have been apps makers that have collected and sold info about their customers, just sad if you ask me 😦  . Such is …… the new electronic age!

Another reason to root now is that my Nexus is no longer under warranty so I can’t break the warranty by rooting it 😉 I guess the bottom line here is I just like to play with my toys sometimes 😯 LOL.

The weather has been just the best today. The sunrise this morning was beautiful but I only watched from bed, to lazy to get up LOL.

No exercise for today, we will give the knee some more time ….

I did go out today and have my propane tank filled, the cost is running about $20.00 for a 30 pound tank here in Q.

I will have to leave here Saturday so I will have to get my fresh water tank topped off and get the laundry done before then. I don’t think I will go far but who knows?

Night folks

Great to have my Nexus 7 back

I spent all my evening playing around with the Nexus 7, restoring and such. I got all my apps back but I still need to do a few settings. I was sure I had turn off the auto backup Google feature but no ………. it was all on Google site, Google knows everything, whether you want them to or not! It is good and it is bad. It is good when it is needed like I just did, but I am sure if I read and understood Google Terms and Privacy  Policy, I would not like it. Lucky for me ……….. It is too dang long to read and all the legal talk is way over my head! I am sure they would find my Tablet setup very boring anyways ……….. My $2.00 check account, my one word Doc that is just to see if I could get it uploaded and view it, my bookmarks, links to things like this silly blog and for the really boring stuff they could read my Email LOL! So there Google, snoop your nose into that! ROTFL.

Kidding aside I am glad to have my tablet back 🙂  and all my apps saved.

I have a friend coming by today so it will be nice to visit and do nothing. My friend likes to walk so maybe we will get in a little exercise too. Update 3:30 pm;  my friend came by and we had a great visit, a meal and a nice walk. The one thing I like about being in the Deming Area is that I do have some friends that I see now and then.

Weather, it is so good to see the wind calm down. It is a great day out today, sunny and a fine temperature. Update; the afternoon did bring in a little wind but not too bad.

Tonight will be my last night here in Rockhound park for a spell, my two weeks are up. I will more than likely move to the City of Rocks State park, about 30 to 40 miles away.


Work day

My work seen to come fast this week, but I am off tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a day that goes by fast because I will have lots to do. After that it is back to work for the weekend Sat and sun. Next week will be more split up with two partial days and two full days.

A couple of weeks or so after next  I will have to have three of my off days to do a little job down in Deming. It will involve setting up a couple of new computers for a club that I am in. The job that will keep me busy for at least three days. The best thing about it all I will be around many of my friends. The only down side I can see is that it will be a bad week for exercise because I will be very busy.

Food/Diet; One of the things I love about the Atkins Diet is that I can have lots of foods that other diets would not let me have and I can have all I want too! I am enjoying my eggs and sausage now mmm, mmmm good!  I eat very well on this diet and if I eat often I have no cravings on this diet which is great. I do need to eat at least four times a day and five is OK. When i get caught away from my RV it is kind of hard because this diet don’t lend itself too much eating out. I can do it but it is not all that great. I can do things like order hamburgers and throw away the buns but is not as good as somethings I would fixes at the house. At any rate I like the diet very well.

Weight; I don’t like to spend money that much but I will enjoy getting new smaller clothes. One of the best things about losing weight is being able to go into the stores and buy clothes that don’t cost more because they are larger, LOL, yes that is nice.

I will have a busy day today with a small rally coming into the park, I think maybe 12 RVs and of course we will have our regular guest. I hope I can keep up with it all, and I think I will do fine, I will just have to take my time. I bet the day will go by fast at least.

Email; Since I have gotten rid of my Yahoo paid account my junk mail has went way down. Good riddance to you Yahoo! Google sure has less junk, even if they do keep every piece of mail you send for a 100 years LOL! That is OK I guess ………….. if they read my mail much they will be really bored LOL.

I am trying to get a few chores done before work today, like my laundry and a bit of cleaning, both are much-needed.

Everyone have a nice day.