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.
http://mapmywalk.com/workout/482074007 At least with MapMyWalk you see the map in the right way, unlike Google’s My Tracks below.
Created by Google My Tracks on Android
Name: 18221 Tom Wells Rd
Activity type: walking
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.