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2017 Diamondback Sync’r 24

 

 

https://www.diamondback.com/kids-bikes/mountain/sync-r-24

Got a sale on the Diamondback Sync’r 24 for $399 (MSRP $799)

NX groupset is worth $300 alone. Tektro brake $89 each +

 

Frame 6061-T6 Aluminum Jr-24″ Frame, Formed Tubing, Disc Specific w/ Replacable Hanger
Fork SR Suntour XCR 24″ w/ 80mm Travel, 28mm Stanchions, Magnesium Lowers, w/ Preload Adjust ($70)
Headset FSA IS-3/NO.11 Integrated Style ($19)
Cranks SRAM NX 1x, w/ X-Sync 30T Chain Ring ($100)
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP ($32)
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX X-Horizon, 11 Speed ($67)
Shifter SRAM NX 11 Speed X-Actuation Trigger ($25)
Cogset SRAM PG1130, 11 Speed, 11-42T ($67)
Chain SRAM PC-1130, 11 Speed, Power Link ($20)
Front Hub 32h SL-7 Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount
Rear Hub 32h SL-7 Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims 32h Diamondback SL-7 Doublewall
Tires Kenda Kinetics 24×2.35″ ($35 each)
Brakes Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc w/ 180mm Front /160mm Rear Rotors ($89)
Brake Levers Tektro 2 Finger Hydraulic w/ Reach Adjust
Pedals DB4L Alloy Platform
Handlebar Diamondback “Pro Bar” 720mm Wide
Grips DB4L 135mm Kraton
Stem Diamondback “Shortie”, 45mm Reach, 31.8 Bar Bore
Seat DB Sync’r Jr. Saddle
Seatpost DB Alloy Micro Adjust 30.9mm
Extras Owners Manual, Assembly Guide, Tool Kit
Bike Weight 26.7 lbs
Accessories 6061-T6 Aluminum Jr-24″ Frame, Formed Tubing, Disc Specific w/ Replacable Hanger

Butterfly Labs 4.5GH/s Jalapeno Bitcoin miner

 

I Pre-ordered a Jalapeno Bitcoining device from Butterfly Labs back on December 11, 2012.  It has now arrived on August 19, 2013.  It came in a nice professional box as seen below.IMG_3921

So now time to try it out.

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I got it installed via USB and it’s own power supply.  I was able to get the EasyMiner software from ButterFly Labs at: http://butterflylabs.com/drivers/

first I tried using deepbit.net as my bitcoining pool, but it kept timing out getting new work, so I moved to a new pool https://eclipsemc.com/ which is the default pool in the EasyMiner software. After running it for 24 hrs I was able to average 5.19GH/s. Using a Kill-A-Watt meter i have found that it uses 15watts when idle and 30watts when active.

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I’m putting it up on ebay to see how much someone is willing to pay for one.  The average price is around $600-800, but there are instances of $1000+ that it sells, so I’ll start at the top-end. In the meantime, I’ll let it run, which is averaging 0.05btc per day, which is $5 per day at 8/20/2013 exchange rate ($120/btc).

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Flight Simulator Monitor layouts

My Windows 7 machine has a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB, which can handle 4 monitors.

My first configuration was 3+1, here it is with X-Plane 10

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And with FSX, FSX lets you put other views on other monitors. X-Plane does not.IMG_2883

Here I put the 4th monitor above, which is less ok, but not the best.IMG_2893

And with 3 above and 4th below.  I like this one better.  Also notice the iPhone and iPad mini running Air Nav Pro.   The 4th Monitor on the bottom is running on my Mac Mini (X-Plane 10 on OSX), while the 3 monitors are on the Win7 GTX 660 machine, connected via the network.IMG_1089

Here I’m using my Mac Book Air and a 42″ LCD TV together, which the gauges on the laptop, and Air Nav Pro on the iPad mini.  This was a test but could work if setup better on a desk.  I like the TV being a little bit further back and gauges closer, seems closer to the real thing.IMG_3084

I found this software by www.flythissim.com with a G1000 cockpit for Cessna 172.  I’m running the cockpit on my PC’s 4th monitor, with the 3 other monitors running X-Plane 10.  I put monitors behind the 4th monitor, so it looks like looking over the hood of the plane.  Focusing close for controlls, and further away for outside the cockpit.

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I’m conisdering getting a touch screen, since the FTS cockpit was designed to use it.

 

Air Nav Pro – iPhone/iPad App for real and simulated flight

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I decided to purchase Air Nav Pro for $49.99, and also got the 3D Data for EFIS “USA – California 3D data” pack for $29.99 so I can see the 3D view, as well as the 2012 Sectional and TAC charts for the entire USA for $3.99 each, totaling $87.96.

The version used on this review is Air Nav Pro 5.4.1.

Here are the reasons that got me to buy this app over ForeFlight, Garmin, or WingX:

  • Works with X-Plane and FSX with a small AirNav plugin (ForeFlight is too, to use FSX requires buying a $5 FSXFlight program to get it to work)
  • 3D EFIS system for seeing altitude of surrounding terrain. Great for navigating around the terrain.
  • Airspace outlines on Elevation graph
  • Can install on all iPads and iPhones on my account, for the 1 fee.
  • my iPad (with wifi only) can use the iPhones GPS when in a real flight (by enabling “Share GPS via bluetooth” on my iPhone).
  • LogBook of all flights, with sync to the services.xample.ch site, which can export as GPX and KML: Here is my logged flights

Features I wish Air Nav Pro had:

  • Easy download of FAA Documents – with auto update (ForeFlight)
  • Airport Plates with Geo-referenced and AF/D info (like in ForeFlight)
  • DUATS filing (with www.duats.com) (ForeFlight)
  • IFR High and Low route charts
  • Map Overlays (Like ForeFlight): Flight rule icons for VFR, IFR), Dewpoint, Temp, Visibility, Wind, Ceiling, Sky Coverage, PIREPs, Lightning, Obstacles, Fuel Costs, Satellite (clouds), and Radar (for rain).

Here is what the map looks like when the 3D data is installed, and you are flying below the surrounding terrain.  Also, note the elevation window, and the different colored boxes outlining the different Airspaces.  This will be very useful for knowing when I’m entering an airspace, and knowing if I’m flying above or below it.

 

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 versus iPad Mini

So I’ve had the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for a little over a month, and I’ve enjoyed using it and would say it is a good tablet.  However, I’ve found several issues that bugged me and made me want to get an iPad Mini.  We already have an iPad 3 and several iPhones in the family, so I’m very accustom to apple products.
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Screen Resolution (winner: Kindle Fire HD 8.9): The Fire HD 8.9 definitely has the better resolution screen (1920×1200 vs. 1024×768), and I will miss those crisp images. Below I compare the text between the Kindle and iPad Mini from the same “Flying Magazine” displayed in Kindle app:

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Screen Aspect Ratio (winner: Kindle Fire HD 8.9):  the wider aspect ratio screen works better is Movies and TV content. But I really dont watch shows on my tablet that often, thats what my TV is for. Below is the show “House of Cards” being played within Netflix App.

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Price (winner: Kindle Fire HD 8.9): The price of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ($299) is also cheaper then the iPad Mini ($329).  I ended up getting my Kindle for $275 no tax or shipping from ebay new. But the iPad mini was full price every where I looked, so I got mine at full retail price + tax at Best Buy.

Speakers (winner: Kindle Fire HD 8.9): The Kindle actually has stereo speaker that get louder and sound better than the iPad Mini. However, I usually use headphone if watching a show in most cases.

The above are the best parts of the Kindle, in just about every other way, the iPad Mini is better.

Bezel size (winner: iPad mini): The iPad mini has a much smaller bezel, which is just a better use of space. In portrait mode, the width of the viewable screen on the iPad mini is about the same as the Kindle. However, the length of the viewable screen is about an inch longer on the Kindle.  The reason the Kindle is so much bigger and heavier is because of the larger bezel.

Weight (winner: iPad mini): The iPad mini weighs in at 308g while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is 567g. You can easily hold the iPad Mini with one hand while reading it and not strain your hand.  The Kindle is just at the point where your hand just starts to get tired in about 30 minutes, especially if you have a heavy case on there.

Kindle App (winner: iPad mini): I could not believe this, but some Kindle books actually look better on the iPad Kindle app, then on the Kindle Fire HD itself.  Look at the chapter title of the same book on Kindle vs. iPad mini. Also, the Text-to-Speech option in on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 freezes after 10 minutes or so of reading, and looses it’s place in the book, so you have to fast forward to continue. Very annoying. Another issue is zooming in on illustrations within a book, doesnt work on Kindle, but does on iPad mini Kindle App.

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App Store (winner: iPad mini): The Kindle app store is very limited in comparison to the Apple App store by far.  Most developer do a iPad/iPhone app first then make one for Android.  However, most of the Android apps are only available via the Google Play app store, which the Kindle does NOT have access to.  You can hack/root the kindle and sneak apps on the kindle, but some of them dont work fully because they assume you are loggeg into Google Play Store. An example of that is the “Chrome Browser”. If you want access to all the android apps, you should probably get a Nexus 7 or 10.

Browser (winner: iPad mini): The Kindle Silk browser takes several seconds just to start up. If you last had several tabs open on the browser, expect to wait close to a minute before the silk browser reloads all the tabs and you are able to enter in a new URL or continue browsing from where you left off.  The iPad Safari browser just saves your last state, and you can start browsing immediately.

Overall response time (winner: iPad mini): The iPad mini has the benefit of being a well tested interface, and is snappier and immediately responsive to touch-screen selections.  The Kindle can sometime just sit there when you press something, and it is actually working, but there is no click sound or icon movement to show that you have depressed something.  This is not in every case, but when you experience it, it is annoying.

In this review, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 OS version is  8.1.4, and iPad Mini is iOS version 6.1.3.