Thursday, September 25, 2008

Android Phone

The Android phone was announced a couple of days ago. I'm one of those guys that's been following it since I first heard about it many, many months ago. I'm actually thinking about buying one when they're available next month. Might even pre-order one.

As much as I'd like to have an iPhone, it seems like the G1 will have a little more flexibility long term. Still, I'm torn between the two. Apparently others are as well. One person over on Gizmodo suggested a challenge to see which phone was the best in real-life situations:

Gizmodo, please do a "usability-test" - it should work like this:

A G1 user and an iPhone user sit in a room and have to do several real-world tasks - who does it faster wins:

- Look up a fact in wikipedia you argued with someone about, than edit the article it to your favor

- do a calculation of something you could have easily done in your head

- Give someone a Phonenumber from your adressbook, while you are talking to him

- Find a picture of BOOBS

- Get heavily drunk, call your GF - if you succeed, you fail

- Get heavily drunk, buy stupid things on amazon or ebay

- Find out how drunk you are with an online-calculator

- Find out how much your car would be worth if you crash it while driving drunk

What will I end up getting? Only time will tell. However, that Android phone is awfully tempting right now.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Maxxis Tires

Well, I finally have to get new tires. I don't know exactly how many miles I've put on this set, but I remember buying them almost 2 years ago. I only remember this because they're 700x25. A size you don't see in this particular tire too often.

I'm guessing I probably put between 7000-8000 miles on this particular tire. More importantly, I was bombing down a hill at 45 mph on this very tire 24 hours ago. Good thing it held up.

Here's the worst of the two spots:

Second is not far from it:

You're probably thinking this is terrible.

Actually, it's pretty incredible. I've ridden these tires in some of the worst terrain imaginable for a road bike. Glass strewn streets, potholes, etc... I've only had one flat, and that was because I ran over a roofing nail. It actually stuck in the aluminum part of my rim. Pretty impressive. I've even dug chunks of glass out of this tire. Even with these two chunks missing, still didn't have a flat.

Yes, these Maxxis Re-Fuse tires have been good to me. I'll probably buy another set if I can find them in 700x25.