Phonak Naida V UltraPower - dying again

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A few years ago I posted a few rather blunt although honest reviews of Phonak's hearing aid technology. Now, considering I'm not wearing Phonak Naida V UltraPower's right now...here's the report on what's occurred since then... Backstory: Back in August of 2008 I was the happy recipient of a brand new set of Phonak branded Naida V UltraPower hearing aids. While my hearing loss is congenital, it Read more

The only constant is change itself

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When we say things like, “people don’t change,” it drives scientists crazy, because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy, matter - it’s always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It’s the way people try not to change that’s unnatural, the way we cling to what things were, instead of letting them be what they are, the way we cling to old memories, Read more

Biking to Sherrard Point (Larch Mountian's Summit)

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The summit sits at 4055 feet, its parking lot is where the Portland Astronomy club meets to study the night sky. The viewpoint is worth the ride, or drive; on a clear day, you can see four major mountians, with a ~270 degree field of view. As for climbing this hill on a bike...we'll, you'd better be reasonably fit, or the screaming legs of exhaustion will turn you around. From my house, Google Read more

How to make a TailSock frame for less than $10

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Our local recumbent parts and accessories manufacturer sells some awesome TailSoks & frames. Although I'm not ready to purchase one of their admittedly well-made aluminum-tube based TailSok frames. TerraCycle recently started making making their TailSoks with retro-reflective fabric, and so that means they're currently clearing out their old inventory of non-reflective soks, for bargain at Read more

What a fraud Vectrix

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How disturbing... Earlier yesterday I posted to a CAD/CAM machinist forum, seeking help with their software. Hours later I find that my posting has been doctored to not only remove information valuable to anyone visiting, but they fraudulently re-characterized my original message into a semblance of praise for their software. What's even more disturbing is their recent Award, and how they cited Read more

iPhone update due

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An update to my previous rant about Apple's attempts at forced obsolescence Rumor is, Apple is going to release a software update to Fix iPhone 3G performance issues...soon... I'll believe it when I see it. Until then, some of us have Real Work to do on these things and simply cannot wait for Steve Jobs/Apple to throw us long-time loyal customers a tiny little bone. Steps to fix slowness on Read more

Basic human rights

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I'm happy to see the wrongs being corrected in California now.<br /> I wish it could be this simple: You may organize and do as you and your group pleases. For as long as your group's charter, expressions & actions always respect and protect: 1) Equal access to liberty, security, dignity, privacy & individual sovereignty. 2) Equal opportunity of association, education & Read more

A hotbed of creative engineers: Portland, Oregon

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In the past few years I've met some amazing engineers, many are local folks...there must be something in the water. The list grows daily, and I can no longer track them all manually. So...now comes a wiki page Examples: : : My list is absurdly-long...keep an eye on the new wiki page! Read more

Tired of flat tires? I have a solution

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An update to my Feburary posting; the airless Kenda inserts are working great. Yes, I do feel just a little bit slower off-the-line...but...over the past couple of weeks I've realized that I'm no longer scanning the roads for glass, nails & other crap anymore. Only the largish potholes and other uneven surfaces. Combined with the fact I no longer haul around pumps, tire wedges and patch-kits. Read more

Experiences with Airless Bike Tires - www.airfreetires.com is just a scam site now

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After being stuck in outer-SE Portland, fixing a flat, during a dark freezing midnight downpour...and then solicited from a tweaked-out overweight older man (musta been the bike shorts) :o ...I turned to airless tire solutions; I've always hated flatting, and found it silly that a good chunk of my randonneuring kit was in pumps, tubes, tires and patches. My first venture was ordering one-piece Read more