Jun 4

My wife has a Fitbit Ultra that stopped working. The display stopped working and it looked like it was dead. I had it sitting around for a while until I decided to see if it was still tracking even though there was no display and sure enough, it was. She could use it but it's no fun without being able to check how many steps and stairs you're doing every half hour or so. The Fitbit website has no mention of repair so I started to wonder if I should just take it apart and see if I could fix it. It actually turns out that the solution was actually easy. This time.

Fortunately I decided to do some research before cracking it open. All it needed was a simple reset.

  1. Plug Fitbit USB dock into your computer.
  2. Put the Fitbit onto the dock. 
  3. Press the gold button on the bottom.
This is all it needed to be completely restored. The display popped back on and now it works great. Hope it's this easy for you!

Posted by Peter

May 27

When I read this headline I was happy to hear the TSA is doing its job. It's scary to know that in only a week that many loaded guns were found. The next time you're impatient in line for your flight just remember that the TSA is actually catching people and helping to protect you.

Source - NBCNEWS.com 

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May 25

As a native Californian, I'm the one kid who never learned how to ride a skateboard. Watching this old guy do these tricks makes me want to learn! 

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Jan 18

Some might want to put sole blame on the economy for the shape Guitar Center is in but a recent article has plenty of blame to go around to account GC's alleged $1.6billion (yes BILLION!) debt.

From The Tone King: On June 27, 2007 GC was bought out by Bain Capital for $1.9 billion plus assumed debt. With the debt, Bain had written a $2.1 billion dollar check for Guitar Center and all of its subsidiaries.

For those who donít know, Bain Capital is a private equity and venture capital group that was founded in 1984 by current presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Basically, Bain buys companies, restructures them, and then sells them off at a profit. There are some success stories, and some no-so-success stories.

Unfortunately, when it came to Guitar Center, Bain hasnít had much luck. One of the common complaints among GC employees after the restructuring involves their compensation. Itís hard to believe, but Guitar Center used to offer comprehensive pension and benefit plans. Itís the usual story. Outsource IT to India, freeze raises for years, increase management but cutting back on sales personnel by making them part-time, making it difficult to keep the floor covered.

And being hit by a recession right after the buy out didnít help matters any.

It's an interesting read. Check out the whole article at The Tone King

Posted by Peter

Jan 12
As a fan of mixed martial arts since UFC 2, it has been awesome to see the sport evolve. Unfortunately, with the new dominance of the UFC, other organizations have been disappearing faster than Betamax. Strikeforce is the latest casualty of the UFC, partially due to the raiding of all of Strikeforce's major talent. They were planning on going on even after they were acquired by Zuffa but now that's not going to happen. Tonight will be a lopsided card and SF will be relegated to a minor footnote in MMA history. Better remembered than WAMMA but not has heralded as PRIDE. Let's hope that other promotions like Bellator will grow because we'll always need a farm team for the UFC. Watch the last Strikeforce card on Showtime for free since they have a free preview weekend.

Posted by Peter

Jan 9

We're learning so much about robotics by mimicking insects. This robot cockroach is amazing in its speed and ability to handle obstacles! 

Posted by Peter

Nov 13

Here's Red Bull's take on the Rube Goldberg machine using some of the most amazing athletes doing stunts!

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Nov 13

I love these little birds. I've even had the pleasure of having one sit on my hand but I never thought I'd see one sleeping much less snoring! 

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Aug 17

Probably not the smartest thing they ever did but it ended ok. 

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Jul 16

As a young kid and a fan of rock music, I fell in love with the sound of Jon Lord's keyboard playing. The Hammond organ which could sound corny and elevator in the wrong hands would growl and scream with the great Jon Lord pounding the keys. Lord who suffered with pancreatic cancer passed away from a pulmonary embolism.  He was and is one of my favorite keyboard players and he'll be missed.

Posted by Peter

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