mercredi 17 décembre 2008

My 2009 goals

I am doing this because of a Group Writing Project launched by Daily Blog Tips. Please participate and try to set some goals for yourself too. If there are no goals, then what will we look up to achieve?

Ok, my goals for 2009 are:
  1. To write at least 100 posts
  2. Cross 50 RSS subscriber mark.
  3. Improve posting quality
  4. Write at least 1 good quality post a week
  5. To choose my niche more precisely
  6. Get a loyal readerbase
  7. Get featured on atleast 3 big blogs for a good and valid reason
  8. Guest post on some good blogs
  9. Generate a stable income for living from my blog
  10. Launch 10 niche mini sites

dimanche 14 décembre 2008

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

So far I am the one who is cleaning the house. This is not kind of activity I like to do, so almost immediately I came to the conclusion that a new washing vacuum cleaner is needed, but googled the topic, I realized - this is a headache. But I have heard about robotic vacuum cleaners, to describe - it was exactly the thing. Not long thought the apartment had been prescribed a new tenant - iRobot Roomba 560.

All in the tale - set a timetable for the robot, on which days and hours of harvest, is quiet and return to a clean apartment:) This robot himself parked to the base for charging batteries.

iRobot Roomba 560
The first and most important impression after using this device - it really cleans, it is not just a toy, a cleaner-hardworker. Dust, hair and small dirt - anything that you will not find on the floor, where traveled Roomba. I even tested it, put some rice in the room for a handful of rice - taint everything brought together until the last seed.

The second interesting point - as a robot selects the algorithm of its movements and extricate oneself from difficult situations. Indeed strikes - wherever he can physically get through, he will (I am too lazy to clean under the sofa), but he still manages to get into the narrow and hard ground. He gets around the furniture. And he is even able to determine the location of dirt and process them more carefully. Included with my model went further 2 virtual wall to split the apartment into separate zones.

So far found only one drawback - once the robot to clean the entire apartment, you need to clean up the robot. But it is still a lot faster than vacuum the whole apartment.

So I can recommend that to lazy people. And if your Roomba will be bored, he can get a girlfriend - Scooba - robot vacuum cleaner for wet cleaning.

jeudi 27 novembre 2008

Tuning drums

Even experienced drummers having problems with the set up of drums, and shame in this is nothing. So find out how to tune the drums

Social bookmarks

A cool social link plugin

dimanche 19 octobre 2008

Boat Review

Test-drive of skiff boats «ALITA»

Taken from skiff boat reviews.

Presumably, each at least once in life had to feel «deja vu»: like I have been here, seen something similar - only now when, where, under what circumstances? If the occupation forces frequently change from one boat to another, is faced with this phenomenon almost constantly. For example, the cabin «Scandinavians» regardless of its brand and size, I certainly instantly Target even blindfolded. As much time talking about such a popular class of 6-7yard trailer?

But this time it is the feeling was not an example of stronger than before. Where, one wonders, ever seen such a characteristic recess at the gunwale? At «Quicksilver»?


I think, well remember such a formula, as many DIY often taken as the basis of proven projects. People «Alita» is not particularly secret, that resorted to a number of such compilations.

Yes, in terms of layout, we really took advantage of some solutions, borrowed from such boats, as «Cortina», «Quicksilver», «Lider» and «Galia», the more so as there was sufficient experience of their operation - said a company representative. - Say, like the very simple and spacious cockpit for «Quicksilver», which we accepted as a basis. Successful design of the sliding doors bent podsmotreli from «Lider» and «Galia», the latter also borrowed seizure-step on the gunwale. The most successful development of recent years are reflected in the bottomed hull. It required a compromise, because the boat with us, as listed Polish, did «budget», and we are aware that someone is «to start» could put the motor output of 60 hp and then change it to much more powerful - 115-150 hp Therefore, we «standard» for submarines of this class (19 ° to the transom), but in the rear part has a wide flat area. Developed bilge designed to smooth «hump resistance» withdrawal boats to aquaplaning, reduce soaked surface of the enclosure on the fly and «save» Engine power. Choosing the best edges corps and hydrodynamic testing of scale models implemented with the participation of specialists TsAGI. The body is made using a contact forming of polyester fiberglass, the most loaded parts of the hull and decks are designed to fill the sandwich polikor from Mata and further reinforcing glass fiber fabrics and steklorogozhey. The thickness of the shell in the area keel up to 40 mm - on the material we do not save, here and a little overweight. In the course of preparing the snap widely used three-dimensional modeling of individual elements of design and interior design.

The origin of design - the thing is, of course, interesting, but not always fit into the test report. Test Skiff Boat, as well as end-users on whose behalf they serve, first and foremost concerned with the end result rather than its prehistory. .

To judge the quality of stekloplastik shells on their appearance - holding virtually worthless. I can only say that at least a matrix of which were taken out hull and deck section, rather neatly. But the glazing certainly cause issues with a buyer - outboard cabin window albeit a thin, but noticeable black mourning border Paints, a border windscreen (its own manufacturing, particularly proud of the company!), Sage, varied and up to «Company» like «Taylor Made », as the imported analogs, while not enough. Looking from the cabin in the opening of cockpit, which can be used as a trunk or in the overnight stay (in manners yacht «grobika»), for plastic section, I found some plywood parts are not coated with varnish.


By linking «Alita» too, is a compromise - somewhere between «cuddy cabin» and full «kayut». The first, usually with a «sport» focus, more like an open boat, where close kayut hide under the bow deck, the second is better habitability, but not so fast and sudden maneuvers does not like -- increase the height of the superstructure entails not only increase drag, but also raise the center of gravity, and the relatively compact boat beginning to have an impact even such trifles as the height of the driver's and passenger seats.

At «Alita» skiff boat cabin on a lot is not - nor in the one nor the other way. Above she seems to be quite a bit (this is even more visually conceal due to high gunwale cockpit), but high ceilings and well enough to have a sit - 1.5 m of payola. Tiny room, here you can get even sixfold. It is the height of driving right and left passenger seat - almost like in the open «runabout». It is «almost» - tall man did not test any inconvenience, but I personally, with an increase in 173 cm felt preschoolers, which the pioneer morning sit on the «adult» chair - a bit lacked the legs to the floor. In general, and on the right and left would like to see at least some steps. There is another claim to the ergonomics of the administration: in the management of standing wheel impinges on the stomach, and seat - in the legs. Drop arm chair with a pillow down, probably in the «budget» boat is not quite appropriate, but with «skids» Motor type permitting, if necessary, quickly push it back - the fact. By the way, and inexpensive to go (after the representatives of «AlexMarine» reported that a relatively small release of «fit» boat under a specific customer - is not a problem).

Moreover, no carpets, expensive wood and other items of luxury yacht there and pomine that correctly. But there is an opportunity to turn the stern sofa in «solarium». It is a pity only that his back is not used - was not on the Law of the Sea wasteful. There are large trunks, and wall bags, there is a hold - the truth, keep it to better things in waterproof bags, because the test a small fraction of water, inaccessible bilge Pompeii, is still detectable. Immediately turned the attention plan notches and really have a convenient thing - this is not the only step to facilitate access to land, but additional seats (sumo wrestlers, please do not worry!). Battery boxes

Airborne fairway is narrow, but to walk on board, you can safely - thanks bottomed developed bilge splashstoppers static stability at altitude, but on the bow deck helps albeit low, but solid reeling. Very well located neck of gas tank (embarrassed merely the proximity of soft pillows), and its volume - 180 liters - will satisfy the owners and most powerful motors.

Not particularly pleased with tiny sportive wheel the mechanical drive steering, installed, right on the customer's request - to turn it tough, especially in light of alternating parasitic efforts caused by the angle of take off engine. However, all has been habitually and standard - the maximum speed was reached just in the setting of the trimmer, where the boat stopped «lie on the handlebars».

Sound comfort was quite acceptable, except for one unfortunate moment, when approximately at 2500 rpm because of the resonance noise windscreen.

Water «Aelita» conducted themselves well, respectively, their class, does not purport to be excesses, and universal purpose. Its smooth and predictable certainly and newcomers, only begun to absorb water and motor wisdom, and more experienced people who prefer «adrenaline» superelevation albeit quite fast, but generally quiet «Travel Weekend» (compromise edges save fuel and engine lifetime - the minimum speed aquaplaning was just less than 30 km / h at 3500 rpm). Such trips, by the way, you can successfully combine with the same fishing - a spacious cockpit boats will satisfy not only the classic spinning fishermans, but continue to grow the army adherents trollinga (arc for «glasses» installed options).

The only on the «treacherous» waters, promising a wave, will be more careful - the edges as any compromise allowing boat weight per ton to maintain the regime aquaplaning at fairly moderate power, there will be quite extensive.


Clean, modestly, universally. As the saying goes, «and feast, and in the world, and good people» - sort of ageless jeans in which you can walk in the forest, and the guests go.

Not a bad «launching pad» in a situation where a small open boat is not satisfied, but «invested» a truly great piece of plate from eight meters in length while that for any reasons (financial, consumer, etc.) do not want.

(load - 4 people. plus 60 liters of fuel PM - four «Johnson 115», GV - aluminum three-inch diameter 14 and step 21 inches, wind speed - 8-12 m / s, wave height - 0.1-0.2 m pace . The air - 10 ° C, rpm speed, knots (km / h)
800 2.6 (4.8)
1000 3.5 (6.4)
1500 4.8 (8.8)
2000 6.1 (11.3)
2500 6.8 (12.6)
3000 8.1 (15.0)
3500 15.5 (28.6)
4000 20.6 (38.2)
4500 24.2 (44.8)
5000 27.5 (50.9)
5500 31.6 (58.4)
5800 31.0 (57.4) *
* With a maximum on the boundary of trim disrupt the GV

mercredi 3 septembre 2008

Cordless Drill

Cordless drills-Screwing

Market Review

These autonomous vehicles with food, combining power, ease of use and quick-charging batteries have been highly appreciated by both professionals and amateurs-masters. We tested and you represent 11 most common models 12V drills-screwdriver.

By the way, here you can find a Cordless Tool Kit Review.

The ease and convenience in handling drills done cordless - Screwing multifunctional tools. They can quickly adapt to such a fine work, such as polishing of different surfaces.

In recent years, the market appeared portable electric tools with built-charging batteries. They are preferred because of the ease of use and relatively low prices. Technological advances in this area typically associated with advances in the production of batteries.

Power majority of portable electric tools depends on the voltage and amperage. And despite the fact that there are now tools with powerful batteries at 14.4 V, the advantage remains with the dvenadtsativoltovymi in which best combines power, autonomy, weight and convenience. Reducing time charging the battery - is also important factor. All models are equipped with our review chargers, charging for 1 hour. And some models are completed by the second set of batteries, allowing no idle during the work.

All machines are sold complete with chargers, "1 hour, but some manufacturers offer devices that allow for recharging batteries to spend 8-15 minutes.

Typical differences

The first determining factor when selecting drills-screwdriver can serve their shape and location of handles.

Classic models have "pistol" at the rear handle. For them comfortable enough to stay with zavertyvanii drilling or screws. But the situation does not ring finger too well and therefore, to retain Drill in position, it must exert some force.

Handle located at the center of gravity machines, much more convenient. They almost never tires and precision work is much higher. The horizontal position for such drills most naturally. Special mention should be Drill FESTO, received a silver medal for the best design at the exhibition BATIMAT-95. Here, the battery is located separately from the grip that provides a good balance and cumbersome, there is almost no battery.

To carry out heavy work in which Drill need to keep both hands, now under development model with a more targeted at the center of gravity handle. Battery is located, so that remained exactly the distance for the width of the palm of your hand. The surface of the grip for greater convenience elastomer covered or made rougher.

Drilling solid wood requires great speed drills and heavy pressure. Also necessary to keep strong tool, which can take up his front of second-hand.

Drills-Screwing in disassembled form

The choice in favor of ease of use determines the location of the engine, boxes of speeds, the mechanism for adjusting torque and shock motion drills - drills functions, if any. The location of these units one after another, the total for all represented here classical models, avoids loss of energy and facilitates the process of replacing any parts. The device FESTO more complex, owing to the use of new technological developments.

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Block engine, box speeds and a mechanism that regulates torque rotation drills or screwdriver, usually combined in a block section, which avoids distortion. Some models, such as, DEWALT, include the possibility of replacing coal electric motor brushes drills. Regulation of torque at most drills performed ring-screwdriver-switch. Torque and speed drill and screws have two mechanical speed, calculated on different materials.

Electronic regulator smoothly alters the speed of Bullet for accuracy in drilling. Inertia brake engine saves time: 15 minutes, you can back about 150 screws.

Automatic Cartridge, consists largely of two turns in different sides of the rings, providing caught drills or screwdriver. The mansion stands BOSCH, created for speed and convenience of fastening one fixing ring.

Maximum torque as a tool in screwing, and when drilling holes achieved when adjusting ring found in the most extreme situation.

Nickel-cadmium batteries are calculated at different amperage, depending on the power machine. Cartridges with automatic blocking drills axis very effective and easy to use: for example, in models BOSCH can dispense with one hand.

Removing and installing the battery into place - often turns out the operation. Therefore, the battery must have a form which is easy to put on her seat reserved.

Concrete Drilling

Some of these models (MAKITA, METABO I ELU) are indisputable advantage over other - a system of drills. This feature significantly expands their scope. To drill into concrete, do not forget to switch Drill at low speed.

Test results are

This test was conducted without prior drilling screw with a fairly large (6 × 80 mm) and very old and solid oak beam. Each model was wrapped five screws in different places. This allowed to set the average output of each machine (on depth screw back). Results:

* MAKITA - 71 mm;
* ELU - 55 mm;
* FESTO - 53 mm;
* RYOBI - 47 mm;
* DEWALT and METABO - 44 mm;
* BLACK & DECKER - 42 mm;
* AEG - 39 mm;
* BOSCH - 38 mm;
* PEUGEOT - 26 mm;
* SKIL - 13 mm.

Summary of technical specifications provided by wireless models drills-screwdriver.


The existing market-Screwing drills are divided into two categories: one related to professional and you can buy them in specialized stores, while others are considered amateur and sold in stores business.

Professional. Model MAKITA, the most powerful of the titles in our review, but too expensive. Ergonomic FESTO quickly charged with battery pack, more than meets the ratio of all "quality-price." ELU - a complicated and very powerful machine. A model DEWALT has superprofessionalny patron that enables even the most complex work.

Amateur. Quality BLACK & DECKER powerful and somewhat cumbersome BOSCH quite match their price. High RYOBI, multipurpose METABO, as well as AEG attract quality assembly. PEUGEOT distinguishes some cumbersome and lack of power. Also very low model SKIL.

mardi 19 août 2008

Canadian Coin

The Royal Mint of Canada on Thursday issued a gold coin weighing 100 kg and the nominal value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($ 904.03 thousand).
For the first time in world practice, it is made of pure gold, 99999 samples. On the obverse, as on all Canadian coins, placed an image of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain work known Canadian sculptor Susanna Blunt (Susanna Blunt), while the reverse - an image with the three branches of maple leaves work senior Mint engraver Stena Witt (Stan Witten). Coin is called "Golden Maple leaf."

So far, the largest gold coin was considered to be published in 2004 in Austria a circulation of 15 pieces coin "Big Phil" - a gold coin, weighing 31 kg nominal value of 100 thousand euros, so named in honor of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Here you can find how
to Grade Coins Using the Coin Grading Scale article.

Along with "The gold maple leaf", weighing 100 kg (3215 troy ounces), the Canadian Mint produces gold coin "Maple Leaf", weighing a troy ounce, and having a nominal 200 Canadian dollars. Coin is made of metal the same high sample.

With the help of new coins Government is going to return the Canadian leader, who in recent years have been lost due to stiff competition from mints from Austria, Australia, the USA and China.

After the 1979 gold coin "Maple leaf" surpassed by the popularity of the South African coin, but now large share of the market gold coins seized the Chinese "Pandas" (coins with the image of pandas (sometimes with young) on the obverse and reverse at the Temple of Heaven, weighing between 1 / 20 to one troy ounce), Australian pieces (gold coins, kangaroos, australian parrots, weighing between 1 / 20 ounce to one ounce, the nominal value of 5 to 100 Australian dollars) and American "buffalo" (a nominal value of a coin $ 50, weighing 1 ounce, depicting bison).

The new 100 - kg "Golden Maple leaf" would be used primarily for promotional purposes within Canada and abroad for activities relating to the sale of rare metals.