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Second generation Bruce Lee School instructor Carter Hargrave writes about current events, technology reviews, culture, martial arts, and becoming a master of life.

September 10, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Apple Disapoints With Sept 2013 Release Of “New” Iphone 5s – Samsung Board Sighs With Relief

Here we are with yet another incremental iPhone update from the 4s. The world is still waiting for Apple to catch up to the feature set that has made Samsung take ever more market share from Apple mainly the larger screen size of the Galaxy and Note series. For the second time Apple has ignored what the market wants in lieu of telling the market what it wants. Only time will tell if Apple is correct in not making the large screen Iphones.

Samsung has made it thier goal to meet sonsumer demand no matter what it takes, and it appears for the most part to be working as they take more sales away from Apple, even having die hard Apple Iphone users dumping thier phones for the large realestate screens. Those that switch like the features although they are clearly not as refined as an Apple product, but by the time Apple releases a compatible size screen Samsung will most likely worked all the bugs out, leaving Apple wondering what happened.

Ignore the market place at your own risk, and I want a big screen. The only thing that has kept me from switching are my apps (not that big of a deal) and the plastic feel of the Samsung Galaxies (big deal).

Disclosure I have an Iphone 5

September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Grace Digital GDI-IRA500 Wireless Internet Radio Adapter Featuring Pandora, NPR and SIRIUS Review

Wow, this little radio is really impressive. It has wonderful sound and was quite easy to setup. You can get many stations that are not available locally. This is great for those who have moved or those who travel and want to listen to their favorites from back home.

There are so many radio choices, its overwhelming. Pandora has become one of my favorites even though I have a sirius account. Thinking of droping the sirius because Pandora is so good, and its free. That is so amazing!

Setup can be problamatic sometimes but that is usually just the learning curve of our electronic gadgets.

For the modest price this radio continues will provide hours of enjoyment.
Connects your home stereo directly to your Internet without the need of a computer
Listen to over 18,000 AM / FM free radio and HD stations including Pandora, NPR, CBS
Save up to 10 station presets on the front of the radio and included remote control (alternately supports free iPhone/iTouch remote App)
Built in wireless 802.11n connects to any wireless 802.11b/g/n broadband router in minutes
The GDI-IRA500 connects to your home stereo via the built in RCA left and right connectors

September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW Review

I use this now with a cannon xsi and a L 24-70 cannon lens, and a large strap. You have to be a little creative to get things right and move some dividers out of your way and out of the bag. Have room in top for full size pro flash. No room for anything else. No other lenses. I might be able to get a small lens in if I left the lens hood of my zoom out but it would be jammed in there. Fun bag that doesnt look like its screaming I have two grand and a half grand of stuff here. No one notices. This is my third Lowepro and the one I now use most

Original camera sling bag design allows for quick rotation from back to front to access your camera
Hideaway Tripod Mount? system secures a compact tripod or monopod to side of the sling via foldout holder
Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover? protects your camera gear and personal items from the elements
Includes a built-in microfiber cloth for and two memory card pockets
Fits a DSLR (without grip) with attached standard zoom lens; 1-2 additional lenses or flash unit and accessories
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September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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SKIL 3600-02 120-Volt Flooring Saw Review

This saw is intended for laminate floring, but you can use it for hardwoods for sure. I did not have any laminate projects going on, but I did have some toung and groove porch slats to cut. First you can do all the same stuff with a chop saw / miter saw on a stand. The downside to that is it is going to cost you $200 for the stand and another $250 for the saw of any real quality. The other downside to that setup is size, its huge and takes up tons of space and a pickup or van….. See where I am heading. The Skil is good quality in a small package that is portable for any vehicle. Cuts well. Dust is a problem as with any project. Makes nice smooth cuts, accurate and sturdy. Priced right and will pay for itself in one floor project easy.

Portable saw makes accurate cross, miter, and rip cuts
Dual sliding rails provide accuracy and effortless operation during cross and miter cuts
Miter detents at 0, 22.5, and 45 degrees
Innovative locking system secures saw on rails for rip cuts
3600 saw, 75540 4-3/8-inch 40-tooth blade, self-aligning rip/miter fence, blade wrench, clamp, push stick
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September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Princeton Tec Tactical Quad Headlight Review

I have the bigger Princeton that has the big battery pack in the back also and I love it but sometimes its just overkill and a tad heavy. This is very light weight and good for most things. When outdoors you most likely would want to use the highest setting to light a path. I thought the red lens would be more useful but havent foiund a great need. You cant use it to light a path so it would be more for reading and adjusting equipment relatively close up within a few feet. Has a very long run time and like all Princetons it is water proof so you can drop it in the creek or lake and it will still keep working. Its sometimes hard to tell which side is up on it when you put it on, as both look almost the same. Its great having your hands free to do whatever. My kids still give me crap about the geekiness of it though. Hmm I wonder if I got them one if they would see the light :)
Tactical Quad headlight with nylon strap
Heavy-duty plastic
Available in black and sand color options
Interchangeable red, blue, and green lenses
4 white ultrabright LEDs