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My new Spot device

I just went on a dirk biking trip to Moab, and just in time for the trip, my new [http://www.findmespot.com/en/ Spot] device arrived. I'm not gonna write a full review here, but so far, I've been incredibly impressed with it. I used it for 3 days straight, in the "tracker" mode where it sends a location message every 10 minutes. I don't think it missed more than one message the whole trip. The cost is not horrible ($150 for basic + unlimited tracking service). Here's an example of what the tracking would look like, this is from our last ride on the Poison Spider trail:

[[Image:http://www.ogre.com/files/ogre.com/screenshots/spotme.jpg|center|Spotme map from Poison Spider]]



I like to read various web articles on my laptop while I'm traveling, and often there's no network available (like, in the air..). I found this little service that someone in the UK setup, which lets you convert any HTML page to PDF. The URL is http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/, and I can highly recommend it, it's an easy to use tool to make sure you have enough reading material available even when you are offline.

And I know, there are other ways of doing this conversion, but the service above is so far the easiest to use that I've found. There are also web service APIs available, which are not free, so I haven't had a chance to try them.



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