Sunday, 22 May 2011

Baptisms: Tom

Here are some Hi Quality photo's for some friends who might want to make prints etc because Facebook reduces the quality massively.

Rope Swing

Over this waterfall I saw a really cool looking rope swing.

Nobody else wanted to go on it but I had to try! I used a stick to reach the rope but (after about 10mins of mindlessly waving) I had worked out how to get hold of it. I had several successful save journeys swinging over the waterfall but ultimately ended up very wet after going from the top of the bank and not being able to hold on when my I reached the peak of my swing.

My loyal fans.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Facebook Security

Using facebook on Jennifer's Dad's Laptop connected by my phone acting as a wifi hotspot (my phone can charge this way) on 3g in Portugal. I was confronted by facebook saying my account had been suspended to unlock it i had a choice of using a security question or this novel way I chose which was to identify my friends which was quite fun. I've included a screenshot and below the information that facebook emailed me. I thought that was quite cool.
Dear Sam Stow,

Your Facebook account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you've never used before. For your protection, we've temporarily locked your account until you can review this activity and make sure no one is using your account without your permission.
Did you log into Facebook from a new device or an unusual location?

- If this was not you, please log into Facebook from your computer and follow the instructions provided to help you control your account information.
- If this was you, there's no need to worry. Simply log into Facebook again to get back into your account.

For more information, visit our Help Centre here:

Facebook Security Team

Sunday, 16 January 2011

HRM and Runkeeper vs Endomondo

I got my HRM (the polar wearlink + bluetooth) to work today - I reinstalled both apps and took my phone outside and yay it worked, I was getting quite concerned!

So my friend Alex has started using RK (runkeeper) as he and a few work friends have challenged themselfs to run 10Km or something - this massively sways me towards using RK myself. I also far prefer their web interface - the stats are just presented so much more clearly than on Endomondo- see for yourself here:



RK is a little more babyish but the info is so much clearer. RK also asks you how you think you activity went on your phone before you upload your data to the web which give your tweets more meaning which is great. RK also e-mails you to say if you have beaten your best efforts.

There are a copuple of things that make me really want to stick with Endomondo however.

RK has this elite membership that basically unlocks things you can do for free on Endomondo such as:

  • Track your improvements over a longer period and see all your stats.

  • Lets people watch you running in real time.

Endo also has some exclusive features:

  • Beat yourself mode - the audio cues help you to improve on your last outing - can only be a good thing.

  • It also lets you send messages to people as they are doing a exercise - a bit of a gimmick perhaps but I bet that is really fun and I'd like to be able to do that even if it's something I rarely use.

I prefer the Endo App and they seem to have more features than RK and without a subscription - however RK has closed that gap with their big update at the end of 2010 actually adding HRM to their apps for example.

At the moment I'm going to continue trailing both apps - probably using both at the same time as I've yet to do a proper run, yet alone with either of these apps running :p

I can see my decision going both ways - I could:

  • Just use RK and decide if I want to take a punt on the elite membership.

  • I could convince Alex - (the only person who I actually care about talking about stats with who is actually using a running app) to jump ships to Endomondo - although this should not really effect my choice of app but it would be nice to compare stats in either a RK street team or a whatever Endomondo calls their running groups stats.

  • Endomondo improve their web interface.

  • I could try and find a way to automatically export data from one to the other so I could look at Endomondo for my long term improvement and full stats and use RK to compare with Alex and get the nice encouraging automatic emails.