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Open Access To Exercise Data?

cOdEgUru Garmin Edge 305 + Sport Tracks (188 comments)

I used to run prior to buying my Garmin 305, and I even ran a 10k with decent timing, after deciding last year to leave the couch behind. I had a myriad of foot related injuries and at one point my sports med pretty much told me that all lower extremities will require replacement. I hope he was joking. But the fact was I had no clue as to how I was pushing myself. Even the course around my house I knew as if the back of my hand, I didnt know whether I was doing better one day vs the previous, whether I am pushing myself too hard, how far I was running etc. I would drive my car around the course usually, If I ran different to calculate the mileage, but that became a hassle (found out later that there are other ways such as Mapmyrun which overlays google maps etc.)

My two bit advice to you would be dont buy a gps training device (which is what it is) unless you were training for something. And something bigger than a 5k or a 10k. If you just started running, then run for the fun of it and when you have got that in your blood, get a training device, when you are ready to step up to the next level. A gps device the first time you start running would overwhelm you with all the data (and Garmin 305 buries you with it, and I love it!). You need all the data when you are ready to make sense with it. Initially, you should smell the crisp air outside (or the smog), feel your heart pounding inside the ribcage, see the next hill as you race towards it and its more gratifying than a lot other things, like reaching for the next bag of chips.

A Garmin 305 with its heart monitor will give you tons of data. It will poll your position every 3 seconds, and you can use a tool like SportTracks to overlay that on google maps or Google Earth to see what you burned through. Garmin has its own training tool, like Garmin Connect, which previously sucked, but now is much better. Still I would like to direct you at Sport Tracks as its free and gives you a cumulative representation of your training than other tools. There is nothing better than seeing a month worth of data and see that you have ran 100 miles in the last one month, which days you ran, what your average pace were, your splits/laps. And oh..and graphs, more and more graphs. You can also track as to what parts of the course you were running fast vs slow, your heartbeat zones and the areas of the course where you were about to pop so that you can be better prepared etc. The Garmin 305 does a piss poor job at calculating the calories burned, as it computes it based on the distance covered, not on your heart beat which is a better route. But as long as you burn more than you take in, even if its a rough figure, you would lose weight gradually.

Sure, you dont need Garmin 305 (which is rather bulky, but once its on your hand you dont feel its there) or any other training devices unless you are prepared to take your training to the next level. I am running a half marathon in November and I am treating my training just as I would treat anything else thats important in my life. I have a goal of a set number of hours:minutes before I cross the line and I am not ready to leave that to speculation. I train because I want to be injury free and better prepared. And thats what I have my Garmin. YMMV.

more than 5 years ago
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Military Drone To Fuel Itself With Biomass

cOdEgUru And then one day.. (8 comments)

It comes across Little Timmy, one tiny snack..and then we got Robo-Zombies.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Says H-1B Workers Among Those Losing Jobs

cOdEgUru Re:Require pay and benefits parity (612 comments)

Thank you for pointing it out so succinctly.

What I simply do not understand is a community who has embraced technology, who have a first hand view of how the world is evolving around us, how technology is driving that change, can be so blind towards the ills of protectionism. They are eager to embrace ideas from around the globe, irrespective of where it originated, except when an Organization has to make a choice between hiring locally or globally.

I liken this to how the Cobol or Legacy programmers felt when new technologies came calling.

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

cOdEgUru Re:H1Bs are wrong (574 comments)

I am glad that you have no real say in public policy in this country. And Sir, you are a jackass!

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

cOdEgUru How many of the Jackasses.. (574 comments)

here who is complaining about lost jobs due to H1-B and corporate fatcats are actually volunteering at soup kitchens, volunteering their time at networking events for people out of work, helping the unemployed get their financial priorities in order as well as help them stay motivated in their search for new jobs?

Seriously, how many of you, CITIZENS of this country, instead of clamouring for the Govt, the Senators and the Congressmen to do the 'right thing', are willing to spend their time and efforts helping the truly disadvantaged better their lives?

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

cOdEgUru Re:H1Bs are wrong (574 comments)

Yes, that will teach them!!! Err.. wait, who are we punishing again? The employers who will merely outsource the whole division or to the families of those H1-Bs who just got laid off. Or do we care?

The concept of a global workforce is not one that goes away as the global economic tail winds shift. Regardless of whether politicians all of a sudden grow a conscience or not.

I am on an H1-B. I have been here for the last 9 years, and though I have seen poverty that is far more dire than that around me currently, I am not insulated against what goes on around the country. People who were paid 50k before are pizza delivery guys now, the shame that comes with the inability to afford the basic necessities for your kids, plays all across communities around the country.

But how do you ever plan to make all of them right, by getting rid of all the immigrant families here now?

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

cOdEgUru When will we learn... (940 comments)

If you are worried that he changed the content on his site, removing vast swaths of what he promised before, in order to defend going back on his initial positions, once he become president..do you really think he would care what was said on the campaign website if he was planning to flip positions later?

Presidential campaigns are like incremental releases of a software product. You get slightly better features but nothing revolutionary. Sales and Marketing usually prevents that so that people are back in line when the next release is out.

more than 6 years ago
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SGI Releases OpenGL As Free Software

cOdEgUru Is OpenGL a player anymore? (167 comments)

I am sorry, but someone has to ask. If you had told me that this happened five six years ago, I would be ecstatic, as this would have proven to be a worthy deterrent to Microsoft's DirectX, which was lagging behind OpenGL adoption.

But with DirectX with what 90% of the market(?), I fear its too little, too late. SGI, though one of the icons of the past, has had to suffer from people at the top in late 90s who had really not much vision as to how the PC world was going to pan out over the next few years and was really caught unaware when OpenGL went the way of the doodoo.

But hey, SGI was still the only place then who had Aeron chairs (this from a friend of mine who was gracious enough to invite me to their awesome lunch cafe).

more than 6 years ago
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Open Wi-Fi May Become Illegal In India

cOdEgUru Re:What a pity (179 comments)

Last I checked, this is the overall tally

Number of lives lost in Scandinavia due to Terrorism: 0

Number of lives lost in India due to Terrorism: Atleast 635 people killed in Terrorism since 2001 (I think in reality its far more..)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_India

For all the people here, how would you start behaving the day after the first series of bomb blasts if they were to go off in major cities around US? How would your perspectives change, after the fiftieth one, and consider for a minute that the Govt is helpless to prevent it, that every other week there is one more idiot blowing up innocents. What would you do? Its easy to be far removed from all this ugliness and have an opinion.

I am not saying what they propose to ban Open networks to be valid. What I am saying is, seven years in to the stark reality posed by the threat of Islamic terrorism, I am surprised that India hasnt opted to carpet bomb Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

more than 6 years ago
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Indian Woman Convicted of Murder By Brain Scan

cOdEgUru Re:Interesting (453 comments)

Hey Jackass,

Honor killings as you have read recently about in the media, did not happen in the same country. But then by the same logic and generalization, I guess you dont have a clue.

Whether you like it or not, the technology exists. I dont agree with brain scan being solely used as evidence for committing the crime, but its a secondary tool nonetheless. Just like any other technology, now that its available, society has to make sense of how best to use it.

more than 6 years ago

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cOdEgUru cOdEgUru writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Finally, Procastination gave way to Urgency. Sloth gave way to enthusiasm. And I got off my ass, found a hosting provider, signed up, updated the name servers, uploaded some content and now I am on my way to the coolest..

Or not!

Anyway, I hope to update Rapidnirvana constantly, sort of like a blog, sort of like a daily rant at no one, where I can put up pictures shot using my D70 and my Pentax, and to those who wanted to pour over, well more power to them.

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Fraction of a Dot

cOdEgUru cOdEgUru writes  |  more than 11 years ago

THIRTY: Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. - Carl Sagan

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