New Truck Tires

1197612320-21607_full I’m sitting at my local Sam’s club waiting for two new tires to be installed onto my truck.  My vacation planned for later this month is almost here and I’ve got to get my truck road-trip worthy.  New tires, for the bald ones I currently have on dodgedakotathe truck, oil change, and a general cleaning is in store for my red Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

Diana and I are taking the truck due to the warranty we have on it, the new-ness and the fact that it has cruise control… can’t say enough about the necessity of cruise control on a long 3000 mile trip.  Hopefully they’ll be able to finish installing the tires on the truck before i go to work… LOL

NetBook Madness

mini1000 I have recently purchased and currently await arrival of a brand new HP Mini 1000 Netbook. That’s right… this years "hot" product is on it’s way to my house. I will provide you with a video intro to this new product once it arrives. In the mean time I figured I’d share some of the features and what I’m planning to do with it.

I fell in love with HP’s style back when I had my old 17" laptop. Back then it was my second laptop intended for my desktop replacement device. At that time I needed a desktop replacement because of my need to be ultra mobile. I used it for programming, video encoding, website design, remote administration and more. When I closed my business in 2008, I found it sat on my desktop all the time. So I sold it and purchased matching HP Pavilion desktops for me and my girlfriend.

My intention with this new NetBook isn’t to replace my desktop but rather serve as a portal device into my desktop, servers, and the internet.

Here is the specs sheet from my order:
HP Mini 1000 XP edition series
Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N270 (1.60GHz)
10.2" diagonal WSVGA HP LED Brightview Infinity Display (1024 x 600)
FREE Upgrade to 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)!! – For Integrated WWAN products
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950
60GB 4200RPM PATA Hard Drive
HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl) – For 10.2" Display
HP Color Matching Keyboard
Wireless-G Card with Bluetooth
3 Cell Lithium Polymer Battery
HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

As you can see it will have many wonderful features. I plan on adding a 3G internet card later so in anticipation i purchased the special WWAN memory and was forced to choose the larger 1.8" 60GB PATA hard drive instead of a SSD drive.

At the end of February my wonderful Fiance and I will be on our honeymoon. We are taking a cruise around the eastern Caribbean islands for 7 full days. I’m hoping that wireless internet will be provided, but if not I’ll be sure to post as much as I can before and after.
Anyways… after we get back from the cruise, we’ll be on our 7day road trip along the eastern coast. We could get as far north as New York if the weather permits. Either way we’ll be taking full advantage of the NetBook and the 3G capabilities… Just image, driving down the road with the NetBook open and streaming a movie from your home server 5 states away. 😉

Another nice feature we’ll be taking full advantage of is the Streets and Trips program I purchased last year, which also came with a Microsoft GPS antenna. I plan to purchase an inexpensive bluetooth transmitter for it and will throw it up on the dash to provide us with GPS tracking for our trip.

Ok, the $500 I spent for it is also well justified because it will fit nicely into one of my motorcycles saddlebags… yes, you heard right. Full RDP access into the servers I manage, video streaming, 3G internet access and more anywhere I might ride.

On a side note I will need to upgrade the OS on my home desktop to allow for RDP access… I’m currently running Vista Home Premium and we all know something more is needed.

Well closing this post for now… but I’ll be sure to let you all know when it arrives. They are set to ship it out on the 7th and I’m checking the order status almost daily now… LOL

Truck Tires…

I’m in need of a new tire for my truck. It’s been flat for a while.. but not worried about it as I ride my motorcycle alot anyways. Its starting to get cold and possibly icy, so it’s time to fix up the truck for driving safely.
Here’s some research on tires and what those numbers mean on the sides.. (I found it while looking over at:

Step 1 Look at your tire label. It should look something like this: P185/60R 14 82H

Step 2 Buy for a passenger car. In the tire label, “P” indicates passenger-car tire. Other variations are “LT” for light truck and “T” for temporary or spare tire.

Step 3 Determine how wide your tires can be. Different cars can fit different sizes. The “185” in our example is the section width of the tire in millimeters. Shorter and narrower tires have lower numbers.

Step 4 Understand the tire type. In this case it’s a radial tire, as shown with the “R.”

Step 5 Figure out how to determine if the tire can fit your wheel rim. The wheel rim in this tire is 14 inches in diameter, indicated by the number after the tire-type symbol.

Step 6 Here, 82 is this tire’s load index, according to the industry standard Maximum Load-Carrying Capacity chart. This tire will safely bear 1,047 lbs. (475 kg). Four of these tires can carry a fully loaded car weighing a maximum of 4,188 lbs. (1,900 kg).

Step 7 The last letter (H in this example) is the speed rating: Q (99 mph/159 km per hour), S (112 mph/180 kph), T (118 mph/190 kph), U (124 mph/200 kph), H (130 mph/209 kph), V (up to 149 mph/240 kph), Z (more than 149mph/240 kph), W (168 mph/270 kph), Y (186 mph/299 kph). Speed-rating letters indicate the maximum safe speed the tire is capable of carrying under ideal conditions, for an extended period of driving. You might not feel a difference between riding on T-rated tires and H-rated tires, but you’ll save money on the former.