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08
Jan
08

MpgGenie.com

The cost of fuel is getting really bad! I am beginning to wonder if I would actually save money by trading in my old gas guzzling 1996 Explorer with the V8 for a more economical new car. If gas prices get high enough the fuel savings would be enough to make the payments on a new car. So, to make the comparison easy I created a flex app to do all the calculations for me. I thought other people might find it useful so I made a site for the application (http://www.MpgGenie.com). The database includes over 1000 2008 model vehicles with detailed fuel efficiency data to compare.

MpgGenie - flex application to compare new vehicle mpg ratings and commuting costs
If I were to get a Toyota Prius and gas goes over $4/gallon, the savings in fuel each month would pay for the new car payments! It is getting very tempting…….
19
Nov
07

TORO Pre-race recon – Bells, TX


For the 2007-2008 TORO race series we are creating multi-media pre-race recons for our members. This will feature images served from flickr, helmet cam footage from youtube, and geo located images on a google map at various points on the race track. Here is the 1st TORO pre-race recon for race #701 Bells, TX (11/18/07).

TORO Pre-race recon - Bells, TX

23
Aug
07

Flex Real Time Monitoring App

I have been working on a real-time monitoring application in Flex. It connects to a server through a socket connection and receives 1 second readings of various types and plots them on graphs. The application is under 500k and the 1 second readings are very small. Flex is a perfect platform for this type of application.

Real-time monitoring Flex app

23
Aug
07

MT Bike Flex App

The mt bike flex trail map is finally live! There are currently 7 trails listed. We should be able to add more soon. Most of the trails have dried up now. The trails around Grapevine are still under water though. I have the process to add new trails down now. It is not a quick or easy process but at least it is a process that works!

TxTracks.com - Dallas/Ft Worth Mt Bike Trails

http://www.txtracks.com/mt-bike-trails-map.cfm

06
Aug
07

Summer is here!

The trails are starting to dry out! What a crazy spring we have had. Finally we are able to get out and ride some trails. Rode Sister Grove, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, and Beavers Bend recently. Should have the GPS map, pics and helmet cam video up on the site soon. Once I get a few more tracks added I will make the Mt Bike Trail app live.

25
Jun
07

Rain, Rain and more Rain

We have had a ton of rain here in North Texas. It is good that our lakes are filled back up after a few years of drought. However, this is not good for Mt Biking! The Mt Bike Google maps/Flickr/YouTube/Flex application is ready to go. We just need the trails to dry out so we can map the trails!

We have done a few test runs with the helmet cam & GPS system on cement and gravel trails. The quality of the video & pictures need to be improved but the app seems to be working well.

20
May
07

Helmet Cam

Finally got all the equipment in for my helmet cam system. Had it out 2x’s to record the Denton Branch Rail Trail & Campion Trail in Irving. Neither are true MT Bike trails, but they are good rides to test the equipment on. Everything works pretty slick. Wish the quality was better, but it is acceptable for now.  YouTube compresses the video a lot so the quality is not very good.  The original footage is much clearer.  Here is an example video:

09
May
07

Helmet Cam Equipment

After much research I finally ordered a helmet cam setup. I bought a KT@C Sony 520 line helmet cam and a RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder. The Sony cam isn’t the best camera out there but it should produce decent results and handle the challenging conditions I am going to put it through.

KT@C Sony 520 line helmet cam

The RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder records direct to SD cards. I think this should work out best for ease of use and all the vibration & shock it is going to receive. No hard drive to crash and no tapes to mess with.


RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder

If you are looking to get a helmet cam setup, check out this helmetcamreview.com . They have side by side comparisons of the most popular brands. Very informative site.

Hopefully the weather will clear up so I can hit the trails soon! It has been raining almost every day for 2 weeks! It is going to take a while before the trails dry out.

09
May
07

YouTube Videos

I found some really cool motorcycle videos on YouTube and integrated them into TxTracks.com. Everything from crash videos, amazing trials riding and vintage Evel Knievel footage. Some of those crashes Evel had on that big heavy Harley were really nasty! There is even a video of his snake river rocket bike jump. Now that is pretty darn funny. Amazing he didn’t get killed in that one.

03
May
07

New TxTracks.com UI

I finally updated the UI on TxTracks.com. It is a clean simple design. Hopefully people will find it easy to navigate and little more pleasing to the eye. It should be all XHTML compliant.

New TxTracks.com UI




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