Jan 31, 2013

Samsung 840 vs 840 Pro vs 830. A brief comparison

After my hub where I encouraged everyone to buy an SSD to improve the performance of their PC a
friend of mine asked me for some advice on which one to get, currently my best bet are the Samsung SSDs but with their new revision, the 840, I lost track of the models, so today I want to share this table where we can see the maximum transfer rates and the illustrative price at amazon at today's date.

Max transfer rates in MB/s
Samsung SSD 840 (128GB)
Samsung SSD 840 (250GB)
Samsung SSD 840 Pro (128GB)
Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB)
Samsung SSD 830 (120GB)
Samsung SSD 830 (256GB)
Sequential Read
530
540
530
540
520
520
Sequential Write
130
250
390
520
320
400
amazon.com ($)
amazon.co.uk (£)
amazon.es (€)
N/A

To decide which has a better relation of price considering the speed I tried to get a measure of the averaged transfer rates divided by the price per GB. This is an arbitrary measure and should not be considered more than to get a grasp of the pricing for the different products in the family. I love statistics.


Samsung SSD 840 (128GB)
Samsung SSD 840 (250GB)
Samsung SSD 840 Pro (128GB)
Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB)
Samsung SSD 830 (120GB)
Samsung SSD 830 (256GB)
TR averaged
330
395
460
530
420
460
price/GB ($)
TR/priceGB  (higer is better)
price/GB (£)
TR/priceGB  (higer is better)
price/GB (€)
N/A
TR/priceGB  (higer is better)


As the 830 model is getting difficult to find and the prices seems to get high due to low stock and still high demand, I would recommend my friend to expend a few more money and get the 256GB of the 840, as the Pro and the standard versions have a similar pricing for GB and their transfer speeds, of course the Pro version is way better but pricey.

I add the following widgets of the green colored SSDs where you can see their updated prices.



If you are considering buying any of these SSDs on amazon consider doing it through our links or you can try our own wishlist manager to track their price drops and see its price evolution in a graph.  Big Thanks!
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Jan 29, 2013

Los mejores regalos para un ciclista

bike loveSe empiezan a acercar las fechas de regalos de San Valentín y ahora que la cuesta de enero ya se acaba podemos preparar un buen regalo para nuestra pareja y si es un aficionad@ al ciclismo y si no sabsepas por dónde empezar, te dejo una lista de buenos productos, que como aficionado, he encontrado que són los mejores en sus respectivos apartados. Os dejo los links del producto en amazon si os interesa comprarlo, consultar precios u opinión de otros compradores. Si os decidís a comprarlo en amazon leed antes estas recomendaciones.

1. Un GPS es seguramente el gadget más útil que he comprado, a parte de poder ver las estadísticas de la salida actual, monitor cardíaco o sensor de velocidad, registra la salida para poder analizarla o subirla a alguna de las redes sociales para deportistas como Strava. Te permite también seguir rutas que te puedas bajar o preparar un entrenamiento teniendo en cuenta las estadísticas que monitoriza.
Actualmente tengo un Garmin Edge 500, que en mi opinión es el mejor por calidad/precio y del que pronto tiene que llegar a España la próxima versión Edge 510.



2. Un rodillo es la mejor forma para entrenar en casa, para los que el trabajo no nos deja mucho tiempo libre y sobre todo para las temporadas en las que hace frío no hay mejor manera para mantener la forma que subido a tu bici. Mi opción aquí fue un Minoura B60-R, es un rodillo asequible viendo el precio de algunos rodillos de marca Tacx. Soy consciente que el precio no es barato y mí también me costó comprarlo, pero ahora que lo tengo me arrepiento de no haberlo pedido antes. Recordad usar los vídeos de motivación para cuando subáis a la bici.

  

3. Para los que no queráis gastar tanto os dejo unos cuantos productos más asequibles, algunos los tengo y tengo pendiente escribir alguna línea sobre ellos, otros están en mi lista de deseos.



4. Otra buena opción es mirar en dx.com donde entre otras muchas cosas tienen accesorios para ciclistas a precios muy por debajo de las tiendas europeas, por ejemplo opté por comprar:
Me falta decidirme por una luz, espero poder hacer un mini estudio con las luces más interesantes en dx.com y colgarlo próximamente.

5. Para los más extremos o hasta por seguridad es una buena opción una cámara deportiva, o cómo muchos la conocen una GoPro, por la marca más conocida y que las puso de moda. Aquí tenéis una buena comparativa entre los últimos modelos de GoPro o la review de un modelo una cámara deportiva por menos de 40€.

Recordad que a parte de comprar a partir de nuestros enlaces de amazon.es o utilizar Wishlist Manager, también podéis sacar provecho de #WhereToBuy, una web en la que hemos colaborado en su desarrollo, y con ella podremos comparar fácilmente precios entre amazon y ebay.

Muchas gracias! 
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Jan 24, 2013

10 Recomendaciones para comprar en amazon desde España

amazon logoPara quien no conozca amazon, que desde hace unos pocos años abrieron una filial en España, es una de las tiendas online más grandes del mundo, de origen americano y conocida inicialmente por su variedad de libros, donde hoy en día puedes encontrar todo tipo de productos y lo que es mejor con, seguramente, los mejores precios que puedas encontrar. Cabe destacar que tras mi experiencia en compras online es mi tienda de referencia, con un servicio al consumidor de primera y con el cual siempre me han servido de maravilla.

Os dejo una lista de recomendaciones que os puedo dar por mis experiencias comprando en amazon en los últimos años:
  1. Empezando por el más lógico para comprar desde España es amazon.es o su tienda de ropa BuyVip, no tienen tantas secciones ni productos como amazon.co.uk o amazon.com, pero para comprar electrónica, gadgets, libros y ropa puede ser una buena opción. Si compras libros o ropa por un valor superior a 19€ el envío es gratuito sino son 2,99€ el más económico. Desde hace unos meses amazon ha cambiado su política de envíos y si gastas más de 29€ los envíos son gratuitos, a menos que quieras recibirlos en 1 día, en ese caso tendrás que hacerte premium, pero vale la pena hacerse premium?
  2. Una buena herramienta para buscar y comparar precios rápidamente entre los diferentes amazon con Smartshopping | #PYB, que nos permite ahorrar tiempo y ademas comparar precios con Ebay, y nos recomendará según el producto que busquemos cuales son las mejores tiendas online donde encontrarlo y alternativas interesantes relacionadas con el producto que estamos buscando.
  3. Una de mis opciones favoritas era comprar en amazon.co.uk, dónde tienen un poco de todo y los envíos eran gratuitos a España si gastabas más de 25 libras, pero a mediados del mes de junio de 2013 nos encontramos con la sorpresa que amazon.co.uk dejó de hacer envíos gratuitos a España, por ello aunque tienen gran variedad de productos al tener que pagar el envío y el problema del cambio de divisa hay que ir con mucho cuidado antes de comprar, buena opción si no encontramos lo que buscamos en otros amazons europeos ya que tiene gran variedad. Aunque desde que en el Reino Unido se han decidido a salir de Europa el cambio de moneda ha bajado por ello podéis aprovechar el Brexit como consumidor.
  4. Revisa el cambio de moneda si compras fuera de la zona euro, utiliza si puedes Amazon Currency Converter, el cambio automático de amazon, así antes de hacer el pedido puedes ver el precio final del pedido sin sorpresas. Y cómo no, si puedes compra dentro de la zona euroamazon.deamazon.itamazon.fr o amazon.es.
  5. Cuidado comprando en amazon.com, ya que el paquete va a venir de USA hay el problema de las aduanas, es probable que te retengan el paquete, aunque amazon ya incluye un extra en el envío para aduanas, la verdad es que con el envío más las aduanas hace subir mucho el precio, por lo que he preferido siempre comprar en los amazon europeos.
  6. Intenta comprar los productos en que el vendedor sea amazon, los productos de terceros son recomendables siempre que estén marcados cómo que amazon gestiona el envío así puedes combinar los gastos de envío para diferentes productos. Si compras de terceros seguramente tendrás que pagar gastos de envío para cada artículo.
  7. Los productos de terceros es más recomendable comprarlos en el país de origen, en nuestro caso  amazon.es, para evitar problemas futuros y si puede ser en compras de un sólo producto y revisando muy bien los gastos de envío.
  8. Revisa el precio en todos los amazon europeos antes de comprar nada, una sola cuenta en amazon sirve para los amazon de todos los países, amazon.deamazon.itamazon.framazon.esamazon.co.uk, pon el producto en la cesta y haz como si fueras a pagar, avanzando el pedido para ver el precio final con los portes así podrás comparar el precio real. Si queréis un ejemplo de los diferentes precios entre los diferentes amazon hace unos días hice una comparativa para comprar un Lumia 920.
  9. Paciencia si quieres comprar a buen precio, tienes que tener en cuenta que los precios oscilan constantemente, ya sea porque el producto tiene éxito o recibe muchas visitas, no lo sabemos, pero para ello utilizamos una  aplicación para windows para hacer seguimiento de precios y ver su evolución llamada Wishlist Manager, así compramos el producto cuando su precio sea menor.
  10. Si tienes problemas con los idiomas es recomendable utilizar Google Chrome que traduce la página que estemos visitando en tiempo real, súper útil si queremos ver los precios en los amazons europeos.
Si nuestro blog os ha sido útil, hacedlo útil para más gente, compartidlo en las redes sociales y revisad también las 10 recomendaciones para comprar en Ebay desde EspañaMuchas gracias!


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Jan 21, 2013

Training videos: how to use Tacx real videos with a Minoura B60-R

After getting my new trainer I needed some extra motivation to train hard, radio and TV are not bad but they make me loose concentration and stop pedaling. A friend lend me an old Tacx Real life video, the Mount Ventoux one, which was some years old already, he uses it for an old Tacx Fortius (this is newer) model trainer, but as mine is not a Tacx I have to use the Tacx Real Video Player application, that can be downloaded at their website, but it seems this kind of old video is not compatible with current formats.

After reading some forums, at Tacx and personal websites, those videos were produced for the iMagic and Fortius models of trainer before the TTS (Tacx Training Software) application was available. Those older RLVs used a .pgmf file to be recognized by the software, unfortunately the TTS software does not work with those files anymore and a substitute .TTS file is required for the video player to recognize, after copying the .tts file to the needed directories it was no way to make it work, so I gave up frustrated.

After talking with my friend, he lend me another video more recent, and this one works seamlessly, no need to copy files and it works great. In the player you can specify another brand trainer if you don't have a Tacx, no problem, it seems the number of "speeds" for other brands is 7 so no problem here for me as the Minoura B60-R has 7.

I also want to try some other videos, I will be posting soon. Here you got some Tacx videos that look interesting:



And remember that you can configure your Garmin Edge 500 to see your speed deactivating the GPS when you are on your trainer, mine a Minoura B60-R
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Jan 16, 2013

How come Armstrong never tested positive for doping?

After the USADA (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) made the report public where accused the cyclist Lance Armstrong with "conclusive and irrefutable" evidence of doping, you could think how the cyclist managed for not getting a positive?

The USADA has explained in detail how Armstrong managed to avoid all these years, but there are many lights in shadows in those explanations.

First USADA doubts that Lance Armstrong never tested positive. In fact in 1999, tested positive for cortisone after leading the Tour, but was not punished because he claimed it was caused by the application of a lotion.

Later, in 2001, his teammates Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis claimed that Armstrong told them he tested positive for EPO during the Switzerland Tour but "came to a financial agreement to keep hidden the test".

So the idea that Armstrong never tested positive is wrong, at least according to the USADA.
These are some of the keys to why he never tested positive:

1. Avoiding controls

It sounds absurd, but the USADA says it happened. "The runners are advised not to open the door if there was a control EPO after eating", says the report. Also, in 2000 his teammate George Hincapie said that Armstrong retired from a career in Spain because there was a drugs test.

Other preventive measures was to have a surveillance team for possible controls and retire to distant places such as Puigcerdà (Spain), to make it virtually impossible for them to appear.

Finally, according to the report, "the staff of the team was able to predict when runners would be controlled and apparently had inside information about the test."

2. Using undetectable substances

Between 1998 and 2005, they failed to prove that there was blood doping or through HGH (human growth hormone). In addition, the EPO, with a very short detection time, could not be verified until 2000, which adopted the method of detection in urine. Moreover, testosterone was also very difficult to detect.

These are some of the drugs allegedly used by Armstrong.

3. With a good doctor who knows how to pass the controls

Armstrong had a long relationship with Dr. Michele Ferrari, who supposedly knew what he was doing about doping.

EPO controls (erythropoietin) can be faked by stimulating the natural production of this substance, whether climbing at high altitude or sleeping in a hypobaric chamber, which stimulates red blood cell production and increases the hematocrit.

In this case Dr. Ferrari advised the use of hypobaric chambers to reduce the effectiveness of the detection of synthetic EPO.

4. With saline solutions

According to the report, the team injected saline with the end to evade doping controls.

One of the boldest examples of the use of saline to fool the testers was in 1998 when Armstrong's doctor got hidden in his coat, a bag of saline solution was applied to the rider to lower his hematocrit level before a blood test.


Although Armstrong has disappointed all of us, he has done something good creating LiveStrong, the foundation that he created to support people with cancer, remember that if you buy anything from their product line you are supporting a good deed.

And really as a biker I am truly disappointed by Lance but at least he gave the spirit of overcoming such illness to many and also moved a whole country and a good part of the world to love biking, at least for a few years. Now biking is better than ever, getting more and more adepts by the day, and as a bike lover can't be more satisfied, and aiming to get a living with it, don't forget to check all our biking articles.

Thanks for reading!
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Jan 14, 2013

Garmin Edge 500 vs Edge 520 review comparison. Should I stay with the Edge 500?

First of all I want to make clear that my impression on the Edge 520 is taken from the many reviews out there, I am not lucky enough for Garmin to send me one to review, and, of course, my Edge 500 was bought with my money, I am not a renowned person in the bike world to get one for free as some do, I am just a biking enthusiast and this is just my impression of a product as a humble biker.

In this post I want to share my point of view of how the Edge 520 does not impress much on over the Edge 500 owner and the reasons why I will stay with my Edge 500 for the time being. A device like this is perfect for not using your phone as a tracker, which probably has already a GPS, and also is a valid option, but as you may know its height accuracy is pretty bad. On the other hand the Edge series have a barometric altimeter which is perfect for this kind of tracking. Using an external GPS tracker is perfect for not overusing the battery of your phone and save it for emergencies.

Here you can check the current prices and offers of the best Garmin GPS for bikers, the Edge 500 (mine), the Edge 510, the new Edge 520, the Edge 810 and the Edge 1000 which are the top models from Garmin.

Size

The size I think it is the most important point on why I will stay with mine, the Edge 500 is pretty much smaller than the Edge 520, which is almost as big as the Edge 800. The Edge 500 is compact and has the perfect size for enough fields to check at riding time. I even use it as a hiking GPS, I put it on the outer mesh pockets to get enough GPS signal reception and works just fine. The weight of the Edge 520 has increased to 80g. when the Edge 500’s is just 58g.

Edge 500: 10
Edge 520: 5
Winner: Edge 500



Screen

The touch screen seems nice and it is clearly more user friendly, counting it works good with gloves as they state. I don’t know if it really has any real usefulness, here I lack enough information but I am really doubtful on how this can improve the manipulation of the device and over all on riding conditions. The buttons on the Edge 500 works exactly as they should, they offer enough tactile information to know if you really pressed the buttons, and being on the side offer you the ability to keep your balance manipulating the device while you are on movement.

The color screen in the Edge 520 is a nice touch but I don’t think it is really needed, if they assure me it does not use more battery then it's okay, if not they should have stayed with the black and white one.

The Edge 500 has a small reflection when found in direct sunlight but is not enough to not see the fields on the device, also the light is good for riding on dark situations. Also is recommendable to use a cheap cover to avoid wear on the unit.

Edge 500: 7
Edge 520: 8
Winner: Edge 520 for small gap


Connectivity

Of course connectivity possibilities have been much more improved, now being able to share through your mobile your ride information, with current social network addiction, many of us like to share our rides online as soon as possible. Until now, the Edge 500’s integration with services is good enough, due to these services improving and trying to make as easy as possible the user’s experience, Strava for example let you upload your ride in a couple of clicks, also you can use Garmin's service, Garmin Connect, and also you should check our comparison of Strava vs Garmin Connect. It’s not instant but good enough for me. The connectivity with sensors and power meter remains the same, which was good enough. Perfect for use at home with your trainer, check our Minoura B-60r review, during winter.

Edge 500: 7
Edge 520: 8
Winner: Edge 520 for small gap


Software

The software is where the Edge 520 should improve more over the Edge 500, as I have not tested the Edge 520 I only can assume that it will improve the Edge 500 capabilities. It has many new options Strava integration being the most expected, weather integration, fields depending on the profile, etc. Many users have always been critic with the courses functionality on the Edge 500, maybe I am the only lucky one that got an Edge 500 that worked more or less okay with courses, some minor error drawing in big courses but apart from that it was even useful, as I stated before I also use it for hiking courses. Another typical problem is the lack of refresh on some stats or the battery gauge hanged on 99%, but minor problems really that can be easily fixed.

The Edge 520 probably will have bugs on its first weeks of life, but Garmin has enough time to improve the software on their device and introduce new features which we would love to see.

Edge 500: 6
Edge 520: 8
Winner: Edge 520


Battery life

The Garmin Edge 500 has an official battery duration of 18 hours, according to Garmin, I never experienced with the battery, so I would have to believe it as true. On the other hand the Edge 520 has a duration of 20 hours, it seems the battery may have increased and probably the device is more battery efficient, but the two options are more than enough for a good ride.

Edge 500: 8
Edge 520: 9
Winner: Edge 520 for small gap


Price

I bought mine for around 200€ (around $240) at amazon in 2012, which was the complete package, with HRM strap and cadence sensor. The Edge 520 has a price of $330 for the basic package. The increased price on the Edge 520 may cause some entry level enthusiasts to opt for other brands or the old model at a reduced price, and of course to use the Strava integration you will need to pay the premium features which rise the price on 60€ per year.

Edge 500: 7
Edge 520: 4
Winner: Edge 500


Conclusions

With price:
Edge 500: 7.5
Edge 520: 7

Without considering the price:
Edge 500: 7.6
Edge 520: 7.6

So, taking into account the price, it is really hard to beat the Edge 500, the Edge 520’s improvements have its drawbacks, it really don’t make it advance the Edge 500.

The idea of this post was to give enough reasons to stay with our Edge 500 or, if you have not any of the two devices, to get a small idea of the changes between the two generations.

But don't get me wrong, the Edge 520 is a great device, so, my recommendations depend on your situation:
  • If you are happy with your Edge 500: stick with it for a couple of years, at least, wait for other options and wait for how the 520 evolves.
  • If you have it but you want to improve your experience: get an Edge 800 or the Edge 810 vs the new Edge 1000.
  • If you don’t have any of them: with my points at hand, decide which can be better for you. Look for offers on the Edge 500 or price reductions if it gets below 180€ or $200 for the complete package can be a good deal. If you want the Edge 520 it may be a good option too even considering the increased price tag, or you can check for other GPS devices of other brands, which I am preparing a new post to do a small comparison of some of them.


You can compare easily the prices of the Garmin Edge devices on ebay and amazon with #WhereToBuyBig Thanks to all the readers and visitors!
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