My week with FitBit

In my never-ending quest to get fit, I’ve tried just about everything. The fact of the matter is that I’m…

In my never-ending quest to get fit, I’ve tried just about everything. The fact of the matter is that I’m just not terribly motivated. Working out with Kinect is nice since it turns it into more of a game, but there’s nothing there to really push me. Jogging is just about my worst nightmare (and my knees’ as well). Organized sports in the city are a pain to get to, or at least more of a pain than I am willing to cope with. After ruling out all of these logical activities, I turned to the next best thing: buying expensive trinkets on the internet!

Fitbit is, at its heart, a pedometer. But it is one hell of a pedometer! It also does a lot of other nifty stuff, such as track your sleep, and it provides a website to look at all your data in a pretty format. You can even track what you’ve been eating and whether you’ve been working out in other ways. So, is it worth it? Now that I’ve been using it for a week, let’s take a look.

How to create an Xbox Live account

This is a super long post, so I’m going to break it down for you. Here are the sections: Why…

This is a super long post, so I’m going to break it down for you. Here are the sections:

  • Why you should get Xbox Live
  • How to sign up for an Xbox Live account on your Xbox
  • How to add prepaid cards to your account and how you can change your Gamertag
  • What to do now that you have an Xbox Live account

Enjoy!

The problem with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

For some reason, now that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is out I’ve finally started playing the original on a…

For some reason, now that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is out I’ve finally started playing the original on a regular basis. All in all it’s a great way to work out. The main problem I’m having is that for some reason the game decided I should be on the “Advanced” cardio track even after I retook the quiz and failed on purpose and I can’t figure out any way to change that. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of floor space in my living room and the Kinect tracks pretty well on most of the exercises. There are a couple of issues though, which I’ve decided to chronicle in terrible thrown-together-in-MS-Paint comic form:

Why Microsoft Points Are Actually Awesome

What you’re probably thinking. Stop it! Well, maybe not awesome. But definitely better than the common perception would have you…

What you’re probably thinking. Stop it!

Well, maybe not awesome. But definitely better than the common perception would have you believe.

Recently I had an epiphany. For the past few years every time I made a transaction on Xbox Live I tried to convert the ever-annoying Microsoft points into dollars in my head so I could figure out how much money I was blowing. I realize now that while it’s not a very intuitive system, it’s actually not that bad.

Here are a couple of strategies to help you get the most bang for your virtual buck:

Windows Phone 7 vs. Android

  vs. I’m a big supporter of what Microsoft is about right now. I think Google makes some awesome products…

 

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I’m a big supporter of what Microsoft is about right now. I think Google makes some awesome products but they’re slowly transitioning into a 90’s era Microsoft-ish juggernaut (evil) and I haven’t been too fond of the Cult of Mac since elementary school. Microsoft has had its issues, but they seem to finally be giving up on that “F*** you, we’re Microsoft!” attitude that’s left them behind the curve in recent years – giving us the Xbox 360, Windows 7, and the subject of this post, Windows Phone 7.

I’ve been holding off on getting a new phone for ages. My old phone had some great features like making calls and being pretty small, so I held on to it until a few weeks ago when my send button kind of broke and the first Windows Phone 7 came to Verizon in the same day. I’d been hearing a lot of interesting buzz, so I went out and picked one up.

Three days later, I traded it in for a Droid X2.