The Tactical Gear Dilemma

People who are serious about their time outdoors spent hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or whatever else are usually very demanding of the gear they use when outdoors. They want their gear to be of the highest quality to make their experience a great one. They know that if they make plans to spend time outdoors and then have to suffer from malfunctions or poor-quality equipment, a lot of their experience may be ruined.

So, they take great pains to find tactical gear that will hold up and that will prove reliable even under the roughest conditions. They never know what they are going to be facing outdoors, be it bad weather, equipment failure, loss of supplies or wild animals. They have to be prepared to deal with anything, and that means they need to have gear that can be reliable at all times.

Now, most outdoorspeople probably aren’t too keen on buying gear online. They can’t handle the gear and look it over for themselves if they buy it this way, and so they worry that they will be getting high quality stuff. They wonder if what they are getting will be different from what’s been advertised and what they ordered.

That won’t be a problem, however, if they do their research and make sure they are getting high quality equipment. For anyone who is concerned about quality outdoor gear, we suggest they find tactical gear here: Find tactical gear here. Tactical Peak doesn’t sell the products it covers, but it does go in depth to review a variety of tactical gear and to help consumers know what their options are.

There isn’t a more comprehensive tactical gear website on the Web, so anyone wondering what the best military flashlight, tactical knife or other outdoor equipment is for their needs should be looking here for it.

The reviews allow consumers to find out about the products they are wanting before they buy them, and they can compare the pros and cons and price points of each of these before putting down any money. In other words, they can know exactly what they are getting before they get it, and they will know if it is one of the best on the market or just a middle-of-the-road offering.

Should Apple Chill Out?


Steve Jobs, and by extension Apple, keep an incredibly tight rein on the functionality of the devices they release, sometimes to the detriment of usability. If Apple were to release their stranglehold on the operation and capabilities of their devices, could it deter casual Apple users from making the leap to jailbreakers in order to use their Apple kit to its fullest potential? Click here for more information about Techwitty Ventures.

Apple has to walk a very tight line when it comes to balancing consumer satisfaction against corporate fulfillment. By that, I mean that while Apple, as a company, merits some of the highest customer approval ratings in the industry, it also has to cater to its shareholders, generating massive revenue not just from the sales of its hardware, but by using stealthy tactics to ensure that consumers using those devices buy their content from Apple as well.

Using the new Apple TV as an example, Apple has tried to ensure that their iTunes rental model is competitive and sexy, perhaps irking some of the TV networks in the process. They have gone one step further in fully integrating Netflix, a genius move allowing users to to purchase content from another source but through the Apple device. But this isn’t the type of stealth behavior I am talking about.

What is interesting, and a prime example of restrictive behaviour, is that with the revolutionary AirPlay technology, Apple has chosen to tightly restrict the format of streaming of media from a computer to the Apple TV device. Users are only able to stream movie files that can be seen in an iTunes library, such as the .mov or mp4 formats. And even then, the Apple TV has a very limited set of codecs that will support movie files. Until a jailbreak can be used or a software update that allows VLC-type functionality, this type of restriction forces use of the specific formats that iTunes dictates, obviously driving iTunes sales or rentals.

Furthermore, until the stringent app review process was loosened, users were having to resort to apps available on unofficial app stores, such as Cydia, to offer simple functionality on their iPhones that should have been standard in the first place.

However, all being said, Apple is now making steps in the right direction, allowing installation of third party apps such as VLC on their mobile devices to better serve the consumer and enabling wider choice for media consumption. At the moment, one could say that they are walking on the side of the line that better serves shareholders rather than consumers. But they are slowly migrating towards looser controls and restrictions a migration that better serves the consumer and will, in the long term, reduce the need for jailbreaking.

More about Photovoltaic Solar Panels


A Photovoltaic solar panel is a conglomeration of several photovoltaic solar cells. Solar Panels Sydney Solar cells are devices used to harness the light of the sun and convert it into electricity. On a stricter note, the term “photovoltaic panel” means electrical energy gotten from any source of light though most often it comes from the sun. A photovoltaic solar panel generally uses renewable, clean energy from the sun and is an environment friendly means of generating electricity. Photovoltaic solar panels were developed as a reaction to the many failures and disadvantages of fossil fuel energy. As was stated earlier, a photovoltaic solar panel is a system of photovoltaic cells. These photovoltaic solar cells do the work of converting ultraviolet rays of the sun into electricity but they can only emit small amounts of energy and they are known to be fragile therefore the need to be put together.

Photovoltaic solar panels can be used to generate enough electricity for domestic and commercial purposes. It can also be used on boats, RVs and in many other instances. They can be used to power from hand held calculators to heavy duty plants in companies. Photovoltaic solar panels are very beneficial to persons living or who set up offices in remote or off the grid locations. If not for photovoltaic solar panels, such persons would have spent quite a lot of money to get connected to the main power source or would have stayed without light.

Photovoltaic solar panels have also come as a relief to environmentalists who have consistently campaigned against the adverse effect of petroleum products on the environment and life. The green house gases emitted by the use of fossil fuels bring about depletion of the ozone layer and oil spills cause death to sea and plant life. Photovoltaic solar panels are free from all these worries as they produce clean power. Photovoltaic solar panels are produced in different sizes and models by a number of companies which include Sanyo electric, BP solar, First solar, Suntech, Sharp, Vingli, Trina solar, Sunpower corporation, Kyocera corporation, Canadian solar, Solar world AG, Alternative Energy Engineering (AEE), Evergreen solar, Mitsubishi solar company, power up solar, Sunwize solar, Hyundai and many more.

Photovoltaic solar panels produce tens to thousands of watts and the price ranges from tens of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Photovoltaic solar panels are however considerably expensive but for those who want to use them at home there are cheaper options. You can decide to buy one after the other, buy fairly used solar panels or even make your own with the aid of solar kits. One advantage of photovoltaic solar panels is that they can be viewed as investments, once bought and installed; your electric bill reduces by more than half. You are only entitled to pay for electricity not supplied by the photovoltaic solar panels. In a case where the solar panels produce all the electrical energy, you do not even have to pay anything at all!

More Sounds From Your Car

Last week I covered a few of the noises your car can make, mostly very basic sounds for very basic problems. This week I’ll go into some sounds and car detail problems that you may not be familiar with, or you may not have paid any attention to.

Let’s start with power steering. Most of the time you never get any real noise out of this system, but when ever the power steering is drained, for what ever reason, and then refilled, air can become trapped in the system. This sound will be a “buzzing” and, depending on the system, can have a high pitch or a low pitch. Normally after a few moments of system operation the system will expel the air and things will quiet down. Another system that can create a lot of noises are the brakes.

If you hear a very faint high pitch squeak that disappears when the brake is applied, this is the brake pad wear indicator rubbing the rotor. It’s time to have the brakes checked and probably replaced. When the new brake pads are installed, the mechanic will use a backing on the pads to eliminate any vibration when the brakes are applied. If this backing is left off, you will normally get a loud squeal when stopping. Now, if you get a grinding sound from the brakes, then you missed the faint squeak of the warning clip, and the brake pads are down to the metal. In this case you will probably need to replace the brake rotor as well as the pads, causing you to make a very loud noise!

After starting your car, if you have a knocking sound that appears to be coming from the bottom but goes away when you put the transmission in reverse or drive, the most likely cause of this is the torque convertor bolts are loose. Of course, this is if you have an automatic transmission. If you have a manual transmission, you may experience a high pitch squeal that disappears when you apply the clutch. This is normally caused by a bad throw-out bearing. Another sound that’s related to your transmission is the chirping sound along with a jumpy speedometer. This is normally because the speedometer cable is dry and needs to be lubricated. Now, let’s look at the sounds your motor can make.

We all know the sound your engine makes when it’s running it’s best. “It purrs like a kitten.” But when it’s not running well, it can make some very strange and unwanted noises. Engine ping, or detonation, is the most common of these noises. Pinging can be caused by a number of things: timing, EGR valve, knock sensor and even just bad gas. Whatever the reason, this should be corrected as soon as possible as major engine damage can result! If your engine makes a low knocking sound that appears to be coming from under the valve cover, this is normally a lifter problem. Either a bad lifter or a lack of oil to the lifter.

Another knocking noise your engine can make is caused by carbon inside a cylinder. This can be very hard to diagnosis if you haven’t heard it before. This will normally disappear after the motor has been running a little while. Another sound that your motor can make is a very sharp snapping that relates to engine speed. Although very easy to hear, it can be difficult to track down. This sound is normally caused by spark jumping to ground. You may have a bad distributor cap, plug wire or even a bad or broken spark plug.

The last sound I’d like to cover is the cooling system. Normally the cooling system doesn’t make a sound at all. But, when the thermostat sticks in the closed position and the engine overheats, it can sound like a mule is inside the radiator trying to kick it’s way out. If your motor overheats and you hear this, get away from the car until the motor cools down and the noise stops! Did I forget something? Have a noise you need help with? Send me an email!