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Geeky & Productive Way to Start 2012 F1 Season

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Here’s my geeky and productive way to start off the 2012 Formula 1 season: Textexpander shortcuts for Formula 1 driver names.

I’ve blogged about Textexpander before: In short, with TextExpander installed on your Mac you can type short key-commands, like “ddate” which is automatically replaced with something like Thursday March 15, 2012 saving keystrokes and looking things up. I store handy E-Mail responses or marking responses in TextExpander shortcuts as well as things like HTML elements and other filler text.

There is also the compatible MS Windows option: PhraseExpress.

For the 2012 Formula 1 season I’ve taken the Formula 1 timing and scoring three letter short code abbreviations and turned them into a Textpander group. This should help me bang-out my tweets, blog postings, gripes and other comments about F1.

3 Letter Driver Abbreviation
ALO Fernando Alonso F1ALO
BUT Jenson Button F1BUT
DIR Paul di Resta F1DIR
DLR Pedro de la Rosa F1
GLO Timo Glock F1GLO
GRO Romain Grosjean F1GRO
HAM Lewis Hamilton F1HAM
HUL Nico Hulkenberg F1HUL
KAR Narain Karthikeyan F1KAR
KOB Kamui Kobayashi F1KOB
KOV Heikki Kovalainen F1KOV
MAL Pastor Maldonado F1MAL
MAS Felipe Massa F1MAS
MSC Michael Schumacher F1MSC
PER Sergio Perez F1PER
PET Vitaly Petrov F1PET
PIC Charles Pic F1PIC
RAI Kimi Raikkonen F1RAI
RIC Daniel Ricciardo F1RIC
ROS Nico Rosberg F1ROS
SEN Bruno Senna F1SEN
VER Jean-Eric Vergne F1VER
VET Sebastian Vettel F1VET
WEB Mark Webber F1WEB

Here is the TextExpander Group for you to either download or subscribe to.

2012 Formula One Season: Fantasy Racing

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

This weekend is the first race of the 2012 Formula 1 season. I’m excited and I hope you are too.

One part of the season that always gets me excited is entering my team, ZERO Racing, in Mitch & Brooke’s Fantasy Racing competition. I’m encouraging you to as well.

All you have to do is pick a team name and then a driver from all of six groups provided. The only prize is respect, and you should probably check back once and while to see how you’re doing, but if you let me know your team I’ll be sure to give you credit for besting mine.

Something else to look forward to is the new look I donated in the form of pictures and CSS to Mitch & Brooke’s Fantasy Racing. I hope to see it applied soon — once the guys are done starting the season etc. Here’s a preview:

WoPad Android Tablet: 1/4 of the price of an iPad, 1/2 as good

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


Over four months ago I ordered a WoPad from, so far I’m glad to have the exposure to the Android platform, and for some tasks the larger screen works well. But, the bottom line is it does not replace what any of the Apple iOS devices do.

The Device

The best part about the WoPad is that with express shipping it costs less than $200.00 Canadian. The free Android operating system that Google provides allows seemingly random manufacturers to assemble a collection of hardware, add the Android OS and suddenly have a tablet for sale.

The WoPad offers a capacitive screen or pressure sensitive. I won’t consider anything without a capacitive screen to be a modern tablet, so I ordered the capitative screen so that I wouldn’t look like a cafeteria worker trying to punch-in a trays worth of food into it. That said, the WoPad’s capacitive screen is slow to respond, that or perhaps it’s ability to process touches is very slow, but more on that in a bit.

The WoPad also has an SD card reader, standard headphone jack, standard USB connector for external media, a mini-usb connector so that the WoPad itself can be an external drive. There’s also a micro-HDMI port (I have yet to test) and it’s non-standard power connector – however it will trickle charge off of the mini-USB cable.


The first thing I did when I received my WoPad was ask a colleague to “root it” and install the latest Android ROM that the WoPad would could support.

The ROM he used was based on this thread over at Using these steps

If it weren’t for my keenness to get the latest ROM it would have never needed to be connected to a computer. A challenge Apple’s “peripherals” have yet to overcome.

Fantasy Formula 1

Monday, March 21st, 2011

As the 2011 season is almost upon us I’m once again encouraging you to sign-up for Mitch & Brooke’s F1 Fantasy Racing League at

This will be Mitch & Brooke’s F1 Fantasy Racing League 14th year in a row and my third participating. I encourage you to make your team to compete against ZERO Racing, my team. It makes the season that much more fun.

The deadline for the first race is 1 hour before race time on Sunday, March 27th. Go to and sign up now to make sure you get your team in before that deadline. The site looks like it could use a visual update… working on that. But I’m sure you can look past that.

To get you in the mood, here’s a great tribute to Ayrton Senna from Top Gear, featuring Lewis Hamilton. Can’t wait for the new season or to see the Senna movie!

2010 Canadian Grand Prix Pics

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here’s a few of my pictures from the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

Great race! Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton – I knew he had Canadian a pole and win in him!