I am sure you have seen these Clean Bottles, or at least their mascot running around at the Tour. They unscrew at the both ends so you can easily clean the whole bottle, especially the junk that collects at the bottom. They also cost $9.95 a bottle.
Why buy a Clean Bottle when you could save yourself some money and just buy a bottle brush instead. This one cost $4.99 on Amazon, and I am sure they can found for cheaper. Now you can turn all of your bottles into a Clean Bottle, no stupid gimmick needed. Works with all of your current water bottles, Camelbaks, Nalgenes and Fleshlights.
I have been using SugarSync for the past two and half years (since February 2009) to backup my data into the cloud. In that time I have experimented with several other backup services, Mozy, Dropbox, Syncplicity and ZumoDrive. I have yet to find a service that can trump the features, usability and value of SugarSync.
I primarily use SugarSync to keep the files between my PC and mobile laptop in-sync. This means I have immediate access to the most current version of my files whether I am working from home or at the coffee shop. So when I save a file on my PC, it is uploaded to the cloud and downloaded from the cloud to my laptop the next time it is online (or vice-versa). Automagically. As long as the specified file is within a folder that you have told SugarSync to sync, it syncs. It is not something you have to think about, the syncing happens in the background and is always-on as long as you have an internet connection. Most importantly, if your device isn't currently connected to the internet, the files are still there, and will simply resync once your device gets online.
This article was originally published in the Friday July 8th 2011 edition of the Lake Tahoe paper, the Sierra Sun.
Summer has finally (officially) arrived in the Sierras. These cloudless days of endless warmth bring cyclists of all types onto Truckee's roads. Automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians are all trying to go somewhere in Tahoe. How can we all get along and stay safe?
Understand your place on the roads
Cars are restricted to roads; bicycles are restricted to roads, bike lanes and bike paths; pedestrians have no restrictions but are safest on sidewalks and walkways. When you are on your bicycle, your are bound to the same traffic laws as when you are driving your car. The only difference is that you have access to bike lanes. Stop signs, stop lights, turn lanes and turn signaling laws apply to every cyclist on the street. Unless you are walking with your bike, avoid riding on sidewalks. Not only is it dangerous to yourself and those around you, but it's illegal in California. So first and foremost, ride on the road when no bike path is available.