Aardwolf Walkthrough – Aylorian Academy

Go North, to The academy recruiter
Type Enlist
Go 5 Rooms North, then 1 Room West, to Claire
Type Start
Type Next
Type Help Kill
Type Newbie whatever you want to say goes here!
Type Next
Type Next
Type Goals Academy
Type Next
Type Score
Train Your Initial Stats - For this, it's probably best to read Help Class Stats!
Type Next
Type Train
Type Next
Type Tell Claire D
Type Tell Claire C
Type Tell Claire Exits
Go 2 Rooms East, to Vorth
Type Start
Type Next
Type Spells
Type Skills
Type Next
Type Next
Type Learned
Type Next
Type Showspell Magic Missile
Go 2 Down
 Explore the area, making sure to kill:
     a small dummy for a face mask (Head)
     a minor fire elemental for an eye of flame (Eyes)
     skeletons for 2 skeleton bones (Ears)
     disturbed spirit for 2 shimmering rings (Fingers)
     lonely spirit for a softly glowing robe (Back)
 Go back up!
Type Next
Type Affects
Type Next
Type Tell Vorth C
Type Tell Vorth 45
Type Tell Vorth affects
Go West, 2 North, West, to Commander Dahr
Type Start
Type Next
Type Next
Type Speedwalks Lidnesh
Type Next
Type Consider All
Type Study
Type Wimpy 30
Type Next
Type Accept
Type Recall
Type Runto Lidnesh
 Find the vipers, and kill them until you see a message appear (Normally after
  killing around 5 vipers - You'll know it when you see it!

   ## You find a skin in the viper's corpse.
   ## Return the skin to Commander Dahr to complete your assignment.

Type Recall
Go U, then 8 North, then West.
Type Give Viper Dahr
Type Next
Go 2 East, to Nurse Orcron
Type Start
Type Next
Type drink fountain
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Go West, 2 North, West, to Filt
Type Start
Type Inv
Type Eq
Go East
Type Drop Bag
Go West
Type Repeat
Type Keep Bag
Type Get All bag
Type Next
Type Go East
Type Get Bag
Type Get All Bag
Type Wear All
Go West
Type Repeat
Type Next
Type Next
Type Tell Filt E
Type Tell Filt A
Type Tell Filt E
Go 2 East, to Vladia
Type Start
Type Worth
Type Next
Type List
Type Appraise 3
Type Buy 2 Cloak
Type Wear All
Type Buy 2 Lunch
Type Buy Lantern
Type Buy Canoe
Type Next
Type Auction Leaflet
Type Next
Type Deposit 10
Type Next
Type Tell Vladia D
Type Tell Vladia Withdraw
Type Tell Vladia A
Type Accept
Type Recall
Type Runto Beer
Go 4 North, West
Type Buy Special
Type Recall
Type Runto Sennarre
Go North
Type Buy Reed
Type Recall
Type Runto Kimr
Go 2 North, East
Type Get Apple
Type Recall
Type Runto Xena
Type Buy Dirk
Go 2 East
Type Buy Boots
Go South, 6 East, North
Type Buy Cookies
Go 2 East
Type Buy Skin
Go South, 5 West, 9 South, 2 West
Type Buy Acuity
Go 4 East
Type Buy Griffon
Type Recall
Go U, 10 North, East
Type Say Yes
Type Keep Bag
Type wear all
Go West, 2 North, West, to Aaeron
Type Start
Type Next
Type Question -h 10
Type Random
Type Next
Type Next
Type Subscribe
Type Forum Personal
Type Note Read
Type Tell Aaeron Dragons
Type Next
Type Tell Aaeron B
Type Tell Aaeron C
Type Tell Aaeron Barter
Go 2 East, to Klau
Type Start
Type Next
Type Next
Type Brief
Type Weather
Type Time
Type Next
Type Next
Type Tell Klau Donation
Type Tell Klau 30757
Type Tell Klau Abend
Type Tell Klau Wayfind
Type Tell Klau C
Type Keep Portal
Go West, 2 Up, West, to Glimmer
Type Start
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Tell Glimmer Claninfo
Type Tell Glimmer D
Type Tell Glimmer C
Go 2 East, to Wolfie
Type Start
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Go West, 2 South, West, to Lao
Type Start
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Next
Type Tell Lao C
Type Tell Lao E
Type Tell Lao D
Go East, 4 South, East, to Maerchyng
Say Yes
Please Note: If you've not explored 300 rooms, and completed 2 quests, you won't
  be allowed to Graduate from the Academy!
   A good way to get your 300 rooms, is to explore the pathway outside the Academy
    where you can kill:
      A lizard for a lizard scale armband (Arms)
      A small brown toad for toad skin leggings (Legs)
      A large black beetle for a dark beetle shell (Shield)

After Graduation, Type Wear All to make sure you wear your special Graduation Medal!

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Path of the Believer

From Recall:

Type Runto Path
Go 3 North, 4 East
Type Listen Prophet
Type Say Yes
Go East, South
 A grizzly bear should automatically attack you in this room.
Go North, 4 East, 4 North, 2 West
 Make sure you can see invisible (sight beyond sight is a level 1 potion from the
  potions shop in Aylor)
Type Kill Pixie
Go 2 East, 4 South, 4 West, 6 North
 A drow should automatically attack you in this room.
Go 6 South, West
Type Say I have the materials
Type Wear Robes
Go 5 East, 5 North
Type Offer the Sacrifice
Type Hold Orb
Go South, 2 East, 6 North, West
Type expose the distortion
 You'll be attacked by Evil Entity - if not, kill it!

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Kimr’s Farm

From Recall:

Type Runto Kimr
Go 2 North, 2 West
Type Listen Kimr
Type Say Yes
 Now for the monotonous part.. Kimr wants you to kill: 50 weeds and 50 black ants.
  You can check how many you have left to kill, by typing Tasks Here
Go back to Kimr (2 North, 2 West from the Southern entrance to the area)

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Amusement Park

From Recall:

Type Runto Amusement
Go North
Type Say Yes
Go 2 North, West
Type Give Ride Man
Type Scream and Yell
Type sway back and forth
Type wave your hands wildly
Type yell I can see my house from here!
 Aggro mob, yelling will move you out of combat
Type spit
Type kick the head of the punk below you
Type unbuckle your seatbelt
Go East, 2 North, West
Type Give Ride Man
 You have to feed the various fishes here, using the "feed <fish>" command.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Squid'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Goldfish'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Swordfish'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Clownfish'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Manta Ray'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Sea Snail'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Tuna'.
  You have a little bag here marked 'Shark'.  Didn't the attendant tell you
   to feed the shark last?
Go 3 North, East, North
Type Give Ride Man
Type creep east
Type creep north
Type reach into the bowl
Type shake hands
Type shake one of the heads
Type creep north
Type creep west
Type dance with the skeleton
Type find the exit
Type creep south
Type creep south
Type creep east
Type rush south
Go South, West, South, East
Type Give Ride Woman
 Copy "Grab Ring" onto the clipboard of your client! - This can pop up any time!
Type Ride East
Type Ride North
Type Ride North
Type Ride North
Type Ride West
Type Ride South
Type Ride South
Go West, South, East
Type Give Ride Woman
Type Ram <direction>
 You need 10 hits on bumper cars. Not all the exits to a room will work with the
  Ram command..
   You'll find yourself back at the beginning of the Amusement Park after 
    finishing the Bumper Cars.
Go 4 North, East, North, East
Type Give Games Man
 You need to hit five ducks.  If you've got command stacking, stack the aim crossbow
  and shoot duck commands!
Go West, South, East
Type Give Games Woman
 Type one of the red or yellow words.
Go West, South, East
Type Give Games Man
Type Tortoise (or Hare)
 Check your inventory - If you have 3 prize coupons, Go 2 West. If not, you can play
  the last game again, until you get 3, by typing give 100 coins man
Type Give Coupon Man
Type Give Coupon Man
Type Give Coupon Man

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Land of Legend

From Recall:

Type Runto Legend
Go North, East
Type Buy 1
Type Buy 2
Type Buy 3
Type Buy 4
 You'll need a fifth ticket, but it doesn't matter where it's to (I recommend 
  Maine! Buy 4)
Go West, North
Type Board
Go East (Opening doors as needed)
Type Give Maine Conductor
Go North, East, 2 South
 Wait for Paul Bunyan to say "'There! That should do it. Guess we'll have to 
  call it Round Lake from now on.'"
   You'll find yourself in a new room!
Type Get Apple Tree
 Now is where that Alias pays off! Use it!
Type Runto Legend
Go 2 North
Type Board
Go 2 East (Opening doors as needed)
Type Give Missi Conductor
Go 3 East, North, East, South
Type Get Apple Sapling
 Now is where that Alias pays off! Use it!
Type Runto Legend
Go 2 North
Type Board
Go 3 East (Opening doors as needed)
Type Give Texas Conductor
Go West, North, West, North
Type Get Apple Tree
 Now is where that alias pays off! Use it!
Type Runto Legend
Go 2 North
Type Board
Go 4 East (Opening doors as needed)
Type Give West Conductor
Go East
Type Get Apple Tree
 Now is where that alias pays off! Use it!
Type Runto Legend
Go 2 North
Type Board
Go 6 East (Opening doors as needed)
 Wait for a line which reads "Casey Jones reaches over, grabs you, and throws you
  from the engine."
   You'll find yourself in a new room!
Go South
Type Say Apples

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Art of Melody

From Recall:

Type Runto Melody
 Okay, this Goal needs a couple of sets of keys.
  One set is on Sophia the old Caretaker.
   The other set is on Guitar Tablature.
    You can use Where to find where these mobs are and kill them!
     Go back to the start!
Go 5 North, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Get Portrait
Go East, 2 South, Up, South, Down (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Listen Heath
Type Accept
Type Give Portrait Heath

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Olde Worlde Carnivale

From Recall:

Runto Carnivale
Go North
Type Say Yes
Go 3 East, South
Type Say Challenge
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Type Bounce Quarter
Go North, 3 West, North, West, North
Type Say Let's Go
Type Say Let's Go
Type Say Let's Go
Go South, 2 West, North
Type Say I Challenge You
Type Wear Bow
Type Release Arrow
Type Release Arrow
Type Release Arrow
Type Release Arrow
Type Release Arrow
Go South, 3 East, North, West, North
Type Say Teach Me
 You're offered the choice between: a coin (End item gives +1 Wis)
                                    a falcon (End item gives +1 Dex)
                                    a horse (End Item gives +1 Str)
Type Whittle (item)
Type Whittle (item)
Type Whittle (item)
Go South, East, North, 4 East, South
Type Say I Want To Know The Future
Go North, 4 West, 2 North, 3 East
Type Say Get Your Horse
Type Mount
Type Wear Lance
Type Tap Heels
Type Tap Heels
Type Tap Heels
 Now you're almost done, make sure to wear your original weapon!
Go 3 West, 5 South
Type Say Finished

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Graveyard

From Recall:

Runto Graveyard
Type Listen Henry
Type Say Yes
 You need to get a Shovel from a Graverobber
Go Back to Henry
Type Give Shovel Henry
 You need to kill a Banshee and a Raven
Go East, South, 2 East
 The Raven should be around here somewhere!
Go 4 South, 5 East
 The Banshee should be around here somewhere!
Go 5 West, 4 North, 2 West, North, West
Type Nod Henry
Go East, South, 2 East, 2 South, East, 5 South, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Enter Coffin
 The Vampire should attack you automatically!
Go 3 East (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Enter Casket
 The Mummy should attack you automatically!
Go 2 West, South, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Enter Mirror
 The Lich should attack you automatically!
Go East, 6 North, West, 2 North, 2 West, North, West
Type Handshake Henry

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Forest of Li’Dnesh

From Recall:

Runto Lidnesh
Go 4 North, 5 West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Say Yes
Go 5 East, 3 South, East, Down
Type Get Root
Go Up, 2 West, 2 North
Type Get Branch
Go East, 4 North
Type Enter Den
 Brown Bear will attack you automatically
Type Kill Cub
Go 3 South, West
Type Set Trap
Go South, 3 East, North
Type Kill Poacher
 You need to kill a brown-furred hare, somewhere in the forest
  From the room where you killed the poacher:
Go South, 3 West, Up
Type Set Trap
Go Down, North, West
Type Get Wildflowers
Go South, 5 East, Up
Type Kill Poacher
Go Down, South, 2 West
Type Kill Crayfish
Go North
Type Set Trap
Go East, South
Type Open Hive
Type Get All Hive
Go 2 West, 3 North, East, Up
Type Kill Sprite
 You need to kill the bull moose, somewhere in the forest
  From the Starting Room:
Go North, East, Down
Type Set Trap
Go Up, West, 2 North, East
Type Kill Boar
 You need to be able to detect hidden for the next kill
Type Kill Elf
Go 2 East
Type Set Trap
Go 7 West, North, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Go East (Opening Doors as Needed)
 You need to kill: a Golden Honeybee
                   a Monarch Butterfly
                   a Hook-tailed Dragonfly
                   a Chubby Porcupine
                   a Spiny Hedgehog
                   a Timber Rattlesnake
                   a Duck-billed Platypus (Always in the room 2 North, 2 East from
                    the start of the area)
 Once you have, from the Starting Room:
Go 6 North, East.
 Now you need to decide.. do you trap the Ranger, or the Poacher?
Type Set Trap (Ranger/Poacher)
 If you check your goals, you'll notice that there's another goal appeared, as Done
  - Lidnesh2 (the Fourth Goal down for me)

Aardwolf Walkthrough – Hotel Orlando

From Recall:

Runto Orlando
Type Kill Skeleton
Go East (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Say Yes
Go 2 West
Type Ask For Lantern
Go East, North, West
Type Grab Cotton
Go 2 East, Down, 2 East, South, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Kill Skeleton
Go East, North, 2 West, Up, West, 2 South, West (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Lantern Bartender
Go East, North, East, Down, East, North (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Scan
 You want to kill all the sparks, but the Tame Spark (normally the second up from
  the bottom.
   Sparks are hard to kill, so make sure you have some healing potions to hand!
    Make sure when there are only 2 sparks, you use kill 2.spark
     When there is only the tame spark in the room:
Type Light Lantern
Go South, West, Up, West, South, East (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Lantern Spade
Go West, 3 North, West (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Kill Monkey
Go East, 2 South, East, Down, 2 East, South, East (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Dredge Water
Type Search Corpse
Go West, North, 2 West, Up, West, South, East (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Key Spade
Go West, 4 North (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Key Prostitute
Go 2 South, West (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Go East, 2 South, West
Go East, North, West
Type Give 1 Coin Crow
Type Get Wax
Go East, South, East
Type Stamp Vellum
Go West, North, 2 East
Type Give Vellum Cook
 The Cook will automatically try to kill you. You can still give him the Vellum
  as he attacks you though.
   Kill the Cook, or Flee
Go 2 West, 3 Up (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Bread Bird
Go 2 Down, West (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Foil Maxwell
Go East, South (Unlocking and Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Biscuit Pug
Go North, Down, South, East (Opening Doors as Needed)
Type Give Collar Spade

Best Swim lap counter by Mia Russel

Do you lose track of the number of laps you have swum during a long set? Or do you like to know how many laps you have done after a workout? A lap counter is a great way to keep track of how many laps a swimmer has completed and are used regularly by swimmers, coaches, spectators, officials, and timers alike.

Many fitness trackers and heart rate monitor watches have a distance tracking function that measures the overall distance you have swum, however, there are some products on the market that are specifically designed to just count laps. Let’s take a look.


Lap counters keep track of how many laps a swimmer has completed. Swimming Lanes by agaumont / Flickr / (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

What is a Lap Counter?

Lap counters are devices used for keeping track of the number of laps swum and they can be used for tracking yards or meters in a practice workout or at a swim meet. There are three different types of lap counters: analog, digital, and manual.

Analog Lap Counters

Most analog lap counters are in the form of a swim watch. As well as being lap counters, fitness trackers and heart rate monitors have a variety of functions, including GPS capabilities, timing systems, and calorie counters. The lap counting function is built into the watch which makes it easy to see how many you have swum both during and after your workout. Analog lap counters are best for individual swimmers who want to keep track of their progress.

Digital Lap Counters

Digital lap counters are high-end, technical products that are usually combined with timing systems. These types of lap counters are used at competitive swim team practices and swim meets and have many functions beyond just counting laps. They have a countdown and workout option for a coach to organize a practice for larger swim teams and manually enter the intervals they want their swimmers to complete. The digital clock automatically signals when swimmers should go.

Manual Lap Counters

Manual counters are also known as tally counters and are operated by hand. These counters are operated by sliding a bead over the counter or clicking the device every time a swimmer completes a lap. Manual counters are the easiest, inexpensive, and most convenient lap counters to use and a great way to teach beginner or younger swimmers how to count laps.


Most analog lap counters are in the form of a
 swim watch

Best Swim Lap Counters

Let’s take a look at some of the best swim lap counters on the market from old-school tally counters to contemporary counters worn on your wrist like a watch.  

BEST FOR BUDGET: Aqua Tally Swimming Lap Counter

The Aqua Tally Swimming Lap Counter is an old-school lap counter that works like a charm. Designed to look like a lane rope, this simple lap counter is super easy to use and you can keep track of laps and sets in the water without having to wear a watch. It’s water-resistant, budget-friendly, and doesn’t require a user manual! It’s a fantastic lap counter for teaching young swimmers how to count laps.

Pros

  •         Simple design
  •         Easy to use
  •         Inexpensive  
  •         Water-resistant

Cons

  •         Not high-tech
  •         Can only count up to a certain amount of laps (depending on the number of beads)

BEST FOR LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING: Kiefer Swim Lap Counter

The Kiefer Swim Lap Counter is a great lap counter for long-distance sets and races. This lap counter has 12 huge numbers, which are super easy to see under the water and from a distance. Made from heavy-duty plastic with sturdy hinges, it’s very durable and is strong enough to withstand hard knocks.

The Kiefer Swim Lap Counter counts odd numbers from one to sixty-nine. An orange panel is displayed after the final lap, which is a great motivation for swimmers.  

Pros

  •         Large numbers are easy to see under the water and from a distance
  •         Super sturdy and tough – very durable
  •         No batteries required!
  •         Inexpensive

Cons

  •         Users need to flip the numbers manually after each lap
  •         Not as easy to use as other lap counters
  •         Only suitable for racing or distance swimming

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RISE Handle Adapter

The RISE Handle Adapter lap counter is a simply designed lap counter that can be managed using a pole to avoid getting wet arms or sleeves. Swimmers can change the numbers themselves if need be and the lap counter is super sturdy and durable.

Pros

  •         Strong, sturdy, and reliable
  •         Easy to see in the water
  •         No more wet sleeves for the person holding the lap counter

Cons

  •         Only comes with a pole attachment – the pole is not included

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Horsky Clicker Tally Counter

The Horsky Clicker Tally Counter is a mechanical lap counter made from stainless steel that is ideally designed for coaches to use to count laps across a variety of sports activities. The lap counter is simple to use, small and easy to hold in one hand, and no batteries are required. The device can count up to 9,999 laps and it’s a great tool for teaching kids to count.

Pros

  •         Lightweight and comfortable
  •         No batteries required
  •         Counts up to 9,999 laps
  •         Suitable for a range of sports activities
  •         Durable and strong

Cons

  •         The button sometimes get stuck

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Digi 1st Tally

Originally made for baseball, the Digi 1st Tally can also be used to count swim laps as it has a large and easy-to-read LCD and it counts up to 9,999 laps. It can count up and down and has a  loud beep confirmation for laps counted.

This lightweight device is suitable for coaches who want to count laps for swimmers, or swimmers who are happy to leave the lap counter on the pool deck and count their laps at the end of every length. It has a convenient lock feature that prevents accidental modification and an auto-sleep mode saves battery power.

Pros

  •         Super lightweight and easy to use
  •         Counts up to 9,999 and can count up and down
  •         Both audible beep mode or silent mode
  •         An auto-sleep mode saves battery power
  •         Convenient lock feature

Cons

  •         Doesn’t have a backlight display for use in dark environments

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WEARABLE LAP COUNTERS

SportCount Swim Lap Counter

The SportCount Swim Lap Counter is a wearable lap counter that fits your finger. It has an ergonomic design that makes it fairly hydrodynamic and an easy-to-see LCD. Laps are counted by pressing the button below the LCD and if the lap counter is on your forefinger, you can easily do this with a little flick with your thumb.

The device is lightweight and waterproof and has an adjustable strap that provides a comfortable and secure fit around the finger. The lap counter counts up to 9,999 laps.

Pros

  •         Simple, hydrodynamic design
  •         Adjustable strap for a comfortable fit
  •         Easy to use
  •         Counts up to 9,999 laps

Cons

  •         Small screen
  •         It may take some getting used to

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SportCount 200 Swim Lap Counter & Timer

The SportCount 200 Lap Counter & Timer is the next model up from the SportCount Swim Lap Counter and adds timing to its main function of counting laps. Featuring the same design and adjustable finger strap, this device not only counts laps, but also records the fastest and slowest splits, the average pace you held throughout your swim, and the overall time of your swim. It has an excellent onboard memory that can up to 200 splits or lap times.

It is water-resistant up to 165 feet / 50 meters and can be paused at any time during a workout. The lap counter has a small nickel battery with a long life. 

Pros

  •         Counts laps and records times and splits
  •         On-board memory holds up to 200 splits or lap times
  •         Simple, hydrodynamic design
  •         Adjustable strap for a comfortable fit
  •         Water-resistant to 165 ft / 50 m
  •         Long battery life

Cons

  •         Small screen
  •         It may take some getting used to

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SportCount Chrono 200

Like the previous models of SportCount lap counters, the SportCount Chrono 200 is a fantastic little lap counter that can be worn on your finger while you are swimming. This model offers the added extra feature of timing and can record your fastest and slowest laps in addition to recording up to two hundred individual laps. It has a count limit of 999 laps and is very easy to use.

One of the best features of the SportCount Chrono 200 is that it can help you keep track of your fastest and slowest laps and at the end of your workout in the pool, you can determine which laps were your fastest and slowest. You can also work out the average time you spend on each lap.

The SportCount Chrono 200 is very lightweight and fits comfortably on whichever finger you prefer to use and it only requires one hand for operation.

Pros

  •         Counts laps and records times and splits
  •         On-board memory holds up to 200 splits or lap times
  •         Simple, hydrodynamic design
  •         Adjustable strap for a comfortable fit
  •         Water-resistant to 165 ft / 50 m
  •         Good battery life

Cons

  •         Can only record a limited number of laps
  •         Small screen
  •         It may take some getting used to
  •         The battery life is not as long as the basic SportCount Lap Counter / SportCount 200 Swim Lap Counter & Timer

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FORM Swim Goggles

FORM Swim Goggles take lap counting to the next level and display your laps, splits, overall time, pace, stroke rate, and heart rate right in front of your eyes – quite literally! The goggles have a smart display on the inside lens of the goggles that delivers information from 12 customizable metrics ranging from distance to swim pace per 100, so you can see everything while you are swimming without missing a beat. The goggles are also compatible with the Polar OH1 and OH+1 heart rate monitors, Garmin smartwatches, and Apple Watch for live heart rate metrics.

FORM Swim Goggles have comfy silicone straps, replaceable silicone eye seals, a permanent chemical-resistant anti-fog coating, and are very comfortable to wear. They work well in both indoor and outdoor swimming pools – sunshine doesn’t affect the display in any way, and the battery lasts for about 16 hours. They are waterproof for up to 32 feet (10 meters) and have a one-year limited warranty.

Pros

  •         The smart display shows information from 12 customizable metrics
  •         Comfortable, hydrodynamic design
  •         Adjustable silicone straps for a comfortable fit
  •         Replaceable silicone eye seals
  •         Permanent chemical-resistant anti-fog coating
  •         Water-resistant to 32 ft / 10 m
  •         16-hour battery life
  •         Compatible with the Polar OH1, OH+1 heart rate monitors, Garmin smartwatches, and Apple Watch
  •         Suitable for both indoor and outdoor swimming

Cons

  •         Can be distracting while swimming
  •         Expensive

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Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition

The Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition is a wrist-strap that covers lap counting, activity tracking, and everything in between! This sleek, beautifully designed lap counter boasts advanced features such as swim lap and activity tracking, smart button connectivity, call, and text alerts, and vibration notifications.

Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum, the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition offers a swimmer’s lap counter, swim distance, a timer countdown, calories, and light and restful sleep. Designed for non-stop wear, the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition has replaceable batteries that last up to six months and features a multicolor LED display and vibration motor, movement reminders, and smart alarms.

Validated by Speedo’s Aqualab, Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition is compatible with the Speedo Fit app for water-based tracking and the Misfit App for dryland exercise tracking such as steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled. The device also automatically monitors your sleep.

Pros

  •         Made from durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  •         Variety of features from lap counting to activity tracking both in the water and on land
  •         Multicolor LED display
  •         Automatically monitors your sleep
  •         Six-month battery life

Cons

  •         It doesn’t tell the time

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Swimovate PoolMate2 Swim Sports Watch

The Swimovate PoolMate2 Swim Sports Watch is another great wristwatch-style lap counter with a sleek stylish design and some awesome features. If you don’t want to fiddle around with buttons and settings, the Swimovate PoolMate2 Swim Sports Watch is a good option for you as it is very simple to operate and super easy to read.

It detects and counts the number of laps swum, the stroke you are swimming, the number of strokes you have taken per lap, and your pace over each lap. It can store up to 400 workouts in its internal memory, and also measures the distance covered, calories burned, and more. It also has a stopwatch and timer function that can be used in and out of the pool if you need it. It is water-resistant for up to 50 meters and works well in both 25m and 50m pools.

Pros

  •         Great design and comfortable to wear
  •         Easy to operate
  •         Variety of functions including a stopwatch and Chrono timer
  •         Can hold up to 200 session
  •         Water-resistant to 165 ft / 50 m

Cons

  •         It doesn’t connect to a laptop/computer so you can’t download your workouts
  •         Data must be recorded manually

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Fitbit Ionic Watch

The Fitbit Ionic is the best waterproof Fitbit for swimming on the market as it is designed for swimmers with advanced swim tracking capabilities. It features a built-in GPS that automatically starts tracking your workout whether you are in the pool or running on land and a swim mode that allows you to track your stroke style and laps.

The Ionic is water-resistant up to 165 feet / 50 meters and tracks resting and working heart rate through the PurePulse Heart Rate feature, as well as cardio fitness level, calories burned, and sleep stages. It synchronizes with a host of devices from Mac OS to Android and Windows from up to 30 feet away.

The watch is compatible with most Bluetooth headphones and stores and plays up to 300 songs from Pandora, so you can work out to your favorite tunes. It has a tough, durable screen corning made from Gorilla Glass 3 which makes it scratch and damage-resistant. The battery lasts up to four days, but this depends on the features being used – GPS will use more battery than other features.

You can personalize your watch with an array of third-party accessories, ranging from customized accessory bands to clock faces, and it comes with two different size bands – one large and small.

Pros

  •         Advanced swim tracking capabilities
  •         Automatic GPS tracking
  •         PurePulse Heart Rate measures working and resting heart rate
  •         Compatible with most Bluetooth headphones
  •         Damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 screen

Cons

  •         Short battery life
  •         Only compatible with Pandora
  •         Expensive

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Timex Ironman Classic

The Timex Ironman Classic is a great wearable swimming lap counter that offers a range of other features that can help you improve your performance in the pool. Endorsed by world-renowned triathlon brand, Ironman, the Timex Ironman Classic is suitable for both triathletes and swimmers and provides a host of awesome features.

The watch is water-resistant for up to 100m and features include a lap counter, timing functions, and alarm modes and it is sturdy and durable. The Ironman 50 or 100 models offer slightly better features such as a bit higher lap count range, and more technical timing functions.

Pros

  •         Comfortable to wear
  •         Variety of functions including lap counter, stopwatch, and Chrono timer
  •         Water-resistant to 230 ft / 100 m

Cons

  •         It lacks computer connectivity for post-workout analytics

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Final Thoughts

Lap counters are excellent devices to add to your swim bag if you have trouble remembering the number of laps you have done or need a counter during a race. From basic tally counters to high-tech digital counters and timers, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a great lap counter for your next swim.

Happy swimming!

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Minecraft Experience Calculator

Enter your current level and the level you wish to reach. You can also enter fractional levels if you want more precision.

Current Level:
Target Level:

Current XP
Target XP
XP Remaining

MobXP per actionActions needed
Mob Kills
Tiny Slime1.0
Small Slime2.0
Big Slime4.0
Blaze10.0
Ender Dragon12000.0
Other Hostile5.0
Animals2.0(1.0 – 3.0)
Mining
Coal Ore1.0(0.0 – 2.0)
Redstone Ore3.0(1.0 – 5.0)
Lapis Lazuli Ore3.5(2.0 – 5.0)
Emerald Ore5.0(3.0 – 7.0)
Diamond Ore5.0(3.0 – 7.0)
Smelting
Smooth Stone0.1
Glass0.1
Coal/Charcoal0.1
Brick0.2
Green Dye0.2
Lapis Lazuli0.2
Cooked Food0.3
Redstone0.7
Iron0.7
Gold1.0
Diamond1.0
Other
Bottle o’ Enchanting7.0(3.0 – 11.0)
Mob Spawner29.0(15.0 – 43.0)

Notes:

  • Tiny/Small/Big Slime categories include their Lava Slime counterparts.
  • An XP value like "3.5 (2.0 – 5.0)" indicates that the action randomly provides between 2.0 and 5.0 XP. The number of actions needed is calculated based on the average value (3.5 XP).
  • The XP values for smelting are multiplied by the number of items removed from the furnace, then any leftover fraction is awarded at random. For example, if you remove a stack of 8 iron ingots (0.7 XP each), since 0.7 * 8 = 5.6 you will always receive at least 5 XP, and 60% of the time you wil receive an additional 1 XP. (This all averages out, so there is no advantage to smelting in stacks of a particular size.)

Solar Powered Crypto Mining with Raspberry Pi

Learn how to create a solar-powered cryptocurrency “mining rig” with cloud-based reporting on a Raspberry Pi using a PiJuice and Notecard

Things used in this project

Hardware components
Raspberry Pi 4 Model BRaspberry Pi 4 Model B×1
PiJuice HATPiJuice HAT×1
Raspberry Pi Starter KitBlues Wireless Raspberry Pi Starter Kit×1
42W Solar Array×1
Software apps and online services
Notehub.ioBlues Wireless Notehub.io
UbidotsUbidots

Story

So you’re ready to cash in on this cryptocurrency thing, but you’re also concerned about the electricity consumed in order to mine your own crypto?

Well, I have good news and bad news for you.

The good news is cryptocurrency mining on solar power is entirely possible. In fact, you could argue it’s critical for the sustainability of cryptocurrency (and other Blockchain-related) activities. According to the Sierra Club the annual power consumption of Bitcoin-related activities alone is comparable to a country the size of Argentina. Not to mention the associated production of 37+ megatons of CO2 each year.

The bad news? Considering the raw power requirements for cryptocurrency mining AND the fact that we’re going to use a Raspberry Pi SBC for this project, we probably won’t be rolling like Scrooge McDuck any time soon.

Is this prospect of crypto mining with a Raspberry Pi as ridiculous as it sounds? Probably! But let’s not let reason stop us from building something fun.

Get Your Mining Tools Ready

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “sunk cost fallacy”. This is the concept of throwing good money at a bad idea, only because you’ve already invested money in said bad idea.

In an ideal scenario, we aren’t investing new hardware in crypto mining. Existing hardware is a “sunk cost”, because we already own it. If we can collectively pretend this is the case, let’s take a look at how we’re going to build out a crypto miner on a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and collect some virtual coin.

Juice for the Pi

We want this solution to function in perpetuity without manual intervention, so running our RPi exclusively off of solar is a non-starter. Powering anything that requires consistent voltage off of solar directly is a bad idea, what, with nights and cloudy days to consider.

This is where a cool little product called the PiJuice comes into play.

PiJuice is a Pi HAT with an onboard 1820mAh battery and a micro-USB connector for managing a solar array. With the PiJuice software, we can define battery charge levels at which to gracefully shutdown and boot up our RPi.

Using the PiJuice calculator, it looks like we can expect at best 1.34 hours of runtime on a Raspberry Pi 4 off the provided battery alone. Maxing out the CPU on crypto mining will likely result in far less time.

Powered by the Sun

With the PiJuice in place for power management, we’ll then want a sizable solar array to charge the battery on sunny days. I already had a 42w solar array from when I built a remotely-running ML bird identification system.

Since the array has a micro USB connector, I can connect it directly to the PiJuice HAT. It’s really as simple as that!

Connecting a 42W solar array to the PiJuice HAT

Connecting a 42W solar array to the PiJuice HAT

Phone Home with Cellular

Cellular? What does cellular networking have to do with this project?

Since this project involves running a headless RPi, I’ll have no immediate visual indication of how mining is progressing. So, I’d like to create a cloud-based dashboard of the hash rates generated by my RPi and chart them over time.

I also like the fact that cellular networking makes any cloud-connected project portable!

To accomplish this, I’m going to use the Notecard from Blues Wireless. It’s a cellular and GPS-enabled device-to-cloud data-pump that comes with 500 MB of data and 10 years of cellular for $49.

Blues Wireless Notecard for Cellular

Blues Wireless Notecard for Cellular

The Notecard itself is a tiny 30mm x 34mm SoM with an m.2 connector. To make integration in an existing project easier, Blues Wireless provides host boards called Notecarriers. I’ll be using the Notecarrier Pi HAT for this project.

Also, the Notecard ships preconfigured to communicate with Notehub.io, which enables secure data flow from device-to-cloud. Notecards are assigned to a project in Notehub. Notehub can then route data from these projects to your cloud of choice (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, among others).

Enable Your Virtual Pick Axe

With both the Notecarrier-Pi HAT and the PiJuice HAT installed properly on the Raspberry Pi, we are ready to begin software setup.

As with any Raspberry Pi project, it’s a good idea to make sure all of your installed packages are up-to-date:

sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt-get clean

Next, install the PiJuice software:

sudo apt-get install pijuice-gui

Reboot your Raspberry Pi and then head to Preferences > PiJuice Settings.

Click the Configure HAT button and make sure the correct battery on your PiJuice is selected in the Battery tab:

Next, we’ll want to create two new System Tasks. One to shut down the RPi when the charge is too low and one to boot it up when the battery has enough charge again.

Change Wakeup on charge to a high value (I’m using 80%) and Minimum charge to a low value (I’m using 10%).

Configure the Miner

Mining cryptocurrency is nothing new, so we can use one of a variety of Linux-compatible CLI crypto miners. I also decided to mine Monero, which is a cryptocurrency that is still (in theory) profitable to mine with a CPU only.

To start, we need to install raspbian-nspawn-64, which requires you to be on the 64-bit kernel of Raspbian.

sudo apt-get install -y raspbian-nspawn-64

NOTE: If you’re not using the official 64-bit kernel, you will be prompted to enable it.

Next, issue the following command to start using the 64-bit container:

ds64-shell

Now we need to install our miner, XMRig, from within this 64-bit shell. Install all of the build dependencies:

sudo apt-get install git build-essential cmake libuv1-dev libssl-dev libhwloc-dev

Clone the XMRig repo locally:

git clone https://github.com/xmrig/xmrig.git

Issue the following commands to complete the build (note that the build/make steps may take some time):

cd xmrig
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make

Now we can create a config.json file to specify some configuration options for the miner.

Use the XMRig configuration wizard to create a starter config file for you. Mine ended up looking like this:

{
"autosave": true,
"cpu": true,
"opencl": false,
"cuda": false,
"pools": [
{
"url": "pool.supportxmr.com:443",
"user": "MY_MONERO_WALLET_ID",
"pass": "RPi",
"keepalive": true,
"tls": true
}
]
}

NOTE: You can create your own wallet ID by installing a Monero wallet locally.

In order to enable logging, add the following line to the JSON object:

"log-file": "/home/pi/Documents/apps/xmrig/build/log.txt",

Save this as config.json in your build directory and create an empty log.txt file in the same directory.

If you’d like, you can test out your miner now with this command:

./xmrig -c "config.json"

Assuming everything is working properly, you should start seeing some activity in your terminal window:

To the Cloud!

Now that we’ve proven our mining software functions, we’ll want an easy way to monitor the production of our “mining rig”.

By now the log.txt file should have a healthy set of data. Let’s write a short Python script that will read the log on a periodic basis and pump relevant data to the cloud.

Back on the Raspberry Pi (NOT in the 64-bit container), install python-periphery (for I2C), python-dateutil (for working with dates), and note-python (for interfacing with the Notecard):

pip3 install python-periphery
pip3 install python-dateutil
pip3 install note-python

NOTE: The full Python source is available here on GitHub!

In a new Python file, we’ll want to do three things:

  • Init the Notecard and prepare it for cloud communications.
  • Loop through the log file, checking for data we want to report.
  • Send an event (a.k.a. a “note”) to the cloud.

We initialize the Notecard by specifying a productUID (which is the name of a Notehub project that we’ll create in a minute) and setting the cellular connection mode to continuous.

Normally in battery-conscious environments you would use periodic mode to reduce the frequency of cellular connections. However, in this project, the draw of our cellular modem is the least of our concerns since the mining software is going to use the vast majority of our battery.

productUID = keys.PRODUCT_UID
port = I2C("/dev/i2c-1")
card = notecard.OpenI2C(port, 0, 0)
req = {"req": "hub.set"}
req["product"] = productUID
req["mode"] = "continuous"
rsp = card.Transaction(req)

Here is an example of a log file line that contains the 10s hash rate (along with a timestamp):

[2021-04-20 14:55:02.085]  miner    speed 10s/60s/15m 77.37 76.91 n/a H/s max 77.87 H/s

Our main function will iterate through the log file to identify data that is relevant to the dashboard we are trying to create. For this project I only care about the ongoing hash rate of my miner.

def main(start_timestamp):
""" loops through log file to get crypto hash rate """

with open("/home/pi/Documents/apps/xmrig/build/log.txt") as fp:
lines = fp.readlines()

for line in lines:
# check if this line starts with a valid date and contains "miner"
line_timestamp = line[1:19]
if is_date(line_timestamp) and "miner" in line:
dt = datetime.strptime(line_timestamp, '%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S')
if dt >= start_timestamp:
send_note(line, dt)

time.sleep(60) # check again in 1 minute
main(datetime.now() - timedelta(minutes=1))

Finally, we want to send relevant data to the cloud:

def send_note(line, dt):
""" extract 10s H/s value from log and send to notehub.io """
hash_rate = line[54:line.find(" ", 54) - 1]
ms_time = dt.timestamp() * 1000

req = {"req": "note.add"}
req["file"] = "crypto.qo"
req["body"] = {"rate": hash_rate, "time": ms_time}
req["sync"] = True
rsp = card.Transaction(req)

A discerning eye will notice that everything into and out of the Notecard is JSON-based, making it incredibly developer-friendly.

For example, the generated JSON from the above note.add request might look something like this:

{
"req":"note.add",
"file":"crypto.qo",
"body":{
"rate":77.37,
"time":1619122680000
}
}

Save the Python script and a keys.py file into the same directory as the log.txt file.

Device to Dashboard

Recall that Notehub enables synchronization of data between your device and the cloud.

To get started with a free Notehub account:

  • Navigate to notehub.io and login, or create a new account.
  • Using the New Project card, give your project a name and ProductUID.
  • Copy that ProductUID and enter it in keys.py:
  • PRODUCT_UID = “com.your.company:projectname”

That’s it! When the Python script runs, Notecard will associate itself with this Notehub project. Any notes (events) you send will show up in the Events panel when received:

Next, we want to route our data to a cloud dashboard. I’ve used Ubidots in the past with success, so I created a new route from Notehub to Ubidots.

You can view full instructions for creating a Notehub to Ubidots route here.

Mine-on-Boot

Since our Raspberry Pi will be cycling between on and off states (depending on the battery charge), we will want to make sure our miner and Python script also start on boot.

You can find the instructions on how to use systemd to automatically run xmrig and the Python script on the Raspberry Pi forum.

For reference, here are the two service files I had to create:

[Unit]
Description=PiMiner
After=multi-user.target

[Service]
Type=idle
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ds64-run /home/pi/Documents/apps/xmrig/build/xmrig -c "config.json"

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

…and…

[Unit]
Description=PiMinerPython
After=multi-user.target

[Service]
Type=idle
ExecStart=/usr/bin/python3 /home/pi/Documents/apps/xmrig/build/crypto-monitor.py

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Drumroll Please

And what happened when I deployed this off-grid? Well, it’s another good news, bad news situation!

The good news? Technically speaking, the project worked. With my data actively routing to Ubidots, I was able to create a dashboard to view my results over time:

The bad news? It was clear that I wasn’t going to get too much mining done on a 1820 mAh battery. In fact, I averaged less than an hour of mining before the PiJuice stepped in to shut things down (at least until the solar array was able to charge the battery back up a bit).

What about the elephant in the room? How much Monero was I able to earn? After running the miner for a few hours total, I pulled in a whopping 0.00000178 Monero.

That’s…$0.0007 in USD.

So maybe we won’t be getting rich on crypto with the Raspberry Pi. In fact, I would highly recommend avoiding crypto mining at all, unless you have access to clean energy. #EarthDay and all.

I do hope, however, you’re able to use the PiJuice and Notecard in a future solar-powered project!

Code

Github

https://github.com/xmrig/xmrig

xmrig / xmrig

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Github

https://github.com/rdlauer/picrypto

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10 garden and landscaping tips for small areas

Do you have a small garden or courtyard? There are plenty of strategies that you can use to spruce up your outdoor space. With some extra attention, you can create a comfortable outdoor area to enjoy during the warmer months. Find affordable pots, plants, and gardening equipment on Junk Mail today.

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1. Stick to a single style and use the right landscaping materials

Know
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You can match the landscaping materials to the materials your house is built
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2. Use large pots and avoid clutter

Invest in a few large pots and fill them with a variety of plants. If you have lots of small pots, it can make the area seem cluttered. Choose the same type of pots for a stylish look you’ll love. By reducing the clutter in your outdoor area, it will make your garden seem bigger.

3. Don’t make use of too many colours

Using
too many colours in your garden
will make the space feel cluttered. Use neutral colours with a few accent
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with the neutral colours you use.

muted colours, plants
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4. Add mirrors in your garden

Create
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Working
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small pot plants and baskets to your vertical garden.

Vertical garden
Photo credit – Daderot on Wiki Commons

6. Vary the heights of your plants

Just
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create a focal point, but not take up so much space that it will make the area
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7. Add blue plants to the borders

Plant
blue flowers at the edges of your outdoor area to create a sense of space. Blue
fades into the distance, similar to the horizon. Lavender and agapanthus are
the perfect choices for this purpose. Avoid planting red flowers at the borders
as they have the opposite effect by appearing to be closer than they really
are. This tip will depend on the style you’re going for and the colours you
want to incorporate.

blue flowers
Photo credit: Daria Nepriakhina

8. Divide up your space

Dividing
up spaces gives your garden
a cleaner look and focal points instead of letting everything flow into one
area.

9. Combine storage and style

You
can create stylish benches that serve as storing and seating space while still
suiting the style of your garden.
You can also decide on the dimensions and build it to suit your garden perfectly.

10. Include a birdbath in your garden

A
birdbath can be a nice accent to your garden, even if it’s a small one, and it also serves
a much bigger purpose. As humans, we tend to focus on what we like and want and
forget about nature. This addition is about sharing your beautiful garden with
birds, bees, and other insects. It gives them the opportunity to drink water so
that they can carry on with their day. You can use the birdbath as a focal
point and even make it part of a water feature.

garden, bird bath
Photo credit – Trevor McKinnon on Unsplash

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Nero Mobility’s mobile cold room and freezer solutions

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What can they be used for?

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Tips on how to take care of your mobile cold room

  • Proper storage

Keep
the goods in your mobile cold
room or freezer organised and don’t place any items near the fans. While
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  • Keep the unit clean

Proper
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spoiled items. Keep the floor dry to avoid ice from building up.

  • Maintain a consistent temperature

Prevent
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What Nero Mobility can offer you

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6 Christmas gift ideas for the braai master

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1. Illuminated braai tongs

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the tongs when you’re done with them.

2. Braai mat

Make light work of cleaning up after your braai with help from a non-stick braai mat. Once the festivities are over and everyone has gone home, the last thing a braai master feels like is scrubbing the grill. All you need to do is put the braai sheet over the grill so that you can cook your food on it. Most of these braai mats can withstand temperatures of over 200˚C. Not only do these high-tech mats add to the convenience of cleaning up, but they are also perfect for cooking vegetables and marinating sosaties on. You can even bake pancakes or crumpets with marshmallows and chocolate sauce on it for a delicious dessert. The sheet is suitable for use with a gas or coal braai, but you should avoid placing it over an open flame.

3. Braai utensil set

Every
braai master needs
a reliable set of braai tools. Tongs, a grill brush, and basting brush lay the
foundation for any braai.
A braai set in a nice case makes it even better and keeps the essential tools
together and well protected.

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4. Stainless steel grid

Whether
you’re going camping or making a braai at home, a quality stainless steel grid will come in
handy. Different sizes and designs make it easy to take your grill with you
wherever your next adventure leads you. Perfect for braaing meat and
sandwiches, a stainless-steel grill offers you improved control for consistent
cooking. Simply place your food between the two grids and use the locking ring
on the handle to keep it in place.

5. Meat thermometer

Enjoy
your meat exactly the way you prefer it with the help of a meat thermometer.
You’ll be able to select the best temperature for each type of meat to ensure
that it’s cooked to perfection.

6. Recipe books

There is a wide variety of cookbooks on the market that will take your braai to the next level. From starters to main courses, side dishes, snacks, and deserts, cookbooks will give you endless opportunities this Christmas.

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Also read:
Top braaiing essentials for braai season
Tips for choosing the right braai for you

What to do during your staycation

Planning your staycation? We have some exciting ideas for you! The good news is that you can enjoy a fun and relaxing holiday at home without spending a fortune. Not only is a staycation easy on your pocket, but you’ll also avoid the crowds of people that head to popular destinations during the festive period. Browse through our leisure or community and events categories on Junk Mail to find exciting opportunities.  

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How to plan your staycation 

To have the best possible staycation, take some time to plan ahead. Start by checking your finances so that you know how much you have to spend. Next, decide on what activities you want to take part in and how much each one costs. A properly planned budget ensures that you can fit in as many fun outings as possible. Look out for deals, and coupons make your money go further. 

Why you should consider a staycation 

A staycation is an opportunity to relax in the comfort of your own home while enjoying quality time with your family. You can avoid getting into debt over the festive season while still having fun. Prices skyrocket over the festive season, making accommodation and flights unaffordable for many South Africans. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be avoiding the crowds of people that flock to popular tourist destinations. All the preparation, packing, and travelling that goes along with holidays can also be stressful, especially if you have kids. 

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6 staycation ideas: 

1. Explore your town 

Pretend that you’re a visitor in your own town and explore all the attractions that you’ve been meaning to visit since you moved there. We often take the sites in our own town for granted as soon as we’ve settled in. 

2. Go for a picnic 

A picnic is a fun day out for your whole family. Pack some delicious food, blankets, and refreshments before heading to a nearby park. Sporting equipment can make a great addition to your picnic. Other popular entertainment options include books and board games. Not only will you have fun outdoors, but you’ll also be spending quality time with your loved ones. 

3. Disconnect 

If you want to truly relax during your staycation, take a break from technology. Log out of your social media accounts and turn off the TV. Put your smartphone away and only use it when it’s completely necessary. While it may feel uncomfortable at first, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you start to feel when there are no disruptions. 

4. Look for free events 

Free events are common in most towns, you just have to look out for them. You may find free community yoga in the park or a day of complimentary access to a nearby museum. You can also visit Christmas markets. Make the most of these opportunities for your family to have new experiences without spending a fortune. 

5. Movie night 

Make popcorn and enjoy a movie night in the comfort of your own home. You can even get comfy in your favourite pyjamas before you cuddle up on the couch. There are plenty of movies available on streaming services or you could borrow some DVDs. 

6. Go hiking 

Go for a hike and explore nature in the area that surrounds your town. Search online for popular trails in your area. Check the difficulty level of the route that you plan to take before you set off. There are plenty of short walks that are suitable for children if you want to take your family with you. 

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Now that you’re feeling inspired, you can plan an exciting staycation for you and your loved ones. Sit back and relax this festive season without the stress of planning a trip away. Browse through our leisure and events sections on Junk Mail for more staycation ideas.  

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Camping essentials to pack for your next camping trip

Are you planning a camping trip? Make sure that you take all the camping essentials with you on your next adventure. South Africa’s stunning scenery provides plenty of exciting destinations for you to explore with your loved ones. Whether you’re soaking up the sun near the ocean or enjoying the fresh mountain air, there’s nothing more relaxing than a family holiday spent outdoors. Find affordable camping equipment for sale on Junk Mail. 

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Here is a list of camping essentials: 

Tent  

A good quality tent is a must-have for any camping enthusiast. Choose wisely because your tent will be your home for the duration of your trip. You’ll need pegs and poles to put your tent up as well as ropes to secure the structure. A groundsheet comes in handy as it helps to keep the dirt out. Don’t forget to consider the size of the tent. Two, three, and six-man tents are popular options. It’s always a good idea to go for a bigger tent to ensure you have enough space. 

Remember to bring tent spare items like extra ropes, pegs, poles, etc. You can also pack your tent repair kit and some good old duct tape, just in case.  

Mattress 

Enjoy a good night’s rest on a comfortable camping mattress. An inflatable mattress takes up less space, but you’ll need a pump to inflate it. Foldable foam mattresses and stretchers are also good options. If you do bring your inflatable mattress, make sure you also pack the pump and your mattress repair kit.  

Bedding or sleeping bags 

Although sleeping bags have always been part of the camping essentials list, some campers prefer to just take everyday bedding with them, such as a pillow, comforters, sheets, etc. But because sleeping bags are so easy to use and to transport, it is still a popular option. At the end of the day, it is completely up to you to decide what you want to use since it will depend on your personal preference and the nature of the camping trip.  

Chairs and tables 

Whether you’re enjoying your morning coffee or swapping stories around the braai, you’ll need a comfy chair to sit on. Camping chairs are durable and they fold up so that transportation is easier. Add one or more small, foldable tables to the list that you can use to prepare food or put snacks out on. 

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Clothes and towels 

The number one rule for camping is to pack light. You’ll need comfortable and practical clothing during your camping trip. Remember to include a swimming costume for the warm summer days and a jersey for those cooler evenings. Similarly, you’ll need to pack comfortable shoes. Remember to bring separate towels for swimming and bathing.  

First aid kit 

Be prepared for emergencies by taking a first aid kit with you. Along with the necessary medical supplies, you’ll need mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Also take a fire extinguisher with you. 

Lighting 

As the sun sets, you’ll need lighting to illuminate your campsite. A headlamp is a popular option if you plan to braai, but torches and lanterns (newer LED versions) will definitely come in handy during your camping trip, so don’t forget them at home. Also pack plug adaptors, extension cords, batteries, battery chargers (if applicable), and replacement bulbs.  

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Utensils 

Don’t set off without all the necessary utensils, which should include the following: 

  • Knives and forks 
  • Plates and bowls 
  • Cups and glasses 
  • Pots and pans 
  • Can opener 
  • Braai tongs 
  • Grid brush  
  • Plastic containers 
  • Flasks  

Appliances may include a camp stove, kettle, mini-fridge/freezer and many more. Also, remember to pack cleaning aids such as cloths, sponges, soap, buckets, a broom and dustpan, etc. 

Food  

Learning to pack the right food is a skill that any camping enthusiast needs to learn in order to survive. Include non-perishable food items that will last for the duration of your trip and don’t forget the spices. The food needs to be easy and convenient to prepare as you won’t have the luxury of using a fully equipped kitchen. 

Remember to get enough ice/ice packs for your cooler box or keep the most important items like meat in your portable fridge/freezer.  

Toiletries 

Most campsites have bathroom facilities where you can enjoy a hot shower. Remember to pack the following toiletries: 

  • Soap or shower gel 
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush 
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Deodorant 
  • Facewash and moisturiser 
  • Toilet paper 
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Want to buy a new phone? Have a look at the Galaxy S10 range

Want to buy a new phone? Have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 range. With their awesome design and powerful performance, it’s easy to see why these phones are such a popular option.

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What does the Samsung Galaxy S10 range consist of?

The
Samsung Galaxy S10 range includes the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ and all three
variations have a dual sim option.

Design

Display

To start
off with, the Galaxy S10 range features the new Infinity-O Display, which
eliminates distractions, ensuring a cinematic viewing experience. By making use
of precise laser cutting, the front-facing camera has been discreetly tucked
away in the top right-hand corner, without sacrificing photo quality.

The
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ has a default resolution of Full HD+, but can be
changed to Quad HD+ in settings.

The next
generation screen on these models is HDR10+ certified and the brighter screen
makes your phone easier to use in bright daylight.

The eye
comfort display has been engineered to adjust to the light for a better view. A
unique fluid composite in the Dynamic AMOLED screen reduces harmful blue light
without changing the colour of what’s on-screen.

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Colours

There are
various colours to choose from but may vary depending on the country and the
carrier.  

  • Galaxy
    S10e: Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green and Canary Yellow
  • Galaxy
    S10: Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Green
  • Galaxy
    S10+: Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green and Ceramic Black
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The Fingerprint Scanner

The
Samsung Galaxy S10 range also features a fingerprint scanner that opens your
phone with a simple, natural move. The Galaxy S10e has a capacitive fingerprint
sensor on the side while the S10 and S10+ has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
on the screen.

Materials

The Galaxy
S10+ models with 8GB RAM with 512GB internal storage and Galaxy S10+
Performance Edition (12GB RAM with 1TB internal storage) is available in
ceramic versions.

The S10
and S10+ comes with Gorilla Glass 6 in front and Gorilla Glass 5 at the back,
while the Galaxy S10e is made with Gorilla Glass 5.

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State-of-the-art cameras

As
mentioned before, the front camera on the S10e, S10 and S10+ is embedded in the
infinity display, which results in a larger screen and better viewing
experience.

The multi-camera system on these models uses the latest technology to enhance colours in ultra-high definition, but also reduces blur with its integrated stabiliser software.

Galaxy S10e

  • 10MP
    single front camera featuring dual pixel auto focus and UHD selfie technology.
  • Dual
    rear camera with the cameras aligned horizontally. The lens on the left-hand
    side is a 12MP wide angle lens with built-in Optical Image Stabilisation software
    to reduce blurry images. The lens on the right is a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.
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Galaxy S10

  • 10MP
    single front camera featuring dual pixel auto focus and UHD selfie technology.
  • Triple
    rear camera with the cameras aligned horizontally. The first camera on the left
    is a 12Mp telephoto lens with a 2x zoom and OIS software to prevent photos from
    blurring. In the middle you have a 12MP wide angle lens that also includes OIS
    software. Then on the right you have a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.
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Galaxy S10+

  • This
    model features a dual front camera. The first one on the left is a 10MP dual
    pixel auto focus and UHD selfie technology and the one on the right is an 8MP
    lens which gives added depth to your photos.
  • Triple
    rear camera with the cameras aligned horizontally. The first camera on the left
    is a 12Mp telephoto lens with a 2x zoom and OIS software to prevent photos from
    blurring. In the middle you have a 12MP wide angle lens that also includes OIS
    software. Then on the right you have a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens.
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Performance

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  • Extended battery life

The
intelligent battery learns your routine and shuts down apps when they’re not
being used. Another useful feature that extends your battery life is the
Adaptive Power Saving Mode, which is responsible for managing your battery life
based on the prediction of your day.

  • Effortless charging

The
Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad allows the S10e, S10 and S10+ to wirelessly
charge faster than previous Galaxy phones. The charging pad comes with a turbo
cooling fan that prevents your phone from overheating. 

  • Powerful processor

The
processor ensures that you enjoy a smooth performance while preserving the
battery life. The fast performance makes it possible to play graphics-heavy
games without any hassles. These phones offer up to 8GB of RAM with up to 29%
faster CPU and 37% faster GPU.

  • Hybrid SIM

The dual
SIM option gives you the freedom to use two numbers, but if you’re not using an
extra SIM, you can use that slot for a microSD card instead.

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Storage space

  • Galaxy S10e: 128GB with 6GB RAM or
    256GB with 8GB RAM. It also has a Micro SD slot (up to 512GB).
  • Galaxy S10: 128GB with 8GB RAM or
    512GB with 8GB RAM. It also has a Micro SD slot (up to 512GB).
  • Galaxy S10+: 128GB with 8GB RAM,
    512GB with 8GB RAM or 1TB with 12GB RAM. It also has a Micro SD slot (up to
    512GB).

Summary

Specifications S10e S10 S10+
Dimensions 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
Weight 150g 157g 175g
Processor Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
Display 5.8” Infinity-O Display 6.1” Infinity-O Display 6.4” Infinity-O Display
Battery 3,100mAh 3,400mAh 4,100mAh
Software Android OS version 9.0 Android OS version 9.0 Android OS version 9.0

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How to know if it’s time to replace your car’s clutch

Are you wondering if it’s time to replace your car’s clutch? From grinding noises to difficulties getting into gear, there are plenty of signs that your clutch needs some extra attention. You can find clutches for sale, as well as automotive service providers, on Junk Mail.

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What is a clutch and how does it work?

A
clutch is a mechanical device that plays an important role in the operation of
your car. The clutch functions to engage and disengage two rotating shafts. One
of the shafts is connected to the engine and the other shaft is responsible for
the power output.

The main parts of the clutch include the following:

  • Cover
    plate
  • Pressure
    plate
  • Driven
    plate
  • Release
    bearing

If
you live in the city where you’re faced with traffic on a regular basis, it’s
likely that your car’s
clutch will wear down quicker. Frequent stopping and starting can have a
negative impact on the lifespan of your clutch. Pulling heavy loads is also likely
to wear your car’s clutch
down.

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5 signs that you need to replace your car’s clutch

  • Clutch slippage

If the
engine races but your vehicle is slow to take off, it’s an indication of a worn-out
clutch. It’s likely that the friction material has worn away so that it’s
difficult for the power to be transferred to the transmission. If this is the
case, you’ll need to replace the disc to get your vehicle back into shape.
However, there are other culprits of clutch slippage, which include problems
with the clutch linkage as well as a damaged pressure plate. A damaged motor
mount can also be the cause of this problem.

  • Getting into gear is difficult

Changing
gears can be problematic if your clutch isn’t in good condition, but issues
with changing gears could also be due to problems with the linkage adjustment,
a damaged clutch plate or a damaged cylinder fork.

  • Soft clutch

If
your clutch feels spongy, it’s advisable to have it checked out as soon as
possible. Another telltale sign of a clutch problem is if your car’s clutch shudders.
This issue is particularly noticeable when you’re travelling at low speeds. A
shuddering clutch can mean that there are impurities interfering with the
clutch plate or that the clutch plate needs to be replaced.

  • Grinding sounds

If
you notice grinding sounds when you push down the clutch, it could be a sign
that the clutch is worn. Faulty bearings could also be the culprit. It’s
important to deal with this problem as soon as possible because bearings are
cheap to replace but if you continue to drive with damaged bearings it can lead
to more expensive problems later.

How to make your car’s clutch last longer

Save
time and money by taking good care of your clutch. Clutches are a sensitive and
vital part of your vehicle, so it’s essential to know how to extend their
lifespan.

  • Don’t
    apply pressure to the clutch while you’re driving unless you’re changing gears.
    Even resting your foot on the clutch can create pressure that speeds up the
    wear and tear of your clutch.
  • Reduce
    the speed of your vehicle slowly and steadily before you come to a robot or
    stop sign. Likewise, take off slowly and steadily rather than pretending you’re
    on a racetrack. 
  • Make
    use of your parking brake when you’re taking off on an incline so that you can
    avoid putting strain on your clutch.
  • Don’t
    engage your clutch to assist with braking.
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Now that you know how to maintain your car’s clutch properly, you can keep your car in good shape. Find clutches for sale on Junk Mail and enjoy great savings.