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How to change the loading screen of a Kenwood DNX4210BT

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To change the loading screen on the kenwood DNX4210BT make sure that you are on the main menu and that you have a USB flash drive plugged into the usb cable or port, on the USB drive you will need the image you want to use saved in the Root folder, by that I mean that the image must not be in any folders it has to be on the main part of the disk, you will also need a pick or something else with a sharp end like a bit of wire or paper clip

The image needs to be a minimum size of 480px horizontal by 234px vertical, the images can be bigger as the kenwood system will shrink it for you

The images must be also be in ‘jpg’ or ‘bmp’ or filetype With the USB plugged in and at the main menu, press and hold the ‘TEL’ and the ‘MENU’ buttons, then while holding click with your pick the red downward facing triangle above the ‘menu’ button

Keep hold of the ‘TEL’ and ‘MENU’ buttons and wait for the red triangle and the screen to flash( a grey flash ), then release the buttons Select ‘OEM’ from the list then select the image you want to load

Select ‘WRITE’ and wait for the file to be written

Then click the red triangle once more to reset the system While its resetting you can remove your USB drive

Watch the screen for you new loading image

How to build a poor mans TRX

After seeing this TRX used by Ben west, I new I HAD to have one! if you have not seen it used then head to youtube and check out a few videos, its a super slick way of training , low impact, inventive and easy to store.

I fell in love with it straight away.

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The problem and the reason I dont own one is the COST , its at least 120£ everywhere i look, now while its high quality and for sure your paying for the design as well thats just not something I can afford.

The obvious next step then… build yourself a poor mans version

With help from Sarah Worley we managed to get something going that worked great and took us no more that 20 min to imagine

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Of course it helps that I work in a climbing centre but im sure you could substitute any number of the items I have used for something similar

For this build all we used was:

3m ( ish ) Rope

3 Quick draws ( although any karabiners will do )

one HMS karabiner

2 4ft slings

How I built it

Working from the top down, ( already had the wood and anchor screwed in ) I used a Quickdraw to clip through the hanger and then Bowline through the mallon

I have plans to attached a 1m piece of webbing with a block of wood attached so that I can use it at home wedged through a shut door.

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After around a metre I tied a Figure 8 on the bite and put the HMS krab in it , then looped the slack back around and tied a Clove Hitch in the same HMS ( this allows it to be adjustable ), then tied another Figure 8 on the bite and clipped in 2 Quickdraws

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For this exercise I placed 1 sling through both Quickdraws, this allows the sling to move so that you have to use your core to keep the feet still

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When you wish to work with your hands I simple added another sling, clipping each sling to its own Quickdraw giving you the freedom to move as well as the difficulty of keeping your arms from wobbling


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I think there will be many alterations on this as time goes on but for a cheep solid start this works great, if you have any ideas please dont keep them to yourself lets here them.

Enjoy.

Formatting your new Harddrive Fat vs ExFat

After receiving a new samsung portable Harddrive in the post I today, as always the first thing I do with any new harddrive is format it, formatting it, is to wipe it completely ( for the purpose of this post it is anyway ) of data, surely it comes blank I hear people say, well yes, empty of documents and images e.t.c however all the harddrives in todays market struggle to stand out in the massive crowd of harddrive sellers.

The technology behind building Harddrives is pretty much wrapped up at this point, they come cheap and solid and last for ever(ish)

The harddrive vendors now battle for ground by offering automatic backup programs and/or encrption tools as well as other simple software, the problem with these is that they rarely ( i have never seen one ) are built for apple computers ( os x ) and even the windows software is normally very poor and I would hesitate before entrusting all my files to them.

So, I wanted to ditch all that rubbish that the vendor stuck on my shiny HD before I committed to putting anything on it.

I opened DiskUtility ( apple button + space , and type ‘Disk’ then hit return )

I selected the new 1tb samung drive from the list on the left and clicked on the ‘Erase’ tab, in the ‘format’ tab there is the list shown below.

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This list gives you the choice of formatting available, for me , even though I do not use any microsoft products I choose normally to select the ‘MS-Dos’ (Fat) format as this gives me the most flexibility when moving files between computers as unfortunately microsoft does not think it wise to allow Apples formatting choice work on windows whereas Apple allows microsoft ( as well as many many others ).

I just bought a new mac recently and it has Mountain lion ( OS X 10.8 ), I am new to 10.8 and have not formatted anything yet so i was surprised when I saw another option in the ‘format’ list……. ‘Ex-Fat’.

Stumped and not wanting to commit to guess work I headed to google then Wikipedia and reading for far too long on one subject I learnt what I needed to know to make a decision.

So here it is, I put together a summary so you dont have.

Here are a few key points taken from the Wikipedia entry for Ex-Fat along with my thoughts.

Windows XP may require Update for Windows XP (KB955704) to manage exFAT formatted drives.

This means that most likely the computer I will be using i.e the computers at work/college as well as many people I know using microsoft products will not have this update as it will be seen as unessential or/and unimportant and as installing anything onto a Windows system is always a risk will rarely get done

Microsoft has not released the official exFAT file system specification, and a restrictive license from Microsoft is required in order to make and distribute exFAT implementations. Microsoft also asserts patents on exFAT which make it impossible to re-implement its functionality in a compatible way without violating a large percentage of them

Microsoft is aiming to get this type up to scratch and then charge as many companies as it can for using it, of course the problem is that all those cost come back down stream to us adding to the cost of out TVs and other USB supported devices, much better of using some form of Opensource type format

Limited or no support outside Windows and Mac OS X operating systems as of 2012—most consumer electronic devices could only handle FAT12/FAT16/FAT32, rendering exFAT (and flash memory formats using it) impractical as a universal exchange format.

 

Which means if you have other products such as PS3 a Tv with USB support or even your XBOX you are unlikely to be able to use them for while, if ever. they will only be support when your product maker can afford the fees , design the system and update your existing one – not very likely

 

You may have guessed it – I choose to stick with ‘Fat’ or ‘MS-DOS as Apple have named it for now, simply i choose it because it works with largest range of devices, as this is my travel drive , one to take around and watch films on that is the biggest pull for me.

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