The Ultimate Motorcycle Protection? ACF50 v XCP Rust Blocker

As I have mentioned, demonstrated (and used) I am a huge fan of ACF50 as the main protectant for my motorcycles.  I have been using it for many years and the results still impress me, and make sure any time I am asked ‘what should I use’ I can give and honestly mean a hearty recommendation to ACF50.

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However, like all things, products can be improved upon (or worsen with revisions), can be changed, even new products can take an undisputed crown, and for that reason it is important to stay on top of any new developments in the market and keep an eye open for anything new that is making waves.

One such product at the moment seems to be… XCP PRofessional Rust Blocker.

XCP Porfessional Rust Blocker
XCP Rust Blocker

So the big question is, ‘Is this the product to throw ACF50 of its throne?

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Update 28/10/2016 : VIDEO ADDED to #WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 1– Kinsale to Kenmare.

It’s better late than never, and this whole video editing lark is a lot harder and more time consuming that I initially would have anticipated, however after far too long a wait here is the footage from Day 1.

I literally had to trawl through hours of footage but the fact that it is over a year old is pretty irrelevant, the route itself is still very much there, it took 10,000s of years to for the earth to make the coast, hopefully it has millions more years left for us to enjoy, so once again apologies it took so long, and apologies for the fact I am a supreme novice when it comes to video editing, however hopefully you can enjoy the scenery, (and the soundtrack) and maybe even be inspired to pop over to Ireland to experience this epic route!

The remainder of the videos are coming and will be uploaded as soon as I can piece them together, if you want to make sure you get notifications when they are available make sure to follow this blog or me on Twitter or Facebook.

Thanks…

Winter is Coming : Time to Protect Your Motorcycle! ACF50 – The Answer to all your needs!

ACF-50 AntiCorrosion Formula
Winter is Coming - Time to Protect
Winter is Coming – Time to Protect

Winter is coming.  For some that may mean very little, maybe a touch colder, a touch wetter, but nothing to worry about.  However for us in the UK it means salt.  Cheap, nasty salt that gets thrown over every road whether it is +6 degrees or -6.  Although to be honest it is more likely on the +6s!

So the roads get salted, and that is a good thing.  It is for road safety, to stop ice and keep us on the black stuff and out of the nearest hedge, whether you are on two or four wheels.

However the salt may as well be concentrated sulphuric acid as far as your bike is concerned.  It will corrode it and destroy anything metal or shiny within a matter of hours, leaving your pride and joy looking like a neglected rust bucket, and you will pretty much be able to watch as the £££s fall off the bike’s value.

However all is not lost!  Enter ACF50.  This wonder juice treats your bike to a protective coating that prevents (and if necessary stops any further) corrosion from even happening.

The product itself is an oil based liquid that you spray everywhere (except brake components and tyres – as basically it will make them too slippery to stop you or keep you upright – honestly do not put ACF50 anywhere near the brakes or tyres).  Once on it works itself into every nook and cranny of the bike protecting everything it touches.

Here’s how…

Another article I found really useful in researching and subsequently choosing what winter protection to use can be found here :

http://f2mcltd.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/winter-salt-protection-acf50-fs365-or.html

I think this experiment speaks for the benefits of ACF50 far more than I could do here.

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Soccer Saturday : 1st November 2014 Bets and Predictions :

If you don’t follow me on Twitter you can find me at @TomBoyNI

Twitter is where I most frequently post my football predictions and big bets. I only do this for fun, and as such I do minimum outlay bets for maximum return. This week I have picked a #TheBigOne at around 400/1, a #TheBestOfEurope at around 40/1 and 7 timer #btts (both teams to score) at 55/1.

So get following and good luck.

Here are this weeks bets :

<strong>The Big One :</strong>

<strong>The Best of Europe :</strong>

<strong>Both Teams To Score :</strong>

Good luck to everyone today!

Will the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5s work with an InvisibleShield?

IMPORTANT UPDATE : PLEASE READ :

Having used this case for a number of hours I took it off to check that it was causing no damage. Something I do with each case I try and it is for exactly this reason that I do this.

The case has an Otterbox Logo embossed into the rear part of the case (inside the case). The rear of the phone sits against this. Upon checking my phone this logo had transferred itself onto the rear of my phone, in a big black ugly printed mess.

Much like if you left anything lying on a newspaper.

Photos will be added soon.

I have no idea if this transfer occurs onto the aluminium of the phone, however it certainly does if you have a shield / skin on the rear of your phone.

My advice is simply do not use this case if you have a skin on your phone.

The transferred logo did come off the rear of my phone with a lot of clean and scrapping with a fingernail however it was a mess.

I will be contacting Otterbox and will advise in due course.

IMPORTANT UPDATE : PLEASE READ :

For me this is one of the biggest questions I have in relation to any case. I have dedicated this post to this question so anyone else searching for the answer to this question should hopefully find it easily.

1. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Zagg InvisibleShield?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

2. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Best Skins Ever?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

3. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Body Guardz?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

4. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Matt / Privacy Screen Shield?
– Yes. No watermarking occurs. Although the clarity of the screen will decrease as does the sensitivity of the screen it will function.

In relation to the above if you have one of the other screen guards on you can apply a Matt screen protector over the top of it. It will prevent the watermarking. However the clarity and sensitivity of the screen will decrease. It does mean you can keep your invisible shield etc for when you change cases.

I will add images to highlight the above when I get my computer back.

Might even do a quick video, but don’t hold me to that.

Best Free Mac Anti-Virus Solutions.

Mac AntiVirus Options

It is with great pride that you you will hear Mac users, owners and genius(pl) tell you that due to the rigidity of OSX and the super tightness of its code that the Mac doesn’t need an anti-virus.

“How is it so secure? There are a number of answers to this question, but it’s primarily due to a technique known as sandboxing. Essentially, sandboxing is a form of software virtualization that runs programs and processes in an isolated virtual environment, thus giving them limited access to your system and everything on it. Secondarily is a system called library randomization, which makes it harder for malicious programs to find their targets, coupled with this there are dozens of other security features that make the OSX operating system so tight.”

However there is another truth behind this story and it is this. The Mac has less risk of virus(pl) attacks as hackers spend less time targeting Macs. This was primarily because a lot fewer people had them, so the virus would have been targeting a minority, so why bother, you could easily get enough victims by targeting Windows machines.

This are changing though! Macs are getting hugely more popular, and people are buying them, as numbers increase, so too will hackers interest in the machines.

The simply fact is people put the same info into a Mac as they do a PC, bank details, personal details, passwords and so on…

This makes the Mac more attractive to the hacker now. More Macs, more reason to hack, more chance of a virus or malicious code and more chance of personal loss.

It is for this reason that I am now moving away from the mindset of “I have a Mac there I am safe.”

I am now of the mindset “I have a Mac so I am safer, and I can be safer still with an Anti Virus program.”

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April 2012 – Best Skins Ever Install – iPod Nano 6th Generation

Best Skins Ever

As I have mentioned before I am a huge fan of Zagg and their InvisibleShield product, however from a little experience and some reading I decided to have another go with a Best Skins Ever for my new 6G iPod Nano.

Now I already have one of these installed on my MacBook Pro and I have to say it is perfect, from memory the install then took me almost 2 hours, but it is a big beast to be covering and I wanted perfection – with a little time and effort, that’s what I got.

So why my affiliation towards Zagg when I have covered my £1980 laptop in a Best Skins Ever? The answer probably doesn’t make much sense, the Zagg cover for the MacBook Pro was around $80, the Best Skins Ever was closer to $30. The reviews on the internet said they were pretty much the same, and as my laptops rarely leave the safety of my desk I decided to save a few $$$ and go with the BSE product. After all it was more to keep the MacBook clean and sparkly as it won’t be going to far into the big bad world.

The BSE has been on the Mac for around 10 months now, and it is still exactly as it was when I put it on, perfect. And it feels smoother than the Zagg, there is no orange peel effect, it too is crystal clear, as far as the protection goes against scratches and such I can’t comment. Thats why I sway towards Zagg, I have been using Zaggs on phones and cameras for years and have had some moments that would have destroyed an unprotected screen, and thanks to the Zagg everything has remained pristine. I have sold on old tech well above the market value because of the Zagg, when removed it looks like brand, spanking new! So there we have it I KNOW Zagg protects, I don’t know that for BSE. Time to try.

In my new regime to get fit, I decided to quit smoking and start running, I already had an iPod Touch (3G) and after lugging that around for a few miles I knew I needed something more convenient, spet up please iPoad Nano. This little device is great for running as you really do forget about it and thanks to Nike+ it keeps track for everything for you, and that nice lady keeps updating you as to how you are doing, great stuff. Howver it needed some protection. The BSE was ordered and delivered to the UK for $9.49, the equivalent Zagg was coming in at $23.99, huge difference I’m sure you’ll agree, both being the full body coverage.

The BSE was ordered on a Monday, and arrived the following Monday, the same sort of timescales that I am used to with Zagg, so no real differences there.

Now this is were the differences start. The Zagg arrive in a padded Jiffy bag, with a nice manufactured box containing the shield, an applicator, a micro fibre cloth, and an instruction leaflet. The BSE arrives in a white envelope, with an invoice and the shield…

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Up and Coming Reviews : G-Form Extreme Sleeve & Best Skins Ever

I have been flat out over the past week, since I came home from the Gadget Show Live, however whilst over there I made a few purchases, one such purchase that I am particularly proud of is a G-Form Extreme Sleeve.  http://www.g-formuk.com/

They dropped this thing from the edge of space, 100,00 feet, with an iPad in it, and the damn thing survived!

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Now to be far in the latest episode of the Gadget Show : World Tour, a ninja was able to break an iPad in one (yes though it was a real ninja).

Full review to follow!

I finally got myself an iPod Nano! This thing is so cool, and I’m not going to bore you with a review of it, as there as literally thousands out there, but I do plan on sharing my thoughts on a ‘Best Skins Ever’ (www.bestskinsever.com).

I am a Zagg InvisbleShield (www.zagg.com)man through and through but this is my second Best Skins Ever and I have to say they are impressive, and a fraction of the cost.

Full pictorial on the install and a review to follow!

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