Broken Heat Strings

I was very excited today because I did some research and found that there is a special kind of guitar string that is coated, so it isn’t as hard on fingers just learning to play the guitar as normal strings. After breaking a string yesterday trying to tune the guitar, I figure that it was a good time to give these new kind of strings a try.

I started to follow the directions I found on the Internet on how to put new strings on a guitar, when it happened. The string I was tightening snapped. I was so made that I broke another string that it took me a minute to realize that it had cut my hand when it gave way. But I’m STILL not going to give up! I’ve ordered new strings, AGAIN. And will have my friend the guitarist come and help me getting started.

Using Links To Raise Your Website Ranking

Marketing your online business can be a daunting task. How do you get your site noticed? What are the secrets to getting traffic and customers, and that elusive top Google ranking?

My research has been telling me that one hot tip is to get your website address posted on other websites as frequently as possible. The ‘spiders’ that search engines use to crawl the web pick the sites with the most links posted out on the web to put in top ranking.

Here’s an example of what might work. I sing with a wedding band called “Sweet Spirit”. We are located in Connecticut. Our website is Now that I have a link on this blog page, it’s one more link the spiders will find, and they’ll say to each other, “Ah! has another one. If they keep getting more we’ll have to push them up in the Google ranking for Connecticut wedding bands”.

I also make a point of doing reciprocal linking with other non-competing sites in the wedding field. I put a local photographer’s link on my site, they put mine on theirs.

One more little trick is to use a signature when making posts on other sites. For example, if I review a book on I end it with my web address. If I comment on someone’s blog entry I end it with my web addresses. If I leave a feedback on eBay for something I bought, I include the web address.

They say that the goal is to get at least 30 links to your site out there. So when you comment on this blog entry, I hope you put a link to your site!

2.0 Geo Dive Computer by Oceanic Review

The 2.0 Geo dive computer watch by Oceanic features a redesigned display screen for optimal underwater viewing, the ability to program a number of gas mixes up to a hundred percent, improved bar graph, and a dual algorithm. It’s also equipped with a redesigned user interface that allows the user to navigate easily through multiple menus. In the water, this model works as an excellent date cruncher while on the surface this full-featured model can keep you on point and on task.

2.0 Oceanic Geo Dive Computer Overview: Specs and Features

On the main screen, you’ll find such important information as BT, NDL, depth and an N2 loading bar graph. However, some consumers had complaints that the bar graphs were too narrow, so they blended in the background and were hard to view.

This multifunction model will do double duty and work as your basic topside watch during the day. You’ll get a ton of functions and features with a number of algorithms to choose from. This dive computer supports in-dive gas switching at a hundred percent, in addition to a dual algorithm technology, deep stop option and a menu that’s user-friendly, in additional to an optional desktop interface that’s equipped with firmware updates.

You’ll also find a total of four main operating modes: free diving function for decompression calculations, gauge, which is a basic bottom timer function, norm for nitrox and air and the standard functions of a traditional wristwatch. The clear easy to read display includes full decompression information, safety stop information and deep stop.

The dual algorithm technology is what truly sets this model apart from the competition, by allowing the diver to modify dive computer functions beyond changes to the standard safety features. This model has a couple of algorithms that are built into firmware that you can switch between depending on the type of dive: one for occasion deep dives that require additional bottom time and the other one for repetitive multi-level diving.

Pros and Cons Provided by Consumers for the GEO 2.0

Pros: the Oceanlog desktop interface allows you to download profiles and previous dive information. This software program also allows you to update firmware on the watch. This includes a safety upgrade, operational upgrade and new features. The lifetime warranty gives consumers confidence in the quality considering the company is dedicated to standing behind their product for such an extensive amount of time. Keep in mind, in order for the warranty to remain valid the consumer is required to take the watch to an authorized dealer for a battery change once a year.

Cons: Some of the menu screens can be difficult to read especially in bright sunlight.

Conclusion and Rating for this Dive Watch Computer

Consumers gave this model an impressive rating of five out of five stars, which makes the Geo 2.0 our top rated product. A watch that has it all including optimal full function as a traditional wristwatch with a ton of extras, this is a model that has a lot to offer in and out of the water.

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

The Matrix dive computer by Mares is a model that’s packed with a ton of features. The sleek design also allows you to use the watch as a traditional wristwatch and is equipped with four buttons, an intuitive user interface and is user-friendly, allowing you to navigate and customize the settings easily.

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Assessment: Specs and Features

Even though the display screen provides a large amount of information it’s able to remain impressively readable. The reverse highlighted no deco area works to break the critical information into separate areas, making it instantly readable. The contrast makes it easy to check your no deco with a just a quick glance. On other models, you’ll probably notice the unfortunate size of the N2 bar graph, but with the Matrix this graph remains easy to read, unlike some of the top competing models of dive watches where the graph is too small. The innovative alternate screen allows you to monitor your dive profile with impressive accuracy because it updates every five seconds. It also records your dive progress for a period of thirty-five hours and uploads this information to your personal computer.

When it comes to viewing data there are a ton of customization options. With the Matrix you can set two time zones, toggle audio alarms and toggle a few gas mixes in just a single dive. There are also nitrox and air modes in addition to a gauge mode.

It also comes equipped with a built-in compass that’s extremely easy to use. The ICE, or in case of emergency function can be programmed to display personal information including your insurance policy information, emergency contacts and any allergies or illnesses you may have.

With the rechargeable lithium battery you can quickly charge your Matrix watch between dives or before the start of a dive. It also features a couple of algorithms with multiple altitude settings and a couple of optional safety levels. The scratch resistant metal bezel tempered mineral glass display screen is durable, able to withstand rough waters and everyday use.

Pros and Cons Provided by Consumers for the Matrix

Mares Matrix Dive Computer 2 picPros: Consumers loved the thirty-five-hour logbook and the diving profile with updates every five seconds, the two-year limited warranty and the freshwater and saltwater settings.

Cons: One drawback for the Matrix is the fact that it after several months of use it tends to experience a shortened battery life. This issue can be caused by recharging the watch after only using up a small portion of the battery.

Conclusion and Rating for the Matrix

With readability in all types of diving conditions, a plan mode, battery power indicator, scratch resistance surface and improved readability even in bright sunlight, the Matrix has a lot to offer the avid diver and can be an essential tool that you won’t ever dive without. Consumers awarded this model with a rating of four out of five stars for the easy user interface, programmability, readability in all lighting situations and overall durability.

Suunto ZOOP Wrist Unit Scuba Diving Computer Review

The Zoop dive computer by Sunnto is a basic model that’s available in a couple of options: console based or wrist mounted. This model is equipped with a large LCD display screen, three easy to use operation buttons, an altitude setting and visual and auto alarms. This wrist unit is designed to help the recreational diver to dive safely and with more confidence.

Sunnto Zoop Wrist Unit Scuba Diving Computer Overview: Specs and Features

The wristband can be easily adjusted to fit any wrist size and is equipped with a large LCD display screen that’s bright enough to view in any type of lighting condition.

This model also has an automatic idle button which displays the current date and time on the face of the button. Dive mode provides such information as water temperature, dive time, depth and battery power level. Other mode settings include a history mode, which records last dive information and PC set, which interacts with your desktop interface. The logbook mode will allow the user to log information for fifty hours of dive time.

The Zoop also comes with other handy features including visual and audible alarms and stop data. The easy to read display increases user safety especially for newbies.

This model is also equipped with reduced gradient bubble model, which calculates how much gas has accumulated, when the user needs to make a safety stop and how long the diver needs to remain at a stop in order to surface safely. This feature will help to take the guesswork out of decompression, increasing safety for the beginner.

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The diver can also choose to use the dive computer in either nitrox or air modes, depending on air type used.

Another important failsafe is the water activated feature. Most dive computers are only able to provide information when switched on manually and it’s common for the diver to forget to turn their computer on, so the water activation feature will take care of this issue by switching on the dive computer as soon as it gets wet.

Pros and Cons as Provided by Consumers for the Zoop

Suunto ZOOP Wrist Unit Scuba Diving Computer 2 picPros: A watch that really focuses on diver safety, the Zoop is a must-have for the beginner. The water activation feature is definitely handy and ensures that the Zoop will swoop into action the moment it contacts water.

Cons: Some consumers felt that this model lacked many of the features that a professional diver needs, however it has just the right features for recreational use.

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Conclusion and Rating for this Suunto Dive Computer

You can’t go wrong with a dive computer that makes diver safety the main priority. Most users will enjoy the fact that they’re able to download dive information to their PC, allowing them to maintain an accurate and ongoing record of every dive. Easy to use and read and with the ability to choose either nitrox and air, this beginner’s dive computer will ensure you have a safe dive and accurately record information that can be easily accessed on your PC. While not a model recommended for the professional diver, the Zoop has everything you’re looking for in a model designed for.

Suunto Vyper Dive Computer Review

The Vyper dive computer by Suunto is a durable, well-crafted model that’s designed to withstand any type of diving condition. With a large adjustable wrist strap, three operating modes and audio and visual alarms, this is a dive computer that’s packed with a ton of features designed to allow the user to dive like a pro.

Sunnto Vyper Dive Computer Assessment: Specs and Features

The Vyper is equipped with a variety of features and is designed for all levels of divers with a heavy focus on diving safety and progress. The Vyper probably isn’t considered the most attractive dive computer on the market, however, the functionality of this model is where it truly shines. The Vyper features a larger display screen that can be easily viewed in a wide range of lighting conditions and the lightweight design makes this a dive computer that’s actually comfortable to wear. The computer’s case surrounds the display screen and provides much-needed extra protection from breakage.

Designed to provide you with a ton of useful information from dive planning to dive history, you can also choose between the air and nitrox gauge. You can also view the depth, dive time and decompression time. The computer’s simulator will allow you to plan your next dive while providing you with a clear idea of the necessary decompression stops that are needed during a lengthy dive in order to safely resurface. You’ll also be able to view water temperature both at the depth of the dive and the water’s surface. The computer will also record all of the info concerning your last dive while the Vyper’s logbook will keep track of fifty hours’ worth of dives.

A variety of safety features and alarms have been implemented into this model to ensure diver safety. These are both audio and visual alarms. An alarm will alert the diver when near the max depth of a dive, in addition to alerting the diver when a safety stop is necessary when ascending. An auto safety countdown is used to help the diver determine how long they need to stay at every stop.

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Pros and Cons for the Vyper as Provided by Consumers

Suunto Vyper Air 2 picPros: This is a highly functional model that’s both easy to read and comfortable to wear. The built-in safety features are well thought out and very useful. The dive simulator feature works well to assist the diver before they even set foot in the water. Check out the manufacturer’s website and take the online digital class that will walk you through all the different features.

Cons: Consumers with no prior dive computer experience found it difficult to use initially. Some users had complaints regarding the mode buttons, stating they were hard to use when wearing gloves.

Conclusion for this Dive Computer by Suunto

While the Vyper isn’t very attractive and is somewhat lumpy to use as a regular watch when you’re out of the water, its performance in the water is nothing short of impressive. Both recreational and pro divers can appreciate all the functions and safety features that make this model a must-have in the water. This product received a consumer rating of four out of five stars for safety features, diving modes, innovative alarm systems and overall quality.

Specs and Features Oceanic VT 4.1 Diving Computer Overview

When you look at the user interface on the 4.1 you can definitely see that Oceanic has definitely made some improvements compared to past models. Oceanic kept the display screen large but updated it so that it now features a greyscale dot matrix array. This style allows the watch to display text and icons much more clearly, using the same amount of display screen space. This model is also considered much more intuitive than the past VT3 model, utilizing the traditional three buttons for user navigation.

While old models displayed one item at a time on the display, it now utilizes a scrollable list for easier and faster access. The whole menu setup has received an overhaul, with improved preferences and groupings of settings. The manufacturer also introduces a shortcut menu which allows the user to select a custom subset of the most frequently used settings based on personal preference. All in all, you’ll definitely notice all of the interface improvements on the 4.1.

This model also features the traditional dual algorithm that’s commonly used on most models of dive computers: DSAT and Buhlmann. DSAT is typically considered as more generous to the diver when it comes to bottom time and it’s also considered more liberal when used during recreational diving. Buhlmann is usually considered best used in cold water, altitude and decompression diving and is generally found in most technical models of dive computers.

Until pretty recently, the consumer had to choose between one decompression mode, but with dual algorithm technology, you’ll no longer have to deal with this choice because now you can choose a type of algorithm just based on the type of diving you’re doing that day, and still use the same watch.

This model is able to read tank data wirelessly and independently from up to four transmitters. Every transmitter is easy to install onto the first stage of a regulator and the wireless connection between the tank and the wireless transmitter is pretty reliable.

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Pros and Cons as Provided by Consumers for the 4.1

Oceanic VT 4.1 Scuba Diving 2 picPros: The improved user interface is a huge selling point for this model, and it’s new ability to allow users to easily navigate through menus and features makes it a more reliable model overall, especially in the middle of a dive.

Cons: One consumer mentioned they had issues with firmware updates, a problem that was quickly remedied by contacting Oceanic customer support.

Conclusion and Rating for this Oceanic Dive Computer

This is a time-tested reasonably priced model that’s built like a tank, simple to use and easy to read. With the ability to allow users to choose the algorithm, this is a dive computer that can definitely meet the needs of the recreational or pro diver.

Cressi Leonardo Scuba Dive Computer Review

The Leonardo dive computer by Cressi is one of the best models for the beginning diver on the market. This model is definitely a must-have for divers that are just entering the sport and looking for a useful first dive computer. The single button interface makes this device easier to program nitrox or air gauge modes and you won’t end up lost in the interface, toggling from menu to menu like you can expect from more complicated and less intuitive models.

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Overview: Specs and Features

To customize your viewing experience and select certain features simply toggle modes or to advance in the menus section just hold down the button to enter the menu or select a feature. This is a dive computer that’s both effective and simple. This model can hold up to sixty dives and can be reset after each and every dive, which makes this model a great choice for dive centers that rent out dive computers. You can also get a personal computer interface, which is perfect for divers who like to keep a digital log for every dive.

With the Leonardo, the diver will get exactly what Cressi promises, which is a diving watch that’s perfect for new divers because it’s so easy to use yet still powerful enough to offer a wide variety of helpful features. The display screen measures in at an impressive two inches wide, making it extremely easy to read. The screen displays the max depth, current depth, dive time, NDL, water temperature, PO2 setting and battery power level. It’s also equipped with both visual and audio warnings for depth and safety stops. The computer’s ascent rate indicator utilizes a stack of arrows to alert the user while you can clearly determine the oxygen and toxicity level via alarm and bar graph. The user can program PO2 from 1.2 to 1.6, altitude and nitrox up to fifty percent.

This is the model that will help prevent decompression sickness, making it a must-have for newbies.

Pros and Cons for the Leonardo as Provided by Consumers

Pros: Considered the best entry level model for new divers, the Leonardo is a reasonably priced model that’s equipped with many of the same top features as higher priced dive computers. The option to reset after a dive allows you to only save dives that are informative or telling of your progress, which in turn allows you to save a lot of memory space. The large and easy to read display screen is a huge selling point for the Leonardo as is the easy to navigate interface. This is a model that’s also available in a wide variety of color schemes which is a big plus for some consumers. The comfortable dual strap material allows the diver to wear this model for several hours on end, in or out of the water.

Cons: Some consumers found that this model was too basic for advanced divers. A stronger backlight and a safety stop timer would be great improvements for this model. Some users also felt that the bulky design made it difficult to wear as a traditional wristwatch. Because of the price point this model doesn’t feature air integration.

Conclusion and Rating for this Cressi Dive Computer

This is a dive computer that’s fun to use for the beginner or recreational diver. We loved the customization options for settings and feature displays and the limited amount of mode buttons allowed us to navigate the intuitive user menu easily and without pulling our hair out. Definitely a model most consumers would recommend, the Leonardo received a consumer rating of four and a half out of five stars.