Collage of Mount Washington hike
As part of my efforts to become healthier, and since my good friends Kenny and Valerie asked, I decided to go on a hike up Mount Washington, NH for the 4th of July! What better way to celebrate America than to enjoy the freedom we have to do… well, whatever we want!
Mount Washington is often touted as being the highest point in all of New England. The climb up wasn’t actually all that difficult in my opinion. Most of the trails were well marked, and once you got out of the trees, you just need to follow the cairns, which are small rock pyramids placed about every 20-50 feet away. While almost to the top, we accidentally stopped paying attention to the cairns and ended up off trail. I don’t necessarily recommend this, as it can be dangerous, and can also lead to destruction of protected land… but in our case, we were fine. =) It was just more rocks! They were actually not steep at all, and only took a little bit more effort in order to climb up. Most of the rocks were covered in some kind of black hard moss, which reminded me of the grip tape that you sometimes see on staircases. This made climbing up those rocks very easy.
Any way, we did it! We made it to the top! I used my Go Pro attached to my Go Poll (try saying that 5 times fast) to vlog the journey. The audio was garbage because I kept the water proof case on. Live and learn. It’s also pretty hard to take good cinematic footage with a Go Pro because it’s so small, any vibrations and slight movements get translated into big distortions in the video. I’ve got a surprise to help with that… I’ll debut that later, at some point!


Well, without further ado, checkout the vlog up on YouTube!

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Review

As a computer geek, I’m constantly looking at the latest computer technology and thinking about what I want for my next upgrade. I’ve always been a huge fan of desktop computers, even thinking that a laptop could never compete with a desktop. Laptops marketed as “desktop replacements” were HUGE and HEAVY. This practically defeats the purpose of getting a laptop in the first place! But it is now 2016 and the landscape has changed. While it’s still true that you can probably build a more powerful desktop at a cheaper cost than any competing laptop, the real question today is, how much power do you need? High-end laptops that are portable and relatively light exist now, and pack more than enough power for most users.

I consider myself a power user, and so I do need some beefy specs. I use my computer to do software development, video editing, media file conversion, and casual gaming. These are all demanding tasks. While looking through what was currently available, I discovered the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW! This is a great laptop at a very economical price considering everything that is inside, and that it scores very well comparatively against the 2015 Macbook Pro and Dell XPS 15 laptops. Check out my review of this beast of a computer and let me know what you think down in the comments below!

To quickly summarize: the ZenBook Pro UX501VW comes equipped with a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a blazing fast 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD, and more! All for under $1500, which I think is an incredible value. Going head-to-head with the MacBook Pro ($1800+) and the Dell XPS 15 ($1750+), it provides incredible value for the technology inside.

Well? What do you guys think? Is the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW a good deal, or have you found something else that seems better?