Showing posts from February, 2016

Taking a bite out of the Italian Stallion.

The movie Rocky has to be the single best love story ever made (do not argue with me). I've seen all the movies, went to Philadelphia and yesterday I had the chance to take a bite out of the Italian Stallion at Giacomo's in Greensboro. The Italian Stallion is a sandwich at this amazing little Italian deli next to the Brassfield shopping center. The meats and cheeses are out of this world but with only four tables expect it to be crowded. No worries, it's all worth it... because this is the real deal.

I  ordered mine without bread (stupid diet). This might have been a big mistake and the staff seemed a bit off balance by my request. I wouldn't have asked but someone on Yelp had done it before. I do sort of regret it, because the breads look amazing but you have to make sacrifices sometimes when you want to look like a champion and not Paulie Pennino.

Yo! If you're into a treat they have everything from homemade pastas, meatballs, noodles and meats and cheeses. Sc…

A 'honest' night in Greensboring

I had been gone for a year. Spent a good part of 2014-2015 living in Cardiff Wales and when I returned home in September and I found Susan Ladd's commentary titled "Time to put 'Greensboring' moniker to rest" sitting on my desk. I felt like it was a direct message to me. The truth is I'm not going to disagree, it is time to put it to rest, but not for the reasons you think.

First, I didn't come up with the slang term for the city of Greensboro nor will simply laundry listing the things to do in the area stop people from using it or make the city better (so don't complain to me). Indeed, in the nine years I've been blogging under this domain, I still am personally frustrated with the lack of maturity from residents who demand that the city is a bustling metropolis of fundom without the humility to consider the possibility for it to be better. Is Greensboro perfect? No, but it can always be better. Does it fit for you? Well, then, awesome, but cons…

Upgrading Router Antennas with TP-LINK TL-ANT2408CL

So recently I've taken on a project to boost Wi Fi here at headquarters. Using a TP-LINK 840ND with detachable antennas as a repeater (running DD-WRT), I picked up a couple of new TP-Link branded 8 dBi antennas off Amazon for a few dollars. They have pretty good reviews but the question is would they actually improve the WiFi?

The first thing you have to understand is that by increasing the dBi, you're actually changing the way the signal is received and transmitted. Increasing antenna dBi may increase horizontal signals while diminishing vertical signals. Therefore, in a multi-story home, replacing the antennas may not be as beneficial. However, in my case (a single level home) it did increase the signal strength by about 5%. For under $20, you can upgrade your home router with detachable antennas simply by unscrewing the factory 5 dBi antennas and tossing on a pair of these.

As you can see, the OE antenna was producing about 13% quality when I tested them side-by-side, with…

The Garbage Burger

Since arriving back in the U.S. in September, I've seen a lot of rain, snow and very poor weather. I never thought I'd say this, but I miss the weather in the U.K. - In fact, I haven't seen a real summer in over a year and half. Having just purchased a convertible Mustang and with the weather approaching the mid-70s, it was time to drop the top and head to Wimpy's (an institution and local favorite) in Durham for a Garbage Burger.

Say what? Oh yes, this place was on Man Vs Food and makes one Hell of a double cheeseburger with all the goodies. In fact, it's the first burger with a bun that I've eaten since May and it was bloody flipping amazing. Of course, sitting in the sun with a tank-top on and having a little post meal retail therapy didn't hurt either.

In fact I found this entire shopping complex in Cary filled with Indian restaurants and clothing. Between the burger and some new clothes, this day was completely first class.

So here's the thing. W…