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How Much Better are Olympic Athletes than the Rest of Us?

I don’t know about you, but every time I watch the Olympics, I always ask myself the question, “You know, how much faster / better are they than the average guy?” Well, I got the chance to find out. While I was hanging out with Dr. Brad DeWeese at ETSU, filming a few spots on how technology is changing the Olympics, we had the idea to pit me, the IT guy, against 3 time Olympic medalist, Steve Holcomb. Since we were there at the Olympic Training Facility, we had the tools to measure it properly. It was a forgone conclusion that I was going to lose… it was just a question of how BAD. As it turns out, I was able to do 60% of what Steve was… not too shabby considering Steve basically trains for a living! After the cameras stopped rolling, Dr. DeWeese and I continued the conversation and he told me that overcoming the 38% of the 40% gap wasn’t the hard part, it was the remaining 2% that separates the average guy from a true Olympian. I was telling a friend about all this after the fact, and he reminded me that, while I’m not an Olympic athlete, I’m probably far from the average person. That said, full disclosure… I actually do workout on a regular basis and have been doing bench press since I was in middle school. So, for a person that works out regularly, there’s STILL a huge gap. 🙂 While all of this was just for fun, Dr. DeWeese did tell me that I did better than he thought I would. I don’t see myself having a career in bench press anytime soon though! I did ask Steve if we could start the hashtag, #60percentAsGood, though.

–Dan Thompson

Seriously, they shut the websites down??

    If you’ve tried to go to a National Park website since the Government shutdown at the beginning of the month, you’ve undoubtedly seen the pages saying that the sites are shutdown as well.  Seems logical, right?  The entity is shutdown, and though they’ll be back...

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Spotting Obamacare Scams

    It should be no surprise that something as big as Obamacare would draw out the scammers; and wouldn’t you know it, it has.  No, I’m not talking about the Obama administration themselves 🙂 , I’m talking about people trying to lure you in so...

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What’s up with the Kindle Fire HDX?

    In the market for a new tablet?  Amazon announced their newest tablet and it promises to be quite a nice device.  With specs better than the current iPads and a price tag much lower, it is definitely worth a look. --Dan...

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Keeping your kids safe online

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online Keeping Your Kids Safe on Facebook      I’m lumping two videos together here because I feel like they are part of the same conversation.  This is frankly something I get asked about all the time; how do I protect my...

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Is wearable tech the next big thing?

   Google has its Glass product, Apple is rumored to be working on an “iWatch”, and now Samsung has released its Gear product… so is wearable tech the next big thing?  It would certainly seem so.  It would seem that our wrists are the next...

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Using technology to plan your travels

    Do you still trust travel reviews?  It is definitely something that gives me pause.  As I mention in the video here, I used to trust exclusively, however it seems there are tons of fake reviews out there now which makes it...

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Consumer Electronics Show 2013

   I had the opportunity to sit down this afternoon with my friends over at WBIR to discuss the Consumer Electronics Show happening right now in Las Vegas.  This is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting shows for us gadget geeks, and this year has...

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Future Camera Tech

      I recently had the chance to sit down with my friends at WBIR to discuss the future of cameras and as you’ll see in the video there are lots of neat things on the horizon.  I think my favorite concept is that of running the Android...

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3D Printers: I want one

    Okay, so I have to say this is one of the neatest spots I’ve had the opportunity to work on in quite a while; and is one I’ve had on my mind for a while.  3D printers… this is something you’re going to want to pay attention to.  ...

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Google buys Nik Software… buy why?

    This morning I had the chance to sit down with the morning crew on the local FOX affiliate, WTNZ, to talk about Google’s latest acquisition, a company called Nik Software.  Nik Software is the maker of popular photo editing plugins for packages...

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iPhone 5 is Finally Here!

   This Thursday I had the opportunity to sit down with my friends over at WBIR a few times to discuss the Apples newest release of their popular iPhone line, the iPhone 5.  As usual, Apple delivers on the hype and the new phone is definitely a work of...

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Dell XPS 13 Review

    During the month of July I had the pleasure of testing out one of Dell’s new Ultrabooks, the XPS 13… and I’ll jump right to the point; it was awesome!  Several months back I ran into our Dell rep and he mentioned that it had just come out and I...

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Technology and the Olympics

   On the day of the opening ceremonies in London for the 2012 Olympics, I had the opportunity to sit down with my friends over at WBIR to discuss how technology is changing the Olympics and how it is helping athletes train smarter.  This is one of...

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Why I hate Instagram

Okay, I don’t *hate* it… but I do have a strong dislike for what I feel it is creating.    Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with local photographer Lisa Mueller and my friends over at WBIR to discuss how smart phones and technology are changing...

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Apple’s new iOS 6 and other WWDC goodness

    Monday was the launch of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) and as usual, lots of exciting things were announced during the key note speeches.  I sat down with my friends over at WBIR to discuss the new iOS 6 operating system and...

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Verizon Ditching Unlimited Data Plans

   A little over a week ago I sat down with my friends over at WBIR to discuss Verizon’s move to finally get rid of all their unlimited data plans for 4G customers.  As expected, this move was met with a lot of backlash and Verizon has since modified...

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Planning Your Next Trip Online

   This month on the WBIR morning show I got to discuss two of my favorite things… technology and travel.  People have different strategies on how they plan their trips and when they use a travel agent; on this show I discuss my personal one. ...

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Apple Announces Its New iPad

    To much fanfare, Apple announced its newest addition to the iPad lineup… the “new iPad” as it is being referred to today.  Oddly enough, the internet seemed to be as much abuzz about the fact that it hadn’t been given either of the titles that...

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Google Announces Privacy Changes

    Google’s new privacy changes will be taking affect soon and it has been getting a lot of attention around the internet.  Ackermann PR’s Shane Rhyne and I sat down with WBIR’s Beth Haynes on the 10 News at 5 show to discuss what it all means and...

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