Archive for May 10, 2017

HP Elite x2 1012 G2 Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2017 by itnerd

With flexible work arrangements on the rise and security breaches more prevalent than ever, HP spoke with thousands of SMBs, Enterprises, IT decision makers and end users to better understand their individual pains and desires before designing its newest premium commercial x2 device: The HP Elite x2 1012 G2.


With a sleek 2-in-1 design and advanced security for peace-of-mind, the Elite x2 1012 G2 contains features like:

  • 7th generation Core-I processors and optional vPro (same processing power as traditional notebook)
  • Up to 16 GB of RAM and quadrupled the storage of the first generation Elite x2
  • At about 8 mm thin, it’s the same thinness as a #2 pencil
  • More than 10 hours of battery life, and fast-charging capability that can charge the battery halfway in 30 minutes
  • 12.3-inch display is both stunning and durable with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass 4

The Elite x2 1012 G2 will be available in July at a starting price of $1,099 (US only).



Has The Esso Extra Website Been Pwned?

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2017 by itnerd

It appears that the Esso Extra website which powers the gas company’s reward system has been at best probed by hackers, or at worst pwned by hackers. I got tipped off to this by this e-mail that I received as I am a member of this rewards program:

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 9.14.39 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 9.14.59 PM.png

I had a look at that e-mail and it is legit. Thus if you are an Esso Extra member, I would strongly suggest that you go directly to and change your password to keep yourself safe.

Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD – Part 3

Posted in Products with tags on May 10, 2017 by itnerd

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 is quite simply a class above. Let’s get started with the drivers seat to illustrate why:


The drivers seat is 10 way adjustable with two memory settings. My wife found it to be perfect for her. I found that there wasn’t enough thigh support for my very long legs but otherwise comfortable. Thus your mileage may vary. Both this seat and the front passenger seat are heated and leather covered.


The doors have a mix of leather and soft touch materials. It also has something called metal wood. If you look to the left of the door handle, you’ll see something that looks like wood, but is really metal.


Here’s a closer look at the metal wood that I spoke of earlier. It truly adds a touch of class to the CX-5.


Audio in the CX-5 is provided by Bose. And it sounds great. More on that tomorrow.


To the left of the steering wheel are the controls for the rear hatch, electronic overseers and the hood and gas flap. You’ll also note the dead pedal which is handy on long drives.


The gauges are nice and clear in all lighting conditions. The one on the right is actually a TFT screen which you can customize to display the info that is important to you.


The steering wheel is on the chunky side, but feels nice your hands and includes all the buttons to control the infotainment system, as well as the radar based cruise control. The steering wheel is heated and leather covered.


Projected in front of you onto the windscreen is the Mazda Active Driving Display. You get speed, navigation, blind spot, street signs and other info placed right in the line of sight. I’ll have more on that tomorrow.


There’s a 7″ display on the dash and you also some cool looking air vents with the hazard lights switch placed in between them.


Here’s a closer look at the 7″ screen which is much sharper than previous iterations that I have seen in Mazda vehicles.


Below the screen and air vents are the dual zone HVAC controls along with the controls for the heated seats and steering wheel.


There’s is a storage area with a 12V outlet that was big enough to hold my iPhone 7 Plus.


Here you can see the center console which includes the shifter, the electronic parking brake, the auto hold switch which keeps you from rolling backwards, and the HMI Commander switch that help you to control the infotainment system.


The cupholders easily hold my Starbucks Venti sized drink with ease.


There is a storage area under the armrest that has lots of storage as well as two USB ports and a 12V outlet.


The glove box was mostly occupied with the user manuals. Having said that, it is decently sized.


Also decently sized is the power moonroof.


There’s a lot of room in the back seats as I was able to “sit behind myself” with plenty of room to spare. Two adults or three kids should have no problem sitting back here. I should also note that the rear seats are heated (!).


If you don’t need to seat three people, you can flip this panel down to get access to the cupholders, rear seat heating controls, and two 2.1 Amp USB ports to keep your devices fully charged (!).


Rear seat passengers also get their own ventilation.


There’s 875L of cargo seats with the seats up. But if you flip them down…..


You get 1687 L of space. I was able to get my wife’s bike back here when I took her to one of her cycling clinics with no issues.


You can flip the rear seats down easily using this handle. There are two of them that are located on either side of the cargo area.


Or you can use one of these handles to flip the seats down. One thing that I should note is the fact that the seats fold flat and you can flip them back up with minimal effort. Kudos to Mazda for that.


To give you an idea of how much cargo you can carry, here’s our grocery haul from a trip to our local grocery store and from a trip to St Jacob’s Farmers market.


There’s a handle on the hatch that allows you to close it without getting dirt on your hands. But chances are you’ll press the button on the left seeing as the hatch is powered.

Overall the interior is very upscale and well executed. Mazda really did a great job putting the interior together as it competes very well against others in the Compact SUV space in almost every way. I should also note that there’s very good vision in every direction for the driver. No rattles, squeaks, or other annoyances were noted during my week with the CX-5.

Tomorrow, I will be taking a look at the technology in the CX-5 which is very extensive. Stay tuned.



Infographic: 10 Ways To Keep Yourself Safe On Public WiFi

Posted in Commentary on May 10, 2017 by itnerd


Source: The Best VPN