Linux on USB

I got a little bored yesterday and stumbled upon USB installations of Linux while browsing. I decided to give it a try and went down to Fry’s to pickup a fresh USB stick. I installed the Slax version of Linux because it seemed the quickest and easiest and I just wanted to see if it worked. The installation was as simple as they explained and after restarting my PC and modifying the BIOS to boot from the USB drive I watched as my laptop booted up with Linux. Pretty cool! It didn’t do too much, I wasn’t able to connect to my wireless network here at home so I could use the browser or anything but that needs a bit more configuration that I didn’t feel like putting into this first test. Now I will go back and try installing KUbuntu on USB and see how that goes. Not sure what I’ll end up doing with this but I find it pretty interesting being able to have a bootable OS on a flash drive. You can find various Linux distros and installation instructions at

Running: Day 2

Went for another run yesterday. It was a little more difficult for me this time as I have not been getting as much sleep these days since little Mason came along on April 26th. Still learning all the function of the heart rate monitor. Performed the exercises to obtain a more accurate maximum heart rate calculation. The results showed my max heart rate as 170 rather than 184 which is a result of the generic calculation of 220 – age. Here are my stats for this run:

Total time: 31 minutes, 36 seconds

Min. heart rate: 102

Max heart rate: 171

Avg. heart rate: 147

In zone: 16 minutes, 2 seconds

Calories burned: 538