Northwest Parkway – Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson – E470 scam

I’ve always been of the accord that one must give to Cesar what is due to Cesar so when it comes to parking tickets and road tolls I’m not the kind of bloke to try to abscond payment. So it came as a complete surprise that I received a nasty letter from sirs Linebearger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLC of 1515 Cleveland Place, Suite 300, Denver CO 80202 informing me in caps of NOTICE OF UNPAID TOLL!


How to get an Apple ID (iTunes log in) using iTunes

An Apple ID is a user name, actually it an email address , that you use for everything you do with Apple. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create an Apple ID using the iTunes Music Player.

This Video on how to create an Apple ID using iTunes


How to buy an iTunes Card

The video below will show you how to send anyone a iTunes Card that can be used to buy anything on the iTunes Music Store. The iTunes Card is emailed to the recipient instantly and they can they use the card to buy, music, albums and individual songs, apps, movies and books at the iTunes Music Store. Don’t forget to support the video by — clicking on this link and it will also take you directly to the buy iTunes Card in your iTunes Program—-

Short Version – assumes you already have an iTunes account (Apple ID), have iTunes installed on your computer and have provided iTunes Credit card information


Itunes Gift Cards – buy online Gift Certificate, sent via email

Itunes Gift card image

iTunes Gift Cards, also known as iTunes Gift Certificates and as of 2013 iTunes Gifts allow you to give your friends or family a credit at the iTunes Music Store OR gift them ANY item on the iTunes music store. If you’ve already got iTunes installed AND have an Apple ID then simply — click on this link — and you’ll be whisked away to the buy iTunes Gift section of the iTunes music store.


Winter Tires? Studded vs Non Studded? What’s better?

So I’ve always been under the impression (looking at an old test that tirerack preformed in 2007) that winter studless tires, proper winter tires like those from Nokian and the like have about the same performance than equivalent tires with no studs. The results did show the studded tiers THEY selected were worse. See the video from 2007 below.

But as of 2013 there are much better studded options and if you look at the test results down the page a bit, on ice, studs are always going to be better!

And in 2009 they did indeed find this to be true, duh, studs are better on ice:

A test done found here by Washington Dept of Transport – basically said that Blizzaks were about as good than studded tires even on ice but this is from 2002 and I don’t this the studded tires they used were very good.

So what’s the best snow tire to buy ???

Here is a list of test of the top snow tires from a Swedish Test in 2001 and you can see the studded tires come out on top: ( I snagged this data from a webpage – here is the original article –

The evaluation weightings used:
Ice 30%
Snow 20%
Sleet 10%
Wet tarmac 20%
Dry tarmac 10%
Economy and comfort 10%

S means Studded, N means Nordic, E means European.

1. Nokian Hakkapellitta 7 (S): 7.4 (****)
2. Continental Conti IceContact (S): 7.3 (****)
3. Bridgestone Noranza 2 Evo (S): 7.0 (***)
4. Goodyear Ultragrip Extreme (S): 6.6 (***)
5. Michelin X-Ice North XIN2 (S): 6.6 (***)
6. Pirelli WinterCarving Edge (S): 6.6 (***)
7. Vredestein Arctrac (S): 6.6 (***)
8. Gislaved NordFrost 5 (S): 6.3 (***)
9. Yokohama IceGuard Ig35 (S): 6.0 (**)
10. Goodyear UltraGrip Ice+ (N): 6.0 (**)
11. Dunlop SP Ice Response (S): 5.9 (**)
12. Continental Conti-Viking Contact 5 (N): 5.9 (**)
13. Nokian Hakkapellitta R (N): 5.9 (**)
14. Hankook Winter I*Pike (S): 5.7 (**)
15. Sava Eskimo Ice (S): 5.6 (**)
16. Michelin X-Ice XL2 (N): 5.6 (**)
17. Bridgestone Blizzak Nordic WN-01 (N): 5.5 (**)
18. Yokohama IceGuard ig30 (N): 5.0 (*)
19. Continental ContiWinter ContactTS830 (E): 4.9 (*)
20. Dunlop Graspic DS-3 (N): 4.6 (*)
21. Goodyear UltraGrip Performance 2 (E): 4.6 (*)
22. Insa Turbo T-2 Green Line (S): 4.5 (*)
23. Kenda Icetec (N): 4.5 (*)
24. Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II (E): 4.5 (*)
25. Cordlant Sno-Max (S): 4.3 (*)
26. Vredestein Snowtrac 3 (E): 4.2 (*)
27. Sava Eskimo S3 (E): 4.0 (-)
28. Toyo Snowprox S953 (E): 3.5 (-)

As you can see the top 9 are all studded and rightly so as the test was weighted for ice 30% rather than snow %20. Also the tirerack does not carry the Nokian Hakkapellitta but they do now as of 2013 carry the updated version of the number 2 tire (Continental ExtremeWinterContact ) that came second it their latest 2012 test – see results here

So studs then?

This is what the folks at Nokian have to say :

It’s really comes down to where you live. Here in the Front Range of Colorado during winter the roads are mostly dry so if you have to commute to work every day with studs then you are going to have to put up with that constant rumble for a good 5 months of the year, people who have never had studded tire before fail to remember that you are running tiny little metal rods into the dry tarmac at speed every time your studded tire rotates, noise is going to be generated and quite a lot of it!

If you want to know why you even need snow tires then see this video


In case you were wondering what the difference between Nordic vs Central European snow tires was

Latest test of Studless snow tires from tirerack in 2012

This should be the most up to date info for those wanting to get tires from thetirerack but remember they don’t stock Nokian, in my opinion the best snow tire money can buy.

And of course AWD with no snow get smoked by FWD with snow! Really! <>