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Able2Extract Professional 11 Review


The PDF format is not editable by nature, thus the need for PDF conversion software has been growing a lot over the years. Nowadays, you can find numerous tools to help you convert your PDF files into a desired editable file format.

One such tool is Able2Extract, whose latest version (version 11) was released on December 5. Able2Extract Professional 11 is a powerful, all-in-one PDF solution designed to address any issues you might encounter with PDF documents.  You can create password-protected documents in just a couple of clicks. Upon PDF creation, Able2Extract 11 provides a complete document encryption and decryption toolkit, designed to keep your documents safe. This is a new and much needed feature that helps you configure passwords and share your documents more securely.

With Able2Extract’s 11 upgraded PDF editing engine you can quickly edit text, remove sentences, change font size, color and much more. Now you can add images to a document without converting it to other file format. In this latest version, you can also add vector shapes and even your own images. Some of the supported file types are: jpg, bmp, jpeg, png, gif and more. Another brand new feature is the redaction option which will permanently blacken out sensitive information from your documents, allowing you to securely share it online.

As in all previous versions, with Able2Extract Pro 11 you’ll be able to convert your PDF documents to a wide range of editable file formats. The tool is empowered with an improved OCR engine that enables you to convert scanned PDF documents with ease. Simply open your PDF, select the area of the content and click on the desired format. Able2Extract 11 supports more than 10 file conversions.  One of the biggest features in the latest release, PDF annotations allow you to more easily collaborate on PDFs. Easily add various annotations to your existing document, using an intuitive annotations panel.


Should Maglevs be Upgraded to Vactrains?

Should Maglevs be Upgraded to Vactrains Table

There has been a great deal of discussion of whether the future of high tech transportation will be maglevs or hyperloops. Hyperloops can theoretically travel around 600 mph. Maglevs can theoretically travel around 300 mph. However there is a third alternative that is being ignored. Theoretically if you build a vacuum tunnel around a maglev system then you create a vactrain and can achieve theoretical speeds of up to 8,000 mph. Vactrains could more or less ten times faster than hyperloops! China, Japan and Germany have already invested billions of dollars on maglev lines. Can maglev lines be retrofitted to be vactrains? Instead of replacing maglev, a proven technology, with a new technology that is only twice as fast, maglevs can be upgraded and be made 20 times faster! The following points provide a starting point for this discussion.

1) Pipeline Design

If maglev upgrade is the purpose of vactrain design then the pipeline probably needs to be designed to be more modular to fit around an existing maglev.

2) Pipeline Fabrication

China is facing an industrial output surplus. Can any existing factories be modified to make vactrain pipeline instead?

3) Pipelines and Solar Power

China is a major user of fossil fuels. China is also a major manufacturer of solar panels. Can pipeline be fitted with solar power panels in order to cut down on fossil fuel use and also provide a market for Chinese solar panels?

4) Pipelines as National Nervous System

The world faces growing terrorism, more extreme weather and nuclear proliferation. Can the pipeline double as a hardened nervous system of the nation?

5) Pipelines as Robotic Project

The next big space project will be a city on the moon. The next big rail project will be creating pipeline that can link continents via underwater pipeline. Humans are not designed to operate underwater or in a low gravity vacuum. The conquest of inner space via robots can be a precursor of the conquest of outer space with robots. Sooner or later robots will be needed to build in space on any sort of large scale. Building pipeline underwater with robots is a technical challenge that naturally leads to technological advances that prepare China to create megastructures in space.

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Megaproject Ideas

Airship Powered from Space

Extending the One Belt One Road Initiative to Latin America

Pay for the Thai Canal with an Island Next to Bangkok!

Space-based Solar Power for Defense + Desalination + Energy Independence

A1 Sized Lamination in Bangkok

I wanted to laminate some HeroClix maps and I live in Thailand. Large sized lamination is very common in North East Asia and the US but finding a place in Thailand is not easy. Bangkok Blueprint can handle A1 sized (594 x 841 mm/23.4 x 33.1 in) lamination.

A1 sized Lamination in Bangkok 1

Bangkok Blueprint has several locations. This post is aimed at farang living in Thailand and all farang know where MBK is located. Take the BTS to the National Stadium BTS Station. Do not take the MBK exit but take the exit to Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. You can actually see the side of the Bangkok Blueprint building from the exit as the photos below show:

A1 sized Lamination in Bangkok 2 A1 sized Lamination in Bangkok 3

The office hours are in Thai only but seeing the office hour sign does let you know you are at the right office. Bangkok Blueprint is open M-F 8:30 am – 7 pm. Saturday 8:30-6 pm. Bangkok Blueprint is not open Sunday.

A1 sized Lamination in Bangkok 4

Again this article is aimed at farang like myself that live in Thailand and don’t know Thai. The Bangkok Blueprint has four other locations but you will need Thai to figure out where they are using their website but I am providing the link anyway:



BEST Zombie Gear by Category

BEST Zombie Gear by Category Blood Spatter

The focus of this article is to identify the BEST gear by category to survive Z day regardless of cost. This article is not about the best value. A lot of the gear listed here is extremely expensive but that’s often the case with the best product of any type! Looking at the best is not a bad idea even if you are going to get something less expensive. You become familiar with the specs of the best and then search for something that has similar specs but is a better value.

1) Backpack

Eberlestock X3 LoDrag Pack is designed to carry your long gun around better than any other backpack in the world! Unlike a soldier, much less a camper, you might be roaming for months or even years in a zombie world and if you lose your rifle and/or shot gun then you lose your life. I have been a nomad my whole life and have learned the hard way that if you are on the move and can’t pack it well then you are you are going to lose it! In the pre-zombie world this applies to your passport more than anything else (Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants).

Eberlestock X3 Low Drag Pack with scabbard

2) Clothing

If you in a zombie world then you are doing lots of things that damage your hands including gathering wood, chopping through brush, breaking into stores to get supplies and punching out people that don’t understand English. An injured hand means you are severely incapacitated so you need to protect your hands with gloves. Also, I am pretty sure a punch to the head of zombie can do the job in many instances but you need the right gloves for the job! Punch that zombie with Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. HD Glove with Kevlar.

Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G. HD gloves with KEVLAR

Zombies don’t shoot! Zombies bite! Guess who else bites? Sharks! A shark suit is designed with bites in mind and is light weight compared to anti-ballistic body armor.

Neptunic’s NeXt Generation Sharksuit

Neptunic Sharksuits tests 2006

The Sharksuit is well suited for zombies but not for a non-zombie world. There are some interesting variations in body armor including Dragon Skin and Liquid Body Armor.

body armor dragon skin

Liquid body armour proves to be bullet proof

3) Communication

Ham radio is the best way to communicate with the world when the phone cell towers go silent. However, there is a lot more than just gear involved and Ham radio requires an investment in time to learn how to use and maintain the equipment. Also, Ham radio flunks the portability test.

The second route is focus on communication with friends and loved ones using a Walkie Talkie. However, until the cell phones go dead you want to use your cell phone! Why choose? The Motorola i355 (Nextel) is both a cell phone and a Walkie Talkie.

Emergency Communications: Motorola i355 Review

4) Fire Starters

When it comes to zombies you can never have too many knives! Maybe the zombies attack when you are making a fire! The Tool Logic SL3 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife with Magnesium Fire Starter is a fire starter and a knife in one package!

Tool Logic SLP2 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife With LED Flashlight, Magnesium Fire Starter and

5) Fishing Gear

I am assuming you already have rifle and/or shot gun so you have hunting game covered. However, there are an awful lot more fish in the world than game and fishing makes a lot less noise than shooting game! What needs to be understood is that your fishing to survive not have fun and nets allow for passive trapping unlike fishing poles and take up a lot less space so throw out the fishing pole and go with a fishing net. The Survival Gill Net Best Glide ASE is compact and durable!

Best Glide Survival Fishing or Gill Net – Scout Prepper

6) Light

The MPOWERD Luci is an inexpensive solar charged lantern that can produce 80 lumens of light for a 15 square feet area.

MPOWERD Luci Light Review

7) Medical Kit

I think gear needs to be related to your overall strategy. The number one plan should be to get to a beach and head for an islet. Hopefully you identified the islet and prepositioned your supplies. The Adventure Medical Marine 300 Kit deals with many scenarios you would handle on the seas and also deals with wounds.

Adventure Medical Marine 300 Medical Kit mfg#0115-0300

8) Multi-Tool Kit

One big division between multi-tools is big ones that need fit on your belt and little ones that fit on your key ring. If you are going to go big then go all the way with the Power Tech Fire Talon. The Power Tech Fire Talon is tough and most of all has two LED lights so you can work at night!

“How To” Video for the Power Tek Fire Talon Multi-Tool

The best small multi tool is the Titanium Utility Ring because it doesn’t look like a multi-tool and lets you play James Bond when the bad guys take you captive. Additionally, a punch is all the more effective with any ring on and this ring, with one of the blades out, will do even more damage.

Gear Review : Custom “Man Ring” Multitool

9) Survival Tent

There is no sense surviving the zombies but dying of exposure to the elements. The Trango 3.1 tent from Mountain Hard Wear is portable and extremely sturdy.

Mountain Hardwear Trango 3-Person Camping Tent

10) Transportation

The zombies arrive and you need to get out to an unpopulated area fast! Cities are great pre-Z Day but Z-Day means all those people in the cities are just going to be thousands of zombies that will soon be millions of zombies, if you wait too long! The problem is the roads are bumper to bumper. If at all possible then your plan should be to go to the sea shore and get to an uninhabited islet from the sea shore. As mentioned before, you had this strategy all alone and prepositioned supplies on the islet so you can travel light. If only you had a boat that fit in your small garage or cargo area of your truck, is easily transported to the seashore and is easy to use! WoKart does the job!

Hugh Fox WoKart Resized

WoKart YouTube

Not all of us have the luxury of being next to the sea shore so you are going to hit the road. Redundancy is good especially when it comes transportation. I would start with a truck to get me out of the city for starters because I can fit plenty of supplies in the cargo space but I would also like some sort of off road vehicle in that cargo space if the road becomes impassable. That’s where the Defender HD8 XT comes in handy.

Introducing the 2016 Can-Am Defender HD8 and HD10

11) Water Purifier

You can only really last a 2-3 days without water. There is a theory that the reason there are so many Chinese is because early on they boiled water while the West did not boil water.   If you drink bad water then sooner or later you will get sick and even die and people need to drink a lot of water. There are several excellent products out there but I would go with the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System because the system only weighs two ounces and most of all the product can filter 100,000 gallons despite the low weight. In contrast the very popular LifeStraw Survival Water Filter only filters 264 gallons and is also about two ounces.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter Kit – Preparedmind101

12) Weapons (Melee)

Sure you can get a cheap machete at Walmart but don’t go crying to mommy when the handle shatters and the wood shards cut your hand in the middle of a zombie fight. You need sturdy equipment that isn’t going to break and that’s what the Gerber Apocalypse Kit promises.

Gerber 30-000601 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

13) Weapons (Ranged)

You did your research and realized that the best fire arm is a shotgun. You need to hit the head and might not have time to aim carefully. If price is no object then the Beretta 1301 tactical shotgun is probably the best tactical shotgun out there.

Beretta 1301 Tactical – Overview

Suddenly you are surrounded by fifty zombies! You aren’t going to shoot your way out of this one even with a tactical shotgun! I bet you wish you had a flame thrower and guess what you can turn your shot gun into a flame thrower with Dragons Breath! This is one dangerous weapon and you will burn a lot of zombies but if you aren’t careful you might burn yourself as the video below shows:

Dragons Breath Shot From Saiga-12 BE SAFE WITH THIS UNIQUE 12GA SHELL!

The shot gun is great but boy it’s noisy and sometimes you want to take out the zombies from afar quietly and that’s when the PSE Tactical Crossbow comes in handy!

PSE Tactical Assault Crossbows TAC15, TAC10, TAC15i, & TAC10i in HD

What do you think? I welcome comments from readers!

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PDF Converter Elite 4 Software Review

PDF Converter Elite 4

As blog content provider I often need to convert files to a blog accessible format. In particular I sometimes need to convert PDF files into text files. I generally use free online PDF file converters but have run into one software package that does a better job than the free online converters and is worth a little extra money. PDF Converter Elite has three main advantages including ease of use, speed and versatility.


I generally skip documentation and just try to figure out the software on my hand. Good software should be intuitive enough that you can do this. PDF Converter Elite is super easy to use and I was able to figure out what to do in under five minutes. Most jobs can be done with four clicks on easy to understand icons.


Online sites are generally slower than installed software packages.   Free is good but fast is also important. PDF Converter Elite was able to convert extremely large PDF files very quickly. I converted a 100 page plus document in seconds.


PDF Converter Elite converts a wide variety of files including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Image, HTML, AutoCAD (.dwg, .dxf) and OpenOffice.


PDF Converter Elite is not perfect and I still needed to tweak the text converted from a PDF file. You end up with a lot of tabs that you don’t want when you convert PDF to text but this problem was lot less prevalent than with online sites I have used before. Overall, I would say this software is good value for the money.

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M1 Abrams vs. Armata Architecture

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List of XBox 360 Four Player Games



Key: + = rank of 8.5 or more, – = rank of < 5


Aegis Wing

Alien Homnid HD – Live +

Avatar: The Burning Earth

Baja Edge of Control

Band of Bugs

Battle Star Galactica

Beijing 2008 –

Bomberman Live – Live +

Burnout 3: Takedown

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty: World at War +


Cars Mater-National

Castle Crashers

Colin McRae: DIRT

Command & Conquer 3

Commanders Attack of the Genos

Conflict Denied Ops

Dead Block

Dead or Alive 4

Def Jam: Icon


Earth Defense Force 2017

Eets Chowdown – Live

Elements of Destruction – Live

Every Party

Fantastic Four –

Far Cry Instincts Predator

Fatal Inertia

Feedin Frenzy 2 – Live

FIFA 06: Road to Fifa World Cup

FIFA Street 3

Fuzion Frenzy 2


Gears of War

Geometry Wars 2


Golf: Tee it Up


Guilty Gear 2 –

Hail to the Chimp

Halo 3 +

Hardwood Spades

Heavy Weapon – Live

Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank

Karaoke Revolution: American Idol

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom

Kung Fu Panda

Left 4 Dead


Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal –

Lost Cities

LOTR – Battle for Middle-Earth II

Mad Tracks –

Madagascar 2

Madden NFL 07

Madden NFL 08

Marathon: Durandul – Live

Marvel Ultimate Alliance +

Monster Madness

Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia

N+ – Live




Need for Speed Undercover

NHL 08


Perfect Dark Zero +

Pirates vs Ninjas – Live –

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009

Ratatouille –

Rayman: Origins Rayman Raving Rabbits

Rock Band

Rock Band 2

Rocketmen – Live

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil

Rocky and Bullwinkle –


Rumble Roses XX

Scene iT: Box office smash

Scente iT: Lights, Camera, Action

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

SEGA Superstars Tennis

Skate 2

Small Arms – Live

Smash Court Tennis 3

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

Splinter Cell: Double Agent +

SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam – Live

Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting

Street Trace: NYC

Summer Athletics

Surf’s Up

Tales of Vesperia +


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Live

Tenchu Z

Tenchu: Shadow Assault

Tetris Evolution

The Lord of the Rings Conquest

Thrillville: Off the Rails

Tiberium Wars

Ticket to Ride

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

TMNT: The Video Game

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground

Top Spin 2

Track & Field – Live

UEFA Euro 2008


Uno Rush – Live

Viva Pinanta Trouble in Paradise

Viva Pinata +

Viva Pinata Party Animals



Wits and Wagers –

Worms (2007 video game)

Worms 2: Armageddon You’re in the Movies –

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