Not Quite Mainstream is Up! (The Last Post @

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Misc | Posted on 17-07-2011-05-2008


It took me longer than expected, but Not Quite Mainstream is now alive! Not Quite Mainstream will be my new blog for technology posts and random ramblings. For my travel posts, check out Cloud Commuting!

So long for now!

The End of

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Technology, Travel | Posted on 05-08-2010-05-2008


Not the end… just… a split! Still 100% Original Content.

I started this blog with no real intent. I just wanted to start a blog. Then as time went on, I realized I had two things I liked to blog about: technology and travel. And while I’m sure there are a handful of users out there who are passionate about both topics, like I am, Google has not been able to find enough for me :-) . So… I’ve decided to try something new! I’ve migrated all of my travel posts over to UPGRD! UPGRD is a network of bloggers / podcasters, and I’m now the author of the Cloud Commuting blog over there. Go check it out! What about the tech posts? Well… for now.. they’ll stay here! However, I just purchased a new domain, I’m going to build a site there for me to put all of my nerdy posts up that some people seem to love. With both of these sites, I’m going to adhere to one of my principals I used when starting this site: 100% Original Content. I’m not going to go the engadget style, as useful as it may be, of just linking to other posts and generating traffic for myself. I’ll do my best to add my own articles, blog posts, and other miscellaneous content pieces my own. Thanks to all! As of now, the individual travel posts already redirect to Cloud Commuting. I have no timeframe for getting NotQuiteMainstream up, but when I do, the tech posts will redirect to there.

Review: Hilton Beijing Wanfujing – An EXCELLENT Property

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Travel | Posted on 24-06-2010-05-2008


I’m writing this from the Executive Lounge of the Hilton Beijing Wanfujing hotel. Tonight will be my 8th consecutive night, and tomorrow I’m flying home nonstop on United 888 PEK-SFO. I have had a fantastic time in Beijing, but I’m ready to head back to the States. That being said, I’m definitely not ready to leave the Hilton Wanfujing! This is a truly elite property, and I cannot wait to return.

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Review: Sheraton Chola Chennai – A Great Way to Experience South India

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Starwood, Travel | Posted on 20-06-2010-05-2008


My trip to India included stops in Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi. I really enjoyed every hotel I chose. Read on to hear about my experience at the Sheraton Chola Chennai!

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Electrical Burns Hurt… OUCH

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Misc | Posted on 09-06-2010-05-2008


So I was plugging in an extension cord on top of a ladder at my dad’s new business (check it out! World’s best ice cream!). This typically routine activity resulted in a bit of a startle when apparently my hand connected with a cracked part of the extension cord. After a loud pop, sparks flying over the place, and a young boy outside thinking the place was going to explode, i was startled back and jumped / fell off the ladder. HAHA! Bad luck indeed. So a word of advice… if the extension cord looks a bit old and used, and you see in cracks in it, best to NOT use it.

What Does a Toilet at the Chennai (MAA) India Domestic Terminal Look Like?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Travel | Posted on 04-06-2010-05-2008


Videos speak louder than words. Enjoy. Point of clarification, though: In the video, I say it’s the Mumbai airport, but I think I was just shocked and confused – it’s the Chennai airport.

Flying from Bangkok, Thailand to Chennai, India via Jet Airways (BKK-BOM-MAA)

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Travel | Posted on 03-06-2010-05-2008


After my 1-day adventure in Bangkok, I was off to India for a couple weeks for work. My first destination was Chennai on the southeastern coast of India. There were no great Star Alliance routes from Bangkok to Chennai so I decided to fly Jet Airways, a United partner, via Mumbai. As a United partner, Jet Airways allows Mileage Plus members to earn RDMs, but you can’t get any EQMs. Also, only certain fare codes are eligible for RDMs. Read on for the report!

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Just one day to spend in Bangkok? Here’s a Great Way to Spend It!

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Travel | Posted on 02-06-2010-05-2008


Getting to India from the United States can be a bit of a journey. Rather than grimace at the thought of all those flights, booking a stopover in Bangkok seemed like a great idea. I could adjust to the time change, explore the city, eat some great Thai food, and then continue on my journey! Read on to know how I spent my stopover in Bangkok!

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Beware of the Sheevaplug & Globalscale Technologies: Fried Power Supplies

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Linux | Posted on 02-06-2010-05-2008


I’ve written a few articles about my Sheevaplug and how great I think it is. It’s a fantastic $99 ARM server. Just add a USB hard drive, and you’re good to go! However, it looks like the power supplies are almost all universally bad. Check the Plug Forums link here. More and more of these things are frying. I thought it was just a few faulty units, but one day, I could no longer SSH into my server. I opened it up, and I noticed that my power supply was fried as well. Also, Global Scale Technologies, the primary seller of the Sheevaplug, isn’t giving any RMA #s outside of a 30 day warranty. So we’re all screwed and out $100. To make matters worse, it looks like the recently shipping Guruplug is having issues as well! As much as I love this small ARM-based platform, it’s really making me consider moving to something like the Artigo A1100! Buyer beware!

SFO-NRT-BKK My First Experience in United International Business Class

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Travel, United | Posted on 29-04-2010-05-2008


I guess it’s been about four years since I first started traveling extensively for work. I’ve been a United 1K for most of that time, and that makes sense as I’m at about 400,000 lifetime miles. However, most of those miles have been earned on domestic routes! In fact, before this past trip, I had never flown internationally on United. Read on to find out about my first SWU / International Business Class experience with United! Read the rest of this entry »