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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.


Atlanta Firmly Behind Oudin

When it comes to tennis, it is no secret that Atlanta is a participation sport, not a spectator sport. Atlanta boasts the largest tennis league in the world, ALTA, with over 80,000 members.

The last week or so, tennis players and fans in Metro Atlanta have taken to the internet, television and mobile phones to keep up with one of their own, Melanie Oudin, as she makes her surprisng run through the draw at The U.S. Open.

Oudin's home club, The Racquet Club of The South has transformed itself into a giant tennis viewing venue during Oudin's matches. The club, co-owned by Oudin's coach, Brian de Villiers had all of its big screened televisions turned to Oudin vs. Petrova during Monday's round of 16 encounter.

Fans let out screams and gasps during the points, and when Oudin raised her arms in victory the room exploded. Racquet clubs weren't the only venues watching with anticipation. Sports bars throughout Atlanta that normally show football or Atlanta Braves games on their main screens were now showing women's tennis.

In a town where sports arguments are frequently debated on the radio and the newspapers, one consensus is the support shown to this 17 year old quarter finalist from Marietta, GA.


Tuesday's Match to Watch at The U.S. Open

Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[10] vs.   Serena Williams(USA)[2]


A great evening match.  Serena is the defending champ and possibly the odds on favorite right now.  Pennetta will be feeling confident after her comeback victory Sunday Night.  Pennetta will not be afraid of Serena, but Serena will have a little too much for Flavia.  Should be a close 3 setter, with Serena advancing.


Should Gadget Makers Help You Track Lost iPods and Kindles?

You've been on the road all week, returning home on Flight 782 late Friday Night.  You just finished reading the new Stuart Woods thriller on your Kindle 2 but now in baggage claim you realize your precious Kindle 2 was left in the seatback pocket on the 767.  A call is made to the gate attendant but no luck, the Kindle is gone.

Even though the Kindle and other similar devices like iPhones and iPods are registered with their makers these companies have been refusing to disclose information about who ultimately ends up with these missing devices once the accounts are deactivated and then reregistered.  It appears nothing short of a search warrant will give you a chance to get your device back into your hands.

There appears to be growing outrage among owners of these devices who know with the wireless technology these gadgets possess, and with the ability to pull illegal content off them, why would they not go the extra mile to help reunite stolen or lost gadgets with their rightful owners?  Will this outrage change the policies of companies like Amazon and Apple?  I say with the price consumers are paying for this technology, and the loyalty enthusiasts are willing to show it seems they should go the distance, and do all they can to assist customers when they are in need.  It's just good customer service.


Monday's Match to Watch at The U.S. Open

Melanie Oudin (USA)  vs.  Nadia Petrova (RUS) 13


This will be a great match to watch on your Labor Day holiday.  "The Upset Queen" Melanie Oudin takes on another tough Russian, this time Nadia Petrova.  I think this is a favorable opponent for Oudin, if she continues to move well, and be consistent, there is no reason she can't take out Petrova.  Petrova has been to the Quarters twice at Flushing.  She will have a confident Oudin and crowd to content with.

Prediction:  Oudin in three.



OWC Showcases New On-The-Go Hard Drive


Other World Computing (OWC) has added their newest hard rive to their star-studded line up.    Their new 750gb Mercury On-The-Go Hard Drive is not only fast and secure, but it offers the flexibility of Firewire 800/400 or USB connectivity.

The drive comes in an attractive acrylic enclosure with a weight of less than 11 ounces.  The casing provides your valuable data with in-shock protection and with 5200 RPMs this drive has something for everyone. 

The price tag is in the $200 range, and it comes with a 3 year warranty.  I'm sure a 1TB model is on the way.  For more information on OWC head over to