Here's what to do if you find yourself with that sinking feeling. Featured Articles Outdoor Safety. If you step into quicksand and you're wearing a backpack or carrying something heavy, immediately take off your backpack or drop what you're carrying. Because your body is less dense than quicksand, you can't fully sink unless you panic and struggle too much or you're weighed down by something heavy.
If it's possible to get out of your shoes, do so. Shoes, especially those with flat, inflexible soles many boots, for example create suction as you try to pull them out of quicksand. If you know ahead of time that you are highly likely to encounter quicksand, change out of your boots and either go barefoot or wear shoes that you can pull your feet out of easily. If you feel your feet getting stuck, take a quick couple of steps backward before the quicksand takes hold. It usually takes a minute for the mix to liquify, which means the best method of getting yourself unstuck is to not get stuck in the first place.
If your feet do become stuck, avoid taking big lumbering steps to try to get yourself out. Taking a big step forward might unstick one foot, but push your other farther down, making it extremely difficult to completely unstick yourself. Sit down and lean back if your feet are stuck fast.
Creating a larger "footprint" should free your feet by removing the pressure they create, allowing them to float. When you feel them start to come free, roll to your side away from the quicksand and free of its grip.
You'll get dirty, but its the quickest and safest way to free yourself. If you're stuck in quicksand, frantic movements will only hurt your cause. Whatever you do, do it slowly. Slow movements will prevent you from agitating the quicksand; vibrations caused by rapid movements can turn otherwise relatively firm ground into more quicksand. More importantly, quicksand can react unpredictably to your movements.
If you move slowly, you can more easily stop an adverse reaction and, by doing so, avoid getting yourself stuck deeper.
You're going to need to be patient. Depending on how much quicksand is around you, it could take several minutes or even hours to slowly, methodically get yourself out. Quicksand usually isn't more than a couple feet deep, but if you do happen to come across a particularly deep spot, you could very well sink quite quickly down to your waist or chest. If you panic you can sink further, but if you relax, your body's buoyancy will cause you to float. Not only will deep breathing help you remain calm, it will also make you more buoyant.
Keep as much air in your lungs as possible. It is impossible to "go under" if your lungs are full of air. Get on your back and "swim. The more you spread out your weight, the harder it will be to sink. Float on your back while you slowly and carefully extricate your legs. Once your legs are free you can inch yourself to safety by using your arms to slowly and smoothly propel yourself backward with your arms in a sweeping motion, as if you were swimming.
When you get near the edge of the quicksand, you can roll to hard ground. Carry a walking stick any time you're in quicksand country. As soon as you feel your ankles sink, lay the pole on the surface of the quicksand horizontally behind you. Flop onto your back on top of the pole. After a minute or two, you will achieve balance in the quicksand, and you'll stop sinking.
Work the pole towards a new position; move it under your hips. The pole will prevent your hips from sinking, so you can slowly pull one leg free, then the other. Stay flat on your back with your arms and legs fully touching the quicksand and use the pole as a guide. Inch sideways along the pole to firm ground. The work of extracting yourself can be exhausting, so you need to work judiciously, conserving your energy before you become too tired. You do need to move quickly, however, as the pressure of the sand can shut off your blood flow and cause nerve damage, numbing your legs and making it almost impossible to free yourself without help.
Contrary to popular movies and television, most quicksand-related fatalities do not occur because you become sucked under, but from exposure or drowning in incoming tides. Recognize common quicksand areas. While quicksand is not a unique kind of soil, it can form anywhere groundwater mixes with sandy soil, creating a distinctive soupy mixture.
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Both the RAM and the drive can be upgraded by removing the bottom panel on the lower clam shell. I cannot comment on the ease of upgrades, not having performed any. I did, however, remove the bottom panel from the lower clamshell six Philips screws and found the SSD, RAM chip, and battery all easily accessed. I decided to upgrade the RAM to 8gb.
It's a single chip and requires that the original 4gb chip be removed. The upgrade was quite easy; remove the six Philips screws, remove the old chip, insert the new chip, replace the six Philips screws, done.
I have not noticed any increase in performance; this upgrade was done because I noticed that with a number of Chrome tabs open and Office Excel and Outlook open the available RAM was getting quite low. The machine comes with some small amount of 'bloatware', mainly in the form of Lenovo utilities and McAfee malware protection.
Not being a fan of McAfee I removed that software using Control Panel but left the Lenovo software on the machine for further exploration. The 11e comes with Microsoft Office installed as a purchase option; I have a subscription to Office and once I used my Microsoft Account credentials the Office suite downloaded the required updates and registered itself without issue. Which may be one reason the selling price tends to be well below the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
I ran Windows Updates and the major Windows 10 update that was released awhile back had to download and install, taking over an hour to complete note that I have a fairly decent cable broadband network; the installation took quite some time after the download had completed. I then ran DiskClean to remove the Windows. Old files to recover the disk space. Fit and finish of the case are quite good considering the price range the 11e lives in. However there are two embedded lights in the top clamshell that indicate when the power is on or sleep is initiated ; these lights face outwards when the unit is open and thus are presented to anyone sitting opposite, such as at a library table.
Small LED pinpoint lights would have sufficed. This is a case where form did not follow function. Not objectionable, but certainly not necessary. Keyboards and screens are extremely subjective - what fits one personal admirably is ruinous for another.
That being said, I find the keyboard of the 11e to be acceptable. There is nice spring action on the keys, and the keys themselves are wide for a computer of this genre.
It should be noted that there is no light on the keyboard to indicate Caps Lock. However there is a screen pop-up that appears briefly about 3 seconds when the Caps Lock is toggled on or off. Most keyboards have the Function Keys dedicated first to the "F" number so that being in Microsoft Outlook, for instance, press F9 refreshes all of the folders and special functions such as speaker volume only coming into play when the Fn key is pressed.
On the 11e that is reversed. Pressing the F9 key brings up the Windows Settings; to get Outlook to refresh one needs to hold down the Fn key while pressing F9. Not necessarily a bad thing, but takes some getting used to if one is used to the other way 'round of doing things. One may "lock" the Fn key by holding the Fn key down and pressing the Esc key. This turns on a small light on the Fn key and subsequent usage of the Fn key returns it to "normal".
That is, with the Fn key in the 'locked' position pressing F9 when in Outlook does indeed refresh the folders rather than bring up the Windows Settings app. To bring up the Windows Settings app, for example, one holds down the Fn key while it is in the "locked" status and presses the F9 key.
The touch-pad is acceptable, but nothing exceptional. The same can be said for the speaker system - on a device this size, in this price range, one can't reasonably expect too much.
One note on the speaker volume switches on the right side of the bottom clam shell - they are directly in back of the Power switch. The Power switch is recessed more than the speaker switches but still one should be careful when using the switches sight unseen. Oddly enough the F1 function key toggles the speaker on and off and Lenovo thought highly enough of that function to have an LED built into the key when the speakers are silenced.
Too bad they didn't find the same design to be desirable when designing the unlighted Caps Lock key. The external power cord uses a flat plug design that fits into the left rear side of the lower clamshell, not a standard round plug. This design may cause those who use "universal" power cords to have to abandon them. The SD card, by the way, does insert nearly all the way into the slot; only enough of the edge sticks out to enable one to push on the card in order for the card to eject via spring.
This is very nice in a machine of this size - frequently the card will insert only halfway into a machine, leaving the card vulnerable to bumps and bruises. Performance of the machine is acceptable if one remembers that this is not a gaming machine, but rather one designed around "educational" requirements.
The 11e is part of the Lenovo "EDU" series, and they place a sticker by the touch-pad to remind one. I've experienced no issues with Internet videos playing of course some of that relies on connection capabilities ; however my main task with this machine is for business purposes Word, Outlook, Excel, and designing Access databases.
For my purposes the performance is fine, but YMMV. Note again that the RAM upgrade had no apparent improvement on performance other than the percentage of RAM used is lower. Overall a nice, compact educational or business notebook computer. I'm rating it at only four stars because of the keyboard the to me odd way the Fn key is used and the lack of a Caps Lock key light and because the machine seems a bit heavy for its size.
At something over 3 pounds I've read 3. Of course the Lenovo is a bit larger in dimension than either of those machines, has an SSD instead of a chip, and a replaceable RAM chip design. Still, in this class of machine lightness is expected, at least by me. Some owners have reported problems with the Lenovo wireless card, but I have not had any issues with that. However the 11e has inexplicably frozen on me one time - in the middle of writing some VBA code.
The only recourse was to perform a hard restart, losing 20 minutes worth of work. The 11e has experienced several network outages, on three different wireless networks; no other workstations on the networks experienced the problem - it is obviously within the Lenovo itself. I was tempted to reduce the rating to three stars other reviewers note that Lenovo has sent a new wireless antenna but the new antenna did not resolve the issue. Note that I've also used the Ethernet port and have not experienced any problems.
There may be a weakness in the wireless hardware on the 11e. At the end of a long day of usage the computer has not dropped the connection a single time. After some days of usage the Edimax adapter has been rock solid - not one network drop.
I have a custom built desktop for gaming and everything else at home and a bunch of workstations at work but I lacked an ultra-portable. The main use for this will be as a backup in case something goes wrong with my home PC need to be able to get work and school work done and to take with me on trips if needed. It's also nice to be able to do homework or light browsing somewhere other than the home office.
What I like about it - The laptop has some great hardware specs true quad-core!
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