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A Few Spokes Loose

I think this blog has probably run it’s unproductive course. I’ve created a new site that centres on myself as a cyclist, this blog is called A Few Spokes Loose in reflection of my cycling obsession. I may update this site for some purposes but I’ll be spending more time over there (not that I spent much here).

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2017 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Cycling Championships

   So a blog update, as always is very overdue. Here’s a report I’ve been sharing around from my experience at the Australian National Championships. Last week I travelled to Ballarat for the most significant event of my short cycling career, the Australian National Championships. An ambitious first hit out for the Oral 7 GDT racing team. It would be a week of many lessons, my first lesson was that red eye flights are evil, with my flight leaving late on a Monday night and arriving around 6am AEDST. The next lesson was that it pays to check the destination weather when travelling a few thousand kilometres as I arrived in shorts and a shirt in 12 degrees with a threat of rain. One van rental later and a quick reunion between the two halves of the Oral 7 GDT team (Matt and I had caught the same flight, Jordan and…

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Videos and Ramblings

Unsurprisingly, yet again it’s been an age since I’ve posted anything. Since my lasr post I’ve competed in last year’s target race the Tour of Margaret River, raced a number of criteriums with varying levels of success, travelled to Adelaide for a wonderful week of cycling and stalking the Tour own Under and unforunately suffered several crashes. My last crash was On Wednesday, as a result I’m holed up on bed rest with my leg in a splint so I thought I’d check out some of the action cam footage I’ve been hoarding for an age. I’ve got a couple of videos from my time in Adelaide ready to go, I’m going to work on more and put fingers to keys on writing up some of my experiences. Here’s some footage of an ascent up Adelaide’s Mt Lofty via the Old Freeway, quite a stunning climb (at least from my…

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You deserve to die

“You deserve to die” Those were the words from the toothy, beer-gutted man from the safety of his two tonne 4WD. Surely I had committed a grievous transgression to warrant these words. I pondered to myself what it could be. That morning I’d left home for work at 5:25am, travelled 3km to this point and not encountered a single car. Until now. I had my bright lights on, I was wearing a helmet and obeying all laws. In fact I was stationary at the time this happened. The man in his four wheeled cage had pulled up next to me at the traffic lights, straddling a lane marker to squeeze in intimidatingly close to my side. He’d waited until the light change to roll down his window and drop his knowledge on me, followed by something unintelligible. He then accelerated and cut across my path. It’s mighty harsh to deem…

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Race Report – Pinjarra Classic 2014

21/09/2014 was not the greatest day for a race, it was shall we say a bit moist in Pinjarra: Nasty weather meant some fair delays in prep and warmup, as a result I was only able to get in 1 kilometre before marshalling for the start. The start was into the rain. Bitching could be heard from those running full carbon wheels that they’d have no brakes, at least you barely need them in a race. The start was sedate, likely everyone without rollers or a trainer was getting their warmup in during the first 5km. An early breakaway of 8 formed within the first 10km while I was napping at the back of the bunch. No use crying over spilled milk, I resolved to attack on the days biggest climb with encouragement from Pete. After a few small rollers I see what I figure to be the base of…

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New beginnings v2

This blog has been utterly neglected. Not that it was ever nurtured in the first place. I’ve felt the sudden need to tidy it up as I have my brain in the last couple of years, its time to use this for the outlet of expression it deserves to be. Rather than the bastard child that occasionally gets to see sunlight on his birthday. To that end: – I’ve removed a bunch of posts that are old and embarrassing – This blog is changing direction, I no longer have the passion for technology that I once did. It’s now my profession more than my hobby – Expect more random ramblings – Hopefully I’ll still come up with the occasional helpful insight – Prepare for bicycle posts!

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Using NUT (Network UPS Tools) With Powershield Defender 1200

Again it’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted anything. Here’s a guide to how I got my Powershield Defender 1200 up and running using NUT under Debian. This is a cheap and lightweight (software wise, UPSes weigh a ton) solution for power protection of a home or small business server. Installing NUT: This part is dead simple, the NUT packages are already in the Debian repos so: sudo apt-get install nut This will install all NUT components and it’s dependencies. It does most of the hardwork for you, you just need to modify configuration files to your needs. Modifying configuration files: There are several configuration files that need to be modified in order to get a functional install; nut.conf, ups.conf, upsd.users and upsmon.conf. You can use the locate command that’s pre-installed on most systems to find them, the following is from my Debian box but your paths may be…

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Server Setup – TV Mobili

It’s been ages since my last post so I thought I’d give an attempt at something useful for the interwebs. Tvmobili is a free DLNA server I’ve recently become familiar with. There’s a million and one ways of streaming media and DLNA is one of them, personally I’d prefer SMB but with an XBOX 360 being part of my network DLNA was a must for my new home server so this was my solution. The server is running x64 Debian which has posed a problem; tvmobili is only compiled to run on 32 bit. There’s a simple solution for this which I’ve listed below. Take note, I use sudo so if you don’t have the sudo command installed and configure login as root or type “su” enter and login as root. These instructions should work for many debian based systems: 1. Download the tvmobili *.deb package, logged into a terminal…

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Android 2.2 (Froyo) for HTC Desire on Telstra!

It’s finally made release. It’s not an Over The Air update as was originally speculated but you can grab it here. It’s relatively simple if you follow the instructions. Keep in mind though it will erase all user data including messages and contacts. I recommend downloading MyBackup (the free version) from the App Market. You can use this to backup all your apps and phone data then restore them once your update is complete, it will backup to a folder called rerware which will remain after the upgrade as will other data such as your music and video files. A couple of great reasons to get the update: 720p video recording and a wifi hotpsot app so that you can share your phone’s internet connection with other wifi enabled devices.

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