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What to do in NJ


Graph of 'Things I want to do in NJ', with 'Leave' as the outstanding option.

Source here.


iphone killer – & it’s open source!

open source sledgehammer!

I quote from the page at Wired Magazine:

Designer Ronen Kadushin says that the “iPhonekiller is an Open Design, meaning, its design CAD files can be freely downloaded, copied, modified and produced by anyone, without special tooling, under a Creative Commons license.”

And the best part? It’s guaranteed forward-compatible:

The killing machine is not only compatible with the all iPhones today, but “also the future ones, and with iPads.”

Ubuntu one fail

It’s supposed to work… but it doesn’t.

it’s alive…

On my road bike, I have a Sigma BC 1600 bike computer, that tells speed, distance, time, and a few other things. Bike computers are simple beasts; they include a clock, a calculator, and a way to measure magnetic pulses, and that’s about it. Attach a magnet to a spoke, a magnet sensor to a fork blade, run the wire to the computer… the hardest part is generally either setting the current date and time, or putting in your wheel circumference.

That is, until the magnet dies, which mine did in the past week. Now, you can buy a new Sigma magnet, for about 79¢ plus $28 shipping, or you can buy a whole new computer for a little less than that… Or you can head to Kim’s Bikes, and tell him your tale of woe, and he’ll sell you the magnet from a Cateye computer (of which he has a few hanging from the ceiling of the shop area) for $1.00.

As I said earlier, my new favorite bike store!

it’s been a while…

… it’s been a while, but I’m moved to write again, because the fsck hangup that was so problematic on the main computer reared its ugly head on the netbook today.

Also, the Essential PIM USB organizer program that was doing so well under Wine has developed an error, which I doubt the programmers will bother to address.


A disappointment

I’m an anti-big-American-manufacturing snob. I expect products produced by big American companies to be shabbily made, and to appeal to the worst of our instincts. I’m rarely proven wrong.

The corollary to this is that I have the expectation that products made by small manufacturers, or by foreign manufacturers (or by small, foreign manufacturers) to be better made. I’m sometimes proven wrong, and it happened again most disturbingly.

On my road bike, I use “clipless” pedals; these employ a “cleat” that screws onto the bottom of the shoe, and snaps into a holder on the pedal – they allow the rider to power through much more of the pedal stroke than the regular, flat pedal allows. Since the cleat is attached to the bottom of the shoe, the rider winds up walking in it, and the cleats have to be replaced when they wear.

The cleats I use, manufactured by French company Look, have been replaced and are obsolete. I found an old set, and tried to screw them onto my shoes last evening. Of the six screws, two were too short (they were all the same length, but the receiving holes for the front two were too deep for the screws to engage).

Now, it’s true that the cleats were slightly thicker than the old ones that came off. But it’s also true that the supplied screws were shorter than they had been previously. I found some of my old cleat screws in a drawer (don’t ask), and the old screws were a smidge over 12mm long. The newer screws were barely 11mm long. That little bit made the difference.

Since the cleats are obsolete, it’s time to get new pedals anyway, and I suspect I won’t have the same problem with the newer ones. But it’s a disappointment. Look, as a French manufacturer, I had hoped for more from you.

An unintended consequence

With all my troubles with the fsck, and trying to correct them, I’ve run fsck on the main computer about a dozen times since I upgraded to Lucid.

My hard drives must be sparkling!