Hot and Sandy

Travel writing, pictures and stuff for people I know. Quite a lot of cycling talk, and some semi-controlled ranting. Hiking, outdoor and two-wheeled stuff, perhaps a little computing when it's worth talking about. Meandering thoughts.

Sunday, September 30

Still Here!

Blog is still up and I'm still here.  Just mayhem and blogging isn't working out at the moment.  I'll be back when there's something to share.

Thursday, April 19

Manually remove TimeMachine backups!

These steps just saved me from having to reformat an external drive:

- Open Time Machine Disk
- Locate and open the folder Backups.backupdb
- Go to view by date and choose oldest on top
- Select the backup you want to delete
- Open Teminal and type sudo rm -rvf
- Drag and drop the old folders you want to delete in the Terminal Window
- Enter you user password at the prompt

Couple of warnings - use rm -rvf carefully, especially with sudo!
Dragging and dropping the correct file path is a good move, even if you're experienced.
From here.

Wednesday, April 4

6-Month Break

Wow, no posts for 6 months.  Well, this blog's still alive and I have a few updates but they can wait until I have more time. 

Friday, October 13

i3 REX at 33k Miles

More adventures in energy-saving. The car had a first service and a safety recall for a fuel tank vent issue, which went without a hitch.

The rear tyres are looking a little low (3mm) - legal but I think I can already feel an effect on handling, especially now that the weather is heading towards single digits. I will probably buy some Nokian winter tyres (all 155 section) and fit to stock REX wheels. Then I can keep the pair of good summer Bridgestones for next spring.

As before, the total driving distance has been lower because of working from home and a summer of using my GS when it was convenient and appealing. Some other changes to take into account also affected cost - we moved to a Tonik Energy 100% renewable electricity tariff, which is slightly more expensive (TCR of 13.6p, compared to 11.something before). And due to my works' chargers, the rate of dinosaur juice consumption has gone down and total % electric has risen (although slightly oddly the petrol MPG has actually gone up).

One final point to make about the average mi/kWh - mine is severely limited by my journey type. There is no way for me to hypermile effectively when I have to travel at 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways - the aero drag alone at those speeds is huge. Bearing in mind the recuperation scores and total eco measures I get, I am confident that we could achieve way more than 3.7 if the journey was different.


Wednesday, September 6

CPL or no CPL?


Thursday, August 3

GoPro on my Bike


Thursday, April 13

Email Encryption

Today I am at home with commitments. But find myself pondering the pros and cons of email encryption for regular users. It seems absurd that mainstream services were ever unencrypted. But I guess it's harder to use secure services, and the old adage of email being more like a postcard than a letter makes a lot of sense (even James Blunt wrote a song about it - yay go James). For me it's not about The Man - more like the little weasley people at my ISP and in the van outside Starbucks.

Edit: As if proof were needed that I repeat myself.