September 13, 2005

NerdTV

Slashdot linked to a great site listing freely downloadable tech related shows. I've already been addicted to several tech related podcasts, this should expand my tech media consumption a bit.

It'd be nice to put together a Geek media network ala TechTV, minus the low level "Call for Help" sort of shows. Not a traditional broadcast network, of course. Just a nice Azureus friendly RSS feed would be cool. That way I only have to subscribe to one feed to get a host of tech related media delivered right to my computer (if I ever get Pluto Media Directors working on VIA EPIA hardware, right to my TV).

Posted by wschuller at 05:28 PM | Comments (0)

The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security

Marcus Ranum over at ranum.com has a very interesting essay on computer security. I don't like his use of the term "hacker", but I do agree with his ideas on it's futility. Read and heed.

Posted by wschuller at 05:17 PM | Comments (0)

GPS unit lost

I haven't seen my nifty Garmin Fortrex 201 in months. I used it extensively as a bike computer, and had been experimenting with using it to log commute times. If anyone sees it, let me know.

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Wouldn't it be cool to have data on how long it took to drive to work each morning? If you could then do some statistical analysis of that data based on what time you left the house, what route you took, the weather, external traffic and accident data, etc. What if you had a PC in the car that played music and had an ODB-II data logger. Wouldn't it be interesting to analyze the affect of particular music (or just the beats per minute) on speed? What about checking to see if eating breakfast in the morning got you to work sooner? Was it because you were more alert, because you got a later start or because you had to use the restroom as a result of all that OJ?

Corporate America uses all sorts of crazy data about us to enhance their bottom line. Wouldn't it be great if we could use data to enhance our personal lives?

Posted by wschuller at 04:25 PM | Comments (0)

September 05, 2005

Best bike ride ever?

On Saturday, Mariana and I went down to REI to get her a bike. The Saratoga store was out of stock for the model she wanted, so we headed up to San Carlos. With only minutes to spare before closing time we managed to purchase a Green Novara Aspen, a Thule roof rack system for Mariana's Highlander and a handful of other stuff.

After a quick stop at the Saratoga store the next morning for a few adjustments on the new rig and a new tube for me, we were off for a great adventure.

We went on a 23 mile journey that took us across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito to Tiburon. From there, we took the ferry across the bay and rode from Pier 41 back to where we parked. I must say that it was utterly glorious. After we made our way across the bridge the weather cleared up. During the last leg of the ride I had to actually get down to shorts and a short sleeved jersey.

This trip also afforded me my first opportunity to use my new Mountain Hardware Vertex soft shell. It kept me comfortable the whole time. Hard peddling through blow-you-over winds gets you stuck in one heck of a catch 22. The wind was trying to strip ever last bit of heat from me, but I was sweating like a pig. The soft shell kept the wind out and was breathable enough that I hardly noticed the sweat. Oh, and I got it at REI for 75% off. Woot!

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