This site...

... will contain a bunch of articles about things related to web/programming, gadgets, motorbikes, my travels and other general thoughs about life.

I will be adding content when I either have something to write about or time to write it. Hope you find it either entertaining or useful. Articles below are from all sections, listed with the most recently edited one on the top.

Server Move

If you can read this, then welcome to the new server. I've moved from my previous hosting, á la GBP46 per month, to this Virtual Private Server (VPS) for GBP8 per month. This VPS is "skinnier" than the physical server I had before, but it still seems to perform at roughly the same speed. The good thing is, that should I run out of speed, I can simply ask for more, for a nominal fee of course.
The good people at BitFolk have been outstanding in their communication. To me, that's a huge bonus. Life's a bit too short to deal with people who are trying to mimic robots, BitFolk is not one of these organisations.
Either way, hope you don't find any problems, but if you do, drop me an email, please.

BMW HP2 Megamoto - OOOH

It’s not everyday a chance like this comes along, and frankly when I got a whiff of it, I didn’t even believe it. In fact, I had to be convinced I was about to get to ride the BMW HP2 Megamoto. And what an experience that was. More >>
Published: 2007-09-29 11:46   Updated: 2007-09-29 13:24 

Linux on New Computers - Why not?

The first time I installed Linux the year was 1996, we were shifting a set of 5 floppies back and forth between the "victim" and the "generator". It took a very long time, and I didn't even manage to get X-Windows running. I gave up. Since then I've installed Linux onto more than 20 computers. Every time I've installed a new version it has gotten easier and easier. But I still can't purchase a major brand computer with Linux pre-installed on it. Why not? Update: Seems like Dell will be the first major manufacturer to offer Linux on consumer computers! YAY! Update II: Dell has released their line up of Ubuntu Linux machines in the US. More >>
Published: 2006-04-25 13:46   Updated: 2007-05-27 11:12 

The Importance of Scriptability

Visual user interfaces are in, shiny icons are in, Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) are in. Nobody really cares about ye' ole' command line and a good ol' fashioned command line script. This is very sad, because this means that we are missing a lot benefits. Read on to see what I mean. More >>
Published: 2007-05-15 14:17   Updated: 2007-05-15 15:32 

Abba Stands - simply the best

If you're working on your motorbike, or even if you just like to wash it properly, an Abba Stand is a wonderful investment. It'll keep your bike upright in a very stable manner. It'll lift the rear wheel clear off the ground, without any load on the suspension. With a bit of tinkering you can lift the front too. The best motorbike stand available More >>
Published: 2007-03-12 12:21   Updated: 2007-05-07 15:02 

Sandbar Dogbones for the K1200R

The BMW K1200R handles great out of the box. Sure the suspension is a bit choppy, but thanks to the special forks and pivoted swing arm works really well. If you want a bit sportier attitude you have a few options. More >>
Published: 2007-03-12 14:03   Updated: 2007-05-07 12:52 

I *heart* SportecM3

Tyres are always a difficult thing to comment on, but one thing about them is really easy; when they work for you and your bike, something magical happens. For me this happened with the SportecM3s. They're absolutely wonderful on the BMW K1200R. More >>
Published: 2007-01-14 16:50   Updated: 2007-03-12 18:10 

Nurburgring, the anticipation

The Nurburging Tourist season hasn't started yet, but the planning has begun, and the anticipation is there. Every day when the sun shines and that motorcycle twitch starts the anticipation and longing gets bigger. More >>
Published: 2007-03-01 13:27   Updated: 2007-03-01 14:43 

Halvarssons – Sweden’s best kept motorcycling secret?

I had been looking for a set of motorcycle gloves for ages since my old pair of Halvarssons had disintegrated after 4 years of really hard use. I just couldn't find anything with a reasonable price and, above all, a good fit. That's until I tried the latest Halvarssons gloves. But where could I get a hold of them..? More >>
Published: 2006-08-31 11:36   Updated: 2007-01-07 12:42 

The importance of consistency

I do coding most days, and one thing I've really learnt during the years is that consistency is very important. Let me elaborate a bit... More >>
Published: 2006-10-05 20:03   Updated: 2006-10-05 21:34 

Humax PVR-9200T Freeview HDD Recorder

I don't know why I've been putting writing this article off for so long. I guess I was disappointed in the DigiFusion box that crashed and burned, and then I didn't get well along with the user interface. I thought that it would get better with time... but did it.? More >>
Published: 2006-09-13 19:12   Updated: 2006-10-05 19:45 

Puncture repair kits

When you’re driving around in a car, the thought of a puncture shouldn’t really bother the majority of us as cars have space for a spare wheel. On a bike, a puncture can leave you stranded. What options are available to help us bikers out of a hole? More >>
Published: 2006-01-04 17:00   Updated: 2006-09-17 19:18 

Networking your house

I like technology; The Internet, TVs, stereos, games console and so forth. The one thing these all have in common is that they need some sort of cables. Unfortunately cables tend to be messy, and very Roomba unfriendly. Therefore we decided to network the house properly. Read on how we did it. More >>
Published: 2006-08-25 11:38   Updated: 2006-08-25 13:27 

Typical Dell, but smaller

Choosing a laptop is always a bit of a chore. Not only does the market move so quickly that anything you knew 6 months ago is now just rubbish. You also have to factor in your criteria’s, what you want, and what you don’t want. If money is no object a smart Sony would be ideal. But at half price, the Dell machines seem very tempting. More >>
Published: 2006-08-18 12:34   Updated: 2006-08-18 13:36 

Samsung YP-U2 MP3 Player

It has taken me a long time to find a need to buy an MP3 player. Many times have I, as a gadgeteer, wanted one, but I could never justify the price/feature/need ratios. Now when I’ve started commuting on the train and the features have gone up as the prices has dropped it was time to get one. The ultra compact Samsung YP-U2 seemed to have the features that suited me perfectly. More >>
Published: 2006-08-09 21:05   Updated: 2006-08-09 21:30 

Timbuk2 Detour bag

The last time I spent money on a bag/backpack to use for work and leisure was over 4 years ago. As I started commuting on the train again, I thought it was time for something new. My friends recommended the Timbuk2 products, so I had a look, and I bought one. But is it worth it? More >>
Published: 2006-05-31 10:56   Updated: 2006-07-11 21:10