• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..?
  • 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...
  • 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.?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Finland Trip Summer 2006
    As I moved from Finland in 1994, my visits have been further and further apart. Last time I visited properly was in 2001. I did take Caz over there for a long weekend in the winter a few years back, so that's her only encounter with Finland. This time we're going over for 10 days and it's Caz's first summer visit. It's also my first "proper holiday" since my visit in 2001. I'll be posting our proceedings in this article.
  • Nintendo DS Handheld console
    I'm not much of a gamer, or should that be g4m0r, but I do enjoy a leisurely jaunt on a game once in a while. Especially if I can play a game in a bit more social conditions. The Nintendo DS is perfect for these quick games or a bit of a social fun.
  • Life, from nobody special
    I don't have much of an exciting life, so there won't be many things here that are interesting. Admittedly sometimes I do feel the urge to say something, when I do, you'll find it here. I'm also completely happy with the fact that I can't change the way the earth revolves or how people think. In other words, don't take it so seriously.
  • Continental ContiSport Attacks on the BMW K1200R
    The BMW K1200R is a very powerful bike, and the tyres make a very big difference on a bike like this. In my mind, there's no tyre that lasts long enough, so to me the choice comes down to the feel, other than that, they're consumables. Being consumables the price is quite a big factor, along with the mileage of course. Continental ContiSport Attacks are fairly cheap, but are they up for the rest?
  • Less is More; Casio Exilim
    Sometimes I'm a complete anti-gadgeteer and I quite enjoy it. I think that my attitude towards the diddy Exilim is one of those situations. I wanted a small camera that takes pictures. I found it in the Exilim.
  • Riding the Nürburgring
    To many people riding the Nürburgring is the ultimate biking experience. It definitely is to me. The slight "problem" with the riding the Nürburgring Nordschleife is that it's totally unforgiving when it comes to making mistakes. This means that if you adopt the wrong attitude to your riding you'll potentially be very badly off. But it's not all that bad. Read on...
  • Tidying the tail of the K1200R
    I've always had a bit of a fetish towards making the tails of the motorbikes I've owned nicer. I simply don't like it when there's tons of mudguards, big indicators, etc. Usually what happens is; out comes the Dremel and on goes smaller indicators. This is how the K1200R evolved.
  • Cleaning Roomba
    It took me a while to realize how important it was to keep cleaning our robotic vacuum cleaner. There's a lot of delicate moving parts, couple that with a girlfriend with very long hair. Cleaning time!
  • Cheap USB Power Socket on the bike
    I've got a Garmin eTrex Legend C mounted on my BMW K1200R and while the battery life is excellent, I would love to not have to worry about it. But £20 was always a bit too much. I finally created a cheap solution to it. Read how...
  • The K1200R at the Nürburgring
    The BMW K1200R is a very competent bike and it can take many other bikes by surprise. It's not the first bike you'd consider when being a Nurburgring nut like myself, but it is nevertheless very interesting and riding the Nürburgring on it is a joy.
  • Evoluzione Race Air Filters for the BMW K1200R
    I've never been much for tuning my bikes, sure I tuned my mopeds, but the bikes I've kept pretty standard. I'd rather buy a faster bike than tune a slow one. And I always know that tinkering with the bike makes things break, sooner or later. The K1200R is my exception - I've actually fitted a different exhaust can and the Evoluzione Race Air Filters. This has transformed the bike completely. It's awesome.
  • Continental Sport Attack Tyres
    I’m beginning to feel like someone is out to stop me riding my bike! With two punctures in the space of a month, i decided that it was time for a change. Off with the old and on with a shiny new pair of Continental Sport Attacks
  • Freeview Personal Video Recorder
    I remember our first VCR, especially trying to schedule a recording. I remember the annoyance of rewinding and fast forwarding to find your taped programme. I'm very glad those days are gone thanks to the Personal Video Recorder, a.k.a PVR. Recording your favourite TV programs couldn't be easier.
  • R&G Crash protection for the BMW K1200R
    Modern bikes aren't built to crash, in fact, should you just loose your foot on some gravel or so at standstill and topple over, you'll probably be cursed with small scratches all over the place. There's a simple and fairly cheap way to protect yourself. Crash protectors.
  • Fred Hill Memorial Run 2006
    Do you know who Fred Hill is? Do you have a reason to drag your bike out of the garage on a cold and grey Saturday in February? Do you think we're all crazy? Well, we probably are, but there's a greater good behind it all. Have a peek...
  • I was <FRAMED>, I didn't do it!
    Frames are the menace of the websociety. No tag has caused so much pain as the tag FRAME. This article says why you should not use frames.
  • A News Flash 4 U
    The Macromedia boys and gals did it again. Flash 4 is not just Flash 3 with add-on bells'n'whistles. It's awesome! Flash 4 will put the web into another dimension.
  • Ladies Bike Gear
    I’m female and I ride a sports bike, but why is it so hard to get decent bike gear?
  • Intellimouse, cool scrolling
    Microsoft's IntelliMouse seems like the best thing Microsoft has ever done.
  • King Kontent
    If you want to succed, you have to be kool. You have to serve the audience, with contents. Or?
  • UK Motorbike Licence
    So you want to learn to ride a motorbike in UK, how do you go about it? Read on and find out.
  • Electric Violin
    We live in a mid terraced house, and sharing a wall with your neighbours means that noise is a consideration. Being the considerate person that I am, I recently purchased an electric violin…..
  • Waterproof vs.Protective Bike Boots
    Why is it so difficult to get a bike boot that provides good protection and is waterproof?
  • Owning a Nintendo DS
    This is the first games console of any description that I have ever owned. I have, of course, spent numerous hours playing games on friends’ consoles. But I have never become a hardcore gamer. I play games infrequently, but when I do play, I play to relax (Jocke may disagree here!). I hope this article gives a different perspective to your stereotypical games console review.
  • Crappy images vs 'crappy' code
    If you do good image compression, how much code can you write. Is there such as bad code? What is it then? Do WYSIWYG editors do bad code? published: 2000-01-09
  • The Pilot has landed
    My PDA is dead, I miss it. Read about my thoughts about my departed friend. published: 2000-01-09
  • When software goes wrong.
    As a developer it has happened to all of us; something has broken and there's panic in the air. It still amazes me that we can't behave like rational beings when things go sour. What are we doing, and what should we be doing?
  • Victory Vison 800 Concept Bike - Please, NO!
    I just stumbled upon Victory Motorcycle's concept bike Vision 800 - and as a concept bike it's supposed to provoke opinions, here's mine; JUST STOP! Please! See why...
  • Bike/Car Bureaucracy
    We live in a fairly free world, but still we need to organize and arrange for quite a few things before we can transport ourselves around. I have, in several occasions, been met by red tape when it comes to my vechicles. Last time was on Saturday. I can't Tax my new bike. Highly annoying!
  • My Dream PDA/SmartPhone
    I've had a PDA since the Palm Personal, and I've loved most of them. However, I cannot get my head around the fact that todays PDAs are mostly rubbish and are nothing more than souped up versions of the original US Robotics Palm Pilot. My dream PDA is quite different.
  • DVD Rental by Post
    Since the 80's we've been able to rent movies in local shops. This concept is familiar and safe to us. The new thing is to rent your DVDs via post, but how does this work - I've had a look.
  • Homepages - the definition
    Some guys brag about how cool their hompages are. But what is a homepage? A large image? A pixel based magazine? WHAT?'
  • Wacom Artpad - usable or not?
    I have this A5 sized Artpad that can draw cool stuff, but does it work?
  • Fireworks, does it blow?
    Fireworks promises alot of cool explosions for the webnerd, but the question is does it blow or does it blow me away?
  • Why I Prefer Motorbikes to Cars
    When I tell a non-biker that I'd rather be riding my bike than being trapped inside a tin-can I usually get very strange comments back - or at least a look that declares me completely insane. Read on - you might find that I actually am insane.
  • Car Safety vs Bike Safety
    As I started pondering why I'd rather be riding my bike, I seemed to focus a lot on the safety aspect of both cars and bikes. I focused so much that I thought it's a complete article on its own. Aah, I feel safe now...
  • Photoshop 4 vs Photshop 5
    Photoshop 3 was a revolution, version 4 was a the evolution of the revolution. But what is version 5?,
  • So, it's finally live
    In early 2000 my attention for my homepage started degrading, and in 2002 I finally pulled the plug on my P120 Linux server which had been molested a long time ago. The era of 4 major reworks of my website lasted for about 8 years (yes 8 years!). Now, 3 years after I pulled the plug and 11 (yes 11!) years after version one it's time for version 5. Welcome!
  • Cooperative Games
    The computer and console games of today are mostly focused on playing against other players. I don't really like this, as I would like playing games to be a social thing. Why is it so hard to create games where you work in teams and do something constructive.
  • High5 Award - Excellence in Photoshop?
    Webawards is what they are called, some of them should be called Photoshop GIF/JPEG compression awards...
  • My dear Palm Pilot Personal
    In late 1997 i bought myself a cool Palm Pilot Personal. This was back when they were called US Robotics Palm Pilot.
  • Stay on your side!
    Why can't people drive on their side of the road? Why is it so difficult to turn the steering wheel? Why can't you go around mini-roundabouts instead of cutting across?! Why do you have to be on my planet?
  • Garmin eTrex Legend C
    Choosing a GPS can be very tricky and labourous. I used to own the smallest one which was capable of mapping - when it was updated to to a colour version it seemed like a good idea. But was it..?
  • MP3s, DVDs, Entertainment Industry and Me
    Buying your entertainment used to be easy. You went to the store and bought an LP or a cassette. If you were cheap you asked your friends to copy an album to a cassette. But the copying process was analogue and thus degraded the quality, so you really couldn't make many copies. Today you have a smorgasbord of technologies and formats - and one big oppressor at the end of it; the copyright holder.
  • We love our robotic vacuum cleaner
    A robotic vacuum cleaner sounds quite ludicrous at first. I bet people thought of washing machines as ludicrous at first too. However, we wouldn't live without our Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner anymore.
  • Gadgets - The Final Frontier
    In the past exporers have been travelling the planet to find what's out there. Today that's impossible. Modern explorers have turned to technology.
  • Geeky Stuff
    This is where I dump anything that could be labelled "You're such a geek!". At which point I would thank you humbly.