July 24, 2009
Some Recent Tech Discoveries I thought I’d share:
Windows 7 RC – writing the blog post from it – excellent OS (and that says a lot coming from me!)
Spotify – sure lots of people know about this one now but great streaming music service. Kind of like a commercial radio station where you get to choose the playlist. But native version for Linux would be nice (netbooks will make this kind of porting happen organically now I suspect??)
ebox – Not a good move to just try and install this on a Ubuntu box (tried this at home) screwed lots of stuff up. Nice idea but if you want to try it out use a seperate box. It looks good and the concept is a great idea but I think its a bit too flawed for me right now (sorry ebox devs).
Denyhosts (prevents brute force attacks on SSH by adding IP addresses that repeatedly fail to login to a black list – in /etc/hosts.deny) silently stopped working some time ago on my Ubuntu server (due to an upgrade of Python by the looks of things). Following the fix on this forum thread sorted the problem although I found the file you need to change is: /usr/share/denyhosts/daemon-control-dist rather than the one mentioned.
HMG Info Sec standards (or rather the OTT implementation of) - I probably can’t say any more or I’ll get burned in acid (its a long and painful story…!)
More posts to come. Enjoy the summer everyone. I intend to on a ride around Litchfield tomorrow – embedded Google Map to follow no doubt…!
July 01, 2009
Have been very lucky to get in some great mountain bike riding over the last few weeks. Couple of really good rides (albeit challenging and tiring ones!) in the Peaks including riding down Jacobs Ladder (which I was really pleased I managed to ride without coming off in a massive and very painful way!!).
Couple of nice loops nearer to home with friends over the weekend (photos), unfortunately Kat came off her bike recently and has bruised herself quite badly – which she is annoyed about as is having to hide her legs in the hot weather we are having at the moment!!.
Now back to the office and the realities of work (it would be nice to just do an epic day ride every sunny day in the summer wouldn’t it?!!!)
June 30, 2009
One of my better recent shots taken on the SLR:
Taken on a recent bike ride to Donnington and Bagnor
April 27, 2009
Filed Under (Mountain Biking) by Ollie Cronk on 27-04-2009
Finally got round to adding some recent photos to my photo galleries: http://photos.cronky.net/gallery/v/mtb/flanstag/?g2_page=4
Here’s a nice photo from the trip:
DVD is done now too for those who’ve been waiting for it.
March 22, 2009
Filed Under (Mountain Biking) by Ollie Cronk on 22-03-2009
Discovered a great new route from Beedon up towards the Ridgeway and Wantage today that I thought I’d share on Google Maps (I just wish they included an OS layer so you can see the bridleways/byways). There’s loads of possible variation in this route including more of the ridgeway for example…
I’ve also recently found http://www.worldcommute.com/ which is worth checking out if you want to calculate and track cycling instead of driving to work and for other trips.
July 07, 2008
Those of you are lucky(?!) enough to know me will know that I love a good gadget or 20. I took the plunge recently and bought myself some Oakleys with prescription lenses – some Livestrong Flak Jacket XLJ’s. The reason I’ve been wanting to get some (Oakley’s) for the last 5 or so years is for my cycling and skiing but haven’t got any because they are so damn expensive with prescription lenses in (about double the price standard price of Oakleys!). Of course it rains the whole weekend that I get them so I have yet to really wear them in anger…
One thing to note about prescription lenses in Oakleys is that they aren’t thinned (I’ve got thinned lenses in my regular glasses over the last few years as I’ve started getting more short sighted) so the lenses are quite thick. But they are wrap around so you get the feeling you can properly see (including peripheral vision) again (like wearing contacts – but I never got on with those). I’ll try and remember to take a picture for comparison next time I am with my 20:20 vision cycling mates.
Blackberry – aka “Crackberry” – as my former colleagues at 7city used to call them – as in they are addictive : – )
Work have been kind enough to ease my email (and keeping an eye on things) burden with a Blackberry 8820 which is nice. Has Wifi which is pretty useful. No doubt I’ll be posting some Blackberry related posts soon…