Archive for June, 2011
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately,… but I really have a good excuse for it,… actually it is more of a series of excuses caused by one event in my life,… but the excuses are for another blog post,… one that will do it justice.
Anyhoo,… I have been out biking around Toronto, mainly at night. I have started to pack along my Nikon D80, now that I proper bags that fit my bike. On my ride last night I was coming back from Tommy Thompson Park and I was passing Cherry Beach and I saw a music video shoot. It was the band Low Level Flight (not that I ever heard them before) Don’t know what song they record for, it didn’t sound too bad. I managed to get a few semi-non-crappy pictures
I know they are not the best, but since they were shooting a video, I didn’t think they would want a flash going off and I didn’t have a tripod. So I pushed the ISO to 1600 and tried to hold as steady as possible.
I love/loved my ASUS-Tek EeePC 1000, it is was (nearly) indestructible. It went to Mexico with me and returned several times, surviving airport security,… it went on many a dive boat in both fresh and salt water,… I lugged it all across Ontario,… it went hundreds of kilometres with me on my bike,… it has been dropped,… it has even accidentally flown across the room. The one thing thing that finally did it in was the May two-four weekend rain storm. It got soaked while it was powered on in sleep mode, the battery in,… This it could not take.
So I operated,… The patient could not be revived,…
These are the hard drives, the smaller of the two is a fast 8 Gig SSD (actually very slow compared to today’s SSDs), the other is a slower 32 Gig SSD. These were the only two things I needed to work,… but it became obvious to me after several different Mini PCIe interface devices that the water that caused the motherboard of my EeePC to short out also killed my two SSDs.
Luckily, and not through any purposeful planning on my own, I had backups of my files else where. It took a few weeks to piece it altogether again. Accounting files, most of my music (lost some), The Wingnuterer files and all my software installs (a considerable amount of financial investment there).
Anyways, I have since replaced my ASUS-Tek EeePC 1000 with a ASUS-Tek EeePC 1015PN (with tint control). The new EeePC isn’t as robust as the old, it has a mechanical HD, but I will replace that shortly,… until then,… and forever after,… backups!!!
Just got hit on my bike while cycling south at Yonge Street. It happened at one of those intersection where it is two “T” intersections. I saw the guy creeping forward into the intersection and I was already in it. It was happening like it was molasses. I started to break and veer and knew it was too late. The only thought that went through y mind was, “This is really really going to hurt”
Surprisingly it didn’t hurt, a very minor scrap on my knee. My bike’s rear derailleur is really messed up thought. It can’t set a gear properly know when the chain is on the larger of two front sprockets.
Hopefully nothing else is damaged. There’s a bike shop right around the corner from my place and I’ll see how good the shop is.
This really sucks.