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Painkillers

One in three Friday nights for me are a bit of a non event, Lucy is at work and so I have no real intention of doing anything, most of the time this is used to perform the regular maintainance on this site and the [[DAO]] one. This Friday was a bit different, I got a call from Dan who wanted to try an install of Linux, so with my Mandrake discs in hand I popped round to see what I could do. Well one thing lead to another and some one mentioned beer and wine might ease my back, I have no idea if the pizza would really help but what the hell worth a shot.
Dan the man
The main man Dan and I sat there for hours, putting the worlds to rights, deciding what colour is best for this coming Thursday oh and having a quick tour back to the eighties and remembering the days of British Knights and school disco’s!
Dell
The night would not be the same without the woman indoors (you know I don’t mean it!) great thanks to Dell for keeping the Hamwiches coming right up to 5 in the morning when I left to find my own bed!

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Pain in the...

back!
I wish I knew what I have done but at present I’m crippled, OK not that bad but a serious amount of pain and not really enjoying it too much.
It all started the other morning I think, lifting a PC into the boot of the car, I must have turned and done something weird with it as it just felt ‘off’ since then. But on the way home on the bike last night I went to put the power down out of a junction and I left something tear in my back. So much so that within 50 meters of the junction I was in a pile on the grass on the side of the road.

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The 7th is Pickle day

Recieved one of my weekly email updates from Muriel Barnes last night and she has passed on the comments of:

Just a quick line to let you know that your baby is getting along fine.? The attached pic was taken this morning after breakfast, although Pickle doesn’t actually have any now, she is offered supper only as is getting quite good at eating on her own now……….so she should be O.K. for collection? next weekend (7/8 May).?

This is great, only a couple of weeks and finally the parrot we have been watching grow can finally join us.
Photo Album

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Just missed the slime!

I’ve been trying to put some miles under my belt the last few weeks yet everytime I get going I end up with a flat tyre. I have been running some slicks at the moment so that might have some to do with it, but then I was only running on tarmac.
I looked into the idea of some ‘Slime’ or some other forms of puncture prevention but after reading some stories of how messing the gunk in the tyre thing can be I opted to just keep with the repair kit. But then I saw a nice little invention from Slime, the Slime Liner! This is a liner that sits inside your tyre and protects the inner tube from unwanted visitors through the rubber. May as well give these a try as a few riders had recommended them. So Friday afternoon I trundle down and pick up some liners with the plan of switching to the knobblies on Saturday morning and hitting a trial.
After a few fiddly minutes I had a nice set of wheels with added protection and the intent of hitting the local bridleways. Lucy was in lead as she planned a little route and off we went. First signs are good and we open onto a small bit of tarmac between the tracks. Hold on as the speed picks up I’m feeling a little wobbly on the back end, came to the next corner and the rear tyre gave way in a wonderful screeching noise and I ended up sideways to the road. Puncture heaven!
Now I’m a little pissed to say the least until I get the tyre off, it turns out a thorn about 2 inch’s long had gone through the corner of the tyre missing the liner by about 5mm and repeated to put nice little holes in my tube.
I guess the Slime liners might work, I’ve not really had much positive feedback yet but as they can not cover the whole rim I think the idea is a sound one. Only time will tell.

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Make do workshop

What a day, it all started off good, a nice ride into work and then greeted by a brand new Camelbak Havok in the post but on closer inspection of my bike at lunch time revealed a loose back end!
I noticed there might be a problem there the previous day on the way home, the back end just felt a bit ‘loose’ and did not track right, but me being me did not investigate, just hoped it would get better. But it looks like it won’t.
Lucky I had me 'cool tools’ in my bag and so I thought why not spend the hour trying to fix it. It turned out to be just a loose bolt on the rear link on the Tara frame. Easy to cure, tighten it up, not quite so easy as you can’t get to the bolts with the suspension active, so I needed to take the weight of the back end and remove the rear shock to get to the bolts, man this was looking like hard work! Well 5 minutes later I had made myself a temporary bike stand to hold the bike and 10 after that the rear end was off.

WorkstandWorkstand

Needless to say the job was a lot easier than I expected and thanks to a local supply of protective gloves it did not make a mess.
Sorry about the poor pictures, the K700i is not great, this last photo shows the bolt in question, we are looking down the seat tube to the link

Damn bolt!

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Just like a camel

With the weather getting better by the day I’m getting out on the bike more. Yet last year I was struggling to get all my crap to work in one bag and find a nice comfortable bag to do so!
I’ve decided to purchase a new, larger, Camelbak this year so that everything can come with me. I opted for the Havok, which despite not getting a great review so far is designed for the ‘Free-rider’ yet seemed perfectly specc'ed for me, 3l Omega bladder and all the usual extras. Best place I found was at Chain Reaction Cycles
Havok 05

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Go for it

I’ve decided to go for it with Tiger. My real concern is for applications not working yet I realised at the moment I’m only really using iPhoto and some other Mac programs. I’m hoping these will come out the other side smiling so what the hey. Plus if you pre-order from the Apple store you get an invitation to a online seminar showing you lots of tips and trix for the OS, a free chip butty would be better but still cool!

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Tiger is unleashed

It looks like the wait is over, the release date for Tiger has been confirmed. Placing a pre-order with tha Apple store will mean your copy will arrive for the 29th. Now I only have one question, do I upgrade on the day? All the nice new feaures of Tiger are appealing but can I done with the standard broken apps and corrupt permissions that are always there during a upgrade. Got a bit of time to think about it I guess…

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Back to the grind

GT4 Challenge
Been a while since the last update and to be honest I’m glad, I’ve spent the last day just not wanting to look at a televison or computer screen after the GT4 race.

The whole event went really well and it was a good laugh, but I am glad I did book the Monday off work just to make sure. Not really tired but it was nice to finally have a day to just do those things that weeks ends are there for. But now I have that Monday feeling on a Tuesday, hmmm..

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You can smell the fur

Following on from my last post about Tiger, check out this link from Apple Insider. Yep they are still working on updates to Panther but the news about the first maintainance update to Tiger, 10.4.1 looks mighty interesting.

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