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Long Way Round

Ewan Magregor has just completed a round the world trip on a BMW GS motorcycle, with some other chap who I'd never heard of. Well done to them (though they had a support crew). Looking forward to seeing the TV series about it, but I'll need Satellite television in the UK to see it. Mmmm, decisions decisions.

Minor rant about newspaper coverage again - banner on the front of the print edition of The Scotsman describes it as "his easy rider round-the-world road trip". Off road bikes, no roads in Mongolia, easy rider ? Groan.

And don't start me on their so-called computer expert talking about Linux and saying that noone hacks it because it is wonderful and hackers hack Windows because they don't like Microsoft. I see no need to redress the balance because that would waste all of our time, but needless to say that proper regimes for all parts of your operation are necessary for security, not just Windows.

Just goes to show how far you have to simplify things to reach the mainstream audience. And yes, I probably applied a bit of spin to support my rant - its more fun :)

posted @ Friday, July 30, 2004 1:46 PM | Feedback (0)
Credit Card Fraud

After all the years I've been using and buying stuff off the Internet, I got hit by credit card fraud for the first time today.

Got a call from a company verifying part of my card details, fine I thought and left it at that. Then started thinking, hadn't ordered anything that hadn't been processed in the last few days.

So I called them back and asked a bit more about who the company was and a bit more about the order concerned. Unfortunately I couldn't hear the name of the company - some underwear place according to the nice lady on the phone. As it transpired, someone had my card details, home address and mobile number and had ordered £180 of rollneck T-Shirts. All to be sent to an address in North East London.

Needless to say that has now been cancelled, as has my credit card (new one on the way). I'm now racking my brains to think where the details came from. I can only guess its from some website somewhere, but goodness knows.

posted @ Monday, July 26, 2004 8:11 PM | Feedback (5)
Thudfactor 31% Geek

Via a people link on Sunpig (See - I'm on there too!). I ended up at the Geekquiz on Thudfactor. I'm not sure about going both ways though...

You are 31% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

posted @ Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Jedburgh was nice

Just back in West Lothian after our stay in Jedburgh for just under a week. Went back to a place we had been a couple of years ago, which is almost in the middle of the town and has cracking views of the town and beyond.

Had an easy time, I read through two or three books, reviews to follow. We also went visiting. Went to the Hizzy room in Hawick, had lunch in Cats Coffee Shop which also happens to be part of a bike shop and popped over to Kelso for a couple of hours.

Was great to see a lot of bikes in the area around Jedburgh, and got a wave from a group of folks on Harleys when we were in the Coffee Shop.

Didn't do any big thinking, but such is. Sounds like old MartinS is going through the thirty something stuff too. I'll be commenting on that soon.

posted @ Saturday, July 17, 2004 9:05 PM | Feedback (0)
Knockhill British Superbike Qualifying was wet

Traditional weather, but a disappointment when you are paying the priviledge to see rain fall in a field. For those of you not in the know, the latest round of the British Superbike championship came to Knockhill last weekend. The racers zip around the track in a couple of sessions to set their fast times and decide their grid positions.

The first qualifying attempt finished just as we got to the track, getting up and ready and to the track for 10:10 or so just wasn't going to happen on the first proper day of my holiday so we saw the other race classes out and about during the following hours.

The second round of qualifying for the 125cc machines came after the break for lunch at around 2 O'Clock and ran for about half of its allotted time before the heavens opened with big rain (you know, big rain drops) hail stones and a good bit of thunder rolled in for good measure.

I got soaked, then in a gap in the rain got back to the car to get the umbrella and the waterproof jacket then retrieved the rest of the family just before the rain came back on. We retreated back to the car but gave up after about half an hour and drove out of the circuit at about 15:30.

I mostly enjoyed the day, but missed the variety in sound of the superbikes which were due to come out later. The downside of going on the Saturday which is the day before race day is that slightly less is happening. The benefit is that you get to park within the circuit and it is generally quieter.

No guarantees in Scotland for outside events, so dependent on the weather, even in so-called summer months.

posted @ Monday, July 5, 2004 3:31 PM | Feedback (0)
Holiday Time

Thats it, I'm off work for two weeks. As per usual, things ran to the wire at work, leaving loose ends dangling in a generally unsatisfactory sort of way.

June for a variety of reasons, wasn't a good one for me, with the last two weeks blighted by a nasty bout of a kind of cold flu virus which has made life challenging, to say the least.

I hope the next two weeks prove the tonic I need, or will at least give me time to think about things.

On a lighter note, tomorrow is a visit to Knockhill Racing Circuit for the British Superbikes qualifying. As is traditional, the weather has turned awful with wind rain and general unsettledness marking the event. All we need is snow and fog to round off the day.

posted @ Friday, July 2, 2004 10:53 PM | Feedback (0)