I just realised that I never shared the graph of my power output from the Turbo Trainer method I described earlier this year. Here is one now:
Windows 8.1, on my network at least, has a big problem with names. The most noticeable effect is that web browsers frequently cannot resolve site addresses. On the command-line the same problem affects
ping, but not
nslookup. In the immediate aftermath of running
ipconfig/flushdns everything works, but only for a few seconds. (more…)
I am, like most people, very lazy. I have been paying Vodafone for 4 SIM contracts for the last 3-4 years without paying any attention as to whether they were the best value for money: they were the best value at the time I needed them, and it never cost me enough to make the effort of looking around seem worthwhile. That is until they sent me this text yesterday morning:
We’re also closing some older plans including yours, so we need to move you to a new one from 1 Dec. It’ll cost £10.50/month and you’ll get 100 UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and no UK data. UK standard calls and voicemail will now be charged at a minimum 1 minute charge.Ts&Cs:vodafone.co.uk/plan02
My 4 SIMs, as they well know, are for two smartphones and two tablets: a tariff with no data is completely unsuitable and I find it bizarre that they would expect me to accept them transitioning me to it.
I’ve now had the Nokia Lumia 1020 with Windows 8 for six days, during which time it has been my only phone. To put this review in context I think there are two things you need to know:
- I didn’t buy it, I won it as a prize in a programming competition.
- My day job is to develop mobile apps for a variety of people, generally for iOS, and I own half of a speculative app-development company.
This is going to be a long one, so strap yourselves in. I’ve tried to divide it with sensible section headings but ultimately the reason this is one post is that it’s one story; feel free to skip bits, but you can’t complain if something later doesn’t make sense. It’s as much a review of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 as it is anything else. (more…)
A few weeks ago I bought a couple of things from Rapha; specifically an end-of-line Trade Team Jersey and the matching hat in their sale. A week later I added a rain jacket which was also on sale. I have subsequently bought a bunch of base layers, socks, knee warmers, arm warmers and a hat at full price and added half of their catalogue to my wish list. (more…)
As promised: here is the non-technical post about the Snowden revelations.
I think that it is unwise for any government to create secret institutions or enact secret laws. (more…)
Is he clean? I think so. Look at his career summary: excellent amateur, 3 years of nothing much at the top level in Europe 1997-1999, 6 years of winning almost everything in the USA 2000-2005, back to Europe where he performs very well and works his way back up through the ranks 2006-present. This is what a principled, strong and clean rider’s career would look like: the early failure in Europe due to being one of the few guys not on EPO, and the recent resurgence due to his being a strong rider now no-one’s on EPO. (more…)