Archive for October, 2008

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Flickr: Rock That Folder

Tuesday October 21, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Rock that Folder

Rock that Folder

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Flickr User: Hugger Industries

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Dave on Dahon Stats

Saturday October 18, 2008

Since I’ve been running this blog I’ve had access to some detail statistics relating to who visits which post and when.  But these stats are private and only accessible to me in my WordPress account.

On Thursday, I implemented whos.amung.us tracking which enables me (and you!) to see where the readers of my blog come from.  It will also tell you if you’re reading the blog alone or if there are other people on at the same time.  In the sidebar of the blog, at the bottom, you’ll find a small counter which shows how many people are on the blog at that specific time.  Click the counter and you’ll see more stats and even a map of who has been.  If a map maker is flashing, then there’s a person from that location online and reading my blog!

The blog doesn’t get a massive number of visitors but it’s nice to see who comes and reads my posts.  It’s even better now that I can get an idea of where my readership comes from.  But it’s even better when you email me or post comments!  (hint)

The whos.amung.us stats for this blog start from Thursday 16th of October 2008.

The service is free and easy to use.  Set up one on your blog or website today!

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Immobilise: Secure Your Bike

Friday October 17, 2008

Bikes get stolen.  It’s a fact.  Few actually get returned to their owners, so do what you can to ensure yours does get back to you.

I found out about Immobilise (www.immobilise.com) whilst searching the ‘Net recently.  It’s basically a national database on which you can log your valuable possessions including information such as serial numbers, costs, identifying marks, proof of ownership…  basically, any information which will help you recover your lost or stolen goods.  The Police search this database when they find lost or stolen property and then can return the goods.  Having your data handy in your Immobilise account will also make it easier to report a lost or stolen item as you have all the details and images online.  And (!) at a press of a button you can log a particular item as lost or stolen.  When an item is listed as lost or stolen, it can also be added to the CheckMend database.

Via the Immobilise Shop you can buy a number of items to mark your property including luggage tags and electronic bike tags – the latter is obviously of interest here.

The ImmobiTag Electronic Tag is a small device which is inserted into a standard seat pillar.  Each electronic tag has a unique code number which can be read by the Police using a special scanner.  The ‘boys in blue’ then check the database and return your bike!

With the Dahon D7HG, and others, the seat post pushes right through the frame so the standard ImmobiTag won’t work.  In this case you’ll need the ‘grain of rice’-sized ImmobiTag for “split frame” bikes.  With this Tag, you simply glue it inside the frame of your bike, through one of the small holes bikes appear to have these days.

After you’ve hidden the Tag on your bike, simply stick the warning sticker on and that’s it!  A visual deterrent to thieves and an electronic tag to aid recovery.

Oh, don’t forget to register the Tag (and therefore your bike) on the Immobilise website so they know who to return the bike to.  Again, you can include photographs, proof of purchase and the frame number – basically, the more information the better.

I’m fitting my Tag this weekend!

[Update, 19th October 2008: Found the dedicated ImmobiTag site at http://www.immobitag.com/uk]

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Flickr: Drowned

Tuesday October 14, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Bicycle

Bicycle

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Flickr User: frodo-nl

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Banking Troubles

Monday October 13, 2008

Just had this in from Robin Parkes and thought I’d share:

Japanese banking problems

The US bailout and the problems recently experienced by banks in the UK and Europe have now spread to Japan .

In the last seven days: – Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly, up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

On Monday it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale, and it’s thought likely to go for a song, while shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, and Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

Finally, five hundred staff at Karate Bank have now been given the chop, and there’s breaking news that there’s something fishy going on at Sushi Bank.  Staff there are worried that they may get a raw deal.

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Sadness: Death of a Folder

Saturday October 11, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Brompton Meets Express Train

Brompton Meets Express Train

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Flickr User: sibad

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Nokia E51 Mobile Phone

Saturday October 11, 2008

Just completed the second week with my new Nokia E51 mobile phone.  I thought it was time to get a new phone after about three years with my old Sony Ericsson W810i (well, two of them actually – I lost the first one!).

I’m planning on writing a detailed review shortly because it really is a great device – more than a phone, much more.  My W810i was good (and really rugged) but the E51 is a ‘smartphone’ and it gives you the ability to do a whole lot more…

Watch this space.

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