Archive for October, 2007

Printing in Gutsy

October 30, 2007

There is a kid in my programming class who has been having a nightmare getting Java installed on his computer at home. We’re in our 9th week of school and he still cannot get Java to install. My professor and I both suggested he try Linux, as it’s easier to do… almost everything. He didn’t seem to take our advice as he’s still having problems. Tomorrow I’m going to give him the Gutsy CD Jim gave me at Sunday night’s Gutsy Release party, along with a printout of our wiki page of Ubuntu resources. I upgraded my two pcs to Gutsy recently. My laptop has been running gutsy since tribe 3, but my tower, which is the family computer, needs to be stable or else my mom has a fit (as well she should), so it just got the upgrade a few nights ago. After the upgrade (which went more or less smoothly, we lost internet about halfway through so I had some dpkg stuff to play with), my printers were still there, smashing! Everything worked. I decided to test gutsy’s new printing dialog so i deleted my Canon MP160 printer (which was a bear to set up in feisty/edgy), and reinstall it. I just plugged it in and it worked!! The end!! Now my laptop did not have anything on it. Just as before, setting up the sharing had been a bit of a pain in the past, so, I set the printer to shared from my PC, enabled my laptop to look for shared printer, and voila! I had a canon mp160 I could print to!! Brilliant! Why again do we not have market share? Can windows do this? As far as I can recall, printers in windows are a PITA. Drivers to download, random manufacturer utilities, the list goes on and on. The scanner part of my printer even works! How great is that! My mom is very happy, as am I. Once again, Ubuntu wins, but the credit goes to the Gnome/Ubuntu team who got this new printing system hooked up, I can’t wait to see what kinds of awesome things show up in Hardy.


Dear Malvern Commuters…

October 10, 2007

Yes, that is me passing you on the left at 30mph on King st. daily. How does it feel to know that your laziness is costing you time, money, and your children’s future. I gotta tell you, it feels pretty good knowing that my bicycle gets me where I need to go in the morning, faster than your car gets you. Feel free to switch anytime, I won’t judge. In fact, I will welcome you to the club.

The Unveiling…

October 8, 2007

As many of you are aware, I am very into cycling. I ride my bike daily and it’s the best part of my day. When I’m not riding, I’m working on a bike, thinking about riding, or shopping for cool new bike parts I want, but really don’t need. About a year ago, I discovered the joys of riding fixed gear, since then I’ve completely re-fallen in love with riding, riding fixed is like nothing else. Riding a geared/freewheeled bike is major fun, no buts about it; however there’s a certain level of abstraction from the bike that is inevitable with a freewheeled bike. Relying on shifters, and hand brakes makes you the rider disconnected from the road and from the bike, on a fixed gear you are now part of the bike. You have complete control of the bike, stopping power comes from your legs, acceleration is always possible as long as you can move your legs faster. It’s a beautiful thing. After I got my first fixed gear I was enthralled; however there were things about that bike I was unhappy with. The compact geometry was not very appealing to me, the geometry was also pretty relaxed, which made for a comfortable ride but not super fast or aggressive. The final straw was flex, specifically in the bottom bracket area, I could feel the lack of stiffness on hills and when I was doing sprints, no good. I finally decided I was going to save up and build my dream bike. I spent a lot of time researching parts, thinking about aesthetics, and finding the compromise between high quality parts, aesthetics, and price. It was tricky, but in the end, I was victorious. The final result is my new baby. My EAI Bareknuckle. Here’s the parts list..

  • 52 cm EAI Bareknuckle Frame/Fork; Sage Green
  • 167.5 mm Sugino 75 Track Crank
  • 40 cm Nitto 125AA Drop Bars
  • 110 mm Nitto UI-5GX Stem
  • Chris King noThreadSet headset
  • Phil Wood High Flange 32h Hubs
  • Velocity Deep-V Rims
  • Nitto S-65 seat post
  • Miche sealed bottom bracket
  • 48t Sugino Chain Ring
  • 17t EAI cog
  • MKS clips with soma cages and errebi double straps

I AM IN LOVE!!!! This post is worthless without pics, so here they are. In all their fixed gear glory. (Many thanks to Gabby for her photography. The full shot of the bike, and the shot of the stem/bars were her, the Hub/chain line shot was me. Her new Canon 40D is an amazing camera).

EAI Bareknucklebeaver shotThanks gabby