And by fun, I mean crashes.
And by fun, I mean crashes.
And by fun, I mean crashes.
Yesterday was fun. After many months of planning (and by planning I mean “Hey, I should do that”) I did a full suite of updates on the main web server.
I switched over from MySQL 5.6 to MariaDB 10.0 which was a fairly painless process I must admit. For those that don’t know MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL, it’s more efficient, quicker and less buggy than MySQL and is now a requirement for the newer versions of Teamspeak 3 Server. All websites I host now use MariaDB instead of MySQL and so far, well it all works exactly the same. It probably won’t make too much difference to us as we’re such a small community.
The only problem that switching to MariaDB caused is that TCAdmin refused to work afterwards and rather than mess around trying to get it to work I just reinstalled it from scratch so anybody with accounts before hand has lost them as I didn’t bother transferring any data over. If we ever get back in to hosting servers and people need accounts I’ll create them as and when, don’t see the point recreating them all as it stands.
Teamspeak has been updated to the latest version (220.127.116.11) and I think that now requires the latest Client version (3.0.16) so make sure you’re all updated. (for people like Rofl – you can change the icons back to the original ones, just select Default rather than Default_Mono)
I also updated to PHP 5.6.
It’s that time of year again, Summer is officially over (the weather last week was horrendous!) so it’s time to winterize your bikes!
I also realised that so far I’ve yet to post anything about my other bike (my commuter).
It’s a Boardman Hybrid Pro that I’ve upgraded to the full Shimano 105 drivetrain (standard is a mix of FSA cranks and Shimano 105 mechs and cassette).
It uses Shimano Deore M615 brakes with 160mm Ice-Tech rotors and pads.
I’ve installed a pannier rack (no more sweaty back!) for carting my stuff to and from work/wherever and installed mudguards to keep the worst of the weather off the frame.
The tyres are Continentals Grand Prix 4 Season tyres, I bought them after reading a few reviews on decent winter tyres and they came out on top for UK riding, they’re really grippy and quite comfortable even at a high PSI (115 PSI / ~8.0 bar). The real test will be once the temperatures really drop and we see negative figures.
A few weeks ago I did a (nearly) full service on the bike, all bolts were cleaned, regreased and refitted to the correct torque and any frayed cables were replace. I just need to do a proper service on the wheel hub bearings and it’ll be complete for the winter.
Here’s some pics!
I’m still getting used to the Sony ActionCam software so please ignore the lack of transitions between sections.
2 x Shimano XT M785 Brakes (front and rear)
1 x Shimano XT M780 Shifter pods (pair)
1 x Shimano i-spec upgrade pack
More pictures to enjoy (and yes, since these were taken I’ve cut down the brake hoses and tidied up the front end)
Hmm, sales. I love this time of year, end of season sales on cycling stuff, so it’s all cheap.
£120 set of Carbon handlebars = £40
60mm Raceface Turbine Stem = £52
And here’s the result
What’s next? Well on Wednesday I’m off to Llandegla in Wales to try out the trails there. I’ve also got a set of Shimano XT brakes and shifters on order (although given the bank holiday weekend it’s unlikely they’ll be here before Thursday).
All in all, a good week.
While I get to grips with the Sony PlayMemories software that came with my action cam I thought you might like a laugh at my bails.
These were all taken 11th August 2014 on the Follow the Dog Trail in Cannock Chase, UK
So after much faffing around I’ve switched from ts3viewer to Gametracker’s own viewer.
It doesn’t look as good but it does actually work, so there’s that.
I just received this email from my server host.
As you may be aware from recent news coverage the size of the IPv4 routing table exceeded 512,000 routes this week. This caused widespread disruption to many users, businesses and other ISP’s.
In preparation for the continued growth of the global routing table we are performing some emergency maintenance on our network. This involves us performing some upgrades and changes which may cause some disruption to services but is important to ensure services continue to operate normally.
For those customers with diverse connectivity to our network there will be no extended downtime, however you may see sub-optimal routing for a few minutes as our network reconverges. For those customers with a single connection into our network services will be disrupted whilst this work is ongoing.
We will be performing upgrades across our network within the maintenance window below. We expect no router to be unavailable for any more than 30 minutes, however in most cases we would expect services to return quicker than this.
Start: Tuesday 26th August 2014 22:00 BST
Finish: Wednesday 27th August 2014 04:00 BST
As a shared co-lo customer iZ’s server only have a single connection, so expect to see some downtime during the dates/times given.
As the saying goes “Life is short, so buy the damn bicycle” or something to that effect. Therefore I bought a new bike.
It’s a Cube Stereo 140 HPC Pro 29. It’s a 29″ 140mm travel full-suspension bike and it’s really very pretty. It uses Fox suspension front and back and has a full Shimano Drivetrain (SLX/XT mix) with a rear clutch mech (minimise chain slap and dropped chains).
For a full spec list check out the official Cube site (HERE)
I’ve not yet managed to take it out on any real trails but I’m off to Snowdonia in Wales next week so will be able to give it a proper go then.
Here’s some more pictures: