Should anyone ask, just get on your bike

From BBC News we have this article: Personal transport plans trialled
A nationwide brigade of personal transport advisers who call at the homes of drivers thinking of switching to greener forms of travel could help break Britain’s dependency on the car.



What a load of bollocks.  If the government actually built cycle routes people would use them.


But was Mr Powell aware of a major new cycle route through the city? He wasn’t, but now has a new cycle map to show him the way.

Will they also push his bike for him when he comes to a hill?Bollocks.

Should anyone ask, just get on your bike

From BBC News we have this article: Personal transport plans trialled
A nationwide brigade of personal transport advisers who call at the homes of drivers thinking of switching to greener forms of travel could help break Britain’s dependency on the car.

What a load of bollocks.  If the government actually built cycle routes people would use them.


But was Mr Powell aware of a major new cycle route through the city? He wasn’t, but now has a new cycle map to show him the way.

Will they also push his bike for him when he comes to a hill?Bollocks.

Should anyone ask, so endeth the days of packet loss.

I’ve had some rather strange packet loss occurring on the DSL uplink circuit.  As you can see from the graph below, about 50% of packets were being lost.


Since loosing bits is clearly not very nice, I logged a call with my ISP.  But then I decided to just check out my own network first.  Around the 25th I upgraded my switch and thought to myself that perhaps this was the cause of my the problems.  I noticed the link status light flashing off about every 4 seconds and then re-appearing.  The PPPOE device hanging off the network (this is the last hop on imagilan) was having trouble negotiating a stable speed.  Logging back into the switch I forced this to 10Mbps Full Duplex and voila!  Back online reliably (green=good):


This extended outage made me realise just how much I use DSL, for data, email and phone. Pleased to be back online.

Should anyone ask, so endeth the days of packet loss.

I’ve had some rather strange packet loss occurring on the DSL uplink circuit.  As you can see from the graph below, about 50% of packets were being lost.
Since loosing bits is clearly not very nice, I logged a call with my ISP.  But then I decided to just check out my own network first.  Around the 25th I upgraded my switch and thought to myself that perhaps this was the cause of my the problems.  I noticed the link status light flashing off about every 4 seconds and then re-appearing.  The PPPOE device hanging off the network (this is the last hop on imagilan) was having trouble negotiating a stable speed.  Logging back into the switch I forced this to 10Mbps Full Duplex and voila!  Back online reliably (green=good):

This extended outage made me realise just how much I use DSL, for data, email and phone. Pleased to be back online.

Should anyone ask, well, Pachelbel get's a lot of work.

A good performer with a message.  If everyone is basing their music off Pachelbel, it’s no wonder so much music sounds similar:

Should anyone ask, I'm getting good at German

Sorry for the non German speakers/carrier sympathisers but,



My German is improving. From the ePlus (mobile carrier in Germany) website we have this:



“E-Plus bietet Ihnen mit International Roaming die Möglichkeit, in vielen Ländern die mobile Datenkommunikation via GPRS zu nutzen.



"Die Kosten für Datenübertragung im Ausland sind vom jeweiligen Roaming Partner und dessen Preisen für GPRS abhängig. Die aktuellen Tarife finden Sie”



Allow me to translate for you: “We would like to screw you so hard on mobile data pricing when you travel that you will be permanently discouraged from ever touching mobile data services again”

Should anyone ask, well, he was dressesd up as a TV

One of my favourite BBC Radio 4 programs is Just a Minute.  The object of the game is to talk “For just a minute” on a given subject, “without repetition, hesitation or deviation”. The humour comes from the panellists’ attempts to try to keep within these rules, which whilst they appear to be simple, are very hard not to break. Therefore, to speak for the full minute without being challenged is extremely difficult, and meritorious when achieved.


Here’s a clip to whet your appetites.

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