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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

As we wind down the 12 months, it kind of feels simply as busy as ever prior to. Here’s what we have been as much as in this vacation, geek, and bike-themed weekend wrap-up!

1) Year-end photograph consolidation

(Warning: Photography geekery forward, skip to the opposite sections for non photograph/tech/geek stuff)

I most certainly purchase extra Micro-SD playing cards than loaves of bread each and every 12 months. For actual. Part of that, after all, is the by no means finishing circulate of units (motion cams, drones, biking protection cams, different audio/video/digicam tools, and so forth…) that require them, wherein I in most cases installed a brand spanking new card for each and every software being reviewed. I do this most commonly to make sure I’ve were given a variety of area, but additionally as it’s to hand to understand that any problems aren’t most likely because of it being an older card.

As such, I finally end up with boatloads of 80-90% stuffed playing cards. Most of the content material has lengthy been copied off to different drives and such, however I steadily omit to delete the unique content material at the card itself. Usually as a result of occasionally I’ll simply seize a photograph or two from a put up, however by no means the remainder of the recordsdata.

In any case, I raise all these in a couple of other demise Ziploc baggies, with playing cards falling out continuously. So, I made up our minds to do something positive about it beginning on Friday (and proceeding all weekend): Operation Clean Card Act.

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My objective being to take each and every MicroSD card floating un-attached to a drone/digicam/no matter, and offload the whole thing and feature a pile of utterly wiped clean/formatted/glad playing cards. As you’ll see above, that’s numerous playing cards. Also, that’s now not all of the playing cards. That’s most effective the primary batch.

My workflow used to be first to load the playing cards into this little DAS field (Direct Attached Storage). I purchased this little unit final 12 months to connect most commonly to my Mac for enhancing, however now and again use it as a middle-ground whilst shifting recordsdata, prior to moving all of them to the primary NAS (Network Attached Storage) server. Given this table one observed above additionally has an SD card slot at the entrance of it, even higher!

So I’d insert the playing cards, after which used a handy guide a rough replica app for shifting all of the recordsdata to the interior disks. I began off the usage of RoboCopy, however I discovered this unfastened app used to be higher at letting me look and spot how a lot time/recordsdata have been left.


Except, after like two playing cards I one way or the other ran out of area in this 16TB unit. WTF?!?!

Oh, proper, I had additionally offloaded a couple of 2TB & 4TB exterior USB drives I used…which I hadn’t but offloaded to the server. And it seems that, as I found out, I had the 2018 offload copies of the ones drives nonetheless sitting on that DAS field too. Oops!

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Well, crap – no area to proceed Operation Clean Card Act.

So, I grabbed the field and plugged it into the again of the Synology NAS software I use, figuring that USB3.zero would imply a perfect fast switch of all of the content material. Except, that didn’t paintings. For no matter explanation why I haven’t discovered but, the Synology NAS merely doesn’t see this unit in any respect. Like, lovers don’t even spin up kind don’t see it. I don’t assume it’s a formatting factor, however only a few type of bizarre connectivity factor.

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After an hour of troubleshooting and a lot of cables/ports that in a different way paintings completely superb with the whole thing else I have, I gave up and simply began copying them by means of 1GB community to the server. I figured if I may offload a couple of terabytes I’d be excellent.


Then, I went onto Amazon and purchased a 10GB Ethernet adapter/dock for my pc & Mac to make use of (the Synology DAS already has 10GB playing cards in it, and I already stressed out the studio for it). Problem solved for subsequent time, and likewise will get me somewhat of a docking station for my pc. Also, the recordsdata are nonetheless copying.

2) Getting the Christmas Tree house through motorbike!


In case you ignored the put up previous lately, we went out and did our annual Christmas motorbike pickup on Friday evening. So hit up that put up!

three) Moving the Saris MP-1 Platform

Generally talking, nearly the whole thing that involves the DCR Cave arrives immediately to the DCR Cave. But for some bizarre explanation why, two other shipments incorrectly went to our house on Friday. And sadly, those have been mainly the 2 worst shipments to finally end up there. Sure, if a bag of pet food from Amazon is going to the incorrect position – no biggie. But when a package deal delivered through freight courier is going to the incorrect position…that’s a pickle.

We don’t have a automobile, let on my own a freight truck. However, we do have a shipment motorbike…and bungee cords.

So Saturday morning me and Peanut #2 set to work attaching the weight. Mostly, she sat at the again and giggled. I in the meantime contemplated how best possible to get the whole thing in a single load.

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There have been two primary portions to this load. First used to be the big Saris MP1 platform field, which used to be larger in duration than any of the indoor motorbike containers (albeit somewhat thinner). Second used to be a brand new desk for the DCR Cave. I purchased it off my favourite Dutch public sale web page, and it’s about 2 meters lengthy. Plus a package deal of legs for the desk.

However, in reality, the 2 massive rather a lot in fact did an ideal process of stabilizing each and every different, since they helped to refill the shipment motorbike so it didn’t bonk round.

Unfortunately, about 2 meters down the street I learned I couldn’t flip left, the handlebars have been blocked. So, I inserted a random modem I present in a closet close to the entrance door from the landlord to shift the weight fairly ahead, and that helped fairly:

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And through fairly, I imply…on no account. While my proper turning radius used to be customary, my left turning radius used to be most effective about 1cm of handlebar motion, so any turns would take an enormous swing round.

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No biggie, it’s a quiet Saturday morning nearly solely on motorbike paths that meander. So off we went!

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It used to be somewhat windy, as at all times, however I’ve lengthy since gotten used to silly sailboat like rather a lot at the motorbike. Just pass quicker, it nearly at all times works out.


And at our arrival vacation spot!

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Woot, every other a hit DCR Freight Fiets Delivery within the books!

four) Oreka Treadmill Ride

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Next up on Sunday used to be getting within the first journey at the Oreka Treadmill/Bike Trainer. I’m now not precisely certain what to categorise it, nevertheless it’s mainly a treadmill in your motorbike (you’ll’t run on it). It arrived q4, and whilst GPLama and Des and I were given all of it arrange final month, we didn’t have time to provide it the maiden voyage. So…that point used to be now.

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In numerous techniques it’s similar to using rollers. The feeling is other because of the belt, however the stability facets are all of the identical right here. Also, there’s an emergency prevent button. The principle in the back of it’s that it will provide you with a extra road-like really feel that mimics the outside higher than a instructor.  After studying up at the paperwork and notes they despatched me, I were given at the motorbike and began pedaling. It most certainly took me about 90 seconds to get at ease sufficient to let pass of the bar, however as soon as I did that it used to be lovely easy.

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However, I bumped into some ‘quirks’ that when a couple of mins had me come to a decision to position on a helmet. Given I’m surrounded through concrete, this wasn’t me looking to be dramatic, however simply sensible. With a high-speed belt shifting by itself accord, if one thing is going incorrect, it’s going to head incorrect very speedy, and really laborious in my case.

The worth of that is more or less 1/third that of the Tacx Magnum motorbike treadmill thingy (more or less three,000EUR vs more or less nine,000EUR). Neither are to be had out of doors of Europe, and after using each – I’m lovely certain I know why you’ll by no means see both in the United States anytime quickly.

As for a evaluate, after this primary journey and a couple of different take a look at snippets previous lately, Oreka has a pile of clarity-seeking issues we’re running via by means of electronic mail. A evaluate of a few kind will occur, however I simply wish to perceive a couple of standout issues after my first journey.

5) Santa Ride

Finally, as a result of this put up is waaaaaay longer than it will have to be, we wrapped up Sunday with a pedal to the southern reaches of the town to seek out Santa. Quite actually. We knew he used to be meant to be within the mall all the way through positive hours, nevertheless it seems that implies he meandered across the mall and also you needed to in finding him and his elves to get a photograph with him.

First after all, used to be unloading the shipment motorbike of 3 children right into a buying groceries cart:

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Then it used to be getting in circles until we noticed Santa off within the distance. So we chased him down, buying groceries cart dashing alongside and all!

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They then print out a small little card so that you can take house. But howdy – a minimum of it’s unfastened!

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With that, we were given again at the motorbike, were given fully soaking wet, and went house. Weekend entire!

Thanks for studying all, and hope everybody is in a position to benefit from the vacations!

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