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Death and destruction…Averted

May
27

I had an incident free weekend. Oh, yeah, except for the RTI I was rather central to.
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Biking again

May
22

Woo, got Storm back this morning. £229.63 IIRC, to straighten the forks, replace the rear tyre, replace a brake lever and put it through the MOT (which it passed) including labour. A bit better than £750 for the forks alone. The choke is still sticky, though. He forgot I’d asked him to look at that. I’ve now booked it in for a full service, where he’ll look at carburation and things like that. He reckons that will be around £100. It’s costing me more than I would have liked, but I’d be happier to have it all sorted at once so I can contemplate doing the small servicing tasks myself. I didn’t want to do anything much until I’d had someone who knew what he was talking about look at it. So altogether, it looks like it will have cost me around £500 for this round of mechanicals. I could have avoided nearly £100 of that by going with a more local garage in the first place. Bummer. Still, lessons learned and all that.

All the more reason that I’m pleased to have the opportunity to go for some Mission Pay. Effectively overtime linked to targets, it should give me between £300-400 extra on my July pay cheque, which will be nice.

In that case, I’d better get my arse in gear. Hannah’s coming to the end of her exams, and we’re house-sitting for her uncle and aunt next week. That will be nice; double bed in a big, luxurious house :)

Righto, that’s your lot for now. Bye

Bikes, rain, illness and superheroes

May
20

Had a complete ‘mare last week.

On top of having my bike cover stolen, my worst fears over Storm’s service were confirmed. I rode down to Chichester, and was given a complete hunk of junk of a Honda CB500 to ride back. “It’s got some petrol in it, apparently”. I took that as “it’s not got much petrol in it” and went off, hoping to find a petol station fairly soon. Of course, nothing.
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People are scum – period

May
12

I don’t know why I used that horrific Americanism, period. Too late, no retractions.

Last night I had an experience which made me lose all respect for humanity. I woke up around 3.30am and, being paranoid, made my customary out-of-window survey of Storm. Something wasn’t quite right. She was there, but I could see something that I usually can’t. Wing mirrors! Something that shouldn’t be visible when covered in a heavy-duty cover.

Some scrote’s nicked my bike cover! This is not some cheap job from Argos for a fiver (that’s in my porch). This was the ~£40, heavy-duty, reinforced job that can be put on the bike while the bike’s still hot. @*%^!
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Bored

May
09

Today I have not achieved a great deal. I have suffered a failed sale my panniers, but have another potential sale with somebody else. For those who do not know, I have been on a selling spree. I’ve so far sold some Java books and a pair of inline skates. I’m also trying to sell another book, a keyboard, a tank bag (if you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t need it) and some CD racks.

Pointlessly boring post this, isn’t it? I’ve also booked some holiday, I’ve got a week off near the beginning of June. Hannah and I are going to go and visit lots of beaches in Devon like I haven’t done in years. I miss that. I don’t think I can take a body board on a bike. I’ll have to hire one. The service is coming up and I’m getting more and more nervous about the costs. The dealer’s letting me borrow a Honda CB500 for the day, but I have to pay ?25 for the privilege. Mutter.

I can’t think of anything else to say. I’m making this post from SharpMT, so I hope it will get there OK. I’m going to go home soon, I think. Bored.

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Virus Infected Spam, Spam, Spam

May
06

Afternoon.

A lovely weekend. I did middle-aged, middle-class things like getting sunburned while cleaning my bike and cutting the grass with my shirt off. It’s still nice now, and I didn’t really want to come back from lunch.

I had a phone call from Mum this morning about an email she’d had from a friend telling her to delete a file from her computer because she was infected with the Teddy Bear virus. Forward on to all the people in your address book, the usual yadayadayada.

Happily she phoned me BEFORE she did all this, and I could tell her it was a hoax.

I almost think that these hoaxes are worse than actual viruses. As long as there are naïve, technically ignorant people around they will carry on circulating the Net in some form or other. Most viruses and hoaxes are now circulated through social engineering; Current affairs or somesuch.

The only thing we can do is try and educate wherever possible. Get a virus scanner, there are a number of free ones. Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know and avoid sending or recieving executable attachments. Don’t trust your friend’s word for it that they’ve got a virus. Check it out on a virus website from a virus scanner vendor.

Here are some:

http://www.f-secure.com/virus-info/hoax/
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp

http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes/

I recommend the f-secure one, because it’s easily searchable. Read about viruses, and don’t take anything you get sent in an email at face value. If you think you’ve got a virus, update your scanner (usually free) and do a full scan. You won’t be getting emails about any virus that the vendors don’t know about.

Right, that’s my rant over for now. I’m afraid that’s all it is. If you want to know more about hoaxes/viruses Google! Or browse around one of the sites I listed just now.

Happy Birthday Tony, you scumbag.