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Julian Bond
Re: The Death of the PC Could Also Mean the End of the Web - http://www.wired.com/busines...
"Meanwhile, Chromebooks. Where the device is pretty much running nothing but a Chrome desktop browser. As a developer or part of a team, life continues to get harder. Now we need to support - Desktop Web - Mobile Web optimised for small screens - iOS in several form factors - Android in several form factors - Depending on the app, Flash or HTML5" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric Race News: eMotoRacing rules & open letter: The new electric motorcycle racing series for North America - http://www.electricracenews.com/2013...
"What makes you think a feet-forward design is probably not allowed? I'm puzzled by allowing 6" beyond the overall length while also requiring the front 1/3 of the front wheel to be visible from the side." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"Hereby nominate this review for "Pseud's Corner". Brilliant album, btw, let down by Conveyor which was too harsh for me. -1 for not giving enough credit to Indigo. And +1 also for Storm and Lost Here." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Review: Acer Chromebook C720 - http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...
"Interesting, especially that first paragraph. "Since I started ChrUbuntu back in December of 2010, it's always been necessary to utilize the Chrome OS Linux kernel with Ubuntu in order to solve some compatibility issues with the Chromebook architecture. That's changed with the Chromebook Pixel and the newer Haswell-based Chromebooks like the Acer C720 and HP Chromebook 14. Each of these models supports booting from a more traditional PC BIOS mode which makes it simple to use stock Ubuntu kernels on them." That suggest that it IS possible to boot from a USB stick with a Live-CD distro on it. But only on the Pixel, C720 and HP14." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Review: Acer Chromebook C720 - http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...
"Is there a Windows (or Linux) Netbook with specs as good? Will the C720 boot from USB (without jumping through dev mode command line hoops)?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: UPS using E-Trikes for delivery in Germany - http://www.electricbike.com/ups-usi...
"There's a couple of people trying this in London but running up against the E-Assist trike weight limits for it to be an unlicensed vehicle. This is also a side effect of problems with the unlicensed pedicab industry. UK has a 60kg weight limit on unlicensed etrikes. See:- http://gnewtcargo.co.uk" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Long-standing media player Winamp – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"So show me a better music player on Windows (or any other platform). I've been looking for 10 years and still haven't found one." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: London’s tube network to run all night on weekends; the city’s clubbers celebrate – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"I confidently predict a new genre: "Night Tube"." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why won’t retailers just be honest about a computer’s specs? - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"What puzzles me about this is why disks and SSD and so on are sized in GiB and not GB. Why isn't a 512Gb hard disk, 512 Gb?" - Julian Bond
Companies fear their markets? - Leon Benjamin
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’ - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"OK, understand. Way back in the day I had friends with SR500s and I really didn't like the vibes. My ride then was a CB250RS with an XL500 motor fitted. Really marginal handling and brakes even for then but just enough power to be entertaining. For this type of street bike, an XT600, XL600/650 or a Dominator seems like a better starting point just because the engine is still light and the right shape but makes reasonable power completely stock and doesn't give you white finger! This is a street bike, not a track bike. It should be useable on the street. Then there's the Firestones, no front mudguard, an ancient drum front brake and questionable footpegs. Why? Makes you think this isn't actually meant to be used." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’ - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"I wish Yamaha would build the SRX6 again. Then there's KTM, I kind of wish they made a Duke single in the style of this one. But I'm afraid I find the SR400 too anaemic and no counter balancer in 2013 is a little silly." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The ‘father of the iPod’ explains how his company Nest is using tech to make your home ‘conscious’ - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"iPod, you say? So where's my 1TB iPod with the professional quality output stage?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Apple’s encore: How music will drive the company’s growth in India all over again - http://thenextweb.com/asia...
"So where's my 1TB iPod Classic? Or an Android equivalent." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Retail E-bike top-speed of 28-MPH, a new US-legal strategy - http://www.electricbike.com/retail-...
"Something that really puzzles me about the USA is the apparent difficulty in deciding what is a bicycle, unregistered E-Bicycle, Light motorcycle[1] and Full motorcycle. And why this isn't decided at Federal level rather than changing at state and city borders. But then, Europe, Aus, Canada and other jurisdictions seem to have plenty of definition and legal problems as well. In lots of places it's not terribly clear how to test the speed and power restrictions or what they actually mean. Meanwhile it seems logical and sensible to me that unregistered E-Bicycles have limits and controls that mean they still behave like bicycles. And 20mph-500w seems about right to me. Where that 20mph means that the electric power cuts out around then. Which means a no load speed for the motor of around 22mph. By all means free wheel or pedal down a hill faster than that, just as you can on an unassisted bicycle, but don't keep adding motor power above that speed. The article is right though. Look like..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Retail electric bike top-speed of 28-MPH, a new US-legal strategy - http://www.electricbike.com/28mph-l...
"Something that really puzzles me about the USA is the apparent difficulty in deciding what is a bicycle, unregistered E-Bicycle, Light motorcycle[1] and Full motorcycle. And why this isn't decided at Federal level rather than changing at state and city borders. But then, Europe, Aus, Canada and other jurisdictions seem to have plenty of definition and legal problems as well. In lots of places it's not terribly clear how to test the speed and power restrictions or what they actually mean. Meanwhile it seems logical and sensible to me that unregistered E-Bicycles have limits and controls that mean they still behave like bicycles. And 20mph-500w seems about right to me. Where that 20mph means that the electric power cuts out around then. Which means a no load speed for the motor of around 22mph. By all means free wheel or pedal down a hill faster than that, just as you can on an unassisted bicycle, but don't keep adding motor power above that speed. The article is right though. Look like..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: BioLite CampStove - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"It's def a cool tool, but I wonder how easy and convenient it is to have to top load the combustion chamber. I've been building rocket stoves using house bricks and like being able to feed quite long sticks in from the side. But I'd like to be able to take advantage of the powered fan. One factor here is that rocket stoves are much more efficient in heat transfer if the food/water container sits in and is surrounded by a wind shield so that the flames and heat go up the sides as well as heating the bottom of the pan. As well as the grill pan, the kettle attachment looks good too. Any news on the bigger, fixed location version of the Biolite? I hope you've wired a USB socket into your motorcycle. It's surprisingly useful to have a USB socket or two and of course the M/C is already charging a 12v-10AHr battery so even when not running it will easily charge an iphone or such like. And if you have panniers you could mount a solar trickle charger on the sides. For motorcycle camping..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What I learned at the Evernote conference - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Dave, I'd like to subscribe to the OPML of the Tech section of your Rivers. The one that you curate. Where is it? I think this is another start point where this idea could be bootstrapped. By encouraging people to curate lists of feeds and to post the OPML that defines them at easily found public URLs." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Top 10 Motorcycles For Wheelies - http://www.motorcycle.com/top10...
"Kawasaki ZX6R B1. All you had to do was give it full throttle in first gear and hold it wide open till 11k rpm. No skills required!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Illegal music downloads have fallen by a third, says Ofcom report – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"Youtube. Soundcloud. Doesn't anyone collect music any more?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Hanebrink: The Original Fat Electric Bike - http://www.electricbike.com/hanebri...
"Take a typical geared hub motor. It revolves with the wheel all the time but there's a one way clutch or freewheel inside the hub so that if the motor is off, or the wheel is revolving faster than the motor is turning, it's disconnected. Now put a fixed cog on the hubmotor and move the hubmotor outside the wheel. Use the fixed cog to drive the chain and rear freewheel on the wheel. The wheel can over-run the hubmotor. But the hubmotor can drive the wheel. Finally also put a freewheel on the motor and drive this with a separate chain from the front chain wheel. Pedalling, turns the hubmotor which turns the rear wheel but the internal freewheel means the motor inside the hubmotor can be unpowered. Power the motor and it will drive the chain to the rear wheel, but the freewheel to the front chainset means the motor can over-run the pedals. So the challenge becomes fixing a fixed cog and freewheel to the side(s) of an internal geared and clutched hubmotor so that the freewheel turns the..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Saving Lives With the Ambucycle - http://www.wired.com/autopia...
"And then there's the best motorcycle charity ever. Riders for Health. http://www.riders.org/" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine Has Honda done what Ducati couldn’t in MotoGP? - http://www.cycleworld.com/2013...
"Meanwhile Aprilia also have a V4. And Espagaro has been faster than the Ducatis occasionally. Aprilia's approach is to give up perfect balance for a more compact engine with a 65 deg angle between cylinder banks. Then there's the old Suzukis, also V4, also not 90 deg." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The BMW-Powered Recumbent Motorcycle - http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013...
"I run a website and mailing lists for all kinds of recumbent motorcycles. http://bikeweb.com Feet Forwards or recumbent M/C are hardly a new idea. And Ecomobile and Monotracer have been building them based on that power train for some time. You may also remember that an electric Monotracer won one of the X-Prize categories a couple of years ago. This particular device is quite interesting, but also somewhat flawed as these things tend to be. Good luck to them." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The iPod’s decline accelerates as Q3 sales drop a record 32% year-over-year - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"Thing is, there's a small but persistent market for people who want an iPod or similar with a truly massive capacity and a high quality audio output stage. Which is why even remade Classics with a 240Gb disk go for a premium on eBay. If Apple don't want to address that market, who will? Alternatively if we are supposed to store it in the cloud, where's the truly massive storage? Google Play's 20k track limit is too small. And there's plenty of times when streaming over the air isn't an option." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Ideas for rebooting RSS - http://reboot.reallysimplesynd...
"Note that Google is pushing <link rel=author, rel=publisher and rel=me via a local about page and then/or your google about page for this. And that you may not like the idea of everything having to go via a google profile about page. I'm really not sure how much indirection there should be here. eg RSS->About page->Profiles or maybe RSS->FOAF->Profiles. Loading up RSS with a long list of social media profile URIs feels wrong. I think there ought to be at least one layer of indirection. A link to a single about page containing the long list." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The iPod’s decline accelerates as Q3 sales drop a record 32% year-over-year - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"I guess that means I'm never going to get my 1TB iPod Classic. Sigh." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric bicycles to be a $11 billion industry by 2020 - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Low powered electric bicycles that are legally a bicycle? Or high powered electric motorcycles that are legally a motorcycle? ISTM that several of the issues discussed here and the problems with US states and cities banning electric bicycles is because the distinction is not clear. You may not agree with Europe's approach of 250W/25KPH limits to be treated as a bicycle but it does at least provide a clear framework for basically unregulated, unlicensed vehicles with some electric assist. It looks like a bicycle, behaves like a bicycle so it is a bicycle and can be used anywhere a bicycle can be used. If you want a 5Kw/50kph vehicle you can but it's a moped/motorcycle not a bicycle and requires a license, helmet, insurance and so on and can only be used on the road or private land. And not on bicycle paths." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: RSS get-together, nominations please - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Someone from dlvr.it And from Yahoo Pipes, because both are major users of feeds for plumbing. And someone from one of the services that consumes huge quantities of feeds for their insights into the problems of feed collection, spidering, parsing and storage. And please keep plugging away at the issues around subscribing to lists of feeds curated by other people and hence internet accessible OPML." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Music streaming site Turntable.fm launches premium memberships and a stripped-down mini player - http://thenextweb.com/apps...
"Still US only, then." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Feedly supports OPML, but not really - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"There's a reverse request here for people who write feed readers. Allow the user to specify a URL when uploading an OPML file as well as uploading it from a local file." - Julian Bond
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