January 29

Subject jitter…

Random :-)Now, one of the nice things about running a site like this – a blog type of thing that contains stuff that relates to stuff I enjoy, do, or work with.

As you’ve probably guessed I’m a very project focused type person and that comes across in the type of posts I write and the times they’re published.

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January 27

The EU Dream

EU FlagThe European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase in plan that would be known as “EuroEnglish“:

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c“.. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favor of the “k“. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with the “f“. This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent “e”‘s in the languag is disgrasful, and they should go away.

By the 4th yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v“. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU!!

January 24

Setting up your own mailserver in Debian.

DebianSo, you have your own machine and a fixed IP address and want to set up your own mail server. Sometimes this can seem quite difficult but the reality is that you can be up and running with a fast, secure mail environment within about 30 minutes – Possibly quicker depending on your typing speed!

Like most of my guides, I will be demonstrating what to do to get things up and running first using cook-book type instructions and then as we go along I’ll be explaining about the build and what things control what options. Either way, by following this guide you will have a basic, working and secure mail server for your domain.
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January 24

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment Made Easy…

motorcycle-chainSometimes the easiest maintenance chores are the ones most frequently overlooked. Case in point: I frequently see some of the newest, hottest bikes sporting limp chains. Since the drive chain is responsible for getting all that horsepower from the engine to the rubber, if you want want to transfer every last bit of what those hydrocarbons are offering to the ground, you should pay attention to the chain. Need I mention that an improperly adjusted chain-or one in bad condition-can cause unpleasant things to happen to both bike and rider?

The key is to perform the maintenance on schedule and inspect the chain for stuck links or obvious signs of wear.

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January 23

Cleaning your carburetor…

CarburetorOk – This is a biggy and as some of you know, carburetor problems have been a pain for me in the past. The thing is, if you’re bike is idling rough or just doesn’t seem to have as much power as it did – or worse still is misfiring, backfiring or randomly loosing power – these can all point to the carburetor having issues. Today we’ll look at servicing and cleaning your carburetor the right way

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January 22

The Thorny World of Motorcycle Maintenance…

EngineI suppose that in the near utopian world of riding motorcycles there has to be a soft underbelly somewhere. For most of us this is maintenance. I am not talking about stripping the motorcycle down to replace such dark and mysterious things like a wet clutch – I just talking about the everyday stuff that saves you having to walk home from a Sunday morning breakfast run.

One of the first lessons I learnt about motorcycling is that maintenance and repair are different things. In my experience maintenance is entirely my responsibility while repair I can leave to my friendly mechanic should I wish – although I do tend to do a lot of maintenance myself. A good example of how mechanics sometimes work is that my mechanic will gladly replace or repair my brake pads but may not add a few drops of brake fluid into the brake reservoir. He will change my oil but may not inform me that a rubber breather pipe for the oil sump is looking worn and brittle. He will fix the starter motor but may not top up the battery water in the battery. He will replace my front tyre but may not report to me that four of my spokes are loose. He will replace the chain but may not replace the rubber chain guides. You get the idea..

With this in mind it is you the rider who will be on the receiving end with something goes wrong when the details of regular maintenance are neglected. Here are a few tips that even the least DIY minded rider can implement and therefore keep their pride and joy on the road.

This little guide is divided into these three opportunities i.e. Pre-Ride Inspection, Pre-Wash Inspection and Pre-Service Inspection. There should be some overlaps as you become more familiar with your own bike – this is a good thing. Continue reading