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Analog and digital. Doing bike maintenance.

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Trying the Sunlit app to post.

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Internet speed tests

So you’re online and you wonder how your network is doing. How do you measure it? I’m here for you.

  • Fast.com is my go-to for quick checks. It measures using only Netflix connections so bypasses some ISP fuckery with DPI and slowdowns. Elegant UI.
  • Speed.cloudflare.com is the best by a long shot. Detailed and capable of saturating my 400mbit downlink.
  • Testmy.net is decent but uglier.
  • Speedtest.net is ad laden.
  • Sourceforge.net/speedtest is ok and used to be my favorite. Lots of ads now.

As explained in my series of gigabit posts, making a fast, reliable network takes time and effort, and these sites don’t magically make it happen. However, having a way to measure your changes is super helpful, and I probably use these weekly.

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First ebike ride

My neighbor is in our COVID-19 pod and kindly let me try out his Specialized Turbo Vado. It’s his commute bike.

I just finished a 16.4 mile ride with 1,300 feet of vertical and I feel great. This would have left me mostly dead if not for the motor.

I’ve been wanting the Luna bikes Enduro X-1, mostly based on this review as well as this one by a man who’s nearly my height at 6’9”. Sold out now but I am feeling the want. It’s magical to blast up hills again. At 3 to 5 thousand for a nice one, they’re expensive but as I said, I’m a convert.

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Five days of Mondays…

And two Sundays. Poetic, isn’t it?

taoofmac.com/space/blog/2020/07/26/2045

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Covid run

Literally.

Exercise is quite difficult in a pandemic but I really need to manage.

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California is Driving the EV Revolution — Beautiful News

Unseen trends, uplifting stats, creative solutions — a new chart every day. From Information is Beautiful.
— Read on informationisbeautiful.net/beautifulnews/

Hell yeah! I’m grateful for many things about San Diego and Southern California, and this is one more for the list. I charge my Bolt at work, continue to covet an EV bike (someday, a Zero shall be mine) and our rooftop solar Just Works.

I’ve got a longer post in the works on sustainability and tipping points, there’s a lot to share.

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How to stop Spectrum junk mail and spam calls – The Verge

If you’re tired of getting junk mail from Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), here’s how you can opt in to Do Not Call, Do Not Email, Do Not Mail, and Do Not Knock in a single online form. While you’re at it, enable the rest of Spectrum’s privacy settings, which control how the ISP uses your personal data to target ads to you.
— Read on www.theverge.com/2020/2/29/21157801/stop-spectrum-junk-mail-how-to-spam-calls-online-form

Do this now. I just did. No login required, take five minutes and save yourself hassle and the planet a bunch of trash.

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China Law Blog is outstanding

www.chinalawblog.com/2020/02/chinese-coronavirus-solution-more-government-control-trumps-more-medicine.html

is about how Xi is responding to the coronavirus outbreak, but I’ve been reading their RSS feed for a few months and highly recommend it. It’s especially educational for anyone considering outsourcing to there, e.g. micro brand watchmakers. Go read about the IP on injection molds, for example.

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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV
— Read on gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html

Epidemic/pandemic tracker, courtesy of Johns Hopkins.