• Toolroll

    Toolroll

    “What tools do you carry” is something that’s come up a few times on forums I’m on recently, and the raft of issues at the Taffy last week vindicated my tool selection :) On any ride that I think about, I take my tool roll. This is generally on the Tiger 800 or WR450, but…

  • IP address changes

    IP address changes

    All my IP addresses have rather hurriedly changed. If you’re using the names below, you’ll be fine and when the DNS changes propagate (~3h) everything will work again. If you’re not, you’ll need to update things. Ideally to using the names :) fairygodmother.avi.co is now the same IP address as bigbadwolf.avi.co, not just the same…

  • Tiger 800

    Tiger 800

    Here’s a load of info about the Tiger 800. I’ve got a 2012 one, so this is mostly about that shape, but I’ve noted where I know things are irrelevant to the new ones. Expect this to change as I find things. :) I’ve a manual, data sheet and service schedule for the bike (pre-2015),…

  • Scotland!

    Scotland!

    I’d booked a few days off work for a trip to Germany that Mian was planning, but then he crashed and couldn’t afford to go. I’ve made a few attempts at getting to Scotland in the past, each scuppered by other plans being made, and I’ve been hankering to have a go at a trip…

  • Motorbike Satnavs

    Motorbike Satnavs

    It’s often said that a standalone satnav is far superior than a smartphone app, often for a multitude of reasons that are demonstrably wrong. Here I’ve a list of some of the available options with my opinions of them, followed by an explanation of why I think phones are only mostly better than dedicated units.…

  • All Year Riding Gear

    All Year Riding Gear

    I’ve had another discussion on Reddit that went on long enough that I thought I ought to put it somewhere more concisely. It began with the question “What should I buy, and how much should I spend, on all-year riding gear?”.   For ‘all year’ or even ‘winter’ riding kit, I’d buy a decent set…

  • Riding in Southern Ireland

    France has some wonderful scenery but an awful lot of French people. Belgians are much happier to speak English, but have very straight roads and not many hills. Ireland, apparently, has some fantastic scenery and is full of people who speak a pretty recognisable form of English. And they use holiday money, too! So, I…

  • Keeping a ride together – The Cornerman System

    The cornerman system (or ‘corner marker system’) works pretty well for larger groups, and those with some slow and some fast riders; it encourages overtaking. If there’s only three or four riders, or everyone rides at about the same pace, follow the leader is normally a better match. Most forums try to explain the cornerman…

  • Metal Mule pannier frames and a Fuel exhaust on a Tiger 800

    The exhaust pipe on the Tiger is ginormous so almost all luggage options require assymetric panniers which look daft. Metal Mule, however, sell a set of their hard-bastard frames in a symmetrical form, for use with with a new narrower silencer (a rebranded Scorpion). That silencer costs £250 and, since the only reason for it…

  • Keeping a ride together – follow the leader

    Everyone loves the cornerman system, which is explained both in great depth and with much convolution on most motorbike forums. But I quite like playing follow the leader, and much as it’s probably how you ride anyway, sometimes people ask how a ride is going to work. Here’s what I call ‘follow the leader’ and…

  • Postfixadmin Installer for Wheezy

    Debian Wheezy ships with Dovecot 2.x which has a different config layout to the 1.x verion in Lenny and Squeeze. In response, I’ve created a wheezy branch of postfixadmin-installer (there’s an issue for it, too) which configures Dovecot 2.x and it’s actually been a really easy switch. In much the same way as the current…

  • Tidying up postfixadmin installer

    I’ve *finally* merged about a billion changes into master in postfixadmin installer, chief amongst them is that most of the boring output now goes to a logfile, the vacation plugin might work after install and it the setup password is randomised. This is all procrastination in order to avoid working out how to configure Dovecot…

  • Sitecreator

    I’ve just spent a few days using up spare holiday, which means I’ve been making things for work that work doesn’t want but I do. This time it’s sitecreator, a tool for configuring websites and all their dependencies (Unix users, databases, ssh keys, DNS records etc.) on servers. Since there’s so many possible things for…

  • Network Manager disabling Virt-manager’s bridge

    This doesn’t work, and it’s filed as bug 1099949 in Ubuntu. So we’ll see how that goes. As of about six hours ago, I’ve had this regularly popping up in my syslog: Jan 13 20:13:54 amazing NetworkManager[1347]: (virbr0): device state change: unavailable -> disconnected (reason ‘none’) [20 30 0] virbr0 is the bridge created by…

  • Converting from Apache1-style to (Debian-style) Apache2-style vhosts

    Yeah, some of us are still doing that migration. Anyway, historically Apache vhosts are all in one file at /etc/apache/httpd.conf or if you’re really lucky something like /etc/apache/vhosts.conf. Apache2 in Debian uses two directories – /etc/apache2/sites-available and /etc/apache2/sites-enabled. sites-available contains one file for each vhost and in order to enable them they’re linked to from…

  • Finding exploited wordpress pages

    WordPress seems to be hilariously easy to compromise (this might be a bad place to write that) and the general form of an exploit is to inject code like this < ?php $a = base64_decode(YSBsb25nIHN0cmluZyBvZiBiYXNlNjQgdGV4dAo=.......); right at the top of a script. base64_decode is rarely used by the Good Guys outside of mailers and doing…

  • Unattended Virtualmin installs

    A while ago I was asked to concoct a fire-and forget script to install Virtualmin without prompting. It’s really easy: #!/bin/bash if [ -z $1 ]; then echo “Usage”; echo ” $0 [hostname]”; echo “”; exit fi wget http://software.virtualmin.com/gpl/scripts/install.sh -O install.sh export VIRTUALMIN_NONINTERACTIVE=”1″ chmod +x install.sh ./install.sh -f -host $1 rm install.sh And then you…

  • Per-extension logging in MediaWiki

    This is another of those things that took me rather longer to work out than I would have liked, so hopefully this’ll appear in the sorts of searches I should have done. MediaWiki has this nifty feature where you can split the logging for particular extensions out into individual files by doing things like this:…