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product reviews and other interesting tidbits

how to create entire disk image backups across a network


using command line utilities to perform powerful tasks brings about a special bit of joy that only a geek can truly enjoy. I shall spare you my story (for now) and simply present the research and study that led to these short and slick commands: to create entire disk image: server: nc -l -p 12345 […]

striking out the wordpress comment spambot lineup


for a long time now I’ve run recaptcha which works well and is easy to implement (it’s a wordpress plugin.) but it’s a bit annoying and tends to discourage commentation on smaller blogs such as mine in the long run. so after chatting with mr. justinsomnia and reading his post on how simply he blocks […]

how to maintain your motorcycle drive chain


first, understand that it needs to be done at least every 600 miles. second, realize that you just hit 2k miles on your new vstrom, and as far as you know, it has yet to be done… third, do it, now. – to clean, use kerosene. I used a clean (rag) towel soaked it and […]

how to teather blackberry and linux via bluetooth


this entry outlines the steps I took to successfully get my sprint blackberry pearl (8130 II) to share its data connection with my ubuntu 8.04 laptop by using the phone as a bluetooth modem. note/disclaimer: you must have a data plan and it is highly recommended that it be unlimited. additionally, it is my understanding […]

painting of television icon


I [my Dad, J. Vogel] created this piece in 2003, during the build-up to the Iraq War. It is a portrait of my T.V. the day after President Bush’s State of the Union Address. In this speech, the President delivered the infamous “16 Words”. My painting depicts Ari Fleisher at the White House press conference. […]

v-strom preload info & insight


general info: all it does is change your ride height and your sag it has no effect on suspension stiffness – use a stiffer spring and/or heavier fork oil up front to stiffen adjustment: stock vstrom 650 is 16 clicks from minimum, which is generally sprung too lightly, especially for the average american check the […]

v-strom 650 mpg – wee mileage – op. bus commute update


whist riding my my v-strom six fiddy (’08) over the past 2k miles (that’s all of them by the by, including break in and a majority of commuter miles) I have averaged 54 mpg. my fill up habits tend not to push the envelope – as it can potentially cause fuel pump failure – the […]

Suzuki SV650 vs DL650


I thought this was an interesting topic, since many find they must choose one over the other (including myself.) because each bike has essentially the same *heart* (engine,) how best to distinguish them? I came across this stromtrooper thread discussing the very subject. ** technical spec comparisons: SV650: 1/4 mile: 11.99 sec. @ 107.64 mph […]

one year review of web host


(almost) one year ago I switched from dreamhost to nearlyfreespeech for my primary web hosting needs.

California’s ambiguous Lane Splitting law


after an extended lane splitting adventure past multiple accidents on Northbound highway 101 yesterday, including a brief inconsequential encounter with a CHP biker, I figured I should find out exactly what the law states. (as ignorance is never a valid excuse) California Highway Patrol’s website states: Can motorcycle riders “split” lanes and ride between other […]

blackberry freeware apps!


big time wasters here free blackberry games. going to have to add some of these games and other apps to my bb pearl. [via my fav and least fav site,] related: be sure to check out my review of the blackberry pearl 2 where I posted some more links to great free BB apps.

2009 suzuki v-strom changes


the 2009 models have just started appearing on suzuki’s product website. here’s the scoop: colors: – 2009 V-Strom 650 ABS comes only in gray, 2008 is flat black (here’s mine!) – ’09 WeeStrom non-ABS comes in orange and gray, ’08 in flat black and wasp yellow. cosmetic changes: – gray version has matching gray rims. […]

fitness todo – one hundred pushups


I’ve always had an issue sticking to doing push ups regularly due to my bum elbow (it’s like arthritus/tennis-elbow/nerve damage but not.) it’s always been something I’d like to accomplish – that is, being able to do a shitload and reap all the benefits (superficial and otherwise.) I’ve seen firsthand how effective they are as […]

*hoot hoot* I need an owl nap


If you’re a lark, apt to wake as early as 6am, and go to sleep around 9 or 10 pm, you’re going to feel your nap need around 1 or 1:30 pm. If you’re an owl, preferring to go to bed after midnight or 1am, and to wake around 8 or 9am, your afternoon “sleep […]

first long ride on the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom


quick-background: I finally got my brand-spankin’ new 2008 DL650 last week (after writing about only one final contender and two months of waiting for it to arrive from the factory.) I broke in the first ~50 miles (proper engine break-in is super important) using a combination of techniques found here, here, and the user’s manual […]