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Call me Mr. Drop

I have ridden on two group rides in Albany, GA since I started bike riding on April 12, 2011.



On the first ride last Saturday April 23, I rode from Albany to Dawson which is 54 miles round trip.  I started the ride at 8 AM with five other riders and kept the 18-20 MPH pace with them for about 10 miles before I was dropped.  I happily continued at my pace 17 miles to Dawson took a short break and stocked up with refreshments and rode the 27 miles back home.



My second group ride was this evening.  I started out with 6 members of the Heritage Bank racing team.  I kept pace with them for about 5 miles before I was dropped when I could not keep the 23 MPH pace.  I happily rode a 23 mile loop back to my home riding in my aero bars into some mild head winds.  I accidentally rode through the chemical spray from a tractor being applied to the pecan trees that I was riding through.



You may wonder why I am going through this sort of training.  Most folks who cycle do not like getting dropped.  For …

Old School Skate Boarding

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Believe it or not.. Back in the late 60s and early 70s when skate boards were being invented by crazy fools I was an early adapter.  I made a custom board in wood shop, went to the skate shop and bought two custom trucks (rabbit feet I think).  I lived in the La Jolla ghetto at the time.  Well there was this street called Nautilus Street and I remember biking up to La Jolla Scenic Drive and ride 2 miles dropping from about 600 feet to sea level.  We would do this at night before trash day.  This was old school short board downhill, we had no helmets, no pads and no hay bales on turns.  In fact sometimes during the run we would stand up when we saw trash cans and kick them over to add obstacles for the dudes behind us.  Most of the time I would stay in a crouched position with my elbows between my knees with just enough flex in …

First Bike Ride in Albany Georgia

It took over 14 months of living in Georgia before taking a spin on my Serotta Rapid Tour bike.  That is better than the five years it took me to ride a bike when I moved from California to Oregon.  I bent the fron lug on my fork back in austin when we were moving to Albany.  I put my bike on top of my truck in a bike rack and did not put the tire patrially in the windshield to remind me taht a bike was on the rook rack.  I started to drive through a What-A-Burger and my bike hit the warning bar.  I stopped my truck and looked at my bike in horror as I saw the bent fork.



Well today I got enough nerve to take it to a bike shop and see how much it would cost to fix it.  The mechanic told me that my ancient 1997 custom Serotta was obsolete and no one made bike frames in inches anymore. So here was the dare.  Since my bike frame was steel he said to bend it back into shape myself.



So after work I grabbed my portable vice and bent the fork lug back into position.  I was so eager to ride it t…

Centos 5.5 build 2011

After doing a basic CentOS 5.5 KDE install the first application that



I install is Google Chrome.

If you want to computer to boot straight to the command line, then you need to set your default runlevel to 3. Runlevel 5 will boot you to a GUI by default. In order to change this, edit the /etc/inittab file in your favorite text editor (as root) and locate the first uncommented line in the file. It should look something similar to this:

id:5:initdefault:

Change it to look like this:

id:3:initdefault:



CentOS 5.5 on Mac OS X

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ssh -X finally got CentOS on my Mac

Well sometimes the third or fourth time you try something is a charm. I finally got my CentOS desktop to display on my Mac over SSH.  I used this link to make it simple for me.



The key missing link is that I finally got that my local machine is the X server and that the remote machine is the client.  Now I can sit outside or anywhere and manage my server using SSH command line or use the KDE Desktop.  All I have to remember is that when the X11 icon shows up on my Mac after I connect to the remote server is to issue the command startkde to get my desktop.



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Oh yeah, I created two new Pandora radio stations, Hot Tuna and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. I love this image for the Hot Tuna album cover.

Computer Surgery

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Moved into the new house.  My Linux Fedora server did not like the move.  I have never lost a server or data before, but it happens to us all eventually. I must qualify my server crash with this explanation.  I have never lost production data on a server and this server was sort of an experiment since I was using it to test Fedora Core 14.  Never the less it was an unexpected server crash.



I have forced Linux to work with software RAID on the past two ASUS main boards that I have used in this case.  I have always said that someday I would purchase a hardware RAID card, but could never seem to afford to purchase one.  Well this time I decided to bite the bullet and buy a mid range SATA RAID card that will do RAID6.



In the process of looking for parts to rebuild my hard disk system I also discovered that WalMart is expanding it's supply chain to in…