Selling bikes

So both bikes, my Triumph America LT 2014 and my Kawasaki Z1000SX have both been sold. The Kawasaki went yesterday to The Motorbike Shop, and the Triumph went today to CMC Motorcycles.

I’m sad to see both of them go, but I’m more upset about my Triumph America. She was my first big bike after I passed my CBT and so much fun to ride. She taught me a lot, and I think I’ll forever more have a soft spot in my heart for custom cruisers.

So for now, I’m bike-less. But… maybe not for too long. Watch this space…

Making a Pi cluster rack mountable

Firstly, Happy Pi Day! 3.14 (.2019).

So the Computer Science department here at the University of Surrey have a rack of 100+ Raspberry Pi computers, all with TPM Hats, all stored in a mobile 19-inch rack. The issue is that they’re all mounted to a sliding shelf and getting to Pi’s in order to power cycle them or change their SD cards requires you to have arms like Dhalsim (Street Fighter).

So after a bit of googling I found these designs for a rack mount solution that turns the Pi’s into blade-esc machines. The issue is I’m not sure if the designs will accommodate the TPM Hats, so that’s where the amazing technicians in the Electronic Engineering department and their wonderful 3D printer come in. I’ve passed them the designs and by Monday should have two frames and a sled upon which to mount a Raspberry Pi and it’s hat to see if they’ll fit.

Mostly in just posting this because it’s a bit of fun and I find 3D printers fascinating. To think that you can now make things like this at home. Next step will be the Star Trek replicator!

Go little 3D printer, go go, go!

The Lodge – Part 2

The ground for the lodge is finally all cleared and ready. The sleepers have all been taken thanks to a little sign put up by my Mum offering them for free, so they’ll be going to a good home to build some raised flower beds.

Also thanks to my Uncle and a good bit of research we now have a good idea of how to tackle the electrics.

New Bike Tyre

Finally got my the tyre on my Kawasaki replaced, almost three months since I got a puncture while travelling down the A303 one sunny (pre-winter) evening.

Bought a replacement Road Pilot 4 from MyTyres, and got it fitted along with an oil change by Vincent’s Motorcycles in Farnborough. Big shout out to Mark who did the fitting and oil change. Top service!

I’ve decided to keep the old tyre, as I’ve heard I can get it patched for only £20. Might be worth doing in case of emergency and I need a tyre. 

New photo

It’s not often I have any photos taken of me (the occasional selfie not withstanding), but I needed to urgently replace the photo on my CV (Résumé). The one I had on there was just horribly casual and just didn’t really portray me in the right light for a professional document.

So with the help of a work colleague I took 10 minutes out of our day and had a few snaps taken down at the lake here at the University of Surrey. Continue reading “New photo”

Bash script: Disk Quota check for Project Spaces

Since my return to work after the Christmas break, I had a challenge to write a script to provide our users a way of querying the disk quota available to them on their network storage.

Linux users know that you can simply run ‘df <path>’ to find out what space you have available, and for our regular Linux users you’d be absolutely correct (though I would suggest they add a ‘-h’ to make it human readable).

This is all well and good until you start talking to users of our Quantum StorNext system, which gives you some silly amount which is of no use to the users. So how do we get around this? Continue reading “Bash script: Disk Quota check for Project Spaces”