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RobiNZ
New Zealand
A Kiwi who likes blogging about design, technology, cycling, autos and (a rather unexciting) life!
Interests: design, gps, cad, rally, cycling, formula one, computers and other stuff!
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Another lovely morning, another BA Bikes tour. I could get used to this kind of 'Día de la marmota'*. It was a short, now familiar, walk back to BA Bikes. It was interesting to see city parking lot prices are relative to vehicle size. For comparison Peso $120 ~ 180 was about nz$3-5 at the time. Maybe Auckland should consider this for the behemoth SUVs & Utes clogging the CBD. Back on the bike The North Tour with Diego (guiding solo) was another delight. Scenic gentle riding on bike paths or quiet back streets with short breaks adding historic, current... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I've been working from home (WFH) for 9± weeks using my old desktop PC to Remote Connect to a CAD workstation in the office with no problems. I purchased it in December 2009, and it has been used for intermittent CAD, gaming and general home computing ever since. I got a big (for the day) 1.5 Terabyte hard drive as it's my 'download everything' local backup for 800GB of OneDrive cloud stored documents, photos etc. On my mobile machines I just have the OneDrive folders I need set to off-line to reduce storage & sync data. It's an old PB... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Nice to see (in the Adventure South post linked below) Burnside Homestead's new owners are carrying on with the cycle accommodation. Special memories of our stay here, one of the last with Bruce & Alison before they retired to Oamaru. Features the brilliant Kate at Waitaki Braids too. https://www.adventuresouth.co.nz/blog/meet-the-locals-behind-our-trips/
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One aspect of the Bristol Hotel I never really got used to was conventional hinged lift (elevator) doors. They didn't open when the lift arrived so, several times, I pressed the call button and waited (absent-mindedly) for a lift which was already there. The Hotel had a great international breakfast included with self serve cereals, fruit (fresh & stewed), pastries (sweet & savoury), ham & cold meats and the usual hotel cooked breakfast eggs, bacon, etc faire if that is your thing. I had a bigger breakfast than usual as (thought) had a full day of exercise ahead of me.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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From the days of Level 4 lock down: A team challenge to 'create COVID-19 protective costume from found items' for an on-line meeting. The hope was divine Flying Spaghetti Monster protection would offset the colander holes. * The badge was on-hand to replace an aging plastic one fitted in 2009 (see link), but the car was trapped at the mechanics by lock down! https://rcd.typepad.com/personal/2009/09/a-fiat-bravo-touched-by-his-noodly-appendages.html Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Nice to see a summary of the brilliant COVID-19 Info from Siouxsie Wiles (@siouxsiew), Toby Morris (@XTOTL) and The Spinoff ( @TheSpinoffTV) The bumper Toby Morris & Siouxsie Wiles Covid-19 box set The animations and illustrations created by Toby Morris in collaboration with Siouxsie Wiles and published by The Spinoff have been shared in their hundreds of millions over the last couple of months. For ease of reference we’ve put them all together in one post. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Filled up AHBART yesterday, 60 days since last fill and could still only get 24 litres into the (35 litre) tank. Mind you have only driven 316km and half of that was before lockdown! Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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I didn't know it at the time, but this could the last live event I see in 2020. It was early in the Auckland Arts Festival, itself was closed mid-way due to COVID-19 restrictions. It's the second time I have seen Pat Metheny, his second visit to New Zealand. The first meant a trip to Wellington, this time just to Auckland's Town Hall. They specifically announced "The artists request no photos or recording during the performance" so here's my only one from before. It was annoying to see a few people still trying, seemingly oblivious to the phone screen-glow which... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Not sure when it started but both AutoCAD & Revit started Zooming to extents after a 'hold the wheel' mouse pan. Maybe something changed (mouse driver) or working on a remote connected machine impacts timing... Bit of a searching I found an Autodesk forum post (about AutoCAD) but no real solution. There was a clue as a post mentioned it was probably a miss-detected mouse wheel double-click. After a bit of trial and error I found altering (speeding up) the Double Click speed setting sorted it. On Win 10 Settings > Devices > Mouse > Additional Mouse Options [link on... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at RobiNZ CAD Blog
Back in mid-January 2020 Ian (HubNut) Seabrook took my 2001 Fiat Bravo 155HGT for a drive. I'm glad to see the verdict was favourable, even though his drive was hampered by an intermittent sensor problem causing it to feel flat on acceleration. Ian must be stronger than me. He pulled the bonnet release lever out of its pivot, never seen do that before, but clipped back in now! Since this was filmed the air conditioning condenser has been repaired so it's even cooler now. The wobbly throttle sensor was being sorted when the COVID-19 virus lock down closed NZ. I... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Oh wow, David Byrne American Utopia Tour, so impressive. Kimbra opened, note the cables to instruments. None of that for David Byrne; entire 12 piece band used wireless connections, danced complex choreography while playing, the whole performance. Just astonishing Set list from www.setlist.fm I Zimbra (Talking Heads song) Slippery People (Talking Heads song) I Should Watch TV (David Byrne & St. Vincent cover) Dog's Mind Everybody's Coming to My House This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads song) Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads song) Doing the Right Thing Toe Jam (Brighton Port Authority cover) Born Under Punches... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Wow, saw your comment (reply) on the TypePad Dashboard and thought had entered some kind of time warp. A serious R12 question in 2020!
Toggle Commented May 13, 2020 on AutoCAD R12 June 1992 at Between the Lines
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The last meal, breakfast, was memorable. It was one of many farewells and the chance for all of us to thank the crew who've made this remarkable experience possible. It was great to see the 'behind the scenes' operational crew get as much recognition as the Hotel Crew and Expedition Guides who spent most time with us. They're all vital to making this expedition happen from cast-off to dock. Farewell Ortelius This vessel had been our safe haven in a wild and remote place. Our travels had not really tested her (so lucky with weather) but she had excelled. One... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Understandable. Off the agenda for me anyway, even if USA entry was possible, due to 14 day quarantine on return.
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I converted to USB C with my last Windows Phone, which had a USB C dock option. https://flic.kr/p/KNMALs Using it with the dock, to HDMI or a wireless display adaptor, made a very portable mobile solution. Was trialing it for cycle trips were you really don't want to take a notebook, even a small one. https://flic.kr/p/Lj3rLW Then had to go back to USB mini with the Samsung Android one, a step backwards as they are so 'fragile'. At least the dock etc is still fully compatible with other USB C gear like my Surface Book 2 & Go.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2020 on I Come to Praise USB-C at WorldCAD Access
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After leaving Deception Island we set sail, North, across Drake Passage for Beagle Channel, then Ushuaia. The Drake crossing also meant more time for lectures including; 'Clouds' | History & geography of Deception Island | Included film of the British scientists escape (rescued by Chilean Navy helicopters) from the 1960s eruption. Eduardo | Aviation in the Antarctic | Aviation's role in exploration and supporting science today in Antarctica. Pippa | Whale research and citizen science | Included www.happywhale.com tracking (and notification when seen again) using distinctive features from tourist photos. Dr Karl: A myriad of topics; my minimal notes were... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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We left Whalers Bay and repositioned to Telefon Bay, further into Port Foster, for the last landing of the trip. It is another snow-free volcanic gravel beach, also geothermally active with obvious steam rising. That may have helped with one activity planned, an Antarctic polar plunge swim off the beach! Telefon Bay was covered in poached krill which the Brown Skua loved. They are large birds (~160 cm wingspan, ~2 kg), about 20% larger than the Black-back Gulls seen in New Zealand. Seems they are not much-admired birds, opportunist scavengers and take penguin chicks (although eat fish too), but I... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
While we slept Ortelius headed North through the Ferguson Channel and crossed the Bransfield Strait, heading for Deception Island. It is a flooded caldera; a collapsed volcanic cone 15 km in diameter, rising to 539 m above sea level. Named due to its hidden interior harbour, Port Foster, accessed via a narrow entrance. A sheltered anchorage is a rare thing in this part of the world, so it was a busy sealing/whaling and, later, science and exploration base. Approaching Deception Island and Neptune's Bellows; the entry named for the gusting winds passing through it which must have been 'interesting' in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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We left Whalers Bay and repositioned to Telefon Bay, further into Port Foster, for the last landing of the trip. It is another snow-free volcanic gravel beach, also geothermally active with obvious steam rising. That may have helped with one activity planned, an Antarctic polar plunge swim off the beach! Telefon Bay was covered in poached krill which the Brown Skua loved. They are large birds (~160 cm wingspan, ~2 kg), about 20% larger than the Black-back Gulls seen in New Zealand. Seems they are not much-admired birds, opportunist scavengers and take penguin chicks (although eat fish too), but I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
This was nearly my big mistake day... After the morning base visit, and a big lunch, I was dozing in the cabin when this departure was announced. Seriously considered staying onboard for the afternoon as a bit weary and it was cold out for once (1°C). Then I wandered up to the upper deck lounge, looked out and saw this... After dashing back to the cabin and getting ready, although now familiar still a bit of an ordeal of layering, I just made it on one of the last Zodiacs of the initial disembarkation. As with other bases, some did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
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Seems odd to be locked in*, albeit voluntarily and for good reason, while commemorating those who gave up everything for freedom. ANZAC Day, 25 April, is the anniversary of the first landings, the invasion, that began the Australia and New Zealand Army Corp Gallipoli campaign in World War One. This does not commemorate a victory or even the worst battle in terms of loss of life. More New Zealanders were lost in battles on the Western Front (including my great grandfather) but ANZAC Day has gained special significance. It’s evolved to become the day when we honour all who served,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
Think there is huge demand for this Shaan. Every public space, as in where people aggregate, will need consideration. Retail, Food, Libraries, Cinema etc
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The thing I like about Twitter is how direct and rapid, it is: Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
While I was fast asleep, tired after some long days even given my normal 5-6 hours sleep, the clouds we saw descend near midnight had come down to sea level. The campers had returned at the planned time, 5:00am, with tales (over breakfast) of breaking down camp and returning to the ship in near white out conditions. It was still very calm but the temperature had dropped to a more Antarctic expectation 0°c. Even Lockie would struggle to see far in this weather. We are scheduled to sail along Lemaire Channel and circumnavigate Booth Island. It's a small (~8km long)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog
I saw Dr. Helen Czerski speak in Auckland, back in 2017, and in this video she shares things learnt about living in isolation doing oceanic research. Back then her presentation was mostly about her research studying the oceanic/atmospheric interface and how that influences climate. However it also included some everyday examples of how the physics of bubbles are a factor in our daily lives like bread, coffee, etc The champagne tip, mentioned in the talk I saw, was a result of her expert bubble physics knowledge and extensive testing, in cooperation with Vintners and Sommeliers, in the Champagne Region. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at RobiNZ Personal Blog