My 2014 on Strava

The few times I practice any kind of exercise, I usually quantify them with Strava. This year, it looks like they have a neat video summary. I’m not sure if I should be proud of myself…


Video link.

Guide for a weekend in Lisbon

I did this a few weeks ago.

Weekend in Lisbon 2014

Next, Rome.

So long, Dopplr

On November 1st, Dopplr finally closed down. I know I should have stopped using it a long time ago, but for me it was still the only one that joined simplicity and the features I needed.

But what really annoys me is that they gave less than 15 days notice, and I only noticed it last week. Would it hurt them if they had sent one last email? Well, FUCK YOU Nokia. I’m glad I stopped using your phones years ago. And I didn’t need any notice for that, thank you very much.

Vodafone webphone e chamadas que caem

Dado que estou a morar fora do país, instalei o webphone da Vodafone. Uma solução práctica e muito bem esgalhada. Infelizmente, sempre que recebia chamadas, esta caía ao fim de 31 segundos, sem falha. Pensei que pudesse ser manha da Vodafone, para me  obrigar a fazer a chamada de volta e pagar por isso (obviamente, chamadas recebidas são grátis).

Comecei por apresentar o problema no twitter e a partir daí foi sendo escalado no apoio técnico até chegar ao Diogo Paulo. Todas as pessoas do suporte que me ligaram foram muito simpáticas e prestáveis, mas o Diogo foi quem mais esteve em cima do caso (e bem) e me obrigou (também no bom sentido) a verificar todas opções para despistar o problema. O que se segue é a solução, para quem tiver problemas semelhantes.

O router/modem que tenho é um Netgear DG834(G), com o firmware da DGTeam V5.01.16 – DGTeam Rev. 1018 e a solução é:

  • Entrar nos menus de administração do aparelho. Normalmente entrar em http://192.168.0.1
  • Seguir para a secção “Advanced” e escolher “WAN setup”
  • Seleccionar a opção “Disable SIP ALG”
  • Clicar no botão “Apply” em baixo

E, em principio, a chamada já não cairá ao fim de 30 segundos. Funcionou comigo!

Me in wiggle 3D!

My first 3D image, with photo taken at the Doctor Who Experience.

Old school DIY

Since moving to Cambridge, me and the missus decided to get some bikes to move around. I got a Raleigh Detour and she a Dawes Red Feather 2010. And then I got the idea of doing a small bike tool roll with leather after seeing this. I also found other examples.

So, I decided to get some leather scraps or cut-offs and see what I could do.

leather cutoff - value around £3
The bigger piece from where this came costed around £3.

From a piece like the above one, I did this:

So completely not what I had envisioned...

Not pretty at all… but I still had lots of leather left overs, so what else could I do with it? Well, apparently, lots! Like, book markers!

leather book markers

Or even razor blade cleaners (idea from here and the good ol’ leather strop)!

leather shaver cleaner

Getting the leather ended up being quite easy, from here. But I think that in a big city it would be more difficult. I did find people selling it in on eBay, but it’s always better to sample the product before buying it. And so, I still have leather left overs… what else should I do with it? Or maybe I should start selling this… 😉

This was somewhere on my portable HD…

Fake subway advisory