On this page there’s just a bit on what equipment I’m running right now:
I ride a 2006 Honda CB400 SF motorbike – a nice simple naked 400cc bike which is great for getting out and about in Japan, seeing things and meeting the people. I currently ride on Michelin Pilot Road II tyres, though the rest of the bike is stock, except the ETC unit. I do have a full ‘oogata‘ license for larger bikes, but have not gotten around to actually sorting one out!
In 2011 I picked up a Trek Kaitai 700c bicycle which I also like to get out on, and in Dec. 2014, picked up some Ortleib waterproof rear panniers which are fantastic.
To enjoy the mountains, I have a 2015/16 Flow Blackout all-mountain style snowboard and some 2015/16 Union Contact Pro bindings for the days on the mountain. After almost 15 yrs, I bought a new board – the old Nitro Atlas is going to be used as a shelf. I sometimes ski a bit, on some Head Cube 10 ski boots I picked up in a sale a few years back, and an old pair of carving skis I got from a friend. It’s very much a second place to snowboarding for me, but still fun.
I have an assortment of camping gear, mainly sized to fit in the car / back of a motorbike for family camps.
Computing Hardware (in order of use)
Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad E440 – Core i3-4100M (Haswell), 8GB RAM, SSD running Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS. [August 2014]
2011 Apple MacMini – Dual Core i5 2.5GHz (Sandy Bridge), 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M, 525GB Crucial MX300SSD (Sept. 2016), OS X 10.12.* [Base unit bought Sept. 2011].
Desktop PC: CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 (Ivy Bridge – Jan. 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (Dec. 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 (Dec. 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (Dec. 2013), Graphics: Gigabyte HD7770 OC 1GB (Jan. 2013), Sound: Asus Xonar U7(May 2014), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013). Drives: OS/apps on a Crucial 256GB m4 SSD (Sept. 2012), and data on a 2TB Western Digital Green drive. (April 2014). Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (July 2013) OS: Windows 10 Home.
Home Server [May 2013] CPU: AMD A6-5400K, with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (May 2015) RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4M, Graphics: On CPU (headless), Sound: onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case; Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 2 * 2TB WD Green (LVM2 disc pool for 4TB) & 1 * 4TB WD Red HDD OS: Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Backups are handled with Crashplan.
Software: Most of the things I do are text based, so I try to keep it simple, such as editors like BBEdit or Notepad++, Scrivener for longer works, and even RedNoteBook for journalling. As I move machines, I tend to keep work in progress on SpiderOak and I still use Evernote quite a bit. Video editing I do in Premiere Elements now, and I tend to use YouTube (and previously Vimeo) for video availability.
Hosting: This blog is housed on some space at Pair Networks where I also keep some personal projects and experiments. All of my e-mail is now run via my own domain names, using Pair again as a back-end. There are free equivalents for email, and of course web-mail, but this work well, I can use alts for things easily, no ads in sight, and costs 6USD/month for the hosting and mail.
Random gadgets in frequent use:
- 6th generation iPod Classic 80GB (~2006)
- Kindle PaperWhite 2015 (Sept. 2015)
- Nexus 5 32GB phone on Y! Mobile (August 2014)
- Asus Nexus 7 tablets (October 2013 & November 2012)
- Samsung N145Plus Netbook (March 2011 – running Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS 32bit)
- Raspberry Pi 1, 2 and 3 with Raspbian for various projects.
- Arduino Uno and other electronics kit (2013 onwards).
The Audio and the Visual
I have a Nikon D3200 dSLR which I bought in October 2012, having sold my trusty old D40 (from 2006). I have 2 lenses for it (a 35mm and a 55-200mm zoom), and a GoPro HD HERO 2 which I like to play with on the board, bikes and beaches. I also have a Zoom H1 audio recorder, as sometimes I just want to capture the sounds, and not the sights.
I do a lot less gaming nowadays, though we have a Wii U and a PS4 (mainly as a HTPC), and a few 3DSs in the house. I also play a few games through Steam on my desktop PC and my Linux laptop.