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New Schwalbe Marathon Tires

My original Geax StreetRunner slick tires were getting cracked after about 1500 km of use, so I took the opportunity to put Schwalbe Marathon tires on the bike. Very good tires that are still fast despite being "treadier" than the Geaxes. I bet they will last longer, too, if reputation is any indication. Schwalbe Marathons have kevlar inside, and have a protective strip and their Marathon Plus line
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First 70 km Bike Trip

I did the River-Sea-River route Saturday in the rain, my first bike trip to exceed 70 km with a brisk personal best time of 34 minutes from Totsuka to Enoshima. The actual route is less than 70 km, but thanks to getting a bit lost around the Atsugi base, the whole trip was 70.5 km. Not bad for starting last November, but I'm still in no semblance of good shape. Another first was that I took the bike
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My Bicycle Routes - Mostly in Japan

I decided to create some Google "My Maps" to show the bike routes I take near my house in Yokohama, Japan. There are some really nice routes along the Sakai and Mekujiri Rivers. See them here: Rick Cogley's Bicycle Routes - Mostly in Japan.
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Exporting Google's "My Maps" as KML

I have been spending some time making Google Maps in "My Maps", such as this bike route down the Sakai river, then along the Shonan coast, and back home. Some applications, like Google Earth, use KML data to represent map routes. There is an easy link now, in My Maps, to click and open the map directly in Google Earth. But if you need the KML data for importing elsewhere, you can save it this way: First,
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Japan Cycling Route - Totsuka, Mekujiri, Sagami, Ebina and back

This last weekend I researched and tried a new cycling route, which turned out to be about 59 km. The route goes through Totsuka, Shonandai, Up the Mekujiri River on a bike path ("jitenshado" 自転車度), across Zama to the Sagami River, Down the Sagami on some trails, and back across to the Mekujiri River bike path via Ebina. I entered the route on Google Maps so other English-speaking cyclists
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Celebrating Regiment, with Rodney Strong Symmetry

I decided to celebrate Phantom Regiment's DCI win with some Rodney Strong 2000 Symmetry, pedigree below. Man! This is good wine! Thanks Jack!
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Phantom Regiment - I am Spartacus!

Phantom Regiment - Drum & Bugle Corps won the 2008 DCI Drum Corps International Championship yesterday with a evocative, powerfully emotional show based on the story of Spartacus, the gladiator and slave-leader who led an army of slaves against Rome in the Servile Wars. The 1960 movie with Kirk Douglas has a famous scene that has been quoted and parodied, where the Romans demand Spartacus come forward,
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Bicycle Training Log

I bought a new Centurion bike last winter, and have been riding regularly. Decided to keep a log of my travels and hopefully chart any progress. Usually I ride down the "Fujisawa Yamato Jitenshado (cycling road)" to Enoshima, round to Kamakura and back home via Ofuna. It's a good trip for me, at about 35 km depending on which route I take. When I look at the average times of the Tour de France riders,
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21 Years in Japan

Today marks my 21st anniversary of coming to Japan! I've officially spent half my life here, and things are going well!
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Apologies: The Japanese Tradition

I've lived in Japan since 1987, and it never ceases to amaze me about the way there's constant apology going on for fairly trivial stuff, but none when it's really needed. Anyway, I'm probably guilty of apologizing too much myself, having been here in Japan so long. This video Apologies: The Japanese Tradition, provenance unknown, is a fairly hysterical look at apology here, and is spot on. Check out
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Photo Tampering Throughout History

So "Photo Shopping" is not a new thing. Not at all! Check out Photo Tampering Throughout History for a taste of what's been done.
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New Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for OS X

Microsoft released a new Remote Desktop Client version 2, with a useful multi-session feature (the previous version could only connect one Windows system at a time). Download it here.
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Saving Downloading FLV Files using the Safari Activities Window

If you have a YouTube video you covet, you can save it to your hard drive using the videodownloader Firefox extension, or using other websites such as KeepVid. For sites that do not work this way, you can grab the file from Safari's "Activities" window. Here's how: 1. Load the page with the video and let the video start playing. 2. Select Activity from the Window menu. 3. In the list of all the URLs
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Open Source Project Management Software - OpenProj

Wow, a full-blown opensource project management app from Projity. Check out OpenProj.
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Emacs GUI Version for OS X - Aquamacs

Found an interesting Emacs GUI - Aquamacs. Works with Japanese as well. Now if I can only get over my allergy to all those keyboard shortcuts.
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SproutCore - Apple's Open Source Javascript Development Platform

If the new desktop-like apps in MobileMe, Apple's replacement for its .mac service, are any indication, SproutCore is going to be the source of some really incredible apps. AppleInsider calls it Cocoa for the Web.
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O'ReillyMaker - Roll Your Own O'Reilly Book Cover

Ever wanted to bust out a cool book cover just like the ones O'Reilly does? Well now you can, thanks to www.oreillymaker.com. When you hit publish, you get your very own cover URL to show to all your friends.
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TextMate Japanese Input Bundle

I use TextMate for text editing in OS X and love its clean interface and features, but the defaults do not allow Japanese input and choosing Fonts has been problematic. Never fear. Hetima san, the developer of SafariStand, released a bundle called CJKInput for TextMate to allow Japanese input, and has a font to boot. I searched a few times for this in English and Japanese, but for some reason never
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Design Stencils - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

I occasionally search for design stencils and keep an eye out for them via Google Alerts and so on. Yahoo has a library of stencils available at Design Stencils - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library which has a set available in Visio, Photoshop, Illustrator and OmniGraffle format. For OmniGraffle stencils, there is also GraffleTopia. If you are not familiar with the concept, design stencils are an illustration
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Large 450MB Upgrade to Leopard 10.5.3

This AM I upgraded my two macs, a first generation MBP and a G5 iMac, to Leopard 10.5.3. Please note, the upgrade is large, at 450 MB, and when you finally restart it seems to cause Mail and iCal to freeze. You need to allow it to perform its processing on those apps, because it apparently does some kind of check on the mail and calendar contents. After the upgrade, I noticed that Option-Cmd-Eject
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How to - Remove Leopard Wiki Mailing List Spam

If you have group mailing lists set up in Leopard Server, these conveniently link to the Leopard Wiki page for the group. However, spam can sully the look of your page, so you may need to perform some routine maintenance at some point. Here's how you can do this. SSH to your Leopard Server as admin, then "sudo bash" to log in as root. Navigate to group mailing list folder:bash-3.2# cd /Library/Collaboration/Groups/itsystems/mailinglistUse
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Linux and DOS Command Comparison

When systems engineers are just beginning to learn, or are faced with a situation of having to change from one OS to another, it is good to have a comparison of commands or methods to ease the transition. Thinking of one such situation, I put together Linux and DOS Command Line Equivalents, and hope it is useful for some. The technology behind the page is interesting, and it's such a pleasure to have
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Flushing DNS

When accessing websites or mailservers, your DNS resolver caches the request so that future lookups are fast. However, sometimes when a zone on DNS is being changed while you work, you want to be able to clear the cache to force the resolver to get the latest name:IP address pair mappings. Here are some command line commands for flushing the DNS cache on your local machine: On Mac OS X Tiger: lookupd
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Tip - Get the OS X Version from CLI

If you are logged into OS X as usual, you can get your system version from "About This Mac" in the Apple menu. This is not helpful when you are remotely connected to a server via SSH, however. So how do you do it? You can get OS X's version from the command line, like this:jrclt2007:~ rcogley$ sw_versProductName: Mac OS XProductVersion: 10.5.1BuildVersion: 9B18
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Tip - OS X Leopard Screen Sharing Tweaks

The default Leopard screen sharing app can be made a little more ARD-like, if you add some parameters via the "defaults write" command in Terminal. Check out the default style by sharing the screen of a neighboring computer in Finder. You can enable Screen Sharing on a machine in System Preferences, Sharing. Now, to add the extra settings, first, open Terminal from your Applications, Utilities folder,
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Tutorial - Making Nice with Mail.app Rules

Tutorial Introduction I got Mail.app set up to use Gmail's IMAP, and wrote a bit about it in this tutorial. One of the next steps I wanted to take, was to somehow manage all the mail that comes in from subscriptions, or, regular announcements from colleagues regarding common reporting milestones. In Microsoft Entourage, I was using an AppleScript and Rules, so I reckoned I could use a similar approach
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Tutorial - Make a "Reference Times" Lister

In my job as a consultant, I often need to schedule meetings across timezones, and sometimes do not want to struggle with cross-platform incompatibilities between calendar software. There is some excellent software out there for this purpose, namely 1stClock on the Windows platform, or Vela Terra on Mac, but I thought I would roll my own quick solution with Automator channeling some shell script. Here's
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Tip - Making Mail.app Messages Readable

I have a Macbook Pro, and I noticed upon upgrading to OS X Leopard, that the default message size for Mail.app messages was too small to read. Sure, you can add a button to your toolbar to increase font size on a per-message basis, but this gets old after the 1000th time. Some Terminal magic will fix the problem: To increase the minimum font size for HTML messages, do the following: Open Terminal.app.
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Tutorial - Setting up Leopard Mail.app with Google Gmail IMAP - The Basics

Tutorial Introduction I switched from Windows to Mac OS X Tiger on a MacBook Pro about two years ago in early 2006, and have been enjoying the experience immensely; even more so with Leopard. I purchased Entourage with Office 2004 for Mac and had been using it with my corporate Exchange server at my company eSolia, but had grown weary of the monolithic local message store, so in December 2007, I decided
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Apple - MacBook Air

Apple - MacBook Air  - wow! How do they do it?! What an incredibly slim laptop. I like my MacBook Pro because it has the ports I need in it already, but, this is typical Apple pushing (er, forcing?) the envelope by removing the network port and optical drive. Perhaps this will drive WiFi innovation or perhaps Apple has something else up their sleeves?! By the way, TimeMachine now works over wireless
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