Billy Kirwin

Apr 122017

The Hackintosh Plex Server is almost a year old.  It’s interesting to look at the network traffic coming out of it as graphed by Cacti.  The spike between September and October was when I had pneumonia.  I think I watched a few shows in their entirety…


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Mar 252016
Continental City Ride II

So after losing a tire on my second run out this season, I decided to change out my stock Bontrager tires for some slicks.  Since I’m usually riding on local roads or the rail trail anyway, I figured why not.  I picked up a pair of thorn resistant inner tubes, and a pair of Continental City Ride II tires.  The tires were much easier to mount than I expected.  At first I was put off by the whitewall strip on the side of the tires – I think black tires look so much better!  However, the strip on these tires is highly reflective, and since I do the bulk of my “get less fat” riding at night, these are well suited for making sure all the local drunks and tourists can see me at night.  Have a look here:


The reflective strip illuminated by the flash on my iPhone.

The first thing I noticed on my first ride with these tires was just how quiet they were.  Some of the Amazon reviewers complained that the tires didn’t roll quite so nice as some other tires and that you might notice reduced speed, but I’m too far out of shape to make that determination at this point. (Like REAL bad..LOL)  I figure a few months down the road, I’ll be better able to compare the performance of these tires against the stock tires on longer rides.  This time out, I was off my usual time by 50%…yikes!


And you know the 20.8mi/h was downhill, right?

Feb 222016

So I (finally) got a day with weather warm enough to fit in a quick jaunt down the rail trail.  I burned some time finding some gear to keep my head and legs warm, so I could only fit in an hour on the trail, unfortunately.

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I was excited to try see how well the Apple watch would work with Cyclemeter to record “real-time” heart rate monitoring.




While the results weren’t perfect, (somehow it quit after 2 miles) I’m hoping that the new software update will improve things.  I’m interested to get more accurate calorie counts.  We shall see!  Now for some warmer weather…

Feb 022016

I use screen capture.  A lot.  I use it to capture reminders.  I use it to capture technical information that I might need later.  I use it to capture images of bills I have paid online…  You get the idea.  On more than one occasion, I’ve wanted to review an image I captured when I was away from my computer.  What a pain.  So I got thinking about how I could use iCloud document sharing to synchronize the images between devices.  The image files aren’t particularly large.  I use Dropbox for just about everything, so the 5GB of free Apple storage is more than enough.  I’m not terribly worried if Apple changes something with .mac, (I mean .me, I mean iCloud) and deletes all my shit… While I love their (older) computers, their cloud “services” seem to be getting worse and worse in the post Jobs era.

Back on topic, the process to accomplish this was fairly easy, but did require 3rd party software.

I first attempted to save the screen shots directly to the iCloud Documents folder (technically a folder called ‘screenshots’ that I had created there), but no dice.  So I figured I’d just have the screen captures saved in the ‘screenshots’ folder I created in the Pictures folder.  Then use something monit to watch the folder and call a shell script when it sees new files added.

So I got about 5 minutes into that and then remember that I had a copy of Hazel.  Mashing buttons in the shell demonstrates computer ninja skills.  But if you just want to get shit done in a hurry (or you don’t know shit), nothing better than a solid GUI to serve up that command line power.Hazel Rule

You can see the path info in the picture.  But just in case you’ve got those “progressive bifocals” it looks like this:

NOTE:  I added screenshots to keep the root folder clean.

I know, a GUI solution is totally cheating.  You could do it for free with monit….  Whatevs…  Here’s what it looks like on the phone:

Screenshots in iCloud