Saturday, 21 October 2017

Arnie rides out. Bike of choice: Indian Chief


Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled on some high leather boots, a Terminator leather jacket and leather pants for a ride on his 2009 Indian Chief motorcycle out to Starbucks in Malibu.  The star smiled for photos and shook hands with fans.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Honda's new self balancing (concept?) eBike


We all know that a motorcycle's natural state is lying on its side in a pool of gasoline, and that it will do anything in its power to reach that state. What if someone built a bike that didn't fall over at the least provocation, though? It looks like the House that Soichiro built has finally come up with a way to tame the motorcycle's natural tendency to flop over with their newest concept – the Riding Assist-e.

According to Gas2, this new technological wonder is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The self-balancing feature is designed to keep the motorcycle upright at very low speeds, a potential boon to beginning riders, the elderly, and disabled. There's precious little info out there on the bike's systems, but but the images available allow us to make some educated guesses. The electric motor appears to be located below the seat rather than in the rear hub, as indicated by the massive swingarm. We’re guessing that both the battery pack and self-balancing gyroscopics are centralized low in the chassis amidships.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update


Beginning today (17th Oct 2017) at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start rolling out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases, starting with newer machines first.

As with the Creators Update, the key to our phased approach is actively listening to all available feedback mechanisms and making the appropriate product updates during the rollout. This allows us to provide a high-quality experience for the broadest set of users at an accelerated rate, while also continually increasing the quality and security of Windows 10. This was our approach with the Creators Update released in April and user feedback on this approach was very positive.

For the best experience, we recommend you wait until Windows 10 is automatically offered to your device. You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device. Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll check with you, so you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot.  We do this so we can ensure the update does not disrupt you, and we use active hours to help suggest a good time.

If you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out to you, you can manually check for updates on your personal PC using the steps below. This will only work if your device is eligible to get the Fall Creators Update as part of the initial roll out phase. Alternatively, you can manually get the update today via the Software Download Site. This option is only recommended for advanced users on devices running a licensed version of Windows 10. If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.


A cleaner, safer web with Google Chrome


Unwanted software impacts the browsing experience of millions of web users every day. Effects of this harmful software are often quite subtle—search results are modified to redirect users to other pages or additional ads are injected in the pages that users visit. But in some cases, the changes are so severe that they can make the web unusable—people are redirected to unwanted sites full of ads, and it can be next to impossible to navigate away from these pages.

Chrome already has tools to help people avoid unwanted software. For example, Safe Browsing prevents many infections from taking place by warning millions of users. But sometimes harmful software slips through.

Recently, we rolled out three changes to help Chrome for Windows users recover from unwanted software infections: Hijacked settings detection, a simpler Chrome Cleanup, & a more powerful Cleanup engine. 

We’ve begun to roll this out to Chrome for Windows users now. Over the next few days, it will help tens of millions of Chrome users get back to a cleaner, safer web.

 Donline has recommended Chrome for many years: as the go-to web browser for all. It's web standards compliant, fast & secure. Get it & enjoy the web as it's meant to be!


How toxic is your car exhaust? Old bangers must be worse than a new car, right?


One would think that an 8 year old diesel car or a 23 year old petrol car would be give far worse exhaust emissions than a modern Euro6 compliant car. Surely?...

A great (lengthy, but stick with it) article showing just how counter intuitive & controversial vehicle emissions can be.

Last year I traded in my diesel Vauxhall Astra & have now gone back to petrol. I like to think it's better for the environment, but it looks like there is no easy way to be sure! :0~


Monday, 16 October 2017

Severe WiFi WPA2 security flaw puts millions of devices at risk


Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed "Key Reinstallation Attacks," or "Krack Attacks," are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. 

That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be "particularly devastating," according to KU Leuven University's Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.

Attackers find a vulnerable WPA2 network, then make a carbon copy of it and impersonate the MAC address, then change the WiFi channel. This new, fake network acts as a "man in the middle," so when a device attempts to connect to the original network, it can be forced to bypass it and connect to the rogue one.


Reading for Today: On Jesus' Suffering


I have heard some people complain that if Jesus was God as well as man, then His sufferings and death lose all value in their eyes, ‘because it must have been so easy for Him’. 

Others may (very rightly) rebuke the ingratitude and ungraciousness of this objection; what staggers me is the misunderstanding it betrays. In one sense, of course, those who make it are right. They have even understated their own case. 

The perfect submission, the perfect suffering, the perfect death were not only easier to Jesus because He was God, but were possible only because He was God. But surely that is a very odd reason for not accepting them? 

The teacher is able to form the letters for the child because the teacher is grown-up and knows how to write. That, of course, makes it easier for the teacher; and only because it is easier for him can he help the child. If it rejected him because ‘it’s easy for grown-ups’ and waited to learn writing from another child who could not write itself (and so had no ‘unfair’ advantage), it would not get on very quickly. If I am drowning in a rapid river, a man who still has one foot on the bank may give me a hand which saves my life. Ought I to shout back (between my gasps) ‘No, it’s not fair! You have an advantage! You’re keeping one foot on the bank’? That advantage—call it ‘unfair’ if you like—is the only reason why he can be of any use to me. 

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?



Does your computer seem really slow when visiting certain websites?


Over 500 million people are inadvertently mining cryptocurrencies through their computers after visiting websites that are running background mining software, researchers have discovered.

Research by ad blocking firm AdGuard found 220 popular websites with an aggregated audience of half a billion people use so-called crypto-mining scripts when a user opens their main page.

Visitors to the websites come from all over the world but the worst affected country is the U.S., with 18.7 percent of websites engaged in using in-browser cryptocurrency mining scripts coming from the United States.

The mining tool works by hijacking a computer’s central processing unit (CPU), commonly referred to as “the brains” of a computer. Using part of a computer’s CPU to mine bitcoin effects the machine’s overall performance and will slow it down by using up processing power.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Looks like Win10 Fall Creators update is on the way to Donline!


Using the command "WINVER" - the OS now reports as “Version 1709” which is the official version number for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. 


Hmm, I though the network seemed to be running slow - it's a big download!


Still using Kaspersky software? You have been warned...


Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report.

The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.

Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves.

Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities.

Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm's software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the US, which led to the ban on Kaspersky programs.


Reading for today: Be Encouraged!


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Read all of Jeremiah 29

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rest In Peace Chester - thanks for the incredible music


An episode of Carpool Karaoke starring Linkin Park - recorded less than a week before lead singer Chester Bennington killed himself - has been released.

The 23-minute episode is being streamed for free on Facebook with the permission of Bennington's family.

It was filmed for Apple Music on 14 July this year - six days before his body was found at a private home in LA County on 20 July. The coroner ruled that Bennington, 41, had apparently hanged himself.

The episode sees Bennington, along with band mates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn, driving around Los Angeles with US comedian Ken Jeong and singing along to their hits, including Numb, In The End and Talking To Myself.


Equifax: hackers actually stole records of 15.2 million Brits. Not 400,000 as first reported


Equifax has confirmed that a recent data breach exposed a file containing 15.2 million UK personal information records.

On 10 October 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) confirmed the Equifax data breach disclosed in September 2017 actually compromised 15.2 million UK records.

That's considerably more than 400,000, the number of consumers living in the United Kingdom which Equifax originally thought had been affected by the security incident.

Have you EVER used Equifax? 


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Malicious iOS app popup windows could be stealing your Apple ID


Cybercriminals have a surefire way to steal Apple ID credentials: Just ask users to provide them.

A blog post by software engineer and fastlane founder Felix Krause reveals that it's dead simple to spoof iOS popups that ask for Apple ID passwords. What makes it worse, Krause said, is that we're trained to put in passwords for a variety of reasons in a variety of apps.

The average user won't question the legitimacy of an Apple ID password request, which makes the spoof a very dangerous form of phishing. All an app needs to do is show a UIAlertController popup—an incredibly common part of an app.

As impossible as it may be for a user to tell the difference between a fake and legitimate dialog window there are still things that iOS users can do to protect themselves.
  • If you get a popup asking for a password inside an app, hit the home button. If you can quit back to the home screen it's not a legitimate request. Real system dialogs that ask for passwords are run as a separate process and can't be quit in that fashion.
  • Treat password requests inside apps like you would a link in an email—don't use it. Instead, open the Settings app and put the password in there, similar to going directly to a website that wants you to verify your information.
  • Don't type anything into a password-requesting popup. Even if you press the cancel button the information has already been captured.


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Not only will winners have exclusive, all expenses paid use of our very own London Pride taxi for the day, but they will also win a night's stay in central London, lunch and dinner in Fuller's restaurants as well as tickets to an evening experience. In addition to all this, winners will also have the chance to visit the home of London Pride, with a personal tour of The Griffin Brewery.

There are also thousands of other fantastic prizes up for grabs, so to enter simply collect a scratchcard (free with each pint of London Pride - from participating pubs), and enter your unique code HERE to see if you're a winner!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Reading for today: Strive for God's way, not ours...


Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. 
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Read more at Bible Gateway
Read all of Proverbs 19

Monday, 9 October 2017

BMW R nineTs to be recalled over potential swing-arm issue



They don’t know it yet but BMW R nineT owners are about to have their bikes recalled over a potential swing-arm issue.

A recall was launched in America in August over a bolt connecting the swing-arm pivot pin to the frame, which could loosen, creating a hazard.

Now a recall is set to be launched in the UK over the same issue, with all 2,100 bikes sold from the entire R nineT range since its introduction in 2014 reportedly affected.

A BMW source “official notifications are due out imminently” adding: “There have been no reported issues of any problems with any bikes and this recall was issued as a precautionary measure.”


The X-Files returns! Soon...


At New York Comic Con, Fox released the very first look at the eleventh season of The X-Files, due on our screens next year. They’ve only filmed five of the ten new episodes, so we know that only those episodes must be included. Which means there’s a lot going on in the beginning of the season.

Series creator Chris Carter, Mitch Pileggi (Skinner), Gillian Anderson (Scully), and David Duchovny (Mulder) were all on hand in New York to talk about the second season of the X-Files reboot and the eleventh season of the show overall.

The big thing is that obviously William, Mulder and Scully’s son, is playing a huge role in the mythology (down to only two episodes of the ten). During the panel, Carter said that they’d “Explore that relationship, the father-son-mother relationship” and “you’ll see more of William than you’ve seen in a long time.” Of the relationship between Mulder and Scully, which was less romantic than fans may have wanted, Carter said they would be “kissing close.”


CARWOW - lives up to it's name!


While Kim & I were looking for information & reviews on Minis, we found this video from carwow.
What's "carwow" we thought? I went to their website, which looked interesting:

Car buying with you in the driving seat.
carwow brings you the best offers from local and national dealers. 
You just choose which one to buy from.

I registered our interest, and the emails started coming in.
To cut to the chase, we have now ordered a Mini Cooper from a lovely lady (also called Kim!) at Partridge of Hampshire, in Eastleigh.

Kim's new car is going to look just like this one!

We're really happy with the deal & highly recommend both CARWOW & Partridges.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Netflix is Raising Its Prices. U.S. only - at the moment...


The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from $11.99 to $13.99. 

Good news for people on the basic $7.99 plan - that price is staying put, for now. The U.S.-only price hikes will begin to go into effect in November, varying depending on individuals' billing cycles. Starting on Oct. 19, subscribers will be notified and given at least 30 days notice about the increase.

Not sure if / when this is going to apply to the UK. Watch this space...
Still pretty good value & great selection though. 
Remember the cost & aggro of renting DVDs from Blockbuster etc?


The Darkness - new album out today!



My signed pre-ordered copy arrived today - magnificent!

NSFW, but has to be listened to LOUD anyway!

Can't wait till November - seeing them in Southampton :0).


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ask Apple for your password hint: get your password!


Apple on Thursday released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to address vulnerabilities in Apple File System (APFS) volumes and its Keychain software.

The bug (CVE-2017-7149) undoes the protection afforded to encrypted volumes under the new Apple File System (APFS).

The problem becomes apparent when you create an encrypted APFS volume on a Mac with an SSD using Apple's Disk Utility app. 

After setting up a password hint, invoking the password hint mechanism during an attempt to remount the volume will display the actual password in plaintext rather than the hint.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Yahoo's 2013 hack impacted all of it's 3 billion accounts


Last year Yahoo (now part of Oath along with AOL after its acquisition by Verizon) announced that back in 2013, hackers had stolen info covering over one billion of its accounts. 

Today, the combined company announced that further investigation reveals the 2013 hack affected all of its accounts that existed at the time: about three billion

The information taken "may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers."


The new Sonos One - with Amazon Alexa built right in


Play and control your music hands-free. Just ask.

Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to control music playing while you cook. Or even request a lullaby when you’re tucking the kids in.

Ask Alexa to play music from these featured music services. Or pause, resume, skip or change the volume with all services available.

I love Sonos, and this is a great development of their technology.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Clutchless gear change - is it safe?


Some motorcycles with great big flywheels and big gears, like many Harleys and some BMW Boxers, need the clutch – or at least a little clutch – for nearly every shift. Most sportbikes only need you to use the clutch to pull away from stops and for the shift from first to second gear.

At slow, around-town speeds, we mostly use at least a little clutch to shift anyway; you don’t need to pull the lever all the way in every time you use it. But if you’re steadily accelerating, and especially at WOT (wide open throttle), you’ll find that after second gear, if you roll the throttle closed just enough to unload the driveline, for just a split second, with your toe pressing on the lever, then third gear will slip right in without using the clutch at all. Fourth, 5th and 6th will slip in even easier since the gaps between them are increasingly smaller. Done smoothly, it’s no harder on your gearbox than using the clutch.

Rolling off the gas just a smidge to “unload” the drivetrain is exactly what all quick-change electronic shifters do by cutting the ignition just long enough to allow the next gear to slip in, the best of them for an imperceptible amount of time. Naturally, the need to save every split second on the race track is what caused these to evolve. With the latest seamless gearboxes used in MotoGP, there’s no lag at all.

All a bit brave for yours truly. 
I'm gonna keep on pulling that left lever.
Really don't want to end up with a gearbox full of swarf. 

How to do it properly: www.youtube.com
Original article: www.motorcycle.com
Further reading: www.motorcyclenews.com

Monday, 2 October 2017

Like your bike? Lock your bike!


7 top tips to secure your bike

It’s essential to take every possible precaution when securing your bike – now more than ever. The number of stolen motorbikes in London increased by 50% between 2014 and 2016, and approximately 15,000 scooters, mopeds and motorbikes were stolen in the city between June 2016 and June 2017. To make matters worse, many of these were later used to commit crimes. Take our advice: brush up on these seven top tips, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police, to ensure that your bike remains precisely that – yours.

1) Secure a lock to the frame and/or rear wheel
2) Use more than one lock
3) Connect your lock to an immovable object
4) Park in plain sight
5) Use a cover to conceal your bike
6) Be especially vigilant in summer
7) Bar your garage windows.


Friday, 29 September 2017

Rukka Virium Gloves - the best gloves in the world? Gets my vote!


Rukka makes great gear; it’s rarely inexpensive, but it is often the best. 

The Virium is, in our opinion, probably the very best three-season glove on the market. And a three-season glove is about as good as you’ll ever find, because no glove out there is going to cope with the demands of the coldest winter days as well as the warmest summer ones. The Virium is not a winter glove. There are, without doubt, warmer gloves out there. But it is as waterproof as any glove you’ll ever wear, and that’s partly because there’s almost no leather on the outer surface. All the leather parts are on the inner side for better feel on the grips. If you have heated grips, the Virium will see you fairly deep into the winter months, although on the very coldest days you may want something with more thermal padding. 

For us, however, the outstanding feature of the Virium is its fit. It just seems to work on just about everybody, with a comfortable but snug fit that is totally reassuring. The lining is bonded at the finger tips for extra feeling. You get hard knuckle and scaphoid protection, and rubber reinforcement on the fingers. The palm has high-grip panelling, there are touchscreen-friendly fingertips, and you get a visor wipe on the left index finger. 

If you could only have one pair of glove, it would be these. 
The best all-round biking gloves you can buy? We would coco.

I have several pairs of bike gloves: Alpinestars SP2, Bering VX1, Spidi Honda MX, and by far my favourite: Rukka Virium
They fit, erm, like a glove! Good armour, warm, but not too thick. Dry - due to the Gore-Tex lining. Highly recommended!




Finally: the Ogri Compendium sees light of day! Order your copy now!


THE OGRI COMPENDIUM SUBSCRIBER EDITION

Well. I bet you never thought you’d be reading this. We’re not ashamed to admit we were starting to wonder ourselves. It’s been three years and a bloody lot of swearing - but here we are! Sales of the first, subscriber, edition of The Ogri Compendium are finally open. Please read the following carefully - right to the end - to find out how all this is going to work…

First, a bit about the books themselves. They are all hardbacks this year, in three binding options, ranging in price from £85 to £250. Our printer and binder is FJ Blissett & Co, with ninety years’ experience - and the holders of a royal warrant, no less, from Her Majesty the Queen. No word of a lie.

Inside, each book is made of 504 silky pages, 496 of which are content. All 443 published cartoons are in there, bigger than they ever appeared in the magazines, on pages which measure a whopping 324 by 355 millimetres. The strips themselves have been collected from all over the place, and painstakingly restored where necessary - though 102 examples are, incredibly, taken direct from original artworks which turned up just as we were finishing the first draft of the book. (muffled wails) Also featured are numbers 443/49 and 444/50, which Paul produced back in 2013, but which never made it to a magazine page.

On the cover is a pressed-on colour plate (laminated to prevent scuffing as it slides in and out of the handmade slipcases), and foil-blocked lettering in antique gold to reflect the fact that - purely by accident - this ridiculously ambitious project is being printed in Ogri’s 50th anniversary year. Exact specs of the three binding options are HERE, but first and most importantly, here is some information about what you’re buying between now and October 15th:

UNTIL OCTOBER 15TH this is a SUBSCRIBER’S FIRST EDITION, which means that everyone who buys a book between now and then is a subscriber to the publication, is enabling us to actually get them made, and will have their name printed with our gratitude in a subscribers’ list at the back - together with any short message or gift dedication you might like to add if it’s a present. Put your message in the instructions box as you pass through checkout - and equally, if you don’t want your name to appear, let us know in the same place and we’ll leave it out. Books bought after October 15th will just be normal books, numbered. Books bought after December 31st will no longer be numbered.

We’re currently working out how to automate a free pick-up for books at the NEC, but until we’ve got it sussed, please just get through checkout, include your pick-up request in the instructions box and we’ll be in touch to confirm & do a manual refund.

WE DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY UNDERTAKE TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS WITH YOU IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. Malcolm is buying a bigger top box specially.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Virgin Red - for all you compo hounds out there!


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Earn points, connect with the Virgin companies you're a customer of, and unlock exclusive offers and competitions each month.

Download the App for iOS or Android & get playing.
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

U2 - "You're The Best Thing About Me”


"I can see it all so clearly
I can see what you can't see
I can see you love her loudly
When she needs you quietly…"

U2 first played New York City in 1980... and they can’t keep away. 

The new video for "You’re The Best Thing About Me,” directed by Jonas Ã…kerlund, sees band members reveling in the sights and sounds of New York City where, as a young Dublin four-piece, they played their first U.S. club gig in December 1980, beginning a love affair with the city which has endured for almost 40 years.

I have loved U2 for around 35 years since my dear pals in the WLPAA (don't ask!) introduced me to their fantastic music. God Bless U2! 
Dedicated to my darling Kimmy xxx