New tyres

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I ended up getting new tyres for the bike… I thought about getting airless tyres, but in the end just got random tyres from Mike’s Bikes who came highly recommended on a mailing list at work, and seemed really nice.

I got Specialised tyres randomly, and they’re really good. I can’t remember their name now (I’ll look it up later), but they have a tall center section which makes them look and act like road tyres on hard surfaces, and a knobbly bit on the outer edges for loose surfaces. Overall, lower rolling resistance on the hard stuff, and they gripped really well on the soft.

I like them a lot.

Update: So, the tyres are Specialized 06 Crossroads, or at least that’s what the packaging says.

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Update on the Dell e310

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I’ve just realised that I never got around to commenting on how to get the Dell working with Ubuntu. Here’s what I did (I’m hoping I remember it all correctly):

  • Setup network booting
  • Changed the boot config for the network boot to automatically boot into the right install after a small timeout
  • Disabled the onboard USB controller
  • Installed a random PCI USB controller
  • Rebooted the target machine
  • The installer now netboots, and goes into the kernel with no interaction from the keyboard
  • Install like normal

So, I just leave the onboard USB controller disabled, and use the PCI one.

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Done?

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Well, given the book is now in stores, the figures online, and the sample code available, I think I am basically finished with the project (barring future editions, which may or may not happen depending on demand I suppose). So, if you have questions about the book, the process of writing an open source book, or ImageMagick, feel free to drop me a line at the magic ImageMagick alias and I will see what I can do.

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