Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mac OS X 10.14 Mojave Problems and Solutions

Backing up my 2015 Macbook Pro getting ready for the 10.14 update (Mojave). While I'm waiting for the backup to complete I checked out what problems I'll be getting into.

First, what to look for - has a great overview of Mojave. has some solid tips on the most common problems and resolutions for them in Mojave.

Ensure your Mac is backed up, and you have updated all your applications.  Also, after the update, update your apps again, as there may be new versions just for Mojave.

Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be as many issues as previous updates.  Once the backup is done I'll be installing the 10.14 Mojave update.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

On Riding

Stolen from so many sources I can't even give proper attribution -
"Riding a motorcycle doesen't call to everyone. It carries a level of risk that is an anathema to most. It demands a level of competence, a degree of engagement that is unusual in today's society. Like an old craft, the skills and the wisdom necessary to be successful at it don't come quickly, but emerge slowly, over time. Most people today simply don't have the patience or the inclination to deal with that sort of thing.
But for those of us who do, to that tiny minority who are drawn to it, the rewards are immeasureable. For us, riding imbues life itself with color, tinges it with adventure. It connects us to a time when people weren't perhaps quite so shy about how they lived. A time when everything wasn't a careful, exacting calculus of risk and reward. A bolder time when a fear of getting hurt didn't stand as an impenetrable shield to the simple enjoyment of life.
So, yeah, those of us who ride are deffinitely different. But it's a good difference. We carry something that once was common but now is rare. Something of the distilled essence of what got us all here.
We're the last wolves, in a land of sheep." — with Will Rutland.

Friday, September 28, 2018

My favorite GPS error, Somewhere in the Texas Hill Country

Following the GPS on an MSTA ride after Lukenbach TX.  Nice two lane windy road, and all of the sudden the GPS pops up and says Turn here! 

Where?  There may have been a road there 10, 20 50 years ago but there sure isn't one there now!
-- Will England

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

LG G7 ThinQ Concert Recording - Fantastic -- Sprint Product Ambassadors

I used the previous LG V30 for several band concerts when my 25 year old AKG Stereo mic broke and found it to be as good, if not better than my professional microphone.  When I got the G7 I couldn't wait to try it out -- but it was in the middle of the summer and no band concerts . . . .

So I waited and waited - and last week we had our first outdoor marching band show of the year!  I dug out the G7 and went up to the press booth at the stadium and recorded the show.  How'd it do?  Absolutely amazing!  Superior bass response, excellent stereo separation, amazing color capture.  I dumped the completely unedited untouched video to YouTube - put on some headphones and check it out!

So, the LG G7 ThinQ is just as good if not better than the V30 for live recording!  You can compare it to the $400 Sennheiser MK440 professional microphone on a Canon T3i here (also a straight dump to YouTube, no editing).  The Sennheiser has more gain, but less bass response and less stereo separation.  I had a wind blocker on the MK440 so you don't get the initial wind noise you hear on the LG.

Thanks for watching and enjoy your LG Phone!

-- Will England

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

2011 Ducati Diavel Key Fob Battery

Battery died in the proximity sensor key fob for the wife's Ducati Diavel. We (I) being cheap, order some generic batteries. Never worked. Used the PIN code to ride it around for a while, then heard a tip - use *Energizer* brand batteries in the key fob and it will work.

Well guess what? It worked. One $3 Energizer CR2032 battery later and the 2011 Ducati Diavel starts just like it's supposed to!

- Will England

Thursday, August 30, 2018

LG G7 ThinQ Live Sound

Shot two videos of the marching show at halftime - one on the T3i with the Senheiser mic and one on the LG G7 ThinQ phone. Listening to the LG right now in the car a *whoa *! Seriously solid sound. Will have to wait till I get home to upload the video but another home run for LG!

-- Will England


Monday, August 27, 2018

Nikki bought us lunch!

She had to drop the dear daughter off at work, so she brought home some fantastic pizza!