• SATA hard disk value

    As part of my research into suitable components for a Hyper-V server, I thought it would be interesting to see the cents per gigabyte of the various drives offered by MSY.

    Brand Capacity (GB) Cost (AUD) Cents/Gigabyte
    Hitachi 320 50 0.16
      500 59 0.12
      1000 97 0.10
      2000 224 0.11
           
    Seagate 160 47 0.29
      250 49 0.20
      320 55 0.17
      500 59 0.12
      1000 102 0.10
      1500 139 0.09
      2000 239 0.12
           
    WD 160 49 0.31
      320 54 0.17
      808 77 0.10
      1000 105 0.11
      1500 140 0.09
      2000 235 0.12

    Prices from MSY PARTS.PDF dated 25/01/2010

    So as far as value for money, those 1.5TB drives from Seagate and WD appear the winner.

  • Sticky taped (part 2)

    Ahh.. I will miss Brian’s little pranks :-)

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    On the bright side – yes those are Cherry Ripe bars attached to the sticky-tape.

    That’s something we’ve particularly enjoyed over the last few months – Jo (one of the testers in our team) has most generously taken it upon herself to be the “filler of the lolly bowl”.

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    Mmmmmm :-)

  • Tour Down Under 2010

    View Woodside to Goolwa in a larger map

    Today I joined around 8,000 fellow cyclists in the Mutual Community Challenge Tour – riding 111km along part of the same route that the professionals took later in the day. The full route started at Norwood, but owing to my limited preparation we started with the majority of riders at Woodside.

    This year I was once again riding with my Dad and the rest of the Mud, Sweat and Gears team.

    This year was different for a number of reasons – most significantly it was the first year that BicycleSA weren’t responsible for organising the ride, and boy was that obvious (in a bad way).

    First of all, there was the jersey size debacle. There appear to have been hundreds of complaints already that the same “size” is way larger than last year.

    Riders leaving WoodsideAround 5,000 of the total riders started at Woodside.

    • Car parking was a joke.
    • Everyone had to squeeze through 2 “gates” to sign in. Talk about bottlenecks!

    Strathalbyn was the major drink and food stop.. except there was no food! Poor planning. It should have all been delivered by the night before. Apparently it did turn up later in the morning – but too late for us and the hundreds of others who’d already been and gone.

    Milang drink stop only had about 4 water taps running off one hose, whose pressure was pitiful (they should have had a water tanker provide water).

    Goolwa finish was at the footy oval which at least was a suitable size to deal with the crowd, except:

    • Poor signing and poor directions – took ages to find the ‘cloakroom’ to pick up our bag
    • I felt sorry for the guy singing and playing guitar who was being drowned out by commercial radio on a separate PA.

    At least we got our lunch ok.

    The other problem that I remembered also happened in Angaston last year – the mobile phone network becomes useless. The organisers really need to get the phone companies to bring in temporary towers to provide extra coverage.

    So apart from a bit of grumbling, we finished our ride in good time (though that wind was pretty nasty).

    Here’s a few photos from the end of the day:

    Riders and support cars approaching finish line

    The crowds watch on as the riders and support teams in the professional race approach the finish line at Goolwa.

    Packing up the bike

    Packing up the bike. Looks like that daughter of mine is using her powers of levitation!

    Also note that baggy jersey.

    That’s my new bike by the way. You may recall my old bike met with a slight accident after last year’s event.

    I’m now riding a Cannondale CAAD7 with an Ultegra group set.

    Riding home

    Driving back to Adelaide, we saw this guy.  He must be fit.