Archive for October, 2009

First memorabilia; In Byron Bay, en-route to Brisbane and Cairns

Monday, October 26th, 2009

A new linux shop opened in Sydney, the first in Australia apparently, and they had free food and pretty penguins! I happily got myself a linux.conf.au 2004 baseball cap, which I hope not to lose (famous last words). Went about 1000km in two days, gradually packing the car better. Prices for camping sites are not bad, despite having two gps devices ended up navigating with paper maps. The roadside is very beautiful, staying now for two nights in Byron bay, slept here (yha, cape byron, not recommended – no special reason, just expensive for what you get) yesterday and at a camp site in myall lake area the night before. The site at Myall is recommended – 15$ for car (~4 pp), next to the lake, adaquate facilities (10 minutes by bike from beach to get a shower). It seems to have started raining at this moment, so I hope we will not regret setting up the tents instead of staying in a hostel (about half price, but not worth it if everything becomes soaked). After diving here tomorrow and seeing the lighthouse (eastern most point in Sydney, yay!) will probably head to Brisbane. After that I want to get to Cairns, I may get a car, probably a rental, since I know now that 500km/day is quite doable. Broke my “do not drink into total memory loss” of two years, but at least I only don’t remember about 10 minutes of getting into my sleeping bag, during which reportedly I was laughing, so all good fun (not). Also managed to get threatened by a guy in a shower. I am now practicing the art of not looking too long at any person unless I intend to talk to them. Possibly I should consider help. Or getting a gun. Or learning how to fight. Or just get over it – according to my travelmates in germany this just happens every day.

Montage from the linux shop that opened in North Sydney

Montage from the linux shop that opened in North Sydney

My new bike rack

My new bike rack

Leaving Sydney on Saturday

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Most of this post was written a few days ago, before I left Sydney. I’m publishing it as is, the next post will contain some more information travel wise.

Got my touchbook yesterday, found a ride today, after spending some time looking for a car (two grueling hours, including 30 minutes talking to a chovinistik marocai from petah tikva – I guess an ars in former life; not a fun experience). The amount of options, including where to go and how to go there, are just too much, helpfully the guy just approached me and said now there suddenly is a place, and if I’m still interested, and that was it. The destination is Brisbane, but with stopping all along the way for Natural Parks and sites of interest. If I’ll convince the guy to continue to Cairns ma tov, otherwise I’ll catch a plane. Despite getting into the humid early hot season I prefer this to flying into Cairns (no special reason).

The solar panel appears to be charging the touchbook (I’m in a park next to Sydney University, testing it right now). No excuse yet for walking around with a folding bicycle, solar panel and two computers, but having a car means never having to say hernia.

Pictures. I apologize for the lack of order – I’m just going through the latest and putting in whatever seems to be interesting / pretty (both subjective of course)

Red Rules

Red Rules - The car that I'll be leaving in on Saturday together with two individualsDiving in Manly Ocean World, very expensive but where else do you get a chance to be eaten by sharks? (oh right, anywhere in the ocean - but these sharks are special!)My Dell Inspiron 1420 and the new Touchbook. But the dell doesn't come apart into a seperate tablet and keyboard.

Diving in Manly Ocean World, very expensive but where else do you get a chance to be eaten by sharks? (oh right, anywhere in the ocean - but these sharks are special!)

Diving in Manly Ocean World, very expensive but where else do you get a chance to be eaten by sharks? (oh right, anywhere in the ocean - but these sharks are special!)

My Dell Inspiron 1420 and the new Touchbook. But the dell doesn't come apart into a seperate tablet and keyboard.

My Dell Inspiron 1420 and the new Touchbook. But the dell doesn't come apart into a seperate tablet and keyboard.

After 3 weeks in Manly went to see Bondi beach - manly is a longer beach, has volleyball nets, bondi is more populated and has more inland depth.

After 3 weeks in Manly went to see Bondi beach - manly is a longer beach, has volleyball nets, bondi is more populated and has more inland depth.

Tablet part of Touchbook opened, cannot close once the GT730 usb dongle is inserted

Tablet part of Touchbook opened, cannot close once the GT730 usb dongle is inserted

Hey, look at my bike!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I won’t cover south lake tahoe, new york city, the new noisebridge hq in san francisco, my surfing attempt, both visits to the blue mountains next to sydney, nor sydney tower, sydney university campus, my bicycle getting stolen, and my gps screen becoming half visible.

Instead, let me offer you this picture. Today I tried to test the sunlinq for the first time. Got 24.4 Voltage (no load) with fullest sun, this being a particularily windy and partially cloudy day I also got 23.0 with part cloud cover, all at freshwater beach next to manly, in Sydney. The rubber cables and hooks are easy to carry and do a fine job attaching to the sunlinq to the bike. The bicycle is incedentally another Dahon, just a better model (Speed D9), got for 780 Australian Dollars at cellbikes (nice place, right next to Sydney University), and I now have a New York Kryptonite which costs 140$ and weighs 3 Kg (I had them weigh it for be before deciding to purchase). But now I’ll be sure that if the bicycle is stolen, I probably forgot to close the lock.

Sunlinq 25W on top of the Dahon Speed D9

Sunlinq 25W on top of the Dahon Speed D9, next to a bench at Freshwater beach in Sydney. You can see the australian continent on the shopping bag (click for larger version). Helmets are mandatory in Australia.