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Yermo
4 years ago
Blog Article (12030)

Android Gmail HTML Rendering Issues

After too long, and many many requests, I've finally managed to rebuild the daily digest. It summarizes the goings on on the site for members to let them know what's going on. Previous versions had been text only so I figured, following the lead of just about everybody else, that I would try to send out something in HTML. Of course, I'm a backend developer server/network/database guy and not a designer. It turns out that Gmail and the Android Gmail client do not support the <style> tags ...Read More

Yermo
4 years ago
Blog Article (12031)

Quick Update on HHVM

I took Miles by Motorcycle live on HipHopVM on December 15th. I was concerned about crash problems since it's a long lived process so I set it up to be monitored by ?upstartd, which will restart the thing automatically if it crashes. However, it's been remarkably trouble free. It simply works. I was playing with Google's Webmaster tools a bit when I came across this interesting graphic showing crawler page download times for the last few months: It's pretty obvious when the site was ...Read More

Yermo
4 years ago
Blog Article (11747)

Event Report: 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City

Duncan and I headed up to New York City to attend the 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Here is his event report. Last Saturday, we headed up to New York City for the International Motorcycle Show, on the annual Bob's BMW charter trip. First off, kudos to Bob's for doing such an excellent job of setting up the trip. We arrived at about 7:35,and found waiting staff members at the gate who directed us to parking and the waiting area inside. Shortly thereafte ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (12032)

So how much faster is HipHopVM than PHP?

My intention with my my "Adventures in Configuring HipHopVM" article was to describe my experiences in the hopes that it might be useful for someone else who's trying to get hhvm running. Maybe I could save someone else some time and headache. I didn't do any rigorous performance benchmarking but I did post the observation that one one particularly slow page I have, which was loading in something around 5 seconds on my development machine under PHP, would load in around 0.6 under HHVM. HHVM is ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (12033)

Configuring and Using the HipHopVM (hhvm) Remote Debugger

I'm getting a little closer to fielding Miles By Motorcycle on the HipHopVM (a.k.a. hhvm) stack. I, however, ran into a last minute snag having to do with some disconcerting warning messages in the error log: HipHop Warning: Invalid argument: function: not a valid callback array hhvm is much better than PHP at generating meaningful warnings about potential issues in your code. I was a little troubled by this message, however, since it did not provide me a call stack or even a function name. ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (12034)

Adventures in Configuring and Running Facebook's HipHopVM (hhvm) JIT Compiler for PHP

Years ago, faced with the need to build and manage a number of content websites, I developed a novel content management system akin to what Joomla or Drupal are today. I've always run my own servers so I could have chosen any development language. I briefly considered Java. However, suffering from delusions of grandeur, I wanted to make certain that whatever I built was as widely installable as possible. I envisioned building a successful open source platform that I could then build a services ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (11748)

What to look for when buying an old BMW K100RS

My bike is a '92 K100RS which I have owned since new. It's built like a tank and has served me well over the two decades I've owned it. In recent years, there have been some age related issues that have come up so I have finally gotten to turn some wrenches on it. Prior to that, I just rode the thing. Interestingly, I've come across more people online recently that have been asking what to look for when buying one of these. I had written out a long email response for the third or fourth ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Guest Post: The Rest of the Story by Mike Leggieri

This is a guest post by Miles-By-Motorcycle.com member Mike Leggieri. (a.k.a. mjlfjr) Mike is a retired Army officer who now serves as a medical research director for the Department of Defense. Hes an avid motorcyclist who loves long-distance riding. Mike lives in Frederick, MD. Preface I wrote this article in January, 2013, six months after an accident abruptly ended my first cross country motorcycle trip. Writing it was my attempt to close out an unpleasant chapter in my motorcyc ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (11750)

Riding Reflections : Two Very Different Travellers

There are always things to be afraid of. I remember the man from Buenos Aires that I met in Fairbanks. With honest fear in his voice, he had warned me, like so many others have, never to travel through Central or South America."Don't do it! Buenos Aires and much of South America is just terrible. Terrible! If you are European, Canadian, American they kidnap you. Chop off an ear or a finger and send it to you family. Hundreds. Thousands of people kidnapped in this way! I left. Got out of there." ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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2013 Meandering Trip Back : An Abrupt End

Many years ago, I had a recurring dream. I stood alone next to my motorcycle on a desert slope that descended into a great flat valley with tufts of green grass dotting a brown landscape bounded by mountains on either side. The road, shimmering in the distance from the heat, descended to disappear in the expanding flatness. It was silent except for the sound of the ever present wind. There was a profound sense of ending, of loss, as if this scene would be my last moment. The vision from my d ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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2013 Meandering Back Trip: Bear Tooth Pass and the Australian

What you are able to lift today is largely due to what you have purposely lifted repeatedly before. How far/fast/well you can ride is largely dependent upon how much you have ridden before. Try to go fast on your first ride out and you are almost guaranteed to crash in the first corner. Lacking the relevant experience, you are likely to take actions based on the wrong sources, fear instead of discpline, blind reaction instead of planning. You enter the corner and everything /feels/ wrong. Yo ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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2013 Gap To Seattle Trip : Day 18 : Pavements Ends

"Interesting interpretation for the word 'Highway' you have around here." I said to the diner waitress, a not-unattractive woman about my age who had an unfortunate and uncany resemblance to the main actor from the TV series House."Yep. Around here 'Highway' can mean just about anything including something without pavement." she replied. "And with thousand foot dropoffs." I continued. "Yep." was all she needed to say. A day earlier this would have been key intel. It was supposed to have been ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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2013 Gap To Seattle Trip : Day 17 : Glacier

I was too tired to write last night so, completely out of character, passed out well before 11. At least I managed to sleep solidly for the first time in many days. I had vivid dreams involving mishaps involving a group of black bears. Foreshadowing? Montana is not what I expected. It doesn't seem to be an angry state the way Wyoming and Nevada seem to be. All the people I've encountered here are friendly, kind and surprisingly polite with open faces. It seems like everytime I have my hands f ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (11755)

2013 Gap to Seattle Trip : Day 16? : Moments

Yun left early this morning for the airport. I was dead to the world. I woke up around 8:30, the latest I have awoken so far on this trip. The morning was slow. With Yun gone this trip is over and a new one begins. I was not sure where to go or what to do. I considered just going home. I considered staying at the Best Western where Megan and the rest of the staff had taken such good care of us. I did order Megan a bouquet of flowers as a thank you. Does anyone do that any more? "She'll proba ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : Day 13 and 14 : Broken Down in Spokane, Wa

We were riding along minding our own business heading towards route 12 through Idaho and on to points East, when suddenly over the intercom I hear, "Something's wrong with my bike. It won't engage. Somethings wrong with the clutch." We stopped on the side of the road and did some investigation hoping that maybe it was something that could be easily addressed. It wouldn't be the first time. Unfortunately, when the clutch is pulled in there is an ugly grinding sound. Letting the clutch lever out ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : 2013 Gap to Seattle Trip : Days on End : Being Thwarted

Each time I sit down to write at the end of the day, fatigue takes over. With all the best of intentions, I planned to catch up last night but passed out from fatigue. Too many hours sitting in Seattle rush hour traffic tooks it's toll. Unlike my travelling companion, getting up at 6 to write something doesn't work for meand by the time I'm awake enough, it's time to hit the road as is the case right now. We're in Seattle about to visit "Origin", the Original Starbucks from which all that is ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report: 2013 Gap to Seattle Trip : Days 8 and 9 : Salt Ponds and Incredible Desert Roads.

"Mount Evans road was seriously scary. It felt like you were riding right into the clouds and there were no guardrails on those switchbacks! You could fall straight down for thousands of feet!" Yun said. "If I had been by myself, I would never have gone up. I would have seen how crazy this is and I would have just turned around. But to become more than you are, you have to let go everything you think you are. So I just did it and I was not afraid. So is this the real me? The me without fear? ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : 2013 Gap to Seattle Trip : Days 7 &amp; 8 : Twin Peaks

It's 11PM central time as I sit in a Day's Inn in Wendover, Utah after a hard days ride through a heat that I do not have words to describe. "Blast Furnace in the face." is the best, albeit sorely lacking, analogy I could come up with. The thermometer on my Oil Burner hovered between 100 and 110. Needless to say, I don't do well in the heat, but I managed to get through it without too much complaint. Some many weeks ago, the original plan was to ride to Deals Gap for a week . Yun decided that ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report: 2013 Gap To Seattle Trip : Days 5 and 6 - Getting out of Dodge

By: Yermo Two days ago we left the Ozarks to journey out into the god forsaken flat also known as Kansas. "Ugh", I thought as Yun objected to a plan to take secondary roads across. "But the Interstate is such boring flatness." I tried to explain. "It's going to suck." I commented as I could just imagine how much complaining, I mean 'communicating', I was going to hear in the headset while going across. I had really hoped we could do a more interesting way across. There has to be more to Ka ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : Gap to Seattle Trip : Day 3 : Failure is an Option

Keeping to my word, I got up promptly at 6AM without complaint and managed to start moving with a purpose. As expected, there wasn't anything at the complimentary "breakfast" that I could eat but luckily for me Audrey had made me some of my emergency "muffin rations" which served me well enough. (These are muffins made out of nuts, honey, raisins and berries. They are very good albeit a bit messy to eat.) Yun and Danny were already there when I arrived. Danny likes to talk and his stories are ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : Gap to Seattle Trip : Day 2 : The Liability of Goals

By Yermo."Maybe you should try to sleep in a bit tomorrow. Getting up at 6AM is too much all at once cold turkey like you're doing." Yun said trying to emulate some compassion for his road weary companion who against all odds had managed to arise unprodded promptly at 6AM after having gotten up at 5AM the previous day. He was not looking all that good."No, I'm really going to try to get up at 6AM every day on this trip and do it Yun style, full frontal assault, no complaining." I replied statin ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
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Road Report : Gap to Seattle, Day 1 : Angry Clouds and DIsappointment

So Yun said he wanted to go cross country after our Gap trip and he asked me to join him. Thus I find myself in North Carolina at the present moment. I didn't sleep last night. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I slept for maybe two and a half hours. At the present moment, many hours later, I'm on the verge of collapse. Today, Yun and I embarked on our mad rush 21 day trip across the US. Day one was dominated by fantastically cool air and ominous troubled clouds. We did more miles than ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (11764)

Road Report: A Study in Trust: Two-Up n the BlueRidge Parkway and Deals Gap

By Yermo: Better late and imperfect, than never ... finally I've taken some time to write .... "I'd like to go and see these places you've talked so much about." she said. So with that one statement a plan was set in motion. Audrey and I would ride two up on the Beloved Blue Oil Burner down the Blue Ridge Parkway and through Deal's Gap. Yun had initially planned to join us on his R1100S but a scheduling snafu prevented that from happening. Since I had promised to ride with him this summer, I ...Read More

RTallulah
5 years ago
Blog Article (11765)

Guest Blog Post: Interactive resources for the conscientious rider

Author Bio:Simone is social media enthusiast and writer for Competition Accessories, a leading onlinemotorcycle store. Some of her favorite trails to ride are along the Gulf Coast and in the Smoky Mountains. She rides aDucati Monster 696. No man is an island, or so the sayinggoes, and no place is better to soak in some alone time than rumblingdown the road on a warm and sunny day on any kind of motorcycle.Despite the fact that riding one can be a freeing and independentexperience, the biker co ...Read More

Yermo
5 years ago
Blog Article (11766)

Tempting Epic Irresponsibility

By Yermo. So I'm leaving with Audrey for a 6 day run down the Blue Ridge to the Gap and back again starting on Thursday. It'll be the first time since the early nineties that I've done any two-up touring. Due to a scheduling snafu, my buddy Yun can't join us as we had originally planned. It's not like I'm doing much with my life, so I said, "eh, I'm not up to much, how about we go down to the Gap together in July." I did feel guilty that I'll be spending yet another week on the road maki ...Read More

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