It has been over 22 years since I started using Linux as my main operating system. Back in 1994, I started with Slackware 2.1, and kept using Linux as my desktop at school, for research, and even at work on a dual boot environment. I spent countless hours then configuring the kernel, X11 and what not to make things work. I went through distribution after distribution, till 2005, when our eldest daughter was born, that I got tired of compiling Gentoo packages and dealing with all the Linux issues. I had no time for it any longer.
This Sunday I raced my first Olympic (international) distance triathlon at Hever Castle. Hever’s triathlon is part of the Castle Triathlon Series that have been happening for few years now on the highly charismatic grounds of castles across the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. Hever’s is the UK’s second largest triathlon, and the largest for children (in fact, our two daughters also competed this weekend, and I am a very proud dad).
I have been rowing with the WaterRower indoor erg for a while, a good quality home rower overall, but notoriously known for its complete lack of software support. It is hard to get data out of it, it’s hard to make it interface with … anything, and it is mentally exhausting. A bit like indoor cycling with a turbo trainer was before Zwift. On the other hand, I have really enjoyed riding indoors on Zwift almost daily for the past year. As I took back rowing to work on my core, the itch became how to interface the WaterRower so that I could row on Zwift using the power readings from the WaterRower S4 computer.
This morning I received my invite into the Zwift Beta. Zwift is a new 3D cycling game which makes riding your bike indoors a lot of fun. Traditionally, I have been skeptic of 3D virtual riding, based on my experience with BKOOL’s and Tacx’ products. Zwift has managed however to really add a true competitive gaming angle into indoor riding.
Adding storage to a Macbook Pro can be an expensive proposition given the compact hardware architecture the new MBPs have. For my MBP 15-inch retina laptop, which comes with a 512 GB SSD, I wanted to add a bit extra where to put all our Dropbox, GDrive, Box, etc. network share replica. Nifty Minidrive is one of the most attractive options.