Brendan

Cycling and Travelling around Japan

Garmin’s customer service: excellent

Posted on | November 12, 2014 | No Comments

After running webupdate on my Garmin Edge 800 the device largely ceased to respond properly.

I contacted Garmin customer support and got a relatively quick response. After suggesting a few possible ways to fix the device, the service staff recommended that I ship the device to them for repair.

Garmin’s repair policy is that if there is no evidence of abuse to the device they will repair it for free but the customer is responsible for the round trip shipping costs. In my case they changed me about 3 100 yen for the DHL shipping back to Japan.

I got the device back and it worked perfectly.

For those considering buying a GPS based device, Garmin’s customer service was very helpful and responsive.

How to backup your Azure website

Posted on | March 22, 2013 | No Comments

Microsoft does not have a backup system available for its Websites in Azure.

However you can piece one together with the following two parts and add them to a cron to get a backup done each night

MYSQL: (database)

/usr/bin/mysqldump -h <server> -u <username> –password=<password> –single-transaction > sql`date “+\%Y-\%m-\%d”`.sql

FTP: (Files)

wget -r –level=0 –quiet -P `date “+\%Y-\%m-\%d”` ftp://<username (don’t forget to escape the slash)>:<password>@<server>

 

If you have loads of themes and uploads on the server it may take a few moments to get the copy done. I tested a default install and it took about 10 to 15 seconds. This is an incentive to reduce unnecessary clutter inside your wordpress installation.

Getting your MS Office into English! (for those of us who work abroad)

Posted on | November 28, 2012 | No Comments

Like many expats working in Japan (and other countries) we are often forced to use Microsoft products in languages other than our native language (in my case English). In many cases the help on-line is in English and then it is a guessing game for what the Japanese translation might be.

I did, finally, however find a way to get my Office 2007 into English from the website below which offers the English Language pack and I had no trouble at all getting it installed.

 

http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/51-office-2007-direct-download-links

 

Nissan Skyline 250GT

Posted on | November 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

This past weekend, I took advantage of Nissan’s half price premium car rental campaign and rented the Skyline sedan (250GT) and went to Chichi with a few others.

Up until now rental cars had been small Toyota’s (Prius Aqua and Ractis) which were good cars but were not best at climbing hills. The Skyline was completely different, just put it in 2nd and it effortlessly went up the narrow twisty switchbacks. It felt so effortless and made it so easy. I didn’t wind up taking it on the highway but I am sure that it would have been very stable and easy able to  handle.

Having said that, the Skyline 250GT has a 225hp 2.5L engine and with the effortlessness that came with it I don’t understand what the necessity to opt for the 3.7L engine in the Skyline or other sedans with 4.0L+ sized engines. It seems very much like a case of diminishing returns.

Skyline 250GT

Skyline 250GT

“Children of the Corn Syrup” lecture by Dr. Stephen W. Ponder

Posted on | June 29, 2012 | No Comments

The “children of the Corn Syrup” is a lecture given by Dr. Stephen Ponder and includes slides of the obesity and its current impact on children and also some physiological reasons for what is occurring. Definitely worth a watch.

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