Cycling and Travelling around Japan

South Chiba (Minami-Boso) Cycling

Posted on | December 9, 2014 | No Comments

With the weather getting colder in Tokyo I drove out to the other side of the bay (Chiba prefecture) and rode the half-sea-half-mountain ride that I started tinkering with last year. The weather forecast called for a high of 12 and it certainly felt that we when I set out at 9AM however as I passed around onto the bottom of the peninsula I got a head wind which is rare as the prevailing winds are Westerly. Along the way I did get a rather nice shot of the bicycle with some sky so I thought I would share that.

Cycling by the sea!

The first portion of the mountain half was exploratory and I would up finding a few nice riding roads with few cars which was nice but the temperate did get quite cold with the last 30 or so kilometers being at about 4C

Though I did make a couple changes along the way the course was as below:


Mt. Fuji from the air

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | No Comments

I took an airplane to Okayama this morning and while waiting at the airport I noticed how clear the air was. Once I got into the air I was treated with a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji!

Mt. Fuji!

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.


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