I appreciate being told a new version of an app is available, also being able to click a single confirmation button and have that new version installed is great… but telling me to go and get the new .dmg every time an update is released is pretty crap, shame really… I rather like VirtualBox.
This little shitting model pile of crap was sliding in at such a slow speed… there have to be easier ways to utterly piss of your customers?
I wanted to share two little stories about my Grandad, who served in WW2 and survived to tell us… well precious little about the things he saw. Understandable really, but here goes.
So I’ve got a 12v socket on my bike that usually powers my GPS, it’s a similar idea to a cigarette lighter socket, but about half the size. WIth this in mind I’ve fitted the smaller socket to my GPS but cannot power other items, such as my DSLR charger or iPhone charger.
To solve this problem I puchased a cheap twin cigarette socket adapter with twin USB connections, importantly kicking out enough power to properly charge my iPhone.
I’m going to place the modified unit inside a handle bar bag that I’ve got kicking around, because I’m going to be ripping off the existing cigarette lighter plug I need to add an inline fuse, 6 amps should cover this device off nicely.
The new smaller 12v connector had a screw holding it together, so I figured the wires might be screwed in and I might just be able to replace them, however it turns out they’re soldered onto the connections, so I’d have to cut the cord and join it to the new hub device.
I needed to fit an inline fuse as I was not using the original cigarette plug, I don’t have a soldering iron so the connection isn’t the cleanest… but this isn’t exposed so the straight connectors should do the trick.
Here’s what the back of the device looks like with the inline fuse fitted and taped secure.
And here’s what the bag looks like with the cable passed through a hole at the end.
In the first of the photographs above you’ll note the cables to the small 12v plug are connection with space connectors, I insulate these using a bit of electrical tape and then tape the two together. As mentioned before, I’d have preferred to solder and heat shrink these connections, but I don’t have those resources.
I’m not expecting any awards for this, it’s a little rough around the edges on the inside, however it works and looks okay when on the bike.
So I figured out another reason why the new Google Reader sucks, the like button has disappeared!