Things I don’t want to repeat

  1. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat and no tools, forcing me to walk several miles in bicycle shoes (last Sunday).
  2. Losing a contact 40 km from home, having to pick it up from the asphalt and try to put it in again (this Sunday).

I have a checklist for going on bike trips because I always forget something. But I left it in the office. I’m sure “spare contacts” weren’t on it, but I’m definitely adding them after today.

The cycle computer I got for last Christmas has passed the 2,000 km mark, and I’m planning a trip to Heidelberg for next weekend. I hope the weather will be as gorgeous as it was today.

ADSL @ Germany

ADSL Modem

I really like the fact that I had my ADSL connection a day before I was moving into my new apartment. You can’t fault Alice for being slow. Neither can I fault them for much else: Their contract has a 4 week cancellation period, as opposed to everyone else’s 2 years, and they are 5 Euros/week cheaper than the competition. Oh, and they also don’t require me to have a landline like everybody else. Great, because I didn’t intend to get one.

One thing though: Their installation CD didn’t like my PC. “Your language is not supported”. So they decide that because my Windows is English, it wouldn’t help me if they installed their German-only software, and I’m better of without any software at all. And without an option to override that decision. Well…. It turns out I *am* better off without, but that’s because I’m a geek who can browse the CD and find the relevant PDF, and already knows how to set up his router anyhow.