RYNO Motors – Fun With One Wheel

This reminds me of the Segway for some reason, when it came out everyone went crazy that it was revolutionary, self balancing made it very cool and they made other versions of offroading and slightly more aggressive. Now this is another self balancing machine but this time around on one tire only so you lean forward and back to move but leaning sideways too will be a different feel.

The specifications aren’t that compelling for me it only goes up to 10 mph and gets about 10 miles per charge, when I was expecting it to be more thrilling based on the way that it looks. Its more like a personal transportation machine around a city or local area, its not meant for highways or high speed areas. For $5500 this is a revolutionary machine, but a novelty item that you must really want to justify the price. I am really curious to try this out, I wouldn’t buy it but I wouldn’t mind renting it to tour a place abroad.

Link: RynoMotors

DJI Phantom – To Crash Or Not

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When I saw it for the first time in action, I couldn’t believe how cool it looked and best part its built with the GoPro in mind. I have had it since it was first available for preorder and when I got it in April its been sitting in a box up until yesterday.

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This is probably the easiest Quadrocopter to fly in the market, with a lot of fail-safes on how it will react, but doesn’t make it dumb proof or wind proof. It’s a smart drone with all the settings this machine is capable of, I’m surprised it doesn’t have artificial intelligence at this stage and all of it in this very nicely design white case.

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I just decided to open it up and put it together, whether I crash it or not will be up to how careful I am flying it for the first time. I also got this ridiculous ballistic case to pack everything in bag and take it with me where I need it. And the Phantom is packed snugly inside with a lot of batteries, as well as the Go Pro and spots for its batteries. I have seen some beautiful videos shot with the Phantom and thats what I’m planning to reach at least with this quadrocopter. I just hope I don’t crash it.

For all your DJI Phantom needs you can find it at Gulftronics, they even have the new Zenmuse Gimball for the GoPro Hero 3. I’m going to practice with mine before installing the Zenmuse, and that I’m really looking forward to.

Link: Gulftroncis

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Jaguar F-Type Hands On

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I had a chance to get my hands on the Jaguar F-Type, the newest sports vehicle from Jaguar. The funny part is that when I got the car the first thing a friend of my uncle said to me was congratulations on the Aston Martin, he couldn’t believe it was a Jaguar. The first time I ever wanted a Jaguar was in the late 90s with the XKR came out, that was a beauty, and now I have to admit this is one beautiful looking machine. I not keen on the soft-top convertibles but they said the hard top convertibles will be out next year.

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The car looks good from all angles honestly, and i really like the way they made the exhaust for the V6. For a smallish car there is a lot of space in the interior, but don’t expect any space in the trunk, especially if the top is down.

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Getting in the car it really is spacious, more then I expected and I like the central console layout. The A/C & Gear controls are all buttons with the infotainment system integrated into the main screen. there is the usual Audio and Phone controls in the steering wheel. When your in sport mode you can shift the car from the F1 Paddles or from the gear lever itself which I really liked when I was driving.

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Now the best part of the car is when it is in sport mode, the exhaust opens up, and it is loud, the right type of loud. You can’t help but want to go faster just to hear it around the corner and i loved the tone of that exhaust. For once I don’t think I would change the exhaust of this sports car, its perfect for it.

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The handling of the car is just as fun, it really has a good grip. You feel that it is holding on even when your accelerating around a bend and pushing the car. That really surprised me, at certain times I was driving at idiotic speeds just to see how much it can go, and this car could go.

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The infotainment system on the car is impressive, it’s simple enough to use but with a lot of features, makes it easy to navigate. The navigation maps are very clear and simple to use, I tried it out a few times and it worked perfectly. Bluetooth integration worked very well, I was streaming Sirius XM & Spotify from my Samsung S4, and I did the same with an iPhone and my Windows phone. Even controlling the songs through the steering wheel controls.

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I honestly would not buy a Jaguar, there are just too many other better options in my opinion, also because Jaguar never made a car that I would want or need. But in this case more then a decade after the original Jaguar XKR they made the F-Type and if the V6 is this much fun I wonder how it feels to drive the V8. The V6 ranges from 22’000 KWD to 30’000 KWD, and the V8 ranges from 29’000 KWD to 38’000 KWD.

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Moved My iTunes Library

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Took me a while but thanks to Spotify I had time to ignore my damn iTunes since I really hated it and it was basically killing my machine. And thankfully a lot of syncing is done wirelessly and you don’t have to sync new devices to iTunes to get them working like you had to previously, so I ignored this as long as possible. But at this stage my machine was literally on its last leg so I had to move my iTunes to a different machine.

The Steps:

  • Before the move, choose “Keep iTunes Media folder Organized” & “Copy files to iTunes Media folder”
  • Then chose a new location, on the network storage device. In my case the Synology unit I use for my Media
  • Then click “Consolidate Library” under “Library”, give it about a day for the whole move to be done and let it settle
  • The move is done
  • On the new machine make sure your iTunes library is pointed to the same folder on the network which in my case is in the Synology Unit
  • Copy the iTuneLibrary.itl file from inside the iTunes folder in my machine to the iTunes Folder in the new machine but be sure iTunes is off on the new machine
  • Then when you start the machine it will have the same counts and details on the new machine, and test everything out. The Music Videos took a minute to find since it didn’t find it the first place, then it started finding them automatically
  • The move is done and the old machine is gone

The Haswell Desktop Built

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Took a bit to get all the parts together, this was the first time a processor was flagged before they could ship it from my mailbox, but after a few days they shipped it out. Got all the parts together and a few pieces from Professional and I was good to go.

Hardware

  • Thermaltake Urban S41 ($130)
  • CoolMaster 1000W
  • Samsung 840 SSD 500 GB SATAIII (Windows 7) ($331)
  • OCZ 256 GB SSD SATAIII (Windows 8) ($239)
  • Intel Core i7-4770 ($320)
  • Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 Dual LAN ATX ($230)
  • Corsair 16 GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengence ($128)
  • Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 ($400)
  • Digistar BlueRay Drive (Slot Loading)
  • 2 x Seagate 3TB SataIII

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The other components I got from Kuwait for 254 KWD which isn’t too bad overall the most expensive parts in Kuwait was the original OS and I wanted both on it since I do love Windows 7 and I wanted to try Windows 8 on a Desktop, but its going to be missing the Gestures still an interesting item to try.

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Installed Windows 7 First and then installed Windows 8, then it comes up as an option which one Operating System to Start at Boot, and when you choose, its up in only a few seconds. Years ago it would have taken over a minute and a half, and now its 10 seconds tops, I love SSDs.

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I’m planning to install a few games on the Windows 7, nothing crazy just StarCraft II & the latest addition as well as Diablo III. Just worth having on my machine, and I do want to play those games. And what I love about this machine is that it is powerful and VERY quiet, no sound from it what so ever, I wouldn’t know it was on without that blinking lights on top.

The Haswell Desktop – Another Build

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Recently my desktop has had a few hiccups but being almost 3 years old it has taken a beating. A lot of things I do myself and around the house revolves around the Lian Li machine which was repurposed from a Windows Home Server to a Heavy Weight Single Desktop use. With the launch of the new Intel Haswell Processors and a few interesting pieces of hardware I had laying around I decided to put this new machine together and also add some more gaming capability to it.

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Hardware

  • Thermaltake Urban S41
  • Thermaltake 1500W
  • Samsung 840 SSD 500 GB SATAIII
  • Intel Core i7-4770
  • Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 Dual LAN ATX
  • Corsair 16 GB DDR3 1600Mhz Vengence
  • Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5
  • Digistar BlueRay Drive (Slot Loading)
  • OCZ 128 GB SSD SataIII
  • WD 3TB SataIII

For the software I want to dual boot both Windows 8 & Windows 7, honestly Windows 7 is amazing and does the job and extremely stable. I have one Windows 8 laptop with a touch screen, and for Windows 8 to work smoothly it has to be a Touch Screen integrated into it. So dual boot option looks like its something I’m contemplation at this point, but the first install is going to be Windows 7 at least. Then the Windows 8 install on the other SSD and W8 can handle the dual boot option on start up, but lets see how it develops.

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Hooligans In The Rain

This was a crazy weekend, it was raining every other day in the week and Friday was pouring all morning but the afternoon was nice but it was too late ride then. After waking up at 4 am on Friday and not being able to go back to sleep there was no way I wasn’t riding on Saturday, I was going to ride one way or another. Woke up at 4 am to hear a little bit of rain, but no more past 430am so I was waiting until a few people woke up and we met up at 7am at Starbucks Bidaa and the roads were wet and a bit dirty. We just had to ride caustiously, and in my case that didn’t last too long.

I brought down the horse power from 162 bhp to 100 bhp with traction control set at high to keep it relatively safe since I knew there was a lot of water spots and missing traction areas. That lasted about 20 mins into the ride before letting loose and going back to normal but luckily the roads were drying up because it was a lovely sunny day. This time around one of our good friends from Kuwait Choppers decided to join us, and these guys can hold their own and they were a perfect fit for our little band of hooligans.

Three Ducati’s, One BMW, And One Suzuki, its always fun to change things up a bit and we had fun during our ride. Nobody was on the road, and there were a few times some of the guys were drifting with their bikes, that took total control and discipline to keep the machine in check or trying to control an accidental slide which happened a few times because of the wet roads. We were honestly having a blast, the only thing was that there was a little more traffic then I would have preferred and some parts way too much, got used to no traffic on road and made the best of it. This time I took two GoPro Hero 3 and installed them on the bike, one doing a timelapse and the other a video. Lets see how it does quality wise for the GoPro Hero 3.


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Don’t Touch!!

It is just that simple! Don’t Touch My Bike!

People in the region do not have a concept of Bikes, they think Motorcycles are like Bicycles, and they just want to get on them for cool pictures or act like they are riding. But it is a very different relationship that the owner has with his bike, touching a man’s bike is just as bad as touching his woman, he will do something about it, and probably with a violent result.

90% of Bikers are very friendly if you ask them to take a picture with a bike, they will take the picture for you. And if you have your kid they will probably put your kid on the bike for you to take the picture. It is two things, the bike’s can be damaged from soneone who doesn’t know what they are doing, and the bike might fall on a child if its pulled the wrong way.

What drives me nuts are the moms who just send their kids to the bikes like they are play things for them and let them climb it. I have had my fair share of altercations with them and they act like nothing is wrong. Your letting a 4 year old grab on to a mchine 10 times his weight and 4 times his height, something will go wrong. One time a child grabbed my bike and burnt his hand because he put it on the exhaust pipe, he is a child he doesn’t know any better but I would expect the mother too.

Then there are people from South East Asia (India & China from my Experience) who have zero concept of personal property. They see the bikes and they just want to get on it and take a picture, I have had my fair share of shouting from afar to get people from throwing their legs on the bike.

There is a special bond between a rider and his machine, that is why they take it very personally, they love and adore their machines, so if you violate his machine expect some to violate you.

Solo Riding

This Friday I had only had one bike to ride which is the lovely Ducati 1098s, the Diavel took its own little adventure in preparation for another Epic trip. Getting on the bike is a must every week, and I love taking advantage of the empty roads. This was one of the rare times that I was riding solo, I was used to it in the early years of riding in Kuwait but I got used to riding with a few people every weekend but this time around their machines were not available for the outing.

I took the sea side right after getting a quick drink at Starbucks like usual, and it was a bit humid but just as long as you are riding the weather isn’t too bad. Its still a mix of cool and hot, and the humidity doesn’t help. When it gets cooler I know there are going to be a lot more bikers on the road. The funny part is seeing the people out driving with their top down enjoying their convertibles and I can’t blame them, its just too nice to stay indoors.

Since this was the first time in a while that I ride solo, I was riding a bit more aggressively then usual, I just wanted to push myself a bit and try a few things out during the ride and I have really missed riding the 1098s, when its summer you can’t really ride that bike, it just gets too hot in the wrong places. But I remembered why I loved riding it, it sends chills down my spine when flying around the corners, a rush like no other.


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If you love hardware and furniture then this is the perfect accessories and furniture for the male domain. I’m assuming that only some females would like it, and very few would allow it into their homes. Classified Moto Furniture lets you subtly show your love of motorcycling with a selection of stylish lamps, lighting fixtures, and tables that are built from salvaged/recycled parts taken from Japanese motorcycles from the ’70s and ’80s. Their prices range from $200 to $1500 which isn’t too bad, they are a bunch of creative guys who do love what they are doing. This makes me want to park one of my motorcycles in the living room just to look at it, again not my choice.