This site is closing

This site will close soon, probably at the end of this months billing cycle, in around 3 weeks.

The reasons:

  1. Constant hacking attempts, as many as 200 per day. They’re coming from all over the world, so a script kiddie trying to get access by using incorrect usernames. I have a firewall in place that bans them after one failed attempt, this is fast becoming a very large part of the database and .htaccess file.
  2. The site at certain times of the day can take an age to load. This is unnaceptable and throwing money at the problem won’t help.
  3. I’ve contacted several retailers and manufacturers to see if they’ll loan me a bike for a few days so I can expand the reviews to cover other models… none have called me or emailed me back.
  4. I can’t be arsed updating with new posts. There’s also little to cover if I can’t get hold of loan bikes to test and review.
  5. I might one day setup the site on my local network on a raspberry pi, and yes believe it or not, it would be faster than the current host.
  6. I’m also considering selling my bike. I am a carer for my uncle who is mentally handicapped, I get 3 days a week when I have a respite carer come in and look after him for a few hours. So of course riding is dependent on the weather and if I have other errands to run in my spare time. As things are. I don’t want to get soaked, cold and miserable during this time.

Gigabyte Joins the SBC Bandwagon

In a move that’s a little surprising even the mighty Gigabyte is joinging the market for a Single Board Computer, they are launching the GA-SBCAP3350 and it looks pretty damned good to be honest.

Featuring a dual core Intel N3350 running up to 2.5ghz, 8GB of RAM (sodimm DDR3 you need to purchase at the same time) 2xSATA ports and even an M.2 3320 (mSATA) for transfer rates of up to 500MB+

You can sort of buy this board now if you buy a Gigabyte Brix PC for around £120 and it comes complete with a case, or you can wait for Gigabyte to release the board on it’s own, but that date is yet to be announced, as is the price.

But what do you get? Well it’s feature rich to be honest, with 2x USB 3 ports and 4x USB 2.0 ports offring plenty of expandable storage options, 2x serial ports, an LPT/GPIO for any electronics you might want to add, and incredibly, an LCD header and power ports. Networking is taken care of with not one but two gigbit ethernet ports!

Here’s the manual from Gigabyte showing you all the lovely details.

mb_manual_ga-sbcap3350_e

It’ll run Linux of course and Windows 10, personally I look forward to installing NextCloud server on it and seeing how it runs with 8GB of RAM and a SSD for the OS and data.