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Posted by Rob Kiser on July 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Alaska Trip - 2014

I've been ordering a fair amount of gear in preparation for my next big motorcycle adventure. So far this is what I have ordered recently for the excursion. Some of it has arrived. Some of it hasn't shown up just yet:

  • Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS
  • RAM mount for Garmin Montana 600 GPS
  • Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue Display)
  • Red Wing Irish Setter boots (camo)
  • Frog Toggs rain gear (khaki)
  • Frogg Toggs Neoprene gloves
  • Givi E260 Monolock rear case with E650M Adapter plate
  • Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDS1000100)
  • Canon EOS 50D battery card door cover replacement part
  • SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Ultra microSD 128G micro SDXC for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition camera
  • 4 - 32 GB TOPRAM - 300X COMPACT FLASH CF Card fit DSLR Canon EOS 50D
  • 4 - BlackRapid FastenR-3 Lowest Profile Connector
  • New Camera Helmet Front Adhesive Mount for Gopro Hero 3
  • Front Lens Cap For Canon EF 100mm EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
  • EyePiece Eye Cup For Canon EOS 50D
  • CLEAR ~ Arai Helmet Shield Visor RX7 RR4 Quantum F Astral X Super AdSis L-Type

Of course, the problem is that I'm going to be trying to figure out how to use all of this gear on the road, essentially. I've never even bothered to read the owners manual on my motorcycle, so I only have a very narrow understanding of the digital instrument cluster on the KTM. Throw in a new GPS, radar detector, GoPro setup, new Seagate backup unit for the MacBook Air...I'll just be sort of winging it, I'm sure. We'll see how it goes. I think I have enough gear on order for the adventure to be a success, but whether I make it up there and back or not is anyone's guess. There's a lot that can go wrong, of course. The bike could break down, I could hit a moose, or end up in a Canadian prison. But if I were a betting man, I'd bet that I make it up there.


Posted by Rob Kiser on July 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Cross-Species Feeding of Brood

Above: Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) feeds offspring in a birdhouse near Morrison, Colorado. 7/5/2014. (Click on photo above for larger image.)

Above: Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) feeds offspring in a birdhouse near Morrison, Colorado. 7/5/2014. (Click on photo above for larger image.)

Above: Male Violet-Green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina). Appears to be residing in the same physical birdhouse, but one level above the Nuthatches, in a 2-story birdhouse near Morrison, Colorado. 7/5/2014. (Click on photo above for larger image.)

Above: Female Violet-Green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina). Appears to be residing in the same physical birdhouse, but one level above the Nuthatches, in a 2-story birdhouse near Morrison, Colorado. 7/5/2014. (Click on photo above for larger image.)

Above: Male Violet-Green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) feeds immature Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) offspring in a birdhouse near Morrison, Colorado. As best as I can determine, the swallows live upstairs, and are possibly/probably a nesting pair. Both swallows leave the bird house at the same time, and the male has been observed to repeatedly feed the nuthatch brood in the level below them for reasons that are not clear to me. 7/5/2014. (Click on photo above for larger image.)


Posted by Rob Kiser on July 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Back Way to Aspen

I so didn't want to get on I-70 today...I punched in Google directions for Conifer to Aspen, and this is what it dealt me. I'm all in baby!


Posted by Rob Kiser on July 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Colorado Highway 103

Saw these cars driving up and down Colorado Highway 103 today. This is an experimental prototype from Detroit. Not that unusual to see prototypes driving up the Highest Paved Road in North America to Mt Evans, or up to Pike's Peak. They generally want to see how they'll perform at high altitude, and this is a good place to test them. My understanding is they were checking to see how the turbo performs about 4,000 meters (12,000 ft). So, at 14,265' above sea level, they've got plenty of mountain to play with.

We saw several of these vehicles...at least 6. My understanding is that this is a prototype from Mercedes-AMG. But you didn't hear it from me...


Posted by Rob Kiser on July 2, 2014 at 2:59 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Changing Email Address on Apple ID

So, now that I'm getting away from using wispertel as my ISP, I have to change my email address in a zillion different places. Not bright to use your ISP for your email address but, hey...we all make mistakes.

Change primary email on Apple ID

Manage your Apple ID primary, rescue, alternate, and notification email addresses

Apple ID's - The Nightmare Continues

What's my Apple ID?

So, go here first: https://appleid.apple.com/

Click on "Manage Your Apple ID".
Put in Apple ID/password.
Click on Edit on Primary Email Address.
Put in my new gmail email address.
Click 'Save'.
Says Verification Email Sent.
But the Verification Email doesn't say much. Says it's been updated, essentially.
OK. This was the wrong (old) email address.
The new email address has a Verification link to click on, sign in, using gmail as my Apple ID. It works. So, that's a start...

Now -
After changing your Apple ID, refer to these steps to make sure that each store or service is using your current, renamed Apple ID.

What to do after changing your Apple ID: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5796

There is a way on the iPhone, as it turns out, to identify what the Apple ID is.

In iOS 6, it's Settings - iTunes and App Stores.

Mine says "xxx@wispertel.net"

Click on "Apple ID".
Select "Sign Out".
Click on "Apple ID" again.
Enter new Apple ID: (my gmail account)
Enter new Password: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Click "Sign In".

Message: "Verification Required: Before you can make purchases, you must tap OK, then verify your payment info."

Click "OK".
New screen...Loading...Shows my credit card data...
"Payment Type - You must verify your payment info before you can make purchases."

Put in Security Code...
Hit Done....

I mean, it seems like it worked, but it doesn't say "congratulations...credit data verified" or anything like that.

Next: Find My iPhone

So, first, I have to install Find My iPhone. Why isn't it installed? I have no idea.

iOS 6 and later: Open the Find My iPhone app.

Enter my new Apple ID (gmail) and password to sign in.
Looks like that's working. OK. Good....

Next: iCloud

But, if I go into Settings - iCloud - Account, it has the old wispertel email address in there.
So, click on "Account", but it won't let me change the iCloud account Apple ID to the new gmail Apple ID. Nice.

How to change iCloud account on iPhone, without deleting data on iPhone

In order to change your Apple ID or password for your iCloud account on your iOS device, you need to delete the account from your iOS device first, then add it back using your updated details. (Settings > iCloud, scroll down and hit "Delete Account")

When you delete your account, all the data that is synced with iCloud will also be deleted from the device (but not from iCloud), but will be synced back to your device when you login again.

This sounds reassuring....

I went ahead and deleted my iCloud account from my iPhone, and surprisingly enough, it actually did give me the option to keep the data on my phone. It's like they were just kidding about the warning. So I didn't end up having to sync back the data after all. Thanks anyway, Winston Churchill.

I'd also like to point out here that:

1) You cannot sync Notes that were created with Notepad before you set up the Notes to Sync with Icloud.
2) Once you set up your notes to sync with iCloud, you cannot even tell where the notes you're looking at on your iPhone came from.

For instance, you'll notice at the top of your "Notes" screen, it lists your notes, but ont he top it says "

So, not only can you not sync the Notes created on the iPhone before it was set up to sync with the iCloud, but you also can't tell which ones were create on the iPhone. Oh, sure, in theory, you could look at all of the other sources and try to deduce where each one was created, but who wants to do that when they have created hundreds of notes? WTF, apple? WTF???

OK. So, I emailed all of my notes to myself, and put them in a single massive word document named Notes_iPhone_42.doc out on my s: drive. It only took me 2 days. Thanks for that, Steve Jobs. Well done.

Now, I'm trying to continue with the process of deleting my iCloud account. Settings - iCloud, and before I delete anything, I want to turn off Mail, Contacts, and Notes first.

Click on Mail. NO problem.
Click on Contacts. - Says "What would you like to do with the previously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone?" "Keep on My iPhone", "Delete from My iPhone", "Cancel".

I Choose Keep on my iPHone. It says "Turning off Contacts".

Now, I click on Notes. It turns off. Doesn't say anything. Nice.

Now, I turn off "Find My iPhone". Needs a password. "Turning off Find My iPhone".

Now, I hit "Delete Account". "Delete". Saving....

I honestly can't tell if I lost any notes. This thing is so fucked up. They aren't numbered or anything. So, it's nearly impossible to tell if you have 300 notes or 400 notes. Or where they came from. Apple sucks so hard.

Now, I'll try to set up the iCloud again with my new Apple ID.

Settings - iCloud - Enter new Apple ID and password.
Hit Sign In.

Your Safari data, reminders, calendars, and contacts on this iPhone will be uploaded and merged with iCloud.

I have no idea what this means. "Merge or Don't Merge"?



Allow iCloud to Use the Location of Your iPhone? This enables Find My iPhone features, including the ability to show the location of this iPhone on a map.

Click OK.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Pokey 6/24/14


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Kenosha Pass

Jen's in New Mexico, so I've got a little time to kill I guess. Decided to go for a ride over Kenosha Pass today. Ran into a couple of guys on KTM 1190's. Looks like a pretty sweet bike. May have to take one for a test drive.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Remove Aria Helmet Visor

I ordered a new visor for my Aria helmet.



Posted by Rob Kiser on June 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink


My network just got slammed this week. I still don't know what happened. Mountain Broadband came out and said it was working fine, it was just in my network. I pulled it all apart, cycled everything, brought it back up. It's working fine now, to the best of my knowledge.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink