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“Don’t ride on the sidewalk. It’s amateur nonsense, and it freaks out pedestrians. Have some self-respect. ” — Bike Safe Boston
I couldn’t have said it better myself. When you ride a bike the wrong way on a one-way street, you’re scaring drivers, but you’re really only putting yourself at risk.
When you ride on the sidewalk, you’re scaring pedestrians, scaring cars, putting yourself at risk*, but most importantly you’re putting pedestrians at risk.
Everyone already hates cyclists, please don’t make it worse.
*Crossing a street or a driveway while on bike while on the sidewalk is quite dangerous. Cars are alert for pedestrians on sidewalks, pedestrians moving at pedestrian speeds. Cars crossing an intersection or pulling into a driveway are not on alert for a bike going at bike speeds.
Here’s a little story about how I fixed my totally borked Apple Time Capsule (model A1302), which was was not backing up and not working as a WiFi router either. If you are not nerdy &/or nerdy for Apple stuff, you may want to take this time to look at kitties instead. You can also skip the explanatory preamble and go straight to the solution.
A while ago my Time Capsule stopped backing up. Time Machine couldn’t find the drive, and I couldn’t mount the drive through the Finder. Apple’s AirPort Utility reported, “There is a problem with the hard disk”. I didn’t really have time to deal with it, so I switched to using an external HDD for Time Machine backups.
The other shoe dropped a few days ago when my Time Capsule stopped working as a router. Apple’s AirPort Utility 6.3.1 reported that the Time Capsule could not connect to the internet, despite the fact that my internet connection was working just fine.
I went to the Computer Loft, an excellent local Apple shop. At the Computer Loft, they were unable to troubleshoot the routing on the spot. They did tell me that if the routing had stopped working there wasn’t any hope of savaging the Time Capsule. They also said that replacing the HDD would be almost as costly as buying a new Time Capsule (Time Capsule HDD replacement is a nasty business, which involves a heat gun). They also gave me some pretty good advice about suitable replacement WiFi routing solutions. My crazy idea was to buy a Mac Mini to act as both a server and my WiFi router. I was told that though that solution would work, a major drawback would be decreased speed & signal strength, because the Mini only has one fairly small WiFi antenna.
My first order of business was to get the Time Capsule to a place where AirPort Utility could actually connect to it. I first tried a “soft reset” of the Time Capsule, but to no avail. AirPort Utility would just spin & spin and eventually tell me, “an error occurred trying to connect”.
I resorted to a hard reset of the Time Capsule, which resets the Time Capsule back to its factory defaults. Before you do this, if you don’t know your passwords (the administrative password used for configuring the Time Capsule, the optional password used for mounting the Time Capsule’s disk over the network, and the password for the WiFi), you can look them up with Keychain Access.app.
To do a hard reset:
N.B. The power cord does not easily slide in & out, which makes the hard reset a pretty mean feat to perform with just two hands. I recommend either getting your girlfriend/boyfriend to help you. If you live alone with your cat, as I do, stand the Time Capsule up on its end to do the hard reset. With the Time Capsule up on end, you’ll have more room to maneuver your hands, and it will be easier to apply constant pressure on the reset button while your other hand is fumbling with the cord.
You can now use AirPort Utility to restore the Time Capsule’s previous settings.
Dealing with the uncooperative disk was my next task. The most current version of AirPort Utility (6.3.1) lacks a lot of the features of its predecessor, AirPort Utility 5.6. One of the missing features is the ability to check on the S.M.A.R.T. status of Time Capsule’s HDD. Sadly, AirPort Utility 5.6 won’t run on OS X 10.8 or 10.9. Happily, one Mr. Corey J. Mahler came up with a solution for running AirPort Utility 5.6 on 10.8 & 10.9. Both versions of AirPort Utility can happily coexist on the same Mac, so even if you’re having Time Capsule or Airport Base Station woes, you should have 6.3.1 and 5.6 on your machine
With AirPort Utility 5.6 running on my Mac I was able to check on the drive’s S.M.A.R.T. status. pondini.org has many terrific tips & tricks for Time Machine & OS X, including this guide titled, Checking the S.M.A.R.T. status.
The S.M.A.R.T. status showed that the disk was not having a hardware failure. The fact that it wouldn’t mount was most likely some kind of busted HFS+ catalog issue. You know, the kind of thing that Siracusa is always railing about.
At this point I could have torn the HDD out of the Time Machine, put it in an external enclose, and attempted to run Disk Utility &/or other software on it. However, the task of replacing a Time Capsule HDD is not for the faint of heart.
I opted to erase the drive using AirPort Utility, and it worked! The empty drive came back, is mountable by the file system and after an overnight run of Time Machine contains a fresh backup of my Mac.
Though I saved my Time Capsule from certain death, on the whole this definitely sucked. I lost some ripped DVDs I was storing on the Time Capsule’s drive (yes, they were just backups of DVDs that I own). I also lost ~1.5 years worth Time Machine back ups. Yes, I was stupidly backing up only to the Time Capsule. That is a mistake I won’t be making again; I am now backing up to the Time Capsule and my external HDD.
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Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
Let us celebrate this man who celebrated & evangelized love.
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
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