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December has been unusually mild this year it seems, so last week on a day off from work I managed to get out for a good while on my bike. Lovely day for going around some country roads. Was rather muddy in places so gave it a good wash when I got back and reapplied AFC-50 to protect it.  Still in amazement at how good my new tyres feel compared to the stock ones. 
Also, finally got it over 1000 miles, yay!
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Thanks, it has been a lot of fun :-) 
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So today I done my first "major" modification to the bike.

For those who are unaware, the European MSX/Grom has "Amber Position Lights". These work like Daylight Running Lights (DRL) only they are amber, which the majority of people in the UK are not used to. We are used to white DRL and any amber light that is on is a show of indication to turn. This was causing much confusion on my daily commute and just general riding, especially on roundabouts. 
I decided that as I liked the stock indicators, and as I believe the extra lights do give the bike more presence on the road, I would like to modify them rather than simply buy new indicators. 


The white is possibly a little too bright, I may end up installing a dimmer switch to tone it down a little as I do not want to dazzle other road users. Although I cannot find an legislation to say what is classed as "too bright" :-/ 
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Had lovely little 55 mile ride out on my bike this morning. Until the rain came and was a little too heavy for my kevlar jeans to cope with so I headed home.  
Nearly time for it's first service so I'll need to get it booked in. However it looks like the weather is set to continue being horrible for the next week or so :-( 
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The weather put us off going out this weekend too, maintenance time :D
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So my #Nexus got #LollipopUpdate last night. I installed it and have been having a quick play around with it.

Overall, it looks nice. The buttons at the bottom remind me of a PlayStation controller and the settings menu and keyboard as went all slick and Apple-y.

I am quite liking the idea of the new sound priorities, I'll test it out during the day.

As for notifications on the lock screen. I am rather confused about them. You can show none, show all, or hide sensitive data.
None actually means none. Not even an icon up the top. So looking at your lock screen, you would have no idea if there was anything new.
Show all is not something I like. I don't want anyone who finds my phone to be reading emails etc.
Hide sensitive sounds like a great idea. Except it seems to hide everything, even twitter and G+ updates.
Personally I would like to choose what apps can appear on the lock screen. So say show all twitter and G+ updates but only show icons for Gmail and hangouts.

You can also change the volume from the lock screen. Which is a complete pain for me since I have a habit of accidentally pressing the volume button when it is in my pocket. Need to find a way to stop this.

Also from the lock screen you can turn WiFi and Bluetooth off, and turn on the flash light. I'm not sure about this either... I'd rather have to unlock my phone to do these things

What are other people thinking about the update?
Anyone know how to cure my issues with it yet? I'd rather not have to download apps to cure it. 
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I think they got a lot right with Lollipop but dropped the ball in a number of areas. The notifications on the lock screen is one. The volume settings is the other. This priority setting is a complete pain in the ass. I can either be disturbed by people who are starred whenever, or turn all notifications off, including alarms?! Who felt that was a good idea.
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I wonder what the other 1.5% is... ? 
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Well, what ever it was. It was pretty tasty! 
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I love this. Really wish I could afford a model S. The only car I actually want!
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A little video to show my new indicators/DRL in action!
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Fingers crossed :) In my experience, you'll always get the odd driver who won't see you regardless of what you do, anyway.
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My little bike was picked up yesterday to go in for its first service and a check over.
The guy who picked it up asked for the keys so he could use the engine to get it up the ramp and into the van. He then burst out laughing when he moved it and realised how light this wee bike actually is! Didn't need the engine at all to get it in the van.
As predicted, he was asking lots of questions about it. Don't think he had seen one before and was clearly quite amused and intrigued by it.
He was from a Suzuki garage, as the Honda garages van was away to Banff. As they are the same company they sent this van.

The bike will unfortunately be away untill next Wednesday. Already missing it, even though the weather is rather naff.
Seriously thinking of doing my full bike test before the end of the year so I can get rid of those L plates. The Velcro sticking the front on one is working better than expected, but the bike looks so much nicer without them!

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L plates rarely improve the look of bikes ;)
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Well, this is my wee beastie.. Currently not really doing any modifications to it as I am going to be sitting my full bike test first. Hopefully towards the end of the year or the beginning of next year.
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Lol that's probably the most common remark about it I get 😸
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It's always the little dogs that are trouble makers ;-)
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Wish I had seen this at school ;-)
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I like strong tea, gaming, opening things up to see how they work and people watching. 

Sailing and taking photos is also fun.

I tend not to pigeon hole things so I am open to all sort of music and films, although I can be squeamish at times so horror movies are not my favorite!  

I love going to gigs, be they  music, comedy or theater. 

Although I work in IT I genuinely have no preference  between Mac OSX and Windows. I like them both. And when the Raspberry Pi comes out I'll be using Linux regularly for the first time in years! 

In case you have not gathered this yet, I sit on the metaphorical fence quite a bit. Mostly because I like to know about everything :-) 


A few things that interest me. 
Rock n' Roll, Heavy Metal, Anime, Manga, Japan, Tim Minchin, Technology News, Photography, Science, Religion, Comedy, Old Stories, People, How technology is 'Evolving', Books (mostly fantasy), Things that are a little bit different...  
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