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Bandwidth issues
5�� 28th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep,vids,website
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As expected, having my videos uploaded to my server has caused a big spike in bandwidth use. Currently this month’s bandwidth usage is 3.5GB compared with 250MB last month. My bandwidth limit is 5GB. Therefore considering that I only uploaded the videos halfway through this month, next month would definitely be suspect if I left the videos on my server.

I have fixed the issue by linking to the videos as they are on Google Video. This means that a new page opens up with the videos in their embedded state in Google Video, but I guess there is nothing better I can do at this stage, apart from buy more bandwidth, which I’m not too keen on doing.

Embedding the videos on my website is proving to be more of a headache than it’s worth, so I’m giving up at this point. I did have the VideoBlogger plugin working for a bit, but then the blog comments wouldn’t work…

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Trip overview document
5�� 27th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep
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Long time no post…

Just in case any readers feel like they need to brush up on their Japanese, here is my media briefing document (pdf 1.3MB) that I’ll be handing out to some local Japanese newspapers and TV stations either this week or the next. I hope to get some media interest so that I have some more omph when I come to approaching sponsors. With only 50 days left till departure, I’m starting to feel the pressure to get things moving. I don’t plan on approaching any places in my home country of New Zealand, so I doubt I’ll ever get around to writing up an English version of the briefing…

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new video – the daily slog
5�� 18th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep,recumbent bike,vids,website
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Another zoomy video for you. This one is of my daily commute to work. I live at about 10m above sea level, and work is at 350m. It’s a big hill, but after a few weeks it’s a no brainer. The total distance is 12km. These videos were shot on a small Sony Cybershot P-8 digital camera attached to an aluminium tube that is attached to my rear carrier. Makes for some interesting footage.

The editing was done on the Windows XP stock standard Windows MovieMaker. All you really need for simple wee vids. The videos have been uploaded to Google Videos, which means that all I need to do is copy and paste the embed code in my blog, and I can have the videos play on my website. This is great coz it means that not only do I not need to use up my webserver account space with videos, but it also means that there’s no chance of exceeding the bandwidth limit I have on this account (5GB).


Update: It’s now 11pm, and I still haven’t got this google video embedding things worked out. For the meantime, I’ve just uploaded the video to my server, so it can be downloaded by clicking on this link (right-click and save as):

(3mins07sec - Windows Media – 42MB)

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5�� 14th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep,recumbent bike,website
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Has been a busy weekend:

  1. New slideshow photo gallery. Big ups to Rich for letting everyone know about it on his blog. Even bigger umpa lumpas to Yuan.CC Web Experiments for making it so easy to make a slideshow for your site using uploaded flickr photos.
  2. Video page. Will be adding to this as time permits. There is one vid there now. I made that one today after strapping a tube of aluminium to the rack on my bike, then attaching a camera to that. If you’ve ever wanted to know what riding a recumbent feels like, then maybe this video will give you an idea.

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5�� 9th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep,website
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Added a new nifty feature to the top page today – Get Recent Comments. This is a plugin for WordPress. Very handy little plugin that gives me masses of display options such as length of comment excerpt, post time, comment date etc etc. You can see it in action at the bottom of the left-hand column of the top page of this website.

You can get your own Get Recent Comments plugin here: http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/GetRecentComments

I had some trouble getting the user interface to work. I installed the plugin as instructed on the website, but when I went to Options/Get Recent Comments in the wordpress menu, the page came up with this error:

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare get_recent_comments() …

This is fixed by changing some code at the beginning of the get_recent_comments.php file.

The fix is outlined here: http://blog.jodies.de/archiv/2004/11/13/recent-comments/#comment-5228


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