Friday, 5 November 2010

Slow email

I sent an email to a colleague at another University, and after exactly half an hour received this warning:

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
A message that you sent has not yet been delivered to one or more of its recipients after more than 95016 hours on the queue on mrelay-e-ext.lmu.ac.uk.

I calculated that the delay was about 10.8 years, and was intrigued by the strange delay. I asked our own tech people and they thought it was rather funny, too, trying to deliver a message for almost 11 years - then they suggested that perhaps it was a bug in the system of the destination email server after the annual Summer time change. What kind of programmers or systems designers would forget that daylight saving time occurs every year?

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

I was on the Nürburgring again on 1st November. 13 laps of awesome riding - what's that, about 260km on the track? We had a 600 km ride there the first day, then one day messing around on local roads, then the laps, then the fourth day 600 km home again. Just brilliant. The FJR is still stunningly awesome. It really comes into its own both on long touring journeys like the journey to Germany, and on the track, where it can keep pace with most of the sports bikes, except the best. The power is just awe-inspiring, and the ability to chuck it around the track is confidence-building. I had a few nervous moments, but that was me, not the bike. I would say that although a trip like that takes me to the point where I am riding at the limits of my capability, I have yet to reach the limits of the bike's capability.

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