New computer

After 10 years of working on a Mac (and loving it) it is time to move on. I need a new computer for photo and video editing and in the Apple camp, I either need to buy another laptop (which I don't want), get an underpowered and not expandable mini computer (not going to happen), get a beautiful all-in-one (but I would rather get my own screen) or a horrendously overpriced pro-grade that hasn't been updated in 3 years. Not a lot of options there.

So, instead I have decide to build me a new Windows computer again. I never had any problems with Microsoft Windows as for me the OS is just the tool you need to run the software you want to use. That said, Windows 10 is actually pretty impressive and a very good operating system.

Building a computer is easy. Building a good computer takes some proper investigation. Building a very good and really powerful computer that will last a few years is very expensive. Yes, you can buy cheap computers. No, that doesn't give you quality and performance. The computer that I am building only has grade-A components and is extremely powerful. Ergo, it is not cheap. But it is fun to build and it will last me quite a while I think.

In case you are wondering, these are the specs.

Case : Phanteks Evolv ATX
Motherboard : Asus X99 Deluxe-2
CPU : Intel Core i7 5960X
Memory : Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400 DDR4 8x 8GB
Videocard : EVGA GTX1080 Founders Edition
Storage : Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVME 512GB, Crucial M4 1TB SATA SSD
Cooling : Twin radiator full custom loop water-cooling solution using EKWB parts

For proper storage and backup, this system is accompanied by a Synology DS1815+ NAS with 8x 4TB harddisks. All critical data goes here and that data is automatically backed up to the cloud as well in case something happens to the NAS. I think this all will last me a while. It better. Happy

Here's a photo just before filling the loop and doing a leak test.

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F1, MotoGP and WSBK calendar for 2016

Garmin VIRB XE & OBD2

Well, I have tried the Garmin Virb XE in combination with a cheap converter cable going from BMW Motorrad 10 pin diagnostic plug to standard OBD2 plug and then plug in an even cheaper LM327 compatible bluetooth OBD2 dongle to see if I could send realtime data from the ECU to the Garmin so it can be used for overlays in video.

Well, guess what, it works. Happy

Right now, it is a big laggy, which is caused by the BT dongle I used: these cheap $9.95 dongles are not very fast. They work as advertised, but they are very slow. However, the priority was seeing if it works on a motorcycle before spending $100 on a plug.

I can get the following realtime data from the bike to the camera:
  • Speed
  • RPM
  • Engine load
  • Coolant temperature
  • Intake temperature
  • Throttle position

Now that I know it works, I will need to see if I can somehow get rid of the conversion cable under the saddle. The plug is rather big and the wires not that long, so it will probably be a little challenge to make everything fit considering the lack of space under the saddle.

Keep you posted on progress!

Garmin VIRB XE Test

A quick not all that interesting test clip from a Garmin VIRB XE, which I will be using on my trips from now on. I will try to shoot more video. Happy

Back from Ireland

We're back form Ireland so now it's time to sort out the photos. I took a lot, so it will take some time. But there's some nice ones in there. Here's one while I work on them.
K1200S on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland