How I got to listening to music in my car using a USB pendrive as source (it’s not as simple as I’d have thought.)

Listening to music from an USB source (ie. a pendrive) should be a trivial thing, but, ridiculously, it isn’t. It’s not that difficult either, but it took me a bit of fiddling to get it right, so thought I’d record it for the benefit of future me. Continue reading How I got to listening to music in my car using a USB pendrive as source (it’s not as simple as I’d have thought.)

How I converted Google MyTrack kmz/kml to Strava gpx (using Linux and GPSBabel).

My dad asked me to convert a bunch (somewhere between 10 and 100) of old rides he saved in Google MyTracks back in ~2011, to something that Strava can understand. The problem is MyTracks does not save per trackpoint timestamp info, just the trackpoints themselves, so Strava apparently can’t calculate its own segments etc., and as a result, will drop you an error when you try to upload a .gpx or .fit file you convert a MyTracks file to.

The solution is to somehow add timestamps to each trackpoint during conversion to .gpx.

As this needed a bit of tweaking I captured (ugly as it is) what I did so I (or you, reading this) can reproduce it later. This is basically a bunch of raw bash commands and I didn’t do anything to eyecandify them, sorry for that; I basically copypaste all my steps here, minus the reading and trial-and-error bit of course. Continue reading How I converted Google MyTrack kmz/kml to Strava gpx (using Linux and GPSBabel).

Geek alert: enter the Image Ninja!

I’ve returned from my holidays in lovely Tenerife. Beautiful volcanic islands, grandiose landscapes… you either capture them in panorama or you don’t capture them at all. (In all honesty, even panorama doesn’t do justice, of course.)

So of course standing there in awe, looking at the beauty of let’s say Mount Teide, and thinking about the forces that created it, the question that literally everyone on Planet Earth would be asking is:

How do you capture all this beauty in Instagram?

Continue reading Geek alert: enter the Image Ninja!