I think this is a pretty swell laptop and I tend to use Ubuntu to get real work done, so this presents a challenge. Why?
Because the S7 comes with UEFI by default and two SSDs in RAID0. Yes, two Intel SSDs that are striped. This is one of the main reasons I like the laptop, the IO is hella quick. How quick? I will update this post with a quick benchmark graph so you don’t have to take my word for it.
The way things stand right now you have one of two ways out:
Is this is the case, follow one of many sets of instructions on ubuntuforums.org to get it working, some of the most important steps are:
I used mine in this configuration for a while and it worked well.
Now that I experimented with 13.04, which in turn completely fucked my brightness keyboard controls, I need to re-install Ubuntu again and this time I decided I’d let it configure the two SSDs for striping:
Anonymous asked: xrom drivers link seems to be dead, any chance of a re-up? also how is your x-rom battery holding up?
Just re-uploaded. Enjoy.
Battery seems to have held up perfectly after years of GBA neglect.
Damn NorCal, you pretty.
This motherfucker is getting brought to SF Motoshop real soon. Running shitty, I think it is asking me for new oil and a valvejob or something.
They’re great for productivity and optimism in general, but here is the key to leveraging the awesome morale-boosting properties of Fruit Rollups
KEEP THEM IN THE FRIDGE!
Seriously. I’m so brilliant I came up with this all on my own. Keeps the unwrapping experience maximally stress-free, like it should be.
All the entries that did not mak it to the comsumable-size cut (Trip Hop, Still Gliding Along Under the Radar) end up here, this list will keep growing:
9 Lazy 9 - Keep Going Daddy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDxbd599n4I
Alias & Ehren - Cobblestoned Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUkf6lOKm7E
Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (Boards of Canada Remix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzLYTW8cT_w
cLOUDDEAD - Dead Dogs Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV7AF4q9N8U
Boards of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVWcptE6UAI
Bonobo - Flutter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2pG8EtH6CM
Cinematic Orchestra - Evolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL2lGupTI04
DJ Vadim - Pauses for Repetition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBwOqTkZ6FQ
DJ Shadow - Organ Donor (Live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO5PCru_Z-E
DJ Krush - Beyond Raging Waves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrZhdzGaPxo
DJ Food - Minitoka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SY8_WCqVz0
De Phazz - Radio Sol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PukouCEyQco
Coldcut - Timber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8-QDCKdVO4
First thing’s first, Wiki has an article on it.
This quick write-up is meant to be a consumable version with flavor samples.
This is a genre I discovered in highschool (‘03-‘07) that has since taken permanent place in my beat rotations. My first exposure to it probably came from tangential exploration around my lifelong favorite: The Prodigy.
Shoutout to Ninjatune, a label that pushed trip-hop to its commercial and cultural apex. Wiki describes Ninjatune as embracing mostly hip hop and breakbeat, giving an awkward nod to trip hop but almost as if specifically refusing to mention it.
I expect people to step up and refute various selections in this blog post as belonging to other genres and that is fine. It is awesome that you care enough. Two things: this is an opinion post; trip hop is an experimental genre.
Arm waving out of the way: trip hop is modern mood music. Trip hop is what happens when modern day electronic artists seek a more emotionally charged melody. Trip hop themes can be melancholic and smooth, or energizing and optimistic.
What I find extra awesome about trip hop (shoutout to Bonobo, Aim, etc) is that the inspiration taken from sampling actual instruments manifested in live instruments at live gigs.
Trip hop is the soundtrack to all of your dreams and fantasies. Trip hop creates a backdrop to a very specific set of emotions, understand that. You might not be able to enjoy these all the time.
In no particular order:
9 Lazy 9 - Carborante: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c4eZopGH94
Aim - Birchwood (Live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4A_SHXQ1H0
Boom Bip - Roads Must Roll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgbXDvxYdOM
cLOUDDEAD - Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canda Remix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZgslfTeLdU
Blockhead - The Art of Walking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdPtzhnwKSs
Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2zKARkpDW4
Bonobo - Noctuary (Live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlspuGeKJU
Mr. Scruff - Pickled Spider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8p7sHkz3I
RJD2 - Ghostwriter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVqAdIMQZlk
This piece in particular is mind expanding, mostly because of the incredible animation created for it. Watch it, listen to it, think about it:
Blockhead - The Music Scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsgFBHfRNq8
I hope you listen and I hope you feel something. I do, every time I listen.
When writing this, I kept in mind people who will not have the time to taste everything I throw at them, so pieces that did not make the cut were put into the extended selections post.
I love my KTM 690 to death, but there are a few key moments to be aware of when it comes to successful long term ownership of this b-ass muffer. Mine is the most raw of the 3, the SMC. More on that later.
Fuel Ignition Do not screw around with exhausts on these things, do yourself a huge favor. This is the first generation LC4 that is EFI from KTM and it is not perfect. If you do end up putting a different can on it, do yourself a favor and get the factory rich map. A dealer will be able to flash this onto the bike for about 1 hour’s worth of labor charges. Don’t freak out when they tell you it is actually two maps: one for the injection\ignition and another for the throttle actuator. That’s right, these are partially ride-by-wire.
Fuel pumps prone to failure. Signs? Can be confused with the above, but most notably: bike will skip a beat idling and subsequently quit when hot. Get the CA Cycleworks Upgraded Pump, or if you’re near SF like me, grab it from KTMWtins.com and save on shipping.
The Seat It sucks. It is completely blown. Do you do 100+ mile days? If you have money you can try getting the Renazco Racing one, it is quite a bit better than the Corbin one. If you don’t have that much money, do what I did: grab the Guts Racing re-upholstery kit. The foam is awesome and this is as comfortable as it will get for these bikes. You will need glue (theirs works excellent, see related products on the bottom) and a staple-gun. My $20 one from Home Depot had trouble piercing parts of the seat, get a good one. Only use 4-6mm deep staples, no more.
If you are a diehard hooligan, the SMC is what you need. It is the lightest, has the most suspension travel and clearance, has both preload and rebound adjustable on the suspension and can even adjust fuel ignition maps! That’s right, there are settings for rain, reduced performance, peak performance with instant response and peak performance with smooth response. I recommend starting with ‘reduced performance’ map when you first get it and moving to ‘homolgated performance, smooth response’ map when you feel 100% comfortable. The bike is a beast.
If that sounds like too much, the next best thing is the 690 SM or SMR. These feature passenger pegs standard, weigh a teeny bit more, have dual exhaust outlets, but the suspension isnt as adjustable and neither is fuel. Suspension travel and clearance are slightly reduced. Rides nicely on the street.
Finally, if you’re looking for strictly street use, the 690 Duke is what you want. The brakes and suspension aren’t as fancy, but it is still a blast to ride.
On the pre-2009 models, the instrument cluster is known to vibrate apart and start breaking off plastic parts creating a white haze. This will eventually start breaking the LCD metal pins. Either correct this ASAP by re-soldering and using a silicone bread on the perimeter of the inner diffuser, or order the replacement improved design from the factory through CheapCycleParts. Those guys did a great job for me, shoutout. They called and asked what the mileage was so the factory could program the unit and everything. The price is low as well at only ~$280.
These things can look amazing. It is a two part recipe for a gorgeous supermoto: half-coated wheels, white+orange livery. Stunning.
Some people say that the rocker arms go bad on these. When you check valve clearances, pay attention and see how yours are doing. It’s a $90 part, so not that big of a deal, super easy to service. The roller bearing starts going bad and the shimmy causes marks on the roller etc.
When servicing pretty much anything on the chassis, Loctite that shit. Or use any other threadlocker, but keep in mind that even though these are counter-balanced they are still thumpers. Things that can rattle apart, will do just that.
Turn indicators suck. I installed the Italian Rizomas on mine. Pricey at $30-40 a pop, but completely worth the investment.
The exhaust is HOT. I used a double layer of exhaust wrap on mine after it burned (yes, straight through melted) a pair of mesh riding pants.
These are great fun at the track, as long as it’s relatively technical. I went down pretty good on mine, nothing broke. I re-aligned plastics and was in the next session without skipping a beat.
Here is what mine looks like: