Sergey's Bikeporn '18: June Issue

Niner RLT adventure bike build

Another month, another bike. Welcome to the June issue of Sergey’s Bikeporn magazine. Cycling season is in full swing and there’s one thing I learned regarding bike builds and upgrades: never do any serious changes during the season. Only fixes or minor maintenance tasks. The risk of losing a rideable bike due to complications is just too damn high. We only got so much time in our lives. Wisely, I’ve built the bike I’m going to talk about in winter. [Read More]

Mantiz Titan Dock

It just works

Although I’m working with technology everyday I’m a big proponent of using the least amount of tech possible, especially when it comes to my personal life. It’s great when a piece of technology fits organically and disappears from sight, causing as little friction as possible. I don’t always succeed in my quest but sometimes I stumble upon pure gems! Just like with this Thundebolt 3 docking station from a lesser known company Mantiz. [Read More]

Santis Classic 2018

A great day on the bike

Last weekend I rode Santis Classic – an annual bike sportive in the Eastern part of Switzerland, with the start near a town Weinfelden. Getting there from Zurich area takes just an hour by car so I borrowed a fancy Audi A5 from our local car sharing pool in the morning. A bike race is a special occasion, after all. Santis Classic is an explicitly non-competitive and very inclusive event. For that reason there was no timing provided. [Read More]

Sergey's Bikeporn '18: May Issue

A rebuild of an abused Dahon foldable bicycle

It is time for some bike photos! Last year I purchased a used foldable bike through an on-line auction for what seemed like a bargain price. Despite being in a deeply sad and abused state that bike looked cheerfully yellow. The bike also came with a bull-horn handlebar and road-bike STI shifters. It’s not difficult to come up with an excuse to buy a new bike. For that reason I could easily justify a foldable bike as means to do quick errands, like getting to the closest car sharing station. [Read More]

Third time's a charm

Vienna 35th City Marathon

Three years ago in 2015 I started a sabbatical with a couple of commitments, among which was to run a half marathon. The challenge felt invigorating and extremely exciting. For two and a half months I’ve trained hard and got to the finish line. Sadly, in the race I broke my left leg due to what is known as a stress fracture. I never gave up on the challenge and that single episode motivated me to make sports an important part of everyday life. [Read More]

From NAND to Game of Life

Build a computer system from scratch

Few weeks ago I finished an online course that deserves an honorable mention. The course is called Nand2Tetris and the goal of the course is to develop a computer from scratch, starting with primitive logic gates all the way up to a high-level application written in a custom object-oriented programming language. By the way, I chose to implement a Game of Life simulation. It’s an outstanding well thought-through course. It has taken the authors six years to develop and it shows. [Read More]