The 102 (good) photos that I took on the Solar UMPC tour have now been posted in the UMPCPortal Gallery.
We (that’s me, VIA and a PR company) had tried to plan a crossing-the-line press meeting today but as it turns out, everyone is at IFA and no-one was available. It was a little disappointing but seeing as it was raining, I’m not bitter! I took the chance to jump on a train home and start the […]
Wooooooohoooooooo! Total distance covered: 450km over 10 days. UMPC, Phone, Camera, GPS and Torch all topped up from Solar energy. I made it! Distance since last post: 65km Weather: Dark and cloudy. Notes: Don’t drink two beers at the finish line without having something to eat first!!! Today at about 1700 (UTC+2) I […]
Location: Koeln Distance since last post: 15km Weather: Brightening. Still 100% cloud As I was leaving Bonn this morning I passed a trio of mountain bike riders. They where looking closely at one of the bikes and I heard them say ‘I think the gear has broken.’ My army-pattern bike might be heavy but its as […]
Location: SürthDistance since last post:15kmWeather: warm but cloudy and wet.Notes: Always wear tight underwear when cycling! A business issue this morning cost me 25% of my battery power and with the current weather situation, cloudy and wet, that could cost me dearly. There was a brief bright period at around noon where i slammed on […]
Distance since last post: 75kmWeather: Cloudy, rainy.Forecast: Bad for the next 3-days. Looks like I’ll have to be careful!Notes: Crashed into a lamppost while I was trying to mount my bike. No damage. Phew! View towards Remagen (two bridge towsers can be seen at base of hill) in terrible weather. No sun, no energy although […]
When I did my first tests and calculations about the use of solar power to drive a PC I was quite amazed at the inefficiency of the process and today’s ‘laboratory conditions’ test proves just how much room for improvement there is. It’s thanks to devices like UMPCs that this is project is at all possible […]
This part of the Rhein, from Bingen, all the way up to Bonn, is really wonderful. And the campsites just keep getting better!
I’m still not 100% sure how much energy I managed to capture today but it looks like around 30W which should give me enough time to post without too much worry. I stopped at about 10:45 and set up my solar collection point, ate my breakfast and waited. And waited. And got a bit bored! […]