Boot from iSCSI – Part 2

It looks like I mistyped the IQN for the server. I wasn’t able to test it since I’m in the process of testing Windows Server 2012.

I was able to get the test server to see a hard rive from the StarWind Initiator software but couldn’t install to it. I think the BIOS in the computer I use is to basic to understand booting from a iSCSI volume.

Windows Install Error:

Ill probably do more testing once I find a computer that supports iSCSI boot.

Harley Davidson Iron 883

Here are a few pictures of the motorcycle that I’m going to pick up this weekend. I decided to go with the Iron 883 because it has a little bit more horse power then the Honda Phantom, is belt driven and has disk breaks on the front and back. I also know a few people that are able to work on Harley Davidsons. The Iron and the Phantom are so close that it’s the little things that will make me choose between the two.

I was also thinking of getting a 1200 but I drive more for leisure than speed. If I get there going the speed limit or 5 above I’m in good shape.

I also lucked out and found a motorcycle with the modifications that I would put on there. Send me how many you can find at @airiedmeann.

Warning, these are big pictures. I guess I should look in to upgrading WordPress so I can get a gallery plugin. Maybe next winter :).

Iron_883_Front

Iron_883_Back

Iron_883_Side

Iron_883_Side2

iron_883_Engine2

Iron_883_Engine

Iron_883_Tire

The Craigslist Inflation Effect

As you can see from my post below I’m trying to buy a relativity new used motorcycle. I check Craigslist and Cycle Trader every morning to see if there are any new bikes for sale. To make this easier I found an app for Android called Craigslist (original, I know). You put a search string in, in my case I put Honda Phantom –civic, tap “enable notifications”  and let it run. I added the “-civic” because three or four people want to trade parts or a Civic and I don’t want to see the posts so to remove it you add a “-“ in the search. They have a paid version, $9.99, that’s a little pricy. I would be willing to pay $4 or $5 but $10 is too much.

I was going to get one last weekend form a guy that is about 4 hours away and ride it back but a few days before he emailed me and said that he sold it to someone who was closer. Ironically a few hours after he emailed me I got a text from a guy in Chicago saying that he would buy the bike for the price that I offered and I was going to go out there. A day before I was going to buy it he called me and said that he was talking with his friend and he thinks that he can get more for the bike than what my offer was. The next day he put the bike up for a lot more than his original price and now he reposted it for a few hundred over my offer.

Since then I sent three more offers to private sellers which always say yes but someone ends up offering their asking price, which is about two hundred over mine, and they sell it to them. What I don’t get is the sellers who try to recoup all of their money that they invested. If they want to do that sell it back to the dealer because you are not going to get anywhere near your asking price. If the post says that they want $10,000 you put your bike up for $9,000 and when I send you an offer for the real price for the bike you say that other people are selling theirs for a lot more than what you want.

What you need to do is call the dealer and ask them what you will get for a trade in because more than likely that’s the price I’m going to give you. If you work with me on the price I’ll might even end up closer to your price then you think.

Ironically right before I was going to post this someone posted from Appleton Wisconsin the following. I feel better knowing that I’m not the only one the only difference is that I want a 2010 or 2011 motorcycle.

Just an FWIW to all the dreamy sellers out there, unless you’ve got some absolute cherry with less than 3000 miles, or super-fine mods or accessories, ANY Sportster being 2002 or older ain’t worth more than $4000, 1200s included (a dirt cheap big bore kit will make any 883 into a 1200). It doesn’t matter what you paid for it or how much you put into it. The market is glutted with Sporties. Get over it. Lower your $ expectations or keep the bike and enjoy it, ’cause it ain’t sellin’ for what you’re asking!

Rosetta Stone Return

Today I’m returning Rosetta Stone. It works great and I believe I learned a lot. If I had more time (wasn’t as lazy) I believe that I would actually learn how to speak a different language. For now I’m going to use Live Mocha. Live Mocha is like Rosetta stone but on the web and the fraction of the cost. There are also a lot of free online video tutors, examples and guides that I’ll use for now. I also like the fact that I don’t need to be by the same computer to learn a language. Since the internet is everywhere why not have Rosetta Stone online?

I so far I haven’t had any issue with the return. Ill ship it out tomorrow and get the refund within 14 business days. It might be a long time for a refund but Rosetta Stone isn’t cheap so the long refund time is to be expected.

Until I have the time I think I’ll stick with the free content and work my way back to Rosetta Stone.