Well, my muffler on my scooter has been getting noisier and noisier, and I could quite work out what had caused it. I had a closer look at the muffler and it appears that there is a crack at the joint between the end part and the pipe that feeds to it. I bought some muffler tape (tested to withstand 2000°F) and I’ve sighted it up using some hose clamps – the net result is that it has been super smooth and super quiet. Long term I’m not sure what I’ll be doing but at the moment it is pretty sturdy:

There is a second part that needs to be repaired which I’ll do tomorrow but with the first repair it cut down on the noise by at least 80% and repairing the second hole will make it more or less what it was like 12 months ago. One of the benefits of removing the noise is being able cruise along listening to music – before it was impossible but now it is possible although I tend to be really cautious when I go right into Wellington – I turn off the music because I want to have 100% concentration on the road given the crazies that are on the road.

Like a lot of Apple enthusiasts I have been following all the product reviews and unboxing followed by deep dives into the Apple Silicon SoC (link) ever since the launch of the first wave of Apple Silicon based Macs in their multi year transition that Apple have planned. For me I’m waiting until next year to see the refreshed iMac and MacBook Pro but what I think is interesting though is (as seen in the linked article) the Apple Silicon SoC design and how it compares to a traditional CPU design particularly when you look at how the SoC is made up of a series of specialised chips rather than it being a monolithic entity. I think this is also a reminder to developers why for years Apple have been talking about the need to make use of the built in technologies that Apple provides – each one of those being highly optimised for the specialised chips that make up it. I think the interesting part will be how Apple will use its SoC in conjunction with its built in webcams to get better results in much the same way that Google have used machine learning in conjunction with a fairly basic camera setup to still produce great photos but without the need for having large amounts of hardware.

As for what I am hoping for, I currently have a 27″ iMac so I’d love to see what they did with the MacBook Pro 16″ and that is take the existing form factor and stretch the screen to the edge but in the case of the iMac to have a near bezel-less design which will give a larger screen but still within the same form factor. I’ve currently got a 15″ MacBook Pro and although I probably don’t need as much power as it provides, I prefer having that power there when I need it in much the same way that although I’m happy to settle on a 512GB SSD I always upgrade to 16GB RAM which has pretty much kept me happy for at least the last 5 years (when I built my mum an Intel NUC micro computer I put in 16GB RAM resulting in a machine that has lasted the distance).

Ubiquiti has released UniFi Dream Machine Firmware 1.8.3 which is the first stable update to UDM – everything is going very well and as a result I’ve moved myself over to the stable branch rather than keeping with the beta branch. Ubiquiti are still working on the 5.x series firmware for my UAP HD AC. I’m still deciding whether I’ll move from Skinny broadband to Spark Broadband – I think I’ll wait till next year to make that decision but I’m happy with using Spark especially given the clarity of calling on VoLTE when compared to the old way of falling back to 3G when making a call.

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