Got a pair of 80’s or 90’s floor-standing speakers? The ones you bought because of the iconic Maxell “Blown-Away Guy’? They no longer fit the decor of your living room? Don’t despair, they make great desk speakers. Or so was my thinking.

Yesterday I did some long needed cleanup of the home office. Where does all the junk come from? As part of this I took a pair of QX900-F that dated back, well, to shortly after university. about 1.5m in height they are not discrete. O well, they’ll fit in, right?

Hmm, they look a bit out of place. Hook them up to the Sonos, hook the Sonos line-in to a USB-DAC, boom, we got a pretty significant desktop speaker setting. YouTube was predictably a more immersive experience. But it only really got weird today when I did a couple hour long WebEx (yes, still somewhat of a thing 20+ years since I first used it). And that, my friends, was a weird experience. Its hard to say exactly. Those with good microphones where there. I mean really there. I mean almost too much there, it was like they were all around me, in my head.

Anyone else ever given this a try? I recommend it! If your speaker isn’t taller than your desk, well, I dunno, you complete that saying.

“OK Google/Alexa/Siri/Cortana, do you speak morse?” said no one ever.

But, in the swining 60’s, it seems morse was all the rage. We were going to train people to speak morse so they could type. Now, imagine a parallel chain of events where this technology had not been an evolutionary dead end, but, had become our future.

Instead of T9 predictive text becoming keyboards becoming touch becoming voice, we would have generations of people who could stutter rapidly at a screen.

The video is fascinating. Not at all creepy watching him type by ditta.

You’d finally be able to communicate w/ that Fox. What does he say again?

So I was looking up stronger locks than the Kryptonite NY. The Kryptonite is 18mm of hardened steel, its a very strong lock, stronger than bolt-cutters (even stronger than hydraulic bolt cutters). But, is there an angle-grinder proof lock?

Well, the Altor SAF suggests that it is. You can see in the image above its comically large (and heavy, 7Kg). Below you can watch the video of it vs the angle grinder… 3 batteries, 4 disks, >1hr. So, probably good enough. But, on inspection, the post I would be connecting it to would be the weak link. You can see it below (w/ the detritus of my old cut lock and helmut cast aside).

The city bike rack is ~15mm galvanised steel tubing bent into triangles, and then attached to ~40mm galvanised steel channel. I have to believe the angle grinder will walk through that in ~20s, no matter what my lock looks like.

Do I need to invest in some sort of anchor technology? Maybe I need a small neutron star to carry around?

Some have suggested traps (electrify, etc). Fun to consider, sadly illegal. Some have suggested alarms. Its a good avenue, but, I have to consider that the current lock was cut w/ a grinder for probably 4 minutes. That would have been probably as load as any siren I would install, and it didn’t help.

Some have suggested GPS trackers. I think this is a good avenue as well. I suspect, however, that the thief who has a battery-powered angle grinder, spare disks, etc, walking around, knows how to maximise their return and minimise their risk. We are not talking about a simple opportunist here, they defeated the locked cage and had the tools.

I could go Mel Gibson Ransom and make a reward for the head of the thief. Maybe double the reward for their supply chain. Fun to consider, but not that practical.

Earlier I had suggested a Lora-powered GPS as a lojack. I bought the best lock there is, but, well, angle grinders tend to eventually get through everything.

This bike is now gone:

This bike is also now gone

This seems like enough of a pattern that its likely to continue. Being locked in a secure cage w/ the best lock wasn’t enough.

Comments? Buy a rabid dalmation?

I am very sad, and very mad to report another bike theft. This was stolen from a locked cage (Charles & Benton Garage, Kitchener). My Kryptonite NY Fuggedaboutit lock (18mm hardened steel) was cut, They had to cut both sides of the shackle as you can see.

I am hoping the city has some video in the garage, but, if you happen to see a Voltbike Yukon serial FR26HZ2460027, 26×4.65″ dillinger 5 studded tires, you can call WRPS and use tracking # T20004916.