Thomas Driemeyer   Thomas Driemeyer

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Main page - bicycle and backpacking tour reports in many parts of the world, and a bicycle maintenance guide; also some older software and hardware projects.

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Since I now get over 5500 spams per day, I use very vigorous filters and retire temporary addresses quickly. From some locations it is no longer possible to send mail here. Sorry but it has become a serious drain on resources. The tell me mail links at the end of each page will work if you keep the Subject line intact.

This page was last updated 4 May 2013.

Writing:

Exotic travel guide for anyone who wants to see the world but doesn't want a travel agent to prepackage and shrinkwrap the experience. Lots of useful tips that have served me well on my numerous travels around the planet.

Vagabonding in Asia - a blog describing my travels in Asia between March and December 2009. An expanded and cleaned up version is here.

Parlay Voo Françay? - a blog on my life in France.

Review: Android vs. iPhone cell phone comparison.

Review: Panasonic DMC G1 digital camera, describing how a DSLR camera with exchangeable lenses compares to a cheap compact camera on a very long backpacking tour across Asia.

Review: Lenovo S10e Linux netbook.

Building a computer-controlled lamp contains instructions, schematics, and software to build a simple lamp that can change color based on arbitrary events.

My life with Apple - how I became an Apple Macintosh, iPod, and iPhone user. If you want your computers to obey your wishes instead of the other way around, read this. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Product reviews: Apple iPhoto 2009 and iPhoto 2011, Apple MacOS X Lion, and many more.

A report of my working years in the USA, complete with information on visa, finding companies and a place to live, and life in the USA, from a European perspective.

Oscar night in Los Angeles . My team and I received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in 2003. Read about my ego trip to L.A.

Silly hacks page explains what I do when I am not answering mail. Learn all about computerized frisbees and how to dispose of a suitcase filled with TTL chips.

Personal and site info: personal information about myself, the site copyright, and a change history.

Bicycle maintenance guide:

Introduction

Wheels

Steering

The drive train

Bicycle computers

Riding

Travel tips

Accidents

Click here for my travel directory page with all tours, by year and by country. The list below is a summary.

See also the other site I maintain, the Trento Bike Pages, with over 1400 bicycle tours and related information in all parts of the world.

Bicycle tours:

Denmark: cycle route Berlin-Copenhagen
France: Along the Loire river, Paris, Orleans, Nantes, Bretagne
France: Holland, Belgium, Normandie, Bretagne
France: Central France: Lyon, Avignon, Massif Central, Clermont-Ferrand, Orleans, Bretagne
Italy: Mountainbiking in the Dolomites
Italy: Mountainbiking around Lake Garda
Italy, Toscana: Venice, Adriatic coast, Firenze, Siena, Roma, Napoli, Pompei
Italy, Toscana/Marche: Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Spoleto, Assisi, Cortona, Siena
Germany: Berlin to Hamburg in a day
Germany: southern Brandenburg
Baltic countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia
Eastern Europe: Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic
USA: Pacific coast, Seattle to San Francisco
USA: Oregon Cascade Mountains, Pacific coast to San Francisco
USA: Crater Lake in Oregon, California, San Francisco
USA: California: Napa Valley, Clear Lake, Pacific coast
USA: Pacific coast: San Francisco to Los Angeles
USA: Five New England states
Backpacking tours:

Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Nile boat tour; 1988
Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Nile, Alexandria tour; 2006
Central America: Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala
Thailand 1/2: north: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Thailand 2/2: southern islands: Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao; Bangkok
Turkey: Istanbul
Russia: St. Petersburg
Cambodia and Thailand 1/2: Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor
Cambodia and Thailand 2/2: Thailand: Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle; a visit to Burma, Chiang Mai, the historic capitals of Sukhothai and Ayuthaya; Bangkok
India: India: Kashmir, Delhi, Rajasthan (Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur), and the Taj Mahal at Agra.
Scotland: Stirling, Trossachs, Isle of Skye, Eilean Dunan Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
Morocco: Agadir, Essaouira, Rabat and Salé, Fès, Er Rachidia, High Atlas and Todra Gorge, Ait Ben Haddou, and Marrakech.
Vietnam: Saigon, Mekong delta, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Hoi An, Hué, Ninh Binh, cruising beautiful Halong Bay, Hanoi.
Japan: Tokyo
China: part 1 , part 2 , and part 3 of Vagabonding in Asia
Tibet: part 4 of Vagabonding in Asia
Nepal: part 5 of Vagabonding in Asia
Singapore and Malaysia: part 7 of Vagabonding in Asia
Sumatra and Java in Indonesia: part 8 of Vagabonding in Asia
Bali and Lombok in Indonesia: part 9 of Vagabonding in Asia
Australia: part 10 of Vagabonding in Asia
Laos, Cambodia, Bangkok: part 11 of Vagabonding in Asia
Helsinki (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia)
Backpacking in Portugal

Freeware Linux/Unix software:

Plan : Calendar and day planner. Detailed description, change history.

Grok : Desktop database manager for phone directories, todo lists, and lots more.

WWW Shield : freely programmable rule-based HTTP proxy that can remove banner ads, images, cookies, and other invasive or annoying things in web pages. No longer maintained.

Freeware Linux PDA software:

Introduction.

KGrok : palmtop database.

OTP Keygen : OTP password generator.

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