The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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How to maintain my web site on the road,
i'll carry my Laptop
and want to update once in a week.
Should i use sat phone,
or GSM roaming,example:AT&T has 220 roaming partners and prices from 1,20 to 5 $/minute for voice
Or how do you guys do it?
I dont want to mess with public computers in remote places if i dont have to.
Is it posible to connect my laptop to a internet caffe's LAN network or something,
Other wise i'll have to cary a bunch of unrealible flopy's and mess with them in a caffe,and it will take ages,since i plan to have a big picture galary on my site.
[This message has been edited by jondoe (edited 22 July 2003).]
You can setup the website so that you can update it from any web browser at any internet café on the road. All you have to do is to log in and enter a username and password and write away.
The simplest way is load software on your site called Blog, which works like a journal. You just add entries and it will publish them on your home page. The other option is software called CMS (Content Management System). That’s a bit more elaborate system, but still easy to use, that allows you to categorize articles, news, photos, etc.
I would these methods rather than prepare the pages on my laptop and beg cyber cafes to let me plug in or use an expensive phone connection.
If you need more details, just ask. Hope this helps.
We have the same problem and question: also a website that needs to be updated. We can't use a blog since we have a personalized website (http://www.traveladdict.be) where we want to put our pictures and stories. So blog is not an option.
We can prepare everything on our laptop, but then it has to be put on the internet.
In internetcafés you can't always install dreamweaver, so we have to plug in directly with the laptop.
So we have basically the same question : can we just connect to the internet with our laptop with modem and update our site? We're from Belgium so if we use our current telephone number it would be quite expensive. So can we dial in in each country (West Africa btw) with a different number to be able to call locally? Or how does all this stuff work?
You say your site is "custom" - I looked and understand, BUT a blog is still possible. Use Moveable Type and you can customise it completely to look just like the rest of your site. Use it for uploading pictures and text to a diary like section. Pictures are no problem, and you can tweak the code on an entry easily.
Otherwise getting an internet cafe to allow you to connect your laptop can be extremely difficult. Try it at a cafe near your house - good luck! Otherwise you need to dial in to somewhere;, for instance Compuserve has nodes around the world, also AOL, and I think IBM worldnet. All are tricky, and the calls can still be very expensive.
It's much easier to use an internet cafe and blog software. Just take the time to tweak it. Our travellers stories section uses MT - have a look. Link on left.
As Grant said there are Blog and CMS software that are customizable and capable of handling all sorts of media. You will spend time customizing it’s template with Dreamweaver at home. On the road all you have to do is upload your data and everything will be arranged properly on the site.
Take a look at Mambo, it’s a very easy to use and customize CMS that’s capable of managing your whole site complete with pictures and everything you can imagine. I’m using it to build a Photography and desert travel community for Egypt at Oasis Photo Community. I’ve used Dreamweaver to customize it to look like my main site Oasis Photo.
Depending on your web development skills, there are easier or more complicated and capable solutions out there. Give me an idea about your skills and I’ll point you in the right direction.
Why not just bring the laptop with all the software (e.g dreamweaver etc.) do all the coding and then just save it on a floppy. Go to the internet cafe and upload. Then you wont need blog... The floppy has plenty of room for pics as well. If not just get a portable burner, they are cheap these days.
There are quirks with FTPing but it mainly affects transfering from FTP server to FTP server rather than uploading. For example, you can't drag files from one FTP location to another. You have to download to your hard drive and then upload but that's about it.
Hope that helps. Stephano
[This message has been edited by Stephano (edited 26 May 2004).]
[This message has been edited by Stephano (edited 26 May 2004).]
For my website http://www.schnueriger.net i use postnuke as my content management system. Your server will need to support php and as database preferrably mysql. To update my page i go to an internet cafe, log in to my webpage, write some articles or upload some photos. Very comfortable, but needs some computer skills to customize. Installing is quite easy if you have upload all files to your server. Take a look at http://www.postnuke.com/
Well here's my tuppence worth. I'm a biker and a geek. Some 47 bikes and 35 years later and over 10 since I started on the net...well...my mate who has been RTWing for the last 4 1/2 years..we set him up with a Psion5 but the reality is that cafes have proved best for him.
For me, although I have a small Sony laptop I'd simply take my Smartphone with Win Mobile 2003 now. It has a 256min SD card if I need to take it out to plug it in to a machine. I can text edit a webpage and upload via FTP direct from the phone so that means wee videos and pics too via GSM or GPRS or pass thro to a USB cable to a PC. I also have a USB watch that cost 15 quid which has a CF card built in and has essential software on it.
My smartphone can take a small folding keyboard too for those days when predictive text is a pain.
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