Month: February 2014

SV650 rides again with a new battery

2005 SV650

Once you have kids, it’s really tough to go for a bike ride by yourself. My 2005 Suzuki SV650 has been sitting in the garage for 9-10 months. So when I went to start it, the battery was dead. to the rescue is great for finding which products is worth it, regardless of the price. That said, I got this battery for $30 shipped:

AGM Yt12a-bs 12V Battery for Suzuki

And the SV650 is alive again! 🙂

Written with StackEdit.

Tip: How to enable Markdown for

If you’re using then you can easily enable Markdown support in their online editor:

Enabling Markdown on

To start using Markdown, go to Settings → Writing in your blog dashboard, check the box next to Use Markdown for posts and pages, and save.

When writing Markdown, make sure to use the Text Editor for the best results.

via Write (More) Effortlessly With Markdown — Blog —

Learn more from this excellent post Write (More) Effortlessly With Markdown.

If you’d like to learn about my Markdown history, check out this post:
Writing with Markdown for WordPress (on Windows)

TripIt and

Here’s 2 services that I like very much:

Ok, I don’t use them every day because they’re utility services that come in handy for the service they provide. First…


The website is free and very useful to keep track of your trips. Check out this article to learn more:

Use to Organize and Share Your Travel Documents Online

What I like about it:

When you get an email confirmation of your flight, hotel, etc. Simply forward that email to and it will be added to my list of trips along with all the details that I need. Now I have one place that stores all my trip information. And they even have a mobile app that I can use to bring up this information.

I’ve been using TripIt for a couple of years now and so far, it’s been great.

I just learned about the website a few days ago. And honestly, this article headline is what convinced me: Is Like TripIt for Google Calendar, Adds Any Event You Email

What I like about it:

As the headline says above, it’s a lot like TripIt for events. So when I have to setup a meeting or even make sure something is on my calendar, sending/forwarding an email will ensure that will do that for me.

While it’s only been a week of usage, I do like this service so far.

Try them out and let me know your thoughts, thanks.

Writing with Markdown for WordPress (on Windows)

I’ve just written a blog post for my DevExpress work blog using only the Markdown syntax. Woohoo! I’m proud of this because it’s been on my todo list.

This wasn’t my first attempt at learning/using Markdown but it was the first post that I wrote using only Markdown. And without using the excellent Windows Live Writer tool.

Ok, I know I’m late to the Markdown party. So what?

Great, wtf is Markdown?

Markdown is a plain text formatting syntax[5] designed so that it can optionally be converted to HTML using a tool by the same name. –Wikipedia

John Gruber first released Markdown in March 2004.

Since then, it’s appeared on popular sites like stackoverflow and Github.

Learning Markdown

The syntax, imho, is very easy to learn. John Gruber’s site has the original documentation on Markdown and I recommend it:

The best way to learn is to start writing using Markdown asap. Below, I list a couple of the tools that I like.

If you prefer to watch a video:

Markdown tutorial

And there’s a plethora of google search results that help you find just about anything. For example, this page shows how to add YouTube links:



Scribefire can be used directly from your browser to create blog posts. You can write using Markdown. I use the Chrome extension but I’ve also used the Firefox version. Both are great and free.

MarkdownPad 2
This is a desktop application that similar to Sublime Text or Microsoft Word. The main view is split from the Markdown syntax and a preview window on the right. Here’s what I like about it:

  • Split View for editing and preview.
  • Shortcuts for inserting links. Love the Ctrl-L for links specifically. Yes, I can use autohotkey for it but I just didn’t want to. 🙂
  • The editor helps you to learn Markdown because you’re forced to write in Markdown. It also helps to learn because of the built-in shortcuts.
  • There’s a free and pro version. Free version works great. But support your local dev and buy a license.

It does not support publishing to a blog engine. At least, not the free version. So what, it’s still awesome.

The only odd thing I’ve found is that cut/paste has an odd pause for some weird reason.

What about images?

The one big thing I do miss from Windows Live Writer (WLW) is it’s ability to insert, upload, and manipulate images. And I’m sure I’ll likely use WLW again for those image heavy posts.

For now, I have to manually upload an image and then link to it.

Plaintext snob?

My friend Drew had this to share about my Markdown adventure:

Thanks Julian, for the nudge to get me to write on my personal blog again.