Most of these videos have been
moved to YouTube for a variety of reasons but may also be viewed from
here (given sufficient bandwidth).
Nevada County Food and Toy Run (12/09/17)
count this year: 1,812 motorcycles. Unofficially, most estimates top
2,000 bikes. Run founder and head honcho Thom Staser finall got some
richly deserved recognition this year as NevCo Citizen of the Year.
Wouldn't be Christmas without the Toy Run and all the great people who
make it happen. Thank you, one and all!
decided to quit working at the last moment, but the others were up to
the task on this warm, bright and sunny day. Couldn't ask for better
weather or nicer people. Saw lots of happy kids leaving the Fairgrounds
loaded with stuffed animals and bags full of toys.
Nevada County Food and Toy Run (12/10/16)
rain, gusty wind, cold - not freezing cold, but enough to reduce
turnout to about 10% of normal. Only dedicated riders on our Toy Run
year, and a hardy few who braved the weather to cheer us on. Didn't
dampen our spirits, but rain put an end to shooting video.
onboard cameras this year, only a measly handheld that somehow managed
to stay dry (probably because it wasn't used but for a few seconds).
Safe to say, this year was a wash.
Nevada County Food and Toy Run (12/12/15)
was plenty cold - bracketed by rain the day before and day after - but
nothing can stop us! Another spectacular NCFTR, thanks to all involved
it work every year, including our local law enforcement agencies,
Search and Rescue, plus all those countless good-hearted volunteers.
hours of video from 5 cams whittled down to a 5-minute flick (such as
it is). 4 of the 5 cams had junk in the shot; tailcam has a corner of
toy bag flapping in the frame, barcam caught a bit of my tool bag
up-front, visor intrudes in helmet cam video and a zipper obscured much
of the bodycam footage. Apologies for all that, we'll do better next
Nevada County Food and Toy Run (12/13/14)
to stop grinning at this event, no matter who you are or where you're
from. A break in the weather during the week helped produce another
massive turnout and another successful run.
a bit unprepared for this year's event, only had a single handheld cam
available and went without the usual complement of mounted cams. No
video during the ride, only what little was shot before and after the
run, so this is a short one.
Nevada County Food and Toy Run (12/14/13)
out to be a bright, sunny and warm December day in the northern Sierra
Nevada foothills, perfect for a gathering of NorCal road warriors (and
a quick test of new cams with FCPX).
new cams with new mounts and a new hand-held (all shooting at 720p for reduced file size), plus some new
editing software - with a stupendous learning curve - adds up to much
better video. Gonna miss
those little VGA units tho; they were lightweight, tiny and nearly
21st Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run
Santa was a biker. Yup. Don't believe that stuff about reindeer, Santa
rides a Harley and we have
proof right here. Special thanks to our unknown conehead friends who
unwittingly graced this year's video with style.
We wish Thom a speedy recovery, too, and a big thank-you to all who
work every year.
Shot with 7 great little VGA
almost 6 hours of video - 300GB o'stuff - conveniently whittled down to a 6.5-minute flick.
Enjoy! Please donate to a worthy local
cause: http://www.toyrun.org/ supporting Big
Brothers/Big Sisters and Headstart of Nevada County.
20th Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run
This thundering Christmas
tradition is a
one-of-a-kind local event that should not be missed. In fact, it's
inescapable if you're unlucky enough to get stuck in traffic while it's
underway. Ride with us!
organized in 1991, Thom Staser and company created an annual event that
is always a great time and the very essence of Christmas, drawing a
procession of 1500-2000
motorcycles on a
mission to deliver toys and food for families finding hard times here
in Nevada County. Visit the NCFTR web site for info and donations: http://www.toyrun.org/
Thanks to all of you who call and visit the shop and express your
desire to deal locally with your hometown businesses before running
down the hill. Thank you!
ability to keep service and repair rates low is partly due to obtaining
materials as needed and passing 'em along at cost. No retail sales
here, only service. We offer quick turnaround and local convenience at
reasonable rates, with personal attention to our clients' needs. Your
best option for Mac services is right here in Nevada County.
A list of speed
test sites appear below; each link opens in a new window.
Run three or more
tests from different sites and record your download speed results.
Note that test
results may be in Kilobits (Kbps) or Megabits (Mbps). 1,000Kbps = 1Mbps
Record date, time
and speed of each test.
Find the average of
test results: Add all speeds, then divide by number of tests. More
tests = better accuracy.
Test results may
vary depending on load; avoid peak hours (evening), use nearest
location (if given a choice) and pick an appropriate non-holiday
weekday for tests.
Call your service
provider and share your test results with them. They should be happy to
hear from you. Or not.
Test results can
vary considerably depending on a number of factors.
Factors include server traffic, distance (closer = better), date
and time of test, computer specs, browser and operating system,
routers, switches, condition of cable/wiring, and more. For best
results: Reset modem/router, clear browser cache and history, and quit
all other programs before running tests. Please make sure your machine,
software and network are in order and up-to-date before blaming your
broadband provider for poor results.
If you have an iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone, search the App Store for
"speed test" and you'll find a variety of bandwidth test apps from
Cisco, Xtreme Labs and others. These may be the quickest, easiest and
most accurate way to test any broadband connection. Sites listed below
are for computer use, sorted (roughly, given the constant flux) by
accuracy and ease of use.
Avoid any/all BIG
GREEN buttons on these (and other) web sites, they lead to
garbage and malware. DO NOT download.
Some ISPs have an initial speed "boost" that may skew results for a few
seconds, and certain older browser/OS combinations can also distort
speed tests. If you're not up to running speed tests, watching the fine
print during a download in real time can tell you a lot about your
The legal definition of broadband was originally [anything over]
"200Kbps in one direction," which means this dismal Comcast connection
@ 173Kbps cannot legally be called broadband even by the _old_
definition. In 2010 the FCC redefined broadband as a minimum of 3Mbps
downstream (inbound) and 1Mbps upstream. Are you getting true broadband
from your ISP (3Mbps+)?
56,000 bits per second.Theoretical maximum for analog data transmission over
landline, actual max is 54K.
Planning to use dialup? (Really?!) You'll need a V.92/56K modem.
1,500,000 bits per
second = 1.5 Megabit/second (1.5Mbps).
Think of 1.5 as the new dialup speed. 1.5Mbps is too slow to stream
video (2.5 = min.) and takes hours to download files of any size.
3,000,000 bits per
second = 3 Megabit/second (3Mbps).
Minimum bandwidth defined as broadband, 2.5-3Mbps is typical DSL
(Digital Subscriber Line) around here, just enough to stream video. ATT
tiered rates according to services available at your location, so it's
good to know your top speed before subscribing. Ask 'em to test your
6,000,000 bits per
Maximum for DSL is
ISPs happily charge for speeds they cannot deliver, which is why speed
tests are necessary. Satellite
providers have additional factors impacting data transmission
(latency and weather), but at least they're
honest about it.
Fiber Optic = speed
The ultimate broadband transmission method, Fiber Optic lines carry
light pulses instead of electronic signals for the fastest possible
Providers in Nevada County:
has a comprehensive list of the major wired and wireless providers with
coverage info, price, customer ratings and some interesting statistics
along the way. (Link posted here leads to Grass Valley, but you can
enter any zip code). Some smaller providers may be missing tho - like
Spiral DSL is a
local, full service ISP, and a much better choice than dealing with ATT
directly. (Why? see their web site.)
ATT DSL? Best to do an end-run thru Spiral, above.
Uverse includes data caps, per-device charges and other excessive
Comcast cable Waaay overpriced, dismal customer
service, Xfinity has same data and device caps as ATT. Odd coincidence,
Hughes net satellite broadband covers much of
satellite services also covers some of Nevada County as well as
Downeyville and outlying areas.
Broadband uses line-of-sight (microwave) repeaters to "fixed
wireless" access points. Good choice if DSL and satellite options are
DigitalPath offers unlimited
fixed-wireless service at speeds suitable for streaming video (they
claim). More info is also available from Spiral.
Suddenlink covers Colfax, Auburn, and provides
south-county services. Also uses repeaters for those who cannot access
Dish Network? See below...
Dish Network and
no such thing as "FlexTV" - that was a bait-and-switch
mail scam from Dish Network awhile back - one reason why we don't
recommend Dish for internet service. But, if you must use Dish,
be sure you only deal with Gold
Country Satellite. Note: GCS web site may be down temporarily...
(finally) coming to Nevada County?
and no. Empty underground conduit was installed all over Nevada
County by CalTrans awhile back, but it may never be used. Meanwhile, Spiral Internet obtained
grant funding for "last mile" connections in Nevada County and work is
underway. Stay tuned.....