Choosing a Bus for RV Conversion

As I am about to start working on a Bus conversion, I'm finally ready to publish my research notes on choosing a bus for conversion. I'll have more to say later when I have more actual experience doing a conversion, but this material should be of some interest to anyone thinking of doing their own. I spent considerable time looking at buses and reading both school bus and professional bus driver forums before we made a purchase. Specific information on equipment will be largely applicable to the USA.


Youtube RSS

A recent Slashdot story on RSS prompted me to comment on Drupal's RSS capabilities; This site has RSS because Drupal makes it trivial. But what most people don't know, because Google apparently doesn't want you to know, is that Youtube has RSS feeds. Using them permits you to build your own chronological subscriptions list without having to use Youtube's lousy interface. But how do you actually find them?


RV weight limits in California

I recently found myself looking at school buses, for potential conversion into an RV. While there are many relevant criteria to be satisfied when making such a purchase, probably the most important is "will I be able to drive it?" I am not so concerned about physically being able to operate a bus, only legally. Most school buses in which I am interested have a GVWR over 26,000 pounds, which normally requires an upgraded, "Class B" license in California (and similar licensing in most other states.) But as it turns out, this is simpler than it seems at first.

On the term "Open Source"

The internet runs on Open Source Software. But what does "Open Source" mean, and where did the term come from? It's still unclear what the actual origin was, but one thing is certain: the term predates claims by members of the Open Source Initiative. I reached out to Lyle Ball, CEO of NetEndeavor and former head of public relations at Caldera for his opinion on the subject, and he was kind enough to provide a substantial and informative response.

Why would anyone drive for Uber?

Uber is in the news right now for allegedly paying drivers a median profit $3.37 per hour. Even if this is not true (as claimed by Uber — though in an argument over math, I'm going to go ahead and bet MIT) it's difficult to argue that Uber drivers are making anything like a fair wage. But this is not a situation of Uber's making, it is a sign of the ongoing American economic collapse.

You don't need a page file. You need more RAM.

While smirking at CNET's Alfred Ng's response to advertising I browsed down to his tweet about a BSOD on a bus station terminal and thought hey, can I read this well enough to find out what the error is? Yep. It's KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR, which is exactly what it sounds like: an error in restoring a page of memory from the paging file to physical memory. And that's an error which you really should never see again.

Copy NTFS to a smaller partition with OSS tools

If you want to "upgrade" a computer with a HDD to using a smaller disk, usually a SSD, you will need to come up with a way to shrink your windows partition. There are some for-pay software packages which do this for you, but no OSS tool which will do it with a simple click. There's a slightly meandering sequence of steps necessary to get everything working correctly. Your best allies are the gparted livecd, and a USB to SATA (probably) adapter to let you hook both disks up to your system at once. This process should work for basically any version of Windows from 2000 on, but I used it specifically with Windows 7.


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