Blog Posts: Page 6 of 12
Experiences with my Chevy Volt: the Air Dam
One draw-back I noticed about the Volt design was the air dam located under the front bumper. This is a strip of plastic just behind the front bumper that hangs downa few inches designed to improve efficiency by controlling the directing of air underneath the car. It basically scrapes on everything - the crack in my driveway, every speed bump encountered, the sidewalk curb into every parking lot, the puddle in the road, the blade of grass growing between the cracks on the freeway, the shadow of an ant sitting on the side of the road…. basically everything.
Experiences with my Chevy Volt: the Carpool lane
One of the greatest benefits I have found having picked up a Chevy Volt is the HOV, or carpool, lane. I know it is a weird benefit for having an Ultra Low Emission vehicle, but if you want to change the insane behavior of people, you have to dangle carrots in front of them to get them to go where you want. So I get to go into the carpool lane. I quickly noticed however that for whatever reason myself and all those around me have for being in the carpool lane, easily a third of all the cars do not qualify to be in the lane. Heaven forbid that someone actually monitors the carpool lane to remove all of the illegal drivers as that would not only allow the lane to move faster than 25mph, but it would solve most financial deficits seen by the local police departments overnight. But still, 25mph is 22mph faster than the other lanes…. Sigh.
How I put Windows 8 onto an HP Envy 15 1050NR
Before I start describing what I did to get Windows 8 to work (sort of) on this HP Envy 1050NR I inherited let me state: The HP Envy 15 1050NR is a TURD of outstanding proportions that should be ground to dust in the nearest wood chipper at the first opportunity, and You really DO NOT want to try putting Windows 8 on the HP Envy 15 1050NR If you do try this, make sure you are very technical as this is territory no person would willingly venture into
Experiences with my Chevy Volt: filling the tank
Sadly I have not yet filled my car’s gas tank after driving it over 5000 miles….. I am only half way through the original tank of gas that it came with from when I picked it up from the dealer. I guess I should find the gas cap release and check if it works one of these days…..
How your luggage was stolen....
Likely you have heard of the stacks of luggage collected by the Airlines and auctioned off on some nameless reality TV show, but is that the fate of all lost luggage? No, likely it was stolen. My wife and I returned from vacation this past weekend only to find our bags had incorrectly been taken off the plane at the stop in Burbank. Everyone else deplaned, but we were connecting through on the same plane to San Jose. Our bags however thought otherwise and coutesy of Southwest decided to spend the night in Burbank and rejoin us in San jose the next morning.
Linux to extract mp3s from Youtube videos
As reported recently on TorrentFreak: Google Threatens To Sue Huge YouTube MP3 Conversion Site. Whether the MP3 conversion site was in breach of the user agreement or not is not for me to decide. However it is inconvenient that they were shut down. So instead of my going to the original Youtube page, finding the sanctioned video (with all the ads) and then extracting the mp3 file through the conversion site I have to now inconveniently use the standard tools that are included in any Linux distro to do the same thing. Sheesh.
Interesting distributed attack on my website
An attack occurred today on my server that was a little different than the usual script kiddie dumb attack. Normally the bulk of the intrusion attempts are dummies running ssh password guesses. Little do they know when they talk using ssh they are not really talking to my server….. This is apopular technique amongst the army of newbie hackers found in China. However I noticed a style change in a recent attack.
Why gas today should really be less than $1.50 a gallon
Occasionally you might hear people bemoan how the price of gas is intolerable and that it used to be so much cheaper when they were younger…. But much of that is purely anecdotal grumblings that do not account for inflation. When you compare the price of gas today to the price in the past you must also account for how powerful the dollar was then. When the price for a loaf of bread was twenty five cents people were only getting paid a few hundred dollars. This is just the nature of inflation. What you can buy for a dollar today is not the same as what you could buy for a dollar then. The dollar is just not worth anything today compared to what it used to be worth. This gives the impression that the price for an item keeps increasing every year. but when compared to how much the dollar is worth, what did gas really cost and what should the price of gas be today?
140 girls killed for going to school?
Two year old photos surface from Afghanistan showing soldiers with the dead bodies of terrorists. This gets front page headlines everywhere. The same group of terrorists attempt to kill an entire school of girls for merely trying to get an education and the media could care less? Something seems a little out of perspective.