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When gas is rare

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Photo by Mehluli Hikwa on Unsplash Currently the price of gas in North America is at the lowest value we've seen in a decades because of the pandemic and a price war started by Russia. This whole situation is not great for gas stations of course because people aren't driving and their profits increase with great gas prices.  This also points gas price volatility, both down and and up. Some gas stations will go bankrupt, some owners will retire a little earlier, but eventually there will be less gas stations.
As more and more people are buying battery electric vehicles (BEV), the writing will be on the wall. Who would want to open a new gas station in this climate?  Could you guarantee that there will be more gas guzzling customers in 5 years?
As you have to drive further and further to gas up, the practicality of charging your car at home becomes more and more attractive. With less competition from other gas stations, the opportunities to price gouge will be high. All this mak…

10 Reasons why Tesla makes their own seats, maybe

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It's pretty odd that Tesla makes their own seats for their cars. There are only four seat manufacturers worldwide that all other car manufacturers use.  Tesla is the only major car company that makes their own seats. Why?

Here are my guesses as to why they do this:



10. Tesla wants to make seats better than what other car companies can offer. Seats are half of the car experience, if they aren't super comfortable for long rides you won't want to buy the car. My neighbor was on the fence, but ten seconds sitting in my Model 3 and he had already decided to pull the trigger.
9. Tesla has high quality vegan leather seats that the other seat manufactures might not be able to offer.
8. New car smell, Tesla doesn't want it, and seat manufacturers probably do things to make smell worse.
7. Tesla wants to make super durable car seats for the autonomous vehicle (AV) future, where the car is being used all the time, like a taxi - and the traditional seat manufacturers don't hav…
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Tesla Model 3 Pros/Cons ConsThe doors and trunk often need to be slammed to make sure they are closed properly.The frunk can't be closed without getting smudge marks on the hood.The bluetooth software to unlock your car doesn't work quickly every time, although it's mostly Android's fault.Parts of the central screen can be hard to read.It's expensive. Pros The supercharger network is the best in the world. Fast and cheap and so easy to use, and is a key selling point.The car's acceleration is instant and so addictive. Brings a smile every day!The traction control is unbelievably good.The handling and suspension are really good.Probably the safest car on the road.The whole car, and not just certain parts, can be fixed over the air by Tesla. Some days I wake up and the car can do new things.The car is connected to the Internet, for free!The battery will basically last forever, because Tesla protects it with careful software and engineering.The enhanced auto-pilot…

2017 Reading Challenge

In January I decided I would try a GoodReads reading challenge, 50 books.  I figured 50 books wouldn't be too bad, although it 10x more than I normally read in a year.
When you consider it, it's only a book a week, with a chance to skip two weeks if something comes up.
A typical book take less than 8 hours to read. That's a little more than an hour a day to get 1 book a week.  Even if I'm a little busy during the week, I can easily pick up the slack on the weekend by reading 4 hours a day.
In March I was already pretty far ahead, it looked like 50 books in a year would be a cake walk. I prefer a challenge and decided to go for the much more ambitious 100 books in one year. Unfortunately, now I was very far behind. I would need to read 3 to 4 books a week in order to catch up. I had to start changing things in order to make it:

Stop reading novels like the 1050 page opus Reamde, by Neal Stephenson or even the 613 page New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson. Stick to boo…

Technology is accelerating

As Ray Kurzweil says, (information) technology is accelerating.  This is great but increasingly we are seeing devices turning obsolete faster than ever.

Who want's to get CRT tv, anymore - even if it was free?Why would I want to buy a motorcycle that doesn't have fuel injection?Would you want a 3 year old cell phone? When you watched a movie on TV, for the longest time, it was difficult to tell which decade it was filmed in.  You sometimes noticed when there were k-cars on the road and the movie wasn't trying to be set in the 80's.  But once computers and cell phone started appearing then you could tell quite quickly what decade, even what year the movie was probably made. What worries me is the change of more expensive technologies in the future: My car is obsolete because it doesn't have fulltime internet access or because it doesn't self drive.My house is obsolete because it isn't smart or is too far in the countryside for high speed internet.My city is ob…

Forusers.com homepage back up

My old web page forusers.com had been down for more than a year.

It had used an old version of TurboGears which eventually my provider stopped supporting and then finally last month my account expired and I didn't renew.
So it was really without a home.  This weekend I decided that I should put it back up.  It's been pretty good to me, it got me this great job because they found my resume on my site.

As I got the old files I found that I actually had more than 3 versions of the site.  The very first one was using Microsoft FrontPage.  My backup was littered with .htm files.

Later I had used PHP, and quite a bit. It's interesting how I used PHP more as programming language and less as a templating language.  It was difficult to understand how the site looked, it was all code and functions.  I had to use the Wayback Machine to find out what it really looked like.

Finally I had used Python and TurboGears.  After that I pretty much left alone, until now.

Since I like learning …

Hello Streetview

Hello streetview, how are you doing?