I recently bought a used car through Internet dealer Vroom and thought I would document my experience. This is not the first time I've bought a used car, not my first Internet auto transaction, and not the first BMW i3 I've bought, so perhaps this gives me a little perspective. I hope this post is useful for others buying a used car over the Internet, and those buying from … [Read more...] about Electric Car Over the Internet: My Experience Buying From Vroom
The hot story in the news this week is Volkswagen's reported brazen cheating in diesel engine emissions testing. This brought to mind a host of similar occurrences, from Samsung/HTC cheating at benchmarks to alleged cheating in SPC enterprise storage performance testing. Cynics say we should just assume we're being cheated, but is this a world in which we want to … [Read more...] about Your Mileage May Vary: Lies, Damn Lies, and Benchmarks
“The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.” Andrew Tanenbaum's statement may be a cynical and dismissive, but it's not far from the mark. Indeed, there are a great many standards, perhaps as many as there are efforts to standardize the world around us! But what good are standards, really? The 3 Standard Types In technical fields, standardization … [Read more...] about The Myths of Standardization
Things are getting awfully complicated, aren't they? The custom parallel CPUs, proprietary communications networks, and encrypted data ports require extensive training, special tools, and a computerized reference library to comprehend, much less debug. And the manufacturers, who derive much of their money and differentiation from warranties and authorized repair centers, are … [Read more...] about Walled Gardens, Gilded Cages, and Right to Repair
I spotted this on a Ford commercial last night. Their new(ish) Edge SUV sure is fast! I imagine no other vehicle in any class even comes close to this top speed! Someone tell Bugatti and Pagani! Update: Because I've been asked, here are the answers you seek: The ad aired on the local educational access channel last night (10/17) around 10 PM It was the "Ilissa … [Read more...] about Wow That’s One Amazing SUV!