Archive for the 'Driving' Category

Getting Better Fuel Efficiency

June 18th, 2008

These days everyone and their mom is posting on the internet about getting better gas mileage. I’ve read a lot of articles that talk about the topic and they all seem to have a few things in common. The first is that a few items are unrealistic and the second being that the rest is basically common sense. I’m not going to bother doing a lot of linking for this article, you can google for the same 80 million pages just the same as I can but I thought I would point out this one article from MotherJones.com about hypermiling.

It’s an interesting look at how people can take things too far and put themselves and others in a lot of danger. They do things like tailgate large trucks only a few feet off the bumper, well into the trucks blind spot. They pull off the highway and onto side roads at 50mph without breaking and roll to a stop at traffic lights. I’m all for improving gas mileage and saving every dollar on can on fuel but there has to be a line. I think I have found that line. It’s straddles much improved mileage with safety and courtesy to those driving around me.

Treo as a Modem: The Windows (Part 2)

July 9th, 2007

Ok, Well, I took a minute to try out pairing my Treo to my Windows XP laptop to see what I could do. The short answer is that the process works and I can get online using the phone as a modem.

The long answer is that it happens in typical windows fashion. I paired the phone using the XP bluetooth tools. During that process it asks which services you would like to use with the phone, one of them is to use the phone as a modem. So far so good. As soon as I clicked on the check box though I swear to you 4, yes FOUR wizards opened on my screen. Some installing drivers, others asking for information. About 60 seconds later things started calming down and I went through the remaining wizards. Basically, they just want to know how to connect with bluetooth and what to dial when connected. Ok, fine, ugly but functional. Once the wizards were gone I went looking for how to initiate the connection as found it under network connection. I right clicked, chose connect and was prompted with the standard windows dialer screen, very similar to how you would connect to a VPN. I put in the user name and password info as before plus the phone number and clicked connect. All is well, just remember to activate modem link one the phone before hand!

Cingular Treo 750 as a Modem

July 6th, 2007

Ok, using my Macbook and my Treo 750 it was pretty simple to get online. I’ll outline my process here for anyone else who might be curious to try. I will also post about getting it to work with my HP nc6400, assuming I’m able to make it happen…

Step 1:

Install the Treo Cingular modem scripts. All you need to do is download this file and copy the contained files into the /Library/Modem Scripts folder starting from the root of your system drive. You will not find this folder in your users Library folder.

Step 2:

Pair your mac and your phone. Enable Bluetooth on both your mac and your treo 750, and set your Treo to be discoverable. When you are in the bluetooth panel enableing bluetooth the option to make discoverable is just beneath it.

I have my mac setup to show bluetooth preferences in the menubar, and I’d reccomend you do that as well. It makes this much simpler going forward and make for reconnecting to the internet over bluetooth that much easier. You’ll find it as an option in your system preferances.

Online… From the Highway…

July 3rd, 2007

Well, We have just left a fireworks display in Portsmouth, NH. While I was there I was thinking about how to make my Treo 750 work as a modem on my Macbook. I of course was unable to get it to work while sitting on a hill in the middle of now where but as we were sitting in the post fireworks traffic I was able to get my airport to connect to some unsecured wireless. I grabbed the modem scripts I needed just as we got moving again. A few miles down road I was able to get my Mac and my Treo to talk to each other.. and here I am. Blogging from the road. Very cool.. Very Very Geeky.. I know.

I’ll Post a simple to use howto when I can get my notes together. When I’m working through a problem I tend to move fast and not keep good notes (Read that as: No Notes At All)… I’ll go back and do that later 🙂

Topslakr

Plantronics Discovery 640E Bluetooth Headset Review

April 5th, 2007

Recently I purchased the Plantronics Discovery 640E Bluetooth Headset. I spent a week looking up different headsets and getting a feel for what was out there. The main reason for wanting to get one was that I have a long commute to work. For the past couple of years I have been relying on the speaker phone of my LG (currently I have the LG VX8300 from Verizon), but often times I still found I was holding it up to my ear. I found that people with low bassy voices were near impossible to hear, and I ended up spending more time concentrating on what it is I thought I heard them say, opposed to watching the road.

Review: Honda Fit

March 22nd, 2007

Well, I’ve had 2007 Honda Fit Sport for about 4 months now and I’ve already put about 14,000 miles on it. Who knew I was doing so much driving. Overall I’m very happy with the car. The size is great, gas mileage is excellent and it’s much faster then I was expecting. I have the sport model which adds in a number of things including power everything, cruise control, fog lights better stereo yadda yadda yadda. If I’m being honest though I bought the sport model because it has cruise control. Sure, it’s nice to have the rims, the ground effects and the paddle shifters but those were not deal breakers for me. If I didn’t have cruise control I would not have a license.. so it’s worth the extra money for me.