A few months ago, I got a Xiaomi M365 electric scooter, but hadn’t gotten much of a chance to ride it. Now that spring’s come, though, I’ve actually gotten some miles on it, and have enough experience with this thing to have informed opinions on it. Continue reading “Smol wheels, big fun”
You may have heard of Mastodon, a federated microblogging platform that’s being pitched as an alternative to Twitter, and interoperates with many other platforms using the OStatus and ActivityPub protocols. Continue reading “Thoughts on content warnings, the Fediverse, and how to do better, with the power of tags”
You may notice that this blog looks a lot older than it did last time you looked at it. Continue reading “Web 1.0, and this blog”
America is becoming increasingly polarized. Continue reading “America’s core ideal: the echo chamber”
I decided it’d be an interesting project to try to benchmark the Microsoft BASICs – I’ve always seen the claim that QBASIC was slower than QuickBASIC, and I thought I’d put that to the test. Continue reading “Benchmarking Microsoft BASICs”
It might seem crazy to ask whether Tesla’s a car company – they certainly make cars, and on paper, cars are about 82% of their YTD revenue as of the third quarter of FY2017. However, I’m going to argue that they might not be a car company, but rather an energy company that makes cars, and there’s a few things that make me believe that. Continue reading “Is Tesla actually a car company?”
I feel like there’s room for a follow up to my previous piece on the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid subclass, now that there’s been additional news, including the news that Porsche is terminating their LMP1 program after this season is over. Continue reading “The case for both simplifying LMP1-H, and making it more complex”
It’s been a day since the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and I’ve finally put my thoughts together on it. It was something else, nothing like I’ve ever seen before.
Before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, predictions were that Toyota would walk away with the race on both pace and reliability. Predictions were that the all-new and huge LMP2 field would have failures en masse, having shown mediocre reliability in the lead-up to Le Mans. And, fears were that the GTE-Pro field would have poor balance of performance, allowing someone to run away with it. Continue reading “My thoughts on the future of LMP1-H, after the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans”
I recently bought an HP OmniBook 430 that needed a system ROM card, which has to be on a linear flash card. Continue reading “Flashing linear flash cards – quick notes”
This post was originally written for Oppositelock, but with the potentially impending death of Kinja user blogs, I’m reposting it here.
As a hybrid enthusiast who’s noticed quite a few questions about hybrids here on Oppo (as well as on Jalopnik), I thought it might be useful to write up a primer on hybrid technology, the various configurations of hybrid systems that are out there, and what all of that means.Continue reading “A Primer on Hybrids, part 1”