Monthly ArchiveOctober 2006

Flying Nerd site 31 Oct 2006 05:08 pm

Flying Nerd upgraded

Now running WordPress 2.05. Let me know if you come across any problems.

Cars &Miscellaneous 31 Oct 2006 02:09 pm

Mazda 3 MPS – how fast are you going right now?

With fuel prices spiralling, a young man’s fancy turns away from V8s and four wheel drives to hot hatches.

Mazda’s new Mazda3 MPS looks liks a piping-hot hatch, with its 190kW turbo engine. Most reviewers comment that this is far and away the hottest of the current breed of hatches – and there’s plenty of competition. But check out the speedo…

Mazda 3 MPS instruments

With a range of 0 – 280 km/h spread over only (about) 200 degrees of the possible arc of pointer travel, this crazy instrument would make it almost impossible to accurately read and maintain speed at (say) 40km/h in a School Zone.

Surely the most sensible design approach would be to:
* maximise the use of available instrument space by placing the top speed as far as possible in the clockwise direction of rotation
* use a non-linear graduation of the instrument (easy in an electronic speedo) so that (say) the first half of the needle’s travel shows speeds from 0 – 100km/h, and the second half of the travel shows 100 – [maximum] km/h
* show a sensible maximum speed (there’s no way this car would ever get to 280km/h – even down hill with a tail wind!).

Frankly, Mazda, this is just silly.

Cars 24 Oct 2006 09:43 am

Hamster gives interview

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, who was injured when he crashed a jet-powered car while filming for the show, has given his first interview since the accident.

Based on the interview, Hammond seems to be lucid and in good humour. Details here.

Flying Nerd recommends &Flying Nerd site &Nerd stuff 10 Oct 2006 05:19 pm

Akismet spam blocker

I implemented the Akismet anti-spam technology on this site nearly a year ago.

In that time, Akismet has detected and blocked 311 spam comments. One (yes, one) spam comment got through.

I reckon that’s pretty good performance for a free tool.

Computing - general 10 Oct 2006 05:11 pm

Windows Vista prices – joke, right?

Windows Vista Home Premium will cost $A455.

This must be some kind of joke. $455 for an operating system for a home computer? I nearly choked on my Fibre Plus when I read that.

Unless there is a SUBSTANTIAL upgrade discount (56% off list will see a retail price of $A200), I reckon the Nerd fleet of computers (2 x desktops and 1 x laptop) will be running Windows XP for a long time to come.

Movies 03 Oct 2006 12:31 pm

Bad speed movie, good speed movie

Over the last few days, Mrs N and I saw two speed-themed movies. One was bad, and one was good.
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