Monthly ArchiveOctober 2006
Flying Nerd site 31 Oct 2006 05:08 pm
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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…
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
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.
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 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.