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November 26, 2007
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November 20, 2007
It's important for law enforcement to have vehicles that fill their needs of room for gear, handling and power for driving and pursuits, and appeal to please the local citizens. Placer won an award for their current Crown Victoria paint job some time ago, but to me, it's now a little tired.
Lincoln Police Department has moved on to the newest vehicle that has a design that works well as a law enforcement vehicle. This is Dodge's entry into the world of vehicles that work well as a "cop car."
And, from everything I hear from Lincoln's Officers, it works better than Ford's Crown Victoria. It produces more power, better handling, and more comfort for the Officer. There is still plenty of trunk space, and the back seat has room for anyone being transported to the local lock-up. Lincoln PD is also getting great feedback from the citizens of Lincoln.
I've posted past blogs about Ford's need to step it up with their Crown Victoria. It's possible to produce a vehicle that works both as a civilian car and as a law enforcement vehicle. The Dodge Charger is proof. Why Ford has decided to stop sales of the Vic to anyone but fleet purchasers makes sense only because they can't sell it to anyone except the occasional old guy or a company/department buying in bulk. Instead of a redesign, working with both the full size vehicle consumer and law enforcement, Ford has decided to slowly phase out the Crown Victoria. In 2008, only fleet orders will result in the ability to purchase a Vic. And, if Ford follows its past trends (like the Taurus), 2008 could be the last year anyone will be able to buy a Crown Victoria. And Ford's 500 (now the new Taurus) doesn't come close to fulfilling the needs of law enforcement.
So, Dodge may hit the jackpot in 2009. But, the latest stories coming from the Chrysler camp are talks of a plan to phase out cars with the Dodge brand. In fact, the total plan may include Chrysler selling only cars, Dodge selling only trucks, and Jeep selling only SUVs. Personally, I told think this is a very good plan. I would rather buy a Dodge Charger than a Chrysler 300, which are both built on the same platform. We'll see what happens.
For now, I love the Lincoln PD Charger. It is currently my favorite cop car in the local area, with Auburn PD's all black logo'd Charger a close second. My wish is for Ford to produce a new rear wheel drive full size car with some power (the 5.7L V8 would do) and some handling and room upgrades. Ford does spend the most on R&D so I don't understand why they can't come up with something that works. And what about GM? They should get back in the game too. Remember the Chevy Caprice? They have a design that, with some thought, could possibly work (Pontiac G8's platform). A little work and GM could design a car that would work as a great cop car too. Well, I just need a job with one of them. But I don't see that happening anytime soon.
October 31, 2007
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October 16, 2007
Toyota rules. If you don't know about “World of Warcraft”, it is an online game people play like an addiction. They pretty much live as though they are actually in the World of Warcraft. I know, my old roommate was and probably is still there. Several people have made fun of this addiction; including South Park.
October 14, 2007
BAD MOVE APPLE. Think Steve, THINK!
October 8, 2007
The 2008 Ford Taurus isn't the running bull it once was or was intended to be -- at least, not yet. Combined sales of the 2007 Five Hundred and new 2008 Taurus -- with its new name, new engine and refreshed design -- were down 3.2-percent in August and a brow-raising 30.1-percent in September versus those same months in 2006.
Ford gave several reasons for the decline: last year's models came with 0-percent financing for 72 months, this year's car's come with 5.9-percent for 60 months. The company also ceased advertising during the end-of-summer clearance sales ads, thinking the car might not get proper attention amid the shouting. And, the full-sized sedan market has been soft this year as car buyers move to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.
As of this month, an additional $500 has been added to the $1,000 in incentives for the car. Admittedly, though, the new Taurus is still being launched, since it only went on sale in July. With an eye on selling 60,000 Tauruses in the car's first year, Ford sales analyst George Pipas said "the retail sales trend is in a positive direction, and that's good."
Look for our In the Autoblog Garage review of the 2008 Ford Taurus soon.
[Source: Auto News, sub req'd]
October 4, 2007
The 2008 Honda Accord has been redesigned, and for the first time ever, I like it. I know that Hondas have always had a great name and been reliable, fuel efficient vehicles. But, I’ve never been interested in Hondas because I’ve never thought about driving around in a family vehicle that is a “smart” buy.
So, here’s my review (keep in mind I haven’t driven it yet). This is the first Honda to catch my eye. It is much roomier than its predecessors, with room for a 6’2” guy like me in both the front and back seats at the same time. It has an engine with more power than it’s ever had before, with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to give 19 city to 29 highway miles per gallon.
One website joked about it being so large that the writer said, “It’s freaking huge! I thought it was a Buick.” Well, I’ve never wanted to switch to a family car known as the fuel efficient king of the world, but Honda has done it with this model.
Next is a test drive (and some cash) and I’ll be driving one.
October 1, 2007
It’s been quite a few years now since I participated in a LAN party, gaming it up with good friends and Mountain Dew. Games like “Soldier of Fortune 2” are just not made these days. And when a good LAN game does come out, the hackers end up ruining the game play with their cheats.
The most recent game I’ve played is called Far Cry. It was a great single player first person shooter, which would be sooo awesome as a multiplayer game. It would be so cool to set up the islands, which ARE the area of play in the single player version, as maps for “capture the flag” games. The old (3104) clan could take on many people in this online battle for dominance.
Originally, back five years ago, I played the CTF multiplayer version of SOF2 with the 3104 Clan and by myself all the time. I took a couple screen shots of SOF2 and my scores. This first one is of a guy who was on our side (the red team) but was shooting our own team members. This seemed to happen a lot because the 3104 Clan was sooo good that people would join the team we were on and kill us, trying to help the other team. Here is a picture of me finding one of these traitors and killing him. I was even able to send a text message, "hello!" before I shot him. His name is blocked by the pink bar, due to its language.
Notice in the screen shot below of my score, I have more kills in a much shorter time frame than the next closest person on the server. I have over 10 kills per minute. The next highest kills was by a guy with a 1.7 kills per minute rate. The 3104 Clan dominated SOF2 before the hackers destroyed the game.
Now, in comparison, here are some screen shots from Far Cry. This first series is a set of screen shots of me “sniping” (snipering?) a guy out of a guard tower.
You’ll notice in one of the shots it shows I’m 427 meters from the target. That’s roughly 1400 feet or ¼ of a mile. That’s a great shot and you can see how great the graphics are.
Here’s a screen shot of me hiding in the grass as I approach a base. Notice how the grass seems so real, and as it gets closer to the face, it blurs to show field of focus.
I want a multiplayer game with the graphics quality of Far Cry. And note this, I played this game a couple years ago. There are probably better quality games out now. Far Cry 2 has some screen shots. You'll have to enter your birthday because they think the pictures of death need to be guarded.
I still believe that this 2 year old game has better graphics and game play than any console game out today. It just goes to show that computer games are still going to look and play a lot better than console games.
September 24, 2007
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September 11, 2007
I chose to drive the Land Rover LR3. I initially wanted to drive the Range Rover but, not being familiar with Land Rover, I didn’t realize the 5-seater Range Rover is actually the top of the line Land Rover, starting at $70,000. The LR3 is the 7-seater that sits in between the LR2 (the small 5-seater) and the Range Rover. The LR3 starts around $50,000 (still out of my price range).
I first spoke with reps from Talk 650’s parent company and filled out some legal paperwork. I basically gave them the rights to my voice from the interview after the drive. I then met with a sales person from Land Rover. Sophia took me out to the 3 vehicles (LR2, LR3, and Range Rover) and let me look them over. She explained some of the features and packages on the vehicles. This is when I noticed the LR3 with actually the size vehicle with the features and roominess I would want.
Sophia first took me to the Land Rover track, located at the back of the dealership. I’m sure you’ve seen it if you’ve ever driven down I-80 between Sierra College Blvd. and Rocklin Rd. It is an intense little course. From I-80 you don’t realize how steep the hills are.
First is a sideways turn around a tree.
I was in the passenger seat and felt like I could put my hand out the window and touch the ground. It was really amazing.
Next was a steep incline that plateaued and then descended, even faster, into 20” of water.
The LR3 took the hill with ease, didn’t scrape the under carriage as it reached the top, and descended into the water without the driver using the brake pedal.
We entered 20” of water and then stopped. (For reference, the VW Golf I drive would have water pouring into the cab through the doors, as the water would be over the tires.) The LR3 and all the Land Rovers are sealed so water will not enter the cab.We then backed up the incline without any wheel spin or engine struggle.
It was my turn. I drove the LR3 on city streets and on I-80. I was able to test its acceleration, handling, turning/cornering, and its AMAZING turning radius. I turned around on a two lane street without my tires falling off the road.
It was comfortable, roomy, had seating for 7, and an excellent A/C, stereo, and steering wheel control system. I even tried my Bluetooth Phone with the built in system and it works really well (hands free calling).
The verdict…I can’t afford a used 2 door Geo Metro right now, let alone a $50,000 LR3. But, I never even thought about Land Rover before this test drive. I didn’t even know enough about them to know the model order and their true 4x4 capabilities. My little glimpse into Land Rover has placed them on the list of vehicles I’d be interested in looking at more closely, if I win the Lottery or inherit millions of dollars.
There is little the LR3 is missing. Room, power, comfort, capability, looks, etc.; it is the full package. If anyone is interested in giving me millions, email me and we can talk.
September 6, 2007
Along time ago (1994) I listened to this band. This was really the only song that hit radios. I was a fan and bought several CDs. The problem was, they produced one that had a bunch of dirty language. I wrote a letter to them and stopped being a fan. This song is still cool and inspired Cyclops Boy and Summertime (my songs).
September 5, 2007
Now I really want the phone. I want to sell my laptop for it. But I need a new home computer to replace it. An iMac would do the job. I think for the price I should be able to get for my laptop, I could get an iMac and iPhone. Yes, it's a really nice laptop. I've just become an Apple fan. I need GarageBand to start recording my music. So, iMac.
Here's my laptop offered at $1,600.00. This is $900.00 less than my previous asking price for it in this entry. It still has a Dell warranty until May 2008 too.
DELL XPS GEN II
Warranted through May 2008
2.0GHz Intel Pentium M
1GB DDR RAM
Nvidia 256MB Graphics Card
60GB HD 7200rpm
Windows XP Pro
MS Office Small Business (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Powerpoint)
DVD/CD ROM (Newly replaced free through warranty)
Laptop Case from Targus
New Power Supply (Replaced free through warranty)
Please help. Your purchase of this great laptop will help get this boy out of trouble.
September 4, 2007
Here is a video trying to explain her answer.
September 2, 2007
August 31, 2007
The Real Entry Begins:
I got to mess with a co-workers iPhone the other night. I played around with it for about an hour. The phone, ipod, and voicemail features are all really great. The Internet portion...annoyed the crap out of me.
The main part of “surfing the net” that was so horrible on the iPhone was typing in websites. The keyboard was absolutely annoying. The keys are too small, and because it is electronic, there is no feed back or feel to let you know the letter has been pressed. This causes the typing to be much slower than even T9 text on a standard keypad.
The iPhone needs to have a real keyboard.
The Internet was frustrating too. It is definitely not “the full Internet” if you can’t see all the pictures and videos on my little site. I know that the You Tube thing is still in progress, but to call it the full Internet is not accurate.
I was also able to cause Google to route me to my site as if I was using a regular phone. All I got was text. I’m not sure why that happened but I had to go to the address bar to type in the address to my blog, instead of being able to navigate to it from another site.
The iPhone needs to have the complete Internet.
Finally, the iPhone needs 3G, or faster. I was sooooooo annoyed with the Edge network. I guess Steve Jobs had some stupid reason to use the Edge tech but it was (like I said) stupid. Why couldn’t they offer both? Are there no longer phones that can jump from one band to the next? What happened to quad-band phones? What about a phone that works on every band a particular company owns?
I know that it will work on a WiFi network but I don’t often run into those networks here at work on driving in my car or shopping with my wife. And if I do find one, half the time I have to pay for it. (Side note: Starbucks is pretty mean to not have free WiFi.)
The iPhone needs to be on the 3G network.
#1. The iPhone needs to cut and paste. (see pervious entry)
#2. The iPhone needs to have a real keyboard.
#3. The iPhone needs to have the complete Internet.
#4. The iPhone needs to be on the 3G network.
August 20, 2007
This stuff is no good. There is a familiar orange taste (Live Wire, ummm) but then you taste the Cherry flavored NyQuil they must use to give it the "Cherry" flavor. Why does it have to taste like medicine? Don't they know we all hate medicine? Of course now I'm thinking about "Code 3" and realizing I haven't had any for about 5 years. Maybe I gave it up because it had the same problem..
So the verdict "Halo 3 Mt. Dew" is more like "Mt. Poo!"
The original Mountain Dew is still the king of beverages and The Nectar of Life. Good stuff. Go try it at Taco Tree in Auburn to realize the life giving properties the original Mt. Dew has. Also, try a Pepsi, Combo burrito, taco, nachos, and anything else on the menu at Taco Tree.
August 14, 2007
Anyway, here's a cool pic.
August 13, 2007
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August 7, 2007
The first thing I’d do if I had extra money just sitting around would be to give Apple Inc. $6,000.00. Here’s why:
First, I’d buy the amazing iPhone.
Of course, I’d buy the 8GB model because that’s the top model out. I would want all the room possible for my music. iPhone costs $599.00.
The second item I’d have delivered under my 6k donation to Apple Inc. would be the MacBook Pro.
MacBook Pro costs $2,848.00.
The third item that would arrive at my home would be the AirPort Extreme. This is the greatest router I’ve seen. It includes a USB slot for an external hard drive or printer, allowing network accessibility to the device. AirPort Extreme cost $179.00.
My forth Apple Inc. product would be the new iMac.
I’d go with the 20” screen upgraded with the 500GB HD and 2GB of ram. Again, there are better, larger screens but within my dream world, these are the items that are realistic purchases for me. iMac costs $1,918.00.
The fifth item, and final on this list, would be the 160GB Apple TV.
This would accompany the purchase of a new HD TV from Sony, allowing me to watch videos, see pictures, and listen to music from iTunes on all my Apple computers. Apple TV costs $399.00.
These are just some of the really great products that Steve Jobs and the gang are bringing to the world of computers. And the included pictures show you how beautifully Apple, Inc. is packaging their products. They are truly a unique company and they seem to be light years ahead of anyone else.
August 1, 2007
July 28, 2007
The First Category is SUVs:
My “5 Stars” choice is the Chevrolet Tahoe. A new Tahoe moderately equipped was priced at $39,905.00.
I love the look of this SUV, and although it is not the cheapest, it is larger than the price leader and would be a great fit for our needs.
My “4 Stars” choice is the Ford Expedition. A new Expedition moderately equipped was priced at $42,055.00. This was the highest priced SUV I built. This keeps it out of the top position but it has several features we really like.
This SUV has been on the list for a few years. Some of the things added to this latest model are really nice. I really love the cooled seats. Again, the room here is what we are looking for.
My “3 ½ Stars” choice is the GMC Arcadia. A new Arcadia moderately equipped was priced at $35,960.00. This was the “best price” winner.
This is a new vehicle without many reviews completed on it yet. It is a cross over and is probably more like a car in its handling. I am not sure about the room, but if it’s good, it would probably move up the list. If it really was able to provide for all out needs, it could even move to the #1 (5 Stars) position, based on its cost.
I did price out the GMC Yukon as well which came out to be $40,160.00. That was the highest price of my list. I didn’t price the Cadillac Escalade because it is a “luxury” brand and pricing would be even higher. The Cadillac would be on my short list of purchases if I was extremely wealthy. Both the Yukon and Escalade are based on the same platform as the Tahoe so the ride, handling, room, and even features would be similar. (Of course, a salesman will disagree.)
The Second Category is Trucks:
My “5 Stars” choice is the GMC Sierra 1500. A new Sierra moderately equipped was priced at $33,655.00. This is also the “best priced” winner. I think this is the truck for me right now.
If I was going to buy a truck, this would be the one. GMC is a solid truck. The room would be great and I love the lines. It can also do its share of the chores.
My “4 Stars” choice is the Ford F-150. A new F-150 moderately equipped was priced at $34,628.00.
This is a close second…really close. I’ve liked the F-150s for a little while. The only down side I see to this one is the 2009 is a model change year where the GMC is going to last for probably 6-8 years more before a change.
I did look at the new Toyota Tundra but the price was $37,564.00 and it has a really short bed on the four door version, something Ford finally fixed on the 2007 version of their F-150.
The Third Category is Sedans:
My “5 Stars” choice is the Dodge Charger by a hair. A new Charger moderately equipped was priced at $31,665.00.
This car’s only fault is its manufacturer’s reputation. Chrysler has not had a good name for as long as I can remember. But, all of that aside, this car has everything I want. It’s a rear wheel drive muscle machine with lots of room for the family, all packaged in a tough looking sweet ride.
My “4 ½ Stars” choice is the Nissan Maxima. A new Maxima moderately equipped was priced at $31,220.00.
I drove this car a few times as a rental. I loved its handling, power and comfort. It is a great car. The back seat may be a little too small for the future but it would work great as a second family vehicle.
Of course, my dream family car is the Maxima’s luxury big brother, the Infiniti M35. A new M35 moderately equipped was priced at $44,965.00, coming way over budget. But, I can’t skip my favorite sedan.
My “3 ½ Stars” choice is the Toyota Camry. A new Camry moderately equipped was priced at $27,615.00.
It’s a Toyota. It’s a great car. It is probably going to have the same issues as the Maxima in terms of room but it’s still a solid sedan for the fam.
These were the choices I came up with and priced out. I did look at the Chevrolet Impala (cheapest priced), the new Ford Taurus (Five Hundred was a better name), and the Toyota Avalon (most expensive besides the M35).
So I think I would choose:
Chevrolet Tahoe for my SUV
GMC Sierra for my Truck
Dodge Charger for my Sedan, maybe the Nissan Maxima (this is the hardest category)
PLEASE POST YOUR OPINIONS TO THIS ENTRY. I want to know what you think.