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  • 2006 Blue Ridge Parkway and Deal's Gap Trip Photos
    05/24/2006 11:43PM
    I've put up photos of my trip with Ian down the Blue Ridge Parkway and through Deal's Gap.

    Photos are here.
  • Kia Diesel Minivan: Why Not In the US?
    05/18/2006 1:50PM
    On a recent trip to the UK, I had the unexpected pleasure of driving a Kia Sedona 7 passenger minivan with a 2.9 litre, 16 valve turbodiesel engine.

    The fit and finish of the van were excellent, as was power, drivability and fuel economy.

    While driving the van heavily loaded with 6 passengers and way too much luggage, I was still able to get nearly 40 miles per gallon(!) at steady highway speeds between between 80 and 90 MPH. Not bad at all, considering I was paying about $7 US per gallon of diesel.

    Now the question is, with all the recent wailing and nashing of teeth about fuel prices and fuel economy here in the US, why aren't vehicles like this on sale here?

    One would hope that such vehicles would become available here sooner rather than later.

    Hey Kia,  jump in now and you could OWN this market niche for quite some time to come--how about it? I'd by one of these today if I could.
  • Mercedes Smart Car Finally Available In US
    05/18/2006 1:24PM
    ...but NOT through Mercedes. Rather, ZAPcars has become a direct importer for the cars and has the exclusive ten year distribution rights in the US.

    Only the gas two door version will be available in the US; you'll have to gray market a diesel model from Canada if you want one, and forget the four door model. The four doors sold so poorly in Europe that Daimler Benz is dropping that model and sticking to the two door model.

    Details on how to get yours are here
  • Using your Treo 700w as a modem
    05/11/2006 10:51AM
    If you have a Treo 700w or some other Windows Mobile 5 device, you will doubtlessly want to connect your laptop through it. Verizon has turned this capability off.

    To work around this problem take a look at a package called pdanet.

    Works like a champ.
  • Buffet speaks on the Real Estate Bubble and Mortage Financing
    05/07/2006 8:35AM
    As reported by cnn.com:

    Buffett: "Dumb lending always has its consequences. It's like a disease that doesn't manifest itself for a few weeks, like an epidemic that doesn't show up until it's too late to stop it Any developer will build anything he can borrow against. If you look at the 10Ks that are getting filed [by banks] and compare them just against last year's 10Ks, and look at their balances of 'interest accrued but not paid,' you'll see some very interesting statistics [implying that many homeowners are no longer able to service their current debt]."

    You can read the full article here.