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Tesla Cyber Truck is a joke!@#$

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , on 2019/11/22 by rmolby

So, I stayed up later than I should have to watch the Tesla Cyber Truck reveal – what a disappointment!

First of all, it looks like the F117’s steal fighter’s ugly duckling step child, and it is not practical in any way other than for some damn city slicker wannabe cowboy to roll his ATV into it and go tear up nature.

This vehicle was a masturbation of ego on Elon’s part and his designers… and what a failure! The tailgate ramp jammed, the windows broke after the impressive glass demo, the bed cover is a disaster waiting to happen.

The only really awesome item on the agenda was the stressed steel skin and maybe the glass break demo off the vehicle – I am not even going to call that a truck!!! WHATEVER Tesla!!!

This thing overall is a big pile of garbage, just like their Space Ship Mk-1 is a piece of garbage… before they put something like this in front of the publish, they need to get their $hit together and come out with a refined product like they have done with the Model S, X, 3, Y, and Semi…

I sincerely hope we will NEVER see this piece of crap waste of awesome steel technology on any web site or video channel again!

@elonmusk @Tesla are you seeing this!

You just disappointed a Tesla fan to the point where I don’t give a crap about EVs and the only reason why I will NOW buy a Tesla is because of the FSD future and the charging network.

Get off the dope and design a REAL truck… WAIT… you already have a REAL truck, why are you not scaling it down to pickup size?

REALLY?

Look to Bollinger for a real working man’s truck and to Rivian for the city slicker crowd!!!

Elon Musk – get real!!!

After publishing this post, I decided to see what others think about this dismal failure on Tesla’s part, and I think I agree with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, who compared it to Ford’s Edsel disaster, and in his NY Times piece Karen Zraik mentions Elon’s comment:

Trucks have been the same for a very long time,” he said. “Like a hundred years, trucks have been basically the same. We want to try something different.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/business/tesla-cybertruck-pickup-truck.html

No $shit Sherlock, pickups have not changed for a REASON… the basic design is sound and functional!!!

If I drop a 2x8x16 beam on the Cybertruck’s bed cover, I will need to get a new bed cover! If I drop a heavy I-beam acroiss the bed, I will have to replace the whole damn vehicle!!! At least with a regular pickup I can just replace the bed!!!

John Koetsier said it well over at Forbes:

Tesla Cybertruck Is Ugly As Sin. There, I Said It

John pretty much is on the same thought level as I am, and also likes the Bollinger Pickup and SUV…

CNN’s Business’s Peter Valdes-Dapena is also critical of the Cybertruck and even though I hate the MSM (Maint Stream Media) I have to agree for the most part what they all say.

So, I still hate it… it’s ugly… is non-functional from a work truck standpoint… it’s junk… period.

The Tesla Effect!

Posted in Economy, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2019/11/15 by rmolby

WOW, what a few eventful months it has been!

Even though I have known about Tesla for quite some time, it’s just been since late last year when the Model 3 was released that more and more people have become aware of The Tesla Effect.

What is The Tesla Effect?

To explain this, you have to first think about what it takes to operate a conventional Diesel or Gasoline car:

  • First we have to build the car (about 10,000 to 20,000 moving parts
  • Then we have to transport these cars via trucks to dealerships
  • Then the salesperson has to make the deal with you
  • Then when the tank is empty we have to fill the tank
  • To get the gasoline we need the following:
    • Expensive oil drilling equipment has to extract the oil (pollution from oil contaminated drilling mud, water, oilwell & tanker spills, etc.
    • The oil needs to be pipelined or shipped to refineries (pollution from spills and seeps, dirty bunker oil burning tankers)
    • The oil needs to be refined in old, expensive, polluting oil refineries
    • The refined gasoline needs to be pipelined or trucked to gasoline stations
    • People have to fuel their cars (pollution from spilled fuel)
  • People drive their cars (pollution from tail pipe and leaking engines)
  • We have to maintain the cars (lot’s of failures with 20000 moving parts!!!)

Now let’s look at the Tesla cars (but this holds true for many EVs):

  • We have to build the EV (less than 500 moving parts, mostly electric or servo motors, bearings, etc.)
  • Tesla sells the cars directly to customers and trucks the cars directly to them
  • People plug in the cars at home (50-75%) or plug into public recharge stations (only pollutions is from fossil fuel derived electricity, only additional electrical infrastructure required is a high Amperage electrical outlet in your garage or on the side of the house)
  • Maintenance is nominal with so few moving parts (most pollution is from making the tires, and the tire wear rubber dust)

Now, the above it very simplified, but you get the idea!

But why would we call it The Tesla Effect?

Because even though GM has been building EVs for some time, they were trying to maintain their industry dominance and built the cars inefficient to gasoline or diesel standards.

Tesla on the other hand started from scratch, never having built cars… they designed their production models from scratch to be an EV, and have been innovating the battery, motor, efficiency, and safety standards to a level that the conventional car manufacturers cannot compete.

Tesla just about obliterated sedan sales in 2018 and 2019, and I believe the other manufacturers will be shuttering all but the most budget sedan models for 2020… used sedans have dropped in value by up to 75% in some cases… you can pick up a luxury compact sedan like a BMW or Mercedes Benz for the same price as a mid range new sedan… many people not willing to pay for a Tesla will buy a used luxury car or the same priced brand new conventional car… but even this will change in 2020 – but that is just my humble opinion!

VPN for Android and iOS

Posted in Android, Internet, iPhone, Technology with tags , , , on 2019/04/03 by rmolby

I just read an article on BetaNews talking about a new DNS and VPN service CloudFlare is introducing.

After reading through this article, and upon recommendation of a freind and co-worker, I installed it on my current phone, and even though I don’t have the VPN portion (I’m on a waiting list), just using the DNS resolver through CloudFlare is making things better for me already.

ISPs spy on your Internet traffic and sell the data. I’m #380193 to get 1.1.1.1 with Warp, a free app which will make the Internet on my phone faster and more private. You should get the app to reserve a place in line. #1dot1dot1dot1 https://one.one.one.one

I am currently #380193 inline to get the VPN service, but I will definitely continue to use the DNS resolver as it sped my internet access by about 5-10%.

If you are interested in adding this to your phone, go to your respective app store, type 1dot1dot1dot1 and the app should show up in the list.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

In my previous post I reviewed the possibility to use a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (abbreviated as SGN4 fron now on) as a daily driver.

I think this is totally possible if you root and flash a ROM like LineageOS, however, it IS an old phone and it does show it at times.

So what had percolated in my mind since acquiring the SGN4 has been the severe lack of viable phones with removable batteries!

I was thinking, I really like how my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S9 (SGS9) performs, if we could just possibly get it in a package like the SGN4, then we would have something!

So, with this said, I setup up a petition to see how many people would be interested in buying a new phone that has the following parameters:

  • Exact same dimensions as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 so we can use already available protective cases
  • Exact same removable battery so we can use the plethora of available batteries
  • a modern HD display
  • a modern phone inside akin to the Note 9 or upcoming Note 10
  • USB-C
  • Wireless Charging & NFC back cover as a default
  • 256GB or better SD Card support
  • Dual SIM support for North America (shared with SD Card slot)
  • Support all AT&T and T-Mobile and International LTE Channels (like the current SGN9

I would call this phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 RETRO!

If you would be interested in buying such a phone, please head over to the petition so we can get enough votes to send this idea to Samsung!

Is using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in 2019 possible?

Posted in Android, Technology with tags , , , , , on 2019/01/25 by rmolby

So, I have been hunting around for cell phones with removable batteries, because I want to have the option of swapping batteries when I don’t have a charged powerpack available, or be able to remove the battery to reset the phone!

Using GSMarena and PhoneScoop I have been searching high and low, and few viable phones are to be found!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on GSMarena

I keep coming up with one notable hit every time I search – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – unless I select LTE channels 66 and 71 as an option!

You might think – WAIT – the Note 4? A four to five year old phone? YUP!

So I decided to look to eBay to acquire a used but working SG Note 4, and eventually came across a deal where I could get an AT&T and a T-Mobile version for $100.

I sprang for the deal and was pleased with how well taken care of the phones were, and I got 4 hard shell cases and 6 batteries to boot!

So I went for the T-Mobile version first, and realized it had been rooted, something I wanted to do anyway, and it already had TWRP, and a recent version, so I jumped right in and flashed the phone with LineageOS with Android Oreo 8.1 (I had to use the unofficial release from xda-developers).

After a little trial and error and re-reading the instructions a few times I got the phone working perfectly and to my amazement, it runs Oreo quite well.

I installed a bunch of the apps I use, and eventually I also got a SpeedTalk Wireless SIM card, and signed up for the $9 plan that includes 500 Voice Minutes, Unlimited SMS, and 500MP Data!

It works great, and if the phone is used with care, it will run all day on a charge and I can do most things I want to do with it – AWESOME!!!

So, yes, it is possible to run on a former flagship model of a phone that is 4 to 5 years old if you can find a aftermarket ROM for it that brings it into the modern world.

Linux Mint 19 MATE

Posted in Computer Software, Internet, Technology with tags , , , on 2018/12/27 by rmolby

So, last month I got ticket off at Windows 10 and installed Linux Mint 19 MATE onto one of my spare laptops, and I have not looked back.

Granted, I have a few things I will have to go back to my Windows 7 laptop for, but those things are few and far between.

With so much of our daily actions performed on the web or in the cloud, if you have Chrome or Firefox you are good to go, you really don’t need full blown apps anymore.

So, by using Free Open Source Software (FOSS) for my operating system in the form of Linux Mint 19 MATE, I incur no licensing cost. I also get 100% full control over when updates happen, which ones get installed, and when the reboot happen, if they are even needed.

I also don’t worry about stopping and rebooting if I find it necessary, because instead of having to wait forever for the computer to shut down all the services, then starting them back up, on average taking 10-15 minutes on my similarly equipped Windows 10 laptop, it takes a mere 1-2 minutes from stopping my work to being right back at it!

I have had ZERO loss of work, and nearly no down time with this setup. I then turned around and re-imaged the laptop after installing a mSATA (miniSATA) SSD drive, and now my restart time is down to about 50 seconds from when I issue the restart to when I am back on the desktop!!!

There is no contest, Linux Mint 19 runs circles around Windows 10, probably by a magnitude of 10! And I have found I can access NTFS file shares with zero issues. I can access my Drobo 5N2 ALMOST without any issues. All my online activity was already within either Firefox or Chrome, and that works flawlessly on Linux Mint.

As a matter of fact, accessing the same sites using Linux is at least twice as fast and snappy as the Windows 10 laptop, even after tweaking Windows 10 to the max!

So with all this said, and considering that I had made several attempts at switching to “beginners” version of other Linux distributions, and failing, I can say switching to Linux Mint 19 MATE has been easy and I don’t miss Windoze 10 at all!

Windows 10 Sux

Posted in Computer Software, Technology with tags , , on 2018/11/29 by rmolby

So, I got really upset after the umpteenth time of Windows 10 rebooting the computer without asking me that it is okay to do so or to ask if I have work that needs to be saved.

I operate on a laptop specifically for this reason, having an UPS and the on-board battery to keep me alive so I can leave things running while I take a break etc.

But no, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom know just when to reboot my machine… right when I have walked away to take a break and I wasn’t careful and saved my work!!!

So yesterday it happened to me at home, and today it happened to me at work, and that was the final straw!

I can’t switch to Linux at work due to work requirements and restrictions, but at home I can, and I WILL!!!

So, over these next few weeks I will be documenting my efforts and struggles switching from Windows 7/10 to Linux.

Technology – Google restructuring

Posted in Android, Blogging, Business, Economy, Technology with tags , , on 2015/08/11 by rmolby

I just saw an article on tom’s HARDWARE stating that a new umbrella company, Alphabet, will “own” Google, and that all the smaller projects they have running under the Google umbrella will become independent subsidiaries under the new Alphabet group.

According to Larry Page, this is to enable Google to re-focus on it’s core mission, and spin off any successful projects as separate business units with their own budgets and CEOs.

I personally think this is a good idea. Google is a behemoth that must be difficult to manage, and probably impossible to audit. Too many small projects cluttering up the business. By breaking things up each business unit should be able to run meaner, and maybe leaner once it is running profitably.

Employment – Another new job!

Posted in Blogging, Computer Hardware, Computer Networking, Computer Software, Employer Work, Employment, Income, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2015/06/17 by rmolby

So, this is week four of yet another new job – and I’m loving this one, too.

As it turned out, about 4-5 weeks ago a former co-worker of mine made me aware of a job position, and after hearing and reading about the employee benefits, and potential salary range, I took the plunge and applied.

Low and behold, I got a call in the middle of May, and by then end of May 2015 I was hired and working for the new employer.

I have to say, in some ways this job is easier due to the corporate compartmentalization, and all the pre-built, organized way of doing business. I have virtually no engineering to accomplish, I can shine at what I do best, which is a troubleshooter of computer and networked peripherals.

Add to that the better offering of benefits in health, life and retirement, and I am a much happier camper. So, I can say, I liked the last job very much, and I liked all the people I worked with, but I like this current job better; while I miss the previous co-workers, my current bunch are great, just as relaxed and mellow, and I am in my element.

Thank you to my fellow co-worker for getting my attention and pushing me to apply! You know how you are 🙂

Technology – Review – RCA ANT112F UHF/VHF/Digital Indoor Antenna

Posted in Entertainment, Technology with tags , , , , , on 2015/04/29 by rmolby

A few weeks ago I did a review of the iView STB3500II digital converter box to receive over the air TV.

So today I just wanted to talk about the antenna, the RCA ANT112F. This antenna reminds me of the old tube TVs from the 50s to the early 80s before cable TV. I recall one of them sitting on top of my grandparent’s TV, and our own having built-in telescoping antennas.

The part I find fascinating and intriguing is that the TV signal has to pass through a brick chimney, wall and a book case full of books and trinkets, but yet even during quite stormy days, this antenna does a great job getting enough signal to the receiver. I am totally impressed!

The antenna just sits on top of the TV armoire, so it is about 8 feet (2.4m) off the ground, so just this little bit of elevation off the ground is sufficient for good reception. My PBS station 13-2 OETA-OKLA transmits in something wider than 16:9, I am making the assumtion it is 21:9, but it looks awesome on my 720p TV, currently showing an Outdoor Oklahoma episode. PBS 13-1 OETA-HD on the other hand is in 16:9 and crystal clear watching Hometime home improvement show. 34.-1 KOCB-HD in 16:9 comes in crystal clear as well. 34-2 getTV is a classic TV channel broadcasting in 480i and the remastered B&W show on right now looks crystal clear.

And since it sits on top of the TV armoire it is just about out-of-sight, out-of-mind in my situation in the living room. I also own a Homeworx HW110AN antenna that is currently connected to my new TiVo OTA that I just got not too long ago. This antenna works great when the weather is good, but just doesn’t have enough surface to get enough signal into the TiVo during bad weather, so I will be swapping the two antennas, putting the Homework on the iView and the RCA antenna on the TiVo.

I give the RCA ANT112F a full 5 stars, considering I paid $8 for it if I recall correctly.

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