Electric does have a good torque profile though. 100% of torque at 0 RPM. That makes a turbo diesel look anemic for torque.
I have always thought we could ditch the crappy gensets we get saddled with for a proper electric hybrid. Really all it needs is a little regen for the house bank to do amazing recharge, and the ability to run from the main engine to be infinitely better than the sad efficiency genset engine. I agree more would be better, but just enough to be a 4k genset and a tiny bit of battery would be a great upgrade if really integrated into the house systems.
Something like a truck version of the diesel electric Locomotive - I don't see any reason why something similar wouldn't work for a high power prime mover. This is already available - not cheap, but actually available for medium duty trucks now.
Diesel electric hybrid
Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks
This one could go either way. I think I will wait until we see exactly what this will cost and exactly who will benefit most. Something like this could end up making the devices we use more expensive. So like I say, I will wait and see what comes of it before deciding whether to support or oppose it.
I am concerned about large public WiFi networks, unless they are offered by private companies. If it's set up and run by the government, it will be poorly run, and it will be a huge source of information for the government to harvest without much, if any, accountability.
I can only imagine all of the malware and hacking which would run rampant on such a network, especially if everyone were connected to it due to it being cheap or free.
That's why windows stuff is secure with no malware, because it isn't cheap or free while Linux is loaded with malware because its free. Oh wait. I think I got that wring. Lol
But Linux is definitely not run by the government!
Got my call sign today. Unfortunately, the last 3 alpha are BVD. I am going to apply for a vanity.
I picked up some RG8x at HRO. Thanks Jeff for the suggestion. When asked for my new call sign, a few customers laughed and said I may want a vanity CS. Yeap, now I do. Will test the new coax tonight and try it out tomorrow night on a checkin.
Another question, how close can I mount the a CB antenna to the short dual band comet. Atop my ladder?
People definitely won't have trouble remembering it!
Jeff - I was surprised when we got here (Bouse) in Nov and found that Verizon had implemented 4G in Q. Not in Bouse or Parker yet though - still 3G.
Grand Junction CO where we spend the summer is now 4G so it looks like it's time to upgrade. Hate to lose that unlimited data allowance though.Clay, if you go with Mellenicom Hotspot, you get the Verizon 3G/4G 4620LTE Jetpack with 20G of data for $69/month. That is better than Verizon offered us, plus Millenicom is month to month with no contract....
I think I may go with an USB modem instead of a hotspot. Three different Verizon techs have told me I can't use a MiFi as a network router for my two laptop home network. I spent some time trying to do it anyway with a friends MiFi with no luck. I am going to try it using a plain old router for the home network and a MiFI for both laptops to connect to the internet to see if that will work.
If not I will go with a Cradlepoint wireless router and an aircard (USB modem)plugged into it.
Millicom offers a plan with a USB modem also I think.
Depending on how technically savvy you are, it is possible to set up a wifi router as a wifi "repeater" using a 3rd party firmware (I use dd-wrt, dd-wrt site). It supports a lot of different routers and allows much greater control of the router than most firmware allows. I had a setup in my RV where I had one router set up as a wifi receiver and another as the router I used in the trailer. Even had a vonage connection through it. Then you could connect to the wifi with the router set up as a wifi receiver, and then use it as the basis for a wired network.
I did go into the gmail website and did change the gmail password...
I have my gmail account on my Morotola Droix Maxx (Android) phone but there is no way to sign out and then sign back in...any suggestions or am I fine with just changing the password via the gmail website?
Turn off the phone - This will cause any apps that are logged in anywhere to go offline. Change the password, then turn the phone on. The phone will ask for a new password because it can't log in with the old one.
Wow! Almost 2 years since Spot entered your life! A lot of water under the bridge. I still get visions of Data from STNG when I read your posts, which I have been following since the beginning. Thank you for the glimpses into life in your part of Texas, and I hope it continues for many years to come.
On 18 Dec, a very large cat showed up at our house. It was late and cold, and he looked in the door and made it clear he wanted inside. Well, since we have two cats already and he was a stranger, we could not let him in the house. WLToo walked out and the cat ran to him, so he walked the cat into the garage and into the climate controlled room out there.
He was extremely hungry and thirsty, but in otherwise good condition and very clean. We fixed up a bed for him, set up the feeding and elimination stations, and went to bed.
Next day, we worked in the garage all day, while the big guy slept or supervised. We found him to be an intact male, no sign he's ever worn a collar, and he has a strong need to be in the general vicinity of humans. For an intact male, he's remarkably mellow - I don't think he was the alpha cat in his previous home.
Have had zero responses to the "found cat" notices around the area and online, so we'll be working with the local rescues to get him neutered and all his shots, then find him a home. We can't keep him because he's just too big for our two cats to share our small house. Alex would have another emotional meltdown, and I don't want to go through that mess again (long, ugly story).
For now, we're calling him Spot, not that he answers to it (does answer to "Kitty, Kitty"). No idea how he travels; we'll find out when we take him to the vet on Tuesday.
If anyone knows of someone who would like a large (about 15-18 pounds) cat who needs to be with people, please let me know. No cat novices, please; this cat needs someone who knows exactly how to handle an adult cat of this size, especially when he's feeling frisky.
We're at Canyon Lake, TX, so if there are any Winter Texans nearby who would like to meet him and maybe give him a home, that would be great.
DW likes to spend time on the lap top while we are traveling. I am going to look for a bigger capacity battery.
However, is there an easy way to get that baby powered up from the vehicle 12 volt system. The car has a USB port in addition to the 12 volt outlet. The truck has 12 volt outlets only.
I use a purpose built AC/DC -> DC power supply when I'm running the laptop in the car.
Here is the one I use: Targus 120 watt ac/dc universal laptop power supply
And if that's a little too expensive, here's a DC only supply: 120W 12-24V Universal Laptop Adapter with 12 Tips & Smart LCD Display
I've just found that every extra step between the laptop and the source of the power means less efficiency.
To find a lot of choices google the term "laptop DC power 120 W"
My laptop is a 17 inch Dell Studio 1745. It pulls between 90 and 100 watts from the power supply.
Just a thought - Your cable modem may work on < 20 volts through a switching power supply (no transformer, basically a voltage regulator and some diodes for making it DC), and since the voltage being applied to the power supply is greater than the required voltage, the cable modem can still run.
When you have multiple devices using your home connection, how do you monitor your usage?
We use "XFinity" (Comcast) at home and they have a total usage graph on their web site.
I have my Samsung Galaxy Nexus set up now as a 4G hotspot. I am searching high and low in "Settings" and find no mention of channel settings.
I am also looking for a way to determine broadcast channel settings on my home, Cisco router and, so far, no luck.
Guess you could always use PDAnet BT or USB.I don't find it on the stock hotspot either. I haven't used the stock hotspot capability, but I've used numerous third-party apps and they allow it. Sorry for the confusion.
On your router I would guess it would be in the settings where you set your SSID.
The stock hotspot for my Verizon Thunderbolt has the Wi-Fi channel in the advanced settings (Hit the "menu" across the bottom of the handset and select the "Advanced" choice that pops up.