Wednesday, 10 January 2018

iTunes cards on sale (Australia)



Credit: Apple

Looks like you missed out on this one, but iTunes sales appear often on this site, so check back soon.

Coles has 15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards – App Store cards too – until Tuesday 16 January – not available on line. Terms & conditions apply

In recent times, Officeworks has matched iTunes sales prices from other retailers, but not this time – at least not when I checked – ymmv
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/c/technology/audio/itunes-cards

More gift card bargains at Gift Cards On Sale:
https://www.giftcardsonsale.com.au
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Another use for a Tesla Model X – towing a semi


Recently, on these pages, we looked at an unexpected use of a Tesla Model X: speeding up an internal combustion car at the drag strip (check it out at https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/12/how-to-make-alpha-romeo-alfa-romeo-4c.html).

With the recent cold snap in the USA, another use has come to light: towing a semi truck after it has become stuck in the snow.



Unfortunatley, videos on YouTube are removed or have availability changed from time-to-time. If the video above no longer works for you, try this:



Electrek – Watch a Tesla Model X all-electric SUV pull a semi truck out of the snow
https://electrek.co/2018/01/04/tesla-model-x-all-electric-tow-semi-truck-snow/
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Sunday, 17 December 2017

How to make an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider faster at the drag strip



Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Credit: Motor Trend Canada

To add a little perspective – an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider can do 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds.1,2,3

Question: How to make an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider faster at the drag strip?
Answer: Put it on a trailer & tow it with a Tesla Model X.



Better coverage with additional material below. Don't be put off by the first frame you see.



At one point in the video above, the reporter says, “They get in the passenger's seat & go full Tourette’s4 on us.” This is the sort of thing he’s talking about:
https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2015/02/how-much-fun-is-tesla-model-s.html
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1 “Factory testers say it’ll hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds” – Motor Trend Canada: “2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider First Drive Review”, http://www.motortrend.ca/en/news/2015-alfa-romeo-4c-spider-first-drive-review/


2Alfa Romeo 4C Spider can do 0-100km.h in 4.5 seconds” – Finance: “Tesla’s Model X races a sportscar towing an 1800kg trailer”, https://finance.nine.com.au/2017/12/01/14/38/tesla-model-x-beats-supercar-while-towing-an-1800kg-trailer


3 “... zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds which means it would embarrass a Lamborghini Diablo in a straight line.” – Motor Trend Channel: “2017 Bentley Bentayga vs. 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous - Head 2 Head Ep. 76”, see second video above


4 Merriam-Webster: “Definition of Tourette’s syndrome”, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tourette's%20syndrome

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Tesla Truck event – video – update 3



Tesla Truck, Elon Musk, Tesla Truck
Credit: Tesla/SlashGear


Tesla Truck – view through the windscreen – note central seating position & screens on either side
Credit: Tesla

Updates Saturday 18 & Monday 20 November – two new videos – text updates in this font.

Update 15 December – added Tesla's video of the entire event – 35 minutes.


Some highlights:

● 500 mile (800 km) range –
full load at highway speed
Megachargers add 400 miles of range in 30 minutes
Network of Megachargers world wide
● driver sits in the centre with a screen on either side
● passenger/alternate driver seat is behind & to one side

● one million miles (1.6 million km) without a breakdown! – guaranteed! – with four motors, two can fail & the truck can complete delivery – & still out-torque a diesel

“You never need to replace brake pads ever.” – long brake life is a recognised advantage of electric vehicles because in large measure, braking is provided by regenerative braking – also improving range, efficiency & total cost of ownership

● enhanced autopilot standard1
● platooning included2

● torque vectoring enabled by 4 motors with microsecond control makes jack-knifing “impossible”

“A diesel truck will be 20% more expensive than a Tesla semi per mile ... worst case scenario.”

● with platooning, make that 100% more efficient
● with platooning, efficiency exceeds rail
“Production begins 2019.”

Video of the entire event – if you don't have 35 minutes, check the next video down





And, “some unannounced”?3 – the new Tesla Roadster



● 0-60 mph 1.9 seconds – that's 1.44 g4 – first production vehicle to go under 2 seconds

● 0-100 mph 4.2 seconds
● quarter mile 8.9 seconds
● 250 mph (402 km/h) top speed

“The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made – period.” This means a top speed in excess of the 257.87 mph (415 km/h) (arguably 267.856 mph (431.072 km/h)) attributed to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, World Record Edition.5 Alternatively, as Elon Musk has done before, it may be a reference to the 0-60 mph time – &/or 0-100 mph &/or quarter mile times.

● 200 kWh battery pack
● range 620 miles (just under 1,000 km)

three motors – two driving the rear, one driving the front

● 2+2 seating
available 2020

“Roadster Test Ride” video below, includes 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds.


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1 “Enhanced autopilot”, aka, “full self driving capability”, as Tesla describes it on their Model S order page: https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/pdkXbCCJ7TzXm184bA-N2-w2PbE=/1800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/9022425/autopilot.png


2 hhg2Tech: “Platooning lets trucks make better use of roads, save fuel & reduce greenhouse gasses”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2016/04/platooning-lets-trucks-make-better-use.html


3 hhg2Tech: “Tesla Truck – new teaser image + invites to unveiling event”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/11/tesla-truck-new-teaser-image-invites-to.html


4 60 mph = 96.56 kph
= (96.56 * 1000) / (60 * 60) metres per second
= 26.822 metres per second

v = u + at
26.822 = 0 + a * 1.9
26.822 = a * 1.9
26.822/1.9 = a
a = 14.117 metre/sec/sec

Acceleration due to gravity = 9.8 metre/sec/sec

a = 14.117 / 9.8 g
a = 1.44 g


5 Wikipwedia: “Production car speed record”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_car_speed_record#Bugatti_Veyron_limiter_removal

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Tesla Truck unveiling “will blow your mind clear out of your skull” – update


Update – teaser video


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After having been postponed from 26 October, this “mind blowing” event is just 15 hours away as of this writing.1

And ... video has appeared of what appears to be a test mule



No sign of exhaust, remarkably quiet as the mule moves away, & it bears a striking resemblance to a truck in the background of the previously published image of an apparent Tesla Truck prototype.2


Tesla Truck, with apparent test mule circled in red
Credit: Electrek

Electrek – “Tesla Semi working test mule potentially captured on video for first time”,
https://electrek.co/2017/10/10/tesla-semi-test-mule-spotted-video-driving-street/
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1 20:00 Thursday 16th November US west coast time

that's:

04:00 Friday 17th GMT

15:00 Friday 17th Australian east coast daylight saving time (NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania)

14:00 Friday 17th Queensland time


2 Hhg2Tech: “Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/10/is-this-first-sighting-of-tesla-semi.html

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Tesla Truck – new teaser image + invites to unveiling event



Latest teaser image of the Tesla Truck
Credit: Tesla/Electrek

After postponing the original event planned for 26 October,1 Tesla has issued invitations to the rescheduled unveiling of its electric Tesla Truck2 on 16 November.

Plus, there is reason to believe that, “some unannounced”, will also be revealed at the event.

Electrek:
https://electrek.co/2017/11/03/tesla-semi-electric-truck-unveiling/
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1 hhg2Tech: “Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck?”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/10/is-this-first-sighting-of-tesla-semi.html


2 Details about the Tesla Truck have been sparse, but at the link below, Elon Musk has a few interesting things to say on the subject, including:


“So this is a heavy duty, long range, semi-truck. So it’s like the highest weight capability & with long range ... out-torque any diesel semi & if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.”


“... so nimble & you’re in this giant truck.”


hhg2Tech: “Elon Musk – why Tesla is Boring, SpaceX, Mars, autonomy, semi (video)”, https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/05/elon-musk-why-tesla-is-boring-spacex.html

/ semi truck tractor trailer semi trailer semi-trailer prime mover Tesla semi truck 26th 26 October 26th Tesla unveil all-electric truck shake up the trucking industry truck Tesla teaser photo Tesla reddit user posted photo can’t confirm source undisclosed place California where they test Tesla vehicles logos other confirmation actual Tesla truck looks like headlights fenders match up nose angle windshield looks similar teaser photo spy shots automotive industry tested before release real-world experience test cars manufacturers design release Tesla single design look looks futuristic semi tractor semi tractors prime mover prime-mover prime mover aerodynamic shroud reduce drag reduce fuel consumption reduce energy consumption, but Tesla’s design step beyond other designs on the road today Tesla’s design semi tractor prototype large engine compartment electric truck motor located between the axles other Tesla vehicles Tesla’s design more aerodynamic more roomy cabin driver long-haul trucking market store batteries truck photo teaser photo image aerodynamic shrouds reduce drag trailer tractor trailer aerodynamic wheel covers aerodynamic benefits teaser image Tesla truck /

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Donald Trump is a humble man – much more humble than you would understand



Confession – I don’t understand either – perhaps I’ve been mislead by everything he says & does.

Although there may be another explanation –

The Hill – “MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch: Trump possesses traits of a sociopath”
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/347712-msnbcs-donny-deutsch-trump-possesses-symptoms-of-a-sociopath

Independent – “Donald Trump is a sociopath & I fear he’s losing his mind, says former US Labor Secretary – We know he’s a sociopath, but he seems to be growing worse”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-losing-his-mind-robert-reich-former-us-labour-secretary-us-president-white-house-a7777161.html

USA Today – “Donald Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/04/trump-malignant-narcissistic-disorder-psychiatry-column/101243584/
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