Had a Mac Air, but
replaced with Dell XPS 13 developer edition with Linux (Ubuntu) using the
Gnome Flashback Metacity, not the default Unity
at login. Yes, Dell sells it with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed.
Long battery life, light weight, avoid the Apple bugs
Costs include the transit time. As others have noted,
public transit is much slower than driving in most cases.
I commuted via rail near San Francisco for years (caltrain)
and considered it ok. Not smelly, not too crowded except
on a MLB night. Still, useless now to take transit
as wife simply is no longer able to walk far enough
to make use of the limited times and access.
Rails are great because they own the space. Not competing with cars.
Buses are...generally horrible... as they have all the problems
of using the same roads as cars plus scheduling issues and
I'll believe Bolt when they start shipping to customers.
GM has a long history of not delivering what they
promised. Will Bolt be like Fiat 500e, loss leader,
hence low volume by plan or ???
Going to be interesting to watch.
RyanFenton: the use of various techniques to discredit
aspects of science that suggested
companies had to change their behavior began in the 1950's.
For example, denying that smoking harmed health.
Denying that chemicals were poisoning birds.
For the details see "Merchants of Doubt"
by Oreskes and Conway.
"Natural Effects" is a complete cop-out, since all natural effects involve
changes that force climate change. And those forcing
effects are measureable (are the deniers pretending the
forcing issues unmeasured or unmeasurable?).
Mounting sllghtly off the roof, to the roof, gets decent solar generation
and shades the roof in high summer and... minilmizes the danger
from high winds. Having panels up in the air on one of those
rare 50MPH winds is... scary.
Currently using an inexpensive single-led backyard white light.
6 inch square solar panel. Small battery hidden
somewhere inside. Stays astonishingly bright all night illuminating
a rose tree (pointing a bit down, not up at the sky). Way more than
enough to read by. Something to free much of the world from