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Comment: I had a Visa vendor account... (Score 4, Informative) 753

by gemtech (#47445821) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
One of my clients made me get it to get paid, their accounting department was paying net 90 days and required all kinds of crazy insurance to get me paid through them. So paying with the department credit card was just easier. So when I setup the credit card account, they told me it would cost me 4.0%. Every month new and mysterious (to my account rep.) charges would show up: a fraction of a percent here, fixed fees there. He could never give me an explanation of what they all were, and they weren't consistent from what I could tell. I told them that those charges were ok with me as I was passing that along to my client, but it was hard to do that when I didn't know what I would expect (I was running around $10K a month through it for some other part time contractors and equipment). When the project was over, I couldn't cancel that account fast enough.

So I perfectly understand why some stores have a minimum charge or won't take credit at all, it's a big hassle and cost.

Comment: Re:If not... (Score 1) 865

by gemtech (#46924869) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?
yes, backups. And this will only work if I can easily turn the engine off, not like my 2007 Avalon that requires me to hold the button down for at least 4 second (you know, that thing that isn't in the owner's manual) once the car is running. Yes, there have been a couple of emergency situations where I needed to shut down the engine quickly.

And the Avalon key has failed me once, had to hack in a battery (they aren't an easy to find size) to get the car started to get to the store to get a new battery.

Comment: Micro Center is better (Score 2) 423

by gemtech (#46398909) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
The local (Columbus, Ohio) Micro Center (from wiki: founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1979 by two former Radio Shack employees) has a much better selection of hobby stuff from my experience 2 weeks ago. And then there is Digikey, Mouser, Allied, etc., just a day or 2 away if you want to pay for the shipping (which sometimes makes up for the bloated Rat Shack pricing).
I would never go to Rat Shack for a cell phone or satellite TV.
Maybe batteries, but the Kroger next door had a better selection of coin cell Lithiums for odd sizes like what goes into my Toyota remote.

Comment: Re:Live in a cave (Score 1) 664

by gemtech (#46315903) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
I think you meant to say "conversion from drum to disk". I do agree that your ABS comment, the unskilled need it.
So I was unaware that racing used unboosted disk brakes, after some research they have to increase the mechanical advantage of the break pedal for that to work. What I was focused on was AS DESIGNED disk brake systems for passenger cars/trucks that must have the power boost. And this all comes back to Toyota's decision to not allow someone to easily turn off the engine when the controller has gone into the weeds.

Comment: Re:Live in a cave (Score 1) 664

by gemtech (#46313871) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
I could be wrong, but you must have had drum brakes. Drum brakes work fine without power assist, they are too sensitive with power assist (lots of surface area on the friction surfaces). I drove a 1970 Chevelle for many years with drum brakes and no power assist.

Disc brakes are another matter.

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