But at least it was sorry for trying to murder you.
Also, the higher up (assuming you're mounting this at ground level + 1.5ft - a garage, say - and not in a basement) you mount, the less chance of water getting up to the point of shorting out the packs.
Typical sealed lead acid batteries in my UPS devices last at most 5 years. That's with minimal use (one large outage a year, drained at most 50%, smaller minute-based outages) and no vibration to contend with for the plates within. I've seen cars and motorcycles last 7-8 years before failing. Of course, the car doesn't tell you the battery is failing until you either notice the starter moving slower under load or the car just doesn't start. UPS devices (good ones) will test the battery at least once a week to ensure fail-resistant use.
Given that these probably aren't SLA batteries, they could last much much longer depending on depth of discharge allowed. li-ion, for example does remarkably better (2000 more cycles) at only taking the depth of charge down to 75% as opposed to 30% or lower.
That's my thinking exactly. Who gives a shit what the color of the dress actually is; it's obvious from the image displayed that you're not really going to "see" the correct colors anyways.
Don't forget the fun that is "winter gasoline". The change in formula to bring about easier winter starting and combustion scrapes some number of MPG off the chart (10%? I'll admit I don't know, but that seems right.)
"There's no apparent reliable activity confirmation set up in the protocols from what I can tell, so the software never knows if a device is on or off."
So what you're saying is that the devices should probably be renamed UDP Connected.
I've thought for a while that this would be a very neat, extendable thermostat controller for the house based on a cell phone. Instead of paying hundreds to get a device that does it for you, you can pick up a pre-paid phone and wire it up. The only thing I don't know about is the controlling functionality - perhaps if you're not so savvy, base it off of wireless and control something arduino based off of the furnace - or find some way to directly have the phone interact with the existing wires coming up from the furnace... would be an interesting hack.
There's a fairly extensible app called llama for android that could be integrated into this. You can set up triggers - at least for things on the phone - so that if your cell phone sees certain cell towers/wifi, it knows where you are - you could get more advanced and also program in time of day for triggers (i.e. if I hit the cell towers 5 minutes from home and it's > 3:00pm, turn up the heat/AC so it's ready when I get home.)
I don't know about the back end integration with a thermostat, but I'm making an assumption that this could be done based on it's triggering mechanism for apps etc.
Some cars with keyless ignition do have column locks. My 2008 Lexus ES350 auto-locks the column:
1. if I shut down the car before opening the door, the act of opening the door locks the column.
2. if I shut down the car after opening the door, the car dings at me with the seatbelt chime, warning me that the column is unlocked. Upon shutting the door after exiting the car, the column locks.
What about something that I've thought about? Using a cheapie Android phone (i.e. pay as you go, can get an LG Fuel - rootable - for $10 on sale from time to time). Obviously only if you're really into digging into coding if you want absolute security, but I'm sure there's something out there perhaps pre-packaged in an app to do what you want. I've thought of this as a sort of hacked-together security system for home just to upload video of anyone coming and going from the house. And yes, I know it's not really security - but honestly, I'll defer to a monitored service if I want the "security" portion.
I've had late 90s motherboards (think AMD Athlon xxxxXP chip timeframes) from asus with bad caps; had a customer who loved to keep equipment well past serviceable date blow a few up. Since then, Gigabyte boards with solid caps - haven't had a bad board since, even though I've read reviews of others on newegg/amazon with some DOA concerns.
Ditto with EVGA; bought 2 cards direct, no issues - however if I have a choice at the time of build, I'll usually go with something with a quieter than stock aftermarket cooler attached. EVGA has (had?) a trade up program, but I upgrade so rarely that I've never taken them up on it.
Agreed; I recently started wearing earplugs on my fairly silent bike due to wind noise. Very shocked with just how fatigued my ears would get on a 3+ hour ride prior.
Motorcycles don't inherently have to be noisy. In fact, from the dealer floor - most harleys are pretty tame. (note: not a harley rider, and I detest anyone who thinks loud pipes save lives. No. No they don't.)
What's done in some instances is that they'll make a "sport shifting" mode that is selectable and it forces the CVT into locked gear ratios like a normal transmission.
My wife and I have had a Ford Freestyle for quite some time now, and it is slightly different from a normal auto... in fact her drive in the car on the way home she was doing 80mph on the freeway because she wasn't used to the sound yet!