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Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 1) 106

Every car I have owned has had to have the mechanical parking brake adjusted at one point. I even had the cable break on one which left me with no parking brake.
Mechanical light switches? I have an older house and I am constantly replacing old mechanical light switches. They break all the time.
Toyota was working on an electric car with Tesla a few years ago but broke off cooperation. One of the issues (don't know if this was a "deal breaker") was that the old school Toyota engineers just couldn't fathom how an electric parking brake would work. In addition to the electric parking brake, Tesla has electric standard brakes (Bosch iBooster system)... the brakes are great.

Comment 8008 (Score 3, Interesting) 857

I see no one has mentioned the 8008 yet so I guess I'm the oldest geezer.
Popular Electronics had plans for an Intel 8008 based computer so I hand wired it on a homebuilt chassis. 256 bytes of memory. Programmed in bare machine code (no stinking assembler crutch). Added an octal keyboard and display which made it much easier to program. Also added a cassette tape interface which could store and read programs... Programmed and ran a few games on it.
I think I still have it buried under the house somewhere.

Comment Re:I want a pickup (Score 1) 271

I think Tesla is planning a pickup truck since they are very popular. I don't know why since most of them that I see on the road are empty in the back "pickup" part.
I guess people are enamored with the idea that some day they might want to put a board in the back and drive home and do some home improvement work... someday...

Comment Works for me! (Score 3, Interesting) 130

A year ago I was facing the decision to replace my aging MacBook Air with one of Apple's expensive but pathetic newer models and decided to get a Chromebook (Asus Flipbook) instead for much less money. Best decision ever!
Not only is the Asus faster than my MacBook (which seems to have gotten slower with every Apple update) but I have access to my Android apps plus apps written for the Chromebook. I use Google docs for all of my wp, presentations and spreadsheets (and great collaborative workspaces).
I've installed Crouton for the times when I need Linux for programming, etc. Just a tab switch from ChromeOS to Linux. Remarkably fast.
Couldn't be happier.
For my uses, it's definitely a PC and does everything I need.

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