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Charging on the go. An EV problem that gets some press. But Tesla has this figured out

I’m talking about all the “news” related to EV charging woes. And yes it is in an issue. As noted by several cabinet level people while trying to take a drive. EV companies are also now touting their hybrids as a means to work around this. I’ve got a few brief thoughts.

24 views • Sep 21, 2023

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I’m talking about data privacy in cars

Do you know what your info your car collects about you? Your voice? Your face? And do you know what is done with that info? Ever see a privacy policy?

33 views • Sep 11, 2023

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A few thoughts about Tesla, and teslas secret sauce. Plus … even the robots know the storm is coming

7 views • Aug 30, 2023

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A hiking trip in Whistler (British Columbia)

We were on vacation and I decided to hike alone. Which was both scary and exhilarating. I tell my story. I was never in any real danger. But try convincing yourself of that when you’re slightly lost. By the way, the day before I showed symptoms of altitude sickness and was pretty wiped out. In retrospect, I probably should not have taken this hike on alone; I was possibly asking for trouble. And clearing up one point, the hike itself wasn’t so bad. It was more about my fatigue, coupled with the altitude that were the real challenges.

5 views • Aug 11, 2023

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A look inside the haunted mansion, and specifically a look at the omnimover.

I used legos to create a model of the omnimover, a staple from Walt Disney world. It’s most notably used in the haunted mansion. And I show you how a couple of effects are done. Video clip from:

65 views • Aug 3, 2023

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Hydroponics update: after a few weeks…how did things work out?

After a few weeks, I’m ready o call my trial a success. I share the experience with you. Next up: I’m going to put more things in the tub to start growing! Note: The flora series product I show in the pic and mention in the video is not an endorsement, nor was this a promotional item for me. I purchased it based on reviews, and will continue to use it as it seems to be working. I am happy to report on my success using the product.

149 views • Jul 26, 2023

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Charging on a Disney road trip - in the model Y

This is the same road trip, using the Model 3 with a lower battery capacity, about 3 months ago. Charging while on a short road trip.

48 views • Jul 19, 2023

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Dave’s thoughts about car companies collecting data, right to repair laws, and how these intersect.

Massachusetts passed a right to repair law, given that consumers need to be able to determine what’s wrong with their cars and then repair issues. But the data is not (necessarily) stored in the car, as it’s sent back to the manufacturer for some kind of data collection. So there’s a lot to unpack and I’m talking about it.

13 views • Jul 12, 2023

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Getting started with hydroponics.

I decided to give hydroponics a go. I talk about what drove me into it and the way I chose to do it. I talk about the setup and some of the “quirks” that I encountered. And yes, the photo of me on the title card shows my not at all green thumb. 😁

7 views • Jul 5, 2023

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What fits in the model Y?

I wanted to see how big the cargo space is in my model y, and just how many bags I can fit. I was surprised at the answer. Given the space underneath, and the frunk, you really can take a lot with you.

144 views • Jun 27, 2023

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Stock purchases and CarPlay.

I talk about my decision to purchase some additional Tesla shares when the stock split. And of course, the price went down. It’s since recovered. But it’s never dull being on the rollercoaster. Later, I purchased some ChargePoint stock, and it went up a little … and then Tesla announced a partnership with GM and that stock price went down too. Go figure. In the second part of the video, I discuss what updates Apple did make in iOS 17 related to CarPlay. It’s not much, but it is a step forward. They added SharePlay so everyone can play their playlist. And they’ve added charging stops to Apple Maps. Editors note: after this was recorded, Apple announced that later this year they will be implementing some additional things in the CarPlay space. So stay tuned.

23 views • Jun 20, 2023

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I’m discussing Apple Car Play, even though it was not mentioned in the 2023 apple WWDC.

Apple didn’t provide any updates about car play during their annual developers conference. Instead I look at back at what they said last year, and discuss what that means for car companies moving forward. Why doesn’t Tesla support car play? And why is GM about to stop using it, too? Because they make software a priority and don’t want apple taking over their systems. Please note: in the cover picture for this video, and in the video itself I show a screen shot of a device that can be used to get car play in your Tesla. I am not endorsing this product, I am only using it for illustration.

112 views • Jun 13, 2023

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There is range and there is effective range. I’m talking about them while taking a road trip

My car has a stated range of 330 miles. But how far can I actually drive? And while 100% charge makes sense when leaving home, does it make sense on a return trip? I discuss the effective range at 1:47 There are also a few unusual things I saw while charging which you’ll find at 4:10 And otherwise just tell you about charging, and sum up the trip at the end.

18 views • Jun 7, 2023

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Elon Musk, a modern day Thomas Edison?

Elon musk is ever the showman. In many ways he’s a modern day Thomas Edison. I take a look at him and his success, and I talk about how Tesla and SpaceX have success with him as the front man.

5 views • May 31, 2023

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Thoughts about Tesla park assist and how it works.

Tesla quietly announced they are no longer installing parking sensors (LiDAR) in cars, removing sensors from cars that come in for service, and will be disabling them completely in a future software update. The replacement is “park assist,” and it uses a camera based system that is not quite ready for prime time. I’ve got some thoughts about park assist, how it works (and sometimes doesn’t), and look at the front facing cameras. Will they improve it? Probably. But for now it’s just “okay” And at the end I show the setting to increase font size.

173 views • May 23, 2023