The great iPhone experiment

On September 8th, Android 11 was released to Pixel devices and unfortunately, I installed it on my trusty Pixel 3.  Pretty quickly, it started bootlooping and never recovered (despite a trip to UBreakIFix and a plea to Google).  Even though I have a Google-made phone running a Google-made OS on a Google-made cellular network, they …

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Living with an electric car in Wisconsin: The Range

Back in May, I drove my new 2016 e-golf out to Madison and it left me thinking that it’s not a great option for that drive.  With the 24.2-kWh battery pack, my car has an EPA estimated range of 83 miles (which should be plenty of range to get there).  In practice, the range is …

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Living with an electric car in Wisconsin: The Battery

One of my big concerns when I bought my 2016 VW e-Golf was how long the battery pack would last.  As we established in the previous e-Golf post, if it lasts as my daily driver for 5 years, it should effectively pay for itself.  I’m not terribly worried about the battery degrading that fast. Fully …

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Living with an electric car in Wisconsin: The Price

As I mentioned in a previous post, I bought my 2016 VW e-Golf for $10,640 but it wasn’t the first electric car that I looked at.  Before that, I tried to lease a 2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV but no dealer anywhere near me was willing to provide one.  At the time, they were offering them …

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Why I don’t recommend buying a new cell phone

In September 2018, I bought a 128gb Pixel 2 off of eBay for $439.  In November 2018, I bought a 128gb Pixel 3 off of Google’s Play Store for $949.34.  That’s a difference of $510.34 and the Pixel 3 is just not $510.34 more phone than the Pixel 2.  I bought it during a 1-day …

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Living with an electric car in Wisconsin: The Heater

Back in May, I bought a 2016 VW e-Golf (my first electric car).  Before I bought it, I did a ton of research and I knew theoretically what I was getting into but really needed to figure out a few things in practice.  Two weeks after it arrived at my house, I tried a roadtrip …

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My prefered tools for coding

Back in 2011, I wrote few short posts about what I install right after reinstalling windows.  I figured that 9 years is enough time between these kinds of posts.  This time, I’m going to go over my prefered tools for writing code.

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I tried to do a roadtrip in the new electric car

Last week, I drove from Milwaukee to Madison and back again in the new car.  The 2016 e-Golf has a stated range of 83 miles between charges.  I wanted to see what that looks like in real life. A level 2 charger needs roughly four hours to fully charge the battery.  A level 3 charger …

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