Friday, December 18, 2009

smashed

So I just achieved 7.86 L/100km on a tank of gas. Feel pretty good. Still had about 3.835L of gas left too.

It was a little scary, as the fuel gauge needle was angrily pointing at the letter E for quite a while. I clenched my butt for a bit when I was midway home and I hit a wall of traffic. But with a bit of creative downshifting and some daft lane changes (all the while using my indicators for the win), I avoided most stop and go situations.

I would have taken a picture of my car dash, but as irony would have it, my cell phone ran out of battery.

How fitting.

Monday, December 14, 2009

iphone users not so smug

Just want to quickly say, "ha!" to the iphoners amongst you.

My co-worker and I recently decided to compare the speed of web browsers between my lowly Nokia N95 and his iphone 3G.

There was no comparison. He trounced me in every which way. He was able to log into facebook and write something on my wall before I was even able to log in.

It was the same when we went to engadget.com at the same time. He was reading the articles while my phone was still trying to figure out which way the image went.

Sad.

But today, I finally installed skyfire for the N95. And now, my page download/rendering speeds actually beat his phone. Feel pretty smug.

Of course, the facebook login he still killed me. T9 texting just doesn't work well as a way to log into websites.

if you make driving slow a game....

Then it becomes sort of fun. Always trying to drive with the goal of saving fuel then becomes not as big of a chore as one would imagine.

Let's face it, the Golf GTI is not a fuel sipper, but considering I have close to 200 hp under the hood, with 230 lb/foot of torque, and the car is essentially 9 years old, I'm still getting decent mileage.

In fact, I just beat the estimates posted by the US Gov, here. It said that highway was 28 MPG, well bucko, I got 28.95 MPG. I win.

Now if only I could accelerate like a turtle and not get every other driver on the road upset.