GM’s future bio-sedans?

GM’s domestic market with E85 FFVs has been limited to the big boys: trucks and SUVs. But they’ve been “dabbling” if you will with what may be their next generation. Saab sedans.

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E85 Flex conversion kits

It was only a matter of time. For those who like their existing car but want to run E85, here is a major part of your solution: a conversion kit.

According to their press release Abcesso is now making their Ethanol FFV conversion kit available in the US. Be warned, however, that there are additional concerns.

In addition to the fuel management systems, you will want to ascertain the fuel system component’s ability to handle higher concentrations of ethanol. While all US cars sold in the last couple decades are able to support up to E20 (20% ethanol/80% gasoline mixture) throughout the system, E85 may not be safe for the tank and fuel lines. Check with the manufacturer and a knowledgeable mechanic as to what your vehicle’s system uses for these components.

Even for vehicles that are built with ethanol friendly componentry, you still want to exercise restraint. Sludge builds up in the bottom of gasoline tanks. Ethanol mixtures will tend to clean them out. If you have a car with say 30,000 miles on it, you’ve got a good deposit of sludge. If you switch to E85 without cleaning the tank out, you’ll flush a large portion of that gunk into the engine.

Your options here are to have the tank cleaned (or do it yourself, it generally isn’t complicated) , or to gradually increase your ethanol usage. For example, run 10% for a month and gradually increase the percentage each time you fill the tank. Try to keep the tank at half or more, the lower you go the higher the concentration of sludge that will come out. You want a nice, easy transition.

What is it with web “designers” and tiny boxes?

I see a growing number of web “designs” where the page is really a small subset of available viewing space. Even on a 14″ screen these boxes would take up maye two inches of screen. In other words, the lines break every half dozen words or so. Irritating. Simply irritating.

The worst offenders of decent taste are found on OSWD. Not all templates there are like this, but sadly many are and their numbers grow. Hopefully this phase will pass, as the “dark as midnight with a bit of light colored text” templates are finally, thankfully, passing into their richly deserved oblivion.

Now why do I put quotes around the words “design” and “designer”? Simple. Real design entails considering usability and function. The usability of these types of tempaltes is atrocious at best. Hence, they are not design. Feel free to call them art, but not design. Using less than a quarter of the available space and forcing users to use your little scrollbars is not usable. Making it a color other than white does not mean elementary design rules about whitspace usage do not apply.

I suppose if you really don’t have much/anything to say maybe it is useful. But then again, if you’ve got nothing to contribute, don’t.

Enterprise Application Messaging

Mail Enabled Applications, or MEAs, have great potential in an Enterprise Messaging Environment. They have the potential to cause great harm to mail flow and mailbox availability, as well as the ability to enable better communication and performance of non-email based business processes. As such a comprehensive policy should be established in every Enterprise to provide a framework for managing them. By doing so, the Enterprise can reap the benefits of MEAs while minimizing or even eliminating the dangers and risks.

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US Government and its wars on ideas.

Much talk of late has been about how the War on Terrorism is a War on Ideas, and this can not be one. This may be true, but is not a given, nor is the first. We’ll look at the US Federal Government’s (FedGov) history with “War onX” where X is not a state or entity. This series will start with looking at the war on Poverty started by President Johnson, work it’s way through the War on Drugs, and ultimately the War on Terror.

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And the Winner is: Ethanol power

The European Shell Eco-marathon for 2006 came to a close a couple months ago. Taking top place in distance travelled for energy used was an ethanol powered vehicle, beating out the Hydrogen ones. It also beat them out in terms of GHG emissions.

And nobody but nobody can rightly claim the Hydrogen powered vehicles were just immature or inefficient:

“While most hydrogen engines use around 95% of their fuel efficiently, the Danish engineers have developed new technology, which allows 100% of theydrogen to be used in the fuel cell. “

The top 5 played outwith Ethanol in first and fifth, with Hydrogen filling the gap.

Clearly there is nothing inherently inefficient about Ethanol. Especially compared to gasoline.

Claims That Harm Global Warming Proponents

I recently made an entry in which I assert that one of the problems of GW is the many unbeleivable claims associated with it. So, I figured I’d post some of them.

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