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Jaguar

Jaguar F-Pace, my TDI replacement
Jaguar F-Pace, my TDI replacement

New Desktop

Feeling somewhat limited by my previous main desktop machine, I decided it was time to get a new desktop computer at home. I considered different options including a pre-built workstation but settled on building a traditional ATX style computer, for it offered the greatest flexibility. Things have changed since I last build a desktop from components, and so I got to use newer technologies like MVNe M.2 SSD and a modular power supply.

Core i7 Skylake and DDR4 memory
Core i7 Skylake and DDR4 memory
Motherboard
Motherboard

Current specifications:

  • Fractal Design Define R4 Case
  • Antec EDG 750W Modular Power Supply
  • ASUS Z170-PRO Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-6700 8M Skylake Processor with HD 530
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4 3200 MHz
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 960 4GB GDDR5
  • Samsung 950 Pro M.2 256GB SSD

Mocha

Mocha exploring at the park
Mocha exploring at the park
Mocha in her car seat
Mocha in her car seat
Mocha guarding the house from the deck
Mocha guarding the house from the deck

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

Shortly before Christmas this past December, I visited the Tesla showroom at Country Club Plaza here in Kansas City. Like many I had been reading about the Model S for years, with its all electric propulsion, low environmental impact, sports car performance, good range, and impressive technology. There are lots of high tech touches like automatic headlights with auto high beams, automatic windshield wipers, traffic sensing cruise control, autopark, and LTE. Earlier in 2015, the company unveiled Autopilot, a feature which allows the car to steer itself on highways. The test drive was as amazing as I had pictured and I quickly put down a deposit.

Supercharger in Independence, Missouri
Supercharger in Independence, Missouri

This past Thursday I picked up the new car at the service center. It will take some getting used to, particularly the large size of it, as well as the strong regenerative breaking upon releasing the accelerator. Already in the first few days I have led tours and watched as people match speeds on the freeway to check it out. The range should be such that overnight home charging like a cell phone is more than enough for daily driving while eliminating the need to visit a gas station.

Mechanical Bluetooth Keyboard

Qwerkywriter
Qwerkywriter

I've been using my new Surface tablet more to avoid being at a desk, but the typing experience of any laptop cannot compete with the Coolermaster keyboard that sits atop that work surface. So I was looking for what I wasn't sure possible, a Bluetooth mechanical board. At random I came across a Facebook post to a friend who enjoys retro styling, linking to a crowd funded project called Querkywriter, a mechanical keyboard designed to mimic a mechanical typewriter, complete with carriage return level. It's not perfect, like the angle of the tray that holds a tablet upright is far too steep, but battery life is excellent and it feels very solid.