If you read my previous post (Titled “Not your grandfathers Caddy!”) about the Hennessey VR1200, you should understand the respect I have for this machine. Rather than just running on a dyno, they hit the open road to unleash this monster. You really cannot help but respect this machine! Pay close attention to the speedometer, and its value when he shifts.. Simply amazing!
I am really not making fun of earthquakes. This is more a post about how social networking has changed how we receive news..
Within seconds of the quake, I had at least 20 or 30 people sending updates. I read about it on the USGS website. Then someone created a page on Facebook, and had 19,000 likes before there was even a hint of it on the local news channel 45 minutes later.
Social networking really has changed how we as a society receive news of important events.. Its an interesting topic..
The guys at Hennessey Performance have really built a Cadillac for our generation. There are very few cars today that get me drooling.. If I had the cash to buy it, there would already be one with a NH license plate on it!
Check out the video below for the dyno test of the first of only 12 cars to be built!
I’m not sure what is better, hearing the turbo’s spinning up, hearing them go wide open, or seeing the tires starting to break loose from the dyno rollers. This really takes todays muscle-cars to a whole new level. With the parasitic power loss of the drivetrain, I will let you do the math to figure out HP and torque at the flywheel.
This past weekend was the Hillsborough Balloon Fest, and on Sunday we had the annual Classic Car Show. This is the first time I have ever helped with putting on a car show, and I learned a few things.
First, I will say that while there were not as many vehicles entered as I had hoped, although there was more than I expected. I believe the total was 23 vehicles. Next year I hope we can get the word out in a more efficient manner and my goal will be 40+.
Now there were really only a few problems that we ran into. 1st was we had 2 classes that each ended up having a duplicate car number. 2nd, when it came time to announce the winners and hand out the trophies, all we had were the car numbers; No names or vehicle info. Lastly, when counting the ballots, one of the winners was announced as being classified as being in the ‘pre-1940′s’ category, when he was actually in the 1940′s.
For the 1st problem, we were able to easily resolve it by granting the 1st car that came into the show as the correct one, and dropping the other vehicle. We of course immediately refunded the entry fee for those two. This doesn’t solve the issue of split voting (meaning 1 car in each of these classes may have gotten extra votes from the other vehicle), but unfortunately there is nothing we could do about that as there was no way to restart the voting process (voting was done by the public as they came through the show area). Thankfully the 2 affected vehicle owners were very understanding. The issue occurred because we have a large surge of vehicle’s coming in at once, and with two people running registrations, and in hindsight, the error was easy to occur.
For the 2nd problem, we simply did not record the info as we did not believe it was necessary. But at the end of the show, it would have been helpful to have as it would have been nice to announce the owner name and vehicle info.
For the 3rd and final problem, it was easy to work around by simply reviewing his registration card to be sure he was issued the correct trophy. The only real concern with that was we had to pause while someone ran to the car to retrieve the card.
I have a plan to get around these problems for next year, and it should actually streamline the registration process.
First, we will pre-print a number of vehicle registration cards for each class. This way as they come into the field, the person registering the vehicle simply grabs the next card in the pile. At the same time we will have a ledger system to record owner name, cell number, and vehicle info. This also has the advantage of if we have a large number of cars come in at once, they can simply park the cars and go back to them afterwards to gather the owner info for the ledger.
Some lessons were learned, and a good time was had by all that attended.
The good news is that we have a little less than a year to put plans in place for next year!
I read an interesting blog post from Rich Casselberry, a manager at the company I work for, regarding Employee Privacy and Corporate liability, that got me thinking. First here are the links to reference,
A link to his blog post: http://it-ops-trench.blogspot.com/2012/01/employee-privacy-and-corporate.html
And a link to the post he references: http://bringyourownit.com/2011/12/19/consumerization-101-employee-privacy-vs-corporate-liability-2/
I wanted to chime in on this subject from a user’s perspective. First as a person who believes he is fairly well versed in technology, I have to say BACK UP YOUR DATA! Let me reiterate this again, BACK UP YOUR DATA!! Nevermind the legal issues of some entity erasing your personal device (even though you probably consented at some point!), electronic devices do, and will fail.. The only question is when. And there is nothing better than to be prepared for that eventual failure.
Everyone that knows me, also knows how much I love technology, and all the little gadgets that come along with that. Since we are talking mobile devices that a corporation can wipe remotely, I am going to focus on that point. Specifically iPhones/iPads. I have been an iPhone user since they first came out. I’ve since upgraded every time there is a new generation of hardware. I am also an iPad user. I also carry two iPhones. One for work, one for personal.
For a very brief time, I tried to have one one phone. The one my company pays the cell bill for. The problem I found with that is I have only a cell phone, no land line at home. (This is because a landline would be a waste of $$ for me). And when I needed to do personal business, I would have to use the corp cell. While in reality, this would never be a problem, there is the chance I could run over my SMS allowance, or possibly the allowance of minutes.. So I decided it was better for me to have a separate phone. This way anything that is done for my job, its done on a corp paid for cell. Anything that is personal, is done on my personal phone. In my case if the company decided to wipe my device remotely, for whatever reason, this would not be an issue for me because it is only used for corporate data. Yes, I did pay for the handset, so there could still be an argument for someone else wiping my device without my consent at the time. Because they pay for the cell plan, I believe my company has more rights there.
Back to the point at hand, what about a truly BYOD device.. Like my iPad. I paid for it, I pay for the cell connection, and I also use it for work functions because it is highly portable. Do they have the right to wipe that device remotely? I would argue as a user the answer to that is no. But as a company, I could as easily argue yes they do. The argument is a simple as, if you do not want to the company to have this ability, then do not connect to their resources.
Or how about tracking that device? Does the company have the rights to use the devices location services to pinpoint where that personal device is? Does this infringe on the persons privacy? The big brother aspect on this is scary to say the least. Whether or not they actually do locate the device, the ability is there.
Do most companies have some type of consent form the employee has to review and sign to use their personal devices? Perhaps they should if they do not.
Ultimately I want to close by saying, the company has a right to protect its interests. If you have a problem with what the company can see on your personal device(s), or that they have the ability to wipe them remotely, then don’t use them to connect to their network, its as simple as that.
I am sure this debate will continue by many different people and companies, especially as BYOD becomes more popular..
Thankfully I was able to move all the posts (not that there were many) to this site, and I was able to preserve the post dates!
Those posts are now under a category here labeled “Chevelle” I’ll now see about seeing up a redirect from the old domain to here.
A while ago Apple decided to drop iWeb from it iLife product suite. For someone that has used this product since its initial release, this was a sad day. I have continued to use the product even though it is not actively development, because its a great tool for the person who is not a professional web developer. All I have ever used it for is to share information (photos and local info) with friends and family, this is what the product is designed for.
But now it is time for me to move on. I spent a fair amount of time on the Chevelle this weekend, and while trying to update my blog page for it (http://68chevelle.net) iWeb was constantly crashing.
I’ll be attempting to move the blog posts from that site, to this one. Then a simple redirect should do what I need to get everyone pointed to the new location.
For those that do not know me, I have a 1968 Chevelle that I have owned for more than a few years that I am finally restoring.
Today I was able to get back to the Chevelle and continue the teardown. My nephew Luke came over today to help, as he has been itching to get his hands dirty helping with taking it apart. Inspiring the next generation of gear heads most definitely has it rewards. (The extra pair of hands helps too!).
I really wanted to pull the engine first, then the transmission, so I could avoid tilting it back and spilling about a gallon of the red stuff. Unfortunately due to a leak from a crack in the head for cylinder #7, the rings were well rusted to the cylinder wall. I soaked the rings for a good hour, and while I got the piston to move down, the rust is too extensive to get it to move up.. And the piston was already nearly at bottom. There was no way I could move it far enough to get to all 3 bolts holding the torque convertor to the flexplate.
So I decided to bite the bullet and pull the engine and transmission together. I figured there was less oil in the pan, than in the converter. And it would make for a smaller clean up. It made a mess, but it got the assembly out.
I have a buddy who asked if he could have the engine, since I was not going to keep it. (I plan on buying a crate engine, so as long as I don’t need it for a core..) He wants to rebuild it with his son… The rust it quite extensive in the cylinder, so hopefully it a .030 over bore will clean it up.. If not, he will be looking at a sleeve.
It was good to get some more progress done, and I look forward now to stripping the interior, and pulling the body from the frame..
Anyone have an auto body rotisserie they could lend me? <jk>
There has been a lot of talk as of late around my company about your “social influence” or “social footprint”.
As someone who has been working in technology since 1997, I am far from ignorant to these things. Talking to my EVP, he is alway saying how in the very near future your paper resume will be meaningless. That it will come down to typing your name into Google and reviewing the results. He likes to use the example of if he was hiring someone for Marketing, he would want to be able to see how he has been able to market other companies products and services.. If he could not find them, or other candidates had better information returned in that search, then he would skip over that person.
In the search for a marketing person, I would completely agree. For someone such as myself who is a technical engineer, I never felt this was truly necessary. I mean, no one is going to really care to read posts from me about bits and bytes, routing protocols, or standards governing our industry, right? Isn’t this the domain of the product architects and product managers?
Or is it truly the case for anyone who works in the world of the internet that they should have this thing called a ”Social Footprint”?
Something to think about…