In the middle of a New England winter

I have a hard time with ‘global warming’ when we have winters like this.. Already the snow banks are up to my shoulders, and in the middle of a cold snap with overnight lows well below zero, and daytime highs barely reaching double digits!

Its so cold, that for the first time since I purchased it, I actually used the hand warmers on my Arien’s snow blower!

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Sometime we over-think things..

I am learning to look to the simple solutions..

A perfect example is today..   I have server that has been having some slowness issues on a given partition.  The OS is linux, and I have been digging around and looking at some various linux tools..  The other day I came across fio. Its a very good tool that can run a multitude of IO tests..

While I was looking at usage examples, I came across this page https://www.icts.uiowa.edu/confluence/display/ICTSit/Testing+Disk+performance+with+fio .

At the bottom of the page, in the comments, I came across this nugget..

Connell, Robert J Of course a more basic/less complete test can be done using DD which does not require installing anything  Examples would be:

time dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024 count=1000000 of=/tmp/1Gb.file   (Writing a 1Gb file)
time dd if=/tmp/1Gb.file bs=64k | dd of=/dev/null (Reading the 1Gb file)”

Hm…  Would would have have thought the a simple dd measuring time with ‘time’, clearly not me..

This falls back on the adage, “Not seeing the forest through the tree’s”..

2013 Hillsborough Auto Show is here!

My how time flies! The next year is upon us and the 2013 Auto show is just a few days away!   This year we have Gordon Vanderpool of New England Kustom & Collision working with the team, and he has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the process!   The weather forecast for  Sunday is looking like near perfection..  The humidity should break, and we should have sunny skies with temps in the 80′s!  It should be an absolutely perfect day for the show!

We are getting all new (and much better) trophies!  Better classes, and hopefully much better organization!

Come down and check us out at Grimes Field in Hillsborough from 10 to 3!

Spent some time in the garage this weekend.

Admittedly, I have not had the time to spend in the garage so far this summer as I would like.. Unfortunately, as happens too often, life gets in the way.

But this past weekend I finally got to spend some ‘me’ time doing what I love the most, wrenching on real musclecar’s. My brother in law needed a little work on his 69 Nova.. He needed a ball joint replaced and had a problem in the charging system.

When it comes to GM muscle cars, I have always believed in replacing all 4 at the same time (unless of course any have been recently replaced). Turns out the one that was worn to the point of being a safety concern, was an aftermarket unit.. the other 3, which were showing only a minor amount of wear, were the factory joints! I was shocked to say the least!

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Hennessey VR1200 runs 220.5 MPH!

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!

The great New England earthquake of 2012!

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..

Not your grandfathers Caddy!

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.

2012 Hillsborough Auto Show

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!