Road repairs in the wilderness (or the suburbs)

no value.

Professors (my blog) road was being resurfaced – or ‘patched’ after god knows how many years since it was last done four decades or so ago.

Very Bumpy is one way to describe it, the people doing it (no women) seemed to professor to be removing layers and layers of temporarily fixes by the utility companies before recycling the same stuff back on the road.  There is more gain of road stock so maybe that was the reason free stock of road material.

According to professor they have done a good job but once again there are way too many holes to do in the time scheduled.

I wonder how much bad roads cost hospitals ‘extra’ and create waste due to car tyre damage* etc despite the fact that road funding via petrol and car tax motorists pay never seems to get spent** on the roads until deemed desperately needed by some civil servant who probably did it out of self interest.

It makes sense to government for crap roads apparently.  Professor and the monkey house dont understand governmental humans   Idle hospitals wont do, or i suppose everybody should start driving land rovers.   The question then would be why pay road tax

*easy add air to tyre, bad new tyres, ** they prefer aircraft carriers (my blog) for some reason  – since it does not use roads.

Elon Musk and the right to repair

We all chuck stuff away but i was surprised to learn that teslas (my blog) if out of warranty or deemed as such by Telsa and his agents have a value of $0 – unless you have a donor car and access to diagnostics computers so good night and good luck.

Musk has also been adverse of open sourcing of the  libaries his cars use – even taking time to be gpl license correct

Since the monkey house is averse to $1000 phones (my blog) and getting them fixed like agricultural tractors needs a computer to reset the right to repair does matter – your probably paying for the main dealers to fix things in food that farmers incur already.

I learnt something (my blog) and yes while i dont expect (or demand) to fix a 1900 era railway engine without engineers you will perhaps think differently when something under three years old is deemed trash just because apple and musk think so.

Repair / recycle (my blog) might be good but many people do not want you to.

I wonder if Musk’s spacesuit will be repairable? – i do hope he can hold his breath for twelve months while somebody ships him a new one from earth.

Dear sat nav executives its 2018

So professor owns two sat nav devices – one that can be used in any car a tom tom (my blog) , and the other in a car (my blog) which to remove would take hours to remove and make the car un-drivable – one is ancient and had to use windows software to upgrade it so it never happened being a linux shop here in the zoo.

The newer ones connect to wifi apparently.

The newer car based unit [opposed to being in any car] still needs windows to update argh

I am not asking for an ethernet cable just something non os specific.

I have no objection to usb flash drives but when some idiot in the sat nav industry thinks microsoft windows is best then professor will not be buying extra software since it needs windows to download it.


Its 2018 this is not rocket science.however you wont be getting extra rich while make updating incar satnavs a multistep process.  The zoo will not be buying crap microsoft software just for you.

So if have sat nav shares the sale is final and no additional money will be collected because of microsoft.



female guilt and large gifts

Professor told us apes a story about his significant other. It began with a ill advised holiday which the fallout from is still coming with both sides being egged on by prof’s wife for reasons best known to her

Suffice to say one of them wishes to be still friends when the other still desires the need to insult the other and being women point out her failures too.

The secondhand car (my blog) is apparently a peace offering to one side – its value £3000 but to one party it was given away for a bottle of fizzy wine who looked at the car like a defective object and eventually took the car after realising the situation.



identity thief crooks at large in Swansea Wales

The zoo had to deal with the dvla who do driving stuff here, if yur american these people are a bit more professional than your dmv setup.

Some government identity document had to be returned because its the government. But it had to be damaged first as it appears the post office has employed identity theft crooks in Swansea who do not forward the mail to this government department.

I suppose it is a juicy target as the mail has a value but one of which is flawed as the government is the target.

I somehow doubt that there are job openings at the Swansea post office the reasons you can figure out..

New cars of 2017 ‘radios’

Professor finally got his virtual renault (my blog) and us apes got to explore the car of 2017 (my blog) at a later date.  It appears futuristic with built in stuff looking like a prelude to driverless cars and is apparently 85% recyclable although i am sure those scrap metal dealers who dismember broken* cars can do better..

The radio which came with the car and not specified by prof or his significant other is usb port ready but has no hole for ‘compact’ disks. The radio is not a radio but a car computer instead that connects with mobile phones and knows where you also want go if you do not how to.

Since the english drive on the wrong side of the road some of the buttons seem in the wrong location but this brain is well thought out as we apes planned a trip to whipsnade zoo for professor..

Professor is not into music compact disks but this cars choice means it is not going to be popular format for long.  I wonder how long progress was held up by th riaa and others faring piracy perhaps music as a file is now seen as a resale rather than threat – there a bit slow the music industry.  Anybody need a usb drive ? it does not play ogg files for some reason.

I actually used a compact disk for a small backup the other day that too was a rare occurrence..

*door cards, replacement seats, grills, bonnets etc.

The virtual renault

a real one

Professor dropped by and explained the mechanics of car buying in the age of the internet to us apes since cars and internet are most resistant to each other unlike insurance products and most other things.  .

Most of those car price comparison sites are useless unless you know what you specifically want* so it still entailed a visit to a dealer or group for the average non Jeremy Clarkson human of which professor is.

Renaults are hard to buy and professor has been told by Renault dealerships no they don`t have any of the car models (no sale) and once ordering a car only to discover that the dealer screwed up the order (another no sale) later on.

However he took another attempt and was told that one he could buy (not order) one but it was not in stock but could obtain it but was unaware as to where it was..This virtual car sold to professor while it assumedly exists is not moving from where it is to the dealer who apparently sold this car.

schrodingers car?

So networking has some benefits for the dealer., or perhaps not if Renault are anything to go by. – mind you he could buy another brand if this virtual car and the secrets of renaults wonderful network remain elusive.

Overall there is some internet but the car industry seems quite internet resistant still. However it still took a month for a renault garage to sell a pre registered car.

Quite how something that exists but may or may not be sold and kept a secret** is amusing. The car eventually arrived a month later, (my blog) it seems you cannot download a car yet

*banana coloured cars with compost bins for the skins **not telling

mending a car seat saga

The zoo has a transport device where the seats need fixing, others here in the zoo have been asking for it to done for years but it fell upon deaf ears.  The four wheeled device is now being sold (hunt the bills time) and then person then decided to fix it.

Please make of this what you will.  I hope the new owner likes the restored chairs.

Well it is one to way to fix it.

Electric cars interiors

The zoo likes the idea of the elecric car (my blog and watches reviews of them what does put me off is the fact that the 60/40 folding back seat found in most fossil fuelled cars is still missing from electric cars.

Why is this always seems to be an either/or thing in cars like the smart car or renault zoe which can put the seat down but it has always one configuration and not a mix of both?

Sure there might be a weight penalty  and extra material in this two part panel but it is useful with the occasional bulky item.  I suppose as a non hipster ape putting something in the back* is probably not something the hipster does but instead drive it round to show off to people instead.

Sigh. Anyhow you can now also look for this design flaw in electric cars.

*imagine that you go to ikea and buy a flat pack object? – or need to dispose of ewaste senario.

Not fixing cars with google

I am not a mechanic but google is an interesting way to diagnose problems being a non mechanic when its battery/fuses/immobiliser mean yes it is an electrical fault something and our attempts to diagnose it where a failure.

So an human expert was sought, youtube is an interesting place although some solutions seem per year model and i guess wont work on a older or newer versions

On refection It appears that our battery charger does not work, and the battery was the fault from a second opinion despite having enough voltage to switch on most electrics.

The cars guide book was also vague when it was consulted on what it could be so nobody came out a winner being not a ‘please insert the forth wheel’ obvious fault…

A car that cannot start but powers up instruments is almost a paradox, and it appears one issue more will be seen of by many.