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Old 2020-08-11, 01:10   #309
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Lead acid is still much cheaper in the 1000Ah range.
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The batteries were 12V 12Ah and 12V 7Ah.
Ooops, I meant 10Ah range. I handle 12V 18Ah batts routinely at work and have had to buy them. We also have an in place charger that works on them and our fleet of vehicles. (The batts get deployed to remote locations with no charger on site.) Many installed battery back-ups for security systems are in the 3Ah range, with lead acids being everywhere.

We are at a point in time where different tech fits different niches. Portable solar works great for some applications. I have been trying to get work to buy some solar power systems for some of our remote power needs.
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Old 2020-08-11, 02:07   #310
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I have been using this Stihl battery powered string trimmer for over a year. It is the real deal. Upgraded the head to the more industrial model. Have been using some braided style line. Battery run time is great and it is fast charging.
I have borrowed the use of a Stihl battery-powered chain saw. It worked pretty well.

In line with "being green," I note that Stihl also offers biodegradable chain oil.

I have used plug-in electric weed whackers many times. If there is anything that can snag the cord, the cord will find it. And they're only useful near a source of electrical power. The battery-powered ones I am familiar with pooped out pretty quickly, but they were older models. Glad the battery technology has advanced.

Still, I got a gas-powered one. Just light duty, not braided line, but heavier line than the electric ones I used for many years. I don't have any brush to cut.
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Old 2020-08-21, 03:20   #311
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Adobe's recent 5.4 update for the Lightroom for iOS app had a major bug in it that deleted user photos and presets, eradicating all content that had not been synced to the Adobe cloud service.
I guess it was only a matter of time until the extortion started and people were "gently encouraged" to use someone else's computer the cloud.
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Old 2020-09-24, 06:21   #312
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“If you’re unable to unlock your car and drive, that’s a problem,” he said.
So why can't people unlock and drive?
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Tesla Inc. reportedly suffered a network outage that left owners of its electric cars unable to connect to their vehicles via the company’s mobile app.
Why does some remote company website have to be in the loop? Have Tesla never heard of Bluetooth?

Those people who "own" Tesla vehicles had better hope Tesla never go out of business, or they'll end up with a very expensive brick.
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Have Tesla never heard of Bluetooth?
How about just using a key?

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How about just using a key?

Almost trivial to breaqk, using techniques which have been known for centuries.
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Old 2020-09-25, 03:16   #315
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All of these methods (keys, Bluetooth, mobile apps) are only to stop the casual thief.

We prefer a key.
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The wise owner buys one of these:
https://www.tesla.com/support/model-3-key-fob
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Old 2020-09-25, 09:39   #317
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How about just using a key?
Yes, that would solve the problem of entry into the interior, but it wouldn't solve the problem of not being able to drive. The car has to be in contact with the Tesla server before it will go anywhere. And I have no idea why people accept this as normal.

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Old 2020-09-25, 13:24   #318
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Our newest motorcycle has a wireless fob. It is really convenient to keep the fob in our jacket so we can just hop on the bike and go. Still, we very much prefer a key. Apparently keyless ignition is a feature that lots of people want.

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Our newest motorcycle has a wireless fob. It is really convenient to keep the fob in our jacket so we can just hop on the bike and go. Still, we very much prefer a key. Apparently keyless ignition is a feature that lots of people want.

We have two basic cars, one in the UK and one in LP. The fomer has a wireless fob. TBH, I prefer it.

From a security point of view they are pretty much equivalent: they keep out all but the professionals. From a convenience POV the keyless version wins hands down. Note that the device is a mechanical key PLUS a wireless transmitter. It is still fully functional with a flat battery in the fob.
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