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    Fuel economy, part-time vs. full-time AWD

    I was just reading a review about a new Subaru. The writer claimed that the "Symmetrical AWD" drivetrain layout hurt fuel economy because all axles are powered at all times. I kinda don't get it, though. My Opel has a Haldex AWD system which means it's part-time. The rear axle kicks in when...
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    Ownership Verified: I bought a green car. (2014 Insignia)

    My new... Opel? Yes, really. So, my first GM product. Right before Opel turns French. :P A 2014 Insignia Country Tourer CDTI with 128000km on the clock. And it's not in a shade of grey. Last time I had a car with a color was six years ago. Compared to the Octavia it replaced it has twice as...
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    2016 ?koda Superb L&K video review

    They did a really good job on the design, imo. It'll attract exactly the kind of customers that ?koda wants, and then some. Because every car buyer doesn't want a pink Gallardo Roadster. :P This is obviously a loaded model - L&K or Laurin & Klement is to ?koda these days what Ghia was to Ford...
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    Are low-end business routers/firewalls any good?

    I've been looking at low-end business firewalls like the ZyXEL ZyWALL USG 20. It supports "up to 175Mbps", altough it doesn't say anything about the number of connections, and costs around 200 euros with finnish VAT. Not too bad, if it works. This would be for my one-person household, routing...
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    OS X Yosemite: sending text messages via AppleScript?

    My car has an Ebersp?cher heater in it, for defrosting and warming up the car while it's parked. It's controlled via text messaging. I'm wondering if it's possible to write an AppleScript that uses the Messages app in Yosemite to send predefined text messages via Continuity and an iPhone with...
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    2015 Euro Mondeo estate sighted in sweden

    So, I guess this is old news, but we over here in Europe is finally getting our version of the Fusion. It was supposed to be launched for 2013 but was delayed for one reason or another. Something to do with Ford's finances and the closing of some plant. I don't care that it's a grey...
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    Need wi-fi gear, am confused.

    I got tasked (well, it was my idea) to cover a biggish building with wi-fi. The place has a really basic ADSL connection with a wi-fi modem on the second floor. This is a non-profit so I'm trying to get away under 200 euros including everything. I was planning to run an ethernet cable down to...
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    Google account with several youtube "aliases" on the Apple TV?

    I've got an old-ass Youtube account from the pre-google era. Fast forward until present time, and I'm now stuck with a single Google account with two Youtube channels on it. One with my old YT username, and another one with my real name (from my google+ profile, I guess?) Google's YT app for...
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    Golf GTE plug-in hybrid official

    This bit of news is a couple of days old so I realize some (most?) of you have read this in other places already but I kind of want a discussion going here so... well. :P http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/20/vw-golf-gte-plug-in-hybrid-geneva-official/ The Golf GTE joined the GTI and GTD at the...
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    Volvo planning to let delivery companies leave parcels in your car?

    I really like the idea of this. Basically, Volvo wants to give delivery drivers one-time access to your car. Obviously this would only happen after you sign up for the service. How nice wouldn't it be to have packages delivered wherever you happen to be, without you even having to be there to...
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    Recommend me a printer.

    So... I've been thinking about buying a new home/consumer printer for a while now. I don't print much, maybe once a week on average, but I still need one. My current printer is an ancient b/w Laserjet hooked up to a Jetdirect, all tucked away in my closet so I don't have to look at it. It would...
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    Audi ABT AS6

    ABT fiddled a bit with the A6, it seems. They're going to show it at SEMA. The specs, you ask? It's the V6 TDI, making 286hp/678Nm up from the standard 245 and 580, and modified brakes/suspension. Probably a reasonably good autobahn st?rmer. I wouldn't turn it down if someone handed me...
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    Qoros: first Chinese car to get a five-star euroncap rating

    Seems the Chinese is starting to figure things out. The Qoros was tested by EuroNCAP recently and performed really well, apparently. I've liked the Qoros since I first saw pictures of it. It's the first serious attempt by a Chinese manufacturer to actually make a decent car. Wonder how much...
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    Aftermarket Lightning cables?

    I'm due for a new (i)phone this fall, so I'll have to buy a few Lightning cables. I have maybe 5-6 30-pin cables in use right now. The car, at work, nightstand, desk etc. Having only one would be a pain in the ass. I don't own any lightning devices atm so I have zero experience with the...
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    HTPC slow as dirt after RAM upgrade

    I have a slightly old HTPC which I built in 2008. It has the following specs: - Core 2 Duo <2GHz (can't remember) - 2x1GB DDR2 667 - Intel DG33TL motherboard with built-in graphics - Some sata drives It has worked flawlessly since 2008, until I put another 2GB in it. The thing is, I didn't...
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    Rumour Mill: VW is doing a Passat CC Shooting brake?

    According to "insiders" at VAG, VW is planning a shooting brake version of the Passat CC. It's going to be MQB based and be powered by the usual lineup of 4-pots with and without spark plugs. VW doesn't want to comment on the rumors, of course. Source link (in funny language)...
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    Qoros GQ3 - A decent looking Chinese car?

    I think this is the first car out of China that actually *looks* credible. Of course, nobody knows if it's reliable or any good to drive.... but as for looks, they're getting there. It almost looks German, which isn't a bad thing. And the name Qoros rolls off the tongue pretty nicely. It's a C...
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    Ownership Verified: My sort-of german Estate

    I hadn?t planned to change cars again this early, but suddenly it happens. After three Volvos I was ready for something new, lighter and less thirsty. I love dual clutch boxes, turbos, estates and I?ve always liked ?kodas. Seemed like a no-brainer then. :) So, another grey wagon. A different...
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    Merging several Microsoft accounts together?

    Whenever a new important web service crops up I like to register as quickly as possible to snatch a good username (firstname.lastname) before someone else gets it. Naturally, I registered with outlook.com as quickly as possible. Shortly after registering, I found out I should've done it a...
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    Dashboard video recorder, anyone?

    So, a guy I know asked me if I could get him a cheap video recorder. He's a delivery truck driver and sees plenty of idiots on a daily basis. He isn't a tech person and asked me for recommendations. Of course, I headed for dealextreme. Then I promptly found that they have over 400 different...
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