Saturday, November 22, 2014

Personal Weather Station: My New Toy

I recently purchased a Personal Weather Station from Costco for $80.  It is made by AcuRite,  Model 02032C.  It is a Five-In-One sensor that normally sells for $150.  Costco seems to have the best price that I could find on the same model, but it is not listed on Costco's online site, I just happen to see it at my local Austin store.   You can get it on Amazon for about $115, including shipping.  The sensor includes inside and outside temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, clock and calendar.  It also has a ticker on the bottom that gives various weather statistics.  The display unit connects to your PC to download data to the company's website and to Weather Underground.

The data is wirelessly sent from the outside station to a desktop display screen inside your house.  The weather data can be downloaded to your computer via CSV file and uploaded the there website at AcuLink.  The site also has connectivity to Weather Underground, the largest network of personal weather stations.  Weather Underground currently has over 37,000 weather stations, setup by other people, mostly in the back yards.  You can view all the stations in your area here.  My personal station link is here.  Weather Underground also display personal web cameras to show pictures.  You can see that here.

Here is my weather stations current real-time readings:

Monday, November 3, 2014

KVUE News Customer Complain about Uber Surge Pricing

This Halloween night was insane for drivers of Uber and Lyft.  It was a Friday night, Halloween and F1 racing weekend.  It made for the perfect storm and the highest surge rates ever seen 10X the normal pricing during Halloween night.  KVUE did a story about it and asked me to comment on the pricing system.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Formula One Race Day!

Went to check out the main race Formula One race today.  Austin built a brand new track 3 years ago and now the F1 race is back in America after a 10 year hiatus.  Theses tickets are usyally around $400, but I had a driver friend that gave me 4 tickets for free.  I just had to get him out of there and I used my Uber credits to do that.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

KEYE Story During ACL Weekend

KEYE News called me last week before the start of ACL, in Austin.  Melanie wanted to know if any city sting operations happen to let them know.  Friday night was quiet, but Saturday there were some reports of it happening.  I texted Melanie Torre at 512.743.4996 on Saturday night.  She was in Hill country at a reunion and not working that night.  On Sunday I got a call from Rachel Cox at 512.592.2088.  Rachel wanted to interview me for the 10:30PM News on Sunday.  Below is the news story.  One of my driver buddy Raul Perez caught a drunk driver the night before and had a dash cam video of the event.  I asked him to also speak with Rachel and his story and it was the lead story on Sunday night.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

KLBJ Talk Radio Talks Ride Share In Austin

My TV News story about my citation and impound was all over talk radio on Tuesday September 23rd.  I called into the Todd and Don show and we had an extended chat.  Apparently, they had been talking about it all morning long.  The clips are linked below.

Previous talk radio hour discussions.

Here is a summary of the Ride Share discussions

Raw audios:

Tuesday Sept 23rd 6:00 AM Audio

Tuesday Sept 23rd 7:00 AM Audio

Tuesday Sept 23rd 9:00 AM Audio

Wednesday Sept 24th 10:AM Audio