Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Goodbye LS400

I finally had to get rid of my Lexus LS400.  It has been 9 years with this car.  I purchased in Oct 2005 for a little over $20K with around 47K miles. It got into a wreck in December 5th, 2014 with around 180K miles on it.  The insurance paid me $7,366 for it.  It depreciated at $1,412 per year or about $118 per month.  It pays to drive a car into the ground, much better than leasing in the long run.  Plus I only purchased liability insurance, so I saved at least $1K per year on that.

Martha was driving the car when a 20 year old girl was trying to make a left turn.  The girl thought she could make it, but obviously she had bad judgement and Martha ran right into her.  Her Dad's insurance was State Farm and they settled the property claim in about one week and even offered a rental car.  We never took the rental care because Martha could not drive for at least a month.  I thought the price was fair.  Martha's claim will take longer as all medical bills need to come in.  The other party have assumed fault and will be paying for all medical, lost wages and pain and suffering.


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 17, 2014

Portland Trip

We decided to take a site seeing tour of Portland, Oregon.  It has been a few years since I last visited.  I meet up with my brother and Martha got to take some fantastic pictures of the local sites!  Below is a video collection of my shots with my camera.



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.