What it’s like driving in a Tesla Model S

I’m a HUGE fan of Tesla, both the model S and the model X and since we don’t have Tesla in ZA yet, I was hoping to test drive a Tesla while in Brussels …

I contacted the Tesla Club Belgium asking if there’s anyone that would be willing to give me a test ride in a Tesla … Byron, the President of Tesla Club Belgium said, sure, I’ll take you for a spin (Tesla Club Belgium is apparently the biggest Tesla Club in the world).

If I have to describe the experience in one word, it would be insane! As you approach the car, the door handles come out, it feels like an alien car that came from the future making all other cars feel like they’re still using 100 year old technology.

Boot space there’s plenty, both in the front and in the back, all my luggage fitted into the rear boot with plenty of space to go and the front boot was still available for more luggage:

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Whether you’re driving 10km/h or 160km/h, it feels exactly the same, the speedometer on the dashboard feels like it’s just a number that runs up and down since there’s no correlation between that number and how your experience changes (except for when you accelerate and the Tesla leaves you gasping for air – best feeling ever!). Inside the car, it’s dead quiet – there’s no engine roaring over your conversation, so whether you’re driving at a snail’s pace or racing, you can continue your conversation after you’ve regained your breath from the insane acceleration (0 – 100km/h in under 4 seconds with no engine noise)

In order to not get flooded with speeding tickets, Byron has a dashboard cam / GPS that warns him of incoming speed cameras. The centre console is pretty much a giant iPad where you can browse the web, set the music, check your calendar, let Google Maps show you directions, adjust features in the car (instead of having a gazillion knobs, you can adjust anything in the car via the console), set the temperature, adjust the suspension, peek at what’s going on in the rear cam, etc

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Either the road was very smooth or the air suspension is brilliant, this must have been the softest ride I’ve ever had!

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I’m sold, all of the marketing you hear about Tesla is true. I’ll be waiting patiently for Tesla ZA …

Thanks Byron!!!


“Slow Internet” First World Problems

For a lot of people in ZA, fast ADSL internet is considered 10 megabit (and unless you are amongst the lucky few who have access to fiber or VDSL, it’s also the fastest you’ll get from a Telkom line), so at checkin in Brussels, it was quite amusing hearing the receptionist apologise for their slow internet.

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Download speed more than twice my fastest download speeds and upload speed 5 times as fast as my fastest upload speeds … definitely first world problems :-)

Dying terminals at Dubai

What to do when you have a 7 hour stopover at Dubai … the place is massive, frickin metro rail between between boarding gates and lifts at each boarding gate subsection, each with their own waterfall …

Quarter past one in the morning and my feet are finally on the ground.

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My last proper meal was 6am the previous morning and the only place that has anything vegan and edible seems to be Burger King. A vegetarian burger with no cheese (vegan junk food) should keep me alive for another half a day until I can get to proper food …

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So to get from the gate where you exit the airline to your boarding gate, you take a train …

At the lifts they have these enormous waterfalls with coloured lights:

Then there’s window shopping for super expensive stuff (those mobile phones have price tags of $10000+) and super cars to be won on every corner – I’m surprised that their shops, especially their pubs are open in the early morning hours

After getting bored with the shopping malls, I started playing on the touch screen terminals … it seems that all, if not most of them are running windows 7 and are very unstable …

Then the long wait till almost 8am for the next flight …

 

 

 

 

Tibetan Tea House and their amazing Vegan Chocolate Cake!!

Tibetan Tea House, also known as Sophea Gallery is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy some good food while enjoying the view over False Bay

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Besides their delicious vegan meals, they also have mouthwatering chocolate cake which I can actually eat without getting sick … hallelujah!!

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Like Arnie says, I’ll be back!

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CentOS wants me to sacrifice the child.

I had a runaway process on my CentOS box that was killing the box.
After managing to log in, I was presented with the following message:
“Out of memory: Kill process 30902 (soffice.bin) score 416 or sacrifice child”

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Danny Macaskill riding the Cuillin Mountains

Apparently this is a dangerous mountain, even for seasoned hikers. Danny Macaskill cycles it and effortlessly jumps from rock to rock and in one place even jumps over a fence as if it wasn’t there. RESPECT!

Taking Russian giant Yandex for a test drive

Yandex, the Russian version of Google has almost everything to offer that Google has to offer, maps, drive, mail, news, etc etc. I just signed up for a Yandex mail account to see what it’s like …
Besides struggling with the Captcha during signup (my keyboard doesn’t have Russian characters, so I had to use an online keyboard to type those characters), it’s otherwise fairly similar to Gmail with the added benefit of being able to schedule sending emails right out of the box.

Further there are plenty of themes and the mobile app for Yandex Mail is right there in the Play Store

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If all that Russian is a bit much, you can switch to English at the bottom

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Over 200 search results when searching for Yandex in the Google Play Store …

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I’m going to try these services for a bit and see how it goes, I’ve already mostly switched to DuckDuckGo for my internet searches (DuckDuckGo is built on top of Yandex Search, but highly refined)

 

Sosyskloof in Jonkershoek

Some photos from the Sosyskloof walk in Jonkershoek …

SSH via mobile

I found an app called JuiceSSH in the Play Store – in short, it allows you to SSH into your machine and get the job done even when you’re on the road. To test it, I SSHed into my elementaryOS machine at home, installed htop, had a peek at the resources being used and moved some volume sliders …

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Taking the Xperia Z2 for sundowners to Kloof Corner on Table Mountain

So my old Samsung Galaxy Y running Android 2 gave its last breath last week after which it went into an infinite loop of restarting, buzzing and then throwing a stacktrace on the screen saying that it can’t mount the memory. The next day the courier delivered the Xperia Z2 and I was blown away by how much the Android platform has evolved since Android Gingerbread.

I was curious to see how well the 20 megapixel camera would perform in harsh light and under low light conditions, so I took it with when we went for sundowners up on Kloof Corner … here are some photos and panoramas, you be the judge (if you open an image an it looks fuzzy, give it a few more seconds to finish loading, the resolutions are quite big – 3840×2160 for normal photos and 4912×1080 for panoramas) …

RIP Galaxy Y