Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 209 - The News | Podcast 210 - EV's & Law Enforcement | Tyler Russ & Paul

There may have been more hot takes than anybody could handle in this one, so the TBP crew split it in two! Show notes on both appear below. I had the chance to enjoy my fourth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play these 2 episodes in the embedded player below. 209: Sep 20…

Sep 20 2021

Tesla Model 3 Long Range laps with my dad for charity, safely exceeding 100+ mph on our first track run ever!

Introduction Tesla makes EVs that are fun. Crazy fun. On regular roads, accelerating to the speed limit effortlessly and quietly without any of that attention-getting tire screech almost feels illegal. This fun factor is a big part of the reason that over a million of the more-affordable Model 3s…

Sep 16 2021

Identity theft countermeasures: How to freeze your credit, opt-out of unsolicited pre-approved offers, and secure your cell phone number

In September of 2018, credit freezes became free in the United States for Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. Credit locks often are not. The reasons why credit report reviews and freezes are a good idea are explained well by the FTC and Consumer Reports, with key excerpts below. The credit bureaus…

Sep 1 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Table of Contents VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c was released on August 24 and isn't available for download on all 4 channels listed below quite yet, it's only on my.vmware.com so far. Don't worry, you can still get your lab updated to 7.0U2c now, read onward for details. I'll update this article…

Aug 26 2021

How to get Windows 11 Insider Preview running as a VMware ESXi 7 VM

Step-by-step upgrade instructions and video below! If you already have a Windows 11 ISO you trust, then a cleaner fresh-install approach is already well documented by Al Rasheed at Creating a Windows 11 Virtual Machine with vSphere7. Windows 11 has had quite a bit of attention since it's release as…

Aug 1 2021

Revel's first Superhub in Brooklyn had some challenges their first day of taking payments for fast charging EVs including Tesla

Revel Superhub Support On July 9, Revel let me know their preferred/best urgent support contacts for EV charging issues, in summary: Revel Superhub Payment/Payter Issues - call EVGateway at (949)945-2000 Be ready to read the Station ID of your charger Revel Superhub Tritium Charger Issues - call…

Jul 8 2021

Synology DSM 7.0 Announced, Release Candidate now available featuring a faster UI and improved ease-of-use ease-of-use

TinkerTry Home Lab Testing of Synology DS1618+ and DS1621xs+. DSM 6.2.x at left, DSM 7.x at right. Click/tap twice to zoom in. DSM 7 has made getting started even easier. Introduction This article is a natural follow-on to my previous, closely-related article about some hands-on time I had with…

Jun 23 2021

Connecticut residents can test drive, order, then take delivery of a new Tesla, here's how 7,059 owners already did!

As of July 2021, there were 7,059 registered Teslas in Connecticut (CT DMV data - Page 4). While states that allow direct sales enjoy almost 3x higher EV adoption, it's perfectly legal to own and operate a Tesla in any US state. Dealerships wish you'd believe that you're not protected by lemon laws…

Jun 11 2021

VMUG Advantage video series - blogger tips

I was recently having a discussion with the leadership at the VMUG Organization, and given my 10 year anniversary of blogging happened this month, we decided together that it'd be a good idea for me to publish some short tips videos about blogging. I have a problem with being succinct (just look at…

Jun 10 2021

Westport Connecticut's year old Tesla Model 3 cost analysis predicts tens of thousands in savings vs 10 mpg gas car

Photo by Westport Police. Click/tap twice to really zoom in. Police Chief Foto Koskinas at left, Officer Sampson at right, and the first-of-its-kind 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance at the Westport Connecticut Police Station. I don't want to detract from the power of this article with a lot of words.…

Jun 9 2021

Finally, mass market EV pickup trucks from Rivian, Tesla, and Ford set to arrive by 2022

Image from EV Club of CT, tap/click to visit the source article. I'm not a pickup truck person. But a whole lot of North Americans are. The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in the US and Canada since 1977, and they've been selling about 900,000 per year in the past 3 years. The…

Jun 8 2021

TinkerTry's Tenth Birthday is June 2 2021 - Paul's reflections on past, present, and future tech

Today marks my 10th year anniversary since launching TinkerTry. Many good things in life and career came to me as a direct result of me sharing my experiences and thoughts with my readers, and I'm so glad to have this outlet for my excess energy. It's fair to say a lot has happened in my life and…

Jun 2 2021

I saw the future: all-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck at all-electric Hotel Marcel in New Haven Connecticut

It's no coincidence that this particular Rivian R1T was apparently in Albany NY and Hartford CT earlier this week, yes, both are state capitols. See also Governor Lamont and SB 127 co-sponsor Will Haskell checking out the R1T on May 13th here and here. Last week, I was invited to this private…

May 15 2021

I got to see the Tesla Cybertruck in New York City with my own eyes and it still seems unreal

If you just want to skip to the video or photos below, that's ok, I understand, just be sure to enjoy them in full screen. Late on Friday May 7th, pics like this lit up Twitter. How in the heck will I explain to my wife that a road trip to see a pickup truck is necessary? I spotted this tweet late…

May 11 2021

VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI (Update - available on Apr 29 2021)

This is just a quick, fleeting article about my tinkering in my home lab tonight, featuring a video of me trying to lab test the ESXCLI method of updating my ESXi 7.0 Update 2 (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17630552) to ESXi 7.0 Update 2a (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17920168). See also the VMware vSphere…

Apr 27 2021

Many EV brands at the Drive Electric Earth Day 2021 in Fairfield Connecticut

On Saturday Apr 24 2021, a special 3-in-1 Earth Day event was held in Fairfield, Connecticut: The next generation gets it. Drive Electric Earth Day Sustainable Fairfield Earth Day Celebration Healthy Kids Day April 24th YMCA Fairfield Given I've been helping out with the EV Club of Connecticut…

Apr 26 2021

Intel has started sampling next-gen Intel Xeon D processors for space and power-constrained environments, promising for home labs?

You may remember me recently writing about how I'm less than-thrilled that no worthy successor to the announced-in-2015 Xeon D-1500 has arrived yet, it's been a 6 year wait. The misses for me include 2018's Xeon D-2100 that was just too power hungry even at idle, 2019's Xeon D-1600 that was just a…

Apr 7 2021

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 Review

It's already been 5 years since my article about the first generation Ring Video Doorbell Pro: My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro Apr 29 2016 and it's been in daily use on my home ever since. After moving from a 16V to 24V transformer when first…

Apr 4 2021

Tesla Full Self Driving beta-tester Kim Paquette's candid discussion with EV Club of CT about navigating the narrow roads of Newport RI

Recently, the EV Club of Connecticut had an amazing guest speaker, and I'm so glad I'm able to share it with my readers. I find it pretty amazing what a 72 watt computer can do with 8 video feeds. There are limitations of the system in its current beta state, and there is a spirited debate in the…

Mar 29 2021

Big turn-out at Connecticut press conference including Lucid Motors, Rivian, Tesla, and EV owners advocating for SB 127 in-state direct-sales and deliveries

May 07 2021 Update - No word on SB 127 lately, follow @EVClubCT to stay updated. See also CT Coalition Letter_SB 127_210402v1.pdf, Direct Sales Nationwide Organizations Open Letter 4.13.pdf, and Direct Sales Nationwide Academics Letter 4.14.pdf that have all been added to EV Club of CT's new EV…

Mar 22 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2b is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Text: Table of Contents To get started with your lab testing, jump to the appropriate download section: If you have a free My VMware account If you're currently a vExpert If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License The…

Mar 10 2021

Tesla Full Self-Driving beta-tester Kim Paquette speaking to EV Club of CT at 7pm eastern Mar 11 2021, preregister now to join our Zoom!

I'd encourage #FSDBeta drivers to listen to this Autonocast podcast's words of extreme caution, watch this thoughtful video about self-driving being more about safety and not just convenience, and this one filled with alternative perspectives. Now you're ready for Kim Paquette's YouTube Channel! In…

Mar 10 2021

New 1-year-duration VMware vSphere 7 license keys are now available to 2021's vExperts

Like many home lab enthusiasts, I was getting a little nervous about the impending expiration of my vExpert license keys, it's been nagging me for weeks now. Today I happened to spot that a bunch of license keys have been apparently just been added, notice the dates below the new "Date…

Mar 3 2021

Architect Bruce Becker discusses urban EV charging, heat pumps, fuel cells & sustainable development in Connecticut

Bruce Becker of Becker & Becker in Westport Connecticut is a prominent architect whose emphasis is on sustainability for both residential and commercial development. Bruce has also served as the President of the EV Club of Connecticut, which is how I got a chance to meet him. Clearly an…

Feb 28 2021