Enduring the Tesla Safety Score experience on the road to a safer, more autonomous future

Yes, I'm currently in the Safety Score phase of my own road toward access to the "Full Self Driving" beta. Whatever happens, it will be interesting on many levels. Let me be clear here, as Tesla states: The currently enabled Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features require active driver…

Oct 12 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 212 | Nigeria - $90M Defi Oops - Mach-E - Amazon Astro - Vaccines | Aaron Russ & Paul

Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my fifth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. 212: Oct 01 2021 - Aaron - Russ - Paul - Nigeria - $90M Defi Oops - Mach-E - Amazon Astro - Vaccines Recorded in one shot on Friday Oct…

Oct 1 2021

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

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

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

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 between 2021 and 2023

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

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

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

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

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

Lucid Motors, Rivian, Tesla, EV Club of CT, and franchised car dealerships discuss bill SB 127 to permit direct sales of EVs in Connecticut

Come join us on Monday March 22nd! Article as it originally appeared below, with the very kind shout-out from CleanTechnica appended, and many other exciting updates too! Connecticut State Capitol picture from my speaker confirmation email. Summary - see and hear for yourself how this Feb 19 2021…

Feb 20 2021

SSD Benchmarking Expert Allyn Malventano is back online, with recent appearances on Intel Memory Storage Moment and on PC Perspective Podcast chatting about Tesla eMMC!

Roughly two years ago, Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, and Ken Addison headed from their massive accomplishments at PC Perspective to join Intel. I had the honor of meeting these guys in the PC Perspective studio, and Allyn was kind enough to even record an NVMe story swap with me in that very same…

Feb 10 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on Jan 15 2021 "Paul Braren: Eyes - Tesla Recall - Tedlexa - Mushrooms - Intel - EVs - Boeing"

I had a chance to enjoy my third appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play it back above in the embedded player, or at right with speed controls, or using your favorite podcast app, you'll see me using Overcast in my tweet below. Hopefully this article's show notes will be…

Jan 17 2021

A few safe Tesla owners selected to share testing of "Full Self-Driving" beta including new driver-monitored city street navigation

Above photo is my screenshot of James Locke's video. I'd encourage all volunteer #FSDBeta drivers to listen to this Autonocast podcast's words of extreme caution, and this one filled with alternative perspectives. In my opinion, something bad happening could set driver-assist technology back…

Oct 25 2020

EV Club of CT's Barry Kresch discusses CHEAPR rebates, Westport CT's Model 3 Police Car, and Jim Motavalli's upcoming interview with Jay Leno

Why an article like this in a period of pandemic, along with joblessness, massive social unrest, and a growing sense of profound injustice and climate crisis? I'd argue what better time to help others start to not just think about a more sustainable future, but to act in a more sustainable way.…

Sep 15 2020

How to use iOS/Android devices as “Stats for nerds” gauges in your Tesla Model 3 with an easy DIY OBDLink MX+ install

You know how YouTube on PC playback has the right-click feature where you can show stats for nerds? There are apps that are kind of like stats for nerds for your Tesla's battery, performance, and much much more. A close look under the hood while your EV is powered up and about to embark upon it's…

May 18 2020

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets"

A few days ago, a colleague I used to work with at VMware Tyler Gates @TSGates_ reached out to me to see if I'd be interesting in being a guest on a new podcast. Knowing the wealth of entertaining stories Tyler has up his sleeves, and hearing that he was doing this with co-host Aaron Buley…

May 4 2020

Model 3 HW3 brain replacement can cause temporary amnesia but Tesla Service can quickly restore your settings, all you need to know before you go

Test. Turns out Tesla Raj ran into this same all-settings-lost situation one day after me, and was told Tesla can't always restore settings. See his reply to my comment. Tesla Canuck and Mother Frunker lost their settings too, my article is about a possible fix. Spoiler alert, Autosteer and…

Feb 27 2020