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

Connecticut State Capitol picture from my speaker confirmation email. Summary - see and hear for yourself how this Feb 19 2021 public hearing went, in the video gallery below featuring Automakers, Legislature, EVClub of CT, and Gas Stations. Dealerships are listed here. Photo by Paul Braren on Jan…

Feb 20 2021

Sense electricity monitoring gets new superpowers, exclusive Co-founder interview and Product Manager live demonstration

How Does Sense Detect My Devices? Christopher Micali, Co-founder, VP Product Emory Griffith, Senior Product Manager With some persistence, forum participation, and a bit of luck, TinkerTry somehow landed a scoop on some new features and capabilities that Sense is planning to introduce in 2021,…

Feb 10 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

Mt. Washington Auto Road in an electric vehicle is a beautiful, joyful and thrilling experience!

Electric vehicles are especially-well-suited for climbing and descending large mountains, especially given these unique attributes: I think I captured that feeling of being at the top of the world, more like a pilot than a driver. You can probably figure out which model of Tesla this is. EVs are…

Sep 21 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

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #451 "Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes"

This new podcast episode 451 is available at the averageguy.tv at Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes – HGG451 where you can also view, listen, and/or subscribe. Here's an excerpt: Paul Braren joins us this week as we get an update on several of home projects. From a discussion on Cox i…

Jul 9 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

Close 4K look at Tesla "Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta)" used safely on public roads

4K 60fps video below, or skip right to when I actually start driving here. Backstory This is it, the little liquid-cooled dual CPU computer housing enclosing the Autopilot and Infotainment boards. Click to view the source of the screenshot, Sandy Munro's Model Y ADAS Hardware V3 video. Despite…

Apr 26 2020

How to configure Ubiquiti mPower PRO outlet names without an mFi controller

Unfortunately, the mFi line got to the end of the road back in 2017, see is MFI dead?. That doesn't mean it doesn't mean it stopped working, but support sure is gone. This is unfortunate, and the Ubiquiti name is still generally beloved, it's just that this particular product line has run out of…

Apr 25 2020

Folding@homelab - Inspiring podcasts about the global vCommunity, with nerd stats on TinkerTry's 4 F@h VMs on VMware ESXi 7.0 on 4 Xeon D Servers

If you haven't already come across my article with a walk-through video about how easy it is to get started with Folding@home VMs, have a look! VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 virtually Mar 21 2020 It's now been about…

Apr 15 2020

VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like COVID-19 virtually

Tips added since initial publication: There are server-side issues that result in failing to get work assigned to your VM, see ongoing discussions here, new automatic bigadv on 16 CPU or larger VMs seems to have helped. I have now published a short video of downloading/deploying/configuring 1.0.1…

Mar 21 2020

Westport Connecticut Police first to use Tesla battery pack for new Model 3 Police Cruiser's accessories and lights, replacing 10 mpg cruiser with fast, safe, and efficient EV

I'm a tech enthusiast and Tesla Model 3 owner who recently attended this special EV Club of CT event. I'm reporting what I learned about the technology, with information I was unable to find anywhere else. If you have serious interest in this Model 3 for fleet use and have questions, please contact…

Feb 23 2020

Michelin CrossClimate+ 18" All Weather tires are a viable year-round replacement for Tesla Model 3, better in snow & rain, cost less, last longer, protect rims, and reduce range only slightly

This article is enjoying remarkable staying power and popularity, with over 7,000 readers in 2020! Note, your Model 3 range might be reduced by as much as 10% with CrossClimate+ tires for the first roughly 3,000 miles before they break in, an effect that Michelin warned me of, and seemingly under…

Jan 31 2020

Things I noticed charging my Tesla Model 3 LR AWD at the very first V3 Superchargers in the Northeastern United States

On Monday January 27 2020, I enjoyed some pleasant weather on my afternoon career related road trip from my home in Wethersfield Connecticut, heading to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area for the evening. That's about 419 miles to cover, in one day. Knowing I'd be passing by the Fairfield…

Jan 29 2020

WhiteCanyon VP Nathan Jones walks me through a live demo of WipeDrive using a VMware ESXi 6.7 VM in TinkerTry's home lab!

White Canyon Software has been in the business of certified drive wipes for over 21 years! It's about time I had a look for myself, here's their WipeDrive 9 Product Page. Disclosure: This unpaid article and video demonstrates WipeDrive by WhiteCanyon. WhiteCanyon has run an occasional ad through…

Jan 18 2020

Design and specification changes between Tesla Model 3 2018 and 2020 model years and between LR AWD and SR+ models

Both Models 3s ready to go, charged to 90%. Apparently 22,654 people have read this article in the 11 months since it was published, that's a lot of curious Tesla folks and I'm glad I could help! My wife and I love our Model 3s. This article is not meant to degrade anybody's experience, they're…

Dec 24 2019

First year and 25,000 miles of Tesla Model 3 ownership went very well, far exceeding our expectations

It's going well! So well that my wife and I carefully decided to do this last week: Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic Dec 16 2019 We only get a car every 10 to 15 years, so this was a huge decision for us. Free Supercharging: If you find this…

Dec 23 2019

Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic

Ready for departure! We both went for even more efficient cars than we already had, and let's be real, those Civics were more like 30 mpg and 25 mpg in the winter. Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544…

Dec 16 2019

VTUG Summer Slam 2019 was the last VTUG ever! Thanks for the memories, Dawn, Chris, and Chris!

If you're just here for the nostalgia, no problem, check out the Photos, Videos below, or have a look back at all my VTUG tweets. Don't get misty on me, not yet, I got more for you, read on... Magic moment #1 One of the most touching moments in my IT career ever was thanks to Matt Broberg…

Jul 24 2019

Replaced my failed gas water heater with a much more efficient Rheem hybrid electric with WiFi, its quiet heat pump is also dehumidifying and cooling my basement

23,760 pageviews by 20,657 visitors. Wow, there's apparently a lot of interest in hybrid water heaters, and that interest has been sustained over a very long period of time. I find this very encouraging, and I'm very grateful for your readership. Feb 13 2021 Update - To my (nice) surprise, this…

Jun 23 2019

April's Drive Electric Earth Day moved to Celebrate West Hartford Day on June 1 2019, my Electric Vehicle and I will be there, ask me anything!

Video and photo galleries below, with event details and map. Tomorrow, I'll be heading over to Celebrate West Hartford to talk to anybody who wants to learn about electric vehicle ownership. Having driven over 10,000 miles these first 6 months of ownership, I was a reluctant and frankly a little…

May 31 2019

Charging your Tesla Model 3 at home: details to discuss with your electrician

Jan 15 2020 Update - Today, he new third generation Tesla Wall Connector was released, with installation information, commissioning procedure, and manual. It uses WiFi instead of signal cable sto coordinate charging when installed in series. I had suspected that a new charger would be coming out…

Jan 30 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019