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

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on Oct 12 2020 "NeXT Computers - Quantum Cryptography - Ransomware - Tesla Update"

I'm glad to have had a chance to enjoy my second appearance on such a fun and informative podcast to be a guest on: Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets" May 04 2020 and they've apparently already grown to…

Oct 13 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

A new era in NASA inspiration dawns with the US launch of the futuristic SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket

Here are the launch windows: The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC, with backup instantaneous launch opportunities available on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC. Wed May 27 2020 04:17pm ET The…

May 27 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

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

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 also . 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…

Feb 27 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

Affordable and convenient way to get Tesla cables off the garage floor, trip-free charging from above!

Some of my Tesla videos and this article show a glimpse of how I handle overhead charging in our all-electric two car garage, with EVs in both pod bays: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor (AWD) Midnight Silver, Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector set to 40 amps 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus…

Feb 1 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

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #429 "Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another"

TeslaFi Affiliate Link above, Amazon and other commission-earning links below. I just got home from a roadtrip to visit family in Boston, spending just $9.11 cents in electricity to move ourselves 208 miles total. What a nice treat to catch this tweet (pictured at right) by @awraynor, time to…

Jan 12 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

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

Tesla's new $35K Model 3 blows Leaf (and Bolt) away in price, range, and safety, so will sub-$40K Model Y Crossover SUV

Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544 referral link when placing your order so you and I both get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. If you order Solar, it's a $250 award after system activation. Disclosure: My…

Mar 3 2019

My 1,000th TinkerTry IT @ home blog post

You can see them all at: TinkerTry.com/archive Let me confess that articles like "TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication" tend to be my least popular of all. That's just as well, since my focus and my joy in…

Feb 28 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