Light Show - Mission Impossible sounds and looks great in fog, and it's free nerd fun for everyone on github

Tesla Light Show Mission Impossible programmed by Nick Ray What's nifty here is the whimsy and fun that Tesla has managed to deploy to much of its fleet of recent EVs, at no cost, long after delivery. It really highlights the amazing capabilities that software reprogrammability allows, and the…

Jan 2 2022

New TinkerTry logo and tagline for 2022

Many of my articles have been centered around themes of efficiency lately. This is true for IT infrastructure, and in my home, and on my road to the electrification of everything, my cars and my home included. Given this gradual shift in my focus areas, it seems 2022 is time to update TinkerTry's…

Dec 31 2021

Connecticut's Inductive Autoworks Reincarnates Classic Gas Cars As Practical EVs - Conversions Even Purists Will Love

Jan 13 2022 update - See also EV Club of CT's new article, Love Your Gas Car But Hate Emissions? Time for an EV Conversion. Article as it originally appeared below. On Friday December 10th, I had the opportunity to visit the public opening event at Inductive Autoworks, tucked away in the woods of…

Dec 22 2021

The Magic Electric (Four) School Bus Giveaway Inspiration

Click/Tap to larn more about the Proterra-powered Thomas bus. All of the content in the video featured in the over-the-top first thumbnail below has captured my heart like no other has in years. The Magic Electric School Bus Giveaway that was inspired by Know You Know inspired me, an independent…

Dec 18 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast 226 | Electric Vehicle News with Paul Braren | Aaron, Russ, Tyler

Show notes below. I had the chance to enjoy my sixth appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play this fresh episode in the embedded player below. What a nice surprise that the hosts decided we'd do an entire 1 hr+ episode discussing EV related news, with Aaron rather generously…

Dec 13 2021

Michelin CrossClimate 2 All Weather Tires Review - a safe year-round choice for rain & snow with a longer life than CrossClimate+

This article is not a sponsored post. Table of contents Press Release Email from Michelin Compare CrossClimate+ with CrossClimate 2 Buy Videos See also at TinkerTry See also Separate winter-only snow tires will provide even better traction in snowy conditions, but many car owners don't want or…

Dec 10 2021

VMware has pulled all versions of ESXi 7.0 Update 3 and VCSA 7.0U3b (Jan 27 2022 - Re-released as 7.0U3c on Jan 27 2022)

UPDATE - VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3c was announced on Jan 27 2022: Announcing Availability of vSphere 7 Update 3c I'm working on home lab testing 7.0U3c today, Jan 28 2022, and will be creating a new article at TinkerTry today about me updating my lab to it. I had updated to (since recalled)…

Nov 30 2021

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 2.3 / IPMI 3.88 released, how to upgrade with ease!

Step-by-step walk through video! Nov 23 2023 - Paul Braren - Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D BIOS 2.3 and IPMI 3.88 updates via browser So far, I don't have any detailed information about this 2.3 BIOS release. The first I heard of it was yesterday, from TinkerTry commenter jrp here: BIOS 2.3 is now…

Nov 23 2021

EV Club of Connecticut - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience

Slide Deck Introductory remarks presentation slide deck here. Video Replay Nov 11 2021 - EV Club of Connecticut - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience Panelists Here's the 4 panelists that were able to attend. Agenda November 11 2021 EV Club of Connecticut Meeting, 7pm-8:30pm…

Nov 11 2021

First Time Using Tesla Full Self-Driving, Beta v10.3.1

After a month of earning my 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range a Safety Score of 99, my FSDBeta (Full Self-Driving Beta) finally arrived on October 29th 2021. It's really a Level 2 autonomy system in its current form, and from the video you'll hear that my co-pilot wife wasn't impressed. But for me,…

Nov 3 2021

Open registration for EV Club of Connecticut's Nov. 11th panel discussion - New Englanders sharing their Tesla FSDBeta experience

I'm delighted to have helped put together a panel of Tesla Full Self Driving aka #FSDBeta testers for our monthly EV Club of Connecticut meeting at 7pm eastern time on Thursday November 11, 2021. This feature required the driver be attentive at all times, and isn't suited for aggressive drivers.…

Oct 27 2021

October 2021 Boston VMUG UserCon Presentation - The future of USB/SD in the vSphere Data Center and Home Lab

As promised to attendees, my presentation from today's Boston VMUG. Always a great honor to be asked to speak, so glad that I had this chance to co-present with Matt Kosloski! See also my new article referenced in the presentation. No future for booting ESXi from USB in VMware home labs, using…

Oct 27 2021

No future for booting ESXi from USB in VMware home labs, using max endurance microSD for ESXi 7.0U3 now, SATA/SATADOM or M.2 later

Since I wrote this article, two major new updates from VMware should be read first: SD card/USB boot device revised guidance (85685) Last Updated 4/27/2022 Summary VMware will continue supporting USB/SD card as a boot device through the 8.0 product release, including the update releases. Both…

Oct 26 2021

EV Club of Connecticut Show & Tell videos feature owners sharing their real-world experiences

Photo by Paul Braren on Oct. 17 2021 at Sherwood Island State Park. Polestar 2 at left, Mustang Mach-E at right. I've been donating my time as camera man to produce this series of videos where fellow EV Club of Connecticut member Larry Thompson and I set out to capture EV buyers impressions of…

Oct 20 2021

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

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower/Wiredzone Bundles are on the VCG for ESXi 7.0 Update 3

The title says it all, even thought vSphere 7.0 Update 3 only became generally available on October 5 2021, Supermicro has already listed their popular SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower on the VMware Compatibility Guide here. This means full support continues! I'm quite relieved about this, as it's been…

Oct 9 2021

VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 and Microsoft Windows 11 both arrived on October 5 2021, many great lessons learned the hard way but testing is going well

Notes added on July 20 2022 - Warning, bypassing TPM isn't recommended, proceed at your own risk. See also TinkerTry commenter blogthis who wrote this warning below this article: You definitely do NOT want to use one of those Windows 11 hacks to bypass TPM 2.0 and CPU checks for install. They were…

Oct 8 2021

VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 is now GA, here's how to download it any which way! (updated Jan 28 2022 for 7.0U3c)

UPDATE - VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3c was announced on Jan 27 2022: Announcing Availability of vSphere 7 Update 3c My initial 36 hours of testing of 7.0U3c is going well, and I created a new article about it, VMware has released vSphere 7 Update 3c (VCSA 7.0U3c & ESXi 7.0U3c), includes Log4j…

Oct 6 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

vSphere 7.0 Update 3 What's New article, video, and podcast from VMware

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 video was released on Sep 28, 2021, as was the blog post vSphere 7 Update 3 - What's New. While there's no generally available release date announced yet, you can refer to the many new blog posts showing up today at core.vmware.com/blog, including the always-wonderful…

Sep 28 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

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