A Buick Regal GS, Turbo 4 Banger, 6 Speed Manual – GM Still Doesn’t Get It

The Buick division of GM is planning on unveiling a new version of their Regal model GS. The new model will come with a turbocharged 4 banger with a 6 speed manual tranny.  The new ride is said to put out 255 HP with some 295 lb-ft of torque. I must admit that the specifications are impressive. Here is what the new Buick may look like:

There’s no automatic in this five-passenger sedan; a six-speed manual transmission routes power to four wheels via an adaptive all-wheel drive system with an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The Regal GS Concept incorporates four-wheel independent suspension with a so-called HiPerStrut system at the front wheels, in order to reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering. Buick claims the system improves grip and cornering abilities, while heightening steering precision and feedback. The Regal GS Concept is also blessed with 14 inch, four-piston cross-drilled Brembos and high-performance pads. And as one might imagine, the GS sits lower than stock and wears two extra front air intakes as well as forged aluminum 20 inch wheels.

Folks, Buick is your grandfather’s car. It always has been and always will be a car for old folks. How many people will buy a sedan with a six speed manual tranny for what I am sure will be a car selling for $30k or more?

GM is a lost puppy dog and needs to get back on track with a new mission statement and a new game plan. Bringing back these old ideas from the ’80s is not going to make the American public flock to their nearest GM dealership.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


After Installing SP1 For Vista, Old Files Remain

I received an email last evening referencing the fact that after installing SP1 for Windows Vista, the old files remained. The writer also wanted to know what would happen if the old files were removed. The only thing that will happen is that you will be unable to uninstall SP1 at a later date.

All you need to do is go to the prompt and type in : vsp1cln.exe This will run the auto clean feature and dump the old files for Vista pre SP1.

Oh, by the way. There is some confusion in some of the terms that Microsoft uses to describe updates, hotfix, service packs and the like. Microsoft has provided an explanation of what they are talking about here.

Also, if you have not received an automatic update notice for your copy of Windows Vista to update to SP1, Microsoft has posted a list of reason why your system may not be ready yet for SP1 located here.

Comments welcome.

[tags]microsoft, windows, vista, sp1, updates, automatic, old, files, remove, [/tags]

Hulu.Com – Old TV Shows & More

Hulu.com is a joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp that offers on demand movies and TV programs. Most programming is either from NBC or Fox, so the selection of what is available is limited. However, there are some older TV programs available for viewing that may just help you pass some time. The list of programming is varied, and there should be something for everyone.

The Web site describes its offerings as:

Hulu’s ambitious and never-ending mission is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premium content when, where and how you want it. We hope to provide you with the Web’s most comprehensive selection from more than 50 content providers including FOX, NBC, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, and more to deliver premium programming across all genres and formats, television shows, feature films, and clips. Watch full-length episodes of current primetime TV shows such as The Simpsons and The Office the morning after they air, classics like Miami Vice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and clips from Saturday Night Live, Nip/Tuck, and others. Hulu also offers full-length feature films like The Usual Suspects, Ice Age, Three Amigos!, and The Big Lebowski as well as clips from films such as Napoleon Dynamite, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Devil Wears Prada and many more. Hulu is free and ad-supported — available anytime in the U.S.

Hulu was founded in March 2007 and is a joint venture owned by NBC Universal and News Corp. In addition, Hulu has closed a $100 million investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.

Hulu’s small, but growing team is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with a Research and Development team in Beijing, China.

So drop by hulu.com here and see what you think. If you enjoy the older TV programs this is a must see Web site. Enjoy.

Comments welcome.

Outpost Free Basic Firewall – Reviewed

Let me start by saying I really like Outpost Free Firewall [OFF], but it just didn’t like me. Sadly to say I was forced to uninstall it yesterday after a bout of the ‘I don’t want to connect’ jitters. Had this been the first time that this had happened I would of blown it off. But it was my third time. Enough was enough.

You may recall I began testing OFF on about February 1, 2008 [here] having originally stating I would run a two week test. All was well the first few days. OFF was learning what to stop and what to allow to connect to the Internet, and I was a happy clam. But on or about day 4 OFF stopped my connection to the Internet. What happened? Nothing. It just stopped working. So I uninstalled OFF and reinstalled it for another go. That seemed to do the trick.

But on around day 6, same thing. This time however I was able to get it up and running again. Yesterday it happened again. That was it. Off went OFF. :-)

I don’t know what it is with free firewalls. They seem to work well for a short period of time and than bang! They seem to have trouble focusing on what they are supposed to do. Oh well. The only firewall that hasn’t caused a problem on my system has been the old version of Sygate Personal Firewall. Some here had concerns that SPF was to old of a software to use, since it is no longer being updated. Could be.  But it worked. At least on my system it did.

Bottom line. I liked OFF, when it worked. Your mileage may vary.

Comments welcome.

PS I’m going to try the free Kerio firewall next. Wish me luck.

[tags]outpost, basic, firewall, protection, problem, uninstall, sygate, old, version, [/tags]

Old Computers and Old Technology Site

If you want to get nostalgic or are just interested in some of the first computer system, drop on over to the Obsolete Technology Website. There you will find just about every computer system that has been developed since the PC became a part of our vocabulary. There are also some very interesting facts about some of the old computers like the story about the first Apple:

Steve “Woz’ Wozniak was an engineer at Hewlett-Packard, and loved computers. He was relatively poor, but always wanted his own computer to play around with. Being rather intelligent, he had been designing his own computer for years, but never actually got around to making one.

Encouraged by the other computers entering the market, he created his masterpiece, and took it to the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto California to show it to some of the other members.

His friend and fellow Homebrew Computer Club member Steve Jobs loved it, but had a few improvement in mind. He also wanted to see if they could sell some and make a few dollars.

Steve W. and Steve J. got some money together and had some printed circuit boards made, then planned to sell the computer as a kit. This is also when they officially formed the “Apple Computer Company” – Jobs used to work in an apple orchard.

Jobs approached a local computer store, The Byte Shop, to see if they would be interested in selling their Apple 1 computer. They said “Sure, we’ll take fifty fully assembled units.” They sold them all.

Only about 200 Apple 1 computers were made in total. Excited by their success, Woz went on to design the Apple-II – one of the greatest computers of all time.

This might also be a great site to obtain information that just may settle some of the arguments about the older systems. Anyway, you can stop by to enjoy the stories or just to pass some time away. Enjoy.

Comments welcome.

Website is here.

[tags]computers, old, systems, apple, wozniak, jobs, history, site,  [/tags]

Looking For Older Versions Of Software?

Just a quick note:

PC World posted a website that offers older versions of some of the most popular software around. Some may agree, that some improvements in software are not always well received and we may wish to return to a older favorite. I even found a old copy of JV16 Power Tools.

There are 2388 versions of 179 programs on the site.

Take a look and see what you think.

Comments welcome.

Look here.

[tags]programs, old, versions, website, available, [/tags]