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Month: April 2008

Video of insane crash at Monza

Video of insane crash at Monza

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This video, hot off the wire shows Team Oreca driver Stephane Ortelli’s brush with death in the race at Monza today.



The car “you can’t ignore” gets ignored by the UAW.

The car “you can’t ignore” gets ignored by the UAW.

The Chevrolet Malibu was supposed to be a big seller for the much beleaguered auto maker. The car was built to appeal to the masses who just want a cheap, fuel efficient econo-box to get from point A to point B. An advertising campaign was launched to spread the news about the new revision to the old Malibu, and the slogan of the campaign was “The all new 2008 Chevy Malibu. It’s the car you can’t ignore.” The slogan sure was annoying, and having been subjected to riding in a Malibu for several years, I found it rather ironic. You see, this particular Malibu owned by my fiance, seemed to have serious quality issues. The HVAC controls stopped working all together after she had it for only a few months, and the transmission.. Oh the transmission. It was an automatic. It downshifted in a fit of whiplash, and just generally acted like it was on its way out. Slipping and clunking, and it was only 2 or 3 years old. But enough with my experience.

It turns out the car “you can’t ignore”(yes I can!) got ignored by the United Auto Workers. In spite of Chevrolet’s need to sell these cars as fast as possible, workers have halted the assembly line for the new Malibu, which may make it difficult for people who WANT to buy the car to get ahold of one. I have no commentary to add for this situation other than to point out the irony of the situation, since the “car you can’t ignore” got snubbed by its own manufacturer. Hopefully next time marketing will choose another slogan that isn’t so obnoxious.


Yahoo Charts and Firefox

Yahoo Charts and Firefox

Recently, Yahoo.com upgraded their finance section to use new interactive charts. You may remember because I previously wrote about it here. These new charts offer technical analysis options and many things investors typically have to pay for, and all for free. With these new charts, anyone can plot 15 minute delayed bollinger bands, MACD crossover, Simple moving averages and stochastics all for free. One issue I was having is that none of these grand new features work in Firefox. Yahoo charts seemed to be broken for use with firefox, and that frustrated me.

After nearly 2 months of not being able to access the dropdown menu for technical features of the Yahoo charts in firefox, I decided to look into the problem more. It appeared to me to be some sort of javascript issue, where my browser was blocking the javascript pop-down menu for the technical tools bar. I have javascript enabled in my browser, because the internet pretty much doesnt work without javascript at this point, so it wasn’t that. Then it hit me.

I use the Ad-Block plugin for firefox, which is kinda touchy when it comes to javascript popups. I disabled Ad-Block and the interactive yahoo charts work like a dream.

I realize that some of you may think I am being a hypocrite for serving Google ads on my website, while simultaneously running ad-block in my web browser, but I only run Ad-Block on certain computers which I consider to need more of a secure browsing experience. My normal laptop for which I am typing this now, does not use adblock for the express purpose that I DO sometimes click on ads if they are relevant to what I am doing. Anyway, hope this tip helps!