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When Cookie the Dog's Owner proposed the $100K Fantasy Garage challenge, I was immediately intrigued. Who among us has not dreamed about which cars we'd purchase if only we had the funds available? This challenge is a license to mentally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Car Lust
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As much fun as I've had over the last five years writing and reading about interesting cars and the irrational emotions they inspire, the even greater joy has come from getting to know the contributors and commenters who make these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Car Lust
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I'm sure at least some of you have seen the 1985 Saab 900 Turbo limousine that has been making the rounds of the automotive blogosphere over the last few weeks, most prominently on Autoblog and Bring a Trailer. As a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Car Lust
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Todd Vance: "I think this is the "second" post PC era. The first was after the fad with cheap home computers---the Vic 20, the Apple II, the PCjr, ah the days! They went away "when people got tired of boxes that go 'bing'". " I have to disagree with this. Yeah, once the novelty wore off, there was a burnout in the early 1980s on the absolute lowest price point computers that didn't really do much (the Timex Sinclair and some of the TRS-80s come to mind, maybe the TI-99), but of the computers you describe above only the VIC-20 might qualify as a computer that just goes 'bing,' and the VIC was still pretty capable for its time. The Apple II was an extremely versatile computer that spawned the first spreadsheet program and some of the first word processors, and with development was a viable competitive product into the 1980s. The PC Jr. had its issues, but the very similar Tandy machines were successful, as obviously was the full-strength IBM PC and the dissimilar but still very capable Commodore 64. You seem to be implying that PC buying hit a big trough after the early 1980s, until the second PC era began in the early 1990s with the Internet and multimedia, and I just don't think that's true. It's not as if people purchased most early PCs as a fad, and subsequently got rid of computers altogether until the 1990s. Instead, they upgraded. People who bought VIC-20s may have replaced them with a Commodore 64. People who bought IBM machines may have replaced them with 286s, then 386s. People who bought Apple IIs may have subsequently moved on to Macs. Customer adoption of the PC just kept building through the 1980s as technology improved, but that doesn't mean that the early PCs were a fad. I do agree that the web and multimedia accelerated the process, though. Access to amazing new quality and quantity of content really helped increase adoption.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2012 on Welcome to the Post PC Era at Coding Horror
Wojtek Swiatek: "The graph, although interesting, tries to compare devices which are not comparable." Agreed, but even more so, I'm really skeptical that you can draw any real conclusions from that graph (let alone the conclusions the author makes) based on the differences in time periods measured. The Applie ]['s starting point is 1977, and the Mac's starting point is 1984. You can't compare the speed of market penetration for expensive and exotic personal computers in 1977, when nobody really know what a personal computer could do and there was no established software industry, with the potential of selling a much less expensive and well-understood device to a marketplace of highly tech-savvy people. You may as well put the automobile and television set on that chart too - you'd find that the curves are much less steep than the personal computer, even though those products were absolutely revolutionary and became ubiquitous to our everyday life. America is just a different consumer environment now than it was when the PC was new, or when the TV and automobile were new. Specifically, America in the last decade is far quicker to learn about and embrace new technology of any kind than it was receptive to computers in 1977-1984. The whole marketplace is way too different to assume that the difference in the curves can be attributed to the factors called out in the article. Overall I liked and enjoyed the article and the comments, but that really stood out as a poor interpretation of data.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2012 on Welcome to the Post PC Era at Coding Horror
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(Before we get started, I want to give a big thank you to That Car Guy and Cookie the Dog's Owner for doing the majority of the work putting this 1,000-post anniversary piece together.) Chris Hafner: I know that referencing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Car Lust
I almost never watch commercials anymore. Most of my video is of the streaming variety, either through Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or YouTube. When I do take advantage of broadcast or cable TV, it's usually captured on my Tivo, where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Car Lust
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OK, I have a little confession to make. I kind of like what's commonly known as "Camry Beige." Well, it's not my favorite color, but I'd definitely take it over some of the mundane grays and stark whites out there.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Car Lust
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It would be an understatement to say that my mother and Bugs Bunny didn't have much in common. Sure, they both liked their carrots, but Mom's ears were much shorter, she never lived in a burrow or tried her hand... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Car Lust
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Do you think the Cadillac Escalade or the Lincoln Navigator are oversized? Do you think something like a 1966 Imperial is a living room on wheels? Do you think a Hummer H2 or a mid-70s Eldosaurus is a brazen example... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Car Lust
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Alex and I visited the Crawford Museum in University Circle on Cleveland's east side (not far from the famed Cleveland Clinic) on a recent Saturday. The Museum is operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. My primary objective was to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Car Lust
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Love 'em or hate 'em, the SUV is a part of the automotive landscape. I suppose if one were to poll the general public about what they considered to be the first SUV, I'd guess most would probably name either... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Car Lust
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Sometimes change and new thinking is difficult. Can some of us remember when most cars were rear-wheel-drive, and the idea to change to front-wheel-drive was hard to grasp? Oh, the promised benefits were wonderful ... better traction in rain and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Car Lust
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Project AMC--The Introduction Project AMC--AMC Gremlin Project AMC--AMC Hornet and AMC Eagle Project AMC--AMC Pacer 1976 AMC Pacer--2010 Toyota Prius The following is an excerpt from a diary kept by Motoring Magazine Road Test Editor Tom Kelly, dated March 1,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Car Lust
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When I was in grade school, one of the most popular shows on TV was Hawaii Five-O. The series followed the exploits of a fictional major-crimes unit of the equally-fictional Hawaii State Police as they protected their island paradise from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Car Lust
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It's cold out there, but here in the Car Lust Garage it's always a perfect climate-controlled 72 degrees Farenheit. Hang your coat up on the rack and join us for hot chocolate and conversation. Some semi-random discussion starters: Electric car... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Car Lust
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The two or three times I got to drive a Bobcat were some of the best fun I've ever had burning fossil fuels. The "Bobcat" in the previous sentence is not the badge-engineered Ford Pinto that once (dis)graced the showrooms... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Car Lust
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unrequited: un re·quit ed adj. Not reciprocated or returned in kind; (w/ love) love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. Today we digress a bit from our usual automotive schtick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Car Lust
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While God may still be alive and well, according to the New York Times the factory-installed tape deck is not: "According to experts who monitor the automotive market, the last new car to be factory-equipped with a cassette deck in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Car Lust
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You may not ever have heard of this car, but many of you over a certain age probably already know of it. The Firebird, arguably, rarely gets quite the attention that the Chevrolet division's sister car, the Camaro, does but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Car Lust
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As I write this, an all-consuming monster blizzard is dumping snow on everything from Portland, Maine to St. Louis and down into Oklahoma, and the news media is reporting all of this in its usual calm and rational manner. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Car Lust
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Project AMC--The Introduction Project AMC--AMC Gremlin Project AMC--AMC Hornet and AMC Eagle Project AMC--AMC Pacer 1976 AMC Hornet--2009 Subaru Impreza 1976 AMC Hornet Turbo--2009 Subaru Impreza WRX 1976 AMC Hornet Turbo X--2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 1976 AMC Eagle--2008 Subaru... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Car Lust
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The late 1960s and early 1970s were a good time to be alive if you were interested in high-performance automobiles. If your heart's desire was to go in a straight line at unholy rates of acceleration, you could go to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Car Lust
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Project AMC--The Introduction Project AMC--AMC Gremlin Project AMC--AMC Hornet and AMC Eagle Project AMC--AMC Pacer 1976 AMC Gremlin--1997 Acura Integra GS-R 1976 AMC Gremlin X--1997 Acura Integra Type R The following is an excerpt from a diary kept by Motoring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Car Lust
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Project AMC--The Introduction Project AMC--AMC Gremlin Project AMC--AMC Hornet and AMC Eagle Project AMC--AMC Pacer "Anne Shirley," interrupted Marilla firmly, "I never want to hear you talking in this fashion again. I've had my doubts about that imagination of yours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Car Lust
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