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This Autopilot Tesla Crash That Killed 2, With A Fire That Took 4-Hours To Extinguish, Angers, Disappoints & Saddens Me.

by Anura Guruge


The above is from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click here for their outstanding coverage.


This is FRIGGING bloody wrong. This makes me very angry, sad & dissapointed.

We are NOT ready for autopilot cars, Tesla or otherwise — & I write this as a HUGE Tesla fan & a very contented & happy, v. long-term Tesla investor. Yes, this crash will send TSLA stock tumbling on Monday. That does NOT bother me much. SMILE. I invested in TSLA years ago. SMILE.

This is WRONG. Bloody WRONG.

We are just NOT there when it comes to autopilot. To plug autopilot is just pure wrong & irresponsible. Yes, ‘they’, government agencies & families should go after Tesla. Sue the pants off them — & again, I speak as one who owns more than just a few shares of Tesla.

This has to END.

We need tighter regulations about autopilot.

I would be so, so, so upset if an autopilot car killed one of my kids. Think about it.

Plus, firefighters being unable to put out the fire caused by the batteries. This is NOT RIGHT. 4-hours to put out a car fire! Jesus wept.


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Huston Flood Victims Calling 911 — ‘Stay On Line’ Is NOT The Greatest Advice.

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I just listened to the Press Conference by Houston officials, including the Mayor, on their ongoing flood recovery plans.

They are RIGHTLY very proud that they have got their 911 ‘Call Waiting’ queue down from 150 yesterday to 10 today. That means that if you call Houston 911 today there is always likely to be 10 calls ahead of you. Most of us know what this is about from calling cable companies, GoDaddy or some credit card companies.

Telling them to please ‘Stay on the Line’ and not hang-up is NOT the greatest advice.

Why? Cell phone battery life.

In any kind of disaster, hurricanes/tornadoes/floods chief among them keeping cell phones charged is a MAJOR problem.

‘Staying on the Line’ will drain batteries quicker.

They really should have a CALL BACK system. I have noticed, with GLEE, that more and more companies have instituted this. You call and they promise to call you back — and most do. That works and is better than staying on line.

911 systems should really look into this.


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My 1989 Jaguar XJS V-12 Finally Lives Up To Its Reputation!

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Whenever people hear that I have two Jags, a XJ8 (2002) and a XJS, they start asking questions about how often they break down, how much time they spend ‘at the shop‘ and the ‘small fortune‘ that it must cost to keep them running.

Until yesterday, Sunday, September 25, 2016, I had been REMARKABLY lucky. Neither Jag had left me stranded on the side of the road. Yes, this Summer the Xj8 refused to start in the garage. It needed a new battery. Over the winter the alternator belt on the XJS broke but it did not stop on the roadside.

But on Sunday, the XJS lived up to its unfortunate reputation. I had had a nagging hunch that it was not 100% right for a month or so. When we took it to the ‘Gilford Old Home day’, on what was a particularly hot day, it had acted up a bit and had been hard to start. But other than that it was driving beautifully. It is a joy to drive and I have never driven it with the top up. It is my topless car. But on Sunday it just died. Driving along on a back road. Doing 40-45 mph. Going along perfect … and then JUST dies. No stalling etc. Just dies.

Had to have it trailered to “B-Boys” in Barnstead. Wasn’t too bad. We have ‘AAA Premier’. So towing is covered. However, had to wait 90 minutes for the truck but it could have been worse. Thank YOU, “Doug’s Towing” out of Rochester, New Hampshire and CRAIG. Craig was excellent.

Don’t know what is wrong. Maybe fuel pump. That would be easy. Could be worse. I will let you know.


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Nikon P900 — Not Including A Battery Charger Is Crazy [+ Thumbs Up For “DOT-01” Batteries].

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Click to ENLARGE and gaze in wonder. From the Nikon P900 “Quick Guide”.


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Click to access Amazon product page.


For reasons that totally escape me Nikon does NOT provide a standalone battery charger with the Nikon P900. Yes, the P900 has an internal battery for its clock but that alone is not a good enough reason not to skim on a $4 charger.

I have never liked charging batteries INSIDE the camera. It is so limiting in that you can’t use the camera while the battery is being charged.

Given my penchant for taking upwards of 900 pictures on some days I can easily go through 3 charged batteries within 8 to 12 hours. So I tend to carry 3 to 4 charged batteries on me.

So, yes, I got chargers for the Nikon P900 even BEFORE I picked up the camera — and yes, that was in the plural.

I had never had one of these DUAL chargers and they make SO MUCH sense for me given the batteries I have to charge. Being USB only is not an issue since I have USB charging stations all over the house! So why do I need two chargers? One to go in the camera bag — of course.

Up until I got my now traded-in Fuji X-E2s, in May 2016, I used to be “Wasabi” only when it came to extra camera batteries. Then, with the Fuji, I saw posts for the “DOT-o1” batteries, with extra “charge”, on Amazon. There prices were good. I got a set of 3 for the Fuji and they did fine. No problems. Though I never counted the shots I think they gave me more shots per battery. Worst case, they were no different to the original Fuji battery or the two “Wasabi” batteries that I also bought.

With the Nikon P900 I did NOT bother getting any “Wasabi”. Just ordered the four “DOT-01” batteries. I have already used two of them. No issues.

So, for now, I have to say that the “dual charger” and the “DOT-01” batteries work just fine with the Nikon P900.


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Nikon D500 EN-EL15 Battery: There Is A Known Issue With Li-ion1 Versions.

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Click here to access “DPReview” post from June 2, 2016.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.


As I explained in this “First Pictures with Nikon D500” post the supposedly fully-charged battery in my rented D500 died after I had formatted a SD card, checked some menu options and took 14 pictures. That is a pretty short battery life for any camera.

The response I got when I called up “LensRental“, my rental company, was quite illuminating. I spoke with a Tech who immediately said that there were SOME known battery issues with the Nikon D500. They immediately went about shipping out a new battery (and a charger) that is supposedly arriving Saturday via USPS Priority Mail. [We will wait and see.] I had not seen any references to this D500 battery issue in my research.

But I started Googling while still on the phone with the Tech — and you can do the same.

The above “DPReview” post (as ever) said everything of import that I needed to know. Sure enough I had an EN-EL15 Li-ion01‘ battery as opposed to an ‘Li-ion20‘. Hhmmm.

So just letting you know. Check your battery.


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First Pictures With My Rented Nikon D500 — August 12, 2016.

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Originals at 5568 x 3712.
These reduced to 1600 x 1067.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.







The supposedly fully charged battery died after I took 14 pictures!

Appears that it is a known problem BUT one that I missed.

LensRental” from whom I rented the Nikon D500 sending me a new battery and charger! Not good.


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Fuji X-T2 Will Indeed Use A New Lithium Battery, NP-W-126S — But Same Charger As Other ‘X’s.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the Fujifilm X-T2 official brochure.


Current NP-W126 battery and charger as used in most Fuji X-series cameras
including X-T1 & X-E2s.

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Fuji X-T2 To Have A New Upgraded Lithium Battery To Reduce Overheating During 4K Video?

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Click to access the original at “Resource”.


You can find similar stories about the supposed new battery for the Fuji X-T2 on all the usual ‘Camera News‘ Websites/blogs.


>> >> Also refer to this “Fuji X-E2s — 1 Month Review” post. << << 

>> >> Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D500. << << 


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Fuji June 9 Firmware Updates Successfully Installed On X-E2s, 35mm f/2, 18-55mm & 55-200mm f/3.5.

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Yes, as planned I waited until today, June 13, 2016 — 3 full days after the release — to do the update.

No problems. Very smooth. In total took less than 10 minutes for all 4 updates and I, intentionally, took it slow so as to avoid any ‘finger trouble’. I even gave the Fuji battery a quick ‘top up’ charge in between the body update and the lens updates!

Did the body, i.e., X-E2s, with just that update on the card.

Then I formatted the card, topped up the battery, and copied ALL 3 updates to the card at once. As I had read on a Fuji forum that was no problem. Camera effortlessly picked up the right update for each lens that was mounted. That saved quite a few steps and time. Lens updates, with the file size just 388KB, were quick. I think I could have had all 4 update (or more) on the card at the same time BUT I was willing to do the body separately.

Did the 55-200 zoom last. Then couldn’t resist taking some pictures, in my darkened study, at ISO 12,800 using manual focus. I will upload the images laters. It could be my imagination and WISHFUL thinking, BUT they seemed sharper!


Lens updates I succesfully installed.

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Click to ENLARGE.


For the record here are images of each update.
SMILE.

I am always apprehensive about doing any update.
(Pictures taken with my Lenovo Android 10″ pad.)


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Fujifilm X-E2s body –> 1.02.

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Fuji ‘kit’ 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS –> 3.20.

Fuji35update

Fuji XF35mm f/2 R WR –> 1.01.

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Fuji XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS –> 1.20.


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Another Sincere ‘Shout Out’ For Barnstead’s “B-Boys” & Paul Bousquet.

by Anura Guruge


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Paul Bousquet, the co-owner of “B-Boys” in Barnstead, NH, yet again did me proud this weekend. Thank YOU, Paul and thank you “B-Boys”.

Late last November just as I was getting ready to put my 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe into hibernation all the ignition related lights on the dash lit-up like a Christmas tree. It was actually quite pretty though I immediately knew it wasn’t good news. When I had bought it in June 2105, from a very nice and honest gentleman from Vermont, he had told me, in writing, that I would soon be requiring a new battery. So I thought the battery had gone. I mothballed the car for the winter (though I now find that somebody, very small, did sleep in there during that time) and didn’t give it much thought.

In April this year I bought a “Optima Batteries 8002-002 34 RedTop Starting Battery“, with 800 Cold Cranking Amps, from Amazon, and thought I would be all set. I changed the battery (just to prove to those that claim that I can’t even change a fuse on a car). The Jag started fine BUT all the lights stayed on. Aahh! Alternator. Then a friend stopped by, put his hand down into the depths of that dark and murky engine bay, and said I had no alternator belt. That explained much.

I wasn’t going to replace just the alternator belt — and we found the broken one stuck to the engine. So I got a complete set of 4 belts from JagBits. But the alternator belt in the standard Jag kit did not match the broken one we had found. So I ordered that, a serpentine one, using the number stamped on the belt, from Amazon (who else).

A couple of people, including the friend who found the broken belt, offered to replace the belts for me. But after some due consideration I decided that I only trust Paul with my British cars. And that was one heck of a good decision.

Had the XJS taken on a flatbed to Paul Thursday afternoon — we having AAA Premier just for the ‘towing’. The XJS was ready Saturday morning. I won’t tell you how much Paul charged me or the amount of labor he billed BUT trust me, I was very happy. It was a good deal. It was beyond fair. I am very happy.

So sharing because you too might find that “B-Boys” could help you.

Thank YOU Paul.


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