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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-15-2020 Focus RS: 17,000 Miles View Webcam for 07-15-2020 NO COMMENTS
In 2.5 months I've managed to clock 311 miles on my new (to me) Focus RS. Rolling over 17,000 miles seemed like a good milestone to get excited about, and so far I've only had one hard stop on my Progressive Snapshot. That puts me in "A+" discount position. I'm trying to avoid driving it at all until the snapshot period is over, but it's just too difficult to choose an ST over an RS when given the choice. I view 311 miles as a testament to my will power, since any rational person would have over 1k by now.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 07-11-2020 Bumper Cover Swap View Webcam for 07-11-2020 NO COMMENTS
Shortly after I purchased my Focus RS, the dealer who sold it decided it was a good time to drill a license plate mount for a car that was headed to a state that doesn't require front license plates. Once they drilled it, there was no point in arguing, but today I finally eliminated the holes thanks to a shady eBay aftermarket replacement cover. Removing the bumper to take off the cover was fairly easy. While I'm not a fan of the drill dimples, it looks much better than the drilled stock one it replaced.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-24-2020 Static Pressure Regulating Damper View Webcam for 06-24-2020 NO COMMENTS
Today I discovered the most useless piece of my HVAC system: the Static Pressure Regulating Damper. The purpose of this is to release extra air pressure when only one of my two zones are requesting cooling. This makes sense when you're concerned about overall system noise, but not when I could care less about noise when it's at the expense of cooling speed. The insulation on this install prevents the weights from ever closing it fully anyway, defeating the entire purpose of it. I zip-tied it permanently closed for a much faster cooling with slightly louder noise and regret nothing.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-23-2020 Dashcam Power Routing View Webcam for 06-23-2020 NO COMMENTS
Tired of looking at the cigarette lighter adapter running to my dashcam in both my cars, I decided today was the day I finally routed them properly. My Focus RS has an unused sunroof 12v source that I was easily able to modify the dashcam power supply to fit into. The Focus ST had a slightly more complicated solution, since it has a sunroof already using that source, but still relatively easy. Both cars already had a spot in the headliner for a wire to the european models more complicated center stack, so the end result looks relatively stock.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-22-2020 WeatherFlow Tempest View Webcam for 06-22-2020 NO COMMENTS
After a kickstarter ad for the WeatherFlow Tempest weather monitor kept flashing on my screen, I couldn't get the idea of mounting it on my mailbox out of my head. Fast forward to today, and I've gone and done it. The weather data it puts out for having no moving parts is pretty impressive. Some internet folks on the forums thought mail delivery would result in a false rain report (from vibration), but so far no problems. If I didn't have cameras on it 24/7 I'd be worried about someone stealing it, but at this point I'm pretty sure nobody even notices it's there, since it looks like a post itself.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-08-2020 Xbox CONSOLEidation View Webcam for 06-08-2020 NO COMMENTS
With the soon-to-arrive Xbox Series X, it's time to start purging my excessive collection of Xboxes. It's hard to part with my years of acquired special edition consoles, but my recent purchase of the Focus RS helps me liquidate with a purpose. The actual INCREASE in value on these things is also helpful. I'm always amazed when there are bigger nerds with more money than me willing to pay a premium for my old crap. Now that I'm pared back to minimum Xbox count, I'm ready to fill back up on the new version.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 05-30-2020 Focus RS Acquired View Webcam for 05-30-2020 NO COMMENTS
With my divorce behind me, and my need for a Focus RS never having been satisifed, I found a great deal on a manufacturer buyback nitrous blue example in beautiful condition. Already a fan of refurbished products, I figure this one has all the future problems fixed since a good 20% of the car has been replaced, but just to be safe I bought an extra 3 years on the warranty. Once it finally arrived from Iowa, I removed the 5+ ridiculous stickers the dealer put on it, along with the front licence plate bracket. Of course I upgraded the Sync version, although I learned the non-navigation head unit may not have enough memory to add navigation, so I played it safe and stuck with non-nav. I also got new shoes, since the existing factory tires had plugs and screws in them. It arrived with an almost dead battery and less than 2 gallons of gas, so the dealer was clearly determined to make it the worst possible experience they could. Once the battery was fully charged, I discovered the joys of auto-stop. After 3 minutes of being auto-stopped, the car actually gets worried you don't know how to re-start the engine again. I enabled global windows and disabled the honk-on-exit in the PCM computer, but left auto-stop on since I actually like it when I'm sitting at a red light, and it's easy enough to disable via button. Now that all my customization was done, it was time to scare my kids, but sadly the audio was disabled on the dash cam. At least I got their first reactions recorded for drift mode and launch control. It fits nicely next to my Focus ST, and since Ford is no longer making cars I'm glad I have an example of each of their last hot hatches.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 04-03-2020 Network Topology Update: New PCs View Webcam for 04-03-2020 NO COMMENTS
I decided it was time my kids each had their own dedicated PC for Coronavirus homeschooling. A $100 PC deal naturally appeared, and after an SSD upgrade and the latest BIOS update, I had some pretty capable machines ready for e-learning. With two new machines added, it was of course time to update to the network topology diagram as tradition dictates. A recent Woot.com deal also allowed me to finally wire my home theater properly instead of just a hole in the wall.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 04-01-2020 Sync 3.4 Upgrade View Webcam for 04-01-2020 NO COMMENTS
After finding this article with detailed instructions on how to upgrade my old and boring 2017 Focus ST Sync software to the latest and greatest, I decided to forge ahead despite the inherent risk of upgrading on April 1st. The process went off without a hitch and I now have the 2020 Sync 3.4 system with the latest navigation maps. As a bonus, I also have a redundant climate screen in case my physical climate controls melt away. This upgrade compliments my global window and double honk modifications nicely, in that no physical changes were required. My obnoxious bypass valve remains the only physical modification after my life lessons from changing everything possible on my late 1999 Mercury Cougar.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 03-27-2020 Folding@Home View Webcam for 03-27-2020 NO COMMENTS
I decided it was time to rejoin the distributed computing world since my last adventure ended long before SETI@Home shut down. Since Folding@Home is focusing on coronavirus, I decided it was a noble cause even if it does nothing to help the current situation. More importantly, I get to compete with my same nemesis from the last adventure, and his equipment is probably just as superior this time around. Even with the client maxing out my resources, my computer is still usable and relatively cool. Work units are in high demand so there are lots of timeouts, but most of the time I'm chugging along making the most of my average specd system.
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