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Wednesday
Jul312013

The Dog Days of Summer

On the last day of July, and half way down the dog days of summer, with the days already getting shorter.

What has caught our attention so far this summer in no particular order.

It seems that every manufacturer stepped on the gas this month to either uphold or perhaps try to increase sales volume. Lets see in a few days how it develops. 

Time is an increasingly precious commodity.

Your personal life and privacy is becoming another precious commodity, just like you have to be your own editor, you have to be your own guardian of your privacy.

We moved our editorial offices and are almost finished catching up with a bunch of stuff that was put aside to accomodate the move.

The race for eyeballs by the mainstream media intensifies on a daily basis. Which also increases your need to be your own editor.

For some reason the retail auto business is still stuck in the pre internet, pre social media days...or so it seems. 

For some other reason the bloom os off social media, the idealism of a few years ago has worn off, its probably normal.

Genuine, real, old fashioned, old school human interactions are acquiring several levels of importance, think about this its an emerging trend.

More important, hopefully you have taken or will take some time to enjoy your family and friends, a cold drink, an enjoyable meal, perhaps even a cigar...an a few days disconnected from the "digital wire".

Yes...there is another month to go, before reality will start setting in...enjoy!

 

 

Friday
Nov302012

Vroom Room 

Good Morning!

Its the last Friday of the month, its month end, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino, join the conversation.

It will be informative to see the Canadian November sales results in a few days. More of the same but still interesting.

Before we forget tomorrow is the sale of the John Staluppi Collection by RM Auctions featuring some truly iconic cars.

We came across an article that awakens a myriad of memories; an interview of Joanne Villeneuve by Norris McDonald. If you are of a certain age you have vivid memories of Gilles Villeneuve. In our case The Colonel criss crossed Gilles Villeneuve on several occasions in the pits at the famous 1976 race in Trois Rivieres.

Obvious that The Colonel was at the F1 race in Montreal in 1978 when Gilles won driving a Ferrari.

A quick rant, have you noticed how the mainstream media quickly jumps on the "news of the day" or the "flavor of the day" and subsequently tries to get more exposure, coverage, eyeballs, than what the event merits. It often becomes a case of spinning several stories around at best half a story. 

We required a laptop to replace a PC that expired a few months ago, for some reason some PC's have a longer, other a shorter, and some a mid term life expectancy. This one had a mid term life (6 years). Our decision was to replace the PC by a laptop, especially with improved routers of the past few years, a laptop is easily used around the house. As an aside The Colonel uses a PC, since he loves his music when working.

Back to the laptop, we have been Future Shop customers when it comes to PC's and laptops for over a decade, after all the online browsing, there is a tactile aspect in acquiring a laptop, more so than a PC. In the store it was informative to see folks that are comparing laptops, gathering more information on their smart device, and still not making a decision. 

Our parameters for this laptop, we have a price point, since that Office is never included, we have some performance parameters especially the memory, and absolutely require Windows 8 (the reason we postponed the purchase), not interested in a Windows 7 machine. 

The unknown was the screen size, do we get a 14, a 15, or 17 inch screen? The 14 is too small, the 17 is too big, the 15 is just right. Yes...you can get dizzy with all the 15 inch offerings, obvious that any ultrabook is beyond the price budget. 

After a process of elimination, laptops require a tactile appeal to finalise the decision, including the appearance of the screen. The technical specs are secondary to the tactile appeal in the decision process. The technical specs come into play in the value for money decision. Do we need to mention that all laptop manufacturers alter CPU's to change price points, 

New consumer laptops are aupremely slick compared to work laptops, and Windows 8 has a refreshing, intuitive interface compared to all the previous versions of Windows. If you require a Laptop or PC we highly recommend that you get Windows 8...

Yes we watched the F1 race in Brasil, one of the better races of the season, after all the speculation from a myriad of pundits, Sebastien Vettel won the champioship for 2012, Ferando Alonso although dissapointed proved that tenacity will generate postive results.

Spectucalar photography of the Grossglockner Historical Grand Prix