Category Archives: Reviews

The New Keyboard Test

Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard

This is a test of my new bluetooth keyboard. After researching my options, I decided to go with the Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard. It was easy to pair with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and with a little adjustment to the keyboard, I think this will work great.

The alignment is a bit different than the other full-size keyboards I spend most of my time on, but the keys are large, if not in slightly adjusted locations to fit on a small folding keyboard.

The keys feel much like the ones on my HP netbook, and give plenty of responsiveness. I can easily tell when I’m missing a key or completing the action. I must say, after only a few minutes, it feels okay.

Now, only time will tell.

Three Things a Man Will Lie About

Many years ago, a good friend told me there were three things men will lie about, and after hearing his list, I agree.

As you know, I am obsessed with improving my gas mileage. With the price of gasoline as high as it is, fractions of MPGs can make a significant difference in monthly costs.

I have tried many different ways to increase the mileage of my 2007 Dodge Magnum and this video goes over them along with the results. The end result might surprise you, so let me know what you think.

zMax: Sham or the Jam

I have started the zMax Microlubricant experiment in my 2007 Dodge Magnum. Inara has just over 165,000 miles which should be a good test. There is a lot more information in the video.

 

The zMax Microlubricant Experiment

More reports will follow as I get more data.

Let me know of your experience with zMax.

Gas Mileage Wars – Michelin Hydroedge vs. Pirelli P4

(I wondered where this video was on the website. I just found it saved as a draft, never published. I apologize for this oversight.)

You read that right … I now have the numbers for the long term average gas mileage on my 2007 Dodge Magnum. In the video I report to you the average gas mileage for each of these tires, plus the Goodyear Integrity tires the car came with.

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I now have 138,000 miles on the Magnum with the first 42,000 on the Goodyears, the next 84,000+ on the Pirelli P4s and finally, approximately 12,000 miles on the Michelin HydroEdge tires. (Your mileage may vary depending on your calculator)

UPDATE: I’m at 155,000 miles … still need to replace the spark plugs, and the gas mileage is starting to dwindle. For the last three months, the mileage has dropped to 24.1 and it is getting very sluggish.

NEW TOP PRIORITY: replace plugs and wires. The only bad news, it’s an all day job on this engine.

Michelin HydroEdge Tire Review

Since installing the Michelin HydroEdge tires, I’ve put a little over 10,000 miles on them and thought a quick review was in order.

In the video I go over a few pluses of the HydroEdge compared to the Pirelli P4 tires that preceeded them.

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One of the things I forgot to discuss in the video is the singing. The Pirelli tires were whisper quiet, but the Michelins perform like an opera singer on some road surfaces. In particular on concrete freeways with a brush finish.

The other topic is gas mileage. I have done all the math and have the results, but that is for another day. Stay tuned.