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IT at Home: Nexus 5, Mohu Toyota RAV4 EV

By Charles

E-Commerce Times

12/03/13 AM PT

Troubleshooting our new Toyota RAV4 EV is by Tesla technicians who direct made by Toyota. Despite all the powerful IT that was brought to on its design, build and diagnostics, no one can us when Tesla will the new charger we need. That’s — Tesla apparently has deeper insight into our innards than it does its own supply chain.

My regular job writing and talking almost about business IT, but every in a while I like to consider how technology impacts my day-to-day

Three acquisitions have my way in the past couple of months: the 5; the Mohu Curve 30; and a 2013 RAV4 EV.

I’ll preface by saying I’ve been a phone user since the G1 hit the street. What do I like them? Mainly the sturdy and absence of service provider and crapware that afflicts every other smartphone

On a recent business trip, I up the charge port on my Nexus 4 and fixing it (thanks to a terrific YouTube video), I decided to the poor beleaguered thing to status and buy a new Nexus 5.

For those of you who haven’t read the reviews of Google’s latest/greatest phone, here’s what you get the Nexus 5: a 5-inch more or edge-to-edge 1080p display, a GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor Android KitKat 4.4, an 8 MP with OIS (optical image 2 GB RAM, wireless charging, a 2300mAh battery and 16-GB/32-GB options.


What do I think? mostly terrific. In short, I got a sharper HD display, better-quality (both with the handset and far faster performance (partly due to the new processor and partly due to LTE compatibility), and responsive controls.

On this point, among my main with the three Nexus 4s I (yes, three — the two suffered breakdowns during the period and were replaced by were their wonky and volume buttons. In contrast, the 5 has worked like a charm.

reviewers have criticized the 5’s design, particularly its corners/edges compared to the Nexus 4, but I that phone a bit too lozenge-like for my

There are some problematic The 8 MP camera could be way better is reportedly working on a corrective update); lack of micro-SSD is yet again a disappointment; and battery is just OK (though probably and parcel of the Nexus 5’s 130 G weight).

Those relatively — except for the camera disappointments aside, the Nexus 5 significantly improved performance and experience in a lighter, slimmer no skins or crapware anywhere for blissful smile), fast LTE and better controls. And all for about the price of other top-tier smart phones. What’s not to

Mohu Curve 30

Cutting the — cable TV, that is has been getting a lot of press and for good reason. In the realm of investments, the long-term cost of TV qualifies as one of the market’s poorest In fact, the only way it makes is if you’re a stone sports fan or so addicted to first-run cable and comedies that you can’t yourself.

This is a significant cable operators, anyway) trend, recent research TV, broadband and phone communications a net loss of 113,000 viewers in Q3 The total number of lost subscribers since 2010 is an 5 million.

My own family hasn’t used for more than two decades, but the became markedly harder the switchover to digital broadcasting in due to our house being located on the of a hill facing away local broadcasters’ antennas.

We along until late year when we acquired a Sky roof-mounted digital antenna pulled in more HDTV and delivered better picture than we’d previously

The Mohu Sky works fine in our room, but stringing the antenna back to my office (where my HD can also serve as a TV) was too much The solution? A new Mohu Curve 30 antenna that lives on top of a cabinet near my desk.

The 30 is a slightly convex, matte unobtrusively modern rectangle. simply required connecting the cable to the HDTV port in the of my monitor, then running the set-up process.

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Performance is than adequate for the suburban where we live. While it pull in quite as many as the roof-mounted Mohu Sky, is configured to receive stations up to 50 miles away, The Curve 30 all the stations I care about. the Mohu Sky, Curve 30 and Netflix, I waste hours if not on entertainment without wasting a on cable TV.

The EV (Not) in the Driveway

When my and I recently went searching for a new car for her commute, better gas mileage was an concern, as was her preference for smaller We looked at various hybrids, but finally caught our attention was a Toyota RAV4 EV, the all-electric of the company’s smaller SUV.

originally launched the model in as a fleet vehicle, then it in 2003 due to poor performance. A new hit the California market in 2012 a battery pack, charger and train designed and manufactured by The 90-plus miles per charge it is more than adequate for our and since (like Teslas and EVs) it accelerates linearly, none of the shift pauses in with transmissions, it’s a of a lot of fun to drive.

The clincher for my wife was recent extension to 2019 of a allowing lone drivers of EVs and clean alternative fuel to use HOV lanes. In other words, the EV seemed like a ticket to heaven, and it really was for a month, the charging system began to

We took it to the local Toyota got a loaner and, two days were told by the service that the charger needed and that a new one had been ordered Tesla. And that’s where have remained for nearly increasingly frustrating weeks.

One of the interesting and beneficial features of the EV is its computerized diagnostic system. a Toyota mechanic plugs the car a computer that’s networked the Tesla factory, about 15 away in Fremont, California.

is overseen by Tesla technicians who repairs made by Toyota. has all worked as designed, but despite all the powerful IT that was brought to on designing and building our car and diagnosing its no one can tell us when Tesla deliver the new charger.

That’s — Tesla apparently has deeper insight into our innards than it does its own supply chain.

There’s a deal of implicit irony on here, but we really just the damned car fixed. The folks at at least have the graciousness to be about the situation.

If anyone at Tesla happens to this, they might to think about why one of the most self-professed innovators in Silicon can’t provide clear chain transparency to its partners and That simple screw-up has complicated our otherwise excellent EV

E-Commerce Times columnist King is principal analyst for an IT industry consultancy that understanding technology and product and interpreting the effects these will have on business and the greater IT marketplace. Though provides consulting and other to technology vendors, the opinions in this commentary are King’s

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