Panzer 2.0

19 11 2007

This is probably a week’s old news: I finally managed it! Got a new car.

Me gots a new 2003 Subaru Impreza GX (WRX has yellow rims, and a blue i don’t like)

Here are some pictures of the new Panzer:

Panzer 2.0 - Front ViewPanzer 2.0 - Panoramic ViewPanzer 2.0 - Side View

This was taken yesterday while giving it the trial-by-fire it had to go thru in order to belong to the family: Road-trip to Moca, visiting some family we have over there.

  • Total Trip: ~322km, including some running around in town and getting in/out of Santo Domingo.
  • Average MPG: 322km/6.6 gallons of gas (~RD$ 1,100 @ RD$ 165/g) = 48.78KM/g = ~30.49MPG
  • A/C was online for the whole trip.
  • AVG Highway Speed: 130km/h

Now, why do I insist on calling this new car Panzer, even if this car is Japanese, not German?

  1. I’m used to it. (My other car is an ’89 Jetta: strong ol’ war machine)
  2. Japanese where part of the Axis during WWII, so they had some kind of relationship with the germans.
  3. It’s a lean, mean and sexy killing machine.
  4. I like the name.

For Ivan/Green: No, I’m not posting a picture of me licking my car.

Edit: Corrected some of the numbers.


WCX_Hammer is back!

18 05 2007

I finally received my new digitizer from, and went on to replace my trusty Palm TX’s digitizer that was failing in very bad ways. I don’t have pictures of the procedure, since I was very busy sweating and being overall worried about my beloved Palm.

But here she is, fully recovered:

Palm TX - PostOp

The glass digitizer that i bought is actually better than the one that came with the palm from the factory (which was plastic, the new one is glass baby), i can now use the Notepad app and have my terrible handwriting somewhat easier to understand:

Palm TX - Notepad

Many of you will ask:

  1. “Why didn’t you take it somewhere to get it repaired?”
  2. “Did you lose your warranty?”
  3. “Are you crazy?”

Of course, the answer to number 3 is: “YES!”, number 2 is: “What warranty? Do people in DR understand such a concept?” and number 1 can be answered as:

Do you really think i’m gonna place my favorite gadget in the hands of a monkey from some repairing place in order for him to charge me a whole lot of money and not solve my problem or make it worse??

Taking important stuff to a repairshop in this country is like trying to solve a crossword puzzle with a hammer… you can try, but it’s not very efficient and you can destroy the puzzle if you do it wrong. They don’t even bother disassembling the device to actually check what’s wrong, they just name the same problem you told them you have and charge you. Then they tell you to leave the device and come back in 1-2 weeks.

You wait the 2 weeks, and then call. They tell you that Pedrito (the technician) is not there and will not be there until [insert hour of the day after 6pm], and that you will need to wait for tomorrow. You say “ok”, and then wait another long day. Rinse and repeat for 2-3 times, depending on the person. When you finally manage to hunt Pedrito down, he will tell you that he hasn’t been able to look at the problem yet, but that he is “working hard” on resolving it.

Now you have 2 choices:

  1. You blow up and take your device from the store, pay any charges for [null] work. Then repeat the process at another repairshop.
  2. You wait until Pedrito decides to solve your problem.

Now, if your problem is simple enough, Pedrito may be able to solve it. He may replace some pieces of the thing you are fixing. Don’t ever ask to see the original pieces he replaced. It will piss Pedrito off and will likely keep you waiting some more hours while Pedrito dissassembles another machine in order to show you how bad the pieces were (he probably took out some other perfectly working pieces of your device without telling you, in order to scam another customer).

Now you pay [insert a huge undeserved amount of money] and get out for the store. Your device may work for more than a week, or… not. Then you repeat the cycle again and again, and again… until you buy another device and it breaks down again.

THAT is why you never see me going to repairshops or the like. This turns me into a DIY kind of guy, since i prefer to do these kinds of things myself or ask my father for help, as he has a similar obsession. I have never had a problem or new expensive paperweights so far.

For good measure, here is my Palm doing what you Zune users should have been able to do a long, long time ago and me playing Bejeweled2 (great game):

WCX_Hammer-THE EDGEWCX_Hammer-Bejeweled2