Truck smog inspection?
Originally Posted by mountainbikermark
07-08-2012 09:05 AM
In Virginia we have to have our vehicles safety inspected to make sure they aren't West Virginia clunkers. Brakes, lights, tires, steering mechanisms, etc.
I use Signature Auto for the stuff I can't do because Jimmy goes way above and beyond as well as being less expensive for most stuff. He told me about Blue Devil, which sealed the cracked head gasket on the old Honda. Cost $69 instead of $1500 to replace the gasket. He buffed the headlights on Karen's can when he inspected it for nothing because " I didn't like seeing the road salt residue on them". Most places charge $50.
He charged $127 to fix Karen's van AC. Everyone else wanted $600 or more.
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I really wish we had the safety inspections in Georgia. The condition some of the vehicles are allowed to be in down here is completely ridiculous. Broken and non functional taillights, bodywork about to fall off, cars in general disrepair, it's pathetic. All they do here is emissions inspections. And that's only in the areas immediately surrounding Atlanta. So highly effective. Not.
Good morning! We're having a family get together at the in-laws this afternoon as hubby's brothers back home from vacation, one came home from Michigan and the other from Vietnam. It will the first time I get out of the house in the whole week. I guess I have to come back out of my shell sometime... At least it is a beautiful day outside!
Getting out will be good, Twee. You need time with yourself, but after a bit, that time can leave you overthinking things too much. Sounds like you have a great family and having them around should be really good for you today. Have fun!
Originally Posted by tweebee
I was going to do a long review on the SG3 compared to the Nexus but basically it's what everyone already knows, the SG3 has the hardware advantage and the Nexus has the software advantage. SG3 has a faster more efficient processor, more RAM, SD card slot, better camera, larger stock battery, slightly bigger screen. If you don't like fiddling with your phone then I think it's safe to say the SG3 is a good choice. If you like bleeding edge technology and want first to market with software updates, nothing short of the Nexus will make you happy. The SG3 has several hurdles right now, root was achieved in less than 24 hours but as I mentioned earlier it has a locked bootloader (unknown at this time if it's encrypted). Then there's the issue of the RIL, which needs to be cracked for any AOSP. I should mention the RIL will be an issue for ANY phone that isn't the Nexus. RIL is closed source. I was with the Inc from day 1, which took FOREVER to even get root so I'm fine with the progress but the instant gratification the Nexus brings has a lot of people impatient (at least a lot of whiners on XDA).
As to the phone itself, just a couple of points. I'm really surprised by Touch Whiz, other than the annoying water drop sound (that can be disabled), I actually like it. It's not like the old Touch Whiz, this one is very smooth and intuitive. Maybe that has to do with the hardware specs on the phone, not sure. I'd have to say of the manufacturer UI's, it's my favorite, better than Sense and Blur. I should probably mention I haven't tried the aftermarket launchers yet.
The screen to me looks amazing. Auto-brightness is terrible so out of the box it doesn't look right but turn it off and set the brightness yourself and you're good to go. I was a little worried about the screen size at first, it's not stupid big like the Note but it's getting up there. But after getting the phone, I actually like the size. This phone is very slim and light so even though it's larger, it doesn't feel bulky even compared to the Inc. I'm using a TPU case, which keeps it slim.
Other minor thoughts... S Voice is okay I guess but I don't see myself using it much. It's basically a Siri ripoff. Maybe in the car or something it would be useful but otherwise it's more gimmicky than necessary. The phone does have some cool features like it can detect when you're looking at the screen so it doesn't shut off the screen and some interesting gesture movements you can set to do various things (silence the phone, zoom, scroll, dial, etc.). The S Beam/Laser/shared/whatever stuff I haven't tried yet. I don't even have a Facebook page so I'm probably the wrong guy to ask about social media and all the sharing of media stuff.
I'll report back on battery life and signal. Fudsey, haven't gotten around to root yet. I'll probably do it later this week, I want a few more guinea pigs to go before me.
Nice review Landon... Does it have an NFC chip where you can share stuff with other NFC phones like the Nexus?
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Very nice review, Landon. Can you repost this for me at the other place?