May 2006 Archives

If your machine doesn't automatically come up after power failure (even if it's set to), you might consider checking the battery.

The battery in the machine that hosts the geeklair died, so it wasn't automatically booting back up like it should (and after Jared lost power for longer than the UPS battery lasted the other day, he had to and push the 'on' button so it would boot back up).

I just replaced the clock/NVRAM/PRAM battery on the machine and verified that it will automatically restart after loosing power.

[This makes remote rebooting possible, so if the machine dies, or authentication dies, I can reboot the machine by logging into the UPS.]


Fortunately, this accident did not end up in the SUV driver dying.

There's a link to a video, though, that demonstrates a good reason (in my opinion) why you don't want an SUV.


According to a recent article ( - Mad market for used fuel-sippers - May 18, 2006), used Toyota Priuses have had no (or negative) depreciation for the first year or two after purchase.

I haven't done the math yet, but I would be that this alone would more than make up for the current hybrid price premium (of course, used car prices are more volatile than new car prices and are currently high for hybrid vehicles because of constrained supply and consumer hyper-reaction to gas prices).

It will be interesting to see not only how long this lasts, but also what prices the used market will eventually settle on.


When the Prius first came out, I did some calculating to determine if the fuel savings would make up for the increased price over other cars. At that time, for me, it didn't (although the cost of gas was much lower and the Prius was still attractive for its reduced emissions).

With the addition of the Camry hybrid, it's time to revisit those calculations.

Assuming 10,000 miles a year driving (which is about average, maybe a little low) and using EPA city mileage estimates yields the following:

Car City EPA mileage Gallons of fuel per year
(assuming 10,000 miles driven)
Camry I424417$18,270
Camry V622455$23,040
Camry Hybrid40250$25,900

Now, there are a lot of missing variables (the Camry hybrid is going to be nicer than the base model I4 Camry, etc.), but this is enough for a basic comparison.

CarsPrice Premium5 year savings at $2/gallon5 year savings at $3/gallon5 year savings at $4/gallon
Prius vs Corolla$7,260$1,460$2,190$2,920
Hybrid Camry vs I4 Camry$7,630$1,670$2,505$3,340
Hybrid Camry vs V6 Camry$2,860$2,050$3,075$4,100

One additional thing to factor in would be that the extra capital cost for the hybrid gives you lower operating costs (which may have increased utility that compensates for the opportunity cost of paying more for the car upfront).

Additionally, the above does not factor in the environmental impact of the hybrid vehicles or any potential tax incentives that may exist for purchasing a hybrid vehicle.

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