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Archive for December, 2006

Merry Christmas

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas and God bless!
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I drove a Ferrari!

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 22, 2006


Almost 35 feet!

We picked up Mike’s 308 today. The shop that was selling it on consignment had detailed it and it was gorgeous.

I got the enviable job of backing it out of the shop and onto the trailer (needs timing belts replaced, so no driving it home). I might have reached speeds of three miles per hour.

It was great!

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What is it about Ferraris?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 21, 2006

I went to Atlanta yesterday with a good friend to look at a 1985 Ferrari 308. Mike has wanted a Ferrari as long as he could remember, and is now in a position to buy one.

This particular car has 51,000 miles on it and hasn’t been driven much in the last ten years or so. It’s a beautiful car, but not perfect. Not even close.

The paint is chipped from the edges of the rims. The paint is bubbling on the headlight covers, the vinyl (not leather!) is coming unglued from the dashboard. The seats (leather) look worn. And it has an oil leak.

But it ran well on the test drive. After the test drive, Mike found out that a local exotic car tuner had looked over the car and determined that it shouldn’t be driven until the timing belts and tensioners were replaced.

So he bought it.

Made a down payment on it, rather. We will be going back tomorrow morning with a trailer to pay for it and pick it up.

This marks my introduction into the world of Ferrari maintenance, as Mike isn’t going to pay the $5000 to $8000 (!) quoted to replace the timing belts/tensioners and perform a tune-up.

So I did a bit of Googling and it turns out that Ferraris, or at least the 308/328s, aren’t really that much more difficult to work on than your average car.

Parts prices are even reasonable.

More to follow. . .

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Moore’s law and procrastination – The Dorrington Paradox

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on December 9, 2006

Warning: Not automotive related.

Perhaps you are familiar with Moore’s law. Briefly, it says that the computer processing power available to users will roughly double every eighteen months.

This brings up an interesting point: for sufficiently difficult computational problems, the fastest way to solve them is to do nothing. At least initially. I call this the Dorrington Paradox.

Say, for instance, you have a particularly difficult computational problem. Using the fastest processors you can afford, this problem will take three years to solve. If you do nothing at all for 18 months and then buy the fastest processors you can afford, you will still solve the problem at the same time, since the processors will be twice as fast.

Now what if the problem would have initially taken ten years? Wait 18 months and the total time to problem solution is 6.5 years. Wait three years and it’s done in 5.5 years.

Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.

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