16 April 2014

Ford Mondeo 1.6 Ambiente

Pred kratkim sem imel možnost nekaj dni uporabljati Ford Mondeo. Sledi kratka reportaža o tem avtomobilu.
Če se najprej lotimo motorja, je treba povedati, da je 1600 kubičnih centimetrov v tako velikem avtomobilu slabša izbira. Saj ne, da bi bil avto neuporabno počasen, vseeno pa človek pogreša malo več dinamičnosti od motorja. Pri nizkih vrtljajih sicer pelje presenetljivo lepo in tiho, pri večjih hitrostih pa je glasen in okoren. Vožnja po avtocesti je bolj utrujajoča kot bi pričakoval pri tako velikem avtu. Motor se (na moje presenečenje) presenetljivo počasi segreva, kar posledično pomeni tudi počasno ogrevanje potniške kabine. Tiste, ki so bolj zmrzljive sorte, bo verjetno pozimi zeblo dlje, kot bi pričakovali.
Pri spustih motor zavira slabo, kar v vožnji ni prijetno, saj je potrebnega več dela z zavorami. Zavore so sicer zelo dobre in vozniku vlivajo zaupanje.
Premikanje prestavne ročice pa je prijetno natančno, vendar menjalnik nima dobro izbranih prestavnih razmerij za takšno vozilo. Omeniti velja, da ima samo pet prestav, kar sicer ni narobe, ker ne dosega večjih hitrosti.

Avto je seveda prostoren, kar velja tudi za prtljažnik. Pozna se mu, da je namenjen tudi za nekoliko daljše vožnje – seveda z boljšo izbiro motorja. Sicer je dobro zvočno izoliran, vendar pa se pri višjih vrtljajih motor vseeno sliši preveč. Vendar pa je to bolj posledica glasnega motorja, kot slabe zvočne izolacije. Glasno poslušanje glasbe namreč ne bo privabljalo začudenih pogledov.
Radio ne odstopa od celotnega vtisa. Je povprečen po kvaliteti zvoka, sprejem je soliden, ima pa prevelike preskoke pri nastavljanju glasnosti (med dvema vrednostma je prevelik preskok).
Notranjost je na pogled všečna, hkrati pa nič posebnega. Očitno so izbrali preizkušen pristop s solidnimi materiali na armaturi in sedežih. Tako je armatura narejena iz mehkega materiala, kar je meni zelo všeč, saj zagotavlja vožnjo brez tako osovraženih čričkov po makadamu. Odlagalnih polic je dovolj, predal pred sovoznikom pa ima nerodna vrata. Slednja se odpirajo težko, nazaj pa kar skočijo. Stropna obloga deluje ceneno in že prižiganje luči na stropu, premika oblogo za dober centimeter.
Temperatura, ki jo Mondeo prikazuje na zaslonu, je prenizka. Čeprav med uporabo še ni bilo prave vročine, se mi je zdelo, da klimatska naprava deluje učinkovito. Klima v preizkusnem avtu je imela ročno nastavljanje, kar pa ni nič slabega. Sploh zato, ker lahko izbiramo kar med šestimi različnimi položaji. Zelo všečno. Se pa klima pod določenimi pogoji sama vključi, kar mi ni všeč. Če je ročno, naj bo ročno.
Nastavitve potovalnega računalnika so sicer dobrodošle, je pa res, da Mondeo omogoča zelo špartanske nastavitve. Ker prihajam iz računalniških krogov, se mi zdi prav smešno, kako malo nastavitev ponudijo proizvajalci. Bolj kot ne so to povsem nepomembne zadeve.
Ogledala so (pre)majhna. Vsaj zame, ki sicer vozim Foresterja z velikimi ogledali. Tudi preglednost je slaba. Še posebej nazaj je avto zelo slabo pregleden in voznik potrebuje res veliko občutka. Avto je namreč dolg (484 cm), osnovna oprema pa nima parkirnih senzorjev, ki jih še nikdar nisem tako pogrešal. Tudi stranska preglednost je šibka točka. Pri preglednosti je Forester daleč pred konkurenco.
Luči ponoči svetijo v redu, so celo med boljšimi, kar sem jih imel priložnosti opazovati v zadnjem času. Zelo nerodno pa se mi zdi, da se sprednje steklo blešči. Kot voznik sem imel kar nekajkrat tako nerodno bleščanje, da je to moja največja zamera avtu, saj močno vpliva na varnost in udobje. Ja, to je stvar, ki vam je drugi verjetno niso povedali. Podobno bleščanje me je doslej motilo edino pri Toyoti (Corolla).
Ko avto zaklenemo z daljinskim upravljanjem, ni nobenega znaka (niti zvočnega, niti svetlobnega). Temu se jaz čudim, ker je pri odklepanju posvetilo vse mogoče. Ključ se mi je tudi nekoliko zatikal pri vtikanju v ključavnico ob volanu, vendar gre verjetno bolj za posledico navajenosti na moj avto.
Poraba pri mojih poteh je bila 7,2 litra na sto prevoženih kilometrov. Mislim, da bi brez težav vozil s sedmimi litri, če ne bi imel nekaj kratkih vzponov. Ko smo ravno pri vzponih – »hill holder« je seveda stvar, ki jo človek res pogreša pri običajnih vozilih.
Luknja za pištolo za točenje bencina je zelo majhna, ampak se človek nekako navadi. Ima pa avto velik rezervoar in posledično precej avtonomije.
Lega na cesti je odlična, vendar obstaja izjema. Gre za primer, ko je neravnina v ovinku. Takrat avto prav neverjetno zaplava, da se voznik pri večjih hitrostih kar ustraši. Sicer pa je avto zelo lepo vodljiv in to je ena najbolj pozitivnih lastnosti tega avtomobila.
Izbira opreme je milo rečeno čudna. Ima kup opreme, ki je nikakor ne bi pričakoval v osnovnem paketu (recimo električni po višini nastavljiv voznikov sedež), hkrati pa nima česa bolj običajnega.
Na koncu pa še nekaj o slabi izdelavi. Nekaj smo že omenili pri oblogah, še več pa sledi. Škripanje kolesnega ležaja je sicer lahko posledica grdih voženj voznikov pred menoj. Da pa redno škriplje sedež in občasno vrata, pa ni dopustno.
Avto po eni strani torej ponuja relativno veliko prostora in dobro varnost, po drugi strani pa nekaj stvari daje občutek slabe kvalitete.

18 March 2014

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12 January 2014

Android battery saving tips

Users of modern phones search for tips to improve battery life of their phones. Modern smartphones are phones with small computers under the cover. Battery consumption is high and this is one of main disadvantages of modern phones.
Before we list suggestions, you have to check what has been using your battery. Simplest way is with integrated tool (Settings/Battery).
If you find any strange results, you can maybe remove the suspicious application, change settings or change it with another application... If you don’t know the application listed, take some time and browse for it. It can be just one of Google services.
After you have found biggest gulper, you can pay attention to following battery saving tips and suggestions.

1.    Screen brightness
Screen is usually the biggest gulper and reduce the screen brightness is one of the most important step. Maybe you can disable Auto brightness and reduce the brightness. If I’m inside, my Nexus 5 can be used with 3%.

2.    Sleep
Let your phone sleep (Settings/Display) as fast as it is comfortable for you. I’m using 30 seconds.

3.    Widgets
Widgets on your screen works all the time. Some of them checking weather every minutes, sending your location to cloud, reading your calendar, checking sports news… All this takes CPU time, uses connection, GPS and so on. This results in using more battery juice. Think if you need all of them or at least check if you can change settings for updates (do you really need one minute weather checking?).

4.    Wallpaper
Use static wallpaper instead of live wallpapers. If your phone has AMOLED, it is also important that your wallpaper is black.

5.    Location
Google sending your location for better user experience (smile) – Google Now, Gmail, Google+ and many more are using this. Turn “Settings/Location/Google Location Reporting” to off, and you will see a big saving of your battery.
If you don’t need a GPS, I suggest to set “Settings/Location/Mode” to “Battery saving”. This will also help.

6.    Synchronizations
Many applications (Twitter, Facebook…) want to sync something all the time. Check if you need all of it. Check “Settings/Accounts/Google” if you need all from Google account to synchronize (Photos, Keep, Drive …). Maybe you can disable Auto-sync and simply check email when you want (with Auto-sync phone will notify you when email comes). Auto-sync consumes a lot of battery.

7.    NFC
Turn off NFC if you don’t need it (Settings/More/NFC).

8.    Task managers
Don’t use task managers (task killers) if you really don’t have a very good reason (and knowledge) for it.  Android doesn’t manage processes like Windows. You don’t have to kill an app and this is by design and isn’t a problem. In the most cases the application will be paused and won’t use CPU or networking resources. The exceptions are music players, downloading programs…

9.    Use only 2G
If you don’t use data, you can set “Settings/Wireless&networks/Mobile networks/Preferred network type” to 2G. Especially if your mobile signal isn’t good and you use just phone over your phone mobile provider, you can set 2G. And if you are at home, you can still use your Wifi for networking.
And don’t forget - poor signal strength consumes more battery!

10.    Turn off wireless/bluetooth
If you don’t use wireless/bluetooth for the whole day, it is recommended that you turn it off.

11.    Turn off phone vibrations
Believe it or not - tiny phone vibrations uses battery juice.


You can stop here, but here are some more suggestions.
I’m using Cataclysm ROM (on Nexus 5) and Franco Kernel (on Nexus 5).
Customization of toggles in Cataclysm ROM are great. Many of above written tips are simply changeable with one click. 
So disable/enable any of battery consumption things are just a moment away. The other good feature is Smart radio. If you don’t use a network at the moment, Cataclysm ROM will lower network connection from 4G -> 3G -> 2G. After you start to use an application with network, ROM will raise speed again.
Franco Kernel isn’t the only kernel available. And if you don’t know how your battery life can improve just with install Franco Kernel, you can’t believe it. You can leave Franco Kernel with default settings (what is my suggestion) or change many of them (but – be careful!) to get what you want - better battery life, quicker phone…
If you use custom kernel (like Franco Kernel), you will find many settings for changing phone behavior.
I hope that suggestions from this article will help you.

15 December 2013

SugarSync eliminates Free account -> Moving to Wuala

I really like cloud services. Especially for syncing. With syncing all my work to the cloud, I don’t have worries if my backup is up to date. Classic backup disk is still here, but it takes more time to control all things about it.
I use cloud storage for many years. One of the best free packages was that on SugarSync. SugarSync has many features, simple client and enough storage (free + referral). I can’t say it was perfect, but it is for sure one of the best.
Last week they announced that they will eliminate free accounts. I respect their decision, even if I don’t like it. I’m sure that many free users made a lot of commercial work for them.
I decided to delete my SugarSync account. There were some things that I don’t like with SugarSync and their latest decision goes over my head.
The main disadvantages were:
- no Linux client
- slow transfer rate
- unsupported network drive
- no encryption on local computer
- SugarSync support can’t answer why many times old SugarSync web page is opened
- SugarSync support can’t answer why sometimes web archive files are synchronized
- latest Windows client don’t support mapping drive any more…
And after all that – eliminating free accounts. I have to say – I’m moving. But moving where? I spent almost three days of reading, testing, comparing different cloud storage solutions. Many of them are good, some are even excellent. But in every solution I have at least one bigger misgiving. I want to stay on free packages, so I delete any payable solutions from my list.
Only a few solutions really understand what synchronization is and what is backup. I don’t like synchronization when I must use just one folder. I don’t like a backup if it is slow. I don’t like if client don’t allow me to change elementary settings. I don’t like if there isn’t information how long I have to wait to end a process.


I choose Wuala cloud storage. Like many others, Wuala isn’t without shortcomings, but I find just a few of them and system looks very promising. The biggest shortcoming for me is using Java. Wuala explains that they use Java to encrypt files on local computer and at the moment this is their solution. The second shortcoming is that people don’t know Wuala so good as Dropbox and other bigger players. Because of this (and local encryption of course), Wuala isn’t supported on applications on Android. For example - I really like to use ES File Explorer, but the Wuala isn’t supported.
Otherwise – first days with Wuala was without any problem and I really like their security approach and Linux client.
If you want to try Wuala, why not use my referral link (using this link you get additional storage). Both will benefit from it (additional 1 GB of storage).