@jamescroft on Twitter wanted to know what the cost would be to buy an ICE (internal combustion engine) car instead of a Tesla and instead of renting one. He reckons it’d be cheaper, I didn’t think it would (hence why I didn’t bother initally), so let’s do some investigation! If I was buying a sensible…Read More Buying a non-Tesla to drive around the USA
I’ve been overseas and visited many countries, but have come to love the USA the most. Before the land of the free and home of the brave descends into a giant flaming garbage bin where you can’t walk down the street without the fear of a bullet hitting you, I want to spend six months,…Read More Thinking Out Loud: Buying a Tesla Model S for a USA Road Trip
Previously I explained the oneworld Classic Flight Reward and how you can get a business class flight around the world, worth $25,000, for only ~$1500 and 280,000 points. Now comes the part where you actually try and book the damn thing. Business class awards seats are not as common as economy ones purely because there’s…Read More How to find Oneworld awards flights with KVS Tool
The oneworld Classic Flight Reward is the reason I collect Qantas Frequent Flyer points. It’s why a fat kid from St. Albans was was able to fly MEL-DXB-TXL-LHR-BOS-ORD-HKG-MEL and will soon be travelling MEL-NRT-FRA-ARN-LHR-ORD-DFW-MEL, all in business class, spending just ~$1800 (taxes) per trip on airfares. To explain just how good value this ticket is,…Read More A oneworld Classic Flight Reward Guide
Did a bit of last minute “do I go on a 24m contract, or go pre-paid, or BYO SIM contract” setup for new the new iPhone and thought I’d share my specific scenario. If you’re after a 64GB iPhone 6s on Telstra and like to upgrade your phone every year, then this could save you…Read More Pre-paid, BYO SIM plan, 24 month contract? What should a yearly iPhone upgrader do?
I have a nice side-gig where I record video of tech conference talks in high quality. I love doing it because I get to share the knowledge at these events with the world and I get paid to watch these cool people present. A major part of my kit to record these things is the…Read More Which Camera Is Best For Recording Conference Videos?
If you follow me on Twitter, or listened to the Reckoner podcast, you’ve insufferably heard me boast about my upcoming trip around the world. I leave tomorrow for Dubai, then Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Boston, Chicago and Hong Kong. All in business class thanks to the marketing department at NAB. Some fellow nerds on Twitter…Read More Nerd Travel Kit
For what is a long winded and possibly boring reason, I wanted to make a Raspberry Pi share a connection from a Huawei E8278 LTE modem out over wi-fi. The E8278 has wi-fi built in and its range and speed is better than I expected, but I wanted *more* range and *more* speed.Read More A very simple way to use a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point (not a router) with an RTL8192CU based wi-fi chipset
It’s been about a month since I posted about the RpiPNQL and whilst I’ve ironed out all the technical stuff, from a practical standpoint it has stalled. I managed to solve the modem disconnecting issue as I outlined in the last post. The Orico USB hubs arrived and worked a treat. I also got some…Read More Raspberry Pi Portable 3G/4G Network Quality Logger Project – On Hold
I explained a hunch in my last post that the reason my efforts to collect mobile network data are failing, is probably because the power hungry LTE modems I’m using draw more power than the Pi can provide and the modems cripple themselves as a result. The very intelligent and constant source of support for…Read More Raspberry Pi Portable 3G/4G Network Quality Logger Project – Part 4