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Re: Solar Car Record Breaker - http://www.wired.com?p=1342981...
"Just reiterating some of the comments in here regarding safety. @700 pounds, it wouldn't fare much better than a motorcycle in an accident. Nonetheless, it is cool to see projects like this. It would be cool if Tesla could somehow incorporate solar panels into future vehicles and maintain their sleek design." - GeekLad
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Re: Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) Hasn’t Addressed Its Real Problem – Energy Density - http://stocks.org/consume...
"An induction motor is about 3x efficient than an ICE. Effectively, that makes the usable energy density of the fuels mentioned around 10 or less, which means they're effectively only 3x as potent as a more efficient lithium-ion technology energy source. That being said, energy density isn't really a problem when you still have sufficient energy storage to cover the vast majority of daily driving. Commercial sales are a drop in the bucket compared to consumer sales. Think about the last time you saw a fleet buying from Toyota, Honda, or Hyundai. They've done pretty well with practically zero commercial sales, as will Tesla." - GeekLad
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Re: eBay Find: The Cheapest Tesla Model S You Can Buy - http://gas2.org/2014...
"Not only is the cost of the repairs an issue, but the salvage title will cause other problems for the new owner. The warranty will be void and obtaining insurance could be challenging as well." - GeekLad
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Re: Is $35,000 Or Less The Threshold Price For Volume Electric Cars? - http://www.greencarreports.com/news...
"Leases are structured in this manner, with the financing company taking the tax credit and baking it into the lease agreement. Personally, I'm one to purchase vs. lease, but leasing is an attractive option for BEVs/PHEVs since the up-front tax credit lowers the cost considerably. Another consideration is that advancements are coming fast, and like any other electronic device, older electric cars will quickly become obsolete. A lease would be a good way to dip your toe without taking a bath, when 3 years down the road there's a new car for half the price and twice the range. If it weren't for the fact that I drive over 80 miles a day, I'd certainly consider a lease on an electric vehicle." - GeekLad
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Re: The Ultimate DoFollow Search Engine - http://geeklad.com/ultimat...
"Yeah, I haven't updated it in a while, so very likely that some of them have since gone nofollow." - GeekLad
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Re: How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag...
"If you need some help installing a new recovery, I put together a tutorial on how to install ClockworkMod Touch for free.  It's nice having a touch recovery, because your finger won't go numb pressing the volume up/down keys to navigate the recovery menus.  It makes the process of installing new ROMs & managing backups a lot faster and easier. If you don't want the touch version, you can download and install ROM Manager for Android, which will install the regular version of ClockworkMod recovery." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"Damn... I wish another JavaScript developer would run into the same issues w/ their own history so they could help me debug. The one disadvantage of the fact that this script does everything within the browser, is I cannot debug it when it encounters histories that break the script. :(" - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"Yeah, let me know if any oddities in the data stick out at you. Perhaps some special characters, empty records, or something is tripping up my code." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"It's more likely caused by a bug in the script... There have been some people that have encountered issues with it, but unfortunately I haven't been able to reproduce the problem with my history. I was able to download over 130K records without issue." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"It must be something odd with the data beyond that month that is breaking the script. Does it appear to go all the way back to 2005, but just break when it's creating the download button? If it does go all the way back to 2005, does it output the stats info at least? This may help me to figure out more or less where it's breaking. If it gets to a certain section of stats info where it dies, let me know where that's happening." - GeekLad
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Re: The Ultimate DoFollow Search Engine - http://geeklad.com/ultimat...
"Yeah, there was at one point, but each time I upgraded Disqus it would overwrite my changes and make it nofollow once again. I got tired of making it dofollow over and over again. Yes, I'm the pot calling the kettle black. :-D" - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"D'oh, I just read that you deleted your history yesterday, so I guess you'll be unable to test.  Perhaps v2.1 will work for Erjoalgo now though." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"No, your script was pretty solid for the most part.  The only problem was where it was trying to run the .replace() method for undefined properties in the object containing the feed data. I've made some updates by making it a bit easier/more robust to add new parameters.  Now, I extract the headers for each data item, and assign the properties for each datum according to the extracted headers.  If a header isn't found, it simply assigns an empty string to that property. Try replacing the JavaScript URL string in my bookmarklet to http://geeklad.com/tools/googl... to test it out. I'm not sure if the changes will fix the problems Erjoalgo has been experiencing, but it is possible they may.  After I get confirmation it's working for you, I'll update the main script to v2.1.  Thanks for your help with this!" - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"You're almost there... In the CSV export method is dying where the script attempts to call the .replace() method on the .video_length attribute when it is undefined. You'll need to add some checks for when any of the attributes are undefined them. The easiest thing would be to assign an empty string ("") so that the .replace method will not fail." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"There must be something odd in the search history that is tripping up my code and preventing it from ever getting to the CSV generation code, which creates the output variable.  That's why you're getting a blank page, because I haven't yet passed the data to the CSV creation object, which is why you're never seeing the button. Unfortunately, it's very difficult for me to debug without being able to reproduce the problem.  :-/metal123 is working on a modification of the script to include some additional data, but it is crashing on him.  Perhaps I might see the issue in reviewing his code and fixing his problem, but I cannot promise anything." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"Yeah, there must be a bug somewhere that I'm not seeing when I extract the data from my account.  I wonder if there's something in my regular expressions that's getting tripped up by characters within certain records or something. Can you tell where it's crashing on you?  Can you post your modified JS file to obtain guid and query_guid?  I can take a look and see if I can figure out where things are going wrong." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"The CSV data is stored in a JavaScript variable called output. You could output it all to a new window. Here's a bookmarklet you can use to do that (if Disqus doesn't mangle the URL): Google History CSV Just put that on your toolbar like the other bookmarklet, and see if it works for you." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"You're right, unfortunately CSV isn't the most convenient form for visualization or searching. You could try importing the file into Google Fusion tables, which would provide better accessibility." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"I believe there are tools for exporting Gmail. You could also log into your Gmail using IMAP and download your history that way. All of your chat history should reside within one of the folders." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"I'm not sure why it's not working. If you have Flash installed and enabled, when you click cancel, you should see the screen with some summary stats and the Download to CSV button down below. I've gotten it to work in Firefox and Google Chrome without a problem." - GeekLad
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Re: Google Will Share Your Browsing History On March 1st [News] - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag...
"If you want it before you delete it, be sure to check out my Google History Download script." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"I'm not sure, it could have something to do with the way the flash block is implemented. Try disabling all your flash block extensions, enable flash, clear your cache, and try again. It could be that with the flash block enabled, something was cached that is messing things up." - GeekLad
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Re: Download Google Web History - http://geeklad.com/downloa...
"Yeah, initially I had the same problem as well. The start parameter doesn't seem to obtain all the data and only brings back about 4k records. You need to use the date parameters (yr, month, day) to extract everything. Check out my update for more info on these parameters." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"Very odd... Do you have Flash installed on your computer? You need Flash, because there is a small Flash file that helps make it possible to convert the downloaded data into a CSV file." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"I haven't tried takeout for exporting data.  Perhaps their thought is no one would be interested in exporting "spam".  However, in the case of phone numbers, it would be useful if you ever want to create a list of callers to avoid. Extracting the data probably could be automated by scraping the Voice website itself, but it would take a lot of work and it could break if ever they change the look/feel of the site.  There's a lot of chatter here: http://www.reddit.com/r/techno... That the real reason to consolidate the privacy policies is to allow uniform access to data across all their services.  I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case, because collectively they have a lot of very valuable user data." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"Exporting to CSV was the easiest option, because it didn't take much to combine all of the records into a flat file, using the Downloadify JavaScript library. If there is a JavaScript library for creating Excel files, it could be utilized in my script to output to Excel. I have converted data into Excel before, but only using PHP on the server-side. I have my doubts as to whether or not there is a library create Excel files within the browser. Unfortunately, unwieldy as it is, I think that creating a CSV in the browser window may be the best option as far as keeping it all within the browser. Thanks for sharing your thoughts." - GeekLad
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Re: Updated Script to Download Google History - http://geeklad.com/updated...
"No, I'm doing nothing with it. You will need a Flash-enabled browser for it to work. If you're using iOS (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) it will not work. If you have Flash disabled on your browser, you'll need to enable it for it to work. A small Flash file is what makes it possible to convert the data to CSV within your browser, without having to transmit it to a third-party server." - GeekLad
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Re: Download Google Web History - http://geeklad.com/downloa...
"I promise I will steal nothing. :)" - GeekLad
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Re: Stay N Alive: My Official (and Obligatory) "Traditional Blogging is Dead" Post - http://www.staynalive.com/2012...
"I agree that earning a living with a regularly engaged subscriber base is becoming exceedingly difficult, unless you have huge numbers following your blog.  However, as you stated, it can be done with how-to and tidbits of interesting information others are seeking.  Search is the gift that keeps on giving, but the gift of audiences following blogs is indeed dwindling. It also depends on the topic of your blog.  Technology is one of the most competitive blogging topics, making it a very tough nut to crack.  Social networking, although a bit more niche within technology, is still extremely competitive.  It is easier to compete in niche markets with fewer competitors, although markets with few competitors are becoming fewer." - GeekLad
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Re: Download Google Web History - http://geeklad.com/downloa...
"I've blogged about the update here: http://geeklad.com/updated-scr... One thing of note that you'll be interested to learn is that I may have uncovered a bug in the RSS feed.  If you're not careful, you can end up in an infinite loop with consecutive days with a lot of history. For example, you load the feed starting at July 1 and the last record is June 30.  You load the next page starting at June 30, but instead it loads starting at July 1, and you end up in an infinite loop.  This is something to watch out for if you develop your own script to pull the history the way I'm doing it." - GeekLad
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