Tuesday, May 09, 2006

New Car

By request, here is a picture of my new car.

Other reasons to love my new car:

  • The keyless entry system.

    It took me a few days to stop walking up to the door and using the key, but I finally got the hang of it. I can even pop the trunk from a few feet away! Okay, so it's not new technology, but this is still the first car that I've ever owned with this cool capability.

  • The computer security hooks.

    Sorry, did I lose you there?

    The manual refers to them as "Car seat security tethers", but c'mon, an infant car seat in my car? I think not. However, my Kensington lock fits perfectly, so the laptop stays in its case on the back seat, I drape a coat over the lock, and I can go to Curves or into the supermarket and not be jittery about leaving the computer in the car. Can't do it on a hot day, even with the wonderful tinted windows, but it's still a great option.

  • The tinted windows.

    I know I've mentioned them already, but in addition to keeping the interior cool, they also make it more difficult to see inside the car, and therefore to see stuff on the backseat inside the car, so I think they deserve to be mentioned again.

I'm a little disappointed with her gas mileage, as it is actually 3-4 miles per gallon less than the old one, but even with today's gas prices, that's a small price to pay for all the goodness. Yes, I'm really loving my new car....

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Spelling Suggestions, Part 2

I was maybe too hasty in my earlier post about Microsoft Word's spell-checker...

I was editing a policy manual for theses and dissertations and one criteria is that the paper can't have any holes, i.e., that it is unpunched.

Word doesn't like the word 'unpunched' and has an alternative that makes me wonder (not for the first time) about the Microsoft programmers...

The suggestion?