Saying Goodbye

I remember how I met Vinnie. It wasn’t under the best of circumstances. I had just graduated college, gotten married, and moved down state to look for work. My ex, who was still up at school to finish her graduate degree told me about this dog that was at the Copper Country Humane Society that…


Building a better HVAC control system

After having some of my house remodeled, it’s become an increasing annoyance in the summer time that the Master Bedroom remains too hot and seems to be unable to be cooled adequately with how little airflow it seems to be getting. An additional supply and return were added to the room in the remodel, but…


If I could drive 10,000 miles…

It’s been a bit more than 7 months since I picked up my Chevy Cruze. I just turned over 10,000 miles on it this past week. I’ve spent about 2.5 months of that time in China, so I’m a bit ‘behind’ on what my mileage was expected to be by this time. So far the…


irssi customization

I hadn’t really taken the time to document this stuff anywhere, and occasionally people ask me, so I figured I’d just put it up on here so I can point to it. I’ve done a few customizations to my irssi config file to increase usability. The main one is the ability to meta key the…


The Cruze

So, I’ve spent about a week and a half so far with my 2011 Cruze ECO. I’m pretty impressed with the build quality so far, but it’s pretty hard to tell about a vehicle that you’ve had for less than two weeks. The ride quality is superb, and road noise is practically non-existent when the…


Car troubles never seem to cease

The past week I’ve been working on moving stuff back to Royal Oak, since I took a job in Auburn Hills, and I’m not driving back and forth from A2 every day from there, it’s way too far of a drive even if there were never any traffic. My truck has thrown two codes this…


A Wild MIL appears!

About a month and a half ago, I was just leaving my parents place with the cobalt when it threw a code, went into reduced power mode, and wouldn’t restart. I had to wait about 5 minutes before it would start back up, so, I ended up driving it back up to my parents place…


Emulating Flex Fuel

I’ve made the determination that it can be kind of hard to find E85 at times as it’s easily in less than 10% of stations. The cobalt isn’t initially a flex fuel car, and I’m assuming there are likely a few important distinctions in the PCM of a car that is designed to be an…


Custom fuel rail for datalogging

I think I should probably consider building a custom fuel rail so I can throw a temp sensor as well as a pressure sensor just prior to each injector. I’d probably also benefit from switching to return line style at the same time and just go the full mile. I’m planning on going up to…


Preparing for the wideband install

Instead of getting a new bung drilled in the exhaust, I’ve decided to go the route of using the new wideband with the narrowband emulator and just replace the narrowband. Unfortunately, in order to do this the ‘right’ way, I have to get a new male connector to match the one on the original O2…