Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • How do we choose our random pages?

    Allpar’s home page shows two random pages every day, changing roughly three times an hour. You may wonder how we choose them. We don’t. They’re random. Sometimes they’re related. Sometimes they aren’t. It’s chance. The way it works used to be that we would grab a list of all the articles that have already been shown, then randomly pick a number from the total we get, and show that one. Then another random pick, and if it doesn’t match the first one, we show it. That stopped working when our database program changed its parameters, and after a lot of false tries, we took someone else’s advice and did something goofy, which is taking the entire list, randomize the order (which seems wasteful…

  • $530 for people, $15 for dogs

    On September 1, my insurance company chose to re-organize… everything. With no warning, they changed all account numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and billing practices. Suddenly payments were due that had been thought paid. They did not wait until January 1, when everyone’s plan changes anyway, but launched on September 1, sending out new cards to everyone, new explanation letters (in separate envelopes), new bills (in yet more envelopes), and new followup bills (in yet more separate envelopes.) Oh, and the new billing system doesn’t show your balance. Thanks, guys. At the same time, they apparently set up a new rule that cancer drugs have to go through a company with “convenient locations in ten states” (locations not listed on their web site,…

  • We’re in Apple News!

    Allpar is in Apple News, and has been since OS 9 was a public beta. Search for Allpar and you will find all three Allpar feeds — news, features, and this site. Our logo is below but at the moment we’re showing plain text because our prior logo had images, and they recently banned images. That’s okay, it wasn’t showing up properly anyway. When the Apple News format opens up to “normal” publishers, we will bang our heads against the wall until we figure out how to use it.  This will let us do longer stories on the phone. Apple News is currently IOS only, for whatever reason. I don’t see it in my 10.11 beta. If you have IOS 9…

  • The new Dart… updated

    It seems that every time I drive a new Dart, the experience is different. I don’t think it’s me, though. Most cars I get two versions of seem nearly identical, even, back in the old days, when I got four different brands of the same GM crossover. This time I got a Limited, which is a highly optioned car, with the 2.4 and automatic. Every Dart but Aero (1.4) and SE (2.0) get the 2.4 now, and the same automatic is on all but Aero. The GT has a performance axle ratio for faster acceleration at the cost of economy. A turbo (300-340 hp?) is coming… but it’s still not here. The seats hurt every time I sat down but were okay…

  • What goes into setting up a car show?

    The Allpar show in Little Ferry, New Jersey, is on Saturday, September 12. Literally months of preparation have gone into this show, including the labor of numerous people. The signup page has to be created, and a form set up. The site had to be selected — well, this time, that was easy. Then there’s publicity and setting up mentions in car clubs and such, including oldride.com, bergen.org, the National Chrysler Products Club, Restored Rusty Relics, etc. Two meetings with the manager of the dealership took place, though the show’s been done there before, to settle details such as parking lot clearance, publicity, and food. Event insurance (not cheap!) had to be purchased, fortunately from an agent who we’ve worked with before. We track registrations…

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