Author Archives: Harry

Is Asus’ Tinker Board really 4K?

I’m seeing a lot of people shouting about Asus’ Tinker Board, and rightly so if what they say is correct.

However, the “detail product specification” [sic] available from Farnell has an interesting little nugget buried within:

Tinker Board specification

The same is present upon the Tinker Board FAQ, which appears to imply that the GPU can accelerate H.264 / H.265 4K decode, and can output a 4K HDMI datastream that has been upscaled from 1080P, but there doesn’t seem to be anything to say it can get a 4K image from somewhere and chuck it out over HDMI without first having been rendered at 1080P and subsequently upscaled.

TBH right now I couldn’t give a rodent’s posterior about 4K output as it’s the gigabit ethernet that makes this interesting for me, however the fact all the press have been shouting about it supporting 4K without scratching a little deeper annoys me somewhat. Oh well, more alternate facts for us to digest, eh? 😉


Energy vs. power (rant!)

This is just because every other YouTube video I see about electric vehicles seems to get these two confused, so here goes…

(TL;DR: kWh = energy – either carryied with you (in the case of battery capacity) or used during a journey. kW = power – the rate at which you can convert energy from one form to another (i.e. the maximum rated power of your motor))

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Supercharger: worth the upgrade?

According to Electrek, Elon Musk in the 2016 Tesla Annual Shareholders’ Meeting clarified some things about how the Model 3 will work with the supercharger network, specifically that it will only be available as an optional package.

Ultimately I like choice, however this could be quite a pricey one. If, as in the Electrek article linked above, supercharger access is a $2500 (£1730 at the time of writing) add-on, you’d really have to make regular use of them for it to be worth while. How regular? As if by mathematics, we can find out…

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VAG’s “extremely complex” EPA-avoidance algorithm


Douglas Adams was a wise man

… it is easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of them by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words … their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.

This becomes more and more applicable as time passes, I’m sure…

Model differences and other things I’ve learned when researching the 2003-2009 Kia Sorento

What sounds simple enough soon starts getting entertaining. I’d been asked “which Sorento is the best for…” questions more than a few times now, so I’ve decided to publish all that I know about them as there’s more than a few subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the models.

As ever, this is what I’ve found and what has worked for me. Do not take it as bible and do your own research. Please also feel free to tell me that I’m both an idiot and wrong by correcting my mistakes where you find them – I’m sure there’ll be some. Otherwise, hope this helps! Continue reading

Buh-bye apex seals, it was nice knowing you…

Well, the inevitable failure happened, albeit a lot sooner than I’d hoped – 49,700 miles and one of the rotors lost compression on two chambers, implying that one seal had given out. If it had waited until summer I’d have had alternative transport, but as it stood it managed to pick the worst bloody time to let go.

It was loaded on to a transporter (cheers Adrian!) and delivered to Rotary Revs where Ben and his crew performed a complete engine rebuild for me in under a fortnight. They really are a superb bunch of chaps up there and have consequently won my business for life!

The car is now feeling a deal better than it ever did before and is generally more eager about everything it does even though I’m still in the be-nice-to-it running-in period, implying it wasn’t exactly in rude health when I first bought it.

But I’m not bitter – the Zoom-Zoom is back, both literally and figuratively!