The Truth About Cars » Housekeeping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Housekeeping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/housekeeping/ In Which We Bid Farewell to The Newsbot and Replace It With … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/bid-farewell-newsbot-replace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/bid-farewell-newsbot-replace/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:05:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276129 … well, nobody. Allow me to explain. After nine months of running TTAC more or less solo, with the exception of Aaron’s stewardship on the daily-news side of things, I’ve realized it’s time for a change. For starters, I’m tired. Working 60- and 70-hour weeks for nine months straight is not healthy for anyone. At the […]

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… well, nobody. Allow me to explain. After nine months of running TTAC more or less solo, with the exception of Aaron’s stewardship on the daily-news side of things, I’ve realized it’s time for a change. For starters, I’m tired. Working 60- and 70-hour weeks for nine months straight is not healthy for anyone. At the […]

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Thank You and Goodbye http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/thank-you-and-goodbye/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/thank-you-and-goodbye/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:37:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276289 After 853 posts, No. 854 will be my last. Or, at least, my final scheduled story for now. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know TTAC, its readership, fellowship, authors, contributors, editors and the B&B. Among the thousands of words that I’ve written that have reached your eyeballs, there are only three that come […]

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After 853 posts, No. 854 will be my last. Or, at least, my final scheduled story for now. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know TTAC, its readership, fellowship, authors, contributors, editors and the B&B. Among the thousands of words that I’ve written that have reached your eyeballs, there are only three that come […]

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Want To Be a TTAC Contributor? Here’s How http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1257417 Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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For(u)m Follows Function – TTAC Gets A New Discussion Area http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/forum-follows-function-ttac-gets-a-new-discussion-area/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/forum-follows-function-ttac-gets-a-new-discussion-area/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1127649 For a while, TTAC has had a forum hidden in the depths of its technical innards that’s gone almost wholly unused. Most of this had to do with the forum itself, while being a part of TTAC, requiring a different user login that was entirely separate from your WordPress commenter login. Well, we fixed that, […]

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For a while, TTAC has had a forum hidden in the depths of its technical innards that’s gone almost wholly unused. Most of this had to do with the forum itself, while being a part of TTAC, requiring a different user login that was entirely separate from your WordPress commenter login. Well, we fixed that, […]

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TTAC Open Forum: Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room (and Everything Else) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-open-forum-lets-talk-about-the-elephant-in-the-room-and-everything-else/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-open-forum-lets-talk-about-the-elephant-in-the-room-and-everything-else/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:15:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1105009 On average, TTAC runs 12 stories a day consisting of features, reviews and news. On average, virtually none of those are about TTAC. Let’s change that. It’s not goodbye As most of our loyal readers have noticed, Cameron has left the news position. However, this is not the end of Cameron’s tenure at TTAC. In her […]

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On average, TTAC runs 12 stories a day consisting of features, reviews and news. On average, virtually none of those are about TTAC. Let’s change that. It’s not goodbye As most of our loyal readers have noticed, Cameron has left the news position. However, this is not the end of Cameron’s tenure at TTAC. In her […]

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What’s Next At TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/whats-next-at-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/whats-next-at-ttac/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:33:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=876314 People often talk about particular events being seared into their minds: Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, 9/11…I remember the first time I ever read an article by Jack Baruth. It was 2009, and I was sitting in the living room of my parents’ house, on summer break from college, working a menial job as a receiver […]

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People often talk about particular events being seared into their minds: Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, 9/11…I remember the first time I ever read an article by Jack Baruth. It was 2009, and I was sitting in the living room of my parents’ house, on summer break from college, working a menial job as a receiver […]

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Housekeeping: I Need You To Buy A Magazine And A Custom Guitar From Me, Pronto http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/housekeeping-i-need-you-to-buy-a-magazine-and-a-custom-guitar-from-me-pronto/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/housekeeping-i-need-you-to-buy-a-magazine-and-a-custom-guitar-from-me-pronto/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 14:15:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=817954 Although my duties as E-I-C pro tem of this august website take up quite a bit of my time, I still have space in the day to do a few other things. It would be nice, therefore, if you supported my other activities as reluctantly fervently as you support my work here at TTAC. And […]

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Although my duties as E-I-C pro tem of this august website take up quite a bit of my time, I still have space in the day to do a few other things. It would be nice, therefore, if you supported my other activities as reluctantly fervently as you support my work here at TTAC. And […]

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Housekeeping: The Untimely Death Of The TTAC Staff Robot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/housekeeping-the-untimely-death-of-the-ttac-staff-robot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/housekeeping-the-untimely-death-of-the-ttac-staff-robot/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=740657 Half a year ago, we introduced the concept of the TTAC Staff byline. I had some high hopes for the idea, primarily because we had some people who wanted to write for us but who would face some potential backlash for having their names appear on these august pages. This has made a lot of […]

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Half a year ago, we introduced the concept of the TTAC Staff byline. I had some high hopes for the idea, primarily because we had some people who wanted to write for us but who would face some potential backlash for having their names appear on these august pages. This has made a lot of […]

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Reminder: Win A ’99 Skyline GTR JDM Sales Book http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/reminder-win-a-99-skyline-gtr-jdm-sales-book/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:50:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=664602 With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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With the original post that explains how you can win a hardcover sales brochure for the 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR now buried a couple of pages deep, I thought I would give you this reminder that the contest is still open and runs until Thanksgiving Day. Originally, I asked The Best & Brightest to look […]

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Housekeeping: What Happened To That Mustang Post? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/housekeeping-what-happened-to-that-mustang-post/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/housekeeping-what-happened-to-that-mustang-post/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:09:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=663506 Die-hard TTAC readers who stick with us for the weekends might notice something strange about the site today: we’re missing a post. On Sunday morning, we republished a story that originally appeared on SVTPerformance.com. We did this after coming to an agreement with the administrator of that site to “re-pop” news and features that might […]

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Die-hard TTAC readers who stick with us for the weekends might notice something strange about the site today: we’re missing a post. On Sunday morning, we republished a story that originally appeared on SVTPerformance.com. We did this after coming to an agreement with the administrator of that site to “re-pop” news and features that might […]

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The TTAC Racing Shirts Are Finally Here! So We’re Going To Give More Of Them Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-ttac-racing-shirts-are-finally-here-so-were-going-to-give-more-of-them-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/the-ttac-racing-shirts-are-finally-here-so-were-going-to-give-more-of-them-away/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:10:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625033 What a long, strange trip it’s been for the TTAC Racing shirts! To begin with, they never made it to MSR Houston for the actual race, being left in a storage area by the folks who were prepping the car. The car itself never made it on track for the race. So this commemorates a […]

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What a long, strange trip it’s been for the TTAC Racing shirts! To begin with, they never made it to MSR Houston for the actual race, being left in a storage area by the folks who were prepping the car. The car itself never made it on track for the race. So this commemorates a […]

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Housekeeping: How Are We Doing? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/housekeeping-how-are-we-doing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/housekeeping-how-are-we-doing/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499857 Slightly over a month ago, we had a spot of regime change here at The Truth About Cars. At the time, we unveiled a five-point program to improve the site and improve the reader experience. I’d like to take a moment to review these five points and give you a chance to provide further feedback […]

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Slightly over a month ago, we had a spot of regime change here at The Truth About Cars. At the time, we unveiled a five-point program to improve the site and improve the reader experience. I’d like to take a moment to review these five points and give you a chance to provide further feedback […]

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Housekeeping: Who Is “TTAC Staff”, Anyway? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/housekeeping-who-is-ttac-staff-anyway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/housekeeping-who-is-ttac-staff-anyway/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 03:04:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495411 Can’t slip anything by you guys. Some of you have already noticed the TTAC Staff byline. Popular theories so far have ranged from sweatshop labor in an overseas basement to the sub rosa return of valued former editor-in-staff Bertel Schmitt. They’re all wrong. We’re trying to bring readers a greater variety of news and information. […]

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Can’t slip anything by you guys. Some of you have already noticed the TTAC Staff byline. Popular theories so far have ranged from sweatshop labor in an overseas basement to the sub rosa return of valued former editor-in-staff Bertel Schmitt. They’re all wrong. We’re trying to bring readers a greater variety of news and information. […]

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Estranged TTAC Editor Busted For Wikipedia Vandalism, Then Again For Conflict Of Interest http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/estranged-ttac-editor-busted-for-wikipedia-vandalism-then-again-for-conflict-of-interest/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/estranged-ttac-editor-busted-for-wikipedia-vandalism-then-again-for-conflict-of-interest/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:07:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494859 The article you are about to read was written by former Editor-In-Chief Bertel Schmitt during the course of a long and somewhat personal disagreement he had with former contributor Steven Lang. This article does not represent the views of The Truth About Cars, its staff, its contributors, or its ownership. We’re leaving it up because […]

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The article you are about to read was written by former Editor-In-Chief Bertel Schmitt during the course of a long and somewhat personal disagreement he had with former contributor Steven Lang. This article does not represent the views of The Truth About Cars, its staff, its contributors, or its ownership. We’re leaving it up because […]

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Harware Meintence! Expect The Worst, Hope For The Best http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/harware-meintence-expect-the-worst-hope-for-the-best/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/harware-meintence-expect-the-worst-hope-for-the-best/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:35:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490685 Our intrepid technical team will perform hardware maintenance tomorrow, Tuesday between  8am and 11am Eastern. TTAC will move to a standby server, while they replace hardware on the main server, vacuum the dust mites, lubricate the hard-drives, and whatever scheduled maintenance a server needs. The techies “don’t expect it to cause issues,” but they want […]

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Our intrepid technical team will perform hardware maintenance tomorrow, Tuesday between  8am and 11am Eastern. TTAC will move to a standby server, while they replace hardware on the main server, vacuum the dust mites, lubricate the hard-drives, and whatever scheduled maintenance a server needs. The techies “don’t expect it to cause issues,” but they want […]

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Carsqa.com Admits Flagrant Intellectual Property Violations, Commits Some More http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/carsqa-com-admits-flagrant-intellectual-property-violations-commits-some-more/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/carsqa-com-admits-flagrant-intellectual-property-violations-commits-some-more/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:42:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490369 “Carsqa.com is a bunch of rotten thieves – and we admit it,” wrote carsqa.com editor Chuck Kerkarian yesterday. However, this surprising confession did not stop his publication from committing further egregious acts of intellectual property robbery. The written admission of guilt was followed by an article stolen by carsqua’s Alex Johanssen from Murilee Martin at […]

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“Carsqa.com is a bunch of rotten thieves – and we admit it,” wrote carsqa.com editor Chuck Kerkarian yesterday. However, this surprising confession did not stop his publication from committing further egregious acts of intellectual property robbery. The written admission of guilt was followed by an article stolen by carsqua’s Alex Johanssen from Murilee Martin at […]

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Admittedly, Carsqa.com Is A Bunch Of Rotten Thieves http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/psa-carsqa-com-is-a-bunch-of-rotten-thieves-and-we-admit-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/psa-carsqa-com-is-a-bunch-of-rotten-thieves-and-we-admit-it/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:44:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490214 Web 2.0 brought with it somewhat novel interpretations of the copyright. We are used to the fact that our stories show up in all kinds of places. As long as they are within the bounds of fair use, and as long as they link back to us, we don’t mind. We often pick up inspiration […]

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Web 2.0 brought with it somewhat novel interpretations of the copyright. We are used to the fact that our stories show up in all kinds of places. As long as they are within the bounds of fair use, and as long as they link back to us, we don’t mind. We often pick up inspiration […]

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Inside The Auto Blogging Industry: Editor Switches Dildos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-auto-blogging-industry-editor-switches-dildos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-auto-blogging-industry-editor-switches-dildos/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 12:34:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489222 WARNING:  The content following the jump, albeit taken from a popular car site, could be viewed as highly objectionable when viewed here. It could also get you fired at YOUR workplace, or get you in DEEP trouble at home. DO NOT click the jump if this offends you, and DO NOT complain if the warning […]

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WARNING:  The content following the jump, albeit taken from a popular car site, could be viewed as highly objectionable when viewed here. It could also get you fired at YOUR workplace, or get you in DEEP trouble at home. DO NOT click the jump if this offends you, and DO NOT complain if the warning […]

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Notice http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/notice/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/notice/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 03:08:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488979 After an article was posted on May 16, a wide-ranging discussion took place. The discussion was given unimpeded, unedited space over more than 200 comments. In the course of this discussion, threats were made. We take all comments seriously, including any threats. The threats can be found in the discussion, and they remain there for […]

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After an article was posted on May 16, a wide-ranging discussion took place. The discussion was given unimpeded, unedited space over more than 200 comments. In the course of this discussion, threats were made. We take all comments seriously, including any threats. The threats can be found in the discussion, and they remain there for […]

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We Are Asking For Your Help On The TTAC Time-Warp Problem http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/we-are-asking-for-your-help-on-the-ttac-time-warp-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/we-are-asking-for-your-help-on-the-ttac-time-warp-problem/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 14:44:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487365 As you may (or may not) have noticed, there was an issue on TTAC where people would get only an old copy of TTAC. They received the new version once they logged on. Or maybe it was the other way around. Our technical team got right on it, and it seems they fixed it. I […]

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As you may (or may not) have noticed, there was an issue on TTAC where people would get only an old copy of TTAC. They received the new version once they logged on. Or maybe it was the other way around. Our technical team got right on it, and it seems they fixed it. I […]

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What About Those !@#$%^ Characters? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/what-about-those-characters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/what-about-those-characters/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 17:44:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487175 Our tech team applied a security update that appears to munch text. They are hard at work on fixing the problem. It’s not your computer that has character flaws, it’s ours.    

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Our tech team applied a security update that appears to munch text. They are hard at work on fixing the problem. It’s not your computer that has character flaws, it’s ours.    

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How Not To Get Banned On TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/how-not-to-get-banned-on-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/how-not-to-get-banned-on-ttac/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:28:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478955 It is very simple: Stay civil. Commenters can say anything on TTAC, as long as it is said in a civilized way. It’s not what one says on TTAC that can attract a ban, only how comments are made. Rudeness, bullying, name calling can quickly lead to a permanent bannage. TTAC is proud to be […]

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It is very simple: Stay civil. Commenters can say anything on TTAC, as long as it is said in a civilized way. It’s not what one says on TTAC that can attract a ban, only how comments are made. Rudeness, bullying, name calling can quickly lead to a permanent bannage. TTAC is proud to be […]

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TTAC Top Troll Poll: Here Are Your Nominations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ttac-top-troll-poll-here-are-your-nominations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ttac-top-troll-poll-here-are-your-nominations/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:19:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476653   The campaign for TTAC’s Top Troll goes into its final stretch. Nominations for the TTAC Top Troll Poll have been made.  Some folks received multiple nominations, but we will not declare a winner just yet. The Top Troll will be decided by popular vote. Tomorrow, Friday, we go to the Top Troll Polls. But first, […]

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  The campaign for TTAC’s Top Troll goes into its final stretch. Nominations for the TTAC Top Troll Poll have been made.  Some folks received multiple nominations, but we will not declare a winner just yet. The Top Troll will be decided by popular vote. Tomorrow, Friday, we go to the Top Troll Polls. But first, […]

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Announcing TTAC’s Top Troll Poll http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/announcing-ttacs-top-troll-poll/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/announcing-ttacs-top-troll-poll/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476407 Like any good on-line community, TTAC has its fair share of those little supernatural beings from Norse mythology, called trolls. If I tell you that some people call trolls fairies, this will immediately cause protests of LGBT discrimination, racism, or worse. How do you bring trolls out? Simple, you bait them. For instance with sentences […]

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Like any good on-line community, TTAC has its fair share of those little supernatural beings from Norse mythology, called trolls. If I tell you that some people call trolls fairies, this will immediately cause protests of LGBT discrimination, racism, or worse. How do you bring trolls out? Simple, you bait them. For instance with sentences […]

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TTAC Future Writers Scandal: TTAC Crowns Loser, Hoses Winner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ttac-future-writers-scandal-ttac-crowns-loser-hoses-winner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/ttac-future-writers-scandal-ttac-crowns-loser-hoses-winner/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:11:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476030 Andrew Lok, a.k.a. contestant #28, won the Thursday round of the TTAC Future Writers Week by a wide margin. His epos on stolen GPS machines, and his pilgrimage to the Valhalla of Speed, the Nürburgring der Niebelongen, received 45 percent of all votes on Thursday.  In the following week, when the full results of TTAC’s […]

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Andrew Lok, a.k.a. contestant #28, won the Thursday round of the TTAC Future Writers Week by a wide margin. His epos on stolen GPS machines, and his pilgrimage to the Valhalla of Speed, the Nürburgring der Niebelongen, received 45 percent of all votes on Thursday.  In the following week, when the full results of TTAC’s […]

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