By on March 19, 2015


The ban on Tesla’s direct sales in New Jersey is over.

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11 Comments on “While You Were Sleeping: March 19th, 2015...”

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    Those Optima concept drawings could very well refer to the current model. The only real difference in the design is small windows and larger wheels.

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    Tesla New Jersey. Awesome – win for Tesla.

    Why in the world would you add a 400hp Supra engine to an old beat up Corona wagon? The fan mounted on the dash is classic. I’ve never really understood project cars like this.

    Kia Optima. Hard to have any excitement at all over a sketch. Truthfully, it looks remarkably similar to the current model.

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      If not in a beat up Corona, where else? That’s the essence of Hot Rodding. You combine stuff you already have or have access to, with other stuff to make it go really really fast. Lots of times, on a shoestring budget, and trading favours.

      Someone must have said the same thing you did when the 1st dude chopped up Model T and dropped a flathead V8 in it.

      But maybe a boxy, fender flaired ’84 Supra would’ve been ideal for the Hot Rod turbo 6. Or a beat up ’83 Celica, or 1st gen. The more “sleeper” the better.

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    Jack Denver

    The law that was passed was made as narrow as possible: If you are an exclusively zero emission car mfr, you can have up to 4 direct sales locations in NJ. Tesla already has 3 (which were temporarily converted to non-selling “showrooms” while they were waiting for the law to pass) and so they can open only 1 more store. NJ is a physically small state (albeit with a large population) so this might be enough.

    The car dealers opposed it anyway – camel’s nose in the tent. They said it was about “consumer protection”. Musk says it’s about “protection” alright, in the Mafia sense of the word.

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    You should be aware about certain things that may make you prefer dealers. For example, Tesla changes software as it wants and there is no way to refuse update or roll it back. Would you like Microsoft to forcibly update you to Windows 8? Well that’s what Tesla does.

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      Considering how few people actually do update their Windows OS regularly, maybe Microsoft SHOULD do it by force. There’d certainly be fewer machines plagued by malware if they did.

      An OTA update to a car’s software is honestly a great idea; you get your recall fix without having to worry about lost letters.

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        Having used (well…tried to use) Windows 8, forcing everyone to update to it would be a disaster on par with the Titanic and the Hindenburg.

        It’s a mobile OS forced onto desktops. It’s completely worthless on desktops. No thank you.

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          Win8.1 isn’t bad. I haven’t had any problems, and I run several systems simultaneously.

          Haven’t had a problem yet.

          Problem is, many programs that ran fine on XP won’t run at all on 8.1.

          But if you network all the different PCs and OS, using either Ethernet ThinNet or Wi-Fi, you’d be amazed what still works.

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            Whatever version of Windows 8 is on my mom’s Asus Netbook is confusing and frustrating to navigate, even to perform basic tasks.

            I want none of that.

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            You can find out by opening up the System folder in File Explorer.

            And if you use the Windows Update application manually, it will come back with a whole litany of optional updates you can choose to upgrade your system (for free).

            That’s how I got the free update from 8 to 8.1 on April 30th 2014.

            You do not have to load any of the options presented to you, but I had enough RAM (16Gb) and a QuadCore i7 3.1GHz to be able to take advantage of 8.1.

            Get help, if you’re not sure. Be sure your Netbook meets the system requirements.

            Too many people get into trouble because their system either doesn’t have enough RAM or not enough CPU speed to upgrade to the latest and the greatest.

            That said, when I upgraded to 8.1, I eliminated all the problems others had experienced with 8.

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          Windows 8(+) Works just like Windows always has; the only difference is the initial navigation. It is NOT a mobile OS put onto the desktop, it is a touch-based navigation system meant to help you find your applications easier. Everything else is still there and can be used as it always has–even the desktop itself.

          Yes, I know it looks different and even ‘feels’ different, but at the core, it’s still the same old Windows you’ve been using for over 20 years.

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