Monday, 29 July 2013

Ford (not so) Easy Fuel

This weekend I learnt two important lessons:
  1. Don't run out of fuel
  2. Certainly don't run out of fuel with Ford Easy Fuel
The technology behind Ford Easy Fuel adds extra layers of security behind the external fuel filler opening to inhibit forced entry and syphoning. 

Easy Fuel’s spring-loaded flap is held closed by two latches that can only be released by a standard-size fuel nozzle. When the proper nozzle is inserted into the filler neck of the system, the latches release and the nozzle pushes the spring-loaded flap to the open position. When the nozzle is removed, the flap is automatically and firmly closed by the spring.

Easy Fuel also has a patented inhibitor designed to prevent improper fuelling and syphoning consisting of a fuel nozzle detector that guides the nozzle to the opening. If a nozzle or foreign tube of a different size – a diesel nozzle or plastic hose, for example – is placed in the filler neck of a petrol-powered vehicle, the latches will not release. For a diesel-powered vehicle, the inhibitor will keep out the smaller nozzles.

All sounds good right? Yup, except if you want to fill your car from a can because then you need a handy bit of plastic I am now able to demonstrate below...

However, Ford in their infinite wisdom neglected to include one with our vehicle, I tried to borrow one from somebody but the diesel one is different to the petrol (makes sense I guess) so off down to the local dealer (Allen Ford) I went! After some "discussion" about how I should have one, had I really looked, sales would need to order one, parts order from Ford Motor Company eventually a salesman saw sense and pulled one out of his draw.

So lesson of the day for any Ford drivers out there (or anybody else with a not so easy to fuel system), check you have that crucial piece of plastic just in case you ever need it!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sky+ iPad App Resolves Clashes

Pleasantly surprised when checking TV guide via Sky+ app (Saints match is on Sky Sports 1) from my trusty iPad this morning it noticed a clash on our connected Sky+ HD box and actually made suggestions for alternate airings...

Well done Sky on that front! 

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Time for a new digital camera with a flip touch screen?

Had my Samsung ST500 for a couple of years now, been very pleased with the front display as I've travelled around with my better half we have managed to photograph ourselves at locations without the guesswork but the screen was small and not always great to see depending on lighting conditions. Excited to notice the new Samsung MV800 today which boasts a nice rotating flip-out display so now get a better picture in the "self-potrait" style shots but loads of other possibilities and interface looking a lot more sophisticated (no wonder Apple are suing Samsung for nicking their UI) so now just need to justify spending another crica £250 :-) Particularly interested in the 3D feature given I have a couple of Samsung 3D TVs at home, maybe that's the justification I was looking for!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

New company website...

Proud to see our new TASER (UK) website go live today at :-)

Free chapter of "The Way I See It"...

Having only just finished Lord Sugar's last book time to dip into the free taster of the next one... The Tiny Fork Die [iBooks Edition]   The Tiny Fork Diet [Kindle Edition]  which focuses on diets in typical Sugar style, most of the books and regimes are full of bulls**t and he can condense it all down to basic mathematics, as ever hard to argue with his down to earth thinking!

We're all mad but it's a sign of genius according to this passage.. Kindle Highlight

Lord Sugar - "What You See is What You Get"

Just finished reading Lord Sugar - "What You See is What You Get" - Lord Sugar is a little like Marmite I suppose, you either love him or hate him, but whichever it is his amazing rise from humble background to fast growing multi-million pounds businesses, with a venture into football, politics and then TV means he is a personality most of us have come across at some point in his career.

One certainly gets an idea of the gutsy approach which took him to his heights, and sometimes cost but the insight into the "Amstrad philosophy" which capitalises on a concept quickly and economically was fascinating as Sugar describes the colourful dealings with suppliers in the Far East. A simple businessman's perspective on becoming a PLC, dealing with big accountancy and legal firms is also very interesting.

The fall of Amstrad in the PC world, the diversion into Football and the numerous encounters with the legal system all complete a picture that many will only have picked up fragments on over the years.