Jul 272014
 

The Fitbit Zip is a pretty nifty pedometer that uses Bluetooth to sync your progress to the Fitbit site whenever you’re in range.

Unfortunately, even with normal use, the silicone clip with which it ships eventually wears out. This exposes the uncomfortable and potentially damaging metal end of the clip.

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Now the Zip retails for $59.99. Even though it typically streets for $9-12 less, I suspect there is still significant profit in each one. This is not an item sold at a loss, OK? There’s no need to sell an accessory with a huge margin to cover for it, as with some business models.

So to me, it’s pretty rude that the Fitbit people want a whopping $14.95 for a replacement clip for it.

If you have a damaged Fitbit clip and want to make do with it, here’s how you can fix it:

  1. Pull the sheath past the exposed metal end enough to have decent surface area for super glue (cyanoacrylate).
  2. Squeeze the edges to open the gap, and put a single drop of super glue in it.
  3. Clamp as in the photo. Use a small spring clamp or a binder clamp to hold the sheath shut, and a pen or pencil to keep pressure off the repair until it sets.

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This isn’t as attractive as an intact clip, but it keeps $15 in your pocket. In my experience, the repair lasts a couple of months.

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 Posted by at 11:49 am
Jul 252014
 

Part of my automotive education was reading my dad’s Cars & Parts and Hemmings Motor News in bed before I went to sleep.

Both periodicals had a lot of classic American car content, which was why my dad took them. But there were exotics in there too, and that’s how I came to fall in love with the Aston Martin Lagonda.

lagonda

Aston Martin hand-built some version of this car from 1976 to 1990. It was hideously expensive, with hopelessly complex electronic instrumentation that broke if you looked at it funny. I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. I loved it like other kids loved the Lamborghini Countach. I only saw one in the metal once, at an auction, and it was a near-religious experience. As wild as it looks in photos, it’s just totally ridiculous sitting right in front of you. It’s a study hall sketch realized. You can’t believe anyone actually built it.

Guess what? There’s a new one coming, and it looks exactly like what you’d think the classic shape brought forward to 2015 would look like.

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It will be sold exclusively in the Middle East, because “that’s where the demand is.” It is likely that less than 100 will be made. It will have a 7-figure price tag.

It’s highly interesting that some of the wildest, most visceral cars these days are sedans. Makes me wish the Fisker Karma had met with a more favorable end.

 Posted by at 7:53 pm
Jul 242014
 

Saintseester told me in the middle of last year’s mild summer that we’d have a brutally cold winter. I laughed her off. She said the same thing yesterday, and I chose not to laugh this time. Apparently there is a Fifty Shades of Grey movie on the way. The still from the trailer accompanying the [...]

 Posted by at 11:12 am

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