Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Oh, the irony

    There’s nothing like getting a nasty bout of food poisoning a couple of days after writing about a good blood test. Thanks to Bill Cawthon and Patrick Rall for taking care of the news while I’ve been in bed (or worse). You know it’s bad when I spend 36 hours without touching a computer. The good news is I am slowly getting better. Thanks to everyone who reached out before. Among the hundred messages waiting for me… Patrick had an idea for a fun new Allpar news feature. I think we’ll do the first one on Tuesday. Someone else told me Apple Map Vans (they use Dodge Caravans) are in Highland Park, NJ and they had one in Little Ferry…

  • Sometimes the tech stuff just gets weird
    feeder - chron

    Sometimes the tech stuff just gets weird. I understand it when I write some code badly, or screw it up later, which happened the other day when I put in a line about “if the device is a phone, show this footer, not that one” and hadn’t defined the variable for the device. I sort of understand it when a php include sometimes passes a variable, and sometimes doesn’t. (If there was ever an invitation for bathroom humor…) But it drives me nuts when software seems to do stuff on its own. I was just wondering why news items on Allpar weren’t showing up in the forums. It turns out that the scheduled “bring in these feeds” program had shut itself off. Or maybe…

  • Bob Sheaves and “Mopar Norm”
    Bob Sheaves 2007

    You probably already heard about the loss of MoparNorm, a regular contributor to Allpar and one of the “Jeep faithful.” He will be missed. (That’s Norm in a Jeep on the right. He seemed perfectly comfortable at that angle, and given his experience, I’m not surprised.) I regret to tell you that the incredibly helpful and skilled Bob Sheaves has had a stroke, as well. He’s given me permission to break the news. Bob has given us a huge amount of material as well as incomparable insight into the auto industry and engineering in general, both on a personal and a public level. He seems to be recovering, which is a wonderful thing. Really, I can’t tell you how much Bob…

  • AllparDave.com kicks off

    From its creation in 1998 (and from the dawn of its predecessor in 1994), I tended to keep a low profile on allpar.com. This was a conscious choice, since I wanted to put the site forward, not me. In those days, traditional media dominated, and I was aiming to create an on-line version of a print magazine, not a blog or “social media presence.” Indeed, blogs and social media were still to come; the closest we had were personal web sites and Usenet. Now, things are very different. Bloggers and social media celebrities are highly sought after, not consigned to the back of the room (and refused media passes). That means it’s time to break the habit of — seriously, 21 years? Allpar can go into a bar and order a…

  • Good blood test results; time for more blood tests
    dave with another Valiant

    Since my last cancer-removal surgery, I’ve become a part-time medical patient, part time medical-insurance bureaucrat (on the “yes, I paid this,” and “here’s the information I already gave you twice, oh, I’m glad you found it in your system and will actually apply it to the bill now,”) and part-time writer/publisher. I just had my latest oncology bloodwork and it was clear. This morning, I got fresh blood drawn, and have a 24-hour test to be turned in tomorrow morning, so we’ll find out of my endocrine early warning system has anything to say — in two weeks. I’d show you a photo of me getting blood, but there wasn’t enough room for a photographer in the phlebotomy room, so here I am…

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