Police are seeking powers to take DNA samples from drivers caught speeding in a bid to build up their database of DNA records. Sales of medical gloves are set to rocket though as law-abiding members of the public take precautions on leaving their DNA at anywhere that may be a crime scene.
I’m sure everyone is well aware of the issues regarding the 360′s internal design shortcomings and the problems that it can cause. Microsoft’s reputation as a console manufacturer has been severely tarnished over recent months after rumours of a 33% hardware failure rate (aye right!) and the following knee jerk reaction to extend the 360…
The Government (UK) have teamed up with What Car magazine to help consumers find the CO2 levels of cars, based on the class of car.
The Act on CO2 website does a great job of promoting cleaner, more efficient engines and smarter driving.
So now if you’re in the market for an MPV that will take all the family and the dog, you can consciously choose the car in that class with the lowest emissions. Doing your bit for the environment,reducing your carbon footprint and all that.
The site also includes handy hints for increasing your fuel economy (and lowering your emissions of course!) such as checking your tyre pressures and cutting out on over-revving the engine.
Hot hatches don’t fair too bad, although thanks partly due to the inclusion of diesel fuel types. Top of the pops is the Seat Ibiza with the 1.9 PD130 Euro IV BLT engine (2006>) – same as my Fabia vRS then with a CO2 (g/km) of 139.
This all spells bad news for the Performance class however, with all being red flagged on CO2 levels – Porsche’s 911 GT3 only just being pipped to the “worst polluter” podium by Audi’s S4 V8 Quattro.
For company car drivers, BMW’s 120d and 320d get a baby-poo green rating which I’m assuming is quite good. Not a bad choice at all if you’re “doing your bit” and like a bit of BMW.
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I changed the air filter in my diesel engine the other week and after looking around the best diesel air filter available I finally decided on one. There are many websites out there giving advice on which air filter is the best for my TDi engine, including diesel filters. It’s not just the TDi engine though, but everything from SDi to i-CDTi and everything in between.
Diesel engines are fast becoming the engine of choice for many motorists so the choice of aftermarket replacement parts such as air filters and oil filters is only going to increase as manufacturers switch from petrol to diesel parts.
The VAG range of engines is well catered for and should present no problems in sourcing parts.
The 1.9 TDI is the emblematic turbodiesel from Volkswagen, which developed the notion of various outputs of the same engine. In the Passat, the 90 hp was introduced in 1993, the 110 hp in 1996 and the first TDI with pumpjet direct injection in 1998 with 115 hp.
The Diesel engine has been under a lot of changes lately, many of them being related to the unique fuel control process that distinguishes the diesel engine from the petrol alternative. Recent new technologies in petrol engines have introduced changes in the way the fuel ignites by modifying the ignition cycle to great complexities, resulting in technologies such as Honda’s Intelligent Dual Spark plug Ignition (i-Dsi).
It seems only yesterday when I was enthusiastically championing the launch of the official Dodo Juice wax forums.
Fast forward a whole 24 hours and my inbox has just received an email announcing the Dodo Juice website itself has gone live! I have to admit I was a bit concerned that the website would be all geared towards the professional car detailer and completely forget the little guys at home.
Thankfully pj at Dodo Juice has pretty much got it sorted with what Dodo Juice are called “version 0.95″ of the website. With a tongue-firmly-in-cheek theme, the website entertains as much as it educates in the world of Dodo Juice wax.
From the Dodo’s humble beginnings on Mauritius, to the origins of the Carnauba wax and Candelilla wax that help to make Dodo Juice wax the product it is today, everything you need to know about your favourite premium car wax is online in all it’s Dodo technicolour glory.
The website also features some tips to cleaning your car, getting the paintwork ready for that all important final coat of Dodo Juice Light Fantastic (or maybe it’s Dodo Juice Banana Armour for you?). For those that really want to get stuck into their tub (literally), a “handy” guide on applying the Dodo Juice wax by hand (ah now those jokes make sense!) is only a click away. That relationship with your car just moved to a whole new level.
In case you were wondering, Carnauba Palm is found in the Brazilian Rainforest and the wax produced by it’s leaves is harder than concrete. Candelilla bushes are found in Mexico (and Texas) and produce Candelilla wax, which without it, Dodo Juice just wouldn’t be the same.
Oh, did I mention the hatch…?
It was something I’ve been meaning to look into for a while – styling my flickr badge so it’s a bit prettier and w3c friendly.
In case you hadn’t heard, flickr offer a nifty feature called a flickr badge which allows you to include a selection of photos from your account on a web page.
Out of the box, the HTML badge code includes a naughty table so the first thing to do was strip that out and replace the table tag with a div. That worked and I left it for a few months until this morning when one of my clients asked for me to include a badge on his site.
I can allow quick and dirty hacks on my own site but when it’s someone’s business you want to push the boat out a bit don’t you? So now I’m left wondering what can and can’t be done with the code flickr churn out, a quick Google search returns a couple of interesting sites:
- Elliot Swan’s flickr API reference
- Veerle’s W3C valid flickr badge
In a similar vein to Elliot’s site but more emphasis on the styling and includes an example of how to recreate the flickr Veerle uses on her own site.
See my first tidy draft in action, there’s still room for improvement and next will be to replace the portfolio images with flickr versions.
eBay stores are great, you can list all your product catalogue in the knowledge that the worlds largest auction site is going to get reliable traffic to your store.
In reality, you need to do every thing you can to tweak and tune your items to get additional traffic from Google – yes, get your your store listed in Google! This guide tells you all you need to know.
If the number of Dodo Juice Wax websites was anything to go by, all other carnauba wax manufacturers will be out of business by the end of the year!
The latest in a long line of sites promoting the Dodo Juice wax range is Dodo Juice Wax UK, giving visitors all the juicy details on a product range with names (and ingredients) that you’d expect to find on a range of Innocent smoothies rather than a range of premium carnauba waxes.
It sounds like Dodo Juice Light Fantastic is the wax for me, seeing as my car is silver and I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning the car. For those willing to put the effort in and reap the rewards, the best selling Dodo Juice Banana Armour is right up your street with a hard wearing finish that will keep you grinning as the water just beads way each time it rains.
The Dodo Juice Forums are also in full swing so point your beak in it’s direction and register your interest.