Since my garage door broke several weeks ago, I've been parking the Silent E outside. Eri has been concerned that someone will steal my extension cord, since it's a really nice version I paid some extra money for.
But we live in a nice neighborhood, so we haven't had any problems with that. Instead, somebody's been unplugging my car.
It's happened 3 times now. I've detected each occurrence with plenty of time to correct the problem, but it's still a little disturbing. The big question is, "Why?" Does someone just hate EVs? Is someone jealous? Is my charger or fan making a noise that's driving someone crazy?
Or is a squirrel trying to climb the wire and pulling it free?
If I had enough money, I'd set up a little camera to watch the car. The cheap, low-tech solution is to just tie a knot in the cord; at least that'll deter anyone who isn't actually upset.
Electric motors and their supporting electronics are much more durable than the corresponding ICE equipment. That means I'll own this car for a long time. Therefore, I'd like it to look good and feel comfortable.
Nathan offered to pay for a paint job for my birthday. I got some references and asked for estimates; they were uniformly in the $3000 to $5000 range.
Yesterday I got a $1400 estimate. I'd have to leave the car for a week.
I'd also lose my nice caution striping. :( But I've got an idea in that area: since the $1400 doesn't include any of the soft rubber molding, I'll just take it off and stripe it myself. Then I'll have refreshed bumpers and molding, with a high-voltage look from all directions!
I thought Gaphor would be terrific, since it's a Python/GTK project, and therefore native to my system (Ubuntu/Gnome). Should be easy to modify, too. And the home page looks good!
But Gaphor failed miserably for my purposes. Let's see why.
To be as objective as possible, let's go over the list of criteria I made earlier.
Edit 2009-04-10: BOUML has been updated since my first review. I was originally quite disappointed, and made a rather harsh acronym from its name. While I still don't think BOUML meets my minimum qualifications, it's a heck of a lot better than the other editors I've tried. I've updated the review to reflect BOUML's new capabilities.