Using a Windows Mobile phone as a GPS tracker

October 26, 2010 · Posted in Tech, Transport · 3 Comments 

As mentioned earlier, I recently upgraded from a Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond to an Android-powered HTC Desire. Aside from the dated OS/UI on the Diamond, it’s still a really capable gadget so I use it as a spare phone for the car. Given its new permanent home and the fact it has internal GPS, it seemed to me that it lends itself well to becoming a tracking device that could report its location in the event that the car is stolen. Here’s how I set about doing that.
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Starting a Mazda RX-8 with a flooded engine

October 12, 2010 · Posted in Transport · 218 Comments 

Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8

A few weeks ago, I made the mistake of moving my RX-8 a short distance and didn’t allow the engine to warm up before switching it off. It’s well-known that this can lead to a flooded engine and this time was no different. :-( I knew it was a mistake, but I was in a hurry!

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Retrofitting Isofix for a Ford Focus C-Max

June 8, 2010 · Posted in Children, Transport · 145 Comments 
Focus C-Max

height=”150″ Focus C-Max Mk I pre-facelift

In October 2009 we bought a 56-plate Ford Focus C-Max (Mk I pre-facelift, 1.8 petrol) to replace our 54-plate Ford Focus (also Mk I pre-facelift, 1.8 petrol). Due to an impending new edition to the family, we wanted a car that has Isofix anchor points for the car seat which the old Focus didn’t have.

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