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Test Drive: 2013 Mazda2

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Mazda2 is in its final year in its current form. But that doesn't mean it isn't a good car. While lacking in some areas, it's still a solid contender that bests its competition in some ways.

Test Drive: 2013 Mazda2

If you want a really small car – but still need four doors then you’ve pretty much got two choices:

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 02 September 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Corolla is Toyota's bread and butter sedan, and the best selling car in the world. Will the latest redesign build on that success?

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla

Here’s scary:

You’ve been assigned the job of restyling – and re-engineering – the company’s Number One Seller. It’s on you to get it right.

Tablets for Small Businesses

on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Small Business, Computers, Business, Sci/Tech

The lightweight, portable nature of tablet devices is conquering the business world. But with many options to choose from, before buying for your business, carefully evaluate which features you need.

Tablets for Small Businesses

More and more businesses are making use of tablet PCs in their daily operations. A 2011 study by Model Metrics showed that 22 percent of companies had begun deploying tablets for their businesses, with 78 percent planning to have tablets in use by 2013.

Inflation and Gresham’s Law in my Lifetime

on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

Over time, inflation, along with Gresham’s Law and legal tender laws, has driven out the good money and substituted bad money in its place.

Inflation and Gresham’s Law in my Lifetime

It was the summer of 1968 and I had just finished seventh grade. Rather than "goofing off" all summer, my dad required me to attend his Principles of Economics class at Grove City College.  He and Fred Andre team-taught the class, as my dad was often on the road giving lectures around the country.  It was during this class that I learned (among other things) that just four short years earlier, the U.S. government had stopped minting dimes, quarters, and half dollars out of silver (90 percent)...something about how the money supply had been inflated to the point where it cost more to produce the coins out of silver than their face value. In other words, the silver content was worth more than $.10 for dimes and more than $.25 for quarters. Bottom line: collecting silver coins was a fast way to make some money and a good way to retain value in the long run.

Unwanted Exotics

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you want a rare, exotic car, you don't have to pine for a Bugatti. Look no further than the electric cars demanded by the nanny state. They're rare, because no one wants them.

Unwanted Exotics

Let’s raise a glass to the Unwanted Exotic. It is very low production – and very high cost – and thus, rarely seen. Like a Bugatti Veyron.

Test Drive: 2014 VW Eos

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 26 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

VW has a problem with the Eos. It's a good car with a nifty feature. But, it may be a bit bland on one hand, and not sporty enough for the competition.

Test Drive: 2014 VW Eos

You can look at the VW Eos from two diametrically opposed viewpoints. The first – favorable to VW – is that the Eos is a steal of deal compared with a BMW 3 coupe. Both are spiffy European-brand sport coupes with folding metal hardtops and all the bells and whistles – but the BMW starts at $47,600 while you can buy a new Eos for $35,195. Even a top-of-the-line Eos Executive, at $41,695, doesn’t come close to the BMW 3 coupe’s base price – yet both cars are similarly laid out and deliver a comparable open roof – or not – driving experience.

Test Drive: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 19 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The new MKZ is the first Lincoln in years that’s got a real shot at reclaiming some of the cachet the brand has lost over the years – if enough people give it a look-see.

Test Drive: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

Elvis did it in ’68 – maybe Lincoln will pull it off now. You know, make a comeback.

NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in Aerospace, Business

NASA's director Pearce: "We believe that in order for our nation to remain the aviation leader in the world, we have to change our approach as well or we are not going to be in a position to take advantage of these expected new global opportunities."

NASA Introduces New Blueprint for Transforming Global Aviation

There's something new in the air at NASA.

Based on a fresh look at the future of aviation – as well as global trends in technology, the environment and economics – the agency's aeronautical innovators have chartered a new strategic vision for its aviation research programs.

Test Drive: 2014 GMC Terrain

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 07 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

So, what makes a model like the 2014 GMC Terrain different from its lower-status (and lower-priced) corporate cousin, the 2014 Chevy Equinox? Are these differences sufficient to justify having “twins” in the GM portfolio?

Test Drive: 2014 GMC Terrain

The GMC division of General Motors is an interesting animal in that it’s one of the small handful of “middle” brands still left on its feet. You remember middle brands: A notch above the mass-market (e.g., a Chevy) but not quite as prestigious as a top-of-the-line brand (e.g., a Cadillac).

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Prius

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 02 August 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Toyota’s hybrid technology is so seamless that visual cues – such as the iconically homely shape of the Prius – are needed to call attention to it.

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Prius

Actually, there will be no 2014 Prius.

The current model – the third Gen. Prius, last updated for the 2010 model year – will soldier on until next summer, when Toyota will replace it with an all-new fourth generation Prius.

It’s Happened to Bikes, Too

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 26 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The allure of the motorcycle used to be that it was cheap to ride and easy for an independent-minded owner to maintain. Today's bikes, though, are a different story.

It’s Happened to Bikes, Too

Almost exactly ten years ago, I bought the last new bike I’ll probably ever buy. The new bikes – like new cars – just don’t do it for me.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Focus ST

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 25 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Ford's monstrous Focus ST brings a lot of performance potential to the street. Sadly, with MyKey included it buckles in a significant bit of Big Brother into the mix.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Focus ST

Back in 1987, my souped-up ’78 V-8 Camaro almost got smoked by a four-cylinder Dodge Omni. Only it wasn’t just an Omni.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 19 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you want a sports car, but need more than two seats, then the Infiniti G37 Coupe might be the best option available right now.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe

What if you really want a 370Z – 333 hp V-6, six-speed stick, RWD – but really need an extra pair of seats?

Test Drive: 2013 Chrysler 300

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Like James Galdofini’s Tony Soprano, the Chrysler 300 is tough – and hard not to love.

Test Drive: 2013 Chrysler 300

You’ve got just one choice left – if you want a big sedan with a big V-8 driving the rear wheels that doesn’t cost $45,000 or more.

2013 – or 2014 – Lexus IS?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 08 July 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Lexus has upsized the IS 250 & 350 for 2014, while leaving the still new 2013 models in the showroom for now. While these remain good cars, they seem to have been passed by from competition like Cadillac, Audi and BMW.

2013 – or 2014 – Lexus IS?

The 2013 Lexus IS (250 and 350) is still for sale as a new model, but the 2014 – heavily updated – is just now becoming available, too. This presents buyers with one of those crossroads moments when they can stick with the old – but still brand-new model – or go with the “new new”  (and very different) model.

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