Thoughts on Winter Driving with my FWD Ford Fusion

In October 2016, I bought a 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport 4WD for some $12,000-13,000. It was a base model: crank windows, manual locks, manual mirrors, 5-speed manual (which I prefer), but it did have air conditioning, cruise control, and light-up cup holders. I bought it because I had Wrangler fever, but couldn't afford anything more than $12,000, which in my area can't get you anything newer than at least a ten year old vehicle, with 100,000 miles. Not to mention I drive a fair amount of miles every day, so bad gas mileage, on top of five year loan where if I keep it for the entire duration of the loan, would tack on 60,000 miles. Now, I'm rooting for America's automotive underdog Chrysler as much as anyone, but I had little faith in this being a solid financial decision. So, a 2013 Jeep Patriot looked sort of like a Wrangler from the front, and it had 50,000 miles on it, so why not.
A year and a half later in the summer months, I found myself having some issues with the …

Why Can't Bluetooth Just Work, And Other Gripes

In 1998, Apple removed the floppy drive from the then-new iMac, which caused some concern from die-hard floppy drive users. However, the compact disc was far superior, so as a replacement for the floppy drive, it just made sense. Plus, if a user needed to use a floppy disc, a USB drive could be purchased. Thus setting a trend to end the floppy drive. In 2008, when Apple removed the DVD drive from the MacBook Air, it was met with criticism, as CDs were still used to play movies on the go, and to install software. However, Apple had introduced movies and TV shows on the iTunes store, allowing users to download what they purchase to the computer, and software was beginning to show up as downloadable, with internet speeds increasing. There was an obvious better option than DVDs. If a user needed a DVD drive, they could use another computer and share the drive, or plug in a USB DVD drive. Thus starting a DVD-less trend. I can remember clearly in 2008 that while optical discs were still in …

What I Want My Next Car To Be

I still love my 2012 Ford Fusion, however that doesn't stop me from thinking about the next AnthonyMobile. So when my car payment is paid off in five years (if I can wait that long), here's what I'm currently thinking about getting at that point.

Jeep Wrangler/Gladiator - Simply from a financial perspective, the Wrangler is a great deal because it often ranks #1 on lists of vehicles that hold their value the best. From a coolness perspective, it's pretty darn cool. It's the ultimate summer/winter car. It's a convertible, and it's a four-wheel-drive beast. With the new 4 cylinder engine, it even gets decent gas mileage. AND it can be optioned with a manual transmission. What more can you ask for?Toyota Prius AWD - I put this next on the list on purpose. One thing that makes the new Wrangler more palatable is the better fuel economy. Combined, it gets 24 MPG, which is pretty darn good. But what about at least 50 MPG? That sounds good to me. Not to mention, the…

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Comical Confessions

No one is perfect. Here are some of my incredibly few flaws/quirks.
I can count on one hand how many Marvel movies I've seen. It started out as just not having the chance to watch them in the theater, but at the rate they rerun on FX, I'm kind of just doing it on purpose at this point.Same goes for all the hit shows on cable and Netflix. I have such a short attention span for getting into shows, so at this point, with many of these critically-acclaimed shows reaching over five seasons, these are shows I'll probably never watch.I like driving stick shift because I think it's fun, but I tell people I can drive stick so they think I'm cool. It never works.When I was a kid, I had a Windows 98 computer. I was terrified of the Windows 98 startup sound, and I still am today. I keep buying Fords because I like the keypad on the door.I like linear television and terrestrial/satellite/live radio because I feel less lonely; somewhere out there is another human being curating a…

Google Makes No Sense

Like most users of the internet, I use Google's services for a lot of things. Search engine, domain services, email, entertainment, productivity, and phone operating system. They generally make really good stuff that's free, or if they do charge you for it, you're getting a good deal. However, one issue with their services is that a lot of them are redundant. Here's a few.
Take Blogger and Google Sites. I use these two services for my websites. I use Blogger as the host for this blog you are reading, and I use Google Sites to create a portfolio website. I use Google Sites because there's a lot you can't do with Blogger, and vice versa. Why doesn't Google just combine these two services? Sure, they have different targeted users, where Blogger is more for a general website, and Google Sites is for businesses or intranets. At the same time, just put Blogger functionality inside Google Sites, and make it an option to enable. Google Sites is really powerful, so …

Quirks and Features of the 2012 Ford Fusion

The 2012 Ford Fusion is your standard mid-size American four-door sedan. It has four wheels and a seat. It also has many quirks and features. Here's a few with my first week of ownership.

Ford Sync was at one point the best in the business. Not many cars had a robust voice assistant that could connect to your smart device or USB drive to manage phone calls and music. However, a lot has changed since its introduction in 2007, and attempting to navigate the system on a dot matrix-style display is cumbersome. Many features simply don't work anymore, and interacting with it is a chore compared to newer systems.The stereo is just hard to use. Ford separates the various media in four categories: AM/FM, Sirius, CD, and Aux. Aux is the lone confusing segment. Aux is the gateway to Ford Sync. Ford Sync handles the line in, Bluetooth audio, and USB. When you first turn the car on, line in is the default. To get the radio into Bluetooth, you either have to tell the voice command sy…