Another thing that surprised me about this bike was the automatic dual suspension. Schieffelin knew that dual suspension would be a key ingredient for a bike built for more than one rider. Without it, “customers were going to take exactly one pothole shot to the ass, and they’d be like, ‘We’re done with this.’” But he also didn’t want to burden his customers with tuning and retuning the suspension every time they went for a ride. His solution was to integrate an air compressor in the bike with a level sensor that allows you to reset the pressure and air shock to match the weight that’s on the bike “in real time.” … [Read more...] about Civilized Cycles is an electric bike full of surprises
To demystify the process, we spoke with bike store owners, retailers, and bike commuting advocates. They explained what features to look for in commuter-specific bikes and how much you should be ready to spend. While a top-of-the-line, aerodynamic racing bike can set you back a few grand, the experts we spoke to agreed that you can find a dependable commuting bike in the $350–$750 range. But be wary of anything much cheaper, as they’ll likely have lower-quality parts that will wear out more quickly. Read on for their 16 picks for the best commuter bikes (most are available in men’s and women’s versions) on the market. Because these bikes are all so different, and each rider will have their own specific needs, we organized the suggestions by category — hybrid, upright, and folding — as opposed to choosing one best overall model. … [Read more...] about The 16 best bikes for beginning commuters
If you can realize you're in a nightmare, the simplest way to stop it is to make yourself wake up, Arthuro said. But some evidence suggests that it's possible to stay in the nightmare but eliminate your fear by knowing you aren't in physical danger, according to Arthuro. Some study participants have even reported turning a nightmare into a more pleasant dream. … [Read more...] about Can you ‘turn off’ a nightmare?
The front of the car distinguishes itself from the Cayenne with a wraparound hood that surrounds the headlights and goes all the way down to the wheel arches, giving the front of the car a seamless look. It's pretty, but at one point during the day I asked a Porsche handler to pop the hood, and when we shut it, we both took a moment to wonder whether the hood had really shut or not. It had. Because the hood seam is designed to come down all the way to the places where the materials transition on the car (where the hood meets the headlight, for example), it can sometimes be a little visually confusing to tell whether all the pieces are lying flush. … [Read more...] about A day in the new Porsche Macan, an SUV that wants to race
Linux surpassing Unix is no surprise. Red Hat and other vendors have been trumpeting their ability to move customers from old Unix servers to Linux ones for years now. Open source operating systems based on Linux are prevalent on everything from Web servers and small business workloads to the world's biggest supercomputers. "Linux server demand continued to be positively impacted by cloud infrastructure deployments" in the second quarter, IDC said. … [Read more...] about Linux is king *nix of the data center—but Unix may live on forever