Purchased a new-to-us used car a few days ago. We were originally looking at a 2014 Camry that had fairly low miles, but unfortunately it had been sold by the time we made the trip to the dealership to look at it.
We expanded our search criteria and ended up finding a 2014 Chevy Cruze with about 40k miles on it in really good condition and for a pretty good price.
For a very brief period, we were a three car household.
That didn’t last too long and we were able to sell the Camry and get back down to two cars.
The Cruze drives pretty well, has a lot of fancy new computer-y features that the Camry didn’t have. Being a newer car, there’s a lot more monitoring information available (tire pressure, gallons of fuel used, fuel efficiency, etc) that wasn’t around when the Camry was new.
The Aux input for the sound system is nice and I can play the podcasts I’ve been accumulating on my phone through the car speakers.
I think we managed to find a pretty decent car that I hope we’ll be able to hang on to for a long time.
I’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of mechanical keyboards and replaced my long time workhorse Logitech Wave keyboard with a Corsair K70 (non-RGB) keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches.
It’s a pretty nice keyboard to type on, and I’m finding the keys need much less force to actuate than the keys on the old Wave keyboard do.
Each of the keys is individually lit with a red LED, which just happens to match one of the red LED fans in the computer case. There are 4 brightness levels for the LEDs from Off to full brightness.
The palm rest included could be a little bigger for my taste, but does the job. Grippy rubber feet on the bottom combined with the weight of the keyboard keep it from moving around much on the desk.
The cord is pretty beefy and has a fabric covering on it. At the computer end it splits into two USB connectors for the keyboard and a pass-through for the USB port on the keyboard.
The keyboard can be set to have all the keys light up or to a custom pattern that’s pretty easy to do right at the keyboard.
One of the issues I had with the Logitech Wave keyboard was that a lot of the special function keys were just invisible to Fedora. While this keyboard doesn’t have a lot of special keys, the ones it does have for media control seemed to work right out of the box without me having to configure anything.
Lots of progress on the house since the last update. Drywall went up and got sprayed with primer. Cabinets were installed and trim was installed over the last couple of weeks. Painting is scheduled to happen this week.
Now we can see what all the rooms look like, how they feel, and think about where furniture will go.
The car has served me well over the past 16 years, and still runs pretty well. It’s had a fair bit of work done on it recently: new shocks and struts a few years ago, gaskets, tires and a few other things. Gas mileage is pretty decent (~23-25 mpg city driving). It handles road trips out to Atlanta and back nicely and is pretty comfy to drive still.
With the new house and longer commute coming up, time to get something newer though.
Not sure yet what we’ll do with the Camry. We could donate it, or sell it for a reasonable price to someone in need of a fairly reliable car.
As for what will replace it, we’re not sure yet. Another Camry is currently at the top of the list, but we have plenty of options to consider.