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One last toot about this. For comparison, here's a few other plug-in hybrids in the market, and how they compare.

Note that these are in the same size class as the Audi A3, albeit lower performance.

Packaging is compromised for the Prius Prime (they planned for a smaller battery than they used) and Volt (huge battery), but the Ioniq is packaged identically to the Audi (and also has a nearly identical drivetrain layout - single motor through a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox).

Another PHEV I like to make fun of is the Audi A3 e-tron sportback - it's even smaller, a few hundred pounds lighter than the "MINI"... but this is what it gets (with the Volkswagen Jetta with a similar engine, and the GTI (basically the same car otherwise) with similar performance, for comparison).

This certainly isn't good - being about as efficient as a 2.5 ton 7 seat barge, when you're a compact car, is not good - but at least the hybrid system seems to actually function and help out.

What are you doing, BMW/MINI?

What are you even doing?

I've gotten 11% of Gran Turismo 4 completed... only with the trucks.

(I do have a money cheat enabled, and I cheated the license tests because they crash PCSX2. But still.)

Logically, it follows that you could stretch the wheelbase of an ELF-like design, and add a middle seating row, reserving the rear row for children only.

Also, it could be possible to remove or collapse the seating, at which point you could have a large enclosed cargo area - note that while the Multipla is significantly wider than this idea and doesn't require the second row to straddle the front seat, but here's how that could look.

The most prominent example of a utility-oriented with a back seat is the Organic Transit ELF 2FR, as seen here. The back seat is right up against the rear bulkhead, and can hold 2 small children, or 1 adult straddling the front seat.

(Note that I think the ELF is too wide for cycling infrastructure, at 1226 mm wide - ideally, 850 mm is about as wide as you want to go - but I think the basic layout would still work.)

OK, so here's a niche that might be underserved in - vans.

Most velomobiles are single-seater sports velos, there's a couple designs with a back seat, and there are various cargo trikes (but most aren't enclosed).

First, let's look at this, the Fiat 600 Multipla, one of the earlier minivans in existence (I could've used the Volkswagen Type 2, as well, tbh, but this is smaller).

This cold weather is killing my fuel efficiency on short trips. (Granted, I've disabled eco HVAC, to get maximum heat faster, but still.)

Yay, my dad got me a ScanGauge II for Christmas.

I think I've got my daily use gauge setup the way I want it, with a couple custom X-Gauges for high voltage state of charge and current.

Uh, I'm pretty sure this isn't how this is supposed to work. A 38 hp scooter should not beat a 138 hp power cruiser on a circuit designed around high-speed above all else.

(The speed differentials on the straight were so bad that the AI kept rear-ending me, so I ended up having to get out of the way every time. But, on a straight-line-optimized track, I outhandled it and won.)

Like, here's the screenshot.

Well, that's strange.

Apparently someone did a PCI 486 board (date codes are indicating that this one's from late 1996) with the CPU socket's cambox overhanging the edge of the board.

Image shamelessly stolen from an eBay listing.

But, the story didn't end there.

The 200LX hardware got reused in the (bulkier) OmniGo 700LX, which had a dock for a 2110 or 2190 in the lid - and it could use the Nokia phone for fax, SMS, and Internet access, turning the HP LX into a full-on smartphone (not my photos, I don't have a 700LX, so I stole them from here:

And, finally, all of this lasts for weeks or even months (I recharge the Eneloop batteries in it every 3-6 months) on a pair of AAs:

Oh, and did I mention... this was in 1994? And MSRP for a 1 MiB model was US$549, 2 MiB was $699 at launch, per V3N4 of the HP Palmtop Paper:

The 200LX offered a decent amount of connectivity, too.

Infrared (pretty powerful, too - it works as a remote, after all) and RS-232 (proprietary connector, with a good terminal app in the PIM) on one side:

PCMCIA Type II on the other side (although HP went their own way for the software for PCMCIA, and compatibility with cards, especially ones that aren't memory/flash cards, is poor as a result):

And a few more screenshots.

HP Calculator, showing pull-down menus:

Application Manager (note all of the highlighted applications, this thing is multitasking!):

A second Application Manager screenshot - I've got the hidden Hex Calc app in there, as well as a third-party remote app:

And, let's look at that third-party app, this one written for the 95LX, hence the weird font:

I should probably post some screenshots.

The view when it starts up:

2-pane file manager:


Phone book (note there's some skeuomorphism - also note that one of the default entries, the HP Palmtop Paper, is a third-party newsletter, from a company that still exists today, and still serves the HP LX community -

It's time, and this time, I'm going to post one of my own retrocomputers.

Say hello to my 200LX, one of my favorite .

A basic rundown of the specs:

* 7.91 MHz Intel 80186
* CGA-compatible graphics
* 1-4 MiB RAM, 640k conventional, the remainder is a RAM disk (mine has 2 MiB)