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In response to Justin's comment about the NSX having no history;
Honda's utter domination of nearly every motocycle and automotive racing series they've entered gives the NSX its track-born heritage. Also Saab has never made a 'sports car' unless you include the Sonnet(I don't).
If you're saying the NSX lacks personality compared to the European stuff, then I'd probably agree.
Excellent book. I hope some marketing people read it.
This book won't turn you into a DBA, nor will it give you all the technical skills needed to make a fancy web site with animation and other BS. What it will do is help you to build a web site that's actually useful. Unfortunately, this is sorely lacking out there on the web. Additionally, this book will teach you how to create a site that will attract both new and repeat readers.
Philip gets a lot of points for pushing technology that is appropriate to the task. A good web site needs content. This content must be both growing and searchable. Content = data so what's better at maintaining data than a database(it's sad how many people out there are using C and flat files for this purpose)?
I'd have given the book a full 10 but I'm taking away 1/2 point because Philip has spent a little too much time in academia. He loses another 1/2 point because he and his fellow CS people at MIT couldn't get a printer to wo...
I just thought I'd point out that it's not necessary to get a full-suspension mtn. bike to get through the technical stuff. My first mountain bike was a Mongoose of about the same vintage as Philip's Raleigh. It was tank and while I could keep up with my friends, it was difficult. Last year, I got rid of it and bought a Klein Pulse hardtail with a Judy XC and the difference was truly amazing. I can go over things I never imagined and the bike does exactly what I want instead of fighting me. I've even ridden it down Mt. Snow in Vermont which is allegedly some of the toughest mountain biking in the country.
The reason I didn't get FS was that I found the rear-suspension robbed power and made it harder to pop the front wheel up(since it compressed when I did this). It is possible to retrofit a suspension seat post and some of these are quite good.
I also have a road bike. The reason I bought a road bike was that I do the Pan-Mass Challenge every summer. This is a 2-day,...
Since Philip's review and these comments are somewhat in the "Japanese vs. European car" vein, I thought I should add some comments on my new vehicle.
My '91 Nissan Sentra SE-R was pushing 140k miles and was making various unpleasant noises. It also didn't feel up to snuff in various areas, so I decided it was time to look for a new car. My idea of a perfect car is something that performs well (eg. handling, acceleration), is practical and is built to last. I also wanted something quiet since my old car would give me a headache after an hour's worth of driving.
I looked at all the auto mags, web sites, Consumer Reports etc. and narrowed my choices down to two cars. The first one was a Subaru Legacy GT and the second was an Audi A4 1.8(I should also mention that I wanted all-wheel drive).
The Subaru was reasonably nice and the price wasn't bad. Somehow though, it didn't inspire me. I was also reluctant to give my money to Subaru ...
A comment on roof racks.
I've been using a Yakima roof rack for about 8 years now and have never had a problem. I think the comment about budgeting money for a replacement seat post is a bit ridiculous. Just don't drive into garages if you've got your bikes on the roof. It's kind of hard to forget they're there.
Also, Levent's comments on suspension are right on. For me comfort on the road comes from having an efficient bike and some padding on my person. When mtn. biking, then I want some suspension so I can actually keep riding over the tough stuff.
Ben, I had a '91 SE-R(the predessor to your car) before my A4. Quite frankly, it was a cheap POS and the Honda's I've seen are much better made. The transmission went 3 times(5th gear all 3 and yes I know how to drive a manual quite well).
The 2L engine is great though.