The Unexpected Toy That Keeps on Giving

The toy that our 3.5 year old keeps going back to over & over is what we call, The Green Machine.  It's actually called the PlasmaCar.  Our son has been using it for 17 months just about every other day.  Beware though it has two major faults, the first of which will become abundantly obvious within minutes.  The plastic wheels that come with it are NOISY.  They also slow your toddler's roll.  I replaced mine with this kit & the blissful return of quietness is not to be understated.  The polyurethane wheels are a must!  The other fault is the semi-sharp nose.  Your toddler will definitely seek to ram your leg and the occasional wall.  To minimize the pain & to quiet those collisions, just tape a section of bumper from the furniture protection roll (which I'm sure you've already invested in) to the nose.   

Finally - A Good Solution for a Sofa Laptop Desk

  The Rejects!

The Rejects!

I've done the grand search multiple times for a solution that allows me to work with my laptop from my sofa in a comfortable way.  As evidenced by the rejects to the right, you can see that I've been looking for the optimal sofa table/desk/stand/tray whatever you want to call it (part of the problem I might add).

The Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation is the best solution I've found to date.  Its articulating arm and platform are sturdy, stable, & large enough to hold my MacBook Pro as well as a full glass of wine without moving.  You can tighten it up to be as ridged or loose as you want.  It's light, durable, well designed, and thus far - proven to be semi-toddler proof.  I can lift and spin it effortlessly out of the way in an instance all the while the platform is horizontal to the floor.  I had an older version, similar to the Ergotron (however from a different manufacturer), but that one had a smaller platform and was much heavier.  As you can see from the picture below, I've attached my USB Type C HooToo hub to one of the corners with double sided tape and it works marvelously.  The workstation came with 2 different types of mounts.  As you can see from the pic below, I've elected to drill a hole in my table to use the more stable mount - no regrets here, but definitely not for the feint of heart. 

  The Ergotron mounted directly to my teak table.

The Ergotron mounted directly to my teak table.

Android Car Stereo Reverse Guide Tweaking

Update (08 July, 2016): Copying the modified APK back to Android on an MCTD head unit requires one more step.  Modify the file permissions of the modified APK on the head unit to rw-r--r-- (see photo below).

If you endeavor to move the reverse camera display, from the very small window that Subuarus provide to the Android Head Unit (which I covered in my previous post), then you'll soon find that you'll need to adjust the reversing guide overlay.  I found specifics of the procedure here.  The basics of the procedure are to measure parallel extending lines from the back of you vehicle, mark the distances, then modify the overlay accordingly.  Many thanks to my wife who rendered the final overlay (in <15 mins I might add).

Image Descriptions: Android OEM overlay (left), OEM overlay with my drawn overlay superimposed (center), & the resulting final adjusted overlay (right) click the link to download it.