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Bolt EV at 150,000 km milestone

The look of the Bolt EV that has been driven for 150,000 km

Since June 2018, I've been trying to drive my Bolt EV at every opportunity to personally confirm that an electric vehicle can rack up a lot of distance without much issues. One milestone I targeted is 100,000 miles (160,934.4 km) or just 160,000 km, since this is where all the car warranties expire. While I'm sure to reach that point this year, a more round number in terms of metric measurement - 150,000 km (93,206 miles) - has come to pass recently.

I know that there are already several instances of other electric vehicles surpassing two hundred thousand or more kilometers without major problems, so I had no worries about mine holding up. Still, I saw this as a good time to check up on the condition of the car before the government mandated biennial vehicle check-up is done in the May-July time frame.

Battery capacity showing 61.19 kWh at the 150,000.0 km mark

On the battery front, things had been going really well. The current one is a 64 kWh version that was replaced for free due to the recall back in July 2022. So it's been in use for nearly two years. On one hand, it was disappointing to lose an opportunity to use the original battery up to its warranty limit of 160,000 km. On the other hand, this gave me a chance to compare the characteristics between the old and new battery packs.

And as it turns out, the new version seems to hold the capacity better than the old one. It started out at 60.61 kWh and the reported capacity hovered around between 59 and 62 kWh throughout all these months. With the car cruising past the 150,000 km mark, the capacity was at 61.19 kWh, which indicates almost no significant degradation. The old pack had a steady degradation of about 2 to 3 kWh at a similar time span and distance traveled, so that's a notable improvement in terms of capacity retention. A more detailed analysis of this might be prepared for either the 6-year anniversary or the 160,000 km mark.
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Ways to type Korean in Apple Vision Pro

Typing on a Bluetooth keyboard connected to the Vision Pro

You may need to type in words or sentences in the Apple Vision Pro from time to time, be it for searching something in the Internet or writing up a memo. If you need to write something long, the best way to do this would be to connect a Bluetooth keyboard like you see here. Tactile feedback and touch typing makes things comfortable and quick.

Typing on the virtual keyboard in the Vision Pro

For short inputs, the integrated virtual keyboard that you control with the hand gestures is the way to go. The problem is, the visionOS only supports English as of version 1.1. The only other alternative is emojis, and you can't yet add another language or a 3rd party keyboard.

This is probably an artificial limitation set by Apple since the product was initially launched in the U.S. only. Still, it means that there's no native way of entering Korean text. Bluetooth keyboard follows the layout setting on the virtual keyboard, and there's no Korean language layout to switch to. In other words, it's stuck in English unless some workarounds are applied. So what are they?
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Using Apple Vision Pro on a walk and in a car

Wearing Apple Vision Pro at Naju Lake Park out of Travel Case

One of the main reasons I developed a wearable computer two decades ago was to have a computer available for use while on the move. Since Vision Pro is also a computer you wear on your body, I wanted to see if it was just as versatile. So I brought it to a local park in the Travel Case and wore it at a bench as you can see above. The wearing process itself took about 90 seconds to complete, which isn't that different from my old creation.

I can "touch" the buttons or make gestures to interact with the floating windows

Once the system is booted and ready for use, I can load up the Home View and launch apps, all of which are floating but "anchored" to the surrounding space. Although the default way of interacting with the elements in a window is via hand gestures, I can just walk up to the window and "touch" it to use it like a huge touchscreen. There's no haptic or tactile feedback, so it's a bit awkward. However, the audible cue does make you feel that there's a slight feedback and it helps.
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Picking up and unboxing the Apple Vision Pro

Arriving at an Apple Store in Los Angeles on the launch day of Vision Pro

Apple launched its first so-called spatial computing device called Vision Pro on February 2, 2024, only in the United States. As someone who had keen interest in wearable computers for quite some time, and is big fan of all things Apple, I had to get my hands on a set. So I was able to make it to Apple The Grove in Los Angeles on the launch day and do just that.

Asiana Airlines flight OZ202 made a U-turn 2 hours and 30 minutes in

The trip wasn't easy, as the plane I took had one of the passengers falling ill mid-flight, causing an emergency landing in Tokyo Narita Int'l Airport and making the trip 6 hours longer than originally planned. Thankfully, I was able to arrive at the store before closing.
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First sunrise of 2024 from Bitgaram City

Sun rises over Naju Bitgaram City on January 1, 2024

2023 had been another interesting year. In terms of travelling around the world, things have gotten almost back to the levels of pre-pandemic levels. This allowed me to visit many new places as well as revisit some old ones. But for watching the first sunrise of the year, nothing is more comfortable than doing it right at home. Thankfully, skies were almost totally clear, allowing my phone to capture the scene with clarity. Like the photo, I hope everyone has a bright year ahead of you.

For the full 12-minute progress (sped up 4 times) of the sunrise, check out the video that I uploaded.

Device: iPhone 15 Pro
Settings: 77mm equiv. - ISO 25 - 1/469s - f/2.8
Time: 2024-01-01 08:00 KST
Location: Naju, Korea
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