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This morning I got up at 07h15 after working till 22h00 last night and getting home around 22h30. To add to it all, this is my one day off, as I'll start early shifts again tomorrow.

You may wonder why I got up this early if I had the chance to sleep in? The car was due for a mandatory technical checkup on the 17th of the month and today was the one day I would be able to get it taken care of without spending hours waiting. No real hiccups in the results apart from an initial concern that my front brakes had a 35% difference in breaking power, but as I had those replaced at the same time about two months ago - which I explained to the inspector - he ran the test a second time and it came out fine.

Before I headed off to the inspection, I verified the expiration date on my fire extinguisher and it turned out to have ran out in 2007! Luckily it wasn't checked, but I'll have it replaced today anyway. Those of you think that mandatory checks are nothing but a way to make people pay can take the above as an example : if I didn't need to take the car in, I'd never have thought of checking the date.

That's all of the updates for now. Remember that it's Patch Tuesday, so expect some Microsoft Windows updates fixing various errors and vulnerabilities later today or early Wednesday depending on your time zone.


I actually wish we had mandatory safety/emissions inspections here. Living in the automotive capitol of the United States, I don't really understand why we're not on the forefront of enforcing standards.

Because quite some groups keep on stating that Joe Average knows what's best and will take care of his obligations (even if those are just common sense) without government involvement?

Enforcing rules, especially if they'll end up costing people money in the short run, will always be an unpopular thing to do, which means that short term politicians will rather not burn their hands.

The long term impact of a regulation is often a much harder sale - especially when the short term result are perceived as nothing but a new annoyance.

If mandatory inspections would become fact, a lot of old cars would be forced off the road, which means less pollution, more incentive to buy new cars (especially if government would give out grants during a transition period) and a revival of the automotive industry which could trigger a general reboot of the economy as well.

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