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Randall Ross: Community Leadership Summit 2013 – Setup

In the wee hours of Saturday morning and running only on caffeine the crew was hard at work getting CLS 13 ready for the hundreds of attendees from around the world. I managed to snap a few impromptu photos with my Ubuntu Phone between setup duties.

The intractable schedule board! It’s amazing how the seemingly small details take so long to finish. Here, the crew puts finishing touches on the day’s session schedule. It took four of us over an hour to make this:

My crew-mate and I were instructed by Jono to “tape down anything that people might trip over.” After carefully scouting the rooms for loose cables, we discovered a previously overlooked but huge hazard and dealt with it…

Mission accomplished.

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Philip Ballew: CLS and OSCON

I am currently sitting in the Sacramento airport awaiting my flight to Portland to attend the Community Leadership Summit and OSCON. Looking forward to an exciting week ahead for both the people I will meet and the good times I will have. For those not in Portland this week, you can follow my blog this week as I post information about the conference, and put up as many pictures as I can. or my Twitter account @philipballew. If you are going to be at OSCON, come and find me. Even if I do not know who you are, I want to find out who you are and get to know you. Hope to see you there!

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A SOX 1KHz Sinewave Generator Using A Batch File…

By wisecracker

Hi all…

I don’t think this has been done before but I am open to being corrected…

This batch file generates a 65536 byte binary file to give 8 seconds of pure sinewave at the earphone/speaker output(s)…

It uses ONLY a default Windows 32 bit installation, to Windows 7, except for the installation of SOX

Notepad was the _main_ editor… ;o)

Hopefully the code section does NOT corrupt the binary part which is 8 bytes in size.
If it does then let me know on here and I will post a pointer from where to grab it…
(Hmmm, just did a preview and it looks as though it does… ;o( )



REM Prevent echoing to the CLI...

REM Generate a pure 1KHz sinewave using SOX...
REM $VER: SOX_DEMO.BAT_Version_0.00.10_(C)2013_B.Walker_G0LCU.

REM This script uses standard Notepad and a default Windows 32 bit install ONLY...
REM It requires no extra installs except SOX itself...
REM The 8 bytes of binary was also generated inside the default Windows OS to windows 7... ;o)

REM Create an 8 byte binary _string_ first for 1 complete sinewave cycle...
SET "rawfile=€&&€ÙþÙ"

REM Write the 8 bytes of binary data to disk in your default TEMP folder...
ECHO | SET /P="%rawfile%" > %TEMP%.SINEWAVE.RAW

REM Append to the file in powers of 2 to 8*(2^13) = 65536 bytes...

REM The path is where a default install of SOX resides...
REM Now play the tone burst for around 8 to 9 seconds...
C:PROGRA~1SOX-14-4-1SOX -b 8 -r 8000 -e unsigned-integer -c 1 %TEMP%.SINEWAVE.RAW -d

REM 1KHz sinewave demo end...
REM ENjoy finding simple solutions to often very difficult problems...

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Opinion: Redefining luxury

By Paul Eisenstein

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What’s Happening To This Once-Exclusive Segment?

These days, luxury makers seem to have an adversity to white space.

What comes before “A”? That’s the problem Mercedes-Benz apparently has to cope with as it works up plans for an all-new premium minicar that’s currently being referred to as the X-Class.

It’s been three decades since the German maker first introduced – after much internal debate – the original “Baby Benz,” the line that became today’s C-Class. It’s more recently added downsized B- and A-Class lines, as well, the X- expected to be even smaller. And that’s on top of all the other new models that have rapidly fleshed out the Teutonic marque’s lineup, from the G to the GLK, not to mention CLS, CLA (above) and SLK.

It’s an alphanumeric soup, and Mercedes isn’t alone, as a quick perusal of the BMW and Audi lineups – never mind the expanding mix at Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus and Jaguar – reveals. These days, luxury makers seem to have an adversity to white space. They’re struggling to fill in every possible gap in what is a luxury market that is both rapidly growing and quickly changing.

Paul A. Eisenstein is Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com and a 30-year veteran of the automotive beat. His editorials bring his unique perspective and deep understanding of the auto world to Autoblog readers on a regular basis.

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Redefining luxury originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 First Drive: A Style Leader Takes Benz Downmarket

By Eric Tingwall

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4MATIC Sport

When Mercedes-Benz decided to introduce a new car beneath the C-class, the German automaker didn’t just slice its smallest sausage a few inches shorter. Instead, it co-opted the sloping roof and general look of its trend-setting iconoclast, the CLS-class “four-door coupe.” The resulting 2014 CLA250 packs upscale panache for just $30,825, but building a Mercedes that retails some $42,000 less than its inspiration doesn’t come without compromises, which we’ll get to. READ MORE ››

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First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport

By Matt Davis

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Mercedes Makes A Mighty Little Sedan

We got overexcited when the W203 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan came out in 2001, calling it the “Baby Benz” when it really wasn’t. We knew that, too, but our enthusiasm for a model more like the old 190 of the ’80s was so strong that we were willing to stretch the first-gen C-Class to fit that mold. Today, the C-Class has done what all German premium cars do: grown in size. In this case, grown to satisfy the market intentions of the previous E-Class.

There was the tall A-Class sold from 1998 through 2010, but we never considered that a serious small Benz in the proper spirit, nor was it ever offered in the US. Regardless, we’ve been craving a smaller, premium, sexy sedan all the while.

As you read this, Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled, with great fanfare at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the production CLA-Class. We saw the car at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and the Concept Style Coupe that led to the CLA was first seen in China at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The CLA – a.k.a. “the baby CLS” – is finally here and we’ve driven it.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Rendered: Affalterbach’s Turbo Four For America

By Jens Meiners

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG (artist's rendering)

AMG’s version of the upcoming CLA compact sedan—or, to be more specific, a very accurate rendering of it. Powered by a 355-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the CLA45 AMG will charge to 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and hit the governor at no less than 155 mph. An all-wheel-drive system will help to get the power to the ground. The CLA is styled to resemble a miniature version of the CLS, which would make the CLA45 AMG the little brother of the CLS63 AMG. Like its big brother, the CLA will be distinguished from other cars in its class, as well as many other Mercedes, by its voluptuous styling.  READ MORE ››

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Mercedes-Benz CLA-class “Soul” Super Bowl Commercial: It’s a Hell of a Spot [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Mercedes Benz CLA Ad

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

About 10 years ago, Mercedes-Benz showed how not to introduce a down-market luxury car. That failed experiment was a strange little two-door called the C230 Kompressor. It featured cloth seats and a hatchback (although Mercedes never used that word in official communiqués). Depending on your point of view, it was either sporty or fugly, but it screamed cheap no matter how you looked at it, an image that didn’t sit well with traditional Mercedes owners.

A decade later, Mercedes wants to dip back into the low end of the pool, with good reason: A lot of cars sold in this country hover around the $30,000 price point (including entry-luxury models like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and BMW 1-series). Of course, none currently wear a three-pointed star. Enter the CLA-class. Looking more or less like a CLS after a very cold shower, this compact sedan is clearly a Mercedes. You won’t be able to buy one until this fall, but when you can, the car will have the standard equipment you might expect in a Benz (seven-speed dual-clutch auto, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.8-inch infotainment display, and the mbrace2 suite of smartphone-integrated apps and services) and options you definitely expect in a Benz. The latter include a panorama-style sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, infotainment system upgrades, lane-keeping assist, and a parking-assist system that even some of the pricier Mercedes models don’t yet offer. Still, the CLA has that decidedly un-Mercedes $30,825 base price—the $29,990 number cited in the commercial doesn’t include destination and delivery—so how does the company tout that without tarnishing its upscale image? You make a commercial that blows everyone’s socks off.

The premise underlying “Soul” is simple: If you want something that you can’t afford, maybe you can get it by selling your soul to Satan. But as the old saying does, the devil is in the details and it’s the ad’s extravagant execution that makes it so powerful. Anybody who has ever written commercials for a living has got to be jealous of the creative team that got to make this spot. Clearly, money was no object:

Willem Dafoe would make a great Satan, but he’d cost a fortune.”

 “No problem, hire him.”

 “But we also need a sexy model.”

“You mean like Kate Upton?”

“Yeah, she’d be perfect, but . . .”

“No problem, hire her. And hire Usher, too. And while you’re at it, make sure we keep using Jon Hamm, the guy from Mad Men, for our voiceovers.”

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Report: VW readying CC Shooting Brake?

By Chris Paukert

2013 Volkswagen CC - front three-quarter view

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This was bound to happen. Volkswagen’s relentless drive for big volume has the brand mining seemingly every niche it can find for additional sales worldwide. And with its CLS Shooting Brake, fellow countryman Mercedes-Benz has already shown that a wagon based off of a “four-door coupe” can look dead sexy and command extra dollars. So it follows that the Volkswagen CC (whose existence is all but directly attributable to the success of the original CLS sedan) will also get a load-lugging variant. That’s according to the UK’s Autocar, which notes that the five-door will come in the CC’s next generation.

According to the report, the next CC will be available in front and all-wheel drive variants with the usual assortment of gas and diesel four-cylinders found in the Wolfsburg empire, with the possibility of a gas plug-in hybrid model, too. The rakish estate will ride atop VW‘s MQB architecture, a shorter variant of which is also found underneath the new Golf. The scalable chassis is set to spread like kudzu throughout the company’s lineup, but the CC probably won’t happen until after the launch of the next European-market Passat in 2015.

Will we get it in North America? Hard to say. Volkswagen sells the standard CC saloon here, but not in particularly large numbers, and when the company moved to a North American-specific Passat, it dumped the wagon variant. The traditional VW estate apparently continues to pick up sales momentum abroad, however, making the CC Shooting Brake a seemingly natural fit for buyers who still want the utility of a two-box form but can afford to sacrifice a bit of cargo room in the name of style.

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Sleek, Sexy 2014 CLA-Class

By Rebecca Lindland, Contributor Mercedes-Benz has undergone a product renaissance the last few years as it battles serious competition from upstart Audi and BMW reigns number one in luxury sales in the U.S. Mercedes is placing its bets on the low-slung, sexy 2014 CLA-Class, shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to attract new, hip, and preferably younger buyers to the brand with its CLS-inspired styling. The front-wheel-drive may horrify rear-wheel-drive Mercedes purists, but those are the same people that rolled over when Mercedes introduced the wildly popular M-Class SUV and that turned out pretty well for the brand.
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Detroit: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is dressed to impress

By Steven J. Ewing

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class - live in Detroit

The main focus of Mercedes-Benz’s presence here at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show will be the fully redesigned 2014 E-Class (and its too-hot AMG counterpart), but the German automaker did bring along another tasty little morsel for a sneak preview. Meet the new 2014 CLA-Class – a swoopy compact sedan based on the already successful new A-Class hatchback that’ll be arriving Stateside in September of this year. Mercedes-Benz introduced its new entry-level car to the world at Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac hotel, but the CLA won’t be making an appearance under the lights of Cobo Hall. Instead, the company will be shipping its new four-door off to be officially debuted to the public at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin later this week, and its first official viewing at an auto show will be at the Geneva Motor Show.

And what a shame that is. We spent a few hours ogling the new CLA and it’s sort of sad that show-goers in Detroit this week won’t be able to do the same. It’s an impossibly pretty car from every single angle, Mercedes-Benz showing it off here in a deep red and a flat gray, the latter with optional sport appearance goodies. Part of that attractiveness is thanks to how stylishly slippery the CLA is – it boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.23, making it the most aerodynamic series production vehicle in the world. (Take that, Prius!)

It’s roughly the same size as a C-Class, and the four-door coupe language works quite well here in a smaller package.

It’s a nicely proportioned thing, too. It’s roughly the same size as a C-Class, and the four-door coupe language works quite well here in a smaller package. Mercedes designers have done a fantastic job with this sleek design on the larger CLS, and it’s arguably even better-looking here on this little guy. You really need to see the CLA in person to realize just how good it looks.

When the 2014 CLA-Class launches in the United States this fall, it will initially come only in CLA250 guise, packing a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but Mercedes-Benz will also be offering a retuned version of its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The company says that its AMG performance arm was heavily involved in the development of this new 4Matic architecture, and if that’s the case, there’s reason to expect good things. We’ll have to wait a little longer for the full-on AMG package, previewed by the A45 AMG hatchback in Europe.

Inside, the CLA boasts the same levels of refinement found across its current lineup, and while you might think the cabin is a bit cramped – especially in the back – that isn’t the case. No, those rear seats aren’t what we’d call capacious (our apologies to taller passengers), but they aren’t all that bad. And regardless, the interior is a comfy, cushy place.

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to attract a whole host of new buyers with the CLA-Class – people who would never have considered shopping the luxury automaker in the past. If the early accomplishments of the A-Class overseas are any indication (Mercedes-Benz says its launch of the A-Class was one of the most successful in the company’s history), then perhaps this same magic can happen in the States with the CLA. And with pricing expected to fall around $30,000, that might not be too far-fetched of a thought.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is dressed to impress originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Photos and Info: Benz’s Neonatal CLS-class Debuts [2013 Detroit Auto Show]

By Jared Gall

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Edition 1

Mercedes-Benz is headed downmarket—all the way down to front-drive town, population: Perceptions of Cheapness. Rather than partition its lineup with separate brands for pushers and pullers, Mercedes is just going to make sure that nobody cares which end propels its new smallest-ever U.S. offering by making it beautiful. That’s why the CLA250 debuting at the Detroit auto show—or, rather, an event nearby—looks like a fetal CLS-class.  READ MORE ››

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG: More power and 4MATIC Traction

By Jens Meiners

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC sedan

The logic is pretty simple. Adding more power is useless unless sufficient traction is available to get it to the ground. That’s AMG’s thinking at least, and for 2014 the North American-bound CLS63 AMG four-door “coupe” gets the same all-wheel-drive system and power enhancements as those added to the previously announced 2014 E63 AMG four-door sedan. Little surprise, as the CLS, after all, is little more than a rebodied E-class; under the surface, the cars are virtually identical. READ MORE ››

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Official: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG gets same AWD, power boost as new E63 models

By Steven J. Ewing

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Mercedes-Benz recently took the wraps off its updated 2014 E-Class, including the absolutely bonkers E63 AMG sedan (and wagon!). Aside from the obvious styling tweaks, the key changes for the AMG E-Class include a more powerful S-Model trim and the addition of 4Matic all-wheel drive to the historically rear-drive-only platform.

We’ve now learned that those changes will be making their way over to the swoopy CLS63 AMG sedan, as well as the not-for-America Shooting Brake model. In its base form, the rear-drive CLS63 cranks out 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque from its 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8, sent to the ground via the automaker’s AMG Speedshift seven-speed transmission. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional on the CLS63.

Just like the E63, the crazier S-Model package includes a power bump that raises those engine output numbers to 585 hp and 590 lb-ft. All S-Model cars come standard with 4Matic, as well as other features including a locking rear differential, optional carbon ceramic brakes and a host of exterior design upgrades.

The upgraded CLS goes on sale in Germany in April, with the 4Matic and S-Model cars arriving in June. We’ve asked Mercedes-Benz for confirmation about US market availability, but have not heard back as of this writing. Scroll down for the official release.

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