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I studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and obtained a BEng in engineering for Computer Engineering. Am working as a software engineer currently at a small company in South Africa that mostly handles transactions between the major banks of South Africa. My current project is translating a piece of software from it's old version to bring it into the world of Windows 7 and managed C#, for one of the larger banks in S.A.

My hobbies and interests are reading, writing and motor cars. I also have a wide range of other smaller interests in which I like reading up on and indulging, such as cooking and dancing. The range of Stack Exchange sites are brilliant for me and I will definitely prowl most of them, adding what knowledge I can and gaining much more in the process.


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comment Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?
and @Dude, thanks for the answers, very helpful. I chose Rory's as the accepted answer since it's a little more detailed. Appreciate it, guys. I recently came into possession of an Alfa Romeo MiTo (1.4l Turbo, MultiAir) it's amazing what they've managed to get out of such a little engine. As a now-Alfa owner I'm trying very hard to upgrade my petrol-headedness. :-)
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comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
Anyone have any more insights they'd care to share? I've come upon some other info on the web, but none of them really tell me much as to the MiTo per se. Just that Start-stop technology seems to be the way to go in all future cars.
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comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
thanks for your input, insightful stuff. I'm not so much of a petrol-head (yet) so I'm getting there. What you say makes sense. With regards to the starter motor, however, from what I read and heard on the MiTo, when it auto-stops the car, the pistons are left in firing order so that when it starts up again the starter motor itself is never involved. I'm not exactly sure how this works or is possible, but apparently all that is then needed is a spark from the plugs. Hence, I suppose this then also means not so much fuel is required to start up again. Mostly guessing here, though.
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