Review of “Snakes in Suits”

A few days ago I unexpectedly came across a book that I believe may be one of the most important books I’ve read—Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work, by Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hale (2006).

This is not your standard self-help book that panders to readers needing yet another pop-psychology fix. It is a serious but readable treatise on how the psycho-dynamics of predatory behavior manifests in the workplace, the damage that results when this happens, and how co-workers and superiors can and must respond with greater wisdom. Read more of this post

iPhone App: Gas Cubby

An iphone application that I now use frequently is Gas Cubby 2.1. This app is convenient for tracking fuel consumption and maintenance for any number of vehicles. Records can be synced for computer backup. Entries can be sorted by date or cost amount, in ascending or descending order.

MPG can be recorded using US, UK, Canada, or Imperial standards. Fuel usage can also be measured in liters, by miles or kilometers.

Vehicle set-up is simple. A separate file is created for each vehicle, including VIN, plate number, insurance policy, year, make and model, tire size and pressure. Oil changes, windshield wiper replacements, and battery installations, for example, are recorded by their dates on the vehicle information “page.”

Entries are recorded in two main categories: fuel and service (or maintenance). For each entry there are fields to complete as desired. Fuel consumption for each re-fill is calculated automatically and cumulatively. Entries for service or maintenance permit recording of date, odometer reading, cost, a checklist of service items (which can be customized), location where service was done, tags, payment type, and any notes that might be useful for future reference. Once the data is entered, a clean page is created showing all the data in a neat and well-organized format.

The application also permits easy searches for specific items or categories of items. Gas Cubby supports service reminders, with the option of showing badges for these.

This is an all-purpose record-keeping app for the automobile owner or operator. After reviewing several applications, and experimenting with stand-alone fuel usage apps, this is the app I’ve settled on and recommend to others.

A complete user manual is available online. For full details, go here.

See also Trip Cubby, app for recording mileage.

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