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Thread: Scam alert
09/11/2019 12:44:03

Yep, had that one, for the first time, earlier this week sad

Thread: windoze 10
14/10/2019 20:20:20
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2019 21:40:58:

W10 just showed me its roots...

My latest W10 update has added a new item that I've not seen before when you ShiftKey+Right Mouse Button in an empty space in a folder in the "file explorer"....

"Open Linux shell here..."

And it does as I can ls -l, ps -ef, grep, awk etc in my windows folders from a command line

Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 17:17:49

Andrew - don't go please - your advice, experience and ability to communicate via the written word and pictures is as welcomed, as good and as sage as it was in 1975...

...even though our ability to build a 100Mhz amplifier (with the results either being, IIRC, zero output or 100Mhz oscillation) was unfortunately beyond us at the time


Thread: Spot the fake
16/01/2018 15:53:33

My (I'm completely convinced it's a genuine 500-196-20 - bought from Machine DRO) caliper looks absolutely just like the one on the left (i.e the alleged fake) apart from it having 5 full size digits as per the one on the right.

I've had it for around 4 years, still running on the original SR44 battery and I've probably left it on overnight at least 50 times in those years, so the power consumption off or on must be pretty small.

Edited By MM57 on 16/01/2018 15:58:30

Thread: Big Ben
14/11/2017 16:50:15

I thought I heard (or maybe just made it up myself) that the reporter "nodding" was to confirm to the person in the studio that they were actually hearing the avoid embarrassing silences/allowing them to abort the interview quickly if the comms was broken?

Thread: John Stevenson
24/10/2017 09:29:34

RIP John - we never spoke or interacted but I always enjoyed your postings and other Internet activities - thank you so much.

Condolences to Debs, your family and all friends, and a special thanks to Ketan at this difficult time.


Thread: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition - Any Experience Yet?
10/11/2016 13:44:41
Posted by Ajohnw on 10/11/2016 12:39:39:
I assume it's still possible to check for updates and select which ones will be installed. I may do that at some point. I'd be surprised if these facilities are now missing as they are the sort of things that IT support people make use of in larger businesses

Always dangerous to assume! It's all changing very soon for Windows 7 and 8.1 - MS updates for these will be "all or nothing" and I don't think you will be able to do anything about it...see here

Also, the patch downloads will be very large all the time if I read it correctly

Thread: Wales 3 - Belgium 1
02/07/2016 08:49:44


Thread: Tip for the week
01/07/2016 11:52:56

Better still - use a password manager KeePass is a good one, and its free. There are variants for Windows, Mac, and Android.

Edited By JasonB on 01/07/2016 09:49:40

Yes, I use it extensively, but be (obviously) aware that if you lose the file it stores them in/the PC dies etc you've lost all your passwords.

One mitigating action is to put the password file into your Dropbox folder (other cloud solutions exist) so it's stored offsite as well - yes, cloud is insecure blah blah blah, but I don't put my really valuable (and mentally remembered) passwords in it anyway.

The other mitigation is to use Keepass for ease-of-use (simple copy-paste of passwords to where you need them) and a black book as the master copy

Thread: Might be time to change the car blues
21/06/2016 16:10:49

Which begs the question of why do manufacturers produce these vehicles when they can't be used to their full potential? Is it a case of just because they can?

Perhaps, and 10/10 for doing so e.g.

345bhp, AWD, stuffed full of computers and sensors, 0-60 in 4.7s, max 165mph, all as standard out of the factory. And specifically not approved to tow anything (or being towed) . Not bad for a 5-door Ford Focus...

10/06/2016 22:18:04

I see no problem with the cert, but it seems that there are two ways of getting to the site... - no cert at all - totally unencrypted - a valid cert

..which is slightly odd.

I'm having no problems accessing either of them.

Thread: Windows 10 - A Warning
30/03/2016 14:05:42
Posted by Russell Eberhardt on 30/03/2016 10:17:29:
A bit later at Southampton U. we had the luxury of a £3M ICL computer and could use punched cards and even hard disk drives...

I usually avoid adding to posts where people talk about what they did 40-50 years ago....but I used that (ICL 2902 IIRC?) in 1979 for my final year project ...about 1000 punched cards if I remember, and no, I don't think I ever dropped them all at once

Edited By MM57 on 30/03/2016 14:06:19

Edited By MM57 on 30/03/2016 14:06:33

Thread: Contents MEW 240
22/03/2016 13:58:11

Thanks Neil - I just have..and without any hassle they have agreed to send a replacement copy to arrive with me in the next 7 days.

22/03/2016 13:31:32

Received 240 yesterday, nice set of content

...but a very minor point in that it's a bit let down by the 4 folded sheets comprising pp 11-14 and 63-66 being misaligned by about 15 degrees ... so I'm missing a few words on the early pages and I need to deconstruct/reconstruct the magazine to be able to comfortably read Bob Rodgerson's Tormach article (the LHS of page 63 is increasingly opposite page 15!)

Give the rate at which magazines go down a production line, I would imagine there might be quite a few copies with the same problem?

Thread: What email client
08/03/2016 10:11:01

+1 for Thunderbaird. Oldest saved email I have in it is June 2003 - 2 POP3 email accounts, has survived all the Thunderbird updates over the years, installation on Windows XP/7/8.1 and 10 and to my knowledge I've not lost an email yet.

Thread: Fusion 360 - full, free 3D CAD and CAM
06/03/2016 11:56:36

@Muzzer - also being an "engineer" interested in 3D modelling and CAM I looked forward to watching your video.

It's incredibly impressive, well worth posting and a great advert for F360. As you say, it's not a step by step guide on "how to".

I lasted for the first 6 minutes and then dipped into later parts. I did think I might learn a bit of "how to" but came away with absolutely nothing I'm afraid - I was completely lost by 0m:53s.  Must stay in more and learn this tool

Edited By MM57 on 06/03/2016 11:58:25

Thread: Cheap stepper motor couplings?
11/02/2016 17:36:49

Am just about to fit some production quality stepper motors to my Chester 20V X, Y and Z as a proof-of concept before going to a fuller CNC solution. Will initially drive them from a lashup made of an Arduino plus production quality drivers and a power essentially just "power feeds" to start with (that bit already built and working fine on the bench)

I will need some couplings between the motor shafts and the leadscrews (full CNC solution will be ballscrews) and I seem to have a choice:
- CNC/production quality Oldham couplings - but they seem very expensive for a PoC, circa £15 each from say Arceurotrade (two hubs and one disk per axis, if I read it right)
- the "flexible shaft" aluminium couplings (seem to be just a spiral cut in an aluminium cylinder) from *Bay, either via an English source (still quite expensive) or from China (cheap)
- something else.

Any ideas please?

Thread: Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations
09/02/2016 20:06:21

Titan TTB350VAC 1300W 16litre Wet'n'Dry

Screwfix £34.99 inc VAT


Very powerful, very cheap, top reviews - mine is great

Thread: How are people finding Windows 10?
02/01/2016 21:10:22
Posted by Russ B on 02/01/2016 20:56:25:

this is also plagued with "quick access" "cloud" "documents" "music" all sorts of crap, then down at the bottom, requiring looking/clicking/scrolling to finally find, is C: D:, my USB key, SD card etc.

You could right-mouse-button on the C:/D:/USB Key etc and select "Pin to Quick access" thereby having them at the top left of the Explorer as well as their normal, lower, position.

30/12/2015 21:08:07

Win 7 -> Win 10 upgrade here. No problems.

Was a bit concerned about my "precious" programs, but Win 10 runs:

  • Thunderbird for email
  • Firefox/Chrome/IE (but EDGE is a bit naff IMHO)
  • my CAD package for PCBs (Diptrace)
  • my C compiler (Codevision) programming via STK500
  • Atmel Studio 7 programming via STK500
  • Arduino 1.6.5
  • the PICAXE programming editor
  • AND my ancient Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe v17.0.120.3817

...all with no issues

Edited By MM57 on 30/12/2015 21:10:00

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