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Thread: VAT on eBooks
18/01/2019 20:05:54
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 18/01/2019 14:37:55:

Unfortunately when the traditional business model fails you will lose professionally produced magazines and along with everyone else.

Neil (A.K.A. Mr Grumpy)

I don't miss skool, I won't miss you & I certainly won't miss the paper magazines. Perhaps, when I'm waiting my turn at my barbers . . .

18/01/2019 04:59:36
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/01/2019 21:08:45:

Well if everyone follows your example, I take you last point and I might as well pack my bags now...


I didn't pioneer this approach, merely embraced it. Traditional revenue channels are fast disappearing & unless new channels are explored & exploited then the day will soon come when the traditional business model fails.

17/01/2019 20:13:07

I'll be controversial & admit that I no longer pay £money for media of any description. Whether it be audio or visual, I have embraced the true spirit of the internets.

I have over 3gb of eBooks on my cloud & thanks to this approach I have gone from spending £5-£10 a month on books & mags to spending over £50 a month. Work that one out.

Authors of written work need to take a long & serious look at what's happened to the music industry & how it currently earns it's revenue, because the days of easy money are well & truly over.

Thread: Colin Chapman - Great Lives, 4:30 today
16/01/2019 18:17:37

I built a Locost 7 a few years ago & went deep into just how much of a genius this chap was.

Thread: Gold Plating
16/01/2019 05:50:48
Posted by Mark Bus on 16/01/2019 01:28:30:


So I'm building a clock and rather than lacquering to prevent tarnishing I've been thinking about gold plating. Has anyone tried to do it him or herself ? And since I don't have the patience to do a mirror polish preparation how would gold plating look or would it even work with, say, a 600 grit abrasive paper finish, then a polish job, and then the plating?



Plating does not hide blemishes, it enhances them. If you gold plate a rough finish then you will end up with a shiny gold plated rough finish that's easier to see.

If you Google 'gold plating kit' then you will find quite a few suppliers of relatively inexpensive kits, a few of them are even respectable. All of them will tell you how easy & cheap it is to attain that perfect 22ct gold finish this side of parting you from your money.

Thread: Yet more confusion!
13/01/2019 17:41:00
Posted by J Hancock on 13/01/2019 17:15:49:

From the old axiom that, ' move anything and the centre of gravity of the world changes' , I do wonder if the

spin axis has moved by the loss of the Aral Sea,Three Gorges project and many more big civil jobs in

the last two centuries. Coreolis effect and all that.

I used to think that the world revolved around ME. It doesn't of course, that's just me being silly. Of course it revolves around the Sun . . . . Which shines out of my @r53

Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
13/01/2019 13:16:30
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 13/01/2019 08:29:50:

Whilst searching for something not obviously aircraft related ... I happened across this group of early issues of 'Flight' **LINK**

Enthusiasts should find much there to enjoy.


Cheers. It's not like my reading list is getting any shorter but my mate is already half way through them.

13/01/2019 13:15:07

On the subject of Airlander 10, I don't get it. What is it other than a novelty? Can it ever be a commercial success?

Thread: Yet more confusion!
12/01/2019 16:50:11

We have never enjoyed a stable climate.

We have never enjoyed a stable political system.

We have never enjoyed a stable economic system.

What have we ever enjoyed that could be classed as stable?

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
12/01/2019 16:26:31
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/01/2019 11:59:42:

Utter nonsense, I'm afraid.

If it wasn't for a virtual private network, you wouldn't get your magazines.

A VPN is how I am able to connect securely to MyTimeMedia's server and, with colleagues, share the folders containing all the files for each issue of MEW.

In short it allows the internet to provide the connections to MTM's network so I don't have to work remotely.

Almost every business operating from more than one location depends on VPNs to operate.

Yes, like many other things they can be abused, but that doesn't make them fundamentally bad.


A VPN can be created between computers for no cost at all. This is the type of VPN you are using Neil.

The type of VPN that is nothing more than an idiot tax is something entirely different.

11/01/2019 18:28:12
Posted by martin perman on 11/01/2019 18:19:37:

Thank you I googled VPN to try and understand it but it spoke of IP addresses and Servers, now I'm not daft but why do I have to fiddle with those.

It just seems like another piece of software thats been created to earn money.

Martin P

It is, you are absolutely right. It's what we call an 'idiot tax'.

11/01/2019 17:55:16
Posted by martin perman on 11/01/2019 17:21:47:

Whats VPN

A VPN is an acronym for 'virtual private network'.

VPN's are often used by idiots who think nothing can be traced back to them.

11/01/2019 17:07:48
Posted by KWIL on 11/01/2019 15:12:10:

What am I doing correctly?, I rarely get scam emails or phone calls as described in this thread!!

Is it possible that perhaps you have yet to 'embrace' the modern world? Even the most security aware of us are still subject to the random block diallers of phone numbers.

Thread: Chinese postal charges
10/01/2019 13:49:31

There is all this & much, much more wrong in the world today.

Can we keep our righteous indignation to ourselve's please until I've ordered a few more items???


Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'
10/01/2019 07:15:38
Posted by Danny M2Z on 10/01/2019 03:00:12:

Like our knee jerk firearms laws, this is harassing and penalising the innocent, law abiding majority for the transgressions of a few nutbags.

History has proven that prohibition & restriction has little to no effect on criminality other than to drive it underground & further outside of the reach of control. In very many instances it has made a bad situation worse. They know this, they're not stupid, but they have to do something, anything. They have to be seen to be tackling the problems, even if they are made aware of the consequences by respected advisors. They do this to 'appease' the majority, which isn't difficult as the majority seem to be asleep. One other, far more dangerous aspect, is that events like this can be used to introduce legislation that the majority simply would not accept in other circumstances.

They are going to chuck £millions in hardware to secure these airfields & it won't work.

09/01/2019 19:43:28

I think it's safe to say now that the initial reports of a drone were internal sabotage linked to the GAP/Vinci deal.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
06/01/2019 17:42:08
Posted by DrDave on 06/01/2019 17:21:48:

Reading Mr Cutwel’s latest caralogue that arrived recently, I noticed that one of their indexable face mills is advertised as having “hugh feed rates”. This means a feed of 1.0 to 1.5 mm per tooth in carbon & alloy steels. I suspect that my little Sieg mill might not be up to that!

I suspect that you're right.

There are many factors involved in metal removal rates, yet real world physics plays the biggest, but perhaps the most ignored part !

Thread: Aluminium Polishing
03/01/2019 08:02:17

I've been polishing aluminium for years but by far the best results can only be achieved in Photoshop or other similar photo editors.

But seriously, take a close look at your finished surface, if there's still any scratches/blemishes then you need to go back to whatever grit size it needs to take them off. 600 to 1200 does seem a rather large jump.

My parts are all hand hold sized with large areas that are well suited to mops. If you have anything smaller or fiddly to hold then you might be better off using a vibratory polisher.

Thread: Elvis at ARC
31/12/2018 16:48:00
Posted by Ron Laden on 31/12/2018 16:16:42:

Douglas, if you click on the link posted by Michael you will see a couple of images of her that you may find less spooky

I'm starting to get a little bit fond of her. Are there any more <ahem> images of her out there???

Thread: Access Platform
31/12/2018 16:42:39

There are many bespoke solutions on the market to suit your needs, I guess you've taken the time to look at a few.

To create a working platform at 4ft high isn't really all that difficult, by far the simplest & cheapest way to do this would be to purchase steel builders trestles & span them with suitable boards. I specifically didn't mention fabricating your own because the market for steel builders trestles is so competetive that it would be difficult to make them cheaper DIY.

If you're looking for a handrail system then this is where fabricating something yourself might pay off. You can buy 'L' shaped brackets that attach to the boards, which you can then attach tubing to create your barrier, but these are often sold at a premium that bears little relation to their actual £cost.

Having worked in the access industry for many years, & jointly responsible for most of those H&S laws that changed it beyond recognition, I would suggest that if you feel the need for a handrail system on a 4ft high platform then you are probably too infirm to be assembling it, using it, then dissassembling it for storage.

Why not just 'get a man in' to do the job? It can't possibly be £cost justifiable if all you need is the occasional gutter maintenance & hedge trim. That is unless you on a mission to discover a new way to do it.

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