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Thread: GDPR and DPA breaches
23/11/2020 18:59:38
An account number would be required if they wanted to set up a direct debit - personally I avoid these as I'm happy to buy a subscription year by year and not have to argue when they attempt to run on the subscription without my noticing it. MTM don't seem to offer Bacs tho this is the setup by which I pay all my utility charges and can do repeat payments via the Nationwide ATM service

Edited By Frances IoM on 23/11/2020 19:04:00

Edited By Frances IoM on 23/11/2020 19:04:21

23/11/2020 17:07:14
the local WHS takes just a single issue of ME - it always used to have copies available for a week post publication - not seen EIM for some time - has this stopped publication - MEW hasn't been seen for some weeks - luckily the computer press seems to be ok - is MTM still in operation as has all the signs of a company in difficulties ?
Thread: BANG!
22/11/2020 16:57:53
was the strip not fused - preferably with a 10A fuse as the usual cable used must be to Chinese standards.
Thread: Supporting Wikipedia
21/11/2020 16:54:29
contemporary newspapers are generally reliable (until you reach WW1 + especially post 2000) but even they contain errors - what is always surprising is that the reading age of the text is far far above today's papers.

Edited By Frances IoM on 21/11/2020 16:55:32

Thread: Windows 10 latest offering
19/11/2020 20:33:49
there are several operating systems + graphical interfaces available for RPi4 - there is 64bit version of Ubuntu2010 at the real cutting edge or the RaspberryPi O/S which is a derivative of Debian or just load Debian10 + chose among the several offered is XFCE (my choice as simple no frills) and should, like all others, offer CUPS which includes all the drivers needed for printing unless you have a very strange printer. I tried my Pi400 this pm with the camera + mic from the Sony playstation 3 and it worked as a camera - found the instructions to set it up as microphone but didn't try that.

The 'free' Win10 CAD packages Fusion 360 is a somewhat restricted version unless you pay a considerable amount - since the Linux CAD programs are free + without strings just download and try them out.

Edited By Frances IoM on 19/11/2020 20:35:25

Thread: Another rip-off
19/11/2020 15:58:07
the more sophisticated trackers don't bother with cookies but effectively fingerprint your machine by creating a unique checksum derived from your browser apps, fonts used, etc - probably also your MAC address (apple foxed this one by using a random MAC when asked - Microsoft uses a similar checksum on machine facilities eg ammount of memory, processor type etc to block transfers of its O/s - I don't know how much info is actually available to Javascript which is the mechanism by which this theft (+ much more) is carried out - Firefox says it blocks many such but since it accepted Googles dirty money I'm no longer 100% sure of its purity.
Thread: Windows 10 latest offering
19/11/2020 08:37:57
since it is basically a Debian linux system it should support most if not all USB based printers - there should be a list of supported devices if you search for CUPS + linux (in past all Epsom + HP printers were well supported) - you can often get monitors quite cheaply (I seldom spent more than 20pounds at the local auction + often just a pound or so) - but this was precovid since when it seems prices of 2nd hand machines has shot up. Maybe a second hand tv ? as many have hdmi interfaces
18/11/2020 18:38:08
many Win7 machines only had 150GB hard drives so maxing out the SD card will give you similar storage.
But it is considerably neater with its small but very usable keyboard - it will drive the latest in hi definition displays and plugging in a USB memory stick or even an external 2.5" drive is easy - the power supply seems to cope ok - it's not intended for the avid experimenter who adds additional boards - probably the only inconvenience for domestic use is lack of a camera or microphone tho USB versions can be added

Edited By Frances IoM on 18/11/2020 18:41:02

18/11/2020 16:31:16
why I suggested a new machine is that Win7 machines are now several years old and many would be at (even below) the minimum requirements for Win10 - A more common problem is that some peripherals may not work under win10 but that said many have installed win10 ok but make sure you have a mechanism to restore a working win7 system.
18/11/2020 15:06:06
a new machine ! - if your banking is web based and done from a desktop then assuming you have a tv look at a Pi400 for about 70pounds + 6 for PSU - has a keyboard, mice are about 1pound from Poundworld + you might well have a spare HDMI cable - neat simple + will run firefox + chromium if desired. A complete kit of everything + an introductory text is about 100pounds from likes of RS, Farnell etc

Edited By Frances IoM on 18/11/2020 15:06:41

Edited By Frances IoM on 18/11/2020 15:11:40

Thread: Caterham tacho - possible use to show RPM
15/11/2020 23:13:49
I could easily just use a 4digit display as a purely functional display but I fancied something different - I have no idea if it actually works as I took a punt on it,for I think 1 or 2 pounds, at the local auction where sometimes I have struck lucky in that no-one had recognised a specialised tool or item - tho I usually avoid items I can't physically handle and inspect, I have been tempted and often get a dud where an obvious non-working device has been repackaged to appear new - eg in one case I bought an extractor fan in original packaging only to discover that the fan blade behind the grill was absent - deceptive sales are not restricted to Ebay but at auction houses there is seldom any come back - caveat emptor strictly applies.

I had discovered previously the same thread but was confused by mention of lights as mine appears to have no visible indicators - catch is I cannot extract it from the case - the front bezel once a rubber seal in moved can be twisted but doesn't want to come away from the 'can' protecting the mechanism
15/11/2020 15:49:11
can't see any help there, could you please point out anything I missed - what I need is the pin-out (+ possibly a reference to the connector tho I guess I could work thru the many hundred RS sell) as well as possibly the functions of the 6 dip switches accessible from the rear - I doubt if it is worth much but having a brother who has a Lotus I'm aware of the cost of repairs. It is just an attractive instrument 80mm diameter
15/11/2020 14:45:45

One of the many items acquired at auction sale for little outlay was Caterham tacho - EET3-1A32-00B marked as 0-8000 rrm (dial just 0-80) 4cyl - it as a strange to me 6 pin connector - I can find no info as to how to drive it - my idea is to use a cheap arduino to interface - can anyone advise - it looks undamaged and case is marked ok but I have no guarantee it still works sorry title should be RPM of my mill

Edited By Frances IoM on 15/11/2020 14:46:38

Fixed the title typo for you! Dave

Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 15/11/2020 14:54:42

Thread: Swarf collector
14/11/2020 19:46:03
great as long as you stick to steel + cast iron - just avoid brass + esp aluminium as this sparkles in carpets!

Catch is that these latter two tend to stick to clothes as well as feet
Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
13/11/2020 19:11:00
the photo problem could be avoid by requiring all photos to be placed in a photo album, the move to the album could easily add a function (eg as used in imagemagic in Linux) to restrict maximum dimension together with an additional button to rotate the image in the album - this way what you see is what others will get and also there is a good chance that photos will remain whereas other approaches on embedding stuff from elsewhere can see images disappear.

Personally I still use a browser that allows me to turn off images which is great as I can turn them back on for the threads that attract my attention but then I am old and was brought up to read books rather than comics.

Edited By Frances IoM on 13/11/2020 19:11:32

Edited By Frances IoM on 13/11/2020 19:12:47

13/11/2020 09:04:07
If you transpose this to the equivalent of surveilling a person so that every place they visit + everyone they speak to is noted then you gain some view of the surveillance society built up by Facebook + Google - exactly the same techniques that are used in China
12/11/2020 15:18:29
Mick B1 - I agree that insults are unhelpful - the catch I see with development of eg forum software is the conflicting demands - especially the unstated financial demands of the advertisers (as seem here recently + in the trackers added by MTM to support Facebook at the expense of user privacy) - software companies such as Microsoft have in past desired customer lockin (Apple are most successful in this) but companies such as Google with its own Android O/S and browser (Chromium ) are even more successful in exploiting lockin including exploiting its patronage eg to Open source software such that Firefox has lost quite a bit of its independence.

I'm quite happy with existing forum software - the use of a forum-based photo album allows some avoidance of the photobucket problem seen in many US based forums as the all essential photos have been lost.
11/11/2020 14:11:46
Bazle - I suspect many of the user problems are due to the limitations of a touch screen + small display screen - a click on a link now requires a thumb sized image on screen - added to this are the need for spying on user actions
Thread: The Raspberry Pi gets domesticated
03/11/2020 07:55:50
I think the actual Broadcom chip used for the display can actually output the the old analogue video as the Pi-compute board brought out more of the pins and could do so - it's an annoyance as I too have several old monitors which could be used as single use machines
Thread: Flash player
01/11/2020 13:46:58
just to point out Neil's posting of a few days ago that drew very few comments
https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=168785
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