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Member postings for Frances IoM

Here is a list of all the postings Frances IoM has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Very small metric thread size
15/05/2022 17:05:29
?1.2mm though away from my ref books at moment
Thread: Code of Conduct
11/05/2022 12:39:16
"Epitomized in the book 1984 by A.Huxley". - O brave new world that has such things in it - possibly even on the road to Wigan Pier.
Thread: Adding a leadscrew to a lathe ?
09/05/2022 16:20:14
The Taig/Peatol small lathe has no leadscrew - there is, or was, a commercial addon package tho my lathe came with a jury rigged leadscrew using a threaded rod and a nut formed by bit of thin plate, the original rack + gear having been removed - I re-installed the rack as it felt more comfortable but if it were my only lathe think I would look towards a leadscrew of some form.
Thread: Smart and Brown brass id labels
01/05/2022 18:48:58
M.A.P. = UK WW2 Ministry of Aircraft Production

the other plate may be a post war owner. possibly National Aeronautical Establishment set up in 1947 at Bedford

Edited By Frances IoM on 01/05/2022 18:53:44

Thread: Band saw arm weight
28/04/2022 14:57:15
likes along with smilies are an abomination + mess up usual technical notation, personally I'd also get rid of atavars - the site is IMO better for being significantly text based - leave childish things to the nursury.
The album mechanism has one significant benefit - the image is served from the same place as the text - too many 'free' image hosting sites disappear or revert either to charging or making their money by tracking individuals for future advertising purposes (obvious really as there is no such thing as a free lunch - this site gains because the users generate enough eyes to keep the advertisers happy)
Thread: will Mortons honour subscriptions paid the Mytimemedia
28/04/2022 13:24:53
I took out an annual print only sub to MEW in Jan 2022 - I have just received a subscription note that I have only one issue left after the current #315 (May issue) - #316 is I assume the last issue to be produced by mytimemedia staff given the long lead time from preparation to print.

Edited By Frances IoM on 28/04/2022 13:25:30

Thread: Incoming Scottish Yank!
13/04/2022 20:56:05
you probably know that Sodor is part of the Diocese name "Sodor and Man" ie that of the Isle of Man - Sodor being a shortened form of the Latin Sodorensis ie of the South Isles that is south of Norway! dating from the 12th Century when the diocese came under Trondheim - but more relevant we have our own narrow gauge railway still steam operated. see

Edited By Frances IoM on 13/04/2022 21:00:58

Thread: Microsoft Edge is overriding Google Chrome
10/04/2022 12:04:06
you don't own the software on your machine - the licence allowing it gives M/S permission to do everything including allow/disallow programs to run.
09/04/2022 21:06:20
my suggestion comprises just a small file named eg my.html which contains maybe a dozen lines of code - catch is you can't easily give html code on this site
= you can set your browsers home page (in preferences) to this file - such simple HTML code is or was given in simple introductions to designing websites before every one was started to use some commercial page writing system. But setting about:blank as home page and then using favourites works almost as well ust 2 clicks rather than 1

Edited By Frances IoM on 09/04/2022 21:07:19

09/04/2022 18:56:37
it is trivially easy to set up your own home page consisting of a list of favourite sites.
Thread: Is it really a joke
07/04/2022 13:51:06
in the 1980s I wrote the software to control individual lights (fluorescent tubes) in open plan office by users at desks under such lights - originally seen as just something to avoid complaints with energy saving a small bonus - in fact I was told it paid for itself with a couple of years as it the energy saved was not just the lights but office air conditioning which was pushing the electricity usage into the penal price range designed to avoid overloading the supply - hadn't occurred to the company occupying the office as provision of lighting etc was the landlords concern - software allowed for major reorganisation of office space over a single night - luckily as developer my graveyard shifts were just for standby during initial commissioning in case of unforeseen funnies.

Edited By Frances IoM on 07/04/2022 13:51:57

Edited By Frances IoM on 07/04/2022 13:52:32

Thread: Parallel Universe
07/04/2022 11:04:03
yes and the huge anti-war marches - no one could be unaware that there was opposition and dispute re the facts behind the then Government's decision.
Thread: MEW, ME, RCM&E and Model Boats under new ownership.
04/04/2022 18:49:01
I see the security certificate has changed and triggered my browser - I understood one of the problems in getting rid of the damn'd smilies was they were essential for other sites - I guess now they can be got rid of,
Thread: What adhesive - that shrinks when it sets - do you recommend for melamine laminate sheets?
31/03/2022 19:28:53
can you screw from underneath ? or is the intention to turn it over when you have badly scored one side.
If 16mm backed MDF flexes then you need to apply less pressure or strengthen the base - sounds as tho you are trying to work on a folding card table.
Thread: Coming Soon : The shutdown of 3G
28/03/2022 13:45:27
the smart phones rely on just two operating systems giving a toxic duopoly in which one supplier makes a great profit from surveillance so as to target customers whilst the other exploits its duopoly to make very large profits by forcing updates etc.
Thread: LED bulbs
25/03/2022 14:24:33
I have one of those LED fittings in my kitchen in IoM and also in UK - been in service now for near 10 years in both places - mine were made by JCC and bought off Rexal (I think this is current name was I think Rex when I dealt with them).

Vic - as most ceilings are painted white as is the enclosure box it is fairly innocuous against the ceiling especially if rather high as in my flat - this being a long room I have two - one near middle and the other set over the table in the bow window; but tastes obviously vary - the light is uniform and shadowless.

Edited By Frances IoM on 25/03/2022 14:25:20

25/03/2022 07:35:24
can be fixed with small metal brackets (after all we are supposed to be engineers) but this requires the drivers to be remote or as stated "a 50mm deep box-surround " which allows the driver to sit on top of the panel and doesn't need any change to the wiring - a dimmer will be essential for domestic use.
24/03/2022 21:48:15
The panels are the standard panels used in open plan offices and available from many suppliers - look for your nearest Electrical suppliers eg TLC, City Electrical or Rexal - those on the IoM were made by JCC, those in UK from TLC but most now seem to offer the fitting.
Basically there is enough area in the metal rim and back of the light panel to act as a heat sink.
The base in the LED bulbs is too small and the fitting generally too constrained to allow good heat dissipation.
24/03/2022 16:48:24
if you can accept 30W 600mmx600mm panels these + the driver can be fixed to a flat ceiling with a 50mm deep box-surround - these give considerably more light than a 150W old style light bulb - they also last for considerably longer - one in my front room here in IoM has run so far over 10 years (that in my UK house just a miserable 4 years - but you need warm colour as cool white which works well in my workshop cellar will be too unpleasant.
Thread: How Many People Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb on the Forum?
15/03/2022 20:33:14
truly rural areas probably only got mains electricity post WW2, phones would be too expensive for most even if there were sufficient cables, phone boxes were the usual - telephones were in very short supply until quite late in the 1960s (I remember we had to be content with a party line for many years)
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