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Member postings for Frances IoM

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Thread: Boxford Cross slide
23/02/2021 19:08:09
2BA grub screws are not cheap (at least not from my supplier who only has limited selection of BA threaded items) - they may well have a ball bearing trapped at the end as this was a common approach
You should only need one adjustable screw to lock the gib. Nylon fishing line is readily + cheaply available in many diameters and can be used to replace worn or missing self locking material

Edited By Frances IoM on 23/02/2021 19:13:16

Thread: You think you have trouble starting your car on a cold morning?
19/02/2021 21:52:00
My winter holiday in the 70s and early 80s was to Soviet Russia always the week after that including the 1st of Jan as this week was Orthodox Xmas - temps could range from -40 up to a comfortable (for walking ) -16 - the few years that were warmer had miserable slush - the trams, buses, trains + our coaches ran even at the -40 temps (overnight train Leningrad to Moscow no heating + outside temp -40 was somewhat cold!) - soviet engineering was impressive in its simplicity but generally worked.
Thread: What about a "like" button on the forum?
19/02/2021 15:28:44
Michael that will get you the ire of our Editor who has it past defended the use of farcebook - that now 2 year old page is very relevant today.
Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
18/02/2021 17:45:41
You were lucky that it was a iPhone model that was repairable,apparently not all are - many have pointed out that this built in obsolescence and non-repairability does nothing except to throw valuable resources into landfill

However locally there are several shops that seem to advertise such repairs and are still open in lockdown as necessary services whereas to buy a new phone you need go online.
Thread: Warco 180 mini lathe
18/02/2021 14:24:26
did you try the lamp test? - a squirt of switch cleaner on the pot might well suffice (buy a spray can of servistol or similar from RS or Farnell)

Warco is generally very helpful and once this lockdown is over (if ever) it might well be worth a visit if phone/emails aren't successful
Thread: What tool to use please
18/02/2021 11:41:49
could you start with a SS cutting disk and then add the boss
eg as part of a parcel of bits I wanted I have maybe 8 or so 80mm dia 1mm thick sharpened to a cutting edge as used for meat slicing of those lumps of cooked mince seen in many takeaway establishments

Edited By Frances IoM on 18/02/2021 11:44:39

Thread: Warco 180 mini lathe
17/02/2021 21:55:27
the usual suggested 1st test is to disconnect the motor and replace with a 60-100W incandescent lamp - if the speed control alters the brilliance then you know the fault lies in the motor if not then somewhere in the control board tho that can be expensive to replace tho it may be as simple as a worn pot that controls the speed. I have a WM180 as well and was told always turn the pot to lowest speed before switching back on
Thread: Pro Machine Tools website
17/02/2021 18:24:04
its an old site - not updated to https but many browsers now require https rather than http thus tend to hang
Alter your preferences to allow http
Thread: Spy Pixels in Emails
17/02/2021 12:01:30
Paul - look at the HTML code - they attempt to plant a pixel if they find Javascript turned off - blatant attempt to track those who block other methods
17/02/2021 11:02:19
Ady1 that is exactly my scheme - for many near spam mail (eg had from from my local council - useful text less than 100 words but this 'painted turd' of a message required 70kB of associated junk due to various formating etc - as to tracking my approach is that all American companies treat customers as fodder for advertisers, many British companies follow this and hide any supposed agreement in the small print - don't expect the UK government to do anything about it the companies are too powerful even tho they pay little or no tax.

Edited By Frances IoM on 17/02/2021 11:03:44

Edited By Frances IoM on 17/02/2021 11:09:50

17/02/2021 10:40:31
Well known - if users are stupid enough to use web mail readers then this is what they can expect - exactly the same as the owners of this site attempt to place a facebook tracking pixel here.

The same trick of attempting to load from an external source is also used to attempt to load malware - I've also seen attempts to address the common addresses for your router and use the default password to reset the DNS provider address to force all traffic to pass through their system (luckily most mail systems block these tricks now)

Edited By Frances IoM on 17/02/2021 10:41:42

Edited By Frances IoM on 17/02/2021 10:42:16

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
16/02/2021 20:51:44
There used in early to mid 90s, to be a suite of tests, 'Bobby' tests if my memory serves that evaluated a web page against a set of criteria for suitability for readability etc given certain visual impairments - quite strict but at the time I think it was a Federal requirement for public facing pages - I know my initial web site failed on many until I fixed the pages - don't think it can apply now as I doubt if any modern web page would pass except I think some of the Government pages

Edited By Frances IoM on 16/02/2021 20:52:27

Thread: You think you have trouble starting your car on a cold morning?
16/02/2021 20:16:15
in late 70s took a holiday in Soviet Russia as was my wont in early January - that year a coach trip for a week visiting the historic monastery towns around Moscow - it was about -25 that year so the coach had a fire lit under the two diesel engines (1 power, 1 to provide heating etc on the coach) each night - started 1st thing each morning

Edited By Frances IoM on 16/02/2021 20:17:01

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
16/02/2021 15:55:31
"When this happens I hope people will appreciate it may take a few iterations to get the optimum result and bear in mind that what suits one may not suit all."
and that was entirely the reason that the original HTML allowed the individual user to alter the presentation format.
16/02/2021 11:46:05
Until this thread I had never realised the site used a grey background - I overrode all site defined colours in favour of my own including text font - by using the brightness on the laptop display (a simple control in Linux) I have had comfortable viewing with my old eyes for years - as I've pointed out before the original HTML standard which assume full user selection was prostituted by commercial interests

Edited By Frances IoM on 16/02/2021 11:46:37

Thread: Doncaster Show.
16/02/2021 07:37:15
my own guess is 2022 at the earliest and even then I suspect covid precautions will still be in play as the virus will have probably evolved sufficiently further along the South African lines to require new vaccination for most
Thread: Confused ....Advice needed rotary table vs dividing head
14/02/2021 16:03:27
can some mod please change the title to something relevant that will aid future searches - quite why we are seeing such a plethora of weird titles defeats me unless Covid has unknown side effects

Edited By Frances IoM on 14/02/2021 16:03:47

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
13/02/2021 12:13:28
Firefox has a very useful 'read text' icon that strips out all the extraneous 'junk' from a page leaving it very easy to read - my 1st click on many websites as it gets rid of most adverts etc - might well be worth checking out what this does to the new format - in older browsers I'd generally click 'no style' as this too greatly simplified the flow of text.

on a different tack tho unlikely to ever see the real traffic of this site my guess is that if the photos on the main page were reduced somewhat in size that one of the many hosting sites could handle it for about ?600-700 per year which is covered by maybe less than 100 people taking out subs
Thread: Covid test
13/02/2021 11:40:56
the New Zealand quarantine at the border shows that 28 out of 162 positive tests since Jan 1st this year were deemed historic and non-infectious - ie their test is v sensitive and nearly 1 in 5 positive tests were actually of old infections - this ratio seems from their statistics to be increasing as returning kiwis are more likely to have had covid in the previous year
Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
13/02/2021 11:32:42
I hope the album feature can be fixed by the 1st April when it looks as tho the new format will be upon us - tho not personally affected many of the albums give a good sequential flow of images in some build

Edited By Frances IoM on 13/02/2021 11:33:04

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