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Thread: How to make one of these (hardened steel lever)
03/08/2016 23:28:29

Hard to know if it would be possible without seeing the whole machine but as the fracture is obviously the weakest point I would try to incorporate a triangular gusset in either side to reinforce that area and help resist the bending force at the point of the fixing hole.

03/08/2016 22:43:41

Looks like a simple blacksmithing job to me. I would think any half-decent agricultural engineer could soon make up a replacement, properly hardened . . . if they can't repair the original. If it's done 40 years it can't have been all that badly made!

If it was mine, I'd try cutting and hot bending one from any old bit of steel plate. It might not last another 40 years but I might not care by then.

Thread: Windows 10 forced upgrade
29/07/2016 09:05:11

My experience for what it's worth:

After a year with Windows 10 which I upgraded from 7 there has only been one major version update which reset some of my privacy settings; the routine updates don't generally do so. I only use the basic OS with all the "kids' toys" turned off, and so far it appears to be a very stable system. Any problems have usually turned out to be due to third party software I've installed.

If all I did was browse the web and use basic office software I would most likely switch permanently to Linux, which I also use, but I need to use some programs which are Windows specific.

If you search the internet you can find "facts" to support any prejudice you may have; your own experience is the best guide.

Thread: Windows 10 - A Warning
28/03/2016 12:01:52

I'm tied to Windows because of certain business software which will not run under Linux, otherwise I would have switched years ago.

One way you can reduce Windows 10 data usage is to go through the Privacy settings and turn EVERYTHING off. That should stop all those background apps constantly conecting with their masters over YOUR broadband connection angry 2

Just checking my data usage over the last 30 days shows Firefox as the top user with 6GB and Windows System bottom with 97MB.

Mike.

Thread: Tongue in cheek
25/02/2016 22:14:13

Hay and Straw.

36 trusses = 1 load

Thought everybody knew that wink

Thread: How are people finding Windows 10?
03/01/2016 10:26:49

Russ, a few minutes spent customising the file explorer window will sort out most of those issues. You can 'pin' or 'unpin' the 'frequent folders', so the ones you need are top of the list. Right-click on a folder and the menu should have the option "Pin to Quick Access". The explorer tree sections may be expanded or collapsed as required.

Windows 10 Professional is surprisingly easy to customise; maybe less so the Home edition. And, so far, most of my settings have been retained through many updates, though the recent major upgrade did reset a lot of things to default.

Mike.

(edited for spelling)

Edited By Farmboy on 03/01/2016 10:27:56

31/12/2015 17:48:41

I refrained from criticising Microsoft in my previous post, but I'm happy to join in . . .

The 'Edge' browser and the Mail app may be ok once they're finished but last time I tried them they seemed to be less functional than they were in the preview edition!

Nearly all the new 'features' of 10 are useless unless you're one of the children with their touchscreen devices, and are mostly redundant on a PC/Laptop.

BUT underlying all the pretty window-dressing there appears to be a very stable operating system, which is almost indistinguishable from 7 if you disable the extras. However there are definitely driver problems on some older systems, especially laptops, so it pays to do some research about your particular hardware before upgrading.

Mike.

Edited By Farmboy on 31/12/2015 17:50:32

31/12/2015 10:41:56

I upgraded from 7 to 10 with no real problems apart from a very poor quality display, which was soon put right with a driver update. I would recomment the Professional version if you have a choice because it gives you slightly more control over updates, plus a few other things I don't curently use.

I turned off or uninstalled all background apps and set all privacy settings to maximum, my broadband is too slow to have 'apps' constantly online using up valuable bandwidth.

The 'Magic' of cloud storage and synchronisation across devices is basically all your data being stored on someone else's system, which might be fine for sharing photos, but I'm not so keen on my more valuable data being held in that way.

As for older software, TurboCAD 8 & 16 both work as do Paintshop Pro 10 and Serif PagePlus 12. XAMPP Apache server, and all the Mozilla programs are ok.

The only peripheral I had trouble with was an old SnapScan1212u scanner which I eventually got working with VueScan.

Mike.

Thread: How often do you use the morse taper in your lathe headstock?
07/12/2015 11:46:35

As a long term viewer of the forum, and very much a novice, I thought it was about time I joined in.

I seem to be in a very small club, as someone who actually uses MT collets in the headstock. It must surely be the most rigid setup for fly cutting and other milling cutters, for those of us without a mill - yet.

Mike.

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