Here is a list of all the postings Nick Clarke 3 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Whicht "Fonts" were used on th e Somerset & Dorset Joint Rlwy??|
Having shared an office with printers for several years, one of whom taught typography, I can assure anyone that cares that the term 'pedant' is scarcely strong enough when professionals discussed the subject.
Talking about the Times family of typefaces, to take just one example, there would be arguments as to which of the different commercial versions (before personal computers there was no such thing as a 'free' font, they were all copyright to different companies) was best, with aesthetics, ease of reading and inkholding all entering into the fun.
PS - Different sizes of metal type, nominally of the same typeface, did not always use the same glyphs for corresponding letters - these were sometimes simplified in smaller sizes.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 29/03/2021 11:04:00
|Thread: RH vs LH threads|
A pedal will indeed turn anti clockwise on its spindle, however the spindle is not totally frictionless so the force of a power stroke from the rider will tend to tighten it in the crank surely?
|Thread: A problem with my Tich running gear that I can't solve at the minute :-(|
I suggest looking to see if an axlebox is sticking in the horns.
If not look to see where the boxes are vertically in the horns - you have added weight so they will be higher up in the horns than before so does it run if the loco is supported under the boiler to take some of the weight off?
|Thread: A STRANGE LION ?|
Regarding he smokebox front I don't think it was ever described in full or drawn in the magazine.
Cast frames or tender frames were usually the production of individual suppliers - if I had to guess I would suggest perhaps W.K.Waugh, trading as Wilwaugh - but this is only a guess. These 'extra' castings were something he often produced alongside the standard ones. Long gone and when his passing was announced in ME there was no indication that his patterns were taken over by anyone else.
|Thread: Tich cylinders|
|Thread: New car - or is it a wheeled computer?|
I'm with you Howard - The criteria for my present car when I bought it 8 years ago were
In addition it is the first car I have had with Air Con (even if it does not work if kept unused) and Bluetooth and I have grown to like these as well.
But the interesting thing about your comment on doors and fingers is that in the past people WERE trapping themselves in electric windows which did not stop, and not only small children!
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 26/03/2021 09:39:44
I had an ex army Minivan in the 1980s that could have been called the P38 as that was what it mainly consisted of!
A few years ago we got rid of our third Renault Scenic because of intermittent non-starting.
When the card (no key) was put into the reader it talked to one computer which talked to another which checked the electronic handbrake was on or the foot brake pressed, turned off the electric power steering so it didn't try to wind itself into the kerb, and then released the steering lock and started the engine - only it didn't in our case. Oh and there was an alarm and immobiliser in there somewhere as well.
Took it to main dealer who explained they would swap out this and if it did not cure the fault they would swap out something else etc etc ad infinitem.
When we asked who would pay for all the unnecessary work and parts we were told we would have to.
|Thread: Which lathe to purchase|
Many parts are available new, but from reading these columns it appears some go out of stock for extended periods, however many are available second hand.
The issue with a Myford is that while there are many machines up to 75 years old that are in excellent, lightly used, well maintained condition there are others far newer that have had a hard life and need maintenance before use. A super 7 might be 65 years old so is not necessarily in better condition.
Buying a modern machine does not mean it will be fault free but the warranty will be there to support you which may not be the case of a privately bought Myford.
The flexibility of a Myford in good condition has already been mentioned, however if you have a look at dealer adverts (the only fair comparison with a new imported machine with warranty and support I feel) a Super 7 appears to go for between 3-5K with varying amounts of tooling - - and an unused one previously owned by the MD of Myfords was advertised at over 14K. Myfords prices for refurbished lathes are similar to dealer prices.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 25/03/2021 12:19:58
|Thread: Donald Campbell|
I don't live in front of the TV, but this is the second recommendation in a week - just watched a great prog from 2013 on BBC4 (and iPlayer I presume) about Donald Campbell and his land and water speed record breaking.
|Thread: New series by Tim Hunkin|
Plus 1 - a great day out!
|Thread: Computer Update|
I have not long bought a Raspberry Pi 400 which plugged into the TV is a very competent Linux based machine, however my most recent good buy was an HP Chromebook £180 off Amazon (is that allowed?) and it will do everything that you want with the possible exception of run MsDos programs - but most Chromebooks will now run Linux software so it ought to be possible. If not databases are the easiest programs to export data from into a more compatible application, far more so than graphics, DTP, spreadsheets and WP.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 23/03/2021 17:42:28
I am with you Peter - And that is someone who has 2 laptops on the table - I am typing on one - and another 4 leaning up against the table leg and there are numerous others. The newest ones are about 3 years old and the others up to 14 years old and running a selection of Windows, Pixel and Linux operating systems.
But while they all operate only one of the 4 year old ones still has a totally functioning battery - the other is warning me the capacity is not what it was. All of the rest will operate off the mains for lesser periods. I have another 'premium' system sitting in the corner that is not in use as it cannot be upgraded to Win10, its batteries are dead and I have no need for another Linux box at present.
Basically if you want a reliable 'new' laptop - that is what you need to buy. If you are prepared to accept a shorter battery life (and that of some older laptops wasn't anything to write home about, even when new) and potentially screen, power socket or keyboard issues then go ahead and buy a used one. I have done that in the past but would not do so again.
Most of those I have here have been superceded in other roles and so did not cost much if anything - but the 'main' desktop and 'main' laptop were each bought new.
|Thread: Weller TCP soldering iron|
I used to swap the PVC covered mains leads for silicon heat resisting ones which as well as not melting made the irons far less 'bossy' and easier for the inexperienced to handle.
|Thread: That little elf under the workbench again|
Had one of those and lost it!
It had fallen off the end of the bench and was stuck to the underside of the compressor receiver. Only found it when I scrapped that compressor a bit back.
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 22/03/2021 16:34:46
|Thread: Weller TCP soldering iron|
What looks like the correct Weller tip - Rapid Electronics have them in stock for about a fiver (plus etc) - or if you are near Colchester perhaps the trade counter is open.
I am only a very satisfied customer over several years
A little poem I have used to show people, both adults and secondary age children, the importance of proof reading. Silly I know.
Eye have a spelling chequer,
Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
Eye ran this poem threw it,
A chequer is a blessed thing,
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 19/03/2021 16:33:46
|Thread: The Secret Science of Sewage|
Watched this absolutely fascinating documentary last night on BBC2
Exactly what happens in a sewage works? This programme describes how waste is purified, how it can be used to make power, fertiliser, medical cures and lots more.
Added value for me is that it was filmed at Minworth, not only one of the largest treatment plants in the country - but also local to me.
It is being repeated late next Wednesday night on BBC2 and is also on iPlayer for the next year - worth watching!
|Thread: Pictures in posts and font sizes.|
Regarding small fonts there is an icon 4th from the right in the upper toolbar of the post editing window that looks like a rectangular bar in perspective or, if you have that kind of imagination, a pencil eraser.
Selecting your text and clicking on this will publish your text in the standard size and font.
|Thread: That little elf under the workbench again|
After more than 35 years of teaching and instructing -
Murphy's First law:
A piece of toast, when dropped, will always land butter side down. (aerodynamically correct!)
Murphy's Second law:
A piece of toast, when dropped, will always land butter side down unless you are trying to demonstrate the fact!
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