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|Thread: (Almost) every year MEW subscription|
I am very sorry having to add a new chapter to this endless story.
Well, 14 days, ok maybe they send it by horse coach, but better than never.
So I sent another email to Ms. Buckley, which I copy here too:
>> Dear Ms. Buckley,I was very pleased to find an envelope from MTM in my letterbox. But unfortunately I
Now I will see what happens after the next two weeks, but I slowly get the feeling that my subscription is for the foxes as we say here.
All ok now (I believe...), could even have a look into my account. The mail addr I used for the subscription did not work for the account, strange but I can live with that.
Many thanks for the help
With Neil's link above, and using another email address, I could (successfully???) start a new subscription.
Setting up an account (to check at which time the subs starts) was not possible, though. The 'Thank you' email gives no information about this. So I wait with bated breath if the issue 273 lands in my letterbox. If no, then I would need the help of a good-natured soul who would buy it and send it to me. All expenses covered via PayPal...
I repeat: it's not so easy!
When I use the link from MEW272, page 53, I only come to a subscription page for Model Engineer. What has happened with the one for MEW!!! The link contains the letters 'mew'...
Slowly I'm getting really grumpy!
Ah, it's not so easy...
Yes I got an email with a link for resetting a password (if I have one, what's not so sure). but I was away from home last week ant the email had a terribly small time window of 6 hours...
Now I'm in fear to loose MEW 273, as this has not arrived here and I don't know when my subscription ends.
I'm trying now to get a new subscription with a Gmail address.
A couple of weeks ago I got a nice letter from Mytimemedia to renew my MEW subscription.
Unfortunately I misplaced this letter, but that shouldn't be a problem I thought.
"Sorry, we are currently unable to complete your order because either we don't ship to your country
As neither of this is true, and I am not able to clear these problems by telephone, I wrote an email to
So that's going full circle now, and unnecessary to say that nothing works. When I try to open "Myaccount", I'm asked if I hhve a password.
I mark the button 'no', but on the next page I have to enter a password.
In my desperation I tried to buy a new subscription, even if then I get some issues twice.
Regards, grumpy Hans.
P.S. I've just seen another thread about similar problems, and Neil's answer is exemplary: Just make a telephone call....
Is it so difficult to understand that it's not possible for everybody on the whole earth to make a telephone call, when both parties understand possibly 30% what the other side says...
Edited By Versaboss on 02/10/2018 13:30:11
Edited By Versaboss on 02/10/2018 13:30:50
|Thread: Identifying Collets|
Well if the 'A' could also be a 'V' (seen from the other side), then it would be Schaublin. Possibly W20?
|Thread: A beginners' guide to aluminium anodising?|
Go ahead with anodising, it's not too difficult!
I remembered that (quite some time back) I put a picture from my first trial in my album. A small test piece, coloured with magenta Inkjet ink. I added now another two, showing parts from my tonearms. The blue parts are also done with inkjet ink, blue this time
The parts on the other arm are coloured with products from The German firm 'Electronic Thinks'
Here you can get all what you needs for your anodising projects.
Btw. I made some tests with those textile colours, but no success. It seems that only one of the different Dylon (?) products can be used, and it seems this one is difficult (or impossible) to find.
OK, here then the pictures:
|Thread: Todays Mystery Object?|
To continue with the thread drift. if you allow:
I always wondered what units one has to use for E=mc^2 to get a meaningful result. In SI units it would mean E in Joule, mass in kg, c in metres per second... but is this correct?
|Thread: Cataracts [ocular, not Hardinge]|
it's a bit depressing to read about all that successful cataract operations. So I can keep the balance to show one which went belly-up.
About 5 years ago my eye doc found it necessary to talk me into a cataract surgery. I had the usual fears, but finally succumbed and went ahead. But afterwards I had the feeling that something was wrong. Straight lines were not straight, circles were more like eggs, all persons on TV had flat head sides etc. etc. Naturally I immediately cancelled the second surgery date. A long series of tests followed, culminating in a second surgery in which the glass body in my eye was removed. Unfortunately the success was almost nil.
The upper wavy line is the retina surface. Maybe you can understand a bit what kind of 'picture quality' results from that. A further problem is that part of my short-sightedness was corrected with the artificial lens, so I have now two very different apparent picture sizes in my eyes, which somehow the brain tries to overlay. Estimating distances is quite difficult now.
I don't want to bring panic an all those who stand for that decision, but unfortunately the docs never tell what can go wrong. 999 out of 1000 come out well, but if you happen to be the one...
|Thread: silver solder|
Roderick is absolutely correct, Castolin/Eutectic 1801 is equivalent to the famous Easyflow. Luckily it is still available without problems here in Switzerland. Maybe you will get it back after Brexit?
|Thread: Dropbox is still working on XP!|
I don't want to clutter thhe ER thread with unrelated stuff, but want to clarify something.
When reading what Dropbox sent out in this mail, they say that 'support for the desktop application for XP' has stopped - whatever that is.
However, at the end of the mail they write also, that one can still access Dropbox data 'from their website'.
That's what I did just some days ago. Log in on the website, and after getting accustomed to the forms I had no problems to upload some files. I think that could be important to know for other guys like me who stubbornly stay on XP.
|Thread: How To Lose Friends and Alienate People|
...or Sieg as Seig, as so many ignorants do here?
|Thread: MEW renewal problem|
Neil, for your information - and for others maybe hitting on the same problem - I can report that I could enter my subscription successfully, using my laptop with Windows 8.1 and Opera 38.0.
No reason to dismiss that combination, nonetheless.
Oh well - the same problem as Vincent's has hit me also today. Browsing through the answers, I don't see what cured it for him, finally (I did not tick 'rest of the world' !).
Trying to subscribe via the button on this webpage results in the same error message, but the price is about 2£ higher...
>>> Sorry, we are currently unable to complete your order because either we don't ship to your country or you have products with mixed payment types in your basket.
Nasty, really, as I have MEW since issue 0 (or maybe 3),. And mixed payment types? what would that be?
First thought was : oh, another Opera problem. So next try with Firefox, but again the same.
How progress is wonderful - I can't remember when I had to do that last time.
|Thread: Sulphuric Acid for anodising|
I think I wrote this in another -earlier - thread about anodising, so I keep it short.
Here, Sulfuric acid (concentrated) is available in shops called Drogerie; according to my translator this might be chemist or drugstore. Similar to a pharmacy, but without prescription medication.
In shops of the do-it-yourself type, department for swimming pools, there are products for lowering the pH of the water, Here again, pH- liquid is sufluric acid of around 12 +/- 2 %.There is also a cristalline pH-, Sodium hydrogene sulfate (NaHSO4), which is also suitable for anodising. The Na ions don't do any harm...
As an aside, inkjet printer ink is suitable for colouring. Be prudent with the Dylon dyes, there is only one type suitable. Don't ask how I know, what I bought was totally crap for that purpose.
|Thread: Benedict Cumberbatch featured on Cover of MEW 243|
Bit off topic, I know...
But I was quite surprised to see that - again - an article features these (in)famous SEIG lathes
|Thread: program for simple drawing|
May I (once again I think) recommend SolveSpace
Not a 'real' CAD program with all bells and whistles, but very suitable for such small drawings.
Yes, it is necessary to read a bit in the manual and doing the examples, but it is very easy in most cases. Help is available from the author directly if necessary.
I would gladly demonstrate it if speelwerk's drawing had dimensions...
Edited By Versaboss on 18/05/2016 23:40:40
|Thread: Which plastic to bond to brass.|
I would also like a bit more proof that Polycarbonate can be glued well. It might depend of the type of glue - I dunno.
Btw. many of the 'non-gluable' plastics (PP, PE. Nylon) can be glued quite well, when they receive the correct treatment before.
Kind regards, Hans-R.
|Thread: Wouldn't it be nice|
Interesting that nobody seems to know that drills with constant diameter shafts are available. Not cheap I admit, but these I have have almost eternal life.
Like these e.g:
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