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Member postings for John Abson

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Thread: Cormak milling machines
04/02/2022 11:59:27

Thanks, Journeyman, what I suspected. Seems about the same (with some differences) to the WM16

Orrell list this machine on eBay which is f.o.b. Blackburn. Complete with long table, power feed but no DRO at £2200. The WM16 is out of stock at the moment so can't price compare.

04/02/2022 11:29:20

Does anyone have any knowledge/experience of Cormak mills?

They seem similar to the usual WARCO and other offerings - the company is Polish. Pricing - as far as one can compare - seems similar to competitive. They do some long travel machines. UK agents are Orrell Group (in Blackburn) who seem to mainly offer agricultural machinery.

Thread: 'Bad Referrer' message when trying to view the Archive.
04/02/2022 11:14:23

I did get a reply from Martin Evans on 20th January who promised to forward my email to the Distribution Manager who apparently "will know the right people to 'encourage' to get this situation resolved". I shall wait but not hold my breath.

Neil, are you referring to the Chrome Adobe Flash Player Emulator 2022 by any chance?


Thread: 'Vision aid magnifying glasses', any good?
21/01/2022 11:16:26

I bought a pair out of curiosity, safe in the knowledge of the £10 or so I saved that I wouldn't otherwise have spent . When I put them on my wife laughed at me which overcame any 'not another parcel' remarks.

Overall impression is that they are nicely put together and they seem to work well. The white plastic is attractive but perhaps more suited to an optician's clinic than a model engineer's workshop

Comments otherwise:

- LED light strength on the low side of OK

- if you are sitting at a bench the magnified field of vision is rather in the direct line of sight and (using the spectacle arms rather than the elasticated headband) I had to bend my head forward to lower it to suit my workplane (hope that makes sense).

For the reduced price I'd recommend them, even if not 100% perfect. For those of us with vision problems they could well be just the thing. I could see myself using them for detail painting and lining out.


Thread: 'Bad Referrer' message when trying to view the Archive.
18/01/2022 12:58:46

I have written today to Martin Evans requesting he takes it up with people responsible for digital content.

I'll keep this list posted on any replies.

Best wishes

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
05/12/2021 11:00:31

Yes but doesn't he drive a personnel carrier (paragraph 3 section d)?

04/12/2021 18:58:13

How do they get type approval, or is it a maintenance issue in which case how do they pass their MOTs? I agree that one sees a lot that aren't well adjusted.

04/12/2021 11:15:28

It could be down to an increasing prevalence of automatic gearboxes where a brake application is needed when stationary to prevent creep. The countermeasure is to apply the handbrake, or put the gearbox into park (easily enough done on our Honda where there is a P button).

I agree it distracting, and has become all the more so with high level / high intensity brake lights.

Another of my pet peeves - and one that IMO truly needs addressing as a safety risk - is the habit of emergency services when attending an incident to stop with their emergency lights on full, and often blinking as well. They are quite blinding and make it impossible to see the road clearly when passing them in situations where emergency personnel may be walking out into the road. I'm pretty sure I've seen emergency lights which go onto a 'dim' mode which would surely be more appropriate. Sometimes think there is an element of 'look at us, we're attending an emergency' about this behaviour.

Thread: Is Model Engineering "green"?
02/12/2021 13:32:59

This article in Grist outlines the results of research into arguments denying climate change, in particular how denials are diminishing and criticism of solutions increasing.

Closer to home, has ME thought of using biodegradable mailing bags rather that polythene? My Chartered Quality Institute journal does, so it would appear to be perfectly possible .

Thread: jury service
02/12/2021 10:52:55
Posted by Kiwi Bloke on 02/12/2021 10:17:12:
Posted by Jon Lawes on 02/12/2021 07:08:14:

Do you mention this out of pride KB?! It seems to be a very odd boast.


Not a boast at all. Sorry if it appeared that way. I merely offered my experience as hints for others who may wish to be excused (as the title of the thread seemed to ask for). I'm scientifically trained, and thought that being expected to assess the merits of a case, given incomplete evidence and faulty argument, whilst in ignorance of the law, would be an intellectual impossibility. Just being honest and intellectually rigorous. And if that's whacky, Ady1, so be it. I rest my case.

When I did jury service the judge went to quite some lengths to explain to the jury not only the law in question, but what it meant in practice - in other words, to ensure that the jury were not ignorant and made a wise decision. I am tempted to think that had you served on a jury, your comments would be backed by the benefit of experience.


Edited By John Abson on 02/12/2021 10:54:04

Thread: Over 70 Driving Licence Renewal
02/12/2021 10:47:02

I'm always inclined to take news reports with a pinch of salt, but even so this hardly inspires confidence in the DVLA quality of management...

Thread: 'Bad Referrer' message when trying to view the Archive.
02/12/2021 10:32:07

I know this is over a year down the line - during which IT security measures have continuously improved and strengthened - but I have struggled unsuccessfully to access the ME back numbers with exactly the same symptoms described above, and trying the fixes mentioned to no avail. I'm using W10 and have tried Firefox, Edge, Chrome and IE. The closest I get to success is a greyed-out screen asking me to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, which in 2021 is an unworkable proposition. And no, I don't expect to have to buy an Android phone to view them, either.

A few observations:

- I feel short-changed by this, because one of my main specific reasons for taking out the digital (as well as paper) subscription was the ability to scan early back numbers. So, the service I am paying for is unavailable.

- Adobe Flash Player is from end 2020 no longer supported and recommended to be uninstalled from machines for security reasons. It's no longer a reasonable expectation.

- Most of the fixes - whether they work or not - rely on disabling security features. Not a good idea in my book.

- If the website hosting the back numbers is so behind the times in terms of IT security, am I opening up my PC to potential IT security threats by downloading files from there?

- It's a fact of IT life that IT solutions - browsers, operating systems, applications, networks etc. - have to be continuously updated to counter IT security threats; updates that inevitably impact the working of websites. It might seem unfair (like life in general), but because a website operated satisfactorily last month doesn't mean it will work this month. Significant changes are usually flagged up well in advance to give developers time to update their website workings.

Meanwhile - because I realise this isn't really anyone's responsibility in this forum (I'm just having a vent, basically smiley) - if anyone running W10 has found a successful and secure fix in 2021, I would love to hear it.

I will however think about writing to Martin Evans II - he does listen and reply - and relay my thoughts to him.


Thread: jury service
01/12/2021 19:32:27

Chris, I have done it once and agree that it is something of a privilege to able to serve - the judge in introducing himself told us that while we, the jurors, might think that he was the most important person in the court room, in fact it was us. He thanked us specifically for fulfilling our duties.

Having said that, jury service can be a major legitimate headache for some people where transport and mobility can be an issue. If so, one should consider writing, asking to be excused and giving plausible reasons. Living in Reading might not pass in all cases! smiley

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