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Member postings for Bandersnatch

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Thread: Issue Reading New Digital Viewer
18/02/2019 16:10:35
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/02/2019 20:00:58:

Well, whatever the reason, support for flash is ending, so we have to move one anyway.

I think the old flash versions will remain as they are.

Those are interesting comments taken together. Doesn't that mean that if support for Flash ends (in browsers) the earlier, back-issues, won't be readable?

... or am I misunderstanding?

17/02/2019 22:44:27
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/02/2019 20:00:58:

Well, whatever the reason, support for flash is ending, so we have to move one anyway.

Just to explain where I'm coming from:

The Flash version always worked well for me but I let my subscription lapse a year or two ago .... for health reasons I couldn't get the time to spend. Coincidentally, I had just decided that the time was ripe to take out a new subscription when this thread started up and I realised the earlier Flash version was being dropped.

That (the renewal) is on hold now, until the situation resolves itself one way or the other - trouble is I don't want to pay the money to find out if it works as well as it used to.


16/02/2019 18:39:58
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 16/02/2019 15:00:16:

Actually, people have been moaning about the flash viewer for several years.

Not "people" but rather the "terminally paranoid" who either could not, or refused to, use flash safely despite being shown how to do so in this forum many times.

Thread: New coffee maker - disgusting taste!
14/02/2019 18:23:05
Posted by Clive India on 14/02/2019 10:12:25:

Proves my theory - the likelyhood of a post being read is inversely proportional to the length?

Proves my theory. The length of the response is inversely proportional to the length of the quote wink

Thread: Buying lathes direct from China
14/02/2019 01:33:37

Why not negotiate a (vastly reduced) price for them sending you a complete kit of all the individual parts in the lathe ... it's probably what you'll end up doing anyway.


Thread: New coffee maker - disgusting taste!
13/02/2019 18:17:54
Posted by Russell Eberhardt on 13/02/2019 16:28:52:

I've been using a filter coffee machine on a timer for making my early morning tea for some years.

Does the water get hot enough for tea?

Thread: Single to 3 phase invertor and smart meters
10/02/2019 01:30:38
Posted by Emgee on 10/02/2019 00:51:16:

Perhaps not the spy in the cab at the present but I believe in the not too distant future when all consumers have smart meters there will be different tariffs set at various peak use times, the big six are out to get every bit of profit from their consumers.

I think your belief is probably a certainty. Here in Ontario we weren't given the choice with electrical smart meters (not that I recall anyway - I wouldn't have gone for it). Now we have 3 separate tariffs depending on time of day and day of week)

Even that isn't as bad as what the gas company tried to do (we have gas heating). They wanted to fit smart thermostats that they could talk to directly and adjust the settings according to their preferences/"needs". Yeah, right!

They needed permission for that one though since it involved going into the home (unlike the electrical meter which is outside). They didn't get many takers and it fell through.

Thread: Neil:- Is the spelling chucker broken?
06/02/2019 18:20:36
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/02/2019 17:58:30:

I'm sure we two can live in peace yes

Absolutely beer

06/02/2019 17:28:58
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/02/2019 17:09:30:

Yes, of course ... Here you go:


We are of course somewhat at cross-purposes here. Mine wasn't an attempt to argue the semantics of "auto-correction feature", rather to to enlarge on what it meant in the terms of this site and its forum software - as explained by the then website lady (Kate?) some time back (quite some .... perhaps back in the DC days). Many later comers might not be aware that it's a site configuration option, deliberately set and not considered a bug. Nor is it likely to change.

Perhaps my fault for not being clearer in what I intended. Apologies if it upset.


Edited By Bandersnatch on 06/02/2019 17:30:16

06/02/2019 15:45:12
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/02/2019 06:40:27:

My understanding is that it's not an "auto-correction feature" but simply that the site has been configured to ...

.Sorry but even I can't be bothered arguing semantics at that level

.... You can't? Do I get a prize?

06/02/2019 01:41:55
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 05/02/2019 08:14:59:

We can but hope that the stupid 'autocorrection' feature that inserts spurious smiley things will soon also grind to a halt.

My understanding is that it's not an "auto-correction feature" but simply that the site has been configured to accept smileys entered via keyboard ascii characters (as well as the drop-down).....real or false.

This due to the demands of people on other forums here who don't want to use a mouse.

05/02/2019 01:07:25
Posted by Mark Rand on 04/02/2019 23:46:00:

In my case, while Firefox will check my spelling as I type, it won't suggest corrections, even with a dictionary loaded.

My Firefox does .... but as others have pointed out you have to use ctrl-rt-click. (You trip over the local forum software if you just use rt-click).

Thread: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
28/01/2019 18:19:17
Posted by Guy Lamb on 26/01/2019 19:26:50:

Does anyone have experience of these 3-in-1 metal working machines offered by Machine Mart and Warco et al and looking like they plop off the same S.Asian production line.

More discussion here if you need it.

Thread: Silver steel or stainless?
25/01/2019 00:48:32
Posted by Emgee on 25/01/2019 00:06:09:
Posted by Chris Trice on 25/01/2019 00:01:36:

Just chucking in the idea of drilling and tapping the end and then screwing in a long high tensile M3 machine screw with the head subsequently cut off.

Chris, You are the 3rd to suggest that or similar so must be a good idea !!

It's certainly the way I'd do it.

Thread: US/UK Lexicon
23/01/2019 01:09:59
Posted by Bazyle on 22/01/2019 23:51:17:

And we complain about the Chinglish instruction leaflets that should have been put past a proper English speaker. Ugh. I have enough of a problem at work with the number of people who have learned their 'English' from American films. This week's grump is the way they don't know the difference between 'bring' and 'take'.

There are plenty of UK members on this very forum who no longer know the correct usage of "alternative" and "alternate". Even worse here in Canada of course - where the correct usage is still the English one. (Come to that even my copy of Webster's defines it as the English version .... although my Webster's is a bit long in the tooth).

As for Chinglish, I have a nephew who lives in China teaching English. I asked him whether he couldn't make some spare time money reviewing/correcting instruction leaflets and manuals. He said he'd already checked it out and the return was literally pocket change and not worth the effort.

Thread: Lunar Eclipse
21/01/2019 22:52:25

The Moon entry on Wikipedia is interesting.

21/01/2019 17:14:57

Clear night here - Southern Ontario. I remembered having a grandstand view of a Lunar eclipse a couple of years ago from my bedroom window and figured I'd do the same again. However, this time the moon was high in the sky and disappeared behind me over the roof of the house before the real action started.

I guess in Winter when the Sun is low in the sky, the moon is correspondingly high. The previous eclipse that I saw must have been in Summer when that would be vice-versa.

With a temperature of -21C, winds gusting to 50 Km/h, wind-chill value of -34C and frostbite warnings being given out, I wasn't about to go outside and look.

20/01/2019 16:05:39

There's a really cool Lunar Eclipse video on today's APOD

Thread: Gold Plating
16/01/2019 01:54:53

Many years ago when we had parts gold-plated for the space-business, the process used potassium cyanide as one of the plating bath chemicals. Don't know if there's an alternative, safer process but I personally wouldn't go there with cyanide (always assuming you could actually get hold of some).

Edited By Bandersnatch on 16/01/2019 01:55:43

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
11/01/2019 22:59:06

Keep your ears to the ground. Someone is going to spill the beans about my nefarious activities on certain porn sites unless I pay him US$630 in bit coin. To prove my system has genuinely been compromised, he says. he sent me the email from my own address .... not that that's what the headers say which indicate an origin in Brazil (probably fake) sent via an ip in Mexico.

Oh dear, what to do, what to do.

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