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Thread: T'Internet - T'Wonders Of
24/09/2021 22:22:02

For those of you with an Android phone (at least Android 5 I think), I'd recommend investigating Messages for Web, in these situations.

Essentially use the Android Messages app on your phone, and head for the relevant browser link on your PC (or I presume MAC, but I'm not sure about that).

A Q code will pop up on the computer screen, which you validate with your phone's camera.
You can then access text messaging from within your browser, including URLs etc.

There is a similar site available for Whatsapp as well.


Thread: (old) Proxxon BFW 36/E vs. (new) Proxxon BFW 40/E
23/09/2021 22:52:26

If it's of any interest, There's a Unimat 3 up for sale HERE


Thread: What do you think of this con
21/09/2021 23:35:41

Poor staff training by the looks of it.
I'd hope an email to head office, with scanned copies of your receipt and voucher should sort the matter.

If that fails, a comment on their Facebook page will likely get a response from the customer service team.


Edited By peak4 on 21/09/2021 23:36:40

Thread: Grubby Screws!
19/09/2021 18:53:58

Wrong thread angle, but Connex claim to do 1/4" UNEF


Thread: How to post lithium batteries?
14/09/2021 13:39:27
Posted by Ian Parkin on 14/09/2021 10:41:44:

Well an update

DHL had indeed xrayed the package and decided that it was too dangerous to carry so have sent it back to the seller.

as it was an overnight service may it have been flown down to somewhere more local?

so the sale has been cancelled.

i just wonder how dangerous a smallish camera battery is in a fitted foam compartment in a pelican case

A slightly offbeat thought, if you still want the item.
How expensive are the new batteries?
Get the seller to sell you the item at reduced cost with one battery pre-fitted to the camera back, and buy new spare ones yourself. (many couriers will allow one battery fitted inside the device.)
The supplier of the replacement batteries will have measures in place to post them via their own approved courier.



Edited By peak4 on 14/09/2021 13:42:15

Thread: A machine used for what?
11/09/2021 22:42:38

It has the looks of a walking foot patcher; likely a lot older than my Singer 29K-4
Could it be a Claes Patent Elastique?

I think they were imported to the USA and re-branded under some other name.


Edited By peak4 on 11/09/2021 22:45:22

Thread: How to post lithium batteries?
10/09/2021 15:26:36
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 10/09/2021 13:19:30:

Interesting to see that ‘Prohibited Goods’ and ‘Restricted Goods’ are both defined here: **LINK**

… but I saw no specific mention of batteries dont know


This is the DHL link. Essentially one batter installed in device is OK.

UPS might be a possibility

ParcelPal is worth a read, but look under Electronic Goods, rather than batteries.,cell%20or%20100Wh%20per%20battery.

Thread: Wild life, bird watching and photography
09/09/2021 22:20:39
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 09/09/2021 22:09:00:


I think the dragonfly pic is extraordinary, I've never managed anything approaching acceptable. Thanks for the dot sight link, very interesting.


Rod, if you have a Facebook account, try joining the group I mentioned above; you don't have to submit photos, but some of the ones on there are really excellent.

I think this one is a Southern Hawker, as opposed to the Common one posted earlier

Southern Hawker
Again heavily cropped and high ISO


Edited By peak4 on 09/09/2021 22:31:17

09/09/2021 20:21:35
Posted by Raphael Golez on 09/09/2021 06:11:28:


Hi Bill, .................... Looks like a southern hawker.

Raphael, I think it's a Common, rather than Southern Hawker, but I'll stand to be corrected, as I'm no expert.
May I recommend an excellent web site to aid with IDs etc.

Along the top menu bar is a drop down list of helpful identification guides; I've printed out, laminated and spiral bound several of them.

The same author, John Curd, is also admin of a good Facebook group, where the members are most helpful.
Just remember to add What, Where, and When (the actual date) in each post.
It's a private group, to keep out spammers, but anyone can apply to join.


09/09/2021 20:10:18
Posted by Raphael Golez on 09/09/2021 06:11:28:


Hi Bill, thats an amazing shot, wish I could have the same shot. Can you explain how did you managed this shot...I mean the process, settings and how did you time this? Looks like a southern hawker.

Raphael, there is an awful lot of rejects in the "Deleted Items" folder; It's not something I could ever have achieved with film.
It's actually quite a heavy crop, so looks OK on here, but I'm sure wouldn't stand printing.

Camera is Olympus E-M1 Mk2 and the lens 40-150mm F2.8 + MC2.0 teleconverter, set at 100mm, so giving 200mm actual focal length.
The Olympus system is a half sized sensor, so EFL is 400mm in full frame terms.

exif says 1/1000 @ F8 iso 1000. It will have been electronic shutter set at 10 frames/second, and C/AF.

I think this is one where I was practicing using the Olympus EE-1 red dot sight.

It clips onto the hot shoe mount and provides a sort of head up display with a red circle and cross hairs.
This allows you to forget the viewfinder and rear screen, and compose with both eyes, sighting through the head up display. I've only used it on Olympus cameras, but I can't see any obvious reason it wouldn't function on other brands, as there is no electrical connection to the camera.

It was processed in DxO Optics PhotoLab 4 Elite, which features something called "Deep Prime" noise reduction, something similar to Topaz, but on Olympus raw images it seems to be slightly better; I can't comment on how they perform with other manufacturers raw files.

I'll have some some fairly basic editing, as I'm no expert, but will have used a simple mask on the dragonfly and applies a bit of micro-contrast, and probably a little bit of colour boost.

If you click on the photo, it should take to a Flickr album, where the rest of the exif is available.


08/09/2021 23:55:11

Yes, I'm spending more time out of doors than in the workshop at the moment.
Currently trying to learn how to capture dragons in flight; with not much success to be fair.
This is one of the more acceptable ones.
Common Hawker

Lots of other stuff in my Flickr Account.


Thread: Win 10 back t0 Win 7
08/09/2021 11:38:24
Posted by Clive Hartland on 08/09/2021 10:34:00:

I'm lost now, I dont want a steep learning curve from Linux, just a PC that works for me.

Indeed, are you plugging the camera in via a USB port, or using the card in a separate reader.
If the latter is it an external reader of one built into the PC.
I've had issues with poor quality USB leads.

From what I've read, and I'm no expert, the camera should just be seen as a mass storage device, the same as plugging in an external hard drive.

What's the actual issue, as it might not be directly W10 related?

07/09/2021 11:15:46
Posted by Clive Hartland on 07/09/2021 07:58:35:

peak 4, basically it will not load all the pics in the camera, I get 4 or 5 and the presentation gives me a headache as i cannot for instance take a pic. to put in my ME archive. Yet, with win 7 it was all so easy.

Clive, I'm not quite sure what's going wrong here.
Are you downloading direct from the camera, or from your memory card?
I normally use the SD card in a reader on the PC and don't have any issues; I have a folder for all 2021 photos, and sub folders for each day, titled with the date and contents. e.g. yesterday's folder is "2021-09-06 Old Moor"
I then just copy and paste the camera's memory card contents into the folder.
600+ transferred yesterday with no issues.
After launching my processing software (DxO Optics) I just point it at the new folder.


Thread: Wringing gauge blocks together... in a vacuum
07/09/2021 02:13:07

Don Bailey made a good introductory video to their history and use; check out many other videos from the same company.


Edited By peak4 on 07/09/2021 02:14:54

Thread: UK fires up old coal power plant as gas prices soar
07/09/2021 02:01:15

You can monitor the grid HERE if it's of interest.


Thread: Win 10 back t0 Win 7
07/09/2021 01:52:13

What problems are you having with digital pics?
It might be better to address that, rather than reverting to an older operating system.


Thread: Making a new screw for a bench vice
02/09/2021 11:44:46

Re steel prices; if you have a steel stockholder locally go direct.
The last piece of EN24 I bought was 3/4" @ about £8 per metre, so not that dear.


Thread: Looking for a compact and safe mains lead connector
01/09/2021 15:48:47
Posted by Maurice Taylor on 01/09/2021 15:35:42:

Hi, Buy a lead with C7 on one end and C8 on the other . Cut this lead close to plug end ,cut flash head cable close to flash head ,solder wires together and use heat shrink to cover joint . Fit mains plug to other end of socket cable.


That was the reason I linked to the one I did, with the switch.
It might provide a suitable small enclosure to join the wires together; chop off the plug end from the internal switch contacts and solder in the shortened cable hanging out of the flash head.

I used the heatshrink joining method when I've made by various hydra headed charging leads, for when we go on holiday. I've one with 3 ends on a UK lead, another on a continental lead (below), and a third one on an American blade plug.
This continental adaptor has had one of theC7s, with the blue band, modified to fit a clover leaf socket as well as a C8

Hydra Mains Cable


01/09/2021 13:13:46

If you do a search for C7-C8 extension lead, rather than just a C8 socket, you might have more joy.
Here's an example on Amazon


Thread: EN1A verses black mild steel.
26/08/2021 23:19:58

Old Mart, I guess it depends on where you live, but surely the difference in cost is fairly marginal.
The last 1" EN1a I bought, and collected personally, was £5.50 per meter; I appreciate steel's gone up in price, and that was about a year ago.

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