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OuBallie24/05/2018 13:17:35
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Finished the compressed air cooler for the Wolf Air 100

Photos and video to follow after I've installed the distribution plumbing.

Geoff - Crackers with Danish blue is lekker!

SillyOldDuffer24/05/2018 14:34:19
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Posted by Trevor Crossman 1 on 24/05/2018 12:43:41:
Posted by Muzzer on 23/05/2018 23:22:36:

Windows Defender is actually pretty good. None of the main AV candidates are risk free. I won't ever use Avast again after they bricked one of my sons' laptops during an "update" and simply shrugged / ignored / did the slopey shoulders. He lost the whole installation.

None of them are foolproof and the "best AV" recommendation fluctuates constantly, whether free or paid-for. From time to time you are likely to get shafted by something nasty regardless of what you run if you run enough machines, so best to plan for it so you don't get badly set back. Ironically(?), my worst experiences so far have happened when "covered" by the likes of Norton, McAfee etc.


+ 1 for the bog standard built in Windows Defender and all the other inbuilt security settingsyes I gave up paying for the likes of AVG, Norton and the appalling McAfee several years ago and I have never had any problem and my computer runs faster too.


Murray is right about fluctuation, security products vary continually. Once upon a time Microsoft AVM was poor and McAfee excellent; today the other way round. Tomorrow could reveal another reversal. Otherwise excellent products depend on how quickly new virus signatures are detected and installed by the vendor. Or not.

The vendors themselves may be suspect. Is it remotely possible Kasperski might be used by Russian Intelligence to penetrate target systems? Or that the NSA work closely with Microsoft for similar reasons? Or that a vendor might be taken over by organised crime or incompetents?

Even good products vary considerably in what they do. A first class AntiVirus might not be good at blocking spam, phishing, or web abuse. A first-class anti-malware product probably doesn't provide a firewall. A browser security product may not protect email or Instant Messaging. Getting full coverage involves making more careful product selections than most of us have time for.

Most important of all, good security depends on how you use the internet. Trawling porn, gambling, violence, discount offers, fake news, celebrities, dubious social media, viagra, the Dark Web, extreme political websites and carelessly downloading stuff is far more dangerous than buying from legitimate sellers and participating in this forum.

If you're a risky user, or anyone else who uses your computer is, then you need hardened security. A corporate computer system typically uses combinations of different security products in layers. You might find Defender on all the Workstations; Norton on all the servers; and Kasperski on the Internet Gateway, plus a variety of other counter-measures carefully arranged to provide defence in depth. That kind of expensive architecture is entirely appropriate in a high-risk domestic system.

What do I do?

  1. My use of the web is unadventurous and risk adverse. I am careful not to visit dubious websites, or share sensitive information, or to download dodgy software, and I always read the small-print.
  2. I follow a written Security Policy based on a Risk Analysis that identifies counter-measures and forbids certain activities. (Like installing remote access software so that 'Microsoft Support' can dial in and fix all my problems!)
  3. Linux is used for most tasks because it's less vulnerable than most alternatives. ( BSD is best but has limited applications, and Apple is good. By default Microsoft is vulnerable until you fix it, and some things can't be fixed unless you buy the professional edition.
  4. Starting with the Router, my domestic system is configured to minimise the attack surface. This is done by disabling unwanted services, hiding, not sharing, minimising privileges, encryption, and activating available security/privacy features.

Not as elaborate as it sounds! As security goes, my precautions are moderate and inexpensive. Seems to to be working. So far I've not detected a breach, though inspection of the logs reveals multiple attempts.

Am I 100% confident I'm safe? Absolutely not! The price of peace is eternal vigilance...


Oldiron24/05/2018 17:22:39
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Tried to fit a new tap on one of the water butts in the garden. Lo & behold the taps I had were all 1/2" and the old tap was 3/4". So had a bit of time on the lathe making a reducing bush. Made it an 1" longer that a standard bush to push the tap a bit further away from the butt. I made it so it had a decent flange on it so the rubber washer did not squeeze out when tightened. A bit of turning, drilling, boring and internal and external single point threading. Lucky that the flanged nut I took off the old tap was reusable so that saved me a bit of time.

SHMBO is gonna be pleased when she comes home and gets the watering can out. Must be some brownie points there. yes All in all a good day. smiley

Mike24/05/2018 17:37:48
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Until recently I put great faith in McAfee. For me it went right back to the early days when I had a subscription to Dr Solomons (remember it?) who used to mail me a floppy disc every month. Then McAfee took over Dr Solomons, and I stayed with them. Then, a few months ago, I got a virus - fortunately more of a nuisance than a danger - and I had to call out a local computer consultant. He used Malwarebytes, and I was amazed at the c...p it discovered on my hard disc. So that was the end of McAfee for me. I installed Malwarebytes. The experience has been good so far - touch wood. As Dave says - eternal vigilance!

Phil Whitley24/05/2018 18:17:21
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got the Colchester refurb finished, slid into its new home, and wired up, Tomorrow is connecting up at the dis board end, and a test!

Neil Wyatt24/05/2018 18:28:46
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I found two small green bottles today, on top of recently spread topsoil, there were also fragments of old china, glass and part of a whelk shell!

The bottles are pale green glass, different but similar with 'shear tops', clearly hand blown into split moulds. Ohe has a strange '2' on the bottom and the smaller one has a neat '126'.

They probably held medicine, poisons or some condiment.


Neil Wyatt24/05/2018 18:29:29
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Posted by Phil Whitley on 24/05/2018 18:17:21:


I think you need a bigger chuck...

Cornish Jack24/05/2018 18:55:02
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As a fellow 'back' sufferer, one tip for sock donning, which does help a little (but doesn't do much for your dignity!!), is to lie on your back on the bed and bring your legs up to your chest - takes all the strain off the back muscles. One other note - my most recent spasm has eased almost to disappearance with the night-time use of a 'body pillow' or 'Dutch Wife'. Again, slightly 'out of the box', but if it works, who cares!



Muzzer24/05/2018 20:55:19
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Posted by Mike on 24/05/2018 17:37:48:

For me it went right back to the early days when I had a subscription to Dr Solomons (remember it?) who used to mail me a floppy disc every month.

I seem to recall a "Dr Soloman's Bulletin Board", from before the WWW came into existence as such - all terribly exciting stuff, BBS dialled up at 2400 Baud. I know I didn't imagine it (it was the 70s, not the 60s) but haven't seen any obvious sign of it when I've looked. Anyone else recall this?


Neil Wyatt24/05/2018 21:30:25
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I remeber that! Looks like it got eaten by McAfee twenty years ago!

"After some previous tension between the two software products, on June 9, 1998 McAfee (then Network Associates) agreed to acquire Dr. Solomon's Group P.L.C, the leading European manufacturer of Antivirus software, for $642 million in stock."


daveb24/05/2018 22:14:05
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Posted by Ian S C on 24/05/2018 13:04:09:

Ady1, here in NZ, and I presume in UK, you can get through your chemist shop a devise for putting socks on without having to bend over. You just thread the sock on the end, hang onto the handles, poke your toes in the end of the sock and pull.

Ian S C

I suspected such a thing may exist, I've asked in chemist shops with no luck, when I say I need it to stop me bending over their eyebrows go up. I wear slip on shoes but they are sometimes difficult to find, I suppose that's the vaguaries of fashion. I had a notion that an adaption of the hot dip wax used for coating new and resharpened cutters might be useful, might keep my toenails nice and sharp if nothing else. Dave W, yes, I've spent many miserable hours on the floor, nothing like dragging yourself along by your fingertips to make you appreciate the simple things. Amazing how many large spiders pop in to say hello when you're stuck on the deck, hairy buggers are just flaunting all their legs.


Rob Rimmer24/05/2018 23:07:54
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Sock putter-onners are available, try your local wheelchair/mobility scooter stockist. They do work, but it's not as easy as they make out.

Adam Mara24/05/2018 23:10:53
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Even Prestel got hacked in the early eighties, and only 90,000 of us on it! Happy days. 300 baud if I remember right, a bit different to todays speeds.

charadam25/05/2018 00:35:46
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Bad back guys - sock putters-on to be had here (and many other places)

Gordon W25/05/2018 09:16:48
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I've got a bad back ,maybe not so bad as some. I put my socks, pants and trousers on while standing up. One leg at a time obviously. Never thought about 'till now.

Neil Wyatt25/05/2018 10:56:57
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David Standing 125/05/2018 11:03:11
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Ah, trousers sorted, but not socks Neil wink 2

Ian S C25/05/2018 11:53:37
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Spent half the morning stripping the motor out of my saw bench just because the capacitor on my milling machine has blown, and I thought the one on the saw bench motor would work. Saw bench motor 750 W, 100uf, mill 1kW. 300 uf grrrrr. I noted that the Korean mill's capacitor was only rated at 125 volts, but it did survive for about 33 yrs.

Ian S C

daveb25/05/2018 13:37:26
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Thank you all for socks/trousers putter onner info.

Any of you with bad backs, if you are not already aware, the problem will not go away. While you are fit enough to move about, get youself some walking sticks, crutches, a Zimmer frame and whatever else you need for minimum mobility BEFORE you need it. If you leave it until your back packs up, you get in a NHS Catch 22 situation where you have to go somewhere to be assessed. NOT useful at all if you need crutches (which you haven't got) to go and get crutches. You may not think it important until you actually have a problem but a week or more without sleep will definitely change your mind. You will be fortunate indeed to get any effective pain relief without visiting your GP, which you will not be able to do without some mobility aids.


Mike25/05/2018 14:46:09
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A lot of people in our stroke survivors' group have mobility problems, and they use a thing called a rollator - like a zimmer with wheels and a folding seat. Our group recently bought three - two new ones made of aluminium tube, and an all but useless second-hand one in steel tube. The steel one is so heavy even a fit person would knacker their back lifting it out of a car boot. As a person whose walking is a bit dodgy these days, I road-tested all three around the village, and found the aluminium ones brilliant. You can even add a shopping basket to them.

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