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by Pluggy
21 Sep 2018, 15:05
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: ENERGY MATTERS
Replies: 2045
Views: 141723

Re: ENERGY MATTERS

Unsurprisingly it has been the best summer yet for our solar panels. Between 19th April and 21st September we generated almost 2800kwh. Amazingly we are still on the original FIT tariff and it's now all profit, the panels had paid for themselves by last year. Similar story here. Only 800 kWh in our...
by Pluggy
20 Sep 2018, 16:01
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 977
Views: 81230

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

Ah welding, my dad had a 'stick' welding transformer for mending agricultural machinery and the farm only had single phase electric. His exploits sticking six inch nails in fuse boxes to stop it blowing fuses are better consigned to the history books. One day he was welding something heavy and he sm...
by Pluggy
19 Sep 2018, 14:32
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 977
Views: 81230

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

It isn't really feasible to wire low voltages any distance because of the voltage drop in the cables especially with the increased currents needed to tranfer any kind of power at low voltages. Theres a reason the national grid use 400,000 volts to transfer power across the country. My battery system...
by Pluggy
04 Sep 2018, 15:47
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I stand corrected. :biggrin2:
by Pluggy
03 Sep 2018, 13:17
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

You can use whatsapp on any computer via https://web.whatsapp.com/ It absolutely still needs the phone though since its dependent on the phone number to communicate. The standalone windows version also needs the phone.
by Pluggy
22 Aug 2018, 16:52
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 977
Views: 81230

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

If its any consolation, pure economics are driving the demise of coal. Renewables are already the cheapest form of elecricity generation in much of the world. Its only a matter of time before that becomes all of the world. Solar panels are now economically viable in the UK without subsidy which isn'...
by Pluggy
09 Aug 2018, 14:51
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 1684
Views: 133787

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

I wasn't knocking it, good luck to Ebay sellers, just a casual passing observation about the PO. I have sold a bit on Ebay myself. (Nothing serious, odd articles I've 'moved on'). I buy quite a lot on Ebay, its the easiest option to get some of the 'obscure' electronic stuff I play with (and blow up...
by Pluggy
09 Aug 2018, 08:39
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 1684
Views: 133787

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

I haven't seen it mentioned on here, but Lloyds in Barlick are closing their doors in January next year. The cynic in me suggests they don't want the emotional baggage of being the last bank in a town to close. There'll only be Barclays left. Doesn'[t seem long since we had 4 banks. HSBC is now a bo...
by Pluggy
03 Aug 2018, 12:04
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
Replies: 977
Views: 81230

Re: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING

The LHC doesn't do nor ever will do nuclear fusion. There is lots of fusion research going on at numerous purpose built reactors but not at CERN.

MIT have said 'within 15 years' here : https://www.seeker.com/energy/mit-aims- ... n-15-years

I'll believe when I see it.
by Pluggy
16 Jul 2018, 15:40
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 9066
Views: 439580

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Having just come back from the new Aldi, I'm 100% with Ian. Much easier getting out of the car because the bays are wider. And yes the junction at Skipton road is bad. On the plus side its a lot cheaper than the Co-op. I think I'll try and convert to their own brand of 'Gold' coffee, its nowhere nea...
by Pluggy
11 Jul 2018, 07:19
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

The desktop is back up and running after a clean install on 18.04. It isn't firefox thats doing the widening scroll bar its part of Ubuntu. The scroll bar in terminal does the same.
by Pluggy
10 Jul 2018, 15:53
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Back on the Ubuntu 18.04 trail. I'm doubtful about its value as a replacement for 16.04. I was using the Desktop this morning on 18.04 and it was running fine. On shutdown it asked whether to install pending software update (as it does quite frequently) so I tticked the bos and shut it down, A coupl...
by Pluggy
09 Jul 2018, 14:13
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Orange and goes wider Orange here.

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by Pluggy
09 Jul 2018, 09:49
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Its a narrow scrollbar that switches wider on mouse-over.
by Pluggy
17 Jun 2018, 18:38
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: ENERGY MATTERS
Replies: 2045
Views: 141723

Re: ENERGY MATTERS

Nowadays Solar gets next to no subsidy here either. But its getting to the point that they can pay their way without subsidies just exporting what they produce at something like £0.04 per kWh. But many earlier built installations are stil getting the high indexed linked rates we had. Our government ...
by Pluggy
15 Jun 2018, 13:59
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Dabs and BT Business Direct ran alongside each other for many years (same products and quicklinks but the business prices were ex VAT) BT bought Dabs back in 2006. No doubt reducing trade has pushed them to consolidate and switch off the Dabs arm. Having a look now - https://www.businessdirect.bt.co...
by Pluggy
13 Jun 2018, 09:22
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 9066
Views: 439580

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

I'd hardly call Artisanal bread trendy. If I were a baker I'd want something to differentiate my bread made in the traditional way from the 'Chorleywood' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorleywood_bread_process cr*p usually sold presliced in supermarkets.
by Pluggy
11 Jun 2018, 12:45
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 8750
Views: 386498

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Using Chinatykes guess as a starting point. I'd say snow wheels for a small aircraft.
by Pluggy
30 May 2018, 20:26
Forum: Site Donations
Topic: OGFB Finances 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: OGFB Finances 2018

The hosting costs amount to 11.99 + VAT (£14,39) per month including the SSL although this on;y started on the last quarters bill. There was an introductory deal when we paid 9.99 +VAT a month. On top are domain names. I bill Ian a smaller amount than this because I use the hosting for my business a...
by Pluggy
28 May 2018, 10:18
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Not if it was a website in a browser. It can say whatever the author wants. I was going to download it, for evaluation purposes but All google comes up with is how to get rid of it. There is close to 100% certainty it won't run on Linux anyway. Nobody bothers writing this sh*t for Linux - too small ...
by Pluggy
23 May 2018, 09:18
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 9066
Views: 439580

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Stanley, you're old enough to have got over "brave new world" it makes the cut for different and more complicated but not much else in my book. :biggrin2:
by Pluggy
19 May 2018, 09:27
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I put Ubuntu 18.04 on My desktop a few days back. (By hand, it hadn't been put on updates yet). I still like it, but, on both my laptop and my desktop, it occasionally glitches when firing up sometimes. When you log in, sometimes you're sat looking at a black screen with a cursor and the desktop doe...
by Pluggy
11 May 2018, 20:51
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

The LTS versions are supported for 5 years. 12.04 is out of support, 14.04 has 12 months, 16.04 has 3 years.
by Pluggy
11 May 2018, 08:14
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 3967
Views: 321982

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I like it, but it hasn't been put on updates yet. My desktop is still on 16.04. I'm in two minds as to whether the reason to change is compelling enough to compensate for the disruption. Most of the time you're working inside applications and the applications are pretty much exactly the same. I'm ra...
by Pluggy
04 May 2018, 08:54
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: ENERGY MATTERS
Replies: 2045
Views: 141723

Re: ENERGY MATTERS

Regarding VA vs watts and metering, Large industrial users do have VA metering or at least are required to keep their power factor close to 1 or they pay more (cue the big banks of capacitors to balance all the inductive loads). It isn't true to say that the difference between real and apparent powe...

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