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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you help me with this design on: March 12, 2015, 10:24:58 PM
i said objects, not artists Grin Grin Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you help me with this design on: March 12, 2015, 09:40:04 PM
Are you looking for Spirograph?

I think he's looking for something like this in 3D.

something that draws 'twisted' objects
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 12, 2015, 06:32:17 PM
I think you guys are forgetting who you are takling to... undecided

First thing I did when i got the car was get an OBD2 scanner.. Then torque for android to let me analyze data further.
Read my car manual cover to cover several times, got the service manual for it and browsed through that.
And then I watched dozens of videos over and over about doing maintenance.
Then read 1000s of forum posts on my specific car, and cars in general.
Then bought several large books on how cars work and how to maintain your car and read them cover to cover.
Etc, etc.

sounds like we should be asking you for advice now Grin Grin Grin

but seriously, and in light of the above, what are you having trouble with?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 09, 2015, 09:46:35 PM
I might try to build a set of 4 wheel cribes, as described here: http://www.myturbodiesel....-addition-to-jack-stands/

that wood work but why bother?

costs significantly less, takes up 1/4 of the space to store, and is guaranteed to work
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 09, 2015, 08:08:10 PM
most of the jobs you're probably going to tackle are pretty basic, and certainly nothing to be afraid of.  Rental agencies will generally look after their cars pretty well (they're depending on them after all - renters, not so much ohmy) so most things should be ok.

Modern cars are generally pretty reliable so the stuff you're probably looking at to start with is oil and filter changes, and spark plugs. 

Check the users handbook that came with the car for servicing schedules (download it if you didn't get one).  It will tell you the recommended intervals and what to change when.

You should also be able to get away with a minimum of tools for the basic stuff but as has been mentioned previously safety is paramount.  NEVER EVER EVER get under a vehicle resting solely on jacks, ALWAYS use an approved jack stand and remove the jack.  Also you shouldn't need to buy a jack, there should have been one in the car when you bought it. 

You can build a basic tool set piecemeal but a plug socket, a ring spanner (for the sump plug), a filter spanner and a 'drip tray' to catch waste oil will cover the basics.  And probably some feeler gauges to gap the new plugs...

+1 to what Chris said, but instead of taking notes, take pictures!!  A picture tells a thousand words and digital cameras make it super easy to document a process and will make it much easier if you want to tackle bigger jobs like brakes.  Plus if you want to compare something against what you're seeing on the net...

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 04, 2015, 08:13:36 PM
subliminal advertising?

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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 09:04:28 PM
I don't suppose there's any plans for a double walled stainless steel version of the DC mug - the one I won a few years ago only lasted about 9 times before it became a bottomless cup of coffee ... literally  Grin
 (see attachment in previous post)

clearly you need to switch to decaf, or at least cut back on the macchiato's ohmy
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: February 27, 2015, 01:31:42 AM
IanB

I thought I was making a polite request to maintain the integrity of a thread (any thread)

That was, at least, my intention but it seems I've touched a nerve

If you choose to draw some other conclusion then that's certainly your prerogative but this isn't the place the discuss it

Sorry @Target, I did not intend to be "disruptive"

please reread my post.  I made no reference to anyone, and had that been my intention it would have been quite clear

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...only using the functionality built into this discussion board for our use, with the objective of focussing the comment subject line more specifically on the actual content of the post, so that people could get the sense of the content from the subject line without having to read the actual post.

seems kind of redundant to me.  Writing a substantial description of an individual post in the subject line kind of defeats the purpose of writing the post.

Surely the subject line belongs to the thread?

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they might get somewhat lost in the unending series of posts entitled with the generic "Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful."

Sorry but this comes across (to me) as if you think your posts are somehow more important or more relevant than the rest of 'the unending series of posts'

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I'm sure @mouser would have thought about the possibility of people doing this. Do you think he should block this feature?

not sure what it is you think your asking me here or the relevance of this statement

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Goodness!  ohmy  I had no idea that it might be de rigeur in this forum to leave subject lines well alone because they belonged to the OP originator, or something.

FWIW this threads been running for about 9 years (about!! that's really got to get up the noses of the pedants out there!!) so there is a history of continuity, regardless of who the OP is or was. 

let me be clear - I am not trying to be the arbiter of good behaviour here.  I don't have that right any more than anyone else here. 

I made a simple request, that's the end of.  If you feel it's justified you might comply, if not, you won't (I'm guessing the latter) but it's not that important.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: February 26, 2015, 10:27:29 PM
why write a post, if it doesn't get any attention?

The point wasn't about the content, it was about changing the title of someone else's thread without good reason

dunno about you but that doesn't seem like good forum etiquette to me undecided
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: February 26, 2015, 03:49:42 PM
Any chance we can desist from amending thread titles

If a thread needs a new title then it probably needs a new thread

I understand you might be trying to draw attention to something but it's very disruptive if you've been following a thread for a while (it makes it seem like your just trying to draw attention to your post)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 23, 2015, 11:57:43 PM
I think the most irritating thing here is that these are 'trusted' vendors

Comodo seems to be a well regarded security vendor which is doubly disturbing (though i suppose not altogether surprising, it's not like it's the first time something like this has happened)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 23, 2015, 07:26:18 PM
saw this on Ghacks this morning - privdog-is-superfish-all-over-again

it appears Privdog (which ships with Comodo) may be a similar application...

and so it goes...
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to use a pantograph for duplication? on: February 16, 2015, 06:25:30 PM
In the center?  Where is the center?

in the below the centre/anchor would be at pivot 1, and for one to one reproduction you would put the pencil at the end of one arm, and the tracing point at the end of the other

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ref http://www.peter.com.au/articles/pantograph.html

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to use a pantograph for duplication? on: February 16, 2015, 04:39:26 PM
using the example link you provided, and for one to one reproduction, the anchor point would be in the centre, ie at the apex of the outer arms, and you would trace with one end, and draw with the other.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: February 07, 2015, 02:35:14 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on first boot on 2nd-gen - SlashGear

If someone made an iOS emulator for the Raspberry, would you call it an Apple Pi or an iPi?

IoSPI?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 05, 2015, 05:49:58 PM
Have you ever pranked someone by turning their wireless mouse 180 degrees around.

no, but I swapped the cables on the monitor with the person opposite me while they were on lunch (I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that....)
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: February 03, 2015, 10:03:29 PM
And whoever the tamborine guy is, he is making every second of that count (i would, too!)

Pretty sure that's Ray Cooper, and he's quite a bit more than a tambourine man Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 02, 2015, 06:52:12 PM

didn't I see it in Cranioscopical's car thread?
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Wanted: sound volume toggle using fn + f11 and f12 keys on: January 28, 2015, 05:56:54 PM
I shall now download what is presumably a - what shall we say, refined and polished? - new version.

hehe, if deleting one line from the code is polished, then yes Cool

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What made you put the Low setting at the top and the High at the bottom?

no reason, other than the fact that it seem natural to me, eg low/high, left/right, up/down, etc.

there is nothing to say the settings gui needs to be in that format, it was just easy and generic.  If you wanted to reverse the layout, or put it side by side, or in something more esoteric that's potentially all doable, it's really up to you.

I included the source so you can look at the code and have a play if you're inclined, otherwise just post your preferences and I'll see what I can do
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Wanted: sound volume toggle using fn + f11 and f12 keys on: January 28, 2015, 04:27:18 PM
my bad, sorry embarassed

21  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Wanted: sound volume toggle using fn + f11 and f12 keys on: January 27, 2015, 06:46:06 PM
seeing as no one else has picked this up here's something I just dashed off that might fill a gap

Uses the WIN key instead of the function key so it doesn't interfere with the original functionality

default values are 25% and 50% and can be changed via the tray menu

edit 280114: bug fix
edit 290114: attachments deleted
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 23, 2015, 12:28:51 AM
Yours if you want it:

HA that's funny, I was looking at exactly the same one on a throw out table at officeworks only a couple of days ago ($19...)

Happy to help you out with this (reducing clutter is clearly one of your new years revolutions) - I'll PM you

and to wander off in search of wherever this thread was going, I understood this was a cheap printer, but compared to the inkjet my wifes been using it will have paid for itself a few times over even if I throw it out when the toner runs out.  I'm under no illusions about it's servicability, but so long as its reliable I don't have a problem Thmbsup Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 10:06:40 PM
Also ad hoc networking is a topology. Ad hoc networking can be done in a number of ways. It's not dependent on specific hardware per se. And it doesn't need a wireless capability to make it work. You could do an ad hoc network with a crossover cable and two NICs. Or with multiple PCs, cables, and a dumb network hub or switch - no router required. That's how it used to be done before wifi came out.

which was the point I was trying to make Thmbsup

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Using a wifi connection just makes it much more convenient.

except it apparently doesn't huh
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 21, 2015, 09:08:37 PM
I'm coming to realise that there's wireless, and then there's wireless (see the difference there?). 

...the trick is to make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Past that point, you actually make things more complex.

and therein lies the trap. 

Simple is good, but it assumes that everyone has a certain level of knowledge/skill, and that they already have all the dependencies covered off so there is no attempt to define anything. 

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Ad hoc networking is not a solution so much as a kludge. Like any "good" kludge, there's a steep decline in usefulness and useability outside of the specific problem it was designed to address. In this case that means quick and dirty one off connections between wireless devices. What we're really talking about is using the printer's ad hoc capabilities to do the job of a WAP and router.

I'll show my ignorance here and ask what's probably a stupid question.

If I can create an adhoc wired 'network' so easily, then why is a wireless solution so much different.  The comm's should be the same, so we're only talking about the means of transmission (is landline v mobile telephony is an appropriate analogy?)
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 20, 2015, 09:28:13 PM
Makes for an Interesting wrinkle, once a 2nd (inactive) gateway gets introduced (IT hits the fan). Because it will either need a gateway-less static IP scheme, or a really low priority for the wireless adapters gateway to be sure they can get out to the web. Both of which either of us could probably do blindfolded...but neither is a great time for a novice. Not to mention if it ever required them to do any troubleshooting ... Zoiks!

actually not that hard as the tether doesn't need to be shared - we obviously only connect when we need it and the connection is direct to the PC in question, so not part of 'a network' at all
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