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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 23, 2015, 05:33:06 PM
Did you know that the lug nuts on the passenger side of a 64 Dodge polara are left hand thread??

just so we all know that the issue of 'standards' was around long before software was commonplace Grin Grin Grin
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: April 19, 2015, 10:14:12 PM
didn't think mrainey used windows any more?
3  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Any play VoidSpace? on: April 12, 2015, 06:12:43 PM

looks nice!!

have you played at all?

looks a lot like elite dangerous
4  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: is the member map down? on: April 08, 2015, 08:06:25 PM
oh, then I'll stop looking then  embarassed

thanks!!
5  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / is the member map down? on: April 08, 2015, 07:54:53 PM
or has it been removed?

I just went to change my location and can't find the map anywhere (and I don't recall hearing anything about its demise)
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / what3words on: April 08, 2015, 07:16:17 PM
saw a reference to what3words in our work newsgroups today

seems like a really useful mapping/navigation/location tool, though it may struggle with some situations (multistory buildings for example)

EDIT:  I'm not associated with this tool in any way, nor am I recommending it for any given purpose.  It just seems like a pretty cool tool to me but YMMV
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 30, 2015, 01:06:35 AM
They missed getting in the word "TurnPaahk"!

though they can say 'FARRRRRRRRK' just fine Grin
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 30, 2015, 12:38:07 AM
I apologise for this up front embarassed

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Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.
   
A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu.  The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
   
However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
   
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.
 
The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Cah", not a single one could shout "Truck"
9  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
10  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
11  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?
12  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
13  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...

14  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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15  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
16  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.

17  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
18  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)
19  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)
20  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...
21  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

22  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.
23  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?
24  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....)
25  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
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