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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: A Day At The Auctions
« on: 18 September 2018, 09:45:25 »
At the couple of auctions I've been to, the only potential bargains have been in the highest risk, completely undocumented / unknown history / condition category.

One made me laugh. Complete shed of a Renault 5, blowing blue smoke out of the exhaust with about 2 weeks MOT.

" Come on, lads, this is cheaper than a taxi home!" ;D

General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 18 September 2018, 09:33:17 »
If you want a classic that's actually involving to drive you have to go Lotus and avoid anything mass produced by brummies.

Unfortunately, there are other consequences to doing so.

General Discussion Area / Re: Wasp Nest
« on: 18 September 2018, 09:30:12 »
Don't be a slumlord landlord - get a proper pest control company in  :P ;) ;D

Otherwise, I hear Elon Musk was selling flamethrowers recently...

Get our glorious leader to operate the flame thrower, he has a history with gas powered things. ;D
I can confirm, if its a ground nest, a litre of petrol and a match does sort it out, but dress up well (I put on my full bike gear)
How will lycra help?  :o
Mind bleach to the gen dis area please!

General Discussion Area / Re: Sat Nav Choice
« on: 18 September 2018, 01:03:21 »
You need to go higher. Even my trusty old Garmin GPS12XL used to get a full rack of 12 sats a couple of miles up above Jockular land!  ;D

Be very careful if Mrs STEMO complains of having dry eyes and buys an over the counter bottle of eye drops. :-X It only takes a few drops added to your food and it's bye bye STEMO. A US wifey has just been charged with doing this and killing her husband. :o The bad news is it obviously fails the not detectable poison test. :-[

Yep. That's no good. What she needs is a sudden, tragic, accidental camping equipment failure in his vicinity to send him into orbit and . Now, ... <rubs chin> :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 17 September 2018, 19:11:56 »
Well, I saw an SM today on my commute.  8)

General Car Chat / Re: It must be only TB.....
« on: 17 September 2018, 16:57:23 »
I think my old A500 is up in the loft...   ...ever since I moved 17yrs ago, and I bet it was in the loft of my old house for the 9yrs I lived there.

Wonder if it'll fire up...

Talking of 68000s, I have a couple of QLs here, being a Sinclair boy.

No need to wonder if the QLs will fire up, then? ;)

I made the mistake of taking Mrs. KW to a radio rally recently. I was worried that she would put a curb on my collecting junk but she seemed keen to come, so why not? She ended up staggering to the car with an iMac G3, purchased for the princely sum of 10 because it was "funky", apparently. ::) Then she remembered that we were in the MX 5 and I ended up with it on my lap the whole way home. >:(

Still works, mind. The HDD is predictable whiny, though.

Perhaps those nice Russian chaps who have a penchant for visiting English towns would like to visit Barnsley.  :y

They could take in a game at Barnsley FC, see the church, visit Wentworth Castle and maybe even pass by Uncle STEMO's house!  :D doorknob. They'd have to post it through the letterbox.  ;D

Well if you get a little bottle of aftershave through the letterbox from an 'unknown admirer' you know what to do!  :)

How high is the spire at Barnsley? Not 123m, I bet. Can't see them being very interested. :-\

General Car Chat / Re: It must be only TB.....
« on: 17 September 2018, 15:39:24 »
Hadn't heard of that one and we have relatives near Cambridge. :y

Need to go to the Bletchley one again some time, too.

General Car Chat / Re: It must be only TB.....
« on: 17 September 2018, 15:19:45 »
On the hunt for an Atari 2600, now...

.. and so it came to pass that Aaronjb spent the winter playing Dig Dug rather than finishing the Cobra. ::)

68k was the first kind of assembler I dabbled with..

Yes, it was certainly a lovely machine from a programmer's perspective although it needed a lot of supporting hardware to give its' best.

I lost the will to live when I looked at the x86 after the 68k. :o

I still have a couple of 6809 SBCs kicking around that I built when I was at school. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: It must be only TB.....
« on: 17 September 2018, 15:00:09 »
What does it rev to? :P

7.09MHz...  ;D
Ahh.. Feel the 68000 love. :-*

A bit more polished than my Kaycomp, though.  :-\

Salisbury might seem a long way to go from Barnsley for a lunch date with your wife, but... :-X

General Car Chat / Re: It must be only TB.....
« on: 17 September 2018, 12:50:31 »
Drove to Leicester to pick up something I'd won on eBay, yesterday.

It was as described, complete, functional and they gave me two big boxes full of stuff to go with it.

So I've nothing to complain about, sadly. ;D

What does it rev to? :P

General Discussion Area / Re: Finally ending
« on: 17 September 2018, 11:31:24 »
I would have thought that the retro-Beetle has been a nice little earner for VW and rather than stop altogether, the next step should be the E-Beetle.  :)

With the electric motor in the boot of course!  :y

.. then they could do a model with the battery behind the (much bigger) motor, call it the E911 and watch rich people drive it backwards through hedges. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Sat Nav Choice
« on: 17 September 2018, 09:35:16 »
Granted, was out in the open, but notice on power-on, my quad had 18 locked in sats ;).  Granted, also much newer GPS hardware than what goes into standalone portable units as well...

Indoors, sitting at my desk, my phone is locked on 12 sats..

But you know where you are already... ;D

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