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General Discussion Area / Oops...
« on: 17 May 2022, 18:40:51 »
I don't think my trimmer has enough magic smoke left in it.

My 5S battery had a failed cell, so I tried an old 6S I had.  The best its every run for about 30s, when it all went wrong ;D

General Discussion Area / Just for DTM Snr
« on: 16 May 2022, 09:26:42 »
A lower flight around Wappenham :)

General Discussion Area / A Q for DIYers
« on: 10 May 2022, 09:39:54 »
Whats the name of the pointy bit that screws on the end of a mastik/sealant/no-more-nails etc cartridge.

I need to buy a few, but don't know what to search for, and "pointy thingie" isn't really going to anywhere useful ;D

Test Zone / #2.1 test
« on: 27 April 2022, 08:37:28 »

Test Zone / test
« on: 25 April 2022, 13:11:34 »


General Discussion Area / A slightly misty Brackley Dawn...
« on: 14 January 2022, 14:05:23 »
As the wind was low, and the sky looked clear, seemed rude not to send one of the drones up at sunrise this morning...

General Discussion Area / Caught out by the wind
« on: 09 January 2022, 16:42:00 »
A nice day today, so decided to go out with one of the quadcopter drones this afternoon, having a (correctly distanced) nose around Wappenham and Silverstone, and started getting wind warnings. So swung it round with still 74% battery remaining, to be on the safe side...

...and over a kilometre out, it was down to 5% so started force landing.   Opps, completely misjudged the wind today.

General Discussion Area / A wasted week
« on: 02 January 2022, 16:15:38 »
One of my tasks for my time off between Xmas and NY was to find a suitable replacement for Microsoft's long abandoned Media Center, which most of you will know has been my device of choice to sit under the telly to deal with everything TV related.  Well, actually, the search began a couple of years back, by getting a Humax TV recorder and a gay-ray player.

Well, the Humax is just about dead now - not that I mind, because it was shite really.

So a concerted effort to find a replacement PC based solution.

So, hear is the summary of all my trials:

Kodi: Shite
Plex: Expensive and Shite
Media Portal 2: OK but unreliable
MythTV: Didn't support my tuners
Win 8.1 Media Center: "Just works"

So after several days, I'm back where I started, and still using a product that got its last update over 13 years ago.

I think Win8.1 goes out of support in early 2023, so I guess I'll either have to do it all again next year in the hope something has improved, or just yank the network cable out of the back of the damn thing next year, and all streaming will have to be via another device.

General Car Chat / MOVED: mama mia!
« on: 31 December 2021, 12:08:34 »

General Discussion Area / OOF Server
« on: 24 December 2021, 13:20:49 »
I've been meaning for weeks to vacuum out the air vents on one of the OOF servers, really to reduce the fan noise.  I finally got off my 'arris...

The poor thing must think its Christmas.  Oh, hang on a minute....

Omega General Help / MOVED: limp mode
« on: 20 December 2021, 14:32:07 »

General Discussion Area / Brakkers at night, 10 days before Xmas
« on: 16 December 2021, 10:21:13 »
Popped out for a couple of quick drone flights after work last night, to capture the tacky, chavvy Christmas decorations people dangle over their homes.

First 5m30 are up and down the High Street - the massively lit up place on the edge of town to the left is Mercedes F1, formerly Brawn GP, formerly Honda Racing, formerly BAR (and some might argue formerly Tyrell).  After 5m30ish, starts near one of the estates, and is full on chavtastic.

All of which reminds me, is it time for Xmas Smilies yet?

General Discussion Area / Agile
« on: 13 December 2021, 13:39:09 »
I wonder if log4j was developed using lazy bastard Agile?

General Discussion Area / E10 and lawnmowers
« on: 06 December 2021, 12:02:52 »
I'm guessing that my 2nd hand, clapped out, B&S Sprint powered Hayter Hawk mower is not compatible with E10.

So do I go for high octane, more likely to be E5 or lower, fuel, or replace it.

If I replace, do I risk getting a battery powered mower instead.

Anyone got experience of modern battery mowers?


General Discussion Area / Arms like Popeye...
« on: 06 November 2021, 16:44:51 »
Today, I have been crimping 50v power cables all day, and now my right forearm is swollen badly.

What will the missus think I've been up to all day when she gets back home and sees it ;D

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