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General Discussion Area / 30min outage this evening
« on: 31 August 2021, 15:49:56 »
At some point early this evening, we need to mess around with the internet connection, which will impact access.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

General Car Chat / Battlebus (not) Starting
« on: 13 August 2021, 09:25:58 »
This is a different issue to the lack of working glowplugs ;D

When parked uphill overnight, it tends to die a few seconds after starting, and makes it a right pig to start again.  Parked downhill, its much better :).

I'm thinking leak off pipes, but a quick glance, the *look* ok.  Would I see diesel around them if they leaked?

General Discussion Area / OOF Access
« on: 04 August 2021, 15:02:45 »
Its clearly like a pair of whores drawers currently, due to an internet connectivity problem.

We're on it, hope to have it resolved as soon as we can

General Car Chat / Sainsburys carpark
« on: 24 July 2021, 15:56:19 »
I was sat in the car at Saino's earlier, which she popped in to pick up some stuff she forgot/failed to get at Tesco yesterday.

So in the 10-20 mins I was sat there for, I saw....

A Merc convertible "park" with his nose stinking out about 7", causing obvious chaos.
An Astra estate reverse out of their spot, using a spare space opposite to reverse into, without seeing some lazy idiot had left a trolley there.
A Golf reverse out of a space, straight into some silly tart walking immediately behind.

It seems that everyone has forgotten how to safely operate a car.

General Discussion Area / OOF Memories
« on: 09 July 2021, 15:24:08 »
As OOF celebrated its 15th birthday this week, it got me reminiscing of some of the OOF related events I've witness, either online or face to face.  Most have cracked me up, some have been sad, and some have hit emotions that a true man should never have.

I was going to do a post with some of of the things I recall, but currently time is against me.  I'll try to do something in the next week or so, but I couldn't like OOF's milestone of 15yrs go without posting something.

Do any of you have memories you'd like to share?

General Discussion Area / Will this help....
« on: 13 June 2021, 17:03:58 »

Its dropped inlet temp by 5C, taking it away from Critical ;D.

Poor OOF server ;D

General Discussion Area / Did I see STEMO?
« on: 08 June 2021, 19:36:01 »
Just caught some amateur whippet racing on Portillo's train programme.

Wondered if I caught a glimpse of Uncle STEMO amongst all the old fellas....

General Discussion Area / WTF is...
« on: 03 June 2021, 17:31:40 » elbow?

Sat here popping pills, and with a tubigrip on.

Whatever it is, its gay.  And painful.

General Discussion Area / OOF Certificate Expiration
« on: 15 May 2021, 11:32:52 »
To provide secure HTTPS encryption, OOF uses Lets Encrypt certificates.

Letís Encryptís older root cert is due to expire in September.

For most of us, nothing changes, and we wonít notice. But those attached to their old shitty devices or outdated browsers will likely get certificate errors and website insecure warnings

General Car Chat / TB's breakdown thread
« on: 14 May 2021, 18:36:14 »
So, after dumping all its coolant in one big heap at motorway speeds, a colleague (who in a former life was a race engine tuner) and I had a quick look, and quickly determined it was the stat housing had failed.  Nothing repairable at side of road, as its a unique, plastic, moulded part.  Good job I have RAC recovery.

So call RAC, to be greeted with a message that I can't really call them, and report it online instead if possible, because of covid, and only hang on as a last resort.  I mean, we've had the sniffle virus for over a year, companies can't keep hiding behind that excuse.

Gave up holding after about 10mins, and did it online, at 2:30pm.  Technician called me at 4pm, telling me he was 30mins away, though I explained to him what I'd found, and that it was gonna need recovery, and it was RWD, but understandably he had to check first.  He rocked up at 4:30pm, and immediately decided it needed recovery, which he couldn't do, because it was RWD.  So I had to wait for a recovery truck.

Recovery truck turned upat 7pm, and was quickly on our way.  I had to stay in the car, due to covid, an experience that was quite unpleasant.

By 8pm, he'd dropped me at Beaconsfield services.

By 11pm, the next truck turned up.

Which meant I was home just before midnight.

This afternoon, after work, I pulled off the throttle body, to reveal fully the extent of the problem.  Its actually not the thermostat housing, just a plastic component to send the coolant in various directions.  The stat is not actually on the engine, and is mounted remotely.

Now time to order bits.  Need to decide genuine or pattern.  Genuine is about 2.5 - 3 times more expensive, but its not an expensive part, so will probably be based on availability.

General Discussion Area / In the words of Kevin Bloody Wilson
« on: 13 May 2021, 17:22:50 »
Iíve had an absolute Lady bits of a day


General Discussion Area / Outage tis week
« on: 21 February 2021, 19:29:29 »
Need a slightly longer than normal outage tis week to do some patching.  The nature of this set of patches means its a bit more than the usual apply and reboot.

Not sure when yet though

General Discussion Area / DIY fanatics
« on: 21 February 2021, 12:50:08 »
Ideally, what I need is one of those plastic crates used a lot in warehousing etc.  But as I can't find one of a suitable size, looks like I need to make something.

Will probably use a wooden frame with hardboard sides, to try to keep the weight down, unless anybody has better ideas?

Now, because what it carries is liable to be very dirty and very wet, and it will get chucked on the back seat of the car or in the boot, I wanted to seal it, so was looking for a paint that wouldn't rub off too easily, and would hold make it completely waterproof and now able to leak.

Unless somebody knows where I can get a fairly sturdy plastic crate with internal dimensions of 620mm x 480mm and 220-250mm high ?  The dimensions can be slightly bigger, obviously, but would like to keep the size sensible.

General Car Chat / My paintwork, WTF
« on: 20 February 2021, 14:04:24 »
See pic (linked so you can see in original resolution, and zoom in).  WTF?

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