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  • I found this article on Cornish tin exports that took place in 2000BC to be a fascinating insight on how long ago international trade was established. It raised multiple questions in my mind such as how many different traders were involved in the buying, transportation and selling of the commodity. What did they trade with one another, and how did…[Read more]

  • Price is a real problem with Apple, and especially the Apple Mac range. I wonder if they have ever looked at the (price-cost of sales)*sales equation and the effect on profit of reducing cost but increasing sales and reducing unit manufacturing cost.

    The other option would be to license their Mac OS to a few select manufacturers as well as make…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Use or scrap? in the forum Linux Talk 4 hours, 45 minutes ago

    Or try Damn Small Linux this runs on most really old kit but is even more quirky!

    DSL is one of those distros where RTFM is a must, otherwise you will not even be able to see an options menu. (right click on screen from memory)

  • Ed P replied to the topic Linux for kids in the forum Linux Talk 4 hours, 57 minutes ago

    Thinking about your question, four is maybe a bit too young for a laptop as the keyboard could be a barrier to learning.

    I assume your daughter goes to play-school, so you should have some ideas on areas in which you can give help. Encouraging a good ‘tripod’ grip on a pen is normally a disproportionately helpful thing to do.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Random Donner Post 🙂 in the forum Recipes 5 hours, 58 minutes ago

    Duke, although vegans hate the fact, humans NEED meat to get enough B12.

    Try adding a small piece of liver to your diet every week or two. The other thing to try are the soya meat substitutes and the Linda McCartney range of non-meat meats. They are generally very good, for a quick meal we often use her ‘mock’ Hoisin Duck.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Laptop gone crazy. in the forum PC Talk 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Tippon I use VMWare Player (free) because it (had) slightly better graphics support but Virtual Box is just as good.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Linux for kids in the forum Linux Talk 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Lots of lists on line e,g, link

    Many schools now start slightly older kids on Scratch – if you have a Pi you can see it there.

    My own observation with my grandchildren is that they are far more comfortable using Pads, and that there are a lot of very good (some expensive) learning games. However beware there are many that look good but are…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Very cheap 4k graphics card? in the forum PC Talk 1 day, 6 hours ago

    “I’ve been thinking about teaching myself (3D software)”

    PM Dan – Opensource Blender is the way to go, lots of free resources. I wish I could help point you in the right direction, but I seem to have a mental block in moving from the way my old (expensive) software works to the very different way Blender works. Dan knows the best approach to use.

     

  • Ed P replied to the topic Camera help please. in the forum Other Tech 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Dunno about the camera Chris but even with anti-shake it takes a lot to hold a small camera rock steady for a zoomed moon shot!

  • Looks like your best bet may be a push-bike or tandam if Birmingham go the way of Ghent!

    link

  • This week’s worrying Boeing news – more of the same but this time it is the revamped 777 the Boeing 777X which may share some of the woes of the Max. link

  • Ed P replied to the topic Laptop gone crazy. in the forum PC Talk 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Install a Linux VM on the working laptop and save money. Lots of how-tos on line, but a Linux VM does everything done by a regular vm and any speed hit is unnoticeable. If you browse/email from a vm it is a zillion times more secure than using Windows.

  • You have an analogous situation in Cornwall (& Devon?) where installation of new solar panels are being strictly rationed as there is no way to deal with localised excesses. Just to rub salt in the wound  they need to fire up a gas turbine when its raining to cover shortages. Some way of storing low grade power is an essential in the sunnier…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Camera help please. in the forum Other Tech 2 days, 23 hours ago

    Totally off-topic, but I love the photograph of the woman doing Tai Chi. It may be interesting to play with your Lumix taking time-lapse photos while mounted on a rotating platform. A good Pi project but unfortunately I have too many at the moment!

  • Obviously a long delivery item!

  • Ed P replied to the topic Random Donner Post 🙂 in the forum Recipes 3 days, 3 hours ago

    Hope your Doner Kebab turned out OK. For my taste, I thought it was a little bit light on ‘hotter’ spices e.g. cumin, ground coriander,and smoked paprika. If you want to blow your socks off try substituting szechwan pepper for black pepper! However its all a matter of taste.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Camera help please. in the forum Other Tech 3 days, 4 hours ago

    I think his advice was just a practical observation that the digital zoom did not add more pixels and the autocrop etc may not be as good as doing it yourself. However as you imply, convenience often outweighs perfection.

    As PM shoots artistically pleasing photos, I thought he may want to be able to get the very best from his shots.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Camera help please. in the forum Other Tech 3 days, 6 hours ago

    Finally got the SuperZoom enabled, try and get some shots tomorrow.

    The book I purchased said to ignore Superzoom on my Lumix, as it just takes the output from ‘ex Tele Conv’ and upsamples it. His (David Thorpe’s) advice was to turn the Zoom ring, shoot in Large, crop then upsample outside the camera. He said Superzoom was however of value in…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Camera help please. in the forum Other Tech 3 days, 17 hours ago

    I have a Panasonic Lumix GH5 purchased for a similar event. A brilliant camera – it leaves Canon choking in the dust on every count. BUT it has so many options it takes weeks to come to get to grips with them all. In the end I had to buy a book just to learn how to make full use of it. The other downside is of course size. It certainly cannot just…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Random Donner Post 🙂 in the forum Recipes 3 days, 17 hours ago

    Oat starch is certainly sticky and seems to have an affinity with iron (and maybe blood cells). For example the difficulty in cleaning metal porridge spoons and old style saucepans. I can well believe that it coats surfaces in the stomach/oesophagus.

    Oat bran is slightly different in that it contains more  soluble fibre which is high in the…[Read more]

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