• My printer is the HP 8500A officejet Pro. It has a soft power button. If there is a power outage, or if you switch it OFF with the button, then you need to switch it ON before next use. At switch on, it will spend 10 mins churning and setting itself, no doubt wasting ink as it does so. Consequently I never switch it off unless I know I am going to…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic History field trip. in the forum Other Stuff 6 days, 9 hours ago

    I was going to post this in Bob’s archeology thread, but I can’t find it.

    Anyway, this is for you bob. This morning as we went shopping, R4 had part 5 of “The Fens”.

    It started on Monday (09:45) and continued on subsequent days until today. You WILL want to listen from part 1 on BBC Sounds.


  • Les. replied to the topic DIY PC case in the forum PC Talk 1 week ago

    As I said in a previous reply, the way the mother board is fastened down DOES matter. Various “different” fixing screws were supplied by different mother board suppliers, but they all had the same base size, sometimes looking like a built in washer.

    We used to build PCs (Yours truly built well over 1,000) but we also used to sell components. I…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic History field trip. in the forum Other Stuff 2 weeks ago

    This is the first time I have seen this thread, and one thing that caught my eye was Eds “Treacle mines”.

    Here in the Isle of Man, there are frequent references to the Treacle mines, and I always assumed this was a Manx version of Ken Dodd’s famous “Butty Mines”. I know roughly the location of the Treacle Mines, now I just need to find if they…[Read more]

  • When i went for my ride this morning, there were a few large rain drops. I called at the Post Office, and it was still dropping. Maybe one minute inside, but completely dry when I got out. My ride was “over the top”, West coast to East coast at Laxey. Mist on the mountain, needed to keep wiping my goggles every 10-15 seconds. I chose a table…[Read more]

  • Ed, interesting about the vertical stripes. I have told Tamara, who at that moment was wearing an upper garment with H stripes!

    Richard, I know all about keeping an eye on horse fly bites.

    40 yearts ago, visiting the late ex’s in-laws, I sat outside whilst her brother and his woman, both druggies, went in for a beer and smoke. Anyway, the horse…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Unacceptable Face of Conservatism in the forum UK 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Ed, I thought maybe Parkinson’s. Not just the tremor, but her face is looking flat and more expressionless than in the past. One of the signs of the disease. Usually though, Parkinson’s starts with stiffness, typically in one shoulder, them progresses. The tremors are mostly a side effect of the L.Dopa medication I think. Perhaps a symptom without…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Elderly mobile user in the forum Android Talk 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    We go to “Walk and Talk” on Wednesdays. We often meet an old dear walking in the opposite direction with whom we always say Hello etc. She rarely appears if very wet, but always asks how many laps we will be doing. (one lap just under one mile, we usually do four). Anyway, a few months ago I said to her that she has been missing for a few weeks.…[Read more]

  • Smug mode switched on.

    Really pleasant here. Spent most of the afternoon on the JCB moving massive slate lintels, then “buldozing” where my new turning circle will one day make parking easier.

    Quite a wind last night, but warm so not uncomfortable. However, I noticed leaves dropping yesterday from the trees above and behind the cottage. Today…[Read more]

  • Sorry Hugh, but you got two of those wrong (well, certainly for a potteries lad).

    ‘There are plenty of starving children in China who’d love that”

    ‘Don’t sit on the cold concrete, you’ll get chimkof’

    Adding a potteries one:-

    It looks nasty over Bill’s mothers.   —   Trans. The sky over there is very dark, it is going to rain shortly.


  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 month ago

    Dave, that sounds very much like the one that has “gone funny”. If it is in your way, let me give you something for it, but if you have a use, hold on, since this one from Australia is on its way (though maybe a slow boat FROM china).

    Thanks, Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dave, thanks. Let me know if you find it.

    I decided to review this thread a few minutes ago, as I have a nagging feeling something is not right. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT looking for trouble!

    At the start, the PC was not seeing the SSD.

    I did a machine change (including back up bats at WoF’s suggestion), and it then changed to never booting…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Our new Phones. in the forum Android Talk 1 month, 1 week ago

    The pace (lack of)  of life over here is great, sensible.  I use cheques, but mostly cash. On the odd occasion i don’t have enough cash, and the cheque book is refused, out comes the card. That is so rare that I have my pin number written in code on the back. The code is imprinted on my mind since about 1965 (used by a wholesale/retail shop for a…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 month, 1 week ago

    WoF, somewhat over my head.

    I have just ordered an identical Micom to my original “bought new”, and AMD Athlon X2 240e. The low power version.

    Cost just over a fiver, post paid, from “down under”.

    Cheers, Les.

  • Les. replied to the topic Mint missing again in the forum Linux Talk 1 month, 1 week ago

    Well, a month since I did the last “switcharoo” and every day (with one exception) it stopped at the splash screen, requiring sw off/sw on. The one occasion when it came on directly was when I forgot to isolate my desk after shut down previous night.

    Anyway, I had concluded it was either the PSU or the mother board, so yesterday morning, I…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Son's birthday. in the forum Tools 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Bob, if you get that oscillating cutter, can we have a report please. I bought a recipro saw a few years ago, but frankly found it pretty useless, but that could be me.

    The simple bench looks OK, more like stuff looked a few decades ago. However, it will likely be cheap, thin Chinese steel, and it will rust badly when the paint falls off. But he…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic Electrical Earthing in the forum Electrics 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Going back to original point about resistance and impedance. The electrical supply people (and therefore all electricians) use the term impedance, but in reality they normally only measure the resistance between the neutral (with mains supply off) and the earth and then speak of the impedance. Some of the latest most sophisticated instrumentation…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic OBD Adaptor? in the forum Parts 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    OBD, of course. I used to have a reader for my 2.9 Granada, which I think also covered my later Scorpio. I sold it. Yes, modern stuff is (or was) OBD-2 last time I saw anything, probably for over 20years now.

    One on my bikes, a Cagiva Gran Canyon has a system, I think based on OBD-2, but it has a different interface, for which I needed a Fiat…[Read more]

  • Les. replied to the topic OBD Adaptor? in the forum Parts 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I have no idea what an ABD adaptor actually is. Is it a desuphator? If so, many of them are junk. I bought one off a “slow boat”  –  It does not work!

    I have analysed it (‘scope) and the first half works, but nothing gets out the other side. i am in the (slow) process of building one I bought as a kit, but not time to finish yet.


  • For the last 5 to 8 years I have used “Mywalking” (ebay moniker) for my HP inks. I assume he does Canon. ONLY genuine ones, often very out of date (but very cheap) and an instant replacement if not perfect. I used to use the HP 3 colour ones (78?) and the yellows were especially dodgy. He did a simple test before despatch as an extra check. The…[Read more]

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