* Posts by llodge

14 posts • joined 27 Sep 2011

Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney


Re: Sod walls


I find it works well when freshly applied once you get past about about 25mph. At motorway speeds it works very well.

The older the coating the less well it works. I find on windscreens you can get around 2-3 months between applications on side and rear windows 6 months between coatings.

A very useful side effect is it repels seagull crap as well! :-)

UK.gov dumps another £40m into unpopular SME broadband scheme


Re: Cities

I found out about the scheme, and would possibly have applied except it is only available where there is already a good service - nowhere outside a major city at all.

We would desperately like better broadband - have to make do with 5 x adsl connections to reach the dizzy heights of a 12mb connection and this was only achieved having PAID Openreach EXTRA for an engineer with a REIN meter.Has anyone else tried to track REIN interference in a large building with thousands of electrical circuits, an extensive wireless network, cob walls, and lots of non owned equipment using an AM radio!!.To be fair we were very pleased with the improvements the engineer made but any suggestion you could DIY in these circumstances is ridiculous (even tried to source one the BT engineers scanners).

Tried and still use bonding as the best AVAILABLE solution. No EFM available. Our local exchange is fibre enabled and we are connected direct to the exchange by fibre but cannot get this enabled unless we pay in excess of £550.00 for a 10mb leased line connection (apparently this is subject to survey) but this has improved in the last year from over £700.00 pcm.

Regularly get personally addressed letters offering fibre but surprise, surprise we can't get fibre (stops about a mile away).

Loads of competition to bill us but still only 1 supplier - Openreach!!!!

How practical is an electric car in London?


Re: Britain (and the US ) need smaller cars

I think they have tried this but smart cars haven't really caught on.

Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan


Battery Cars.

"Nissan is the world’s largest maker of cars that include an electric motor, while BMW and Tesla account for 80 per cent of the world’s battery-only cars."

what about Tamiya?

I expect they have quite a large share of the battery car market. :-)

Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line


Bond, James Bond ??

As telefonica are providing the data link does this mean anyone with an O2 phone can drive their Tesla remotely as James bond does with his BMW? :-)

Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact


So all those YouTube videos showing people on the beaches in California with Radiation detectors that are going into Alert mode are just imaginary then are they?

I'm guessing it really depends what the radiation detectors are measuring?

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the measurement was of the battery or whatever else's is powering the devices voltage. Proper radiation detectors are probably prohibitively expensive as beach accessories.

BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods


No competition

Our local exchange has just been enabled for fibre and they are rolling it out to a couple of cabinets in town.

We however are located 4k away from the exchange and nowhere near the cabinets.

we do have a live fibre connection (which was previously used for ISDN30) to the local exchange unfortunately as Openreach control virtually all of the rural broadband in the country there is no way I can find of getting the fibre, that connects our building to the exchange, used for broadband.

BT did offer me a leased line though at £800.00 per month. :-(.

I watched Excel meet 1-2-3, and beat it fair and square


I can remember splashing out for Wordperfect for Amiga.

a real word processor on the Amiga although Digita's offering wasn't bad though a bit more graphics orientated.

Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime


Re: streamed playback?


I can stream content from my Humax freeview hdr to the freeview hd box with the standard firmware I use powerline adapters to acheive this but others in my family manage with wi-fi dongles as well.

I can also stream from the Foxsat satellite box using custom firmware.



Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband


Wildly Optimistic

I would think these figures are wildly optimistic even at these low averages.

We have fibre into our building now, for isdn30, but no hope of using for broadband for the foreseeable future.

Ten... Freeview HD recorders


You can watch content from the HDR on the FOX-HD but and I think you can stream SD content to other devices but ISTR the HD is crippled by DRM.

Thumb Up

Humax's have been OK for me.

I've had Humax's since the 9200 and had very few problems.

The 9200's started to get a bit problematical after 4 or 5 years but a cold boot normally fixes that .

The Freesat HD might lock up once in 6 months or so but I don't use that much now as the user interface of the FOX-HDR is much better IMHO and now you can have the FOX HD and watch content on the HDR using that it's gettting much better.

Now looking forward to being able to programme them over the net :-). It might even be available on hacked versions I haven't looked recently.

Spotify tethers future to Facebook


Goodbye Spotify!

Was considering giving Spotify a try.

But not going to now - will try Last.fm again.

Sonos Play:3 network music player


Thank you!

Looking now just reconfigured my squeezebox network and this would free up my Boom for Kitchen duty.


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