There are different types of thermostat.
Wooden equipment building in the middle of a field of h.f. antennae.
Big 12 inch Xpelair fan wired to a heating thermostat.
Increase the temperature setting and the fan would run non-stop!
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My work, in a certain Govt Organisation (see icon), involved the repair of these.
I had a working Pet for comparison and drawers full of 40-pin DILs.
I put sockets on the working PET and found most faults by substitution.
Also had the calibrated floppy disks that generated the 'eye' pattern on a 'scope.
A few C64s came my way for repair, but the chips kept changing with each new build.
The operation appears to be terminated now that the cover is blown.
There is probably a reason why the time is now instead of letting it continue.
I suspect that something big was being planned by the crims which had to be stopped at the expense of blowing the cover.
At least the police will have plenty of leads to follow up with.
So what will be the next tool for the law enforcers?
Most people here in Manila use cash.
I once paid FoodPanda meal by card.
The meal never arrived but it took 6 weeks of me chasing the bank to supply written proof.
Cash is King.
My bank uses 2FA to log in and pay for pre-paid cell phone load.
The wait sometimes means the bank web site times out before the 2FA arrives.
Then I get a load of texts all at once with the 2FA requests.
I'm not one for for swearing, but I was down the pub explaining that the job I had just landed in Saudi Arabia was tax free.
Having checked all the UK tax info papers (1981, before internet) a farmer was trying to tell me that I could not return to the UK to visit without incurring tax, or so his brother said.
This guy became insistent that he was right. I knew different having read all the rules.
" I don't care what your fucking brother says". said I before going out to a night shift.
You could feel the shock among those propping up the bar.
The next visit to the pub the landlord was all smiles and gave me a free pint.
Casualty of the lockdown (but don't call it a lockdown), are the low margin copy shops in the malls.
Thrived on students report submissions but no customers.
We have to use expensive book store copiers.
What used to cost 40 centavos now costs 2.5 Peso each copy.
Explains a lot of the above.
I was watching on election night, both Fox News and CNN by switching the two channels.
Early results showed Fox presenters smugly announcing Trump leading.
When the postal voting results swung towards Democrats, the Fox team were firing of all types of accusations against the Dems and the voting 'irregularities'.
They were not happy bunnies.
It was a good popcorn session.
I have a Denon CEOL Piccolo internet radio that worked just fine for seven years until it needed a firmware update.
The update failed and it went to the service agency for the update.
When it was returned, all the radio stations were wiped. No problem I thought, just reload the stations.
BUT, there was a message telling me to look at radioDenon.com
That was a page run by Vtuner who have taken over the station 'tuning' from Denon.
They want a yearly subscription to enable station updates.
This is all new to me as I thought that Denon would supply the stations. My 'contract' when I bought it was with Denon.
So I now have a brick which is technically very capable of working except that I have to pay to use it again.
So the moral is don't buy a Denon as a retirement present to yourself. One day it will just stop working!
Here in the Philippines.
I O and Q are all valid. Number 0 has a small gap in it.
New cars here are using dealer plates for years after purchase because the Govt contract with a dutch firm was cancelled due to (suspected) corruption. Govt set up a plate manufacturing factory, but is taking long time to catch up.
No NPR here so it don't really matter.
Duterte has threatened a pair of local telcos
Correction, 'the' pair of local telcos. There are only two until 'Dito' comes along (delayed until ) next year.
There is a need for 10,000 towers in the next five years - to catch up with Viet Nam.
That's a lot of towers especially when it takes 25 permits including Right of Way (ROW) which comes from government and takes 6 months of pushing paper before any construction can take place.
Talking of paper, most government departments use filing cabinets as storage which is why absolutely NOTHING has been processed during lockdown.
The telcos are not guilt free, the signal coverage is only 63% so once you leave metro Manila the coverage is patchy.
At least we get fast fibre direct to home in Manila but the strain on international connections shows at times.
When the facebook cable connects to the outside world, we should expect improvements.
In the space of a week, my Sony Blu-ray player wont use Youtube because the O/S is Windows 7.
Also my Denon DRA-N5 internet radio wont connect to radio stations as Denon have abandoned updating the radio lists.
At least the Sony still plays discs but the Denon is a brick after 7 years good use.
The Malls are the place to go for free WiFi, (*) but during a weekend evening, a connection that works is almost impossible.
The system cannot cope with the demand from students who crowd the malls after school all using cell phone data.
DICT has been ordered to construct 20,000 common cell towers during the next five years to catch up such advanced countries as Viet Nam.
It takes about 7 months and a fistful of permits before construction can begin.
The National Fiber (fibre) backbone project years ago was abandoned due to alleged corruption in the issuing of contracts to a Chinese firm.
(*) Disconnected at the moment along with reduced air-conditioning to discourage crowds from the malls
I worked in Government office and the time-keeping (flexi-time) was originally a paper exercise.
A co-worker wrote a simple program that allowed time entry and updates to hours worked etc.
This gave a paper printout which we handed to line manager. Costed nothing.
Then the department decided to use on-line forms.
The free version was not considered as there was no long term support or updates available.
A commercial version was bought for (I believe) a few thousand pounds.
Just this week discovered that my Sony Blue-ray disk player has Windows 7 and no longer wants to talk to Youtube or most anything on the internet.
Just today, after my Denon internet radio returned from repair for a failed firmware update, it refuses to access internet radio because Denon, in their wisdom gave that job to another company that now wants a subscription.
I am dealing with HLURB a govt housing authority.
They moved Office in September to a shiny new block.
As of now, there are no landlines connected, although someone must have internet to update web pages, (I suspect off site).
One cell phone works provided it is placed near to a window.
Currently they only in the office on thursdays if we can catch them via the one cellphone.
They accept no visitors during current climate.
Most files are paper based in filing cabinets.
Forward planning don't really exist here.
I missed that cheat where you could advance a single card from the deck using Ctrl/shift +another?
Helped to complete tricky games. Not available now of course.
A lady at work who was confronted by Windows 3 and mouse was afraid to touch the mouse in case something "bad" happened.
I introduced her to Solitaire and her phobia disappeared.
Oh, and hard disk prices were a GBP per Megabyte!
He just says things for effect and to make people take notice.
The uneducated people in the poorer areas probably believe him.
The Philippines DICT had not responded to The Register's requests for further information at the time of writing
Likely they are all at home like the rest of us. I had to drive my car around the block yesterday just to check that it works!
At least we get to skype the grandchildren in the UK more often
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