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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 6:08:55 PM on 30 March 2019.
Marcc's avatar
 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
 Member since 21 February 2009
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These things are a pandemic: However, being rural the Telstra signal is BA and that's from day one. They have told me that they have no intention of fixing the issue. So we now understand how Optus gets more business, as they improve their business & fill in the holes that Telstra ignores, as Telstra obviously have so many customers and are so rich, they can afford to loose them etc.

After yet another phone had a nasty accident (a Hyundai actually survived being run over by the tractor), I have ended up with one of Telstra's "Tough Max 2" ones. This will be interesting as it's another "wiz bang" bit of technology that does not work the same as the last, "wiz bang" bit of technology, in the hands of a Senior Citizen: Always interesting.

Now with the weak signal, the "Dongle" type 3G modem had a dipole antenna. This due to the computers being in the workshop & its metal & acts like a Faraday cage. The only bars you get in the shed are metal not signal.

This new phone became really attractive as it has an antenna socket. So I acquired it and a patch lead for the 3G dipole to suit it. Now normally 4G (fourth Go) is a non event here and the last phone was locked to 3G (Third Go: Third fail) and when working in the shed it was nested in the tree outside the door.

Amazing: I can now have the phone on the bench between the computers & even with the wrong antenna I get three bars of 4G.


Where is this sites time stamp coming from? I note 18:08:xx & I posted 21:08:xx

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:08:50 PM on 30 March 2019.
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 Location: Lalor Park, NSW
 Member since 7 April 2018
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Re: The time stamp - I questioned Brad on this the other day. The server is now hosted over in WA, so runs on their timezone now. 3 hours behind us eastern-board folk.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:45:07 PM on 30 March 2019.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
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I use an ancient Nokia and the 3G signal is always full scale, even in the country. I don't have a smartphone.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:40:14 AM on 31 March 2019.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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The server is now hosted over in WA, so runs on their timezone now. 3 hours behind us eastern-board folk.

Yes, most major forum applications (such as vBulletin, phpBB, etc) allow the users to set their timezones in their profiles so that all posts show in local time. In the better ones, DST is also taken care of, too.

Probably a lot of coding for Brad to achieve the same thing.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 6:00:52 AM on 31 March 2019.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
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I dont have a mobile phone. About 2 years ago my youngest daughter put it in the bath tub!
Since then I live in peace

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:46:57 AM on 31 March 2019.
Marcc's avatar
 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
 Member since 21 February 2009
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No such luck with death by drowning. We dropped one in the wilderness one day & we found it a year later & it still worked. The Samsung was reasonably drown proof. The new one is only rated at a meter & I hosed one out with circuit board cleaner & stuck it in a container of re-activated Silica Gel & that worked OK. I used to get the odd watch when I was working in a Factories Lab & that often had desiccators with watches & various items in them.

I think we need to deal with DST it has become a mockery & really, we should be rid of it as a result. Its about as sensible as SA NT time.
China I believe just has one time Zone: USA four.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 3:56:59 PM on 31 March 2019.
Relayautomatic's avatar
 Location: Canberra, ACT
 Member since 24 April 2012
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Remember that DST is a temporary measure legislated by the British Government to allow ammunition factories to make full use of the extended daylight in summer and will be repealed at the end of the Great War (World War I).

 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 4:01:51 PM on 31 March 2019.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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I like DST. It hasn't faded the curtains here yet.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 4:41:14 PM on 31 March 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
 Member since 19 November 2015
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I think the whole country should run on Military Time!
That is a 24 hour clock, no AM no PM no daylight savings no crapping about with time zones.
Then people like me that cant tell the difference between AM and PM would have no trouble getting mixed up and the whole country would move as one.
No fading of curtains and no chooks going off the lay then!

 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 6:12:25 PM on 31 March 2019.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
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I can confirm the time is three hours out, for two reasons.

1. The host server is in Perth and Western Australia is normally two hours behind the eastern states.
2. At the moment we are three hours out due to Western Australia not observing daylight savings (sensible people).

It is not difficult to change the site to suit and simply make everyone's account sit in the time zone of the user, according to their location though there is no 'commenting' in the site's source code and it'd take a long time to track down all the time-related code and alter it.

My biggest issue at this time, is time. I don't have much of it and when I get a chance to take a break I like to do it out doors. The prospect of getting a promotion at work later this year will make matters worse in that regard.

One bit of good news - daylight savings ends in NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT and SA on the 7th April.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

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