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 Return to top of page · Post #: 16 · Written at 9:24:18 PM on 12 October 2019.
BurntOutElectronics's Gravatar
 Location: Melbourne, VIC
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Definitely stuff the greenies! I have so many issues with them!
I stocked up on a dozen odd incandescent lights. Some of which are in different colours which are cool to use every once and a while but I think I'll need to give them the variance treatment just to increase their life dramatically just so I don't give them a massive shock when I turn them on every time! I must say I do like the yellowie orange glow from an incandescent


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 17 · Written at 9:34:25 PM on 12 October 2019.
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Electronics Australia and, I think, Silicon Chip have described soft start kits for light globes in the past. As far as I remember, they are rated at several hundred watts, which would allow for a short run of 24 watt globes in a festoon.

LED globes with a 3000K colour temperature imitate incandescent globes pretty well. I shifted to LED globes several years ago but only for one reason - they don't use much power. I also use 4 watt ones when camping - these have the standard bayonet cap but in the fancy round style so I can fit around ten of them in a D├ęcor lunch box for safe transportation.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 18 · Written at 11:24:26 AM on 13 October 2019.
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Hi Brad,

As per Robbert .... I also used a Bookmark to get into this Forum .... and only got back in after I deleted the old Bookmark and found this SIte via Google.

Maybe there are others out there who cannot find their way back to this Forum ..... ???? I use Firefox and Windows 10.


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Cheers, Ian

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 19 · Written at 3:12:43 PM on 13 October 2019.
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I have been basically forced to W10 after the previous machine developed a fault with the NVIDIA I have not had a chance to get to it but I think its a dry joint. Seeing that there was green water draining with the oil tractor has priority now. I knew cylinder 1 had issues so parts have been slowly acquired to deal with it. last overhaul 1985.

I have found 10 to be unstable, or Facebook to be unstable since that change. Firefox I have ceased using as it is becoming more & more unstable and that was on 8.1 as well. That would also apply to the file search engine of all up to, XP which is still better and more stable than any since. but still a downgrade.

It seems to work opposite to our government, where if software works, they will upgrade it so as it wont: If its been proven to absolutely not work anywhere in the word our Governments will adopt it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 20 · Written at 4:09:02 PM on 13 October 2019.
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I've found Windows 10, as a product, to be fine. The big weakness in it is Microsoft's annoying habit of changing how to do things. They should by all means add new features, make things look better from time to time and make things more secure so the OS can stay on top of what hackers are doing but since Bill Gates stepped down from running Microsoft, they have simply lost their way with ergonomics and they fail to understand that a lot of Windows users (including me) still like to cut/copy/paste as per Windows 2 back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

One thing they have BLOCKED in Outlook is the ability to copy multiple attachments from an e-mail to a photos folder. Instead you have to right click on one and navigate in a dialogue box to the destination folder and then copy that way. So much stuffing around for what should be a SIMPLE task. I'm already pissed off with how Outlook hasn't allowed users a linked inbox since Office 2010. It's still allowed on a Windows phone but not on desktops, laptops and tablets.

As for browsing, I just use Edge for most things. I have all the common browsers installed but only for development reasons. If I make a webpage or modify in existing one I need to make sure it works in them all but for recreational use I only use Edge.

The laptop I am using is six years old and there's still plenty of disc space left but it has slowed down a bit over the years as it has never been reloaded. I am about due to replace it but as I said, it still works and doesn't annoy me that much to make replacing it a priority. I'd rather spend the money on radios. Wink


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 21 · Written at 7:04:51 PM on 13 October 2019.
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What the Microsoft's & Telstra's & a few others of this world seem to forget is that if you overprice, make things so hard, or websites & getting in touch with them, so user unfriendly: You are actually giving the opposition free kicks

If they look a whole lot better; Their customer service is perceived better; there product easier to use and they want to talk you & fix problems. Then the customers will walk.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 22 · Written at 8:50:26 PM on 13 October 2019.
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Still using Windows 7 - I'm not entirely convinced about Windows 10 yet.

Using Firefox, even though it has a number of severe long-term problems that don't look like they'll ever get fixed.

I use IE11 for a few sites that won't work correctly on Firefox.

Still using Office 2010 - it seems fine, and M$ still provides updates for it.

Out the back, I use a Windows 2000 machine as a jukebox - it isn't connected to the internet, so should be safe enough.

And the good thing - my NBN is (so far) 100% reliable and near the rated speed at all times.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 23 · Written at 11:20:52 PM on 13 October 2019.
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I have a tired notebook that belonged to a club & it got win 7. Because of programs like an AutoCAD there is an XP one still going & that as before is the one with the best file search engine for the BU disk etc.

Win 8.1 had rare moments however, Firefox is another that is another that seems to not give a damn. Its about on par with trying to find a person to contact; at least with Telstra they go to the trouble of having an auto-moronic answering machine to send you anywhere other than where you need to go.

IE 11 is on its last legs. Naturally with Edge they changed it because IE11 actually worked.

NBN: What a shemozzle. They fiddled around with the wireless one here for most of the year and have now as I may have mentioned changed upload speed downward and sent a letter to confirm it: No wonder Optus is abandoning it. Then of course they ban the Chinese company that is one of only three companies that can provide 5G. The modem etc. is about on par for noise as a "Collins Class" sub. and as big a lemon. Those I have to shut off to calibrate a radio.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 24 · Written at 3:02:11 AM on 14 October 2019.
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Using Firefox, even though it has a number of severe long-term problems that don't look like they'll ever get fixed.

Me too, but I stopped accepting updates as the hack merchants who maintain it are getting worse. They appear to be using the FOTABA development methodology -- Fix One Thing And Break Another. Their philosophy is: just toss it out there and if it doesn't work the users will tell us.Testing isn't in their vocabulary.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 25 · Written at 9:38:49 AM on 14 October 2019.
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The road gluers and climate change savers: All safely cotton wooled in air con watching their iphones for the latest twitter feed to tell them what to do, they should have their electricity, gas and water supplies cut off as others have suggested and make their own supplys.
You guys and girls that live remote will know exactely what I mean, Diesel set for power, Dam, tanks and truck tanker for water, gas in a bottle maybe.
A bank of Solar panels help and a fan in the air can offset some of the cost.
Road gluers don't understand that big power is STEAM generated, has been for centuries and the stability of our power up to this date has been the inertia of the BIG STEAM powered generators. The quicker we use "Atomic Power" to boil the water the better.
Yes, Solar power in the form of panels can support a bit of load and fans in the air give a bit more but these things have little inertia and when all the road gluers flip their hair dryers and air cons on, and the suns gone out and the winds not blowing, guess what, we go to BLACK!
So Elon is going to slap big batteries all over the joint and save us, yeah, what happens when the suns gone, the wind has stopped and the batteries are flat? Black! Unless there is a big STEAM powered generator running there is stuff all stability and all the fancy electronic detectors sense overload and shed off and we are back to black! (please turn the power back on Hal, I'm sorry Dave i'm afraid I cannot do that sic).

I have no idea why I just wrote that but I feel so much better now.

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 26 · Written at 10:10:16 AM on 14 October 2019.
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Fred: I think we with grey hair, all live a state of bewilderment & there are a shortage of homes for the "Terminally bewildered".

It is patently obvious that the masses in cities in a fantasy land revolving around mobile phones and artificial friends have no idea not only goes in the city but out of it.

I am highly critical of one Melbourne "morning shows" which broadcasts to most of Vic. & parts of NSW; Has never payed anything more than lip service to anything past "Pretty Sally". The best "Are you kidding" comment demonstrating out of touch some people are.

In response to a real comment that in the face of mass lay offs due to no grain to process, felt that the shortage of his breakfast cereal on Coles & Woollies shelves would be solved by building more independent supermarkets?????

Another peanut that along with several pollies need locking in a padded cell with an endless tape playing Harry Belafontes version of "They're is a hole in the bucket".


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 27 · Written at 11:40:50 AM on 14 October 2019.
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Marc, a lot of people think that supermarkets make all the food we eat and it shows how much they don't know about the supply chain. Even the most processed and preservative-laden foods still come from the basics - they don't understand and never will.

I've been fortunate to have lived in both urban and rural settings in my life and have been able to see what happens behind the farm gate so that we all enjoy the world's best quality food. Even with a crippling drought, governments that can at times be city-centric and people who have more time to protest about the environment than to work towards solving the problems they keep telling us about, we are indeed lucky people.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 28 · Written at 9:28:42 PM on 15 October 2019.
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When I was a boy I lived in the country for some of my youth, At 11 I owned a old EJ Holden and drove it around the paddocks ,All us kids had slug guns and some had 22 rifles.
The milk came from a lady just out of town who would deliver it in second hand wine bottles straight off the farm...,50c per large bottle. As a kid I've helped slaughter sheep and hang them up in the drying sheds. We would kill our own chickens etc etc, different world now, pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 29 · Written at 1:44:46 PM on 16 October 2019.
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True, true, and I wish we could still get creosote, but young people, having quite a few decades ahead of them, are sensitive to potential existential crisises. Me, whatever happens I'll be dead.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 30 · Written at 2:09:55 PM on 16 October 2019.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Mrs Lever and I did the shopping this morning, We have finally run out of light globes, you know the type that glow brightly and you can actually see in the dark with them?
We looked at the WALL OF LAMPS in the supermarket and despite the wall full I could not see a 60 or 100watt GLOBES anywhere!
There were lots of 6w = 60watts 600 lumen dull daylight or some such crap but what I want is the good old 100 watt bright globe.
We bought the biggest and the best 14w cool daylight 1400 lumen (84w equivalent) mainly because the were so called reduced to 7.50 each.
I plugged one into a holder and it is actually quite bright.
For $7.50 it better last FOREVER.
Fred.


 
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