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Rybags

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    For our fallen brethren

    Just got in a while ago. I can't believe this. RIP. I don't think we ever met in person, but a great bloke with wicked sense of humour and although not here all the way through the journey, an important part of this place.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    The cheapo OBD interfaces will usually only do a small subset of the proper ones functions. Read standard codes, reset some. But no advanced stuff. Maybe reset service reminder. But nothing like upgrading firmware or doing custom stuff (if the ECU in fact allows it). Another annoying thing about modern engine control - codes the things spit out can be unrelated to the problem and only experience and knowledge will reveal the actual problem. But hey, for 20 or 30 bucks if it doesn't pay that back it's no great loss. And yeah, it's all a manufacturer's rort. They discovered 30 years ago that they could claw back lost work to private workshops by having proprierary engine control. Then it slowly standardized (sort of), so the rort becomes having them buy $20,000 "worth" of equipment just to do that part of the job, and the ongoing subscription expense of updates. So, end result is lost commission from official dealers gets made up for by the revenue stream from non-OEM providers.
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    how crap is this government ?

    Domestic freezer should hit -20. -18 seems to be the advised temp for long term storage, though coincidental or not that's also just about 0 Deg F.
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    What's on your mind?

    This is under Win7 though... I probably should see if 10 does it as well.
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    If it's 8 Gig soldered on and a slot provided for more then it's not too bad. But yeah, poor form in general. It was bad enough when about 7 years ago all the CPUs went to BGA. At least before then you could usually aquire a faster one later down the track without a total reinvestment.
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    The annoyance with most modern laptops is just getting the thing open. Screws hidden under rubber feet, often need to pull the keyboard out to get at another. Then the retaining clip on system that will usually resist half the way and often break in the process. And the basic upgradeable stuff no longer accessed in 30 seconds, usually hidden under a bunch of other crap and requiring the whole case to be pulled apart.
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    I've only worked on 2012 and earlier ones. The later ones with the multi part battery and different layout I imagine would be a right PITA. I put a new display panel in one of my 2011 machines a few years ago, that was a semi complex job but probably no harder than a normal laptop. The Macbook unibody is actually a pretty good design when you look at the overall situation compared to competitors laptops. Replacing some major components is way easier than the other guys. But as this and plenty of his other videos point out, their design at lower levels leave much to be desired. And it seems to be a global thing that their shop employees are clueless to the point where any problem not immediately fixable means you have to replace the motherboard.
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    What's on your mind?

    WTF is it with Google Drive? You can't properly tell it to stay the fuck away from USB drives, and the moment you plug in one with another filing system on it, it has a dummy spit.
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    Green Room Pics Thread

    Decent impact - knocked the Dominos sign off and all!
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Yeah, the aero type full replacements look tempting but it's a whole new price jump. I remember 30 years back I bought some of those "Wonder wipers" which have a twin blade and they worked great. Don't think I've seen them around since though.
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    Neighbours huge tree

    I used to buy the burger buns pretty regularly. Yeah, the shelf life is great compared to normal buns and makes up for the bigger price. If I have a burger I generally don't feel like that meal again for another week.
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    Battery mowers

    Masters closing was a shame, they carried premium brands that you don't see at Bunnings. But to my advantage - I got my Beefeater Bug BBQ from Magnet Mart's Gungahlin closing down (another Bunnings victim) and for a few months just had it bolted to an old metal cupboard with the gas bottle in the cupboard. The OEM trolley full price is something ridiculous like $250 but I got it at a fraction from the Masters at the airport closing down. Also got my Triton impact driver at a low price around the same time.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Many of these use the same battery as the portable power tools. So in theory you might have been able to get a Ryobi mower and jacket then exchange the battery when the mower runs out. Jackets generally 12V but some can use an adaptor for 18V ones. My latest - was in SCA looking for a replacement cap for my 4 litre fuel container. One of those ones with hole in the middle and round piece + O-ring sealer that you pull out to put the filler in it's place. Anyhow, at 12 bucks the replacement is only 2 bucks less than buying the entire container and the one I got was probably 7 or 8 bucks on special at the time. Then I glance at another container and note it's got a standard lid and one like I described, and I have a 10 litre like that at home. So, problem maybe solved in that I could borrow that lid to use in place of my broken one. On the way around, noticed a pair of silicone wiper blades at $11 so grabbed them. Put them on and they just gripped and didn't go. Put some water on and they just skip like a 10 year old one that's gone hard. OK, so that's why these things are going cheap. Returned and exchanged for a normal pair which work fine. A few years back I'd bought the full arm replacements on another car at over double the price of standard ones. The nice thing is you then have a nice fresh black metal part (though the fixed part of the arm isn't replaced) but wasn't impressed by the fact it started skipping after less than 2 years.
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    Battery mowers

    They seem to be a decent brand and at that price you'd expect it to perform as well. Some of the low end Victa stuff is cheap and nasty but I believe they've been using Briggs & Stratton engines for a fair while now, their 4-strokes are a pretty good engine. The low end stuff - well, that's to compete with the $179 Chinesium ones you see at Aldi and Bunnings.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Well, he could have said "Keep 330 bees dicks apart".
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    Neighbours huge tree

    The Brioch ones fairly sure are high sugar by default.
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    What's on your mind?

    Concentrated on a small area it'd be devastating enough.
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    What's on your mind?

    He said 150 kW - though I can't find reference to how much power anywhere in that linked story.
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    Battery mowers

    I've not used an electric. There's also the likes of the Ryobi one that take 2 x standard powertool batteries, though the feeling I get there is it'd be a bit underpowered. These guys, a bit more gutsy. Looks like you can estimate the power of the things by the battery and durability claims. Victa 82V 2 Ah battery for 45 minutes run time which would = 218 Watts President 84V 4 Ah battery for 70 minutes run time = 392 Watts Those fabric catchers should be pretty durable. Generally the plastic ones can suffer in that you drop them occasionally and after a while the plastic gets hard and brittle and will crack. Generally electric won't handle heavy duty work very well, best suited to fairly flat lawn that's in good health. Given the durability figures there you might be up for a lunch break with the Victa if the lawn's much over a few hundred square metres while it recharges. In both cases a bit pricey, though you can go well over a grand on conventional mowers and are into or above that Victa price for a mower with a decent engine.
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    What's on your mind?

    Any given ship much above patrol boat size would probably have no trouble. I can see a rail type gun needing chargeup but not sure if it'd be as important for a laser. But it'd be nice to have some technical info though they're probably not real open with it.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Cool. Seems to becoming a trend these days. Can also increase car storage ability but of course you need to make sure the one on top doesn't have any leaks.
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    The Atomic era concludes and we were magnificent

    Namco is sort of close but the inner edge isn't rounded.
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    Swings and roundabouts

    I remember noddy's first hand telling of attending where a bloke who was threatening to jump off the top of a car park (and did). And probably one or 2 others on the night. The Merc... I suppose is it something from the 70s or before with mechanical fuel injection?
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    how crap is this government ?

    Yeah, I think it's an American thing that's trickled through elsewhere. I've even seen it on car shows from there, rather than an apprentice on 1/4 wage they have an intern who gets nothing.
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