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    Solar power realities

    Leo, whilst utilisation of the Solar was 13% or so, it's an obvious limitation of the technology that the sun doesn't shine everywhere 24hours a day, so generation ability is limited... unlike coal or nuclear that can be generating all day... provided the system is fed accordingly. For interests sake, I think the original report is talking about this Country Energy site, as you'll notice the panel array in the front of this upgraded depot. There's also a Smart Grid Education Centre at the same site I've been part of. http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&sou...mp;t=k&z=18 ...interesting report. I somewhat agree - the insane cost of solar doesn't make it cost effective, but there is an opportunity for it to support base load during the day... maybe. Edit: embedded map didn't work, changed to link
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    Have tape icon on Nokia phone

    I've had my Nokia 6500 slide for a while, and roamed overseas with it a couple of times. Whilst in India last week, I received voice messages, which has put the tape reel icon on my screen, and looking through the Messages menu shows the same icon on the Voice Messages screen. This is an option I looked at once, but it asked for a voice mailbox number that I never knew. I'm a Vodafone customer here in Australia, and have cleared out my regular voicemail (121)... anyone got any experience clearing these voice messages, or will they just time out?
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    2 Extra wires on in-car LCD Screen

    I'm gonna go with they're inputs from reversing cameras?
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    Have tape icon on Nokia phone

    I'm not sure if this is a serious post or not... but the answer is yes.
  5. A very short google suggests it'll work fine. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-repli...cfm/733703.html I don't know why you'd bother with Analogue TV-in, given it's being actively phased out right now. A DTV-1000S is $45 from http://www.msy.com.au ...so get 2! Not something I've fiddled with - maybe consult the MythTV forums, or google? I am running the frontend and backend on the same machine. I've experimented with a few frontends, including MythTVPlayer, which worked well enough to do the job on my Windows machines. I really haven't had a need for remote frontends and have had great results running the single front/backend machine. EDIT: also, to add to the great howto above, browse mine when you're bored :D http://penguinpusher.net/index.php?option=...4&Itemid=26 http://penguinpusher.net/index.php?option=...0&Itemid=26
  6. I'm a big MythTV fan, and have been running my Myth box for the last 2 or so years now, and absolutely love it. I'm running a Leadtek DTV-1000T single HD tuner, and if I was bothered to do my box again, i'd strap another tuner of the same in, or get a dual digital tuner. I don't think it's worth getting an analogue TV car, but certinaly worth getting a cable video capture card for connecting to your Foxtel. There are some issues doing that, so I'm not sure how successful you'll be. Linux is more than capable of sharing your files, as well as accessing other shares on the network. MythTV also has a great web interface that lets you easily setup schedules from the web (or you own network when you're not in front of the TV), and MPlayer has always been my favourite multi-format-of-all-doom player. I'm currently using Shepherd to grab the listings for all the Digital channels - and the listing grabbers and data seem to be getting better and better all the time. Consider giving MythTV a run, even if for a couple of weeks... EDIT: I just watched that original link you posted... http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2176025602905109829 Wow - The 0704 looks positively archaic compared to even my rather old version of MythTV. It seems like it's getting better in 0710, but I'm not that impressed at all. I know a flashy UI isn't important, but given you're after a PVR/Media Center, and probably not a home automation machine, consider Windows MCE or MythTv.
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    Programs in Windows 7 installed in XP

    I'm pretty much the same - I've ditched XP and gone deep into '7. I would advise against running your executables from your mounted Windows XP drive - consider taking the time to reinstall your main applications natively into Windows 7 and enjoy! I'm happily running editors, office and steam under '7 without too many quibles.
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    Windows 7

    Yeah... firefox under linux just kinda went... what? ...and offered me the direct link. I let firefox manage the download (v3 has this) and resumed it a couple of times before letting it run in the wee hours of the morning. x86 is 2.4GB, x64 is 3.2GB, if I recall correctly, and download managers also work. If only Microsoft were supporting download via Torrent!
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    Windows 7

    My experiences with RC1 and my netbook... http://penguinpusher.net/index.php?option=...01&Itemid=2
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    Windows 7 install question

    Not quite the same, but I'm triple booting Windows 7, XP and Ubuntu - but Grub is managing the Linux vs Microsoft layer.
  11. If the inverter goes kablewy spectacularly and shorts itself, then a fuse, circuit breaker or RCD might trip due to the nature of the fault. It's more likely that if the inverter dies, it'll die quietly and you'll just no longer be pushing energy back into the grid. I would certainly expect the internal fuses and safety circuitry of the inverts to simply remove itself from your circuits, and hence not cause any issues in pulling energy from mains.
  12. Coal fired power stations don't have a power dial, they are either off or they are on. The generators spin at speeds proportional to the load required. Turbine speeds is regulated by (usually) steam, steam is generated by burning coal, so technically, removal in loads from the grid requires less effort at the generator, and hence less coal.
  13. Given I'm in this industry, a few replies from my side. I question you need to average this over 24hrs in the day. It's solar - it's clear that it only works in daylight, so doing calculations based on a 24hr average really doesn't make much sense. For interest, one of the real world installations that I've been involved in of a 1kW grid exporting system has the following profile for a 6 day period. Each of the ticks on the x-axis is a midnight boundary for the day, and the intervals are at 30-minute resolution, so you'll notice that the maxium output is around 0.5kWh in a 30-minute period, or a 1kW system. You'll also notice that the first couple of days have poor output, which is probably due to cloudy or rainy days, and the latter part of the graph shows good consistent output building up to the peak at the middle of the day. The data above averages (over days with poor direct sunlight to good full-light days) to around 3.2kWh per day, or around 1200kWh per day - so you're calculations are pretty good here. That is definitely based on build quality - and you're probably far better off buying a high quality one, but it's definitely worth considering that in 10yrs time, a 1kW inverter is likely to cost far less (maybe 30-50% less) and be far more capable of standing up for a longer period. I completely disagree. You're instantly starting to take load off the grid, away from our current generators and are genuinely giving something back to the Environment and grid as a whole. There are cost savings to be had for what may be a reasonable investment, whilst possibly leading to a situation where the grid isn't in crisis in 10yrs time. This is a long term approach with good benefits in countries like ours. There's a huge importance on curbing customer load demand as well. It's not about replacing power stations, but more about a sustainable approach to support growth in the energy industry.
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    Expensive watches

    Having been bought the most beautiful Tissot PR50 Titanium by Gir, I've appreciated having a nice brand of watch that wears well. The titanium model is highly understated and incredibly light - something that I appreciate all the time. Having travelled a lot in the last few years, the Titanium has also been nice as it doesn't set off the airport metal detectors... just one less hassle through security. I'm not sure from the thread if you want to spend more than something like this Tissot Classic - I'd say it's a mid-ranged priced watch rather than some high end approaching the $1k and above bracket.
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    Jaunty Jackalope day

    Clean upgrade on my desktop from 8.10 to 9.04 on my side, still waiting for the weekend to bother with my MSI Wind. I ran a live USB version of the 9.04 NBR on the Wind - which was pretty good, but I'm not convinced enough to switch away from a pure desktop install as oppose to the new netbook version. A work collegue is having major quibbles with his dual nVidia setup, but I guess it just needs some fiddling. I like it - another great release from the Ubuntu team!
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    Should I get a netbook?

    Just as an FYI, the linux version of DosBox is just as good (i.e. exactly the same) as the Windows version.... EDIT: I also share my desktop's DVD drive over the network, and have installed all sorts of things via WiFi to my Wind :D
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    Netbook and Itunes

    I'd go with the mentions of ISOing your CDs and just mounting them. Windows XP has an almost inbuilt tool that might work if you're having ongoing issues. http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/620/xp_smal...t_burning_them/ At the moment, I've been avoiding ISOs for installing CD and DVD based applications by sharing my CD/DVD drive from my desktop, and simply mapping that network drive to the netbook and running the install over the network.
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    HTPC front end change

    I have to admit that I downloaded the latest image of Mythbuntu and was impressed.... until I noticed that none of my networking was working - reporting memory issues and so on. I quickly gave up, as I had the same issue with two totally different machines. If I were to rebuild my own box, I'd probably start with Xubuntu and then either install the MythTV packages manually, or install the Mythbuntu meta package. I just feel like that would give me more of a reliable base to work from than what I've seen of Mythbuntu. I'm annoyed that my first entry into Mythbuntu was such an annoying failure, and I probably could have figured it out. I was actually trying to use it as a frontend for my main backend, but due to a version mismatch, that ended up not working either. I have to admit that I love my Mythbox at home. I use MythWeb to get into my scheduling and see what my machine is up to from the web, and mostly just use the machine for holding encoded movies, watching videos and DVDs on demand and the occasional MP3 or Photo viewing session on our TV.
  19. http://www.smh.com.au/news/digital-life/ho...3423460353.html I can't think of any laptops in the last few years - from the new Netbooks rage to off the shelf jobs that don't come with LiOn batteries. Once again, the quality of SMH journalism lacks any real substance and will be gleefully sucked up by the usual reader. *sigh*
  20. I rekon MythBuntu or Ubuntu with Myth and Samba packages is the go. Myth with the frontend and backend of the same machine works perfectly. My Media Center is an Athlon 1800XP, 768MB RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce2, and it's all sweet. I almost have the same setup, but am not currently sharing a printer from it.
  21. Having any fire front and day compared to Ash Wednesday is a terrible situation indeed. My thoughts with you as well.
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    Most new laptops ship with NiCad batteries

    It's a poorly explained situation to the average computer consumer. As mentioned earlier, running just the operating system out-of-the-box might last 3 hours on a laptop, but add applications A - Z, and the ability to estimate life goes out the window. We have a similar issue in our embedded world at work, especially when we start getting into the RF world. We can say our core computational engine has these elements of the microcontroller active, which each draw a power quantity listed in the device datasheet. Then we add our RF link, which during a transmission cycle also draws a generally defined amount of current over a known period of time. The real issue is taking into account the system servicing inbound requests from RF, responding to direct commands, the way the intelligence of the system reacts to long term use... the list goes on. We try to give an approximate figure based on normal use and duty cycle, but it's going to vary wildly for consumer to consumer. I wonder if the industry could ever agree on a standardised battery life score. A defined operating environment and application, maximum LCD brightness and hopefully a randomised set of computations that hit the CPU, RAM and HDD. Maybe then we could end up with a real-world comparison of battery performance accross all manufacturers. I can dream...
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    Most new laptops ship with NiCad batteries

    You rich bastard, you!
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    Windows 7 Beta 1 rumored release for December 2008

    Y'know... with all this press floating around about Microsoft saying it's just Vista taken to with a large wrench, I'm not so convinced it is majorly different under the hood. It's just Vista the way it damn well should have been.
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    Gaussian blur, GNOME..

    http://www.ubuntutips.net/node/25 I've just done this in Ubuntu 8.10, with a slightly different wording to the sequence. 1. Start the terminal 2. Select Edit -> Profiles -> Select Default and click on Edit 3. Under the "Title and Command" tab, set the Initial Title to "Terminal" and the "When terminal commands set their own titles" to "Keep initial title". 4. Enable background transparency on the "Background" tab. 5. Open the Compiz-Fusion settings 6. In the Effects section, enable the Blur Option. 7. Click on the Blur icon and change the setting for "Alpha Blur Windows" to include the string "title=Terminal". 8. Set the blur filter to Gaussian with a radius of 15.