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by cheesyking
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 136217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It's amazing the number of car problems that can be fixed by cleaning the battery terminals
by cheesyking
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 136217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Just fixed the electric water pressure sensor in my boiler. I'd tracked the fault down to it, got the part number, ordered the replacement, released the pressure in the system, unscrewed the old sensor and then tried to fit the new one. Of course I'd ordered the wrong sensor and the thread different...
by cheesyking
Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: WOW! Computer for Seniors
Replies: 41
Views: 18440

Re: WOW! Computer for Seniors

Posts on the first page says that the OS on these things is based on Tiny Core. The newer brother MFC printers I had a quick look at on the brother site have "deb" installers for their drivers which might work once converted to Tiny's own format but I've no idea how you'd go about installi...
by cheesyking
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The Fatberg...
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: The Fatberg...

It's funny to think that 100+ years ago the fat used to be the most valuable part of an animal.
by cheesyking
Fri May 29, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 136217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

It's not a repair but I made this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zH9pvPXLKVvL6zGM7 Yes it's another bookcase but it's also a door and in proper scooby-doo style, pulling a particular book forward releases the catch (well it will once I've figured the catch out). It only leads to a small cupboard and it'...
by cheesyking
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Updating Linux Minecraft server
Replies: 7
Views: 2661

Re: Updating Linux Minecraft server

So just to be clear. The section "Downloading Minecraft Server" gives a wget command specifically for downloading V1.14.1. You need to check the minecraft download page for the url of the latest version (https://launcher.mojang.com/v1/objects/bb2b6b1aefcd70dfd1892149ac3a215f6c636b07/server...
by cheesyking
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Pease Pudding from Townsends.
Replies: 31
Views: 912

Re: Pease Pudding from Townsends.

Years ago, walking through the warehouse club, beef rib roast was on sale. It looked good, so I dropped one into the cart. When I got home, I scoured several cookbooks and they all came back to "Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding", so we made it. The roast was fine, but Yorkshire p...
by cheesyking
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Pease Pudding from Townsends.
Replies: 31
Views: 912

Re: Pease Pudding from Townsends.

The British might have some of the nastiest cuisine on the planet. Bangers and mash is fine. But yeah, in general the Brits aren't known for their culinary skills. The thing about British cuisine is that it doesn't really exist any more. The traditional cuisine (pre Victorian) was, most of the time...
by cheesyking
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Updating Linux Minecraft server
Replies: 7
Views: 2661

Re: Updating Linux Minecraft server

I don't know anything specific about minecraft but if you post the instructions you were following I might be able to suggest something.
by cheesyking
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Need help/advice on converting to linux....
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Need help/advice on converting to linux....

Virtualbox has that "seamless" mode so your Windows application windows appear right on your linux desktop which is pretty cool. TBH though unless it's just that one thing and the inconvenience of a VM for it isn't that great I'd probably stick to Windows for that computer. Operating syste...
by cheesyking
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 192
Views: 46436

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

The assorted Indian breads are what I really love, paratha in particular. Recently I was really pleased to discover that I can get them frozen in supermarkets... 2 minutes in a hot non stick pan straight from the freezer. Nothing like what I'd expect to get in a restaurant but an excellent quick sna...
by cheesyking
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: quieten an noisy case for cheap
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: quieten an noisy case for cheap

I've also had good results in the past using car sound insulation (amazon stocks it) on the inside of a case. You only need a small patch stuck to each panel for it to work, no need to cover the whole thing. I suspect a thin patch of plywood or MDF would do just as good a job if you had some laying ...
by cheesyking
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: quieten an noisy case for cheap
Replies: 4
Views: 912

quieten an noisy case for cheap

Maybe this is old hat but I thought I'd share the way I quietened down my desktop's noisy case. It's mostly a quiet machine but under certain conditions something would resonate and produce a really annoying buzz. This is nothing earth shattering or clever, I just stuck some insulating tape all arou...
by cheesyking
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Chrome/Brave on Linux
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Chrome/Brave on Linux

Well I tracked down my memory leak and it's nothing to do with chrome. Cutting and pasting a file from a folder inside a fuse mounted fs to another folder inside a fuse mounted fs caused gjs (the gnome shell extension service?) to go nuts. The crazy thing is I don't really use any gnome extensions b...
by cheesyking
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Chrome/Brave on Linux
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Chrome/Brave on Linux

Maybe I am seeing something like this. I'm not sure if it's Chrome or Gnome but something on my machine has a massive intermittent memory leak. The machine (not just chrome) has occasionally frozen up for a few seconds over the past week only to come back to normal on its own. When it did this the o...
by cheesyking
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Disabling wallpaper over remote VNC connection
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: Disabling wallpaper over remote VNC connection

Are you just using the built in "Sharing" option in gnome settings for this? If so install and run dconf-editor Under: org/gnome/desktop/remote-access there's a setting for "disable-background" which defaults to "off". I've never tried changing this but it looks like it...
by cheesyking
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Chrome/Brave on Linux
Replies: 9
Views: 947

Re: Chrome/Brave on Linux

Used it all day today and didn't notice anything under Ubuntu.
by cheesyking
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Creating a new Docker container, based on another one
Replies: 2
Views: 3913

Re: Creating a new Docker container, based on another one

I'm new to docker too but isn't the idea to put additional tools in a separate container then connect the two so they can interact?
by cheesyking
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Kernel 4.15.0-72, kernel panic on boot, Dell R710 Ubuntu
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: Kernel 4.15.0-72, kernel panic on boot, Dell R710 Ubuntu

I have very limited knowledge here but I'd guess it depends on the point in the boot process the panic occurs... if you don't have a writable filesystem or a network stack there isn't really a way to log anything.
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Privacy Concerns Facebook/Google
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: Privacy Concerns Facebook/Google

Just a guess but it's possible that your wife visited the page while logged into facebook and since facebook know you're married they decided to start showing you adverts for something she was interested in. What I find especially creepy about facebook is the way they can gather information about yo...
by cheesyking
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Seems like an expensive way to buy a kettle.
by cheesyking
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

It's normal for new technology to take off in the usual areas first, look at cellphones and broadband, yet some people seem to be in disbelief about this shift in the trend centers of the nation for some reason, like it's hard to look up, I don't get it, apathy I guess? My argument is simply that w...
by cheesyking
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1407
Views: 136217

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I re-pointed the front wall of my house. As you can probably guess from the amount of muck I had to use in some places it badly needed doing. TBH there were a couple of bricks I might have been able to wiggle free jenga style if I'd tried. http://cheesyking.co.uk/pics/pointing.jpg At least my work w...
by cheesyking
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

I could see a pretty good use case for diesel-electric hybrid trucks where the diesel-electric drivetrain eliminates the complex and expensive transmission as is already done on train locomotives. The hybrid part then provides for a smaller overall engine, cold-start preheating of the engine and em...
by cheesyking
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

This is anecdotal but don't forget the hidden health implications of electric cars... that being a significant weight gain for drivers who end up spending a lot more time in service station eating crap while waiting for the EV to recharge. One EV own I was talking to put on nearly 30lbs in the first...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

It seems like electric is awful for busses, because where would you charge all of them? It takes significantly more time to charge a bus than to fill its tank. trolley buses run off the mains electric using a pole to reach overhead cables so they're charging while driving along, at least most of th...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Because, duh, there are plenty of electric busses already, have been for DECADES: They're called trolleybuses. They had 'em in Philadelphia when I was a kid. The only difference is that instead of a pole, they would need a bank of batteries in the back. Ok, you lose some seats etc..., but that's pr...
by cheesyking
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mass Transit Safety
Replies: 31
Views: 3358

Re: Mass Transit Safety

I must admit I don't use mass/public transit/transport much but I've never felt unsafe or at risk of crime on it. There seems to be some information about safety (IE injury though an accident) just by googleing "car vs bus safety" (and similar) but from the look of the domains this informa...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

All 4 cars we've on from in the 11 years of marriage were engine/transmission related. All around 150k miles. Saturn, Infiniti Ford x2. The Toyota's we have now are tanks. Were those problems because the engine / transmission was worn out or just in need of maintenance which wasn't worth it because...
by cheesyking
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 701
Views: 32036

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Wear and tear shouldn't be an issue at 100-150K miles either. You often see ex taxis for sale with over 500K on the clock that have only received standard servicing and are still working perfectly well. Sounds like double selection bias to me. First, police and taxi fleet buyers traditionally prefe...
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