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  1. Hi, I need a painter to paint the ceiling of my new kitchen installation before the lighting and units go in. Can anyone recommend someone who could do this at short notice?
  2. Looks like you're the guy Mozalan! I'll make an appointment to drop it by at some point.
  3. I've been given a dead laptop, which is a few months out of warranty, which just won't power on. The charge light does not light up when the charger is plugged in, but the charger is giving out the right voltage. I've tried the reset trick (disconnect battery and hold power button down for 30 secs) but it didn't work. I'm pretty good at fixing desktop PCs, but laptops are not my specialty. Can anyone recommend a decent local laptop repair shop where I can get it looked at to see if it's worth repairing?
  4. Modern diesels rely on the diesel fuel to lubricate the fuel pump. If the diesel gets diluted with petrol and the car is run for any length of time this can cause loss of lubrication and premature wear on the pump. If this happens not only can the fuel pump fail, but tiny metal fragments from the fuel pump can contaminate and damage the fuel system and block the injectors, requiring the entire fuel system to be replaced. This of course costs a fortune to fix, if indeed it's cost effective to repair at all.
  5. The first computer program I wrote was on optical cards, around 1977. I was in secondary school, and we'd write out our BASIC programs longhand, then look up the Ascii characters for each character in the code, convert that to binary and fill in the holes on the optical card with a soft pencil. Each column in the card was one character, and each card represented one line of program. Then we sent them off to some university somewhere to be fed into their mainframe. A week or so later you'd get a printout back with 'SYNTAX ERROR AT LINE 30' printed on it. I didn't really realise what I was doing at the time, it's only looking back now that I can see how cool it is to have been part of early computer history.
  6. I just ordered my winter wheels, plus a stand to store them. Decided to keep them at home for the time being. I've got snow socks, and while they're great in the snow and ice, you have to remove them when you get onto clear roads, and getting them on and off when it's freezing and wet is a very unpleasant experience, and can be tricky. I also had a very unpleasant experience a couple of years ago when trying to fit the snow socks at the side of the road. The conditions were so bad it was getting too dangerous to continue without them. I was having difficulty fitting them due to the cold, and opened the car door a tiny bit to fetch some thicker gloves when a car slid off the road and and smashed into my door, missing me by a few inches. That's another reason I'm going for winter wheels. Mind you, it also reminds you that though you will have winter tyres and can stop safely, those behind you probably wont.
  7. I'm looking to get a set of winter rims and tyres for my car as I'm fed up with being trapped in my road when it snows or ices up. (I do clear my road, but with really severe weather it's difficult to keep it clear, and the grit bins often run out of grit after the first day of bad weather). The main issue is where to store the wheels as they're heavy and take up a lot of space, but are also valuable. Does anyone know of any tyre centres or garages in Sheffield that will store my regular wheels over the winter, and the same for the winter ones in summer? Not just the tyres, but the whole wheels. I know in Germany where it's a legal requirement to have winter tyres that many garages offer this service.
  8. £800 delivered. I've probably spent another £200 converting it to PC. I've seen identical looking ones on sale for over £2000 It's really solidly built out of thick heavy duty melanine faced chipboard. It's even got rollers on the back so you can tilt it and wheel it around. I'm not sure the company is making them anymore however The PC was originally built using spare components from an old PC build so didn't cost me anything other than the time to put it all together, wire it up, and setup the custom UI and other software. I was great fun and very rewarding. Much easier to wire one of these up than I thought it would be.
  9. Since we've been talking about Mame cabs, this is my Mame cab: Mame Cab Pic It was built by a manufacturer of fruit machines from the original Jamma cabinet plans. Way better quality than many of the over-priced pre-built Mame cabs, and much cheaper. I added a PC inside (originally had a jamma multi-game board), and replaced the joysticks and buttons with higher quality versions, and acrylic button labels for the coin and admin buttons. Unfortunately had to go with an LCD monitor instead of a CRT - for weight, cost and maintenance issues.
  10. I'd love to have one here in Sheffield. I've got a Mame arcade cabinet, and though it's ace for games that used normal joysticks, you can't really do justice to games like Star Wars without the proper controller, or vector games like Asteroids without the CRT vector monitor.
  11. The M62 variable speed limit cameras are GATSO type, so they do flash. They're not to be confused with the average speed cameras mounted on yellow poles which are often used in roadworks. They don't flash. I expect similar GATSO cameras will be operating on the M1 when the 'smart motorway' improvements are complete.
  12. Rats are more than a nuisance - they like chewing through electrical insulation as I found once when trying to clear up an infestation. They found a way up into the house through a small hole were the electrical wiring fed through to the consumer unit. They chewed through the insulation and it it sparked when I was examining the damage - luckily I was wearing rubber gloves at the time. I had to get an electrician to replace the wiring. The only thing I've found that works reliably is poison. The council (and other pest exterminator services) have access to much stronger poison that you can buy over the counter, so it's worth getting them involved.
  13. My first rejection letter was from Gremlin. Back in the mid 80's I was getting into computer graphics and did some loading screens to try to get some work from various games companies. (Games took so long to load you needed a pretty screen to look at while loading). I drew a Monty On The Run loading screen based off the game adverts (this was before release) and sent it off to Gremlin with some of my other artwork asking if they needed any graphics doing. I got a standard rejection letter back thanking me for sending in my 'game' and saying that it didn't meet their standards. I was disappointed to say the least. However when the game was released my loading screen was (in my opinion) better than theirs! Still I got some work with other companies shortly after that, so the effort wasn't wasted - it became part of my portfolio.
  14. IPS has better colours, and wider viewing angles, though may have a slower response time than a TFT/TN (which doesn't make a lot of difference in normal use). Some cheaper IPS monitors may exhibit a slight glow in the corners when viewed close up, but it's not a big issue compared to the poor viewing angles and bad colours of TN/TFT panels. Given the choice I go with an IPS panel. I've got one of those U2412 monitors and it's excellent.
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