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  1. [quote user="ErnieY"]

    I think it was Norweb who pioneered this technology in the UK about 20 years ago and even up to 2004 there was a lot of interest in it. Although still potentially useful for niche applications I very much doubt it will ever make it to market for Joe Public.

    http://www.itweek.co.uk/personal-computer-world/features/2045894/power-line-telecoms-mains

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2754203.stm

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/06/13/hotel_broadband/

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    Ernie

    Thanks for that.

    I read through the first article and that was enough to convince me that, in its present form, internet over power lines wont be a feasable option anytime soon.

  2. Danny

    I am using a wifi connection from a wifi hotspot to my PC. Because these hotspots dont allow any encription to be used one has to make sure that any passwords etc can be hidden from prying eyes by using https.

    The problem for me, which IE7 doesnt appear to address, is Firefoxes ability, via a plugin, to stay connected with an https connection when accessing gmail. Even after you have entered your user name and Password.

    If you try it with IE7 you will find that IE7 switches back to an http connection once you have entered your ID and Password. Thereby exposing your emails to the ether.

    Edit: Maybe IE7 has a way of handling this too, but I havn't found it.

  3. [quote user="sid"]

    So far I've found no distinct advantages with either product.   

    Sid [geek]

    [/quote]

    Here's one that gives Firefox a big advantage.

    I too use both but recently have had a need to use an unsecured WiFi access point from a hotel. The following article is well worth a read if you need to use WiFi.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/10/wifi/

    It is a bit technical but not too much so. But very useful if you are roaming around and need to use WiFi.

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  4. I can only answer one of your questions with a definate answer. The spike, waiting for little fingers to touch, is actually earth and at zero volts, so no danger.

    The answer to the other question about sockets is that there are double pre-wired sockets but apparently the phase and neutral pins are reversed on one side. For example. The left socket may have the phase on the right (normal for UK and europe) and the right socket may have the phase on the left.

    It is possible, according to my schemas (diagrams) for France, to have a switch in series with the socket, to provide switching.

  5. [quote user="suzi05"]

    Our CONSUEL man glanced at the fuse box, stuck a meter in one socket in the lounge, said what a lovely house it was then signed the forms and gave us his e mail address so we could send him photos of said lovely house to show his wife, and in case we wanted any advice in the furture! So much for our panics over whether chases were the exact correct depth / distance from doors etc. Maybe he'd seen so many scary places he was just releived the sockets were actually attached to the walls!

    filling in the form was the hardest thing for us.

    suzi

    www.patiras.com/trinite.htm

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    Suzi

    That brought a smile to my face.

  6. [quote user="Ab"]outlook express loaded by my son -would that be correct[/quote]

    Ab

    Sorry for the slow reply but I've been out all day.

    The reason I asked is because different email software does slightly different things when there is a problem.

    If you start outlook express and click on the Tools menu and then Accounts you should see your email account in the list. Click on it and then select the Properties button to the right.

    Select the Servers tab along the top and then ensure that you have, under incoming mail server, the Account Name and the Password filled in. Also tick Remember Password.

    Someone has posted that you can call an English helpline so you may have already been asked to do what I've just said.

    Anyway I hope this helps you a bit.

  7. [quote user="Tag"]When they came to power so many people saw them as the great new hope for a different type of politics, open, clean, clear. Instead they have shown themselves to be devious, dishonest, double dealing, dodgy dorks.[/quote]

    Just being politicians. Non?

    If the conservatives were to win the next election and then govern the country for a ten year period. I can bet that you will be writing the same thing about their term in office. Sad but true.

  8. [quote user="Bugbear"]

    [quote user="fulcrum"]This is a typical Telegraph attention getter. [/quote]

    Why say that, I can't believe you actually believe it.

    Gordon Brown has screwed us for 10 years and 90% has been done in a underhanded way. What the Telegraph has reported is an actual situation.

    Personally, I hope he gets his just desserts come election time.

    [/quote]

    I am not a political animal and wish there was a bunch of people to vote for who aren't going to screw us in some way.

    All governments will be faced with a huge problem of how to finance pensions for an ever increasing and healthier population. All GB is doing is ensuring that there will be sufficient funds to finance his governments future plans.

    The conservative government only wish they had someone like Gordon Brown. They too would like to do underhanded things if given the chance. However they are trying to position themselves for re-election and can claim that they haven't done any bad things since errrrmmm 1997.

    I am not sure that the present government have done everything bad for the British public. Well, apart from screwing us on pensions and the Iraq war. But overall, the ecconomic situation has been pretty good.

     

     

  9. Living in France long term and not speaking English a lot makes you forget how to articulate and phrase things correctly in English.

    Any English language hawks out there will probably have noticed some glaring errors in the above.

     

  10. [quote user="margie"]I have had a problem for sometime with my digital camera and have been unable to download photos so I have bought a plug-in card reader. I now find I cannot use this as my add hardware wizard does not work and just gives the 'not responding' message. Anyone have any ideas on how I can sort this one out please??? t.y.i.a.[/quote]

    Can you answer the following.

    1. What operating system are you using? Windows XP, 2000, Vista or something else.

    2. Have you changed any software, especially the operating system, around the time the problem started?

     

  11. I must have been very lucky. I have had to take three things back during my time in France and can only say that the service has been excellent.

    1. Electric Pneumatic drill. Mr Bricolage. Motor burnt out. Had to be returned to factory for rewinding. Received item back in as new condition and has been used quite heavily over the last three years since the repair. No problems.

    2. External USB disk drive. Boulanger. Disk drive electroncs failed. I turned up at the shop I had bought it from to explain the problem but had forgotten to bring the Power supply. No problem, they opened a new package, tested it and then replaced the disk unit without any fuss. No problems since swap, over a year ago.

    3. Twin diamond disk channel gouging tool. Carrefour. Starting circuit failed after a couple of uses. Carrefour unable to provide repair/replacement but refunded in cash the total amount.

    I am entirely happy with the service I have received so far.

    I would point out to anyone approaching an After Sales Department, that it will definately help if you can maintain a sense of humour and deal with the staff in a friendly, not grovelling manner. The staff have to take a lot of flack from some irate customers and will, I'm sure, appreciate a bit of politeness in dealing with them. Anyway my method seems to work.  [:D]

     

     

  12. Thank you John and Gluestick.

    I was curious because I thought it might explain why the French system requires equal thickness earth, neutral and phase wires for any given circuit. It would obviously make testing easier if it was done along the lines of the UK IEE method.

  13. [quote user="Gluestick"]

    [quote user="fulcrum"]Does anyone know how the CONSUEL inspection is carried out with regard to circuit testing. In the UK in order to test each circuit the phase and earth conductor are temporarily connected in series to check for correct resistance. Is the same method employed in France.[/quote]

    Since in the UK there is a 230 Volt potential between Live (Phase) and Earth, that must be fun! [:-))]

    Should that be rephrased (or even re-phased![:D]) somewhat?

     [/quote]

    Gluestick

    Thanks for that. You are, of course, correct but then an electrician would understand that.

    OK. Just for you. You will need to switch off the mains first, whether you are in France or not.  [;-)]

  14. Gyn_Paul

    I note that the disjuncteur for lighting in France is either a 10amp fusible type or a 16amp resettable trip.

    With regard to earthing. There should be a separate earth for each separate circuit. Seeing as the cheaffe eau HAS to have it's own circuit and disjuncteur then it also has to have its own separate earth.

    The above I have gleaned from the L'Installation Electrique.

  15. Does anyone know how the CONSUEL inspection is carried out with regard to circuit testing. In the UK in order to test each circuit the phase and earth conductor are temporarily connected in series to check for correct resistance. Is the same method employed in France.
  16. I am sure by now that we are all certain that the capture of the service personel by the Iranians, wasn't a put up job but then this whole fiasco, from start to finish, makes me wonder if we are loosing the military plot and wonder how much real damage has been done to the credibility of our armed services.

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