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  1. [quote user="AnOther"]There is a free temperature monitor here: http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp DON'T use Core Temp 10. RC3, it installs all sorts of crapware, click on More Downloads then choose the Standalone version. Re the router yes, no reason why not. that side of it doesn't care whether it is connected to the outside world or not. If you want your machines to talk to each other you'll have to set up sharing, it doesn't just happen by magic ! How you do that depends to some extent on what version or versions of Windows you are using. [/quote] I have a collection of stuff - mostly Netgear - and a wired network all over the house. It starts in the loft with a Free ADSL box feeding a NetgearWGR614v6  4-port router off which comes a PC running XP, and another running Win7, and a NSA. Then there's a Netgear Prosafe 5-port which feeds the cables to the rest of the house.  One goes to the kitchen to another Wireless router (feeding a useless Roberts internet radio and the aforementioned hot laptop running Vista). The spare switcher I was enquiring about is for the living room which has a Panasonic TV, Blu-ray player and an Onyka A/V receiver, all of which have wired or wireless net capabilities. None of which works properly. The Onkya, for example, is happy to go on line and update it's software, and will sometimes find the NSA or the DNLA library on the Win7 machine, but won't make its own NET connection to internet radio (for example). It just reports 'server busy'. All of the above boxes (except the Prosafe) have  wireless capability, but none of them manages to get beyond the confines of their individual rooms through the 50cm stone walls (100cms in some cases) Hence the need for yet ANOTHER box. In a perfect world I'd have one wireless router up in the loft, with a ERP slightly lower than Droitwich but I've yet to read a review of any model which says "fantastic wireless performance: the signal blasts thru 4 foot of concrete with no worries", which is basically what I'm looking for !  p
  2. Well the front is propped up an inch or so (ext monitor and keydb in front) so it should be ventilated.... I'll check the air intake for fluff tomorrow. Meanwhile on the router front.... you mean I can just disregard the adsl socket and run other network cables into/out of any of the 4 ports and it'll work?  Sounds too good to be true ! p
  3. Can anyone tell my why my laptop - permanently connected to its mains unit, and with screen/hard drive/processor all set to 'never' in the power-saving/go to sleep options - closes itself down if untouched for an hour or so? It's running Vista as supplied by the manufacturer. It's not something it's always done (but then again it it does auto download and install windows updates), just since the last few weeks. Is there some other setting buried in a menu I've not come across? Also is it possible to use a  ADSL/router as a plain switcher? p
  4. [quote user="Chancer"]I dont even know what 4G is, nor a smartphone for that matter, neither do I really want to but even without knowing I can add something to the debate. Free have been quetly investing in their own fibre optic network for several years, they now have most of the large villes linked I believe and this program continues, that and not having to date any boutiques (OK they have 2 I believe) gives them a massive and sustainable competitive advantage over the other operators, the cabling project is ongoing so their advantage increases, I have no idea how this relates to this 4G thingy you are all talking about. Free have said that they will eventually have 100 boutiques which goes against all their principals, I dont know whether this is the result of regulator pressure, if it isnt then they sure must be thinking of a huge market penetration. [/quote] it would be nice to think Free is running its fibre-optic cables along the railway lines: we have one at the top of our front field =/< 80m. might get a decent download speed at last! p
  5. .....Actually that can't be right. Channel 5's been on N1 for quite some time now. Odd.  Martin, you don't happen to know if Ch5 has changed frequency/transponder on on N1 do you? curiouser and curiouser! p
  6. [quote user="Lachouette"]Thanks one and all. A rescan this afternoon not only fixed that but brought to light another couple of channels! Jan [/quote] Somewhere in the setup is an option to autodetect new channels, which would also detect ones changing frequency. Which would probably explain why we other Humax owners didn't get the problem. Probably be worth your while to find it and check 'yes' to autodetect. p
  7. As I understand it, free-standing pools are not subject to the same safety regulations as in-ground ones. But if I take a free-stander (usual sort of thing, water 4 foot deep, so liner about a foot or so taller) and put some decking round it, at what point i.e. what is the minimum remaining side height, does it fall into the regulations purview? p
  8. I've had a lot of problems with Free (or more precisely my Freebox) losing sync recently. anything between 30" and 30 minutes at a time. Recently it's been doing that even without losing the clock (that'll make sense to Freebox users, I hope). Thinking of getting Free to replace it, but you know how it is, it's such a fag that once it starts up again you think, "Oh well, I'll leave it be for now" And here I am 5 months later with the same intermittent fault. p
  9. Where are you Moriarty? if you're anywhere near the Creuse I've a 19" CRT monitor sitting in the barn getting dusty. You can have it with pleasure. p
  10. ...apart from the being pregnant bit, hands up any of us over 55 don't fall into at least one of those categories. Sounds like the 3D market is shrinking by the minute! p
  11. [quote user="pachapapa"][quote user="Quillan"]I was reading something about this in an Australian newspaper and the same has happened down there. Two channels that used to broadcast in 3D have now stopped. Too expensive to produce the programs they said. There are TV's and Blue Ray players that can convert 2D to 3D but it's more of a novelty thing and the 3D effect is not really 3D more of a 'layering' of the picture. Seeing as there are not really that many 3D films around they thought it simply not cost effective to keep the channels going. I have not really looked any further but I have a feeling that France and Australia are not the only countries to dump 3D broadcasting. There are a few 3D cameras around so you could make home movies and take some pictures in 3D but even that gets a bit boring after a while. Touch of seen my holiday photos, they are in 3D, yawn.[/quote] The chance of an australian TV cameraman producing anything reasonable with a steady cam is the square root of f### a###. There is not much 3D stuff around and what there is, tends to be Pirates of the Caribbean type rubbish, excessively priced. f For this reason I shall only be finally replacing my 2D Blu Ray for a 3D Blu Ray this year before the end of the sales. I am not in too much of a hurry as 3D Blu Rays are not exactly flying of the shelves...thanks partly to people still watching analogue CRTs and caught in a technological timewarp. I have been watching 2D-3D conversions for close on a year now and find the function a distinct plus, particularly for sport,over the original HD image. The french TNT with 1080i is particularly outstanding in this respect. Of course my disparity neurological function does work outstandingly well; without being conversant of the import and meaning of your "layering problem" I can only presume that you do not have 2O/20 vision or have suffered possibly from an excess of deleterious radiation from years of viewing a CRT tube.[:)]  [/quote] Not quite as funny as you think. Some of my broadcasting colleagues were studio cameramen whose working life was spent with their foreheads some 6 inches from the front of a b/w cathode ray tube which was the monitor, and their upper bodies about 2 foot or so from the 4 tubes which comprised the guts of an EMI 2001 camera.  They worked in teams of 4 or 5 as a camera crew, and a statistically significant number of them later developed brain tumours. My own - totally unscientific - feeling is that those who worked on golf OB's  were more at risk, as there (in order to be able to see the lofted ball against the sky) they would wind the monitor's gain and contrast up to its fullest extent. p
  12. [quote user="Clarkkent"][quote user="Martin963"]I know we've some fans of 3D TV on here,  but it seems that their cause may be slipping away from them with Canal + apparently "pulling" their only 3D channel. https://groups.google.com/group/fr.rec.tv.satellite/browse_thread/thread/47748d635828c051?hl=fr# Certainly people I know (and respect) who've seen demos have mentioned that the quality isn't all it's cracked up to be (very "flat" looking in spite of being 3D) and it seems that some people switch back to 2D as they find the 3D too distracting and fatiguing.  Progress eh....? [/quote] I think that 3D tv was doomed from the start. In my lifetime there have now been three attempts to introduced 3D to the big screen, the previous attempts have failed and I think that this one will too. As for 3D tv - it is too soon after the introduction of HD. I don't believe there is the willingness in the marketplace to spend large sums on an "improvement" in television so soon after the last innovation. Film and tv 3D relies on disparity - the differences in images falling on the retinas of eyes spaced a few centimetres apart. Contrary to popular opinion, this is not the only source of "3D", there are at least half a dozen other mechanisms which contribute to the perception of depth. A further problem is that a significant proportion of the population do not have disparity depth perception due to injury, uncorrected or late correction of squint or other vision problems. Disparity-based 3D does not work for them. Another factor is that disparity is only used by humans for objects which are relatively close, say less that about 20 to 30 feet. Forcing people to use this mechanism for action which is much further away causes some to report fatigue. Disparity-based 3D is a neat little trick which can be dragged out of the cupboard to entertain the children from time to time, but I don't think that it will have any permanent place in mass entertainment. It isn't needed. [/quote] One of the biggest problems facing the makers of 3D programming is that in everyday life, it's not just disparity which the brain uses for stereoscopic imaging (just as it uses sound disparity to generate a stereo soundscape) it's actual convergence of the eyes. Which means that for - say - a foreground image viewed by both eyes, the detail behind it is not convergent, but overlapping. We teach our brains to ignore this confusing stuff we're not focusing on, but the problem is that WE make the choice of where in the depth of field we are concentrating. Faced with a 3D TV (or film) image, it's the programme maker who is deciding where the focal point should be, and it may or may not be exactly where in the illusory image we are looking. It's this (amongst other things) which causes the confusion in the brain, and thus the fatigue. Frankly, I can never envisage a 3D system which will be analogous to stereo sound. p
  13. [this is a pick-up from Pap's response, but if I quote it, it will fill the screen] No dammit I didn't... I bought the set online here in France and the promotional 3D blu-ray  wasn't offered. Wasn't an issue at the time as I didn't have a 3DBR player. Have now. Must borrow a copy.and see what it looks like. Now that you mention the 3 planes of 3D, I remember on 'Strictly' there was a noticable difference between the live studio cams and the VT retrospective packages (genuine stuff vs processed). Sadly at 62 the acuity of my vision has dropped off alarmingly. Having needed nothing but -4.25 contacts for everything (with perfect accommodation for reading) for the last 28 years, I now seem to need (at least) -4.75's for distance, and +3 for reading. And I've discovered the truth of what I always suspected, namely that after a certain age you just have to live with slightly soft resolution as pin-sharp, newly-corrected vision lasts about as far as the journey from the opticians to your home. I imagine that you could go on correcting the vision - upping the prescription and lowering your bank balance - every 3 months*, seemingly to infinity ! So in the matter of high definition v SD, up-scaling et al, I'm about 10 years too late to really appreciate the differences. I still buy Blu-Ray rather than DVD versions of stuff 'though !  p * - this is, of course, purely notional, as - round here at least - you can't get an optician's appointment in under 6 months
  14. [quote user="Quillan"][quote user="cooperlola"]I'd be happy enough to watch footie on a 50 year old black and white set.  Switched off, natch.[Www][/quote] Couldn't agree more about footie. Off subject I know but as you mentioned Black and White TV's I think of my mother, bless her. Mum and Dad had a colour TV at the time they finally stopped transmitting B&W. Mum said "What a shame, I used to love watching those old B&W movies". [:D] [/quote] ...That's a bit like all the hulabaloo about 'colorization' which the film companies rushed into in the hope of giving their b&w libraries further sales in the face of an audience which only wanted to watch stuff if it was in 'living color'. I could never understand the fuss the purists made: if they didn't like the colorized version they had only to turn down the chroma and they had b&w again ! but back on the topic: I have a Panasonic 3D plasma which is lovely in 2D apart from a few layout niggles (like not putting the HDMI's at the top of the AV pick list, so you have to scroll down the list EVERY TIME, and only a zero-level audio line out). There is so little free-to-air 3D content that it's hard to say if you would get used to it. So far, the Wimbledon men's final looked like a child's pop-up picture book, with discrete layers of foreground, midground, (if there isn't such a word, then there should be) and background. The 'Strictly' final was much better (that is to say much less 'layered'), and by the end of it, it felt quite natural. Which is a bit like saying I forgot it was in 3D, which rather defeats the purpose, I think ! As for the viewing angle... I found it varied with the degree off-centre you were sitting, but you soon got used to it. Moving was interesting however; I stood up to get a chocolate from the table at the side of the screen and felt as if the man in the front row was coming with me to help himself! Would I buy another one?  - not unless the content vastly increases. p p
  15. [quote user="Gengulphus"][quote user="Jo"]what HAVE I got ?[/quote] Nothing at the moment.  Wasps and hornets to not overwinter as colonies (as honeybees do).   If all is well, then a few dozen fertilized queens will be holed up in a variety of secret and convenient crevices and until they have the opportunity  -  if successful  -  to found a number of new colonies next year. [quote user="Jo"]when I told the Pompiers they weren't bothered at all. [/quote] I cannot imagine what action they could take on the basis of an anecdote concerning a deceased hornet.  In order to take action they would, at the very least, need to know where the nest was situated. [quote user="Jo"]I've never seen a nest.[/quote] There will certainly be a nest.  In order to discover its location :  catch one of the insects and dredge her in flour.  Release her and follow her assiduously.  The flour naturally renders her more visible.  Unless she has other business to do she will lead you back to the nest.  I have only used this method with feral and domestic bees, but my father assured me that it works equally for wasps and hornets (for whom he used, in his childhood, to receive a bounty of 6d per colony from the local toffee factory). I do very much hope that you will find a hornets' nest.  I had them for several years in my orchard, and found them a never-ending source of instruction, entertainment and interest.      [/quote] I suspect your definition of what constitutes all being well is a little different to many if not most people on this forum, my personal definition would run more along the lines of hoping that every last fertilized queen is comprehensively frozen to death in the first frost ! p
  16. Not wanting to hijack the thread, but would you mind if I sent it on a branch line for a moment or two?  Does Linux have a reliable, easy-to-understand program which successfully emulates DNLA ? I have a server which refuses to be recognized by my house-full of things which purport to act like media players (Robert's internet radio - (and what a disappointment that is) Panasonic TV, Oky surround box etc) but don't, and I suspect the common thread is the server and the Win7/visa collection of machines on the network. I find the whole business of networks and getting them to work seamlessly is one of the dark arts: it's certainly some form of magic. Has anyone ever managed to crack it with Linux? p
  17. [quote user="Quillan"][quote user="Gyn_Paul"][quote user="krusty"]People down on the ground can not tell which satellite the signal is coming from and notice no change when it moves from one satellite to another.I think the programs we watch are coming from about 5 satellites at the moment.[/quote] ... they can if they bother to look at the Lyngsat page for 1N, which was the point of my post. Sorry you're beyond the edges of the known world.... I understand BT are currently dismantling Goonhilly Down...  might be a suitable-sized dish there for you ! p [/quote] I had a look on the website and found the page. Can you tell us in very simplistic layman's none techie way what number(s) we have to look at on the table and what we have to look at on our Sky box's to see if we are using Astra 1 N or not? Thanks. [/quote] Q., this is the page for the entire list of  transponders beamed from 28.2 E   :  http://www.lyngsat.com/28east.html and this is the page for those few currently on 1N   : http://www.lyngsat.com/astra1n.html as you will see there are only a relative few on 1N. I don't think they are duplicated on other sats so it's reasonable to assume that those listed on the UK beam of 1N are being received by your Sky box from there. If you wanted to be *really* sure, you could always go to the Sky 'add other channels' menu and tonk in the details from theLyngsat 1N page (10964H 2200, 5/6). You box should search and find them. Though,  for myself, I'm happy to take Lyngsat's word for it. p ps. any idea why did that 2009 post about setting up a dish came to the top without any recent posting added?
  18. [quote user="krusty"]People down on the ground can not tell which satellite the signal is coming from and notice no change when it moves from one satellite to another.I think the programs we watch are coming from about 5 satellites at the moment.[/quote] ... they can if they bother to look at the Lyngsat page for 1N, which was the point of my post. Sorry you're beyond the edges of the known world.... I understand BT are currently dismantling Goonhilly Down...  might be a suitable-sized dish there for you ! p
  19. Lyngsat is now listing a number of channels (Channel 5, 5USA, 5* etc) on Astra 1N  on its so-called 'UK transponders' - which I assume are the ones supposed to have a sharp cut-off in the channel, They are perfectly fine on a 60cm dish in Central France, so unless Astra proposes to do some tweaking, I think 1N should be 'business as usual' Mind you, it hasn't rained yet ! p
  20. [quote user="Araucaria"][quote user="sid"]I've been tempted to "jailbreak" the Kindle to load my own screensavers but at these early days I decided that a warranty claim would be invalidated and it's better to hang on. Adding my own screensavers is only a bit of vanity really (like having a personalised number plate on the car... which I DID have in UK ! [:$]  ).[/quote] It's possible to "unjailbreak" it and put it back the way it was, with the original screensavers. And if my own experience is anything to go by, if you have the most typical Kindle problem, a broken screen, they don't ask you to send the old one back when they supply a new one under warranty. So they won't know what you've done to it's innards. But you are at least partly right about the vanity bit: mine now also shows pictures of my children and other family members. However the real spur was to get rid of Agatha Christie, a writer I really dislike, Jules Verne (overrated), and Ralph Ellison, no doubt a nice enough man but he really only wrote one novel. They have been replaced by Robertson Davies, Neal Stephenson, and Ursula Le Guin. [/quote] Go on then.... it's just too tempting. How do I do it? p
  21. I don't know that it's necessarily the best deal, but Free (http://www.free.fr/adsl/telephone.html)'s offer includes free landline calls to practically the known universe, plus free to mobiles in France... "...Téléphonez sans compter Appels vers les fixes de 104 destinations et portables en france métropolitaine inclus..." p (Thanks Mod if you fixed that!)
  22. One could make an argument, Sid, that someone who has paid into the NHS all their working life and who is now retired in France should be just as entitled to the NHS services as anyone else not separated by a strip of water. The optician should accept something recognised by the government with your address on it like..... oh let me see....... the paper part of your driving licence, perhaps? That's an official document, after all. [6] And as for being fraudulent: is that any more fraudulent than accepting the winter fuel payment when you live in Spain? p
  23. Judith, I've read back through your posts and can't find the answer to this question : have you ever managed to wireless connect back in the UK? I'm just wondering if it might be a wireless channels problem ?? Wireless routers seem to use different channels depending on which country they are set for..... (probably talking tosh ...too late at night !) p
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