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by madhatter
February 18th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Slowing speed of road building
Replies: 9
Views: 323

Re: Slowing speed of road building

A week or two back, a shop on the High Street need a gas main connection. As it involved a trench to the middle of the road, the road was blocked at that point. It was scheduled to last from Monday to the following Monday, and on day one the barriers and signage were put in but no obvious other prog...
by madhatter
February 17th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Apple ID on iPad2
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: Apple ID on iPad2

I had an Apple computer for years, but kept only local backups, so I never used iCloud and didn’t need to use Apple ID. Now having more than one Apple device I keep some stuff in iCloud so it syncs between devices. Being logged into the same iCloud account also enables the Continuity features such a...
by madhatter
February 13th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Today? Or just me?
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: Today? Or just me?

Or is it the UK, or 'Ingeland', or just me? Just you, probably. I fairly often go for walks along paths and when crossing parks will often be approached by a dog or pass a dog on a lead. If the path is narrow the owner will often go to some trouble to shorten the lead and stop it from jumping up or...
by madhatter
February 6th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Signs of Spring
Replies: 16
Views: 842

Re: Signs of Spring

Had snowdrops in flower for nearly three weeks. Bluebell leaves appearing. My frequent visits from a non-singing (female?) robin have become less frequent, but there are now two robins sometimes close to each other without fighting, and occasional robin singing, so perhaps they now hold a larger ter...
by madhatter
February 6th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Signs of Spring
Replies: 16
Views: 842

Re: Signs of Spring

I was gazing out of my window yesterday watching the birds on the feeders in the garden and noticed a couple of blue tits paying close attention to a bird box I put up a few years ago. Its never been used so fingers crossed a mating pair settles in there this year I understand they are very particu...
by madhatter
February 5th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Installation of sandbox...
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: Installation of sandbox...

madhatter Problem solved! I loaded the latest beta version of Sandboxie and it works perfectly. So It wasn't the McAfee suite which I anyway deleted... :) Jolly good. Though the problems resulting from having more than one antivirus active at the same time have caused much wailing and gnashing of t...
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Tel. call then internet disconnects
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: Tel. call then internet disconnects

For me they seem to come in waves, sometimes maybe two or three a week, then going quiet for some weeks or even a few months. Curiously I have only had one since before Christmas but I doubt the lull will last much longer. Sometimes it is an automatic Dialler which rings various numbers and only has...
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Rare snow-rollers spotted in field....
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Rare snow-rollers spotted in field....

I find it hard to imagine how they might start naturally, but the article was very vague and hand wavy. Harder still to imagine them starting off without assistance and having a near hollow centre. As often is the case, Wikipedia is your friend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_roller Slarti That ...
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Installation of sandbox...
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: Installation of sandbox...

I have not used Sandboxie, and may have misunderstood but it seems possible that you could have more than one antivirus activated at the same time. That can certainly result in much sucking of teeth and “funny things“ happening though not necessarily the sandbox thing.
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Tel. call then internet disconnects
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: Tel. call then internet disconnects

Coincidence, most likely. Yes indeed. I had many of those calls in the last year. They seem to have replaced the years of fake Windows Technical Department calls, and the BT Technical Department calls that superseded them. Usually of the form of a recording saying that my “internet is as about to b...
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Rare snow-rollers spotted in field....
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: Rare snow-rollers spotted in field....

With the right slope and temperature you can set them off with a mini-snowball. However, the article describes them as “natural oddities”, which implies that they are naturally occurring and that they have not been “started off” (deliberately). I find it hard to imagine how they might start natural...
by madhatter
February 4th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Pedants' Place
Topic: Plug sockets ??
Replies: 18
Views: 361

Re: Plug sockets ??

The number zero sadly misses out on this generosity and may only be referred to as zero, not nought, nothing, nil or zilch and definitely not "oh"! I used to think of it as “o” but since needing to remember passwords, have tried to be more specific. However the term plug-socket is not one...
by madhatter
January 26th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Thunderbird marking new emails as read
Replies: 15
Views: 480

Re: Thunderbird marking new emails as read

Not used Thunderbird, but I have occasionally come across a situation it which the right setting appears to be checked (or unchecked) but some program acts as if to the contrary. I have sometimes fixed the problem by following the advice uncheck (or check) the setting (making it deliberately wrong) ...
by madhatter
January 24th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: USA V China
Replies: 16
Views: 994

Re: USA V China

A mildly interesting conspiracy theory here is to what extent Western governments are covertly forcing communications providers to insert backdoors for surveillance. Oz has openly legislated for it, but evidence (e.g. Snowden) points to much wider covert efforts. Bearing in mind that some western g...
by madhatter
January 24th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: New iPad 2......Query Apple ID
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: New iPad 2......Query Apple ID

Are you likely to use iCloud? I never used it when I just had the one Apple device, preferring to use local storage for backups. You can use iCloud for backing up instead, although the free allocation is 5GB. If you have more than one Apple device then iCloud can be a very convenient way of syncing ...
by madhatter
January 23rd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: O2 Network
Replies: 61
Views: 1983

Re: O2 Network

XFool wrote:
madhatter wrote:
Fingers crossed that your wait may be similarly rewarding!

Unfortunately it wasn't last time!


Still out of service?
by madhatter
January 20th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: O2 Network
Replies: 61
Views: 1983

Re: O2 Network

O2 network mast still out. Today is day ten and counting... Jolly annoying for you. However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Back in November the nearest O2 tower was down for either maintenance or possibly because it up the swanny. Hidden among the odd text from O2 there was mention...
by madhatter
January 13th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Accessing email accounts with my new iPad
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Accessing email accounts with my new iPad

I would have thought it most convenient to use the Apple Mail app by default. No bad thing to have a Plan B however, either webmail or another email app such as gmail.
by madhatter
December 13th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: O2 Network
Replies: 61
Views: 1983

Re: O2 Network

Many others reporting outages via: https://downdetector.co.uk/problems/o2/map/ Perhaps they are still being affected by the recent software issue? Everything sensible says 'no'. That was a data issue; irrelevant to my mobile; has already been fixed; was a simple security certificate issue. OTOH, co...
by madhatter
December 12th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: O2 Network
Replies: 61
Views: 1983

Re: O2 Network

One of the reasons I've never been that keen on MVNO deals, the extra layer for potential ****ups or delays after a major outage. Although a friend on Tesco Mobile texted me to say that SMS was working hours before the internet, and was given an extra 2GB of data this month as compensation, compare...

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