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by madhatter
June 18th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Eggcups
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Eggcups

Why on earth does she want to eat eggs out of them?


Probably can’t find a suitable eggcup.
by madhatter
June 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 666
Views: 42427

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

If I may, https://plantsam.com/aeonium-arboreum-nigrum/ looks a great deal darker and flatter than Scotia's image. The species name I quoted was the binomial Aeonium arboreum The trinomial incuding the nigrum subspecies suggests that there is a dark variant. Looking again at the App, there are vari...
by madhatter
June 13th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread
Replies: 666
Views: 42427

Re: The Lemonfool my pic of the day thread

I cheated by right clicking your image and searching the inter webby for similar images. I didn’t know about that trick. I did (as it was such a good picture) try it with the phone PlantNet app. which thinks it is Aeonium arboreum That is a helpful free App which allows you to add pictures of flowe...
by madhatter
May 24th, 2019, 11:53 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Pruning fruit trees in the summer for more fruit
Replies: 18
Views: 1922

Re: Pruning fruit trees in the summer for more fruit

I remember a radio station that had a regular slot for gardeners questions, some years ago. Someone was saying their fruit tree was not producing much/any fruit and the expert said “‘ave yer fed it?” “FED IT?” (chuckle) “yer gotta feed it!” Tried it on my apple and plum trees the last two seasons. M...
by madhatter
April 13th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: The Natural World
Topic: Shortage of small birds
Replies: 22
Views: 622

Re: Shortage of small birds

... and something else, a shrub, the name of which I can't remember but which brings forth copious yellow flowers in spring. Forsythia? Quite a few large bumblebees, and in the last few years leafcutter bees, for which I have bundled together some lengths of bamboo. Not many flowers in the garden i...
by madhatter
April 3rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Open Office and Foxit Issues
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Open Office and Foxit Issues

I don’t have OpenOffice but do have the very similar LibreOffice, developed as a fork from the OO project. OO can open PDFs in the Draw component and can save as PDF but by default saves as it’s own format xx.for word processing of xx.ods for spreadsheets. Draw allows some PDFs to be opened for edit...
by madhatter
February 18th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Slowing speed of road building
Replies: 10
Views: 955

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: 428

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: 624

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: 34
Views: 2113

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: 34
Views: 2113

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: 615

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: 684

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: 627

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: 615

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: 684

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: 627

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: 600

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: 594

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: 34
Views: 1744

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...

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