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by raybarrow
August 6th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: Digtal Secure Keys - Good or bad?
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

Digtal Secure Keys - Good or bad?

Hi Folks, I do my banking online via computer. Also have the banking apps, but more for info than hard use. I don't tend to do online banking whilst walking the streets or sat in a coffee shop. From September, First Direct are going to requires us to use either a Digital Secure Key (via the app) or ...
by raybarrow
July 8th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Replace non-standard 13 socket for standard one
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Re: Replace non-standard 13 socket for standard one

Hi Guys, It is plastic socket. The house was completely rewired 12 years ago with 'modern' wiring/consumer unit/RCD for outside etc. I think it was done so that the freezer would not be disconnected accidentally. Other than the socket having a 'T' bar earth the wiring is normal. I'll take the top of...
by raybarrow
July 8th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Replace non-standard 13 socket for standard one
Replies: 14
Views: 3147

Replace non-standard 13 socket for standard one

Hi Folks, In the garage one of the dual sockets is a non-standard 13amp with the MK 'T' bar type earth pin. In it are the freezer and the tumble dryer. The tumble dryer has just died and rather start swapping the plug on a new dryer (warranty??) can I replace the non-standard socket with a standard ...
by raybarrow
May 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Finding address in Map.Me phone app
Replies: 3
Views: 2360

Re: Finding address in Map.Me phone app

Hi Guys,

Think I might use both. HereWeGo is fine for navigating to an address and Map.Me is good for finding locations using a building name or similar.
Thought the maps on Map.Me were marginally clearer but the voice was not as clear and over instructed.

Cheers,
Ray.
by raybarrow
May 23rd, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Finding address in Map.Me phone app
Replies: 3
Views: 2360

Finding address in Map.Me phone app

Hi, My standalone Sat Nav(Garmin) is 2012, so looking to update, however the smartphone option is beckoning(especially those that do offline navigation). Trying to compare HereWeGo and Map.Me phone apps (iphone version). With HereWeGo I can easily search for an address 23 Acacia Avenue (Harry Worth ...
by raybarrow
August 16th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: linux ubuntu to replace XP
Replies: 41
Views: 2236

Re: linux ubuntu to replace XP

Just in case you try Linux Mint. I am a long term Linux Mint user (dual booted with Win 10) on a somewhat older machine laptop. Runs fine with it's SSD, however the latest Mint 19 takes ages to load (8 minutes), something to do with the kernel and drivers. Went back to Mint 18.3 and it's up and runn...
by raybarrow
August 11th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Poss suspect MOT mileage
Replies: 0
Views: 440

Poss suspect MOT mileage

I was looking at some old post about wrong MOT mileage. Reminded me that on Mrs B's Ka the MOT mileage disagreed with the display. After playing with settings in the 'digital' display (hadn't had one in our 'old' cars), I realised the mileage could show in miles or kilometres (you probably all know ...
by raybarrow
July 30th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Better MPG at lower speeds - forced test on M6
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Better MPG at lower speeds - forced test on M6

We know that lowering your speed gives better MPG, but never get a chance to try it in real life. Went Birmingham to Manchester twice on Friday and Saturday (shan't bore you with why but involved a family wedding). M6 is a series of roadworks, smartmotorway upgrades, the journey being 50mph for prob...
by raybarrow
March 31st, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: Savings Accounts with Direct Debit feeds
Replies: 14
Views: 5465

Re: Savings Accounts with Direct Debit feeds

Hi Folks, Surprised it took Tesco so long to wake up to it. Those Tesco Savers had were a 'Motley Fool' staple for years. My biggest loser are the four HBOS a/cs we have that require deposit and 2 DDs. The Lloyd Club a/cs with now no Tesco DDs will loose the interest, just keep the deposit in/out to...
by raybarrow
March 29th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys
Replies: 22
Views: 2375

Re: Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys

Hi Folks, Just another thought. What are these 1.0 Ecoboosts like for towing. I have a camping trailer which we no longer use for camping, kids have grown up and getting down and up off the floor is more of a challenge. We are thinking of getting rid of it but just in case how would the 1.0 engine c...
by raybarrow
March 24th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys
Replies: 22
Views: 2375

Re: Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys

Hi Folks, Thanks for all the comments. Obviously I will have to drive my possible choices, but my old fashioned gut feeling is that a conventional 1.4 4 cylinder engine is going to be far less complicated (expensive when it all goes wrong), and cheaper to buy, than a 1.0 3 cylinder one. I am prepare...
by raybarrow
March 23rd, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys
Replies: 22
Views: 2375

Fiest 1.0 ecoboost for long journeys

Hi, My Astra Mk4 1.6 8 valve is nearing the end (too many things need doing to it). Looking at a Fiesta. Needs have changed. Choices are 1.4 (if I can find a decent one) or 1.0 Ecoboost (seem to be plenty around. On specs the 1.0 looks ok (BHP and Torque). I can see for around town it would be fine ...
by raybarrow
September 30th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: TSB Logon screen disappears in Firefox
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Re: TSB Logon screen disappears in Firefox

Hi, Firefox 56 makes no difference. Breelander. It's not that screen, it's the one before it that gives you the choice of personal or business banking. In a new private window it behaves as it should so looks like it's something in the profile. I'll have a look when I have a moment, as I said it's n...
by raybarrow
September 28th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: TSB Logon screen disappears in Firefox
Replies: 4
Views: 606

TSB Logon screen disappears in Firefox

Hi Folks, Win 10. Strange one but I go to the TSB logon screen in Firefox 55.03. It appears for a very brief moment then I get a blank Firefox screen. However if I move the mouse to where the 'Logon' button is and click it proceeds as normal. I have cleared the cache and tried it as a different PC u...
by raybarrow
September 7th, 2017, 7:50 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Insurance for van hire
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: Insurance for van hire

Hi Scott, I've re-read the bits, Janet and John style. It concerns the fact that you must report any accident to your own insurers as well as the hire company. Also that and some rental agreements can have a 'Third Party Excluded' clause in them that you need to be aware of (then of course you can p...
by raybarrow
September 4th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Insurance for van hire
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Insurance for van hire

Hi, How does the insurance work if you hire small van for a couple of days. It's not clear ( to me at any rate) if the insurance is all covered by the hire company as they mention the customer having 3rd party insurance. I am not talking about the CDW bit. Daughter going back to Uni this time with e...
by raybarrow
February 18th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: Difficult security question
Replies: 16
Views: 4998

Re: Difficult security question

Hi, As I am sure you realise, the multiple bank accounts are because I am a 'rate tart'. 4% here, 3% there, etc all adds up if you are prepared to put the work in setting things up - and I am. With Mrs B on board as well our combined annual interest is quite healthy. I am retired so can dedicate tim...
by raybarrow
February 18th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Bank Accounts Savings & ISAs
Topic: Difficult security question
Replies: 16
Views: 4998

Difficult security question

I have been 'tidying up' my Standing Orders between numerous interest paying accounts and finally got a 'security check needed to confirm this item - please phone my bank'. Lloyds by the way. OK, no problem, happy that they decided to check, I had done a lot. I explained what I had been doing and to...
by raybarrow
February 12th, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: Windows Detected a Hard Disk Problem

Hi, I mentioned Karen's Replicator recently. It only backs up data (as in folders and files) and it is very good at it as all the files are visible as individuals and easily recovered. First backup takes while but subsequents are much faster. I use it because latest EaseUs failed to recover my data!...
by raybarrow
February 2nd, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: EaseUS failed recovery
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: EaseUS failed recovery

Hi Neddy,

Yes, that's more or less my setup. Don't image SSD every day but regularly and certainly before and after any software additions/deletions.

Cheers,
Ray.

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