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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 16 Hours Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption 5-22 to 5-29
Posted By Liney
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"No this one is not from Norway, it isn't blue and it's most definitely alive..."
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
Replies: 2,693
Views: 211,627
I reckon after all this Covid-19 malarky I'm a dead cert to lead up the Mars mission.

Lets face it, the trip involves not going out for weeks on end, sitting on your backside all day at a computer, eating tinned and processed food that was loaded up at the beginning of it all and you won't get anything fresh until it's all over....
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
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They let you now right after conception? That's just boasting....
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption 5-22 to 5-29
Posted By Liney
Replies: 10
Views: 263
"Don't get too cocky..."

(for those of you who are not avian admirers, the bird on her shoulder looks like a Cockatoo to me, and that is as far as I'm stretching the humour on that name..}
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-16-2020, 08:53 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
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Don't know about drafting, but I did a spell in technical publications a while back. This was the late 90's, but to them "cut and paste" meant taking the printed master sheet, cutting out the words you wanted to change and pasting new words in their place.

I demonstrated MS Word to the department heads, and showed how I could produce a three word amendment in two hours (had to set up the page from scratch) rather than wait three days for the master sheet to be delivered from remote storage. You would have thought I'd just invented fire the way some of them looked at me, it was witchcraft I tell you!
Forum: General Talk 05-16-2020, 08:47 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Oh the joys of thermionic valves! We were taught on a couple of radio sets that still ran on valves and the pre-start check was to power on and wait five minutes. Then you ran your finger along the top of the valves and if any were cold you powered down and changed them out before proceeding.

The problem with the modern equipment in part is because of the dependance on microchip technology. Circuit boards have become so compact that you can't repair them, so it's a case of throw it away and get a new one. Again during training we were taught to carry out repairs on circuit boards, but at that point (early 80's) the miniaturisation had not reached the point of multi-layer boards and circuit tracks the thickness of a human hair. Our repairs were carried out by scraping back the varnish layer, soldering a thin gauge wire across the break, and revarnishing the board.

Back in those days there was a real fear of a Nuclear war, and a lot of time and effort went into designing electronics that were "hardened" and could withstand an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear explosion, especially for military use equipment. Nowadays, well we don't need a nuclear explosion but a decent sized solar flare hitting the atmosphere would damage equipment that is not protected. One big juicy solar corona and parts of the world could be dark and quiet until a lot of things get replaced.
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2020, 10:07 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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On a similar vein, many years ago I was taken a train from Birmingham to Edinburgh, and as you do on long train journeys got chatting to the bloke opposite me. He'd worked for Philips, and for a time had been on the team that developed the Laser Disc, which was basically a 12 inch CD for video. It was a great concept for the time, the picture quality was fantastic but was let down by the fact you had to buy the pre-recorded disk rather than record your own. In the end it stopped production as the new VHS tapes became the preferred medium, but he added that in the time the system was in operation they never had a systemic failure. Any reported failures were down to individual components, but the design itself did not incur any failures.

I've worked with engineers over the years who do nothing but monitor failure trends and have sat in on the sort of meetings they have around systems failures and their potential impacts. in the right business models techniques like FRACAS (Failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system) will identify trends in failures and what caused them, then identify what to do to stop it happening.

Design changes, more frequent maintenance and additional safeguards are all options, but cost money. With some many things these days the cheaper option is often to let it fail and pay out if someone complains. See the Ford Pinto saga for a classic example.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-14-2020, 07:53 PM  
SD Card spring
Posted By Liney
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Thanks folks.

The more I think about how I use the slots the more I notice that my habits probably caused the issue. It's a full sized SD card and I have the habit of removing the card and using an SD reader on the PC, and of course card 1 gets more use than card 2!

I will have a better look at the weekend but I don't fancy my chances for a home made repair, and the inconvenience is not worth sending it back for repair yet.

Thanks for taking the time to respond
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-14-2020, 02:51 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption: 5-13
Posted By Liney
Replies: 16
Views: 542
The chorus line of the Colditz players version of "South Pacific" wasn't going to win any awards, but "Curly" Johnson got invited to the Commandants quarters after the show.....
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-14-2020, 02:48 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
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Saw a wonderful cartoon in "Mad" magazine many years ago, this gentleman was trying to arrange a rather magnificent moustache but ti just wasn't playing, so in the second last frame he had a pair of scissors to cut it off saying "this damn nasal hair is getting too much". Snip and the last frame had him completely shaven.

Since then I have referred to my moustache (and more lately my chin beard} as "energetic nasal hair"
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-12-2020, 03:58 AM  
SD Card spring
Posted By Liney
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Evening all.

I noticed that my K-3 has developed a little issue with ejecting SD card 1. When removing the SD card you press down slightly and it unlatches and springs up so you can get a grip on it. SD Card 2 still does that, but SD Card 1 doesn't appear to latch or spring up.

I can still take SD 1 out once I get a good grip on it, so no great rush to get it repaired. But I was just interested to know if anyone else has had a similar issue and if so, how much was it to get fixed?

Cheers
Forum: General Talk 05-12-2020, 03:10 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
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Views: 1,391,105
I got the car serviced today, and had to get a puncture plugged.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-03-2020, 03:00 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption May 3-10
Posted By Liney
Replies: 16
Views: 592
"What, you never seen a deer gargling before? It's how we get our minty fresh breath...."

On a point of order, when you say you will count the votes early on the 11th, which time zone is that? Are the West coast of the US being disadvantaged?
Forum: General Talk 05-03-2020, 02:57 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
Replies: 2,693
Views: 211,627
I heard a comment made about a, shall we say mature, woman in a bikini. The bikini top was quite skimpy and the veins in her bosom "looked like a map of the British motorway network....."
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-03-2020, 02:48 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
Views: 2,983,028
Well they have to fill the airtime somehow, although I can't see it catching on.

---------- Post added 05-03-20 at 07:24 PM ----------



The same sort of tax existed until the nineties at least. We had an RAAF liaison officer with us who picked up a very nice second hand 7 series BMW as a runaround. When his time came to go back he investigated shipping the car back to Aus, but the conclusion was that he would have to pay something approaching the original price of the car in tax to get it into the country.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-28-2020, 02:57 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
Views: 2,983,028
What we used to describe as "industrial safety thongs" (for the non-antipodeans, thongs = flips flops, what the kiwis call jangles}
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-27-2020, 07:49 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
Views: 2,983,028
Still happens, a local small airfield was present long before the houses around the airfield were built, but that doesn't stop new residents complaining about the noise. The fact we're talking small single or twin engine light aircraft at the flight schools and nothing jet or commercial does not make one jot of a difference.

Me, I was so used to aircraft noise that when I went on holiday I complained it was too quiet.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-27-2020, 02:42 AM  
Caption Contest April 26 ... May 2, 2020
Posted By Liney
Replies: 14
Views: 731
Next time bring enough for everyone, or it will be more that just the ankles.....
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-25-2020, 11:09 PM  
Weekly Challenge photo caption contest April 18 - 25
Posted By Liney
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Congrats Jumbleview, well done
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-25-2020, 05:28 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Liney
Replies: 78,324
Views: 2,983,028
Not necessarily, but grilled cheese with a layer of banana under it is delicious
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-25-2020, 05:27 PM  
Weekly Challenge photo caption contest April 18 - 25
Posted By Liney
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Boo! Got you......
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2020, 05:25 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Liney
Replies: 19,758
Views: 1,391,105
Over the years we've moved houses quite a bit, so when we got something new and expensive like a tv, stereo system, stuff like that, we would always keep the packaging as there was a good chance we would use it the next time we moved. The loft was always full of empty boxes, but come the time to move again they would all come down and things would go back into their original packaging.

Used to amaze the removals guys, who would rock up expecting to have to pack all this stuff and find it sitting there boxed and ready....
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2020, 05:22 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
Replies: 2,693
Views: 211,627
A bloke with a stutter starts working on a building site, and the other builders are showing him the ropes. After a week or two they decide to show him how to get a day off, so one of the older brickies takes the new guy to the second highest part of the scaffolding.

The old builder picks up a loose brick, and explains that they have to wait for the foreman to walk past. When they spot the foreman the old builder drops the brick from the scaffolding, and shouts "Below!". The foreman looks up, spots the falling brick and dives out of the way, meanwhile the old builder turns his head upwards and looks at the top of the scaffolding.

The foreman picks himself up, looks up to the old builder and shouts "did you see where that came from?" The old builder shouts back "must have been up there, good job I spotted that". The foreman shouts back "Sure is, tell you what take tomorrow off with pay for saving me from a nasty accident" and walks back to his office. The old builder winks at the new guy and says "there you go, just don't use it too often".

A month or so goes by and the new builder really wants a day off, and remembers the trick he was shown. He climbs up to the second highest part of the scaffolding, picks up a loose brick and waits for the foreman. When he spots the foreman he drops the brick and shouts "B.......B.......B.....Bugger it, too late......"
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2020, 05:12 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Liney
Replies: 454
Views: 27,032
When I saw the title, and being unfamiliar with the US road system, my first thought was that this was Route 66 with a Catch 22 twist.......
Forum: General Talk 04-24-2020, 06:17 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Liney
Replies: 2,693
Views: 211,627
The UK military would also promote the use of their "tin" helmets as wash basins, just remove the liner pour in the water and bobs your uncle. In fact they used to demonstrate how to use a folding hexamine stove (issued as part of the ration packs} to heat the washing water with enough heat left in the hexamine blocks to boil a mess tin of water for a mug of tea.

This all stopped when they issued the new kevlar helmets, apart from the fact they couldn't remove the liner kevlar and burning hexamine don't mix....
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