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  1. hovrin

    Pooter Keyboard ?????

    Similar to the 'nut holding the steering wheel' fault when diagnosing car faults!
  2. hovrin

    Mahoghany Sign

    I would presume it refers to the old fashioned telephone operators putting their headphones back on after a tea break. Most likely I'm wrong though - I usually am!
  3. hovrin

    Cycling on tv ads

    Ditto - I was so surprised I thought they must be somebody elses.
  4. hovrin

    Captcha - Annoying.

    The main reason you have to create an account is so that they can get your email address and send you lots of 'personalised' suggestions (adverts) for future purchases. Damn nuisance - I actually prefer to get in the car and buy locally. Serves them right.
  5. Actually, I was voting to get my government back and to not be ruled by European bureaucrats.
  6. hovrin

    Birds twittering in the dark

    You really wouldn't want one. believe me!
  7. hovrin

    Which Computer anti Virus programme?

    I have used the free version of Avast for over 10 years, and I have been on some very 'iffy' sites at times, with never a problem. It will catch most virus's and remove them before they do any damage. It will also usually warn you when you are going where you shouldn't! I have also had good reports from friends about the free version from AVG. I don't think any anti virus will catch all virus's so it's really a case of you take your choice and hope. I do have one friend, who has used the paid version of Norton for many years and, although he has never had a virus, if he tries to do anything even slightly out of the ordinary Norton basically locks his machine and prevents him from doing it - I HATE Norton! For me it is more trouble than it is worth. I think that, as someone else has said, it is better to look after your data by regularly backing up to a remote drive. Then if the worst happens you can simply reinstall your system and start afresh. It doesn't have to take long if done properly and the backing up can be done automatically so you don't even realise you are doing it.
  8. hovrin

    Stern Gland Identification

    Can't see too well from the photo but the outer bearing race seems too narrow to be a thrust surface. I suspect the bearing is a normal ball bearing designed to take radial loads only. Perhaps the other bearing is a thrust bearing? I think you will need to strip it to find out what you have. Shouldn't be difficult - just remove the circlip and gently knock the shaft through from the other end.
  9. hovrin

    Your Help Is Requested - The Last Cuckoo Project

    Looks like you did it - Well done to you and all who voted.
  10. hovrin

    Running lights

    I can't speak for canal boats because I have never been on one. However, modern headlights in built up areas, whether at night or during the day, are a positive menace because they hide so much in the glare. For night time please bring back large but low powered side lights - they make it much easier to judge traffic conditions. During the day you don't need lights at all if you are looking at the road properly.
  11. Or alternatively, If both computers are connected to a network you could do as I do and have one computer connected the monitor as normal and control the other computer through a program such as Teamviewer. This starts up automatically when you boot the second computer and you simply 'log in' to it through the network, (or internet), and display its output in a window on the first computers desktop. Just a thought.
  12. hovrin

    A Defence Of Religion from an Atheist.

    In my opinion religion is necessary to teach society the rules of living together in a reasonably peaceful way. However, it has nothing to do with a god or creator and it was (is) the basis of all politics. As such it will always be used to further the aims of any group who think they can use it. Unfortunately we cannot live together as a society without some form of religious organisation but we should limit its effect to that of being a collective conscience.
  13. hovrin

    The history of the last 2 years.

    Grumpy old man mode engaged. . . . . . Nothing has happened in the past any more, everything is spoken about in the present tense. Also the term 'one of the only' drives me mad - If it's the only then it's THE only, there cannot be more than one ONLY!!¬!! Grumpy old man mode disengaged.
  14. Thanks Tidal and Tony. I will download both and do as you suggest.

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