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  1. DaveP

    Satellite co-axial cable connectivity

    This is an interesting summary of the different types of cables available, and the issues with getting a signal through from one end to the other... http://www.wrightsaerials.co.uk/articles/coax-cable-quality.shtml
  2. That's the address for the local connection. Depending on the individual council, they'll accept just about anything. I've used a boatyard, a museum and a lock number in the past - including the hostname...
  3. See https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/with-no-fixed-address - the local connection requirement is fairly lax; I suspect your main hurdle (at least for the first time) will be establishing that you are now resident in the UK.
  4. DaveP

    Southern Oxford Summit.

    Pound below cropredy is down 20cm. Peewit farm moorers are sat on the bottom. It's been dropping over the last three days.
  5. DaveP

    Southern Oxford Summit.

    Just got the expected notice - top locks (Marston Doles and the one below) to be locked 1800-0900 from Monday 13th Aug....
  6. DaveP

    Tv licence dilemna

    It is (mostly) - since 2015 when the grant in aid was withdrawn. Licence fee pays about 250m and grants from the FCO about 85m.
  7. DaveP

    CRT Little Venice moorings

    The are two spots on the East side of the pool, North mooring is (single) narrowboat only, South can be breasted (can't be done online for the second boat) or widebeam - as Mark99 says, 'cos the tripboats pass between the moorings and island. Dave
  8. DaveP


    I use a 14" Chromebook; £200 from Currys - https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-14-cb3-431-chromebook-silver-10156147-pdt.html Took me <2 hours to load linux as a dual-boot - https://gist.github.com/stupidpupil/1e88638e5240476ec1f77d4b27747c88 The latest chrome update also allows the laptop to run android apps. Using Libreoffice for spreadsheets etc - not running a photeditor yet(using pixlr on a tablet), but airnef works well with my DSLR for downloading photo's. Light, fast, great battery life, robust so far....
  9. DaveP

    2018 - Small Puter?

    I had a netbook (Acer Aspire One 10" running win7), fabulous bit of kit - survived 10k miles in a motorbike tankbag round Europe. Eventually the hard drive bit the dust and was replaced by a SSD and Linux Mint; nothing wrong with it and it still works except the battery is getting a little short of life. Bought a 14" Acer Chromebook last year (£200 from Currys), took 2 hours to install Linux as a dual-boot. Luvverly. And now the chrome OS will run android apps as well. Happy bunny. It is physically larger than the Aspire, but the weight is about the same and the battery life is awesome.
  10. DaveP

    Visitor moorings on the Hertford Union Canal

    Ransacked - break-in (using crowbars and upwards), steam through, and burst out. Repeat along line. There is a patrol being organised, see the London Boaters FB page for info.
  11. DaveP

    Visitor moorings on the Hertford Union Canal

    Plenty of space there at present - after a spate of break-ins (8 in one night the other weekend).
  12. DaveP

    Bread machines

    Used one on shore power and batteries for about four years (about 30ah for a complete cycle). Now got into sourdough and the machine got binned last summer. Machine made bread was much better than supermarket stuff (if near enough to one) but the sourdough is much, much tastier....
  13. I was there when a paddle had been lost from one of the middle gates in 2014(?). The suggestion of using the full bottom gates was rejected by the staff working to find and refit it on the grounds that they hadn't been used in over a decade and were silted up.
  14. DaveP

    Moorings twixt Bath-Bristol

    There's a long pontoon at Hanham, the small pontoon at the railway bridge, some bankside ones at Mead Lane Saltford, But none that I recall above that until Weston Lock cut.
  15. DaveP

    Blake's lock closing for 5 months'

    Probably because it's an EA lock, not a CRT one - need to subscribe to the Thames Harbourmaster's alerts. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures about half-way down the page.

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