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    Minimum money; maximum life

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    There's a plan, y'see...

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  1. 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....
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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....
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. DaveP

    C&RT Boaters' Update 28 July 2017

    These signs are currently on the K&A as well.
  10. DaveP


  11. DaveP

    C&RT Smart Electric System

    But also, if you unplug the boat end to pop upriver to another place for a weekend, it won't allow you to plug in there until you unplug at the original meter...
  12. DaveP

    Trad v Semi-Trad v Cruiser!!....Fight Night!!

    Socialising - towpath or pub. No need to stay on the boat, and the last thing you need whilst helming is others getting in the tiller arc - they can stay down the pointy end listening to each other as one revels in favourite choons on the ghetto blaster. So a trad for me.
  13. DaveP

    EA v CRT

    Apples and Oranges: a lot of the CRT operation is concerned with entirely artifical watercourses whereas the EA is dealing with natural, but improved, ones. The Thames especially is a relatively heavily used waterway so has high income relative to the cost of the structures necessary for navigation - so more staff can be employed. Compare to, say, the Rochdale where there is low useage and a far higher cost of structures for navigation...
  14. Pi's as a media centre (osmc connected to a couple of dvb tuners and a hard drive), a general computer (linux mate hung off the back off a 22" display), running a webcam for timelapse films on the move (raspbian with a logitech c270 webcam).
  15. DaveP

    Phone software (android) gps to track a journey.

    I use geotracker. Works well, can export data to googe maps.

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