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  1. DaveP

    Wind turbine

    As Tony says; you need a clean stream of wind, if it's moving around the turbine spends most of its time twirling around trying to catch it rather than actually catching it. The output is proportional to the cube of the air velocity - so if it's quoted @400w, find out what windspeed that's at - usually 10-12m/s (22mph - Beaufort force 5) - the cut-in speed is normally about 3-4m/s (8 mph - Beaufort force 3). Winds don't usually reach much higher than the cut-in speed and certainly very little of the rated speed is seen especially inland on non-exposed sites. Producing 24Ah in a day is beyond these units capabilities except for fairly insignificant periods of time.
  2. DaveP

    2018 - Small Puter?

    Yep - but even more so - Gallium as a complete Linux install (still dual-boot if you want it). https://wiki.galliumos.org/Installing/Preparing
  3. DaveP

    DEFRA Working Party into Boats Used As Accommodation.

    But that's not true; there are plenty of 'off-road' places to hide from CRT. Essentially, waterways controlled by someone else such as EA, NT, MLC, Peel... So, once you're spotted w/o a licence - make a run for the border. For London, the Thames is within 8 hours of Black Jack's lock, Broxbourne and all points in-between. (Mind you, they are pretty secure border points.)
  4. DaveP

    DEFRA Working Party into Boats Used As Accommodation.

    I suspect it also needs to be make clear that no other such plates may be displayed. Nothing like hiding in plain sight....
  5. DaveP

    Please sir, can we have some diesel?

    If you've got cans and can get there BSB in Normanton (2 miles east of you) sell about the cheapest red diesel around (147 bus).
  6. DaveP

    Click & Collect

    I've not found any problem changing the 'find pickups near' to where I am at the moment. Below the 'post to address' is the 'click & collect' selection button, this brings up a popup window with a search box that can be cleared and a new location/postcode entered to then select a nearby pickup point.
  7. 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
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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....
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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....
  15. 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.

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