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twbm last won the day on May 23 2015

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About twbm

  • Birthday 08/24/1955

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    Inland Waterways (obviously!), Learning French, Real Ale, Good Food. Not necessarily in that order.

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    Boring stuff with digital radio.

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  1. twbm

    Phone direction. Voip answering. What sounds nice.

    A company I know of locally has set their system up so they can transfer 'unreasonable' callers to a looped recording of screaming monkeys.
  2. twbm

    Bring Back Mike the Boilerman.

    I stopped my small donations to CWDF after the 'cull' referred to above. At the time I thought the moderation inconsistent and formed the opinion that the suggestions of an 'inner circle' were not unfounded, so went elsewhere. Having dropped back in for a bit longer than normal I'm not seeing any notable changes. Meanwhile the other place has evolved from what was an undeniably a coarse and immature beginning into a forum with much good humour and useful information to be had, with the odd 'no need for that' posts being a very small and easily avoidable minority. There may in fact be some lessons to be learned from that.
  3. twbm

    cancelling apps on a smartphone

    The apps that you can't uninstall can be disabled which stops them affecting the phone too much. If you're prepared to spend a few quid, as well as antivirus, AVG do a cleaner app that will recommend which apps to hibernate, remove etc.
  4. From a local paper ... The name Sandy Balls dates back to the reign of King Henry VII when "sandyballas", domed sand and gravel outcrops on the site's western boundary first appeared on historic maps. .. not far from Deadmans Bottom.
  5. twbm

    Mouse in roof void?

    Nah mate, you haven't been anywhere near insulted. If you'd like to subscribe to a site where you can experience being properly insulted by experts, PM me for details.
  6. I used floor paint on a boat roof some years ago. It didn't last long - basically it's just not the right stuff for the job as alluded to above.
  7. twbm

    No safe level for drinking

    I have met a a few doctors who do not drink in moderation.
  8. I bought a similarly cheap and cheerful own brand random orbital sander from B&Q years ago (unnamed grey thing), and have had lot of success with it. I tend to go for medium to coarse disc initially and then a finer one to finish but it saves so much time it's no big deal doing things twice. It is worth avoiding the suspiciously cheap discs as suggested.
  9. twbm

    Mi Fi WHY!!!

    Cells in cities are plentiful, covering small geographic areas, but for a reason. It could simply be the sheer volume of others users on the same cell as you all competing for a finite amount of bandwidth. If your'e near flats, a lot of folk don't bother with broadband in rented accommodation and rely on mobile service. You may find it's better on weekdays during the day when at least some will be out at work. What you absolutely shouldn't do is see if you can see someone's unprotected WiFi and use that.
  10. twbm

    Visa meltdown.

    If only the wedding hadn't been arranged at such short notice and with so little publicity - you might have been able to rearrange things. ?
  11. twbm

    Visa meltdown.

    Rule in our business is all notes get checked under the UV light and we accept only Bank of England £50's after having been caught out by both Scottish and Northern Irish ones. We'll sometimes take Dollars and Euros from the visiting cruise ship and car transporter crews, but had a chap in the other day with a £50 note he said he's got in Dublin .... that was a definite 'no'.
  12. twbm

    Health & Safety Gorn Mad

    Nob End - close to the Manchester Bolton and Bury canal near Farnworth as it happens - is my favourite.
  13. twbm

    My cratch is damp

    Yep. Either insulate the inside of the steel or get more air circulating. Or both.
  14. twbm

    Too Much Technology

    This probably depends on your life style. I travel a lot often at short notice. I like that I can use a £70 cheapo phone and the huge amount of technology sitting behind it to book a hotel, rail ticket or flight, find a restaurant with a good reputation, pay for the parking at the station without having to carry hundredweights of pound coins around, and even phone home. I like that I can take a photo of a meal receipt and have it emailed to me so I don't lose it and I can use a mapping application to work out which bus or walking route to get to pretty much anywhere except Braunston on Sundays. A lot of the tech behind all that will have it's roots in development work that also lead to a nobhead thinking it's OK to sit in the passenger seat of his slightly intelligent car on the M1. The piece of kit that will someone a future trillionaire is an accurate Tosser Detection System. The prototype is available, but sadly still needs manual activation, often too late to be effective: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ns0LSrIrRE
  15. Possibly a victim of it's own success. Did good work in the days of Double Diamond, Stones Bitter and Red Barrel.

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