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Mar 21, 2018 11:15:26   #
machia wrote:
The importance of competent ground crew mechanics is shown again . A rush job on an engine cowling on a DC-10 ultimately led to the Concorde disaster . In this case the wrong bolts for the windshield was used , inexcusable.

Mar 21, 2018 09:10:41   #
The answer is in the video title - it's a flight simulator video, not a real aircraft!

Popeye wrote:
You fine people on the other side of the pond may have heard about this.

Scary and unbelievable outcome.

The captain flies out the window!
click below
Mar 21, 2018 09:07:48   #
Largobob wrote:
Put a small piece of transparent tape on each icon before you shut down. They won't move again.

If you use black masking tape instead, you can enjoy many fun hours playing "find the folder"! Sorry to the OP, but I know nothing about macs. I have had that issue on my new win10 machine, though. This used to be a big problem with windows back around win95, I remember. There was a freeware program avail which would 'save' a copy of your desktop for easy 1-key restoring. Not seen anything of that for a long time, though.
Feb 22, 2018 05:53:23   #
GlenBose wrote:
The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it's safe to cross the street.
I was crossing with an 'intellectually challenged' co-worker of mine.
She asked if I knew what the beeper was for.
I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, 'what on earth are blind people doing driving?!'
She is a government employee.....

There is a freeway rest stop in western MD, which is called (or used to be...) the "William Donald Schaffer Rest area for the Blind". Schaffer was a past state governor. The interesting thing is, the whole thing is located *between* the eastern and western carriageways, so it is impossible to reach if you are not in a vehicle... I always thought this was a strange concept.

Like putting braille instructions on an ATM machine... My mother was blind, and I explained that she could withdraw money herself at the machine outside our local bank. Apart from not knowing what an ATM was at that time, her response was "how could I find the machine...?"

Sometimes people do things for PC reasons, without thinking the matter through!
Feb 4, 2018 08:40:12   #
I recently bought a new PC. When getting it set up, I found that I couldn't enter the BIOS - the instructions, such as they were, said to hit either DEL or F2, but neither of these worked. It just booted up as normal... After some time struggling with this, I remembered that I had stopped using a particular backup program because of a problem like this in the past. Then, I remembered that somewhere back around then, I had bought a new mechanical keyboard, rather than the membrane ones which don't last 5 minutes. I dug out an old keyboard and swapped them over, and BINGO, F2 worked!

I just include this in case anyone else has the same issue. I have copied the instructions given here into my (permanent) clipboard database, however!
Feb 3, 2018 10:50:16   #
Shutterbug57 wrote:
Why. Are they hiding something?

Durham used to allow photographs, but charged a fee for a camera 'pass'. The funds raised go towards maintenance of the building. They may have stopped that by now, though. Last time I was there, I was shooting on a Canon A1!
Feb 3, 2018 07:57:39   #
John Battle wrote:
I'm fairly new to DSLR photography. My daughter and I plan to visit England for 3 weeks in June/July, and would like to get some great pictures of the splendid cathedrals there, both inside and out. I now have gotten a Nikon D750 and their 24-70 zoom lens. Would some of you who are more experienced suggest any other lens or lenses to get prior to our trip?

If you are shooting inside photos of the stained glass windows, make sure to use manual exposure, as the auto systems will try to make the windows plain. Ask me how I know this....!

The 'rose' windows in Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral (at least) are just *spectacular*...
Feb 1, 2018 11:46:19   #
d3200prime wrote:
This issue appears, to me, to be caused by to low of a shutter speed. You need a very high shutter speed to stop motion on plane propellers. A cell phone camera is not fit to stop action of fast moving objects. Just my two cents worth. Good shooting to you.

You don't want too high a shutter speed. A photo with the propellers 'stopped' looks unnatural, and very strange...
Jan 26, 2018 09:22:18   #
Basil wrote:
10,000 should lost each year - that's more than three 911 events each year. Let that sink in.

From CDC: "Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion."

With a human cost which is incalculable... If I take out my gun while drunk, and kill someone with it, I would be charged with murder. Getting behind the wheel drunk should be treated just the same. Nobody *has* to drink, and nobody *has* to drive. If for some reason you *do* have to do one or the other, then just don't do the *other* one! Seems kinda obvious to me, but...
Dec 27, 2017 08:27:37   #
Dec 13, 2017 08:19:14   #
nikonbug wrote:
I think people are tired of the incessant posting from someone that invents questions that have no meaning to the poster, and very little to anyone else. For me, when I open a thread and see it is CT, I immediately go to the next thread as I have realized for some time he is just wasting everybodys time.

Well, at least I am not the only one! Some of his questions seem random, at best...
Dec 4, 2017 12:07:54   #
lowkick wrote:
Amazon emails you the notice of the transaction when you buy the item. That notice has all the information on it, including final cost. I label the emails as Invoices and save them until the credit card bill comes in. Then I compare them with the bill and delete them from the Invoices file.

The email contains the total cost, and the prices of the individual items (sometimes!), but the credit card bill will have tax and or shipping added to some items but not others, and the total order is often billed as 3 or 4 different charges. Seen that a lot...
Dec 4, 2017 08:43:35   #
jerryc41 wrote:
I buy almost everything from Amazon, but checking the billing against my credit card can be frustrating. If I order more than one item at a time, and they split the order, it can be difficult to figure out why there is a charge of $11.87 on my credit card, especially when sales tax is applied. Right now, I have four unidentified charges on my CC. To avoid this problem, I am considering ordering items individually. If I order them one after the other, I suspect Amazon will bill them separately but send them together.

Have any of you done this?
I buy almost everything from Amazon, but checking ... (show quote)

It doesn't always make a difference... I have had the same issue with unidentifiable charges showing up. I started entering them into my records individually, but sometimes they will bill everything together, sometimes not. Since signing up for Prime, with free shipping, I will even place orders on different days to make sure that they are kept separate.
Dec 4, 2017 08:37:01   #
I have an old TomTom unit, which works pretty well - most of the time... One time, I was going to visit a friend, and when I entered his address, it kept warning me that he was on an unpaved road, and did I really want to go there, or pick an alternative?!?! Even better, when I switched the machine on after leaving his house, it came up with the same warning! I was already *on* the unpaved road, so how on Earth is it going to give me an alternative??

Used this unit when driving a bus for the YMCA daycare camp over the summer, heading to some place I had never been. It got close, then directed me into a parking lot. While I was driving around looking, it reset and started telling me that I was about 40 miles from the destination... Once I got back out onto the road, it figured itself out, and we were only a couple of blocks away. Strange...

These machines are very clever, most of the time, but it doesn't pay to always believe them!
Nov 25, 2017 15:55:43   #
Hi guys...

It's been a rough couple of days, I can tell you... The good news is that I have Thunderbird up and working correctly, history, settings and all! Several of you helped me a lot, here and through private messages, and I wanted to say thank you to everyone!

Clipmate, however, is another issue - and one which probably can't be helped without some tech support from the company, which may or may not still be in operation. It turns out that the program *is* aware of the location of its database, containing all my valuable data. It even writes new entries into it!
It will not display the contents of its database, however... All my serial numbers, passwords, everything may well be irretrievable... Still looking into my options there, but I am *so* glad that my email situation is now resolved!

Thanks again!
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