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About DaveP

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    Minimum money; maximum life

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    When I get round to it
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    Freespirit Rising
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    There's a plan, y'see...

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  1. 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...
  2. 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).
  3. I use geotracker. Works well, can export data to googe maps.
  4. Tried it in a 3-locked dongle. Detected and shut down within a minute. I usb tether the phone (a cheap 4g model) to a unlocked nano wifi/router and it does the trick - no tethering detected in a couple of years.
  5. That's not what DeanS' letter says! I'd interpret it as saying the operator will be inviting applications from anyone and there's _nothing_ about the old licencees having any kind of priority/guarantee of getting back in. You need to get something in writing quick, or I suspect its going to be new, shiny and expensive
  6. I've deleted it, but the dates were in the last boater briefing put out a couple of days ago, I think first proposal early June, revised early July and final early August. Dave
  7. Surely the point there would be to 'reset the clock' if the boats had been sighted outside the marina. To prevent the unfortunate episode of mrsmelly...
  8. Your data checker is at odds with CRT guidance. "What constitutes a ‘neighbourhood’ will vary from area to area – on a rural waterway a village or hamlet may be a neighbourhood and on an urban waterway a suburb or district within a town or city may be a neighbourhood. A sensible and pragmatic judgement needs to be made." I'd suggest you contact their supervisor and point out that some training is required.
  9. I've got about 300 DVD's and 150 CD's removed from their cases and stored in a Maplin flight case (45x30x20 cm), i used to open it occasionally, but with the improvement of mobile data, not for about two years. More often used as a lending library to other non-internetted neighbours. I'd rip everything to a portable hard drive (4Tb should cope) back that up to another one in a safe place, and use a raspberry pi running kodi to manage/view the resultant library.
  10. Aldi had a tabletop one on special a month ago, might be in stock still at a random store.... But energy and water consumption would still dissuade me. Dave
  11. Crime is not rising - it's still falling at about 5%/yr, and is now about 1/3 of the level of its maximum about 20 years ago (This report also makes the point that police reporting has been downgraded from 'national statistics' because of quality issues).
  12. In a breeze 1-3amp, stiffer wind 3-6amp, I wouldn't go boating in that 6-10amp. Not seen more than 15amp in a gust. In the literature it says that curent is proportional to wind speed cubed...
  13. I bought an Ista-breeze 400w wind turbine off eBay (£210) in September and mounted it on a 3.8m mast on my roof (mast plus guys etc £40). It's able to be raised or lowered in about a minute or two. Over winter it's saved running the engine for charging on about 10 days (I've been on the southern Oxford). It only makes a major contribution when there's at least a fairly decent breeze and the boat is moored with clear views (away from trees or even tall hedges). The noise when running can be heard up to 50m away. Inside the boat the major noise component occurs when it spins out of the wind and decelerates - this was improved by fitting a garden kneeler to the tail to increase stability in turbulent flows. But it's not massively annoying. Overall, not worth it - payback is of the order of a decade. But I'm going to keep it now I have it. One advantage is that other boaters do tend not to moor as close...
  14. You might do worse than looking in Currys/Argos for a pair of usb-powered computer speakers. Eg although I would search for something under £10... (I'm assuming that your TV has a USB port for the power) (And if you can wait, I have a spare pair of hp ones that are surplus to requirements, and will be coming past you in the next month or so)