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 on: Today at 08:06:54 AM 
Started by broadstairs - Last post by broadstairs
I was under the obviously mistaken impression that DLM had an awareness of a "wide area event" such as would be obvious to anyone not in a coma that happened in the previous 24 hours. However this is not the case as DLM hit me last night despite the horrendous thunderstorm we all had here in the SE corner of the UK.

Yet again this to me proves that DLM is not fit for purpose!!


 on: Today at 07:45:49 AM 
Started by noddy - Last post by meritez
thats the strange thing it's has been bad then then started this almost daily re-sync that seems stable then between 6.30 to 7 each morning re-syncs again ?

is that the daily time frame the live wire on the fence is tested to check it is still working by sending voltage down the wire, similar to the way a TAM test is run?

 on: Today at 07:44:56 AM 
Started by adslmax - Last post by Chrysalis
886 SES in a day and half is very high.  Especially if that is whilst g.inp is also enabled.

 on: Today at 06:25:06 AM 
Started by tickmike - Last post by Ronski
I certainly wouldn't like to see a return to the above, prices would increase especially where there wasn't  many hotels.

We were in Canada eight years ago and our late night flight was cancelled, we walked across to one of the hotels, they had available rooms but was very expensive. We went to McDonalds, went online and got the same room much cheaper, then walked back to the hotel and checked in  :)

Walk in off the street prices are typically a lot higher in commercial workshops, account customers get much better pricing, it's always been that way. Same with hotels, if your going to use the front door (their own website or phone, or especially walk-in) then your not going to get the best price.

However deceptive practices like saying best price available and hiding behind terms is misleading and unacceptable, but unfortunately it goes on.

 on: Today at 01:02:54 AM 
Started by Weaver - Last post by IanG
If you have not yet acquired a pi, the 3B may be the best option. As the 3A does not have an Ethernet port, connecting to a headless version can be a challenge.

For headless access, I recommend the free ssh client from Bitvise, which makes it very easy to transfer files and issue commands.

SD cards of 16 or 32 GB are not expensive these days. It's straightforward to download the Raspbian operating system from the raspberry pi site. To load it onto the card from a Windows PC, use Etcher.

As 'displaced' says, you must follow his procedure to enable ssh, otherwise enabling it needs a keyboard and screen.

For the IP address (which you asked about), the modem will tell you what it is initially. I find it simplest to allocate a new number from the modem, and then reboot the pi from the Bitvise command window, as headless connections are simpler if the IP number never changes. Alternatively, the raspberry pi forum gives details of how to fix it in the pi. As a conceit, I currently have a pi sitting at address x.y.3.142.

 on: June 19, 2019, 11:58:47 PM 
Started by Weaver - Last post by sevenlayermuddle
Anybody up for confessions of one’s own bad habits?

For me, an uncertainty through most of my adult life, over “its” vs “it’s”.   I now understand when to use each, it’s not that complicated.   But embarrassing to admit I was in my mid 50s, getting it wrong and not worrying about it, before I got around to seeking out the answer.  :-[

Another lingering uncertainty is ‘while’ vs ‘whilst’.   I like both words and would like to use both of them, but I have actually concluded, while(/whilst?) I would like to find a rule, that there is no hard and fast rule on that one. ???

 on: June 19, 2019, 10:59:58 PM 
Started by Weaver - Last post by kitz
Currently the use of ‘of’ In ‘he could of done it’ wants to make me scream, but in time it may become recognised widely. I’m sure that some ignorant uneducated working class people in eg Manchester don’t know how wrong it is.

I hate the "could of" and "should of" instead of could've/should've.   I tend to see a fair amount of Americans using it - particularly during Trump debates.  :/
They're/There/Their also drives me nuts.

However I try not to be presumptive.  I make allowances for dyslexia - although it tends to be a lot more common amongst the younger generation.   I am also mindful that there may be older generations who never decent schooling.  I always felt for dad who was not unintelligent, but really struggled with spelling.   

My grandparents moved to a new area to set up a new business just after the war ended. Unfortunately my grandmother died a few years later, leaving g'dad alone to bring up young children and run a business with no family nearby.  Dad never talked much about those days as I gather they were tough, but I know he said rationing was still in force and g'dad had leg injuries.  Dad was the oldest and at the tender age of 12 had to do an awful lot to help run the business and look after his younger sister.  He left school early and did most of the heavy work, so never really had any chance to gain a decent education.

I'm also a self admitted queen of typos - I've always joked I have dyslexic fingers.  But I struggle even more these days when FM limits my vocabulary and I can't even recall certain words nvm type them - and that's on a day when my fingers aren't so swollen and sore to even be able to sit at the keyboard.   

no one ‘goes online’

I suspect that is a generalised term that has come into being.  Online means connected and to many people online, the www & the Internet are one and the same thing.    As you say there is online banking, online auctions and even online help.

We have been talking about syntax and semantics for the most part, but there is a third vital aspect to language and unfortunately this isn’t taught to schoolchildren in my experience.

I don't believe it is.  It probably went out of the window with the demise of Grammar schools ;)
Whilst that may appear a pun - I suspect there is a lot of truth in that. I went to a brand new High School after the demise of the 11plus exam and I can't ever recall having such lessons. 

 on: June 19, 2019, 10:57:52 PM 
Started by adslmax - Last post by adslmax

This is latest errors as of now:

Since Link time = 1 days 11 sec
FEC:            119270905               92923313
CRC:            63              1727
ES:             35              1145
SES:            0               886
UAS:            0               0
LOS:            0               0
LOF:            0               0
LOM:            0               0

 on: June 19, 2019, 10:55:19 PM 
Started by noddy - Last post by IanG
The link below is an interesting thesis on electric fence faults.

I was particularly impressed by the attached Figure 3-3, showing how a damaged insulator can create excessive RFI. It's the sort of effect that might clear and reappear depending on the weather.

An electric fence circuit is similar to a car ignition coil, except that the object is to generate a high voltage spike without it sparking over. Since the fence will act as a lossy transmission line, the waveform at the far end of a long fence will have fewer high frequency components than at the near end, and will also generate a smaller magnetic field from the loop current. Depends on the length of the fence, of course. But if there is a choice, place the exciter as far away as possible.

As regards the idea of adding a loading capacitor on the output of the generator, an alternative is to add a series resistor. Both of these will slow the waveform on the fence, reducing the high frequency spectrum.  I suggest components rated for at least 10 kV, or 20 kV as aesmith suggests, and have them sealed in a way that prevents moisture getting at them, as they will be rated for dry conditions.

To find optimum component values, you may need to measure waveforms. In section 4.2 of the thesis, the author describes ways of sensing the pulse voltage, but misses the simplest one, which is to use a capacitive divider, as there is no need for a response to D.C.

 on: June 19, 2019, 10:50:50 PM 
Started by adslmax - Last post by CarlT
FTTC and do not impact each other. Any FTTC DLM settings are not related.

The error correction on your upstream is appropriate and is an attempt to protect your service. I imagine further changes will be coming, too.

Since Link time = 7 hours 48 min 43 sec
FEC:            44529437                33723917
CRC:            21              658
ES:             15              480
SES:            0               377

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