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RE: [VIDEO] I think I need a new tv

The LG interface has been around longer than the 3 years I've had it plus, the Sony is the newest and worst of the lot, so age really doesn't relate to a good UX experience here in my opinion.

My biggest frustration with the Samsung is when you switch it on the smart hub won't work for the first 45 seconds which seems like a small amount of time but it's infuriating. Keeps saying checking for software update and does this every time you switch it off/on. A known bug if you read the forums.

This item was edited on Friday, 31st July 2020, 12:44

RE: [VIDEO] I think I need a new tv

I much prefer the interface of the LG (3yr old oled) over my Samsung (7 yr old) and Sony (2 yr old).

I bought my parents a cheap LG (65") from RS and when I visited I think I preferred the picture over my OLED! 😭

Network Switch...

So I'm getting some work done in my house and I've got the chance to get a cable behind the wall running from ground floor to loft!  (makes me so happy!)

In the future I'd like to add an Ubiquiti AP in the loft and eventually one downstairs. Ideally add it to my existing Amplifi HD mesh system if possible...

I'm not a network guy so few things which I've got questions on... when I buy a Switch should I get unmanaged/managed?  One with PoE or not... I think the Ubiquiti APs come with a PoE injector so is there any point in getting a PoE switch?

I have a tendency of overbuying specs on products so it will be very easy for me to go from a £12.99 switch to an £80 one!  I just need a reality check on what I should buy! :)

RE: Coping with the lockdown

Quote:
Snaps says...
"A bit big for a playhouse.
Outside office?
Workshop?"

It's a junk room at the moment, I'm hoping to get a pool table in there but just haven't pulled the trigger yet, partly because I've got nowhere to put the junk!

I was lucky in that all down one side and the back there was already concrete posts with spare holes so I just needed to brace some timber either side with M10 bolts and the framework was there; only had to dig three post holes.  I had a quote (Essex) of 2800 to do one side and the small partition work which includes a gate.  I bought all the materials for the entire garden for 1700.

No need for bracing yet Bandi but when it starts to fall down in 3 months time I'll no doubt be using loads of those braces!!! :)

RE: Coping with the lockdown

So I took a few days off after the bank holiday and fenced my entire (~68m) back garden with my Dad.  The panels are 1.85m so we had to keep them at arms length while carrying them to keep our 2m! :)

I've now got 60 (2.4m) sleepers sitting on the front drive to make some raised flower beds and tree pots.  Managed to add a few new power tools to my collection this last week which pleases me. :)

This item was edited on Saturday, 30th May 2020, 21:09

RE: [VIDEO] short films that are WWAW

My mate has just made his short film available on YouTube:

Vicky McClure is in it.

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Is there anyway to check what is acceptable travel before you do it?  My wife and I plus two kids (4yrs & 10 months) have been in complete lockdown since we got back form Mexico 18th March.

We both work from home and it's been a nightmare but to make matters worse she's just pulled her back carrying the little one while trying to make a call.  She can't look after the kids now as she's pretty much immobile and I've still have to work (while I can!) as I don't get sick pay.  Is it essential to have my grandparents drive 300 miles to move in for 2 weeks to help out while her back recovers?  They've been completely self isolating too; this is a genuine situation not a hypothetical one.

RE: Coping with the lockdown

Must admit I'm enjoying the lockdown for the most part! Just wish I didn't have minimum of 8 hours a day on the pc! Mrs goes back to work next week too after 9 months maternity so not sure how two kids and two of us working is going to work! 🤯

RE: Two unknown devices on my router...

That's a scary thought Alfie as if 5G can get into my home network the chances of me catching the covid-19 virus increase, like, 1024.5%!!!

RE: Two unknown devices on my router...

Tried the mac monster site on both IPs but nothing returned. I have identified one as my LG soundbar, forgot it was wifi and not just BT, which means I'm down to one! :)

Will look into Robee's suggestion next.

This item was edited on Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 10:31

Two unknown devices on my router...

So I was going through the devices connected to my router and I had 6 unknown devices.  I've managed to get this down to 2 by going through each room and switching off wireless cameras and using devices for speed tests etc... so they show up.

I've switched on devices in standby that aren't used often like my AMP and Sky Box but they have all now been accounted for.  I've literally walked through each room and identified every electrical device I can think of with a wifi connection.

Is it possible for a device to have two wifi connections i.e. backbone channel?

I can look at the client details and get the MAC addresses / IP ? signal strength etc... and manually pause their activity but it's killing me not knowing!

Any ideas?

I'm using Amplifi HD router with 2 mesh points.

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Currently we are on a steeper 'death curve' than Italy

^ where did you read this? I thought we were similar to Italy but Sundays figures have them pulling ahead now...

(Why is mobile posting still so s***?!)

RE: [VIDEO] Captain Picard returns

It would have been nicer if he wasn't standing there with his plastic bag with some Roquefort and a baguette sticking out!

Edit - tried to quote robee but it's difficult on your mobile!

This item was edited on Saturday, 15th February 2020, 17:56

RE: Whats happened since you joined? 18 years today...

Joined on: Tuesday, 19th June 2001, 20:15

2001 - I was addicted to this site when I first joined at university. I think I was trying to hack a Sharp DVD player but ended up selling it and buying a supermarket wharfedale that could be remote hacked! Played everything you chucked at it!

I graduated in 2001, worked for 6 years, went travelling for 12 months, contracted for 10 years so changed jobs a few times. Married with two children now. Scary that it's been 18+ years on here!

That reminds me I better change my password! 😁

RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian

What did everyone think of E05?

It just seemed a bit rushed to me, not much depth to the episode, just a very simple/basic obvious plot that didn't really progress the story arc - apart from the last 10 seconds where the unknown person kneels down.  I loved the previous 4, just felt a bit 'meh' when that one finished.

Printer -

I very rarely use my printer but when I do 95% of the time it's for a B&W print.  Is it worth me therefore just buying a cheap laser printer?  Do any printers come as B&W only nowadays?!  My last HP died on me when the print head went after just over a year.  I honestly think it was because the ink dried up in the print head due to how little I use it.

I was just going to go out and buy a new £24.99 printer as it's cheaper than getting new colour cartridges but it pains me to be this wasteful!

This item was edited on Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 10:00

RE: How much tax would you pay if you earned £100k?

Quote:
Robee J Shepherd says...
"doing effectively a single job that should really be PAYE"

In my area, and lots of others, that's not the case.  I work in Change & Transformation, in particular payments for banks.  I work on fixed term regulatory projects that the FCA/CMA etc... want implemented by certain dates.  I go into bank and deliver for that project then at the end of it I'm done.  The bank don't have the resources to staff a one off project like this so need to bring in consultancy firms (huge costs) or self employed skilled workers.  In my 10 years I've worked on 7 different fixed term projects.

On the flip side to this, you have some plumber who is self employed to Pimlico, has worked there for 20 years, can't work for any other company other than Pimlico and has a Pimlico branded van.  They are basically a Pimlico Plumber but Pimlico don't want to pay the pension/employers NI/sick days/holidays so they use this arrangement to reduce their liabilities.

Unfortunately HMRC, like the inept organisation they are, have rushed through some blanket rules to catch everyone by scaring large private companies into potential huge tax bills if they continue to hire contractors.  They implemented this a few years ago in the public sector and they are already seeing huge negative impacts on the NHS as they can't get the skilled workers they need as they don't have the flexibility.

So yes, much to my annoyance.

Labour have actually said they'll scrap IR35 but it's not in the draft manifesto yet so worthless words at the moment.

RE: How much tax would you pay if you earned £100k?

I've been contracting for 10 years in IT and I'm now facing the prospect of going PAYE with the large bank I'm contracted to, due to this IR35 ruling that HMRC just can't seem to implement correctly. It's a tough pill to swallow after 10 years I tell you, especially as I'll be paying the employer and employee contributions.

So if you were to gross 100k and put it in "listen to the tax man" website then with student loan payments you'd take home ~£55,600 (44.5% off takes). If you add on the fact I'd have to pay NI employers contribution on top of my own contributions then that would be another 13% - so close to 58% off takes!

You work in IT Rob and most likely work through a Limited company. I don't think the Isle of Wight is quite like the Isle of Man for taxes but I'd bet the reason you were grouping yourself with the people who will never earn 100k is more to do with the way you pay yourself then what HMRC say you personally earn on paper...

This item was edited on Thursday, 28th November 2019, 08:23

RE: Halloween 2019

Is that music just on the video or did you have it belting out all night?

That's a good effort, was that communal then if you're in a gated area or just for your place?

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

So I was doing a file comparison match which was good enough for me, that's free.

They do an audio and picture match which allows you to match pictures that are similar, as opposed to the file hash value.

Probably good for thinning out those times you take 6 photos of the same thing just to get one good shot.

This item was edited on Saturday, 26th October 2019, 11:29

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

The free version of that software was great Rob - thank you

I've deleted over 100GB of duplicates!  Crazy how folders get copied moved and duplicated across external drives then brought back together and possibly copied again!

It takes some nerve to say yes to deleting 8000+ photos in one go!

9 was the most times a photo was duplicated, it was a rubbish photo too! :D

Thanks again

RE: Tidying up photo backups...

You've summed up my problem nicely admars! :D

Tidying up photo backups...

So over the years I've backed up camera photos to various folders on various drives.  There's a good chance a lot of the photos have been duplicated as I've always aired on the side of caution with pictures so I don't lose any.

Anyhoo, I want to try and clean up the pictures and remove duplicates if possible as I think I've got xxGB of duplicates which for external drives is OK but for my Cloud storage is not!

Is there any software out there that can scan through all your folders and identify duplicates based of meta data or whatever it is photos use to store additional info?  I've too many to manually trawl through and identify duplicates.

Also, there's a good chance I've got a few thousand duplicates based on whatsapp saving images separately.  Is the meta data saved when you send an original picture over whatsapp?

Cheers
Ross

RE: England Cricket World Cup winners 2019!!!

I think technically there's something there about the extra run but as you'd imagine it's not something that happens often so you've got to go to section 19 sub paragraph 3 bullet vii) to read it!  The umpire interpreted as he did and as a result England had an extra run on the last ball which just meant Stokes played it safe for the single run instead of smashing it for 6 and ending the game early! :)

RE: I thought car insurance was supposed to be cheaper this year?

I've just had to cancel a policy with Hastings for my Saab 9-5 after 9 months as their quote for changing the policy over to my new car was £500 for the remaining 3 months; I think the years policy was £300!

It means I'll lose that years no claims but as I'm on 9 I don't think it matters too much.

I purchased through Liverpool Victoria (via Top Cash Back (£37)) for £500 for the year and I get to drive other cars 3rd party which was something I never got with Hastings.

My wife just passed her test in May (Auto only) and she's paying £600 with Admiral on a Countryman S which I thought was pretty good!

There's a post code check you can do which will tell you how high risk your post code is for car insurance; makes a big difference if you play around with A - F ratings!  https://www.theclayclothcompany.co.uk/car-insurance-post-code-ratings.html

RE: The Trump Presidency

We need to find more efficient ways of storing energy during the day when solar power is plentiful. It’s definitely the future! :) I think i’ll have an electric car in 5 years and panels on my house in 8 years.

RE: [VIDEO] Game of Thrones Season 8

Pretty w*** last episode I thought. Any TV critics out there can quote me on that too.

RE: [VIDEO] Game of Thrones Season 8

I’ve got a 5GB file and I’m watching it on my OLED where the blacks are well, pretty black, and 4m 24s in the Unsullied have marched across the screen and I can’t see anything! Zippy & Bungle could have been at the back marching with them and I wouldn’t know! :-)

RE: [VIDEO] Game of Thrones Season 8

I found it too dark at times too.  The fast moving dragons in the clouds/mist was all a bit of a blur.  Some of the fight scenes in/outside the castle.  I watched it on my 55" Samsung, Sky HD recording.  I might watch it again tonight on my 65" LG OLED to see if it makes a difference.

SPOILER:
The Dothraki getting their swords lit like it was going to help them, then getting wiped out in 15 seconds!  I suppose this did work in creating a sense of how futile the fight was going to be and the importance of killing the night king.

This item was edited on Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 13:09

RE: Anyone restored their iphone from an old HDD via USB...?

For anyone searching.

iTunes needs to be installed first on the new machine so the directory structures are created.

Find your backups on your external storage (I needed to show hidden system files as "AppData" was not visible) by navigating here:

E:\Users\<<<user name >>>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Copy all the folders in the directory and paste them in the equivalent folder on your new machine.

Seems quite easy now!  Hardest part was the accessing the old hard drive which was password protected.