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781  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Digi-Key questions on: June 30, 2010, 03:12:39 am
Dell ask similar questions (or at least used to).  It's always really tempting to say "yes" when asked if a laptop is going to be used for biological/chemical/nuclear weapons development but I suspect anyone asking that kind of question doesn't have much of a sense of humour.
782  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: A selection of resistors... on: June 25, 2010, 05:35:48 am
I like the idea. You could do it in fewer drawers or double the selection by having two values per compartment, since if there's only two it'll be a quick and easy to find the one you want.
783  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: How would YOU go about....? on: June 24, 2010, 10:23:33 am
Well I did say I was ignoring the 'clean' bit smiley-wink
784  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: How would YOU go about....? on: June 24, 2010, 07:46:40 am
If I were doing it I'd ignore "clean" and go with wire and tape. I'd tape bits of wire so there's two ends under the button, and I'd do that for each button.  I'd have a common positive wire for each button, and the other wire (one for each button) would have a different resistor on (not a mutliple of any other resistor either). I'd connect all the ends of those wires to one analog pin and ground, so it'd give me a different analog reading not only for every button pressed but for every combination of buttons pressed. In theory.  
785  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Question about women and UK/US English on: June 23, 2010, 12:12:15 pm
AWOL, you're wrong. At least, I strongly suspect you're wrong.

As far as I can tell, a British subject is one who isn't from UK[, etc] or a commonwealth country but under British control, such as British India pre 1949.
786  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Question about women and UK/US English on: June 23, 2010, 10:41:03 am
You're making assumptions about your data.
The google keywords tool can tell you what is being searched for, but google doesn't know what gender the users are (yet).

You think it's odd that american women search by dress size when actually you should think it's odd that so many British men want to look at size 12 women wearing a dress.  Go to google images and search for size 12 dress. See? They're almost all real women wearing a dress instead of just the dress or a manequin wearing a dress.

It's bad methodology to make assumptions about your data, and remember assumption makes an ass out of u and mption.
787  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: What is the weirdest thing you've learnt... on: June 23, 2010, 06:04:21 pm
I went out with a lass who had it on all the time.  She didn't sleep well, so would have it on overnight as something to pass the time.  I've never got out of the habbit.  Sailing By is the greatest bit of music I've ever heard.
788  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: What is the weirdest thing you've learnt... on: June 23, 2010, 05:34:03 pm
Every now and again I'm shocked to discover that two famous people are just that - two different people, rather than one.

This'll probably only make sense to Brits, but I was listening to radio4 during the run up to the election and had a sudden moment of realisation that michael portillo and peter mandleson were actually two different people.  Somehow my mind had mingled them into one.

I'm 30 and listen to radio4 a lot, so it's not like I'm young and don't pay attention to current afairs!

edit: similar thing, but I put two people into one brain slot quite a bit, like Leonardo diCaprio and matt damon. The Departed had me throroughly confused!
789  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Your sources for cheap parts on: June 08, 2010, 09:18:55 am
Thanks for linking to bitsbox. I wish paypal weren't so easy to use  :smiley
790  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Your sources for cheap parts on: June 08, 2010, 07:53:23 am
Good idea.

You should include the country in the list too.
791  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Hi on: June 08, 2010, 03:31:40 pm
Funny, I got my arduino a month or so ago (I think) and now I'm going back to uni in September.

I'm not doing electronics or computing*, but it was learning something new that inspired me.

*Work is putting me through my course, so it has to be relevant to my job. I'll be doing Health Informatics so will try use my arduino at some point smiley
792  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: One of those days... on: June 08, 2010, 05:36:36 am
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You need to trash minumin 2 HD's at the same to loose data
 

Easily done. Drive failure is one thing, fire, flood, etc is quite another.

Also, I suspect cr0sh's freeNAS is as capable as that drobo.
793  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: One of those days... on: June 08, 2010, 03:05:27 am
I've lost important (well, sentimentally important) data far too often.  

A few years ago I was running the family business (a small copy shop, also selling stationery and doing light PC repair) and had all my personal data on a 60Gb drive.  One morning it failed - you can always tell the sound - so I dug around and found another 60Gb to rescue it on to.  
The PC spent the rest of the day chugging away at the failed drive and got almost all of my data back.

The next day the drive I'd rescued the data onto failed.  I dug around and I had another 60Gb drive, so I did the same again.

On the third day, the third drive failed.  I yanked it out of the PC and threw it in a pile with the other two - only then did I notice they were identical IBM drives.  On closer inspection, they had consecutive serial numbers.

I don't really back up any more.  I try keep my data on my always-on NAS box (I've learny my lesson there, if it doesn't power down don't turn it off at the wall), and if it's important I'll leave it on my PC/laptop too.

To answer your question, cr0sh, cloud storage is the way to go.  It should be backed up at least daily, and if there's any hardware failure you shouldn't ever notice.
Microsoft provide 25Gb attached to a hotmail account (called Skydrive) - though I believe it's limited to 50MB max filesize - for free, and there are commercial solutions.

Edit: USB drives, in my experience, have a higher failure rate than internal drives.  I think it's something about cheap caddies not powering them down properly.

FreeNAS is good but you have to remember the extra ongoing cost of running a whole machine vs. the initial cost of buying a low power ethernet drive caddy.

I have a QNAP NAS box and it's amazing.  I have a 1TB drive in it, and it does bittorrent, newsgroups, webserver, ftp server all in a box not all that much bigger than a hard drive and with a power consuption of about 15W.    My only trouble with it is that 1TB doesn't take long to fill when you've got a 50mbps connection smiley-grin
794  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Link exchange? on: May 15, 2010, 07:32:08 pm
http://cowjam.net - not much there yet though it will grow.

So you'd recommend joomla then? My site really needs a makeover.
795  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: news about The Foxconn Technology Group (China) on: May 28, 2010, 08:31:15 am
Interesting thinking cr0sh, but how many of us "free" westerners could really afford to move somewhere else, or change jobs on a whim?

I've recently moved 150 miles and I'm really out of pocket. I certainly couldn't quit my job now and still afford to do things like eat and pay my rent.

There are villages and towns in the UK which were built to accommodate factory workers and their families - isolated towns set up in industrially convenient locations (mills next to water, pit towns near a decent seam), totally owned by the factory owner.  It's nothing new.
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