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Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2150 on: January 09, 2018, 01:39:05 pm »
Someone must have written a wossname to give Windows users a compose key by now?  That's the great thing about Windows - someone somewhere has usually written a utility that can bodge around any particular shortcoming...


<compose><'><e> is dead easy to remember.

If they did it'd probably involve using a key wot, in my case, you have not got :demon:
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clarion

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2151 on: January 09, 2018, 01:44:44 pm »
They call it springing the ease
Getting there...

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2152 on: January 09, 2018, 01:51:21 pm »

If they did it'd probably involve using a key wot, in my case, you have not got :demon:
I had fun with one of those 'your computer has got a virus' calls. I followed his instructions (at least I told him I did) until he told me to hit any key and I proudly proclaimed not to have an any key. I kept this up for 5 minutes or more asking him where it was on the keyboard as I couldn't find it. He got most abusive until he eventually gave up and cut the call  ;D
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Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2153 on: January 09, 2018, 02:38:44 pm »
Someone must have written a wossname to give Windows users a compose key by now?  That's the great thing about Windows - someone somewhere has usually written a utility that can bodge around any particular shortcoming...


<compose><'><e> is dead easy to remember.

If they did it'd probably involve using a key wot, in my case, you have not got :demon:

Yeah, but there's going to be a utility to bodge around that, too.

Meanwhile, in *nix-land, I have re-mapped my capslock key to compose (with capslock activated by pressing both shift keys simultaneously).  This not only makes it reasonably straightforward to type en Français dans le café, but as an added bonus means that you're unlikely to CCIDENTALLY END UP TYPING LIKE YOU COULD MURDER A CURRY.
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Tim Hall

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2154 on: January 09, 2018, 06:48:01 pm »
They call it springing the ease

Tee, and what is more, hee.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2155 on: January 09, 2018, 06:55:32 pm »

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They call it springing the ease

TYPING LIKE YOU COULD MURDER A CURRY.

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Mr Larrington

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2156 on: January 09, 2018, 06:57:21 pm »
Someone must have written a wossname to give Windows users a compose key by now?  That's the great thing about Windows - someone somewhere has usually written a utility that can bodge around any particular shortcoming...


<compose><'><e> is dead easy to remember.

Wikinaccurate claims there are a Several of such utilities.  I feel some experimentation coming on.
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Torslanda

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2157 on: January 10, 2018, 01:09:04 am »
That the Big S's 'directional' chains (Ultegra level and above) really do only work properly in the correct orientation.

A customer brought a carbon Felt in today for a service and mentioned that it was slipping in high pressure situations, hard acceleration, climbing etc.

I checked the gearchange on the stand and the chain sounded (and felt) horrible. With the exception of a carbon FSA chainset the bike is 7900 DuraAce throughout. Checked for bent/missing teeth, checked the chainwear - expecting to have to give him the bad news - but the chain wear guage barely fitted. Something didn't look quite right and I looked at the other side of the chain. It was fitted inside out. Flipped it the right way round and suddenly the gears worked correctly. Who knew?
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2158 on: January 11, 2018, 07:25:24 pm »
That my great-great grandfather's sister's brother-in-law spent 3 years in the army, partly in India, but was discharged due to "severe chronic dysentry" and "deficiency of intellect" and spent much of the next 4 years in hospital.  He was twice charged with stealing horses from his father, (one day imprisonment the first time, father didn't press charges the second time), but for stealing 16 fowls he was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment, which was served at Dartmoor Prison. Soon after his release he died in the workhouse.

It sounds grim but at least unlike the rest of his family he got to get out of Norfolk. Twice.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2159 on: January 11, 2018, 08:29:50 pm »
There is an acute accent over the e, but I can't remember how to do that on a PC.  Perhaps I should have posted this from my phone... :/
AltGr + E gives you é (e with acute).

` + E gives you è (e with grave), if you are using the "United Kingdom Extended" keyboard layout.

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2160 on: January 12, 2018, 11:57:56 am »
American light switches go the opposite way to ours. WTF?
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2161 on: January 12, 2018, 12:11:12 pm »
Not all of ours go the same way either.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2162 on: January 12, 2018, 12:27:25 pm »
American light switches go the opposite way to ours. WTF?

You mean that they have been fitting them upside down all these years?
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Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2163 on: January 12, 2018, 03:18:54 pm »
American light switches go the opposite way to ours. WTF?

Fairly sure it's our light switches that go the wrong way.  In as much as there's a global convention, it seems to be up for on (down for on seems to be mostly a Commonwealth thing).  That's also how circuit breakers[1] and things do it.  Always assumed this was a throwback to the days of knife switches, where the down position for 'off' is fail-safe.

I hear that some countries like to mount switches sideways.  Japan maybe?


The vertical arrangement of leftpondian mains sockets is properly perverse.  What makes that seem like a good idea?


[1] Which leftpondians like to mount sideways, presumably to make the layout of their centre-tapped-single-phase fuseboxes more sensible.
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Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2164 on: January 12, 2018, 03:27:12 pm »
Not all of ours go the same way either.

Only when there are multiple switches on a circuit.  I've never met a simple UK light switch that was permanently down for off.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2165 on: January 12, 2018, 03:54:39 pm »
Producing a set of PowerPoint slides for a BIG cheese is stressful. Is it all true? I've I explained enough? Is there too much info? Will it prompt awkward questions? etc.

Never mind, the weekend is nearly here
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2166 on: January 12, 2018, 04:07:32 pm »
Not all of ours go the same way either.

Only when there are multiple switches on a circuit.  I've never met a simple UK light switch that was permanently down for off.
You weren't alive in the 1970s.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Kim

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2167 on: January 12, 2018, 04:12:11 pm »
Not all of ours go the same way either.

Only when there are multiple switches on a circuit.  I've never met a simple UK light switch that was permanently down for off.
You weren't alive in the 1970s.

I was, but I was too small to reach the light switch.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2168 on: January 12, 2018, 07:00:41 pm »
Capt. Robert F Scott took a volume of Gullivers travels to the Antarctic on his ill-fated expedition. That volume had been gifted to him by Capt Markham who had taken it to the Arctic on a previous expedition. It was probably the most travelled satirical work for 100 years.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2169 on: January 12, 2018, 08:12:52 pm »
Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea:
https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-and-sea-to-conquer-the-world/

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2170 on: January 12, 2018, 10:46:01 pm »
Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea:
https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-and-sea-to-conquer-the-world/

That is really interesting, thank you!
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2171 on: January 13, 2018, 08:49:49 am »
You can power a GIXon pedal from the USB port of a computer but it still drains the batteries. :(
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2172 on: January 13, 2018, 09:01:58 am »
South Americans drink 'mate' an infusion made from leaves of 'yerba', a member of the holly family.  It provides caffeine.
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T42

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2173 on: January 13, 2018, 10:00:02 am »
'Yerba' just means 'herb' - San Francisco's original name was Yerba Buena, meaning 'good grass'. Kinda prophetic, that.

Never tried yerba mate. Must give it a go.
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But hold the oysters.

Torslanda

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #2174 on: January 13, 2018, 10:25:18 am »
<Round The Horne>

KW: I'm 'ere! Be'ind this clump of yerba...

KH: SMITH!

DS: It means graarsss!
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.