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  1. I'm tired so may not be parsing your question properly. My guess is the cameras are 802.3af for PoE, so no more than 15 watts?

    You won't find a double PoE injector. What you need is a switch that supports PoE, and connect the cameras to that. You'll get a four port PoE switch for about 50 quid. Each port will provide up to 15 watts for 802.3af which should be plenty for most cameras if they state they're 'PoE' compatible.

    Something like this - 4 ports of 10/100Mbps, with PoE. Will be a bit more if you want Gbps connectivity, but why would you want that for a couple of cameras.

    Be careful how you wire your home network with extra switches :) Probably will be fine, but personally I prefer the 'proper' way to do things, otherwise you'll run in to weird and wonderful issues.

     

     


  2. I love Prague! Been a few times. Don't be put off by the stag-do comments - it's no different to most major towns on that front in my experience. Same with the lol-OMG you'll get pick-pocketed etc. Just be sensible and you'll be fine.

    You know what I wouldn't do? Use a local taxi firm. They're a bunch of crooks. Use Uber!

     

     


  3. I've just done a few weeks wandering about South Africa. I'm quite an active traveller - I like to get out and do everything, so I'm usually knackered when I get home. Anyways, thought I'd share some stuff.

    Firstly, I did a Safari at Sanbuna Wildlife Reserve. It was epic :o Was completely and utterly taken with the place. 

    Sanbuna Safari

    You can see my non-Safari photos here.

    If you're really bored - video is below.

     


  4. This is my unit - have replaced it with one with larger storage. Purchased September 2016 so some warranty left. Comes boxed with all the normal stuff - adapters etc. - all unused.

    550 quid delivered special delivery. Utter bargain.

    Let me know as I need to get rid of it before my daughter realises I'm not using it :/

     


  5. So, another laptop to offload.

    This is a 2016 15" Touchbar Retina Macbook Pro. 2.6Ghz i7 Quad Core, 16Gb, 256Gb SSD. New in April 2017 at about 2600 quid - plenty of warranty left then. Looks good as new as it hasn't left my office desk.

    1700GBP including VAT, shipped special delivery - they go for nearer 2k on eBay. If you're VAT registered and on the fixed VAT scheme can do @ GBP2001 too, so you can reclaim the VAT. Or something. Blindingly quick machines. The Hard Disk hits nearly 2000Mbps on reads, and not far off on writes. Properly impressive.

    All boxed with all the stuff it comes with, most of it still wrapped too as I don't use the power supplies etc.

    Anyways, let me know if you want it as I'll be opening it up to a wider audience shortly.

    Thanks +++


  6. On 01/03/2017 at 5:48 PM, M8CKN said:

    Keep watching the white BMW coming on the left :)

     

    If I'm not mistaken (it does happen) that's the Bluewater turn off on the A2. It's a very poor design for a junction, you always get people last minute OMG I want Bluwater OMG I want the A2 side-swiping each other there.

    After many near misses (observing) I've learned to keep well back and aware where the road splits. People just seem to constantly misread it. I'm not really sure how because it's perfectly bloody obvious the road splits.

     


  7. That cutters website is a bit weird by the way. Not sure I'd really trust their opinions :/ It's the kinda site where the current car is The Best Thing Eva innit mate. Until the poster moves on, in which case they bang on about all the failures of their previous cars.

    Like I say, a bit weird!

     

     

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  8. At 65k the after market warranty will be punitive - and that will tell you something about the cost of the common stuff that does go wrong.

    Throttle Actuators on a 2008 will go wrong. Cost on mine - covered by warranty - was 2.2k. Other issue is a lot of 2007/2008 cars are running into an issue with cracked rod bearings (No, no idea what they are), which apparently is practically a new engine.

    When I got rid of mine it was starting to make some odd 'ticking' sounds a turnover (hard to hear), and at load - easy to hear. Would have put money on them being rod bearings.

    They are FANTASTIC cars. Loved mine to bits - by far, the best and most fun car I've ever owned.

    Would I buy a 65k mile one without an ongoing warranty? Hmmm. Unless it was cheap as cheaps then no, no I wouldn't.

     

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  9. Sure, sorry I didn't mean to sound discouraging, I was just musing on the numbers! I like stats.

    I guess it helps to not just focus on the numbers, and consider how you feel, how your clothes fit etc.

    I didn't really feel porky until I stood on the scales :roflmao:Then I did, and that was my motivator. Now I don't again, but still have a bit to go. I'll be done by end of Feb though I reckon.

     


  10. Losing weight just seems so slow doesn't it? I mean until you really feel it. Also, the numbers feel small, and you only need to be a bit full of water to feel demotivated at weigh in?

    Saying half a stone for example feels a lot better than saying 3Kg? 

    I worry less about the actual weight - I haven't weighed myself since that post earlier, but I know I'm lighter as I'm back in 32 & 34" jeans, and I just feel better. Subjective though isn't it?!

     

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  11. I'm one of those people that's weirdly blessed with finding it easy to lose weight. 

    I go through cycles - usually around 2 years - where I just don't think about it, and don't bother....And I end up porky. I'm at the end of one of those cycles now having tipped the scales at 92Kg December 25th. The heaviest I've EVER been. Was a bit of a shock. Usually I start paying attention if I get over 80ish. 

    Anyways, just by thinking about stuff I always get to the same point - I lose 1.5Kg a week. Now bear in mind that's without doing anything more in terms of activity, other than perhaps walking to work a few more times. It's more paying specific attention to *what* I put in my gob. I cut down on heavy carbs mostly. It's easy to do as i've had lots of problems with hypOglycaemia and low blood pressure in the past, so it's not difficult to manage. Just weighed myself mid morning and I'm exactly 87Kg. 24 days, 5Kg, 1.45Kg/week. Bonkers easy.

    To be fair I'm also *relatively* aerobically fit. I'll often do a 40 miles plus stint on my bike without passing out, and it's not much of an issue to walk to my normal office from home (it's about an hour I guess).

    I used to love working out, constantly. Mostly cardio. Sigh. Once you stop it's just so hard to get back in to it.

     

     

     

     

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  12. On 22/12/2016 at 5:28 PM, garcon magnifique said:

    Just a note of thanks to Mac - sent your blog to my sister, who is now changing her university department policy on where to store potentially sensitive research data. +++

    As a side note to this M..er, Garcon, University and education is their biggest sector I believe...You know what my lass got in her college email a week or so ago? Direction not to use Evernote.

     

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  13. I just don't like systems that default open. It's relying on you not making a mistake when securing your data. I'd rather it was the other way around.

    Evernote have done themselves some serious damage with this. I work with a lot of public sector bodies - ranging from basic security right up to the top-ish levels, and all I've seen for the last couple of weeks is direction that Evernote must not be used.

    That's got to hurt.

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