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    Private Parking Tickets and Manx Plates

    I’ve not actually had any parking tickets so no gambles yet. It was more of a “what would happen if” as I know lots of private companies struggle to enforce English fines for English cars, let alone those for foreign cars.
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    Private Parking Tickets and Manx Plates

    Hi all, Does anyone know what the deal with private parking ticket is if you have Manx plates in the UK? Does the IOMG hand out details to private companies over in England that are trying to enforce parking tickets? Cheers AC
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    Car advice

    Isn't the MX5 the car for middle-aged women and 20-something males who want to be racers on a budget? The Mini Convertible reeks of middle age and trying to be trendy too. There are the hard-top convertibles which try to get rid of the bad parts of owning a soft-top, at the cost of a heavier roof with more electronics controlling it. However, they're not necessarily married to reliable cars (think the Peugeot 307 CC)
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    Car advice

    Remember, Skoda and Seat are nowadays just VW by another name and have been for almost 2 decades now. Seat tend to be a bit boy-racer-y but I have a Skoda and love it. It's got 130k but puts up with my abuse without blinking. Anything VAG tends to be pretty solidly built, aside from some of the 1.2 engines are known to be a bit problematic. Golfs tend to be pricey for what they are based on their reputation but at the same time, they're also very nice cars, hence their reputation.
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    Raymotors goes in to liquidation

    It's a shame Raymotor's are closing, their shop was a godsend in Ramsey for tools and cans of EZ-Start in a pinch. I even found that their pricing on most of the car cleaning kit was fairly competitive with Amazon and such, never compared any of the other bits. Always went in needing X quickly and they almost always had something that'd do the job. Where is left now for an array of automotive oddities with DMS gone, Raymotors now gone too?
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    Ipad cellular off island sim

    FWIW, you can also get 3 SIMs on Amazon fairly cheaply that come loaded with X amount of data, they also do one with a free 200mb a month which is great for occasional use. 3 SIMs also roam here freely using the FeelAtHome stuff, but do theoretically have a time limit when used here.
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    Cheap Laptop

    Hi all, Got a Chromebook for sale as it's not getting used now I'm home from Uni It's an Acer C810, 13 inch screen and 4gb of RAM. It runs Chrome OS so everything is backed up to Google Drive automatically and it's a lot more secure than Windows/Mac Ideal for kids at school and their google accounts, as a second machine or for an older parent. Almost impossible to goof up anything software-wise without really trying hard Boring spec stuff: 13.3 FHD screen 4GB RAM 2x USB 3 and 1 HDMI port Webcam/speakers £80
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    Dell Latitude E6430 i7/8gb RAM

    Hi all, Got a Dell Latitude E6430 for sale as it's now surplus to requirements. It was previously used for some hefty development work and didn't skip a beat. It's a 14" business grade laptop with the following specs: Intel Core i7-3720qm 8GB RAM Nvidia NVS5200M dedicated graphics and Intel HD4000 320GB HDD 14.1" 1600x900 (high-res option) screen 6-Cell battery (good for an hour or two, holds about 50-60% of original charge) Windows 7 and Windows 10 licenses on the bottom VGA/HDMI/USB3/eSATA £200
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    Motorbike Parking in Douglas

    Further to this, spoke to a traffic warden today and it seems the consensus tends to be if it's in a disc zone but not in the way (parked sideways on) it's a lot less likely to catch their attention. Aside from that, he confirmed the spots on Hill Street and along the prom are fair game for all day parking. Cheers (most) for the guidance.
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    Motorbike Parking in Douglas

    Both. I really struggle with standard width doors too, it takes 2 blokes and a lot of butter to get anywhere.
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    Motorbike Parking in Douglas

    Not sure how you figure that one. I have a car, but trundling a tonne and a half around the island every day, versus a hundred kilos or so, one feels far more economical than the other. Anyway, cycling would mean a 3hr round trip commuting, so I think it's safe to discount that. Walking something closer to 6 hours each way...I mean, if that's your thing, go for it. But it isn't for me. I'd rather be "too lazy".
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    Motorbike Parking in Douglas

    Hi all, Does anyone know where I'd be able to park my bike, for as little as possible, if not free for the day in central Douglas (around Athol Street/Circular Road way) Cheers AC
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    Help Needed with flashing EEPROM

    Hi all, I've got a motherboard from a games console with a dead BIOS that needs reflashing. It's disassembled but I've not got the test clips or soldering skills to do it Happy to pay for your time, I have the programmer and the files needed
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    Soon you won't be able to idle in your car

    I'm admittedly late to the party, but isn't half the purpose of the stop-start system to make the car look better at idle bits on emissions tests? If the engine's not running, your fuel lasts significantly longer. As for efficiency, I think it's about 30 seconds of idling before it becomes more efficient to switch the engine off and back on when you need to. In theory, the newer AGM batteries can shrug it off quite happily too. I know in a lot of modern engines, they're clever enough to start on a minimum of fuel as they know exactly where each piston should be and can dump just enough fuel in the right one to get the momentum going. (I found quite an interesting VW presentation on the sensors they were using and the ones they rely on if they fail when troubleshooting issues with my own car)
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    Seagate help

    When I'm dealing with data recoveries, I tend to take the approach of getting the disk as-is read onto a spare/image on a good drive as it means I can mess around with it. When a drive is failing, there's no guarantee on the longeivity or usefulness of it, so you want to be working from a clone that's reliable. If you have another drive, then you can use ddrescue or ghost to copy from it. Instructions on using Ubuntu with DDRescue are here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DataRecovery I deliberately avoid plugging a failing drive into a Windows PC, as Windows is a lot more chatty and pokes around a lot more, reading and writing to the journal etc. which can do a lot more harm than good and end up making your job more difficult down the line.