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General Help & Advice / Re: Brave browser
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:28:22 pm »
Yes. As I said, I wondered whether it was too good to be true.

Good points Mark, thank you. I also use FF and DDG. I'll stick with them. I hate google anyway..

Marking this solved now.


Come on Mark... I don't doubt your judgement, but please expand. The OP will benefit, and so will I (and others).

General Help & Advice / Brave browser [solved]
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:26:33 pm »
Evenin' all,

I'm thinking of installing Brave. Anyone tried it/got an opinion please?

It sounds good, but I'm wondering whether it's one of those 'too good to be true' situations.



General Help & Advice / Re: Wi-Fi cameras
« on: August 01, 2019, 11:34:12 pm »
Thanks Mark,

I'm going to call this solved now.


General Help & Advice / Re: Wi-Fi cameras
« on: August 01, 2019, 12:18:45 am »
Not quite with you Mark,

If the adapter were the same in both countries, how could anyone guess wrong?

Mind you, an American plug would be completely different from a UK one - unless it comes with one of those new 'kits' whereby you just slip on the 'front end' that suits your location...

General Help & Advice / Re: Wi-Fi cameras
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:45:17 pm »
Hello Mark,

I'm looking at the KC120. I found various comments online stating that it doesn't work in the UK, and that the required voltage is 100-120v.

I've just looked at the TP-Link website which states 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 0.2A, so it seems you're quite right.

I'm wondering whether those people complaining bought from instead of and paid extra shipping for the privilege of buying the wrong item..

General Help & Advice / [solved] Wi-Fi cameras
« on: July 26, 2019, 09:13:04 pm »
Evenin' All,

I'm thinking of getting a Kasa camera in order to monitor the house when I'm away.

Some reviews suggest that they're not appropriate for the UK as they require an input of 100-120v, rather than the UK's 240v.

The suggestion is that this involves risk of fire. However, as I understand it, electrical devices draw only as much power as they need, so there should be no problem if too much power is available.

Am I right? I want to monitor the house, not burn it down!



General Help & Advice / Re: Background in Libre office writer
« on: July 26, 2019, 08:57:53 pm »
If I've understood the question correctly, the answer seems to be yes.

Go to Tools ~ Options ~ Application colours and set Application background to white.

Hope that helps.


Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed checkers
« on: May 29, 2019, 12:46:09 am »
Oops. OneDrive doesn't support linux. I suppose that's obvious, if I'd thought about it....

Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed checkers
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:55:26 pm »
Blimey. Not "hyper-accurate" hardly begins to cover it.

I've just tried four within a few minutes of each other.

Netflix 19Mbps
AT&T 55.5Mbps
Broadbandspeedchecker 70Mbps 7.4Mbps

My router says 72.98Mbps.

I think I'll create a 999Mb file and upload it to OneDrive. Then I can upload and download it to my heart's content and time it myself.

Can you see any reason why that wouldn't be more accurate?

Internet Connectivity / Broadband speed checkers [closed]
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:34:13 pm »
Upgraded our broadband recently, and pretty happy with the results - especially as it got BT out of the equation and costs less than the previous, much slower, deal.

However, I've tried multiple broadband speed checkers and get wildly differing results - from 6mbs to 65mbs. Just wondering whether anyone has any clues..

I'm thinking of creating a large file I can upload and download at will with one eye on the clock. I know someone is offering me 5gb of free cloud space, but I can't remember who. I'd never entrust my real data to the cloud, but a big folder of meaningless test data is a different proposition.

General Help & Advice / Re: Partitioning SSD
« on: May 09, 2019, 01:21:16 am »
Just a thought. It sounds like your data is important to you (as it should be - data is really the whole point of a computer).

The safest way to protect data is by backing up to a different physical drive/cd/dvd.

I've lost count of the HDDs that have failed on me, but backups have preserved my data. I even keep a couple in my locker at work, in case of burglary/fire.

And I've given up installing more than one drive in a computer because I got fed up with expensive, branded PSUs failing and killing disks. These days, my data lives on external drives, each with it's own power supply.

Call me Mr Paranoid, but I've come to realise that PSUs and HDDs are unreliable, and the only really important component in a computer is data. Everything else can be recreated...

General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: April 20, 2019, 07:24:04 pm »
Mark, you've done it again! Thank you.

VB is back up and running nicely.

I had to install the extension pack before it would work - something to do with the version of USB 2 I'd set up in the VMs. Having done that, it's fine.

Thanks again.


General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:50:56 pm »
I'll do as you suggest in the next couple of days Mark, but first I'll back up my VMs, especially as we're doing a fresh install rather than an update.

I'll report back asap.


General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: March 30, 2019, 09:46:59 pm »
mike@xubuntu:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release
mike@xubuntu:~$ dpkg -l | grep virtualbox
ii  virtualbox-5.2                              5.2.22-126460~Ubuntu~xenial                amd64        Oracle VM VirtualBox
mike@xubuntu:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list | grep -i virtualbox
###### Oracle VirtualBox repo
deb trusty contrib

I checked the links you provided, but half the info went over my head!
VB keeps offering me an upgrade to vn 5.2.26, but I've been leaving well alone thus far. I'm willing to give it a go though - I just hope I don't lose my VMs in the process.....

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