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I never realised that the hand brake was that good on the panda
The one on my last 169 was significantly better than the one on my Mk2 Punto. I remember taking it to Robin Hood's Bay and was paranoid that I would wake up in the morning to find that the bloody thing had rolled down the hill into the sea.
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The one on my last 169 was significantly better than the one on my Mk2 Punto. I remember taking it to Robin Hood's Bay and was paranoid that I would wake up in the morning to find that the bloody thing had rolled down the hill into the sea.


I park my Panda in gear for the same reason!
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I park my Panda in gear for the same reason!
I moved to the fens.
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Needed to wash the Panda.
Next door was having some work done, and the guy set up his trestles on the drive, and created lots of sawdust. Had to wait until he'd finished, by which time the sun had come around to the front. Not best for washing a car.
Adequate job eventually.
Never mind, rain is forecast first thing tomorrow, so it won't matter.
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The manufacturers of the CNC routers we use.

At first glance, it appears that they have managed to maintain a consistent, if somewhat dated, user interface across their entire product range.

In reality, years of mergers and aquisitions mean that every machine has it's own, unique, build of the software. Some versions are compatible, others are not, some differ in minor ways that are not apparent at first.

So I'm going to need a seperate VM for each machine, ok.

And they have put the configuration and tooling files in an area Windows 10 considers to be sacred.

And they have hard-coded c:\Program Files into the application, on 64-bit windows it installs into c:\Program Files(x86), once I replaced the 16-bit installer with a 32-bit one that is.


And I have to somehow navigate this undocumented pile of cruft and get it to work on Windows 10.


Manufacturer says "it works as supplied with the machine"

Even their service techs struggle/fail to reinstall once it's left the factory...
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The manufacturers of the CNC routers we use.

At first glance, it appears that they have managed to maintain a consistent, if somewhat dated, user interface across their entire product range.

In reality, years of mergers and aquisitions mean that every machine has it's own, unique, build of the software. Some versions are compatible, others are not, some differ in minor ways that are not apparent at first.

So I'm going to need a seperate VM for each machine, ok.

And they have put the configuration and tooling files in an area Windows 10 considers to be sacred.

And they have hard-coded c:\Program Files into the application, on 64-bit windows it installs into c:\Program Files(x86), once I replaced the 16-bit installer with a 32-bit one that is.


And I have to somehow navigate this undocumented pile of cruft and get it to work on Windows 10.


Manufacturer says "it works as supplied with the machine"

Even their service techs struggle/fail to reinstall once it's left the factory...
You are going to get a world of hurt puting a critical real time application onto windows 10. Do a "retrograde" to windows 7.

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You are going to get a world of hurt puting a critical real time application onto windows 10. Do a "retrograde" to windows 7.

Robert G8RPI.
Thankfully it's not real-time, the "automat" (I'm struggling for the English word, it's more computer than PLC) handles the actual machine control. The part I'm trying to get working is better described as a train wreck between the ancient machine interface, a 3D CAD-CAM package and C#.

We can't downgrade to an earlier version of Windows (though I suspect the new machines will come with XP), as management says no.
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For added fun, what documentation there is has been "translated" by means of running it through Google Translate and calling it job done.

Sometimes the original Italian docs are clearer (and I haven't studied Italian for 20 years).

My French collegues have it even worse. To arrive at the French translation, they took the English one and sent it back through Google to get German, then put that into Google to get French.

So, "Use rear reference stops" (Usa battute posteriori)

becomes "United States bats the return" (Etas-Unis bat le retour)


Sadly, more and more companies appear to consider this acceptable.
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Some dashcam footage made the local paper today..

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-lane-13744471

This is about a 30 second drive from mine..in fact I used to run down it regularly.
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Some dashcam footage made the local paper today..

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-lane-13744471

This is about a 30 second drive from mine..in fact I used to run down it regularly.
That's bizarre. It's like they decided it was much safer to keep on going than slow down and assess the situation. Some people seem to have a fear of stopping, or at least slowing down!

Is it a Peugeot? Can't quite make it out.
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I saw a Seat Ibiza
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I saw a Seat Ibiza


Could be worse, saw a new Nissan micra..... jeeeez have you seen the size of that thing!
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I saw a Seat Ibiza
Think yourself lucky: I've been unfortunate enough to be a passenger in 1 for a 2 hour long journey. I had a numb backside after about 40mins...
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My lovely son went into my Ducato RV and left the keys in the side door and they have been taken by some one. Its the only set i have with all the lockers. Water filler gas toilet and 3 side lockers. He shut the door and left the keys in the lock.
Im mortified to say the least
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Clonk!
That was the sound of the top part of a radiator thermostatic valve hitting the floor.
After 15 years, the plastic body of the valve has succumbed to heat exhaustion and broken. The force of the sprung-loaded valve lifted it off and it fell to the lounge floor.

The actual valve itself looks a bit tired, with a gentle weep, so can't just replace the thermo part. So tomorrow will be spent draining the heating system, and replacing all six valves. They are all the same age, so likely to all fail similarly. Gonna be a damp day.
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