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by revdode
Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Is the UK facing a slug plague?
Replies: 23
Views: 6223

I applied one dose of nemaslug early in the year as slugs are usually a big problem for us. My raised beds have boards around them and these are capped with copper tape or wire. I've seen next to no slugs in the beds since, ufortunately the snails have come back probably worse than last year. Perhap...
by revdode
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: External Drives
Replies: 9
Views: 3792

Lacie make external ethernet hard drives which are pretty decent. The one I installed was only 500Gb and cost under £200, I think it's cheaper now.

The only problem I have with these devices (It wasn't my disk) is how do you backup that much data?
by revdode
Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: 3g and broadband through mobile conection
Replies: 5
Views: 2581

I know some people who use 3G phones with bluetooth as modems (no wires) an neat trick but at a cost. Most 3G systems are still charging by the Mb - you pay for what you use, if you are a light user this probably isn't an issue, for regular surfers you get to pay for all those bloody ads and pointle...
by revdode
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Copper tape?
Replies: 12
Views: 2536

Copper tape or chips does work but if you surround a large area chances are there will be slugs in the ground. This year I've used copper tape (Lidls finest) and some stripped wire I had around. I treated the beds with nemaslug. This combination has worked a treat on slugs. Snails don't seem to cros...
by revdode
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Remarkable factory uses cooking oil to power factory
Replies: 22
Views: 6678

I guess it's a good moral test and perhaps one for another thread and poll, is our comfort and ability to travel around the country important enough to see people starve in other countries? In the case of biofuels to see the remaining rain forests eroded for palm oil plantations? I don't think anyon...
by revdode
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Ubuntu - someone convince me to change...
Replies: 22
Views: 9229

SuSE is or used to be a good commercial distribution, I haven't used it for a couple of years. It's installer and configuration system (YAST) is a little unique but very easy to use as long as you always do things the SuSE way. FIght it and hand install software and it can get you in a right pickle....
by revdode
Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Remarkable factory uses cooking oil to power factory
Replies: 22
Views: 6678

well..........either go for an old Lister, or an Indian clone - here's a "don't try this at home" film clip - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a6RZFHyIdQ -from one of the Indian makers - you can get one of these for under £900! :wink: You can still buy an original Lister, I was in the fac...
by revdode
Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Which is more ecological?
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

I'd go with the reusable container, just washed along with everything else as suggested above, it works for me. It's an interesting question though, I was surprised to find out that plastic milk containers can actually be more energy efficient than milk bottles. The answers to these questions aren't...
by revdode
Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: A woodland vegetable patch?
Replies: 24
Views: 6417

It should be possible to grow quite a variety of plants in that situation, although perhaps not exactly what you want. Do a search for forest gardening on the googlaphone. Forest spaces and edges can be very productive, although it would be nice if you replace some of your trees with fruit. Perhaps ...
by revdode
Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Sometimes you just can't do the right thing
Replies: 7
Views: 1299

You could put quite a close mesh (1/4" square) over the traps, slugs will slip through very small gaps, hopefully the newts wont.
by revdode
Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: no vat on energy efficient products - petition
Replies: 4
Views: 1305

My only concern with this is defining an energy efficient product. I know it sounds stupid but on my desk I have a box with a halogen lamp which claims to be energy efficient, we have an office lighting system with presence detectors it also claims to be energy saving product. I've seen high end car...
by revdode
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: The Big Tent Festival 2007
Replies: 1
Views: 1335

The Big Tent Festival 2007

A little late posting this but it seems to fit'ish. I'll be there with Foe on Saturday and with the family on Sunday, they make me work Fridays! Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2007 The Big Tent, Scotland's Festival of Stewardship is returning to Falkland, in Fife, UK. Opening Times Friday 15th June...
by revdode
Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 45
Views: 11543

No sign of flowering on my corn but they aren't as large as I was expecting. I think they were knocked back a little by the cold snap just after I planted them out. They were supposed to provide a little support for my beans but at the moment the beans are towering over them:-(
by revdode
Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Converting solar panel
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

First thought is that an electric fence is a very low load unless you have livestock with masochistic tendencies. This is pretty different from a pump which will often have a fairly hefty load particularly when starting. Do you have information on the solar panel system, power output and voltage or ...
by revdode
Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Ubuntu - someone convince me to change...
Replies: 22
Views: 9229

I'm runnning the latest version of Kubuntu (Ubunutu with the KDE desktop - Linux is all about choice) on a laptop. It has some cranky crippled hardware which has given me problem in the past. The latest version picked up everything* and it just runs now. Kubuntu now comes as a dual live and install ...

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