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  • Deleted user 25 November 2012 17:04:05
    Almost everything at the IF Database can be played online - http://ifdb.tads.org

    Thousands and thousands to choose from there.
  • skuzzbag 25 Nov 2012 18:41:29 5,636 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Worth keeping in mind that modern diesels often have petrol cars beat on urban driving too. There's been a ridiculous amount of development gone into them.
    You'd think that but they dont. Even though common rail engines are better than the old ones they are still more suited to long distance driving. The fact that they are more complex and while cleaner still not as clean as petrol means that petrol wins in the city.
  • Psychotext 25 Nov 2012 20:00:46 53,815 posts
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    Well no, I'm looking at buying a car now and the ones I'm looking at are all more economical both in urban and extra urban driving when you pick the (performance equivalent) diesels.

    It may just be that Audi have shit petrol engines, but their diesels are really, really good.

    Edit - Just checked, same for the Range Rover I'm looking at.

    Edited by Psychotext at 20:08:50 25-11-2012
  • skuzzbag 25 Nov 2012 20:23:04 5,636 posts
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    Yes they are more economical on paper but you have to work out the cost of owning it over a period of time. Just saying it does 70 mpg against a 50 mpg petrol isn't enough. If that doesn't matter then the whole point is moot and it's not worth worrying about.

    eg - I owned a 1.6 petrol which did 38 mpg avg and I had a 70 mile commute to work each day. I reasoned that a diesel would save me money so I got a 306 that did 55 mpg. Even though the cost of selling and buying was only something like -£350 I worked out in hindsight that I might as well have kept the previous car in the 2 years that I owned it as in that time I had saved something like £400 in fuel costs in two years. So the difference was £50 pounds saved overall.

    I'm just saying that it's worth doing the maths if you do less than 15K as it might not be as cheap as you think.

    Petrol V Diesel

    To be honest if your looking at performance then none of this matters!

    Edited by skuzzbag at 20:24:44 25-11-2012
  • Psychotext 25 Nov 2012 20:30:20 53,815 posts
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    I put the figures into the calculator from the last page and the diesels worked out cheaper for me within 6 months.
  • Psychotext 25 Nov 2012 20:30:57 53,815 posts
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    (and that's only based on 15k miles a year for what it's worth)
  • skuzzbag 25 Nov 2012 20:34:13 5,636 posts
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    That's worth it then. In fact I'd wonder how long it needed to be before it put me off, as seeing the mileage read +60mpg just makes you feel good regardless of the real cost.

    Edited by skuzzbag at 20:35:10 25-11-2012
  • Psychotext 25 Nov 2012 20:36:05 53,815 posts
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    I still want my atomic powered hovercar though. :(
  • guts 26 Nov 2012 09:57:53 1,690 posts
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    I bought my first diesel car a few years ago and it's not just more economical on the veil side if things. Insurance tends to be a bit cheaper as they less likely to be nicked (i think) and also road tax is cheaper. I have a 2.0 litre mondeo and the annual tax is cheaper than my wifes 1.6 petrol clio.  I only do a couple of hundred miles a week but it is in a nice sized, comfy car with enough power to get me where I want as quickly or slowly as I like.  Also, unless you drive it through a stream, the diesel engines are so robust and go on for ever.

    Whassamattayou, whyoulookasosad, itsanicaplace, itsanotsobad, heyshaddupayourface.

  • mal 16 Dec 2012 21:39:14 22,336 posts
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    So, I'm thinking of giving my unopened copy of Lego Batman to my nephew, who I'm led to believe is being bought a Wii for Christmas. Only trouble is, I've no idea if he'll be able to play it with the stock controller in the box. On the backside of the game box there's a wii-mote with the number 2 on it, which I assume means it's two player, and also an unplugged nunchuck, alongside HDTV and Hz logos. Does this mean it needs nunchucks to be playable, or that they're recommended? Nowhere on the box (or on the interweb, that I've been able to find) explain exactly what these logos mean. Anyone know?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Deleted user 16 December 2012 21:51:16
    Pretty sure the Wii comes with a nunchuck as standard. He'll need another remote + nunchuck for two-player though.

    Lego Batman does require it.
  • mal 16 Dec 2012 22:18:43 22,336 posts
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    Ah, that's good to know, cheers. Looks like your right about the nunchuck being a pack-in too. That's most of Christmas sorted then for me :D

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • skuzzbag 27 Dec 2012 23:18:08 5,636 posts
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    Does having a lease car for a month cost much insurance wise?
  • Psychotext 28 Dec 2012 04:03:45 53,815 posts
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    I keep seeing this damn advert in the morning so I'll sort you out...

    http://www.tempcover.com
  • skuzzbag 28 Dec 2012 09:16:31 5,636 posts
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    Thanks, I've already got fully comp. I was wondering whether using a lease car would add a lot to it. I'm trying to work out whether to lease or use public transport when I move to my new job in the new year (wife is following on a month later with my car)
  • danathjo 29 Dec 2012 21:29:17 7,223 posts
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    Just bought a new cheap stereo from the Amazon lightning deals for 134 quid (below)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B005OAEY30?tag=hotukdeals-21

    But just saw another one via HUKD that's cheaper but never heard of the brand but may be one of those niche good brands tht arn't mainstream enough for me to knw about (Onkyo) and it's curently going for 99 quid...below
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B005OAEY30?tag=hotukdeals-21

    Just wondering if there were any recommendations from anyone regarding Onkyo, happy enough with the Sony one but since it hasn't dispatched I was just wondering :)

    About to do a bit more research on it now myself too!
  • danathjo 29 Dec 2012 21:35:49 7,223 posts
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    Oh, the Onkyo has a dispatch time of 1-2 months too but not really in a rush
  • mal 29 Dec 2012 22:41:27 22,336 posts
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    Onkyo seems to have been the brand of choice for AV-receivers for quite a while, in the cheap end of the separates market (aka the Richer Sounds bunch). No ides what their micro systems are like, and to be fair, no idea what their full-size AV separates are either, since I've not gone that route yet, but they're not unknown. But they are cheap.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • danathjo 29 Dec 2012 23:01:25 7,223 posts
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    After an hour or so of research I decided to cancel the Sony then order the Onkyo but I was too late as it was about to dispatch...i was still happy enough as i'm not a proper AV nerd and will mostly be using it as a ipod dock so quality has already gone out the window there...until I saw (via HUKD again) that Tesco had there for 50 quid on boxing day :(

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sony-mx550-iphone-docking-hifi-black-75-off-now-49-50-tesco-1424020?page=1

    Wish I never knew that!! Still a good deal though.
  • localnotail 29 Dec 2012 23:04:17 23,093 posts
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    We've had our Onkyo surround sound amp / receiver for about 3 years now, it's been very reliable, and they didn't quibble about replacing it after the cat pissed on it (the only time it has stopped working)

    Edited by localnotail at 23:06:16 29-12-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Bremenacht 30 Dec 2012 14:11:57 17,613 posts
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    Yamaha is a good alternative. Not much between them.
  • graysonavich 4 Jan 2013 12:35:09 7,309 posts
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    Does anyone know how to program in caller ID numbers to a Cisco IP phone 7911?

    THANKS
  • Salaman 4 Jan 2013 13:39:45 18,863 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Does anyone know how to program in caller ID numbers to a Cisco IP phone 7911?

    THANKS
    RTFM? (page 29 and 46 to be specific)
    Sounds like this is your best option though.

    Alternately, your system administrator can configure speed-dial features for you
  • graysonavich 4 Jan 2013 13:59:28 7,309 posts
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    I mean if someone calls me their name will come up on the little LCD screen, rather than me calling out.
  • skuzzbag 11 Jan 2013 20:43:20 5,636 posts
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    In two weeks time I am moving out of my house into a rented place for 6 months and as it's over to Northern Ireland there is a fair bit of faffing about to organise.

    The landlord has at this late hour decided to tell us (via agents) that they are insisting we use their broadband for free, because they do not want the hassle of having to pay to get it connected again.

    Has anyone ever come across a situations like this? Is there anything bad that could come of it?
  • Psychotext 11 Jan 2013 21:03:32 53,815 posts
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    They'll download a bunch of kiddie porn and blame you.
  • skuzzbag 11 Jan 2013 21:14:06 5,636 posts
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    I think it's an old woman that owns the house.

    But yeah - good point.

    Edited by skuzzbag at 21:14:25 11-01-2013
  • Psychotext 12 Jan 2013 16:03:56 53,815 posts
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    Does anyone know of any Firefox addons which can check pages for modifications and notify you when they're updated? There are a whole bunch of bookmarks I check for new info (some daily, some monthly, some even longer) and I must waste an utterly massive amount of time doing it this way.
  • jonsaan 12 Jan 2013 16:05:13 25,326 posts
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    Don't all the relevant sites tweet when they post updates?

    FCUTA!

  • Psychotext 12 Jan 2013 16:17:01 53,815 posts
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    Heh, no.
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