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  1. Based on that there is no point in having forums...

    Based on that there is no point in having forums based on particular subjects, if totally unrelated topics are considered acceptable.

    Should for instance there be open discussion of problems...
  2. Its already been suggeted over in the Arduino...

    Its already been suggeted over in the Arduino forums what you should do.

    And the topic has nothing to do with Arduino either.
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    The more modern Ublox GPS, the 8 in particular do...

    The more modern Ublox GPS, the 8 in particular do use a lot less power than the Ublox 6.

    The modern Ubloxes GPSs will run from 2 x AAA Energizer Lithiums, these stay at 1.5V for a large part of...
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    For anyone in the vincinity of the Blackwood...

    For anyone in the vincinity of the Blackwood Amateur Radio Rally that is interested in the project;

    http://www.gw6gw.co.uk/visitors.html

    I am giving a talk on $50SAT at 12:00 today.

    There...
  5. Having said that Windows and USB devices can be...

    Having said that Windows and USB devices can be somewhat troublesome in general, of all the serial USB devices I have used over the years, by far the one that has caused the fewest issues is the...
  6. At a place where I used to work, 5000+ Windows...

    At a place where I used to work, 5000+ Windows PCs on site, failures of 'automatic' installation of USB devices were not uncommon.

    One day maybe it will cease to be a problem with Windows.
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    So do you know of a simple way around the problem...

    So do you know of a simple way around the problem of needing to be at Administrator level to install the COM port drivers ?
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    Interesting concept, chips (PICAXEs ?) getting...

    Interesting concept, chips (PICAXEs ?) getting confused.

    They should be consistent in what they do, rather than getting 'confused' even if what they do is not what you expect.
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    I asked the guy in work about this, he looks...

    I asked the guy in work about this, he looks after our desktop PCs and laptops, there are about 8,000+ of them, I am part of the team that look after the 600+ servers.

    The problem with needing to...
  10. Thread: Batteries

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    What I cannot remember is whether you can charge...

    What I cannot remember is whether you can charge Alkaline batteries that are a series of cells, such as the PP3.

    I recall the charging process involves a pulsing the cell with short duration...
  11. Thread: Batteries

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    Which is a good example of do not always believe...

    Which is a good example of do not always believe what you read on the Internet.

    I have had an Alkaline battery charger for a good many years, if you re-charge before they go completly flat then...
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    I think by 'reliable' you mean it generates and...

    I think by 'reliable' you mean it generates and even spread of numbers.

    If you were choosing a random number between 1 and 10, and the random number selected was '1' a thousand times in a row, is...
  13. Thread: Picaxe 32 bitter

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    I would agree, and we should also assume that Rev...

    I would agree, and we should also assume that Rev Ed also understand their market a lot better than any of us do ...................................
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    Can you google 'BWTHDIK' for me please ?

    Can you google 'BWTHDIK' for me please ?
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    It might provide a UART serial interface by...

    It might provide a UART serial interface by default, but likely at maximum module power of 100mW, which makes it illegal for UK ISM band Licence exempt use, max allowed power is 10mW. You also need...
  16. Well maybe, although the author of the video has...

    Well maybe, although the author of the video has a poor grasp of basic sums. The examples given that a basic compiler was "3 times, well almost" than an Arduino (C\C++) program. It was actually 2.43...
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    I would not recommned soldering a chip direct to...

    I would not recommned soldering a chip direct to a board, if the board is faulty then unless your are a skilled de-solderer, you have lost a PICAXE.

    If in doubt use a turned pin type IC socket,...
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    Extended support (and the appropriate security...

    Extended support (and the appropriate security updates) is genearally only available if you pay Microsoft.

    Each month I download a number of Server 2003 updates and apply them to a significant...
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    Microsoft did put seperate patches out for this...

    Microsoft did put seperate patches out for this particular issue on one web page so it was easier for people to find them, but the issue had been addressed in March for OSs apart from XP.
    ...
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    Microsoft will have a very good idea that a lot...

    Microsoft will have a very good idea that a lot of people will not have updated their operating systems, but there is little they can do to force users to do so.

    The only Windows system that...
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    Then why are you asking for advice in here ?

    Then why are you asking for advice in here ?
  22. Modifing the code might or might not provide more...

    Modifing the code might or might not provide more information as to the problem.

    However you will still need to prevent the PICAXE from being allowed to run at marginal, out of specification,...
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    OK then, back to your original comment; "But...

    OK then, back to your original comment;

    "But add the vat and shipping (£3 seems a lot for 4 IC's)"

    What would be the cost of the packing materials and postage ?

    How long in time would it...
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    Totally bizzare logic. You now appear to be...

    Totally bizzare logic.

    You now appear to be suggesting that for 'small orders' the postage costs should be reduced or even subsidised.

    But you have also said that the postage for larger...
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    You cannot pack an ship a 'huge amount of stuff'...

    You cannot pack an ship a 'huge amount of stuff' in the UK for £1.75, the postage alone will be more.

    So companies like Bitbox recover the true price of packing and shipping by charging more for...
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