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    18th Jan 2023, 03:29 PM
    John2b replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    Sony has signed a deal to help Honda catch up with the BEV market that cruised past while Honda was playing with its now mostly mothballed Smart Hydrogen Station fuel cell thingy*. Jointly Sony and Honda have launched a new BEV brand, Afeela. https://www.shm-afeela.com/en/ Sony is collaborating with US based Epic Games "seamlessly integrating real and virtual worlds" in the BEV, I guess so that owners can continue driving through a virtual world whilst stuck in a queue waiting for a charge...
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    10th Jan 2023, 10:21 PM
    Or live in a community where houses just aren't locked because there's no reason to. A new cop once removed the keys from parked cars in the main street. Much to everyone's relief he soon requested a post where, rather than be called a villain, he could go bust some.
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    10th Jan 2023, 09:56 PM
    Try buying closer to the manufacturer. A bit shorter, but ~1/5 the price. A bit of searching might turn up longer sockets at a similar price. 1/2" Drive Deep Socket 8-32mm
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    10th Jan 2023, 08:40 AM
    My experience with Apps is they frequently break when the host operating system is updated, then you lose functionality until the third party developer updates their App to the new OS - if they haven't gone out of existence in the meantime. I have more broken Apps on my phone than working ones - bloody useless IMHO. The last thing I ever want to do is run some remote technology from my phone FFS!
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    4th Jan 2023, 05:17 PM
    Most of the key-in-knob door locks can be opened with a pair of stilsons without making a sound. I know people who have been burgled whilst asleep at home with the door 'secured' by that type of lock. I like the 001 automatic deadlatchs from Lockwood. If deadlocked, they automatically un-deadlock when opened from the outside for emergency exit safety from inside the house, can be held in the open position for convenience (see photo) and even locked open to prevent the door locking...
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    4th Jan 2023, 08:37 AM
    Reduction Revolution is a good online store for lighting and honest advice https://reductionrevolution.com.au/pages/led-lighting
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    2nd Jan 2023, 05:47 PM
    "No-light" PVs have only been under development for ~2-3 years. Not that long ago when solar PVs were introduced on watches and camera light meters they were around ~1% conversion efficiency and >100 times today's price. A direct comparison for the output per m2 of light and dark PVs is not really important. The demand for electricity at night is never going to be as high as daytime, plus waste heat sources, such as cooling water from fossil or nuclear powered steam driven turbine...
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    2nd Jan 2023, 05:22 PM
    Yeah, the Stegbar website is shocking (as is in-store customer service in my experience). I used an external google search "winder site:www.stegbar.com.au". Defining the site you want Google to search in often works where a website's own search engine is hobbled to give the results they want you to see, rather than what you are looking for. Whitco are OK too if not quite as polished. To get Lockwood you probably need to go to an Architectural Hardware supplier, not a box mover, or Lockwood,...
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    2nd Jan 2023, 09:01 AM
    Solar panels that work overnight? They're under development. A consequence of the first law of thermodynamics, AKA the law of conservation of energy, means that the same amount of energy radiates away from the Earth overnight as arrives during the sunlight hours. Solar photovoltaic panels convert the incoming electromagnetic radiation of UV, visible light and near IR (short wavelength infrared) waves into electricity. Earth's outgoing radiation is in the form of far IR (long wavelength...
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    1st Jan 2023, 07:52 PM
    There is a picture of the current winder and available colours here: https://www.stegbar.com.au/windows/residential-windows/residential-awning-windows/#section3 Even if it looks different to yours the dimensions may still be the same. I've found Lockwood winders to be ok.
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    31st Dec 2022, 01:23 AM
    John2b replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    Tesla sales have outsold Toyotas. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11179785/Tesla-outsells-Toyota-LandCruiser-Corolla-popular-utes.html
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    31st Dec 2022, 01:18 AM
    John2b replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    Waiting 90 minutes for a charge is reserved for those who have waited 12 months to buy a Tesla in the first place :) https://www.drive.com.au/news/tesla-model-3-wait-times-hit-12-months-in-australia/
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    30th Dec 2022, 08:10 PM
    John2b replied to a thread Electric cars in At the end of the day
    You gotta love how people who have never owned or driven a BEV know everything that's wrong with them. Our 2016 Leaf has 92,000k on it mostly on rough dirt roads, yet it's never been to a garage except for air for the tires. I have resorted to running light truck tires because we have had so many punctures. Would I drive across Australia in it? Of course not, just like I wouldn't use a battery drill when a Kango hammer is needed. Our once a year outback trek is in the 'other car', a diesel...
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