Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2007-09-21 22:54
"Let's do things backwards today. This thing costs $1480, so you can't afford it. It's basically a gigantic waffle iron that heats warped LP records to a maximum of 65 degrees Celsius ('Bagdad at noon' in Fahrenheit) and flattens them like pancakes."
I think "trouser press" is a more apt description.
$1480 is only about twice the price of a decent record cleaning machine, so this is reasonably priced by the standards of vinyl collectors...
I could imagine it paying for itself pretty quickly if you're a second-hand record shop.
(But, uh, I think I'll just look out for new copies of the three warped records I've got, rather than getting one...)
Posted by David at 2007-09-21 09:01
Word of advice, don't buy a TV license online
I paid for mine on the 9th of August, I recieved the license on the 21st of September
This took the form of an HTML formatted email (with external images, so lots of "This image has been blocked question marks", with an HTML file as an attachment
Once I opened that attachment I was told "We've encrypted your TV Licence to make sure that nobody except you can access it."
Then I had to submit a form, which took me to a page which told me that they would send me /another/ email which I had to click the link in to see the license
This has the message "You can now view your TV Licence here - click this link only once as multiple clicks will invalidate it. Your TV Licence will then open as a webpage." in it.
Great. Looking at my TV license twice would 'invalidate it'
Given that TV Licensing have sent an inspector round before when I've had a license, and I've needed to use the paper version to prove I had it, I decided not to take up the "paperless license" offer.
(As, in general, that sort of thing seems like a silly idea -- why on earth would I not want paper bank statements, for example?)
I, foolishly, went with non-paper phone bills for a while ... then I had to provide evidence of identity with one of a list of things that included a phone bill.
Offering the paperless option is a really bad idea until people stop depending on having the paper evidence.