Archive for January, 2010

Can’t move objects from one layer to another in Sketchup?

January 24, 2010 5 comments

Well, you’re not the only one – neither can I.

I tried moving this wall from the Garden Layer to the Ground Floor layer – but when I tried hiding the first layer, the shape still disappeared. As you can see here, it’s the same dark brown as everything else in the Garden layer. But it’s selected, and the info pane for the selected object shows that it’s definitely in the Ground Floor layer.

I’ve also tried copying in one layer, and pasting in the other… also no help. And a few other tricks besides.

However, it’s not impossible – I did successfully move another shape in another layer. It appears to affect just a certain source layer – once it has a hold of those objects, it just won’t let go. Given this is Sketchup 7.1.6087, the latest version, I guess I’ll have to wait for a bugfix.

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Can Yahoo Mail work with Outlook over IMAP

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, it used to! However, it seems that IMAP support was always a beta program, and thus not supported.

It does seem that Yahoo operate IMAP servers at port 143, and for SSL port 993. However, you need to add a non-standard command string in your mail client for Yahoo to talk to it.

Of all the places to look for it, I didn’t think there’d be a dedicated Wikipedia article, but there is:!_Mail#Free_IMAP_and_SMTPs_access

However – whether there’s a trick for this specifically in Outlook (2003), appears to remain elusive.

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Loc8tor – how much!?!

January 10, 2010 2 comments

£25 for ONE tag?!?

Worse than that – £9 for a tiny waterproof case for one?!?

So I would have to pay £60 to be replace the dodgy tags for my two cats. Loc8tor are really taking the p***!

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Loc8tor tags seem to drain battery immediately

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve just re-activated the Loc8tor tags we use on the cats, since we’ve just moved home, and they would be very handy should the cats not return.

However, despite buying 10 new batteries (the tags use 2 each), the tags work briefly, and then stop after around 30 seconds. I watched one tag fade in real-time as I tracked it.

It seems, after time, or perhaps water/other damage, the tags short-circuit in some way, and drain the batteries. After removing the fresh batteries from the tag, I watched one change from 0.0V upwards, as the battery slowly recovered from the load imposed by the tag.

Interesting. So – be warned. Weatherproof your tags, and even then, be wary of any issues

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Back to Linpus on my Acer Aspire One

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Well… Windows 7 has had its day, as I move back to Linpus on my AAO.

Why? Well… I wanted to try the next-gen, multimedia, touchscreen, all-singing all-dancing experience on my netbook… but if I’m honest, I don’t really need it. With Win7 installed, there’s precious little space for extra apps… which would be Windows bloatware, usually at additional cost, and with all my media stored on the SSD.

I just want to browse the Web, review/upload photos, maybe with a bit of editing, and do it quickly and simply, without worrying about page files, battery life, write-optimisation, etc. And I had that already with Linpus, along with all the Open Source stuff like GIMP, and I could practice my Linux too.

I might try Ubuntu netbook edition at some point. But I only use the damn thing about once every three months (I have a Dell monster for work), so I’ll take my time.

Replacement cable for Saitek X52 Joystick / Throttle

January 5, 2010 1 comment

Having moved house, I’ve found I’ve lost the throttle-joystick cable that I so carefully packed away… somewhere. I had visions of an extortionately expensive replacement, if I could find one, and wait weeks for the item to arrive.

Fortunately, at, Saitek confirm it’s just a PS2-PS2 Male-to-Male cable; I’d almost forgotten about them! A quick search on eBay yielded one for £2.49 including 1st class postage. It’s ordered, and I’ll post here if it DOESN’T work!