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  • Morning everyone, Sorry for the block of text. As previously, no rich text options in MS Edge... We've volunteered to check a number of boxes as part of a reintroduction project. We've a little experience and, with care (and speed), can check with success, even when a box is occupied. Our worry is that if we were to check a box just prior to fledging, there might be a strong possibilities that young birds would simply leave (not our aim). I picked up a cheap endoscope for my Android smartphone, but can't get it working with any of the driver programs I've tried. Does anyone have experience of this type of kit? Big thanks - Dave
  • I can't help at all Dave, but bumping this post to the top, in the hope that someone can.

  • Thank you Catlady; very kind of you. Dave

  • Dave - CH
    Morning everyone, Sorry for the block of text. As previously, no rich text options in MS Edge... We've volunteered to check a number of boxes as part of a reintroduction project. We've a little experience and, with care (and speed), can check with success, even when a box is occupied. Our worry is that if we were to check a box just prior to fledging, there might be a strong possibilities that young birds would simply leave (not our aim). I picked up a cheap endoscope for my Android smartphone, but can't get it working with any of the driver programs I've tried. Does anyone have experience of this type of kit? Big thanks - Dave

    While I'm far from being a computer expert, but one thing I can comfortably say is, I've never seen such a useless program as Microsoft Edge. Though Internet Explorer isn't supported by many websites today, it still is far better the MS Edge.

  • Mike, you're not wrong. Edge is hungry, shaky, and unreliable. I spent eight years as an IT professional. Edge is arguably the worst browser I've ever seen in around 25 years.

    That said, if I could get the endoscope working I'd go back to a dial-up modem, listening for a handshake, and running a pager so friends could tell me to get of the landline so they could call me up... the birds, rather than the technology, being my priority.

  • Dave - CH

    Mike, you're not wrong. Edge is hungry, shaky, and unreliable. I spent eight years as an IT professional. Edge is arguably the worst browser I've ever seen in around 25 years.

    That said, if I could get the endoscope working I'd go back to a dial-up modem, listening for a handshake, and running a pager so friends could tell me to get of the landline so they could call me up... the birds, rather than the technology, being my priority.

    I had to chuckle on your reply regarding going back to dial-up, I was under the impression that computer technology was to make things easier. Somehow, I think the software writers today have lost that concept.

    However did we manage with the old loop-disconnect telephones provided by the GPO!   :))

    For the younger generations, the GPO was the forerunner of what we know today as British Telecom.

  • Technically, Mike, I'm not sure how we managed. But I do remember sitting on the bottom stair to make calls... that was how far the cable went.

    I'm not sure it's the developers that are the problem. It's years now that we've been using software that can, theoretically, do a great deal, but in practice can't stop simply falling over.

    Speaking of the GPO, I recently visited an old haunt (a small Welsh village) where Mrs. Morris (long departed this world) used to look after the phone box--vacuum, dust, renew the phone book, etc.--for what was then literally a few pounds a year.

    But now one can buy endoscopes for smartphones. Progress.

  • Dave - CH

    Technically, Mike, I'm not sure how we managed. But I do remember sitting on the bottom stair to make calls... that was how far the cable went.

    I'm not sure it's the developers that are the problem. It's years now that we've been using software that can, theoretically, do a great deal, but in practice can't stop simply falling over.

    Speaking of the GPO, I recently visited an old haunt (a small Welsh village) where Mrs. Morris (long departed this world) used to look after the phone box--vacuum, dust, renew the phone book, etc.--for what was then literally a few pounds a year.

    But now one can buy endoscopes for smartphones. Progress.

    You don't see folk looking after phone boxes these days. Mind you, you don't see phone boxes either!

    As an auto-electrician, working on prototype cars, well, that was before someone ran a red light and took me with them, smashing my leg totally, I am appreciative of software issues, which govern how our vehicles today operate.

    You can all sorts of addons for mobile phones today, even tele-convertors to enable the camera to zoom in on distant objects.

    From time to time, I use the Wi-Fi on my camera through my mobile, to remotely operate my DSLR.

  • Sorry to hear that story Mike.

    But, on a happier note, maybe I could do with your help figuring out the electrics on our '74 MG. :-)

    I'm going to post again to TalkPhotography... see if someone can recommend a safe driver for the endoscope. If I ever get it working, I'll post the solution here.

  • Dave - CH

    Sorry to hear that story Mike.

    But, on a happier note, maybe I could do with your help figuring out the electrics on our '74 MG. :-)

    I'm going to post again to TalkPhotography... see if someone can recommend a safe driver for the endoscope. If I ever get it working, I'll post the solution here.

    A classic car, most likely before they fitted the bulbous black Marley Foam bumpers, as part of the Federal Crash requirement of the 70's.

    The electrics are pretty basic, once you've got through the rust...

    Yep, back to photography, and thank you to the patience from the onlookers.

    Blackbird (F) standing on our pond fountain, taken using my new Bushnell Natureview Garden Cam.

  • It is, indeed, a chrome bumper model... end of line so lots of extras thrown in as standard. Curiously, my partner's uncle over here in Switzerland was, back in the day, the regional SU carb expert. It was worth buying the car just to see his smile when we opened the bonnet.

    Nice blackbird shot. If I can get one of the local Honey Buzzard (first sighting just a few days ago), I'll post it. But then, if I can get a shot of the Honey Buzzard, I'll be buying lottery tickets and trying my hand at world peace.

  • Dave - CH

    It is, indeed, a chrome bumper model... end of line so lots of extras thrown in as standard. Curiously, my partner's uncle over here in Switzerland was, back in the day, the regional SU carb expert. It was worth buying the car just to see his smile when we opened the bonnet.

    Nice blackbird shot. If I can get one of the local Honey Buzzard (first sighting just a few days ago), I'll post it. But then, if I can get a shot of the Honey Buzzard, I'll be buying lottery tickets and trying my hand at world peace.

    Thank you Dave.

    As for the old SU carbs, they were fun trying to balance twin carb jobs....