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An infinitesimally diminutive podcast delay // Broken tools make sticking to a schedule difficult

Published by Mr. C

Just a very quick heads up to say that the usual Sunday show will be slightly delayed this week, making it more of a Monday show.

Christine had a small incident with her laptop's power adapter earlier today, which means the podcasting workhorse (the laptop that is, not Christine) is now no longer capable of doing the job it was designed to do. With no available juice, the poor machine is little more than a doorstop at present.

Usually this wouldn't be an issue, and we'd simply use another one, except the section we recorded after Saturday's qualifying is stuck inside the box, and won't come out.

Plan number two in these situations would be to pick up a replacement adapter and carry on. Sadly this doesn't account for the fact that the UK is currently celebrating some sort of inexplicable holiday ritual involving chocolate fashioned in the shape of an egg (sounds appealing right?), and thus the local power distribution emporium have opted to remain closed today.

In short, we've exhausted every possible option available to us, so we're just going to have to sit on ours hands until the sun comes up. The net effect of that means the podcast will appear roughly 12 hours later than planned.

Sorry.




  • What? The replacement laptop model is not the exact same model so that you can swap out the hard drives or power adapters?

    Nor do you have one of those Mini-drive (2.5") to standard (3.5") HDD cables? They come with their own power source of the laptop HDD? (They are used to make images of laptops for the servers)

    Did you check that the other laptop power adapter (and/or) cable can fit into the problem laptop?

    And you could not find another adapter that might work? you can get away with less current and bigger voltage, but stay away from a higher current, that will cook the electronics.

    And worst of all, you never thought of going down to your local McLaren Electronics dealer to pickup their Data Acquiristion System Tx/Rx. Windows based, but once you get teh sensor into the computer that holds this web site, you should have been able to update on the fly. And I guess the spare laptop needed its own sensor too.

    Jordan.

  • What? The replacement laptop model is not the exact same model so that you can swap out the hard drives or power adapters?

    one's a mac, one's a pc.

    Nor do you have one of those Mini-drive (2.5?) to standard (3.5?) HDD cables?

    i have no idea what that is or how it works. have you got a link?

    Did you check that the other laptop power adapter (and/or) cable can fit into the problem laptop?

    magsafe is exclusive to apple sadly. although sometimes i wave it in the general direction of nearby pc's, just to insult them

    :)

  • Its just a tray that companies use to place a 2.5" HDD that comes from laptop into at one end that conencts to a standard EIDE/SCSI cable on the other so that an image file can be stored on a company's server, direct from the the 2.5" inch HDD.

    I do have a picutre of one. I found it on e-bay. The link is here:

    cgi.ebay.com/ws/e…item=300208864716

  • Here the actual name of the said product if you want to be more techy:

    2.5" HD to 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adaptor Laptop Y05

    you plug the 2.5" HDD in the one end (that the drive from the laptop) and the 3.5" HDD from teh desktop computer inthe other. The trick is that the power for the 2.5" is cascaded from the 3.5" (desktop drive) so the 3.5" needs to be connected to the desktop. Turn on the desktop, and you should be able to find the 2.5" drive. For you the e-bay thing is 50 pence. You can not go wrong. I am assuming that your files can be switched over from computer to computer.

    Jordan.

  • You planning on getting a new adaptor tomorrow? is it not still a bank holiday? are the shops open on bank holidays? i can never remember...

  • Its just a tray that companies use to place a 2.5? HDD that comes from laptop

    wouldn't we have to remove the drive from the laptop though?

    seems a bit excessive when we can just walk into a shop and pick up a new adapter tomorrow. the machine's fine, just the power brick is broken.

  • You planning on getting a new adaptor tomorrow? is it not still a bank holiday? are the shops open on bank holidays? i can never remember…

    well, yeah, there is that minor issue. personally i was surprised when i barreled up to the front doors today and found them to be locked. so maybe i'm not the best person to ask.

    i'm assuming it won't be a problem though!

  • Well good luck on the Adapter. But if I had a laptop, I would have one of those things ages ago.

    I guess the McLaren DAS System was a no-go?

    I wish I had Easter Monday off in Canada....

  • My partner managed to not notice my laptop power cable when using the vacuum cleaner. At 7pm on Christmas Eve. Meant I had to talk to people for nearly 3 whole days! At Christmas too!

  • Christine had a small incident with her laptop’s power adapter earlier today

    Now that's what you call a serious F1 incident!

  • Greetings:

    So how went the great safari for that most dangerous of all game, the replacement apple power adapter. (bet the cost of one those things almost killed ya?)

    Jordan.

  • My kids have mac books and I have extra power adaptors. If you were in the US I could spare one....

  • So how went the great safari for that most dangerous of all game

    we have a replacement power adapter

    :)

    podcast coming soon.

    My kids have mac books and I have extra power adaptors. If you were in the US I could spare one…

    appreciate it, but it was the pc that needed the adapter. magsafe means the apple one is almost impossible to break.

  • My nephew tells me there's this new thing in F1 called "inertia shock absorver".

    "French F1 Mag Auto Hebdo claims that all teams except Renault now have some form of mass damper in use, called a mass damper light. Contrary to the earlier Renault version it's not a mass that moves between two springs, but a mass that moves along a spiraled axis. This system could be used in the front and back and could achieve a performance gain of 0.3 or 0.4 sec depending on the track.

    According to Toyota's Pascal Vasselon they never developed such a system and in his eyes it would be illegal because it's moveable ballast."

    Sounds like another performance trick, aye?

  • "all teams except Renault now have some form of mass damper in use, called a mass damper light"

    Blue Orange,

    I heard one of the commentators suggest that "after" LH first pit stop, he saw some sort of movement.

    brendan

  • French F1 Mag Auto Hebdo claims that all teams except Renault now have some form of mass damper in use

    the obvious thing to point out here is there's no way on earth super aguri have such a thing, neither presumably force india. however, it's not completely out of the question that the others might have.

    i'm surprised that renault feel that they can't implement a system, it's not like they're under any kind of suspended sentence are they?

    I heard one of the commentators suggest that “after” LH first pit stop, he saw some sort of movement.

    can you elaborate a little, sir? what did he see and where?

  • "can you elaborate a little, sir? what did he see and where?"

    Me,

    Heh: I was hoping not to be put on the spot, because I was listening: half asleep, in bed, as any gentilhombre should be on a Sunday morning at an hour on neerdowells and vampires are about.

    However: from my memory: after the pitstop, the commentator was reading from LH's helmet cam, or similar and asked the other commentator to confirm whether the piece that connected the wheel to the chassis was moving.

    As I recall: the wheel involved was the right front. I'm sorry if my technical observations are worth zip, Senor:)

    brendan

  • he saw some sort of movement

    I'm intrigued myself, my uncle found this info on RF1 blog but is it just a wild rumour or invention like radical Ferrari front wing/nose cone with holes and w-wings, although you have to say Renault's rear wing kinda looks like W or \_/ hmm...

  • I’m sorry if my technical observations are worth zip

    Never mind, I'll go and watch that pit stop right now to see what was moving, LH's head was moving for sure, do you think McLaren could be banned from this year's championship because Ferrari might complain about LH's head functioning as moveable ballast? I mean you can't have that (moveable ballast not LH's head) in F1, right?

  • asked the other commentator to confirm whether the piece that connected the wheel to the chassis was moving.

    from what you describe, i would imagine he was talking about the wheel bin inside the front right. usually it's fixed, but a fault with the wheel nut meant it kept moving the whole of lewis' second stint.

    do you think McLaren could be banned from this year’s championship because Ferrari might complain about LH’s head functioning as moveable ballast?

    if mclaren are still ahead by august. almost certainly :)

  • Hmmmm, if a Mass Damper system is used on a car, it is to reduce the movement along the car's roll axis, so that max. downdorce is generated from a non-distribed airflow aroud te car as the car rolls over bumps and curves, or racing's Holy Grail of developing "Longitudinal Inertia".

    Strange that a team under the same name should arrive on the Sidepodcast League and doing quite well. Perhaps Christine should check this person's cars for movible floors as well...

  • "if mclaren are still ahead by august. almost certainly :)"

    Me,

    Oh: I am going to make you eat SO much dirt when McClaren win the constructors, Ron walks off with a gorgeous young female and a big smile: and LH and HK get first and second in the WDC.

    There's talk of Massa getting the chop, bit early that, innit?

    brendan

  • Oh: I am going to make you eat SO much dirt when McClaren win the constructors

    am confused. you complain when i don't call ferrari a bunch cheaters, and you complain when i do.

    I.GIVE.UP

  • "I.GIVE.UP"

    Me,

    That's the spirit, laddie:)

    I learned to complain among the whingeing poms, so when I'm in the UK, I'm merely following the local culture, inni, guv?

    brendan

  • do you think McLaren could be banned from this year’s championship because Ferrari might complain about LH’s head functioning as moveable ballast?

    if mclaren are still ahead by august. almost certainly

    Ferrari will not complain if Hamilton's Head is used as moveable ballast, because as it see it, there are only two ways of removing a head.

    Mentally, such as what occurred lasy year when Hamilton had the title all rapped up with two races to go, and he just chokes, for every little reason. That was to Ferrari's benefit, so no complaints ther.

    As to the other type, well, it would depend on whether the combined weight of the driver and car with unflushable oil and fuel is greater than the min weight required, so there is the chance that the McLaren could be underweight. I also imagien that nothign would be bloking the airbox, so you could argue a performace advantage there.

    I did check the rulebook and nowhere does it state that the driver has to have a head in order to drive an F1 car, which in itself, goes a long way to explaining some of the "Moblie Chicanes" that have driven for lesser teams in the past.

    Jordan.

  • I would be amazed if anyone is running an inertial damper because it is effectively the same as a mass damper. The FIA objected to the function of a mass damper rather than its contruction so I cannot see it allowing inertial dampers.

    Besides I thought inertial dampers were what they used in Star Trek that allows them to travel at warp speed without the need for seat belts.

  • Yeah, there's also been some vague talk about this new Ferrari device described as "Massa Dumper", apparently it's used on people with surname "Massa" ... if you want to dump a "Massa" this "Massa Dumper" is your Nº1 choice. I'll try to confirm that by sending an e-mail to Ferrari press officer.

  • Well, Portuguese Autosport bloggers found out the truth about Massa's spin - it turns out his tyres were overheating, proven scientifically, check it out (pay attention to the picture): autosport.clix.pt…=as.stories/45771

    Another rumour - Nick Fry to Super Aguri in 2008! Have you heard that one? M. Leach & Fry are buddies and Fry arranged the deal for Magma knowing that he'd be sort of axed from Honda and thus securing his future in F1. That's interesting, I like these rumours, political stuff.

  • Well, Portuguese Autosport bloggers found out the truth about Massa’s spin - it turns out his tyres were overheating, proven scientifically, check it out (pay attention to the picture): autosport.clix.pt…=as.stories/45771

    From lokking at that picture it's not just his rear tyres that are going to over heat. I really hope she has a pretty face.

  • Do you do back up's. You should buy a 2.5" disk say 100 or 120 Gb, put it in an external USB disk enclosure and back up anything that's important.

    This will also give you a 2nd way of get data that's not accessible (unless the hard disk its self is dead), you can take your hard disk out of the machine and put it in the disk enclosure and then plug it in to any other machine.

    Keep up the good work, I have only very recently come across you and I think the site and the pod casts are great.

    Nick

  • Hi Nick, we definitely do backups, there's a lot of work on this machine that I wouldn't want to lose.

    At the moment, I'm working on filling up my second external hard drive. Problem is, I'm not always up to date to the very day, so we may have had to re-record.

    Thankfully the crisis was averted and emergency procedures are being sketched out and taped to the wall :)

  • Computers don't you just love em?

    uk.youtube.com/wa…tch?v=bZRh6sZZyz0

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