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lemonstar

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  1. @msv At @dannybuoysuggestion a while back I switched from using the free version of LastPass to bitwarden - an open source project; I think it's excellent software - I have it working across Win7, Android and iOs - I find it very easy to use - it generates and saves all the passwords - I think it's far better to use software designed for the purpose than to make up your own system using ad hoc tools. If you have very strong passwords - why change them so regularly? As @adamg67suggests - register your email addresses with Have I Been Pwned - I have 30+ email addresses for my own reasons and all are registered with the site. The level of organisation and effort that goes into hacking is enormous and these guys are skilled and knowledgeable - i wrote advanced real-time embedded control software (and other stuff) for 25 years - (to save my company from being bent over backwards by a software supplier I and another engineer spent 18 months part-time hacking a proprietary database format to get "our" data out that we wanted to use (export) to use with the software design tool that we had designed to replace the software we were using and paying 10k pa for - the software supplier wanted to charge us £30k for software tools to do that) so you see people go to incredible lengths when it is worth it. IMHO l'm afraid that keeping passwords in a text file is something hackers will have been looking at for decades - the days of using passwords you remember have been over for along time.
  2. A lifetime ago I listened to If You Wait a lot - I quite like her voice although I can understand people not liking it (e.g. my wife hated it) but I really can't listen to what sounds to me like poor attempts to reproduce a sweet and sour vibe that Dido and Eminem created with Stan.
  3. Mark Hollis being Paul Weller before Paul Weller discovered how to be Paul Weller ☺️
  4. I had it too. FWIW - changed pw - probably no bad thing. I had no personal info on the site never having really used it to buy or sell anything.g
  5. @KiOgon My 09 plate diesel Peugeot 207 (1.6 HDi Sport 110BHP) struggled through its MOT on emissions - I did 2,300 miles in it last year - I do 3-4K normally. TBH it is not the right car for me at all but it was inherited last year at a time when I needed to replace an old Micra (petrol) that was not worth fixing to get it through it's MOT. Too many short journeys - I don't want to spend money on another car - it's useful when my wife has the main car stuck on the hospital car park while she's at work - she does 10-12K pa on her commute (erratic work patterns and hours). I'm wondering if there is really much I can do to keep my emissions down and get it through the emissions next year - I put Redex in, occasionally fill up with premium fuel (although I read it's not worth it) - the garage mechanic just took it for a quick blast and it scraped through. I don't have the money for an electric and couldn't justify much of a spend based on the miles I do. The diesel has a lot of great attributes - I was hoping Bosch or someone else would devise a retrofittable device that would reduce the emissions problems - a few years ago I read that they were working on something to do this but I've not heard anything about it recently. TBH - I wish I didn't have the problem/dilemma of the diesel now but last year it was a free £1500 car in great condition, 1 owner from new, FSH with the main dealer, 09 plate with 46k on the clock.
  6. Rory and his 61' Strat remind me of a photo of a tree that had grown around an abandoned bicycle.What a talent this guy was and by all accounts an incredibly humble, generous and likeable guy. His timing and phrasing are so spot on.
  7. I had a friend that worked for a top hi-fi shop in the 80's and I remember going with him to deliver and set up a system in a small stone barn with 2 floors - it wasn't a huge place - maybe 10m x 5m - he was showing off a pair of Linn Kan speakers - relatively small speakers but able to handle a lot of power. He used a couple of special audiophile vinyl pressings of Police albums - UHQR, heavy weight vinyl and/or half-speed masters - to show off how they handled the incredible punch and dynamics of Copelands percussion and Strings bass - the albums were Zenyatta and Ghost In the Machine - my friend made us all sit and listen in the dark and you could feel the drums and hear the stereoscopic effect so clearly - to this day I can't remember a more outstanding listening experience for volume, clarity and sheer detail (other than Tangerine Dream when I was at the front of the Dominion Theatre for the Logos tour) - the hi-fi system was an expesnsive one but the recordings are incredible.
  8. A solid album for the summer - windows down on the car - layers of guitar parts and harmonies
  9. I guessed as much before I looked her up - I might differ in an opinion about the primary problem but honestly who can say - I spent nearly 3 years in an eating disorders support group (specifically for "carers" of people with eating disorders - not the actual sufferers - they had their own meetings run at the same place) and it was two cases of a daughter (with anorexia) with a heroin addiction and a wife (with anorexia) and an alcohol problem that I found too traumatic to hear about on a regular basis - what I heard at the meetings used to play on my mind too much after the meetings that it actually caused me to stop attending. Good to know she has managed to bounce back and is still making music.
  10. Yes (thereabouts) - it's not as simple as anyone would like it to be - it's a mental illness through and through and a strange one. She is in a small minority who have made a good, possibly very good "recovery" from having been in a really terrible state. She is in a good place now - happy in a long term relationship and in her work , back exercising normally (still likes to run up mountains), eating healthily and working as a hospital doctor - no one would know about the illness to look at her BUT she does have to manage certain things in her life and that will go on for many years I think. Anyone who wants to talk or ask about anorexia can PM me if they like - there is nowhere near enough support available.
  11. I burned the Royal Albert Hall Killers gig to DVD (broadcast on TV a few years ago) - it was a corker. The song works for me. A friend loaned me (gave to me I think!) the latest CD Imploding the Mirage and I agree with him - it's dire - lots of familiar elements but it just doesn't get off the ground for me. I did read that the guitarist Dave Keuning didn't want to spend all his life on tour and wanted more family time - all credit to him imho for that - I think he is still involved with the band but there seems to be a lot more keyboards and electronics and a distinct lack of guitar riffs. Still - they are still one of the most popular live acts around.
  12. The latest Killers album is dire! Can't believe how bad it is.
  13. Having had a daughter who got sucked into the vortex of anorexia - I find this uncomfortable watching - no idea who she is but once you've tried to care and support someone with anorexia you start to see there are many of them around. I'm not complaining in any way about your post though - it's just my reaction - it's a hell of thing for all concerned to get through.
  14. Anouar Brahem, an oud player: one of my favourite musicians - he makes some very atmospheric, at times, meditative, music - this is from 1991 I can recommend Blue Maqams (2017) and The Astounding Eyes of Rita (2009) and many other of his albums.
  15. @meterman @upside downer - clearly I have no wizarding skills - I feel like a right muggle now.
  16. What on earth is going on with that acoustic - it's upside-down and strung normally - I'm really thrown by that. World Party - under-rated and forgotten about.
  17. Also listening to Vivaldi RV807 - only discovered in 2005! Scholars continue to search for and succeed in unearthing long lost scores as many are known of, but are known to be missing. This is not the best audio quality (there are CD quality versions on YT) but it's more entertaining to watch than an album sleeve.Not exactly rock'n'roll but it probably was, in it's own way, back in the day...
  18. I was never in to Lloyd Cole when he was around in the 80's but I looked him up a couple of years ago and dip into his stuff now and again. I only came to listen to him again after laughing at a misheard and misremembered lyric ("You're my favourite salty animal") which stuck in my head so much that I put it in to a song I was writing when I was struggling for something (when I found out what the song was called (Old Wants Never Gets) I found the actual line was "You're like to think you're a solitary animal").. anyway - nothing to do with this track Jennifer She Said - I like all Lloyd Cole demos and B-sides albums.
  19. I saw him 3 times over a period of 10-12 years and he was like a candle - gradually melting and loosing his shape - his voice was once all husky, twisted barleycorn and rye - then slightly hazy and inebriated - and finally just one long incomprehensible slur. I can remember going home on the bus once elated after one gig after he sang Over The Rainbow for an encore - it was so beautiful and uplifting I could hardly speak - you could have heard a pin drop - it was like a magic spell being cast on the audience.
  20. I had the chance to go and see them - this gig - but because they didn't fit in with the other music I was in to I was too cool to go I kick myself because people were talking about how great they were for what seemed like months after and my mate, who invited me, came back with this mirror badge.
  21. I was looking for an Aria Pro II bass as I have one of their electrics - I love the feel of the neck on that and rate it - I bought a 32" Fernandes bass in the end which feels great in my hands too but I would have been interested in this a year or 2 back - I did find a couple for sale but - I don't know if it's coincidence at the time I was looking or something more meaningful but they were, like most interesting basses I found, dotted around the coast - do bass players emerge from coastal areas or do they move there? GLWTS.
  22. I saw the Banshees in 1978 and I reckon it was around that time that I ran in to Discharge in Clay Records in Hanley Stoke-on-Trent - I walked in and they grabbed me and threatened to beat me up unless I got out - I was like Who TF are you? We're Discharge, they explained!, and I said I've heard of you but they still threw me out - I thought it was a pretty cool experience at the time - the shop was only about 2ft square anyway. I'd been threatened with a flick knife by short-arsed punk in a bowler hat (lol!) at the Banshees gig because I was "looking at his lapel badges" so TBH the Discharge incident was just one of those things that happened at that time.
  23. YouTube live stream of the Perseverance landing 20:48 GMT contact with atmosphere 20:52 parachute deployed 20:54 Powered descent 20:55 Wheels down IF it goes to plan.
  24. i was looking for an Annie Lennox live performance on UK TV that blew me away but I can't find it - she had a long black leather coat on - it was a live acoustic with Dave Stewart presumably as Eurythmics - no idea what the song was but 87 seems to be the year a lot of videos feature that coat (it's not some coat fetish thing either!) - gave up looking for what i remember but had to have a look at the rehearsal and the live performance she did with Bowie (Under Pressure) for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert - she was a lot more committed in the rehearsal than Bowie but when you see the actual live performance both of them really bring their A-games - she had a great voice.
  25. I found this - is this a bit better?
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