MOT Woes

So I’ve got a new Motor – a Skoda Octavia 2.0 PD TDI on a 56-Plate. Nicely specced with the Laurin & Klement package, which is largely Sat-Nav, Leather Electric Seats, Climate Control, Electric Sunroof/Windows, Xenon Headlights. I bought this secondhand from a dealer in London for £3,450 – having seen it advertised at £3,600. […]

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Another Win!

This morning I was in Court in Bristol for a hearing against Golden Charter Limited. Based upon my arguments and evidence, the Judge ruled in my favour that S22 had been broken by Golden Charter as they had provided no evidence of direct consent, and no evidence I had been a customer. She was also […]

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BCM50 / BCM200 / BCM400 / BCM450 Password of the day Generator

I have written a password generator (based on the work of Zman37 on TekTips), available here: http://www.cyberprog.net/bcm/potd.asp Works for the BCM 400 from Release 4.0 onwards, BCM50 from R1 to R6 and theoretically the BCM 200 from Release 4.0 and the BCM450. If you have some passwords of the day, system ID and the dates […]

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BCM50 / BCM200 / BCM400 / BCM450 nnsupport Password Of The Day

The following was discovered by Zman37 on the TekTips forum. I’ve reposted it here to ensure it’s survival! Alright, I figured it out! The “shared sec” turned out to be the Nortel Support Challenge key. I tested this algorithm on a BCM50 R3 and R6 and it works on both of them, so I believe […]

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BCM50 CDR – Call Detail Recording – Pull Data Demystified!

The Nortel BCM50 is a workhorse of a phone system. Designed for small businesses, it took customers from their older MICS/CISC/616/824 systems into the IP age. Based around a Linux Operating system running ported code from the NT based BCM200/BCM400 family, the BCM50 (and it’s bigger brother, the BCM450) allowed customers to utilise their existing […]

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The new Workbench has Landed! (Mostly)

So I’ve been hankering after a bigger workbench in the man cave for a little while, and the time has finally come! I did some designs in Visio, which came out with two diagrams. One for the Workbench top, and one for the frame. With those drawing done, and superimposed on my man cave floor […]

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Record 10″ G-Clamp Restoration

Well, with a successful visit to the Trench Lane Car Boot this morning, I picked up a 10″ Record G-Clamp for the princely sum of £3! It’s a little twisted, but I’ve decided not to attempt to fix this as it’s not too bad. I forgot to take a “before” picture, but this side-by-side picture […]

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Window Tinting

With a broken rear electric window needing the whole frame out in order to replace the window glass metal strip, I decided to tint the window while it was out. And as I had a helper (Thanks Rich!) we did both sides. Sadly, we’ll have to strip them out again, the quarter glass metal strip […]

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Aircon Shenanigans

So the Discovery hasn’t had working Aircon for as long as I’ve owned it, and 2 years ago I finally got round to buying the pipes, but as for fitting them… well, that didn’t happen. So I decided to crack on and sort it finally! I had to strip the whole front end off the […]

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August Man Cave Update

So this week I’ve been finalising some plans for a new workbench in the Man Cave. It’s going to go here; The workbench will stretch all round the far corner, and have overhangs around the pillars. I consulted some friends on the design, and the gist of it was that 10mm steel was the way […]

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