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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:06 am 
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Ok, no idea what that means!! I'm going to bed now as its so late....been on such a mission today with my reading books for Uni, setting up my accounts with them etc its had my mind running on overdrive...truly didn't realise it was so late...I'm going to be sooo tired tomorrow! Good night!! :)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:22 am 
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OK? That stands for Zero Killed :roll:
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:21 am 
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wow, maybe you really should get skype... :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:40 am 
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Fenstar wrote:
wow, maybe you really should get skype... :lol:

You accepting resumes too?
I do love Australia's wildlife especially your snakes!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:00 am 
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In these parts I'm known as Lady MacGyver, especially when it comes to computers. Maybe I should be the one submitting my resume ;)

We do have some cool snakes, none here though. Where I grew up there were plenty, I seemed to have a knack for discovering them :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:17 am 
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I don't mind a weekend snake hunt. I don't have any where I live but my vacations sometimes are based on local wildlife. I actually hate computer we'd make a good team. I'm more nitti gritti I know what the parts do inside not like a HD but actually the chips and components. My specialty is custom system integration I make systems talk together that can't. I love when someone tells me somethings not possible because that is NEVER the case in ANYTHING there's is ALWAYS a way. Just a matter of time and money :wink:


I'm just MacGyver we already have the same last name!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:09 am 
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I think Fenstar maybe onto something with you two :wink:

With regards to skype can you log in to your account Minx?

I use skype to talk to my family in Dallas so maybe able to help.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:19 am 
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Hi guys....omg...its only a bit of friendly flirty banter!! :roll: Well I've sound tested and checked my camera which all seems to be working. Just need to test it now really - happy to include you too Lollo if you're up for it - we can show off our kitties to eachother! :D PM me if you want to - be good to see this working!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:59 am 
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Hi Minx, OMG it's just a bit of friendly **** stirring :roll: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:13 am 
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:D :D :D :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:35 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:50 am 
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Wonder what the laws are for importing a vehicle? One with the steering wheel on the correct side


I've seen left hand drive cars here, it's allowed but I think having it sent over by cargo ship can be quite dear. After getting it over here, in order to be allowed to drive it in the country, you'll need to get your MOT done (required every year) and pay road tax (depends on the category of your car, fuel consumption, eco-car or not, etc). After a year or so in the country, you'll also have to have it fully checked so that it meets UK DVLA driving standards and have it registered as a UK car. I wouldn't have known this stuff if I didn't have an OH and his dad who are car buffs :roll:

if you're seriously considering moving to the UK, come to Scotland! I need a techie who can understand what I'm on about with what limited knowledge I have when OH and his parents ask me about computer/internet problems and wiping out hard drives when the laptop/PC is no longer of use!

Question: I thought using the recovery discs already wipes the hard drive clean, but according to a computer magazine OH's parents read, it says it's not enough?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:21 pm 
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michi_30885 wrote:
viperkeeper wrote:
Wonder what the laws are for importing a vehicle? One with the steering wheel on the correct side


I've seen left hand drive cars here, it's allowed but I think having it sent over by cargo ship can be quite dear. After getting it over here, in order to be allowed to drive it in the country, you'll need to get your MOT done (required every year) and pay road tax (depends on the category of your car, fuel consumption, eco-car or not, etc). After a year or so in the country, you'll also have to have it fully checked so that it meets UK DVLA driving standards and have it registered as a UK car. I wouldn't have known this stuff if I didn't have an OH and his dad who are car buffs :roll:

if you're seriously considering moving to the UK, come to Scotland! I need a techie who can understand what I'm on about with what limited knowledge I have when OH and his parents ask me about computer/internet problems and wiping out hard drives when the laptop/PC is no longer of use!

Question: I thought using the recovery discs already wipes the hard drive clean, but according to a computer magazine OH's parents read, it says it's not enough?


Recovery does not erase anything it just forgets anything is there and it can now wright over that old data. You need a program that actually wipes it I'm not sure but maybe reformatting would do a good job. In reality with the exception of magnets its tough to really wipe a HD. Granted its not recoverable to most people its still there to forensics. This is part of why I hate computers not because I have anything to hide. But how it utilizes memory space.

On importing a car I've looked into bringing something in. The US has really strict safety regulations and that's the biggest issue. So I assume my car would exceed UK standards. We have loopholes for "like" cars. My car is a VW Jetta (Bora in UK?) So its not like an exotic or even an American car. Its considered an economy here it has a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine. I was surprised how inexpensive shipping was not cheap but compared to the overall cost of a car not bad, around the same price as nice wheels and tires. I love my car because of the modifications I've made actuality my car is not legal here either now so I might have to change things back.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:01 am 
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viperkeeper wrote:
michi_30885 wrote:
viperkeeper wrote:
Wonder what the laws are for importing a vehicle? One with the steering wheel on the correct side


I've seen left hand drive cars here, it's allowed but I think having it sent over by cargo ship can be quite dear. After getting it over here, in order to be allowed to drive it in the country, you'll need to get your MOT done (required every year) and pay road tax (depends on the category of your car, fuel consumption, eco-car or not, etc). After a year or so in the country, you'll also have to have it fully checked so that it meets UK DVLA driving standards and have it registered as a UK car. I wouldn't have known this stuff if I didn't have an OH and his dad who are car buffs :roll:

if you're seriously considering moving to the UK, come to Scotland! I need a techie who can understand what I'm on about with what limited knowledge I have when OH and his parents ask me about computer/internet problems and wiping out hard drives when the laptop/PC is no longer of use!

Question: I thought using the recovery discs already wipes the hard drive clean, but according to a computer magazine OH's parents read, it says it's not enough?


Recovery does not erase anything it just forgets anything is there and it can now wright over that old data. You need a program that actually wipes it I'm not sure but maybe reformatting would do a good job. In reality with the exception of magnets its tough to really wipe a HD. Granted its not recoverable to most people its still there to forensics. This is part of why I hate computers not because I have anything to hide. But how it utilizes memory space.

On importing a car I've looked into bringing something in. The US has really strict safety regulations and that's the biggest issue. So I assume my car would exceed UK standards. We have loopholes for "like" cars. My car is a VW Jetta (Bora in UK?) So its not like an exotic or even an American car. Its considered an economy here it has a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine. I was surprised how inexpensive shipping was not cheap but compared to the overall cost of a car not bad, around the same price as nice wheels and tires. I love my car because of the modifications I've made actuality my car is not legal here either now so I might have to change things back.


I'll speak to my techie friend here, see what she can do about OH's parents' hard drive getting wiped. Needless to say, they're paranoid about people accessing their data but doesn't know how to do it themselves unless you have simple step by step instructions, preferably with screen shots and circles around which bits to press etc, but doesn't want said hard drive to leave their site in case anybody decided to try and steal data when it's meant to be wiped :roll:

not sure of the specifics of the Jetta/Bora, but OH has a 1.8L Vauxhall/Opel Corsa and it's not eco-friendly, so he pays about £200+ road tax on it a year in addition to MOTs which don't cost very much (you can find a garage which does it for £50), but adding servicing and all to it so it gets passed, you'll probably spend about £400 or so to get past the MOT? Also, if I remember correctly, provided it's before a certain year (I can't remember specific year, but was between 1970 and 1975 as the cut off) you don't pay any road tax at all. Having said that, OH's 1982 Porsche 944 has a 2.5L and he pays less road tax on that than his Corsa!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:18 am 
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Hi VK / Michi

The cut-off for free road tax was 1972, HOWEVER the Govt got so stung by hundreds of classics being brought out of garages / sheds and getting registered that they froze the year (it was meant to be a rolling 25 year anniversary thing) and closed it for future registrations. You now have to obtain a certificate of manufacture (registration number doesn't actually count now!) and jump through numerous hoops....and there's no guarantee of getting added to the exemption lists even then!

They have also just changed the laws ref MOT's and made it necessary for extra compliance checks to be passed - making things like over-wide wheel spacers pretty much illegal! You have to have extended arches as well now..... They are looking at making the test last 3 years, though!

The good news is the VW Jetta and Bora were on sale here, so apart from the wheel being all to crook the car should be fine! I believe one was a 'grey import', the other was the UK model.....

If the car was registered before 1st March 2001, then the tax would be £220 per year, at present. If first registered after that, it falls under the 'emissions' category grading, so you would have to have it registered and tested over here before 12 months is up, to get the correct rating!

And VK / Minx - Should I buy a hat?? :lol: :lol: :roll: :wink:

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