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General discussion / Re: Android Boxes
« on: January 24, 2020, 06:45:30 PM »
I know there was a bit of a shakeup with IPTV recently, so could I please get a current recommendation?  I'll run it on Firestick.
All the sports and on demand movies and series would be my wishlist.

Thanks in advance

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Sam McBride's excellent book on the RHI scandal, Burned, is on sale (by mistake apparently but will take 24 hours to rectify) for just 99p as the Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Z8GLKV6

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General discussion / Re: control heating and lighting from laptop
« on: December 30, 2019, 07:39:29 PM »

There's a bright spark from Laois who could keep you right here on the board...I know it's handy to control your heat etc from phone/laptop but the heating controls all have timers on them where you can set them to come on and off whenever you want for 3 different time zones throughout the day. If your house is not already set up with 3 different zones (up, down and hot water) then this can be done with a bit of plumbing and a few motorised valves and a 3 zone time clock.
Whatever you decide the technology is out there atm, you can get basically whatever you can afford, if you want the latest heating system with bluetooth and wireless you can get it no bother and turn your heating on from China if that's your thing...All boils down to your budget and what you want and are prepared to pay, judging by your comments what you're looking is easily done with a good electrician and plumber.

Cheers Illdecide.

My house already has the 3 zones; hot water and an upstairs and downstairs heating zone.
The specific question I'm having problems answering is how do I replace my old wired thermostats and replace them with the Nests as I don't think my current wired thermostats has the right wires to be compatible with the Nests.  My current stats seem to use 3 core wire, and I don't think any of them are suitable for the C wire that the Nest needs for power.  If that is the case I'm not really sure what I need to do (that doesn't involve tracking more wires etc) to enable the Nests to replace the old stats.
Any specific help on this question anyone?

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General discussion / Re: control heating and lighting from laptop
« on: December 30, 2019, 12:09:49 AM »
I didn't want to start a new thread, so thought I'd put a twist on a very old thread.

I'm thinking about changing my heating and hot water controls to one of those new smart systems, such as Nest etc.  However, there is one question that I'd like to know the answer to so I can understand how it would work for me before I take it any further.

My house was built 15 years ago and I have a controller / timer in my utility room that separately controls the oil fired central heating and the hot water.
I then have a thermostat in my hallway which controls the temperature of the heating in the house.

From doing a little research it seems that the Nest (or whichever brand) controller will place my current timer pretty easily.  However, I'm not sure how I replace the thermostat which is not close to the timer.  I believe that mains power can't be connected to the Nest thermostat as it only requires low voltage.  So typically are there enough "other" wires in the old wired thermostat to get the Nest thermostat working and communicating with the controller?
Any ideas how smoothly these upgrades go in a traditional setup like I have?


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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: December 29, 2019, 11:24:17 AM »
Lion on Netflix, a true story about a boy in India who got lost is probably the best film I've seen in 10 years.
Great shout. Watched it on your recommendation and loved it. Great story

Great shout! Good story! Thanx!

Another one who watched, and really enjoyed Lion last night, following the recommendation.  Thanks.

Any other suggestions for films on Netflix or Amazon that may not be really well known but are well worth watching?

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 12, 2019, 10:51:43 AM »
The Tories have drifted on betfair from 1.39 to 1.51 in the last half hour

For what?  Tory Majority?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:45:23 PM »
What happens below under 13 if these proposals are accepted?  For instance our club has teams at U6, U8, U10 and U12.  do we change that as well to U11, U9, U7

It's up to the counties to decide themselves below U13.
We've put a motion into Armagh convention this year suggesting that we operate U7.5, U9.5 and U11.5, which we thought was the best way to transition to U13.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:27:13 AM »
I'm an underage coach in Armagh and it definitely impacts kids when the half year ends and they are no longer in the same age group as friends that they have played with since they were Under 6.
I do not see any advantage to going U14, U16, U18 over the half years, whereas there is a clear disadvantage in some kids being disillusioned as they no longer get to play with their mates.  Why risk that?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 12, 2019, 06:56:12 AM »

I guess neither perspective is scientific but the majority of club coaches i know in armagh consider the half ages to have been a step backwards.

Really?  Why are the half years a step backwards? To my mind the ability to play with your classmates the whole way up through the underage structure has to be better than two class mates, one born in December and the other in January not being able to play the same underage grade one year in two.
I keep harking back to the fact that this ability to always play with your classmates has to help participation rates.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:32:33 AM »
There was nothing wrong with the half years because it meant that at least the lads played with people in their school year, at least in the North. the whole way through the underage system.
Surely we want to keep playing numbers as high as possible, and to maximise that we should have people playing with their friends (who are likely to be in the same class as them)?

What county's in the North had half years, can't think of any. Always thought L it was u12 14 16 18
Tyrone tried 2 years ago to turn it to half but was rejected by ulster Council

Armagh had half years this year

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:33:29 AM »
There was nothing wrong with the half years because it meant that at least the lads played with people in their school year, at least in the North. the whole way through the underage system.
Surely we want to keep playing numbers as high as possible, and to maximise that we should have people playing with their friends (who are likely to be in the same class as them)?

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General discussion / Re: Quinn Insurance in Administration
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:29:47 AM »
So The Sunday World, who normally know their stuff when it comes to crime reporting are suggesting that the paymaster has a son who goaded McGuinness "What are we paying you for?"

I can only imagine that the choice of wording used in that article was not accidental............

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General discussion / Re: Quinn Insurance in Administration
« on: November 10, 2019, 07:51:10 AM »
Reading the reports of what was found in the house in Derbyshire it seems like we must be getting close to understanding who is behind these attacks very soon.
An interesting next week, no doubt.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:25:37 AM »
Good questions Jonny.

I seen it written by smart people that the fact that the WAB passed the second reading last week means that if the current parliament had stayed in place for another few months it is very likely that the WAB would have been approved

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The December general election result may be a Conservative majority, or there may be a majority for parties that support a further referendum in some form (or even straight revocation).

And for Remainers, a general election is a risk – but a risk to be set aside the near-certainty that the current House of Commons which has passed the current Withdrawal Agreement Bill in principle will eventually pass it overall.

The December election in other words is the Remainers’ last chance.

That the current government even wants to give Remainers this opportunity is rather odd.
That is taken from https://davidallengreen.com/2019/10/brexit-and-the-general-election/

Given that it is possible that winning an election for Johnson is actually more important than delivering Brexit; and all the huffing and puffing he has done over the last 4 months has been about positioning himself for success in an election; not actually delivering Brexit, despite that appearing to be his objective.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:29:09 AM »
Whatever about the choice of language he used, I think it's fair to say that t_mac has a point.

I went to said school and this year we sent my young lad, who is a first year, to Dungannon.  If you had told me 3 years ago that would have been the case I would have said your're mad.  But simply put, I'm hearing too many bad things about the school, and the difficulty of ensuring discipline is applied to all students, to risk him stagnating there when he has the academic ability to go to a grammar school.

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