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jom last won the day on February 18 2017

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  1. I stripped down my check control unit to fix the pixel display, and removed the display frame at the same time by desoldering the 3 tags that connect to the main PCB. (These tags are for the backlights on the display). Now I've re-assembled it the lights don't work... I've resoldered, checked the lights are actually working (12V across the tags) but no backlights when its powered by the in car connector. Any ideas? PS have got most pixels working, but I didnt realise that the film connector is supposed to be soldered to the board - mine isn't! A repair kit, including the special soldering iron bit and silicon strip, is on it's way from Aliexpress.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Got sick of the slow return on my E36 coupe driver's seatbelt. Tried to find a replacement - it's BMW supplied only: so I googled a fix. Simple - wash the seatbelt in laundry detergent (in a bucket on the seat) and let dry. It removes all the accumulated human remains that prevent the belt from flexing (Yuck!) It nearly worked, so I went further and removed the rear trim panel, cleaned the guide bar for the the belt (also yucky). Then after re-gluing the trim attachment to the side panel (It's only 22 year old glue, really!), re-gluing the vinyl around the inside of the belt aperture (all to make the gap in the trim bigger) it WORKED. I now have a belt that retracts at the speed of a frightened rabbit.
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    Recommend Wellington Service

    Mike Page in Paraparaumu. Porirua European moved out of Porirua some time ago.
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    e36 drums to discs

    Point of order, chaps, the E36 rear discs also have internal drums for the handbrake emergency braking system.
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    heaps of fun for 15k!

    I found the same, but not with the Coupe 😃. The door is about 2 inches longer, and I don't hit my head on the roof....
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    Induction charging

    Water??? You need energy to produce it, of course, but it's the energy storage capacity, weight and time to refuel that make it attractive over those nasty batteries...
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    Gissa job!

    I think that the point that i was trying to make is that the new flavour for Cloud is either Azure (Microsoft) or AWS (Amazon) both of which have datacentres as close as Sydney....
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    Gissa job!

    In those days the cloud was a magic device that stuff went into, a miracle occurred, and it came out different!
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    Gissa job!

    Should have made it clear that this was for a project management job... anything more than 2 years of familiarity is going to be pretty irrelevant. Some of us can pick up the tech bit quite fast. It's the people skills that should be the focus with a PM. And while we're on the cloud... god help the NZ government if the Trans-Tasman cable ever goes down....
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    Gissa job!

    One of the roles I went for wanted 5+ years experience of the cloud (!). I think that there's a new breed of manager around that don't understand previous experience.... they want people who are similar to them ("millenials") but with 10 years more experience. It doesn't exist. I find that I can't communicate with the interviewers lately. Never had a problem before. Thank goodness I can retire....
  11. That might require some suspension upgrades...
  12. Carlos Fandango? Certainly no negative scrub radius. And not 11s. I would guess at aftermarket
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    My new car - yet another e36 328i

    Yes it loses some torque at the bottom end but if it's an auto it will maintain a power increase up to the gear change - about 6100 rpm. Otherwise the power drops off at 5700rpm. Good on a track or for overtaking... Don't do it unless you have an auto, or a manual with an M3 header plus revamped mapping...
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    Importing a TV to NZ experiences

    SECAM = Sees every colour as Magenta 😊
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    Do tyres grow?

    Just curious. Last years WoF on the Honda put the rears at 3mm/5mm. A year later (+9k) they are 6mm/6mm. I don't remember replacing them. We did drive down SH1 Picton/Christchurch earlier this year. Is there magic down there? All the road workers were waving....