ABCON PostShip Parcel Scales Review

Introduction

I found these ABCON PostShip parcel scales in COSTCO, Derby. They seem to be a parcel shipment person’s dream. They’re great for sellers on auction sites.

NOTE: ‘ABCON’ and ‘PostShip’ are registered trademarks.

parcel scales
ABCON PostShip Parcel Scales

I just found they are the TOP CHOICE in this list of The 10 Best Postal Scales by Comparaboo. — HC, 22nd August 2017

Until I bought these ABCON PostShip parcel scales I had been using my wife’s Salter Electronic (Model No.3007) kitchen scales for weighing packages destined for the mail.

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Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

On 16th April 2013 Derby celebrated by way of dance to an appropriate tune “The Loco-Motion” from a Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt after months of disruption and a lot of money spent. See the video below:

Other dances were performed too (at least one other) and the opening ceremony can be seen here (http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/VIDEO-Flash-mob-dance-marks-station-facelift/story-18745358-detail/story.html) in the article published by the Derby Telegraph.

This is how it looked before the latest upgrade:

Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade
Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade

. . . and before that it looked like this:

Derby Station Forecourt 1980
Derby Station Forecourt 1980

We Have Another Dwarf Planet

Dwarf Planet 2012VP113

Astronomers have found another dwarf planet in the Solar System. This is a dwarf planet and it doesn’t have a real name yet. It just has a number ‘2012 VP113’ as do so many dwarf planets in the region of space occupied by Pluto. It doesn’t seem long ago that there was just Pluto beyond Neptune but new dwarf planets are being discovered regularly. There is a long list of them (46) here by Mike Brown (not updated since 2008), but here is Mike Brown’s up to date list of Probable Plutoids (as of 27/03/2014) and other people’s submissions at Wikipedia.

What is a Plutoid?

Mike Brown has a Plutoid definition embedded in this article.

Kuiper and Oort Objects

Here is a poster of Kuiper and Oort Objects

This poster/wall chart was produced by SPACE.COM as a quick guide to Kuiper and Oort Objects.

Kuiper and Oort Objects

Knowledge of the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud is sparse but it is known that some objects have very eccentric orbits. I think we can expect many more objects to be discovered in this area in coming years.

Reference

Poster source: Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

Dwarf Planets In The Solar System

There is a new class of objects in the Solar System – Dwarf Planets – which now includes Pluto.

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Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

CycloCable Gets Bikes Up That Hill

CycloCable

We all know it’s a bit of a pain cycling up steep hills especially on your journey to work, but CycloCable gets bikes up that hill.

Well the Norwegians have got that sorted, in Trondheim at least. Just watch this video:

You can see more detail about how the ‘CycloCable gets bikes up that hill’ at Gizmodo. Better still why not nip over to the Poma CycloCable® Page to read more about the system.

Fixing Shelf Battens To Old Walls

Introduction

I found myself fixing shelf battens to old walls for  someone. They only required two supporting battens at each end of each shelf. The job took much longer than expected. Why? The Victorian house walls on which the battens were fixed were crumbling underneath the plaster. This severely hindered the normal process of drilling holes, tapping in wall anchors and screwing in screws.

NOTE: This work required an assistant to provide another pair of hands to hold pieces of timber in place from time to time.

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Cosmic Inflation and Expansion of The Universe

This Chart Describes Cosmic Inflation and Expansion of The Universe

I’m sure we’re a long way from hearing the last on Cosmic Inflation and Expansion of The Universe, but here is a SPACE.COM chart briefly explaining it.
Cosmic Inflation and Expansion of The Universe

On 30th January 2015 Space.com announced: Inflation is not proven to have occurred as previously suspected in March 2014. The evidence for it has been discredited. Check it out at Space.com where Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust.

Source: Space.com – All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

New One Pound Coin in 2017

Why A New One Pound Coin?

Due to excessive counterfeiting of the existing one pound coin The Royal Mint has decided to introduce a new one pound coin design, in 2017, with new security features:

“It will be constructed from two different coloured metals and contain an iSIS security feature – a revolutionary new high security coinage currency system developed by The Royal Mint.” — Royal Mint

“iSIS – Integrated Secure Identification Systems – enables not just coins, but the whole cash cycle to be more secure, protecting the public, vending machine operators, retailers, and the wider banking system. …” — Royal Mint

“There are many customer benefits to iSIS:

  • Both robust and secure, its issuance protects the reputation of a country, projecting a positive image of the nation and its economy.
  • It will reduce costs by replacing expensive clad and homogeneous coins with a more affordable full-plated option.
  • It will generate lifetime cost savings through unmatched durability, lasting up to 30 times longer than an equivalent value banknote.
  • iSIS is not a surface coating so it will not wear off over time.” — Royal Mint

The edge of the new One Pound coin looks like this:

New one pound coin
New one pound edge design

Read more about this new coin at The Royal Mint.

Existing Counterfeit One Pound Coins

Here in the BBC News Magazine is an article explaining how you can identify a fake one pound coin.

The New One Pound Coin’s Arrived

Updated 4th July 2017.

Yes the new One Pound coin has arrived and here it is:

New One Pound Coin
Actual £1 Coins – NOT the same as the original design.

Note: Below the Queen’s head is a shield with an embossed £ sign. This wasn’t on the original design.

They were put into circulation on 28th March 2017. Old £1 coins will no longer be legal tender from midnight on 15th October 2017. However after that date they can be deposited into a bank account. That will enable people to recover the value of any horded coins found.

There is still a problem with vending machines, in particular those ticket machines in car parks, which have not yet been modified to take the new coins. Old £1 coins are already in short supply making the use of such car parks difficult, especially at the seaside now the holiday season is in full swing.

Reference

http://www.royalmint.com/newonepoundcoin

Bank Machines Will Use Windows XP Beyond The MS Deadline

Well, well, well, whose not keeping on top of things then. It looks like all the major banks. This article from ITPRO taken from Reuters points out that some major banks will not have updated their Automatic Telling Machines to Windows 7 by 8th April 2014. This is Microsoft’s published deadline after which there will be no support for the old system. Apparently 95% of the worlds 2.2 million ATMs were using  Windows XP and 2/3 of them will still be using it after the MS deadline. So the banks involved will be paying some large sums of money to MS to keep their systems updated beyond the deadline.

This tells me that these banks have got all their eggs in one basket. They should diversify and have another company’s system running on alternate machines with similar geographic locations. This should be a requirement of bank regulators.