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  1. Sparky__H

    Home server for multiple VM's

    Depends if you want computing power, efficiency, price or cool and quiet. Supermicro X10SDV-6C+-TLN4F ([email protected]) - £650 M393A4K40BB1-CRC (32GB ECC) x 4 - £800 (128GB) For value its hard to out price a ryzen system but they are capped at 64GB ram where the above is designed for dozens of...
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    Spec me a CCTV System

    Has anyone got any recommendation for an small/mini dome cam I can mount under the front door porch overhang? I'm liking the look of the DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS but is there anything else I should be looking at?
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    High security euro cylinder recommendations please...

    ^ THIS^ Just replaced all 4 external doors with Avocet ABS at the same time as new stronger handles, they are all flush with the handles which took some good guess work to get right first time. No-one is going to waste time picking the lock so I just need them to re-think my house or try a...
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    1U Switch for Datacentre Usage

    My Bad I didn't read it properly and missed the further information below. OP before you do anything make sure you talk to the person in charge of the rackspace as they may get funny about 2nd hand equipment.
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    What should I use to fill the gap between my door frame and patio?

    ^ This ^ As above need more images but those slabs need lifting and the material making contact with the wall removed to expose the damp course. Ground level should be 2 bricks below the damp course. Having the slabs so close also runs the risk of the rain splashing up the walls which can also...
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    1U Switch for Datacentre Usage

    EDIT: Incorrect advice removed.
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Houses in the area we wanted (That we could afford) don't come up very often (one or two a year) so we put in an offer 30min after walking out the door. We went in 7% below asking (We got that to 14% by the end) on that first call as we were first time buyers and they were motivated sellers...
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Yeah we were not taking a chance, Had the duty branch manager do it for us.
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    No No I'm fine! Just a lot of expenses all at once.
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Everyone warned me but like an idiot I didn't listen.
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    It's all a mess in my head now :( Exchange has been brought up to tomorrow... i'm very broke...
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Complete end of the week and exchange early Feb. Getting real now...
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    2 Mile Commute - Electric Bike/Scooter?

    Moped / Scooter?
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    cost of damp house fixing

    Are the vents all clear of obstruction and above possible water entry? a 1890s house should have several all below the damp course and I think two bricks above ground level before the damp course. Are the walls stone or brick? have you checked for broken pipes or leaking drains? As others have...
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    Spec me a corner sofa

    You guys are ragging on corner sofas like they are some great indicator of chavyness. Crap like "Live, Laugh, Love" or the kids names on the walls is like a poxy lighthouse beacon in comparison.
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    Remortgaging - Have I missed something? It's very easy...

    Well done!! So many people would have instantly reduced their payments and spanked the rest on useless tat. Just had a mortgage approved with Nationwide this morning. Got it before the fee went from £999 to £1199 (£500 cashback as well whoot!) By all of everyone's positive reviews looks like...
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Just a standard house, nothing fancy or unique. I live close enough to London that tiny two bed flat without allocated parking is £220k+ I do feel bad for the vendors, it's not their fault there is such a huge difference but the current market and unrealistic estate agents don't help.
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    HMV Finally closing down for good?

    We have one of those opening soon in a town near me. It seems beer and pies don't make money any more so leasing floorspace and letting others pay the rent is the new way. Cant argue with the business sense. Again it's out of town so will likely kill off what's left of the awful high street of...
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    The nervous wait to exchange....

    Just got the valuation report back from our lender... -£25k below our offer price which was already 20k below list... Submitted it to their estate agents asking them to renegotiate or we will pull out. Not going to be a nice Christmas for the Vendors who I expect to refuse. Back on Rightmove I...
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    If you start a business does it put other out of business?

    Exactly! Everyone is fighting for what's left of people take-home pay. Look at the disruption Aldi & Lidl caused to the established supermarkets. A business can succeed in a saturated market but it better have something to set it apart.
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