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bio website anang.com
location Oxford, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 3 months
seen May 13 at 20:32

I'm a geek, a role-player and a biker.

I work for Diamond Light Source, developing open source scientific software for the UK national synchrotron facility. In the past I have worked in the robotics, mechatronics and laser micro-machining industries.


Jun
1
comment What problems to look for when buying used motorcycle
As @mikes says, a huge behemoth of a bike like a Goldwing is a risk as a first bike. Almost everyone drops their first bike at least once and with all of that weight and plastic a drop is even more likely and expensive to fix. I would strongly recommend something a little smaller/lighter to get used to handling a bike before going for a heavyweight. Even if you only keep it for a few months, you could learn a lot.
Sep
7
comment What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?
Given the choice between a 5 year old fluke off eBay and a new cheap unbranded DMM with the same features, I would take the fluke every time. They stay in calibration for decades and can take some serious abuse. Few other DMMs will survive being thrown around a workshop as well as your average fluke.
Sep
6
comment How important is a fuel cap?
@Davy8 - I suspect that fuel theft would be far more common in the US if petrol prices were close to the $8.5 per us gallon that were are paying in the UK at the moment. *8')
Aug
15
comment How important is a fuel cap?
Luckily, you don't get many of them in that the green and pleasant land of middle England. *8')
Aug
15
comment How important is a fuel cap?
As I said With many vehicles, it is the filler cap itself which locks the petrol tank, as an example, see the illustration in this article: green.autoblog.com/2011/03/27/… Try searching for "locking fuel cap" in a google images search and you will find loads of them.
Aug
15
comment How important is a fuel cap?
+1 for the mention of the not-a-suggestion-really old rag. *8')
Jul
27
comment Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage?
@Bob Yup, that's what I do too. Always filling up to a full fuel tank means that the amount of fuel that that you fill up with is also the amount of fuel you've used since the last fill up and thus last trip reset - hence my comment about making it easy to calculate mpg. Normally though I don't bother with the calculation, I just know that my vehicle should get about 200 miles to the tank.
Jul
27
comment Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?
I don't think that particular brand is available in the UK, which is why my question was asking about flushing oil vs additives rather than about specific brands of each. Also, any product that is simultaneously promoted as a fuel additive, engine oil additive and brake fluid additive sounds a little like snake oil to me. *8')
Jul
26
comment Which provides better engine flushing, traditional flushing oil or adding a flush additive to old oil?
Thanks Timo, given that the flushing oil I can find around here isn't much cheaper than regular oil, I might well be better off taking your third way. *8')
Jul
26
comment Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage?
+1 confirmation bias, that's the name of the bias I was looking for. *8')