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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Home made spring compressor

After hitting a pothole I broke the NSF suspension spring.  It came through the bottom of the strut and scored my newish tyre!

These pics are with the car jacked up. When down the spring was stuck in the tyre.

 I ordered a new one but when I came to fit it my spring clamps were to short for the longer springs on my car!  Nothing a bit of threaded bar and some scrap wood couldn't fix. It did take a while though.

 Compressed. It took a while, not just the compressing but the lining up the strut with the hole in the top plate.

 Nut back on \o/

Home  made spring compressor

Sunday, 21 February 2016

fbpanel clock setup with date time and color

fbpanel clock setup

I wanted my fbpanel clock to show the time in 24 hour format and current date and the colour  (color) for the Americanised to green.

The system wide config on my system is


 The user configuration files is


I switched from dclock to tclock

#Plugin {
#    type = dclock
#    config {
#        ShowSeconds = true
#        HoursView = 24
#        TooltipFmt = %c %x
#    TextSize = small   
#        TextColor = green
#        Color = green
#    }

Plugin {
    type = tclock
    config {
        # 2 line view, time in bold above and date below
    ClockFmt = <span font="Sans 8" color="green">%T%P&#xA;%D</span>
        TooltipFmt = %c %x
        #Action = xmessage Please define some command
        ShowCalendar = true
        ShowTooltip = true