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      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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  1. "4) When the victim is a religious engaged in legitimate religious vocation or calling and is personally known to be such by the offender before or at the time of the commission of the crime; Just imagine the catholic church's reaction to this.
  2. By "two wires from the switch" I was referencing the conduit usually holding wires coming from the switch box to the light fixture. Yes one (Hot) wire is connected to the switch and the (Neutral) wire running next to it due to them being an insulated pair in some installations.
  3. Two from the switch one pos one neg. your example works as well.
  4. If it sounds illogical then it is very possible in the Philippines. Mikal is correct, just remove one light in the circuit to find out. If you got some 3rd world wiring going on (wires tacked on the wall) then every light but one should have 4 wires going to it (two from switch, two going to next light). I am not sure the effect of low voltage on fluorescent lights on low voltage but they do need a kick voltage to start or they burn very dim. If you need a light in each room but each room has a few lights on the same switch just remove all the bulbs but one in each room.
  5. hey paul did you ever get this running? I was thinking of picking up an arduino to play with.
  6. Any Fallout video game fans? Vault Tec would work great in the PI.
  7. When I am walking around the Philippines, stepping over poor people on the sidewalks, black jeepney smoke in my face, I can only think this place would be perfect if it was not for these damn smokers. I think the best would be to change the gun laws so us self-righteous foreigners can shot any one we don't like.
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  11. This is a real long shot from what you described. Once you get it running does it run fine no matter what you use it for? If the outlet is overloaded it should trip the breaker but i have found in some cases (Philippines condo i stayed in) the breaker half tripped, still supplied power but not enough and a 150W device would pulse power. Like i said its a long shot but could be your right at the power limit for the outlet. Try just one monitor on boot up.
  12. Cebu J center office will also to 6 month extension but it seems hit and miss. I asked one person there and they said no went back later and a different person said no problem. Like any rule in the Philippines it it depends on who you ask and what their mood is at the time.
  13. I was told this before but i am on a six month extension that will bring me to 20 months since last entry. They did not seem to have this rule at the Cebu office.
  14. Sorry for the formatting. I just could not get it to paste right. Seems Graphene could help alot with solar panel efficiency. http://www.sciencealert.com/how-graphene-could-help-solar-panels-produce-energy-when-it-s-raining Scientists are developing graphene solar panels that generate energy when it rains Non-stop renewables. DAVID NIELD 8 APR 2016 Solar power is making huge strides as a reliable, renewable energy source, but there's still a lot of untapped potential in terms of the efficiency of photovoltaic cells and what happens at night and during inclement weather. Now a solution has been put forward in the form of producing energy from raindrops. Key to the new process is graphene: a 'wonder' material we've heard plenty about before. Because raindrops are not made up of pure water, and contain various salts that split up into positive and negative ions, a team from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao thinks we can harness power via a simple chemical reaction. Specifically, they want to use graphene sheets to separate the positively charged ions in rain (including sodium, calcium, and ammonium) and in turn generate electricity. Early tests, using slightly salty water to simulate rain, have been promising: the researchers were able to generate hundreds of microvolts and achieve a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency from their customised solar panel. For the experiment, the team used an inexpensive, thin-film solar cell called a dye-sensitised solar cell. After adding a layer of graphene to the cell, it was put on a transparent backing of indium tin oxide and plastic. The resulting 'all-weather' solar cell concept was then equipped to produce power from both sunshine and the rain substitute. What's happening here is that the positively charged ions are binding to the ultra-thin layer of graphene and forming a double layer (technically referred to as a pseudocapacitor) with the electrons already present. The potential energy difference between the two layers is strong enough to generate an electric current. The experiment is still just in the 'proof of concept' phase, so there's work to be done, but the researchers hope their findings can "guide the design" of future all-weather solar cells and contribute to the growing influence of renewable energy. They're now working on adjusting the technology to handle the variety of ions found in real raindrops and figuring how to generate enough electricity from the typically low concentrations they come in. It's not the first time graphene has been used to boost solar energy technologies: earlier this year, a team from the UK was able to create a graphene-based material that's very effective at absorbing ambient heat and light, and which could eventually lead to solar panels that can work with the diffuse sunlight that finds its way indoors. If these scientists get their way, in the future, photovoltaic cells may not be hampered by a lack of direct sunshine at all. The study has been published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Read these next: A material that’s better than graphene? Scientists say they’ve found it Rooftop solar could provide almost 40 percent of US electricity
  15. I called last night to ask that same question. Yes both are getting changed over to Visa but the CC is being pushed now and the ATM/Debit they hope to do by the end of this year. I also asked about the refund of ATM fees overseas and the guy had no idea what i was talking about, he said they refund $15 a month for any ATM. He could be new and just not know.