Bruno Mars – Fact or Fiction

Is this a Jackson a clone, a wannabe, an impostor, a falsetto being false. Listening to one of our local radio stations ummm about two months back I heard this guy Bruno Mars belting out a number which sounded oh so much like Jackson (Grenade), I thought it was. Shall I beat him to death in this article. Quite the contrary. We won’t have another Jackson. But the voice lives on. Oh, yes it does.  Bruno doesn’t have the higher registers under his belt but I think I am going out to buy his DVD – right now!  Does he even have a DVD? Continue reading “Bruno Mars – Fact or Fiction”

Power and Reactive Circuits – Power Factor

Well to start off with I have a plasma screen, a lovely little Sony which gobbles up 440W – so for every two hours of usage I have to pay in R1.00 (equivalent to U$ 14 cents). This may not sound like a lot but remember this is the RSA, the land of plenty where this amounts to a lot, especially when Eskom is run by the government. You didn’t know that – well read your papers.

How to lose some noughts on your bill?

What is power factor? Something you did not read about at school unless you were the school schmuck!  Power factor is actually determined by the real power you are consuming and the apparent power, known as ‘S’. We will publish an application in the next 50 000 years (yes, apologies all round, but it’s coming, it’s coming  – Ed) which will show you what this is all about. Does your swimming pool pump have power factor correction? The chances are it does not. I spoke to the local swimming pool guru and he thought I was talking about the outlet water pressure. Moving to the chase. Your pump motor will show you the power factor, the mains frequency at that specific power factor and the VA rating (Apparent power). Unfortunately your pool pump motor (or any motor BTW) is an inductance. Read up on inductances and capacitances. In an inductance the volateg leads the current by 90 degrees. Shift this to 0 degrees by adding a capacitance of NEARLY the same value and you household current will decrease. Amazing! A marvel? No.  Read about more of this here:  Power in Resistive and Reactive Circuits.  (Creative Commons Attribution License) – millions of thanks to the authors, your website is informative, clever and extremely intuitive.  I am hoping to have one of these clever websites running soon, but first I must learn to read.

Your average Joe Soap is not interested in power factor – neither is your power commission unless you are drawing over 500 amperes or so from their substation. If you do go to the website and learn something from the above mentioned website (do,do,do) you will also find that you need to reduce the reactive power. There is nothing better than pure power.  Know anything about resonance? This will make your toes curl. Remember that resonance equals radio theory. Don’t try to reduce your reactive power so much that it equals zero my friend, you may have to deal with a lot of other more significant probs. The most important thing is to reduce your aparent power because that, sadly is what you are paying for. Would an electrician worry about this? No. Should you? Have a read. 



Site Navigation and Help

Welcome to Parts Ring and the OPiC (Online Parts Catalog) System. This area of the website is for registered members only. Here you can advertise your business, add tips and tricks, look for parts, sell parts and link up to people that are either like-minded or are dealers in parts or accessories. This web-site is more or less free-running and therefore many of the entries are not moderated. Please read the terms and conditions before registering or submitting any entries. There is another easy to read and understand link to the workings on this site availble here – the Business Directory.

Parts-Ring is based on the actual network of used car parts which is associated to scrapyards and car salvagers – however it encompasses all natures of business on an international scale. Please use diligently so we can grow this website into a formidable database of information and parts. Parts-Ring from hereon uses the OPIC System – Online Parts International Cataloguing System.

First of all: Users need to register.  To speed up the process ensure that your suburb is listed.  Do a search here. We are very finicky about how you enter your details. If you have a problem do mail us. Registered users are dealers, company owners, those that provide a service and of course end users. On the linked page you will find information on how to add a country, province or region, city and suburb.

Secondly: See whether your business type is listed. Go here for this information.  Business types are made up of Categories, Sub-Categories and of course the core business or business type.  e.g. Category:  Engine, Sub-Category: Spares and Business Type: Reseller. The core business is therefore the Reselling of Engine Spares. As a registered user you can add as many Business Types as you wish. Remember, the more focused you are in your details the easier it is for the user looking for a service provider or agent or dealer to find the information he wants.  To go to the index of these files see below:

Categories – see categories, add sub categories and business categories (types)

There is also a page or pages which covers the Setup process to make it simple and quick – go to SETUP – GLOBAL ADDRESSES or go to SETUP – GLOBAL CATEGORIES

The OPiC System allows users to add datasheets, as mentioned – your business but also to list your inventory or whatever you are selling or looking for. This is under the Tradestuff heading, found here.

If you have found a worthwhile link to a business activity or just want to add a link because you know the boss you can do so here. Please try to stay on topic and keep off the sex links. 👿

Manufacturers also have a link. If you don’t find what you are looking for please feel free to add the relevant details. The listing is here.

Furthermore there are links to advertisements, placing of advertisements, a forum unique to OPiC, Personal Messaging and the current financial market.

(Editor’s Note: Running a website such as this can only be successful if users don’t spam or promote smut. We need to keep it clean and on a professional basis. As most of the site is not moderated on entry the data becomes immediately live. We hope that you find the navigation simple and the data capture easy to use. Feel free to drop us a line if you find any links not working or the data corrupt. Thank you for your time to read this 🙂 )



Drunk Driving and Crime Prevention

Drunk Driving and Preemptive Measures

Interesting to note that again our South African drivers have come under scrutiny, esp. with 1100 people killed since the beginning of the 2010/2011 season. We have the roadblocks, we have the police and we have full support of government and the Lead SA campaign but still we have this carnage.

Drunk Driving - imbeciles under pressure.
A day in the life of (source – unknown).

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