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October 10, 2007

Donations welcome

Writing about web page http://cgi.ebay.com/Titan-Missile-Base-Central-Washington_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ1607QQihZ009QQitemZ190132455924QQrdZ1

Best... eBay auction... ever.

I need £750k! Anyone? How 'bout we go halves?


September 17, 2007

eBay Phishing

It always amuses me when spam phishing for eBay logins includes the Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay message, but quite clearly doesn't include your username...


May 24, 2007

eBayers Confuse Me

I'm currently bidding for things on eBay (I bought a Jolly Roger :D). One of the items has hundreds of nearly identical auctions (well, 27 with no bids at last count...). Every time I put my penny down, someone outbids me a few hours later; the item eventually goes for about £10-15.

The thing that's confusing me is: every time I get out-bid, I go back on, run the search again, and put my penny on the next auction with no bids; so why aren't the people who are out-bidding me doing that first? Why are there auctions with several bids at £10-15 and still some auctions with no bids at 1p? How can people possibly think "5 bids? £15? I'm gonna get me some of that!" over "No bids? 1p? Bargain!"?

Are these other eBayers stupid? Is the seller breaking the rules and trying to push-up the price? Will our Hero be able to escape from the Villain's overly elaborate trap? Find out in the next thrilling installment of If Someone With A Good Suggestion Adds It As A Comment!


April 21, 2007

You know you're still bored when…

A friend of mine recently acquired the funds and the stock availability to get himself a Wii. He doesn’t have a wireless router, so we were discussing the practicalities of the wired option.

Anyway, that’s not what this is about; during the conversation he mentioned that, since you can’t turn it off-off, he unplugs it at night to save electricity. This is fair enough at the moment since he can’t get it online, so isn’t losing anything, but it got me thinking about how much power a Wii actually uses. I knew it has the smallest power requirement of the current generation, but how much is not a lot?

I couldn’t find any clues on the power supply or the box (it’s a nice box, so I kept it, ok?) but even if it said, it probably wouldn’t give me standby power.

So, a quick trip to eBay, and about £10 total, got me an electricity meter (similar in appearance and use to the timers that switch appliances on and off to let burglars know you’re on holiday); as I said in the title, I was bored…

So, I now know the power consumption for most of the mains-powered appliances in the house. So here’s a summary:

  • Wii (on) 18W
  • Wii (orange standby) 10W
  • Wii (red standby) 1-2W
  • TV (on) 60W (it was either 50, 60, or 70; I can’t remember which; I was expecting 100s, though…)
  • TV (standby) 1W
  • Kettle 2kW ish
  • Henry 300W ish
  • Sky+ (on) 25W
  • Sky+ (standby) 20W then drops to about 15W after a minute or so of not recording
  • Fridge-Freezer 0W most of the time, but I can’t remember if the compressor was 10s or 100s

So, there we are; it costs roughly 1p to boil the kettle, about £1 to leave the telly on standby for a year, and approximately 5p to play on the Wii for a whole day… asuming my maths is right; either way the Wii doesn’t use much power…


December 12, 2006

Shameless Self Promotion

If anyone needs a Wii component cable:

Wii Component Cable

then I’m sure you could find one on eBay...


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