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In Topic: General WTF Moments

25 June 2015 - 06:21 PM

Within the past good amount of months, this Indian-British person who claims to be a Microsoft employee kept calling me and told me that he had remotely looked at my computer and noticed millions of viruses that I didn't actually even have.
Have you gotten these calls too? I believe the news even reported on it.

A business that greets its potential customers with an admission of hacking.
That's like a bank saying, "I stole your wallet. You can have it back but why don't you put that money in the bank to protect it?"


In Topic: Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

25 June 2015 - 06:03 PM

Hmm, how odd. What did they do differently with the controllers compared to any Hawkers? And did they work in reverse, too - i.e. if you had to downshift from series to neutral before being able to go into parallel?
While the topic is H-series controllers, I have some other questions as well. I have a photo of a Hawker controller on display at Greenwood yard for DOTO 2009, which answers a lot of questions about how the actual trains are driven, but not the nitty-gritty, such as:
1. What did a driver have to do to reverse a train? On the bottom of the controller is text that reads "Reverser - <- For Rev ->" but with no visible switches or anything like that.
2. How did a driver know how much to brake? With the power settings, you have the signs in the tunnels that tell you how much power to take, and you had 3 varying settings, but with the braking, it's just one continuous line, and no indication as to how much brake to apply, with the exception of the occasional "All trains 1/3 brake" signs. Did they have to play it by ear, and hope they didn't undershoot, or worse, overshoot?

It's just a combined power handle. It's easier to operate than separate brake and power. As for backing up, I think someone has to go to the other end and switch the reverser key. I don't think you can backup from the forward cab but I may be wrong. With braking, I've seen some operators go into full service from the first 6 marker and stopped at the second one just fine but I assume they just play it by ear to get it right and make the braking process smooth.

In Topic: Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

22 June 2015 - 10:24 PM

I am appealing to the gods of transit knowledge for their assistance.

A friend and I are working on collecting transfers from each route for an art project. We're 90+% done. All we need is the night routes now. Does anyone know which ones get their own besides 300, 305 and 320? I inquired with the TTC and they said they all exist. I'm skeptical. We did a night run and all but the 305 handed out daytime transfers. 308/309 hand out Finch East/West, 303 hands out 25, 310 hands out 7, 301 hands out 501. Interlined routes obviously won't have one for each. Is there a definitive list? It'd save us a huge amount of time and effort.

Would you share pics of it here?
Very interested to see this.
Sorry I can't be of help.

In Topic: The Random Thoughts Thread

19 June 2015 - 02:23 PM

At least it's not from a Nigerian Prince. :lol:

In Topic: The Random Thoughts Thread

19 June 2015 - 06:01 AM

If I still lived with teenagers I would be up on all this new lingo... Only those teenagers are now in their 30's with 'soon to be' teenagers of their own.

don't look at me, I'm in my 30s and I'm not hip either. :lol: