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Electronic designer. Professional Engineer. Oldish aka "reasonably experienced" :-).
Contact - apptechnz gmail com <- you know the drill.
Tel: +64 9 837 2999 gmt+13

Special interest in technological solutions for developing country applications. Extensive in-China experience in product development & manufacturing in China.

Jack of all trades, Master of Electrical engineering. (aka ME (elec)) Interested in all aspects of modern technology. Professional qualifications in electrical engineering but practically proficient or conversant in many peripheral areas.

Recent extensive experience in solar powered LED lighting development and manufacturing in China for markets worldwide.

"Servant of the Most High God" / committed Christian. Happy to work enthusiastically and interact amicably with people of all nationalities and creeds.

Married with 2 adult children.

Obsessional photographer.


Aug
23
comment Do you have to take the second leg of a flight?
I now better understand the general principles that apply, and that people bypass legs or add ones they do not intend to use, in order to get cheaper fares overall. However, in situations like the one that my daughter was in where she had a 'round the world' ticket with extensive gaps between flights, it was very obvious that the desire to do something like changing your destination in Europe for a Dublin-Europe leg, was likely to happen toa typical person in her position. The inability of the system to accommodate reasonable behaviour is unreasonable.
Jun
28
comment Why do they sell luggage in airports?
Because not every traveller is as cheap and resistant to buying any over-priced product that airports sell. Having more money than most does not seem to correlate with sensible buying decisions.
Jun
23
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Jun
18
comment Finding public beds or large sofa/couch outdoors chillout areas in California, where you can lie down with your feet on
Many airports qualify: Hong Kong airport have some useful "beds" in some of the wings. You can sleep there if you are lucky to find a free one. (Also laptop usable power points hidden under the billboards). | Singapore airport has a number in several locations but they seem to be designed to look comfortable but to discourage sleep (Sweeping curved backs). I found that sleeping on the ground under a bench seat was more comfortable.
Jun
6
comment How is a hightop different to a camper van?
Not a good enough answer?
May
11
awarded  Nice Answer
May
10
comment Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?
There is often a special allowance for foreigners. Due to a change of circumstances (related to eating the wrong stuff even though I tried not to :-) ) I sought to buy a ticket Chennai-Pune by train one day before travelling. Not recommended - but I got a sleeper class ticket - a wonderful experience far better than any travel log would suggest. Cost was about $US5 for 20 hours/1000 km.
May
10
comment Have anyone experienced inspection of their laptop or digital media content?
On one occasion when entering China with essentially a full electronics workshop in my luggage I got a full search of everything (except me :-)) and they tool all my DVDs and CD's away "to read". I doubt if they went through them all and many were new blank ones - but that matches your query.
May
7
comment Will I get into Sweden with the souvenirs listed?
I assumed that the two Cobras seen in the photo had been defanged. Can't go killing the tourists ! I crouched down low about 1 metre+ out in front of the large Cobra. Wow! It struck at an amazing speed. And the old man was faster! He grabbed it by the "neck" part way towards me. Amazing. Cobra on camera lens, or me! would have been interesting. At least.
May
7
comment Will I get into Sweden with the souvenirs listed?
Interesting. The Cobra is a fake - They say: The snake which look like "Cobra" in Snake wine in fact is "rat snake" (Coelognathus) that has its neck flattened back to look like a cobra. You can tell this from the shape of the head, the two lines on the side of the head, and the lack of markings on the "hood". Furthermore, the "Trimeresurus gramineus" is in fact Ahaetulla (green vine snakes), so all snakes found in Snake wine come from farm. If they were Trimeresurus gramineus then the process would be illegal as they only occur in southern India, and India prohibits the export of wildlife
May
7
revised How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
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May
7
comment Why do some tourist attractions forbid tourists to take photographs?
To make up for the loss - here are zillions of photos of Jeita grotto
May
7
revised Will I get into Sweden with the souvenirs listed?
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May
7
answered Will I get into Sweden with the souvenirs listed?
May
7
answered How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
Feb
25
comment Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
@vedic - THanks. I've added a quote from the page I cited. THey disagree with each other (no surprise :-) ) - your 12 to 12 hours sounds more likely. | I note that the distance you found is also longer- and probably closer to correct. Best use of YMMV I've ever met :-). | The Ooty bus leaves from Charing Cross. That name sounds familiar somehow :-)
Feb
25
revised Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
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Feb
25
answered Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
Feb
23
answered Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling
Feb
23
answered Is tea and coffee on the street safe to drink in India?