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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    An end cap on a windshield wiper has fallen off, so now the rubber strip and the metal stick come apart easily... and I can't replace it, potentially for the rest of spring, because those stores are closed. I might try supergluing them together.

    ...
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    I really wish I was more organized maybe during ll this I will actually do some spring cleaning.
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    Meanwhile, here in Washington State, people are still getting appliances installed, which means having a stranger about whose health you know nothing in your home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Meanwhile, here in Washington State, people are still getting appliances installed, which means having a stranger about whose health you know nothing in your home.
    That can probably seen as essential to cook food.
    Ontario now closes non essential businesses that is Canadas largest province population wise.
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    Yeah, we've just been closed for non-essential business. We'll see if Graham gets sent home. A friend who definitely works in a non-essential store is going to be getting paid for his usual schedule anyway, I've discovered, as their company sent out an e-mail to everyone whose address they have informing us of that. Making it one of the few "here's our response" e-mails I've actually been happy to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Yeah, we've just been closed for non-essential business.
    Same here, feel for you.
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    I am all for the isolation but it can't be soon enough for it to warm enough to get out the lawn chairs and use the picnic table.
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    A couple of tech related issues for some reason I can't log onto my favourite online game for the last two days, either denial of service or some pther issue.
    There is a wifi printer downstairs, don't know if it is for here but it has been there since before christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    A couple of tech related issues for some reason I can't log onto my favourite online game for the last two days, either denial of service or some pther issue.
    There is a wifi printer downstairs, don't know if it is for here but it has been there since before christmas.
    Two many people at home when they usually aren't, I'd guess.
    Not understanding the part about the printer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Two many people at home when they usually aren't, I'd guess.
    Not understanding the part about the printer.
    The printer part it is not setup yet and I could use it.
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    What bugs me about the game is they upgraded my account for 14 days, and now I can't play it but there are people doing teleconferencing and stuff on the webs slowing things down.
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    Part of the printer problem is that can't find a place to put it, I don't get around cleaning my stuff partly because of the weird sleep schedule I have. Right now I am seriously thinkiing of working thru the night to get it done but probably fall a sleep in a few hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Same here, feel for you.
    Apparently, appliance installation is an essential business, so Graham's still working. Hardware stores in general are considered essential to Washington State.
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    I am more bemused than upset by this, but one aspect bugs me to no end. Quality customer service is a talent and skill to be developed. Not every one is able to perform it.

    Here is the scenario: I take insulin. Insulin comes in an injector, which requires a needle. The needles are not a part of the injector, they are a separate script. I get 30 needles a month. I inject once a day, except for when I switch insulin injectors, which causes me to use two needles. The number of needles to injectors to days in the month are related, but not the same. It causes no end of confusion in planning. So I do tend to look a head to make sure I don't cause myself problems down the line.

    This week I noticed that I had far more insulin in my injector than I had needles to use. I figured I forgot to pick up an order of needles, because I usually end up with extra needles at the end of every injector use cycle. Let's attribute blame to me. I went to the pharmacy and explained the situation.

    The clerk (not a pharmacist and perhaps not a tech) looked me in the face and said, in a very loud stage whisper: "We were out of injector needles when you picked up your insulin. So, we didn't fill the order and didn't tell you about it."

    Oh?

    A man behind me belted out something very like "What the heck?!?" but with much more emotion and stronger words.

    This conversation carries on for several minutes, as the clerk basically says the wrong thing at every exchange in his booming stage whisper, which everyone in line can here. The guy behind me... and because of this virus thing, I mean more than 20 feet behind me, can hear all of it and is getting riled up on my behalf.

    At that point, a pharmacist tech and one of the pharmacists take over for the clerk. The pharmacist calls the guy behind me up to take care of him at a different register, while the tech assists me and the clerk. The tech said all of the right things and we were all smiles as we exchanged a bunch of words like "wonderful", "thank you" and "I am so glad this all worked out". The tech never mentioned any problematical issues and neither did I. The irate customer was totally calm by the time this exchange was over.

    After that, I picked up some groceries and left. On my way out, I noticed an angry line of people at the customer service desk, with "my clerk" now attempting to assist customers there. Also standing up there was the formerly irate customer from pharmacy trying to buy lottery tickets. He was irate again. Oh, Jesus.

    We really need to acknowledge that some people don't have people skills, we should not not go crazy and put them in front line positions. And when things get rough and those people are in front line positions, we shouldn't chew them up. We need to assume best intentions.
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    This self isolation/social distancing probably not going to help get the sleep cycle back into order.
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    For us, the isolation thing is not a whole lot different from how we were living before, except that I don't go to the gym and my wife can't get her hair done. The latter is a serious concern for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For us, the isolation thing is not a whole lot different from how we were living before, except that I don't go to the gym and my wife can't get her hair done. The latter is a serious concern for her.
    Houston's Mayor and Harris County's Judge (County Judge is the top elected county official in Texas, doesn't judge anything) jointly issued a Stay At Home order. Hair salons are closed but lawn maintenance companies are considered okay. So in a few weeks we'll have shaggy, long-haired homeowners with beautifully manicured lawns.

    Oh, yesterday evening I was putting some stuff in the garage and I heard an ice cream truck going through the neighborhood. Pop goes the weasel!
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    There are certain threads that stress me out every time I see them with new posts. Is there a way to mute threads so they don’t show up under “Unread”?
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    I think my laptops cooling devices are getting a little worn out. At times things just crash and if I leave alone or off for a while it works for a while. I a few things I can be doing with the laptop for good. Maybe I should get serious about cleaning up the scrap metal around here. It could be a lot worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    There are certain threads that stress me out every time I see them with new posts. Is there a way to mute threads so they don’t show up under “Unread”?
    My sympathies. I recall what that was like. I once had occasion to search around for that option myself, but didn't turn up anything. But eventually I found the little flicker of distress moderated into, "Tut, they're still at it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    There are certain threads that stress me out every time I see them with new posts. Is there a way to mute threads so they don’t show up under “Unread”?
    Hmm, I'm pretty sure I've exercised that option in the other forum, but maybe it was to ignore whole forums.

    ETA: Ah, I think I've foound it! Right above the first post on the page, over to the right, it says "Thread tools". Click on that and one of the options is "Unsubscribe to this thread".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Hmm, I'm pretty sure I've exercised that option in the other forum, but maybe it was to ignore whole forums.

    ETA: Ah, I think I've foound it! Right above the first post on the page, over to the right, it says "Thread tools". Click on that and one of the options is "Unsubscribe to this thread".
    I see “Subscribe to this thread” as an option, but not “Unsubscribe to this thread”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    I see “Subscribe to this thread” as an option, but not “Unsubscribe to this thread”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    "Unsubscribe" will only appear if you had previously subscribed to the thread, whether manually or automatically. Unsubscribing will only remove that thread from your list of subscribed threads and disable notifications about that thread. It won't hide threads in What's New, New Posts, or the forums themselves.
    That's what I was hoping, that there was a way to mute threads so they wouldn't show up in "What's New" or "New Posts", like muting a channel on Discord.
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    My rechargeable cordless electric razor recently started refusing to take a full charge. I figured it was battery failure and ordered a new one online. Wouldn't you know, after the order was final the old one somehow recovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    My rechargeable cordless electric razor recently started refusing to take a full charge. I figured it was battery failure and ordered a new one online. Wouldn't you know, after the order was final the old one somehow recovered.
    The older type with NiCd batteries age progressively especially when left on charge. They can be kicked into life by high voltage shocks which break down internal shorting needle growths. Modern lithium batteries are very different but I have noticed failures of their so called intelligent chargers which measure temperature or use timing algorithms to avoid overcharging. They can mysteriously come back to life, but are infuriatingly difficult to diy fix. You have to take care with lithium in home made charging (And some “proper” ones), they can catch fire.
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    The older computer I mostly use occasionally decides there's no internet. Checking with other devices proves there is. The only cure seems to be rebooting it, which I've just done. Dunno what's causing it.

    Also, I ventured out to a supermarket yesterday. This was on their sign:
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    So I bought some, even though we didn't actually need it. That was kind of dumb.
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    One thing the Current Unpleasantness has taught me is that people initialize "toilet paper" as "TP". Never seen that before. But I still think, "Twisted Pair? No. Trade Paperback? No ..." every time I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    One thing the Current Unpleasantness has taught me is that people initialize "toilet paper" as "TP". Never seen that before. But I still think, "Twisted Pair? No. Trade Paperback? No ..." every time I see it. Grant Hutchison
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