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« Reply #375 on: February 25, 2017, 10:53:49 pm »

Apple - good, but still, interesting times ahead! I still have a foot in both worlds, with Mac and Microsoft, but just love my Mac!

There is a book - well, more like a large magazine - from BDM's Senior Series: "Complete iPad for Seniors: The Complete Jargon Free Manual for your iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad Pro". If you can find a copy it might be useful for your Mum (and your good self).
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« Reply #376 on: February 26, 2017, 10:58:20 am »

Apple - good, but still, interesting times ahead! I still have a foot in both worlds, with Mac and Microsoft, but just love my Mac!

There is a book - well, more like a large magazine - from BDM's Senior Series: "Complete iPad for Seniors: The Complete Jargon Free Manual for your iPad Air, iPad mini or iPad Pro". If you can find a copy it might be useful for your Mum (and your good self).
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Oooh! that could come in rather handy, thanks for the link and heads up.
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« Reply #377 on: February 26, 2017, 01:38:46 pm »

Most welcome, SeVeNeVeS! If it smooths the path ...!
It's not a bad book - I got myself a copy from a newsagent in 'big' town when I acquired an iPad Mini 4 last year. I have lots of computer experience,  but every little bit helps! Grin
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« Reply #378 on: February 26, 2017, 04:42:11 pm »

Doc (HMO primary care) said on Wednesday that he's worried about my kidney function. My kidney specialist said at our last meeting that my function was holding steady, and conforming to the general steady trend that it has been on for the past ten or so years (I was shocked that it's been that long, but time has a way of marching along quietly until you suddenly realize how far along it is), but my Primary doc is the same person I've been going to for at least twice that long, so he knows a bit about me and my various infirmities and i trust his judgement.

So, it's back on the more-or-less strict diet with a LOT fewer colas and more water (tea also, and water-and-cider-vinegar mixtures (vinegar-and-water is an old kidney-building remedy; I know it sounds like the proverbial Granny's "take this jar and fill it with water, then pour it in this jar, etc." type of thing, but it's helped my function every time I've used it in the past, so...)

The "GAHHHH" is that I WANT A DAMNED COLA (caffeine withdrawal fit, and the associated oxymoronic listless rage), and and can only have one for the day...
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« Reply #379 on: February 26, 2017, 07:16:58 pm »

It isn't a quick thing getting over cravings but I think it would be worth the effort to give up cola for good.  It took me about six months to get over my crisp (potato chip) habit but I don't regret doing it as it cut down my salt intake fairly easily.  Good luck with your health.
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« Reply #380 on: February 27, 2017, 04:34:49 am »

Doc (HMO primary care) said on Wednesday that he's worried about my kidney function. My kidney specialist said at our last meeting that my function was holding steady, and conforming to the general steady trend that it has been on for the past ten or so years (I was shocked that it's been that long, but time has a way of marching along quietly until you suddenly realize how far along it is), but my Primary doc is the same person I've been going to for at least twice that long, so he knows a bit about me and my various infirmities and i trust his judgement.

So, it's back on the more-or-less strict diet with a LOT fewer colas and more water (tea also, and water-and-cider-vinegar mixtures (vinegar-and-water is an old kidney-building remedy; I know it sounds like the proverbial Granny's "take this jar and fill it with water, then pour it in this jar, etc." type of thing, but it's helped my function every time I've used it in the past, so...)

The "GAHHHH" is that I WANT A DAMNED COLA (caffeine withdrawal fit, and the associated oxymoronic listless rage), and and can only have one for the day...

Just think of the cola rotting your teeth as it has done to me. Picture yourself with two broken molars and missing bits of enamel in your front canines. That should set you straight! For me Dr. Pepper has meant the loss of my smile. That sweet carbonated stuff is evil.

If I may, please consider drinking mineral water. It takes care of the addiction to the fizz, while eliminating the acid and sugar intake. Unless, of course a calcium dietary intake is harmful to you - (but each mineral water source is different) I drink my super, HEB's "Central Market" brand Italian Sparkling Water - known in Europe under the "La Galvanina" brand water from the Meti Source in Apechio, Italy. I like that brand best because it's more alkaline and tastes better. It also carries about 50% the density of calcium carbonate compared to a glass of milk.

It's the best tasting mineral water out there IMHO, at $1 / liter. There is a Mexican clone of Meti source called Peñafiel from Central Mexico. Both Peñafiel and Meti are snow-melt water filtered through volcanic rock, and they are somewhat alkaline, having the same taste.

Note this is not an "alkaline" dietary theory - the "alkaline diet," by the way is basically a hoax. The value of drinking alkaline mineral water is only that it tastes better and doesn't dissolve your teeth Grin while maybe giving you a bit of calcium.

I don't like Ozarka (US) and Topo Chico (Northern Mexico) because they're acid-tasting in my opinion. They have a bitter after taste.

Perrier is good, somehere in the middle, neither being acid or alkaline, and has a pleasant taste as well.
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« Reply #381 on: February 28, 2017, 04:22:06 am »

Looks like because of scheduling at the South by Southwest festival this year and my job schedule I'll be unable to attend the cosplay competition of the Gaming Expo. The organizer of the event and I were discussing letting Steampunks participate in the Cosplay competition as "original characters."  Unfortunately the organizers chose to hold the Gaming Expo between Thursday night at 8pm and Saturday night, and the first event to kickoff the inauguration party will be the  Cosplay competition at 8pm!  I close shop at 7pm plus the time it takes to shut down and count cash registers. 7:30 at the absolute best assuming there are no people around by closing time.

I was planning to show the Luftschiffengel Officer's outfit  now that it is all complete!   Undecided on top of that, entrance at the gaming expo will not be free with a Guest Pass, but they will require a $25 bracelet entry fee.
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« Reply #382 on: March 01, 2017, 08:54:34 pm »

Three weeks ago I had a bad middle-ear infection, this resulted in a perforated eardrum and naturally total loss of hearing in that ear.  Around two weeks ago it cleared up, though hearing will not return fully until the eardrum repairs. The whole thing was pretty painful.

Early this morning I woke up to the room spinning, feeling like my eyes were pointing in different directions, and promptly fell out of bed and spent the next 10 minutes clinging to the carpet, trying not to fall off. Huh I was fine when I went to bed, no issues at all - but 5 hours later and I feel like i'm inside a washing machine!

Initial thoughts: WTF?
Next: WTF!!!
Shortly followed by: .....Stroke ?!?.... Undecided

I quickly worked out it was due to my ear telling me I'm 'spinning' and I was able to regain control of my balance. Don't think it's the infection returning as there is no pain, however there is a change in my hearing, and I suspect that is all due to a change in the fluid level of the inner ear (the fluid in your ears is what makes your sense of balance work).

So all day long I have felt sick as can be, like the worst sea-sickness you can imagine. Tilt my head just a little too far and WHOOSSHHH everything spins and I fall over. I have NO IDEA how I'm going to get any sleep tonight. But I do know that I'm in for a rough time tonight... Sad
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« Reply #383 on: March 02, 2017, 12:17:22 am »

I have NO IDEA how I'm going to get any sleep tonight. But I do know that I'm in for a rough time tonight... Sad

Just strap yourself into bed and screw some handles to the bedroom floor.

If you can lie on the floor without grabbing the handles you're fine.
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« Reply #384 on: March 02, 2017, 01:46:04 am »

Siliconous, when I had this problem - the ruptured eardrum (with only minimal vertigo, thankfully) - my Dr advised lying flat and turning my head from side to side, very slowly and in minimal increments gradually increasing the degree of turn, then shifting slightly on to one side, then the other, and slowly increasing the degree of rotation. The idea was to gradually balance the fluid in the ear until any vertigo disappeared. It worked. Over about two weeks my balance returned to normal. Incremental sitting up, along much the same lines.
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« Reply #385 on: March 02, 2017, 04:00:40 am »

Wish you the best Siliconous.

I probably would have worked out that the Earth had been hit by a giant meteor and I was stuck in a chunk of Earth spinning out of control  Grin

I think Banfili has the best advice right now, but it's probably time to see the doctor. Hopefully you can grab a friend to take you to the doctor. In the old days house visits were possible. I don't suppose that a car ride would be comfortable.
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« Reply #386 on: March 02, 2017, 02:03:45 pm »

Less of a 'Gah', more of a 'I can't believe the bl**dy cheek of it'...

A society I'm a member of is holding its AGM in a few months, sent a leaflet today with the Society magazine formally inviting members to attend.... it's £300 for a double room for the weekend, or £378 for a single room.  Yeah, I don't get that pricing structure either.  If you're local to Birmingham and just turn up for the day events of the AGM, it's £202. 

I know it's a weekend of events, but the leaflet in describing them doesn't do a very good job of explaining why I might be tempted to spend £202 on a guided tour of the city, which I might do for myself for free on a Summer's day with a copy of Pevsners.  I might also point out that of the societies I'm a member of, this is the only one where attendees are expected to pay to go...

So, no I doubt I'll be going.  I've neither the cash nor the udders. 
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« Reply #387 on: March 02, 2017, 06:44:28 pm »

Siliconous, if you go to the doctor s/he may be able to give you something to help with the dizziness, my doctor did when this happened to me a few years ago (sorry I can't remember what was prescribed).  I was even able to drive after a few days, but had to make much more use of my mirrors as turning my head quickly to do the 'glance over the shoulder before manoeuvre' set the world spinning again.  Hope things improve for you soon.
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« Reply #388 on: March 03, 2017, 02:10:28 am »

Siliconous, when I had this problem - the ruptured eardrum (with only minimal vertigo, thankfully) - my Dr advised lying flat and turning my head from side to side, very slowly and in minimal increments gradually increasing the degree of turn, then shifting slightly on to one side, then the other, and slowly increasing the degree of rotation. The idea was to gradually balance the fluid in the ear until any vertigo disappeared. It worked. Over about two weeks my balance returned to normal. Incremental sitting up, along much the same lines.


Actually I worked out something similar myself while experimenting with how much I could tilt / angle my head before I started to lose balance.  I found that the main issue was that my eyes and ears were having an argument, thus if I closed my eyes and turned my head slowly, the dizzy feeling was greatly reduced, and as long as I held that position for several seconds, I could then open my eyes and my balance would "default" to this new setting. Cheesy

The first half of the night was uncomfortable as I had to prop myself upright in bed, in the corner against the wall to ensure my head and body remained somewhat level. I woke up after four hours, unfortunately needing to take a pee, and spent the next five minutes enjoying going down the roller coaster stairs to get to the bathroom. After a lengthy journey climbing a staircase designed and built by M. C. Escher, I made it back to bed, and tried to find a more comfortable position and wait for the nausea to pass. That's when I discovered I could actually lay flat on the bed if I did it slowly and in several stages. The rest of the night was much more comfortable, however I woke up in the morning with a terrible stiff neck and back. I decided not to take any painkillers for it as they might make me feel worse / affect my balance. My neck has been killing me all day, but I can deal with that.

The rest of the day I just took slowly, tried not to move around too much, and found that the dizziness and nausea reduced as the day passed.

I tried to book an appointment with the doctor, but the only slot available was in two weeks time, which I declined as I figured it was pointless as I'd either be dead by then, or the problem would have sorted its self out. Roll Eyes  If it gets worse or persists for a few more days, I will take a trip to the local hospital as there is a walk-in centre there where I can at least see a doctor (after a loooooooong wait).

Luckily I'm doing pretty good now, the level of dizziness is pretty minimal - similar to mildly drunk - so I can at least function somewhat and don't feel sickly.


I think the cause of the problem was my brain suddenly receiving sensory information from my ear which has been missing for the last three weeks or so, and my brain is trying to make sense of the new data. This is why my eyes and ears were conflicting, and why it seems to easing away slowly - my brain is compensating for it. Hopefully.  Smiley
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« Reply #389 on: March 03, 2017, 07:08:59 pm »

after working in a callcenter for a few weeks now....I have a request of you all. if you are called by a callcenter please realise you are just talking to a person doing their job. like, i understand you are pissed off and hate being cold called. but I'm just trying to get around.
sitting in the center for 3,5 hours (we are not allowed to work for longer because nobody manages to stay clear and friendly for longer) we geta lot of shit to endure.

I don't want to be sworn at through a phone anymore
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« Reply #390 on: March 03, 2017, 07:18:19 pm »

after working in a callcenter for a few weeks now....I have a request of you all. if you are called by a callcenter please realise you are just talking to a person doing their job. like, i understand you are pissed off and hate being cold called. but I'm just trying to get around.
sitting in the center for 3,5 hours (we are not allowed to work for longer because nobody manages to stay clear and friendly for longer) we geta lot of shit to endure.

I don't want to be sworn at through a phone anymore

I myself have never been rude to people from call centers, and that was even before I worked in one. Sadly, not many people use their grey matter to think.
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« Reply #391 on: March 03, 2017, 11:22:46 pm »

after working in a callcenter for a few weeks now....I have a request of you all. if you are called by a callcenter please realise you are just talking to a person doing their job. like, i understand you are pissed off and hate being cold called. but I'm just trying to get around.
sitting in the center for 3,5 hours (we are not allowed to work for longer because nobody manages to stay clear and friendly for longer) we geta lot of shit to endure.

I don't want to be sworn at through a phone anymore

I do believe the rudest I've ever gotten with someone from a call centre is to just hang up on them (usually when I realise I'm dealing with someone in a call centre). Most of the time if I get a call from a number I don't recognise I just don't bother to answer (my argument is that if it's anything important they'll leave a message).

I daresay it's somewhat impolite, but if I were in their position I'd rather have someone simply not answer the phone or just ignore me and quickly hang up than stay on the line to become abusive.
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« Reply #392 on: March 04, 2017, 05:09:08 am »

With cold calls to my phone, it depends on the situation of the caller - if it's a automated Robo-Call 9000, I just hangup within seconds, and if it's a person I will generally just say "No thanks" and hangup. It's not their fault, it's just what they have to do to earn money.

However if it is a scam caller, then they are fair game - even though in some cases they too are generally poorly paid people working in a call centre in Mumbai. Most however are fully aware that what they are doing is a shady business, their threats of violence and swearing once they realise they have been tricked tells all. It helps greatly if you can swear and insult fluently in Hindi... Grin


Mind you, I have had the odd cold caller from UK call centres who became somewhat nasty once I interrupted their sales pitch, and they have even gone as far as to make a note of my number and would call several times a day and slam the phone down upon my answering.  Unfortunately for them, I'm rather good at tracing these UK call centres, some of which used to be be up in my neck of the woods. It's amusing what can happen when you not only have their geographic location, photographs of the business premises, and in some cases the number of employees (sometimes with names and their phone extension numbers).

Lets just say that payback is a bitch. Wink

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« Reply #393 on: March 04, 2017, 07:35:46 pm »


I don't want to be sworn at through a phone anymore

I've been sworn at BY the call center person...  Fellow called, saying that he was in Chicago (I'd have bet New Delhi) & told me that a virus had been detected on my home computer.  I let him tell me about the services that he could offer (I seem to have sounded gullible & interested) & I let him talk for nearly five minutes before saying "It's amazing that you can detect a virus on a computer that hasn't been connected to the internet for about four years!"  I did not understand what he yelled as it was in a foreign language, but I'm sure he wasn't complementing me for being clever.  Then he hung up on me...
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« Reply #394 on: March 04, 2017, 11:17:17 pm »

...  I did not understand what he yelled as it was in a foreign language, but I'm sure he wasn't complementing me for being clever.  Then he hung up on me...


My guess would be "Mader Chod" which is Urdu for "Mother F**ker", it is the most common insult thrown out by the so-called 'Microsoft engineer' scammers.

I have been called it a lot.  Grin
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« Reply #395 on: March 05, 2017, 07:32:15 am »

I keep getting calls telling me the warrentee on my car has run out and this is my last chance to do something about it. I have two cars, one is 16 years old and has been dead in the driveway for much of the last 4 months. It' had no warentee in the last 11 years as far as I know, and the other car is it's replacement bought in october. It's and 09, came with only a 1 month warentee when bought used.

I tried the place me on the do  not call list. Kept getting calls anyway. Finally pressed 1 to tak to somebody about it. let them pitch their bit and then asked them which car they were calling about. they listed a model I've never owned. I asked the name of the person they had on file... they hung up. Did a bit of a varient on this a few times.

Then I just started asking to speak to a supervisor or manager. they hang up.

Now mostly I push to talk to a person and then ask to whom I write the check, and if they give a name or supply an address for me to mail to them I then inform them that will gladly let the proper authorities know the name and address of their 'business' cold calling people to scam them, and to have a lovely day pondering how they could have avoided this by simply taking the hint and removing me from the call list like I had asked them to in the first place.

I also get a bit of this from somebody telling me I've been selected for free home security system installation in my home. I rent, I've told them no, I've told them I'm not the home owner. They hang up and cal in three days again, starting all over, and again never take do  not call lists as anyting other than proof that somebody actually lives at the number. I also get one for a free loan for my business... I don't have a business. They've been told, as well as asked to be put on a no call list.

so I think my default for now will be to do the name and address for the check bit. I might even pass it on to the BBB or even have a chat with a lawyer I know about sending small claims filings to them for harrassment and refusal to abide by request to be placed on do not call lists, with the stipulation that not showing up to court results in ruling in my favor and owing me payment.

I'm unemployed right now, I've got the time, let's have a bit of fun.
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« Reply #396 on: March 05, 2017, 10:29:41 am »

Ever since I had my landline phone disconnected (close to two years now--the only person using the landline was my late mother), I haven't received any such calls. And since my mobile number is both unlisted and given out only to trusted contacts, I don't get any such calls on my mobile phone either. Which I'm glad about.

But I usually let them do their pitch, then replied with a stern but polite "Thank you, I'm not interested. Do not call me again. Goodbye." which worked in most cases. Only once i had to threaten with legal action. Smiley)


More on-topic: My current gah is that I got sick. And I'm only 4 days into my new job. I'm terrified at the prospect of losing this job.
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« Reply #397 on: March 05, 2017, 04:10:34 pm »

...  I did not understand what he yelled as it was in a foreign language, but I'm sure he wasn't complementing me for being clever.  Then he hung up on me...


My guess would be "Mader Chod" which is Urdu for "Mother F**ker", it is the most common insult thrown out by the so-called 'Microsoft engineer' scammers.

I have been called it a lot.  Grin

Thanks for the translation- that is PROBABLY what he said.  I guess that makes us brothers, & YOU are the better looking ome!
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« Reply #398 on: March 10, 2017, 03:08:06 am »

in november, the landlord who owns our apartment and lived in the apartment downstairs passed away.  His brother has been managing the estate, but cannot afford to keep doing so.

The house has been listed with a realty office. there have been 7 people through here in the first 2 days looking at it.

if life were kinder to me I'd have enough in savings to put bare minimum in a down payment and find somebody to rent the downstairs 2 bed 1 bath for $1100/month with a 6 month lease. I'd live up here and still rent the other two rooms up here for about 450-500 each. and with and my monthly rent payments of 500 now paying into mortgage payments and mortgage insurance. we'd probably be able to squrrel away 1-200 a month toward upkeep and repairs as needed.

but I have less than a grand in savings. and It'd take 2-3 months to fill the downstairs apartment. And I'm fairly certain that some time in the next 3 years there will be a need for some repair between 5-10 grand.

Not sure I really want this house anyway, but an investment property where I don't have to move right now, get to keep a housemate/friend and did I mention it was built in the 1880s. and has a basement large enough to make a workshop in and a garage/shed(a bit too small for anything other than a compact, but good for a workshop also).

sigh, I hope the new owners don't raise the rent too much or kick us out.
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« Reply #399 on: March 11, 2017, 03:24:05 am »

My GAAAH! I got a stalker who just became a customer at my shop! Sharpening my hunting knife now, and accelerating job search now. Guuuuugh!  Sad  Angry


in november, the landlord who owns our apartment and lived in the apartment downstairs passed away.  His brother has been managing the estate, but cannot afford to keep doing so.

The house has been listed with a realty office. there have been 7 people through here in the first 2 days looking at it.

*snip *

but I have less than a grand in savings. and It'd take 2-3 months to fill the downstairs apartment. And I'm fairly certain that some time in the next 3 years there will be a need for some repair between 5-10 grand.


Makes you wish you could have a small cooperative of tenants who could pull their resources together.


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