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sumac
Hi.
I have been unable to access GG, sometimes for days on end. Often, I get a few minutes online before the page goes white again and another few days go by without access.
I have investigated this and discovered it is because the site is not secure. Apparently, it is easy for the Board administrators to secure the site, impossible for the members. Would it be possible for you to do this? Please?
Many thanks.
Susanne
TeeHeeHee
I hope you get it sorted Sumac.
I once had a German matee of mine, an IT expert, come onto this site leaving no trace of his origin as TooHooHoo and posting a reply on a topic I was involved with and without registering or logging on.
Martin was miffed of course.
sumac
I wish he could help me! 😭
taurus
I don`t have a bit of bother with this site,but suddenly Ebay has gone al cockeyed on me,I used to browse,and everything ,even from O/S showed Aussie dollars. now it`s US or UK money it shows.
bilbo.s
QUOTE (sumac @ 30th Nov 2020, 12:34pm) *
Hi.
I have been unable to access GG, sometimes for days on end. Often, I get a few minutes online before the page goes white again and another few days go by without access.
I have investigated this and discovered it is because the site is not secure. Apparently, it is easy for the Board administrators to secure the site, impossible for the members. Would it be possible for you to do this? Please?
Many thanks.
Susanne



You have restored my faith. There is a God !
ashfield
QUOTE (sumac @ 30th Nov 2020, 05:42pm) *
I wish he could help me! 😭


Sumac, non-secure sites are pretty common so sorry if I'm telling you something you already know. Usually, if it's your firewall or virus checker that's stopping you, you can click on it and tell it to allow access to the site. Also, have you cleared your cookies and search history, some devices (mine included) will only allow a limited number of searches before previous ones need cleared.

Might help, might not
sumac
Thanks, Ash. I’ve done all of that, although I can’t find on my iPad where to allow blocked sites. It can’t be blocking sites, though, as I can get on for a few minutes, like now, then it goes till next day.

Thank you, though, for that helpful post.
TeeHeeHee
Sumac, last night I went in search of ma auld daddy's blunderbuss to firee a round of nuts an' bolts intaee ma computeer after threeee disastrous attempsd at answering a post that was seeemingly geettin' oan everybody's nerves.
At first I thought it was down to this wonky keyboard of minee so I disconnecteed it and reestarted but things only got worse.
I wanted to say that I had beeeen eexpreessing a thought and not an opinion when, suddenly opinionnnnn ... went like that all thee way down and would have gonee on foreveer as far as I could makee out.
Trying to to deleete was a fruitleess exceercoise so it was only left to me to reestsart sso I clicked onto the Windows icon to do just that and when the menu openeed theree were thee nnnnnns continuing theeir take-oveer so I reacheed oveer and shut the PC down physically.

When I switched back on and opened GG again I, gingeerly, attempted to makee the same reply again. It seemed to be going OK until I neeedeed to back-space to correct wheree I'd seeen too many ees in a word. That was when the back-spacee went mad and ran all thee way back to the first letter of that post.

I physically shut down again and on restarting openeed several web sitees including facebook wheree I had no problems whatso ever theen I went back to GG and starteed again but this timee thee pagee starteed scrolling down and no matteer what I trieed I couldn't hold thee reeply which I was doggedly trying to write.

I gave up: the post wasn't reeally worth trying to reeply anyway (no coconut awards for guessing whosee that was tongue.gif )

I did not want to chancee my hand heeree correecting typos by using thee back spacer ... just in casee rolleyes.gif

The question reemains: why only on GG? unsure.gif
taurus
life was definitely easier before we had all this hi tech stuff. I wasted 2 days of my weekend trying to sort out my Iphone4. I know its a dinosaur,it kept saying storage full,so I deleted so many things precious videos and photos,and other stuff,still pulling out my hair. Then I emptied the deleted files of email,that freed up a wee bit of storage but not much. i`m off to the shops to update. at my age I hate learning new gadgets,and things,I wont let my husband buy a new car, I`m famiiar with the old one.the new cars scare me.dont need keys,lock doors while you drive,oh someone please bring back the old days. !
DannyH
QUOTE (taurus @ 6th Dec 2020, 08:20pm) *
life was definitely easier before we had all this hi tech stuff. I wasted 2 days of my weekend trying to sort out my Iphone4. I know its a dinosaur,it kept saying storage full,so I deleted so many things precious videos and photos,and other stuff,still pulling out my hair. Then I emptied the deleted files of email,that freed up a wee bit of storage but not much. i`m off to the shops to update. at my age I hate learning new gadgets,and things,I wont let my husband buy a new car, I`m famiiar with the old one.the new cars scare me.dont need keys,lock doors while you drive,oh someone please bring back the old days. !

Taurus, I know how you feel, but please listen to me. I wrote my first computer program just over fifty years ago.
I tried to get my wife interested in computers, but to no avail. I used to produce customised and personalised birthday cards and Christmas cards for my neighbours. Then digital technology made me redundant with my neighbours. Most of them latched on to Smartphones and/or iPads, but not my wife.

Sadly she went into a Care Home two weeks ago. She has no digital technology skills. Most of the other residents do.
They can keep in touch with relatives, friends and the outside world. So my advice to anyone is try and keep up with digital technology. Don’t become a couch potato, but make sure you know what buttons to press to keep in touch with loved ones and friends. I have found out too late, that I should have tried to encourage my wife to go down that road.

You may have to be out of pocket to buy upgrades. The bottom line is, what value do you put on a Zoom, Skype, Facebook, FaceTime session, if they are the only means of staying in touch with friends and family?

Regards

Danny
taurus
I know what you`re saying Danny. We bought our first computer in 2003,and with the help of a great neighbour and my grandchildren,I learned to navigate the basics. It was my husband who ordered it on the phone,,when it came he said to me ,right you learn it. We went to a workshop (once !),run by the council and were amazed to see it packed with folk older than us,talking a computer language we didnt understand and we never went back. After all these years I still don`t know how to do cut and paste,too late now,and I don`t even know what i`d use it for,ha ha . I get by,I have Watsapp with my family,and feel my computer is my lifeline to the world. Don``t understand a meaning of a word ? just google,no need to be wondering about anything,google it all. My brother died and he always did the computer,his wife wouldnt touch it,for if she did anything wrong he wouldnt be pleased,now she wishes she had done it,for she has to give us a ring from Scotland and us ring her quite a lot.My husband can only do basic things,like looking up the hardware shop ,but I think if i`m out of the picture,he d have to learn a lot.
DannyH
Thanks Taurus for your reply. It is good to hear that you have experienced what I am talking about. Digital technology is changing so rapidly that preschool age children will soon be making adults feel they that they are the ones who are not keeping up with them.

Just keep your fingers and wrists in good condition. Don’t bother about obesity. Everybody will be obese.

Regards

Danny
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (taurus @ 6th Dec 2020, 09:20pm) *
...I wont let my husband buy a new car ...bring back the old days. !

Hi Taurus, I had my brother-in-law take me to a store to return a hired tool on Friday. His new car is a big VW or Audi: I didn't pay much attention, but it has the now usual cameras at the front and rear, displays a list of filling stations within reach and prices for Diesel which it requires. On the way home he took his ands away from the wheel and showed me how the car maintains its position within its lane by self steering; picking up signals from the edge of the road and if the car in front slows down his will automatically sdjust its speeed to match.
I said that that would be handy if you wanted to get into thee back seat wae the burd ... or in case you nodded off at the wheel but he replied that that was taken care of by a camera that detects your eye movement too.
On approaching a roundabout I asked him if his car would self steer around that. He said It probably would by taking the indicaters into consideration but he'd never tried that.
I said let me know in advance anytime you feel like doing that rolleyes.gif
I don't half miss my old Mercedes S250 station wagon which retired last August after over 26 years and over 500,000 km on the clock (I only had it for the last10 years and it was a bargain: the dogs loved it biggrin.gif )
taurus
oh I love this Tee Hee,complaining about progress. I miss my old Peugeot, (which was considered ,a cut above in this country 50 years ago ),manual column steering,drove with the window down ,no air conditioning,no radio,long before cassetes and cd`s.Quaint thing having a Peugeot or Renault,back then if you passed one on the road ,they flashed their lights at each other. Gentle days. My friend in recent years (self made man lotsa dough),bought a new BMW,lovely status symbol then. He got out to go in to the shops,clicked the key by habit,and his wife was locked in for 2 hours. That was a very bad design fault in the BMW. they got rid of it in a hurry. My son bought the very same model ,second hand of course,and when he was done with it we bought it from him. I loved that car,but was always terrified of the doors when I knew the history of that model. we sold it for $2000,and I cried til my eyes were sore when I saw it getting driven away out of our street. am i daft,you would think so. now we drive a 2007 Honda,which I have pranged on both sides ,like to keep things even.just wee prangs,cant be bothered getting them fixed.By the way,I never made a mark on that car which was 18 years old when we sold it,and I made a mess of the Honda when it was fairly new. Murphys law,eh,or just another daft woman driver !
ashfield
Technology is great if (a) it works and (cool.gif it enhances your life.

When I was an apprentice back in the '60s, I was introduced to binary numbers and a some group of us were making electronic calculators. That was a great boon for me because, up until then, I was trying (unsuccessfully) to master the use of a slide rule huh.gif
sumac
Yesssss! I’m in! But for how long? 😢

As a primary teacher, I had to gain an ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence). This meant home learning with an exam at the end of each module. You couldn’t advance to the next module until you passed each one. This Licence is recognised all over Europe. I got mine in about 2004(?) although I had been teaching IT and using Apple Macs then PCs from the 80s. I needed the ECDL to teach IT to the children, so I have a very good knowledge of computers and how to use them. I am absolutely bamboozled by this GG site.

As for cars - Colin and I have been lucky enough to have our own cars, new every couple of years. I am not a happy driver now, and I have always loved driving. The reason is that, more and more gadgets are being added to cars nowadays. Control is being taken away from the driver: electronic parking brake, front and rear parking sensors, lane control, automatic headlights, Stop Start, rear view camera, bing bongs going everywhere for I-don’t-know-what. And don’t tell me to look at the manual! It’s as thick as the old phone books and needs a degree (not ours) to understand them!

I am ashamed to say, I have only driven twice since lockdown in March. I would have missed driving in the Good Old Days but I don’t really now. Once things are better (roll on the vaccine!) I hope to be back behind the wheel, having my doors locked for me, bing bongs going off, the steering wheel being jerked away from me, oh Lord! I feel a migraine coming on just thinking about it!

🤯
taurus
in 1980 the government office I worked in went on the computers ,among the very first people in Sydney to do this. we handled medical claims in front of the customer. It was another world to all of is after sitting for years with pens and files. first thing they did was send us on a course, the instructor prattled on about Bytes,and binary what nots,I fell asleep. I worked out my own system ,anyway ,it was pre programmed ,we didn`t have to be clever ,just have a good memory for what screen needed what doing,and binaries and bytes never ever came in to it.
glad youre back on Sumac,you certainiy sound cluey.today I bought a new iphone,and nearly had a nervous breakdown to get it set up.I`m too old for all this palaver,but it`s handy to have a phone when out and about,and the hated texts, my husband keeps saying just ring he or she,but that`s not what they want,voices are becoming redundant with all this typing.
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (taurus @ 7th Dec 2020, 12:06pm) *
... My friend in recent years (self made man lotsa dough),bought a new BMW,lovely status symbol ...

BMWs and Mercs are definitely not status symbols over here beeing practically 2-a-penny in a matter of speaking so unless your Meerc is an S Class ( the single mechanic who put your engine together has his name proudly embossed on the motor, which my ex-boss didn't know about 'till I showed him where rolleyes.gif ) the real staus symbol over here is the Ferrari and he had one of those too.
My firsdt BMW was thee old 525 Beemeer which I loved for a couplee of reasons, the first being it cost me 300 Deutchmarks, 100 back then, and it went lokee a bomb.
I first had to swap the driver's door (side impact which dented the rear passenger door as well) change a spark plug to get it running on all six cylinders again and clear up the vomit in the front passenger footwell.
The only door I could get from the scrapyard was a silver one: the car was white so I christened her El Silverdoor
When I returned to England for a while my daughter claimed it: you can geet anotheer wheen you go back to Geermany she said What? For another 100 again? but you'll know what it's like with daughters and daddies tongue.gif
My next BMW was also my last.
I'd left the house in the wee hours to drive to Munich and had just got onto the Autobahn near where I livee when it oveer heated. Normally I would have just removed the thermostat from the radiator and carried on but on that BMW the theermostat was situateed in the wateer pipee leading into the radiator and had a `T' shaped housing so removing it would have leeft a 4" gap in the pipe.
Getting off the Autobahn at the next exit, two villages from where I started, I pulled up beside a a tributary to thee rver Rhine and spent ages carrying a wee plastic bag up and down the tree covered embankment filling the radiator with with water in the middlee of the night in order to geet me home and missing the start of my new contract.
from then on I drovee thee non-status symbol Merc which cost mee 1300 and retired with a good 500,000Km on the clock (not all put there by me of course).
Mary's Merc was a wee bit more costing her 6000 abot 6 years ago.
wombat
QUOTE (DannyH @ 7th Dec 2020, 12:11am) *
Just keep your fingers and wrists in good condition. Don’t bother about obesity. Everybody will be obese.

Regards

Danny


tongue.gif
words of wisdom from danny boy,meanwhile in the real world . rolleyes.gif
taurus
so true Tee Hee,when we go back to the UK Mercs and other revered cars here are everywhere over there. This young country has always had the littlebrother feeling regarding Europe. When we first came they still referred to the UK as the mother country,so European cars were a status symbol.my old Peugeot was that !,"old" when we bought it,but it still got a flash of lights and a wave on the road from the other "elites". same as our old BMW 5,goodness knows how many owners it had befor us,but I still thought I was kings**t going shopping. Every time it coughed another thousand dollars in repairs,and more than once away in the tow truck,until my husband woke up,get rid of this millstone. we have this older Honda and a wee daihatsu,what a blooming come down biggrin.gif
TeeHeeHee
Taurus, I'll tell you what swung me over to Mercs.
I had one on lease, for ashort period rolleyes.gif with only 5000 miles on the clock (8000Km) and drovee reegularly from home to a town called Donauworth where we were on Airbus production. I always drove through the ninight on Monday mornings on the 5 hour drive.
It was winter and there snow and ice on the Autobahn.
Recommended maximum speed on the Autobahn signs was 110kph (about 70mph where normally there was no limit) and all was well until I passed under a bridge and hit black ice as I cme out.
The car sun away from me and try as I might I could not regain control. At one point I was pointing in the right direction of travel, dropped down a gear and hit thee gas pedal - which sent me into another pirouette. Next thing I know I'm heading straight for thee outside crash barrier and slamming thee brakes for thee first timee: to no avail.
I braced myself for the impact and was amazeed to feel absoluteely nothing as I crashed into the barrier and bounced backwards up thee motorway for about 30 or 40 meters beforee coming to a halt in the middle lane pointing in the wrong direction.
The crumple zone had completly crumpled with thee engine breeaking away and hitting the ground as per safety design and I really hadn't felt a thing.
With no lights at the front I got out and placed two warning triangles further down the road (one is on thee boot lid and I always carried spares for any event.)
I had a white umbreella on the back seat which I stuck into what was leeft of the bonnet. The barrier was left with a great dent in the form of the front of the car and there was a6 meeteer drop on thee other side.
Trucks were passing the car on both lanes: this was 3 o'clock in the morning.
It all happened very quickly and a police car arrived within a minute and a half.
The police claimed I must have been speeding but I said that if I had been then I would have overtaken them further down the road since they were not that far behind me.
The offered me an 80 spot-fine anyway which I, reluctantly, accepted to save bother.
From the number sheild to the windsheild the car was completeely wrecked.
From the windsheild and back there wasn't a dent or bulge in thee frame.
Insurance coughed up 27,000 and I had to pat the other 5000 but a handler bought the scrapped car for 12,500 so I was 7,500 in pocket.
That car saved my life bcause any other car wouldn't have surviveed that inpact.
I was sold on Mercs from then on and had another tale to prove that point.
Sadly my eyes don't allow me to drive anymore; which pisses me right off rolleyes.gif
taurus
my husband has always said,if it`s your life you care about ,buy a Merc. of course we never did or would. re the speeding on the Autobahn,we were invited to a wedding in Frankfurt,and a car met us at the airport,arranged by the bride. We were scared sh***ss on the Autobahn the driver doing 200 k cheerfully telling us there was no speed limit. That was at lunch. Come evening after the celebrations with the oompah band and the beer pouring like water,a friend of the groom was told to drive us to the hotel. Once again excessive speed with a guy who`d drunk we dont know how much. really took the edge off our first and last trip to Germany,and the mozzies in the hotel,giants with jackboots on,no one in this little boutique hotel could speak a word of English and we would have killed for a can of fly spray.we had dear friends fro Australia ,who now lived in Cologne came to be with us,and the German husband soon got us sorted with the fly spray.
ashfield
You are a lot of posh folk, mercs and beemers tongue.gif My brother had an automatic merc for twenty years and, with the money he spent on repairs over the years, he could probably have bought a couple more. My two nephews had 6 series beemers, they eventually used them both of them to get one constructed that worked laugh.gif We, on the other hand, have stuck to Fords which have been pretty cheap to run and get fixed. My neighbour has a "furrin" car, I won't identify it for fear of upsetting anyone, so let's call it a Hyundai rolleyes.gif The wee led running lights started to flash a bit on one headlight, enough for it to fail the MOT. It's sealed unit so no way of fixing it, the cost of one headlight...........600 ohmy.gif
sumac
No, THH, we don’t have a BMW or a Merc. I have always had a foreign car, Toyotas formerly but Mazdas latterly, except for my wee Ford Fiesta XR2. I just loved that. Colin has had a BMW but not for very long. He hated it in the frost and snow. He is a brilliant driver but could get no grip with the rear engine. He spun the tyres and skidded about, despite traction control. That ad to go. He has also had a Subaru Impreza Turbo which he loved. The only time I spun a car was when I went round a bend on the wee country road near us, to find a huge waste lorry coming towards me on my side of the road. I spun on the wet, greasy road. I was shaken but not stirred (get it? Shir Shaun? 🤣). When we hit a Merc in our Vauxhall Cavalier (it stopped very suddenly in front of us but we had room between us, so didn’t hit him at speed or too hard. The Merc had not a mark on it. Our Cavalier’s front collapsed inwards, pouring radiator fluid all over the road and buckling a wheel. Aye, Mercs are definitely built like tanks!
ashfield
I had one spin in a car, the 1600cc VW beetle I owned back in the early 70s. Got up early one snowy morning to drive to my work at 6.30am. It was all going ok, roads from Lanarkshire had been gritted and clear, until I hit (literally) Nitshill Road at Darnley. It had just been constructed into a dual carriageway, for some reason it had not been treated and was a sheet of ice. The central reservation had kerb stones but the gap had not even been been filled in. I was some way behind a bus, I guess the driver got spooked by the ice because he pulled up suddenly and I could do nothing but move into the outside lane to avoid him. The Beetle with its rear engine was crap on ice so I went into full Torvill and Dean mode. Eventually I must have hit a dry section because the car shot across into the other carriageway, over the pavement and into a field on the other side. I was very lucky because there was hardly any traffic on the road, there were no pedestrians on the pavement and both me and the car only suffered minor cuts and grazes. In fact, I was able to drive the car out of the field, up a small embankment and carried on to my work. I was a bit tense throughout that day though rolleyes.gif
taurus
your guardian angel working overtime that day Ashfield. Like mine last year when a friend was visiting ,had some kind of medical episode going out the drive (flat as a pancake too the drive),and he made a loud screech which I went to the door to see,and he turned his wheel ,came full speed into our house,missed me standing watching, by about 6 feet. multi thousand dollars damage,but at least i lived.he got out stunned and reversed out of the rubble thinking he was still driving home. His car a write off and he hit our wee car on the way,another write off.
sumac
Oh my, you two! You’re both lucky to be alive! Definitely a Guardian Angel watching over you.

🧚
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (ashfield @ 9th Dec 2020, 01:39pm) *
... We, on the other hand, have stuck to Fords which have been pretty cheap to run and get fixed ...

Ash, I've had a few Fords, both in England and here, but my favourite was thee Taunus, 6 cylander 2ltr V engine which I lovingly called Nelly.
The only time I could get her oveer 200kph was on a three lane stretch out of Bayern into Badenwurtemberg which ran down a great curving sweep in and out of a valley: I was once `radared' three times on my way home on that 4 hour, if I could geet away with it, trip.
But on one trip to Hamburg from heere, like going from Lands End to John o' Groats, me and Nelly hit a tail back on the A5 Autobahn not far from Karlsruhe which held us up for way too long at crawl-stop-crawl-stop pace which was winding me up good style.
Eventually the traffic clears, leaving you wondeering what the hold-up was, and I hit the pedal like Jackie Stewart and gunned it away ... for about 30 meters ... when a deafening bang filled y ears over the sound of Simple Minds coming from my speakers and in my rear-view the sky and motorway had gone black.
I limped from the outside lane oveer to the hard shoulder with the remaining traction causing my own wee short-lived tail-back.
When the tow-truck arrived and asked me where to I told him to take me to the neareest Ford garage to this Autobahn. He thought I was daft but put that down to being englander (the German term for any Brit)
At the garage I asked if they had a recon engine lying about which they did have, a Gold Seal, no less, but to put it in that old heap? ohmy.gif
Needs must when the devil rides, Jimmy, Hans, or whatever your name is tongue.gif
The thing was, if I dumped Nelly I'd first have to find somewhere to dump her then reemovee the number plates and go home to de-reegister the next day and find another work-horse car and get that registered,; all too time cosuming especially when you're already two hours up the motorway on a ten hour trip to work after the weekend so throwing a new engine in was the easiest and quickest option.
The guy wouldn't take Amex; he preferred cash-in-hand; of course, and ma burd at that time wouldn't go to the bank to arrange a rapid cash transfer (she knew I had another in Haburg) so instead of waiting a bit to get the engine changed I had to find atrain and go back tor the 400 I needed and come back the following day, pay the guy and watch them put the replacement engine in.
Then it was back on the motorway with Nelly at a sedate 100kph for a while till she warmed up and then put the boot down again.
Ah loved that auld caur so Ah did. smile.gif
ashfield
See Taurus, that's what you get for welcoming folk into your house cool.gif
taurus
right Ashfield,thank god for the virus,we`re visitor free ! fair saves on the cooking and all the rest,I wonder if we`ll ever socialise again.
TeeHeeHee
That's more or les hit-oan-the-heid over heree Taurus wi' visiti'.
Hand-out flier from the Care Home where Mary's mum is has informed us that the death total there has now reached 41 as of last Sunday.
Mary's mum's station and one other are the only two not quarantined off.
We were hoping to have her home again for Xmas eve, Heiligabend, which is when the pressies get opened but there wont be much chance of that now. sad.gif
ashfield
We've had no visitors for over a year.....but that's not unusual, see once you've tasted my cooking.... tongue.gif Unfortunately we still have lots of Christmas card friends, costs a blinking fortune in stamps laugh.gif There's a lot to be said for being antisocial if you ask me thumbup.gif
Scots Kiwi Lass
QUOTE (taurus @ 8th Dec 2020, 12:19pm) *
in 1980 the government office I worked in went on the computers ,among the very first people in Sydney to do this. we handled medical claims in front of the customer. It was another world to all of is after sitting for years with pens and files. first thing they did was send us on a course, the instructor prattled on about Bytes,and binary what nots,I fell asleep. I worked out my own system ,anyway ,it was pre programmed ,we didn`t have to be clever ,just have a good memory for what screen needed what doing,and binaries and bytes never ever came in to it.
glad youre back on Sumac,you certainiy sound cluey.today I bought a new iphone,and nearly had a nervous breakdown to get it set up.I`m too old for all this palaver,but it`s handy to have a phone when out and about,and the hated texts, my husband keeps saying just ring he or she,but that`s not what they want,voices are becoming redundant with all this typing.


Hi Taurus,

We took our two kids and moved to Sydney in 1977. We intended i stay one year but it ended up more than two years.

Husband was a truck driver and I got a job as a typist in the Navy Supply Centre, Waterloo. There were around 12 typists, all using manual typewriters, which surprised me. No computers there but I occasionally worked with the Managers and found a use for my shorthand. We had a Telex, I think it was called and we took turns sending messages on it.

On return to Christchurch in 1979, I worked at Lincoln University, doing secretarial work but at least it was an electric golf ball typewriter. A year later, we got a stand-alone word processor which I shared with two other typists.

I've had a computer at home since retiring in 2007. I've enjoyed it and have written my Life Story but these days I find it harder all the time to keep up with changes. As for mobile phones, I have got one but use it sparingly and much prefer using my laptop.

Cheers
Betty
taurus
I know Kiwi lass,we`re in the wrong generation for all this hi tech. We only got our first mobile phone about 20 years ago,as our son insisted ,he was updating,and gave us his old one. very basic,but opened up a new world to us. I thought I was the bees knees with my phone stuck to my ear like the modern folk,and once we landed in Heathrow,and I was sitting in the airport waiting for the Glasgow plane,out came my very important phone ringing my brother,and the man sitting opposite was smiling away with this wife. I thought he was being friendly,but he said,that`s a brick you`ve got,no one has them anymore. down to earth with a bump,there`s always someone to flatten your ego. This time I was forced to update,as my 6 year old phone died,2 years ago my granddaughter warned me it would die,as the Iphone 4 was old hat,I didn`t believe her but it happened.I`have aproblem,I`ve not been able to send emails ,just receive,for the past 4 years,and lo and behold the problem carried over to the new phone. 2 hours on to Telstra,she said open this delete that,blah blah ,end result,still no go,AND it affected my computer as they seem to be linked. nightmare week on the phone to them every other day. problem only half solved,but the computer ok so that will do.
I started my working life in Templetons carpets,where I dipped the pen in the inkwell and wrote in the big ledger. this is progress ,of a sort I suppose. I saw a word processor for the first time in 1986,in the correspondence department of our office,I thought it was fantastic,didn`t take long for them to get outdated.
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (taurus @ 8th Dec 2020, 12:19pm) *
... but it`s handy to have a phone when out and about ...

Once when driving through Munich on my way to work I passed a shop with HANDY SHOP emblazened in yellow across the window.
Thinking it might be a DIY shop (for handymen) I popped in on the ay back to find ... it was full of cell phones: they call them Handy phones over here and people ask for your Handy number.
In my neck of the woods they say theey're called handies because the first person to buy one asked "Ha'n die kein schnur?" (have those no cable?) unsure.gif unsure.gif
So down here, where the State's motto is "We can do everything except speak normal German", they're H'an die phones: down here the folks speak Geermany's language eequiveelant of Weegie biggrin.gif
ashfield
I don't think this "posting on topic" lark will catch on tongue.gif

My first mobile was a "brick" too Taurus and I got a similar smug comment about it being "out if date" when it was only a year old. I used to take an old Panasonic flip phone abroad with me, because it's the size of a box of matches, but it became impossible to get a decent battery for it. My current phone is a three year old Samsung, no idea what number or model it is though.

I got one of the only two computers at my work back in the late 80s, it was one of the ones with a green screen. There were serious problems with invoices from a service supplier and the system used to pay them was archaic. Using my limited knowledge of Excel, and with the help of a great colleague, I managed to get the whole lot organised and saved a substantial amount of money at the same time. My reward (if you can call it that) was I was first to get any PC upgrades, oh aye, and my wages laugh.gif
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (ashfield @ 11th Dec 2020, 02:32pm) *
My first mobile was a "brick" laugh.gif

Ash, my first "Handy" was a free gift which I turned down.
I was stood by the check-out having just purchased new winter tyres shortly before Christmas and the guy pusheed this box towards me.
"That's not mine" I said. He told me I was geeting it as a gift for having spent so much on my winter tyres (Merc arm-and-a-leg types). It wa one of those wee LG things. I told him I didn't want it: I had heard guys at work answering phones while on the bogs and didn't want to go down that road.
Hee told me I could give it to someonee for Christmas so I pushed it towards him and said that he could have it.
Hee had to call his boss who saw him pass it to me as he should and mee givee to him as I shouldn't: job donee.
When I told Mary who like me never wanteed a Handy she was flabergasted.
"You gave it back?"
"Yes. Would you have wanted it?"
"No, but it was freee and I could contact you when you were out".
"Aye, right, dear."
No kiddin', guess what I got from Mary for Christmas: thee very samee LG Handy laugh.gif
ashfield
I think a few companies were giving them away as they knew the big money was in usage. My phone was a Motorola, a gift from a friend who was fed up not being able to get a hold of me. Twenty odd years on he still has the same problem rolleyes.gif cool.gif
taurus
oh the anecdotes about phones never stop. My eldest daughter was against them from the start,always the last to get everything,VCR,CD player ,plasma tv etc. Of course she was going to get left behind in this new world,that`s all changed now with her of course. her daughter went to England to my other daughter,and her 3 girls had a mobile each. My granddaughter came home and said ,they ring each other up their bedrooms,"have you got my pink blouse?" trivia such as that,and of course my daughter and her daughter tutt tutting away at such extravagance.as you would imagine my 2 girls are opposites in every sense of the word.
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (taurus @ 12th Dec 2020, 12:00am) *
oh the anecdotes about phones never stop ...

Tuarus, my phones of which I have at least 8 or more lying in a drawer near me including the, then, world-wonder smartphone, the Nokia N95 (The Computer in Your Pocket) which looked more like a camera than a phone anyway, were all given to me when the givers upgradeed to the newest models.
For me they had only two purposes and that was the camera and the ability to raise help if anything ever happened to me or the dog when I was out in the local mountains.
At the moment I have a Huawei which I got from Mary's brother's girlfriend's mother who found it too complicated.
She may have been right but since I only use thee phone to make calls (eyes not good enough to text) and take photos of Dylan or Sandy, our cat, I wouldn't know about that.
I've lost a few; one went down the lavy pan ... but the one time that losing a Handy caused me grief was when on the River Rhine with Bonnie.
Near here on the natural run of the Rhine's river bed (the river is split and diverted away a mile or two from here on the Tri-Nation boundary to create the Grand Canal d'Alsace )there is a part where there's a bit of white water rapids; nothing ferocious of course, left over from when the glaciers reetredted a half a million years ago, and if you're daft enough and fancy yer chances you can leap and bound over the rapids a good way out on the river: and who betteer to do that than yours truly. tongue.gif
But sometimes it's more worth the effort than most.
I'm out on the rocks with Bonnie not far behind but a bit unsure if she should make the last jump to reach me: she only liked water up to her knees.
France is right behind me, due west, on the other side of the Rhine with the Sun fairly low in the late afternoon sky and when I turn to look at Bonnie on the rocks behind me I see her shadow on the rocks behind her and it's like I've struck gold
The perfect shot.
Bonnie stood on ancient white rocks with rapids between her and me and her shadow cast on the rocks behind looks like another big black dog standing nose-to-tail behind her.
So I lie down stretched out on my left side along the rock I'm on and take one ... two ... three shots felling like a latter day David Bailey: Good girl, Bonnie ... Stay Bonnie ... Good girl Bonnie, as I have a quick look at the shots and am as happy as Larry thinking Great .
To get back on my feet I push myseelf up with my left hand swinging my right out to keeep me balanced on the rocks and aid my turn and ... watch my phone sail out of my hand and into the rapids ohmy.gif
I was cussin', cussin', cussin;, cussin', cussin',all the way home rolleyes.gif
It wasn't losing another phonee, I can get replacements from all quarters: Have you got a new Handy yet? Can I have your old one? it was that one-in-a-million shot of Bonnie being followed nose-tto-tail by her own shadow on the glacial carved ... Granit I suppose ... rapids forming rocks in the Rhine near the village of Istein.(Ice Stone)

Bonnie was always a great model: this photo was taken seconds before she clambered through the safety rail on the 17t century watch-tower (for keeping a beady eye on the French) on the Sausenberg mountain near her house in Kandern with my daughter Kelly (on holiday with Me and Mary) screaming DAD LOOK AT BONNIE and almost having a stroke.
Weell ... Bonnie was a mountain dog biggrin.gif
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sumac
Oh, Tee, was she OK?
taurus
magic shot of that clever dog,admiring the view? or maybe thinking should I jump,? no too dangerous happy.gif
back to my daughter who was cynical about modern innnovations,it was her stuffy Scottish husband (not lucky enough to be a Glaswegian ) he was the big cynic in the family. When the big percentage of the population had mobiles,he scoffed. he said coming home on the train from work,the announcement would come over ,this train will be doing blah blah,( running late or whatever),he said it was like the wild west all pulling out their guns (phones ) at the same time. made us laugh,he didn`t have a lot of laughs in him right enough,he never fancied our Glaswegian ways. too bad.
ashfield
Of course she's not going to jump, she hasn't got her parachute on tongue.gif
TeeHeeHee
QUOTE (sumac @ 13th Dec 2020, 02:18pm) *
Oh, Tee, was she OK?

Who? Bonnie or Kelly? tongue.gif
They were both OK seconds later; Bonniee when I lifted her down and Kelly when she got her breath back.
People go up there to BBQ; even in winter.
This is how it looks from the air in summer but I didn't take that shot rolleyes.gif
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The galvanised tin bit on the top is the cover at the top of the wooden spiral-staircase: Kilroy was never theree as far ads I know but there's about 7 or 8 signatures from some guys from Mourne. biggrin.gif
I took Ken Booth and his lovely misses, Lynn, up there one year, it's about a two hour steep hike to the tower but there was a Hornet's Nest warning at the foot of the stairs so we had to keep out in case we upset the squatters. unsure.gif
TeeHeeHee
I couldn't get GG on my computer since Thursday afternoon; in fact I couldn't get anything on my pc since Thursday afternoon: and all because I had tidied up the desk upon which it sits (to please my better half)
I know my desk is a mess but I need to have everything at hand, within reach, because I have difficulty seeing where things are: every thing includes things that shouldn't be there anyway but if they are there then I know where they are; if you get what I mean tongue.gif
So after dispersing with everything that really shouldn't be there; screwdrivers, dog collar etc etc., I got the furniture polish out and applied a bit of elbow grease to remove the few coffee-cup stains and pushed the monitor to the side to clean under that too.
When the desk was sparkling clean again and the monitor returned to its original position I placed my hand on the mouse and clicked ... and nothing happened: the cursor remained , immobile, on the middle of the screen.
Now, I know that I hadn't touched anything as they say when things go wrong, but I checked all the cables anyway, pulled out and replaced all the USBs, switched off and on ( as you do) but the brand new mouse had gone on strike, so I took the battery out and replaced it ... nothing!
Not to be outdone I took Brand New Mouse#2 out of its unopened package; using a carpet knife which also resides on my desk, and replacing the USB from defunct Brand New Mouse#1 with that of BNM#2 and was ready to start afresh having seen the signal on screen that the pc had recognised the new USB device was installed and clicked on BNM#2 in great expectation and ... nothing (again) unsure.gif
So I take the USB out and place it in all of the other USB sockets and still get zilch.
Logical conclusion is that I've either done something to the monitor when moving it; and I know I haven't, or the monitor doesn't recognise the mouses (are they mice too?) or the monitor has coincidently gone defunct at that moment.
Last night, having gone cold turkey for about 30 hours, I went upstairs to Mary's neice and asked if she had a spare wireless mouse she could lend me, just to make absolute sure that that wasn't the problem ... and it worked perfectly!

Conclusion: both the Brand New Mice which I'd bought only a few weeks ago were crap and the second one (#2) more crap than the first since it hadn't worked straight out of the packet.

I will, of course, buy some new Duracell batteries (which were included anyway with the crap mice) just in case it was crap batteries and not crap mice but I've ordered two new mices (Logitech this time) just to be on the safe side.

Honestly, it's enough to put a sane person off tidying his desk tongue.gif
ashfield
You don't have servants huh.gif laugh.gif
TeeHeeHee
No: but Mary has one laugh.gif
ashfield
QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 16th Jan 2021, 01:59pm) *
No: but Mary has one laugh.gif


My wife is fond of DIY. Anytime I ask her to do anything that's what she tells me........do it yourself tongue.gif
TeeHeeHee
Ash, I've always been a DIY kind of guy but the trouble now is that with anything I do I have to consider that the now inherant dificulty that faces me with anything I do myself is that I can't see exactly that which I'm staring at.
This means I have to go by feel when trying to put a screwdriver onto the head of a screw; after I've struggled to place the screw into the hole in the first place.
To comabat this I use a magnifying glass and a small LED lamp (the kind you might see on people's nappers at night when the're out with their dogs but which I carried in my hand because they attract moths etc at night right in front of your eyes rolleyes.gif )
With that and a srewdriver and a screw to fix, I need four hands.
Three weeks ago I replaced the bottom rotor arm on our dishwasher and earlier this week I took delivery of the detergent dispenser for the same machine.
Straight onto YouTube whichg is every DIY guy's little helper (always providing you have a serviceable mouse at hand tongue.gif ) and there it was, nae bother ataw ... except that my old model had more screws to remove and replace than the ones shown.
Still, job done ... and I have one screw left over unsure.gif
Fortuneatly, before I stripped it all down again: removing the outer and inner panels which seemed to have more screws than than an aircraft wing, I realised that the screw which I had in my hand was from an item on the old dispenser which I wanted a closer look at.

Saved me 500+ on a new dishwasher which the Boss Lady thought was a better idea even when the replacement parts had cost me 87 for both together.

Trouble is that the Boss Lady thinks that she can now spend the money saved on something she might like; like new boots, coat and Accessoires laugh.gif
ashfield
I'm a bit the same with repairs although you are talking to our dishwasher laugh.gif My problem (apart from lack of talent) is painful joints in my hands, if you know anybody who can get the lid off a jar of pickled beetroot, would you send them round rolleyes.gif I tried all the usual things, rubber gloves, boiling water (sounds like I'm delivering a wean laugh.gif ) but it just won't shift.

I also have a glue for every occasion and can tell you this, superglue is not as super as it used to be yes.gif
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