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  • 03:33:38 pm on July 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    biged – hi. I just read a news item about a woman who was found to have 27 (I think it was 27) contact lenses in her eye. From what I gather she was buying them online and had not seen an eye doctor for many years. She thought the discomfort she felt was old age and dry eye.

  • 03:30:24 pm on July 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi, LTNS. I just thought I’d pop in to let you know I ain’t dead yet :)

  • 07:51:42 pm on April 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – thank you. I will do that :)

  • 01:33:08 pm on April 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Added info: This is the Pittsburgh Bald Eagles nestcam for one of the two Pittsburgh area nests (Hays site). I can read the chat on the other nest site (Harmar site).

  • 01:26:53 pm on April 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello, everybody. I have (who’d'a thunk it?) a computer question. On another site, I keep getting the message
    “Please enable Flash in your browser in order to use the chat.”

    I used to be able to see this chat, but now it’s gone. I’ve looked around in my computer for Flash, but can’t figure out what to do.

    Help? Please? Thank you :)

  • 09:31:51 pm on February 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Nope. I checked several other boards and I am logged in, but not Q&A. I give up, until I can get back to my regular computer.

    Thanks for listening :)

  • 09:25:52 pm on February 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Nope, not logged in on Q&A. Repeated tries don’t do it :(

  • 09:24:50 pm on February 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Going to try Q&A again.

  • 09:22:13 pm on February 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello, what’s going on? I can suddenly login and post on this board but not Q&A.

    I’m using a nasty new computer, a Surface, which I can barely figure out. I did get online, I got to UltimateChat, I can post here but not on Q&A

  • 01:01:33 pm on November 28, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Hi, soundgod. Bridges? Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges. It’s impossible to go anywhere without crossing at least one bridge.

    Also tunnels.

  • 12:58:51 pm on November 28, 2016 | 0 | # |

    …and by the way, where are all the rest of y’uns?

  • 12:56:37 pm on November 28, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Hi, has anyone heard from Damian recently? He’s MIA from Q&A. We hope he’s just snowed in.

  • 01:15:29 pm on November 21, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. Have you donated to UltimateChat recently? Sweetness has expenses to maintain this site. We should help. You can donate on the Homepage. :)

  • 07:47:16 pm on May 5, 2015 | 0 | # |

    Hi, soundgod. Did you have surgery in that hospital? Anesthetic will leave you tired for a long time. You wake up, and think you’re back to normal, but not so. It took me a month or two to get back to my usual self.

  • 09:19:51 am on May 5, 2015 | 0 | # |

    Hello, computer boarders. Something weird is happening to me. I don’t have a posting box on the Q&A board, in spite of signing in multiple times and also trying a new window. This board is fine. Please say hi for me on Q&A and I’ll try to figure this out.

  • 10:44:21 am on October 7, 2013 | 0 | # |

    I get confused by all those numbers and acronyms. I think I have Win7, IE9 on this computer. A couple of my others are still running XP, because I like it better than all the improvements. I refuse to use Win8. When the older program-types become unusable, I might go back to books, crossword puzzles and TV.

    I do have Firefox on this computer, but I’ve only used it once.  Seemed OK but I like my old favorite stuff.

  • 10:40:54 am on October 7, 2013 | 0 | # |

    No, I have not seen lighterlady. She’s been MIA for some time now. I hope it’s an enjoyable lifestyle change and not something awful.

  • 08:11:51 pm on October 6, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hello, computerpeople. I haven’t been here for a while, but now I have another computer question.

    Windows Update wants me to install IE 10. Would this be a good idea, a bad idea, or just unnecessary?

  • 09:19:34 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    I’ve been worrying more about the animals than about the people or the property. Everyone’s talking about how many millions of dollars are being lost, but nothing about the LIVES of all those creatures.

  • 09:18:03 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    fantastic – a forest fire is a disaster for the wild animals. Horrible. They aren’t able to run fast enough to escape even if they knew which way to go. The lucky ones are burned alive and die immediately. The others are horribly burned but still alive, and crawling through a desert of hot ash. No food, no water, no shelter, until they finally die :(

  • 09:17:21 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    fantastic – a forest fire is a disaster for the wild animals. Horrible. They aren’t able to run fast enough to escape even if they knew which way to go. The lucky ones are burned alive and die immediately. The others are horribly burned but still alive, and crawling through a desert of hot ash. No food, no water, no shelter, until they finally die :(

  • 09:09:01 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    That is, the used glasses give me nice frames that I can have my prescription fitted into.

  • 09:08:05 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    As you might guess from my ID, I play music a lot, flute and other instruments. When I got my first bifocals, I commented that all the old people in my band complained that they could only read half of their music page. Whether they used the top (distance) part of their bifocals or the bottom, only half the page was in focus. HE SAID:

    “How far away is the music stand? I’ll give you a special prescription just for reading music.”

    So he did. A single-vision middle-distance prescription. I buy used glasses at thrift shops for a dollar, take ‘em to either Walmart or Sam’s Club, whichever is having a sale, and get nice music glasses for about $30. This would be a good solution for people who do a lot of use of any of the trifocal distances.

  • 09:02:19 am on August 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. Just catching up on the chat. Can’t miss any of that Important Stuff.

    fantastic – you know that thing about carrots helping your eyesight is a myth. It’s a story invented by the British? army when they first adopted radar. They didn’t want the Germans to know about the radar, so they said they had been feeding their plane-spotters carrots to improve their vision and that’s why they had such good success.

    Just so you know :D

  • 03:21:23 am on August 20, 2013 | 0 | # |

    OK, I’ve sent my newbie seller a message, advising her that she should ship NOW to avoid problems.

    I hate what eBay has become. It’s all Rules and Consequences. No option for sincere direct communication between fair-minded sellers and buyers.

  • 02:56:55 am on August 20, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – no, I am not being scammed. I am dealing with an honest first-time seller who does not know the details of how eBay selling works. I am trying to help this seller.

    So, although I am fine with waiting for delivery (actually I would prefer later delivery) I don’t want the seller to get in trouble. Should I advise her that she must ship immediately?

  • 11:48:59 pm on August 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, guys. Is anyone here still an actual eBay seller? I just bought an item, and the seller says that because she is a first-time seller she will have to wait for payment to come through, possibly up to a month, before she can ship. Now, I’m OK with that, but don’t I remember that those new sellers are supposed to ship immediately and then wait for the payment later? What’s the current rule, so I can advise her for her future sales?

  • 01:05:52 pm on August 18, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Jayne – I don’t know how much Vit. C I was taking. I take a regular dose, in a rather high-level multivitamin. Then, flu season started and for some reason which I forget I couldn’t get a flu shot. I decided to increase my C as a precaution and possible preventative. Um, not a good idea.

    No, I didn’t get loose stools or any other symptom except abdominal pain. It came on in the middle of the night, Thanksgiving eve, when I was preparing the turkey stuffing. It was bad enough that I decided to go to the emergency room instead of waiting until morning.

    Now, my medical problems always seem to start in the middle of the night, and usually the hospital says “take this medicine and call your doctor in the morning”. Not this time. They said, “We’re admitting you and sending you upstairs”.

    Now, like I said this was the middle of the night. Hubby was sleeping when I left. The last he knew, I was on my way to the supermarket. So, he gets a phone call: “This is the hospital. We have your wife here….”

  • 09:47:52 pm on August 16, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, guys. I see that you’re talking about vitamin supplements. I had a bad experience with that. Decided that if a little was good, more would be better. I ended up in the hospital hooked up to an IV for nearly a week. Liver damage from vitamin overdose. And this was vitamin C, supposed to be some kind of miracle cure.

    So, don’t go experimenting or self-dosing. FIND OUT what you need, and how much.

  • 05:19:51 am on August 11, 2013 | 0 | # |

    kitchie – see, you missed the significant point in my sock post. I know a cashier that it actually happened to.

  • 09:41:09 pm on August 10, 2013 | 0 | # |

    thrify-senior67 – Hi, Jayne. Yes, my mother did carry a lot of stuff in her purse. One thing: this was before the universal Mastercard/Visa thing. There were credit cards, but you had to have a separate card for each business where you shopped. Remember that?

    Anyway, she had a card for every brand of gasoline. Her wallet was so thick that it wouldn’t close. She kept rubber bands around it to keep everything together. We couldn’t get her to stop doing that and carry only one or two cards. She said, “But what if I need gas when I’m not near one of those stations?”

  • 09:32:46 pm on August 10, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Sorry about sounding harsh, but I wouldn’t want to touch money someone had kept inside their sock and had to take off the sock to get it.

    How about a money belt, or one of those bags that hang around your neck inside your shirt?

  • 09:32:03 pm on August 10, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, fantastic. Have a thought for the cashiers and future handlers of that money you keep inside your sock. Couldn’t you find some other place less personal/sweaty/stinky? I talked to a cashier once who had to handle some of that sock money. She was, shall we say, reluctant to touch it.

    Now, your credit card doesn’t usually have to be handled by anyone except yourself since there are so many swipe-it terminals. Do take it out of your sock before you get to the front of the line, so you don’t delay the other customers.

  • 12:25:00 am on August 9, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. My mother had her purse taken from the seat of her car once. It was her own fault. She went to see my brother at his workplace in a not-so-good part of town. Parked on the street, left her purse on the seat and the doors unlocked. Went into the building.

    Came out a little later, purse was gone. She said, “I was only going to be gone for a few minutes.”

  • 09:00:43 pm on August 2, 2013 | 0 | # |

    fantastic – Yul Brynner had the right idea. You can do it yourself, with an electric shaver.

  • 12:07:33 am on August 1, 2013 | 0 | # |

    kitchie – sounds like you and your family might be interested in this:

  • 10:49:35 pm on July 31, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, kitchie. You gonna eat 8 pounds of cantaloupe and a quart of whipping cream?

  • 01:18:20 am on July 31, 2013 | 0 | # |

    evenin’ folks.

    Ed – like the others, I’m suspicious of that “terrorists” story. I suppose it could be true. After all, it’s on the internet, right?

    I think the fires have a variety of causes. Lightning, accident or carelessness, deliberate arson by people with varying motivation. I guess a terrorist might do that, but so might ordinary arsonists who just get a kick out of seeing big fires. JMO

    They say it’s worse now because of the effects of climate change that are making the forests more vulnerable to mega-fires.

  • 12:10:26 pm on July 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    damian – don’t laugh at me! I’m hoping it’ll be at the top of the list. I only closed it a little while ago.

    View, Explorer Bars, History. Thank you.

  • 11:31:12 am on July 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    biged – what a horrible experience with your dad! However, that incident doesn’t count. Anyone of any age can suffer a fatal accident.  If that truck hadn’t fallen on him he would probably have lived in good health for another 20 years.  Not that that is any comfort to the victims or their families :(

  • 11:26:38 am on July 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hello folks. How can I find my History in Win7, IE9? I’ve seen it before so it must be here somewhere, but I’ve clicked on everything that seems promising and I can’t find it. I’m trying to restore a page that I closed and now wish I hadn’t.

  • 07:05:05 am on July 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – Hi. Here’s my theory of how old someone is:
    We usually figure age from how long it’s been since someone was born. This is wrong. Their true age is how long it will be until they die. People age at different rates.

    Think of two 60 year old men. One is shriveled and decrepit, looks and feels old and is going to die soon. The other is in vigorous late middle age, in robust health and with 25 or 30 years of active life ahead of him. It depends on the length of your personal lifespan.

  • 09:27:40 pm on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    If things go on this way, I may have to give up the internet. I’ve seen those icon-based things, iPads and smartphones, and I don’t want any, thank you.

  • 09:26:16 pm on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    fantastic – well, of course Microsoft recommended it. They wrote it.

    That’s why I got two new laptops that I didn’t need. I’d read the reviews and preliminary reports and knew what it was like. I decided to get 7 while I still could. I don’t like 7, but it’s better than 8, IMO.

    I loved XP. I still have it on my older computers, and I’m not going to give it up until absolutely necessary.

  • 10:06:19 am on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hi, damian. I dunno. I think I’d rather do everything myself than have some man telling me what to do and how to do it.

    Lessee, browser. That would be IE, right? IE 9, I think. Microsoft keeps trying to give me 10 but I’ve been resisting.

    I also have Firefox on this computer but I don’t use it. I think I got it by accident somehow.

  • 09:40:41 am on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    He said that while the area was closed to camping, people would still be able to hike through. He advised that anyone who wished to do so should use insect repellent and ensure that any pets they bring have a flea collar.

    Doncha think this would be a good time to go hiking somewhere else?

  • 09:13:31 am on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    ed – I don’t take the trash out either. That’s what husbands are for.

  • 09:11:36 am on July 26, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Good morning, everybody. The good news is, my computer half-windows problem is “resolving”. That’s medical-speak for “it’s not as bad as it was”. I thought it was fixed, but maybe not. My new windows are sometimes opening full-sized, sometimes with about a quarter-inch of gap at the bottom.

    I dunno what did the trick. I’ve been following hobbit’s advice to click on the Maximize box, etc., but NOT soundgod’s suggestion to remove and re-install my browser. Yikes! I let my friendly local technician do that stuff, but he charges me a lot of money.

  • 07:15:42 pm on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    thrify-senior (Jayne?) – yes, I am good at Scrabble, but I refuse to go to Facebook and play Words With Friends, if that’s what you’re thinking.

    Those fruits and vegetables weren’t Scrabble stuff, though. IMO they’re all ordinary knowledge except maybe jerusalem artichoke.

    I think it’s a casaba melon. Isn’t honeydew the green one?

  • 07:10:39 pm on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – thanks for the suggestions. I think I’ll check my other computers first, especially the one with Win7. These two new ones have some eccentricities that I haven’t dealt with yet.

    I hate Win7. I bought these two new computers on the last day that Win7 was available, because I had read the reviews and comments online and knew I wanted nothing to do with 8.

  • 02:19:35 pm on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    I should check my other computers. I have 4 that I use more or less regularly. Two running Windows 7 and two Windows XP. I wonder whether it’s a Win7 thing?

  • 02:17:07 pm on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hobbit – thank you for the suggestion, but it didn’t work. I have my screen permanently dragged to the margins of the monitor, so when I click for one or two little squares there is hardly any difference. I’ve always had it this way.

    However, I can see whether there are one or two little boxes, so I set it for two and followed your advice. No joy. I think I remember from years ago that when the screen was, um, un-maximized (not minimize which makes it go away entirely), the display was smaller in both dimensions. What’s happening now is that it is full width but only the top half vertically. I can see whatever is in the top half, but then there’s the bar that indicates the bottom of the page. I have to drag it down to get the full page.

    This is something new that’s only been happening for a couple of days. When I right-click on a link, I get a menu box with some choices including “open in new tab” and “open in new window”. If I choose window that’s when I get the half-screen. Also, clicking on the maximize box at the top right and then clicking it a second time does the half-screen thing.

  • 02:03:09 pm on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    chocolate chip cookies and fig newtons are not white, they are tan.

  • 09:13:10 am on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |


  • 09:08:37 am on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |


    jerusalem artichokes

    …and there’s a white-fleshed melon but I forget its name

  • 09:05:36 am on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |


  • 05:57:57 am on July 25, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hobbit – hi, I also am sorry for your loss. I have a cat, the latest of several, and it’s painful to lose them when they die.

  • 05:12:57 pm on July 24, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. I have (another) computer problem. New windows open half-sized, just the toolbars at the top and then the bottom of the window. I have to drag it down to get a full-sized page with the content on it. I’ve tried dragging it to full-sized, clearing cache, shutting down and rebooting, in various or all combinations. Nothing helps. How can I make the windows full-sized and stay that way?

  • 06:19:56 pm on July 23, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hi Ed, Damian. I get signed out about once a week, and can only see the stale posts from yesterday or whatever. Seems random but maybe there’s some kind of secret timer.

    Anyway, it’s not necessary to sign out. Just go to the homepage and sign in. You’re good for another week.

  • 10:35:00 am on July 22, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hi, Ed. What was the problem with the groundhog hole? Sprained ankle or did the groundhog bite your toes?

  • 05:17:48 pm on July 21, 2013 | 0 | # |

    …and they don’t always run away either. “Stand your ground”.

  • 05:17:03 pm on July 21, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, Ed. Don’t let Stella near those groundhogs. Cornered, they are fierce fighters and will rip a dog to shreds. Yikes!

  • 08:48:33 pm on July 20, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Yes, I am staying cool. Today wasn’t so bad. The temperature has gone down a bit and we had some sprinkles of rain. When I get really hot I just go inside. Air-conditioning, ya know. Air-conditioned house, air-conditioned car, air-conditioned stores. I am spoiled.

    When I was a child hardly anyone had air conditioning. If you wanted to be cool you went to the movies: “Come In! It’s COOL Inside!”

    Funny thing is, I don’t remember being too hot, not even on my uncle’s farm in Wisconsin where it often went up to 100.

  • 12:52:51 pm on July 20, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – these scammers put something on my computer that pops up every time I boot up. Tells me there is a problem and I should “send to Microsoft”. Looks legit, and I’m a computer innocent. After I’d done it umpteen times I got that call: “You’ve been having a lot of errors on your computer….”

    I try to be careful of what I click on, but sometimes I click by mistake, or the page I get isn’t what I expected, or maybe the malware is hidden somehow. I dunno. I don’t do online banking for that reason, and I got a separate debit card for use online. I expect I’ll get caught someday. They are cleverer than I am. :(

  • 08:08:31 am on July 20, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – I got one of those calls too. I believed it,since there’s been an error message popping up on one of my computers for some time. He wanted me to turn on the computer and follow his instructions.

    The computer is upstairs, and the upstairs telephone had to be dragged into the room. By the time I got everything set up, he had given up and hung up, or maybe I accidentally disconnected him.

    I guess I lucked out.

  • 10:48:41 pm on July 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, Ed. I have a better solution for those unwanted calls than hanging up (that just frees them up to call the next person). My solution is to do nothing. Silence. Don’t hang up, don’t speak. Just sit there. It drives them crazy. They trail off to “hello? hello? hello?…

    Then there’s, “Oh, hang on a minute. The dog wants to go out.”
    Wait a few minutes, come back. Then, “Oh, wait. The dog wants to come in.”

  • 09:04:39 am on July 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    In the “terms of service” for a website:


  • 08:57:17 am on July 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    coins and jewelry might be different.

  • 08:52:43 am on July 19, 2013 | 0 | # |

    biged – hi. I used to GO to people’s houses to pick up eBay items. Only one man wanted to meet me in a fast-food parking lot. I liked the in-person transactions. Get to examine the item, get to meet the seller and exchange ideas and suggestions about eBay selling. One guy showed me his workshop, I advised him on how to pack and ship two tubas going to California. I didn’t buy the item, which was in poor condition.

  • 10:49:28 am on July 18, 2013 | 0 | # |

    hi, folks. I’ve been thinking. When I think my mind wanders to some far-off places, and today I ended up with two well-known sayings which contradict each other:

    He who rides the tiger cannot dismount.
    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

    So, whatcha gonna do? Think about it.

  • 08:49:07 pm on July 12, 2013 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – yes, I know. I was a regular on the eBay Q&A, but I did visit the computers board occasionally.

    I do peek in here occasionally, so I know most of the regulars, but I’ve been posting on the Q&A board. You think this one is slow? Q&A has almost become my personal blog. Hardly anyone’s there any more :(

  • 07:31:07 pm on July 12, 2013 | 0 | # |

    …and good evening, everybody. Can I please come here sometimes, even if I don’t have a computer question?

  • 07:30:21 pm on July 12, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hah! I thought so. Hobbit has re-purposed that word. :)

    [spin-ee] Show IPA

    noun, plural spin·neys. British .
    a small wood or thicket.


    1300–50; Middle English < Middle French espinei (masculine), espinaie (feminine) a place full of thorns, derivative of espine spine; compare Late Latin spīnētum difficulty, equivalent to Latin spīn ( a ) thorn (see spine) + -ētum noun suffix (see arboretum)

  • 10:53:33 pm on July 11, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, damian. Thank you for the suggestion but it didn’t work. I found “On resume display logon screen” but it was not checked.

    Just on spec I checked it, Applied, then unchecked it again. No joy :(

  • 02:03:59 pm on July 7, 2013 | 0 | # |

    kitchie – kittens? I have a real problem with actual kittens. I think there’s a little hobo sign in my back yard: “Nice cat lady lives here”. Living in the country I get cats pretty regularly, either farm cats from down the road, or ferals, or often strays that have been dumped. That’s how I got my Katie.

    Before that was Charlie, who came one day and said “This is a nice place. I’m going to live here.” And live here he did, for 15 years. Now, my husband and my cat both thought people should have ONE cat. Charlie was Cat #2, so he was never allowed in the house. He had a nice two-room apartment in our sheds, with all the kitty amenities.

    It was difficult managing the physical and social needs of an outside cat, so I decided not to do that again. Since our local shelter has now gone to a “no-kill” policy (which unfortunately means “no-admittance”), if one rescues a cat that cat will be yours forever. There’s a waiting list, but you will wait forever and never actually get a place. Last year the shelter only took back White Cat and Orange Kitty after I took them to a vet at my expense for altering and shots and discovered that they were microchipped and had originally come from that same shelter.

    So, no more cat rescuing for me :(

  • 12:42:42 pm on July 7, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. Update on my kitten question/problem. I have 4 computers, plus my netbook. Two of them are running XP and have no problems.

    The laptop I am using now is an Acer, running Win7. When I bring it out of Hibernation, I get a screen showing a little picture of a kitten and under it the words “User locked”. Below that is a button “Switch User”. If I click on the kitten or on User locked the pages come up that I had when I put it on Hibernate. If I click on Switch User the kitten comes up again, with the words “logged in”.

    My other Win7 computer is a Dell. It does exactly the same except the word DELL is in the box instead of the kitten.

    This does not happen if I actually shut down and reboot, only when it has been on Hibernate.

    Damian suggested that I right-click on the desktop and choose Properties. Properties is not one of the options. I tried some of the others but no joy.

    I have not checked my netbook, which has Win7 but several years old. When I got it I did password protect it, thinking that was a good idea for a machine that would be carried around all over the world. Since then I’ve kind of changed my mind but I don’t know how to un-password it.

    Anyway, I can live with the password thing on the netbook, but I surely would like to get rid of that introductory screen on my laptops. It doesn’t serve any purpose that I can think of, and it’s an annoying extra click.

  • 07:28:47 pm on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    biged – I agree with you about sniping. I almost always sniped, a proxy snipe. Nowadays when I go to eBay I prefer fixed price. If it’s more than I want to spend I just wait for another one to come along.

  • 07:22:57 pm on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. Thanks for the suggestions to get rid of my little kitten. He’s very cute but he gets in the way. I liked it better when my computer opened directly to the pages.

    Weeds? Weeds are simply natural native plants, or in some cases well-established aliens (like dandelions, which happen to be edible). A monoculture grass lawn is not healthy for the environment. Just let the weeds grow. Mow ‘em short where you want a neat appearance, let ‘em grow in the edges and borders. Some of them have very attractive blossoms that provide food for bees and hummingbirds.

    A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place.

  • 08:21:26 am on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    No, I’m wrong about the proxy. If the other bidder had put in $1,000, reserve would have been met at that time.  Still, if you wanted to win, you’d have to bid more than $1,000.

  • 08:20:17 am on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    kitchie – if you are getting puncture wounds doing gardening, you need to make sure your tetanus immunization is up to date. You need a booster every ten years.

  • 08:19:19 am on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    biged – I don’t go to eBay much any more (and I stay away from reserve auctions. Reserve = Expensive). Anyway, I think the only way to get to the reserve is to make a proxy that is higher than the reserve. In this case, bid $100.

    Do not under any circumstances bid more than you are willing to pay, like $200,000. One of the other bidders might have put in a proxy of $1,000 and that’s what you’ll pay. Erk.

  • 07:59:08 am on July 5, 2013 | 1 | # |

    I forgot to say, this computer never used to have the kitten. It’s something new.  I also never see it on my other computers, most of which have XP but one has Win7, although I seldom put that one on Hibernate.  Maybe never.

  • 07:58:06 am on July 5, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hello again, computer people. I have another question. Recently when I bring my computer out of Hibernation, instead of going back to the page(s) I had open, it shows a screen that says “locked”, with a picture of a cute little kitten. I have to click on the kitten, or on the word locked or on the “change user” button, any of which will bring up my waiting pages.

    I’m tired of seeing this kitten, cute as it is. How can I make this not happen? (Windows 7, IE9 I think).

  • 11:11:01 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    thrifty-senior – hi. I know an easy fix. See my post below. All fine now.

    I haven’t seen lighterlady on the Q&A board either. She did complain earlier this year that keeping up with the yardwork for two houses was taking a lot of time.

  • 10:38:23 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    I’m a happy camper :)

  • 10:37:30 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hi, biged.

    Your suggestions, though incomprehensible, gave me an idea. I shut down, physically disconnected the keyboard, rebooted, cleared cache (hey, can’t hurt, right?), shut down, plugged the keyboard back in, rebooted.

    As you can see, it works :)

  • 10:14:16 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    I guess I could buy a new keyboard and then keep the other one for fixing “later”. I have two PCs and one keyboard. I bought a KVM switch but couldn’t get it to work right, so one computer is now nonfunctional.

  • 10:11:46 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Well, dang! I was planning to go to Staples.

    You do realize that you gave me a techie answer, yes?
    I went into device manager and removed the keyboard

    I’m sure it’s something perfectly straightforward, but I’m not comfortable messing around in my computer. I do have a friendly neighborhood technician who fixes all my computer problems, but his fees are kind of pricey and besides I’d have to haul the desktop into his shop.

    Must decide.

  • 09:21:45 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    OK, I’ll check back later about my keyboard question. I could buy a new one, don’t want to unless I have to.

  • 09:17:28 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    “We’re all shocked; we never knew we had a library.” ROFL!

  • 09:15:49 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    yardbird – you brought the chickens in where? Into the kitchen?

    I remember on the old eBay Q&A board once when brchelle was fretting about their Texas chickens. They were COLD. Unusually cold weather, and the chickens were in an outside pen, with a roof but only poultry netting for walls.

    I guess anything would need cooling if the temperature got hot enough. You could put them in an oven and cook them.

    I’ve been wondering about the llamas that some farmers here raise, or put in with their sheep flocks. Those llamas come from cool/cold mountain regions. Same with the polar bears in the zoos, although the polar bears could get into the water and stay a bit cooler.

  • 09:11:15 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    biged – hi. Not news to me. They’ve been doing it on the TV police shows for years :D

  • 09:08:12 pm on June 29, 2013 | 0 | # |

    Hello everybody. Do computer keyboards just suddenly die? It worked fine this morning. Tonight it doesn’t. It’s plugged in. It’s receiving power. It does not respond to any key presses. Why not?

  • 04:27:15 pm on May 6, 2013 | 0 | # |


  • 01:29:17 pm on December 20, 2012 | 0 | # |

    thrifty-senior – I don’t know what MSE is, but I often run a full scan while I’m doing something else on the computer.

  • 01:26:48 pm on December 20, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Um, I sort of think the poor ducks and geese don’t need their feathers any more.

    My aunt and uncle raised and sold chickens for market.  Friday was chicken-killing day. They had a mechanical chicken-plucking machine with rows of rubber “fingers”.

  • 11:04:22 pm on December 19, 2012 | 0 | # |

    …and socks

  • 11:03:42 pm on December 19, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Maybe wear sweats instead of your usual nightie :)

  • 11:03:08 pm on December 19, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Hi, kitchie – move those plants inside, then make a nice big mug of hot chocolate and tuck into bed. You’ll feel better in no time :)

  • 10:42:18 pm on December 19, 2012 | 0 | # |

    My computer days don’t go back quite as far as damian’s pictures, but I was once a fairly competent DOS user. I got a new computer, turned it on, saw all those little pictures and freaked out :D

  • 10:30:31 pm on December 19, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Hi, Bill. I didn’t switch to Windows 7 by choice. My computers are getting old (the newest one was bought in 2006, and I can’t even remember when I bought the oldest one). They’ve started giving me problems and I thought they wouldn’t last much longer. From what I’ve read or heard about 8 I was convinced that I would hate it even worse than 7. So, it’s the lesser of two evils.

  • 11:43:07 pm on December 18, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Hey, I have another question that maybe y’all can answer.

    I’ve used Windows XP for years, except on my netbook that was only available with 7. (I hate 7, but it’s become a case of having no choice).

    Anyway, I’m on my netbook now, long story about why. I can’t figure out how to open more than one window. I can do it by using right-click, open in new window on a link, but I don’t want to open a link, just get a new start in another window. Can it be done, and how?

  • 11:33:16 pm on December 18, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Staples has had that free paper offer before. I’ve gotten a couple of reams that way.

    Of course, printer paper is no good unless you print something on it, which means using printer ink, and they never give that away.

  • 11:22:32 pm on December 18, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Do y’all remember the Skippy Credits they used to give on the eBay Q&A board many years ago? Once I got a Skippy for saying “I dunno”. ‘s true :D

  • 11:20:01 pm on December 18, 2012 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – I’m crushed with disappointment. I thought you guys knew everything about everything.

    Oh-Kay, I’ll wait. Maybe I’ll come back tomorrow.

  • 09:36:44 pm on December 18, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Good evening, everybody. I asked this question on Q&A and they said to come here :)

    OK, I got one of my new computers released by the technician. He says it’s ready to go. I have some questions.

    I understand that Outlook Express, which is how I have always accessed my e-mail, is not available on Windows 7. My choices are Microsoft Outlook or Windows Live Mail. I am not happy about having to switch, but there’s no avoiding it.

    So, I tend to prefer Outlook, because I have some familiarity with it and because I think I will be able to retain and access my old messages. Is this true?

    What are the reasons why I should go for Outlook or LiveMail? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

  • 03:54:43 am on May 28, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Thanks, but no, I didn’t mean the difference in strength between upstairs and downstairs. I meant, why can I be sitting here, everything else the same as far as I can see, and the strength varies from Low to Very Low to Low to Very Low….
    What makes it change, in the same room and apparently the same conditions?

  • 08:56:26 am on May 27, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Just to clarify, why does the strength down here vary from Low to Very Low. I didn’t mean the difference between upstairs and downstairs.

  • 07:51:33 am on May 27, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Anyway, I came here 1) to see whazzup and 2) to ask about my router. When I use the computers upstairs that are 3 feet from the router the strength is Excellent – no surprise. Down here in the family room it varies from Low to Very Low. Why does that happen? I am not using any other devices and everything I can think of is the same. It doesn’t matter because I can get online either way, but I’m curious.

  • 07:15:06 am on May 27, 2012 | 0 | # |

    When I was a child my father had a novel called Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (strange, the things that stick in your memory for 50 or 60 years). Anyway, Bellamy created a future society in which everyone received the same wage regardless of what work they did. Since there were unpleasant jobs that would not attract workers voluntarily, working hours were adjusted. Nasty job=short hours, pleasant job=long hours.

    Well, maybe. I think there will always be a division between privileged and underclass, no matter what scheme is used to try to even things up.

  • 07:09:41 am on May 27, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks, just peekin’ in from the Q&A board.

    biged – I agree with your 5 sentences , but I just had a realization:

    When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

    The thing is, this works both ways. It’s usually read as the wealthy having to support the (lazy) poor who don’t bother to work for what they can get free, but it applies the opposite way too. Think of a society in which there is a privileged upper class who don’t do any productive work but just live off the labor of their servants/slaves/peasants/working class who expend a disproportionate amount of labor for the compensation they receive. That’s the situation in more cases than is usually recognized. Here in the U.S. we hire people, at low wages, to do unpleasant jobs that we don’t want to do for ourselves.

    Just saying…

  • 01:40:02 am on May 2, 2012 | 0 | # |

    damian – how’d you get a forked tongue?

    My tongue was numb from when I had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted. Killed the nerve on that side of my mouth. I thought it was permanent but after 10 years it came back.

  • 01:33:04 am on May 2, 2012 | 0 | # |

    damian – weren’t you supposed to tip someone else’s outhouse, then run like heck?

  • 11:38:25 pm on May 1, 2012 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. I usually hang out on the Q&A board and only come here when I have a computer question.

    About farm tricks, the only one in my family is my uncle’s snipe hunts. All my cousins have vivid memories of being sent snipe hunting by my uncle. Me, I never did it. I have no idea why. I guess I was never there during snipe season.

  • 09:50:17 pm on December 26, 2011 | 0 | # |

    Hi, I’m a regular on the Q&A board. You’ve probably noticed that the banner ads at the top of the page are gone. Sweetness was using that as a small source of money to offset the cost of maintaining these boards.

    Now that Google has cut off that option, she needs another way of financing this site. If you enjoy chatting here and would like these boards to continue, consider making a small donation to help with the cost. $10/month would go a long way to keep the site going. There’s a “donation” link on the homepage that goes through Paypal.

  • 11:39:47 pm on October 25, 2011 | 0 | # |

    soundgod – this was in both My Messages and my personal e-mail. That’s why I want to know whether it’s possible to fake My Messages. eBay wants me to answer a survey about my recent contact to eBay Customer Support. I don’t remember trying to use Customer Support recently. I had my fill of that a while ago.

  • 11:16:58 pm on October 25, 2011 | 0 | # |

    Hi, folks. Does anyone know whether it is actually possible to fake an eBay Message? I’ve seen rumors about that. The message does include my real name which eBay says proves it’s legit, but a lot of people know my real name.