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    My employer (large IT company) said last week, work from home if you can.
    I got permission to do that from the client I'm working at (large bank).
    Yesterday the Government put the country on alert level 2 (of 4) where one aspect is: work from home if you can.
    But today (it's Sunday here) the client has sent a couple of emails (to everyone) saying come to the office unless you're in an at-risk category or are needed to care for someone. "Hey, we have lots of hand sanitiser".
    I've got tomorrow off on leave anyway; but I suspect there'll be carnage - several co-workers have been posting that they're staying home as per Govt guidance.
    (A group of Doctors is pushing for the Govt to go to level 3 now (where stay away from work becomes mandatory).)
    Interesting times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    (A group of Doctors is pushing for the Govt to go to level 3 now (where stay away from work becomes mandatory).)
    I would bet on it going to that within days. My state’s governor upped things from one day to the next, and that has been the pattern in general. Ditto with some companies showing reluctance, but eventually accepting what they need to do.

    Interesting times.
    Yeah. I mention every now and then my science fiction moments, where I see or do something that makes it feel like I have stepped into a science fiction story. I give voice commands now just like on Star Trek, I have a tablet that I use to read books, watch tv and movies, listen to the radio, and interact with the world net. I watch a billionaire attempting to build interplanetary rockets. That’s all cool, but I could do without the pandemic experience (another science fiction staple).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I have no idea how the closing is going on our new house, but I'm assured it will be. I'm also not sure how we're going to deal with moving, but we'll figure it out. I am done with this apartment.
    I've never done an in-person closing with the other party (seller or buyer as appropriate), but only with the agent, and that goes back almost 30 years. It has always been just my wife and I with the title agent.

    On the other hand, i don't know how one does moving under these circumstances.
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    The guy we're buying the house from is something like eighty, too, so I hope he's interacting with as few people as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I would bet on it going to that within days. ...
    Yep, they just put us on level 3, and in 48 hours that goes to level 4.

    Whole country on lock down, except supermarkets and such.
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    People just moved into the apartment upstairs from us recently. At 4:30 this morning, they had an extremely loud fight, the kind that a) woke up both me and Graham and b) had us wondering if we should be calling the cops. At least they won't be our upstairs neighbours for long?
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    I started telecommuting on Friday and the differences between my home internet performance and the agency network (via VPN) are stark. My provider's speed test shows that my home connection is 53 times faster than the VPN upload speed of 3.8 Mbps. I know VPN trades bandwidth for security but c'mon. You're killing me, Smalls. Most annoying is that my web-based budget system...one of my core job functions...won't load at all.
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    For a perhaps a year, I've been watching and enjoying a YouTube channel by a Canadian guy who does tool teardowns and other funny stuff. I'm not even going to name him now, because:
    He's now posted a couple of videos (at least) making light of the Covid-19 problem. I'm over seventy, and my wife is as old with multiple underlying conditions. To hell with you, Canadian guy.
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    Well I knew was wearing my welcome a little thin but that is a bit harsh. I am asthmatic I really don't want to catch the virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Well I knew was wearing my welcome a little thin but that is a bit harsh. I am asthmatic I really don't want to catch the virus.
    Not you, of course! This someone from eastern BC.
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    Just kidding Trebuchet.
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    With just over 100 km of where I live there are 3 or 4 pulp and paper mills, I don't what exactly each one produces and there are still trees the virus didn't effect them. Us we got a 36 pack about a week before the buying frenzy so we are fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I started telecommuting on Friday and the differences between my home internet performance and the agency network (via VPN) are stark. My provider's speed test shows that my home connection is 53 times faster than the VPN upload speed of 3.8 Mbps. I know VPN trades bandwidth for security but c'mon. You're killing me, Smalls. Most annoying is that my web-based budget system...one of my core job functions...won't load at all.
    In normal times our work VPN isn't too bad, don't notice any real significant speed loss. But the last week or two I've notice periods where it gets noticeably slower and sometimes crashes (or crashes a file or a program running across it), I assume because of the huge increase in traffic (the corporation I work for has tens of thousands of employees in North America... must be a lot working from home).
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    Yep, responsible designers will consider normal traffic requirements and then add some reasonable level of extra capacity for heavy loads and emergency contingencies, but this likely goes well beyond whatever they had planned for.

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    Well, it doesn’t annoy me as much as my neighbor. Somebody in a truck snagged the FiOS cable to his house.
    His place of employment closed, and told him to try to work from home. Upon arrival, he found the broken cable laying across his driveway.
    So much for working from home.


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    With the entire West Coast under lockdown this week, not to mention several other places, internet's going to be very laggy. A friend already suggested it was something sinister, though he quickly agreed when it was pointed out how much heavier the load was right now.
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    Our daughter teaches kindergarten at a private school/daycare center. When he public school districts closed her school stayed open. Now most of the kids have been pulled so they will shut down. Meaning she is unemployed until things get back to some semblance of normal.
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    The big state park in my town is now closed due to idiots behaving badly over the weekend. Now we can't even drive around.
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    Fatbergs in the town's sewers. With everyone frequently wiping things down, and many using "flushable" wipes and heavy duty paper towels, and then flushing these down the toilet, my little town's managers felt compelled to post a notice on every household's front door explaining the problem and asking them to please use the regular garbage for these items...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The big state park in my town is now closed due to idiots behaving badly over the weekend. Now we can't even drive around.
    That sucks, J. and I were at our area’s big state park over the weekend and had a great walk on the beach. What did they do?
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    Wish I could let you guys wonder around our woodlots the one behind my house and the other about 4 km further out. Yes idiots can ruin things for a lot of people.
    Here is a few pics from yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    That sucks, J. and I were at our area’s big state park over the weekend and had a great walk on the beach. What did they do?
    Hanging around in groups, apparently. Maybe harassing older people? That was happening downtown. Walk up behind an old person and cough loudly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    Fatbergs in the town's sewers. With everyone frequently wiping things down, and many using "flushable" wipes and heavy duty paper towels, and then flushing these down the toilet, my little town's managers felt compelled to post a notice on every household's front door explaining the problem and asking them to please use the regular garbage for these items...
    I got an e-mail from our county on the subject.

    Our landlord posted a very pointed notice on every door yesterday to announce that, despite the near-total lack of services right now, rent is still due as usual on the first, no excuses. And, no, they don't take cash now, either, so you'd better figure out a way to get a cashier's check or what have you even if your bank is closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Hanging around in groups, apparently. Maybe harassing older people? That was happening downtown. Walk up behind an old person and cough loudly.
    Now it looks like ALL the parks are closed. So it may not have been behavior at the local one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Our daughter teaches kindergarten at a private school/daycare center. When he public school districts closed her school stayed open. Now most of the kids have been pulled so they will shut down. Meaning she is unemployed until things get back to some semblance of normal.
    The owners decided to stay open for at least a while (several First Responders have kids there) so our daughter is still working … and carrying a letter that explains she is "essential personnel."
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    My sister's kids usually stay with their father (sister's ex) every other weekend. But the ex's girlfriend has just found out she'd been exposed to someone testing positive for Covid-19. So now they can't visit their father for a few weeks.
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    Paperwork on our house has been delayed. We don't move until at least Tuesday and probably later than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Paperwork on our house has been delayed. We don't move until at least Tuesday and probably later than that.
    That’s disappointing, but hopefully a short-lived hiccup in the process.


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