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« Reply #345 on: April 05, 2021, 04:50:13 pm »

That's good to hear. I was afraid you might have had what they call here "long covid" even people who were only mildly sick have a hard time shaking off feeling sick, or cant' taste for months after they supposedly recovered.
Ah yeah, I've heard about that, and some people losing hearing or being in a 'permanent' brain fog. Fortunately not the case here, was 3 days of "really bad flu" (with temps getting scary high) and 7 more days of "mild flu" (with temps staying below 101). One of my bandmates (we all got it at the same time, so probably the same source) lost his taste but was back to normal in the 10 days or less.


I can't say much about the hardware. During the warmer months last year my boss bought the entire development team new lighter and more powerful laptops. He even bought an extra monitor for me since I didn't have a safe way to transfer one of the ones I have at the office to home.
lucky... it's like pulling teeth to get my boss to pay invoices or anything, much less a "luxury" item like a computer that I can have more than 5 apps open at once with out it going sooooo slow. I think it's the biggest issue of small companies, he probably sees any extra spending as coming out of his pocket.


I'm not sure what he's thinking about when it comes to office space though. I believe our lease ends at the end of either this or next year. He's been talking about moving the company to another location in the same city but hasn't made any real plans.
I think my boss has been wanting something more contemporary (I think he believes the reason I resigned in 2005 was for the window office on the 11th floor) for some time (we were in a building that was obviously a residence at some point).


My wife got her first shot of BioNTech/Pfizer about a week ago. She will probably get her second dose next weekend. Other than that I'm still only priority 3 and they haven't finished with the prio 1s yet.
We're open to all here in TX now. Before that I had friends getting it and I was like "how the hell did you get the shot already?" and it turns out they were going to neighboring "red" counties where people where the vaccine was available, but people weren't getting them... I figured I really don't come into contact with anyone so I wasn't going to bother doing any extra work and just get it when I come up on the wait list. I get my 2nd dose next week


Our biggest problem is not getting enough Vaccine. BioNTech just opened a new factory here in Germany with bottling happening in Belgium so they expect to start producing a lot more vaccine and faster, without having to worry about exporting from the US or Great Britain. If Germany and the EU have their way, the vaccines will stay in Europe or be sent to countries where they don't have enough vaccine production, instead of exporting to the US or Great Britain.
Hopefully you can get it soon! (and that it's the safe right thing to do... I'm still a little worried we'll find out an "oops, we just discovered that anyone who got it will now die at 55" or something, but if it means I get to live now, IDGAF)


That's cool. Sadly I don't have too much in the way of diversions except painting, and then the problem is with the cold weather the only place where I can paint is the same place where I spend 8 hours a day working dunno
My living space is so small that I'm in the same area for 16'ish hrs a day laugh1


I had a really hard time getting motivated to do anything really. I certainly spent too much time playing video games instead as an attempt at diversion, but that can only go so far. While I've been off I took down all my office stuff and set the area up so I can paint. Since then I've spent practically two days down there tinkering on a couple of painting projects. That is certainly helping.
I've been playing a tiny bit of video games in the little downtime I can manage. But it's mostly work, work, or band stuff.


rofl_yello I'm not sure I can say I wouldn't realize I'm off work. Then again I have a wife and kids at home to remind me Grin.
Yep, my work doesn't really involve input/output from anyone else unless there's a bug in production. I probably talk (as in not email) to coworkers/boss a few times a month laugh1 (and emails a couple times a week).


yay I've pretty much closed out any thought of doing freelance for a while. I would rather spend my off time doing other things.
I envy you there! These are both old projects (and I feel the one will be ongoing for a bit), definitely not planning to take another for the foreseeable future.


Cool! I'll take a look. They are on Spotify right?
Yep!


Although I'm originally from the Midwest my parents weren't big Polka fans, mostly country and western. While I've heard a few polkas, I doubt I would recognize one from the other. Polka is also not really popular here in Germany specifically since it comes from the Czec Republic.
This is where my ignorant American is showing sofa I always thought it was a German thing. Now that I think about it, the event I've been to a few times as a kid was "Czec fest." We did have German fest in VA and I **think** there was polka bands but now I can't remember (and I was just at those every year from 2011-2014 laugh1 )


After doing a quick search there apparently is a Polka museum in Texas http://texaspolkamuseum.com/ rofl_yello
Yeah, there's an area that was heavily settled by Germans (or Czecs?) . Today's Tejano music pulls in some influence from that as well.


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« Reply #346 on: April 05, 2021, 09:09:30 pm »

Ah yeah, I've heard about that, and some people losing hearing or being in a 'permanent' brain fog. Fortunately not the case here, was 3 days of "really bad flu" (with temps getting scary high) and 7 more days of "mild flu" (with temps staying below 101). One of my bandmates (we all got it at the same time, so probably the same source) lost his taste but was back to normal in the 10 days or less.

That's good to hear. I know very few people who've actually caught it so my experience with how bad the after affects comes mostly from what's reported in the news.

lucky... it's like pulling teeth to get my boss to pay invoices or anything, much less a "luxury" item like a computer that I can have more than 5 apps open at once with out it going sooooo slow. I think it's the biggest issue of small companies, he probably sees any extra spending as coming out of his pocket.

I'm pretty sure he did it as a tax right off. Some of us were complaining about the old laptops. Although when we did get the new ones it took some members of the team weeks before the moved everything over. Re-installing our development environment is not something members of our team enjoy laugh1

I think my boss has been wanting something more contemporary (I think he believes the reason I resigned in 2005 was for the window office on the 11th floor) for some time (we were in a building that was obviously a residence at some point).

Our current location is on a mezzanine level above a car dealership. Basically our hall way is open on one side and looks directly down on the showroom floor. This is normally fine until they start wanting to move cars in and out of the showroom. They always seem to want to do that when we are working, instead of like coming in early to do it. Or what's even worse if they are trying to impress someone with the car (usually a Porche) they will start it up and rev the engine. We usually have to close our doors because the fumes are so bad. So none of the team would be disappointed if we were to move I'm sure.

We're open to all here in TX now. Before that I had friends getting it and I was like "how the hell did you get the shot already?" and it turns out they were going to neighboring "red" counties where people where the vaccine was available, but people weren't getting them... I figured I really don't come into contact with anyone so I wasn't going to bother doing any extra work and just get it when I come up on the wait list. I get my 2nd dose next week
Yeah, we have some friends in Arizona and they were saying that some places are begging people to come in and get the vaccine so that they don't have to waste any. That drives me insane that so many people don't want to take a vaccine! :grr: Hell I'd roll my sleeve up regardless what they offer (accept maybe the Russian one, I don't particularly trust them).

Hopefully you can get it soon! (and that it's the safe right thing to do... I'm still a little worried we'll find out an "oops, we just discovered that anyone who got it will now die at 55" or something, but if it means I get to live now, IDGAF)
So do I! I'm so ready, but here in Germany the focus is first on those most vulnerable to dying from it. My in-laws either have their first or they have the appointment for their first shot. My wife figures I'll probably get called some time in May. Mostly because I have asthma Another Tounge
My living space is so small that I'm in the same area for 16'ish hrs a day laugh1

That would drive me insane!! Nope I would have to find ways to go somewhere else. Even if it means renting a storage shed and putting a chair in it so I can sit for a few hours Another Tounge

I've been playing a tiny bit of video games in the little downtime I can manage. But it's mostly work, work, or band stuff.

At least with band stuff you get a chance to be creative. What video games are you playing? I've kind of moved on from Minecraft for the moment, and have been focusing on Cities: Skylines. It's what SimCity should have become. It's really good if you like those sort of things.


Yep, my work doesn't really involve input/output from anyone else unless there's a bug in production. I probably talk (as in not email) to coworkers/boss a few times a month laugh1 (and emails a couple times a week).

I envy you there! These are both old projects (and I feel the one will be ongoing for a bit), definitely not planning to take another for the foreseeable future.

My last freelance was helping my old company with an issue. When they requested I come to their office during the pandemic (not long after we moved to home office), and I said that I can't do that but would be willing to join in remotely, I didn't hear anything else from them after that. Eventually they contacted me to return the loaner laptop. I was happy to give it back, and wished them luck.

This is where my ignorant American is showing sofa I always thought it was a German thing. Now that I think about it, the event I've been to a few times as a kid was "Czec fest." We did have German fest in VA and I **think** there was polka bands but now I can't remember (and I was just at those every year from 2011-2014 laugh1 )

You are probably thinking of a Blaskapelle. They are very common in the Bavarian region, and the music could be confused with Polka. I tend to call it Um-pa-pa music Grin. Usually at a Volksfest like Oktoberfest in Munich you will find the tents have a Blaskapelle playing. It's tradition Grin


Yeah, there's an area that was heavily settled by Germans (or Czecs?) . Today's Tejano music pulls in some influence from that as well.

Germans actually. I watched a show about it, and apparently they ended up with their own dialect of German, which I believe is referred to as Texas German. Funny enough when my wife was visiting the US back when she was a student, she got to meet the Amish and what we tend to call "Pennsylvania Dutch" is in actually a very old form of German. For the most part she and her classmates could communicate with the Amish in their own language. My wife said that in a lot of cases they used really old words for things that were no longer used in modern German. This actually makes sense since I believe the Amish originated from Switzerland, but we won't get into the Swiss dialect of German. I'm not sure anyone other than the Swiss can understand that Tongue
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« Reply #347 on: April 05, 2021, 09:56:51 pm »

That's good to hear. I know very few people who've actually caught it so my experience with how bad the after affects comes mostly from what's reported in the news.
I've heard there's basically three ways it can go (from a person who had all three in their immediate family at the same time) :
1 - You have it but not ill at all
2 - bad flu
3 - death


I'm pretty sure he did it as a tax right off. Some of us were complaining about the old laptops. Although when we did get the new ones it took some members of the team weeks before the moved everything over. Re-installing our development environment is not something members of our team enjoy laugh1
What's so crazy about installing y'all's environment?


Our current location is on a mezzanine level above a car dealership. Basically our hall way is open on one side and looks directly down on the showroom floor. This is normally fine until they start wanting to move cars in and out of the showroom. They always seem to want to do that when we are working, instead of like coming in early to do it. Or what's even worse if they are trying to impress someone with the car (usually a Porche) they will start it up and rev the engine. We usually have to close our doors because the fumes are so bad. So none of the team would be disappointed if we were to move I'm sure.
ooh, yeah, I couldn't do that... I've become super sensitive to fumes... would give me headaches for sure.


Yeah, we have some friends in Arizona and they were saying that some places are begging people to come in and get the vaccine so that they don't have to waste any. That drives me insane that so many people don't want to take a vaccine! :grr: Hell I'd roll my sleeve up regardless what they offer (accept maybe the Russian one, I don't particularly trust them).
yep, seems like the could have done better planning around the anti-vac people. like maybe a poll, or a sign-up before the vacc arrives. dunno


So do I! I'm so ready, but here in Germany the focus is first on those most vulnerable to dying from it. My in-laws either have their first or they have the appointment for their first shot. My wife figures I'll probably get called some time in May. Mostly because I have asthma Another Tounge
Yeah we were too, I couldn't even get on a list before a couple weeks ago, but I guess they got'em all.


That would drive me insane!! Nope I would have to find ways to go somewhere else. Even if it means renting a storage shed and putting a chair in it so I can sit for a few hours Another Tounge
laugh1 I was going to say in VA I was sat in a 7x9' room 90% of 5 years, but I did have my daily walk in the woods which is more than I get here.


At least with band stuff you get a chance to be creative. What video games are you playing? I've kind of moved on from Minecraft for the moment, and have been focusing on Cities: Skylines. It's what SimCity should have become. It's really good if you like those sort of things.
I've been hoping around a bit, was playing some D&D games from the 80s that I had back in the 5" floppy days, but recently re-visited an mmo (project gorgon) that I was part of the kickstarter in 2014. Being that I tend to get to play in very small bursts (like 2hr a night for 2 or 3 nights) then busy for long periods of time (like a week), I'll lose interest in what I was playing by the time I could get back to it. Fortunately I have like 900 games sofa


You are probably thinking of a Blaskapelle. They are very common in the Bavarian region, and the music could be confused with Polka. I tend to call it Um-pa-pa music Grin. Usually at a Volksfest like Oktoberfest in Munich you will find the tents have a Blaskapelle playing. It's tradition Grin
I just looked some up and it seems to mostly be horns. This band from the fest has an accordion (I cant find any video of them, just the picture at the bottom of the page) :
http://www.germanfestva.org/music-at-germanfest.html


My wife said that in a lot of cases they used really old words for things that were no longer used in modern German. This actually makes sense since I believe the Amish originated from Switzerland, but we won't get into the Swiss dialect of German. I'm not sure anyone other than the Swiss can understand that Tongue
I recently read about why Americans and British people speak differently, the gist of it was that we spoke the same when America was first founded (obviously) but it was the Brits that started butchering (in my opinion (remember when this forum was mostly people from the UK? I would have been drawn and quartered for that comment laugh1 )) the language while we stayed true to the original form. So the fact that they use old words would kind of follow that as well.
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« Reply #348 on: April 06, 2021, 08:33:47 am »

I've heard there's basically three ways it can go (from a person who had all three in their immediate family at the same time) :
1 - You have it but not ill at all
2 - bad flu
3 - death

I've heard simliar, but I've also heard the bad flu, then feeling bad for a long period. Seriously don't want to have that either.


What's so crazy about installing y'all's environment?
Installing Java, then installing Eclipse, then downloading the project from SVN, and then setting everything up to run. It takes me about an hour. More annoying that troublesome really.



ooh, yeah, I couldn't do that... I've become super sensitive to fumes... would give me headaches for sure.

Yeah none of us are happy with the location.

yep, seems like the could have done better planning around the anti-vac people. like maybe a poll, or a sign-up before the vacc arrives. dunno
Exactly.

Yeah we were too, I couldn't even get on a list before a couple weeks ago, but I guess they got'em all.

Well that's important.

laugh1 I was going to say in VA I was sat in a 7x9' room 90% of 5 years, but I did have my daily walk in the woods which is more than I get here.
The first few months of Lockdown last year was already driving me crazy. I'm pretty sure I couldn't handle that.

I've been hoping around a bit, was playing some D&D games from the 80s that I had back in the 5" floppy days, but recently re-visited an mmo (project gorgon) that I was part of the kickstarter in 2014. Being that I tend to get to play in very small bursts (like 2hr a night for 2 or 3 nights) then busy for long periods of time (like a week), I'll lose interest in what I was playing by the time I could get back to it. Fortunately I have like 900 games sofa
Yikes! I'm much more limited in the games that I have.

I just looked some up and it seems to mostly be horns. This band from the fest has an accordion (I cant find any video of them, just the picture at the bottom of the page) :
http://www.germanfestva.org/music-at-germanfest.html
True Blaskapellen are mostly horns, or wind instruments of some sort. Although I'm sure I've seen them with an accordion. Germans also enjoy accordion music Tongue

I recently read about why Americans and British people speak differently, the gist of it was that we spoke the same when America was first founded (obviously) but it was the Brits that started butchering (in my opinion (remember when this forum was mostly people from the UK? I would have been drawn and quartered for that comment laugh1 )) the language while we stayed true to the original form. So the fact that they use old words would kind of follow that as well.

British, Australian, and Kiwi yep, with the occasional continental European thrown in Grin

True the spelling and pronunciation of Aluminum is also storied. Aluminum was first discovered in the US, and the guy discovered it called it Aluminium, but then changed it to Aluminum to but the British insisted on holding on to the older spelling.


BTW do you use Discord at all? Maybe sometime if we are both online at the same time we can have a call Grin
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« Reply #349 on: April 22, 2021, 07:14:59 pm »

Ha! So I regained my crown as tech king in the house Grin!

We recently bought air cleaners for the house to help remove pollen and other things that could cause problems with my asthma. The biggest one (for the living room) has an app and can connect to our wlan so we can control it and read out how bad the pollutants are in the room. My eldest was really hot about getting it connected so he could play with it Roll Eyes and so when I came upstairs from work this evening, I was bombarded with what I needed to do so that he could get it to connect to the app and yada yada yada. Basically it comes down to my security setup in  the house when it comes to new devices being connected to the wlan. Basically a new device is allowed to connect but does not get any access until I manually change its profile in the router. This is my way of dealing with the not willing to manually type a MAC address into the router configuration and also not wanting anyone to willy-nilly have access to the family network. So I looked into the router but no new device was present, and the eldest couldn't seem to get it to connect correctly. They have some convoluted way of connecting the device, which requires you to connect to a ad-hoc from the air cleaner so it can build the connection. Why couldn't they just implement a push-button WPS? Anyway eldest was going on that I needed to split the SSID for the 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks (our router doesn't allow that) or we'll never get it connected and yada yada yada. At this point I'd had enough, I just wanted to go out for a walk (the weather was nice today) and kind of disconnect after work. So I told the kid that we would get it connected after I get back from my walk. So the wife and I took a walk, had some ice cream, bought some bread (we were almost out) walked slowly home, talked to a few people we knew along the way. When we came home all the kids were upstairs and being quiet, so while my wife prepared dinner, I went into the living room and followed the instructions exactly as they were on the app for connecting the cleaner to the network.
1) Make sure app is connected to your home network (provide it a password)
2) Activate the ad-hoc on the cleaner
3) Allow app to connect to the ad-hoc
4) wait while it transfers the information about your home network to the air cleaner
5) it tries to find the air cleaner and it fails (because of my security)
6) opened the router config and changed the cleaner's profile (it was in the list this time) to allow it access
7) hit back on the app and boom there the app finds the air cleaner and I can work with it.

16yo was a little disappointed that I was able to get it setup without help Tongue
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« Reply #350 on: April 22, 2021, 08:53:18 pm »

Installing Java, then installing Eclipse, then downloading the project from SVN, and then setting everything up to run. It takes me about an hour. More annoying that troublesome really.

Ah yeah, not sure why I forgot Java, totally understandable then laugh1


The first few months of Lockdown last year was already driving me crazy. I'm pretty sure I couldn't handle that.
You're an only child right? I tend to attribute my ability to be alone and never bored with the fact that I spent a lot of my childhood alone.


Yikes! I'm much more limited in the games that I have.
heh, well not all are that great. I usually grab them on sale and have been collecting for over 10 years now.


BTW do you use Discord at all? Maybe sometime if we are both online at the same time we can have a call Grin
I'm not super familiar with it, I have it to [text] chat with one of my old gaming friends as well as a few chatrooms for games I play. I don't have a mic on my computer though.


Ha! So I regained my crown as tech king in the house Grin!
lol congrats yay that sounds pretty complicated for an air cleaner laugh1

got my 2nd shot 1 week ago today and today was the first day I felt pretty much back to normal... not sure if related to the shot or just weather/allergies (that I never had before so still figuring those out) but I've been waking up with terrible headaches and all day yesterday was super dizzy... Already starting to fill my calendar with shows to attend though! (starting this weekend even though i think im not technically safe till next weekend sofa will stay masked up).
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« Reply #351 on: May 11, 2021, 05:32:25 pm »

You're an only child right? I tend to attribute my ability to be alone and never bored with the fact that I spent a lot of my childhood alone.


Funny enough as I've gotten older, and have a wife and kids, I've become less of a loner. When I first left the military and was working for Aeromaritime here in Germany, I was absolutely fine when they sent me on business trips where my off time I could spend alone and do my own thing, which was fine. Now, though I'm more of a social person. Possibly because I have actually made friends with some of my colleagues. They are the kind of people where I don't mind going out for a beer with after work. Something that was rare in my younger days.

heh, well not all are that great. I usually grab them on sale and have been collecting for over 10 years now.

I had a bit of a dry spell between Diablo II and Minecraft where I didn't buy games. Although we do have a Wii and when I had Chickenpox back in 2008 I played the hell out of Lego Star Wars.

I'm not super familiar with it, I have it to [text] chat with one of my old gaming friends as well as a few chatrooms for games I play. I don't have a mic on my computer though.

I use it mostly for live typing chat. However, I don't have a headset for my personal computer either. I would probably have used my company laptop for talking to people.

lol congrats yay that sounds pretty complicated for an air cleaner laugh1
Yeah they basically wanted to add some bells and whistles to the thing so you can track how the air quality in your room is over time. It's not something I had to have but since it is there, and I would never get any peace from the 16yo so long as it wasn't connected to the network I don't mind. I do find that it makes it easy to control and such.

got my 2nd shot 1 week ago today and today was the first day I felt pretty much back to normal... not sure if related to the shot or just weather/allergies (that I never had before so still figuring those out) but I've been waking up with terrible headaches and all day yesterday was super dizzy... Already starting to fill my calendar with shows to attend though! (starting this weekend even though i think im not technically safe till next weekend sofa will stay masked up).

I finally have gotten my appointment for my first shot. It'll be on the 20th, and it is Astra. I'm not thrilled about which one I'm getting, but I'm happy to finally get something. I've had a colleague who is at least 20 years younger than me and no prior disease get his last Saturday, and I was really annoyed. If all goes well I should have all my shots by the time I go on Vacation in August this year.

The 16yo and I are working together on a small project. My wife's practice needed a new website update, and she asked us to write something up. It's mostly static frontend stuff, but there will need to be a few dynamic elements that require a backend, so I'm building the backend and 16yo is doing the frontend. It's coming together, and I get to teach him something about working as a team as we are using GitHub to host the code.
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« Reply #352 on: May 12, 2021, 05:01:59 pm »

Funny enough as I've gotten older, and have a wife and kids, I've become less of a loner.

Makes sense.


I had a bit of a dry spell between Diablo II and Minecraft where I didn't buy games.

I also follow a few subreddits that post when companies (Epic has been pretty steady in this) have free games. Sometimes it's stuff I'll never play, but I'll add it to my library anyway Another Tounge


Although we do have a Wii and when I had Chickenpox back in 2008 I played the hell out of Lego Star Wars.

I "borrowed" my niece's wii when I first moved back because I have some GameCube games (from when I bought the 2nd wife a GC, when we split she took the GC (was hers of course) and I kept games that were clearly mine) but even though it was marketed as being able to play them, it doesn't seem to play them well. I did buy two wii games, played one (zelda) for a bit and never even opened the other (some mario game, not even sure laugh1 ).


I finally have gotten my appointment for my first shot. It'll be on the 20th, and it is Astra. I'm not thrilled about which one I'm getting, but I'm happy to finally get something.

I'm not sure which one that is (I don't think we have it here unless it was a diff name).


I've had a colleague who is at least 20 years younger than me and no prior disease get his last Saturday, and I was really annoyed.

heh, similar situation here where bandmate was in right place at right time.


If all goes well I should have all my shots by the time I go on Vacation in August this year.

Awesome! I'm fully vaccinated now and have gone to shows 3 weeks in a row now! Last venue was still in a hybrid lockdown mode... I arrived with the band (friends of mine, helped them load up, load in, and set up) hours before the event and was going inside (was in the "back yard" of a bar) for drinks/restroom (with a mask) just fine, but at some point the rules switched to "waitstaff will come by to take drink orders and to use the restroom you have to wait in line outside to be let in one at a time" ... the way i see it (and correct me if im wrong (and obviously doesn't apply to your situation, or maybe even outside of my area)) but if people want the shot, they have it by now, and if they don't, that is totally fine but 100% on them so let me get a damn drink...


The 16yo and I are working together on a small project. My wife's practice needed a new website update, and she asked us to write something up. It's mostly static frontend stuff, but there will need to be a few dynamic elements that require a backend, so I'm building the backend and 16yo is doing the frontend. It's coming together, and I get to teach him something about working as a team as we are using GitHub to host the code.
That is awesome!!

Things are starting to feel normal again, gone to shows 3 weekends in a row (and weekend before last went to two laugh1 ) this weekend will be busy as well, video shoot in the afternoon & trying to hit two shows after (coordinating with the bands I want to see to figure out what times are where).
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« Reply #353 on: May 13, 2021, 02:18:54 pm »

I'm not sure which one that is (I don't think we have it here unless it was a diff name).

Astra/Zeneka is the one created in Great Britain and Sweden. It's similar to the Johnson & Johnson as it uses a viral vector to get our bodies to create antibodies. The one from BioNTek/Pfizer is using the new technology which seems to be better and dealing with variants and is closer to the one called Moderna (which I think was created in the US?). So I'm getting the not-so-good one but at least I'll have something.

heh, similar situation here where bandmate was in right place at right time.

So we've had a priority list since the possibilities for vaccination has been available. The idea was to prioritize those that had the worst chances of surviving an infection. I went on the list as a prio 3 because of my asthma and blood pressure issues. Sadly due to supply issues the centers for vaccination never got around to me. In the last month or so they've started allowing regular doctors to start giving vaccinations, and now they're throwing the prio list out the window (as of new this week).

Awesome! I'm fully vaccinated now and have gone to shows 3 weeks in a row now! Last venue was still in a hybrid lockdown mode... I arrived with the band (friends of mine, helped them load up, load in, and set up) hours before the event and was going inside (was in the "back yard" of a bar) for drinks/restroom (with a mask) just fine, but at some point the rules switched to "waitstaff will come by to take drink orders and to use the restroom you have to wait in line outside to be let in one at a time" ... the way i see it (and correct me if im wrong (and obviously doesn't apply to your situation, or maybe even outside of my area)) but if people want the shot, they have it by now, and if they don't, that is totally fine but 100% on them so let me get a damn drink...

Even if we are fully vaccinated, we have to maintain social distancing as well as wear a mask. However, there are other restrictions that will be lifted once someone is fully vaccinated. Most bars and restaurants are still open for take-away only, and I'm not sure how long that will last.

So working on this website for my wife, I've had to dip back into PHP again, which is something I've not really worked with for quite a few years (basically since I learned Java). I'm amazed how much it has changed since I last worked with it. Lots of functionality that we had to use multiple functions to use is now handled in a single function. Even SQL Injection protections have gotten better. I'm actually quite surprised.
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« Reply #354 on: May 13, 2021, 03:53:02 pm »

Astra/Zeneka is the one created in Great Britain and Sweden. It's similar to the Johnson & Johnson as it uses a viral vector to get our bodies to create antibodies. The one from BioNTek/Pfizer is using the new technology which seems to be better and dealing with variants and is closer to the one called Moderna (which I think was created in the US?). So I'm getting the not-so-good one but at least I'll have something.
Here in the states many people want the J&J. Some because its "one shot and done" and others because "it doesnt change your dna" laugh1 I got the Pfizer and have yet to grow lizard scales.


So we've had a priority list since the possibilities for vaccination has been available. The idea was to prioritize those that had the worst chances of surviving an infection. I went on the list as a prio 3 because of my asthma and blood pressure issues. Sadly due to supply issues the centers for vaccination never got around to me. In the last month or so they've started allowing regular doctors to start giving vaccinations, and now they're throwing the prio list out the window (as of new this week).
We had the prio list here too at first but there were also cases of "if we don't use this it's going to go bad, tell your friends to get here asap." People discovered if you go to "red" counties, that would happen more often due to the lack of education that is prevalent there.


Even if we are fully vaccinated, we have to maintain social distancing as well as wear a mask. However, there are other restrictions that will be lifted once someone is fully vaccinated. Most bars and restaurants are still open for take-away only, and I'm not sure how long that will last.
That's what I don't get though, shouldn't we (based on my location where anyone who wants the shot can get it now) be "back to normal" now that we're all vacc'ed?


So working on this website for my wife, I've had to dip back into PHP again, which is something I've not really worked with for quite a few years (basically since I learned Java). I'm amazed how much it has changed since I last worked with it. Lots of functionality that we had to use multiple functions to use is now handled in a single function. Even SQL Injection protections have gotten better. I'm actually quite surprised.
Ugh, ducking just hearing sql injection gives me a headache... I ducking hate hackers... Even this morning when checking my server's logs (which is bull:poop: that I shouldn't have to do, im a ducking programmer) and seeing all the ducking attempts sends me into a panic attack, heart racing, rapid breathing, etc... Had to block a couple IPs earlier this month cos they were filling up the logs (like 5gb of ducking logs a day) with attempts that were resulting in 404s... The things I would do to one of those pieces of poop...
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« Reply #355 on: May 13, 2021, 04:43:11 pm »

Here in the states many people want the J&J. Some because its "one shot and done" and others because "it doesnt change your dna" laugh1 I got the Pfizer and have yet to grow lizard scales.

My wife also got Pfizer and no tail has grown yet laugh1

We had the prio list here too at first but there were also cases of "if we don't use this it's going to go bad, tell your friends to get here asap." People discovered if you go to "red" counties, that would happen more often due to the lack of education that is prevalent there.
There were some things like, not the bad education, the majority of Germans want a vaccine, but when they were vaccinating the nursing homes, if they had finished and had left overs they would pull people off the street and give them shots.

My wife volunteered to help at the vaccination center since 1) she is actually legally allowed to give shots and 2) if there were left overs she would get one. So it worked out for her which is good since she her job has her meeting lots of women and babies. We had a couple of close calls in that case and so I'm happy to know that she likely wouldn't bring it home.

That's what I don't get though, shouldn't we (based on my location where anyone who wants the shot can get it now) be "back to normal" now that we're all vacc'ed?
Well that's the thing. Everyone "CAN" get a shot, doesn't mean that they are going to do so. Hell in Ohio they are having a lottery where to become eligable for the $1 Million draw you just need to get a vaccine. The US has too many of the antivax idiots, and while we can all say "screw you" to all those idiots they still are an area of concern. We (as in the world) and the US especially aren't there for herd immunity. Also the vaccines aren't for children yet, and the newer variants are causing lots of problems for younger children now, as compared to the original virus which was more aggressive with older folk. So to protect those that can't get the shot we have to keep masking and distancing. Germany also has its antivax morons, but as over 80% of Germans want a vaccine we should hit a level where we can slowly return to normal. We have a report that by end of August we should be able to even have all the kids 12 and up vaccinated. Which is good news for us. Our middle boy has been to the hospital with breathing problems after catching a simple cold. We do not want to see what would happen if he gets COVID. Thankfully he'll old enough to get the shot so as soon as it is made available for his age group here we're going to get him and his older brother vaccinated. The younger son will have to wait until end of September when he turns 12.


Ugh, ducking just hearing sql injection gives me a headache... I ducking hate hackers... Even this morning when checking my server's logs (which is bull:poop: that I shouldn't have to do, im a ducking programmer) and seeing all the ducking attempts sends me into a panic attack, heart racing, rapid breathing, etc... Had to block a couple IPs earlier this month cos they were filling up the logs (like 5gb of ducking logs a day) with attempts that were resulting in 404s... The things I would do to one of those pieces of poop...

Yeah I'm paranoid about that too. I do have one bit of real code for a real customer that does have a www facing interface. I did so much to try to harden it and make sure that nothing sent to it can divulge or even cause issues with the rest of the service, even logging like all the calls to the endpoint. With this for my wife, the database is really simple, but I'm worried about someone injecting something that has no need to be on the site.
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« Reply #356 on: May 13, 2021, 04:53:39 pm »

Well that's the thing. Everyone "CAN" get a shot, doesn't mean that they are going to do so.
My view on that (again, I feel like I am missing something) is good for them, take it back to their nest and eliminate the hive, I won't miss them.


Yeah I'm paranoid about that too. I do have one bit of real code for a real customer that does have a www facing interface. I did so much to try to harden it and make sure that nothing sent to it can divulge or even cause issues with the rest of the service, even logging like all the calls to the endpoint. With this for my wife, the database is really simple, but I'm worried about someone injecting something that has no need to be on the site.
Yep, unfortunately 99% of my business is www facing. On top of that, our server is a copy of a copy of a copy going back 20+ years and I'm sure there is some dumb poop from before I knew better (or wasn't an issue 20 years ago) or the guy that had my desk the years I was away from the company that's going to give them a foothold... I've done what I can to make the higherups understand... but I never get to finish the task of trying to clean up what's there or the budget to have someone else manage things.
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« Reply #357 on: May 24, 2021, 05:41:49 pm »

First dose in. My next dose will be on the 22nd of July (our wedding anniversary) and man the last couple of days were rough. I got the shot on Thursday afternoon and all went well. Woke up on Friday feeling fine, but by noon on Friday I was dragging ass, so I ended the work day early. Saturday I had no energy at all. I slept most of the day it was crazy. Sunday was better and some of the soreness was wearing off. Today I'm feeling fine. The arm is only lightly sore and I could still sleep, but I'm not feeling as bad as earlier this weekend.

I'm glad that part is over Grin
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« Reply #358 on: May 24, 2021, 05:45:55 pm »

Congrats! yay

I went to a show this weekend and even though it said "mask required when not seated" all over the event page, it was just like we were back to normal when I got there.
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