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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:54:48 PM »
Could loss of taste, smell be linked to COVID-19? 2 N.J. doctors say evidence is mounting.

https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/could-loss-of-taste-smell-be-linked-to-covid-19-2-nj-doctors-say-evidence-is-mounting.html

A doctor friend of ours is pushing this message

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from another thread;
> have two college kids, one in high school and one in elementary.  All are continuing school remotely.

I'm betting that the average US home doesn't have the hardwire firepower lying about the house to accommodate 2 work-at-home parents and 2-3 school-at-home kids.  According to recent stats, everybody but Mackin & I had ditched their keyboards in favor of phones.

My company is a week into mandatory remote working. Going pretty smoothly in the main but the emerging pain points are, well, pain points...

So many are working off laptops, no external kit. No proper desk or suitable chair.

There's a chunk of the workforce in shared apartments with multiple people all sharing the broadband and limited space.

Then there's those with kids at home and varying degrees of home office set up.

The noise is all positive and sh## is getting done, but a new type of pain likely to reveal itself over the next week or two.

Chiropractors and osteopaths are the c19 winners in H2.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 18, 2020, 05:57:17 PM »
UK schools to shut indefinitely from Friday. No exams this summer.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 14, 2020, 08:42:50 AM »
My Hotel has refunded... The whole of the Tyrol is shutting down this weekend. Just Easyjet to tackle.


Switzerland a little later to react but have now decided to close all ski areas from Sunday.

Free cancellation on our hotel with Booking and for the flights a voucher we can use within a year with BA to any destination, so not really out of pocket.

Glad I got 2 trips in before this kicked off. Mrs C (who didn't) isn't so sanguine.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 12, 2020, 12:48:33 PM »
Adam,
There is a group of 10 of us, 3 families. We are booked to leave on 30th for 5 days.

I think that the flights will have been cancelled before we get to that date, and I am not cancelling, as then my insurance will not pay out.....

If I can fly, we "might" still go, but it really depends on what is happening on the ground, but I think it is getting to be unlikely. dont you?

Less and less likely by the day.

Similar boat.  At least we haven't paid up front for the hotel, just the flights.  My biggest fear about taking the trip (if its even possible) is ports closing whilst we're away or some enforced quarantine that delays us getting home.  Time for a back up plan.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 11, 2020, 11:13:16 AM »
so  do you think I should go to Austria Skiing at the end of March?

Rupert, what's your current thinking?

I have a ski trip booked at the same time in Switzerland and am keeping a close eye on things.

All the Northern Italian ski resorts have shut for the season this week.

In Austria:  Ischgl has shut all apres ski bars - though restaurants and the lifts remain open.  I see St Anton seems to be shutting some apres ski bars - not 100% confirmed.

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Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:18:44 AM »
Blimey, that is more severe than my view...  so  do you think I should go to Austria Skiing at the end of March?

Just got back from a weekend snowboarding in Austria.  Got a cold, but think I'll survive.  Also got a trip planned at the end of March, to Switzerland.  No intention of cancelling.  Will see how things look in 3 weeks time.

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Water Cooler / Re: We're going to need a law...
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:58:03 AM »
massive growth in the UK from about 2014 to 2017, then a tiny amount of new breweries opening in 2018.  I've seen a few reports similar to this one over the past year or so...

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/is-the-craft-beer-gold-rush-over-uk-brewery-openings-plummet-in-2018/

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Traffic / Re: David Icke accepting guest posts!
« on: January 17, 2020, 04:20:37 PM »
I've read a number of Jon Ronson books covering some interesting encounters with Mr Icke.

TBH I didn't realise he was still alive.

IIRC, he gets some coverage in "The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry" and "Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness" and/or possibly "Them: Adventures with Extremists".

The titles alone may give a flavour.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50779761

Surprisingly the first time the BBC have used automated content production

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Seems like a reaction to all the publishers who default nofollow their editorially granted links, which nofollows I imagined Google would be ignoring anyway. 

Perhaps they felt they couldn't ignore those nofollows without updating their stated interpretations of nofollow and allowing other nuanced use cases.

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Xenu?

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Traffic / Re: How to get a featured snippet on Google
« on: September 12, 2019, 08:25:41 PM »
Looks like an advertorial to me. Brought to you by our sponsors....

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Useful Browser Extensions 2019
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:07:41 AM »
The general SEO toolkit plugins...

Canonical <- tells you if the canonical of the page is different to the address bar URL
NoFollow <- meta robots alerts for noindex or nofollow
Redirect Path <- handy glance at redirections including status (HTTP, javascript, etc.) and URLs
Chrome UA spoofer <- you'll all know what this does
Web Developer <- classic tool bar in icon form
Structured Data Testing Tool <- check schema or send it to Google to test


Other stuff

Autofill <- handy for saving value for repeat entries into form fields that the browser wouldn't otherwise store

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