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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:39 
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4 weeks of home working and I've finally realised that using a laptop and sitting on a kitchen chair isn't the best thing I could do for my posture. Dug out an old monitor and found a straight-backed dining chair and feeling far more comfortable. Next stage will be ordering a proper office chair.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 19:27 
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Nik wrote:
Two days ago (my birthday!), my Apple Watch died. (Happily still under warranty, and Apple's returns process is pretty painless.)


Except I’ve just had an email saying they’re returning it as no fault found. From Sunday to Wednesday the bloody thing wouldn’t switch on, so buggered if I know what’s happened there.

Updated: turns out it means it was a software, rather than hardware, fault, fixed with a full restore. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done that myself, given it wouldn't even turn on, so I don't feel too silly for sending it for repair. (And to me, "could not duplicate fault" usually implies it was fine when the technicians received it, rather than after they'd done a full restore on it, so I don't feel too silly for questioning that, either.)

Meanwhile, it turns out you shouldn't plug a third party Switch controller into a MacBook Pro charger, unless you like the smell of burning hardware, and the opportunity to spend more money.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 21:42 
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And the brand new sixty bastard quid replacement Pro Controller has a drifting left stick. Can't things just work?


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 14:49 
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Nintendo have responded to my issue with an email telling me to call their tech support line. The line is suspended due to coronavirus, and tells me to use the online live chat at https://store.nintendo.co.uk/help-centre.list - but that says "Unavailable". Sent them a message on Facebook, and that says:
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Hello. Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately we are unable to respond to messages. For customer support, please visit https://store.nintendo.co.uk/help-centre.list or log in to the “My Account” on the Nintendo Official UK Store.

I understand it's a difficult time, but bloody hell Nintendo - please get your left hand and right hand to talk to each other!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 14:51 
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I seem to remember having hassle last time I had a problem with a Nintendo controller. At that time, their excuse was "there's a delay dealing with customer enquiries because Mario Kart 8 has just been released". Fucking piss poor.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 15:29 
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Against my better judgement (because it's fucking new and I should be able to return it for immediate replacement, as it's not fit for sale, rather than book it in for a bloody repair), I filled in the form at https://nintendoservicecentre.co.uk

They've sent me an email telling me to take it to the post office.

I'm remaining indoors as I have type 1 diabetes, so am at increased vulnerability to coronavirus, so no, I will not be going to the post office, thanks.

Looked for someone to talk to about the whole sorry process (or lack thereof) and found that https://store.nintendo.co.uk/contact-us.info has:
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We are always looking for ways to improve and would love to hear your opinions. Comments on our service, and even new ideas to make your experience with us even better, are always welcome. You can let us know what you think by emailing our Customer Relations Team on [email protected].


Except you can't let them know a fucking thing through that address because it buggering bounces:
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This is the mail system at host mailout.nyi.internal.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
delete your own text from the attached returned message.

The mail system

<[email protected]>: host
nintendo-co-uk.mail.protection.outlook.com[104.47.5.36] said: 550 5.4.1
Recipient address rejected: Access denied. AS(201806281)
[HE1EUR02FT064.eop-EUR02.prod.protection.outlook.com] (in reply to RCPT TO
command)
Reporting-MTA: dns; mailout.nyi.internal
X-Postfix-Queue-ID: CFBAA5C0299


If anyone has a means of getting in touch with Nintendo, I'd be eternally grateful.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 15:36 
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Who did you buy the controller from?


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 16:01 
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Nintendo (UK).


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 16:13 
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https://store.nintendo.co.uk/articles/t ... tions.list

Cancellation form and email address to send it to, to get a return code is on that page, under right to cancellation.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 21:44 
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Thank you.

However, while Googling to try and see how others had dealt with a similar situation, it was brought to my attention that there is a calibration option on the system settings menu. I didn't know this, probably because I'd never needed it. As you can probably guess, it has fixed my issue. Arguably, it would have been good if when I'd contacted Nintendo, they'd pointed me towards the calibration option, but never mind. Meanwhile, they sent me a very nice and apologetic email saying they'd arrange for a collection of the controller, for a refund or replacement. So now I feel a bit guilty for slagging them off.

This was slightly overshadowed by my new AV receiver arriving, and immediately exhibiting the same issue as my old one, i.e. the HDMI audio return channel not working. This led me to suspect it was the tv rather than the amplifier that was at fault. This suspicion was confirmed when I did what I should have done on Wednesday, i.e. connected the receiver to a different tv and tried that. So I sheepishly put the new receiver back in its box, and started plugging the old one back in, with a view to giving the tv a chance to behave itself before I contemplated how the fuck I'd get a warranty repair done on a 65" tv in the current situation, and indeed if I really wanted to part with it for weeks on end (as happened when Zelda hearts got burned into the screen). I got as far as plugging in the power and the tv HDMI cable, and tried turning the tv on. Imagine my surprise when the amplifier turned on too, audio return channel and all. Baffled (wondering if it could be to do with things being switched off/disconnected for a bit) but pleased, I set about reconnecting all the speakers and HDMI cables. That took a while, but no matter, I switched the tv on, full of hope. Hope was dashed, as the amp (just realised I've been using "amplifier" and "receiver" interchangeably; deal with it) remained silent. This could only mean one of two things: either an intermittent problem (which would be a nightmare) or something plugged in via HDMI was playing silly buggers with the HDMI CEC signalling. Praying for the latter, I began unplugging things. I have a lot of HDMI stuff - all eight inputs on the amp (and all four on the tv) are in use. Inevitably, when I unplugged the last thing (plugged into the front socket on the amp), the ARC and CEC started working. That last thing being... a Facebook Portal TV. The very thing that I bigged up on these very pages, just the other week. Well NOT ANYBLOODYMORE, MARK SO-CALLED ZUCKERBERG! But of course I was being hasty, it must be the HDMI cable? No, same with a different cable. How about plugging into the tv, rather than the amp? No, same issue. Just to confirm, I unplugged the power on the Portal, and after a few seconds, the HDMI audio/controls started working again. But then I plugged it back in, and it continued working. Basically, I spent £700 on a new amplifier, and came scarily close to waving goodbye to my tv for weeks, because the bastard twatting Portal had crashed! I have a good mind to take the fucking thing and stick it up Zuckerberg's arse, sideways.

So now, I have to apologise to both Nintendo (and refuse their kind offer of a return) and Richer Sounds (and ask them for one). My amplifier, controller and watch have all turned out to be fine.

Morale of the story: if in doubt, it's probably a software issue.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 14:03 
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My wife is watching Cheers on DVD while I work.

She is skipping the opening titles.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 14:06 
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While you work, you say?


Maybe you should take a break?


From all your worries?


That sure would help a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 14:41 
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Nik wrote:
While you work, you say?


Maybe you should take a break?


From all your worries?


That sure would help a lot.


But I can't get away!
And if I did, nobody will be glad I came and would want to report my name. :'(


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 14:15 
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The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 14:21 
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All the Power BI visualisation icons changed this week too:
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Nothing really wrong with them - but there was nothing wrong with the previous set either. These are just a bit more blue.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 14:31 
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devilman wrote:
All the Power BI visualisation icons changed this week too:
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Nothing really wrong with them - but there was nothing wrong with the previous set either. These are just a bit of blue.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 15:13 
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I watched a documentary about Blackpool the other night, from about 10 years ago. It had all the greats, Jimmy Cricket, Cannon and Ball, Little and Large, Roy Chubby Brown etc...
It was really interesting to see what they thought about the place, and to see them all as old men and footage of them back in their prime, and how much of a bubble they have lived in their whole lives around blackpool and that style of entertainment.
They seem to genuinely think that Blackpool was and still is amazing, and playing there was the epitome of success.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 15:23 
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They're not for me either but I suppose that playing five nights a week year in year out for entire seasons making a room full of hundreds of people laugh could be considered some measure of success for a comedian. Probably better than 99.9% of them do.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 15:27 
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The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

The little drop down to the left of the document title looks like it will let you turn some of the stuff off

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 16:14 
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Mr Russell wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

The little drop down to the left of the document title looks like it will let you turn some of the stuff off


Whaddaya know, that worked. I've turned off Undo, Redo and Autosave, Findus Wordbar Fact Fans.

Cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 18:52 
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Findus Fop wrote:
Mr Russell wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

The little drop down to the left of the document title looks like it will let you turn some of the stuff off


Whaddaya know, that worked. I've turned off Undo, Redo and Autosave, Findus Wordbar Fact Fans.

Cheers!

Chuffed to have been able to make a difference :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 0:33 
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Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

Hold down the Windows key and use left or right arrows to pin things to the side of the screen. Up maximises and down minimises, too.
Also, don't forget Windows and tab to open up some more desktops, and CTRL+Windows+Left/Right to move between them.

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 1:46 
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Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

Hold down the Windows key and use left or right arrows to pin things to the side of the screen. Up maximises and down minimises, too.
Also, don't forget Windows and tab to open up some more desktops, and CTRL+Windows+Left/Right to move between them.


:this: is the pro way

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:15 
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Grim... wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

Hold down the Windows key and use left or right arrows to pin things to the side of the screen. Up maximises and down minimises, too.
Also, don't forget Windows and tab to open up some more desktops, and CTRL+Windows+Left/Right to move between them.


I do use that desktop shortcut, makes it much easier to keep work and personal stuff separated. It's nifty.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 7:43 
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I do that by having two separate computers and two keyboards and mice on my desk. Number of times I've nearly posted some bollocks or other meant for here into a meeting chat.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 11:07 
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markg wrote:
I do that by having two separate computers and two keyboards and mice on my desk. Number of times I've nearly posted some bollocks or other meant for here into a meeting chat.


MarkG prepares for work

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 11:13 
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That is incredible.

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 11:41 
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Amazing. He's a real go getter isn't he.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 11:41 
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24 screens! Why?


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 13:16 
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Mr Chonks wrote:
That is incredible.

Yes, if his wife and kids are asleep, who's made the coffee ?

He's a lying bastard.

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
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Warhead wrote:
Mr Chonks wrote:
That is incredible.

Yes, if his wife and kids are asleep, who's made the coffee ?

He's a lying bastard.

His housekeeper, obv. Or the nanny. Who may or may not be the same person


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
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DavPaz wrote:
Warhead wrote:
Mr Chonks wrote:
That is incredible.

Yes, if his wife and kids are asleep, who's made the coffee ?

He's a lying bastard.

His housekeeper, obv. Or the nanny. Who may or may not be the same person

Because the au pair doesn't get up before noon?

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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
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I'd imagine he has an Alexa-compatible Teasmade.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 14:08 
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And his password is "Password123"


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 16:07 
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Grim... wrote:
Hold down the Windows key and use left or right arrows to pin things to the side of the screen. Up maximises and down minimises, too.

Windows+left/right straight into Windows+up/down gets a combo bonus.

Judging by @findus Fop's title bar I don't think that'll be all too useful though.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st world problems
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 19:10 
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Findus Fop wrote:
The blue bar at the top of Word is now so jammed pack full of shit that I can't select an empty space in order to move the window around/make it snap to the side of my screen.

And they call this progress.

Bring back Mr Paperclip.

Hold down the Windows key and use left or right arrows to pin things to the side of the screen. Up maximises and down minimises, too.
Also, don't forget Windows and tab to open up some more desktops, and CTRL+Windows+Left/Right to move between them.

This didn’t quite do what I wanted to do (different backgrounds, more customisation etc) but I found an app free for personal use that did: http://www.dexpot.de

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