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Wednesday, 3 June 2020 Dereel Images for 3 June 2020
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Completing the sock purchase
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

So what went wrong with Yvonne's attempt to order socks yesterday? Her mail to the seller bounced, but their system had obviously noted the problem and sent her email reminding her of the purchase—along with a $6 rebate voucher.

OK, try again. Yesterday's URL was clearly old and worn out, and that was something they hadn't expected:

 
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But retrying brought me further, including additional inapplicable but required information:

 
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And the voucher (“only valid for today”) was still applicable, so in the end we saved the $5.99 postage. It worked! And the receipt from PayPal explained another mystery:

Subject: Receipt for your payment to keidson.

So the company variously refers to itself as keidson, ACCFC-COM, buyeasyservice.com and stromore.com. No wonder we're confused: they seem to be too. Once again, it seems, an application of Hanlon's Razor.


Rice in new saucepans
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I cook rice in bulk and freeze it in portions. Today was a day, not helped by the fact that the stainless steel saucepan I use for rice was already in use. OK, what are the new saucepans for? Not for that; at least that was my intention. But why not?

It proved to be very successful. Rice does have a tendency to stick to the bottom of a saucepan, and the non-stick coating proved very effective. I wonder how it will go with nasi lemak.

But one thing hit me. The projecting handles:

 
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They're not in the way on the stove, but they'll take up significantly more space dish washer. Something to think about next time we buy cookware.

In passing, this time the rice:water ratio was 1:1.45. I think I can go to 1:1.5 next time.


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Winter flower bouquet
Topic: gardening, general Link here

Sadly, only 3 days after the beginning of winter, we have no roses worth picking any more; hopefully some will come. But we have a few gladioli, valerian and lavender:

 
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Dishwasher issues confirmed
Topic: food and drink, general Link here

Somehow I've been doing a lot of cooking lately. Today I filled two dishwashers and still had things left over. And as suspected, the handles of the new saucepan took up mre space than they should have:

 
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Next teevee hang
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Once again teevee hung this evening, again with firefox; why can't it do it during the day when I have more time? And maybe it's time to stop using firefox until that issue is solved. So I took the opportunity to explicitly add to xorg.conf:

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/sysmouse"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

According to the man page that's the default, so it shouldn't be necessary and shouldn't make any difference. Certainly it made no difference, and there was no mention of it in the log file.

FOOL! That's a Boolean, so it requires an argument. I should have written:

   Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "True"

Where “True” can also be spelt “1”, “on” or “yes”. Next time. Maybe I should set up a second machine to test with without interfering with teevee. And in the meantime I should probably use chrome instead.


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