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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dub View Post
    if there is one good thing to be said about the corona virus, it is causing the most interest and motivation of businesses to enable 'work from home' I've ever seen.
    That is so true, for the last 10 years of my working life at least 70% of my work could have been done from home (software designing & coding, PCB layout, etc.) but not one supposedly "high tech" employer allowed WFH.

    Not only would this have been more efficient for the employer (when I did work for an employer that allowed WFH I found I worked longer hours and got interrupted less, so I got much more work done) but also the lack of pollution due to commuting would be environmentally beneficial too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dub View Post
    if there is one good thing to be said about the corona virus, it is causing the most interest and motivation of businesses to enable 'work from home' I've ever seen, even from companies/workplaces that would never have previously even considered it, let alone recommend it to their workforce.

    I'm not referring to RT, but the innumerable traditionally run businesses that are often only drug kicking and screaming into the future (or present for that matter).
    Ross-Tech has been amenable to WFH for more-or-less since the beginning. I think it may be because the business started in my home 20 years ago. At first it was just me, and then it was just me and Linda, but in 2002, we started hiring people. By 2004, we had four or five people showing up to come to work at our house at 9:00 AM every morning, and Linda put her foot down; "Enough!". So I rented some office space and moved the operations people out. However, R&D stayed in my house until we moved to a bigger facility (the one we're still in) late in 2007. Then we had everyone under one roof for a couple of years.

    That changed again in 2009. Long story short, since then we've hired a number of people for support positions who WFH all but two weeks out of the year because they live far enough away that commuting isn't an option, and moving wasn't feasible or desirable to them. VPN access and VoIP phones make this possible. Each spring and fall, we have an "All hands on deck" week where everyone is in the office. We haven't officially cancelled the one scheduled for May, but it's looking more and more likely...

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    ^^^ Uwe: to quote one of your country's lesser known philosophers (or, to be more correct, his mother) - Ain't life "a box of chocolates"?

    I'm not sure what event initiated the butterfly effect - but I suspect that you would never have predicted the buying your first VW vehicle and discovering that funny looking connector under the dash would have resulted in the even stranger device that we all respectfully call VCDS. Was it luck, brains, intuition or what Bruce might call "Kismet" (given his predilection to believing in a deity) - I don't know, but aligning all the dots that must have been required to get to present day Ross-Tech has to be a one-in-a-billion long shot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DV52 View Post
    I suspect that you would never have predicted the buying your first VW vehicle and discovering that funny looking connector under the dash would have resulted in the even stranger device that we all respectfully call VCDS. Was it luck, brains, intuition or what Bruce might call "Kismet" (given his predilection to believing in a deity) - I don't know, but aligning all the dots that must have been required to get to present day Ross-Tech has to be a one-in-a-billion long shot!!
    Well, my first VW was a 1977 Mk.1 Golf, 1.6 liter that I bought well-used at the end of 1982. I can assure you it did not have the purple connector we've come to know and love. My second was a 1984 GTI. My third was a 1989 GTI-16V. Meanwhile my wife had a 1985 Jetta followed by an MBZ 190E 2.3. All of these cars had some variant of the Bosch CIS fuel injection system, and all you needed to trouble-shoot that were pressure gauges and a multimeter. I did most of the work on these cars learned my way around those cars and the systems in them pretty well...

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    Uwe it was the time of the yellow wire under the hood and sign codes. The good old days are not what the new cars are now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacek View Post
    The good old days are not what the new cars are now.
    Yeah. In the good old days, I could replace a timing belt in well under an hour. Now the engines have timing chains, which theoretically should never need to be replaced, but the reality is that they often don't last any longer than a belt did, and fixing any issue with those chains is an all day job.

    But we digress from the topic of this thread.

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    This is not an advertisement and I am not affiliated with them in any way. I bought a bag of these to my family around January (not even worrying about coronavirus yet). It doesn't kill the viruses but it makes your immune system stronger. Before we started to give that to our children, they were constantly catching a cold which - eventually- was leading to a bronchitis / pneumonia...
    So it was like - two weeks in a kindrgrten and three weeks at home - trying to recover... it was fun... (except it wasn't).

    https://hwpartners.co.jp/en/about-narine/

    (The link is - let's say - "random" - the first one I found about Narine in English).

    Since my kids are taking these, not a single flu / cold for weeks already. Actually, my boy (almost 2 years old now) has a snotty nose for a couple of days, however it is not turning into anything else... which - as I believe - proves that their immune system is stronger.

    I am really concerned about that coronavirus thing and that is why I've decided to share a bit of my experience here. Maybe you guys and galls will find it helpful.

    I hope this nightmare ends soon...

    I wish good health and internal strength to everone. Drink water more often than you usually do and have some good sleep (something I need to work on myself ;-)).
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    Pro biotics indeed can help immune system after a regiment of anti biotics and even help with a rebalance to help the body self regulate stomach acid production.

    I find it far easier than eating yogurt and less fattening as a result.

    Bringing salt levels up also helps since flora survive better with it, however, too much water is not good neither and flushes it, low sugar intake seems to help too.
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    I'm imbibing beer.
    It seems to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack@European_Parts View Post
    Pro biotics indeed can help immune system after a regiment of anti biotics and even help with a rebalance to help the body self regulate stomach acid production.

    I find it far easier than eating yogurt and less fattening as a result.

    Bringing salt levels up also helps since flora survive better with it, however, too much water is not good neither and flushes it, low sugar intake seems to help too.
    Jack: this is nothing to do with your comment above, but given your enthusiasm for posting on the Markets/Economy thread and because you seem to be a keen observer of what's happening - have you noticed the perhaps not surprising similarity between what motivates financial markets and how folk are reacting to the virus? Both appear to be driven by fear and greed!!

    The one clear and unassailable observation (at least down here in the Antipodes) of peoples' behavior in pandemic times appears to confirm mainstream economic theory that we (as a society) are driven by the rational pursuit of self-interest!!

    I think (perhaps "hope" is a better word) that the current practices for hoarding and panic buying is a temporary state and that fairly soon we will start seeing the types of not-so-rational selfless reactions as were prevalent in lots of communities during WW2 (a different kind of pandemic).

    Of course statistics regarding the virus differ - but using www.worldometers information as global numbers there are about 169,113 cases confirmed and 6,494 related deaths (see later discussion about the latter number) at the time of writing. That means that the morbidity rate for the virus is 3.8%.

    Now, I don't suggest that everyone ignores the potential for the virus to mutate, or for the morbidity rate to rise - but perhaps a more proportionate response is needed by those of us who live in caring communities - maybe?

    And.... the thing about the death numbers is no one is identifying how many of these are related to an underlying cause other than the virus. So to assign a death (unfortunate as this is) to the virus, simply because the person had caught the virus is a tad harsh (I think)

    We certainly do live in interesting times !!

    Don

    PS: but at least the virus has introduce me to a new term "social distancing" - what a corker!!! ?
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