• These germy types annoy me. Mabey leave some hand sanitiser and a print -out about the importance of hand cleanliness on your desk for him to peruse

  • DIY replied to the topic Best keyboard cleaners? in the forum General Chat 2 days, 5 hours ago

    In the ‘old days’ (before optical mice were a thing) removing the mouse ball was a good one. Even now you can get surprising mileage from a very small piece of post-it note over the red light.

  • Assuming your boss is not terribly IT literate, and you are using the same login / account as they are to access your computer, use the windows settings to switch over your mouse buttons to ‘left handed mouse’. Select sticky keys on the keyboard. Rotate your screen display by 90 degrees (press ctrl+alt+left or right arrow). Take a screenshot of your screen, paste it into a powerpoint presentation, copy the slide umpty-ump times and leave the file open in presentation mode. Set auto-correct so that every time they type their surname, MS Word replaces it with ‘Ipickmynoseinpublic’. Retire to a safe distance and enjoy.

  • Dettol spray on a cloth and go to town on the keyboard. Just make sure the computer’s off or you run the risk of doing some crazy stuff to it lol

  • You could alternatively very cheaply buy a waterproof silicone keyboard cover to put over the keyboard?

    Or for ‘medical’ use there are fully waterproof keyboards that can be dunked and cleaned in soapy water, or other waterproof ones with keys that are flatter, and can be wiped clean with any type of wet/disinfectant wipe, as wet as you want it.

    But it’s not really fair that you’ve got to buy your own computer equipment though? Unless you own part of the business or something like that.

  • There are UV wands that are supposed to kill germ on your keyboard, but I don’t know how effective they are.

    Nobody uses my desk at work when I’m away, so I don’t have that problem.

    At home, though, I got a completely blank keyboard and the kids really, really dislike it.

    I think the idea’s posted above are good. Set up your workspace how you like it, and preferably in a way that nobody else finds comfortable. A keyboard can be had really cheaply, like €12 or €15, mice, too, are not expensive.

  • Similar to that… I have a vertical mouse, other people hate using it ergo people avoid my desk

  • Lil replied to the topic Best keyboard cleaners? in the forum General Chat 2 days, 5 hours ago

    I have debated whether to do that tbh, it seems a bit ott but honestly, I think it might be the way to go. He will not stay away from the office when he has colds, flu or sicky bugs and I havent got time to be ill with dogs and a pony to look after. Im sure he will think Im completely barking but needs must sometimes

  • Mick replied to the topic Best keyboard cleaners? in the forum General Chat 2 days, 5 hours ago

    Buy your own keyboard and mouse that you bring in to work (or keep in a locker) for your exclusive use?

  • I cleaned my keyboard with a sock yesterday so that’s probably not much help!!

    On a more useful note, I buy lemony fresh anti-bacterial wipes from Wilco for slightly tougher jobs that baby wipes just aren’t strong enough to tackle. For example I use them to wipe the fridge and the loo but not at the same time

    They’re really good, smell nice, get rid of nasty germs, come in a handy re-seal dispenser and don’t cost an arm and a leg.

    You just need to make sure they’re not too wet as you don’t want to blow up your keyboard accidentally.

  • Whats the best thing to use to clean and disinfect a keyboard and mouse? My boss will insist on using mine when Im out of the office, so every afternoon, and he has some very unpleasant habits (which I wont relate for you). Before I start work in the morning I normally wipe everything over with a baby wipe but would like to disinfect it if possible to reduce my chances of catching his children’s various bugs, which he seems to think is his duty to pass on to me. Telling him not to use it is not an option so what can I use on it, daily, to help with cleanliness?

  • geezer replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 10 hours ago

    Thanks all, case closed!

  • oldguy replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 10 hours ago

    I’ve worked in the electricity supply/distribution industry for 30 years. I won’t be getting one anytime soon!

  • pat replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 10 hours ago

    DO NOT GET ONE!

    There have been quite a lot (more than “several” now by quite a way) of cases of them causing house fires – not always due to poor installation, in some cases, the fault was down to a design flaw. The electricity companies are understandably trying to keep it all hushed-up, you probably won’t read much about the fires that they cause on the news. Source – know someone that works for various elec companies and who has dealt with quite a few of these particular cases now.

  • Dom123 replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 10 hours ago

    Don’t get one.
    They are being fitted by unskilled numbties with virtually no training, and your house will burn down several months afterwards from over heating terminations. There are several documented cases of this happening in the last few years.

    And the recent adverts on telly promoting them are verging on total lies. The one with (I think) the disability scooter is particularly bad.

  • Mick replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 4 days, 5 hours ago

    Nop. No way. Never. Well, not unless they have a court order to fit it.

    I can tell how much I’m using by reading the number on mine or by using a clip on sensor to the LED on it. I also know what I’m using because I have produced a detailed energy budget – measured – of the entire household and grounds. Something I hasten to add that a smart meter would not have helped me to do.

    My current meter cannot be remotely disconnected by the government, energy firms or hackers. Despite some crap said out there, smart meters include the hardware for remote disconnection. It does seem like security is being taken more seriously on smart meters since GCHQ weighed in publicly two years ago, but I’m not sold.

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  • geezer replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 4 days, 5 hours ago

    Thanks everyone for the information, it’s much appreciated. Good to get a bit of background knowledge of why they’re being implemented, and that the problems are being ironed out.

    I think I’ll hold off for now, and then next time they make the ‘offer’ I’ll double check it’s a SMETS-2 meter and take them up on it. Is there any possibility that in the future people will be charged to have them installed, and so we should jump at the chance now? It doesn’t sound like it, but just thought I’d ask! Thanks.

  • Clint replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 4 days, 7 hours ago

    As I understand it, the Smart Meter is owned by your energy provider (but paid for by slightly higher bills for all their customers – whether you opt in or not), and in the event you change supplier that device is bought by your new supplier and stays in your home.

    So as long as the device is compatible, you won’t have to do a thing when changing suppliers. OfGem have set out guidelines for how smart meters should operate, and there are only one or two (already compatible) designs in use at the moment anyway.

    In the unlikely event your new supplier cannot use the existing smart meter, it will either revert to a ‘dumb’ meter (as said above, losing you nothing), or they will send you a new one and remove your old one – it is in their interest to do so, and minimises faff for…[Read more]

  • Chris B replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 4 days, 7 hours ago

    A SMETS-2 meter (comms hub) works with any supplier, so you switch in theory more easily than without a smart meter

    A SMETS-1 meter will typically only work with the supplier who issued it, hence if you switch you lose the smart functionality

    Suppliers are curently installing both type 1 and type 2 as DCC/DECC keep delaying date when Type 1 can no longer be installed.

    So worth checking with your supplier which it is

  • amymay replied to the topic Best smart meters? in the forum General Chat 4 days, 7 hours ago

    Energy companies are being pushed to get everyone on a smart meter by 2020, which is why the energy companies are pushing more forcefully now.

    1st generation meters did indeed cause problems switching suppliers – they would just act as a “dumb” meter for any supplier other than the one that fitted it.

    2nd generation meters have overcome this problem and will work for all suppliers, however there was some kind of software issue when they were rolled out meaning that they were only working as standard meters for a lot of people initially. My understanding is that this has mostly been resolved and that updates will be pushed to existing meters automatically to make them work properly.

    I had a 2nd gen meter fitted by SSE earlier this year and have just moved to Bulb. The move…[Read more]

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