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  2. Well, Portugal having the current idiotic government is mandating mask on the fucking beaches! And the numbers are almost 10x lower than in Germany!   Anyway... I think in Germany it will be around end of June or mid July. They could probably do it by mid June, but I guess they won't risk it. I think numbers need to go down to 5 infected per 100.000.
  3. Deregistering when leaving Germany temporarily

    I got my haftpflichtversicherung/ liability insurance from a 'Makler', I think he seeks the best for me and gets commission, is that right?
  4.   I agree with others that it is way too expensive as-is. It is a 10 year old laptop now. I'd upgrade it and donate it to some kind of charity. Reap the karma and call it a day.   A lot of the similar offers on eBay (I scrolled through) are also, I think, laughably optimistic. Only a sucker would pay what you are asking, sorry.   What I would do: Mandatory battery replacement. A cycle count past 500 is ancient, even if the system report says 'normal'. Sorry, I think it is bad faith to sell such an aging battery at the price you want.  Mandatory upgrade to 16GB RAM (double check, but a 2011 should handle it). Mandatory upgrade to 1TB SSD (I'd recommend an OWC drive, but opinions vary.)   These necessary upgrades might cost you ca. 400€ depending what things costs these days, and if you spend on decent quality (as you should! Avoid any random Amazon Chinese seller's parts).    I've done all these upgrades myself in the past. Battery and RAM upgrade is a no-brainer,; physically replacing the drive requires some careful steps and patience, but is not too hard if you have ever opened a computer before. If you are a software engineer I assume you have some hardware capablity and a set of tiny laptop screwdrivers somewhere. You will also likely need to replace the Macbook's hard drive (SATA) cable as the older cables have very unreliable compatabiilty with newer SSDs (you won't even be able to format the SSD properly in the first place). That is also a careful bit of work, but not too complex, and there are walk-throughs online. Of course, you can always pay someone to do all these...     After all that, a fully upgraded machine might let you break even if you find a bite at 500€.    Just my 2 cents.
  5. No! I had only charm and good looks!😂 ( Both long gone!😂)   Luke: Edit: hot pants, babe! Money was non- existent but Renate in her hot pants! Blimey, I think that was her name!❤️
  6. If only. Here in California I pay almost that much per month to Comcast/Infinity. Granted that includes landline and internet, but even so, I expect I pay $1200/year against your 216 Euros.
  7. Why are you unhappy today?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57091251 20 years old, beheaded for being gay. Primitive bigotry. 20 fucking years old😟
  8. A period of ALG I is not a problem, especially if you are back in work and through any probation period by the time your application is being evaluated.
  9. Zattoo buffering

    I will google that find out what that means. Double Dutch to me!😂 Ok! Googled! None the wiser! I’d better leave the thread! Don’t want to spoil it!
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    As every good firefighter knows, never trust a truss!
  11. Not paying GEZ fees

      There has been a winner.   Let us savour that moment.    Maybe @alien7 could get a roommate too? Unusual lengths to go to for the avoidance of a 20€ tax, but hey.  
  12. Why are you happy today?

    We just had our Covid tests! Negative!👍 Germany here we come on Saturday!😀 By the way, the guy at the lab arrived and said “ Germany has changed the rules again.” Moi: “ no, they haven’t! Get on with it!” 😂 ( He was referring to those already vaccinated ). What it DOES mean , thankfully, though, is that those with a negative test max. 72 hours before flying do not need to quarantine. )
  13.   That looks like Kornelkirsche (dogwood) to me, with edible berries! Probably spread by birds eating the berries and shitting out the seeds. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kornelkirsche https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus
  14. Smuggling becoming a standard...

    Cadburys and curly wurrlies are all available in the supermarket HIT.As to my bacon and widening my circles.Having to get dry ice and then add the price of posting and packaging would make it too expensive for customers  
  15. The reduction depends upon how much you earned before and how much you will be earning in Eltern Zeit. So in short they will see how much your salary reduced and will pay 67% of the reduction.    https://familienportal.de/familienportal/familienleistungen/elterngeld/arbeitssituation/darf-ich-teilzeit-arbeiten-waehrend-ich-elterngeld-beziehe--124622
  16. The cutting room floor

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  17. How to get a job in Germany with A1 German?

    Try contacting Bulgarian people in Germany, there may be a forum like this one, there may be concentrations of Bulgarians not in Berlin. Some towns near the border cooperate, Zittau cooperates with Poland AND Czechia, 'Dreilaendereck', that might be a good place. Really you do need German language I think.
  18. ...and so it was - from mid-morning constant light drizzel.
  19. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      Buy the dip, as always.
  20. what phone do I need for vaccination proof?

    I did read yesterday on FB that the NHS is doing a digital thing next week.    Who knows?
  21. Toytown website improvements/suggestions

      The tail is getting longer...   ...and Leon's getting laaaarger!  
  22. UK to Germany travel

    @colincostello   You are a German resident who got stuck in UK  laste last year due to the Covid lockdown (if I recall correctly) ? I know British people resident here who have recently gone to UK and returned here quite successfully.  They were not vaccinated, just had to show negative tests.    Have you made your declaration to your Ausländeramt so you can at some later date get your Aufenhaltsdokument GB?  
  23. Do I have to turn up in person and show them my photo ID before I eat it with my cornflakes?
  24. Investing money

    Currently, there is simply no safe investment the proceeds of which can beat inflation. How can there be in an area of negative interest rates? The next best thing for the risk-adverse in my layman view would be bonds with shorter maturities or preferred stocks and bonds which are floaters or fixed-to floaters.
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