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  1. De-register as Freelancer (providing evidence)

      Simple instructions are available in both German and English on the relevant pages of the Berlin.de website.   Please see Steuerliche Abmeldung eines Unternehmens - Dienstleistungen - Service Berlin - Berlin.de  and Tax de-registration of a company - Services - Dienstleistungen - Service Berlin - Berlin.de   Unfortunately both the links to the downloadable PDF 'Formulare' or 'Forms' on those pages will, irrelevant of the language of the link title, only permit you to save a German language copy which is a very simple 2 page 149Kb pdf.   NB: the above links only apply to Berlin!   For readers seeking similar sources of info relevant to other locations in Germany some of the following links might help.   abmeldung freiberufliche tätigkeit finanzamt vorlage - Google-Suche   fragebogen zur beendigung der gewerblichen oder selbständigen tätigkeit - Google-Suche   finanzamt freiberufliche tätigkeit abmelden formular - Google-Suche   If not then the standard search tips for Germany are to use a minimum number of German(!) key words (e.g.; 'beendigung+freiberuflichetätigkeit+Finanzamt+your city+PLZ (i.e.; postcode zipcode) and put that into www.google.de(!!!)   HTH   2B
  2. I've just posted a silly photo

    Port Vice-Admiral to Starboard Captain - 'on my mark - release inboard and outboard portside brakes'   'mark five, mark four, mark three, mark two, mark one, MARK!!'   Starboard Captain to Port Vice-Admiral 'oh bugger me! Missed that one, sir!'     2B
  3. Definitions game

      piccolo paleo   espirit de l'Stade   2B
  4. Being the outsider in a village

    Apart from an apparent total disregard of 70 years of history and 30 years of reunification pains, it sounds to me a bit more like a removal to rural northern Germany of the 1932 published comic novel, (described as occuring during 1946 in the period following the Nicarguan-British War), Cold Comfort Farm   2B
  5. I've just posted a silly photo

    My mates say PAX on board be happy if they get given enuff 'stewardess mince'   2B
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      No, there's not!   2B
  7. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

      Quite possibly you will but, considering how critical a position you appear to be heading for, I'm sure you will have been keeping abreast of all the latest advice as it has been updated by both the German and UK governments almost every quarter since July 2016 and every month since November 2018.    You can navigate from these links to find the situation nearest to your own.   BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge - Welcome page Welcome to GOV.UK Living abroad - GOV.UK   HTH   2B
  8. Worst jokes ever

      Hopefully engraved with one of their popular porcine mottos; 'Welcome to all that'swilling!' 'Where there's a way there's a swill!'   2B
  9. I've just posted a silly photo

    Trumpet Voluntari(R)at     2B
  10. I've just posted a silly photo

    Tales From The Riverbank 'Tails' from 'The Riverband'   2B
  11. Where to buy Homebrew Equipment - Saarland

      www.Eimerzentrale.de - Manufacturer of lidded foodsafe buckets and tubs, regular buckets and boxes in all sizes and price ranges. NB: wholesaler and retailer price lists depend on whether you are consumer or B2B client.   The name Demijohn originally came from an old Rheinhessische mickeytake of the Napoleonic French during their occupation in a play on the German word Dämon (demon) and the mans name Jean as DameJean.    The regular German equivalent words are Glasballon or Korbflasche.   If you just want one or two used Demijohns put 'Glasballon Korbflasche Saarbrücken' into www.google.de and you'll get some links to current offers in kleinanzeige-ebay.de and other local ad sites.   2B
  12. Windows Backup Help

    One major PIA with anything to do with Microsoft is that even their simplest basic instructions meant for average private Windows users are written by people who are obligated to use their corporate vocabulary which includes many words, phrases and acronyms (often MS copyright or trade marked).   For lots of users this means cranking up their "Help" and trying to locate the correct of ziggety choice of page links, which may or may not be relevant, before referring to their Glossary to try to translate Microsoft English (or German) to human English in order to figure out wtf they're talking about.   Of course ALL their basic or Help instructions are also intended to satisfy the needs of fully tech savvy pros in the corporate environment, which they probably do, but that doesn't make life in any way easier for newbs or non-tech readers.   It's often quicker to google 'How to use Windows x feature' and check through some of the numerous links to explanatory articles which offer simplified versions of the instructions dealing with a lot of common Windows issues.   There is a caveat though.   Apart from the pointlessness of trying to find a less complicated option in the first few microsoft/help links a lot of the links are to sites written by folks who are either non-native English writers or are merely using the theme as bait to link through to spamming or phishing farms.   That said there are several reputable and reliable computer theme publishers out there too whose site names may be familiar to even the least geeky.   Even some of those who have a software solution to promote or sell may provide well written clear descriptions of how to use the original Windows feature before raising the added benefits of their own or featured product for comparison.   Where there are many choices (written by folks who appear to range from over-enthusiastic hip-hoppers with ADHD to old school grampas sitting on a porch rocker shooting the odd rabbit between beers) I generally recommend trying to find a writer whose style you are comfortable with so you can bookmark their links in case of a need to look up other similar issues in future.   Some links, including one from the folks @keith2011 recommended, which may be useful.   How to back up your Windows 7 computer - CNET How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 How to Use Windows 7 Backup and Restore Feature NTBackup: A Built-in Backup and Restore Tool in Windows   2B
  13. Windows Backup Help

      Unless your original C disc was larger than 850 GB and/or loaded with videos like a TNT Classic Movies server I've no idea how your first backup reached such an enormous size but, be that as it may, I suspect you may have unwittingly restarted the backup procedure at least once or twice during the time you should have simply walked away and gone to sleep while it did its snail-paced job undisturbed.   Unless you're an extremely rapid video filmer (maybe your son's concert appearances?) it's also hard to believe you could possibly be increasing your files to save by 82, 191 and 282 GB in such short time intervals.   Logically each subsequent backup should have been smaller NOT larger IF it was only saving the changes which happened between backups. That you may have been backing up duplicates of everything you backed up during the preceding period seems the more likely explanation, tbh.   Here're some suggestions, which are entirely based on my own personal experience and extensive reading on the subject rather than any technical qualification!   I'm a bit reluctant to say this (because I've no idea what you've done, whether you'd take enough time to diligently follow any of the tips anyone here might post, or how you'd feel about the suggestion of starting again from scratch by learning to use Windows backup properly) but am inclined to tell you that I personally would take the risk and delete the entire lot of those Data backup files - which I doubt you'll ever be able to use in any practical way -  before starting over again.   NB: I myself am still not absolutely sure how to use the Windows backup task scheduler to do everything I want it to do automatically once a week, month or quarter and consequently still resort to doing it manually about every 6th or 8th month albeit, like @lisa13, I do religiously transfer everything I'm not actually using weekly from C:\\ My files to an identically named folder in E:\\ Lokale Datenträger (D) --> E:\\ being my external disc and Lokal Datenträger (D) being the name of a partition I had on one of my earliest previous crashed HDDs.   That way I usually know where to find whatever type of info (e.g.My Pics/Pix4TT, or My Docs/Texts/Text 4TT/Legal, or PDFs/PDFs4TT/Legal/Rental etc.) without having to launch a search.   To save a large number (up to 16 per day) of duplications of system image mirroring - whenever Windows ignores my task scheduled instructions and resorts to default - I find myself manually deleting about 50 System Restore points every week (who needs to create one more than before installing or removing software or maybe once a week?).   Of course all those accumulating System Restore points are compressed mini-images of the entire Windows OS state and, when doing a backup, will automatically be duplicating themselves again too!   In order to reduce constant CPU and RAM usage I also disabled Windows Search and Indexing (which maintains yet another constantly changing image of EVERYTHING as it changes on the Windows registry files) so if you want to do the same but still be able to find stuff on your PC or disc(s) then download and install 'Everything' from http:\\www.voidtools.com beforehand. You can use wild cards like ? or * to speed up searching Everything like this -> say you want to find a YouTube video of John Lennon you could put ?*John Lennon* or *Lennon?.mp4 in to save time.   Please do read the explanatory panel on this Wiki page to determine the precise difference between a Windows Incremental backup and a Windows Differential backup - Wikipedia   Download and install the excellent Pirisoft  CCleaner - Standard which includes under its Tools tab an option to View disc space usage. By Adding (and then selecting by checking) the drive letter of your external drive and allowing it to run a Search for a few minutes undisturbed it will show a bar diagram in type, percentage and physical size of all data files stored.   Below that will be a list of what those items consist of so you can clearly identify which type of files are the largest by their suffix (.doc .txt .mp4 .webm .cab .dll etc.) their name, their location path address and type (e.g. Music, Video, Document, Text, Compressed, Hidden, System, etc.)   There will be a button below which allows you to Save as text file if you can't be arsed to scroll through and extend the field widths to read the full path addresses but I've not used that button so have no idea how well seperated the resulting saved text file may be.   HTH   (too bad if it doesn't but, having been bitten by your style of gratitude before after taking too much time and trouble to try and help you, I'm not too likely to care much either way, tbh.)   2B
  14. What's got you flummoxed today?

      Fixed that for you, dear.   Methinks your work is done here for now so, unless you've got any TT meetups to book or cancel your place on, you can put your wooden spoon back in the kitchen drawer until you need it later on the cookery thread.   Are you really so unaware of the image your behaviour in TT projects that you don't realise that you are increasingly likely to be judged by the same standards that you set for other users (irrespective of your or other members personal opinions of whoever the targetted TTer may be) ? Asking for a friend!   2B    
  15. house prices

      That's probably wise otherwise you might be obligated to pay a huuuge (more than the listed price even!)  real estate agent fee should you ever actually buy one of their listed offers.   Be sure to check that you're not looking at Wochenendhäuse (weekend houses) located in so-called Schrebergarten (garden allotments) where only overnight stays on Fri or Sat are permitted and which tend to be under the strict control of a committee of other co-members who may lay down the law on your every attempt to change or improve the site.   Also be sure that the house has paved road access and has been connected within the last 10 - 20 years to the local fresh water, sewage, gas and electrical mains otherwise you may find yourself facing multiple charges in excess of the 'house price' to meet each of those requirements.   Be sure the local commune has approved the continuing use of the property as a dwelling and is not intending to run a new bypass road past it within 10 meters at any time in the next 15 years.   Or you could post links to the ads you saw and perhaps some TTers could save you time by pointing out the likely drawbacks - of course that would expose those willing TT community volunteers to a barrage of critisism from the usual bunch of newbies who do not add anything much to the TT server data base other than complaints about their prospects of unicorns and rainbows being spoiled and accusations of negativity by TT naysayers.   We just can't help but be unhelpful to someone sometimes just by trying to be helpful.   2B    
  16. What's got you flummoxed today?

      Depending on the terms of any banning it seems the relaying of PMs may be suspended during bans. I suspect he'd respect those who have the nous to do so if they want or need to contact him but first you'd need to use your initiative and take note of the hints he left.   Hint: Scroll down until you see his name amongst the lists on the Posting averages page and note he changed his 'user title' (not user name!) to reflect the fact that he appeared to have been anticipating another ban since around the middle of March.   Hope that helps with achieving unflummoxation in this area.   2B
  17. Wheel balancing after changing of car tires

    Before I get on to questions about alignment let me point out something else I forgot to mention wrt refitting tyres.    Not only is it important to refit the wheel/tyre on the correct side of the correct axle but it is also important to fit it in the same position on the axle hub (as per an imaginary clock face).   IME most tyre fitters will put either their markings on the TOP of the inner wall of the tyre and may also score the disc accordingly to match a smaller inward pointing arrow or stroke so set it next to the axle and rotate either the axle or the wheel so as to be able to locate the wheel in line with the peg on the axle hub and then you should be OK wrt the screws or studs.   @AlexTr   Well there are two schools of thought wrt how often alignment checks are necessary one of which relates to how soon the mechanic or shop owner has to meet their next boat or mortgage payment.   However on a more serious note any of the reasons I mentioned earlier about hitting potholes, uneven pavement surfaces, kerbs or speed bumps which might cause a rebalancing of wheel/tyre combos to be necessary could also result in a change in steering and/or suspension geometry in which case alignment on a similar laser beam testing rig* should be on the plan.   Steering arms may be adjustable to compensate for misalignment but steering knuckle joints and suspension eye bearing bushes can become deformed by impact and needs must then be replaced accordingly. Oversight of such issues are potentially dangerous and will defo result in HU failures.   Again, apart from the obvious low inflation = high shoulder wear pattern or over infation = high centre wear pattern any skilled mechanic should be able to recognise at least 6 or 8 other common tread wear patterns which may be the result of suspected alignment problems such as rising or feathering of tyre blocks or patches of scuffing of front tyres caused by 'fighting' through rather than effortlessly taking bends or corners.   Suspension geometry problems may not be so easy to detect by eye but can be very serious in their effect as a bouncing tyre cannot achieve full contact in cornering or emergency braking and will defo increase the risks of unexpected aquaplaning in any sudden rainstorm!   Remember, no matter how well you know the road, any sudden change of weather after an extended dry spell is likely to result in more water lying on the surface due to the amount and mixture of tyre (carbon black or Russ) dust, brake dust, oil and diesel mist which will have created a highly effective sealing coat which prevents the water from being absorbed and/or running off the camber as it would do in a normal period of showers or heavier rain every few days or hours.   Stay safe out there and please don't cut the wrong type of corners - I might be out there too!   2B   ETA *In Germany only the manufacturers Niederlassungen (corporate subsidiary shops) tend to have the funds to invest in such testing rigs but in most cities at least one or two of the local large tyre dealers will have them.   Albeit I used to be able to rock up and roll in within 15 - 20 mins you, as an owner rather than a trader or grease monkey, may need to make an appointment.
  18. Wheel balancing after changing of car tires

      Jein!   Times and reasons have changed thanks to manufacturers policies most of which are unrelated to the tyres or wheels specifically but are related to reducing corporate fuel efficiency ratings brought about by weight reduction and certain body styling options offered by cutting standard equipment.   Back in the day (in 1969 at the then sole Renault distributorship for Wales) when I started one of the first standard jobs I was taught was indeed to follow the correct rotation pattern and to re-balance the resulting front wheel/tyre combos on the spinning machine prior to fitting them. We were of course working with 5 full size standard tyre/wheels.   Almost all models still had rear drum brakes and some of the older Fregate, R4 and Dauphine we serviced even had front drum brakes.   With drum brakes the drums themselves are balanced to the axle but the runout (side play) is less noticable than with discs consequently accurate balancing is not quite as critical to safety albeit on the rear axles of large trucks it still makes a serious economic difference to the tyre lifespan and is consequently something most major trucking companies maintain strict data records on to this day.   By comparison with most other car manufacturers which still fitted cross-ply (bias-belted) tyres during the 1960s and '70s that was considered the most progressive method since only the French makers Regie Renault, Citróen and Peugot were exclusively fitting Michelin diagonal-belted tyres.   Nowadays most cars come with either a spacesaver spare or a so-called tyre repair kit so as to cut manufacturing costs and increase profit per unit, allow for 'optimization' when passing homologated fuel and emission efficiency testing either for DOT, DHSA, CARB, CAFE or EC standards and to free up floor, side wall trunk or under hood space for more sporty styling.   Ironically none of these justifications are applied to arguments used for obligating buyers to pay more for full size wheel/tyre combos for most SUVs.   So if you do have 5 in rotation then IMO you're still better off to be using old school methods otherwise it's probably better to be refitting them as per the current standard on the same axle and side whilst expecting to change your front axle pairs in about 4/5ths of the time/kilometers that the rears will last.   2B
  19. Wheel balancing after changing of car tires

      There are many reasons why re-balancing of wheels and tyres may need to be done very few of which have anything to do with either time or distance travelled. And not all those reasons will lead to vibrations being caused which are strong enough to be telegraphed back through the steering wheel, pedals or seat frame.   One of the most common reasons can be caused by the loss of one (or more) balance weight(s) upon a hitting either a pot-hole in the city or an expansion gap in the road surface at typical autobahn speeds.   Another is the excessive loss of tread footprint in just one particular section of a set of tyres which invariably happens when braking excessively - such as occurs when being surprised by the sudden shortage of distance between the vehicle and the tail end of an unexpected stau or moving traffic jam.   More common than the loss of balance weights or hard braking tyre surface loss is due to damage caused to tyre walls by carelessness when parking on kerbs or by hitting speed bumps too fast. Tyre damage, particularly to walls, may not be recovered from or improved on by rebalancing and even partial loss of footprint will only continue to get exponentially worse if disregarded.   Given 10 - 20 minutes any skilled mechanic should be able to read the surface condition of all 4 tyres and give a valid appraisal as to the question of whether there's any need to have them optically balanced on the car by using a laser beam diagnostic rig.   Be sure that you are paying close attention to the yellow crayon markings on the inner walls of your tyres when refitting them. The original tyre fitter who balanced the wheel and tyre will have indicated both the axle and the side to which they were matched when balanced.   In Germany they usually put a short forward facing arrow and VL VR HL HR (for FL FR RL RR) on the inner walls. When making seasonal changes they should always be re-marked since they tend to fade in use according to road, weather and UV light conditions.   It is important to pay attention to this since no two axle shafts or brake discs are exact matches so if a wheel/tyre combo balanced to the LHF is put on the right rear it won't vibrate through the steering but may wear faster whilst its diagonal or front right counterpart may well get condemned to being hammered for a very short lifespan.   Check your tyre tread depths for consistency across as well as around each tyre. Albeit the legal minimum is only 1.6mm to reduce the risk of aquaplaning and for multiple other safety reasons summer tyres should ideally have at least 3mm and winter tyres 4mm.   Also bear in mind that tyres may have acquired some (up to 3 years according to the ADAC) 'shelf life' before they were originally fitted at the factory or when purchased by you and there is a maximum permitted term of use rule enforced at the HU by the TÜV (and their equivalents) in Germany of 6 years. You can read the year and week of manufacture from the 4 digit production date code in an oval on the outer sidewall next to the DOT code. The first two digits are the week and the last two the year so 2615 would be week 26 of 2015.   If your winter tyres might need renewing next winter then you might get a better deal in spring or early summer if your supplier is needing to free up shelf space for incoming summer tyres.   Prices for summer tyres don't tend to fall much out of season but may be put on offer if a new 'model type' is being promoted by the dealer's primary manufacturer or they are switching main supplier brands.   HTH   2B
  20.   (bolds added for clarification)   Rather than getting involved in undignified slanging matches or flame wars which are unlikely to help serve your wife's (or your wife's friends') purposes perhaps you should just take a moment to consider what you wish to post on an open public forum before doing so in future.   For example I'm sure more TTers might be convinced of the sincerity of your efforts if you could simply please enlighten us as to which of the two conflicting statements you made in your first two posts in this thread we are supposed to take for granted as being worthy of our trust and faith in your good will and honest intentions.   FYI, no matter how your personal feelings may be hurt, responding to critical posts by making detrimental comments about the individual poster concerned (irrespective of group or solo opinons wrt that poster) is unlikely to get you any support from either the site owner the admins or mods in the event of any complaint from your side since the site policy is to either report or respond - not both.   Thanks in anticipation of your future understanding, consideration for the volunteer mods and support of the TT community spirit.   2B
  21. I've just posted a silly photo

    Federal Marshal Leif 'Woody' Knot (3rd from left in black Stetson) with a freshly sworn in posse of 32 deputies out searching for signs of life after receiving valuable a tip off about the posssible wherabouts of the suspected kidnapping victim 'young Bud'.     2B
  22. Three-word story

    building brickwork barbecue
  23. Three-word story

    preparing patioscape poolside
  24. Three-word story

    , slimmer, trimmer swimmers
  25. Three-word story

    hedging their beds