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Old 01.02.2015, 18:36
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A "Switzerlanded" experience.

Yesterday, someone I know got Switzerlanded.


He`d had a new door and doorframe fitted to an extension he`d done to his house - new windows and door, pvc, lovely, good price too.


The door was wider than a normal entrance door, and he required 4 slightly larger steel brackets(than those supplied by manufacturer) that attach to the doorframe and wall (what secures the frame and then get plastered over).


So he toddled down to the local Blacksmith and asked him to make up 4 brackets - what is cut from a piece of steel angle-iron and holes drilled for screws. Not asking the price.


He goes to fetch them, has a Sfr50 note in hand (well, to cut 4 pieces off a length of angle-iron and drill some holes can`t exceed Sfr50?


Hah not so. Price was Sfr55 each. Sfr220 for the 4 pieces of iron.
(exclamation mark won`t work on this horrible new Toshiba lap-top so I can`t exclaim)(I can`t even post a smilie) I think we were Switzerlanded too when accepting this laptop? .....


Anyway, back to this woe ......... the 4 brackets cost 20% of the entire door price (insert exclamation mark).


I had dealt with this Blacksmith before .... asked him to "smithy" and make a new sharp point on the end of one of those big steel rods you hammer concrete out with - asked him the price ..... Sfr15. So paid Sfr15 when I collected it. A fair price hey? considering he had to heat it red-hot in his fire and hammer it down to a point.


ASK THE PRICE FIRST. ASK THE PRICE :::: FIRST ASK THE PRICE
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ASK THE PRICE FIRST. ASK THE PRICE :::: FIRST ASK THE PRICE
Elementary, my dear Watson.
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Old 01.02.2015, 21:18
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(exclamation mark won`t work on this horrible new Toshiba lap-top so I can`t exclaim)(I can`t even post a smilie)
Are you using Windows 8? At the bottom right of your screen, do you see "ENG" just to the left of the clock? Click there and see if you can select the appropriate keyboard (Swiss German, or US, or British English, or whichever keyboard is on your laptop). Hopefully this will also fix your odd apostrophes.

As for the smilies, I have not been able to use the emoticons from the selection alongside the "Reply to Thread" text input box for quite some time now. Weird.

And as for your friend's Switzerlanded experience, hopefully he learned that salient lesson.
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Old 01.02.2015, 22:31
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Are you using Windows 8?
No way, smoky must be using Windows 10:

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Old 05.02.2015, 15:30
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Are you using Windows 8? At the bottom right of your screen, do you see "ENG" just to the left of the clock? Click there and see if you can select the appropriate keyboard (Swiss German, or US, or British English, or whichever keyboard is on your laptop). Hopefully this will also fix your odd apostrophes.

As for the smilies, I have not been able to use the emoticons from the selection alongside the "Reply to Thread" text input box for quite some time now. Weird.

And as for your friend's Switzerlanded experience, hopefully he learned that salient lesson.
Thank you for that information, I appreciate it (Yes Windows 8) ... but ... I`m too scared to do anything with altering the keyboard on *that* laptop (I`m back on my ancient old Asus now that knows what it`s supposed to do for me ).

I will try and experiment with your info, but anytime I have changed something on that one - it does something else weird. Like not allowing me to make a paragraph - the curser thing goes back to the beginning of the sentence! I can`t get the @ sign anymore, or the exclamation mark, and others need finger juggling to get the alternate things that appear in odd places.

Is there such a thing as a "lemon" laptop?

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Anyway, beside all that - back to these Switzerlanded experiences - There is a saying in CH that if one needs to ask the price, one can`t afford it in the first place. NOT true! Maybe in some distant past, but not anymore.
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Old 05.02.2015, 15:50
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No, there are only lemon users
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Old 05.02.2015, 15:54
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or lemon parties! :P

EDIT: see also http://www.computerlemonlaw.com/rights.html
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