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RE: Blocked Caller Question

No voice message = I manually block.
mr. ed 03/08/21 04:53am Technology Corner
RE: Blocked Caller Question

From Verizon's website: Callers you have blocked will hear "Welcome to Verizon Wireless. The number you are trying to reach has calling restrictions which have prevented the completion of your call." People attempting to text to your number will get a notification that delivery failed. Thanks for the info specific to Verizon.
mr. ed 03/07/21 06:21am Technology Corner
RE: Blocked Caller Question

Thank you, Rob. I'm using Verizon, and so far I've been effectively blocking calls from those callers who leave no voicemail. I was curious to know what the blocked caller hears because I recently blocked a friend who became an annoyance.
mr. ed 03/06/21 10:02am Technology Corner
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

The new Visa card is already on the way. I just received my new debit card yesterday. My drivers license replacement process will begin on the 16th (Texas DL vs Arizona)
mr. ed 03/06/21 08:20am Around the Campfire
Blocked Caller Question

I’m curious , if I’ve blocked a phone number, what does the blocked party hear if he calls, a message, no ring, or nothing at all? Thank you
mr. ed 03/06/21 08:16am Technology Corner
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Found a way this morning to make a defective credit card work. My one remaining credit card that wasn't lost in my recent fiasco had been giving me problems for quite some time; after insertion into machine, screen would indicate the card wasn't good. After several tries, card usually worked when cashier tried it. I learned the trick today from a helpful Walmart employee: Insert chip end into machine for three attempts. After third attempt, swipe card. It worked well. Still a bit of a pain, but at least the card can be used. Anyhow, a new replacement card has been mailed and is on the way. Bank also informed me that my new debit card is on the way, too :C I worked at a place that took cards for a while years ago. Try twice, don't work slide it backwards. (No, Miss Blondie, it does not put money back on card). Then try putting card in baggie, slide again. I hated to do it but could key in the number by hand. I'm not sure if you can still punch in the card number by hand. I asked the employee to do that, but she mumbled something and then worked her magic, as I described. At other places where I shopped nobody tried entering the number. Anyway, I can at least use the card until the new one arrives.
mr. ed 03/03/21 05:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

I think taking a blood thinner wouldn't be a bad idea for a person who spends much time sitting in a wheelchair, such as myself. Too much sitting is known to be a possible cause of blood vessel blockage in the legs, which may possibly be prevented with a blood thinner. Airline passengers on long flights face this danger, too. in the absence of a prescribed blood thinner, perhaps aspirin may help, but I'm not a medical professional, so I would encourage a person to consult one.
mr. ed 03/03/21 02:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Found a way this morning to make a defective credit card work. My one remaining credit card that wasn't lost in my recent fiasco had been giving me problems for quite some time; after insertion into machine, screen would indicate the card wasn't good. After several tries, card usually worked when cashier tried it. I learned the trick today from a helpful Walmart employee: Insert chip end into machine for three attempts. After third attempt, swipe card. It worked well. Still a bit of a pain, but at least the card can be used. Anyhow, a new replacement card has been mailed and is on the way. Bank also informed me that my new debit card is on the way, too :C
mr. ed 03/03/21 01:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gmail Reverted to Portuguese

How is GMail working now? Or have you learned Portuguese well enough to read your email? :B I'd check the location of your VPN server to find out if it's located in Portugal? As some have mentioned, it could be that GMail is setting the default language to where it detects the location of the VPN? Out of curiosity, the next time your GMail is in Portuguese, go check the location of your VPN IP at WhatIsMyIP.com. You can also change your GMail language from settings. The only Portuguese I know is "bom Dia" (good day). Gmail is OK now. Proton free VPN only uses USA servers, to the best of my knowledge. So far, I'm pleased with it. I also have Windscribe VPN as backup.
mr. ed 03/02/21 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

If you want the security of another credit card while you're waiting for replacement cards, use either another credit card or bank cash withdrawal to purchase a VISA or MasterCard gift card in whatever amount works for your interim needs. Thanks for the suggestion, Dutch. I still have the one Visa card that I saved. It will work after several try's. The cashier is usually successful in getting it to work. I can't make a bank cash withdrawal without my lost debit card anyway. The replacement Visa card should arrive in perhaps a week. :)
mr. ed 03/02/21 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

i keep my cards in my wallet which stays in my pants pocket and remains in my hand when i take out a card for use. i had my wallet stolen 30+ years ago and it was a pain replacimg all those cards. there was a funny ending to that story. about a week after the theft of my wallet i received a notice to come to the post office to pick up a package. that package turned out to be the contents of my wallet minus the cash. i didn't get the wallet back either. Great story! I guess the thief, in your case, had somewhat of a conscience. I used to carry a wallet in a pants pocket before I became wheelchair bound. Now, I generally wear sweat pants with no pockets. Besides, trying to retrieve a wallet from a pants pocket while seated in a wheelchair would be quite inconvenient. I think I'll be pleased with the over-the-neck product I just ordered. It would be hard to lose that, methinks. ;)
mr. ed 03/01/21 03:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

What we use when traveling is a passport holder that slings around our neck. I wear it sideways and tuck it under my arm. You could use the same. Passport holder Thanks, Fizz, for the link. I just now ordered that over the neck carry bag from Amazon. Should arrive Thursday. :C I'm really surprised at losing my cards holder. After the first time it happened, I've been very careful to check my wheelchair carry bag before leaving an area. I know I checked this time, but I guess I thought I saw it in the bag. Should have reached in and touched it! :R
mr. ed 03/01/21 12:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gmail Reverted to Portuguese

Hi Ed! Good on you for using Proton VPN. I have used their email since they were in beta and love their privacy policy. Do you use them for mail too? As to VPN usage, does Proton VPN allow you to force select your country you are routing thru? That could fix any language/measurement unit problems that arise (if your prob is indeed caused by that). I use Nord VPN and often country-surf just for the heck of it. I am just going by stated policy re Google, Facebook, and the rest who actually come out and say that they harvest and sell private info. I have no prob with anyone who wants to do that, just that everyone knows what they are doing. Someone once said that if you cant figure out who is paying for a service, then the answer is that You Are. Google/FB/et al get a lot of money selling targeted advertising. Yes, Mike, I use free Proton VPN plus proton mail. I like using free services, although I realize there may be some risk. I previously used Tunnelbear VPN (paid) and found it satisfactory. I also realize Nord VPN, as well as Express VPN, are highly rated. Glad you're using Nord. I'm not interested in surfing through other countries, though. USA is good enough for me.
mr. ed 03/01/21 11:53am Technology Corner
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Sorry to hear about your lost cards. That is a real pain having to replace all those cards. Is there any way to put a tether onto your container, like bikers do with chains to their wallets? I hope it goes well getting the DL and VA cards replaced. -Michael I like the picture of your chained wallet, Flash Buddy. I hope you don't forget the lock combination! :E
mr. ed 03/01/21 11:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Well, I have a new VA med ID card on order. It was easy-peezy. After I finished my therapy session this morning, I visited the appropriate office in the same building. After a few questions, another card was ordered and will be mailed to my address. Next will be the drivers license. I've decided to change states, going from my previous state, Arizona to Texas. I have an appointment in about 2 weeks at a local DMV office. BTW, I appreciate the replies and suggestions, folks. :)
mr. ed 03/01/21 11:39am Around the Campfire
Loss of Credit Cards and other Important Items

Last Saturday, I experienced the loss of one credit card. a debit card, my drivers license and VA medical ID card. I had been food shopping and mistakenly left the small container with the cards at the checkout location. Upon returning home, I noticed the container missing. I called the store to see if anyone had turned it in, since this had happened once before, and some honest person had given it to customer service. This time, nobody honest found it. So, I immediately contacted my financial institution to invalidate both cards. I'll still need to obtain replacement cards for the DL and VA. Fortunately. the management at the hotel where I'm living had made a copy of my DL when I first checked in. They made me another copy, so at least that will suffice for now. I've also notified my VA medical center for a replacement ID card. Fortunately I still have a credit card that wasn't in the lost container, but that card has issues at checkout and takes multiple tries to get it to work. I had already ordered a replacement, but I'm afraid the defective card may soon fail entirely before the new one arrives. I rely very much on credit cards since I carry little cash, and can't get more without a debit card. In retrospect, I see it was foolish to carry all these cards in one container. From now on I will keep credit/debit cards separate since it's easier to replace those cards than a drivers license or VA ID. Live and learn! ;)
mr. ed 03/01/21 07:10am Around the Campfire
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

X2, Mexicowanderer. I've been encouraging people to keep up with cardio checkups. At any sign of heartbeat irregularities, get started with an anti-coagulant (blood thinner). The newer meds are a big improvement over the older warfarin; much safer and less diet restrictive. I've had no adverse reactions taking Eliquis, 10mg/day.
mr. ed 03/01/21 06:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Gmail Reverted to Portuguese

Are you using a VPN? I have seen language and measurement units change routing thru different countries. Agree with all re de-googleing (and de-Anythinging that sells your personal data. all you gmailers are aware that google reads and harvests info in all your gmails, right?). Yes, Mike, I usually use Proton VPN, so I agree with your assessment. I wish to continue with the VPN since I usually use an unsecured hotel WIFI where I'm living. The language problem hasn't reappeared in several days, so I'll take a wait and see approach for now. The VPN has caused no other issues I'm aware of and I feel safer using it. Malware scans have also turned up no issues. Additionally, what guarantee do we have that other email clients don't also harvest personal information? That's a chance we all take, regardless of what email service we're using.;) Perhaps a paid service may be a better bet?
mr. ed 02/27/21 08:51am Technology Corner
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

Hello again. I just want to clarify something regarding my left leg improvement. While the RANGE OF MOTION has greatly improved, there is still weakness in the leg lifting muscle, which is to be expected after almost 7 years of non-use. So, there is still some effort to lift it compared to the right leg.  Between Belinda's therapy sessions and my own strengthening efforts, I'm hoping this will improve. If I can get both legs equally strong there will be a good chance of walking normally, perhaps carrying a small cane in case of balance issues.  Until then, I'll be relying on the wheelchair. Still, any improvement is better than none.
mr. ed 02/27/21 08:40am Around the Campfire
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

My VA center is in Asheville NC and my primary care doctor is the best one I have ever had in my life. He seems to actually care about my health Also the auditory and optical doctors are second to none Guy I was undergoing rehab at a civilian facility while I was in Hendersonville, NC before moving west. I wasn't part of the VA system yet. I decided it was time to join, so I drove to the VA facility in Asheville with the intention of signing up, but found it literally impossible to find a parking spot, especially a handicapped one. After driving around for quite some time, I became discouraged and gave up. Besides, I noticed the handicap ramp to the building entrance was very long and steep. Since I was planning a move westward anyway, it made little sense to begin my care in NC. So, my first VA experience was at Tucson, and was very satisfactory indeed. I'm Just as happy here in Amarillo. in addition, since Amarillo's population is smaller than Tucson's, parking is easier and there appears to be a smaller patient load. I'm pleased you're finding good care there in Asheville, Guy. :C
mr. ed 02/27/21 08:35am Around the Campfire
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