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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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Oct
20
comment What to do when no search engine can find a connection that clearly exists
are you doing searches on one-way flights? That often keeps you away from cheap fare classes. See travel.stackexchange.com/q/26828/46 for example. Make sure you're searching round trips.
Oct
17
comment How do I mask my location while traveling so I can use geo blocked services?
@Flimzy I considered asking on SU but believe the larger audience there would in fact answer "I live in X; how can I access geo blocked services there?" which is not the same question. For example things that take weeks to set up aren't worth it so I can watch a little TV one night on a one week trip but might seem like a great plan to someone living where local TV doesn't meet their tastes.
Oct
17
comment How do I mask my location while traveling so I can use geo blocked services?
there is no law that says I can't use Netflix here. Perhaps Netflix doesn't want to have Polish customers, but I have a paid-for subscription from home and want to use it while I travel. This is different from the situation of a non traveler (for example, I have machines at home that could be involved in the process, and I am already a legal subscriber to the service.)
Oct
17
comment Best possible seat room
a better question (more useful for future readers) is "how can I find out what plane I'll be on, and what the seats are like on that plane?
Oct
17
comment Packable pillow for side-sleepers that actually work?
is your objection to the inflatables that they are slippery and rubbery? Because they don't have to be.
Oct
17
comment Carrying confidential corporate data into US on laptop/Drive/device - how to prevent data theft?
@pnuts may get your laptop confiscated or admission denied - claiming you don't know the password is indistinguishable from refusing to provide the password.
Oct
16
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
reminds me of the French "toute a droit" meaning "go straight" not "turn right"
Oct
15
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
learn to read the script. Many of the words I laboriously sounded out were then obviously English words or French words (eg HIBO on a mall map, sound it out and it's clearly Niveau or level.) All the Bulgarians I met (including store employees, taxi drivers, airport security staff etc) spoke English, at least enough for me to conduct my business with them. But the signs will be utterly opaque to you until you learn the alphabet.
Oct
15
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
Airlines don't have their pricing structure as some sort of public service, @ShivanDragon. They have it because it makes them money given the strange mix of customers they attract. And many of their rules support their pricing structure. The fact that Apple has a different pricing structure, or that concert tickets have a different pricing structure, or my time as a consultant has a different pricing structure, is really not relevant. The products are different.
Oct
14
comment Leaving the airport during a long layover
I've given your question a better title but it would help if you edited to include your nationality, what kind of visa you got, and what airport you would like to step out of.
Oct
13
comment Returning plane ticket if delayed in the USA
Notice that wording doesn't allow you to decide you want a refund. It allows them to give you your money back and not take you where you want to go, which is rarely a happy thing. I've had relatives face this problem on Xmas eve when weather delayed flights and the airline just said "here is your $200 back, we're not taking you home for Xmas, buy another flight on another airline or whatever, not our problem." If the flight is just several hours delayed, you won't magically get a refund.
Oct
10
comment How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?
@pnuts better to just edit the Wikipedia page, no? Signing up as an editor takes a minute or so.
Oct
10
comment How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?
@pnuts in general for sure
Oct
10
comment Minimum available passport blank page requirements
related: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/27225/… maybe even dupe
Oct
5
comment Can I change my signature in the new passport?
what country's passport is this?
Oct
3
comment How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?
I'm not a big fan of long-planned proposals with the ring already in a pocket myself, preferring a ring-getting trip together after a propless question, but opinions vary. I can't imagine that the person who is going to be asked at the Eiffel tower or whatever might say no, so the pressure thing seems bogus to me. I also don't think a proposal can be ruined. One asks, one answers, yay. A sense of delight helps of course.
Oct
3
comment Why is plane boarding done at the last minute, with everyone suddently queueing at the gate?
Simple: the plane is more important than you.
Oct
3
comment Are the same planes used for the same flight number the next day?
Further, it has already been made clear that he had no symptoms on the plane. The symptoms started later. No-one is contagious before they have Ebola symptoms. The person who sat next to him on the flight has nothing to worry about and your daughter has even less.
Oct
3
comment Why does it take so long to check in at the airport?
of course it is. How many bags are you checking? What ID did you show and how can the person prove they saw it? (Often they swipe my passport.) Are there notes on your file to tell you something or to have you show something? Has something happened to your flight (it's already closed, it has a smaller plane now) that this person will take care of right now, instead of leaving you to discover and solve it at the gate? Did you pay for something? Can they charge you for something? There's a lot going on.
Oct
2
comment Best way to make my ears pop?
Which is why I emphasize to start gently. You want to blow just enough to clear the pain, not start at full blast and possibly hurt yourself.