If last week was setting up the home office to get things working, this week is when the rubber hits the road. Anything that can be done from home will be done from home, and the process on returning from work will be that all clothing goes into the wash, lunch bag included. It appears that the police are checking people to see why they are not at home, but at least in NZ we can walk our dogs and I hope we can drive 10km to get their dog food. The petty fascist and progressive woke (yes, the venn diagram almost overlaps) are dobbing in their neighbors. This is not how to get through a four week shut down — it’s better to get videoconferencing up, which is how we did church today.
Onto other news, my jump back to KaOS was timely. The version of BSD I liked was based on TrueOS, which is now being shut down. Yes, I know that the mac’s Darwin kernel is based on BSD, as Androids is based on Linux, but there are a pile of proprietary things added.
Much of the energy at present is going into the maker space where companies open sourced the specs for N95 masks. I note that Dyson are making venilators and Ford re now making ventilator parts and facemasks… locally Fisher and Paykel have done this for years.
I’m not a maker. nit pne hopes that the ordering of such supplies is not blocked as a non essential order by our leaders.
New Zealanders will only be able to purchase essential goods online during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced.
Food, beverages, health and sanitary products and toiletries are what constitutes essential goods that can be purchased online.
Couriers will not be able to deliver anything other than these essential items.
“Couriers will only be delivering essential items. We are asking customers to commit to only purchasing essential items at this time,” a spokeswoman for MBIE said.
Deputy chief executive for MBIE Paul Stocks told Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan that people will not be able to buy non-essential products online during the lockdown.
“You won’t be able to order a nice new t-shirt,” Stocks told du Plessis-Allan.
“We are not expecting the sale and delivery of non-essential items will be proceeding under level 4,” he added.
Mobile phone and computer repairers are classed as essential and may continue to work but, where possible, have to do it from home.
If they work from their commercial premises, they must keep personal interactions to a minimum.
Vodafone NZ has confirmed it will be able to continue selling phones and Sim cards via its website.
MBIE is working through details on how people can get other items, such as home appliances, repaired.
Trade Me has updated its users that, as of today, couriers can only take bookings from essential businesses.
Well, the list of things I’d like will have to wait four weeks, along with needed maintenance (shocks and suspension) and certification on the cars. Mechanics ain’t essential either. We are functionally being rationed. This can continue for a while, but it cannot continue forever.
The tast this week is to set up family videos. And get through the work within office hours. For people think that being at home makes me available 24/7. It does not. Outside agreed hours, I’m there for my family.