Day: September 29, 2020

I tried a hand sanitizer-spraying watch and have never felt less clean

The coronavirus pandemic has made hand sanitizer a precious commodity — difficult to obtain, but necessary for the comforts of modern life. While it’s not a perfect solution, and no substitute for a hand-washing, it can help tide you over between soapy clean-ups when you inevitably have to touch door handles or stair railings, etc. So it’s natural that hand sanitizer-based gadgets will have sprung up to offer new ways of dispensing this liquid gold. The WatchOut, a wrist-mounted sprayer, claims to be the first hand sanitizer wearable.

While this is one of the more… low-tech products I’ve ever been given, I’m not opposed to giving a product like this a fair shake, and given the current state of the world, it might be very useful to some. So I tried it out for a couple of weeks, to see if it improved my life at all.  The WatchOut, which

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How to manage your privacy and other settings in Microsoft Teams

You can review and tweak key options in Teams from the Settings screen. Here are the steps.


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Microsoft Teams offers a variety of settings through which you can configure your privacy, notifications, permissions, and other options. You can enable different themes, set the app to automatically start, turn on read receipts, set up notifications for different events, test your video and audio, configure your voicemail, and do much more. Let’s take a tour of the settings in Teams to see what you can do and how.

SEE: Video teleconferencing do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

Open the Microsoft Teams app on your computer. From any screen, click your member logo at the top and then select Settings.

The General section of Microsoft Teams

In the General section, you can first choose your preferred theme among Default, Dark, or High Contrast.

Next, check the box to “Auto-start application,” if

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Eugene’s urban reserve options, high-speed Internet in Springfield

Eugene City Council & Lane County Board of Commissioners

The multistory corridor between the Lane County Courthouse and the Lane County Public Service Building. [Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard] -

The multistory corridor between the Lane County Courthouse and the Lane County Public Service Building. [Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard] –

Details: 5:30 p.m., Monday, joint Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners work session, (Attend online:;

What: The joint work session Monday will provide the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners with an update on planning work for urban reserves, which involves identifying land for potential future expansion of urban growth boundaries. The joint meeting sets up October meetings for the governing bodies in which staff will be given direction on preferred urban reserve options to bring into the formal adoption process. The two bodies have joint project decision-making authority.

The Eugene Planning Commission made its recommendation on Aug. 17, choosing an option that reserves enough land to meet the projected needs

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Grain Surfboards’ New GreenRail Technology Enables Eco-Friendly Boards at More Affordable Prices

Based in Maine, the master craftsmen behind Grain Surfboards have been building wooden surfboards since 2005 as well as teaching workshops and producing surfboard-making kits for the DIYers among us. This summer they launched their GreenRail construction, combining their traditional wood building techniques with 100% recycled PET plastic. I sat down with Mike LaVecchia, founder of Grain Surfboards (virtually of course), to hear a bit more about their process for building a surfboard and what this new GreenRail construction is all about.

Mike said the material they use in all of their boards is Northern White Cedar.

“We actually design the process around cedar as it’s a nice stable, rot-resistant, weather-resistant material,” says LaVecchia. “As well as the fact that it’s kinda local and we know where it’s coming from, and it’s being managed at sustainable levels is all pretty important to us.”

It also works beautifully with the simple

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Having a professional-looking website is essential for any business in the best of times. As people spend more time indoors these days, however, it’s especially important to have a powerful web presence.

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