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Hi Tom:)

I was so sure you were on the Gnucash site, oh well. I don't know anymore weird things are still going on. My elaborate spreadsheet is complete. I'll just have to wait to do another fancy spreadsheet. However, I DID vacuum, with brush, my keyboard.


On 8/5/2014 5:14 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I think the comment about sacking your tech support was meant as a joke. I think we kinda assume people who reach this mailing-list probably ARE the tech support. I'm sure everyone makes amusing blunders at times. Easier to laugh about it after recovery!

Wrt keyboards i can never figure out why so many paper-clips still getting trapped in there when i haven't even used any in about 10 years. Maybe my coat-hangers regress into paper-clips as i never have enough of them.

Is there still a problem with some weird things still going on? It sounded like you had solved the issues ..
Regards from
Tom :)

On 5 August 2014 18:22, Gregory Forster < <>> wrote:

    Woops, I meant to click the spell-check and not the send.  That
    all explains well for the unexplained highlighting, but what about
    the random ;6 (semi-colon and the number six) at times, or the
    random : (colon) at times, replacing cell contents by just
    pressing a directional arrow key.  That,  I can't  figure out.
     No, I won't sack my tech (he's my son - we work together). It
    ONLY happens with LO Calc, not Impress, or Writer, or Base, or any
    other program.  In fact, I extensively use Gnucash.  I am the
    Treasurer, Financial Accountant and do the payroll for church and
    also use Gnucash for personal finance records - No problems.

    However, you did give me ideas and reminders.   I've always been
    very passionate about backups and keeping your hard drive clean
    from malware, viruses, rootkits, etc. of which we also nag our
    clients about..  I forgot about keeping the keyboard clean.  Thank


    On 8/5/2014 1:58 AM, Brian Barker wrote:

        At 22:25 04/08/2014 -0500, Gregory Forster wrote:

            I have an inconsistent and not often issue with Calc.
            [...] Calc does weird things now and then. [...]
            Sometimes, I complete a calculation in a cell, and press
            the Enter or Down Arrow key. My calculation will disappear
            and a ;6 will appear in the cell. Or I may randomly
            highlight a cell to check a formula, then when I press a
            directional arrow, my calculation will disappear and a :
            will reside in that cell. Sometimes, I'll just move an
            arrow key, or the mouse to move from one cell to another
            and wherever I move will highlight as if I was holding
            down the Shift key. [...]  This all started in early July.
            [...] I changed different versions of LibreOffice (vs 4).
            I have LO 4.3.0, 4.2.5, 4.2.2, 4.1.4, 4.1.3, 4.1.2, and
            4.0.3 (which I am currently using).  I still had the same
            issues with whichever version used.

            I discussed the issues and history with another tech and
            he reasoned (the same as I) that LO was having memory
            conflict issues with one or more simultaneous running

        What, you mean that LibreOffice - in many different versions -
        is improperly sharing memory with other programs for you but
        not for anyone else? And why would that behaviour change in
        early July? Perhaps you should sack your "tech".

            My questions are: Has anyone else experienced the same?

        I doubt it - at least, not as a problem with the software.

            Does my reasoning sound feasible?


            Any ideas?

        If you spend a lot of time on one project or using one
        application, it is very easy to blame a more general problem
        with your computer on the particular application.
        o Try draining the spilt coffee from your keyboard.
        o Try shaking the biscuit crumbs from your keyboard.
        o Try poking out the cat hairs from your keyboard.
        o Try running your computer manufacturer's diagnostics
        (especially those for the keyboard).
        o Try attaching an external keyboard and using for a
        sufficient period to test.
        o Does your notebook have a trackpad? Is your thumb or palm
        grazing the trackpad as you move your fingers about? You won't
        believe this is possible, so get someone else to watch as you
        use the system for a period. Try temporarily disabling the
        trackpad or reducing its sensitivity to test.

        I trust this helps.

        Brian Barker


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