We'd like to give a shoutout to UPS who, despite us being a very small fish among their customers, provide *exceptional* services and customer care to our customers and The Vikings Store (store.vikings.net) /thum

We've temporarily suspended shipping via and continue to ship via (DHL decided to charge additional fees for deliveries to the U.S. and has introduced size restrictions for shipments to France).

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Vikings remains unaffected by . This is also valid for The Vikings Store; though there may be some delays regarding deliveries in certain regions. Delivery to parcel shops aren't recommended (most are closed, world-wide). If the status changes, we'll update here.

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On that note, I recommend to not watch TV coverage of Coronavirus. Watching the repetitive coverage of something frightening can interfere with clear thinking, even traumatize. There are better ways of staying informed. /thum

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Good news for all late risers: it actually starts at 13:30 UTC (9:30 EDT)

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To everyone interested in all things libre and much more: "Free the Future" is held 100% online this year and starts today at 13:00 UTC (9:00 EDT). Check it out! libreplanet.org/2020/program/

Vikings services as well as The Vikings store are currently NOT AFFECTED by and we continue to provide you with our services. /thum

We've been our offices from Frankfurt to the past days. Shelves are neatly sorted again and we're now beginning to reducing the email and order backlog. Thanks to everyone who helped!
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Time really flies. "As of 2018, Reiser is housed at the Correctional Training Facility near Soledad, California, with a tentative parole eligibility date of January 2020." [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Rei]

I'm not saying no to challenges, the contrary is the case. I love things that are complicated. That being said store.vikings.net can't afford that 1% of the customers require 90% of the time available and only make 0.05% of the revenue. /thum

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I've seen a spike in orders over the last weeks. I appreciate that new business a lot! If you're someone who feels entitled and *demands* to be taken by the hand for basic information that's present on the store website *already*, please look elsewhere though. /thum

RT: Today also marks the launch of the new POWER9 v2 devices on our Web store! These updated, socket-compatible CPUs provide the new Ultravisor mode, hardware watchpoint support, and even increase speed (results will vary based on workload). Check them out at raptorcs.com/content/CP9M31/in twitter.com/RaptorCompSys/stat

RT: Our product line is now officially certified by the @fsf
to meet the strict Respects Your Freedom program requirements! This is a major milestone for secure, owner-controlled computing, and marks the only modern mainboard to receive RYF certification this decade. twitter.com/RaptorCompSys/stat

The is to clarify whether data retention (abolished in 2017) violates EU law. This means that providers will still not have to store any data about their customers. Germ. is one of the safest countries nevertheless. So why bother? Because of the IV Merkel cabinet...

Valuing a person for their most exceptional contributions in their area of expertise doesn't mean that you have to like every aspect of their existence. Standing by them when they make a mistake is called "loyalty". Ever heard of that?

Our D8 Workstation, a fully libre-friendly and FSF RYF certified computer is now availabe at a massive discount, starting at only EUR 699 (~USD 770, ~GBP 635). Only for a short time! store.vikings.net/ryf-certifie

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