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rh71

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IT here too (IT services for business clients), and our company has weekly meetings. Used to be in a conference room - COVID moved that to Teams. I suspect the need to show ourselves comes from the same original "no electronic devices" requirements for the meetings -- all about minimizing distractions (and relatedly: observing that we appear to be paying attention and taking notes).

With clients? Never. A couple software providers have pushed it and I never enable the camera.
We have a daily standup meeting and also 3x a week Teams internal and with clients. Not once did they even think about video. Thankfully.

I have a piece of tape on the camera. It shows my camera is on but it's just shows black image.
Used to do that too, but they come with built-in slide-covers for the cameras now on laptops. My HP has one. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/7/16979810/hp-elitebook-zbook-2018-announced-webcam-cover-g5
 

rh71

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This happened to me but it was a squirrel. If you live in the sticks and go consecutive days without using a vehicle, maybe stash some dryer sheets under the hood in strategic areas. Critters can't take the smell apparently. Works far as I can tell.
Think I've told my story here before. Basically over the course of 6 months actually using my car regularly, I battled a pregnant squirrel (chewed fuel line, chewed O2 sensor, chewed noise-dampening foam) and only caught it after it finally had 3 babies under my hood. I used them as bait in a cage. This was the release:
 
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Fritzo

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kage69

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Love me some old school working breeds. This is an Alabai, what I was going with if I couldn't get Anatolians back in the day. Big damn dog, even if that guy is tiny. Probably the biggest Alabai I've ever seen. Imagine this watching your front yard.

 

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