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RE: Open Tanks with no worries

Handicapped RV'ers would probably be interested in such a device.
SCR 07/28/14 02:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: A lot of respect!

Shiny STUFF ... If it Shines or has more then two lights on it it's gold. If at least one light blinks it's a best seller. The retailers sure have people trained. Kind of sad when you stop to think about it.
SCR 07/20/14 05:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: A lot of respect!

Stuff is funny. Nine years ago my wife and I sold her home and my home in the Midwest and got rid of a lot of stuff. Sale, donation etc. So we moved to Fla. and I had an 8 x 24 Ft. car hauler full of stuff. Then we built a new house 4 bedrooms 3 car garage etc. and we filled it with stuff. Well last Friday we closed on that house and are once again full timing. We sold stuff. Gave stuff away to neighbors and friends. Donated the rest. Had the Salvation Army come over with a 20ft. Box truck. They filled in from front to the back door. We still have a 10x20 storage room to clean out over the summer and winter. We leave for the road in the spring when DW retires. Oh yea and we are still fine tuning the stuff in the fiver. How many pens does one need. Anyway we will conquer our stuff. My rule now is if you don't use it in the next 6 months you don't need it. You never need it till you get rid of it, that's the nature of STUFF.
SCR 07/20/14 12:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: A lot of respect!

The battle with STUFF is never over. The very first thing STUFF does is hide to protect itself. It takes constant vigilance to root out and keep STUFF under control. Even after all these years of full timing the STUFF war continues for us, there is no end to STUFF.
SCR 07/20/14 09:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

You are aware that Malwarebytes is not Anti-Virus Software. It was never designed to scan for a virus.To be honest, I've not paid attention to the definitions. I've paid attention to what works. My point seems to have been lost in the definitions, so to restate my point: Not running in Administrator Mode, even with no antivirus software, is much more effective at preventing viruses than running in Administrator Mode with antivirus software. IMO, running in User Mode is the single most effective protection against viruses in Windows systems. The only data backing this up is several years experience on 5 machines, 2 of my own and 3 of friends. Since cutting off Administrator Mode a couple of years ago, there have been no detected viruses on any of the machines. 2 of them run antivirus software, 3 don't. Regarding Malwarebytes, I've dealt with a number of viruses that were undetected by the antivirus software but detected by Malwarebytes. Malewarebytes was not able to remove some of them. I've not seen a single virus that the antivirus software caught but Malewarebytes didn't. Nothing scientific, one user's experience. I use a limited Admin account on both my systems and use a layered approach to protecting my data. I have never been infected on any of my systems since I started using the Internet in 1999. I think that the best protection of data on any system is an educated user. However, with an average of 82,000 threats identified per day in 2013 I want more then just running Malwarebytes from time to time protecting me. You can't argue with success and to each their own. I hope you continue to stay virus and malware free.
SCR 07/05/14 08:14am Technology Corner
RE: Another malicious site, like FBI is Blocking Browser

In 2013 there were an average of 82,000 new malware threats per day.
SCR 07/02/14 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Another malicious site, like FBI is Blocking Browser

This says "YOUR BROWSER HAS BEEN BLOCKED security-scan-8814.in". All I do is hit Ctrl Alt Delete and end process. I didn't run into any problems beyond that. I check my machine & go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. I don't find anything wrong. I immediately end task. So, nothing gets downloaded to my machine. Do these sites with these error messages cause any problems you can't see or detect? Anything is possible. However the problem may already exist on you system. If it were me I'd do a full scan with your AV and download Malwarebytes Anti-malware install the free version, update it and scan your computer. Malwarebytes Download Site If you are not comfortable and would like more detailed instructions I strongly recommend that you go to SevenForums Join the group, it's free. To get the proper assistance you will need to complete the "System Specs" when you join. I would then post your question in the System Security section I am assuming that your OS is Windows 7. There are lots of IT professionals from around the world that freely give of their time to assist with problems.
SCR 07/02/14 02:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

In 2 years of running no antivirus software and not running in Administrator mode, I've had zero viruses as measured by occasional running of Malwarebytes. Prior to that, running in Administrator mode with antivirus software I had a virus get past it about every 2 months. You are aware that Malwarebytes is not Anti-Virus Software. It was never designed to scan for a virus. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild"..... Source: Malwarebytes Support I am confused. How does a daily updated AV scanner (MSE, AVG, BitDefender) not get zero day malware before a manual once-a-week scan w/ Malwarebytes? Perhaps the following will help explain the difference: Malware Remover vs. Antivirus Software: What's the Difference?
SCR 07/02/14 12:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

In 2 years of running no antivirus software and not running in Administrator mode, I've had zero viruses as measured by occasional running of Malwarebytes. Prior to that, running in Administrator mode with antivirus software I had a virus get past it about every 2 months. You are aware that Malwarebytes is not Anti-Virus Software. It was never designed to scan for a virus. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild"..... Source: Malwarebytes Support
SCR 07/02/14 10:16am Technology Corner
RE: Bogus Verizon call

Notify Verizon security so they can put a flyer in with the next real bill. I get calls all the time offering me a lower interest rate on my credit cards. I really do have a credit card, It is a store card, I have no idea what the interest rate is (likely 20 to 30 percent) But the balance I know well.. $0.00, that's right ZERO, I'm not sure they will even honor the card any more as I've not been in that store in over five years. But they keep offering me lower rates on my non-existent cards. More then likely the first question they would ask if you called would be what is the account number.
SCR 06/30/14 01:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

@SCR, have you "personally" tested your security methods for effectiveness? I have, and just don't go by reviews though consider them an effective starting point. Yes, I have and do test my system security. I use a layered protection scheme as well. There no single software or hardware that is 100% as you and I previously stated.
SCR 06/30/14 05:00am Technology Corner
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

1492 You appear to be the goto guy for security in your workplace, where people get sloppy and tighter controls are warranted. But at home with their own PC, typical users will maybe take some precautions and not have to worry over malware/virus stuff very much - they want simplicity, and I think MS's new Defender for W8 and beyond is meant for us avg users. In the vid below, a guy tests W8 Defender and gives a positive showing. Demo of W8.1 Windows Defender built-in AV program Certainly not bottom-line proof of anything. But notice the point he makes about trying to stop all possibilities of unwanted internet. At the browser level, I could turn on one or more extensions/add-ons to do ad block, flash block, script block, etc. What results is a degraded browsing experience (almost no websites will show properly). And similar effects are seen on overall computer performance/experience when running stricter AV apps. I don't work in net security, and everything I comment about I currently use or have used on my personal systems. Are you saying you don't know how to install a program? That's all it takes to upgrade to a more secure AV package. The question I have about your logic can be equated to someone with a medical condition that randomly goes to someone off the street for treatment. Ultimately more for a placebo effect than anything in reality, because that is what they want to hear? Instead of going to a medical doctor or specialist who is at minimum acknowledged as having expertise in the field. The fact is, you can find anything on the internet that claims a point of view you want to believe? In any case, every company is going to claim they have the best product, as it's in their best interest to do so. And the reason that independent testing by organizations acknowledged for having expertise in the field is so valuable to the end user. Which is the reason I link to those groups that even the AV manufacturers refer to for feedback on the effectiveness of their products. Otherwise, the end user's info is based largely on marketing claims or opinions, which in most cases, tends to have little to do with reality? While I agree that the reputable testing organizations provide a useful service not all testing organizations are reputable. I don't think the average user will take the time to sort the good from the bad. Most will ask the doctor on the street what they are using for their security measures. It amazes me that people are always looking for the free or cheapest means to protect the information contained in their devices. On the other hand they will pay hundreds of dollars for the device and put the most sensitive details of their lives on it and risk it all on the Internet using free security software that they know nothing about or none at all. Occasionally I will visit the testing sites but find that the AV that's number one today may be number five in a matter of weeks or less. The security software I use, paid for, will tell you up front that there is no magic software that will protect you 100%. I have spent considerable time setting up my computer and understanding the needed security measures to protect my data. Most people will not take the time to do so. While I am far from a professional I don't consider myself an average user. I follow several security forums and have come to realize that most of the issues are self induced. They would not have occurred had the user paid more attention to what they are doing or if they had educated themselves a bit. @burlmart: I use several of the items that you referred to and very strict AV/Firewall/HIPS rules and find that my Internet experience to be just fine. Occasionally I will find a website that my security measures don't like but that's the point of having it. There are always other websites that I will not have issues with that contain the same information. This is not to say that our use of the Internet is similar or even remotely the same, it's just my experience.
SCR 06/29/14 10:12am Technology Corner
RE: Best Spyware, Malware Recommendation

I don't find any need for anti virus software. All it does is slow the system down. It's been probably ten years without a problem Just curious as to how you know for sure you don't have a problem if you don't use Anti Virus software. The experienced malware writers of late have learned to keep their infections as quiet as possible.
SCR 06/27/14 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Gate Attendants versus Campground Hosting

The OP here: Thanks for your input SCR. We have already completed the paperwork necessary to bid on other COE positions, in the past, but have not bid. We also have a Dunn and Brad Number and a SAM number . We drove through the proposed campground today and have decided to remain as volunteer hosts, in the park where we are now. The advantages of what is important to us, outweighs the disadvantages by a wide margin. Thanks everyone for your input, the posts have really helped us make our decision. Contact Park Attendant positions are not for everybody. The perception that we sat there and waved at people as the primary responsibility is far from reality. Perhaps my post will shed some light on the positions to others. I couldn't agree more that what is important to you is without exception the route to take. On this we are alike in mind. Be well.
SCR 06/17/14 02:42pm Workamping Forum
RE: Gate Attendants versus Campground Hosting

My wife and I were contract Gate Attendants for 16 years and successfully completed 24 contracts, for a while we worked summer and winter contracts. If I had to say what the one biggest draw back to our contracts was it would be the hours required in the gate house. Most required 16 hours a day and a four day on four day off cycle. While the contract did not specify that both of us had to be in the gate house at the same time, except at busy times, we found that both of us were in there 80% of the time. I should add that this requirement was clear in the contract and we were well aware of it. The need for this was also crystal clear. During your 8 hours out of the gate house in the 4 day cycle you were on call for emergencies, customer problems and answer the phone. This can cause a real problem trying to get some sleep. As it was a bid situation I can not complain about the net amount per hour the going successful bid produced but rest assured minimum wage hourly positions would have been higher in most cases. It should be noted that there are definite tax advantages to being a contractor as opposed to an hourly employee. One should also consider the cost of the site when looking at the net income for your efforts as it is free when you are on your duty days as well as off. There is a myriad of paper work necessary to get started. Registering for A Dunn and Brad Street number is mandatory, no cost involved. Registration with several government agencies was required but they have just recently reduced this to a couple with Sam.gov being the minimal required, again at no cost. Others are for the checking for available bid opportunities. Then there is the submitting of bids. We can't say this strongly enough, Read The Contract!. We have run in to a few that did not and bid entirely to low. There are other expenses involved like purchasing money orders, postage and fuel. Sometimes office supplies are supplied sometimes not. A few require the successful bidder provide equipment like lawn mowers and other outside tools, but not many. You will be required to have bond for both of you and vehicle insurance and vehicle to meet the contract requirements. At the end of each 4 day cycle you will be making a deposit. The way the deposit is made varies from district to district. Reports are required which for the most part are computer generated. Computer skills are mandatory. We have always said that as a gate attendants you are one of two things: 1. Bored out of your mind. or 2. Busy beyond belief. You can be both in the same 16 hour day. We have never bid maintenance contracts so we won't address them other then to say we ran in to several people that under bid and it ended up costing them money to complete the contract. Having completed several winters as a volunteer fee hosts we found the paper work excessive, no computer. The hours required in the gate house, five to six per day, were also excessive. Even when not in the gate house we were required to address visitor issues, emergencies and answer the phone 24 hours a day when on duty. The on duty cycle was either four on and four off or seven on and seven off. Basically a paid gate attendant position with ten or eleven hours less in the gate house without pay. Deposits were handled by the Park Rangers. A bond was necessary but in most cases the cost was reimbursed. The vehicle requirements and associated costs were the same as a contract position. While this type of position is fine for some people it wasn't something we wanted to continue. We retired last year and are now strictly security and fee compliance hosts. We have very little contact with customers and we're getting 8 hours sleep a night. Our winter position is seven days a week our summer position is four days a week. Hours required are whatever is needed to complete the assigned duties. While there is no pay involved a full hookup site is provided. We consider this as income as we do not have to spend the money for a nice site and no taxes are involved. There are costs associated with these positions as well, mostly fuel to perform the patrols. If you have specific questions I would be glad to attempt to answer them.
SCR 06/17/14 02:14pm Workamping Forum
RE: Cleaning PC

Cleaning the registry on Windows 7/8.x will have little or no noticeable speed increase in operations. However, cleaning the registry can turn your computer into a door stop if you don't know what you're doing. For this reason it is not recommended that those without the expertise of knowing what you are cleaning would do well to leave the registry alone. Some useful reading
SCR 06/13/14 02:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Cleaning PC

Over the years we have added and deleted programs on our PC. This has slowed the computer way down. I am not computer savvy but need the PC cleaned out. Should I have the PC looked at by a pro or are web sights like PC majic worth the cost. PC Magic is snake oil as are most "one click makes your computer run like new" software. Which Operating System are you using? Windows 7? Windows XP?
SCR 06/12/14 07:49am Technology Corner
RE: Cleaning PC

You've been listening to too many commercials. Use the above-mentioned programs, learn to use msconfig to control what loads on startup, and use the programs function in the control panel to uninstall anything you didn't specifically install. Lastly, don't use McAfee or Norton for your antivirus. They're resource heavy and filled with junk. Even John McAfee would tell you not to put his namesake on your computer. In fact, Intel just rebranded it a few weeks ago. Use Avast or Malbarebytes. If you are referring to "Malwarebytes" it is not an Antivirus program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Source
SCR 06/12/14 07:30am Technology Corner
RE: New Adventure

The best thing I did when I first started out was take the RV to a empty parking lot, set up a few markers and try to miss them while parking, turning and in general backing up. Since then the second best thing I still do, when in doubt, is get out and look. Hand held radios are pretty handy in just about any maneuvering task. I still see the DW outside waving her hands around and shouting directions while the driver not only can't hear her but can't see her either. Generally in these circumstances an argument between them is inevitable. The radios have removed countless frustrating experiences for us.
SCR 06/10/14 09:43am Full-time RVing
RE: Really? Is this what you would takeaway from this report?

Why bother to update to Windows 8 when Windows 9 release is around the corner. Windows 9 release date We expect Windows 9 to launch in PCs, laptops, tablets and phones that you can buy in the spring of 2015. Although it is possible Windows 9 will launch earlier, possibly as early as Christmas 2014. Source
SCR 05/15/14 08:53am Technology Corner
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