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RE: Cable is going up again and satallite won't work.

Both Sat. company rep's have been to my location and announced the only way for me to get a signal is for him to cut the trees. We live deep in the forest and most houses were built by clearing only the footprint of the house and long drives. I really think my best option might be internet if I can find access that works for me. (currently part of the cable package) We had a house just like that in the Maryland mountains a few years ago. We had been able to get SD DirecTV because only one satellite was needed but when we wanted to go to HD the DirecTV installer said there was no way. So I called Dish and was lucky enough to find an installer who didn't want to take "no" for an answer. He worked at it for a couple of hours and finally came up with a "non-standard" installation in which two dishes were used one of which was attached to a very large tree about 10 feet above ground level. On subsequent service calls other installers asked me "who in the world installed this?" but since it had been approved and I was an existing customer there was no way they could refuse to work on it. From my experience I strongly suggest you contact one or both of the satellite companies again. Some installers are downright lazy; I think they pretty much get the same fee no matter how easy or difficult the install is. They would much rather tell you "no" and go on to an easy one rather than spend several hours with a complicated install.
docj 12/13/14 03:19pm Technology Corner
RE: I can't get my local channels on directtv

Since no one has mentioned it, it's probably worth noting that there's another way to get the NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS feeds on DirecTV if you don't care about the actual "local station" version of those feeds. For those who aren't aware of it, that service is called DNS (Distant Network Services) and it is used by many full-timers who aren't interested in the local news and weather which can easily be obtained from the internet. With DNS we get the NY City network channels for a cost of $15/mo. This is not an option for folks who have a home in a city where local channels are available. It is primarily a full-timer option.
docj 12/11/14 08:14am Technology Corner
RE: VHS to DVD converter

There are a lot of commercial movies which will NEVER,EVER be released on DVD. In fact there ARE many movies along with broadcast TV shows which have never been released to video of any type.. I can give one good example of that.. Ever heard of WW and the Dixie Dance Kings? It was a "B" movie staring Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed.. NOT RELEASED TO HOME VIDEO.. I have a copy on VHS which I recorded from broadcast back in the late 1980s. This appears to be a DVD of that movie: http://www.santaflix.com/wdida.html
docj 12/07/14 04:32pm Technology Corner
RE: VHS to DVD converter

They are so expensive because there is very little demand for them. Furthermore, with every year that goes by the market gets smaller and smaller as the number of people with anything on VHS worth converting diminishes. Since VHS is low-quality image to begin with, upconverting it to show on an HDTV just doesn't make all that much sense unless the video content itself is one-of-a-kind such as a wedding or other unique event.
docj 12/07/14 08:36am Technology Corner
RE: Roku and Chrome stick

Don't overlook the fact that Amazon now has Fire Stick which essentially does the same things as a Roku. There aren't as many channel apps yet for the Amazon device, but I got mine for $20 on a special for Amazon Prime members.
docj 12/06/14 03:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Roku and Chrome stick

So if I am sitting at home in my rv and turn on either will it connect to the wi-fi in my house and start streaming ? I looked at the roku web site channel listings and got thru a hundred or so and never heard of any of them.... Yes, if your RV is parked near the house the Roku will connect to the wifi. If you've never heard of any of the Roku channels then I guess you've never heard of Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu, all of which are very common streaming services. There are channels for NBC, PBS, A&E, HBO, and Showtime as well as lots more cable and network channels.
docj 12/06/14 02:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

but that is the history of cell phones and electronics..with 'PRIORITY' cable connectors so the MFG can sell you more Branded items at inflated prices..their profit is in the accessorizes The only people who get ripped off are those foolish enough not to realize they don't need to pay inflated prices for the manufacturer's cable. Amazon has a number of micro-HDMI to HDMI cables available for <$10. As someone who once owned an electronics store, I can tell you with confidence that cables are among the highest markup items in any such store (along with wall mounts for large screen TVs). Quite a few customers do their research as to what price they should pay for a TV or other electronic item and don't spend the time to do the same thing for the accessories, such as cables, that they need. Stores know this and slam customers with high prices for all the extra stuff they need to make their new TV actually work. The same thing is true for stuff like memory cards for cameras or phones. High quality ones are dirt cheap online, but try to buy one with a Canon or Nikon name on it and you'll pay much, much more.
docj 11/28/14 12:51pm Technology Corner
RE: what is life expectancy of a tow bar

I've put 40,000 miles on my ReadyBrute. This year I sent it back to the company for refurbishment when we got to our winter site and they checked it out and returned it to me for just the cost of shipping.
docj 11/28/14 07:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: I-10 best choice thru TX?

Wife gets a little abrasive if she goes too long without seeing a little interesting scenery. The cab of the TV gets real small and occasionally I fear for my backside for all the tongue lashing I can get if there is nothing pretty to see when looking out the passenger side window. Unless you're in a real hurry take a side trip to Carlsbad Caverns or White Sands when you're passing through NM. They're both worth seeing. Also, before you get to the "boring" part of west TX, make a stop in Kerrville/Fredericksburg. That's TX Hill Country and there's plenty to see there.
docj 11/27/14 06:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: ipad charger cord question

I can't charge my iPad Air2 off the computer but it will charge if I plug it into the TV's USB. must not be enough voltage at the PC's USB. is it USB 1x, 2x or 3x? that may be the difference. No, all USB ports provide 5V. It's a current (amperage) issue. Many USB chargers and ports can only provide ~500 mA. Many larger devices including my Samsung Galaxy S4 need chargers with 2A output. Otherwise they may run down their batteries despite being plugged in. This is especially true if you're using a smartphone as a GPS with Google Maps.
docj 11/27/14 06:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

Instead of Roku I opted to get a wifi/network capable Blu-Ray player. If you need a player why not get one with wifi? You'll get Netflix, Hulu and most other popular streaming sites. Works great for us. The problem we discovered with this approach is that the software in these devices is rarely updated after the manufacturer brings out a newer model. We have a Blu-ray player with Netflix and Pandora but it doesn't have Hulu, and Amazon streaming didn't even exist at the time we bought it. Roku software is periodically updated and any new channels can easily be added.
docj 11/27/14 06:28am Technology Corner
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

We are lucky enough to have unlimited Verizon accounts, but even if you don't have that, don't listen to people who tell you streaming is too expensive. Spoken like someone with an unlimited data plan. I have a 40 GB Verizon plan and it's very easy to chew up a lot of data on streaming. If you have a 40 GB plan then you aren't all that far from our usage. We use ~50-60 GB/mo without any concern about how much we are using and we stream several times a week. Many people don't realize that your actual data usage is often well below the maximums because your internet connection simply won't support it. We happen to like to watch foreign TV series that were originally broadcast in SD; they simply don't take that much data to stream. Our usage without streaming is in the ~5-10 GB/mo range with two laptops that are in use a lot.
docj 11/26/14 05:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

The OP asked for answers to a specific question; he wasn't looking for advice on whether or not streaming is a good idea. We have a Roku 2, I believe, which was the first of the HD ones. Some of the features of the fanciest Roku I don't need, but I believe some of the better models support full 5.1 audio which mine does not (not on Netflix anyway). Unlike a Chromecast, a Roku doesn't require involvement of a computer and there are hundreds of "channels". IMHO running an HDMI cable from a computer to the TV is not a good solution if you are full-timers and do this often as we do. We are lucky enough to have unlimited Verizon accounts, but even if you don't have that, don't listen to people who tell you streaming is too expensive. Do a dollars and cents calculation and you may be surprised to find out that if you limit your resolution, which you can do on Netflix at least, you can manage to get 2 hours of video out of 1GB of data. So if your data costs ~$10/GB, a 2 hour movie will cost ~$10 which isn't all that much more than a pay per view. Of course, you can use a lot more data and incur higher cost, but we're almost at the point where I'd be willing to trade the >$100/mo I pay DirecTV for additional data and simply not watch regular TV. I think within another year or two that will be a very viable option.
docj 11/26/14 04:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Network Adapter

you don't need a dual band adapter, those are used for very fast connections like fiber optic or cable modem where one wireless band can't transport the full speed of the connection. or if you live in a very busy apartment building and all the lower wireless freq are full. X2; what you have already will work fine.
docj 11/23/14 06:02pm Technology Corner
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

A search by average ratings would be a dis-service to everyone since they apparently are not weighted by time. A park that is improving or going down hill will be improperly scored. And we all know that there are very few parks that don't change one way or the other over time. Especially impacted will be new owners who take on a run down park and build it up and parks where a change in ownership or management is running the place into the ground (think all the parks Morgan resorts bought). I'm not sure why you assume you know all the answers about how the system is run. Weighting the average score so new reviews have more impact than others is definitely something that has been discussed and may be implemented in the future. I can't say for sure that it will happen or how it will be implemented if and when it is, but it was a fairly obvious issue which, most probably, will be addressed soon.I may not know all the answers, but I sure got that one right, since you say it "MAY" be addressed in the future. It sure is arrogant to imply someone is wrong while admitting they were right. It that just you or is it the attitude the new ownership of the site is going to be taking on as their corporate identity? The use of the word "may" is appropriate in common English usage when the speaker (me) doesn't have the authority to say that something will definitely happen. In this case there is a high probability that a change will be made but I'm not the decision-maker so I can't promise it with certitude. It doesn't take much thought to realize that an average of all reviews from all years is rather deceptive for parks that are either improving or declining, although it may be quite acceptable for many others. What's much harder to figure out is how to "discount" older reviews. Should ones older than a certain age just not be counted? Should they be discounted using some mathematical formula? What about parks that don't have more than a couple of recent reviews? or maybe none at all? Should there be no average displayed for them at all? When you give the issue some thought you realize that it is far more complicated than it appears and a solution that is appropriate for all parks and which can be automated is harder to arrive at than one might expect. It is easy to criticize something that is dislike than it is to come up with an effective solution.
docj 11/23/14 09:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: HooToo TripMate Elite, successful "WIFI as WAN".

What you don't get for that price is the transmit power capabilities of the Pepwave, Cradlepoint or other WiFi as WAN routers. This isn't going to be a range extender; but it will help if you are at a park that only permits one device to be connected to its network.
docj 11/22/14 05:13pm Technology Corner
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

A search by average ratings would be a dis-service to everyone since they apparently are not weighted by time. A park that is improving or going down hill will be improperly scored. And we all know that there are very few parks that don't change one way or the other over time. Especially impacted will be new owners who take on a run down park and build it up and parks where a change in ownership or management is running the place into the ground (think all the parks Morgan resorts bought). I'm not sure why you assume you know all the answers about how the system is run. Weighting the average score so new reviews have more impact than others is definitely something that has been discussed and may be implemented in the future. I can't say for sure that it will happen or how it will be implemented if and when it is, but it was a fairly obvious issue which, most probably, will be addressed soon.
docj 11/22/14 10:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

Kind of like both the old and new sites. I like the fact you can see most reviewed and highest rated on the new site. I hate the fact that I can't login into my username, though. I emailed for help. Will wait and see. Worst case.....I set a new user name and update a review or 2. Great job for a free site. :b Try using the email address that is on file instead of your username. Use the same password as before.That doesn't work for me since I used a very simple 4 character password in the previous incarnation and the new site requires a minimum of 5 characters. I tried to just create a new username and password, but the system rejected it because my inoperative username and password combination is tagged to my email address. I didn't want to go through the hassle of creating a new email address just so I could post comments and reviews, so I took the next easiest step and decided the site really doesn't need my input and reviews anymore. It was fun while it lasted. Had you sent the Help Desk an inquiry they would have been glad to assist you. They could have set a temporary password so you could enter one of your own. We're sorry to see you go, but we'd be happy to work with you if you change your mind.
docj 11/22/14 10:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

I won't complain too much since it is free, but I already mentioned that I would like the window of recent reviews to hold more reviews. I tend to watch that for new campgrounds and bad reviews. Hard to say how many reviews I miss now. Your suggestion has been put on the list of improvements. However, this week has been spent fixing bugs that require immediate attention. Improvements come a ways behind bug fixes. Your patience is appreciated.
docj 11/22/14 07:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

Kind of like both the old and new sites. I like the fact you can see most reviewed and highest rated on the new site. I hate the fact that I can't login into my username, though. I emailed for help. Will wait and see. Worst case.....I set a new user name and update a review or 2. Great job for a free site. :b Try using the email address that is on file instead of your username. Use the same password as before.
docj 11/22/14 07:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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