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RE: Digital Photos--How do you organize them?

I use Adobe's Lightroom. While a very good image editor, it also organizes your images. You can search by almost any EXIF data, add keywords, show photo locations on a map (providing you recorded GPS data when taking the image), Along with the Library, Develop, and Map functions, it has a Book (Blurb) Slideshow, Print & Web page generator. I have over 100,000 images indexed, and can usually find what I'm looking for in seconds.
vermilye 10/09/15 12:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Increase Wifi Hot Spot Reception

Something to consider - the Yagi antenna will have to be aimed at the cell tower, while the lower gain vertical does not. If you go to the same location or set up for long stops, no problem, but if you stop at a different location each night, or want to use it while driving, the additional gain yagi may not be worth the trouble... While no longer available from Amazon, the BoatAnt has as much as 10db gain, is omnidirectional, and does not need a metal ground plane. I've used one for a year & prefer it over the Wilson Trucker antenna I replaced.
vermilye 10/06/15 08:18am Technology Corner
RE: Closed for winter quick info

If you have the AllStays Camp & RV app, it has a filter for "open all year".
vermilye 10/05/15 08:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: iOS 9

While it has been publicized on other Apple related sites, it might be worth adding here. OS9 has a setting called WiFi Assist (under settings / Cellular and scroll to the bottom.) This defaults to on, and will use your cell data to speed up poor WiFi connections. While useful, the overage it can cause could present surprises on your next data bill if you have a low MB allowance. It can be switched off...
vermilye 10/01/15 08:25am Technology Corner
RE: Apps for new mini I-pad while traveling

I'll add a couple that I've found useful: Public Radio - Obviously, only useful if you listen to Public radio, but it lists & connects to the on line service of most of the stations in the country, lets you find local ones, and has links to individual programs & podcasts. MyRadar - Radar maps that can be sized to cover local or the entire US & Canada. Gas Buddy - Prices of fuel at local stations. CardStar - Lets you carry discount cards on your phone that can be scanned at the cash register. Saves a wallet or keychain full of plastic. (probably better for a phone, but if you carry the iPad is is handy) Ultimate Campground - A very extensive list of non commercial campgrounds that can be searched on a map, by type or area. I also use AllStays Camp & RV, but this has more non commercial listings. The Photographer's Ephemeris - While designed for photographers, this is also useful in choosing a location/position when setting up, particularly if you are using solar. It gives the path, time & location of sun & moon rise & set for any location.
vermilye 09/30/15 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: Public CG phone app

I use both AllStays Camp & RV & the Ultimate Campground app. If I'm looking for non commercial campgrounds, the Ultimate Campground app seems to have more listed than AllStays. My favorite non commercial app was Campwhere, however it was only available for iOS, and is no longer available...
vermilye 09/25/15 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for well built trailer

Check out Escape Trailer Industries - they make a 17', 19', 21', and a 21' 5th wheel. All fiberglass trailers, excellent quality, and currently a great deal since they are made in Canada so you get a 30% discount. One problem - they are so popular that the entire 2016 production is already sold... I have a 17B that I've towed almost 70,000 miles since April 2011. Weighs 3010 lbs loaded & 345 lbs tongue weight.
vermilye 09/25/15 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: 220 Volt mishap

You must have a neutral. Yes, you could connect the existing outlet's hots to a proper RV 50 amp. You could use the existing ground for both a ground and neutral. It would work. It's not proper and not recommended. Code requires separate ground and neutral wires back to the main service.Will it damage anything? I am only doing this temporarily. I am in transition between homes and living in the 5er for a few months. The problem you create by using the ground as a neutral is the ground will become a current carrying conductor (it will carry the neutral current). Since code requires that most of the metal in your house, garage, etc be connected to ground, these items become current carrying conductors if the ground is used as a neutral. Some examples of the problems this causes that I've seen: Arcing conduit connectors (I got a call that the screws on the "electric pipes" (EMT conduit) were smoking), shocks from water at a sink with plastic water lines (and metal drains), shocks between duct work & copper pipes, etc. A plumber disconnecting a pipe joint could receive a shock between the two sections of pipe. All these are reasons code does not allow combined grounds & neutrals (with an older exception that was used for ranges & dryers in the past, but is no longer allowed.) Yes it would work, but it is dangerous & I don't recommend doing it even for a temporary fix.
vermilye 09/03/15 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Help with 2016 trip planning

If you like waterfalls, you might think about a day or two at Letchworth State Park. Some photos from one of my trips.
vermilye 08/25/15 12:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Verizon Hotspot still $20/month? Maybe not.

This may be where the confusion on the hotspot prices comes from: If you go to the Verizon site, they show two different "plans". The New plan MUST include a phone @ $20.00 and Tablets OR hotspots can be added for $10.00 (plus, of course, the data charge depending on the amount you choose.) If you don't want to include a phone, you must choose the "data only" plan, which charges $10.00 for a tablet, and $20.00 for a hotspot, plus the data amount charge.
vermilye 08/25/15 09:44am Technology Corner
RE: This site shares some unbelievable images - Devils Tower

Thanks for the compliments & critiques! As to the image, it is a composite of 7 images taken with a Nikon D700 & a 17 - 35mm lens, each at f:2.8 & 30 seconds @ ISO 3200. All images were shot at the same time & combined with Photoshop's panorama tool (no layers). There was a bit of left over daylight that provided the light on the tower. The "line" in the right portion of the image was caused by a cloud. Here is a single frame, unprocessed image taken at about the same time (7/24/14 @ 9:35PM): http://lakeshoreimages.com/images459/_DSC4742.jpg width=640
vermilye 08/23/15 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bears in Hyder

We were there on July 24, very early in the season, and saw 2 black bears. Some photos here.
vermilye 08/16/15 03:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How many GB's?

I don't think anyone can say how much data anyone else is likely to use. There are too many variables even between streaming sources. In my case I have 20GB per month at $100.00 per month after being moved from Millenicom to Verizon. I don't stream, but do keep up a busy web site & as a photographer, view image heavy sites. I typically use 15GB - 17GB per month, usually waiting to the end of the cycle to do updates...
vermilye 08/11/15 03:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Camp ground full sign

While arrival times & Class A/B/C's could be the problem, I spent 4 days at Teklanika Campground in Denali this July. It was "full", i.e. no sites available, but each of the two loops had many empty sites that were never filled over the 4 days. At $8.00 per night (senior pass $) I suspect there are many reservations that are never occupied...
vermilye 08/02/15 08:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Manatee state park in Chiefland,Fla

I've been there a couple of times, the last during October, 2013. Some photos of the campground, including my site (19) here. There are also a few of Cedar Key & Shellmound County Park (near Cedar Key & less expensive) on nearby pages. I also recommend Tony's Clam Chowder - New England Clam Chowder with a kick.
vermilye 08/02/15 08:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Appache Junction Campgrounds

Go to two places for two weeks each: Lost Dutchman State Park and Usery Maricopa County campground. Both are close to fishing, fabulous hiking, big sites and awesome scenery. 2X on Lost Dutchman. Some nice hikes, ranger programs, and the view of the Superstition Mountains is great! http://lakeshoreimages.com/images291/ASG_9035.jpg width=640 http://lakeshoreimages.com/images292/ASG_9210.jpg width=640
vermilye 08/02/15 08:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: East Lake Ontario - New York - Where?

If you hit Oswego, NY during the last weekend of July you can visit Harborfest. The Saturday night fireworks are great, although the 100,000 visitors make traffic "interesting".
vermilye 07/04/15 01:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a good cell phone booster

Just a quick note - Wilson changed its name - They are now WeBoost amplifiers (and, of course, more expensive). Some of the older ones are still available on line; just be sure you check that they match your data speed & system.
vermilye 06/13/15 07:42am Technology Corner
RE: Paper maps vs GPS

Both maps & GPSs have their advantages & disadvantages. I use both & do my best to choose the system that makes the most sense for the situation. For example, it would be impossible to carry county/town level road paper maps for everywhere in the US; a GPS does a great job at this. On the other hand, looking at the "big picture" doesn't work well on a GPS. Pull back and the secondary roads start to disappear. As to poor GPS routing compared to maps, I still remember back in the 70's when AAA routing me on County Rt 3 between Alma, CO & Leadville, CO. This is a old dirt stagecoach road that goes over Mosquito Pass, requires 4 wheel drive, & usually doesn't open until mid July...
vermilye 06/03/15 08:07am Technology Corner
RE: Anybody know a good android app to show BLM lands?

I've purchased a number of campground apps as well as POIs for my GPS. My favorite overall is AllStays Camp & RV which has a filter that can be set for BLM campgrounds, but when I'm looking for non commercial campgrounds I prefer The Ultimate Campground Project. They also sell a POI list that can be added to a GPS.
vermilye 06/01/15 11:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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