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RE: The latest on Oregon State Parks

:B :B Remember when Henry's used to have bottling batch numbers on their labels? What a great marketing stunt. "Keep drinking, boys, we need to get to the next batch." Yeah some people would talk about stashing an early bottling number as a collectors item, but you wouldn’t want to drink it later.... Some people apparently saved them. Here’s an empty bottling #2 on eBay: Bottling #2
RambleOnNW 05/06/20 01:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The latest on Oregon State Parks

I can understand keeping areas closed that are reporting infections. but for areas with no infections reported for two weeks or more. the local population should be allowed to use local facilities. I wouldn't open them for people coming from out of state or from areas with infections reported.. And how do you enforce that? Outta state sure, but in state? Time to reactivate the Oregon Border Patrol: Oregon Border Patrol Oregon Border Patrol #2
RambleOnNW 05/05/20 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Android vs Apple

Here’s some reviews of $400 iPhone SE vs $400 Galaxy A51. A51 looks good but surprisingly no Optically Stabilized Camera: https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-se-vs-galaxy-a51-camera-comparison-which-phone-is-best/ https://www.cnet.com/news/how-iphone-se-compares-other-2020-budget-phones-pixel-3a-galaxy-s102-a51-specs-versus-price/
RambleOnNW 05/05/20 06:09pm Technology Corner
RE: The latest on Oregon State Parks

Oregon, Washington, Idaho state parks are currently closed to camping. Rather than rail about it, go where state parks are open, like Montana.
RambleOnNW 05/04/20 02:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Android vs Apple

I like to tinker with the devices so Android would be the more likely route but we went the iPhone route years ago since they had the better camera at the time. The iPhone has been very reliable and has done everything we wanted including tethering our laptop, acting as a hotspot, working with our cell phone booster in remote areas, and doing wi-fi calling in remote areas with wi-fi but no cell signal. The security is good on iPhones and one report a few years ago said 97% of mobile phone malware was in the Android eco-system. The downside of iPhone is the O/S sometimes lacks the options I am looking for, for example I run in low-power battery mode all the time for max battery life, and the option shuts off at 80% charge with no way to permanently enable it. So have to keep re-enabling it. ITunes is useless also. I have all my own CD collection and have converted them to 320 kbit MP3s but the only way to get them in the phone is via the iTunes program. Drag and drop would be much easier like on Android. No external mini-SD card expansion slot is a huge disadvantage of iPhones also. As is their proprietary lightning connector versus USB-C. About 2/3 of friends and family are on iPhones
RambleOnNW 05/03/20 07:02pm Technology Corner
RE: ?ampers are on the road

There are over 1.1 million US citizens ill right now and it will likely get much worse as a lot of citizens are following false information about the lack of severity of this illness. A moment in time where the phrase “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” rang true. That said RVing being self contained is one of the safer activities. Many of the destinations are in remote counties that are less populated. If those counties want to open up and have low case counts and practice safe distancing and the use of masks I would be all for that. I would not go to a county where people pretend a dangerous 125 nm virus doesn’t exist and go on with life as it was with no masks and crowding into restaurants. I am not going to Florida as they are reportedly blocking data: https://news.wgcu.org/post/state-officials-block-florida-medical-examiners-releasing-data-coronavirus-deaths
RambleOnNW 05/02/20 04:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Cell Phone Choice

The 5G technology is still developing and Apple does not use it yet, perhaps next fall. They are typically late in adopting the new standards preferring to let them mature before adopting. The current 5G chipsets are also reported to have heat issues: 5G heat issues I use wi-fi for data most of the time and have never noticed 4G bandwidth issues. I have a old 3G booster and had no problem streaming a 2 hour movie through Amazon Prime while camping using its HSPA+ through my phone boosted as a hotspot to a laptop. Sure, if I was using Android I'd buy a 5G phone now.
RambleOnNW 04/19/20 05:12pm Technology Corner
RE: New Cell Phone Choice

I would go for an iPhone. An iPhone 8 or later. iPhone 8 is no longer available, replaced by the iPhone SE (2020 version) . We originally went the iPhone route versus Android due to the iPhone having the better camera at the time even though I would typically want more options to tinker with the phone as in Android versus the more limited iPhone environment. Previous phone was the original iPhone SE which was great, small and light, but needed to replace it due to the charging port wearing out. I thought the new iPhone SE would be good as it was reputed to use the same chipset as the iPhone 11. But I couldn’t wait so I got the iPhone 11. The iPhone SE uses the same case and screen as the iPhone 8. Likely same battery also. So with the iPhone 11, which is much more expensive, I get a bigger screen, bigger battery, possibly more RAM. It has 2 camera lenses also, regular and extra wide, and better night photos. Both phones have wireless charging so no wearing out the charging port this time. And both phones are water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes. That said the 11 is heavy and has a big screen, edge to edge which is a 6.1” screen. If the new iPhone SE had an edge to edge screen it would have a 5.5” screen instead of its iPhone 8-like 4.7” screen with big bezels. A 1/2” shorter phone and lighter would likely be most interesting to me but is not available at this time. 5G is not an issue for me as the high frequency 5G signals can’t penetrate walls, etc. so phones will have to fall back to 4G LTE a lot of the time.
RambleOnNW 04/19/20 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: And Texas Caves In

New study by Stanford scientist says coronavirus no more deadly than common flu. There are those pesky scientists again. Exactly! Time to get those COVID-19 slackers out of the ICUs. Yeah, if all the volunteers were recruited from AARP instead of Facebook, the results would be significantly different....
RambleOnNW 04/19/20 04:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

Epidemiologist: Coronavirus could be ‘exterminated’ if lockdowns were lifted Good read. And from an epidemiologist too. The interview was done on 4/1/20 and his "numbers" are way low compared to our actual reality on 4/19/20. And he has the audacity to call his "numbers" science as well as comparing someone in a position of authority that has to prepare the federal govt for reality to somebody with no actual responsibility except to promote himself. How long have you been an epidemiologist? I think I will trust an Epidemiologists opinion over an RV.neter's opinion. But that's just my opinion. :B If you read the interview you wouldn't need to rely on my opinion. The facts 18 days after the interview don't resemble what he predicted. In other words he's already been proven wrong. New study by Stanford scientist says coronavirus no more deadly than common flu. There are those pesky scientists again. From Stanford university now. The conclusions of the study were expressed by Ioannidis in a recent interview: If you compare the numbers that we estimate to have been infected, which vary from 48,000 to 81,000 versus the number of documented cases that would correspond to the same time horizon, around April 1st, when we had 956 cases documented in Santa Clara County, we realize that the number of infected people is somewhere between 50 and 85 times more compared to what we thought, compared to what had been documented. Immediately that means the infection fatality rate, the chance of dying, the probably of dying if you are infected diminishes by 50 to 85 fold because the denominator in the calculation becomes 50 to 85 fold bigger. Our data suggests that COVID-19 has an infection fatality rate that is in the same ball park as seasonal influenza. It suggests that even though this is a very serious problem, we should not fear. It suggests that we have solid ground to have optimism about the possibility of eventually re-opening our society and gaining back our lives…Sooner rather than later with full control and a data driven approach. I read the study through a reputable source, Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01095-0 Let’s look at the problems with the study: - #1 problem: Not peer-reviewed science - 3300 volunteers were recruited through Facebook; 50 had antibodies. Small sample sets can represent a large population if they are a well-designed random sample; recruiting volunteers through Facebook is not a true random sample. - that sample set is supposed to extrapolate to cover a population in the local area of 2 milllion people - that sample set is supposed to cover the entire country where other areas of the country have more health issues such as obesity - What is the false positive rate of the antibody test. That can significantly skew results. I would not accept any results until they have passed a peer review process.
RambleOnNW 04/19/20 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

This Epidemiologist says the pandemic is just getting started.... The coronavirus pandemic is not even close to being over, an associate professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at Harvard cautioned in a new editorial published by The Guardian this week. “The pandemic is only just getting started,” said Hanage, who explained why “talk of the ‘peak’” of the spread of the contagion “can be misleading” as “it’s not clear whether you are talking about the Matterhorn or Table Mountain — both have a summit, but the peak is far more pronounced in one than the other.” Hanage also warned “there may be a mountain range.” “In other words, what is happening right now could be just one peak — not the peak.” he said. “And the reason for this is that despite all those positive signs from antibody testing, the huge majority of the population is not immune.” "Where I live, in Cambridge Massachusetts, I keep hearing sirens. This crisis is not close to over, quite the reverse. The pandemic is only just getting started. • Dr William Hanage is a professor of the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease at Harvard" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/16/number-coronavirus-pandemic
RambleOnNW 04/19/20 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

What current data? Link me up. Show me your data and where it's coming from. CV19 is very close to the flu virus. It IS a virus. All viruses in the past have died out in the summer. Ever hear of the flu season? This is why you hear this statement. So let me get this straight. You think that this is the ONLY virus that won't die out in the summer? The only one? Is that what you are saying? Summer flu outbreak of 1918 may have provided partial protection against lethal fall pandemic A summer outbreak of a novel flu strain; I thought someone said they all die out in the summer Check Australia also. Covid-19 arrived on Jan. 20th in Victoria, Australia and grew exponentially while the high temperatures were up to 95F. Australia has 65 deaths from CV19. 65!!! Link For Christ sake, coconuts falling from trees kill more people! Yes, Australia has done an effective job controlling the Covid-19 pandemic within their borders unlike the United States. Here is how they did it: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2240226-australia-seems-to-be-keeping-a-lid-on-covid-19-how-is-it-doing-it/
RambleOnNW 04/17/20 08:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

What current data? Link me up. Show me your data and where it's coming from. CV19 is very close to the flu virus. It IS a virus. All viruses in the past have died out in the summer. Ever hear of the flu season? This is why you hear this statement. So let me get this straight. You think that this is the ONLY virus that won't die out in the summer? The only one? Is that what you are saying? Summer flu outbreak of 1918 may have provided partial protection against lethal fall pandemic A summer outbreak of a novel flu strain; I thought someone said they all die out in the summer Check Australia also. Covid-19 arrived on Jan. 20th in Victoria, Australia and grew exponentially while the high temperatures were up to 95F.
RambleOnNW 04/17/20 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

Had it, and recovered from it with no ill effects. Of course that was way back at the beginning of January. No body knew what it was then, just not the flu and not pneumonia. Couple of weeks of feeling really lousy, coughing up a storm and then back to normal. Given that the first reported case in the United States was in Washington State January 21st, I would suggest getting an antibody test when they become available before making the claim that you had it at the beginning of January.Those tests are still quite a ways off yet. There's only one that has FDA approval and it would appear that it is only about 93% accurate. Well, look at it this way, now the first reported case is the first week of January. And there are several of my relations that also had the same, or worse, symptoms that I had. IMO it's been here, they just didn't know what it was. First reported case in Missouri was around March 8th in St. Louis County for someone that had been in Italy. When the antibody tests come out that will provide more information. 93% accuracy is not bad. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/first-coronavirus-case-in-missouri-confirmed-in-st-louis-county/ar-BB10T4vB
RambleOnNW 04/15/20 09:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

Had it, and recovered from it with no ill effects. Of course that was way back at the beginning of January. No body knew what it was then, just not the flu and not pneumonia. Couple of weeks of feeling really lousy, coughing up a storm and then back to normal. Given that the first reported case in the United States was in Washington State January 21st, I would suggest getting an antibody test when they become available before making the claim that you had it at the beginning of January.
RambleOnNW 04/15/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

Again. I'm 99% certain that the problem is not lub related. If it were I would see or hear the steps attempt to move. I do not. A lub problem is not a sudden failure in most cases. It had been only a few days since the steps were working perfectly with no rubbing or grinding associated with a lack of lubricant. When I get time I will roll up onto blocks so I can check all the nasty looking wires and connectors. If this inspection doesn't expose a problem I will see if the motor is getting power when it is supposed to. Once the motor is disconnected I can test the armature and field circuits. I thought the same thing too, there was no noise. But the controller has an over-current protect so it will not supply unlimited current to the motor if the steps are jammed. My experience was exactly the same, the steps worked perfectly, then they didn’t.
RambleOnNW 04/13/20 10:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Entrance steps won't go out

I had this problem with our Kwikee steps. The steps stopped deploying. The way to check it was to unbolt the motor, then open and close the door to see if the motor turns back and forth. Ours did turn back and forth and the steps worked again after bolting the motor back in. I concluded it was a lubrication problem and had been missing a joint. I keep the steps well lubed with Kwikee Kwik-lube and haven’t had a problem since.
RambleOnNW 04/13/20 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

I'd be fine if national forests and campgrounds are opened back up. Our reservations are for small federal forest campground dry camping so we would have no problem keeping a safe distance from other people and have masks etc. Only risk is potential kid carriers cutting through campsites. The RV industry should start a 'Safe Camping' campaign with training to allow camping to open back up. 'The Profit' could be involved. Some campgrounds have sites tightly packed together so those places should occupy only every other site.
RambleOnNW 04/13/20 11:37am General RVing Issues
RE: CDC and the government may be loosening the lockdown

World-wide (not counting what china is not telling us) covid deaths have passed the number of flu deaths in a typical American flu season. Fear the reaper!!?? 100,000+ worldwide deaths is more than 60,000 to 80,000 deaths from a flu season in just our country. This is the panic the dishonest media is making a lot of us panic over. If you are older and have underlying health problems then you should have a little concern of getting any illness, but otherwise statistically this is insignificant. The federal govt has not locked down anything, lock downs are all acts of the state governors who are buying into the panic. You are comparing 70 days of covid-19 against 365 days of a flu season (flu occurs worldwide all year). Come back next year at the end of February and update us on the stats.According to the CDC: "Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May." CDC estimates this seasons flu deaths at 24,000 to 62,000: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm Bringing up the flu number just illustrates how carelessly accepting American society is about spreading the yearly flu and trivializing the resulting illness and death. People going to work sick and carelessly infecting others reflects poorly on the lack of a national sick leave policy so sick workers can afford to stay home.No offense, but I don't think people callously "trivialize" the flu. For one thing, few people are really aware of the number of people who die due to the flu, and resulting complications. Also, a whole lot of people simply can't afford to take time off work just because they don't feel good. And sometimes the flu symptoms are just that: you don't feel very good. Bosses sometimes are less than forgiving if you're taking work off just because "you don't feel good". No offense, but many people do trivialize the flu. We can tell that due to the low percentage of the population that gets annual flu shots. Those people that are healthy enough to get a flu shot must get it as there are those that cannot get shots. But they still don’t. The estimated percentage of adults that got a flu shot in 2017-2018 was 37.1%. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1718estimates.htm
RambleOnNW 04/12/20 09:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: CDC and the government may be loosening the lockdown

World-wide (not counting what china is not telling us) covid deaths have passed the number of flu deaths in a typical American flu season. Fear the reaper!!?? 100,000+ worldwide deaths is more than 60,000 to 80,000 deaths from a flu season in just our country. This is the panic the dishonest media is making a lot of us panic over. If you are older and have underlying health problems then you should have a little concern of getting any illness, but otherwise statistically this is insignificant. The federal govt has not locked down anything, lock downs are all acts of the state governors who are buying into the panic. You are comparing 70 days of covid-19 against 365 days of a flu season (flu occurs worldwide all year). Come back next year at the end of February and update us on the stats.According to the CDC: "Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May." CDC estimates this seasons flu deaths at 24,000 to 62,000: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm Bringing up the flu number just illustrates how carelessly accepting American society is about spreading the yearly flu and trivializing the resulting illness and death. People going to work sick and carelessly infecting others reflects poorly on the lack of a national sick leave policy so sick workers can afford to stay home.
RambleOnNW 04/12/20 04:36pm General RVing Issues
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