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RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

I had a close, lifelong, friend who lost his life yesterday at age 78 to COVID 19. Thanks to all of you who didn't believe anything would happen to them and didn't follow the recommendations to take precautions. Last Saturday I went to my son's house and my grandson who is home from Austin, riding out the quarantine, was having a pool party involving several 20-something former high school friends. I asked them (from a distance) if they realized that they are perpetuating this disease even if they don't feel personally threatened. There are young people walking around, mildly affected or asymptomatic without concern for others who will suffer by their reckless behavior. It's not just up to us old folks to end this threat. We may die but it's their future world that will suffer.
mikestock 04/05/20 06:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: I have a different kind of electrical problem

Looks like you did what I did at the lake cabin, installed a 50 amp receptacle in the garage for my motorhome. My son can charge his Tesla. It's not quite a super-charger but he says he gets about 19 miles per hour of charge.
mikestock 03/31/20 09:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Used to remain logged on forum

I just switched to Firefox and it stays logged in.
mikestock 03/31/20 11:51am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Used to remain logged on forum

Next, I need to figure out why. There has to be something I'm missing.
mikestock 03/31/20 11:26am Forum Posting Help and Support
Used to remain logged on forum

I used to remain logged on each time I came to the website from my laptop. Now, I have to log in each time I come to the website and attempt to enter a post. Is this something I did or is there a change in the website that requires this?
mikestock 03/31/20 10:45am Forum Posting Help and Support
New safety mask. I know I will look crazy at first

I, being elderly and having a particularly at risk wife am trying my best to stay home unless absolutely necessary. I purchased a good supply of gloves before the virus got close to us. I still have not been able to acquire an N95 mask, although I would feel somewhat guilty wearing one when they are so much in need by health care providers. I ordered a box of clear garbage bags that will fit over my entire upper body with holes cut for my arms at elbuw level. I know it will look ridiculous, but I feel that I will at least protect my face and upper body. I have tried this with translucent, but not transparent bags and I can get plenty of air for the short period I would need. I know it will get hot. I expect plenty of looks and laughs but I feel safer than I would feel with any mask.
mikestock 03/27/20 10:27am Around the Campfire
RE: What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

And i would replace the drive belt/belts first Tip of the day. I didn't go out shopping for a new drive belt but I did remove the tiny belt from the motor, soaked it in brake fluid. treated it with some automotive belt conditioner, wiped it clean and that did the trick. I've gone through 10 of my 87 VHS-C tapes without a flutter. Thanks.
mikestock 03/24/20 09:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Dell update almost froze my Inspiron 500 series laptop

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mikestock 03/22/20 04:19pm Technology Corner
RE: What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

I'll keep Legacy box in mind. I presume you've had bad experience with the Vidbox.
mikestock 03/22/20 01:46pm Technology Corner
RE: What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

I used a USB capture device to save video to the pc from the VCR composite(or SVIDEO) output. I saved the 30 min CVHS tape in one shot. TryHauppauge USB Live 2 I then used a movie editor to make short clips of the memories. I purchased a Vidbox a year or so ago and never got around to hooking it up to transfer to my computer hard drive. Finally decided to try it today but have misplaced the software disk that came with it. Went to the website and downloaded the software but there is a serial number that came with it, which I have also lost. I hope to find it or call the company and see what I can do. There are so many companies not working right now it may be a while before I get anybody. My DVR is getting a little better and I'm slowly transferring from DVR's to DVD's. I know there are people who do these transfers. I have used them for work but they can only copy what you have. They can't make the copies better than the originals. My DVR player seems to be loosening up a little and the fluttering is getting better.
mikestock 03/22/20 08:32am Technology Corner
RE: What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

I picked up a combo VCR/DVD player at another Thrift store and it works great. I looked for one of those but the ones I found at a reasonable price only go from DVD to VCR and not the other way around, which is what I need.
mikestock 03/21/20 10:52am Technology Corner
RE: What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

Other than general cleaning and replacement of belts and possibly capacitors in the power supply. I can only make two comments. ONE: There is a service that will convert VHS to DVD/Cloud/MP4 for you for what they claim is a reasonable fee (never used 'em) Second: is why "It only works via RF".. There is an anti-copy code on the tape if you try to copy it without a code breaker the DVD recorder will refuse. I don't do a lot of video work But I used to do audio by the ton. Same issue with digital transfers of audio. Analog did not have that issue. I don't understand the RF deal either. When I go from the DVR out to the DVD in A/V ports, nothing comes through. The DVD has 3 input settings plus scanned channels available for input. I would have thought the input for A/V from a video camera would have worked the same as from a DVR, but no go. I finally scanned the DVD off-air channels and found the channel 3 analog channel or otherwise, there seemed to be no way to get connected. I am only copying homemade videos. The most time-consuming part is that I have to personally watch everything I'm copying to keep from copying long periods of blank video after the useful part ends. As you know, once you fill a DVD with blank space you can't overwrite it
mikestock 03/21/20 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: Dell update almost froze my Inspiron 500 series laptop

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mikestock 03/20/20 07:27pm Technology Corner
What can I do to revive an old VHS recorder/player

Since I, like many, have quarantined myself with my wife at home I decided to finally start converting my VHS to DVD's. Since I had been planning for this for some time I had acquired a DVD recorder but never followed through. The recorder is equipped with a digital O-T-A receiver. For some reason, transfer by RF coax was the only way I could make it transfer. I couldn't get the A/V cables to work. Most all of my keepsake tapes are of vacations, camping and grandkids, on VHS-C tapes. After reviving my old adapter and figuring out how to mesh analog with digital videos I have begun the process. My one saved VHS format player is now working, but most images are shaky. I took the cover off and used contact cleaner to clean the insides up as much as possible. That didn't help much. Does anyone know what I could do to improve the output images from the old VCR? What I'm getting now may be the best I can do.
mikestock 03/20/20 01:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Preparing for isolation to avoid contact with Corona virus

As an RV user and owner of two small dogs, I have always kept a supply of surgical gloves. When this whole thing started I started wearing them when shopping. I got a few stares and questioning looks. Now it appears that gloves are the norm in grocery stores, gas pumps and most places I go. I did stock up early at Costco and now I'm supplying all my family.
mikestock 03/18/20 07:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Dell update almost froze my Inspiron 500 series laptop

I ditched Norton years ago. It was almost like having a virus as far as slowing the system. I only run the free Malwarebytes and run it when I need to do a scan. I use Bullguard and it seems to be OK but I'm open to change when it comes up for renewal. Everything seems OK for now but I probably need to try the update again.
mikestock 03/16/20 07:33am Technology Corner
RE: Dell update almost froze my Inspiron 500 series laptop

Maybe I should try to install the update again. Problem is, I don't know where to find it. It's not in my "Downloads" file.
mikestock 03/15/20 08:14am Technology Corner
Dell update almost froze my Inspiron 500 series laptop

Does anyone else with a Dell laptop have a problem after installing the firmware update on Friday the 13th? My laptop practically quit, so I ran Malwarebytes scan and found no virus problems I finally looked at the Control Panel and saw that that was the only recently added program was a Dell update, so I uninstalled it, resolving the issue. Just wondering if I was the only one.
mikestock 03/14/20 06:38pm Technology Corner
RE: Preparing for isolation to avoid contact with Corona virus

Owning and touring by RV may be one of the few ways we can still have some freedom to get out and away from the confines of home, while still maintaining some personal isolation. I'm speaking from the perspective of a retiree.
mikestock 03/10/20 07:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Preparing for isolation to avoid contact with Corona virus

I don't think we'll be out of the woods until serum is developed, tested and approved. The only defense we have up until that pint is to treat everyone else as a potential carrier of the virus. For most people, the illness will be mild. This is both good and bad. People will be walking carriers, thinking they have a slight cold. Good for them but bad for others having an immune system weakness. This goes back to my original post. We are making arrangements to quarantine ourselves since we are both at higher than average risk ages. Fortunately, we have a lot of family members close by, who can drop anything we need on our front porch. We have lots of surgical gloves and have to learn to protect ourselves in every way possible. It will not exactly be homebound as we can take care of our house and yard. We may even be able RV but it might be boondocking.
mikestock 03/09/20 08:47pm Around the Campfire
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