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RE: Yellowstone Questions

Yes, generally, you can get into the park thru any of the gates (depending on weather and time of year) ... earlier in the morning the better. At times, the gates line up due to rangers checking passes, and collecting entrance fees. If you plan on entering daily, you may save money buying the annual pass for $80, which gets you into all Nat Pks for a year and gives you a few other discounts. We always camp inside the park when we go, so others on here might recommend a good outside spot to stay.
monkey44 12/06/19 12:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Washington State

HOH Forest, a do not miss area ... stunning rain-forest.
monkey44 12/05/19 07:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: digital photo storage

My 2T is SSD, external not HD... I work off it. My Smaller SSD are external storage, dual backup - when one fills, I buy another one. The only time any of these connect to my PC is when I'm working, or when backing up to the storage SSD units. Each one is historic, only for storage so I don't lose the info from past years. I never work on internal drives. My work PC does not connect to internet. Everything is "at the moment" ... then disconnected. IF one drive fails, I have a backup of everything on it, not connected. If both idle and disconnected storage drives ever failed at the same time - extremely unlikely - Then I am the unluckiest monkey alive. :)
monkey44 12/04/19 02:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: digital photo storage

For those that need definition -- SSD is a hard drive, but Solid State Drive, nothing to fail, no internal fans or moving parts.I've had more solid state devices (SSD, USB thumb drives, SD cards) fail then mechanical hard drives. Nothing is 100%. HA, we all have different experiences. I'm just the opposite ... have all SSD and never failed. Altho, I double backup to external drives. Have lost data on HD in the past tho, most of it backed up. I use duplicate external SSD that only act as storage ... and dual SSD in PC which are the working - every day stuff - the backups are only accessed to add data, or grab something older and copy to working drive. Another note: My working SSD is 2T, but my backups are only 500gb, that way, if something fails, I only lose SOME data, not all data.
monkey44 12/04/19 09:13am Around the Campfire
RE: digital photo storage

For those that need definition -- SSD is a hard drive, but Solid State Drive, nothing to fail, no internal fans or moving parts. Plenty of good redundant methods for safety ... more than one is always best. Ask ME how I know !! Forget that, don't ask. :)
monkey44 12/03/19 06:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Big Bend

We love Big Bend ... can't wait to head there again. If you're on your way and pass near Ft Davis State Park, that's a great stop-over. Small park, but lots of history, not to mention the Javalina antics.
monkey44 12/03/19 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: digital photo storage

servers that belong to someone else are unreliable. Store your data on multiple hard drives in multiple locations THE RIGHT ANSWER !!! ^^^^^
monkey44 12/02/19 08:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Marketing Boo Boos

Last season, a year or so ago, when some Kia vehicles were burning up on the highway. Wife and I saw a KIA sales commercial ... a KIA was driving down the road. The little jingle audio in the background: 'Light up your holidays with a KIA.' That's a boo-boo the advertising agency missed, I'll bet. We saw it once only. We cracked up at that PR error. Timing is everything!!
monkey44 11/23/19 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Website Host

Go-Daddy claims tech support is USA - Arizona, but I just spoke with a tech based in Philippines I could not understand - believe me, I tried. ... interestingly enough, Philippines is a Tagalog AND English speaking country- But not this guy. I used Yahoo Business (I think they renamed it). It's intuitive and easy to use. Again when I was using it selling items at Amazon. I think they are using India as tech support so the best way to communicate is by chat - not voice. I'm surprised about difficulty in understanding Philippine tech support. They are trained and would even have a US English accent. Yeah, you'l get charged with upgrades like adding a payment portal, etc. Yes, surprised me too, I've been to Philippines numerous times, and most speak excellent English. Luck of the phone tree, me :( Charged for upgrades, yes, I get that. But, I had a slider plugin for three years... suddenly GO-Daddy says, 'We just black-listed that, and we have one you can buy to replace it.' ... and GD removed it, and fouled up my entire site, and I had to rebuild it -- for a non-tech like me that was days and days of trial and error, and trial again. That's third time - and WP keeps changing and I can't keep up - I'd just like an easy to add content way to, well add content. In this case, FB or Blog might be additionally, but we need actual NPO website eventually. My site is nearly static, so I don't add content often. Then, when I go look at it occasionally, it's different and misaligned or whatever, and again, get offered a 'fix' for bucks. I pay annually, I just want it to sit there, it's not a sales site. In fact, it will eventually become a NPO wildlife protection site, but for now, it's just a collector of info until we launch NPO site next year. Turned into a little 'me' rant, here, but am only looking for a simple host site and simple content add method. Nothing fancy. :( That is the problem with third party plugins. If a vulnerability is found and the developer does not patch or no longer supports that can happen. Yes, I understand the why of a patch ... but they didn't tell me, just did it... and allow me no time to replace it - just pull it out and a month later I find it malfunctioning. OKAY, pull it, it dangerous, but at least tell me, and don't try to 'sell me a new upgrade' AFTER ruining my content - I' check out these sites you all recommended, then choose one and move me... Thanks for all the advice....
monkey44 11/22/19 09:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Website Host

Go-Daddy claims tech support is USA - Arizona, but I just spoke with a tech based in Philippines I could not understand - believe me, I tried. ... interestingly enough, Philippines is a Tagalog AND English speaking country- But not this guy. I used Yahoo Business (I think they renamed it). It's intuitive and easy to use. Again when I was using it selling items at Amazon. I think they are using India as tech support so the best way to communicate is by chat - not voice. I'm surprised about difficulty in understanding Philippine tech support. They are trained and would even have a US English accent. Yeah, you'l get charged with upgrades like adding a payment portal, etc. Yes, surprised me too, I've been to Philippines numerous times, and most speak excellent English. Luck of the phone tree, me :( Charged for upgrades, yes, I get that. But, I had a slider plugin for three years... suddenly GO-Daddy says, 'We just black-listed that, and we have one you can buy to replace it.' ... and GD removed it, and fouled up my entire site, and I had to rebuild it -- for a non-tech like me that was days and days of trial and error, and trial again. That's third time - and WP keeps changing and I can't keep up - I'd just like an easy to add content way to, well add content. In this case, FB or Blog might be additionally, but we need actual NPO website eventually. My site is nearly static, so I don't add content often. Then, when I go look at it occasionally, it's different and misaligned or whatever, and again, get offered a 'fix' for bucks. I pay annually, I just want it to sit there, it's not a sales site. In fact, it will eventually become a NPO wildlife protection site, but for now, it's just a collector of info until we launch NPO site next year. Turned into a little 'me' rant, here, but am only looking for a simple host site and simple content add method. Nothing fancy. :(
monkey44 11/21/19 05:56pm Technology Corner
Website Host

Can anyone recommend a website host and site build program that is fairly simple to either move a website, or create a new one. As you all might know, I'm pretty tech dumb, and have problems with tech stuff, so just built it once (actually several times) and then tech changes happen make it less useful. It purely informational, posts photos from our trips, and talks about wildlife and places to see - things to read. Does not sell anything. We just want to post nature info etc, a few other things. Mostly a static site, unless I add trip/nature photos or some destination or habitat words occasionally. I've had Go-Daddy for a couple years, but it keeps tweaking my content, removing some plug-ins etc, and generally fouling up the site every few months - then wants to sell me a 'fix-it' patch. Go-Daddy claims tech support is USA - Arizona, but I just spoke with a tech based in Philippines I could not understand - believe me, I tried. ... interestingly enough, Philippines is a Tagalog AND English speaking country- But not this guy.
monkey44 11/21/19 12:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Medical Follies

Doesn't take long - you'll see the end of it soon.
monkey44 11/20/19 09:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Cloud Dancer: Look, the good ole days of racing are GONE. Most of THAT kind of racing was done on 3/8 and 1/2 mile dirt tracks. Absolutely - that was fun racing. We got an old beater, souped it up, took it out to the track and had some weekend fun racing dirt ovals. Some of the cars eventually ended up in the demolition derby at the county fair, another fun weekend. But like many sports nowadays, it's become about winning, spending, and big bucks. It's not fun anymore, even watching has lost its value. If you're rich before you begin, you might get richer, OR maybe not.
monkey44 11/19/19 06:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Big Bend

Big Bend is definitely worth the trip. One of our favorites, but fairly isolated. There is fuel at the park. Lots of desert wildlife if you take your time and look. One private park-PARKING LOT with electric, but the NPS services are no HU. Plenty of rough roads for travel through the park, but 4x4 best for many once you get off the main paved roads, altho, the paved roads and gravel roads are plenty scenic as well. Lots of interesting sights along the Rio Grande. A state park borders the western side of Big Bend, but as I recall, no camping in it but it runs along some very scenic river views and passes an old western movie ranch set that's pretty interesting.
monkey44 11/16/19 06:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sticker shock

In most repair shops, the hourly rate is jacked up to cover this as an overhead cost, just like insurance, rent, etc. Since the advent of computers, it's become a method to itemize such supplies, and add it automatically. Just because you can categorize it now, it becomes a charge. I can't imagine adding nails, screws, saw blades, drill bits when I was building homes years ago, nor a fee for 'forms' and stamps when I sent an invoice. That stuff was all in my cost projections. It's like buying tires - we get a 'quote', then when the invoice arrives, a tire disposal fee, a shop fee, state tax, fed tax, town road fee all adds to the 'original out-the-door' charge. I always look at the OTD price once I arrive, and if so, THEN compare it to the size of the check I will write, not the phone quote. Sometimes, it makes it worth leaving and buy the tires elsewhere. OTD quote should be dollars we write on the check amount lines.
monkey44 11/08/19 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Having a SENIOR moment

Won't even debate about California drivers being the worst, but it certainly competes with Florida for that honor and trophy. We have youngsters that think the throttle and steering wheel link together forcing the 'weave in and out' snake-slither pattern but meet us at the next stop light and gun the engine. Then we have the seniors too short to see over the wheel and dashboard with one foot on the brakes driving 45 mph in the left lane 65 mph zone but think they're speeding.
monkey44 11/08/19 12:53pm General RVing Issues
Electric Pickup?

???? What good's a pickup if you can't haul anything in the bed. Truck Camper owners ?? Not for U, for sure. https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/7/20953718/gm-chevy-c-10-e-10-electric-pickup-sema-2019?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11819&utm_content=11819+CID_8a1ba1471d8883178190c9483db3bc7d&utm_source=cm_email&utm_term=A%201960s%20pickup%20turned%20electric%20hot%20rod
monkey44 11/08/19 06:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Having a SENIOR moment

Too slow is one issue, and off-speed merging another we all tolerate... but some drivers think they alone are immune to speed laws. AND, believe we are in their way. In middle or right lane - generally at or about speed limit, we sometimes have a driver ride up on our rear and begin blinking high beams, as if that's a legal 'get outta my way signal' ... It's not, and never works. What do they want us to do, move out of the slower lanes into the fast lane, so they can speed past us on the right?? Never can figure that one.
monkey44 11/04/19 02:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strange World Series

SO, the baseball withdrawals begin !! Hats tipped to the Nats for a great season. Five months until spring training arrives and we start over !!! :)
monkey44 10/31/19 06:46am Around the Campfire
Strange World Series

No home team has won a game. One of the most dominant pitchers in baseball has lost or ND every WS game he started. But that record shows us how weird statistics can become. When we isolate one statistic, it skews the value of any individual. I believe Justin Verlander knows that. Hope we have an exciting finish tonight ... :)
monkey44 10/30/19 07:11am Around the Campfire
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