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RE: Great Movie

Besides Youtube, I also use Vudu, PeacockTV, Tubitv and popcornflix. One problem I sometimes have with YouTube is low volume, even with volume set at max and using external speakers. I’ve often had to leave a good movie because it was too much strain to listen.
mr. ed 09/13/21 02:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: StrangeThings

If I learn that an intersection has one of those “red light” cameras, i plan future trips in that location taking different routes, even if it’s a longer distance just so I can avoid that intersection. Fortunately, many cities are getting rid of theses “traps”, which were just devious ways to fine you unjustly. I’m dismayed to learn my location, Amarillo, still uses these cameras, whereas several other TX cities have stopped doing so.
mr. ed 08/19/21 07:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

I'm still exploring possibilities. Checking on the web, I see more positive comments on CB's than negative ones. I'm still a bit cautious about anything "Google" since they're notorious for obtaining users' information to build a profile for advertising purposes. If I could be persuaded they've stopped doing that, I'd be more inclined towards getting a CB even though I believe my iPad could be a good substitute for a regular PC laptop (I've been using it quite a bit in that configuration,and so far it looks like a winner.) Of course, I've read Apple may also do a bit of "spying" on its users, as well as Microsoft. There's just no escaping from "spies":E
mr. ed 08/17/21 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

Yes, I have some concerns with anything Google. I never use Chrome browser, but prefer Firefox instead (sometimes Edge). Even so, I think I'd give a Chromebook a try. Another thing I have some concerns with the iPad, is that they receive updates for only about 4-5 years, or so I've read. Chromebooks "expire" (End of Life), once Google decides to pull the update support plug on that specific Chromebook hardware it will no longer get software and security updates. Once it hits EOL, it can still be used but now you will find that apps you once had, may no longer available or found if you do a powerwash. Some apps may refuse to work and your OS will be far less secure than using Win95 on the wobbly web.. While I can't say for sure, I suspect Apple pulls the same trick At least with Windows PCs, you often can easily keep older PC hardware working fine for many, many yrs. I have successfully installed Win10 on many older PC hardware platforms that were built for Windows XP, Vista and Win7 and it works reasonably well. I suspect that even when "11" is offered, most PCs running Win7, 8, 10 will also be upgradeable to "11" in some form or fashion. By the way, a Chromebook is nothing more than a another version of Android but is optimized for folks looking for a closer to Windows experience than Android without the price of Windows. Android is optimized to run on dirt cheap "ARM" processors which have very low processing speed with very little on board memory. Android doesn't do well if you are looking to have multiple programs open and running at all times. Android and Chromebooks are also designed and optimized for the touchscreen tablet crowd which often makes many things you take for granted that are easy to do on Windows either difficult or impossible to do without pulling your hair out. Android has considerable limitations in onboard memory and even accessing something simple like a large USB drive can be an issue. Chromebooks most likely suffer the same fate.. Not all USB devices may be compatible with Android or Chromebooks which can severely limit what you can plug in and have it work. Printing can be a hassle as there is no direct printing from Android, it is done via a cloud app, even if your printer is a few feet away from your device. You can read up on file types and external drive and hardware devices for Chrome HERE Chromebooks might be nice for light websurfing, checking your emails and perhaps reading/writing documents but if you are wanting to do a lot of other things there are limitations as to how much Chromebooks can really do. They are cheap for a reason, and a lot of people love cheap, but being cheap, you can't expect a lot out of it.. Thanks for the “heads up”. I didn’t realize those negative points about Chromebooks, as I’m still learning. I do like Windows, and have been using that’s OS since the days of XP. If my trusty Toshiba breaks down and I don’t wish to use my iiPad as my main computer, I’ll probably just stick with Windows. It’s always worked well for me. :)
mr. ed 08/16/21 11:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

I need a laptop or Chromebook to use in my trailer, which is 12-volts on 400-watts of solar. A long battery life and low power draw is important. I do not wish to use an inverter. Can you recommend a laptop or Chromebook? No tablets. Very easy solution very few realize is available for Laptops (IE Windows PCs) is a universal 12V laptop charger. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61zzrHXXyeL._AC_SL1001_.jpg height=300 width=300 The Charger in the pix and plug into 120V AC OR 12V DC and can adapt to a wide range of laptops and even different manufacturers by simply selecting and changing the tip that plugs into the laptop charging port. That one is available HERE for $35. Bought one similar to the one in the pix for my DD 4 yrs ago for a I7 Hyper threaded quad core processor "2 in one" touch screen laptop I custom ordered from Dell for her College courses. The one I bought her is still going strong and she liked it better than the original Dell charger.. For longest battery life, you will want a bit slower processor than I7 and for general PC work a I3 or I5 can work great, speed takes more battery. Believe it or not, spinning rust hard drives require much less power than SSDs. Typical 1TB laptop drive will use 3.75W, Typical 1TB SSD 8.5W! Although some of my research on SSDs Samsung EVO SSDs are a bit more efficient on power use, typically around 4.5W. Sadly, when you buy laptops, manufacturers do not typically give you a choice of HD brands. On the upside, as long as the drive is removable SATA you can opt to install the brand of choice after you buy it. You can get free HD cloning/imaging software that allows you to copy/clone/image your existing drive. Then you can simply keep a backup drive for those oops moments. I keep a backup drive by periodically making an image backup of the entire drive. I can overcome malware/virus/hacker/bad software by taking a couple of minutes to pop a backup drive into my PCs and I am up and running in minutes without having to re-enter passwords, reinstalling software or resyncing files. You can't do any of that with any Chrome books. Backup image of your PC results in a much faster recovery than Chrome books "power wash" which wipes out all settings and you have to start from scratch. If you like "tinkering" with your OS and software and keeping your information/files local, more secure and private, a Windows PC is where you want to be provided you disable silly things like One drive or other cloud storage.. Once that information leaves your PC, it is never safe.secure or private. Google rakes through all of your files and builds a personal profile of your usage, habits and other web based use. Yes, I have some concerns with anything Google. I never use Chrome browser, but prefer Firefox instead (sometimes Edge). Even so, I think I'd give a Chromebook a try. Another thing I have some concerns with the iPad, is that they receive updates for only about 4-5 years, or so I've read.
mr. ed 08/16/21 02:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

I must admit, I can be pretty spontaneous sometimes in decision making, but eventually I usually return to my senses. I’m going to hold off on any thought of getting a Chromebook until it’s really necessary. I trust my iPad will act as a good substitute should my aging Toshiba eventually give out. I don’t engage in gaming or any type of computer program that requires the capabilities of a full-fledged PC. In fact, I had already set up my iPad as a laptop replacement, adding a keyboard and mouse, in anticipation of needing to make a change, and I trust it can do the job. However, I appreciate the responses on this thread that have encouraged me about the Chromebook, just in case I make that decision someday. :)
mr. ed 08/16/21 04:54am Technology Corner
RE: Safety issue in handicapped bathrooms

Maybe 2 or 3 wraps of the shelf liner,then zip tie the ends. That way the middle shouldn't slip and the zips would be out of the way of your hands. I like your suggestion, Jetboater454. Good thinking. :C
mr. ed 08/15/21 08:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

I’m not concerned with startup speed since I’m never in that much of a rush. One thing that had concerned me is that after about 5 years the CB stops getting updated. That’s not too important since CB’s are cheap enough to replace every 5 years.. Everything else I’ve read about them is pretty positive.
mr. ed 08/15/21 08:06am Technology Corner
Temptation to Buy a Chromebook

The last thing I need is another computer. I already have a Toshiba laptop (Windows 10), a fairly new iPad with keyboard & mouse plus an RCA Viking pro tablet with detachable keyboard (android), all in excellent operating condition. So, obviously I’m all set as far as digital equipment goes. Since I like experimenting with technology, I’ve been considering picking up an inexpensive Chromebook just because it’s a new operating system to “play” with. If I actually did so, I’d look at devices between $100-200, very cheap compared to regular PC's. I’m normally pretty conservative, and try not to spend money needlessly. Although a few hundred $$ wouldn’t break me, I’ve been resisting the urge to by a Chromebook for a few weeks (in fact, I almost ordered one today). But I then come to my senses, realizing that might be foolish. I know I’m not the only one who has been tempted to buy a device that is totally unneeded. ;)
mr. ed 08/14/21 06:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Safety issue in handicapped bathrooms

My guess is that it is not required and it would cost 10¢ more to make them. Profits before anything. I feel for you. You say you use a washcloth. Would something like a gripper cloth used to open jars, or shelf liner be better? That's a good suggestion. I do have a roll of material that I used in my RV to line shelves to help keep things in place. The washcloth I use now works very well also, but I'll keep in mind your suggestion. :)
mr. ed 08/14/21 04:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Safety issue in handicapped bathrooms

Yeah, that knurled type looks like a good improvement. They probably cost more, so they're not used in many places. Since the smooth ones are very dangerous in a bathing situation, you would think they shouldn't be allowed. O well, it is what it is and thankfully I've stayed safe using the washcloth for extra grip. If I were the owner of a building with handicap apartments, I'd be certain to spend the extra few bucks for safer grab bars, if only to prevent lawsuits by injured occupants.
mr. ed 08/14/21 04:03pm Around the Campfire
Safety issue in handicapped bathrooms

Out of necessity, I’ve needed to use a handicapped accessible shower over the past several years. There is one glaring safety situation I’ve noticed in all the places I’ve lived, one that’s easily rectified by the manufacturers of the grab bars placed along the walls of these shower facilities. The problem is that these bars are made of smooth metal, making it impossible to grip tightly with wet hands. Since i can only use my right hand, it’s doubly impossible for me. I get around the problem by using a washcloth between my hand and the grab bar, otherwise it would be impossible for me to get out of the tub. So I’m thinking, why do manufacturers of these bars make them with smooth metal surfaces, knowing that they’re virtually impossible to grip with wet or soapy hands? Would it be too difficult to roughen the surface or provide a sandpaper-like coating to allow an safer grip? I imagine more than one handicapped person has taken a serious fall trying to rely on these dangerous types of grab bars. :h
mr. ed 08/14/21 09:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Handicap accessible apartments dilema

I’m still looking, and finding handicap accessible apartments are virtually impossible to find. Most of them are taken by long term residents and will never become available until one of them dies or moves out due to other circumstances. In addition, many complexes simply don’t have enough handicap apartments available. I find that the apartment I have now at an extended stay hotel is absolutely perfect for my needs, but a week’s rent is more than what I’d pay for a month at a typical apartment complex. I have a section 8 voucher which allows me to rent an apartment at approx 1/3 of my income, which is just social security. Oh, how I miss the days of full time RVing. Life was a lot simpler then, and a lot less expensive. You full timers, count your blessings.
mr. ed 08/05/21 07:42am Around the Campfire
Dogs Amazing Sense of Smell

I don’t own a dog, but those who do may find this interesting. Researchers say that dogs can use their sense of smell to detect the age, gender, and mood of other dogs. Dogs can even be trained to detect explosives and illegal drugs. While humans mainly use sight to investigate their surroundings, dogs use their sense of smell. They “read” with their nose. Consider: A dog’s sense of smell is thousands of times more refined than ours. According to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, a dog “can detect certain compounds at parts per trillion. This feat is the equivalent of tasting about a quarter teaspoon of sugar dissolved in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.” What accounts for the dog’s superior sense of smell? A dog’s nose is wet and is therefore better able to capture scent particles. A dog’s nose has two airways?—one for breathing, another for smelling. When a dog sniffs, air is directed to the part of the nasal cavity that contains scent receptors. A dog’s olfactory region can measure 130 square centimeters (20 sq in.) or more, whereas a human’s measures only 5 square centimeters (0.8 sq in.). A dog can have up to 50 times as many scent receptor cells as we do.All of this enables a dog to differentiate between the components of a complex scent. For example, we can smell soup, but a dog can detect every ingredient in the recipe, according to some experts. Researchers at the Pine Street Foundation, a cancer research institute, say that the dog’s brain and nose work together to be “one of the most sophisticated odor detection devices on the planet.” Scientists are developing electronic “noses” to detect explosives, contraband, and disease, including cancer.
mr. ed 08/04/21 09:46am Around the Campfire
RE: Report on the field: It's hot and dry out there...

https://i.imgur.com/D2aG3Wjl.jpg LOL. You could go fishing from your swimming pool!:B
mr. ed 07/28/21 01:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: An Exraordinary act of Kindness

Very few good deeds make the news,but a fight at a super store is headlines. Still think there are lots of good people out there,actually seeing more on local news lately. News has a few minutes everyday of the good news. yes. I agree that more good deeds are showing up on some news channels, especially those accounts highlighting police who go out of their way to help others in dangerous situations. I'm a strong advocate of those fine folks in law enforcement, regardless of the one or two bad apples that sometimes appear.:)
mr. ed 07/28/21 07:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Handicap accessible apartments dilema

Doorways, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standard, should have a clear width of 32 inches from the door's face to the opposite stop. Depending on size and type, a wheelchair's width could range from 21” (for narrow transport chairs) to 40” wide (for heavy duty wheelchairs). Thanks for that info, Mod. I know my chair is standard width, so I’ll keep your point in mind. As I just mentioned in the previous post, since I live alone the door could also be removed entirely, if necessary.
mr. ed 07/27/21 06:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Handicap accessible apartments dilema

Ed, Most doors are already wide enough, but the have to change the hinges so the door gets out of the way when it is open. We did this for daughter's MIL years before she passed. The property owner just may not know about this or be lazy. Matt Good point, Matt. You’re probably right. i’ll need to keep that in mind. Actually, the door could be removed entirely since I live by myself.
mr. ed 07/27/21 05:46pm Around the Campfire
Handicap accessible apartments dilema

Although I'm fairly independent I use a wheelchair to get around. Lately I've been investigating apartments in my area that offer accessible rooms. What surprises me is there are several apartment complexes that advertise accessible rooms for rent, yet in a number of these so called handicap rooms the bathroom door can't accommodate a wheelchair. Even though the rest of the room is accessible and the showers have grab bars, all well and good, what's the sense if a wheelchair can't enter? I suppose these rooms were converted from regular to handicap, but it was too much bother to widen the bathroom door. Just amazing!
mr. ed 07/27/21 03:36pm Around the Campfire
An Exraordinary act of Kindness

I learned today that a resident, a woman, at the long term hotel where I'm staying just paid $200 towards my bill. She evidently saw me in my wheelchair and was moved to this act of generosity. Now, I've had people pay my bill at restaurants or in grocery stores before, but this was extraordinary. The manager told me the woman is some sort of philanthropist and was moved by my situation. I would've liked to meet and thank her, but I think she's checked out. You watch the news and see so many bad acts being performed by people against their fellow man, but certainly most folks are basically good towards others. I don't wish this on anybody, but if you ever find yourself in a handicapped situation, you'll no doubt have similar experiences that will restore your faith in humanity. :)
mr. ed 07/27/21 02:13pm Around the Campfire
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