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RE: Got forced into MS 365

That sound like a 1st class argument for LINUX. (I'm kind of not all that happy witn Windoze either but alas.. Some software not on Linux yet.
wa8yxm 01/29/23 03:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Prostate problems

Well as I said the drugs the urologist had me on seemed to make a major improvement. And then we did a outpatient surgical proceduure Uro-lift.. and that .. Well technically I'm still in recovery but let me tell you life is about 95% back to normal. What is Urolift? This is actually a very poor description of it but there are a set of 'Clips' they slide in to the uretha where itpasses past the prostrate..they basically work like a catheter would to keep open. however they are 100% internal.. and except for the rare case where there are complications they are "non-reactive" so side effects are basically.. NOT. You do not notice it at all.. all you notice is increased flow and full emptying of the bladder like you were .... younger... again. (No sexual side effects either they tell me.. Do not ask me to verify that). One "Side" effect... post recovery I lost about 10 pounds.. and noticed a reduction in edema in my legs (where the 10 pounds came from) My THEORY (Which I will ask about at next Urologist visit) with the bladder empty. Kidneys working better. In short that's a side BENEFIT.
wa8yxm 01/29/23 03:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Defroster workaround

Well first I'd work at finding out why it's weak. Blower issues? Heater/AC/core clogged? Vacuum motors not working? (The cans that pull/push the air doors/gates open and closed) Meanwhile a fan blowing on the windsheld may help to defog.. Defrost however needs heat.> They make 'em with a 12 volt heat element but... That's gonna cost you amps
wa8yxm 01/28/23 03:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: yet another door look bites the dust

Hi, Does anyone have a source for a trimark all steel lock? As far as I know Tri-mark does not make one Seneca Engineering, A Machinist shop in Seneca, SC. made me a handful of Solid and I mean SOLID steel striker bolts for my Tri-Mark Basement locks.. Door locks are the same design but smaller bolts. He can duplicate if you an send him the pieces. 40 bucks then likely 50-60 now.
wa8yxm 01/27/23 04:05pm Tech Issues
RE: yet another door look bites the dust

I got mine from General RV. but..... What breaks normally is the striker bolt. the highest stress point on the bolt is also the weakest and they make 'em out of ... **** metal (Pot metal). I took the pieces to a metal smith (Machinest) and had him carve me a new one out of steel. 40 bucks. did a fantastic job.. soak it in oil (or boil in oil) for a bit then install... That did NOT break. Note DOOR and "Basement" are same design but different sizes... I can point you to a repair tech with a few basement bolts. (4 or 5 I forget which)( but she's in Florida this time of year.
wa8yxm 01/27/23 04:45am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic ceiling fan inoperable

There are a few parts that are suspect First is there 12 volts to the fan assembly (Use a test light not a volt meter please) (Bright is good, Dim is not) The 4 position switch (OFF LOW MED HIGH) The Thermostat The Lid Switch You can bypass the lid switch and the T-Stat to test. Not sure how the 4-pos is wired. so not sure how to bypass.
wa8yxm 01/25/23 05:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: PayPal Money Request Scam

My brother in law had his email account hacked and the hacker sent out emails from that account. The emails requested for the recipient to create an Amazon E-gift card and send it to a specified email address. Being suspicious I called my BIL and he was unaware that his account had been hacked. He had to call his provider and reclaim his account. Net is if it looks suspicious, check it out. One of the TV shows I watch is Blue Bloods. Grandpa Regan was shopping and noticed a woman buying a bunch of Gift Cards... (Yup she got scammed) he was able to bust the scammers but they were not able to recover her loss. When they say "Send gift cards" that's not a red flag.. that's RED FLAG!!!!!!!!!. And there are dozens of others.. I've seen a lot of 'em both in my time on the net and my time on the job. I'm still waiting for the Scammer to tell me my Grandson was in an accident and needs bond money to get out of jail (He is not yet 10 years old).
wa8yxm 01/21/23 02:51pm Technology Corner
RE: PayPal Money Request Scam

Have not seen that one yet but you know how many red flags are in that E-mail? (I tend to lose count) You did good. Now what need to be done and I've just seen a bit of it.. Pay Pal and the Banks and others who are impersonated need to use their tremendous resources to identify the scammers and .. HIT 'EM HARD (legally speaking) ... BUNCO (Fraud) is a billions of dollars a year business.. Identify each and every scammer and charge them the full. annual, fraud bill..... Pay down the national debt. (Put it on the scammers.) with the fines... I get newsletter (legit) Class action (I think it's an org) and they just notified of a 3-rd class robo-caller class action.... But even that's a scam. You see the average settlement is .. they expect.. 20 dollars. The Federal statute says it should be 500-1500
wa8yxm 01/21/23 05:21am Technology Corner
RE: Dometic Oasis 975 door awning help

Gas struts are kind of universal.. Mounts may vary a bit but not much. I'd take one to a BIG RV store and match 'em up.
wa8yxm 01/17/23 04:54am Tech Issues
RE: Replace fridge with different model?

Ok when replacing the entire fridge there are basically two considerationss SIZE.. Smaller you can indeed shim or reframe. but the job may be more involved than you think due to the way the cooling unit works. RV or "Residential" or .. Special RV fridges are designed to work off either Electric or propane.. On propane they do eat a small amount of electrical power but.... Mostly propane. So they can go a LONG time on batteries alone. Residential Do not eat propane. ever.. So you can cap off that line or trace it back to the manafold and plug it off. BUT they do eat ELECTRICITY If you plan to run off battery power you will need some upgrades... and in inverter. There is a new "Special" type. I call it "Danfoss" after one of the companies that makes this class of compressor.. If someone knows the proper class name. PLEASE let me know. These are all electric... around 50 watts. (Door closed) Both Norcold and Dometic at one time made them in RV-Sizes.. I have a chest freezer in this class (Small job) used to have one slightly larger lasted 18 years. THey too last quite a while on battery and work very very well. especially under adverse conditions (High/Low ambient temps) (Same as residential in that respect). And finally: As someone said why not replace just the cooling unit... Thats how I fixed mine.. Some information on RV fridges The box is basically styrafoam. There is a metal frame on which the door hangs.. There are Electronics that sense temp and control it (Scattered about both inside and out) And the cooling unit. this bolts on the back of the box.. No part of it is inside the box (The fins are not part of the cooling unit) you pull the thing out dissassemble. reassemble with new cooling unit and put it back. NOTE: I'm making it sound a bit easier as you will reuse the burner and electric heater. the control computer and other stuff so there is quite a bit to disassembly and re-assembly but it can be done "on the bench" as it were. Technician and I did mine in about 2-3 hours and then since I was last customer of the day we took each other to supper (She drove I paid) got back and it was already cold.. Total for two jobs was (That and a new floor in the slide out) was 2300.00 give or take pocket change. The floor took longer. LOT longer.
wa8yxm 01/16/23 03:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: BlueTooth ear buds and phone on airplane mode...?

joebedford was making a joke. That was a quote from a movie titled Blazing Saddles. Hedy Lamarr actually won a lawsuit against the producers of the movie for using her name. I knew it was a joke.. He made that clear.. Did not know about the lawsuit. The reason I replied to it was that some folks seem to think (Correctly I might add) that I can not know all I post.. They are right.. I do, however, know how to Google. and that was the point of the post. If I'm not sure.. I google.
wa8yxm 01/16/23 04:59am Technology Corner
RE: BlueTooth ear buds and phone on airplane mode...?

It's HEDLEY! (yes, I'm a fan of Mel Brooks) I did not type the name used copy/paste from a document I was only 99% sure so I googled don't you know :). or the person who said airplane mode does not disable his BT.. IT SHOULD.. if it does not something is wrong. For the person who said an adapter is "one more thing to lose". Not if you attach it to the earbuds. Bit of Glue and some string Glue string to adapter and to the earbud cord.. or.. alternative. glue cord to adapter (But that costs you a bit of cord).
wa8yxm 01/15/23 03:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Slides out or autolevelers down first?

As others have said depends on the RV. I leveled first. And sometimes 3rd If you are parked "uneven" the frame flexes and the slides can bind.. But some makers say Slid then level And the weight of the slideouts can affect the leveling (Should not but can).
wa8yxm 01/15/23 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: BlueTooth ear buds and phone on airplane mode...?

The problem comes in the situation of wanting to use them on an airplane- when switching to "airplane mode" it disconnects the BlueTooth feature as well. Is there a way to go wireless when watching a movie on a plane? Blue tooth is RADIO.. Yes it's a rather special Radio in fact.. Invented some years ago by one Hedy Lamarr.. yes. that Hedy Lamarr. Airplane mode turns off ALL RADIOS. Including blue tooth. So it is working just exactly as it should. If you wish to play music STORED on the phone.. Use a wired headset or earbuds.
wa8yxm 01/15/23 09:31am Technology Corner
RE: Refrige operation in cold weather

Won't hurt the fridge.. Some units have a LAT switch (Low ambient temp) That turns on the inside light (incandescent) to generate a bit of heat inside the fridge which believe it or not makes it work better in cold temps. I've been down to 11 overnight with no problem and no LAT (The RV was heated to 70 however by the furnace)
wa8yxm 01/14/23 05:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coleman rooftop a/c

Very good chance it's NOT either the AC or the T-stat Do you have in intelletec EMS (Energy Manageent System) It can do that. if you are on 30 amp.. it can fail if you are on 50 and do it... But if you do not then Id go with the T-Stat more than the A/C's since they are new. or the wires connecting (mis-wire or broken wire) I like Coleman's by the way.. They SUCK. (most blow) and that makes them way way way way easier to clean.
wa8yxm 01/14/23 05:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

I do admit I liked RV travel over Hotel/Motel travel. And I like eating my own cooking more than eating out (Even if I do a lot of the latter) Cheaper and Healthier. (And sometimes better I'm a rather good special occasion cook). But now days... Parking is getting to be a itch Type B. and other issues. Plus since my wife passed (Traffic accident.> Car only not RV) I'm happier perma-parked (The RV got totaled by a nice semi driver who did not like where I was parked.. Turns out it was about to Ding me thousands in repair costs for leaky seals and such and he saved me all that and got ne a nice new car to replace my falling apart towed.. Rent is about what I paid per month on the RV loan)
wa8yxm 01/13/23 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Health rant

Why do we have so much cancer in America? Is our water, even bottled water, food and soils become toxic in ways we aren't aware of? Seems odd to me we hear so much about it these days. There is no single answer.. Now I'm not a doctor and for sure not in the Cancer field (Though I do have some limited credits in another field or two) But I will give you a collection of theories and the most likely answer from this pick list is "All of the above" When I was a child.> Cancer diagnosis meant "Make your final arrangements".. Not many survived... Same with many other diseases. Today. Well I "dated" a woman for a while who was diagnosed with untreatable cancer and was at the point of calling funeral parlors to see who had the best price when her doctor came to her with "There is a new experimental treatment" 10 years later.. I met her. Dated is in quotes because though we did a lot of things together we are not compatable as Boy/Girlfriend And we knew that. but we did enjoy each other's company What this means is many people who like a step niece of mine might have died young and never had children with a genetic tendency to Cancer or ______" now survive and have said children.. That's the Genetic theory Then there is the Processed food with added chemicals theory And the More chemicals in the environment theory (*how much micro plastic can your body hold????) And they are better at diagnosis And better news coverage All combine to show us a greater incidence of Cancer or Diabetes Or Heart Disease Or ________ (Fill in the blank)
wa8yxm 01/13/23 03:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: burbing fridge

If you plan on living in the RV.. Do you plan on MOVING it or parked on/near construction of new house site. If the latter.. Consider the "new Fridge" for the new house... Have it on hand.. (You need not unbox it unless you fear warranty expiring) If the RV fridge fails.. Unbox. plug in and use.. Or better (less energy needed to run it) Use it instead of the RV unit... And when new house ready.. MOVE IT.
wa8yxm 01/12/23 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: generator fuel line

Had that problem with the steel line on a car once.. Replaced it with a rubber line.Now I had to drop the tank on the car.. On some cars and RV's you can access the tank from above.. but not the one I had. Good luck. I you do use rubber like line.> Make sure it's rated for the type of fuel you burn.
wa8yxm 01/11/23 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
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