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1711  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 20, 2013, 05:55:58 pm
I don't know why you can't vote if you didn't vote already.  It appears to be open for voting.
1712  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 20, 2013, 05:19:36 pm
If it meets your needs today and serves you well for years to come, it's worth the cost.  Congratulations Tom!

Cost is a primary factor for me.  I could get by with a $300-$400 laptop today but realize it will limit me tomorrow.  Planning ahead, it's looking more like $900-$1000.
1713  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Bear Songs on: November 20, 2013, 04:07:46 pm
As I was told out in Montana, the way to tell the difference between black bear scat and grizzle bear scat is that the black bears contains berrys, while the grizzles contains little bells. LOL
Very Funny!

My experience in bear country is that bear bells are 99% good for the peace of mind, and 1% effective.  Bear spray is more effective than a gun, both for bears and inner city gangs.  Just hope you are upwind from your target.
1714  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Coincidence? on: November 20, 2013, 03:59:14 pm
Now that is a "personal"  LOL
1715  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 20, 2013, 03:42:00 pm
Tom,

What did it set you back for?

Ron
1716  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 20, 2013, 12:09:49 pm
Share your thoughts on the Helpful Ratings By Clicking Here and participate in the poll.
1717  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 19, 2013, 08:11:29 am
Tom,

I was just kidding, really, really kidding.
1718  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Just another opinion on the ObamaCare roll-out! on: November 18, 2013, 05:39:07 pm
Now don't get me started on the ratings again.......TomHanlon, is that you hitting me south all the time?   Smile Smile Smile

BTW:  I loved that video....quite funny regardless how one feels about Obamacare, as long as it is watched as "entertainment".  Something that is funny will always have just enough truth mixed in.
1719  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 18, 2013, 04:10:19 pm
Very interesting time spent on that website.  Thanks Barry.
1720  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: At long last - Our PC arrives! on: November 18, 2013, 12:11:07 pm
Years ago I replaced our bedboard with smooth maple plywood.  It is extremely smooth, almost slippery.  In a 2350 the mattress stays put in the corner so no worry about it moving around.  Doing bedding has been easier since.
1721  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 18, 2013, 11:51:12 am
I am in the same situation as Tom Hanlon, looking for a new "mobile" computer.  My home computer is an 8 year old Vista on an HP Pavilion 17" screen laptop.  It recently fell ill to a looping power cycling issue that can't be overcome.  After looking at the prices of MACs and talking to a number of close friends who are computer geeks, I decided to stick with a laptop PC.  Because I plan to manage video files on a regular basis, they recommend I buy the best machine I am willing to spend on.

I value the large 17" screen more than the improved mobility of a smaller and lighter one.  With my aging vision, bigger is better, yet is still quite mobile enough for my lifestyle as my old 17" laptop demonstrated.  A CD/DVD drive is very common in the 17" size.  Uncommon with the 15" and smaller, but does seem less important these days.  I like the idea of a touch screen to work like a smart phone.  I also like the idea of a back lit key board for my old laptop required good room lighting to see the keys.

As far as brands go, opinions on reliability are all over the board.  I feel comfortable with an HP Envy because my Pavilion served me well for 8 years.  So, here is what I think I want for the money I am willing to spend.

CLICK HERE TO SEE IT
HP Envy 17.3" with Touch Screen & nicely lit key board
Windows 8
Intel-i7 4 core 2.4GHZ with Turbo Boost to 3.4ghz
8GB RAM
1TB HD
WIDI (wireless display to a TV, requiring a $60 set top box at the TV)

When it comes to these things, they are ever changing in price or capability.  A lot today is less tomorrow.  Just wait and you'll get more for less.  But wait too long and miss out on life.
1722  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drive line vibration diagnosis on: November 15, 2013, 12:18:57 pm
skipper,

I gave you a helpful as I feel that others with vibration issues would greatly benefit from your experience and resolution.
1723  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 14, 2013, 12:46:13 pm
There are a few things that use inverted power 24/7 unless you go out of your way to disable or unplug them.  They are your GFI outlet in the bathroom, your TV and possibly your head unit with CD/DVD player.  They just might be the reason why the inverter is blowing it's cooling fan for what appears to be randomly.  That is why many of us turn on the inverter only when 110V is needed, otherwise utilizing 12v system features.
1724  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy converter? on: November 08, 2013, 10:17:19 am
I have replaced cooling fans in a number of different electronics.  If one day my Tripp-Lite needs a new fan, I'll replace it too.  Exact replacement cooling fans can be purchased on the internet for very cheap.

But before you replace your fan, first blow out the inverter with compressed air, It could be debris sucked in and caught in the fan itself.

The same applies to computers, both desk tops and lap tops..
1725  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sanitary Suggestion on Blk Tank & Gas Mileage on 2551 on: November 08, 2013, 09:43:49 am
And to think I get so much crap for sharing that we don't do #2 in our PC toilet.  rolling on the floor

My wife does put TP down the toilet, a need for #1.  She tries to keep it to a reasonable minimum.  The TP breaks up and flushes out quite cleanly when there are no gooey patties and sticky boulders down there.
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