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RE: Hard Core Shopping: Best Laptop Buy For The Buck SSD ?

A lot depends on what you want it for. Record keeping, A good business model On line (or offline gaming other than solitare) a good gaming model Simply browsing the web and online business. Hard to beat a chromebook in terms of bang for buck.. I run two of 'em most of the day.. One doing "nuttin-much" (Publishers clearing house) and the other.. Well I'm typing on it now. Not much storage (But the will hold a few hours of video HD video) Not much productivity software I need to use a Windows box to print (Either move the file or as a server) But for the value it spends all day on the internet with battery left. Yea, it doesn't need any fan to cool it cause it doesn't overheat. That saves a good bit of battery. I don't know how much, but I would think it's a significant battery draw.
T18skyguy 05/31/20 07:43am Technology Corner
RE: Hard Core Shopping: Best Laptop Buy For The Buck SSD ?

If you mainly do internet, maybe light word processing and spreadsheets a Chromebook would be perfect. My mom has the first one I ever bought, and it still works like new. It has to be 5 or 6 years old now. Both my wife and I use our Chromebooks much more than the Windows 7 or 10 machines. Edited to add: You can work with spreadsheets and word processing without internet, and you can get by with a $200 to $300 computer that will work faster than Windows 10. Just wanted to add that before someone says they don't work without internet. Chromebooks are not a real substitute for all things "PC". You do realize that a Chromebook is nothing more than a highly crippled Android OS? Has very limited processing power, very limited on board RAM, has very limited onboard drive space, pretty much all of your "APPS" sit out on the "Cloud" not on your Chromebook, your "data files" sit out on the "Cloud", your printing sits out on the "Cloud".. Want to install some PC software you have, NOPE, not going to happen on a Chromebook.. Can your Chromebook PRINT directly to a printer without the Internet? NOPE, not going to happen there.. Have to use an Internet printing app.. Can you plug in anything USB? Nope, not even close, some do, most do not.. The ones that might have a USB port, well most likely will not support say optical drives, printers or anything other than a flash drive.. Heck an Android phone has pretty much everything you need except for a bigger screen. But Mex WAS asking about a PC, not a wannabe pretend PC, a PC where you can install your own software LOCALLY, store all of your FILES locally, operate at 100% even without Internet. Sure, it may be possible to do SOME very limited stuff on a Chromebook, but to REALLY do most anything it REALLY NEEDS 100% Internet connection, something that Mex does not have the luxury of. The only thing the Chromebook has going is the cheap, cheap price, it really does not compare to a real Laptop running a Windows version of some sort for compatibility with the world.. If you want limits and be cheap then Chromebook is definitely your cup o tea.. :R I deleted most of what I originally replied because it was getting too long. You are right about the printing, I forgot about that, and should have mentioned that. Many of your other points are incorrect. Standard USB is available on every Chromebook I have seen. Every USB device I have tried works the same as on a Windows machine. This includes keyboards, mice, and optical drives, I have several 1 and 2TB external drives that work the same as Windows. No they can't run Windows software, that shouldn't even need to be said. Expecting them to is honestly ridiculous. I stand by my original post, if all you need is offline Word or Excel compatible work and online surfing, a Chromebook CAN NOT BE BEAT for the price compared to a RAM hog Windows machine. 4 GB of RAM is more than enough for most casual users. Plus there are no moving parts inside a Chromebook to go bad, so they handle vibration much better, in my experience. One of the reasons Chromebooks are so speedy, is that their only pushing 4.5 million lines of code compared to Windows 50 million. They don't need the fastest processor or the most memory for a number of reasons. Their designed to do one thing extremely well and that's surf the net. Just as in everything else, you get what you pay for. A low end Chromebook is just as disappointing as a low end PC. Another Chromebook advantage is you don't have to buy or run antivirus. Google takes care of that. Plus no hourglass or blue screen of death. I use to use google cloud print, but that's being discontinued the end of the year, but there are replacements like ezeep.com( I haven't tried it). I think Microsoft, in trying to be all things to all people, has become a bloated scruff filled mess that can't get out of it's own way. I think that's partly the reason people look back fondly on Windows 7. I didn't know that PC's are specially made for Walmart? So the Walmartian's get their own class of junk? Not surprised really. Walmart also gets all their eggs from China. I won't be eating those either.
T18skyguy 05/30/20 04:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Hard Core Shopping: Best Laptop Buy For The Buck SSD ?

If you want rippin performance in a PC, this one with it's Ryzen cpu can dust a lot of much more expensive models, but it has a few drawbacks.
T18skyguy 05/29/20 03:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Hard Core Shopping: Best Laptop Buy For The Buck SSD ?

If you don't need windows for a specific application, you might like a Chromebook. Their really nice for web surfing. Googles Pixelbook Go is a top choice, and list for $649. How much do you want to spend?
T18skyguy 05/27/20 09:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Shark bites for plumbing

I'm 68 years old so I may not outlive any Shark bite. I think their especially good in close clearance area's where you can't fit a tool. But if you have a bigger project and you need lots of them, it can be spendy enough it might make it worth it to buy the pex tools. There are guys who have done their whole house with Shark bites. A good review of all the pex tools and different fittings is on youtube by a plumber named "the old kid" He's used them all and shows their strengths and weaknesses.
T18skyguy 05/23/20 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: V10 Eng, desperate in need of help

I have a 2003 Ford with the V 10, and the fuel pump started to go out at only 50,000 miles. Does it also need extra cranking when starting? With a new fuel filter in it, have them measure the fuel pressure for starters. Also check the IAC valve(Idle air control), on the back of the engine and check the plastic lines and rubber connectors. The rubber will sometimes deteriorate and leak vacuum giving strange symptoms. When the fuel pumps get old, the centrifugal force of a turn can ground them out internally and stall it. Another thing to try while it's running: locate the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors, and give each a very light tap with a hammer. If it's going bad the engine will stall.
T18skyguy 05/22/20 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Shark bites for plumbing

Shark Bites's are only guaranteed for 25 years. What about you guys who keep your rig longer than that? :) Would that be anybody?
T18skyguy 05/22/20 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 V10 Manifold Bolts

When they took the nickle out of the manifolds, that gave birth to Gale Banks engineering.
T18skyguy 05/21/20 08:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 V10 Manifold Bolts

Sometimes planing doesn't fix it permanently, cause your removing metal which which makes the planed manifold run that much hotter. If your going to keep it, I would do headers. It's so much work to have to do it again someday. The manifold cools mostly through the head via the coolant flow. If you give your radiator and engine a good flush that can help. But your idea of extra air is a good one too. You sound like an old timer like me :) Remember the days way back when we didn't have warping manifolds or brake rotors? They cheapened up the metal by removing the nickel content, and it been nothing but trouble ever since. Good luck with the job. My knuckles ache just thinking about it. Don
T18skyguy 05/20/20 11:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Class C for the money

I am 72 and we think a class a would be too much to handle. We think also that having a short class c we would not need to pull a toad That was going to be my next question. How long do you want it and how much do you want to spend? Some folks say that 27 foot is a good compromise all things being considered.
T18skyguy 05/17/20 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How do I reach these clearance lights?

In a similar situation, I used two ladders on either side near the windshield. Then I got a Werner extendable aluminum plank, and put it across the steps of the ladder across the front of the windshield. Then climb one of the ladders and go out on the plank. This setup needs to be on a solid surface where the ladders will be stable. I felt comfortable enough to work with that setup.
T18skyguy 05/15/20 11:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any advice for replacing exhaust manifold gasket in a 454?

You could try JB Weld Extreme heat. Might be worth a shot.
T18skyguy 05/13/20 07:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: This could be a problem

Heard on business news this morning that RV sales are booming. Good for the industry but possibly bad for those of us who are already finding it increasingly difficult to find campsites. I don't believe it. The industry was in a severe downturn, particularly the motor home segment. Most of the growth preceding this was in cheap towables. With the summer camping season shot, and record unemployment, I think it's just a cheap PR stunt to goose the market.
T18skyguy 05/10/20 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: 5 year old takes road trip in SUV, headed to California.

Where are parents nowadays? Five year old gets key to a vehicle and takes it on the freeway! What I read was the keys were on a hook in the kitchen, so he waited until the mom doing something else, grabbed the keys and was gone. It's my understanding the parents are good people. He didn't get very far. Sometimes parents get surprised by what their kids can do. Bet she never thought he could drive.
T18skyguy 05/07/20 09:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Another sad sign of the times.

I'm waiting for that Japanese giant killer hornet. I heard it's just two states away. it's in southern VA.. bumpy Whew, I can now relax, lol,. It's also in Washington state. Their trying very hard to stop it. A hoard of them will invade a honeybee hive and decapitate thousands and take their bodies back to feed on. As if the poor honeybee's don't have enough problems already. These 2 inch long Asian murder hornets(their description not mine) are two inches long and killed 43 people somewhere last year.
T18skyguy 05/07/20 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: 5 year old takes road trip in SUV, headed to California.

I think he was at the edge of the seat. The cop said he could see no head above the seat. I was told a sympathetic Lamborghini owner, who read the story, gave the boy a ride, and he was just thrilled.
T18skyguy 05/06/20 08:56pm Around the Campfire
5 year old takes road trip in SUV, headed to California.

This really gave me a chuckle today. The boy wanted to buy a Lamborghini. His mom said no, so he decided he'd buy it himself with three dollars in his pocket. He was headed the right way on I 15. https://twitter.com/UTHighwayPatrol/status/1257384715998441477
T18skyguy 05/06/20 07:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Another sad sign of the times.

Their just little flying syringes ready to inject you with cooties-no mercy for them :)
T18skyguy 05/05/20 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Covid chores...check-off list

During the quiet time I sold my rig. Not sure if I'm going to keep RV'ing, might go for a class A with airbags if I do.
T18skyguy 05/05/20 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Android vs Apple

There is a like app (or several) for android but since I do not like that feature... I can't tell you what they are. I'm anti-apple due to stuff that happened a long time ago which I won't go into here as well.. it's not an RV issue. But I have heard that applie I-phones .. if you use the wi-fi mobile hotspot feature to connect devices to the internet via the i-phone.. May give you headaches. (Actually I know what they are and how to get around 'em) No such issues with my Samsung Galaxy S7 I'm anti-apple due to stuff that happened a long time ago which I won't go into here as well.. I was thinking maybe they did to you what they did to me. I had 90 gigs of music in VLC. I thought I would copy it into Itunes to see if I liked it. As soon as it was done copying the music, it went over and deleted all the music in VLC. I had detached the original drive so I lucked out there they couldn't get to it. I admit a lot of the music was torrent'ed, but still, it left a sour taste in my mouth. Once you put your music in Itunes you can't get it out, but I suppose it's a moot point with modern streaming services.
T18skyguy 05/05/20 12:15am Technology Corner
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