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  • HomeSweetRoam
    HomeSweetRoam:
    When you just absolutely need to bring the 'big' machine with you on the road :)
    • July 4, 2017
    • SACnFrau and 3 others like this.
    • HomeSweetRoam
      SACnFrau Curious, what is the 'big machine'? Printer?
      • July 5, 2017
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      • HomeSweetRoam
        SGM & Mrs G No, the desktop system from the house
        • July 5, 2017
      • HomeSweetRoam
        SACnFrau Ah, we have similar 'big machine' on our end as well...
        • July 5, 2017
      • HomeSweetRoam
        HomeSweetRoam The large PC there, which is actually my 30 TB server (holds all of our TV, Movies, and one copy of the girlfriend's photography business backups). When we pass through California this autumn, it will move into it's new home at a friend's house. Until the...  more
        • July 5, 2017
    • HomeSweetRoam
      SGM & Mrs G Nice, what are the specs...??
      • July 7, 2017
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      • HomeSweetRoam
        HomeSweetRoam AMD 2.7ghz, 8GB ram. The real fun is in the 4TB drives in RAID5 that give me ~30TB of space. It runs CentOS 7 :) Holds all of our TV (5TB), Movies (4TB), Photography (5TB), and other odds and ends (about 6TB), and gives me a Minecraft map to play on and a...  more
      • HomeSweetRoam
        SACnFrau I am amazed you have need for that much storage (aside from business requirements) while on the road. Hope you can deliver it to it's new home without issue...safe travels!
    • HomeSweetRoam
      SGM & Mrs G is the raid scsi ?
      • July 7, 2017
    • HomeSweetRoam
      HomeSweetRoam I don't NEED this much storage on the road. This machine was living at my parents house in Washinton DC and was reachable over the internet. It's just that it's in transit right now... and having it move with us was cheaper than building a whole new repla...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • HomeSweetRoam
        SGM & Mrs G "NEED" is usually defined by the Tim (Tool Man) Taylor theory.
        • July 8, 2017
      • HomeSweetRoam
        HomeSweetRoam I dont 'need' this much storage on the road. I do actually 'need' about 250TB *somewhere* I can get to it hehe ;) The RV's server that I'm going to build will just be okay with about 6TB in it I think for logging, small batches of media for the TVs, and b...  more
        • July 8, 2017
  • Larry & Darlene
    Larry & Darlene :
    Looking for suggestions for a new printer.

    In the past I've had good luck with an HP Envy 4502 but I was using it once a week or better for printing.

    Really need something that can scan doc's also. The problem now seems to be I'm not using the printer...  more
    • April 17, 2017
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    • Larry & Darlene
      Don and Lori Wagner I agree with SGM.  The nature of ink jet printers requires regular (every couple weeks) use.  If you use the scanner more often the printer, try printing something whenever you scan.  The only other suggesting I have is to forget carrying y...  more
    • Larry & Darlene
      SACnFrau I have had good luck (so far) from my Canon MX920 all-in-one. Do not print often but it has been reliable over past few years. I see current model is <$100 at Best Buy.
    • Larry & Darlene
      Matt & Mary By complete accident, I came up with a solution about 100 years (subjective) ago.  I used to do a lot of boat work.  The coach was my office, meeting room, instrument repair shop, tool crib, regular restaurant and occasional motel.  I had a...  more Hide 1 Reply
    • Larry & Darlene
      SGM & Mrs G One last comment on ink jet printers, SURPRISE !!!!!!!!!!!! Printer companies can offer the low cost printer because they make it up on the back end with the Ink Cartridges - true Hide 1 Reply
      • Larry & Darlene
        Matt & Mary So, they are using the Polaroid business model, give away the device and do the gotcha on the supplies. Problem here though, I can buy guaranteed aftermarket refill for about the coast of the ink itself and now that the business is dead (Thanks BHO) that ...  more
    • Larry & Darlene
      Robbie & Alice Have the exact problem with drying printheads.  Normal round of cartridges for my inkjet cost me about $70.....the new cheap knockoffs on Amazon cost $15 and they work just fine.
      • March 13
  • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
    Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! :
    New laptop. New printer. Life is good :)

    I purchased an HP Envy 17... awesome machine: 17.3" touchscreen, Core i7 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM and a 2TB HD. It's exceeded my expectations in every way. The printer is nothing to brag about - an HP Deskjet 1735 - ...  more
    • April 14, 2017
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    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      David & Leslie Yours sounds almost identical to mine, but I purchased mine (I think) two years ago at Best Buy while passing through Boise, ID - HP ENVY, 17"(?) Touch Screen, etc.  If memory serves the cost was most of $1k... under $1k, but within a few hundred dol...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! We have VERY similar setups. At home I have an HP with dual screens as well, which is why I wanted a large-screen laptop on the rig. I'm just too accustomed to all that screen space :)

        I bought a factory-refurbished unit; paid $499.99 for it ...  more
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        SACnFrau Nice price on refurbished unit!! I have 17" Envy non-touchscreen model with 256 GB SSD drive, paid $1200 new. Use it for LLC mostly, have desktop with 21" screen for personal use, along with tablets for each of us.
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Ulla & Josh Are you using the RV Resort wifi ... and if yes do you know which company they are using? And also, if you are in a RV park do you use 2 laptops at the same time or just one at a time? Because some Parks block any other device. A workamper told me that in...  more
      • April 14, 2017
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      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! I go back and forth between hotspot and WiFi... they use Telgonet here.

        We've had more than two devices connected to WiFi at a time here... no blocks I guess.
        • April 14, 2017
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Ulla & Josh Yup, that is the one causing problems. When we load our rig at the KOA Anthony,TX I had this problem. We all went and complained, I know the guy at the desk, he told me recently that they changed the company they were working with because they had too man...  more
        • April 14, 2017
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! I know their reputation isn't the best, but so far so good.
      • April 14, 2017
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      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Ulla & Josh Ken, if I spend my money on a campground and I also spent my money on bringing my own internet hotspots  I expect the campground to not get involved into my devises. They completely scrambled my one laptop, I had to bring in the Dell back up service ...  more
        • April 14, 2017
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! Yikes, that's not good. I don't blame you at all for being cautious!
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      SGM & Mrs G Ulla & J.... As a retired IT person, I would like to better understand how these providers "scrambled" your system. Especially sine they do not load anything to you system.
      • April 14, 2017
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      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Ulla & Josh Hi,this is Ulla. My husband is not on any social media.Honestly, I would like to know this too. We do have McAfee but it was not functional anymore. We also have an ipad without contract, we just need a internet signal, that didn't work anymore either. I ...  more
        • April 14, 2017
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      SGM & Mrs G from your description, I doubt the provider had anything to do with the issues, they just provide the connection, but it does sound like "somewhere" after you anti-virus stopped, you caught something... for the laptop. For the Ipad, I am not a Mac pe...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Ulla & Josh I just lost the reply I just wrote on the phone. So I will start all over again. So, I remember I did have electricity as well as the curser but was unable to sign in anywhere not even after we had arrived back home into our uverse. It said that something...  more
        • April 14, 2017
  • Leca1959
    Leca1959:
    Hey everyboddy in the Quartzsite Arizona area, quick question! Anybody familiar with the latest Adobe Illustrator? I have a friend who needs to quick crash course and is willing to pay someone for their trouble. If possible. You can text me at 505-353-2975. Thanks!
    • January 17, 2017
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  • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
    Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! :
    My home computer (HP / Windows 10) wouldn't boot up yesterday. No warnings, no glitches, no performance issues... just boom, wouldn't boot. It would automatically go into a self-repair mode but it would power down the USB ports so that I couldn't select a...  more
    • January 8, 2017
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    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! The CMOS battery... UGH! Why didn't I think of that? Well, cuz I'm not that smart, that's why. Good news is everything I did can be undone, so I'll give it a shot.

      Thank you Andy and Robert!  :)

      And yeah... I'm pretty anal a...  more
      • January 8, 2017
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! Ordered two new batteries - CR2032's - from Amazon because some company was running a special where they included two free LED's with every order of two batteries. I have to wait a few days, but I just couldn't pass up the free stuff :)
      • January 9, 2017
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! Andy*   Robert Miller  I swapped out the CMOS battery for a brand new one and no joy... it still booted up into Automatic Repair without USB support, so I couldn't use my mouse or keyboard to advance through the screens. It's gotta be a motherboard thing.

      So, I re-re-re-installed the hard drive back into my wife's computer and pressed ESC to get me into the BIOS boot menu. From there I selected to boot from the transferred drive just to see what would happen and after about a minute of it "preparing devices" it booted right up with everything intact.

      So now I have one awesome computer with double the memory, two 2-terabyte hard drives, each with their own Windows 10 operating system installed and fully operational. Now I just have to figure out how to take full advantage of it :)

      Thanks for your help guys... I really appreciate it!  (Y)
      • January 11, 2017
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Robert Miller Pry the CPU chip off the board before you scrap it.  I always put an extra Fan in front cabinet area to cool everythig as much as possible -- but eventually things will happen and motherboards fail. Hide 1 Reply
      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! I'm not scrapping it, much to my wife's chagrin :) It's a spare parts bin for this computer - power transformer, DVD drive, CPU, graphics card, networking card, an extra memory module I don't have space for and THREE fans. My wife's computer already has t...  more
    • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
      Matt & Mary Many years back, I determined for an employer that the half-life of laptops is about three years.  So, six years is pretty good, I would start planning to replace the working one.  The one I have that is older is still being backed up to a exter...  more
      • January 18, 2017
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      • Dirty Rotten Racklefrack!
        Dirty Rotten Racklefrack! These are desktops units, but your point is well taken ;)

        I used the first one exclusively for years; I can only estimate that it probably has thousands of work-hours on it... even more passive run-time hours. The second unit has far, far few...  more
        • January 18, 2017
  • Ulla & Josh
    Ulla & Josh :
    What do you think of TengoInternet which is used often at the campgrounds? We have had some issues, it seems that it blocks the second laptop. Any info on that?
    • January 4, 2017
    • Ulla & Josh
      Mike and Donna Wagner I think we have experienced that same issue with them.  We have enough data now on our Verizon jet pack that we seldom use campground internet services.
      • January 4, 2017
    • Ulla & Josh
      Geeks On Tour (Jim and Chris Guld) Tengo has many different agreements with properties, from free to premium paid. When campground WiFi is working well, we use it. We usually depend on cellular data. They (Tengo) are great proponents of good WiFi for the users. Check out their website. Lot...  more
      • January 4, 2017
    • Ulla & Josh
      Bill Joyce (and Diane Melde) Tengo often sets limits on 12hour usage and slows you down.  A common limit is 500MB, where they slow you some and then at 1GB they slow you down a lot.  This is too keep users from using too much and slowing everyone down.  Using a Pepwave...  more
      • January 4, 2017
    • Ulla & Josh
      Ulla & Josh We use AT&T unite pro and Verizon MiFi and we also use occasionally a grandfathered AT&T satellite connection when near a larger City where we can get a bundled signal. But despite using our own hot spot the second laptop is usually blocked. I have learne...  more
      • January 4, 2017
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