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  1. JRP's thoughts pretty much mirror my own, I primarily use a VPN when connected to public Wi-Fi (campgrounds, McDonalds, Walmart, etc.). Another use is to view hometown TV when traveling outside the normal viewing area. I have been using Private Internet Access for years and have been quite satisfied. Derek (RV) prefers Nord, which also has a good reputation. Based upon your usage, I don't believe you need a VPN but they are relatively inexpensive when purchased in yearly or multi-yearly increments and provide some additional security. Safe Travels...
  2. Evidently dental work can cause infections that affect the replacement joint. My doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics and told me to take them prior to any dental procedures. Safe Travels...
  3. You could add another sound card if you want to continue using your existing speakers. I still believe one of the USB sound devices mentioned previously would be a better choice. They would be much easier to install and are natively supported by Windows. Windows 10 has a long history of driver issues and the USB devices avoid this pitfall. Safe Travels...
  4. I have never used the Beheringer but I believe it should work well. Another USB sound interface that is less expensive and I have had good luck with is from Syba: https://www.newegg.com/syba-sd-cm-uaud-usb-to-audio/p/N82E16812186035?Description=usb audio&cm_re=usb_audio-_-12-186-035-_-Product https://www.amazon.com/external-Adapter-Windows-Microphone-SD-CM-UAUD/dp/B001MSS6CS/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2NPCTT0EN79X1&keywords=syba+usb+sound+card&qid=1562438243&s=gateway&sprefix=syba+usb%2Caps%2C218&sr=8-3 Safe Travels...
  5. It sounds to me like your sound card (or motherboard sound chip) got a bad driver update. The USB speakers do not use your existing sound device. It simply bypasses the non-functional hardware. Safe Travels...
  6. Before you give up, you may want to try an inexpensive USB speaker. I have had good luck with Logitech S150 speakers. They do not require extra drivers and have never failed to work for me. https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-S150-Speakers-Digital-Sound/dp/B000ZH98LU/ref=sr_1_4?crid=I35MWIHV66OO&keywords=usb+speakers+for+desktop+computer&qid=1562338114&s=gateway&sprefix=usb+spea%2Caps%2C370&sr=8-4 Safe Travels...
  7. I am quite familiar with what a VPN will and will not do. I also spent decades providing computer support, including networking, in my career. The point I was trying to make is that public Wi-Fi is an attractive target for data thieves. Anything you can do to protect yourself in such an environment is a good idea. As an analogy: If you like to scuba dive in shark infested waters, especially if some fisherman has been chumming, it makes good sense to use a cage. Safe Travels...
  8. As we travel I get many opportunities to connect to campground Wi-Fi. One of the first things I do is to check to see if I am leaking any sensitive data. You would be amazed at the number of people who connect to public systems with file sharing turned on. Not just photos but medical records, tax documents, banking info, etc. These open Wi-Fi systems are a rich harvest for data miners. Like RV, I am a firm believer in using a VPN. Safe Travels...
  9. While my install was not as large as yours, I built a similar rack for my fifth wheel. I used 2 inch square aluminum designed for pool enclosures. I never had an issue for the 12 years I owned that rig. Unfortunately I don't recall taking any photos. Safe Travels...
  10. Before we retired and became full time RV'ers, we had a full motion water bed that we loved. We knew that we could not move it to the RV because of the weight. We tried several air mattresses but they did not work out (leaks, burst when traveling over continental divide at 14,000 feet, etc). We ended up with an 8 inch memory foam that worked out very well. When we downsized from the 5th wheel to our current travel trailer, we discovered that we hated the mattress that came with the trailer. We added a memory foam topper but found that while it was quite comfortable, it would not stay in position and we had to re-position it every day or two. We just purchased another 8 inch memory foam mattress and look forward to using it this summer as we travel the country. It is the same brand that we had before end we expect we will love it also: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BW7H5G6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Safe Travels...
  11. As others have said, this operation is very routine these days. The benefit FAR outweighs the discomfort. I was really surprised at how little pain I had (except for the PT). My wife and the doctor were concerned about my ability to get up and down stairs. They would not discharge me from the hospital until I demonstrated I could. I was walking the hallways the day after surgery and did a flight of stairs on the second. The walker I had been using went into the storage shed a week after I returned home. In other words, don't sweat it. You'll do fine. Safe Travels...
  12. As a side note, Microsoft just certified version 1809 for general release. With the short life cycle these versions get, they are almost end of life by the time most of the bugs are worked out. https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-officially-designates-windows-10-1809-as-ready-for-broad-deployment/ Safe Travels...
  13. In 2001 I had an accident that tore up my right knee. After two surgeries, I was told that they fixed it as best as they could but I was not 100% and never would be. In fact, it would only get worse. A few years later I mentioned to my primary care doctor that I was having some knee pain. He sent me to an orthopedic specialist for a consult. That doctor told me I needed a knee replacement but because of my age I should wait until it hurt so bad that I could no longer stand the pain. I reached that point in 2015. I did some research and found another doctor who specialized in knee replacements. He confirmed that I definitely needed a knee replacement but wanted me to loose some weight before surgery. He gave me an injection to help with the pain and told me to get back with him when the shot wore off. Three years later, and 55 pounds lighter, I had the procedure. I could not be happier with the outcome. The constant pain is gone and while I still have some mobility issues, it is better than it was. As previously mentioned, proper PT (Physical Torture) was a key to a good outcome. As a side note, this was all done with commercial insurance (I am not old enough for Medicare). The medical care that I receive while I was serving in the Army convinced me that I wanted NOTHING to do with the VA. I realize that many years have passed and things change, but recent news articles and some of the stories recounted here make me think I followed the correct course of action. Safe Travels...
  14. Our co-op has a secure storage area for those who do not want to keep an RV on their lot. Safe Travels...
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