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k4rs

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  1. None of the local Home Depots have this in stock. I was able to obtain a one pound bottle of granulated chlorine crystals in the pool supply section. The instructions state that in addition to pools, it can also be use for large scale sanitation. One ounce of crystals creates 500 gallons of sanitizing solution. I am sure glad I didn't get the 25 pound bucket that I saw first 😀 Safe Travels...
  2. I have served several times over the years. I was always surprised when I was selected. The first time the prosecutor had been one of my instructors while I attended the police academy and the defense attorney had represented me in a civil case. The second time I was selected was in a DUI case. During voir dire I clearly stated my law enforcement background and that my brother had been killed by a drunk driver. It didn't matter, welcome to the jury. In fact, in the DUI case, I was selected as the foreman. The one that really stands out in my memory was a capital murder case. The prosecutor read a list of witnesses, including a number of people working for the sheriff's department, and asked if any of the potential jurors knew them. I raised my hand and rattled off a list of names. He asked me how I knew them. I replied that they were coworkers. Later I was asked if I could vote for the death penalty. I replied "Yes I can". I could have sworn that the defense would challenge for cause, but no - welcome to the jury. Safe Travels...
  3. At one time there was a free version of Office 2010 included with some OEM systems. Dubbed "Office Starter" it only included Word and Excel, but for many that was enough. If I remember correctly it only works with Windows 7. Now that 7 has reached the end of life I expect that Office 2010 Starter will fade away also. Safe Travels...
  4. Having lived on the Florida Space Coast for many years I saw numerous launches live. No matter how many times you see them, they are always a thrill. Two that stand out were when I was at Port Canaveral to watch the last Apollo mission launch on a Saturn V and when I brought my son to Titusville to see a 3 AM shuttle launch. Traffic was so backed up that the shuttle had completed two orbits by the time we returned to our house 50 miles away. We were never present for a landing but saw several shuttles fly over our house while on approach. The unique double sonic boom told you when it was time to step outside. Safe Travels...
  5. I heard some guys on the ham radio talking about the launch. They were in my old stomping ground on the east coast of Florida and had good viewing conditions. It was clear and cold so I stepped outside hoping that I would be able to see the launch live. Unfortunately we were either too far or there was some cloud cover that was not obvious and I did not see the launch. Thank you for the link so at least I can see the recording. Safe Travels...
  6. I clearly remember our one and only visit to the Oasis RV Park. It was (and probably still is) a very nice park. While checking in they asked us if we preferred a small pull through or larger back in site. The lady at the desk then cautioned us that the back in site was next to I-15 and traffic noise was higher there. I discovered that it really did not matter about the highway noise because we were directly under the flight path of airplanes departing McCaran International Airport. About every 30 seconds a jumbo jet flew over us at what seemed to be about 50 feet elevation on full takeoff power. All of our visits to the Las Vegas area since then have been to places along Boulder Highway. Safe Travels...
  7. I have done about a zillion upgrades from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10. The only time I have run into activation problems is when there is an issue with the Microsoft server. In that case, it will probably activate automatically the next time you go online. The key is to start the upgrade process with Win 7 or 8.1 running. If you boot from the flash drive or DVD the first time it will prompt you for a key. You can usually enter the key from the label on your computer but that is not always successful. Once you have completed the upgrade and have the digital license for your computer, you can then boot from the media and clean install without loading the previous version of Windows first. Safe Travels...
  8. Make sure you have an activated copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 with all updates installed. Download Windows 10 directly from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/ Extract the files from the download to a flash drive. Boot into your previous version of Windows and run setup.exe from the download. Follow the prompts to install Windows 10. Once the update is complete you will have a digital license and you can then do a clean install in the future. Safe Travels...
  9. A little further south, but otherwise meets your criteria: http://www.avionpalms.org/ We purchased our lot in 2013 and have been very happy here. HOA fees have been around $1,000 per year. Safe Travels...
  10. I believe both Firefox and Google Chrome have dropped support for Windows XP. If you have no desire to move up to a current operating system, I think the best course of action would be to find a friend with good Internet access (those Garmin updates are very large). Safe Travels...
  11. RV, As you know, I am a big fan of Linux. I also use Windows for the few things Linux does not support. I have lots of experience moving old computers to Linux. There are a number of distributions that are specifically designed to run on older hardware. Mint is one of my favorites but it's default Cinnamon desktop can be demanding. Their Mate or Xfce desktops are less so. If these desktops still do not perform satisfactorily, other distributions are even leaner. I just installed antiX on an old XP machine (built in 2007) with a single core Athlon XP-M CPU (2.1 GHz) and 512 MB ram. It is running just fine and not taking up space in a landfill. Just because you tried ONE version of Linux and was not satisfied with the result, don't dismiss Linux entirely. Safe Travels...
  12. I grew up camping in tents, travel trailers, slide in campers, and a van camper. In the late 70's Toni and I purchased our first trailer, a 13 foot Scotty. We used it for a number of years but then it seemed that I could not get time off from work, so we sold it. A short time later my supervisor noted that I had too much leave accumulated, so we took a four week, cross county trip in a tent. When we finished that trip, Toni said "If you say the word tent one more time, I'll slit your throat from ear to ear". Needless to say we soon purchased another travel trailer and we have had one continuously ever since. Safe Travels...
  13. Now hearing this update causes problems with the Start menu ☚ī¸ Safe Travels...
  14. A few days ago we lost power in the park. It turns out that a tree fell on a power line and caused a transformer to explode (heard widely throughout the park). This happened around 1 PM and the temp was 95 degrees. I simply pulled the cover off the generator in the back of my truck, fired it up, and plugged the RV into it. I then went back into the rig and enjoyed the air conditioning until the power was restored about 4 hours later. This is the second time this summer that we experienced power a outage while staying in a park. While we would have survived without the generator, we were certainly glad that we had one. Safe Travels...
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