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  1. They are still trying to hang on to the old "channel" and time based models, which are dead. With Apple now launching their own service, the might of Netflix and Amazon already there, the entire concept is dying quickly. I have no desire to "watch CBS" or anything like that, and I'm not interested in watching anything live or on a schedule. Younger generations are even more finicky. The entire way of consuming media is changing, and these companies are fighting to keep the old way.
  2. If you're around AZ, let's trade. Mine is exactly the same as your RPOD, except you have the better AC unit and the better fridge.
  3. You will probably need more than two batteries. I run two 6v GC batteries in series, and like that a lot. I recently set that up for a friend with a larger trailer and kids, and he says the batteries "last forever" where before he'd get a day at most. However we both have propane fridges. Sam's and Costco sell the GC batteries for about $90 each, and you can get the extra cable needed for series wiring from any auto store.
  4. This is common on boat ramps at "drinking lakes" like Havasu. It's a lot of fun.
  5. Yeah, I thought it was funny that it was followed with "no need to install the expensive car GPS navigation system." Sure, if you install a very expensive huge system, you don't have to spend MORE money. LOL. Meanwhile, the normally-priced Alpine head unit in the tow vehicle does all that also.
  6. While off leash, our dog was attacked by a much smaller dog also off leash. Luckily for the idiot dog/owner, ours has a "what's your deal" attitude as he could have probably taken his head off in one bite. What's amazing here is how many people simply don't know how their dogs will behave and act accordingly.
  7. And yet, computers are still safer than meat bags. Those things fall asleep, get confused, get tired, or simply don't see something. They do great under good conditions, but toss in the hundred variables that affect them, and they fail. Who here wants to be the fail? TODAY, the self-driving cars are less reliable in terrible weather. That's why AZ is a primary testing area. They are still statistically safer than meat bag drivers.
  8. GSM is not analog. The Onstar in your old truck was, and they were still installing 2G/3G digital until just a few years ago, which is also going to stop working. There's some sort of swap-out program in place now.
  9. Ray, fire that phone up, wait for it to search for networks (say five minutes), and then dial 611. Old GSM phones MIGHT still be working, even for some years. LTE is an enhancement of GSM, basically, while CDMA is now just dead tech. Hmm, I'm sure I have some ancient GSM phones in my old tech pile...
  10. Depends on where you are. I'm in a place with little overlap, and if you're not on Verizon or AT&T, you can't count on making calls. If you have an old CDMA phone, you're not getting anything (tried it). So the important part to remember is that the old "spare emergency phone" is becoming less useful. I think it's important for people to know this since it's the first time we've done a fast, radical cellular tech change like this in the US. Verizon plans to have ALL non-LTE service gone by end of year.
  11. Wow, and I thought I was pedantic about technical details. All wireless phones and providers in every first world country that I know of are required to process an emergency call using any available signal. They also get priority on channels and signal strength. Bear in mind however that right now we are under a massive change of cellular infrastructure here in the US, and older phones may simply not be able to connect to the newer systems at all. Verizon, for example, is shutting down everything that is not LTE. So you can't assume that your old flip phone is going to keep working.
  12. I primarily worked with Axis when I ran the video software company. Those are the $4k cameras I mentioned. I have some of them here for demo usage. They simply aren't worth it in a home environment. If you have a Synology NAS, you should probably try using their built-in video recorder. I played with it once, thought it was good, but it's been a couple years. I really don't have other recommendations. You could also consider the Amcrest/Foscam cloud service to control and manage the cameras, get notifications, and things like that. I have one Amcrest camera connected to that now, and it seems to work fine. Nothing to manage on your end.
  13. That's why I buy the NO salt added canned goods. Kroger, Sprout's, Hunts, and others make them. There are a few no-salt broth/stock options too, in stores and on Amazon.
  14. Sorry, I know nothing about the Amcrest software. I use a product called Security Spy; it's not cheap, but very powerful, with great support and upgrades. It works with just about any camera. I had a number of Foscams, but a couple failed. In doing research, I found that Amcrest is somehow affiliated with Foscam (they won't answer how), but have better products. I spent hours looking at the camera specs, and I've worked in the video business. I recently exited as a founder of a high end video management product, working with $4k cameras. Everything about Amcrest looked great for $70-130. Here's what I got for outdoors, and the results are excellent, day and night: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CHPZKQM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And what I got for a huge room where I wanted lots of pixels and super wide angle: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B077Y52782/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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