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  1. This is common on boat ramps at "drinking lakes" like Havasu. It's a lot of fun.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. The Wyze pan/tilt is indeed noisy. Also, I find it useless as a general home camera. My sister in law currently has it to see if she can figure out what has damaged her food garden and killed a chicken or two. I also don't really like the Wyze cams as an all around, but that's partly because I already have recording/management software running on my desktop and it does a far better job than the Wyze cloud system. I think the Wyze cams are a cheap solution for limited uses. For general use I'd choose and recommend Amcrest. Just installed a couple of their super high res cameras, and they are really amazing.
  13. Oh, and I drive around self-driving cars all the time. Our area is where Google/Alphabet/Uber are testing most of their cars. I've watched them, it's an impressive ballet of perfect driving when there are a bunch of them. And I'll admit that I've messed with them, when they are not carrying passengers, just to see how they'd react. Very well.
  14. Exactly. It's funny that anyone who's been on a horse would think that only humans can "drive."
  15. That's the important point, regardless of semantics. The thermostat needs to run on batteries of its own, and provide a simple contact closure. The one I linked to meets both of those. Household thermostats MIGHT be able to run on batteries, and they provide a pair of closure terminals for "on" as well as several other connections. They will work if the person installing it knows which terminals to use for that. The Hunter 42999 only provides two terminals so you can't go wrong.
  16. And yet you still use a millivolt system thermostat. The semantics notwithstanding, you don't have 12v available at the thermostat to power it on most RVs.
  17. I don't think the specific diets are going to find a lot of conversation here since most people seem to eat the standard American diet here. But how to adapt your food needs to travel is a good conversation. I follow a diet with nearly zero processed foods, no oil, no salt, and almost no animal products. It's not a huge challenge at home, but in a small travel trailer it's hard to make a pot of beans, or a stew, or many of the things I normally make. I make things in advance of traveling and portion them out into disposable restaurant take-out containers. I buy a huge box of the containers and they cost less than ten cents each. Canned goods are also my friend, so if nothing else I can pull out a can of beans, add hot sauce, and it's food. Avocados are another love, and easy to travel with and eat. Turns out they come packaged inside their own bowl! Eating this way has eliminated my knee and shoulder joint pain, to the extent that I went from having to get a pre-surgery MRI to almost never having any pain at all. Salt, oil, and animal flesh have huge effects on inflammation and joint health.
  18. We have an American Staffordshire that is a cuddler and loves people, with no aggression to anything. But he's also considered a vicious killer by some park rules. It's been a challenge. We didn't choose him for breed, he was a rescue and was thought to be something else, then we did a DNA test.
  19. Nearly all RV systems are microvolt, not 12/24v, and cannot power a thermostat. This is what I put in our TT and love it. Super easy to install, works great, and no wild temp swings any more. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ALEBZY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  20. It doesn't matter if they have 50a only, since everyone with a 30a RV should be carrying that adapter and the one for 15a outlets.
  21. Self-driving vehicles are already safer than humans. Humans cause 30,000 deaths a year in this country alone due to mistakes while driving, and computers are already safer. In ten years, self driving cars will be much the norm, and deaths will go down. We'll also regain a huge amount of productivity and reduce stress. Imagine doing something useful on the way to work, and arriving without the stress of the idiots on the road. My next vehicle will be the 2020 Jeep Gladiator diesel, with the full-stop adaptive cruise system. Not self driving, but will take out one of the biggest causes of stress and problems; unpredictable speed/braking from other drivers. I laugh every time I hear people talk about humans driving better than a computer. It sounds exactly like the anti-automobile hysteria a century ago. When you have ten cameras, infrared sensors, RADAR, and LIDAR installed in your head, let me know.
  22. I have a Cobra 75 WX ST and like it a lot. It's a unit where the entire thing is in the microphone, no big box to install somewhere. I use it primarily while off-roading since many people still do, though many are going to GMRS/FRS and VHF. I have a 60w VHF/UHF mounted in there also. The Cobra was a very easy installation, with an antenna mounted into the body panel on the rear bed panel.
  23. A $20 Wyzecam is what I have in the RV. It needs wifi, but doesn't necessarily use your CELLULAR bandwidth which is what you care about. When you view it, the traffic just goes over the wifi from the camera directly to your device, not via the internet. It works without internet service too. Power is from USB, so you can use any 12v to USB adapter to run it from the batteries. I did a power test on it and it uses around 1.65 watts, so only 3.3 aH for a full 24 hours. It's basically nothing.
  24. This is not a good choice for T-Mobile users, but a good deal for all other carriers. I have a newer version of it and it's very effective on Verizon and AT&T.
  25. The roaming "warning" is provided by the phone as a user protection feature. The phone doesn't really know your carrier's policies. It used to be that rural carriers would rape roaming users with charges over $1 per minute. So phones had to be able to warn you. Currently, I believe all Verizon plans have free roaming, though they will cancel you if you roam excessively and constantly. Lack of a good connection is common all over the West. We always download a bunch of TV shows and movies to the devices before leaving. If streaming breaks, we watch the stuff that's local on the computers/tablets.
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