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  1. I have a desktop with two 27" UHD displays, a tiny laptop, and iPad, and phone. My life is about maximizing personal time through productivity gains. So I'm always looking at what will save time and money. Larger screens make work far faster, but you can't always have them with you. We just sold our Chromebook touchscreen though. Neither of us really used it much. Great machine, good OS, but just...didn't need it. There's very little reason to use a touchscreen when you have a much faster typing devices right there. We also sold our Surface2, for the same reason. Win10 and touch work great, but we found that keyboards and mice are much faster and more intuitive. I work on and support every OS, and they each have their place.
  2. I reported what friends and family literally say to me. I made no claims myself. IBM's report on deploying Macs to much of their workforce in one public source. Their number is actually more than 5x, because it's about what I see with my customers who have switched. Previn noted that “Every Mac that we buy is making and saving IBM money,” and that “A Mac still has value three or four years down the road.” An example of the added value of using Macs versus PCs is the amount of support required. IBM has just 24 help desk staff that are supporting around 130,000 Mac and iOS devices deployed throughout the company. That’s just one support member for 5,375 employees, but Previn boasts that’s because only approximately 5% of Mac users request support compared to around 40% of its PC using employees. Kernel Panic.
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    Narrow 7' trailer width worth pursuing?

    I got curious and measured it, the tire width is exactly 8' and the body width is 77". The tow vehicle has a tire width of 82". We'll be heading out shortly to try it out on a light local trail. It's not like we'll be rock crawling with the thing. Our objective is to just be able to get a little farther out than the average camper with a heavy truck and wide trailer, then set out from there in the Jeep or mountain bikes. We're just not interested in camping in the usual areas that "everyone" goes to. Sometimes you might like the people, sometimes they are complete a-holes.
  4. LOL. On a mass scale, correct. And yet on the scale of the context I spoke of, I was also correct. You took "my friends' computers never crash" and turned it into "no Macs ever crash." Right now I have a problem with Chrome causing an occasional KP that I need to fix, on my own machine. Nothing is perfect. It's just that after 35 years of supporting technology, you can very easily see the pattern of what breaks 5x more often.
  5. I eliminated 100% of my family and friends tech support by telling them to start switching to Macs. Now visits no longer include "can you fix my Windows" and instead they say things like "thanks for recommending something that always works."
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    Narrow 7' trailer width worth pursuing?

    Ah, I see. That's not an issue around here, so it wasn't in my consideration. What we see a lot on trails is that the branches of the tree, particularly up high, are close to the trail. Rarely are there two tree trunks by the trail. As in, I've never seen it. So body width was what I mostly looked at. The tires are outside of the body, so they would be the max width. I have not measured it.
  7. It was mostly a joke. But I too have been working with computers since 1981, and I certainly do believe that MacOS is more modern in both the core and the UI. The UI is subjective of course. That the core is more secure in in MacOS is just simply well proven. IBM and several other major companies have proven that Macs reduce TCO, support burden, and turnover. Those again are just well-proven numbers. Anecdotally, I see so many ten year old Macs that are still viable machines, with current security updates and all.
  8. That's a great, well balanced post, Bill. I'll add one small thing...many times people assume they need to run some Windows program simply because they haven't looked at alternatives. And it's always possible to run Windows programs on a Mac, though it may not be optimal, depending on the program and usage. It's a case by case decision. Cost is also something few people really account for, because while a Mac costs more to buy than a low-end machine, its longevity and total cost of ownership is usually much better.
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    Explain network management please???

    Oh yeah, newer gear with more bands is always good. Especially when most people will NOT have gear that uses those bands! This is a great time to be on the leading edge. I'm currently shopping for a new all-band device to make use of Verizon's expansion into low and high bands. But my RV cell repeater/amp is only 900/1900, and the new multi-banders are SOOO expensive.
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    Explain network management please???

    If a reboot fixes it, then it could have been a problem with the memory in the device, or with the cell connection from the device to the network. If you can turn the radios off and back on without rebooting it, that would tell you whether it is the router itself that was the problem, or the radios. Either way, network rate limits and prioritization are not affected by a reboot. But some devices have not-great radio management, and disconnecting/reconnecting to the cell network helps fix a problem.
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    Explain network management please???

    Each frequency is indeed managed individually. However the system in general should be managing frequency usage, and will (should) move you to more open frequencies if possible. But that's a trade-off since each band has different propagation and reach characteristics, so it may not be busy, but you may not get good signal from it. Everything from tree coverage to distance will affect that. It is never rational for an end user without significant radio knowledge to try to manage bands manually. I have several FCC licenses and certifications in microwave communications. I'd never try to manage my own gear that way.
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    Explain network management please???

    Let's use the more appropriate technical terms... Rate limiting (throttling): This is where you always limit the rate at which any given device or connection can get data. So no matter what, you will never go faster than this. For example, Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T, with better prices. But you are rate-limited to 8Mbps on most plans. Prioritization: You may see full speed on an unloaded cell site. But if higher-priority customers are using it a lot, your data goes last and you may see anything from slow speeds to failed connections. Verizon de-prioritizes its MVNO customers (but not its own prepaid customers).
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    Service Dogs?

    Yes, the ADA specifically uses "dog" when talking about it. On the physical part, this might be semantics or a narrow detail, but... It can be something like epilepsy that isn't normally considered a physical handicap. We were training a dog to help my wife by predicting seizures, and/or press a button if she has one. This is a legal use, but there's no actual physically detectable problem. If a person has a non-dog that they claim under the ADA, they are lying. So it's some other kind of SUPPORT animal, not a SERVICE animal. The ADA is silent on support animals, you have to look to state and local laws to see what they say. My friend with PTSD from military service has emotional support dogs that are perfectly trained, so he does take them into almost everywhere, by asking first. They aren't legally required to allow it, but then, the dogs cause absolutely no problem.
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    Narrow 7' trailer width worth pursuing?

    If you're talking about the tire width, I have not measured that. I thought you were talking about the body, which I assure you is under 7'. Also it has independent suspension, no axle. So probably well under 8' "axle" width.
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    Service Dogs?

    All of the Jeep, boat, and RV shows around here have been pet friendly. Sure, there's a separate problem of people claiming dogs are assistance dogs when they are not. But you *can* do something about it (or well, the property owner/manager can). Under federal law, emotional support animals are NOT given a pass. Local laws may vary. Also the vest and documents are meaningless; real service animals don't need them, and having them confers no privileges. The vest is either to help with the job, or just tell people to not pet the dog. In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.
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    Narrow 7' trailer width worth pursuing?

    I just purchased a 2018 Passport 170RK, which is actually under 7' wide, but it has a slide-out to make the interior roomy. We love it. I can see behind it with the stock mirrors on the tow vehicle, a 2015 Wrangler Unlimited. It also has less wind resistance than the full-size rentals we used to tow. Another rationale is that dragging it down fire roads and trails will be much easier, so we can really get away from people.
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    15A shore power for storage

    In my storage, the 15a plugs are shared amongst a whole bunch of other RVs. So the question is...how much are we all using? The owner says he doesn't want people leaving a bunch of things on because it's a limited service. He specifically asked me whether I would be leaving ONLY the charger on and nothing else. Imagine the mess coming back to a tripped breaker and the fridge closed up. No, I'd clean it out. (We had this happen on our boat, the breaker was accidentally turned off by a dock worker. Ugh, the smell.)
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    The Ranch

    Absolutely, and I've lived in and toured the area for over 30 years. However, the point of the trip is primarily to see friends and family in FL, and we're not going to stray far from the highway at that point. Which is part of the reason reservations are important. Also I just found out there's some sort of event in Texas that timeframe, and every campground is expected to fill up.
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    The Ranch

    Getting paid to drive? I don't understand that question. Doing shorter days would take too long, and there aren't that many interesting things to see/do on I-10 in the West. I'll do Austin in two days (I've done it in one before, so I'm slowing down). Either way, we could say that I'm still not interested in stressing and shopping for a place to stay after...five hours? I don't know what everyone thinks is "normal." I've driven straight through from Phoenix to Florida.
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    The Ranch

    Planning a trip right now, and finding some parks are totally full, or only have huge pull-through premium spots at $81(!) per night, or have three-night minimums (we're doing 1-2 night stops only). The last thing I need after nine hours of driving is a few hours of stress driving around parks to see who has a spot. Or making calls while on the road.
  21. I've never said anything like that, and it's rather unfair for you to mis-characterize me that way.
  22. I haven't, but I'm pretty new here so I haven't seen anyone recommend Linux either. Nor to see how "classes on the road" works. However there are a lot of great resources out there to be able to do that on your own time, and installing a common distro literally takes only 20 minutes for an end user to do, with zero tech skill whatsoever. So I can see where some specific training would be good, but there are also some great self-help opportunities. I'm not sure I'd recommend Linux to the average user, but maybe. There's not much to explain. People who adopt it seem to just run with it, because it's just as simple. But what would you want to know? I've been a Linux server admin for about 15 years, and one of my businesses is 100% dependent on Linux to run. I might know a little about it. That said, again, I'm not specifically recommending that people go to Linux.
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    Cabella's

    As far as I know, the stores that don't let you overnight are just following local law. The scumbag politicians in my area bowed to the RV parks and made all overnight parking illegal. So our Cabella's HAS to turn you away.
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    Spacecraft Ownership

    My Keystone has three years structural, and one year everything else. The standard seems to be one year on everything. I know a couple of my local dealers are offering "lifetime" warranties, but I never looked at the details and limitations.
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