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  1. I have two versions of Skype - the traditional version and the new version. I don't like the new version as it does not work the way I like to use Skype. My question is 'is the MS store version the 'new ' version of skype or is the traditional version also available'? John
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    Wave 6 Catalytic Heater Review

    I would strongly recommend that you have a working CO detector if using any combustion heater in your rig. We used a Wave 3 for a number of years and it was a great solution for boondocking. John
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    BC Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria - suggestions?

    That route has very frequent crossings, and the ferries are huge, so you don't really need reservations unless you plan a mid day crossing on the first day of a long weekend. Sometimes there are discounts on the early trips- check the BC ferry web site for any specials. The main hwy up Island is four lane divided up to Campbell River and good and quiet two lane north to Port Hardy. There are several interesting side trips on paved two lane, that cross the Island to the west side - all are worth while. You can take your rig on Hwy 4 all the way to Tofino and Uclulet, while Port Alice, Coal Harbour and Gold River are better day trips in your truck and maybe pack a picnic. There are many RV resorts and campgrounds on the Island. The BC Park's campgrounds are excellent (but not cheap unfortunately). One of our favorite camp grounds is Cluxewe resort - just north of Port McNeil. Using this as a base, you can do day trips to Port Hardy and from Fort McNeil, take the walk on ferry to Alert Bay, and drive a day trip to Telegraph Cove. John
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    BC Hwy 99 to 97 from Vancouver and other passes

    I RVed around BC for a number of years and word of mouth was to avoid Hwy 99 east of Whistler - so we took the advice and never went that way. I always took Hwy 1 up to 97. The route up 97 to the Alaska Hwy is a great drive, especially northern BC and Yukon. Very scenic and lots of wildlife. John
  5. Fall back (during the first 10 days) is easy. Select COntrol Panel, > System, > Backup & Restore. Then follow the prompts. There is a new option to 'fall back to previous build' John
  6. After a couple of days using the Creator edition, I gave up and restored back to my previous build. The problems are listed in my post of Monday. The fall back was quite fast, maybe 20 minutes. John
  7. I selected to download to a USB so I could install on several systems. Took about an hour on a DSL land line. Installed it on my Acer notebook - took about three hours. No issues during the install. Had the same problem twice now - after the machine goes to sleep mode, I get a blue screen crash on restart and it submitted a crash report to M/S in each case. The machine seems a bit slower now. Tried the new Defender protection for ransomware - it puts a fence around the standard system files and Documents folders and authorises standard windows programs access through the fence - at least that is what I understand. But I could not get it to work - I turned on the feature and then opened a word document in the Documents folder - and surprise - it would not allow Update, Yet that fits the standard description. I tried to add Word to the white list but could not make sense of the prompt screens - so right now the feature is turned off until I do more research. Have not done a fall back yet- will wait a few days to see if they send a fix for the blue screen crashes John
  8. I just ran Malwarebytes for a routine scan. It advised that there was a new release, so I downloaded and installed it. During the install it advised that the Malwarebytes Antiransomware was obsolete and incompatible with the new release as the function was now built-in and it uninstalled the antiransomware component.. When the new release started, it stated that it was a 14 day trial of the full product and would revert to the lower function free version after 14 days. The problem is that the antiransomware in now part of the full paid version and is no longer available free. I understand that they need to make money - but my concern is that they hid the full effect of the new structure until after it was installed and the prior software was already removed. Just be aware! John
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    dedicated computer

    This discussion seems focused on a safe software platform for banking security - but don't forget that you expose your data stream, keystrokes, password etc to snooping when you connect through any public wifi network. Security is more than just the operating system of your computer. John
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    GPS When is it time to replace?

    I got a Garmin Nuvi 2689 with lifetime maps and traffic John
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    GPS When is it time to replace?

    I had the same problem - after a big update the GPS became very slow - searches took forever and sometimes failed. So I bought a new one with bigger screen and lots of new features. It has been great - very fast and that nice big screen. Useful new features include voice command, and some nice 'look ahead' features like approaching school zones (speed limit reminder), gas stations and rest areas. John
  12. It is easy to get rid of the tiles. Here is an article on 'how to.'. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2960788/windows/how-to-customize-windows-10s-start-menu.html I go rid of all the tiles and just added the ones I wanted - Control Panel, Backup, and windows update. My desktop looks like a traditional Win7 desktop and my frequent apps are pinned to the task bar. In other words, my Windows looks and works the way I want and not the default Microsoft way. John
  13. right click on the defender icon on the taskbar, and 'open' - then click on the Virus & Threat Protect icon and you get the Scan Now option. John
  14. I did the update on two laptops with no real problems, just a couple of observations. The new Defender has a couple of new checks - it want to protect your files on the cloud and your access to the Microsoft Apps store. I do not use either, but had to turn on those features to get rid of a 'system may be unprotected' warning. The new install must have reset the fonts, as one of our favourite fonts disappeared (again). No problem to download and reinstall. John
  15. Did some more digging. Verizon was using CDMA for voice comms, and the Canadian services (Bell, Telus etc) are shutting down CDMA in favor of newer technology -GSM and 4GLTE. But if you have a smart phone with a SIM card, you still need to check your phone for roaming in Canada as there are many different frequency bands and your phone may not be compatible with the Canadian towers. John