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  1. In all our years of traveling there was only one incident where a firearm was needed. It was a road rage incident on an interstate highway. An aggressive driver stopped in front of me and exited his vehicle with a tire iron. As he approached the front of my truck, I opened the door and told him to stop. He paused a few seconds then spit on my hood before returning to his vehicle. I am sure he never saw the .45 ACP I was holding behind the door but I am sure glad that I had it. If my pistol had been in the fifth wheel it would have been useless. Safe Travels (or not)...
  2. That is why Micro$oft changed the name format. Year and H1 (Spring) or H2 (Fall). I Believe MS does not care about Windows any longer. Their cash cow has moved to providing cloud services. I switched to Linux for about 95% of my usage several years ago. There is no way I would put up with the Windows mess these days. Safe Travels (or not)...
  3. And now 20H2 has been released to the public. Let the fun begin... 😃 Safe Travels (or not)...
  4. We have visited all of the lower 48 states, spending time in most of them. I believe that Delaware is the only state that we have not spent at least one night. In addition, we have visited most of the Canadian provinces and we spent an entire summer in Alaska. The year we wintered in south Texas, we took a bus tour through Mexico. We made one trip to the Bahamas and spent about a week in Freeport. We have not been to Hawaii because the bridge has not been completed. 😀 We have seen a lot but realize that we have just scratched the surface. There are so many places to go and things to see that nobody has enough time to see them all. Safe Travels (or not)...
  5. An often heard phrase is that you can never have too much truck. There is a great deal of truth to that, but there are other things to consider as well. Previously mentioned is that an HDT makes a poor daily driver. Another thing to consider is the licensing and insurance requirements. Our home state of Florida requires a commercial license and insurance for an HDT. Other states are easier for non-commercial use. Back when we were preparing to start our full time adventure, I did a lot or research on trucks. I spent lots of time going over the towing guides from all of the manufactures. I ended up purchasing an F-250 diesel because it had the highest tow rating available (14,000 pounds). Newer models have raised that considerably. We ended up with a 36 foot fifth wheel that weighed about 10,000 pounds empty and had a gross vehicle rating of 17,000 pounds. We weighed the loaded rig several times and were very careful not to exceed 14,000 pounds (the maximum rating of the truck). I would have loved to shave a couple thousand pounds off of that for a greater safety margin, but that just was not going to happen. To make a long story short, we pulled that rig through all lower 48 states, many Canadian provinces, and up to Alaska without issue. Keeping your speed down, using lower gears on down grades, and generally defensive driving really helps. Now that we have become long-timers, rather than full timers, we have downsized to a shorter, lighter rig but still have the same truck. Safe Travels (or not)...
  6. This is my guess. Cloudflare is a service that protects web sites. There may have been someone else at the park with an infected computer, so Cloudflare has blacklisted that IP address. Safe Travels (or not)...
  7. In 1986 I purchased an Amiga 1000 computer that came with only a single 3.5 inch floppy. One of the things I used it for was COBOL software development using a IBM PC emulator. Needless to say, it left much to be desired in the performance department. I wanted to add a hard drive but they were so expensive that I decided it would be smarter to just buy a PC clone. I ended up with a 10 MHz 80286 CPU, 1 MB RAM, and a 40 MB hard drive for less that the price of a hard drive for the Amiga. That 286 computer is long gone but I still have the Amiga. 😀 Safe Travels (or not)...
  8. In my opinion, a few of these recommendations are best suited for a person who is employed by a company with a well staffed IT department. Some of these suggestions are not so good for the individual user. For instance, I always use a local account. If someone has physical access to your computer, a Microsoft account (even with 2 factor turned on) will not prevent them from full use of your computer. In the mean time a MS account will allow Microsoft more access to your private data. Did I mention that Microsoft's invasive (lack of) privacy policy was the final straw for me to move (almost) completely to another operating system? Likewise, I feel that Bitlocker is more of a problem than a solution. Data loss is a far larger concern that hard drive security. Bitlocker will drastically complicate data recovery when a hard drive fails. Connecting other accounts to your MS account is a single point of failure. Doing this is convenient, but can allow malware access to your other accounts as well. You certainly do not want some bad actor having access to your email account. That is a recipe for disaster. I can just see them logging into your bank or credit card and saying "I forgot my password. Please send a reset link to my email". I believe the best practice is to make frequent backups of your important data, maintain physical control of your computer, and concentrate your security efforts to online activities where you are the most vulnerable. All of my personal, sensitive, private data resides on one computer that never leaves my house or RV. I have a second laptop that has NO personal or private data on it that I can take to the clubhouse or wherever. As I said, these are my opinions as they apply to the typical reader of this forum. A traveling businessman with a company laptop is a different story. Safe Travels (or not)...
  9. Reminds me of the time I borrowed a Corvette. I was driving through a rural area late at night and glanced down at the speedometer. I was shocked to see I was going 130 MPH in a 55 zone. 😱 It is very easy to exceed the speed limit in a high performance vehicle because they don't feel like they are going that fast. Safe Travels (or not)...
  10. I am a big fan of Linux and use it for about 95% of my computing needs. I have looked at PopOS a couple of times but never installed it. It has good reviews but does not tickle my fancy. That is the great thing about Linux. There are so many distributions that eventually you will find one that you like best. Of course that is also a downside, as many newcomers to Linux are totally overwhelmed by all the choices. Safe Travels (or not)...
  11. I avoided the whole problem by not using any of the big social media platforms. I am a member of a couple of discussion forums and that is it. Of course I am also somewhat of a Luddite when it comes to my smart phone. I use it to make phone calls when I am out and about. Most of the time it is turned off while at home. I do not understand how people are so attached that they must be connected 24/7. Safe Travels (or not)...
  12. I believe your biggest problem may be finding XP drivers for your computer. Micro$oft has worked real hard with OEM's to make it very difficult to install anything but Windows 10 on a modern PC. I think your best bet would be to hit the thrift shops and pawn shops to find an old XP era computer. I am sure they are available at very low cost. When you are done with your project it will make a good platform to learn Linux with. Safe Travels (or not)... Oops - I just re-read your post and noticed the quarantine part. Makes it difficult to hit the thrift shops but you may find something online.
  13. Our plans to head out west this summer are definitely cancelled. We'll continue to hunker down here at our home base in rural West Central Florida for the time being. Our county has one of the lowest infection rates in the state and we are following all of the suggested practices. If conditions improve, we would like to spend some time in North Carolina were our son and his family live. Safe Travels (or not)...
  14. I am glad to see that others feel the same way I do. I really appreciate that we have a safe place to hunker down and are financially stable. Our county was one of the last in the state to have a reported case of coronavirus and the total is currently only three. While we have not yet received a stimulus payment, we have made extra purchases of things we want, but not necessarily need. These were items made in the USA and sold by local merchants. We are definitely looking forward to the day we can resume our support of local restaurants and those who work there. Safe Travels (or not)...
  15. Two dogs were having a conversation. One said he had heard that humans were failing obedience training in large numbers. The second dog replied "Yes. My human could not master sit, or stay". Safe Travels (or not)...
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