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  rental fraud, or "merely" flake?
Posted by: Kaylee - 09-18-2018, 07:07 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (10)

Today, after business hours, I found a bright red electricity "disconnect" notice on the main door of the rental I moved into last weekend.
It has to be paid prior to tomorrow (Wednesday) or it will be disconnected then.
The "landlord" made no mention of this.

It's $160 and the (alleged) "landlord" had said it usually costs about $60/month, and that he's only there for two months in the summer.
The math in and of itself is suspicious.

As I mentioned in another thread, the state of the cabin was the worst I've ever seen, both filthy and very poorly maintained.

I've got a bad feeling about this.

I had told him up front that I would not switch the service to my name if it required giving my social security number, in which case I would just pay him that amount each month when I paid rent. He made no objection.

My tentative plan is to call the electric company first thing in the morning, and try to get more info.
If there's anything weird, I will next call my bank and do a stop payment on my 1st&last rent cheque, then email the "landlord", and kick it to him.

I'll be prepared to move out tomorrow, and will spend the rest of the day trying to get another rental.

Advice & sanity checks are welcome!
Thanks in advance. Smile

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  Leash for thumb drives?
Posted by: TrainChaser - 09-18-2018, 02:53 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - No Replies

Is there any sort of leash or cable suited to securely stringing 5 or 6 thumb drives together?

I use the SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive:   https://www.frys.com/product/7214513?sou...YsQAvD_BwE

Right now, I've got three on a common ball chain, but it's awkward.  Any ideas?

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  gutter system
Posted by: Gary - 09-18-2018, 01:20 PM - Forum: Other Systems - Replies (11)

what looks like a gutter on my rig turns out to be just where the cap is glued to the sides so i have no gutter system

they do sell premades but they are expensive and more drip rail than gutter

thinking vinyl j channel 
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and some rv spouts 
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any other ideas?

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  oregon coast- Unique RV Wow..
Posted by: GypsyDogs - 09-18-2018, 05:34 AM - Forum: Found on Craigslist and other places - Replies (3)

saw this and thought..  Gosh- someone would love the shit outta this!


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  cybersecurity for Muggles & Geeks
Posted by: Kaylee - 09-17-2018, 07:58 PM - Forum: Wifi/Cellular - Replies (1)

The cybersecurity website I always recommend to both Muggle and Geek friends is:

The author is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Muggle, not-a-Geek. Yes, he knows how to communicate well. Smile
He has earned the respect of the Geek Community, and gets enthusiastic technical support for his work.

He mostly writes about useful stuff, including:

  • ATM/gas skimmers
  • identity theft
  • credit freezes

He has a recent, very detailed article (with some scary real examples) on credit freezes:
Timely key point:
Quote:thanks to a federal law enacted earlier this year, after Sept. 21, 2018 it will be free to freeze and unfreeze your credit file

Apparently some people have been able to do the free freeze earlier than that date. I'll be doing it, soon.

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  Selling on eBay. Clearing Clutter
Posted by: MN C Van - 09-17-2018, 06:08 PM - Forum: Down sizing and Getting ready - Replies (4)

eBay has worked especially well for me in getting rid of stuff that's sitting around and a bit too expensive to toss!
The awesome thing is people either buy it, or they don't. If you've sold much on Craigslist, you'll really appreciate this!
I've sold thousands of items, and the problems I've had aren't significant enough to mention.

Shipping is Made EZ
All around, eBay's shipping is the best thing going- It just prints a label, at a big discount- based on what package you choose, weight and where the buyer lives. There's also shipping options (USPS Regional Flat Rate) that aren't available at the post office.
You can move small stuff quickly, because it's so easy and cheap to ship- Anything 16oz or less goes USPS First Class Package*. Small pre-labelled packages can go right in a mailbox, in your own mail, given to any mailman or dropped at any Post Office.
USPS first class packages are cheap, and fast. You can ship a wristwatch to Berlin cheaper than FedEx or UPS will ship it to a town 20 mils away.

For larger, heavier stuff, USPS Priority has FREE boxes at the Post Office, and you can order many different size Priority Boxes shipped, FREE, to your door.

For convenience, easily the best shipper.

I've used UPS extensively, but it's too complex for this post.

What you Need
Any cell-phone will have a camera sufficient to take a quality photo.
But, you'll also need a scale, a printer, boxes and office supplies (Tape, glue, scissors etc)

Lessons I've Learned
- #1: get the package to the shipper ASAP!! Customers love getting their stuff fast, and will love you! Familiarize yourself with what Post Offices do the latest postmark in your area.

- Do a search for what you're selling and click 'Completed Sales' in the Left Column- Gives you and idea what it's going for, and you can use a successful sale as a template!

- Don't use the App or a cell phone to list, if you can help it. Definitely don't use the app to modify an auction.

- If you're using buy it now as opposed to an auction, make sure you click "Immediate Payment Required"

- 'Accept Best Offers' turns eBay into Craigslist- You'll get low-ballers left and right. Just price it right. eBay loves to default to 'Best Offers Accepted', so double check your listing before posting!

- Be careful on foreign sales- It can take forever to go even across the MN border to Canada, and Canadians get frustrated.
FedEx and UPS charge 'Brokerage' to your customer- Quick way to PO someone. Different countries have different, weird rules about what they'll let in. Be as vague as possible on the extra form you need to fill out.

- Pack stuff like it's going to be tossed ten feet. You can get cheap lath at Lowe's and reinforce (semi-crate) boxes if needed.

- PayPal is the worst part of selling on eBay, that's changing, but for now you have to deal with them.

- Talk about any defect, even if minor. Customers likely won't care, but do appreciate when someone is being honest.

Customer Service
Of course, basic principles of customer service aren't unique to eBay. If you're not really good at customer service, your feeedback will drop off, and buyers will shy away quickly. It seems people that have problems elsewhere, quickly end up having problems on eBay.

* ONLY on eBay. Post Office is still 13oz max

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  Covered Insulation Box for Fridge
Posted by: MN C Van - 09-17-2018, 01:23 PM - Forum: Refrigeration - Replies (7)

Since so many have refrigerators, thought I'd post what I did to make them more efficient.
I'm sure I got the idea from one of Bob's videos- But I wanted to report it was really easy, relatively cheap, and it worked!

I used 4' x8' of 1" foil faced styrofoam glued together with liquid nails, and added another sheet- It's 3"thick on top and back.
2" everywhere else. I just approximated a box at a campground near Prescott, and started adding pieces as one dried.

These are photos from last year, you can see the styro is getting beat up already (See Review of the Fridge).

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This helped to reduce cycling, and the run time seemed shorter.

I just covered it with Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) sheet, that you can wipe down easy, and got some edging* after it became apparent uncovered styro wasn't going to hold up.
It almost looks like it belongs in a kitchen! And will be much more durable.



Don't let me forget to drill holes for intakes.

*  Miter-ing skills could use a little work! Big Grin

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Posted by: Texjbird - 09-16-2018, 05:02 PM - Forum: Finances - Replies (1)

For about 2 or 3 years I've recieved the above thru my email.  It gives updates as jobs come in to them.   Also the issues as they come out.  I don't know if you can list your resume on work wanted ads at the "INTRO" level......simply because I'm not to that point & don't know if I will be at anytime soon.

Just thought I'd throw this out there, someone may find it useful

Jewell Ann

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  Jim's little A/C unit
Posted by: S Cello - 09-16-2018, 12:43 PM - Forum: Heating/Air Conditioning - Replies (12)

Well, recently I've been out driveway surfing in the van in Southern Calif.  Doing this I've learned several things.

#1: it is a bit too warm to hang out in the van after about 10 or 11 am.

#2: I am not using anywhere near my solar capacity after 11 am.
I've been hitting 100% charged on my battery bank by 11 am or noon.

Answer: I ordered Jim in Denver's recommended A/C unit to install in a rear window. I got it through Amazon using the link on BW and Jims video. It's a small Frigidare unit, 5000 btu. The Amazon reviews were "Iffy". complaints of noisy, no cooling, shipping damage and on and on.
I ordered it and crossed my fingers.
The unit arrived this past Friday. The packaging is really substandard for modern shipping, but I had just one slight wrinkle in one side of the casing.
I took it out to the van and plugged it in to my inverter. The thing is great! It runs quiet, smooth and cools like crazy.
One amazon review from a guy who used it on his solar system said it drew 520 watts. He must have had an iffy inverter, probably low voltage. The most I've seen this thing draw is 440 watts, under full load, and that includes inverter losses.

The rear window installation is gonna be a little bit of hassle, I'll get to it after I finish working on what I have going on now. Also, I'm going to need to purchase and install a rear view camera and screen up front so that I can see behind the van while I'm driving. lol, I don't want a cop behind me with flashing lights that I can't see.

So I like the little unit, and I hope that it will put up with bumpy dirt roads in the future. It looks pretty tight, from what I can see of the insides.


Now that I see the link, I should have went to Jim's webpage to buy it! Sorry Jim if BW got the few dollars instead of you. Dang.

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  Timing is everything: How body-clock medicine tackles age-old diseases
Posted by: BCGuy - 09-16-2018, 11:38 AM - Forum: Health,Fitness and Hygiene - Replies (3)


Are you a night owl or the early bird who always gets the worm? Two recent studies examine the importance of our circadian rhythms and what they could mean for treating certain diseases
In a paper published in the Lancet Neurology this week, Australian scientists discovered a link between the timing of epileptic seizures and natural circadian rhythms. Meanwhile, researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago say they developed a blood test identifying the precise time of our body's internal clock that monitors functions such as our sleep/wake cycle.
The studies are part of a growing field called circadian medicine.
Our sleep cycle, blood pressure, temperature and other bodily functions are regulated by thousands of clocks within our cells. Synchronized from a region of the brain called the superchiasmatic nucleus or SCN, our circadian rhythms help us adapt to light and dark and tell us when to be be active and awake and when we need to rest and sleep.  
For centuries, scientists have understood that all life had these internal clocks, but they couldn't figure out what made them tick. That changed last year when the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their work in discovering the molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythms.

The prize propelled circadian medicine into orbit. Researchers around the world are now using this information to understand what happens when our clocks go wonky and how that could play a role in illnesses like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and others.
Australian professor Mark Cook and his team followed over 1,000 patients suffering from epilepsy, using a phone app called Seizure Tracker. About 80 per cent of them recorded circadian rhythms associated with their seizures. In most cases, the seizures occurred between 8 a.m and 8 p.m. The researchers were even able to pinpoint, with some success, the days when most seizures would occur: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Men have monthly cycles, too
"We were surprised to see that patients had so many different rhythms in the patterns of seizures," said Cook, who's in the medicine department at the University of Melbourne. "Many had cycles of less than 24 hours, most had a cycle of 24 hours, and about a quarter of them had  a very strong weekly cycle," meaning they knew which day they would likely have a seizure.
"A big surprise was that men had monthly cycles as often as women, and though this has been attributed in the past to menstrual cycles, clearly this can't be the explanation."
Cook believes this information can help doctors manage epilepsy better, by improving the forecasting of their seizures. But it could also give them a way to zero in on the best time of day patients should be taking their meds — a field of research known as chronotherapeutics.   
Quote:You can start to target the body clock and come up with new, innovative ways to treat disease.- Prof. Tami  Martino
In Chicago, Rosemary Braun, assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, has been trying to determine our body's optimal time, regardless of what any external clock may read. And her team may have found a way to measure that. Their results were also published this week in the journal PNAS. Called TimeSignature, it requires two blood samples taken a few hours apart. Using an algorithm, researchers were able to measure 40 markers in the blood that had the strongest signal.
Braun, the paper's lead author, said TimeSignature can assess a person's biological clock to within 90 minutes. The potential, she said, is big.
It's time to take your medicine
"Your doctor will be able to use it to say, 'Here's not only what time is it in your body, but also we would be able to predict you have such-and-such risk of disease and this is the best time to be taking your medicine.'"
These studies are really exciting, said Prof. Tami Martino, director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations at the University of Guelph. Understanding the science of body time, she said, can lead to innovations in clinical medicines that could benefit people.
Her own work is showing that. Martino has looked at how male and female hearts respond to time-of-day signals. It turns out hormones play a role in the circadian clock, and women's hormones give their hearts more resilience, at least until they're older. That may provide them more protection against heart disease.
Martino believes circadian medicine is just beginning, and it can unlock the inner workings of our bodies that have mystified scientists for centuries.
"On one hand you don't even have to invent new therapies, you can just improve their efficacy by applying circadian biology," she said.
"On the other hand, it's opening up a whole new field of pharmacology and applications where you can start to target the body clock and come up with new, innovative ways to treat disease and new avenues that we didn't have available before."

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