The Mistress and the Better Half have been keeping me busy!!

As the forementioned title states,

I’ve been busy! Not only helping some friends out with their own Mistress of Technology woes but also working on my and the Better Half’s woes as well.

The Mistress doesn’t care who she seduces. She will invade into your life and can bring both pain and pleasure. Guess this depends on your view of technology!

 

What exactly have I been doing?

This is kind of a mixed question. Mostly helping my Better Half with a new toy she bought. She bought one of those Silhouette Cameo cutting machines. She mainly got it for her crafts but I actually like this thing because it can do something that I’ve known how to do and might help me and her bring in some coin. The machine can cut vinyl!

Yes it can cut the vinyl the same stuff you see stuck to just about everything under the sun!

I have many years working with a sign shop and for what this thing can do, well it is really cool!

We’ve tested this thing out and it can successfully do cutting of vinyl, paper and fabric. It can also draw with either one of their pens in the machine or a standard ball point pen that you can use with an adapter. So this thing has quite a few options.

I wouldn’t have guessed you would be using a crafting tool

Neither would I but I do have some I guess if there is such a thing, guy craft ideas that can help me make up my own guy room.

As good as this all is, I do find a flaw with it.  The software. Yes it will get you from point A to point B but however it might not be the nicest way to go.  Maybe in another post, I will explain this but for now, I’m really enjoying playing around with this tool and hopefully will it not only broaden my Better Half’s creativity but also my own!

This will be a short little check in today folks!

Go ahead and celebrate folks! I’m wrapping this up. Mainly because while typing this, the Better Half decided that she wants me to help her with a project. So I better try and I mean try to keep her happy.

Till next time!!!

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Operating System Thoughts

I Figured That This Would Be An Good Thinking Process (Maybe)

The Mistress throughout the last decade or so has presented for us many choices as far as technology goes and I believe that having choices are great! There is a issue though with this, the issue is the “Fanboy Flame Wars” when it comes to a piece of technology called Operating Systems and the machines that they run upon.

I’m not getting into the “smart devices” such as tablets and phones, strictly laptops and desktop machines here.

Interesting Thought Stream Here.

I think so. The ability for us humans to interface with machines has come along way. From the humble beginnings of flipping switches and punch cards to keyboards and mice. This is a huge difference. The machines that run the topic of discussion also have gotten smaller and more powerful! Unless you have a piece of software called a Operating System or OS as it is affectionately called, the hardware isn’t going to do too much.

Even though I can go through all the ways one can get work done with machines, I will be mainly discussing the ones that seem to be in use today. They are Windows, MacOS, Linux and the UNIX variants that have the BSD in their title normally.

A Warning For The Flame War Starting Trolls!

This is my thoughts on this subject and my thoughts only! Yes the Mistress is whispering in my ear wanting me to go on a certain direction however I have to resist the siren song and keep this as objective as I can. That same voice that calls you to flame up and spew out garbage you MUST resist! This is MY blog after all and I just had this topic pop into my head and decided to write about it! If you disagree, then that is cool with me however keep the comments (if any) clean and professional!

Where Shall We Start? How About The UNIX Variants?

OK sounds good to me! The UNIX variants here are the BSD or Berkley Software Distribution which has quite a long history (which won’t be discussed here). There are many different variants called distributions that one can use if they wish on their systems.They have their differences in how they do things but they share the same core. The system can be configured to the users liking and this is where a lot of folks especially the ones with quite a bit of experience with the big brother UNIX really like this software.

The downside to this is because hardware vendors (such as video card manufactures, sound board manufacturers and the like) don’t always release drivers, some devices might not work or work as expected. Then we have others who want to run what is called a pure system ( A OS with no propitiatory (non-free) software in it at all) and this includes drivers and other software! So these folks are at the mercy of people who will keep plugging away at certain hardware to get it to work! Others like myself don’t mind using a vendor supplied proprietary driver in order to get my system to work as intended.

Other software is another concern here as well. Some folks say they need a certain piece of software that will only run in a certain OS and the community has a few options to try and get this to work correctly. Some options work very well while some may not work at all depending on the age of the program and what kind of program it is. Getting software to run in a non-native OS is a completely different subject and might be discussed at a later date!

I will do the pros and cons towards the end of this blog. So let’s go onto another UNIX like system called Linux.

Linux is another UNIX variant right?

Not exactly. Linux kernel (the core of this OS) was programmed by Linus Torvalds based on MINIX roughly. A community developed around this idea and ported some software from other projects such as BSD to get Linux started. Because the source for this OS was available for developers to use, they started to write programs to run on this OS and then Linux was off to the races! So to answer the question is kind of a yes and no thing.

Linux like BSD has the same issues that they share. Mainly hardware compatibility and software other than the main OS. This also depends if the user wants to use a pure system (as discussed in the BSD section above) or run a mixed system that uses both free and non-free software. BSD and Linux might gain a better foothold if more hardware vendors will support the OS and the same with software developers. However we have the folks who scream and shout about propitiatory software or because they run a free (as in beer) OS that the commercial program should be free as well (both in code and price).

I have to disagree here!

*Puts on fire suit*

Let’s look at this another way shall we? You go into a restaurant with a professional chef at the helm and this person spent countless hours in culinary school perfecting his or her art and developed recipes through trial and error that become their signature dishes. You go to said restaurant with this kind of mentality and your basically saying “I want you to cook me a meal including your signature dish and I’m not going to pay for it!”. I can understand if the meal wasn’t good or some other problem was present with the meal. However I’m assuming the meal was exactly as ordered and served properly. The chef has to recover his/her resources (ingredients, cost of utilities to cook with, salaries for prepping the ingredients and so forth) as well as their time (the chef has to get paid as well). So this is basically cheating this individual out of their money! So these vendors should be paid especially when they have a staff and other cost of development. However I will have to say that some software is quite a bit overpriced and I can see where the complaining does take place.

In the Open Source world, there are developers who do this in order to make their OS of choice better and may recruit a team to help with development! Most of these projects are done for the love of their software and or OS. Some ask for donations to give these folks some sort of compensation for their time. Some are actually going to asking for some sort of payment for their work. All and all, some awesome and some not so awesome projects have been created and survived and some of these developers have even made their creations cross platform (can run on different OS’s) which is awesome IMHO!

So when using any of the above OS’s, just keep in mind that you may or may not be able to find a replacement for a piece of software you need or you may or may not get the said software to run at all.  Also be advised that the latest and greatest hardware may not be supported either.

What next? Mac OS

Now this one actually benefited from the years and it “borrowing” from some other projects. Besides the big Apple II computers, the OS that Apple used afterwards IMHO I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole! I really didn’t care for how the operating system worked and I also really didn’t like the crashing (in my experience as well as a few others) that the OS did. Then Apple “borrowed” some things from I believe BSD and developed the newer versions of their OS. What did Apple get from this? A more stable OS! The bad thing is that they really didn’t share much if anything back to the community in which they “borrowed” from. That aside, I actually would love to run this OS and the hardware associated with it. The MAJOR DOWNSIDES for me is two of them. One is only certain hardware will work with the computer and the OS (We will get to the plus about this in a minute) and two the damn COST!!!! Apple products are much more expensive than any other machine on the market today!

Now let’s discuss why Apple’s strategy of supporting only certain hardware is a good thing. When you are a software developer developing an OS, if you limit the field down to only certain items, you can write code that will target these items only and if a issue arises, then it is easier (or supposed to be easier) to debug and fix the issue. Also unless a major rewrite of the OS happens, the OS should “just work” because of the limited software that the system will run with. A lot of variables have been removed with this approach. This does limit what the OS will run on and this maybe a big downer for a lot of folks but Apple only wants their OS to run on their hardware. So this OS is propitiatory. There are folks who got this to run on what some folks call a Hackintosh but there are some legal issues with doing so.

And Finally Windows

Well like it or hate it, it is the most popular OS on the market today. It got it’s humble beginnings from being a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for DOS all the way up to what it is today. A good and bad thing about Windows is that it will run on quite a range of hardware. The good news is that most current Windows versions will work with the latest and greatest hardware. The bad news is that some legacy (older) devices might not be supported and it is harder for Microsoft to work out the bugs in the OS because they try to be the OS that works on just about everything however they cannot account for all different combinations of hardware that comprise a modern PC.

Hardware concerns aside, Windows may have some other issues as well. Some do not like where Windows has gone as far as your privacy where some are fine with what they’ve done. Also most software packages used today are available on this platform.

My personal thoughts on this one? It is mixed bag.  They tried to reduce the what was affectionately known as dll hell with the registry to IMHO make the situation worse!

Unless a system critical dll got deleted or corrupted, the OS would flag an error and may or may not keep working depending on what the dll was of course. The registry however doesn’t take much for it to cause a whole bunch of headaches! All the way from slow computer, random errors to even refusing to load, the registry can do some quite evil things to your machine. I’ve personally gone through both dll hell and registry hell as well. Yes I’m THAT OLD that I can remember Windows 3.1 and DOS!

The Windows OS “borrowed” quite a bit from others as well. And like Mac, didn’t do much in return. I can understand trade secrets and the like however this seems to be a re occurring theme here with corporate companies not playing too nice. Time to give a summary shall we?

Basic Summary

While I might have touched on some OS more than others, the main ones being Mac OS and Windows have been around and in the mainstream so much that they really didn’t need a explanation or much detail on these. Below is my personal thoughts on these different OS versions.

Linux and BSD

I’ve used these OS’s before and I’m actually testing a distribution of Linux called Ubuntu MATE on a laptop. I personally ran SuSE for a while until they branched off to their commercial offering and OpenSuSE. I’ve run RedHat, Mandrake, Caldera and a few other Linux distros. I also ran FreeBSD for a while as well.

When I tried these OS’s, you really had to know what you were doing and make sure your machine had hardware that would work with them. Setting up the hardware could be simple as it is in Windows all the way to editing configuration files depending on what you decided to run. Also my needs as far as software other than the OS is a mixed bag. Not being a MS Office person, the freely available versions do the job for me. Mainly what I drive as far as a graphic design package is what is slamming the brakes for me at the moment.  I really want the software to work in a native way and not through a virtual machine. Other than this, either Linux or FreeBSD (or other variants of BSD) will work for me.  Not sure about BSD but some of the Linux distros are getting easier and easier to install and have become more graphical to install! Good job ladies and gentlemen involved in these projects!

Windows

Here is where I admit that I have the most experience with. Beginning with Windows 3.1 all the way to Windows 10. I’ve seen the OS go through a bunch of changes. Some good, some bad. I used it mainly because I was a light to medium core gamer and needed it to run my games (which I still have some of them) and my photo/video editing.  I have a personal love/hate relationship with this OS.  If the magical money fairy was to come down and drop a load of money on my lap, I would go over to Mac and give them a try! However going that route has it’s own issues as well.

I guess it all depends on what you are willing to give up and your budget. I do like what Microsoft is trying to do but their latest offering Windows 10 is a little invasive when it comes to privacy. You can google that one and see other write up on this.

Mac OS

As I stated in the beginning of this blog, the old OS I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole however the new one I would LOVE to be able to use on a daily basis!

Yes the hardware is expensive as crap however some of the programs that I use are available for the Mac while some are not and will have to find a equivalent to them.

So if I do convert over to a Mac, I will have to fork over the cost of the hardware as well as the cost of any software that I will need coming over from a Windows environment to a Mac one.

If I can do this, I will hopefully gain stability and I shouldn’t have to upgrade so much as well as having a system that is very simple to use as well as allowing me to do more complex things if needed.  Again my views are subjective and you may or may not agree.  Especially the only times I got to use the new Mac OS is in stores that have display models of the computer.  So I have not use this daily and I will probably change my mind after using the OS for a while.

In Ending

What OS you decide to use is up to you and your needs.  My needs and views are different from yours or others most likely.  I mainly just wanted to do kind of a small view into these complex pieces of software.

Until later!

The Mistress is Punishing Me HARD!!

Didn’t I say that the Mistress will find a way to kick my hindparts?

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, she has in a BIG, BIG way! The Mistress doesn’t like those who want to play by their own rules and because of this, (a swear word is coming so those with issues with cussing, cover your eyes…NOW) she is causing me one Hell of a ASSACHE!! If the YouTuber that goes by the handle of OneLonelyFarmer has patented the a term used above, I guess he would be getting some royalties from me.

What has she possibly done now?

Good question and the answer lies with the vehicle known in my household as the Jeep from Hell!!! This thing has caused me some grief before with it about every two months or so setting the check engine light with a code P0441. This means in layman’s terms a small EVAP leak. Ok so there is some sort of leak going on with that system. That won’t be fun to find but since the code sets not that often, I have prolonged fixing this.

However new issues have arisen that is causing me a TON of GRIEF!! These are hard starting sometimes after engine is hot and the computer constantly setting P0171 and P0174 codes.  The codes mean that the banks or each row of cylinders on a engine is running way too lean. These codes are a cause for concern because they can eventually cause the catalytic converters to go bad and that can be costly!

You know what is going on, why is it being such a PITA?

  • Well in a nutshell, here is what will cause the P0171 and the P0174 codes.
  • Vacuum leak or a fuel delivery issue (Low fuel pressure, clogged injectors, etc..)

It doesn’t say what circuit is at fault, it just points you in these different directions and it is up to you to figure out what is wrong. So really the computer is not helping me here with a diagnosis.  It is telling me something is wrong however it is not really telling me where exactly to look.  I have to figure that out on my own.

I have spent quite a few hours figuring this out to no resolution! I tested the fuel pressure at the fuel rail with a known good gauge and it is at what the spec for this year vehicle should be. So from the fuel tank to the fuel rail that supplies the fuel to the injectors is at least good. I think (More on this in a moment).

The trim numbers that I get from my low budget scan tool is showing signs of a vacuum leak one day and fuel issue the next so I’m getting mixed results.  Since I did the fuel pressure check and the engine seems to be running without missing, I went after a vacuum leak using the old school methods of water and parts cleaner.  So far, I found one issue and got that fixed. However the trim numbers are still high! I’ve done both of these tests several times and got the same result both times.

Crap! Now what? Well since I’m on a budget, I will have to build a homemade smoke machine to see where the leak (if any) is on this vehicle since the water and parts cleaner tricks didn’t find anything.  Now after I use my low tech smoker and I don’t find any leaks (Which I doubt because of my P0441 code remember), then I will have to go after fuel once more!

This doesn’t sound like much fun.

It isn’t! This vehicle is our only mode of transportation and it acting the way it is and the computer is not really helping me get any closer to fixing the *insert a line of swear words here* thing. So the old school ways have to be used.  If they fail me, then I will give up and take my punishment like a good obedient slave to the Mistress!

Remember earlier that I said that it still might be fuel? Not sure how accurate this is but the engine has been replaced in this motor with a 2004 model and it may have 2004 year injectors still in the intake. Why is this important? If they are from a 2004 engine, then the fuel pressure required on this engine is a bit different and might be the cause of this huge problem that I now have! I will have to research this and see.

Fun, Fun, Fun…

I have a new saying anymore and this might prove the saying has some truth in it

My saying is this.

“There is a low tech solution to a high tech problem.”. If the smoke machine does indeed find this leak, then this low tech device found what the computer couldn’t pinpoint.  Of my remaining choices, I much rather find the vacuum leak and fix it than to deal with the fuel because I will have a choice and neither one is pleasant.

Replace all the injectors with ones that will fit a 2002 year model (if they will even fit)

or

Change out the fuel pump to one for a 2004 engine.

Either way it won’t be a happy day for me so I’m hoping for a vacuum leak here!

So let me get busy with what I have scheduled for today and I will let you know what I find with the old school way of finding out what the issues are with this vehicle!

Would Like To Talk Some About Quality

This Has Reared It’s Ugly Head A Few Times In The Last Few Weeks

Normally on this blog, I try to touch mostly on a fictional mistress that seems to either improve or mess up my life or both. However taking a break from the Mistress (I will surely pay for this later TRUST ME!) I would like to discuss something that can be relevant to not only technology but other things as well.

That thing is quality!

I look at things being a bargain if a few criteria and I also look at how something was created as well. However from what I’ve been experiencing here lately, quality has gone the way of the dinosaurs and Dodo!

By What Criteria Do You Evaluate A Bargain Or Quality?

Well let’s get a disclaimer done here. Some people judge a bargain mainly by price alone. If it’s cheap enough, the mentality is when it’s used up or broke, we will just get a new one. For the most part, that is what this nation has resorted to. Look at the way we look at things like computers, TV’s, cameras and the sort. Once we get a certain use out of them, we discard them and get new ones.

This might work for some that have very good to do income streams however since this household runs on a budget, we have to consider a few other things as well. Granted nothing last forever however I would like a item to last longer than some items have that was purchased within the last 6 months or so.

What I do is evaluate by a few things:

  • How long am I planning on using said item
  • Cost of the item
  • Reputation of the manufacturing company of said item
  • Construction of said item
  • Previous experience with company or product of said item (if plausable)

I will give a example in just a second on something that did happen with me and what started me to write this post in the first place!

Example That I Will Give

The example is a JBL Everest 700 headset that I assisted to get for my wife. Using the above criteria, I answered the questons as such:

  • Was planning on keeping the item for at least 2yrs or more
  • The cost was hefty $299
  • JBL for the most part in my research seemed to keep their quality high and most of the reviews were positive on this item
  • The construction of the headphones were good. Better than some that we looked at while in the clutches of the Yellow Tag Store
  • JBL in my own experience had a EXCELLENT reputation in the audio products that I’ve previously used

Eventhough the cost was high, I encouraged the purchase of this item because I had previous experience with their speakers and the quality of construction and their sound quality.

After letting the wife listen to several different brands, we settled on the JBL ones.

At First Things Were Good

We got the headset home and unboxed them. Got them paired with her devices and added the app that added more control to the headset. So far, so good. We tried the phone call ability on the headset as well. Again all was well. The headset has active noise cancellation as well as a way to control how much noise cancelling the headset did. So being bluetooth, great sound with noise cancellation and the ability for the user to answer phone calls we thought we made a great choice!

WE WERE WRONG!

Bought these in late November 2015 and now they are having some major issues! For starters, my wife reported that the headset wasn’t answering calls correctly and every now and then while watching something on her tablet, the headset would cut off!!

Then a while later, the cutting off of the headset got worse! She would have to restart the headset a few times a night.

Well that seemed to settle down and now the most ugly problem has reared it’s ugly head.

The active noise cancellation circuit is having some major problems! When the headset starts up, all is well but then shortly after, the left speaker starts to crackle really badly!

Turn off the noise cancelling and the speakers are dead quiet! Turn the noise cancelling back on and the crackling resumes. Even changing the level of the noise cancelling doesn’t help. I’ve even updated firmware and reset the device to no avail!

With the headset not taking calls properly and the noise cancelling circuit on the fritz, I have a theory on what happened. I believe that the microphone in the left earcup is defective in some way.

I came to this conclusion by powering up the headset and listening to them. When they first power up, it is dead quiet and then all of a sudden you hear a faint noise in the left one that fades and then the crackling starts.

So for our money, these things were not worth the cash paid! We only got about 4 months out of them!

Was This A One Time Deal?

Sadly no. Another issue that I had to address was the controller for our PS3. It was a fairly new controller that wasn’t abused at all! Used often yes but thrown or other abuse no. All of a sudden the left stick on the controller started sticking and causing my movement to be stuck going left.My solution was to tear apart the pad and fix the issue by cleaning the left control switch and the surrounding area. The original pad that came with the PS3 is still going well. However the new ones, not so much.

Vehicles and parts are another! I’ve been going to Jeep Hell with our car. Seems like everytime I fix something, something else goes wrong. When we got the vehicle (which was purchased used) the belt would make a noise especially on a cold morning. Found out it was one of the belt tensioners. Well the assembly when bought aftermarket from AutoZone was cheaper than getting one from the dealer. Was this smart? Not really because not even a year later, the noise is back on their Duralast part! Quality my backside!!!

There are other issues that I’m dealing with like notifications on a iPhone and some other problems however IMHO, they could be prevented with better QUALITY CONTROL!

In Closing

Again I know things don’t last forever and sometimes the cheapest way out isn’t the best way but sometimes you win, sometimes you loose.

Seems like I’ve been loosing too much lately.

Does Technology Create or Hinder Stupidity?

That is a heck of a good question right?

Well I at least think so! Don’t get me wrong, I love technology for the most part which is why I actually like my Mistress however there are some things that just need to have technology take a few steps back and allow for some of the old school ways to still be taught and used.

Why? Please give an example of this especially if you are saying technology is possibly making people stupid?

Just one example? I can and will give you a fairly good example.

Online/Offline mapping and or GPS routing.

Yes I DO use these tools and yes I do not like when they aren’t accurate however some of the old school maps aren’t accurate either! Common sense here is the best answer however some folks are very short of it because the above technology is so overused in our technology right now that it is causing people to not learn the old ways which may come back and bite them on the ass!

Many moons ago when I was first learning how to drive a semi-tractor trailer, I learned how to get from point A to point B with a map and some knowledge. Most of it is very basic and fairly easy to understand however the folks of today will have a rough time if all of the GPS satellites in the sky malfunctioned as well as the Internet.

I’ve personally seen posts on some social media networks on how stupid some folks have become because of technology especially navigation. One posted a question on how folks got around before GPS. The correct answer was maps (as in the old paper/laminated kind) however some individual(s) were saying something like Google Maps.

Oh dear Lord! Has our society got so hooked on technology that they have become this stupid? Has our dependency on this technology totally changed our thinking to the point of utter stupidity?

Taking the time to learn how the old school maps work and knowing how to use them is a skill that still needs to be taught because even with our wonderful advances in technology broght on by my Mistress, there will be places where it WON’T WORK such as in some valleys or mountain ranges!

Think you made your point on the stupid arguement. How has technology made us maybe smarter or hinder our stupidity?

Technology has helped us develop new ideas and inventions that have not only made our lives somewhat better but also have helped our education and thought processes.

Search engines have been a subject of debate on this main question for a while however if used as intended, you can find a wealth of information on a subject or subjects within seconds! All this from different sources however be careful here because some sources can contain wrong information that can lead you astray.

Then again that’s the beauty of the search engine is that you can select what sources are garbage and weed down the results to what you need!

However even with all the knowledge of the world at your fingertips won’t cure the lack of common sense which technology does actually hinder. However if you use some applied knowledge, then technology won’t hinder you one bit and can actually assist you in solving issues and learning something new.

So your saying that technology is a mixed bag?

EXACTLY! The world still needs the Mistress (technology) to evolve and it will continue to do so however we shouldn’t dismiss the old school tech quite yet as it does help to build I would even go as far as to say this is a survival skill, common sense!

Maybe in some way, I can still teach some of the old school ways using the new tech and help with this.

Maybe..

The Merging of Old and New in my Life?

Huh? What does that mean exactly?

I guess I should explain the post title shouldn’t I? I mean the mixture of the older technologies and the newer ones in my personal life to try and make my life maybe a little better and happier!

As I stated on another post talking about cooking technologies, I’ve gone back mostly to using cast iron cookware. For my particular situation, it fits my needs the best. Since I like to camp, cook at home and be prepared for emergencies brought on by bad weather, I chose cast iron to be my cookware.

I also chose it for another reason. A reason that seems now more like a pipe dream than something obtainable but I guess we should all dream some right?

What is this dream exactly?

The dream as it stands right now is to obtain a RV. A reasonable Class C would work beautifully and for us (me, my wife and boxer dog) to travel this country and hopefully get to see places before my health gets to the point in which I cannot drive or do much.

Let’s get the above statement cleared up. NO, this is not a plead for a handout or anything of the sort!!! It is a statement of fact! The many years of having diabetes and the other health issues that I’ve seemed to inherit from my mother are starting to plague me now.

I’m in a study concerning the diabetes and hoping to have some of the other things looked at however the other issues that are occurring right now cannot really be helped. They can be slowed down but not stopped or reversed.

Hence the wanting to get out there and explore while I can. I used to drive semi-tractor trailer for a living and saw quite a bit of this nation through the windshield however I couldn’t really stop and enjoy it for two reasons. One is I usually had a appointment to either pick up a load or drop one off. Two was that vehicle wasn’t welcomed in a lot of places where I wanted to go see. Hence I want to take my wife on a adventure around this nation to see things that she may only get to see on the internet or if we can get this off the ground, through us actually doing it!

OK We now know your dream. How does this tie into technology (your Mistress)?

Well fine reader, I’m getting ready to tell you. Thanks for letting me dream some and now I will correlate the two together.

The RV will have technology on it when we obtain it. My first priority besides to ensure that the vehicle will be safe for travel is to look over the equipment on the RV and see what we will need to replace or fix to make our journeys comfortable and pleasant.

Most RV’s use a old technology to heat, keep your food cold and cook. They use propane gas. I need to make sure that this works correctly and has no leaks. This technology using gas being more specific has been around a while and as far as cooking goes, it is a good way to start learning how to cook on a flame.

Depending on age, the RV may have some pieces of equipment that are out of date and inefficient! For example the old “boob tube” TV’s that actually had a tube in them. These things draw more power than a more modern LED or LCD set. The entertainment systems in there might not meed our wants or needs so that might be swapped out for better and more efficient ones.

Computers will be a issue and one that I’m still debating over. I still wish to go to some sort of Apple computer but the one that I will choose will depend on the RV size and what I and my wife are doing. I’m thinking maybe of a nice iMac or maybe two MacBook pros?

Still trying to nail this down. We have been trying to keep only things in our home that can be multi purposed. This to us are more useful and we will tend to keep these items longer.

Powering up your technology is always a concern. So checking the house batteries (the batteries that are usually separate from the main starting system of the RV) that powers up the living area of the RV are in good shape and I’m looking into another technology to help keep them powered up. Solar.

Solar? Why?

Yes it isn’t perfect and yes it can be expensive at first. However when you are constantly putting fuel (whether it is diesel or gas) into your fuel tank because of running the generator or doing your maintenance sooner again because of the amount your running the generator, the solar system can quickly help save up some cash.

No I’m not going to be one of these preppers or doomsday people however I will maybe once all the traveling is done, maybe get a piece of land and homestead on it.

Even on the road or in a quaint environment, I will still have that Mistress around. It cannot be helped. The RV will most likely have a computer running the engine and other functions required for operation, if I go solar I will have that technology to deal with, the built in systems in the living area of the RV will have their technology that I will have to deal with as well as our personal technology that we bring along with us!

So even simplifying my life down I cannot escape technology especially me being a technology geek! I still love a lot of the simpler technologies but some of the modern ones do make our lives better and more entertaining.

My life just isn’t simple is it?

I think I can see the correlation. I never really thought about it this way.

Yes even though the RV may be looked at as a high tech piece of equipment, some of the technology that is used have their roots coming from the old school but with some new school thrown in. I may even merge the technologies to make the experience more comfortable and more efficient. Efficiency here is the key! The more efficient, the better!

So I think that I rambled on enough for one post I think. I wished that it was not raining today so I can get outside and see if I can nail down this issue with the Jeep! A better diagnostic tool would help but the ol’ purse strings are tight at the moment so I have to deal with this the best way I can by employing some old school methods!

So maybe us dinosaurs have a place in modern times?

Who knows. Maybe.

 

The Mistress has touch yet another part of my life!

Starting this post off right?

First I have to apologize for the formatting of this post, I’m doing this away from my main computer on my iPhone and it doesn’t seem to support headings.

Now back to my scheduled rant/observations already in progress!

UPDATE: I finally got around to editing this post on a computer. Seems like the app for the iPhone is kind of lacking and is SO SLOW while I was out and about! Even on 4G LTE!

What part of my life has this devilish Mistress invaded now?

The area she’s encroached on this time is our vehicle. Yep that wonderful piece of technology that sits outside that takes us from one place to another. They’re wonderful until…something breaks!!!!

Me being a old fart can remember when the technology on these vehicles were simple for the most part. Most of the components were mechanical not electrical and had simple ways of making the components dynamic. Ah the good old days

Wake up already!!

Sorry I was just daydreaming of a simpler time and I still to this day think that some of the older stuff is downright sexy! Guess I like the younger, modern Mistress as well as her mom and grandma!

Ummm…That didn’t come out exactly right did it?

Anyway let’s get back to the purpose of this post. Time changes and so does the standards for vehicle manufacturing and emissions. Hence someone’s idea of marrying mechanical with electronics. This evolution continues today. You cannot buy a car that doesn’t have at least one computer and Lord help you if something breaks! Because even something as simple as a unplugged sensor can throw off the whole works! One of the issues that is causing me a headache with my vehicle is a small vacuum leak which is driving that computer bonkers!

Yep a old school technology is causing the new(er) kid on the block a lot of headaches!

Guess what you will need in order to fix these vehicles?

Did you gues some sort of diagnostic tool or computer? Well you would win a prize if I had one to award! Yes it takes technology to diagnose technology. We’re becoming more and more the Mistress’ slaves by the minute!

These “tools” can be simple to sophisticated. From affordable to quite expensive! The one that I’m using is a combination unit that requires a phone app and a Bluetooth dongle. Another possible option for me as far as a scan tool goes is the Autel MaxiScan.  It’s a few grand (ouch!) but not as much of a ouch as the SnapOn Verus at well over ten thousand dollars!! Mistress I do love you but not that much!!!

The tool no matter what the cost should help us humans interface the computers in our cars to not only ask what’s wrong but also get some data to help fix the issue.  Without one of these tools, you will be having a heck of a uphill climb!!

Mind you that the more expensive the tool, the more diagnostic capabilities it has. Does this make you a better mechainic? Maybe. You have to know how to use the tool and know what it is capable of to get the maximum benefit from it. So a experienced mechanic with a simple tool could correctly diagnose a issue probably better than someone with the latest and greatest that doesn’t understand the tool and it’s capabilities.

If it wasn’t for the need to keep the vehicle going, I could have delayed this post a little while longer. However between the vacuum leak and some other issue happening, well I figured that this would be a good time to touch on this a bit.

The Mistress finds her way into everything it seems!

Oh YES! Each time she does, it hurts the ol’ purse strings too! Guess like a human mistress might. Maybe I need a sign that says “I’ll work for technology” and have a list of things that I could work for unless I can get a real life sugar mama to get me what I need. YEAH RRIIGGHHTT!!!

Could make for a weird situation there don’t you think? I have to satifify a “sugar moma” in order to satify the longer and more interesting relationship that a geek has with the Mistress of Technology.

So folks, this was another observation I had on how my Mistress keeps her claws embedded into my life. How has this effected you in your daily life? What area(s) has the Mistress gotten into your life? Look around, you will find plenty of places just in the room where you are sitting now.

Can’t seem to shake this Mistress can I?