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    Starlink

    When I check StarLinks performance, it is always changing, it is not constant. I see really fast speeds and then slow speeds. But I only notice the speeds when I go check them, which I don't often do unless I notice a slowdown in downloads/uploads, and when I do check, the performance returns...
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    Starlink

    But they seem to be a minority. I think it took 12-14 months for our Dishy to arrive but others have gotten it quicker than we did. I am not a Musk FanBoy but there was this pandemic that caused vast supply chain disruptions, including for chips, and that shortage has not gone away. Not much...
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    Starlink

    Our speed has been excellent. Performance goes up and down, just like cable and cell Internet, but much faster than cell or DSL. Kinda ironic that CenturyLink gets hundreds of millions of dollars to speed up access, yet we and many people in our county, are stuck with much slower speeds than...
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    Starlink

    When we had DirectTv, the view was through some trees. It was never a problem until we had ice build up on the branches. I don't remember wet snow being a problem but ice sure messed up the signal. Dry snow did not stick to the branches so was no problem. Soooo, if StarLink is like...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    It depends on the timber sale. In NC, and I would assume much of the South East, timber can be cut to thin the forest, take out the more mature trees or clear cut. Thinning can be done to remove densely growing trees, I always see this with pines. The smaller trees, roughly 15 years old, are...
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    The questions about invisible fence for dog

    We had a dog that did this. Very smart Golden. She would run along the invisible fence and stay far enough away for the color to beep but not shock. When the beeping stopped, she knew she would not be shocked, and would escape. My wife could not figure out how the dog kept escaping until she...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    At least the soil is not disappearing... The land/soil around Lake Okeechobee, which used to be part of the Everglades, has been disappearing since the canals were built to drain the swamps. I remember seeing a photo 30 or so years ago, where a post was driven to bedrock and left flush with...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    I did not look refer to the Texas ground water ownership in the document I linked but referenced it for Arkansas. As I said, Here is a link about the case, Texas Courts Start to Fill in the Blanks on Groundwater Law – Texas Living Waters Project In Texas, unless there has been a more...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    Well, it depends on the location. :ROFLMAO: I was trying to find information on a county in NC regarding ground water ownership by a private company. Can't find the information though but I ran across some other interesting water law/rights. In Texas, the water is owned by the landowner...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    I remember reading years ago that the South West was in a climatic wet period that is not normal. Figured it is going to h...ll to pay when the normal dry period returns. Is the current dry spell just a short term issue or is it the start the return of the normal drier climate? Later, Dan
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    How much damage can a grenade cause?

    My father in law was in Special Forces. It was not until we were at his funeral did we know he was the first group of soldiers who formed the 1st Special Forces Group. He never said a word about that, only that he was in Special Forces. He was an armorer, knew about things that go boom, and...
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    Starlink

    I got one of the StarLink mesh routers a few days ago and put it into service. The StarLink router is in the center of the house near the wiring closest but the devices are at the end of the house. The StarLink mess router just had to be plugged in and then it shows up on the StarLink phone...
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    The new football helmets must be computeruzed

    On our last trip to Ireland we met a couple who used to race motorcycles. They would work all week, then pack up for the weekend and go racing. It was not just about racing, it was fun, whole families were involved and it sounded like a welcoming and warm community. The man had to use a...
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    Any good Movie download sites

    We got rid of paid TV years ago and should have done so sooner. We don't watch the major TV networks OTA so I have not idea how they handle commercials these days. For the stations we do watch, the commercials do not take up that much time but it gets real old watching the same commercials...
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    The new football helmets must be computeruzed

    Just looking at a tuition bill for college. Roughly a third of the bill were for fees supporting the schools sports programs. Not real happy to be supporting other people playing games. Then there is the book cost rip off..... Later, Dan
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    Water

    I have seen some dug wells in my area, they usually have a large concrete pipe, 24-36" in diameter, sticking well above grade, and are at homes that were built a long time ago. I can think of four real quick, but one was filled in when the house was torn town. I don't know if it is legal to...
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    Water

    One of the revolutionary devices created for people traveling the world by boat is the reverse osmosis water maker, aka, the magic equipment that turns salt water into drinking water. One company has a patent for a low power usage pump but there are other companies using pumps, it is just a...
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    Starlink

    We have only noticed one reboot caused by Starlink and that was a software update. I rebooted it once or twice because I thought I needed too but I can't remember WHY I thought I needed to reboot the thing. :eek::D I suspect it was because of heavy rain. Heavy rain will take out the signal...
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    Starlink

    Ah, that cable. Running the cable to dishy was a PITA even though we have a small wiring closest that has a chase to the attic. It was sorta easy getting the cable from the closet and across the attic. The PITA part was getting the cable through the roof vent to the dish. Running that cable...
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    If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

    As had been said, a million dollars is not that much money. :unsure:🤬😁 One of the investment rules of thumb is to invest in the stock market and only spend 4% of the earnings. Playing around with an online modeler, the 4% rule works over long time periods, including the horrible economic...
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    Starlink

    Instead of running the wire to through the wall you could use and extender, or better yet a Mesh router. Starlink has Mesh routers, which do not have the most advanced features as other brands, but it links easily with StarLink. We are going to get one of the StarLink Mesh units to see if it...
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    Dock Rebuild Specs

    Make sure the wood can handle being in the water if the dock is rickety because of rot. Another option is a floating dock which would not require putting in columns. Later, Dan
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    Cost of being a good citizen?

    Regarding not calling in... My dear, departed, father in law was an inspector for the Department of Transportation(DOT) One day he and some other employees found a dead body in the woods. Two of the guys did not want to report the body because they did not want to get "involved." :eek:🤬...
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    Real Estate Days on Market?

    In our area, well nearby, the housing price rises are simply to supply and demand. There is huge demand and limited supply. And has you say, 5.25-6% rates are still low, which is why I really wonder if rising the prime rate is going to have the impact that is expected. How is the prime rate...
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    Real Estate Days on Market?

    House prices in Wake county, NC, which is were the state capital is located, has been growing by leaps and bounds, set a new high price record for housing. Having said that, the market is in flux in that some homes are being reduced in price but the prices are still high. Inventory is growing...
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    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Speaking of energy policy. North Carolina just passed a law that was 10 pages long on energy and it was incomprehensible to me. They are working on yet another bill.... The environmentalists are pushing to have no energy production from gas, coal, or nukes. They must think that reliable...
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    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Yes what happens in other countries can affect retirements elsewhere. I was planning to look at our retirement plans this weekend and make sure we are not investing any new money in Europe or Asia. In the past, a long time ago, there would be a Yin Yang affect with Europe/Asia and the US...
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    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Regarding China. China is a house of cards, the cards are made of very thin, fragile glass, and there are lots of people with large stones inside and outside of the house. The average person in China has no place to invest money but into real estate. Roughly a third of China's GDP is from...
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    Love Letters. Real Estate

    A family member got two letters this week. One was from a guy in Texas who is really low balling the offers. We have received his "offers" as well. The latest was from someone looking to buy land to "homestead" with his family which includes two kids. No mention of how much the guy...
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    Starlink

    I have no real way of knowing, but I suspect the obstructions will cause a drop out of the signal worst case or just a degradation but it is going to depend on how much obstruction he has at the house. We have a very slight obstruction on the west side of Dishy. I can see in the Starlink...
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    Sold my mother's farm, tractor, etc. today.

    Sometimes, many times, the house is just too remote for people to live in and have a job. If they don't have a job and are retired, the house is too remote to good health care. So the house sits. Then decays. Having said that, I know of some of these houses that are being maintained but I...
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    Sold my mother's farm, tractor, etc. today.

    So often one is buying the land, the structure is an expense. There is a two acre property near us that has a trailer and they are asking $400,000. The trailer is an expense. One is buying the land. Hard to believe the land is worth $200,000 an acre though. Near by was a parcel(s), I am...
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    Sold my mother's farm, tractor, etc. today.

    The wife's family farm is being subdivided starting after her great, grand parents died. The land is being sliced and diced up. After some of the grand parents generation dies, no one will live in the family farm house and the land has been leased out for decades. Some parts of the family...
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    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    I hope that person found another builder. Adding insulation in the attic is easy at build time and not hard afterwards. Having additional insulation in floors and walls at build time is simple. If the builder could not handle that requirement, I would find a new builder, since this GC will be...
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    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    Europe was having an energy crisis at the end of last year due to their government policies. That got worse in the early winter, and then nosedived with Putin's War. it is going to get really nasty this fall, if not sooner.... The US is having energy crisis because of government policies and...
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    what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    I designed our house to have passive solar features but we did not go overboard with the design. It is not that hard to design in these features and our house is 2x6 construction with brick veneer. We do have a finished concrete floor for several reasons, but from an energy perspective, it...
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    Mayfield, seven months after tornado

    My experience with disasters mirrors RSKY's. After Hurricane Floyd flooded many areas of Eastern NC, I was part of a group that went into the area after the flood waters started to recede for rescue and recovery along with dealing with looters. Thankfully, none of this was needed. The...
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    Ideas for cannon ball extraction?

    That says it all! :eek:😁:D Later, Dan
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    Pop in the night

    I used to brew beer but don't have the time anymore and the stores have gotten a better selection of beer.😁 Making beer is easy if one can follow instructions. The hard part is waiting for the wort to ferment into beer and then wait for the added sugar to the beer to ferment in the bottle to...
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    Love Letters. Real Estate

    I recently visited my barber who has to be getting close to 90. He had a partner, who died a few years back, who was in his 80's. They, and their families have lived in the county for generations, pretty much know all of the families that have lived in the county for generations, and I think...
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    Love Letters. Real Estate

    We have been getting these "offers" for a few years and they were so low and insulting we just threw the "offers" in the trash. However, I started to collect them to see who was sending the "offers" and if there was any pattern. I just looked at the "offers" I have kept so far. There are...
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    Packaging gone wrong.

    We had three deliveries this week with packaging issues. Thankfully, nothing was missing or broke, though how some of items did not get lost is a miracle. Two deliveries were from Amazon. One package was a paper bag/envelope instead of the usual tear resistant bag/envelope. The paper had...
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    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Yep. We watched a neighbor take care of his wife that had dementia. The strain on him was awful and I could see him wasting away from the mental and physical effort. Thankfully, she eventually died and he was able to enjoy a few years during which time he remarried but then he had...
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    Golf cart charging

    Charging voltage will differ depending on the battery type/chemistry. Putting a charger for a lead acid battery on a LiFePo battery is very likely going to cause problems. One needs to look at the required charging voltage for a given battery and make sure the charger is charging as required...
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    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    A family member lived for years in a nursing home. Might have been a decade or so, and was not only the oldest person in the home, but also the person who had lived in the home the longest. A daughter of the family member lived nearby and visited the home at least daily. Staff did not know...
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    USS Samuel Roberts Located off Samar at 22,000 feet

    Yep. And the Japanese were taking damage. The attack of the aircraft, DDs and DEs, and even the baby carriers, did cause serious damage to the Japanese ships so the Japanese had good reason to think they were tangling with a larger force, especially carrier wise. When making a decision to...
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    USS Samuel Roberts Located off Samar at 22,000 feet

    It was also one of those battles that really should have turned out differently. All the Japanese had to do was to keep pressing their attack and they would have wiped out the light warships protecting the amphibious ships. Then Japanese would have slaughtered the amphibious ships...
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    A GREAT movie suggestion

    Princess Pride is a classic. We have it on DVD and on Amazon. 😁 The Harry Potter movies we watch over and over and over. Even the new Fantastic Beasts movies we like. Finally broke down and got the three John Wick movies, which I like, but they are too violent for the wifey. Never watched...
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    A GREAT movie suggestion

    I have seen some sections of Reacher on YouTube with a big dude as Reacher. Can't imagine Tom Jumping Couches Cruise as Reacher. I think I saw one Cruise movie and that was enough. :ROFLMAO: Later, Dan
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    so ummm do you enter those survey contests?

    Depending on how the "survey" is being done, it is likely that your answers are being added to the data various companies keep on you. The more data they have on you, the more they know about you. Years ago I read an article on how liking something on the Internet allowed companies to know a...
 
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