Short Bike Ride Today :)

Pictures: More pictures from the bike trails.


A few places along the way where you certainly would not want to fall off the bike!



Nice cool parking spot!


Exercise: I just did 5.5 miles on the bike today and that was enough after yesterday’s long ride.

New toys out: Both Apple and Microsoft have new goodies out now but I am more impressed with Apple’s take on things. Not that my budget will be allowing any new Macbook Pro, but they sure look fine.

Night folks


Playing with the computers

Exercise: I have been doing fairly well on my exercise, nothing special but staying steady with either walking or riding the bike. Today was a 3 mile walk, yesterday was a 10 mile bike ride. Starting to get back to eating a little better too. I seen to have just loss my way totally during the holidays.

Windows 10 : Still playing with a few settings in both my laptops seeing as Windows 10 is fairly recently install on both. I am still learning to use some of Windows 10 features and some of those go back to Windows 8 …. Yes us old dogs can learn new tricks but we don’t get in no hurry about it 😉 One of the things I have let go is the Start menu that I have always added to the task bar since Windows 8, as I have became more comfortable with Windows 10 Start menu. I still dislike that you can highly modifier the icon side but have no control over the text side of it. I much prefer text menu to icons/ribbons menu and add text menu any time there is an option to do so. The Windows 10 Menu is alphabetical and I would prefer categories organization but I am starting to learn to live with it being alphabetical.

Laptop: The new laptop is doing okay by me and I am liking it a lot. Even with it being kind of low end it is still way better then the 5 year old one that I have.

Night folks

Good bike ride toady

Pictures: White-Crowned Sparrow and a Anna’s Hummer.

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Exercise: Today I rode the bike for about 14 miles, nice ride.

New Computer: Still liking my new computer. It has great battery life and is doing a fine job. Just a little more working with it and I’ll reset(reinstall Windows 10) my other laptop. Something I have not done sent I brought it 5 years ago, I’ve always just upgraded and a reset is much needed I think. Maybe I’ll add a copy of Ubuntu on it too.
At some point I will reformat my hard drives on the desktop and take it down too. When I get an Apple computer that will be my desktop replacement.

Night Folks

Really slack of late

Slack : I have been lazy on the Blog lately more so then I have ever been in the last few years. Still not doing well on my exercise or eating either 😦
Exercise: At least today I got out and did a 14 mile bike ride, first exercise in a week!

Computer: I have gotten a new Windows Computer ( a cheap one to hole me over till I find what I want, still thinking Apple later on this year). The new one is just one to use as a back up to my other older laptop which may go any day seeing as it is over 5 years old. Also this new one will let me take down the old desktop computer that I have and still have a backup machine. The desktop is built into a desk so it will be taking out the desk too. The desk takes up a lot of room so it will be good to have the room back. Ever now and then I like a big screen to play with but maybe if I get a nice high-end laptop later this year, I could get a nice 4 or 5K monitor to hook up to it 🙂 next year. Maybe just thinking on it for now.
The new Computer is a 14 inch Acer Aspire R 14, it is at least a HD 1080p but only a I5 processes with 8gig ram, 250 SSD and Windows Home. Nothing special but I am having fun playing with it, gives me something to do, seeing as I am off from all the things I usually do! Not that I am using it any but it is also my first “touch screen” for a Windows machine. I figure it will be a good enough Windows machine ( I do plan on keeping at least some kind of Windows computer) if I go with the main computer being an Apple.
I deactivated my Photoshop CS6 on the desktop and Activated it on the new laptop. I have not play with any photo on it yet so not sure how the color is going to be, but it looks OK. Maybe tomorrow.

Comments: Need to catch up on my comments, I have not look for a few days, sorry 😦

Night folks

Windows 10 from RVJohn’s eyes

Pictures: Here are a couple of shots of more wild flowers in the area.

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Windows 10: Now that I’ve had it for a while I thought maybe I’ll share my views and opinions about it.
About the install of Windows 10.  I have installed about ever version of Windows since Windows 95 and only once or twice have I had an install go completely without at least one or two little problems, Windows 10 had a couple for me too. I installed Windows 10 on a friend’s tablet and it was a perfectly smooth install but it was not to be for me. I did things a little different by first downloading a ISO file of Windows 10 instead of just letting Windows do it for me because I wanted a copy for my other computer and I like having a backup. On my friend’s computer I let Windows do the downloading, it was a much smaller download and as I said earlier if went perfectly smooth, maybe that made the install go better or maybe that had nothing to do with it, who knows?
So ….. The first problem that I had was getting the installer to start, after about five tries it did start but it crashed on me at least 3 times during installation but in the end it installed. After everything was installed my video was messed up, so I had to fix the video driver for it and updated a few other drivers while I was at it ( I think this broke some things because of the way I did it with a internet installer for drivers). At any rate after this my computer was running like a champ on Windows 10.  But ….. LOL. A few days later I notice that I was not getting my Windows updates. When I discovered the fact that my updates where not working I spent the day trying to fix this problem and in the end I could not 😦   This caused me to do another install and after the last install everything is doing fine, updates and all. By the way, I did all installs as upgrades and not clean installs so I could keep all my files and programs in place.
Now, with Windows 10 installed and everything working fine I turned to the privacy issues that many are talking about with Windows 10 and I agree there are a few. If you run Windows 10 on a Windows phone or a Windows tablet with apps and a Microsoft account you are going to give up some privacy just like you would on an Apple or Android device. However ….. if you just want to run a desktop/laptop and have desktop apps and only do desktop things you can restore a good bit of your privacy.

Here are the things I did.

(1) Microsoft Account; When installing Windows 10 don’t set up a Microsoft Account, do a Local Account instead, this will kill the use of the Cortana, the Microsoft Store, OneDrive and others so if you want those you can’t do a Local Account. I don’t need them. Here is a link with a How-to.

(2) Privacy Settings; Go to Start/Setting/Privacy, then start at the General tab on the left and turn off everything on the right, do this for the whole list on the left From General to Background Apps. This will kill many of the new fancy things too, but nothing I can’t live without on a desktop/Laptop. Shut them all off if privacy is your thing.

(3) WiFi Settings; Go to Start/Settings/Network and Internet/Manage WiFi Setting/ and turn off WiFi Sense, turn both to off. This kind of sucks if you ask me but if you really want to put a nail in it go to your Router and rename the SSID to whatever with ” _optout ” (no Quotes) on the end of it. This tells Microsoft not to store your WiFi password on their server for that Router. You can read more on this if you Google “WiFi Sense” . This is what I did.

(4) Windows 10 Updates; Go to Start/Updates and Security/Advanced Option/Choose how Updates are Delivered, and turn this off if you don’t want to be part of Windows new torrent net! Again give this a Google if you want to know more about it.

(5) Windows Search (In the task Bar); When I do a search in Windows I just want the search to search Windows and not the Web with Bing search engine. You can make it do just that, but you need to dig a little deeper into Windows. Here is a link to one way of doing it, I forget just what I did to stop it, but I did something because my search engine only searches the computer now 🙂

(6) Windows 10 Feedback; Windows 10 wants to know how you are using it and their privacy statement don’t read in a way that sounds like you get much privacy out of it. so …..
If you go to Start/Setting/Privacy/Feedback and Diagnostics set windows feedback to never (if you like) and the other one gives you three choices pick “Basic” for the least info to go to Microsoft. “Ha”, you say “I don’t want them to have any info!”
To shut off all feedback (the way I read it anyways, I may be wrong I’ll give a link and you decide) you got to do a little deeper hacking by going into the Windows register and services, stop here if you don’t want to do a little hacking 🙂 Here is a Link that shows how to hack the register and change some services. Mind you folks you can break Windows doing these things so if you are not comfortable getting inside Windows don’t go there!

These are the things I have found that you can do if you like and there may be others I don’t know about that stops more of the nosing. These will help stop some of Microsoft’s nosing but not all but I believe these help. None of this is needed but I like to play so ….. 🙂

My opinion of Windows 10. Windows 10 seems to be solid in function to me even if it is a bit nosy, LOL. The big change on the outside is the Start Menu returned. What do I think of it? …. Well Let me start on the right side, that is the only side that works well if you ask me. The Start menu has two sides to it, the right side is the Metro side and the left side is the text side. The right side (the Metro side) is greatly improved with lots of controls and settings you can make it your own. The left side does bring back a Text menu but I think it kind of sucks and does not offer much setting and controls to make it your own. But if you look back in my blog post you’ll see a way around that, that will give you a very good text menu on the task bar. Here is a Link to the post.

I like Windows 10 overall but as is with all OS’s now-a-days, I wish it would do less nosing!

OMG (as the young folk say), I am long-winded today 🙂

Night folks

Windows 10, continue

Windows 10 was a tough go on this computer with a lot of starts and stops! I finally have it on here and running after much fussing with it. If you don’t like sharing there is a lot of settings that need to be turned off, right down to sharing Windows updates with people everywhere, Wow. It took me 7 gigs of data to get my computer running and the way I wanted but I did downloaded an ISO file so I could use it on my other computer or friends computers if needed. The ISO file was 5.5 gigs and I had to do another gig and half of updates, nuts!

One of the first things was the ISO was too big to burn to a DVD even if Microsoft said you could, my computer said no this file is to big to burn to the DVD 😦 So ….. I say OK I’ll burn it to a USB drive, I could not get my computer to boot from that at all ( turns out I didn’t need to anyways). So I rip the ISO file to my C drive and after about 5 tries I got it started to install and I’m thinking OK it will do the first part and not be able to find it source after it reboots but ….. it did and continue to install. I had at least 3 good crashes but it recovered each time 🙂

One of the things that still bug me a bit is that Windows 10 does have a better start menu but does poorly on the context part of the menu. So I like to add a work around to the context menu by using this hack to add one to the task bar and one that I can organize too by going to C:\ProgramData\Start Menu and hacking away. I use a program that adds “take ownships” to the right click of the context menus in order to have all the needed permissions to do this. I do think the right side(titles) of the menu is done beautifully.

This is a little more to my liking not prefect but better for the text menu.
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Here is a link to build a better start menu on the task bar and this works fine in Windows 10.

Privacy, I turn off most everything, I don’t need this stuff on a laptop. I go down the whole list on the left clicking the off buttons off on the right for each one.

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Getting a crash every time I shut down the computer, I guess if you’re going to crash that the time to do it 😦

Night folks

Getting that solar love

Sunshine: We are definitely getting some of that solar love this morning. I love a sunny day even if it is cooler. The weather man is predicting a few of these sunny days in a row and I look forward to that, after all the cloudy ones we had.

Exercise: Just another 2 mile walk. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 2.46mi, time: 46:07, pace: 18:47min/mi, speed: 3.19mi/h.

Tablet: I’m still liking my new Samsung Tablet, and I find that I use it a lot more than I was thinking I would. It is begaining to be the most use computer type device in the RV, the laptop is getting lonely. While in the boondocks battery life is a big deal and the tablet is doing pretty good, much better than the laptop with it’s 4 year old battery 😆

For this next job I do have to fire up the computer, photo editing. I can post pictures that I already have done but I can’t see trying to edit on a tablet, not yet anyways.

Pictures: Took a little nature walk today(I need to do more of these) and snaped a couple of shots. I’ll have two more shots of these guys tomorrow. Click for bigger images.
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher.
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ButterFly TomWells 7D_1605

Night folks

First stop

Storrie Lake: My time here is near over and I have really enjoyed my first time as a volunteer. The staff that I worked with where all super supportive, which makes for a great work environment. I don’t know whether or not I will ever volunteer at a state park again, but I will say I am glad I did this summer.

Computers: Today I am backing-up my Desktop computer and transferring files and folders. I did a full image back-up and copy all Documents and Music over to the laptop.

Pictures: Here is a rainbow in the desert somewhere near Deming, NM.
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Here is a shot looking at Deming, NM from the top of the Florida Mountains. Yes another mountain I climbed 🙂
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La Ventana Arch/ Which is located in the area of El Malpais National Monument This is where I will be stopping first, after leaving here. Well, I will be parking about 5 miles from the arch, a good bike ride 🙂
By the way, if you ever get in the area around Grants, NM. take Highway 117 south for about 10 miles or so to see this area. Well worth seeing, beautiful mountains on one side of the road and miles of lava fields on the other, a absolute beautiful contrast of landscapes.

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Exercise: Yes, I got to that today, with about 6 miles on the bike and a little stretching.

Tomorrow : Tomorrow will be a day of chores with getting everything ready to go. Laundry is first on the list and then it will be doing things around the RV and turning in all my tools and such. Looks like Wednesdays morning will be the day for traveling, I look forward to it 🙂

Night folks


Bills: I am up, I have had my breakfast, got the gate open to the park this morning, paid my bills and wash up, so … I guess my day is on it’s way.

Bird of the Week: Let me see what it’ll be …. Okay this one everybody sees, Canada Goose.

Flower: I took a picture of some wild flowers that I liked but the sun light was too harsh, so I used a filter effect in Photoshop, some kind of paint thing.

Exercise: I do a lot of walking and bike riding while I’m working around the camp ground so I have not been doing any exercise for the sake of exercising. I am getting plenty.

Desktop: I get really use to the Laptop and the tablet when I am in the boom-docks but it don’t take me long to get back spoiled to having the big screen of the desktop, back in front of me.

Firefox and tight controls: I use a lot of plugins with Firefox that gives me a little better control over what web site do and see. Here is a list of them.

  1. Adblock Plus
  2. Better Privacy
  3. DoNotTrackMe
  4. HTTPS Everywhere
  5. No Google Analytics
  6. No Script
  7. Self-Destructing Cookies

I also use these and they are very helpful.

  1. Exify
  2. Lastpass
  3. Xmarks

Firefox is the only Browser that allows this much control, that I know of.  This is why I try to use it on my tablet when I can.

Night folks