Date: 11 July 2017. Summertime Computer Woes.
I have missed y'all! My Toshiba
netbook is an NB305 and I love her when she works properly. She uses
just 15 watts of power which means I seldom have to shut her off. When the Toshiba is quirky life spirals. I am very glad to be back posting.
Thanks for waiting for me!
I believe the last time I had to
close down the computer for lack of battery power was at least four
years ago. That was back in Pearl Bayou with no wind, no sun and a
lot of pine pollen covering the solar panel.
is a quiet anchorage, except when the jets from Tyndall Air Force
base fly overhead.
Side Note: Four years ago I had just one 75 watt solar panel along
with the Air-Breeze wind generator. I have upgraded since then as a
direct result of being without power for those ten days.
My life off grid at the
beginning was minimalistic. That was because of economics. I am
not rich except in lifestyle. There, well, I am so totally blessed.
Life aboard Seaweed is extraordinary. It has however taken nine years
to reach this level of decadence.
I truly am fortunate.
For folks starting out,
yes, you too can have it all however if your budget is as
limited as mine is, well, decadence will not occur in a day or
three. Accepting that as you live aboard you will find more
and more ways to improve your comfort level is important for
continued happiness in my view.
The "fishing boat" I was born aboard:
She's 40+ years old in this photograph.
I am grateful I
understood that the life I would have at the beginning was far
from what would develop further down the waterway. For proof
positive of the changes a boat can undergo with time,
dedication and a limited budget read
The Fishing Boat
That is where I began,
literally. Precisely because I knew the trajectory Seaweed
could take was why I bought an
Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too).
Your boat does not have to
be perfect at purchase.
No boat is ever finished. Every vessel has something that needs
There are always projects or good ideas to consider and implement.
But I digress. After posting the
On Island Time (Schucker 440 Motorsailor)
article I took a few days off. There are a lot of photos in that
article. A couple I met (Janet and Keith) consider the Schucker a
Dream Boat. It is easy to see why. Island Time is a beautiful vessel,
so open and airy I love visiting her. Each time aboard I spot
something new and pretty.
Island Time at anchor off Cabbage Key, FL.
You may wonder why pictures take so much more time for me than
others. This is because of me. When I go to a website I love clicking
on the pictures and getting a BIG photo. Dinky little pictures
simply do not make my tired eyes happy.
Just south of Tampa's Skyway Bridge fishermen are
enjoying the morning.
The tide is out and more shoreline shows. Low tide equals a larger
A couple years back I upped the size of the ones I upload from 1000 pixels across to
2500-plus. In essence the photos here are twice as large as whatever you see on
your screen. Click the above photograph to see it at the "real"
size. (Some may have to click twice.) Now not all of the pictures are that big. Some are larger and
lots of others are much smaller.
If you click on this ↑
photo the grey blob turns into a school of mullet.
This picture processing takes time. I add a copyright
to each photo
too. Someday that may be important.
For those who are curious I use Windows
Paint. The standard one that comes with the Windows operating system
is my picture program. Do you remember drawing squiggly lines an
pouring colors into each section? I do too, and just did again. It was
more fun decades ago...
Paint works okay doing what I
require. I crop the pictures to center the point of interest. The
photos are not real fancy. Neither am I. Then I add a copyright
Friends email me pictures too.
That is always welcome. It is interesting to see what others enjoy
while out here.
I am always looking for boating
related photographs to use as illustrations for my articles. Your
contributions are attributed and appreciated.
When my Toshiba (running Win7) is happy all is well
with the world. Not only does the Toshiba netbook have to be
cooperative, so too does FrontPage Professional. I have been using
this program for better than twenty years. FrontPage and I
understand each other.
The thought of having to learn a
new system for *WYSIWYG is, well, daunting. I am retired. I do not
want to do that. I would rather experience this wonderful world than try
to figure out a new computer program.
*WYSIWYG: Computer talk for What
You See Is What You Get. Viewing what I type on the screen, deciding
on the placement of photos, the proportions (90% or 75% of screen width) and such are
all second nature for me after this many years using FrontPage.
Speaking of views, check out what
is peeking in my pilothouse:
That is the "I want hot dogs NOW" look I receive when
I try ignoring my feathered friend.
In the meantime I am checking
regularly for another laptop. Because mine is so important for my
website, having two is something I should have taken care of a long
time ago. One is none, you know?!?
NewEgg is my old favorite and where I shop for electronics. I
am looking for a
small Toshiba laptop downgraded to Win7 so I can use FrontPage. I have
seen a couple over the past month. Both were out of my price range.
They were too big/too fancy. I do not need anything super spiffy.
My Toshiba is usually sitting on the dinette. Having a beautiful
view makes me happy.
Smaller laptops use less power. Except for a five month nightmare
using a pair of ASUS lemons I have been with Toshiba since 1993.
Before that I had a Tandy100, bought 12 October 1984. I am a dinosaur
who has never owned a "full-sized" computer, nor do I want one.
In any event because I prefer
pictures for my website, I devote time to making that happen. When
the computer is finicky, quirky, slow, freezing up, etc. my sense of
humor goes on vacation.
Like many boaters "vacation"
translates to "start the engine and go for a boat ride" so I do!
McDonald's is a favorite destination. I do like my iced coffees. See
The Birds (ordering iced coffee)
article for money saving details.
Fortunately I recently began using an android
tablet. It's spiffy as heck.
Definitely that helped me keep my sanity while I fought my Toshiba.
I had no idea androids could do so
many things. It is definitely Christmas aboard Seaweed.
I find it relaxing and fun to surf the
internet, read and now visit YouTube all too frequently. I had not previously had the
bandwidth to view videos so YouTube is a whole new experience for
me. YouTube can be both wonderful and appalling!
I would find a topic and sit down
to watch a ten minute video. Four hours later I would come up for air
having spent a tremendous amount of time viewing stuff I did not
realize interested me. Some videos were informative. I did learn three things:
Wasp spray is not recommended for
personal protection. On the label the product says it is against the
law to use it in any way inconsistent with labeling. Bear spray has the
same restriction. Both are classified as pesticides incidentally.
Pepper spray is an alternative.
When canning meats, wipe the top of
the jars with vinegar on a lint-free cloth. Then put on the preheated lids and rings on
the glass jars. The
vinegar cuts grease and makes the lids adhere better. That is
something I am going to try with the next batch of chicken I process.
Preppers ashore are real
interested in owning the biggest knives made and powerful weapons
too. They prefer using fire-starters rather than Bic lighters. Plus
many advocate huge BOBs (Bug Out Bags: think backpacks) that nobody
except the most physically fit could pick up much less carry.
The theory is you hike to a safe location carrying this monstrosity
on your back with all your essential gear for survival. "Everyone" needs a community for Armageddon, and while you
are at it
bring all your supplies to the YouTube guys' spot in the mountains.
I had wondered about foodstuffs and
storage of same. The quantities recommended seemed excessive. I eat
bean soup however a year's supply would simply bore me to tears.
Ugh. And mine surely looked better than the ones I saw advocated.
Recipe upcoming one of these days. This is an autumn
meal. It is too hearty for a summer repast.
For folks in tiny homes, I did not see much of value in many prepper
channels. Seaweed is small so what would work for the majority has
little cross-over for someone like me. I do not have acreage, nor do
I want that. My life is afloat and it is wonderful just as it is.
There are a lot of folks on YouTube who remind me of
a Thomas Sowell aphorism:
Degrees show that
you have knowledge in some special area. Too often they embolden
people to pontificate on a wide range of other subjects where they
don't know what they are talking about. Thomas Sowell, born 30 June
Many experts on YouTube are true
characters. I do watch though. Picking up a nugget here and there helps me be a better
boater. For instance I love my oil lanterns aboard Seaweed. They
remind me of life aboard our 40'er when I was growing up.
This is the lantern
↓ that was in my cabin decades
When I found out that Aladdin
Genie III lamps put off 2500btu of heat I knew I wanted one. That
would be a lot easier than using my catalytic heater when the
temperatures dip. Fuel is cheaper too as the Aladdin burns
The Coleman catalytic heater puts off 750btu. An
Aladdin Genie is rated 2500btu. That's nearly 4 times as much heat.
I am definitely getting an Aladdin before winter. I will not use it for the bright light
it emits. Instead the heating factor has made it a
wish for me. I want one. I will be shopping for a couple of
the wall mounted brackets too so I can use it both in my galley and
down in my cabin.
In both the springtime and autumn
I have often used my catalytic heater first thing in the morning to take
off the chill. Lighting the catalytic can warm up my cabin and make
it more comfortable with minimal expenditure of propane. Even if
later in the day all the windows are open and the fans are running
on high, a half hour of heat at the crack of dawn can be welcome.
A cup of coffee or hot chocolate can be a delightful
belly warmer too!
Later in the day I will be sipping iced tea or lemonade. Life afloat
is wonderful. It is even better when my computer functions properly.
Wish me luck in finding another Toshiba that has Win7.
In the meantime I'm learning more
and more about the android system. It is very spiffy. With the
netbook a bit quirky I'm very grateful to have another means of
getting online. An android tablet is
Waving hello, and thanks for
visiting. I've missed you.
"THANK YOU KEN for making
comments work again."
I'll be updating/changing all the rest of the pages
over the next week or three to the new link. He did it. I am so
happy. Thanks Sparrow! You are the best.
Does anyone still use FrontPage and will it work with Win10?
So, what have you done while I fought the Toshiba for a month?!? Hope you
had fun. :)
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