Tues. Sept. 15, 2020 – still hacking away at the list

Hot and humid.  We’ll see about the rain, but with a hurricane in the Gulf we should get some.

I’ve got a pickup today that I really don’t want to do in the rain.  Every thing that has to ride in the bed of the truck will be ok if it gets wet, but it’s just a bigger mess to deal with.  I guess it beats 105F and sunny….

Yesterday I had lunch with frequent commentor and friend of the blog Ray and his wife.  It was a bit weird ‘de-cloaking’ from the semi-anonymity of the web, but I had a great time meeting them.

It was the first time I’ve been in a restaurant since March.  People seemed to be coping and accommodating themselves to the current situation.  No way would I call the pace of business in the place “brisk” but there were customers, and it was only a Monday afternoon.  For a place that mostly did a business lunch trade, I’d say that was ok for conditions.

Still overall, traffic is light, business volume is clearly down.  If the rest of the country is even worse off than Texas, the ‘new normal’ is going to settle out into a deep depression-absent a world war to encourage production and then destruction of all that production…

Or hey, after a Trump landslide, when he has the mandate of the people, maybe we’ll see a glorious renaissance and explosion of growth…  or get plunged into a civil war for the very nature of our country…  I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to guess which one I think is more likely.

Food, water, shelter, security, skills, companions, resources.  You need more.  Keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

105 thoughts on “Tues. Sept. 15, 2020 – still hacking away at the list”

  1. If you plan to keep your car for several more years, try to find out if the leak is fixable without removing the rack. I think there are some that can have the end seals replaced on the car. Just bear in mind that there may be worn parts that caused the seal to leak, so this might be a temporary fix.

    The power steering hose assembly needs to be replaced for a proper fix.

    Wholesale, used, the car is worth $500 maybe by objective standards. The vehicle is now my experiment platform. If the assembly gets replaced, it will be because I decided to try DIY after accomplishing other repairs.

    I need to get both kids through their initial driving experience, and that is why the car stays in the driveway. Acceleration is … an interesting suggestion to that generation of Camry, but, to be fair, it is more predictable and, IMHO, safe than my 2018.

    Once the kids are done with the car, who knows.

  2. Still overall, traffic is light, business volume is clearly down. If the rest of the country is even worse off than Texas, the ‘new normal’ is going to settle out into a deep depression-absent a world war to encourage production and then destruction of all that production…

    Texas and Florida. Texas has a more diverse economy, but Republicans in Florida have done a better job managing the state’s political drift from red to some shade of purple despite intense media opposition.

    The days of the Old He Coon/”Walkin’ Lawton” winning reelection to the FL Governor’s Mansion by scaring the h*ll out of Seniors with tales of the Bush family’s plots to take away their Social Security are history … along with the Bush family’s dynasty in the state.

  3. For any gurus,

    when my NVR software crashes on win10 I’ve noticed that windows error reporting process is always there in the terminated list, and HxTSR.exe is also.

    HxTSR seems to be something related to Outlook, which I don’t have installed and don’t need but is somehow integral to windows now.

    Is HxTSR causing the NVR software to terminate? Or is it there because wer uses it to report the error? Anyone have an idea? google is useless for issues with windows.

    n

  4. It was the first time I’ve been in a restaurant since March. People seemed to be coping and accommodating themselves to the current situation. No way would I call the pace of business in the place “brisk” but there were customers, and it was only a Monday afternoon. For a place that mostly did a business lunch trade, I’d say that was ok for conditions.

    We’ve been back in restaurants on occasion since the lockdowns lifted. We’re cautious and avoid thinly disguised bars or places like Olive Garden which get used for large family celebrations where “Fear Of Missing Out” might drive a poor decision by someone under the cover of being ‘asymptomatic’ while popping the term scan at 102.

    We were in the crazy uncle Carrabba’s co-founder’s new-ish local chain place on Sunday. Pre-virus, the concept was a bit odd, but now Uncle Damien looks remarkably prescient.

  5. More info about spreading and schools is inadvertently listed in this article than any 10 others that didn’t get written at all…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8731705/Colleges-crack-coronavirus-rules-student-parties-rage-on.html

    Last week, Winona State University in Minnesota and Bradley University in Illinois were forced to shut down their campuses entirely due to coronavirus outbreaks.

    Meanwhile, students at the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri have pleaded with administrators to move to remote learning as their campuses continue to rack up thousands of coronavirus cases.

  6. The power steering hose assembly needs to be replaced for a proper fix.

    Just a hose?!! Piecacake! Oh, wait, it is a modern small-ish car. Either get extra joints installed on your arms or sub it out to a midget.

    Serious suggestion: check RockAuto for the part. They have a good tradeoff of price vs quality, so you be the judge. Maybe you know someone who might change it for you. A good selection of tools can make it easier.

  7. Just a hose?!! Piecacake! Oh, wait, it is a modern small-ish car. Either get extra joints installed on your arms or sub it out to a midget.

    It isn’t a single hose, it is a power steering hose “assembly”. Toyota giveth in that the engines and transmissions last forever, but they taketh away in that keeping some of the other systems running can get pricey out of warranty … like the $1200 forward camera running the safety systems in the current generation TNGA platform (Camry, RAV4, Highlander).

    I dosed the power steering system once with Stop Leak from Lucas a couple of years ago and followed up once within a month. The fluid line hasn’t moved since, and steering is not a problem.


  8. Yesterday I had lunch with frequent commentor and friend of the blog Ray and his wife. It was a bit weird ‘de-cloaking’ from the semi-anonymity of the web, but I had a great time meeting them.

    Same here. Had a good meeting and can finally put a face to the name. Or is that a name to the face.

    Should be an interesting trip home. Staying south of Houston this evening, then Orange TX on Wednesday night. Then the long drive home hoping the hurricane has moved east or significantly diminished in strength. Will not enjoy driving in the rain. May be difficult to find lodging if people have moved north to avoid the storm. I guess it would be possible to drive all the way home in one stretch. I made the journey from Knoxville TN to Bryan TX in one sitting, 16 hours. Hoped to find lodging past Shreveport but nothing existed. Drove the rest of the way. Last hour was a battle against fatigue.

    Wife is returning to San Antonio in December to help her mother with heart surgery. I will not make the trip. Wife will fly and use her mother’s car to get around. If the MIL does not survive the surgery her stay will be extended.

  9. Food, water, shelter, security, skills, *companions*, resources. You need more. Keep stacking.

    I’ve suggested several potential sister-wives over the years but my wife has yet to agree to any. You’d think the prospect of being “first wife” would appeal to her, but apparently not.

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  10. Meanwhile, students at the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri have pleaded with administrators to move to remote learning as their campuses continue to rack up thousands of coronavirus cases.

    Any big football school like UGa is not going to back down on reopening the campus until November, once the regular season is effectively over.

  11. “is not going to back down on reopening the campus until November, once the regular season is effectively over”

    – so that’s why

    Amid mounting concerns about the virus spreading through the school, KU announced last week that its campus will remain open for in-person classes through November 24, at which point students will finish the semester remotely.

    didn’t make sense to me to wait to close if you needed to close. As always, they’re making decisions that benefit themselves, not the students.

    n


  12. You’d think the prospect of being “first wife” would appeal to her, but apparently not.

    –I can barely keep ONE wife from stabbing me in my sleep. Why do people want more than one??????!!11!!1?????

    n

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  13. Here we go!

    From FEMA

    Tropical Outlook – Atlantic

    Tropical Cyclone Sally (CAT 1) (Advisory #16A as of 8:00 a.m. ET)
    • 65 miles ESE of the mouth of the Mississippi River
    • Moving NW at 2 mph
    • Maximum sustained winds 85 mph
    • Expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the northcentral Gulf coast.
    • Hurricane force winds extend 45 miles; tropical storm force winds extend 125 miles

    Watches and Warnings
    • Storm Surge Warning: Mouth of the Mississippi River to Okaloosa/Walton County
    Line in FL
    • Hurricane Warning: East of the Mouth of the Pearl River to Navarre Florida
    • Tropical Storm Warning: East of Navarre, FL to Indian Pass, FL; Mouth of the
    Pearl River westward to Grand Isle Louisiana Lake Pontchartain and Lake Maurepas
    and metro New Orleans

    Hazards Affecting Land
    Rainfall: 10-20 inches, isolated amounts of 30 inches, over portions of the central
    Gulf Coast from western FL panhandle to far southeast MS through the middle of the
    week. Life-threatening flash flooding is likely
    • Storm Surge: 6-9 feet from Ocean Springs, MS to Dauphin Island, AL; 4-7 feet
    Mouth of the Mississippi River to Oceans Springs, MS; 4-7 feet for Dauphin Island,
    AL to AL/FL Border; 2-4 feet from AL/FL border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line, FL

    @pcb-duffer– you gonna be ok?

    n

  14. When I went to register my car, the office had an armed security dude standing by a kiosk. All had to stand in front of the kiosk camera and have their temperature taken. Anything over 100F and you were banned. Then it certified you had an “acceptable” mask. Remember when I’ve mentioned goobermint certified masks? I forgot my neck gator, so I busted out an N95 pack I keep in the car. I didn’t see anybody with gators or kerchiefs, so I wonder what would have happened with my gator.

    Fun times are coming after the tRump landslide.

  15. anyone else noticing that the mask mandate over-wrote the ban on masks at protests? Or that it provides cover for BLM/antifa (or seems to, since WE know they can and do use other means to identify perps when they want to.)

    I decided to avoid ‘fashion statement’ masks, ‘cute’ masks, etc. It’s either a medical device or not. Treating it as a fashion accessory is just wrong on so many levels.

    n

    (and it’s probably time to re-read Through a Scanner Darkly, although I won’t be making cocaine in my freezer….)

  16. didn’t make sense to me to wait to close if you needed to close. As always, they’re making decisions that benefit themselves, not the students.

    NCAA won’t let the universities treat the football players differently than regular students so on-site classes and dorms have to be available for everyone. UT, TAMU, and Texas State are all open for in person learning in part because their football programs have a lot riding on this season.

  17. I decided to avoid ‘fashion statement’ masks, ‘cute’ masks, etc. It’s either a medical device or not. Treating it as a fashion accessory is just wrong on so many levels.

    I find it disturbing that a lot of people are into it to that degree where the masks are just another accessory.

    To be fair, N95 masks are still unobtainium at Home Depot/Lowes.

  18. @clayton w.- it’s very odd. When the NVR software terminates, HxTSR.exe is also shown very clearly in Resource Monitor as also terminating, but I just finished searching the entire C drive and windows search doesn’t find it anywhere on the disk.

    It MUST be there somewhere if it runs, because it must have run to have terminated…

    Time for some aftermarket malware scanning I think.

    Unless windows search intentionally lies by omission?

    n

  19. “ Every thing that has to ride in the bed of the truck will be ok if it gets wet, but it’s just a bigger mess to deal with.”

    Have you consider a canvas soft top? They aren’t secure, but they keep the weather off things, and go on/off in a jiffy.

    An acquaintance has a “Softopper” and I must say I’m tempted.

  20. @ed, I admit I had not considered that. I just looked, and while that would indeed help with this exact issue, at $700-800 it ain’t gonna happen. Holy cow that’s expensive.

    I have been looking at something like https://www.amazon.com/Tuff-Truck-Bag-Waterproof-Carrier/dp/B004UZDPY4?tag=ttgnet-20

    That would help with smaller items, and they are showing up in my amazon overstock and returns auctions. I’ve been bidding on some for a month or so, but haven’t won a cheap one yet.

    If I know I’ll need to leave stuff in the bed overnight, I can quickly tarp it, but unless the load is very specific, I can’t really drive with the tarp in place. Once the tarp starts flapping around it will quickly wear out and fail.

    It’s pretty rare that I don’t have the flexibility to pick my day, and with Houston weather as variable as it it, I can usually work around the rain. Not always though, and then I risk ruining the stuff…

    n

  21. I find it disturbing that a lot of people are into it to that degree where the masks are just another accessory.

    My BIL is a DJ at a strip club. He says the dancers masks have gotten very “creative.”

    I was mostly amused at the fact that their mouths have to be covered but their vaginas don’t.

    Unless windows search intentionally lies by omission?

    You may have to go to File Explorer Options in the Control Panel and make sure both “Show hiden files, folders, and drives” is selected as well as UNchecking “Hide protected operating system files.”

  22. The air quality (lack thereof actually) is still HAZARDOUS here in the Columbia Basin of WA State. The AQI is running between the low 400s and 500 pegged at the top. The projections for relief keep getting pushed forward, now it is Friday, maybe.

    The situation with the schools is a real cluster-duck. 100% of the K-12 students get gooberment provided meals (because we have just above 50% who really qualify the gooberment gives it to everyone to “be fair”). The schools’ servers and Zoom keep crashing so no education is happening. The school bus drivers who deliver the assignments and the food don’t want to be out in this Hazardous Air and the schools only want to open for an hour a day to pass out food and lessons. The education system has managed to find a way to become even more broke.

    It looks like the kids’ employers are now planning to keep working-from-home for the long term.

    So, just another day in a brown-orange smokey paradise.

  23. Assuming the decent fraction of the US population finally gets fed up and starts shooting or hanging the traitors and parasites, can I suggest putting all public school employees on the list for hanging? Oh, sure, give each a trial, but there’s a presumption of guilt and they have to affirmatively convince the court that they shouldn’t be hanged.

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  24. WRT not finding HxTSR, it may be in a compressed folder or file, so now I’m researching with that attribute enabled. Of course it takes a LOT longer.

    I also see that even though I’ve un-checked file indexing, I have the searchindex process running. WTF? I can’t kill that thing hard enough. I really don’t need search indexing as I search for a file about once a year, and I’ve had performance issues when it gets caught trying to index a log file, for example, and keeps spinning with every change. I hate search indexer. Yes it’s only a few dozen threads, and 3-5% of cpu time, but with all the cameras recording video and transcoding some of it, I need every thread/cycle/kb of memory, etc.

    I already had all the things Clayton suggested enabled/checked. we’ll see if it gets found this time.

    I’m also running the ESET online one time scanner to see if I have another issue on that machine.

    It’s taking a long time….

    n

  25. “Oh, sure, give each a trial, but there’s a presumption of guilt and they have to affirmatively convince the court that they shouldn’t be hanged. ”

    –I think the vast majority, while destructive and dangerous to our future as a country, are as thoroughly brainwashed and memetically controlled as the kids they hope to ‘educate’. You don’t punish the gun for firing the deadly bullet. Establish their willing and knowing complicity, then fire up the Morbark 2000…..

    n


  26. You don’t punish the gun for firing the deadly bullet.

    No, but you kill the black widow spider which is near your house.

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  27. I have been looking at something like (Amazon link)

    Dang, that’s small, but if it works for you, great.

    My old PU that I sold to a friend has a rigid shell that is decrepit, but works. I made it secure, but it has windows that allow seeing the cargo. I hauled a lot of “stuff” in there. My new Cowboy CadillacTM (1994 Dodge Ram 1500 with standard cab and standard 8′ bed) came with a one piece rigid fiberglass tonneau cover, painted to match. It sure looks nice, is reasonably secure (by obscurity,) but limits the load to 19″ high. Not bad for normal shopping out of town. Worse, it still blocks high items when open, and limits speed to about 30 mph, not bad for short local trips. It takes four people to lift off. I am thinking about a simple winch to lift it to the garage ceiling for those times when I need it off. A longer term solution would be one of those flip lids that can cover like a one piece tonneau, but can open one to four 2′ sections in either the front or back. Looks like a good compromise of utility and maybe cost.

    Still thinking. Best for me would be an aluminum rigid shell with a bed slide, but $$$$. I am trying to keep this new-looking PU new-looking, so will be careful with what I haul. Also considering a long low flat bed trailer for bulky, heavy items. I could also winch that trailer on end inside the garage to keep it out of the sun and prevent yard clutter. My garage ceiling is 18′, so that would limit the overall trailer length.

    After decades of hauling, I have learned a lot. Our minivans (on our third, looking for a fourth) are the ultimate do-it-all vehicle with few compromises. They can swallow more cubic feet than my PU with the tonneau closed. They go out of town comfortably and economically, but are limited to hauling clean, non brambly (hi, Jenny) reasonably lightweight items. The PU can haul more weight, but I wouldn’t haul rocks in it. That’s where a trailer comes in. Trailers are incredibly convenient, but need to be stored. Decisions.

    Oh, and the best solution is free or low cost delivery. I had an 800 lb upright air compressor delivered for less than gasoline money a while back. It took a few years to find a source that didn’t charge ridiculous freight. Nice guy from a family owned freight company with a semi and box trailer drove all the way up from LA (~150 miles) with only a couple of deliveries. He even put it inside my garage. Best deal I have ever had.

  28. Just got an email forwarded from my brother who works at UC Berkeley. It’s a forward of a chain from the Berkeley law professors calling out a colleague who made a disparaging comment on Critical Race Theory. They all agree that America is a racist nation founded on racist principles and must be destroyed rather than reformed. This is where the hate spreads, from taxpayer funded nutjobs.

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  29. After the public school employees mentioned above, put college and university employees. Engineering and math and hard science and medical and accounting professors may be presumed not guilty. All humanities, social science, business, and law professors as well as all administrative staff must be presumed guilty.

    The humanities have a place in a full education and in maintaining our cultural identity, but the overwhelming majority of humanities professors have declare themselves our enemies. Much the same goes for social sciences professors with the difference that I’m not even sure the social sciences serve a useful purpose.

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  30. Re the blockades, don’t ease your way into them, trying to noodge the roadblocks out of the way. Blast into them at 50MPH and keep going.

    If you see a blockade and you’re armed, shoot at them. They’re terrorists. They have no human rights.

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  31. Nick, I was going to make a suggestion on your NVR problems, but others beat me to it with better ones. I will say, you should dedicate a computer to that function. ISTR you had your reasons to not do that, but it might be much easier. If you do, make sure you lock down Windows well. That is currently beyond me, having been away from Windows for a few years, but it used to be possible. I know of a current situation using a corporate version of W8, so it probably can be done with W10 if needed. Others here can probably fill in the blanks in my brain.

    I have been around corporate Windows setups since before 1998, and MS caters to all sorts of needs. I don’t know how to get into the tent, however. Again, maybe the hive mind here can suggest.

    As you said, Linux might be really configurable, but if you are not conversant, there are many barriers, starting with lack of software for your cameras. I love Linux, but sometimes it is like some 13 YO brats: precocious, wickedly smart, but with many behavioral quirks.

    Offered with the best of intentions.

  32. Anyone remember the movie “Kids” about skate rats in NYC? Teen and preteen sex, rape, drug use, explicit language, half naked minors on trampolines, it’s like soft core porn. Won some awards.

    ” Harvey Weinstein of Miramax, ……paid $3.5 million to buy the worldwide distribution rights of this film.”

    “However, other critics have labeled it exploitative (in the lascivious sense) as borderline “child pornography””

    Fun times.

    n

  33. @jimB, yep, it’s already on a dedicated machine. I’m almost to the point of installing linux and the linux version of the software. I hate undoing work though.

    2 hours of disc searching and windows didn’t find a piece of software that is installed as a part of windows 10. FFS. It RUNS on the machine.

    Like Jerry used to say, “I’m doing this so you don’t have to.” I wanted to see if this was a viable alternative to dedicated NVRs from major manf, and I’d say NO. The cost savings are not worth the hassle of using a windows based solution. The only reason for using it, is that it supports thousands of cameras, many VERY old, and hardware NVRs tend to only support a very narrow range. I have a mixed bag of cameras. There are also a couple of useful plug ins, like an automatic license plate reader, that you won’t get with an affordable NVR. And you get higher rez and better throughput than cheap NVRs with more control over those.

    I’m not recommending to anyone other than a hobbyist with a bunch of existing cams to go this route.

    n

    and I just ran the search on the C drive with ‘compressed files’ selected and got nothing found AGAIN. It’s on the freaking drive somewhere.

  34. Yesterday I had lunch with frequent commentor and friend of the blog Ray and his wife. It was a bit weird ‘de-cloaking’ from the semi-anonymity of the web, but I had a great time meeting them.

    As with most guys, Ray married up. His wife is a very nice lady.

  35. and I just ran the search on the C drive with ‘compressed files’ selected and got nothing found AGAIN. It’s on the freaking drive somewhere.

    You probably used the command line search. That’s how I always did it for pesky things that tend to hide. I am sure there are other tricks. I know one that is even better, but it involves some software I had at the time.

  36. @Nick – found these

    It should be here: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.7167.40721.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\hxtsr.exe
    If you have already removed it or it isn’t there then please run sfc:
    Right click start>cmd prompt/powershell with admin & enter
    sfc /scannow
    this should fix it.

    and ..
    https://www.minitool.com/news/hxtsr-exe.html which states that it is part of the Office suite. It’s benign. Link gives probably location for the file.

    It’s possible some part of Office ‘communication’ is built into the OS. So you may not be able to get rid of it. And if you remove some program that the HxTsr.exe is trying to talk to, that might be the issue with high usage of HxTsr.exe – it’s trying to communicate with something that is not there, and it’s not good at giving up trying.

    I would ensure all Win10 updates installed, even optional ones. Remove any other non-MS apps other than what you need on that box. Then you might try the Sophos.com home (free) virus checker. I use it on all my Win10 boxes, along with the built-in Windows Defender.

  37. Went and saw my cardiologist yesterday for my annual. We doubled my blood pressure medicine from 25 mg Metoprolol to 50 mg daily as my blood pressure was up and I have been having some angina lately. I monitor my blood pressure daily but my wrist blood pressure monitor was not showing the correct value, it was under by 20 to 30. I now have a new upper arm blood pressure monitor which they advise using anyway. I had doubled my blood pressure medication anyway several weeks ago, he just made it official.
    https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682864.html
    and
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RYBKNC2/

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  38. The power steering hose assembly needs to be replaced for a proper fix.

    Wholesale, used, the car is worth $500 maybe by objective standards. The vehicle is now my experiment platform. If the assembly gets replaced, it will be because I decided to try DIY after accomplishing other repairs.

    My brother and I replaced the power steering rack on his 1982 ??? Datsun 280ZX turbo in 1990 or so. Never again. Never. We were both under the vehicle with it up on jackstands when we suddenly managed to drop the entire engine and transmission about eight inches into our faces. Both of us rolled out from under the vehicle screaming like little girls as we thought we were going to get crushed.

  39. Food, water, shelter, security, skills, *companions*, resources. You need more. Keep stacking.

    I’ve suggested several potential sister-wives over the years but my wife has yet to agree to any. You’d think the prospect of being “first wife” would appeal to her, but apparently not.

    Read Leon Uris’s “The Haj” for a story of why second wives sucks for the first wife. I think this is a story of a 50 year man marrying a 16 year old second wife in Palestine and his first wife suffers greatly.
    https://www.amazon.com/Haj-Novel-Leon-Uris/dp/0553248642/?tag=ttgnet-20

  40. When I went to register my car, the office had an armed security dude standing by a kiosk. All had to stand in front of the kiosk camera and have their temperature taken. Anything over 100F and you were banned. Then it certified you had an “acceptable” mask. Remember when I’ve mentioned goobermint certified masks? I forgot my neck gator, so I busted out an N95 pack I keep in the car. I didn’t see anybody with gators or kerchiefs, so I wonder what would have happened with my gator.

    Fun times are coming after the tRump landslide.

    I had to pass a temperature check to get into my Doctor’s office building yesterday. My normal temperature is 96 F so I am not sure that I would even register on a temperature check if I was running a fever.

  41. My old PU that I sold to a friend has a rigid shell that is decrepit, but works. I made it secure, but it has windows that allow seeing the cargo. I hauled a lot of “stuff” in there. My new Cowboy CadillacTM (1994 Dodge Ram 1500 with standard cab and standard 8′ bed) came with a one piece rigid fiberglass tonneau cover, painted to match. It sure looks nice, is reasonably secure (by obscurity,) but limits the load to 19″ high. Not bad for normal shopping out of town. Worse, it still blocks high items when open, and limits speed to about 30 mph, not bad for short local trips. It takes four people to lift off. I am thinking about a simple winch to lift it to the garage ceiling for those times when I need it off. A longer term solution would be one of those flip lids that can cover like a one piece tonneau, but can open one to four 2′ sections in either the front or back. Looks like a good compromise of utility and maybe cost.

    I had a Leer camper fiberglass top on my 1982 Chevy S-10. It always leaked in one corner. I never found any water in it but it smelled mildewy when I opened it up.
    https://www.leer.com/truck-cap/100xr

    I want a camper top on my 2019 F-150 4×4 but do not want to spend the money or limit myself. I may get one of these sliding tops that my buddy has but they do leak:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072145V7R/?tag=ttgnet-20

  42. This is the best windows search I’ve ever found:
    https://www.voidtools.com/

    I think I learned about it here. It will index your entire disk in a couple of minutes and perform instant searches.

    As for how to completely disable the windows search, I have no clue. I suspect MS wants it running always for some other reason.

    I have HxTsr on my computers, but I also have Office 365.

  43. @Nick,JimB,Lynn: Yeah, almost a grand for a few yards of canvas and some aluminum poles is a bit of a sticking point. Used they’re about half that.

    I want a hard top for a long trip next year, but don’t want to be pestering my neighbor and his sons to help me lift it on/off all the time. I could build a hoist, but then it’s just one more project…

    Maybe a DIY thing. Individual panels that a 64yo with a tricky back can assemble/disassemble by himself.

  44. @rick, that link let me find it by drilling down. Search absolutely will not find it.

    I understand that it is benign, but I want to kill it to see if my NVR continues to crash. I don’t know if the NVR crash and windows error reporting invoke HxTSR for some function, or if there is some conflict between my NVR software and the HxTSR.exe program.

    I just know that every time my NVR service crashes, and Resource Monitor shows it ‘terminated’, HxTSR is right under it, also showing ‘terminated.’ It doesn’t show as running when the NVR is running, so I suspect it is windows error reporting calling it for something, then it ends.

    In any case, I can’t change the name of the stinking file, because even as admin I don’t have permission…. and I really want to kill it and see if my stability improves.
    n

    added- the other users of the NVR software don’t seem to be having the same issues I’m having.

  45. Marcelo, on 14 August 2020 at 00:55, you said,
    I read about 5 IT sites each day and am very well aware when it [Patch Tuesday] is happening, most things that are being patched and the possible issues with the patch. If you think it would be useful I could post a warning here.

    I would be interested in the 5 IT sites you read. I have been away from Windows for a few years, and am getting back. A lot has changed, and I need to catch up. Any links gratefully accepted.

  46. Nick, consider the last resort: strip down to bare metal and reinstall Windows. Sorry. You know that, of course.

  47. @jimb, I’ll try a dual boot install of linux and then the linux version of the server first. It’s annoying, and I lose a minute or two of recorded video each time, but it isn’t mission critical. I have a bigger hard drive to install anyway, so I may just as well try the linux version if I have to take the machine down and upgrade anyway. Freaking computers.

    n

  48. Freaking computers.
    Yup. We have become dependent. Still, I wouldn’t want to go back to BC.

  49. For HxTSR, maybe start Task Manager and look at the Services tab. Disable it there. Just an idea. Win10 may do it differently than W7 or XP. I don’t intend to find out.

    How long to get cremains? Two weeks. Priority Mail, had to sign and print my name on the credit card machine and print my address…. new routine for me. The box is labeled “CREMAINS” on a bright colored label on every side. So much for “subtle”, eh?

    No masks at the Post Office. Plenty of silly plexiglass panels. What’s the point if everyone is bending over to talk through the hole?

    I went to NAPA for a battery yesterday. Out of stock but it will be here today. I asked about the price so I can get over the sticker shock heart attack. That was good for a laugh. $113 plus tax. A different employee today. He rang it up and wanted $164. Wait, I was quoted $113 yesterday. Oh, let me look. Ok, $124 and change with taxes. That task is done. Not a mask in sight.

    It looks like we may have some rain this afternoon. Well, I’d best go get Mom out of the truck…

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  50. That’s the second time at least that a BLM/antifa “protester” shoots into a pickup truck at a roadblock.

    A thought: a pair of ear muffs in the car. Foam plugs take too long.

    I do know that shooting a pistol out of the window of a Dodge truck at a rock in the middle of Big Bend, with pistol held well outside, will make your ears ring.

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  51. My brother and I replaced the power steering rack on his 1982 ??? Datsun 280ZX turbo in 1990 or so. Never again. Never. We were both under the vehicle with it up on jackstands when we suddenly managed to drop the entire engine and transmission about eight inches into our faces. Both of us rolled out from under the vehicle screaming like little girls as we thought we were going to get crushed.

    I wouldn’t even attempt a rack install myself. That’s what went on my wife’s 2002 4Runner, and we just couldn’t justify the replacement cost.

    We liked the vehicle, but, as we learned last week with the $1000 repair on the Exploder, a 20 year old car is just one minor accident away from being totaled by the insurance company. A daily driver car on Texas roads has a bullseye on it no matter how cautiously we drive.

  52. How long to get cremains? Two weeks. Priority Mail, had to sign and print my name on the credit card machine and print my address…. new routine for me. The box is labeled “CREMAINS” on a bright colored label on every side. So much for “subtle”, eh?

    OK, that is different.

  53. @lynn,

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/rioter-who-shot-disabled-veteran-in-the-head-while-blocking-road-freed-on-bail/

    That’s the second time at least that a BLM/antifa “protester” shoots into a pickup truck at a roadblock.

    Roadblocks+executions= insurgency.

    n

    But what do we do about it ? And there was the guy who had to drive through the chain of people blocking a gas station in Louisiana last week. One mistake and the good guy gets arrested for assault and battery while the bad people walk away Scott free.

  54. The box is labeled “CREMAINS” on a bright colored label on every side. So much for “subtle”, eh?

    Following that whole 2001 USPS white powder Anthrax thing I would imagine anyone regularly shipping something powdery labels the heck out of it. Especially if it’s something you don’t want the post office diverting to the incinerator. Your wheat flour from Amazon? Who cares. They’ll reship. Your grandma’s remains? Not so much.

  55. Freaking computers.
    Yup. We have become dependent. Still, I wouldn’t want to go back to BC.

    Performing engineering without computers would take at least 3X the amount of engineers. Maybe 5X.


  56. Performing engineering without computers would take at least 3X the amount of engineers. Maybe 5X.

    Nah. Developing nations like India would just setup math sweat shops.

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  57. Nah. Developing nations like India would just setup math sweat shops.

    Computers make the cheap data communications possible which, in turn, enable the Indian symbol manipulation sweatshops to exist.

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  58. “Eye on the Tropics: No Vacancy”
    https://spacecityweather.com/eye-on-the-tropics-no-vacancy/

    “The Atlantic is full. No room at the inn, folks. We’re fresh out of vacancy. If only that were true. Since our last tropical update last Tuesday, we’ve added three more storms. We’re running about three weeks ahead of 2005’s pace and the last name on the list is Wilfred before we shift over to the Greek alphabet. You can argue all day about how many of the storms have been minimal, but a storm is a storm and 2020 is certainly in a unique place based on our historical records. Incidentally, if you want to look back at an interesting analog year to this one, check out 1971.”

  59. “Eye on the Tropics: No Vacancy”

    New Orleans gets the press, but it ended up on the dry side of Sally.

  60. “CDC Tried to Defy Trump and Push Critical Race Theory, Then Trump Administration Shut It Down”
    https://nationalfile.com/cdc-tried-to-defy-trump-and-push-critical-race-theory-then-trump-administration-shut-it-down/

    “A bombshell report released yesterday reveals that, despite President Donald Trump’s ban on critical race theory being used in federal government training materials, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention intended to ignore the president’s orders and continue teaching the controversial materials to those who want to work in the government agency.”

    “On Monday, policy researcher Christopher Rufo posted several documents he obtained revealing that the CDC planned to defy President Trump’s orders with a “13-week series” referred to as “Naming, Measuring, and Addressing the Impacts of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation and the World.””

    Does the CDC even have time to, you know, fight diseases ?

    They certainly are not finding a cure for Lyme disease. Shoot, they have even abandoned both of the tests that they found over a decade ago to detect Lyme disease. One wonders if they are doing anything about Coronavirus now or merely paying lip service to it.

    Your tax dollars at work folks.

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

  61. Ok, I had to look. Carrying the box from truck to house and wait a minute, did they just put her in a plastic bag? Sounds and shakes like that.

    Well, they did. Plastic bag, that is. Heavier grade than ZipLoc Freezer bags, just saying. Twisted shut and closed with a bread twister that also attaches a somewhat scorched metal ID tag. Yikes. All inside a not fancy but well made black poly plastic box that seals somewhat like worn out Tupperware. The hinged lid has a groove. There’s an envelope taped to the box with a certificate saying Who is here and who authorized the cremation. Smell? A faint whiff of dust, much like opening a bag of colored gravel for an aquarium.

    I wasn’t expecting a fancy urn to set on the mantle. Not that I have a mantle. What they sent seems sufficient, it’s what she paid for.

    Now y’all know.

  62. Performing engineering without computers would take at least 3X the amount of engineers. Maybe 5X.
    Oh, yeah. I’ve done it both ways, and agree.

    OTOH, we used to have a saying: “He is so good it takes *two* computers to slow him down.”

  63. #Microsoft @Nick
    Did I ever share how much I love Microsoft? …. NOT
    A key reason I came to follow Bob – he re-enforced my preference for getting away from Microsoft, and I did. Been Ubuntu main system for many years, and happy about it.

  64. Paul, regarding cremains, that seems consistent with my experience. Puts life in perspective. Sorry for your loss, and now this.


  65. Paul, regarding cremains, that seems consistent with my experience. Puts life in perspective. Sorry for your loss, and now this.

    I’m good, thank you. This is just all new to me and it feels weird. Because I have a box of stuff and some folks make a big deal of that stuff. But Mom is there just as much as viewing anyone in a casket. Less makeup, yeah, for sure.

    But Mom isn’t there. I have a box of what?

    I have the words, I don’t have the skill to be concise. So, I’ll try to stop.

  66. Lynn, here is your new truck, a vehicle worthy of the name. Long, but worth it for entertainment.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLqXQv_Xbf4
    The details.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd7k8kSiisM&t=1s
    His wife’s impression, not to be missed.
    This guy is a veterinarian, and used to do good videos of his practice. I haven’t watched him since he seemed to go off the deep end. Entertaining. Could say more, but not judgmental.

    Nope, no thanks. I just upgraded my single bay garage from an 8 foot wide by 7 foot tall door to an 10 ft wide by 7 ft tall door so I can park my 2019 F-150 4×4 in it. Works great even with the 4 inch lift kit on the F-150, I’ve got about 4 or 5 inches to spare. Which, means I can put some 35s on my truck and still park it in the garage.

  67. Cremains have specific mailing requirements. They even make a special Priority Mail box for them.

  68. I just got an email from “Uber” to register to vote and how I can help on election day.

    WTF, over?

  69. Paul, regarding cremains, that seems consistent with my experience. Puts life in perspective. Sorry for your loss, and now this.

    I’m good, thank you. This is just all new to me and it feels weird. Because I have a box of stuff and some folks make a big deal of that stuff. But Mom is there just as much as viewing anyone in a casket. Less makeup, yeah, for sure.

    The wife told me over the weekend that she wants to be cremated and scattered. She did not specify where. And I am still wondering why tell me ? Even though she is two years older than me, she will probably live at least ten years longer than me. My gimpy heart is on its last legs and I have been expecting it to fail again for years now. She needs to tell her children but, they will not listen to her demands.

    And I have yet to decide whether I want to be buried or cremated. Seems kind of useless to have buy a piece of ground for perpetuity so I am leaning to cremated and scattered. Maybe.

  70. I just got an email from “Uber” to register to vote and how I can help on election day.

    Only if you are going to vote progressive. Otherwise, they want you to stay home.

  71. And I have yet to decide whether I want to be buried or cremated. Seems kind of useless to have buy a piece of ground for perpetuity so I am leaning to cremated and scattered. Maybe.

    After our experience with my father-in-law and the transplant program at UT Southwestern, I told my wife that my organs were off limits to the harvesting ghouls. Other than that, I have no specific requests.


  72. For HxTSR, maybe start Task Manager and look at the Services tab. Disable it there. Just an idea. Win10 may do it differently than W7 or XP. I don’t intend to find out.

    Furthermore, if running under Win 10, Task Manager should let you:
    – right-click\Properties and tell you the file location.
    – Right-click and Terminate. (Although it could do an Arnie and be back later as well).

  73. I refuse to donate organs or even blood in the current legal and business climate. An awful lot of people do awfully well from the donations — and I’m not talking about the recipients. If some of the value of the organs could go to my heirs I’d change my mind. As it is, I’m going Galt. (Though it’s likely to be a moot point. I intend to die violently, probably surrounded by a pile of dead goblins, and by the time any ambulances get there the non-perforated organs would be unusable.) (Assuming anything can kill me. Evidence suggests not.)

    Lynn, you have more choices than burial and cremation. One is to donate all of your organs that are of any use to anyone, have them pack the empty spaces with gunpowder, and then catapult you into Mauna Loa or any other active volcano. Your choice on whether to be dressed in a business suit, drag, or starkers. Another option is the Zombie Patriot gambit: when your life is over and you’re in constant pain and don’t have long to live, gun up and go into a government office which has been perpetrating tyranny on the people. There are other options.

  74. “Breaking: US Marshal Shot Outside Federal Courthouse in Phoenix In Drive-By Shooting”
    https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/09/15/breaking-us-marshal-shot-outside-federal-courthouse-in-phoenix-in-drive-by-shooting/

    “Update: The victim is a full deputized US Marshall working at the Federal Courthouse. He was transported to a local hospital, non life threatening injuries. He was able to return fire at the suspects vehicle. Officers are continuing to look for the suspect in the area.”

    Oh yeah, the insurrection is starting.

  75. Marcelo, on 14 August 2020 at 00:55, you said,
    I read about 5 IT sites each day and am very well aware when it [Patch Tuesday] is happening, most things that are being patched and the possible issues with the patch. If you think it would be useful I could post a warning here.

    I would be interested in the 5 IT sites you read. I have been away from Windows for a few years, and am getting back. A lot has changed, and I need to catch up. Any links gratefully accepted.

    I seem to recall there is a limit on urls here so I may have to split:
    https://www.thurrott.com Only recommended for people mainly interested in Windows. No nonsense guy (&Co).
    https://www.neowin.net I actually started looking at this one because there were many references from the above. A heap of daily news. Covers the whole IT spectrum. This is the site that reminds me of what fixes\updates are coming.
    https://www.osnews.com This one is mostly for non-conventional OSes. Like mainframe on PC, Real time operating systems, etc. Few entries per day.
    The other two are very well known (and therefore may spare my url spammer killing for the post):
    – Anandtech Even though it is not the same without Anand, it still has infrequent good reviews and views and it is my hardware informational site.
    – Ars: This was my primary Win site. Peter Bligh(?) was quite good. It is getting worse by the minute. No real Win coverage and totally biased the wrong way for me politically. If you are OK with that, there are still occasional articles on real science that I enjoy. My real go to there is space. Berger is really good and reports across the board.

    Edit: got past gestapo in one go. 🙂

  76. BTW, please note that Christmas will be two weeks late this year because Santa has to be quarantined for two weeks once he crosses the border into the USA.

    From BH in the Fort Bend Journal.

  77. @Paul
    There’s not much dignity in or after death, sir. I’m sorry about your mom. We scattered my father at his favorite beach on the northern Californian coast. It was windy. It was not a well conceived plan.

    I used to figure I’d be cremated, but having attended several disastrous scattering events and being aware of a number of grandmas in the closet, I’m thinking either buried or interned at a columbarium. I’ll be dead and presumably not care, however I have observed that dealing with ashes is a bit much for some folks, or causes angst (my sister surreptitiously stealing some of mom and dad and putting them in her potted plant resulted in huge outrage).

    If I’m specific and pre-pay for internment, it may reduce the angst after I’m dead. Consider it a service to your loved ones.
    —–
    I got the pool liner loosely bundled and put away. Tilled the ground where the pool had been, finished whacking back the raspberries then bundling the prickly canes into a tarp and dragging it to the gate to the front yard. I’ll need help getting it to the front. What will I do with it next? Dunno. Step at a time. It was raining while I tilled but that was good, the ground released a variety of earthy fragrances that might not have been appreciated by the neighbors had the rain not contained the drifting whiffs of ‘whoa what IS that?!?’

    I loosed the hens from their run yesterday and today in the hopes they would find and root around amongst the raspberries. They found and scattered the raspberry detritus with great glee today. Yay for organic tillers. Winter is creeping in. Got a couple days of rain, a day of sun, then more rain. Running out of time to get the yard of dirt relocated before it freezes into an immovable barrier and other chores.

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  78. finished whacking back the raspberries then bundling the prickly canes into a tarp and dragging it to the gate to the front yard. I’ll need help getting it to the front. What will I do with it next? Dunno

    How about mulching them?
    I bought a very cheap mulcher years ago. Lots of branches go through it and into plastic containers so green stuff dries out. That goes back to top paths when still in chunks and garden beds when it is back to soil. 🙂

  79. This looks to be the biggest breakthrough so far in the fight against the global pandemic. Although this was published in the last day or two, note that some of the research goes back years. I would be interested in comments. There are hints that production could be rapid, but no schedule or human trials that I found in a cursory read.

    https://scitechdaily.com/ab8-covid-19-drug-breakthrough-tiny-antibody-component-completely-neutralizes-the-sars-cov-2-virus/

    I did a general search for Ab8 and found a very similar article on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) site:
    https://www.upmc.com/media/news/091420-mellors-dimitrov-covid-ab8
    It has the same content plus some links I have not read yet.

    The above two articles link to the full paper on this site:
    https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)31148-X
    Look for the “PDF [17 MB]” button near the top of the page. Sometimes these papers disappear after a few days, or go behind a pay wall.

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  80. If I’m specific and pre-pay for internment, it may reduce the angst after I’m dead. Consider it a service to your loved ones.

    My father-in-law prepaid for his funeral service, grave (he is to be buried between his murdered son and his first wife), headstone modification (he bought that when his first wife died), transport from wherever in Texas to the funeral home, and casket. Paid $4,500 back in 1995 ???.

    The problem is that his two daughters (my wife and her sister) are making this much harder. They are adding a picture montage which yours truly scanned a bunch of photos (and made the horrible mistake of asking why me ? and got cried on – I learned another life lesson). They are adding a military portion to the ceremony since he is a Korean war vet and a disabled veteran, this seems to be complicated as to Covid-19 requirements. And they are cooking up something else at the moment that the wife is not willing to talk about. They have moved the funeral from Friday to the following Monday so far and I am predicting another move back before the weekend. Getting the daughter to Abilene is proving very complicated as she does not travel well.

    I must admit not having to choose a funeral home, perpetual grave, casket, etc, etc, etc, are nice. The wife even got stressed out about the song list.

  81. I’ve told my wife, and put it in my section of the will. Cremate. Scatter in one or more of several alternative sites, mostly involving water. Picked one particular song to be played. That’s about that.

    Scattering remains is illegal most places, so you need to be sly about it if it’s out in public. No interest in being semi preserved for decades, in a concrete box in a specific place. No digging me up and reanimating my corpse for cheap labor in the future.

    n

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  82. Marcelo, HxTSR doesn’t show in any process lists or task manager. That’s why I suspect it’s called when the NVR software pukes and windows error reporting leaps into action.

    I’d like to just disable it by renaming, and see. That would be an easy test. If the NVR continues to terminate, then it wasn’t HxTSR.

    But I’m being protected from myself again, and can’t do even that bit of troubleshooting.

    n

  83. I am finding it hard not to get results for a search…
    What about using good old fashioned Dir? If there are permissions restrictions it should be applicable to that as well, but then, you never know. 🙂

  84. I refuse to donate organs or even blood in the current legal and business climate. An awful lot of people do awfully well from the donations — and I’m not talking about the recipients.

    What about donating your body to science? If none of your descendants collects the pieces/parts after the med students have finished disassembling your remains, they’ll be cremated and deposited with the cremains of the previous donors.

    Of course, there’s always the possibility of winding up at a body farm–but hey! Fresh air! Wide open spaces! Literally becoming one with nature!

  85. Furthermore, like Rick said, if it is kosher, you should be able to find it manually now…
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    MINITOOL NEWS
    What Is HxTsr.exe in Windows 10 and Should You Remove It?
    Summary :
    HxTsr.exe
    If you notice that there is an executable file called HxTsr.exe on your computer, then ….

    As you know, there are plenty of executable files stored on your computer, such as Dwm.exe and LockApp.exe. And this post will give you some information about HxTsr.exe.

    What Is HxTsr.exe?
    First of all, what is HxTsr.exe Windows 10? HxTsr is short for Hidden Executable To Sync Remote Servers, and HxTSr.exe is a compressed executable file that you can find in Microsoft Windows operating system. HxTsr.exe stands for Microsoft Outlook Communications.

    HxTsr.exe is not an essential executable file for Windows and it is often located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files (e.g. C:\Program Files\ WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.7466.41167.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\HxTsr.exe).

    __________________________

    What that does not tell you is that WindowsApps is hidden and owned by TrustedInstaller so access is normally verboten even for Administrators. You will probably need to take ownership and then it should be viewable and searchable. There is an article about that that I am not going to play with:

    https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-windowsapps-folder

    Observation: I really find it annoying that some things are treated differently than others in Windows, like having executables like this one not being Normally visible. On the other hand, there are a lot of people that tinker and break things so these policies ensure that “playful” people do not have to be looked after with the associated support efforts that distract from real issues with the products. So, I will happily agree with the policies. If you really have to get access to tinker you can. It just takes a bit of effort whilst protecting things from tinkering without knowing. (Mostly).

  86. You can dig down with the DIR command – start the Command Prompt with Admin privs. Then “CD \” to the C: root.

    Then type in CD pro and use the Tab key to find the “Program Files” folder. (Tab will cycle through all possibilities of files/folders starting with the “pro” you typed in.

    Or, do a DIR hxtr.exe /s to search for that file in all subdirs. I found it here (pasting in the screenshot in a sec for you fast readers).

  87. thanks Marcelo, I was able to manually drill down to it, once I knew where to look. The path isn’t exactly the same, the random number part was different. It absolutely won’t let me change the name, and I don’t know enough about changing the ownership, etc to do it. I followed the prompts in the popups but there is a point where you have to enter something and not just check boxes, and I run out of knowledge at that point.

    I hate not actually owning stuff I depend on. I hate being protected from myself,especially when it’s clear that it’s just arcana that is keeping me from doing what I want to do. If I was dual boot, I’d just do it from linux directly on the disk. Nuke the site from orbit. I hate that without all the secrecy and obscurity, I’d have proved or disproved which came first in about five minutes. And I hate that even MS can’t give a succinct answer about what it does, and why. (if win err report is calling it, because it’s part of outlook, the email program, it presumably does something to transport the error report, which is both more and different from either description of it online. )

    frustration.

    n

  88. A look at the attributes of the HxTsr.exe file shows only the “A” (Archive) attribute. But a quick test to try to copy the file didn’t work. Didn’t try anything else. But I suspect that a third-party Windows Explorer type program would allow you to dig down into the folder and rename the file, maybe after changing the attributes to allow the file change.

    My system is just fine, so don’t want to investigate or try that.

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  89. A Little Bit About A Lot of Things:

    Consider how long it would take them to build a Hoover Dam with computers.

    And consider how much computing power they had to bring to bear to blame the guy in 1960 that only had a slipstick to design the I25W bridge in Minneapolis. (Look at the photo of the static load on the bridge just before the collapse, and tell me again that it lasted for 40+ years but it was misdesigned)

    Gasahol. Combustion heat content is not the absolute last word. I used to make a regular run with a carbureted V-8 on an out of state trip—straight gas one way, gasohol the other. 275 miles each way. Mileage was always 10-15% better with gasohol.
    Henry Ford designed the Model A to run on farm alcohol. No excuse to not build modern engines to run any mix there is. $50 for better seals, and a computer that will take instruction from a chip on the dispenser that says “Hey man, you’re getting E85 today!”
    But if you run small engines, use recreational gas (non-alcohol) and put Stabil in it every time, not just in the fall.

    When I got Dad’s pickup I went 3 years before I put a contractor topper on in. Found a used one for $100, cleaned it up, painted it to match, and it increased the utility by 200%. If you want visual security, use sunshade film on the inside of the windows.

    Any job where you can buy a new tool you can keep is a good one, but if it had been been me I would have bought a muffler clamp to reconnect the fancy curved end after I cut it off.

    Windows 10, sucking dead bunnies through a straw unto the tenth generation.

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  90. And consider how much computing power they had to bring to bear to blame the guy in 1960 that only had a slipstick to design the I25W bridge in Minneapolis. (Look at the photo of the static load on the bridge just before the collapse, and tell me again that it lasted for 40+ years but it was misdesigned)

    Yup, they had over a half million pounds of construction equipment and material on that bridge when it failed plus the rush hour traffic plus another several inches of overlayments.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Mississippi_River_bridge

  91. And I am glad that the Oregon cops did not arrest her instead.

    You mean the Oregon cops who live in WA State?

    Clackamas County? Maybe not.

    Oregon is not monolithic Prog. The state is fairly red away from Portland and the Willamette Valley. Trump is correct in his estimates that it would take about an hour for the Feds to clean house in Downtown Portland.

    The current Oregon Governor was effectively un-electable on her own, put into office by the same kind of trick that the Dems are trying to pull on a national level using Plugs as a figurehead this Fall.

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  92. Scattering remains is illegal most places, so you need to be sly about it if it’s out in public. No interest in being semi preserved for decades, in a concrete box in a specific place. No digging me up and reanimating my corpse for cheap labor in the future.
    Here, they take cremation remains 12 miles out off coast and scatter.

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