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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyThu Apr 25, 2024 3:29 pm

Well i wont list my hard drives ( i did count, 61 of them) including a 4 MB one from my old ibm but i have a usb hotswap device that turns internal to external. 20 harddrives are just rainbow tables. I also have a dozen or so computers worth of peices i could put together. Computers were my thing for awhile. And my portfolios took up a dozen or so drives. Creating worlds or anything in 3dstutio max leaves huge files. But i have a massive amount of fan subbed anime and thats most of my drives. But i have all my stuff organized by operating system for compatibility reasons. Its impossible to play a dos game in windoze without vmware or a separate bootable os. And since windoze 10 legacy compatibility is mediocre at best.

Spider is being a bitch the last few days. Out of the blue she is knocking the trash can off the counter. Opened the dog food tote bin and ripped open a bag of shadows food and went to town and peed on the floor 3 times last night. Jerrys surgery was postponed by 2 weeks so maybe its stress in the house.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyFri Apr 26, 2024 11:11 am

I am most definitely not a computer geek. I learned computers back in 1995 when hubby, wanting to use Microsoft flight simulator, bought what was them a screaming, top of the line Quantex setup that cost $3000 at Oshkosh Air show. Once it was delivered and set up, he tried to used it and was stymied at the first screen after power on. The teenager was then asked to get us going. Nope. He tried a few things and declared he he couldn't operate it. Next up was the first grader with some very basic skills from school . Nope not him either. So either I had to learn how to use the things or we had a very expensive, very ugly paperweight. I had a manual (things came with paper manuals on those days!) and a telephone number for tech support (yep, real, live, American tech support also in those days.) Husband used to work in 3 day groups back then so then he was working, the first day, I would get into the computer with the manual as a guide, try some things then when it hopelessly failed, call up tech support and then would walk me through back to functionality. Then along came "Russy Poo," a New Hampshire college professor who publishes The Secret Guide to Computers" as well as takes phone calls day or night. And incrementally, painfully, I became computer literate and the household IT gal. My forte is when I don't know how to do something, I know how to get the information I need and the performance to apply that information. Mostly, my need for computers is as an encyclopedia to learn things I need to do, grocery and other store apps for shopping, a bit of social media (this, FB for pictures, a few writers I follow (Heather Cox Richardson, Tim Cotton - a Maine retired policeman, Sean Dietrich, a localweather column, a New York times and Washington Post subscription. Oh. And Excel to keep track of my seeds do I don't order duplicates. Google tasks to keep me organized. Keep to copy recipes that speak to me as well as notes for doctors appts. And then, just jumping down the Rabbit Hole that is the web. That's it, nothing fancy.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptySun Apr 28, 2024 9:12 pm

By the 90's I'd been working with computers, mainframes and mini's and later with micro's for 20 years. I was working at a computer store part time and got my hands on a demo of MS Flight Simulator - and I'll be damned, if I could figure out how to get one of the 'stock' planes off the ground (fat chance there) and if I did I normally ended up having to let it crash 'cause I couldn't figure out how to get it back down. All of us who worked there were either programmers (hackers in that day) or hardware techs (geeks) and none of us could successfully fly the damn thing! Your husband and son have my sympathy - I have no idea how many hours I 'invested' in trying to fly anything.


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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyTue Apr 30, 2024 12:01 am

Funny story, Al. One year at The Oshkosh Air show, soon 2 was only maybe 7 or so. Microsoft had a huge tent and was demoing the flight program aggressively. Josh was using it and had quite the audience around him. He was trying to land, a Message 150 maybe. On an aircraft carrier. All the young geeks were saying "no way, mildly taunting almost. Josh kept his cool, maintained his appropriate and very nicely, at the last minute when the crowd was saying "too high" "too fast" slipped the plane in, landing nicely "on the numbers" on the deck. I would overhear people through the day, in awe of the little kid that skipped the plane and landed on an aircraft carrier!
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyTue Apr 30, 2024 10:24 pm

@amymeme I'd have been standing back rooting for him! Back in that day there were so may bright young kids that were fun to watch. I think the complexity of the modern systems make it rough unless they're really exceptional.

I haven't said much about the little monster that I adopted. In a lot of ways she's intelligent but sometimes I see this stubborn streak pop up! I have the DNA kit, now have to endanger my fingers to see if I can get a sample to send in. Avalanche was impossible, he does not like having anyone mess with his muzzle; I think she's going to be easier ... excuse me as I count fingers first!

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyTue Apr 30, 2024 10:42 pm

I had an affinity for stupid pointless operating systems back in the day. Im like one of 10 people that can program in limbo and styxx. Haha not really but most people dont play with experimental pointless operating systems.

I never played the original ms flight sim. I did have the whole flight gear set up for combat flight sim but that was a little different with ww2 planes.

I remember some stupid competition at a raidio shack for commander keen. I think i was 6 or 7 but i killed all the adults.

Would you be surprised if the new monster didnt have a stubborn streak?
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyThu May 02, 2024 11:35 am

Al, how goes the dog family? Everybody still getting along? I'm sure a new young dog is keeping everyone hopping. Including the old man in charge lol! We can't believe how much Ami seems to be enjoying only dog status. He no longer has to wait on line for our attention. Mostly, he enjoys concentrated time with us, gets his tank filled, then of he goes for his own pursuits. During the day, mostly hanging out watching the world go by from up on the hill or sleeping in the shade somewhere. At night, when he comes in for a drink, seems moderately to highly excited and goes back out immediately. Not sure what he's doing out there, guessing he's chasing some critter or other. He particularly likes, now that the weather has moderated, when we are outside. He'll lie down within 50 ft or so, just gazing around. With me putting in the flooring in the upstairs bathroom and doing the rip cuts in the garage, he also likes to flip on the cool concrete while we work.

By the way. Did you know that a smaller room, with many nooks and crannies, takes much more material per sq ft than a larger room? And that 10% of the space takes 90% of the work?!!? And, being a beginner, I've sure made my share of mistakes that need redoing. But. Progress is being made. Today, one last rip cut on a piece that needs an "L" cut out and all the planks are laid. It's a re-do, the first cut left too large a gap next to the vanity. I really want it close to the kick mold so I can just caulk the expansion gap rather than cover with some sort of molding. My first try, even molding wouldn't cover the gap. Problem? Nothing is square in that room. So I had to resort to scribing the end wall planks. Didn't do so well on the first try.

Oh. And the 73 year old body with the bad knee? Getting a we bit cranky, up and down stairs, trek up to the garage, go find hubby (he's removing a bumper crop of pine cones from the lawns so he can mow.) Hubby is doing the saw work for me - says he'd rather make the cuts than repair the cuts on me 🙄 I'd argue, I've used the circular saw before, not the jig saw. But I'm having a terrible time with my right hand cramping, so much so that even making dinner becomes a hassle. We're not sure what that's all about but it's highly annoying. And not conducive to smooth cuts with the saw! Hubby is annoyingly attentive to detail so his cuts, using my guidelines, are perfection. As long as I measured properly and oriented the planks correctly (each of the 4 edges of the planks goes in one position only, cut the writing side and the plank is scrap, useful only for a shorter piece in another spot. But. So far, I love the look🥰
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyThu May 02, 2024 10:34 pm

amymeme wrote:
Al, how goes the dog family? Everybody still getting along? I'm sure a new young dog is keeping everyone hopping. Including the old man in charge lol!

It's taking time but it's shaping up quicker than I expected really (really??) I'm feeding the older two outside - like normal in the warmer days and Belle gets fed in her crate which keeps them all apart and 'happy'.
They all got loose a few days ago and she followed Sky across the road to Darryl's midden but doesn't seem too interested in going back too often. Unlike my snow dogs she seems to be more of a comfortable homebody ... we'll see how that lasts.
I need to spend time with her on something like training. 'Come' works most of the time; 'set' sometimes; 'stay' not at all ... I had a lab one time who was fantastic about following directions and I"d like to get Belle to that level but I'm not sure that either of us have the energy.

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Ah - the energy. It's a thing at our age. For me, it's no more working at something all day. A few hours and "I hit the wall." Not just physical but figuring things out. My brain just stops. I can't imagine having a puppy at my age - being on all the time except for the brief crashes. I'm in a brain stop at the moment. Have been figuring and cutting inside and outside miters. And there ain't a square corner in the room! But, I've got a digital angle finder and a compound miter saw with a vernier gauge. Slow going, especially since it's get the measurements, mark the piece for inside it outside with the angle, down the stairs up the driveway, set the saw, check, double check, cut out big, check, fine tune the cut, back upstairs, test the fit, next piece. The big kicker? The most perfect corner pieces, for together like a glove? It'll be behind a bureau when I'm done. And now my big toe is acting up from all the walking in clogs (easy to put on and take off with all the in/out.)

But. I'm pleased with the results. Not perfect but good enough. Looks better than I expected.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyMon May 06, 2024 9:45 am

One of the things I was upfront about with the rescue I got Kasper from was training. Some of their dogs they require to go through training courses with. Kasper wasn't one of them but I straight up told the gal who did the home visit I don't specifically train my dogs. They learn very basic sit and wait, but outside of that I don't train. I set behavioral expectations and they learn those and that has always worked well enough for me.

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Jenn - that's sort of the way things are here. Mostly either to make them a good housemate or keep them safe.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyMon May 06, 2024 10:33 pm

@TwisterII and @Amymeme yep, generally that how it works with mine depending on the dog.  I've had two in the past 30 years who would have made excellent S&R dogs, they watched me and did what I told them to with hand signals.  "Go out", "Come", "Go left/right", "circle", "set (wait)"  I could literally walk either of them to a particular spot ... both were good watch/alert dogs and oddly enough, both were black lab rescues ... dunno about that.

Thinking real seriously about checking out the GPS fences / trackers, the new little monster has taken to wandering ... she comes back when I call but sometimes it takes more than a couple of minutes.  I'm not too concerned with the wandering if she comes when I call and she's in at night ... but I'd like to have some idea where she is ... so far she's come from the east and west but heaven only knows where she's wandering out there.  I'll regret saying this 'cause she'll go out of her way to prove me wrong but she has no interest in passing vehicles ... we don't have much traffic (maybe a half dozen cars/trucks a day) but I've watched her stand in the front yard and watch them go by with no inclination to chase!  (( Good girl!!! ))

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 39 EmptyYesterday at 2:13 am

Ever have one of those days where things go wrong and then it's everything that seems to go wrong ... well, not quite EVERYTHING!

Avalanche asked me if he could go out at something like 04:00 ... mumble, sure, put him on his lead and turned around to find Belle wanting to go out too.  Okay, put her on Sky's lead and went back to bed.  Woke up about 07:00, Avalanche was asking to come back in, and Belle was wrapped around a pole ... argh.  Let Avalanche in and got dressed (enough) to go let Belle and there was something very wrong.  To make a long story short, she'd been bit on her jaw by a snake (??) and her lower jaw was swollen.  Brought her in, called Mary (My vet) and she put me down for a 4:PM appt.  Didn't like that, told her so.  By the time 9:30 rolled around the swelling had gotten worse and I headed to Alpine (1,5 hrs away) Talked to her son (also a Vet) who agreed that she was snake bit (non-coagulating blood) but she wouldn't let him trim the fur around the bite to confirm that.  Got offered a $200 'normal' visit or a $1500+ antivenom visit.  He'd already said that he'd had a couple of snake bite visits already this year and both recovered - in about two weeks to come back to 'normal'.  So, about 19 hours after being bitten she's laying in her crate watching me.  She's been active, not particularly playful. If she makes it through the morning (36 hrs) we should be okay ... but ...

I've been given a travel trailer - I and a friend have spent the last couple of morning digging the tongue out of the dirt and jacking it up to a point where we can get it on his bumper hitch.  (obviously that got shot to hell this morning) I went out to see where the tools were and considering whether to try to do anything today (100°) or not ... Jeep had the nicest flat tire I've seen in a long time.  Called said friend and after he took a nap he came over and we took the tire to a tire shop in town.

Not really a complete waste of a day but it sure wasn't a whole lot of fun....

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I sure hope Belle comes through ok. If it's non coagulation, did he give her Vitamin K? And will she eat dark leafy greens (loaded with vitamin k?) That will help her form platelets.
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So far she's doing well, alert and bushy eyed. He gave her some 250Mg Clavacillin (( amoxicillin and clavulanate )) 1 by mouth every 12 hours. No vit K but there wasn't much bleeding to begin with and had stopped by late afternoon (of course my bushing her fur to see if she was bleeding probably didn't help)
I had to laugh - will she eat leafy greens? shoot, she'll eat anything that doesn't eat her first. And on that note, I still haven't seen / found the snake. May have been a tourist just passing though but I'd like to be able to know it's gone!

We've been over 100° for a couple of days and all four of us spend a whole lot of time 'crashed' If I move around they look to see what I'm doing and if it doesn't interest them their head go back down. It's 78° this AM but we had a small shower yesterday - not enough to even cut the dust but more than we've had in a while - so the temp is gonna feel a lot hotter than it really is and 103 feels like 108 sucks!

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Glad to know she's doing well. Z'ev was an eat anything kind of guy. Ami is much more discerning. Even to the variety of cheese he'll eat - cheddar is a favorite, Swiss is ok if it's warmed, not a fan of string cheese unless he's really hungry, there's nothing else and it's really melty.

We're entering a cold spell. I didn't get seeds started this year with all the focus on the bathroom floor ( and I had a very heavy bureau in the hall blocking the door to the room with all the seed starting equipment, light stand etc.) So I purchased tomato and eggplant seedlings and son 2 gave me a flat of various pepper plants. And, very funny, he included a pack of Carolina Reaper. Not sure what I'll do with them, maybe use one or two added to some sweet pepper to make a hot sauce. I almost broke my rule and started planting them 2 weeks ago when it was really warm day and night and the 10 day forecast looked promising. But I held off. Fortunately. We are now in a 3 day stretch of low 60s days and very low 40s nights. Which means we could go down into the 30s up here on the hill. So while no actual frost, those temperatures could permanently stall some of those warm season plants. So schlepp them in at night for the next few days.

I did have one surprise - I picked up some amaryllis bulbs at tractor supply, put them in the closet for planting and forgot about them - brought them out about a month ago and potted them up. Their bloom is spectacular, the best of any I've tried so far. Just an unmasked un-named variety labeled "white." Not even packaged, just loose, put in a paper bag.

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You got yourself some very pretty flowers there ... just "white" if I could grown them I'd settle for just white but I've never had any luck with them.  My grandmother always had a couple around Easter time<??>

My tomatoes are doing well, I seem to always have 4 - 8 on each plant, wish I could get a couple but the birds <??> are getting them before I do.  I didn't expect the strawberry plants I got this spring to do anything this year but they seem to have a few flowers and fruit ... but again the birds get them before I can.  Need to get some cloth (metal or fabric) and see if I can keep them off.  The fig tree is doing okay.  I've got a lot of small fruit but it doesn't seem to grow ...

Little girl is still going strong, so I hope that she didn't engage with the snake too badly.

It's 5:PM and everyone is standing around looking at me (I went down to visit a friend and let them out of crates) it's an hour early for supper ... what .. do .. you .. want????

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Any thoughts as to what kind of snake? I know you have rattlers down there. No clue what else.
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Honestly I can't say, I didn't see it nor have I seen one round where I think she was bit.
Beside the rattlers I can't think of any venomous snakes down here. ( Okay, one variety of copperhead https://visitbigbend.com/reptiles/ ) My fun are the red / black / green racers.

The Mojave rattler would have killed her (or me) within minutes and the others don't normally do much damage.  She was bitten on the side of her throat and just looks like she has a moderate sized goiter.



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