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  1. We were looking to replace a 15 year old Maytag 220v dryer about 2 years ago but after a long search we could only come up with a gas Samsung model. The Maytag unit was very efficient and really didn't consume as much electricity as many had predicted.

    We bought a washer and dryer for our house in Ajijic as well as similar models for another property at the beach. If I look at the Liverpool web site now the number of options are very limited with only one or 2 electric and those are probably 110v which are energy hogs. There's nothing available on the high end including the Samsungs we bought and are very happy with.

    There has been a shortage of most appliances for the last year or so related to lack of computer chips/boards and other supply chain problems. The options shown on the Liverpool site seem to confirm the lack of supply of any sort of washer and dryer.

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  2. While there are many posts the majority seem to deal with installations. 

    Can you schedule the recording of one or more TV show in advance? I want to record news shows then play them back later skipping through commercials. 

    There were posts saying the decoder box (the device that looks like Apple TV) must be connected to the modem (ONT) by Ethernet cable. There seem to be multiple STBs supported, some 1080 and a couple 4K with options for Netflix and Alexa. The docs say the boxes support wifi so one would think one of the boxes could be connected to the network via wifi just like Apple TV. There's already enough cables by the TV  

    I am happy with ILOX internet but the phone never worked so there's a payment to Telmex. ILOX TV options are pretty skinny so I pay Sky to watch a few channels. Totalplay offers the channels I would use, maybe the phone works as well as Telmex and the internet is as reliable as ILOX. One bill is better and cheaper than 3. Besides that, my Sky receiver has failed which means a tortuous call to their crack service department. Sky has the worst customer service of all. 

  3. 2 hours ago, HoneyBee said:

     I now own shares of NIKOLA.MX. This one is different because I believe in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology as a way to move heavy trucks around. Am currently under water but I believe that by end of 2023 this stock will pop. ☺️

    This is certainly not the forum to discuss stocks but this company's performance (NKLA) since inception appears dismal. Down 15% today alone to $13.00. Chasing a falling knife comes to mind. Best of luck on your investment.


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  4. 11 hours ago, tomgates said:

    Is ILOX still viable? We had it when we last left Ajijic in June 2020. At $599 it was good for 70mb download. 

    I must be the only ILOX customer that is satisfied with their service.

    I have the 400mb package and when there have been outages an email to support was answered promptly explaining the problem.

    Last week I had an unusual problem where my torrent port was closed for no good reason, iTunes took forever to startup and couldn't connect to the Apple store or updates and Nord VPN wouldn't connect at all. The weekend tech said everything looked good but when I emailed the details a second time on a Monday morning everything started working again within a few hours.

    The phone never did work so that's still a negative which now costs a couple hundred pesos for a Telmex VOIP connection.

  5. If you leave early in the morning you'll have no problem getting to Laredo well before dark. So long as there are no obstacles you should be on Bridge II in under 11 hours. 

    The same trip in December gets a little more dicey with the short days and the big mountains in Saltillo but not so much now.

    Enjoy the drive. It's actually quite pretty or at least better than some of the interstates in the US.

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  6. Tuesday nights at La Bodega in late 2004 was the place to be. Dewayne and his crew of Ron Baker on the guitar (one of the best), Alan in his fatigues on the drums, Rick Ungar taking time off from his day jobs on the harmonica and Carol Bedford who regularly joined in. There were probably others that dropped by during his time at La Bodega but we're talking a long time ago and memories fade.

    Dewayne really couldn't sing very well but he was the central character/entertainer of a group that kept lots people coming back every week. The chemistry was magical and somehow we did line dances on the small space on the upper level.

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  7. So the CBP agents at land border crossings are now going to have to ask for proof of vaccination and verify that proof is not fake?

    It's probably not in their job description, would add lots of wait times at the border and possibly result in some resentment from those agents as their job is to verify citizenship or documents from non-citizens allowing them to enter the country. I envision slowdowns as a silent protest if this is implemented.


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  8. Just now, kmetzger said:

    Thank you. So I don't have to do anything.

    Correct. However if this is your first autopay charge, check both the CFE site and your card to make sure the charge went through correctly. After the first time there is nothing else needed.

  9. Unless you have a reason to go to McAllen, the shortest route appears to be I-10 along the Gulf through Houston, I-410 around San Antonio to I-35 to Laredo. Then your choice of the Matehuala 57D or 54 Zacatecas/Aguascalientes route from Saltillo. I think I'd avoid crossing at any of the smaller Rio Grande Valley border towns at this time. Just my opinion of course.

    I've made a trip through Laredo 3 times this year with no incidents whatsoever other than the usual overloaded trucks that can't maintain any speed in the mountains and impatient drivers.

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  10. Everyone has their favorite route but to Laredo there really is only 2. I prefer the route that starts with the Macrolibriamento Sur connecting to 45D toward Aguascalientes at the end of the Hwy 80D. Maps can get you through town but the Convencion 1914 loop to the right is one way often used to reconnect to 45D on the north end.

    From there it's a straight shot NE toward Zacatecas until you make the right turn on 54 toward Saltillo, then to Monterrey and finally to Nuevo Laredo. The signage is good except the exit at the west end of Monterrey to get on the perifico anillo you need to be in the right lane. It's posted but the placement of the toll booth seems counter-intuitive. You exit on the left to turn right and right to turn left.

    The tolls are just under $1,450 as of August.

    The last time we crossed the bridge going both north and then looking back on the return, there were absolutely no cars queued for US customs. 

    We normally get to Nuevo Laredo in 10 1/2 - 11 hours and often are through customs and in a hotel room in 12 hours.

    If you want a shorter trip you can continue on the Monterrey perifico past 85D about 10 minutes to the airport exit. There are lots of hotels there. It's then an easy start the next morning for the 2 hour trip to the border. By doing that you can check the bridge cam and wait times to decide if a straight shot to Bridge II is shorter or if the bridge is backed up you can divert to Columbia where you head back toward I-35. The divert is only practical if the wait is an hour or longer since there's more distance involved driving to Columbia.

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  11. 5 minutes ago, Yo1 said:

    After being an amateur photographer for many years with my SLR, I finally bought a point and shoot.  It took pretty good photos but the :() proof way of changing the aperture or speed was clumsy, at best.  Several cameras down the road, I took some photos with my phone and was really surprised at the quality of the results.   I don't even want to tote around and point and shoot camera anymore.

    Agreed. The new phones take amazing photos no doubt. But if you want to catch a shot of a tennis ball at the point of impact wit the racquet you need a camera that can take multiple photos per second. If you want to take a photo of the stars you need to be able to open the shutter for 20 or 30 seconds. There are lots of situations where a point and shoot or DSLR is needed but if you're taking photos of people or places the phone works great. I use the iPhone pano a lot even though I have the big camera. You can take multiple photos and merge them in Photoshop but the iPhone is easier.

    Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, iPhone pano. But in the end it was more impressive in person.



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  12. One other comment about cameras that might be of interest to you or others wanting to learn more. There is a great book called "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson that breaks down the components of photography allowing you to take better photos. It's basic information about the photographic triangle of aperture, shutter speed and light (ISO). It spans film and digital cameras. I was at a wedding a very long time ago and asked the photographer for a book recommendation. This book was his suggestion and I have to admit, a reread every so often is enlightening even when using a high tech mirrorless camera.

  13. There are a lot of good point and shoot cameras available with decent megapixel quality, zoom and recording capabilities. I have a Panasonic Lumix for example that cost about $600 at the time that I've used on vacations when I don't want to carry around a DSLR body and multiple lenses. 

    Once you get into a camera with separate body and lenses the cost of ownership rises drastically. A good glass lens can often cost more than the body. 

    Start with a budget and find what you believe to be the best camera for the price. They'll all take good photos and videos. 

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  14. First of all if you are concerned about the status of your lease you should seek professional help, not here.

    However if you have a lease for a specific time period and you are beyond the end date, that lease is technically terminated so you must look at the lease to find out where you stand. Does the lease say it automatically renews for another fixed period of time?

    As a landlord, all of my leases state that at the end date of the contract the lease reverts to a month to month basis with each party able to give 30 days notice to either vacate or terminate. Some tenants don't care and do not pursue another lease agreement covering a new period. Others want to lock in a time period and price. If the lease agreement doesn't specify what happens after the end date on the contract you'd be in limbo unless Mexican law provides guidance.

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