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  1. MC suggests: "Let's start a thread specifically for reports from those who are connected and using the ILOX service." 

    It might be worthwhile to develop a simple sort of 'form' which such qualified contributors could copy and paste into their postings.  Just to illustrate, MCs' suggestions so far would look something like this: <indicates additions>


     Please tell us about what was involved in connecting:  

    <Your location - City and cross streets>

    <Scheduling of installation service: Process, Dates>

    Setups: <presumably, indoor interface technicalities resulting in 'first light' and registration - a published instruction sheet in English might help>

    Speed: <suggest standard metric and methodology, i.e., fast, speedof.me, etc>

    Service reliability/interruptions: <patterns to look for>

    Payment issues: <a correct common use of terms should naturally evolve, along with specific suggestions and advice>

    Comments on your experience as an actual connected user, <and suggestions, including for refining this form>:



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  2. A very tidy and flexible arrangement for streaming and controlling video programming (once you've resolved any international skulduggery re your relevant subscriptions) is to exploit the power and platform of one or more PCs (inc. iOS, Linux, Android etc.) using a Bluetooth keyboard with integrated touchpad to run your computer(s) which can then be kept out of the way while remaining attached by HDMI cable(s) directly to large video screen(s)  See: https://www.amazon.com/slp/bluetooth-keyboard-with-touchpad/8kf84dv8jfkv77c   This is a standard Home Theater PC approach. 4K requires a recent CPU or strong video card, plus ilox-class service (one hopes). 

    Personally, I use two or three matching Sandy Bridge era laptops I bought used because they're small and modular, build like tanks, are configured to purpose, and I don't move them. Using a free MS program such as Mouse Without Borders (Windows), with one such keyboard you can seamlessly control up to three computers (just pretend you've got one wide screen) each with its' own video monitor configured for some particular purpose, eg., one computer has fast graphics driving Windows on a large high quality screen with its' link to a 5 speaker audio system, another is stuffed with RAM and drives more typical browser based work with a smaller 40in HDMI screen closer (but more than a meter away - very freeing, imo.)  This requires that the computers be on the same home network/router, and one keyboard can be operating  (via Bluetooth) for each computer, controlling all the PCs (so I have a second keyboard/touchpad by my bed so I can conveniently check forex rates and other random tragedies in the middle of the night. 


  3. 1 minute ago, John Shrall said:

    Your point?

    I researched and cited that FB material when the Ilox project was first announced in one of the many threads it generated here.  It provided an element of negative anecdotal evidence from users in other regions, and was worth reading at that point, even if it represented a minuscule sample and didn't prove anything.  Should local Ilox service degrade over time, it will be common knowledge online. 

    Actually, I registered a domain for Ilox and other users to focus a more intensive and sophisticated discussion in one place, and to help Ilox with spreading the word.  It was called LakeLux.org, and I offered it to anyone who would pursue such a project, as an english users group, liaison to Ilox, etc. (I'm in California and don't speak much Spanish.)  Was rather surprised when a couple of people with authoritarian tendencies got upset when anyone dared to politely question without prejudice anything about the unfamiliar corporation requesting money from a large number of people.  All hail tkessler for his efforts and important results - the process didn't proceed precisely as he predicted, but it appears to be a triumph. 

  4. 34 minutes ago, oregontochapala said:

    Telmex recently increased our speed in Chapala Haciendas to a steady 15-16 down and 3-4 up. 

    As specifically as you would be comfortable with, could you please mention where in CH you are located?  Some time ago, I heard that only certain areas in CH enjoy that class of bandwidth, and I have interest in a lot which if it is served by decent net speeds might get more interesting.  Thanks. 

  5. 7 hours ago, bmh said:



    I got that bronchitis from Ajijic and it is awful.. I got sick with it the minute I arrived in Chiapas.. I got t for 2 weeks ...

    When I left Ajijic I knew several people with that nasty bronchitis, One person told me they had it for 6 weeks and she received a bunch of shots of antibiotics and she had to have a second set of shots, it was so bad..

    Just to note in the spirit of Public Health that during my two visits Lakeside around this time of year, in both cases I developed the deepest, most persistent and unique cyclic cough I've ever experienced (with the possible exception of one winter in West Bengal in the '70s).  It turned me into a fountain of phlegm and with my primitive Spanish put me in a situation where I sometimes didn't know how to beg off shaking hands with friendly locals.  It occurred to me that this might be a unique allergy to something Lakeside, or due to air travel from California.  For me, this is a serious issue to be resolved.




  6. "I built my house with double brick walls and double pane windows" + ""windows...face south" = the first principles of 'passive solar' design, where the orientation and geometry of the house plan allows light to seasonally warm structural thermal mass such as masonry within an insulated space.  Ideally, heat is absorbed during the day and released slowly at night.

  7. 11 hours ago, John Shrall said:

    The ILOX truck and a bunch of men have been hanging cable along the carretera between the waterfront restaurants and the Racquet Club entrance

    I believe the Racquet Club is served by telephone/power poles (rather than buried lines).  May I ask, will Ilox be installed in RC properties at the top of the hill that have subscribed?  Thanks.

  8. "Capitalism is the unequal distribution of prosperity. Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty."

    Scholars have suggested that the Nordic model is close to what Marx had in mind as the next stage of historic socio-economic development.

    The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund holds and manages about a quarter million dollars per capita for its' population.

    Public debt in the US totals roughly the same amount, per capita, 


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  9. All hail mudgirl and her intelligent and boots-on-the-ground approach to engineering her own satisfaction.  Precise and eternal vigilance, design and technical expertise focused where appropriate and consistent personal involvement - hopefully all contributed to the daily pleasure creative people enjoy seeing good ideas and values concretely realized.  Adding design domains including telecom, solar and energy systems, future-proofed viewsheds, and impenetrable security also contribute to an optimized quality of life.

    A world-famous source for design ideas from the late 70s, is "A Pattern Language", useful IF you're a fanatic with time on your hands.  (I studied with one of the co-authors and I haven't more than browsed it.  But I will use it carefully in my own pending project.)  See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattern_language

    The full text is free online (at over 1000 pages) at http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/Ecological_Building/A_Pattern_Language.pdf

  10. "Modern ventless fireplace models are strictly regulated by federal agencies and standards groups for safe operation in your home. But the debate about their safety does continue. In fact, Massachusetts and California, as well as Canada and other countries, have outlawed gas and propane ventless fireplaces."  See: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/ventless-fireplaces-what-you-need-know/ 

    And some heat will escape through venting, but these systems are as efficient as they can make them, apparently 70-80%.  See: https://mendotahearth.com/pdfs/brochures/Efficiency Broch.pdf

    I'm in the design phase for a small house Lakeside, and will at least build-in the required propane and electrical connections for a tasteful little wirelessly controlled vented fireplace, even if radiant floor heating is installed.  

  11. Directing and projecting the heat with an integrated electrical fan is key.  (I'm not sure that the unit I cited above is the full air-tight, fan operated package most such units are).  I've replaced an old heataltor built into a large stone fireplace with a proper gas insert system, and the later can heat a house at the push of a button.  The welder who helped cut out the heatalator mentioned that a lot of such replacements were being done here in the redwoods, where many houses are older and it can get quite clammy as at times the trees make their own gravy (condensing fog off the Pacific to water themselves).

  12. 2 hours ago, Mainecoons said:

    Pete I had the same problem with my fireplace and found a relatively easy modification on the internet that works like a champ.  Basically, you put a heavy iron plate at the back of the fireplace and then modify the fireplace grate so the fire stands up, is vertical, in front of it.  I had the welder in Riberas make the plate with feet and then weld changes in my grate to make it hold the vertical fire.

    Heats like a bandit!

    I've never seen it done, but if there is a convenient propane source, a small gas insert might fit in even a kiva fireplace.  It would be much more efficient, effective, convenient and cleaner than wood and with some adaptation, might look good too.  Just an idea.

    See (without recommendation): https://homeandhearthoutfitters.com/fireplaces/gas-fireplaces/gas-insert/enviro-q1-gas-fireplace-insert

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