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  1. I flew back to TX to pick up my van many weeks ago and stopped in a small town pharmacy that was advertising the shots. I told them I was just passing through and asked if any shots were available. She said they had cancellations every day. She called the next morning and I got my first Moderna shot. Thanks anti-vaxxers!

    BTW, they did not ask for any identification so  I would think Canadians and other foreigners would be able to get it. Not sure if it matters but on the form they gave me, I used the address of the repair shop my van was at.

  2. Hi Dawn,

    The local hiking club is shut down due to the Covid crisis. In addition, I have heard (perhaps someone more in the know can correct me), that the indigenous people have said something to the effect of "please stop hiking on our land".

  3. On 7/18/2020 at 9:42 AM, Guiness said:

    Costa Rica is extremely clean, they take great pride in their country and everyone seems to respect the environment.

    Things must've changed since I was there last. I even took a picture of the "tira la basura por la ventana" sign in one of the buses. Clean bus, highways littered. My tica wife didn't think twice about throwing wrappers and other trash on the ground.

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  4. 32 minutes ago, rafterbr said:

    One day I tossed some coins on the counter for the older woman who had bagged my groceries.  She got very angry and gave me the salute.  I told my wife what happened and she told me I had insulted the woman.  Now I always smile and put it in their hand with a gracias. 

    This is common manners for most everything, whether you are tossing money on the counter to pay for something or tossing food instead of placing it in their hands. In the case of food, it would be perceived as if you were feeding a stray dog. Lots of good videos on Mexican manners out there as well as a class at LCS.

  5. Questions 2 & 3 are well answered.

    Re question 1: La Bodega and El Patio in Chapala both have open mics where you will meet musicians at all levels; from basic to pro (I would say most are on the basic side) And they mostly play older blues/rock (danceable music) and some country, right up your alley. My tastes, also after 50 years of playing, tend to go more mellow and there is an open mic at Buenos Ayres in Chapala on Fridays, geared to singer/songwriters. There is also a ukelele meetup. You shouldn't have any problems meeting other musicians.

    Guadalajara doesn't have that great of a selection and prices can be quite high, especially when it comes to electronics. It's best to bring your own pedals. I searched in vain to buy a cheap, reasonably good guitar (like an Epiphone D100) because I didn't want to travel with any of my good guitars. Never found one and the POS I bought (a Campero), the tuners didn't work and I had to replace them.

  6. A friend of mine and his wife recently took the bus from mid Texas to Guadalajara and said it was great. Nice bus with reclining seats, TVs in seat backs, cheap! and best of all, not very many people on bus. He said they had their pick of many seats and everyone spread out so they each had two seats to themselves to help get sleep on a long ride. Bus makes stops for food, bathroom on board. If you have too much stuff to fly reasonably, you really can't beat the bus. Drivings a hassle. That said, if the bus is crowded I hate it.

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    You can plug this device into any electrical outlet in the house and it will increase wi fi through concrete walls or any room in the house including upstairs.

    Judging by the picture and what it says on the website, it is at best misleading. It will not do what you described above. You plug it into an outlet and then it looks like you run an ethernet cable from the router portion of your modem to this repeater (as it appears in the picture). You can save yourself some money by running the cable directly to your computer. That said, it may work for you with some trial and error...you can move this device around the area where your modem/wifi router is and it may improve the signal in the area you are wanting to fix.

    If it's just one area you need to improve, a bridge/AP with a directional antenna would be better (and quite a few allow you to change the strength of signal output, a regulation that differs from country to country, and most people ignore). There is supposed to be a Ubiquiti dealer in Guadalajara.

  8. In worst case scenarios, a frozen email account may be just the beginning of your problems. If a hacker can freeze your legitimate email, it will prevent you from being notified of account changes (like your bank account). They may be possibly redirecting alerts warning of changes to personal info on accounts. I hope you have already frozen your credit rating accounts (like everyone should be doing if you are not applying for credit regularly). 

    You should monitor your assets regularly on a known clean computer. One of the first things I used to recommend to small businesses back when it was my job was to get a cheap computer that was secured and use it only for business transactions, locking it in the safe every night. No web surfing, no emails, nothing but business transactions like logging into bank and investment accounts Sadly, this advice was usually sought after the damage was already done. I have seen too many companies go bankrupt because they didn't follow basic security practices. One lost $65 million.

    Never follow unsolicited advice from an email. EVER. When in doubt, CALL the companys phone number and ask if they sent you a notice. Note that you do NOT reply to an email address or phone number given in an email. Always google up the official info.

    Good luck, I hope it turns out to be nothing.

  9. 14 hours ago, Tingting said:

    And don't forget that if it's a US dish, then they probably bought it outright. Smells fishy to me...

    Slightly off topic but someone may find it interesting.  About 15 years ago I worked for an ISP that partnered with a guy that provided cable TV to student housing using satellite dish service. Essentially a dish is connected to a splitter then to a hundred or so receivers (one for each channel provided) then connected to a combiner and sent out to the apartments. I have decommisioned a few sites and had to fill up dumpsters with receivers no one wanted. They were all in working condition but I couldn't find a single person who wanted them, completely free. I can't imagine why a company would want your receiver back. It's amazing how often those things break. I would guess it's an 85% chance of it being a scam.


  10. I think we would have to know more about what you consider inexpensive and how bad your disability is. These are "cobblestone" streets, but a more accurate description would be "sometimes-flat-rocks-embedded-in-concrete". If you have serious problems walking, then you should either look elsewhere or visit and see for yourself whether you can handle it. Even some very fit people have issues with walking here, moreso depending on the amount of liquid pain killer one has imbibed.

  11. lcscats- Ubiquiti has a distibutor in Guadalajara 

    utiltus- penetration is dependent on frequency. Ubiquiti used to make a 900 mhz bridge. With labor so cheap, (and not knowing your layout and without a proper wifi survey), I would suggest drilling through the wall when possible and if not, using a wifi mesh network.

  12. There are lots of reasons you could he dropping out or buffering. In my 10 years at a wireless ISP in Florida, we found it is rarely due to your wifi equipment (assuming you have a decent signal). There are lots of bottlenecks along the route to the end server which can cause problems. Additionally, some companies have arrangements with services like Netflix to cohost servers on their network or have special routes. ISPs have also been know to break continuous connections on high usage customers (it's a well known industry secret that ISPs oversell the capacity as 100% of users are never online at the same time). We used this company's equipment to monitor speeds and find bottlenecks. They have a very good technical resource page for those interested in what internet speeds are all about here.

  13. I have a US account, not-prime anymore, and I have recently ordered specialty parts only available from the US site.  It took about 10-14 days and cost about $6 shipping (depending on items ordered, of course). No problem with delivery. I think the guy was driving a PakMail (?) truck.

    Amazon would not let me join amazon.mx  Prime due to (IIRC, I think the error page said) it wouldn't accept a credit card with a US address. This is probably due it to Prime being cheaper here and me previously having US Prime.

  14. I have had some sneezing issues a couple of times but I chalked that up to the blooming flowers as I have a bunch outside my window.

    I spent all of May in GDL and the air pollution there is real, and bad. Everything in my casa was coated with fine black particulates daily. I finally went to Grainger and bought some good 3m respirator masks. That made it tolerable but I would never live there or spend more than a couple of days there again.

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