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  1. Aside: The English-language link in your profile is incorrect. This appears to be the correct link. LQ
  2. Here's an example (for others) of what a UPS can do for you. Right now, I'm using one CyberPower RT650 UPS (650VA/400W, 6 Outlets) with only a Synology NAS (network-attached storage device) plugged-into it. The UPS has more outlets, and a 16 outlet power strip will also be plugged in when I can afford the disruption. The NAS has four 8-TB drives in it, but since it's a whole computer system it can do more than just storage. One trick is that by connecting the NAS to a UPS, I can get emails about power outages. They look like this: The power evidently went out around 1:55 pm today, causing the NAS to begin drawing power from the UPS (a kind of intelligent battery), and then it switched back to AC when the power came back on a minute later. We never noticed. When I'm done, everything important here (notably, networking gear) will be connected to a UPS -- but the NAS device is especially vulnerable to ugly shutdowns, so it has dibs. LQ
  3. Alt+NumPad is a Windows thing and not at all universal. I think MacOS has a rough equivalent, which is likewise unique to Macs. The approach I describe above is universal, on any system that supports multiple keyboard layouts -- which means everything except phones and tablets. (Phone OSes have long-press character options.) Just add a second layout, make it US International w/Dead Keys (or similar), and set a hotkey for switching to and from the second keyboard. On Chrome OS, that's Settings > Languages and Inputs > Inputs and Keyboards. By default you probably only have English (US) set up. So, Inputs and Keyboards > + Add Input Methods. Check the box for English (US) with International > Add. You'll notice that you can choose either layout right there in the settings, and an indicator near the taskbar clock toggles between EN and IN. There's also a settings message Keyboard shortcut available, stating that the default hotkey (shortcut) is Ctrl+Space. Now close the Settings. Hit Ctrl+Space a few times and watch the indicator toggle between EN and IN. Now let's try it out. Open any app where you can type some text. Switch to IN. Type r'esum'e. The output will be résumé. Switch back to EN if you're done typing accented characters. You're done. Now you're the United Nations. World peace can't be far off. LQ
  4. The link, because this is the internet: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cjng-convoy-show-of-force-in-jalisco/ LQ
  5. These work well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZKR43FF/ Despite the picture, they're white, not yellow. They also don't block the other outlet in the pair. LQ
  6. There's a better way, depending. On Windows and Linux desktops, and I presume on MacOS, you can configure a second keyboard layout, and a hotkey to toggle between the two. The second keyboard layout you want is US_INTL with Dead Keys. When you switch to this layout, certain keys like ', `,~, ^ function as "dead keys," which aren't output, rather they signal that the next character should be accented. To type résumé you'd enter r'esum'e If you needed a capital like É, that's '[shift]E The dead keys are fairly intuitive, so there's not much to remember: apostrophe = acute accent backtick = grave accent colon = diaeresis (two dots above) caret = circumflex (like a hat) tilde = umm, tilde, as in Spanish eñe There are some others, but Mexicanish mostly uses acute and tilde: the spelling of words like güey are rapidly giving way (heh) to wey. Most of the time, English speakers will leave their keyboard layouts on US_EN, switch to US_INTL w/Dead Keys for a word or two, then switch back. BTW, if you actually want to type an apostrophe without switching back to your standard layout, just type it twice. HTH. LQ
  7. Seems unlikely that this lady got multiple quotes. No bien. LQ
  8. They don't care. There's no black magic in their gear. The device TotalPlay issued me is effectively an optical network terminal (ONT), analogous to a cable "modem." Simple tech. Pretty sure you can buy your own for $20-30 USD. Folks often buy a pair so they can run fiber to an outbuilding, instead of ethernet (and its 500' limitation) -- or for safety, because fiber's non-conductive. And you could make a good case for pulling fiber instead of ethernet in a Mexican home. Better cosmetics and it'll fit through a smaller conduit. The downside is that each terminal must be powered. No such thing as power-over-fiber. LQ
  9. Who'd bother having an opinion about the Guadalajara Reporter or sundry "news" websites y grupos de Facebook? Son menos que triviales. These things share the perspective of ... [wait for it] ... expat gringa English majors. Lord knows you can't have too many of those. 😑 LQ
  10. Any experience around here with this TP-Link ER605 multi-WAN gigabit load balancer (etc.), for bonding two ISPs? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QTXNWZ1/ For $59 USD, I'll take a flier on it. I'm only interested in the load balancing and failover, not the other jazzy TP-Link network management stuff, and I believe it can do those and get out of the way. (Note that the Amazon product page gives no version number, but I don't think that's significant to my purpose.) In my case, this is meant to bond my Starlink and TotalPlay services: if Starlink dips, TotalPlay picks up the slack, and vice versa. If this thing actually works, at gigabit speeds, $59 is an unheard-of steal. Anybody do this kind of thing? LQ
  11. If it's leather, shoe polish in the correct color works well on a spot basis. Apply to the scuff only, and buff. LQ
  12. My standard advice for all such purchases is to set the budget first, then shop. Next, it's best to go to a store and do some showrooming, for two reasons: What size is "medium?" Medium is subjective. Given #1, what screen resolution is acceptable? Not that long ago, a 24" TV would have been medium-sized to some. Now it's the smallest they make. 24" is kind of a specialty size, like for an RV or something. 32" is common, and costs the same. Heck, 40" often costs the same as 32", or within $15 USD. Whatever size you choose, sample the image resolution, in the store. The bottom end is 720p, but it won't look so good beyond 24", and is the wrong place to cut corners. 1080p (commonly, "HD") is everywhere. 720p is something they try to sneak past those who don't check. I've seen comparable-looking and similarly-priced TVs in Walmart, but one is 1080p and the other 720p. There's gamesmanship afoot. If I were to speculate on your requirements, I'd say 35" - 40" would do. Just verify that 1080p looks okay on it. Example: https://www.amazon.com/TCL-40-inch-Class-Smart-Android/dp/B08P4XJKLQ/ Everything sold will have some smarts, but you don't have to use them (I don't). Just don't provide the TV itself with a network connection. Let it connect upon first run, for software updates, then pull the network or wifi plug. Also look for a TV setting that disables "phoning home." This will disappoint TV makers. Profit margins are razor-thin, and most rely on data harvesting for viability. Too bad. In my book, TVs are a one-off purchase, not a relationship. Last, flat-panel TV speakers suck, period. Use that sound bar you got for Christmas. LQ
  13. Me too, but hybrid on the car side. It's simply not worth driving your own car to and from GDL or Estación Central in Tlaquepaque. Taxi for that. LQ
  14. What's unclear about "in the States?" * * * Of course Uber availability Lakeside isn't anything like N.Y. or S.F. Show me somebody who expects otherwise and I'll show you a moron. LQ
  15. Don't be sorry. Let's be clear, because these boards are indexed by Google Search. If you enter your destination in the Uber app at Lakeside and see a car offering to take you there, you can summon it. I've done it, same as in the States. I did it by mistake once in 2019 (pocket dial) near the Ajijic plaza. Phone started chirping that "my ride" was almost there. What the? Don't rely on there being a car available, same as in the States. You're anecdotally more likely to find one near Chapala centro, for reasons we can guess at but cannot know. If Uber makes one nervous, you have the same verification tools as anywhere: make, model, color, plate number, driver's name. Make sure they match, and that the driver knows your name (from the app). Might a criminal mastermind spoof all of these details, as well as hack the Uber backend and the app on your phone? Criminal masterminds have better things to do. Just don't expect many cars. Traditional taxis have far better coverage and are expat-affordable. In much of these States, taxi companies are a consumer (and employee) abomination, and set themselves up for disintermediation. Good riddance. Off-topic: many folks don't know that driving a taxi in the States is a sharecropping proposition. You rent the car from the company as-is, you maintain it at your expense, you fuel it, and you give them most of your revenue. Your cut is whatever's left, if anything. LQ
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