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Old 01-27-2019, 08:24 AM   #15
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Gas vs Diesel. What type hitch? What is the best generator? Tires and pressure...etc, etc. I guess this is a natural progression!

IBMers are moving to Macs in droves. I have not used windows in over 10 years and have not looked back. They work well and just keep going.

Itís like everything else guys, itís a choice we GET to make. No need to put down what one does not choose. Make your choice and enjoy!
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:37 PM   #16
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all connected to the central network server that has all our media (video, music, photos) and set-up a synchronization schedule to pull copies of the latest media to the local PC.
MARTIN300662 - Great idea! Being new to rv'ing, I never really thought of putting a PC in my rv since we are so used to taking our tablets and phones everywhere (until JOHN posted this thread) and connecting it to my server (until you posted it). I am no longer a power user after retiring - after 30 yrs. in industry, I have weened myself away from major computer time. Just email & Amazon & surfing AirForums now. But I still like your idea. Thanks.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:15 PM   #17
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MARTIN300662 - Great idea! Being new to rv'ing, I never really thought of putting a PC in my rv since we are so used to taking our tablets and phones everywhere (until JOHN posted this thread) and connecting it to my server (until you posted it). I am no longer a power user after retiring - after 30 yrs. in industry, I have weened myself away from major computer time. Just email & Amazon & surfing AirForums now. But I still like your idea. Thanks.
No worries Alex AVI, it does also give connectability into the main auto stereo (optical out via a converter to RCA in to the Kenwood amp) but also via bluetooth to a Samsung surround sound system.

We have been running this since 2015 and it seems to work great.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:19 PM   #18
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Built in mini-PC

Our household has both Mac and PC folk that get along just fine. Everyone lives on the same network, shares data, and does their thing unfettered by technology xenophobia.
The IT department (me) has more issues with firewalls and access points than anything else. I lug a Dell ruggedized laptop, the rest of the gang run on Mac laptops or desktops and we all (sadly) live on our ATT iPhones all day. There are several Windows servers and lots of backup systems in the mix as well.

Around here, the concern is not what kind of operating system, the really concern is, ďDonít make me use a pencil!!!Ē In my case, you wouldnít be able to decipher my scrawled handwriting. Heck, after a couple days, I canít either! Typical engineer, I guess.
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:42 PM   #19
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Just so we are all clear, if you are towing your computer using anything other than a 1 ton diesel truck and a Hensley Arrow, you are doing it wrong.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:34 PM   #20
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Just so we are all clear, if you are towing your computer using anything other than a 1 ton diesel truck and a Hensley Arrow, you are doing it wrong.
Donít forget a Win OS Flash distribution hitch..... could cause an unexpected
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:36 PM   #21
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Oh well. Never was aerodynamically, politically, or aluminiumly correct, so I guess Iíll just go camping with what I own.

And BTW, no network or computers installed in the Airstream. DW would fix them with a fire axe. Weíre on vacation, not at work...
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:09 AM   #22
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If you come from a mindset that a computer = work then, I agree it has no place on vacation. If, however you see a computer as an alternate to a DVD/BluRay, your music collection, photo albums etc etc then you may have a different opinion.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:50 AM   #23
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32gb is just not enough overhead for Windows 10. ...
+1.

This is waaaaay beyond infuriating, but I bought my 82-year-old father a low-end PC with a hardware configuration that was too small to accommodate what can briefly be described as "everything that was inevitably going to happen once the thing was removed from its original packing box". It is quite literally useless and now I have to buy him another. The fact that this kind of junk is even sold makes me angry. It represents heretofore-unheard-of levels of built-in obsolescence.

My husband just installed in our house a separate mini-PC which has one function: to continually check and update our IP address so that our home security video system will stop falling offline whenever our ISP rotates our address (we have an older DIY system but it represented a substantial financial investment and it works reliably, so we keep it).

As for our Interstate, I am waiting on the market to advance before I / we tackle an installation of what I HOPE will be a holistic system that includes DVR capability for a series of security cameras. I am so tired of an endless parade of "one-trick" imaging and/or computer components. We have:

(1) Three cameras associated with the live backup and turn signal monitor.
(2) One camera in the form of a conventional dash cam
(3) Three types of personal cameras (iPhones, DSLR, and GoPro)
(4) But nothing in the way of true recording video security or information management system

At least some of that stuff should be rolled up into a coherent package. But the mobile security market is not there yet. Someone please correct me if you think I'm wrong on that point - I beg you.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:34 PM   #24
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I have one of these with Window 7 media center and a stick tuner. It is a DVR with a TV stick tuner, music, photos, etc. One stop shop. It is a shame they got rid of media center in Win 10. This is actually a real PC or you can just as easily use a laptop with win 7. Newer is not always better.



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Old 02-14-2019, 01:41 PM   #25
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My little Atom-based PC is working quite well. I installed the snap-in mount for it on top of the DVD player in my over-cab cabinet. I installed an automatic HDMI switch, so whichever source is on, it is switched through to the TV.

I have a second snap-in mount on the beck of my desk at home, complete with cables and power supply. I can bring the little PC home for updates and for loading material. I just move the Bluetooth receiver for the keyboard and mouse over to the mini-PC.

I have about 15 Kindle books loaded. My wife prefers to read in bed in the evenings and I can relax and read my Kindle on the big screen.

The built-in WiFi is stronger than my Galaxy S9. Unfortunately, the park we were at for our rally last week had no WiFi, so I couldn't use it.

I found the included image on the Sprinter site. Very similar PC to mine and same WiFi antenna.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:35 PM   #26
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I just installed this adorable little fan-less PC for a home automation project. It would do well in a RV as well as a media server, etc. No moving parts, runs Windows 10 like a champ.

6GB RAM
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:27 AM   #27
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I was just thinking about this thread yesterday and was wondering how things were going. While trying to clear up GB of space on that SSD yesterday I ran across these two tools.

https://windirstat.net/

http://www.homedev.com.au/Free/PatchCleaner

With these tools I was able to clean up ~40gb of space out of 100gb on C-Drive. I apologize if you already knew about them, but they might come in handy down the road as it were.
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I love this thread... makes me feel so at home, lol.
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