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October 19, 2019


That is a wild weather story. I worked with an engineer from Michigan that thought our California winters were mild and he was very frugal so he was not using a heater in his house. Well one day the temperature inside the house dropped below the dew point. Hard lesson for him as everything became damp.

As for the computer, I would recommend getting a new widescreen monitor with an HDMI connection. They are quite cheap at Costco.

I never even thought about HH having a VGA and needing the right kind of connector - kind of a nasty surprise. You can tell him that the new monitor is for his Christmas present :). I have no idea what that is on the back of it, as mine doesn't have all the black boxes on. You are probably correct that it is for wifi, but mine is on a cable so I didn't have to worry about that.

Ingineer--Wow! Inside! That would be a surprise. The apartments that I had in California all had heat and a couple of them had air conditioning. During the winter the heat did get used a bit.

Yes, I've already ordered HH a monitor with HDMI. It should be here by Tuesday or Wednesday. HH didn't want a wide screen, though, so I ordered one that is 21.5". His old monitor is 19". With 8% tax, I think it came to $126. As I told HH, as cheap as monitors are, these days, one should get the size they want!

Bogie--Obviously, I didn't think about it. One of the "black boxes" on HH's new machine - the one nearer the edge of the two that are shown - moves. Your dad had jiggled it up and down a few times since it has a "down" arrow on it and it slides, vertically. (He tried to remove the black things to see if one hid the VGA port and even bent the fragile piece up/down a couple of times saying, "No, that's not an antenna!" Sometimes I feel the need to handcuff HH - lol.)

I learned from a video that the sliding black thing is the lock to the side access panel (no, that wasn't shown explicitly, I just happened to notice that to access the interior the guy slid the lock before removing the side access panel.) The black boxes are probably specific to HP computers. BTW: HH's desktop is wired to the router - see the cable into the ethernet port just above the two "blue" USB ports.

My HP computer is wired to the router but does also have WiFi. We have it wirelessly connected to the printer.

Ingineer--Ah, another HP user. I've been partial to HPs since I bought the HP-35 calculator in about 1973. Then, I bought an HP-45 for HH a couple of years later. In about 1976 or so, HH gave me the HP-19C - with the thermal printer. In about 1990, HH bought me an HP-48GX - a graphing calculator that I use to this day (just not for graphing or, indeed, anything very intense!)

I've had at least three HP tower desktops and one HP laptop - I don't know about HH (that would take a lot of thought on my part.) I think the rest of my laptops have been Toshibas. My first personally owned PC was a "portable" - 1989 Sharp PC-7000 that weighed 14 pounds but had a screen much better than others - not a laptop by anyone's definition!

HH's new, customized HP cost a few dollars more than the Sharp PC-7000 - without accounting for inflation. Accounting for inflation, HH's new computer cost half as much as the Sharp. This is a good thing since my retirement income, adjusted for inflation, is worth about half of my 1989 salary.

This is a fun topic. I made it through college without an HP-48. I had an HP 11C. I was too poor to buy an expensive one.
My aunt gave us a Portable Computer when she upgraded at some point that resembled a portable sewing machine case when it was all closed up. I think that was the first machine that I connected to Prodidgy on. Soon after I bought an Apple Power PC and got the real internet. Started on the HP computer bandwagon after that.

As for lack of documentation in products, I bought a laser range finder for golf last weekend. It came with a 3 by 3 card that said thank you for your Purchase. To see the quick start guide or manuals visit www....

My word! You are so knowledgeable!

I hate it when you have to provide proof of who you are. It always seems so complicated and it's different for every agency.

"The black boxes are probably specific to HP computers"

I have an HP desktop that is only a couple of months old and it doesn't have the black boxes. Maybe it is specific to custom configured? Both of my laptops have been HP's and my last two desktops have been HP. Before that was a VP or maybe VM (Vector Matrix?) and before that was a Gateway. I don't remember what the used x386 was - maybe Compaq.

Ingineer--You've tweaked my interest to the extent that I've started a posting on electronics in my past - mostly Heathkit and HP. I laughed at your range finder (lack of) instructions. When HH's new monitor came, the only instructions were pictograms on the protective sheet covering the screen.

Liz--You flatter me! I don't mind having to prove who I am - which is a good thing considering the military programs on which I worked for 14 years. Fortunately, I've always found the government employees (federal, state, local) to be easy to work with.

Bogie--Good thought on the customization. That hadn't occurred to me. That you can trace your computer brands back to the x386 is impressive!

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