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Thanks Fox for the info about the latest FreeOffice software.  I have made use of it in the past to render an MS document correctly, that LibreOffice did not.
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Linux Applications & Android apps / Softmaker FreeOffice 2021 now available
« Last post by fox on Today at 07:17:06 am »
This is a Microsoft Office equivalent which sometimes does a better job at retaining MS software formats than LibreOffice. The app is updated from the 2018 version. You can read about it and download it from here.
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I haven't found out yet, if the evap coil is dusty/dirty .  The newer furnaces are sealed up pretty good. In old furnaces, you could look up from below and see the heat exchanger. That is now all sealed off.
I am a little leary of drilling a hole in the plenum, below the evap coil, to insert the endoscope video head. There should not be anything there but empty space but I am not positive and I don't want to drill anything by mistake.
The evap coil should just slide out of the plenum but the cover is captured and it is hard to get the evap coil to budge from it's position, even a little bit.  I may have another go and try and move the evap coil out of the plenum, just a bit, so that I can use the endoscope to see the underside of the coil.

Neat tool! So was the coil dirty? Somewhat related, I read an article on Linux Forum that described how you can use a phone as a security camera with free software. I have a few old phones around; I might try this.
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I don't know if this interests anyone but I think we all owe it to ourselves to understand the voting system we have now and how unfair it is. But also, about some alternatives. So here's a chance to learn more and all without leaving the comfort of your home. There's a Q & A afterward. You can register here:

https://www.fairvote.ca/2021/10/13/pr-101-with-expert-dennis-pilon-sun-oct-24-7-pm-et/
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At first, I thought the subject line meant you were looking inside your camera with an endoscope and I was like, wow, didn't know they had gotten that small! I wonder why the Moto G couldn't connect. Perhaps it just has an underpowered radio for wifi.
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Neat tool! So was the coil dirty? Somewhat related, I read an article on Linux Forum that described how you can use a phone as a security camera with free software. I have a few old phones around; I might try this.
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I bought one of these tools from ebay a number of years ago because they were quite inexpensive and I thought would be quite useful around the home or for working on the car etc.
This tool would allow you to inspect plumbing blockages or see into places that aren't accessible. The tool can be bought with either a soft flexible cable or a semi rigid cable which can be bent but will hold it's shape.

The tool did work nicely with my android phone, at the time, and the camera image displayed nicely on the phone screen.  The focus is at about 3 inches away from the camera.  The tool comes with 3 tools that clip onto the camera end. One tool is a hook for retrieving something that is inaccessible. Another tool has a angled mirror for looking at features that are at right angles to the inspection camera. the 3rd tool has a small magnet for retrieving small metal items.

So, just a few days ago I wanted to inspect the furnace AC evaporator coil, to see if it was dirty with dust, which would restrict the air flow through the furnace. To inspect the evaporator coil, I would have to pull the coil part way out of the furnace plenum. This unfortunately was not an easy thing to do on my furnace.

So I got my endoscope out and loaded the app onto my old Moto G cell phone and tried to get the inspection camera to work but with no success. :-(   The app ran ok on the phone but there was no video from the camera. This particular endoscope is a wifi version, which uses a wifi transmitter to send the video to the android cellphone. The endoscope shows up on your phones wifi and you connect to the wifi, with the password for the endoscope.
I downloaded other endoscope apps but none of them worked either.

My memory then kicked in and I recalled that I did have issues with the wifi on the old Moto G, at times, being able to connect to a wifi hotspot, but not be able to receive any data.

So I got my newer LG cell phone and loaded the endoscope app on it and it worked just fine. I had a very nice video feed on my cellphone from the endoscope camera. :-)

 
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General Discussion / Re: Enhanced Vaccination Certificate availability starts today
« Last post by Jason on October 16, 2021, 03:44:13 pm »
Good point, Bill. Yes, they mentioned you still need to show ID.

And for those who have a medical exemption, that form will be available soon, too. Not sure why it isn't already.

I think the only time I'd use it is at a restaurant. I don't go to or plan on going to any entertainment venues, certainly not sports, indoor or otherwise. I may start going to the gym again. But with the measures easing, I want to see if case numbers start going up again before I decide that.
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General Discussion / Re: Enhanced Vaccination Certificate availability starts today
« Last post by fox on October 16, 2021, 08:07:26 am »
I downloaded mine yesterday. I agree with Jason; they should have made it easier to store it on your phone. And yes, Bill, I'm sure you will still have to show ID, otherwise someone could pass around their certificate.
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General Discussion / Re: Enhanced Vaccination Certificate availability starts today
« Last post by ssfc72 on October 16, 2021, 03:08:34 am »
Yes, I downloaded the QR code picture and printed it on paper, yesterday morning. I would imagine you would still have to show your ID, to prove your identity matches what is shown with the QR code.
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