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The Change-Over Process Begins…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort along the bank of the Skykomish River in Monroe, Washington. I’ll depart here July 5th.


Yesterday I fired up my new Windows 10 computer for the first time. Thanks to the several hours of tutoring videos on YouTube, the process was not near as terrifying as I first imagined. New computers come with an abundance of bloatware…that is programs you will never use and running in the background will slow your computer. Those have to be evaluated and then uninstalled. Then there’s a whole bunch of new stuff that has to be downloaded, not to mention program and file transfers.That’s where my 12 hour day began.


Then with a new operating system you don’t know where all the various commands you are looking for are located. So, a lot of hunting is involved.


I finally got my new 1tb hard drive to work and transferred 149,277 photo files to it. Today the process continues.


In the below photo my old (current on the way out Windows 7) computer is on the left and my new Windows 10 computer is on the right…





As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…






And so the process continues today. The change-over will finally be complete (who knows when) when I can shut my old computer for the last time and the new one takes over my computer working activities.


In the meantime, I’ll just continue having a whole bunch of fun (pun intended) completing the change-over process.  🙂





 Yesterday was partly sunny and 73 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 78 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

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There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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The Change-Over To My New Computer Is Now Complete…

One week ago today I bought my New Sony Vaio computer. Now…seven days later…I can declare the change-over from my old Toshiba Satellite to my new Sony Vaio computer has been completed and I must confess that I am very pleased because…I must admit…that I was not looking forward to the change-over process.

The below two photos of my new Sony Vaio computer are from the Best Buy website…

My largest apprehension was making the change-over from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. I really loved my XP system…but because I knew that my 6.5 year old computer would not last forever…I knew the day would eventually have to occur. The biggest fear I had was…I had heard that Windows 7 is nothing more than a fancy version of Windows Vista. I had grown to really dislike Windows Vista after I had become somewhat acquainted with it while helping my life-partner Mary figure out how to work with it on her computer.

After only seven days I’m happy to say that I have really grown to like Windows 7. No…it is not a fancy Windows Vista…it’s a vastly improved version of Windows Vista. Yes…it even looks a lot like Windows Vista…but it is MUCH MORE intuitive and user-friendly. With Windows Vista every time you ran into a problem…it was a real pain in the you-know-where to figure out how to once again go in a forward direction. Not so with Windows 7. When you run into what would have been a problem…it now says…hang on a moment while I fix the problem…and very quickly the problem has been addressed and you are once again on your way. For instance…when I plugged in my printer…which I wasn’t sure was even going to work…it went from…device recognition…downloading device drivers…searching for driver updates…downloading driver updates…installing drivers…ready to use…all automatically…in about one minute. I can live with that! A most delightful change in attitude!

The second thing I did not particularly like about Mary’s Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista was the smaller keyboard with the large number pad on the right of the letter keys. I used to think that the number pad on the right would be just fine if I was an accountant…which I am not. The Sony Vaio solves that problem with a very efficient full-sized keyboard. I have even began to overcome my dislike for the number pad and find myself using it rather than having to reach over the letter keys. I am very pleased with both the design and functionally of the Sony Vaio computer!

So…with the two major hurdles overcome…next came the files transfer operation. I started out trying to use my 16GB flash drive…but that proved to be an exercise in futility. I finally ended that problem by buying a Belkin Windows 7 Easy Transfer Cable at Wal-Mart for $25 as opposed to Best Buy for $39. Once I had that cable the transfer of about 50GB worth of files was accomplished smoothly in about 1.5 hours. That took care of that problem.

The rest of the time has been spent becoming familiar with new ways of doing every-day computer functions. Once again…this is an area where Windows 7 really shines. The learning process has been relatively painless and I find myself feeling kind of weird complementing the Windows 7 engineers. As I said earlier…I really hate Windows Vista!

My next chore was to clean-up the old computer… both externally and internally. Since my new computer is only slightly smaller than my old one…I managed to get the old one into the new computer shipping box. Last Saturday I took it to Fedex and shipped it off to my grand-kids hoping they will have some fun and enjoyment from it. It gets to live a second life…at least for a while.

Being an ex-quality control engineer…I am not usually an easy person to please when it comes to electronics. Some might be inclined to call me a bit of a nit-picker! But…after only seven days…all my fears and anxieties  have been nicely addressed and I am once again a happy camper! &lt):) cowboy

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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