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Computers and Computer software / Re: Support for Win 7 Ending in January 2020
« Last post by starrt on November 20, 2019, 08:52:16 AM »
Another place to follow the steps to get this done is on the Windows 10 Forums in their tutorial section.

I did this last week, and it worked without any major issues.

Be aware that it can seem to stop, or stall, at around 27%, but just check your hard drive activity light, and if it is flickering then all is good, just have patience and wait.

Thomas
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Computers and Computer software / Support for Win 7 Ending in January 2020
« Last post by Peter on November 19, 2019, 12:52:48 PM »
For those who want a free upgrade tp Win 10, See < https://tinyurl.com/snmr6zq  >

Peter
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello from Pensacola Florida
« Last post by jjcabgou on November 17, 2019, 04:01:20 PM »
Hello Bob, I currently live in Tagatay, and yes the prices are going up, HOWEVER, just up the road, the prices are still very affordable....alfonso, Laural, etc...  If you have any questions I will do my best to answer them. 
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello from Pensacola Florida
« Last post by MotorSarge on November 17, 2019, 06:49:39 AM »
Hi spin bob,

sounds good on retirement...maybe we'll see ya there soon also.
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Building in the Philippines / Re: electricity in the Philippines
« Last post by spin on November 16, 2019, 06:50:11 PM »
Good read,  thanks to all who contributed to this topic.
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Meet Your Neighbors / Re: Hello from Pensacola Florida
« Last post by spin on November 16, 2019, 08:58:10 AM »
Thanks,  that's our intention to keep me out of the picture till signing if we make it that far.  Well see.
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Announcements and Information / Re: LinP Website/Forum Under New Ownership
« Last post by spin on November 16, 2019, 08:45:55 AM »
NP, let me know if you need help. Please don't wait till the last minute to ask as I travel a lot with a heavy schedule. Take care
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Solar and Wind power
« Last post by medic3500 on November 15, 2019, 05:24:04 PM »
I'm old school. If it's not broke don't fix it.  :D
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Solar and Wind power
« Last post by lost_in_samoa on November 15, 2019, 09:07:45 AM »
equalizing is more a matter of, when I think of it

Good deal.  I've met folks who had systems for a long time and did not know what battery equalization was.

Actually, if the system is scrupulously maintained, equalizing should never be required.  It can be a necessary evil, but any overcharge, deliberate or otherwise, is inimical to battery life.

That is a contentions point.  I've talked with engineers on both sides of the debate.  I am of the thought that any state of charge less than 100% causes sulfation.  That makes sulfation unavoidable, and cumulative.  That mandates periodic equalization.

But there is the other side of that debate.  It appears to be working for you.

Yes, I will avoid Powerwall for now.  Ditto for electric vehicles.

Yeah the line between the cutting and bleeding edge of tech is pretty thin.

Personally myself I am waiting to see what happens in the graphene hybrid cap/battery research.
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Expat life in Philippines / Re: Solar and Wind power
« Last post by Hestecrefter on November 15, 2019, 07:57:08 AM »
You equalizing your Surrette's on a schedule correct?
I'd shy away from the Powerwall for a few more years.  Lot's of folks having problems with the BMS and longevity.

Nope, I am not a schedule kind of guy.  Left that behind when I stopped working in a big-city office.  So, equalizing is more a matter of, when I think of it, checking voltage and specific gravity of each of our 24 2-volt cells and equalize if necessary and to the extent necessary.  Actually, if the system is scrupulously maintained, equalizing should never be required.  It can be a necessary evil, but any overcharge, deliberate or otherwise, is inimical to battery life.

Yes, I will avoid Powerwall for now.  Ditto for electric vehicles.  All of that stuff is still developing and changes might come quickly.  I don't want to rush to spend a lot of money for "new" technology only to see much cheaper and far superior technology all around me in just a few years.  Maybe, by the time our existing battery bank is ready to be put out to pasture, after another 5-10 years, there will be something better to look at.  Like my brother-in-law who, when he finished building his new house in 2004, bought a 52-inch tv.  Big screens were just becoming popular.  He paid about $5K.  It had a big screen and did not have the depth of the old-style CRT picture tube, but probably about 16 inches deep and very heavy.  Now you can buy a bigger screen, much flatter and lighter tv, with better picture and more features, for a fraction of $5K.  Of course, I recognize, that you can be paralyzed into inaction if you always put things off thinking that if you wait longer, something cheaper and better will come along.  I am guessing better electric cars and batteries will be around in another 100 years.  Not sure I have that long to wait. 
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