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Hello Members!

From the feedback we have received so far it looks like the FMCA Forums rebuild has been a success.

Because of the inconvenience we would like to take this chance to explain why things took so long. Around last Sunday we started to notice issues with the web server that hosted the forums and how it was randomly just going offline.

Usually with computers when this kind of thing starts to happen it means that a piece of hardware is going bad.

As we were diagnosing issue the web server just died.

We had backups of the forums and the database so we were confident that we could get a new server setup within a day or two at most and get the forums back online, but we ran into a major snag after loading everything up on to the new server. The forum software that we run that was previously purchased from invisionpower.com would not come online.

After much research of the vague error code we were receiving we found out that the software had shut itself down because it recognized it was on a different web server than the one it previously existed on and it deactivated itself.

The only thing we could do at this point (which was on Tuesday evening) was to reach out to the software manufacturer and ask why they had deactivated our license.

So we looked up their website and there was no phone number listed to call them only a ticketing system for us to email them if there was an issue. We put in a request for someone to contact us immediately about why the our forums deactivated itself.

The next day a developer for the company responded to us and told us that the forum software had shut itself down because it thought we were trying to run it on two servers and that we had only purchased a single license and that out software key was made invalid, and that we would have to be contacted by someone in their accounts department so they could issue us a new software license to reactivate the software.

Over the next two days we heard nothing from the accounts department at invisionpower.com, we sent many emails to them and posted many tickets begging them for resolution.

Finally on Friday after 4pm EST we got a message from the supposed CEO of the company that said that they were going to reissue the license.

After they did we installed the new license and the software reactivated itself and we were able to bring the forums back online.

No one in our current IT Department was working for the company when FMCA started using the invisionpower.com forums so we did not know how troublesome dealing with them actually was.

Sometimes when using third-party software you find yourself in a position where your hands are tied and you have to work on the time table of the company that you purchased the software from. And that is what happened to us here, believe me if there was any way that we could have got things up and running faster we would have, we love our jobs and hate to disappoint anyone.

So in closing we want to apologize to everyone, and promise you that we have added failsafe’s to our forum environment so we never have to deal with invisionpower.com for customer service again.

Thanks,
Your Web Team

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As we continue to make enhancements to the site we will post updates about the changes here.

Lately we have added:

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  • Updated Campground/Repair Search (03/15/2017)
    To help you to find repairs we have added this ability to the campground search.
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Thanks,
Your Web Team


By Chris and Jim Guld
www.GeeksonTour.com  

A complete article on buying a new computer would be a book. These are just a few of our opinions.

By the way, Windows 7 is the latest PC operating system from Microsoft. Microsoft Vista is more than 4 years old and XP is 9! Prices are lower and capacities are larger.

1. Buy a new computer before your old one dies.
I’m sure you back up all of your important files, right? But, it is a lot easier to set up a new computer when the old one is still working. You don’t want to be buying a new computer under the pressure of having nothing.

So, how do you know when is the right time? Four years is about the maximum expected lifespan of a laptop computer, these days. If you’re having any kind of hardware-related problems, or even just very slow performance, and your computer is 3 years or older, it’s time to start looking.

It is not worth putting more money into a laptop computer that is more than 3 years old. A desktop computer is a bit of a different story. My desktop is still working fine even though it is 5 years old. But it can’t run the software that my newer dual-core Windows 7 laptop can run.

When you get a new computer – and your old one is still working – you can transfer all the files by connecting a cable between the two. With a program called PCMover from Laplink, you can even transfer programs and settings.

MAC or PC? Our expertise is with PCs, so that is what this article is about. We don’t know enough about Macintoshes to properly advise you. One thing we know that we find very interesting is that they are now based on the Intel processor, so they can – with special software – run PC programs as well. That means that you get two computers in one! If you’re thinking about doing that, you’re way ahead of us!

2. Get a laptop and a USB keyboard and mouse.
If you do any traveling with your computer, a laptop is the way to go. Then you can carry it to the Wi-Fi hotspot, if needed. But I hate the laptop keyboards. For $20 to $50 you can buy a full-size keyboard that plugs into the USB port of your laptop. Now you have the best of both worlds. You should also buy a USB mouse. Wireless keyboards and mice are fine, too.

3. Recommended minimum specs
Processor: Intel Core-Duo or Centrino Duo. Jim says he would not buy a computer with an AMD processor or a Celeron. New Quad-core processors are available.

System Memory (RAM): Minimum 3GB, 4GB is best. The 64-bit OS will address even more RAM.

Hard Drive Size: 250GB hard-drive is standard now – and plenty for most people. If you have a video camcorder and want to edit video, you’ll need more.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium. The “Starter” version is too limited. The Professional version does not include the fun, creative stuff that travelers want. The Ultimate version is fine but not necessary. Be wary of the 64-bit version – although it is the latest and greatest, check to see whether your software will run on it. Most new software releases will run on 64-bit.

4. Connectors, Ports
Make sure the computer you buy has the connectors you need. If you have a camcorder, you will need a Firewire (1394) connector. You’ll want at least three USB 2.0 ports. A built-in card reader for your camera is nice. If you have a PC card type of adapter for your Wi-Fi or cellular wireless Internet, you may have trouble finding a laptop with the appropriate slot now. We recommend the USB type of adapters. If you want to view or play on an external high-definition monitor, an HDMIconnector is needed.

5. Brand Names
Jim loves his Sony VAIO. My Toshiba Satellite is great, too. Now I have a new Sony. Most all name brands today are pretty good. We’ve seen a lot of problems with Acers and would stay away from them, as well as Compaqs. Your mileage may vary. We know people who love their Acers … the problems we’ve seen primarily concern non-Intel processors.

6. Price Range:
It’s mind-boggling the computer you can get today for $600. Up until just a few years ago, you needed to spend $2,000 to get a good laptop. We still think $700 to $1,000 is reasonable. Sale prices can go pretty low. Be sure to check the processor – not just the brand name (see #3 above.) I would be suspicious of anything under $550. Do not consider a used computer … see # 1 above!

7. Other equipment
External Hard Drive: We highly recommend buying an external USB hard drive for backup purposes. You can now get 500GB for under $100, and 1TB for $150. We have a Western Digital Passport and an Iomega.

Printers, etc.: You should also be aware that your old printer or scanner may not work with Windows 7. Check the manufacturer’s Web site and see if they have drivers for Win 7. Be prepared. You can get good printer/copier/scanners today for $50 to 150. Good names are Brother, Cannon, HP, Epson and Lexmark.

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