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Dave Pursel

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    Lake Victoria, Laingsburg, Mi
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    Christmas Light Installer

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    Anything relating to computer and electronics such that I won't electocute myself or others!
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  1. I'll try to answer your questions with questions as I have the other two directors and not the mini. Since it works fince from the pc the problem has to be in the mini / sd card or possibly the network. Have you checked your network comm speed settings. If you don't have it available here's the link to the manual which is here http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/mDM-MP3_Man_Web.pdf which might help as there are some other things to consider. That's all I can offer.
  2. Oh, one more hobby. This is me grinding away on the 1225 Polar Express four years ago when it had to be rebuilt for it's 15 year ritual. It's a little (a lot) larger than my "O" gauge version. It's in Owosso, MI, a short hop from here. Spent a fair amount of time grinding away on the stay bolts of this beast. You could stand up inside the boiler and I still couldn't reach the top. It's really amazing what our forefathers were able to build in years past! My wife and I use to be car host up until a couple of years ago, during it's Christmas visits to the North Pole. This is the very same one used in the making of the movie "Polar Express" by Warner Brothers.
  3. And if you haven't tried the electric RTF's yet, they are much easier than gashing your fingers on the .049 (and larger) when they kick back!
  4. Hey DevMike. Do you still have the little frequency flags for your transmitter antenna so that fellow flyers didn't use your frequency!
  5. So many hobbies, so little time left! I use to have 2 tons of silver coins and war time nickels until the slot car track opened it's doors. When ever payday rolled around from my paper route, I would go to the bank and buy rolls of coins to sort. I would have been a millionaire when the price of silver went up. Here's a pic of my mean machine that won more often than not. I still have it. It has a stock GE motor in it. Of course gears had to be changed depending on what track we were racing on.
  6. Hi Jr. When you get a chance and if your still offering, I would like a copy also Please. Tx. Dave emailme@wowway.biz
  7. I'll never forget the older years and watching secretaries cry as a result of losing their computer documents. This is what I tell anyone who has data they cherish on a computer they own / use when called in order to try and resurect it. Do you have a car? Has the motor broke yet? You know it will after you've driven it long enough. Of course they always agree. So then I tell them. Your computer has a hard drive. It has a motor! If the motor breaks you lose all of your data files. It's not a matter of, IF the motor will break. It's a matter of WHEN will it break! You need to make copies of your data files! I never go anywhere without my terabyte of thumbdrive(s) / multiple hardrive(s). Not nextdoor to the neighbors, not to the restaurant, not to work, not to bed (actually their next to the bed, Not swimming (actually their in the car), not to church, etc, ). Of course, the CLOUD is suppose to be the magic answer in todays world . But your relying on a IT staff to make sure it's backed up and functioning. I'd rather trust myself to assure I never lose my documents, pics, music, movies, seqs, etc. So I can't stress enough like everyone else here is saying. COPY/BACKUP! PS. Neighbors house just down the street burnt down and they lost it all. Taking backups offsite can't be stressed enough. And do it often.
  8. The most important 11th Commandment! Thou shall ALWAYS use GFCI's or thou shall cause a loved one or neighbor to Perish!
  9. So let congress change it. Let the people who want to go trick or treating on Saturday go! More importantly let's let some John / Jane Doe organization named HCA Halloween and Costume Association dictate when we trick or treat. But I will be passing out candy only on the 31st. My light show will also run through the 31st. And why we're out destroying traditions and holidays Why don't we celebrate Christmas on the last Sunday in June! At least I won't freeze my butt off putting up the lights. Just curious but did California start this????
  10. Being a Michigander I thought, everyone doing Light Shows was from Snowy Michigan. What an eye opening observation...... : )
  11. continous piece or packages of? I have Enchanted Forest brand 2 Red, 2 Blue, 1 Green at 18' 4 red at 16' All new - never used - in original packages. $5. each - I paid $8.
  12. creativedisplays.com sent an email stating their 40% off sale prices are in effect. I've been real happy with their leds. Paul sold the business and is now under new ownership.
  13. Well I agree with all of you. It is a big let down when you tear down. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I took down the mega tree just before dark tonight. Thats it except for the most dangerous part. Taking down the light towers off of the Oak and Walnut trees which require a 32' fully extended ladder standing on the next to the last ring. I will rent a bucket some day. Or better, design a rail system I can hoist them up the 6 trees. And then to make matters worst I just opened a snail mail letter we received today addressed to "The Christmas Light Guy" at our home address, Thanking us for sharing our hard work with the world. Does make the heart feed good but the tear down still hurts!
  14. Just a heads up on X-10/Insteon. I've read that X-10 is no longer supported in S5. And not to start an argument but offer a differing opinion. I beg to differ on reliability. Even though not perfect, my "home automation" / X-10 / Christmas lighting that I've been running for 40 years is very reliable. The right equipment makes a huge difference. I can pull up to my boat docks in the dark after sending a pulse from 100' out. I can send fireworks up at the stroke of midnight exactly at 12:00pm. We can hit the button on the built in remote in the car and walk into a lighted garage and house. The fish are happy since their fed by X-10. Etc. etc. The lack of close neighbors preventing interference is a big factor. But I will admit, the introduction of LED technology has been a pain in the A&^sss. Noise can be an issue. Likewise unfiltered UPS's kill (amplitude) an X-10 system. But I've been able to eliminate the problems inherent in the zero crossing technology. And the companies that have were making advanced X-10 products, at a reasonable price, are sorely missed. But this is my opinion, not that anybody asked for it.
  15. I've been trying to locate the version of music being used for the Greatest Show sequence while at the same time assuming that many are using the same version. I've been looking on Amazon but what I'm seeing doesn't match some of the videos I've seen posted. Can someone post a link to the version being used? tx. Finally found it! https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Showman-Original-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B076Q58K3T?tag=warnermusicuk-21&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&ascsubtag=91d21c3e691a6dbb9442c1e03d973b88
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