Showing posts from November, 2009

Can I use Ecco out of the Country?

Sure! Ecco uses the GPS network of satellites to calculate its position. These satellites circle the globe meaning that Ecco can be used literally in any location. However, if you more Ecco to more than 100 miles from its previous location, it will need re-calibration. Click here to view the calibration video.

Speeding up your Computer

I recently had this question from one of our TechnoRV fans, Bill:
"Do you have any knowledge of these software programs that are suppose to clean up and speed up your computer, such as Pitstop, Double My Speed, and so on? Do you sell any of these types of programs? If not can you recommend one?"
It's a good question and a hard one to get answered because there are so many programs out there claiming to speed up your computer, fix your registry issues etc (and charge you in the process).

In the research I did, there didn't seem to be any definitive answer. Some work sometimes, and some don't. I've tried a couple myself and got almost no benefit. A better solution in my opinion is to re-install Windows on your machine (or have someone do it for you). It's drastic, but it works, as it puts your computer back into the condition in which you bought it. I do this about once a year on my Sony Vaio. You'll need the windows installation disk (unless your compute…

TechnoRV to Offer Free Gift Wrapping

You may not be aware, but TechnoRV does offer FREE gift wrapping!

Simply add your gift to the shopping cart and then during checkout, select the 'Show gift options during checkout'.

Check this box and once you proceed, you will be given the option to enter the comments for your hand written gift message.

Feel free to email us ( if you have any special gift wrapping requests.

You may notice that on your order there is a 1 cent charge for gift wrapping. This is because our website will only allow us to offer gift wrapping for an item if we charge something for it (strange, I know). But don't worry, we'll refund you the 1 cent when we process your order.

Rave Reviews for Swift Hitch

If you're interested in buying a Swift Hitch, make sure you have a look at the great reviews it's received on the TechnoRV website. Simply click on the photo to take you to the product page on TechnoRV, then scroll to the bottom to see the reviews.

To make it easier, I've also copes them here:

Very useful (and a lot of Fun)July 7, 2009Reviewer: William Bevington from Mission , TX United States
I bought this product specifically to hitch up my 40 ft fiver to my Volvo tractor pull vehicle. I had to hitch up completely blind since there is no line of sight to the hitch from the cab of a over the road tractor. I had to get out of the cab about 5 times before I was finally lined up and hitched. Now I do it all from the cab with a little help from my wife raising and lowering the fiver as needed. It is also a limitless source of fun for myself and grandchildren as we find all …

Liquid Image Camera Masks - Which is the right one for me?

As both a photographer and a diver, I was blown away when I first saw the Liquid Image Dive Masks about a year ago at the CES Show in Vegas. What a great idea! My daughter Ally and I had scuba certified about three years ago in Monterey California (boy, the water is cold there!), and since then dived in Islamarada (Florida), Bonne Terre Mines in Missouri (read my account on my RV Trip Blog), Mexico and Hondorus.

I'd tried taking photographs underwater with both a disposable camera as well as a rented digital camera in a special housing. The disposable camera was a waste of time, especially as I had to then scan what ever pictures did emerge. The digital caemra was better, but it was still hard as it would bob around on its little strap underwater making it hard to grab hold of and use, especialy as when you're diving there's so much else going on that you have to worry about. I can't wait to get out and use one of these masks as I'm sure that they'll make the wh…

Grandma Maddock's Curried Parsnip Soup

While giving the Locket presentation at the various shows and rallies, many of you have asked for Tracey's Mum's traditional English parsnip soup recipe. It's a wonderful recipe, ideal for these cold winter nights.

For the sugar, I've also included Xylatol and Stivia which are excellent healthy alternatives, and you can't taste the difference, especially in this soup.

Ingredients (serves 6)
2 parsnips, peeled & chopped
2 eating apples, cored & chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 floury potatoes (large), peeled & chopped
4oz sultanas
2 UK pints chicken stock (20 fl oz)
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp caster sugar or Xylitol or 1 drop stevia
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

Cook parsnips, apples, onions, potatoes and sultanas in the chicken stock for half and hour. Liquidise and return to the pan with the curry powder, ginger, sugar and seasonings. Cook for another ten minutes and serve sprinkled with fresh thyme. Let me kn…

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Swine Flu Advice

Well, it looks like we've finally succumbed and contracted swine flu.

How do I know?
Well, here's the list from the CDC of swine flu (2009 H1N1) and seasonal flue symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Scoring an 8 out of 9, it's official, I have it. Having said that, I don't know if I'm just lucky, but it doesn't actually feel much worse than some colds that I've had (but then I do get some bad colds).

Is there anything you can do to avoid catching it?
Yes, stay inside and never see anyone. Failing that, there are some things that you can do. There is an email going around purporting to be from Dr. Vinay Goyal that whilst not valid (see Urban Legends), does offer some good advice:
Frequent hand-washing (recommended by the CDC)"Hands-off-the-face" approach (recommended by the CDC)Boost your immunity with vitamin C, exercise, sunlight and a healthy diet (source)

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

During my Computer Safety and Security seminar I talk about the use of key board short cuts in Windows. These shortcuts serve two functions. First they save time and mouse work by quickly giving you access to a command or function such as copy or paste without having to navigate the Windows menu system. Secondly, since if you type anything like me, then most of the shortcuts require two fingers / hands which makes you let go of the mouse, thereby providing some relief from the dreaded 'mouse grip' (not letting go of the mouse for long periods of time which can cause ergonomic issues).

So what are these mysterious shortcuts and how do you use them? Well, you can use them almost anywhere on a Windows machine (and some actually work on Mac's!). Here's a list of the most common shortcuts and a link to a complete list:

CTRL+C: CopyCTRL+X: CutCTRL+V: PasteCTRL+Z: UndoCTRL+B: BoldCTRL+U: UnderlineCTRL+I: ItalicALT+TAB: Switch between open programsALT+F4: Quit programSHIFT+DELET…