Wyffie Mysteries, Trailer Possibilities and Nomad Farmers

Good morning readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

Some matters, I’m finding, my mind believes it’s better if I don’t know and refuses to assimilate and process.  I’ve been hearing for years about fast Internet and more recently how a person can just pull his car up in front of someplace in town, turn on the computer and have fast Internet.  I just took things to be that simple without going into it further.

But I’ve been doing a lot of reading the archives of the Cheaprliving Forum, http://www.cheaprvlivingforum.com/, asking a few questions, and discovering a lot without having to ask questions.

For instance, I’ve quickly ridded myself of the popup camper notion by asking one question about it, getting two helpful answers, realizing it was an abysmally lousy option.

I’ve got this laptop computer here and it’s got things on wires to plug into the USB port on the comp.   I’d assumed I could drive into town, plug one of these into the laptop and whatever it is takes a person online with wifie happens.  Now I’m finding these pre-date Wyfie and are for some other kind of fast Internet the world outgrew and left behind while I was sleeping under a tree. 

I’ve read on the forum what’s being said about their ways of connecting to wifi and the special antennae they use, all manner of doodads to amplify them.  And I don’t understand a word of it.  Don’t have a clue what it is I’m going to need to do to be able to get online.

One of the problems is that despite the CheapRLiving moniker, I gather most of these members are, either rich, or rich enough to be able to afford to go out and buy things they want.  So when they talk about solutions they’re actually talking about cavalierly forking out a $100 bill, or several of them, and calling it a solution.

Today I’m going to town for groceries and I’m going to try to find someone who’ll tell me in simple terms what I need to park my truck outside the library and go on line.  Then I’m going on Yahoo Fredericksburg Freecycle and Yahoo Kerrville Freecycle groups and find out if someone’s got one collecting dust in a closet they’d sooner hand off to someone who’d use it.

Then, if that doesn’t work, at least I’ll have a list of the things I need to get it done.  Probably find something on Ebay.

Not much interest coming on the Nomad Farmer thing.  Only two folks expressed a firm interest and one an interest for a couple of weeks.  But it’s early times yet.  Maybe late-winter or early spring some people will be wondering what to do with themselves next summer.

Or maybe I’ll just have to settle for heading for Santa Fe and take in an opera.

Old Jules

18 responses to “Wyffie Mysteries, Trailer Possibilities and Nomad Farmers

  1. It all starts with the control panel in your computer. There you will find the Network Sharing Center. You could follow the “instructions,” but it can be a bit befuddling if you’re as un-savvy as I was at my first attempt when traveling. I’m betting the librarian might be able to show you how to do that.

    I’ve also found that some folks idea of cheaper living is quite different from my own. If I told people what I live on, they’d never believe me. It’s amazing what a person can let go of and just Live, if willing.

    Santa Fe. Not a bad option. 🙂

    • Good morning Teresa Evangeline: Good seeing you. Library’s a good place to begin, right after I get the groceries. As you say, Santa Fe ain’t a bad option, though the traffic’s a nightmare there these days, I’ve heard. Gracias, J

  2. This is the reason I have a husband. His job is to know what doohickey I need and provide it for me. So far he hasn’t discovered a reason to upgrade me to a smartphone, so I’m very curious about all these black boxes I’m supposed to scan everywhere I go.

  3. Jules, the iPad is a great traveling tool, check it out. I use mine almost exclusively now, does everything, especially wifi. On the road trips into coffee bars etc will give you free wifi access. Worth a look.

  4. Most laptops from the past few years have WIFI built into them. If your laptop is older but has USB ports, you can always get any number of cheap WIFI devices, most of them workable. Retail starts around $20 at places like WalMart and used ones come far cheaper, and these cheaper ones always require a special driver which should come with them. If you get a device and no way to get the drivers, let me know about the laptop and the device. This is a big part of my computer ministry.

  5. I got a gadget from Verizon that will work as a wifi for up to four computers at a time. Use that when nothing else is available for the tablets and laptops.

    • DizzyDick: Good info. Thanks. I’ve got a cell phone that’s maybe five years old with a company I can’t recall the name of right now, more-or-less lousy coverage, but cheap. I’m biased in favor of cheap over function in most matters, probably pay dearly for it. But if something happens to force me into a new contract with a cell phone company I’ll look into Vorizen. Gracias, J

  6. I live with an IT guy, so I no longer have to actually educate myself about hotspots. Probably a bad state of mind these days. I’d like to be a part of Nomad Farmer, but I am clearly too far away nowadays. I like Ireland but its terrible for growing things that need sunshine. I think I might start propositioning for a move to Australia or NZ so we can both be broke ignoramuses.

    • heretherebespiders: Austrailia or NZ has a lot of appeal. If I were a younger man I’d be tempted by NZ, particularly. They get to be the first English speaking people things happen to on any given day, way out front of everyone else. Leading edge. Gracias, J

  7. Hell with wifi hotspots…I don’t wanna drive to McD’s, or Starbucks, or Canera bread and all that crap. So I pay through the nose for a smartphone contract with Verizon, which I connect to my laptop through USB.and a software app. I have found that this is cheaper than all of the alternatives for wifi. I have 3G speeds almost everywhere I go, all the way from Indiana to Texas. It gives me a couple of added bonuses, also…like Google maps, which often works better than the GPS devices. bottom line is, I don’t need the expensive wifi devices, and I certainly don’t need the hassle of driving around looking for it…

    • the wanderer: No argument from me on any of that, but I don’t know enough about anything to know anything of substance except there’s a lot of disagreement about the best solutions. I’m personally old fashioned, not crazy about cell phones, like having a laptop, or even a desktop running off inverter for my topo map software. My world turns fairly slowly in 7.5 minute quads. Gracias, J

  8. It really depends on how developed the place is, and how loose people are with their wifi. Here in Jerusalem, using an ordinary computer (without doodads) I can hook up almost anywhere. But there still are places where I can’t. So I found it easier to get a cellular modem which does work anywhere that a cell phone can work.

    • Thanks ShimonZ. Good seeing you. I’m just going to have to take it into Harper, thinks I, and see what what I’ve got does. Then if necessary, go inside and ask one of the ladies why it ain’t doing it, assuming it ain’t. gracias, J

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