Computers and Eye Strain

Computers and Eye Strain

I sit for long hours at the computer both day and night. Lately I have noticed that My eyes tear a lot at night while sitting at the computer, and sometimes during the day too. I was having a hard time sleeping after sitting at the computer for several hours at night and sometimes I would have a headache. I happened to run across an article about something called Blue Light and Eye Strain. My Monitor is a Sanyo 26 inch HDTV and even though it has automatic Light adjustment for Day and Night viewing I found it was not enough to protect my eyes from Blue Light. Another symptom was having a hard time going to sleep on many nights and headaches, which I never had before.. In reading the Article, it stated that the blue light fools the body into thinking it is daylight when in fact it could be the middle of the night. It will often time strain the eyes as well as make it hard for you to go to sleep, especially if you have spent long hours at the computer.

What is the answer you may ask. I found a neat little Utility called “F.LUX” for Windows 10 and Linux. What it does is filter out the blue light according to the time of day or not. You set it up according to your Location and it will take care of the filtering according to the time of day or night. There are several other Utilities that do the same. There are other Physical filters that slip on the screen to do the same thing, But I like this handy little utility and it does the job for me. There is also one for Chrome Browser called Midnight lizard that you can add to your chrome browser. The “F.LUX” has been a blessing especially on my Laptop with the glaring white screen. I would suggest that you read up on Blue Light and eye strain. Save Your Eyes.

Mel

Valve Stems, Tire Balancing Beads, and a Motor Home

84731n-valve.jpgTrying to check or air up the dual tires on my Motor Home, has always been a chore. I have a Thor Four Winds Hurricane 31D with a Ford F-53 Chassis with steel wheels, and wheel covers. I always had to take off the wheel covers to try and check the air pressure. Cut hands trying to get the valve caps off reaching through the wheel hand holes. What a chore it was.

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My year end Blog Post for 2015

My Year End News Blog

To all my Friends, Family, and readers of my Blog. This is a year end News letter with Excerpts of all that has transpired during 2015 For My Wife and I, on our Rving Journey. 2015 was a busy year for us. So here goes.

It is January 2015 and I am getting Cabin Fever and want to head for Warmer Climates. 2014 was a bad year for us, (see excerpt below) and we were hoping 2015 would be better.

Excerpt from my Blog

https://rvbloggers.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/we-are-hopeful-2015-will-be-a-better-year-for-rving/2014 was not a good year for us for RVing. Doctors appointments and other things kept us close to home except, for a few short trips of 500 miles or less for business reasons. Normally we would go to Arizona and Texas for the Winter, But it was not to be. I traded our Denali TT because for the short time we had it. It sat in its RV pad for 1 year and 3 months. We made one trip in it. I got a older 1997 Georgie Boy Pursuit Motor Home. Got a lot less money tied up in it. Got my fingers crossed and hope we will be able to get away for at least part of the winter, But it may be spring before we can, If at all.

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5th Wheel Maintenance

It has been a busy Week Performing Maintenance on My Jayco Designer 5th wheel and making a few adjustments. A couple of weeks ago I had new tires put on the fiver Replacing the Marathon ST235/R80/16 Load Range D. I will never understand why Jayco put load range D tires on a 5th wheel of this size. Even not overloaded it was a poor choice for a company noted for a quality product. Anyway I replaced them with  Power King Tow Max ST235/R80/16 load range E. I know I know China Bombs and all that crap. Time will tell If it was a mistake. I always use ST tires on Trailers. Enough about Tires.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems TPMS

After having tire Problems with tires on my 5th wheel (see previous post), I have decided to get a Tire Pressure Monitoring System for my 5th wheel and Tow Vehicle. There are several brands on the market and I have narrowed it down to two of them that I am interested in. I am having a hard time making up my mind as to which one to get. Both are highly praised and touted by Owners of the units and the TST has a few more features. Any input would be appreciated.

The first one is the TST model 507 at $359 and $59 for signal Extender if Needed. It is the most expensive of the 2 finalists in My search. The sensors have user replaceable batteries, with a savings of over $100 in five years for replacement batteries.

507 System Starter Kit with 6 sensors is $359 and $59 if Signal Extender is needed
The 507 starter kit comes with everything with FOUR sensors It comes ready to monitor FOUR tires (You purchase additional sensors to monitor additional tires.).

507 2 sen. pic

Two extra senors are $100 The system arrives with two installation wrenches, a short antenna, a dashboard mounting bracket, a suction cup bracket, a cigarette charger, a hardwire kit, a detailed users manual, four sensors, and the on board monitor display.

 

The Tire Traker  TT400C 6 wheel sensors for $289 and $49 for a signal Extender if Needed. It has user replaceable batteries also. I like the display Better on the Tire Traker as it is more of a hand held if you want to carry it around while checking the tires.tt6

  • Low Profile Monitor with LCD Screen
  • Simple to Program and Easy for the Operator to Use
  • Multiple Monitor/Display Mounting Options For The Dashboard And Window
  • Programmable Monitor/Receiver
  • 12-Volt Power Cord (Detachable)
  • Wireless Tire Pressure Sensors with Replaceable Batteries (6)
  • Sensor Batteries (6 – CR1632)
  • Sensor Locks (6)
  • Pedestal Mounting Bracket Kit
  • Hook & Loop Mounting Tape
  • Instruction Manual
  • Three Year Warranty

RV Tires Three Out of Five Bad! Made in USA.

I have Preached for a long time to Change tires on a RV when they are 5 years old. I know that it is expensive, But it is cheap insurance against disaster. On a recent trip to Ogden Utah, we encountered tire problems on our return 235 mile trip to Wells Nevada where we spend the summer. I had added 15 Lbs of air to one of the tires that was low on my Jayco Designer 5th wheel. I was a little hesitant about starting the return trip without having the tire checked for leaks. I was in a hurry and late for an appointment in Draper Utah, 58 miles from Ogden. I wanted to be there early, so we could get some work done to the 5th wheel and be on our way.

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Tire Safety What you may not know!

I was reading a article in RV Travel the other day about tires. It was a discussion about tire failures on dual wheel vehicles. It stated that if you have a blowout on one dual tire then the other tire may need to be replaced too. The reason is the tire that did not blow may be damaged from carrying the load. This would apply to the tires on one side of a 2 or 3 axle trailer. If one tire Blows out, then the other tires on that side should be examined and replaced if damaged from being under inflated or over loaded. I always wondered why so many had 2 or 3 blowouts on a long trip after replacing just the blown out tire and not checking the other tires or tire, on the same side or on a dual axle. It makes sense to me. Better to be safe than sorry. Whats your thoughts.

Mel