Computer Problems


Many of you are wondering why there have been so few postings during the last few months.

I’d like to explain.

When I went off on the first part of the Great Adventure, I packed light and instead of taking a laptop with me, took my Mini Ipad. I thought I could post as usual to this site since I could utilize browsers.

I quickly learned trying to post photos or links was a major problem and would take numerous tries.

When I returned and started packing for part 2 of the journey, I decided to ditch the Mini Ipad and take my laptop instead.

However, a few days before my trip, my laptop developed software problems. I spent hours on the phone with tech support but to no avail. I couldn’t get it to respond.

With not enough time to get a new laptop and set it up, I was forced, once again, to travel with my Mini Ipad.

I got back to the U.S. last night and will be at OBOW World Headquarters next week. I plan to buy a new laptop and get it set up.

Hopefully, by the beginning of next year, I will be posting on a more frequent basis. The more I post, the more readers will show and both this area and the reader’s forum should pick up.

Thanks for your patience.

One other thing….occassionally I have items I want to mention that don’t necessarily warrant a full blog post. Instead, I will utilize our Twitter feed. If you don’t want to use Twitter, no problem. If you go to the right side of this page, you will see a box marked “Twitter Feeds” where you can read them.

For those still using RSS, we have RSS feeds for postings I make as well as new entries in our Reader’s Forum. You can also sign up for those on the right side of this page.

We also have a Facebook page and any posting I make will also show up there. (Sorry, the discussions don’t.) I’ll let you guess where you will find the link to sign up. (There is a pattern going on.)

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4 Responses to Computer Problems

  1. mkt42 says:

    Welcome back to the US, and sorry to hear about the tech difficulties.

    I have a question about a category of luggage that I haven’t seen get much coverage: small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.

    With airlines increasingly flying with full overhead bins (so late-boarding passengers have to check even their carry-on luggage), or charging for use of the overhead bins (UAL’s new base fares), I’m interested in travel luggage which can fit under a seat.

    Airlines and seats vary unfortunately so it’s impossible to define what fits under a seat. But a start could be United’s simple straightforward definition: it has to be less than 17 x 10 x 9 inches.

    Fortunately I have several knapsacks that are small enough, and that I’ve been using as my travel luggage (when I can travel light enough to fit my stuff in). But they’re not designed as travel packs, so I wonder if you can do some articles on packs (I’m not interested in suitcases as I often walk long distances when traveling) that might be good?

    E.g. I recently got an eBags pack which is designed to hold a laptop, with the laptop sleeve wisely put next to the body (rather than away from the body as with my Osprey Farpoint). A nice pack but it’s 19 inches long — but maybe I can nonetheless squish it under the seat, if the overhead bins are full? Or should I return it and get a smaller pack? My laptop is on the small side so I don’t need a full-size laptop sleeve — but is there a pack out there that has gone to the trouble to make a well-designed laptop sleeve, but deliberately made it on the small side?

  2. Frank@OBOW says:

    This is a category I have been looking into as some airlines are moving towards allowing only a “personal” item without paying a fee. Unfortunately, there is no consistency with the measurements.

    However, regarding United’s size limits, you could take a look at the Tom Bihn Night Flight Travel Duffel. It was designed to fit United’s measurements. Or their Synapse 19.

    Another is the Rick Steves Appenzell bag which is on sale for $40 for the next few days. It is technically slightly longer than some personal dimensions but it is soft sided and if not stuffed should be able to fit in a sizer.

    These are just a few off the top of my head. I’ll see if I can come up with a few more but I have a feeling bags will almost have to be chosen based on the airline you plan to fly rather than one size fits all.

  3. travelperson says:

    sorry, but this werbsite is now a joke, or to be more polite, inactive.

  4. Frank@OBOW says:

    I realize that the website has been somewhat inactive for awhile.

    Since my last posting, quite a bit has happened to me and I needed to take some time off. Besides computer problems I have had some serious health issues which included hand surgery. I’m still recuperating and basically can’t type for more than a few minutes without pan and mostly with one hand.

    Please be patient. I will be back soon.