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  1. I grew weary of Bangkok and moved to the HCMC area of Vietnam a few months ago. Vietnam has terrible healthcare outside of HCMC and I am interested in finding a Medivac type service that would get me back into Bangkok. A few years ago I talked to a doctor (Dr Dan maybe, in a bar) that worked at one near Bumrungrad. I cannot find one there or in other places that I have looked. Does anyone know of any? Thanks, zen4dummies
  2. The Internet cafe was a nice one, right on Soi 10 as I recall. He had just upgraded his equipment when this happened.
  3. I had the same experience. When I asked for postpay they asked for a work permit. A different shop said 'Sure!' when I asked about postpay.
  4. He didn't lose anything of monetary value. The email said "After a lot of thinking I have come to the conclusion that I was given a spiked drink in Nana Plaza on Saturday night for the purpose of robbing me."
  5. Munchmaster, Do you mean the shops on Sukhumvit are not reliable sources? I once bought a MicroSD card that was nothing but plastic.
  6. baa99, That's an interesting link but it is very difficult to get the CID information. If you are using an SD card reader you will get more information about the reader than you will get about the SD card. If you have a computer with a builtin SD slot (more than likely a laptop) it may give you the CID info. If the builtin reader is connected through a USB port, which some are, you will get information about the reader. They don't make it easy to get that information. But what I really want to know is if the SD card is OK.
  7. This must be Microsofts answer to the Chromebook that is being made by several manufacturers. Apple has all of the pieces and they will probably come out with their answer. I bought a Toshiba Chromebook 2 Model CB35-B3340) and love it. The price was $309 from Amazon plus what I paid to have my US mail drop ship it over. It runs on a version of Google Chrome and you get two years of 100GB google cloud. It took me a while to used to the idea of working only through a browser with files stored on a cloud but a lot of applications are available for online use; MS Office and Photoshop among others. The Chromebook is particularly useful if you like to work with photos or are on the road. I asked about Chromebooks locally. The Power Buy and Power Mall people know what a Chromebook is but tell me that they are not available in Thailand Maybe Chromebooks are the future.
  8. A few months ago I bought a new camera and later bought a 16GB Kingston flash card. It worked OK until I accumulated more than 3GB of photos on it. When I attempted to download them a lot of them were no good: the bottom of the photo was grayed out. The problem was that I had bought a fake flash card and it was full of errors. I lost some nice pictures. I found a utility to test flash cards, h2testw.exe. There are a few others: ChipGenious with does very little but give information about the card and Flash Drive Tester v1.14 proclaimed the card error free when it was not. FlashBench is useful if you need to know the transfer rate of a flash card or thumbdrive. http://www.heise.de/ct/Redaktion/bo/downloads/h2testw_1.4.zip is a good download link. Below are H2test2 results for some 8GB drives that I tested. Note that the C10 Kingston has a slower read and write speed than the C4 Sandisk. 8GB Kingston C10 Warning: Only 7451 of 7452 MByte tested. Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 5.06 MByte/s Reading speed: 17.9 MByte/s H2testw v1.4 8GB SanDisk SDHC C10 Warning: Only 7571 of 7572 MByte tested. Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 16.1 MByte/s Reading speed: 18.3 MByte/s H2testw v1.4 8GB SanDisk SDHC C4 Warning: Only 7571 of 7572 MByte tested. Test finished without errors. You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again. Writing speed: 6.14 MByte/s Reading speed: 18.4 MByte/s H2testw v1.4 Has anyone seen a test from the manufacturers? I couldn't find one. zen
  9. A friend sent me an email with a picture of his 'smashed face'. He said that he had made his normal rounds last Saturday and his final stop was in a bar in Nana Plaza where he had one drink. It was his first time in the bar. Nothing but a few old girls and lady boys serving drinks so he left. He crashed just short of his hotel, waking up the next day with cuts and bandages on his face. The next day someone told him that they had helped get him to his hotel where the staff cleaned him up and put him to bed. He said that he was within his limits so it was not a falling down drunk situation and he was sure that they had put something into his drink. He has no memory of what happened after starting to walk back to his hotel. With all of the lady boy bars Nana Plaza is getting dodgier and dodgier. I responded to his email and called him to find out what bar that it was but his phone was off and he has not emailed me since. I saw him the Saturday afternoon before this happened and he was arranging for an air ticket so he may be back in Laos. Has anyone heard of this sort of thing in Nana Plaza lately?
  10. This is a professionally done, short and very funny video from Youtube: . I think that this is not off topic.
  11. If a Youtube movie can be called the last movie I watched is . It is very funny and very professionally done.
  12. I read Bob Woodward's 4 book series on Bush's wars and then Obama's Wars. A lot of it was quite dry. I got caught up on modern history Then I read The Great Gatsby for something lighter. Fitzgerald is my type of writer.
  13. My sincere sympathies. I had to have a cat that I had for 10 years put down. She had cancer and the vet strongly suggested that it should be done. It is an absence in the family.
  14. The last time I saw Fiery Jack he was taking a nap on the sidewalk outside the German Bier Garten.
  15. While researching problems with a proxy server that I use, I created an account on a site called whatismyip.com with the handle of zen4dummies. The next day my login did not work so I recreated the same account. (There is a message on the site about if you don't post your account will be deleted and I thought that was probably what happened.) Shortly afterword I received an email from an admin called 'schnerdly' : "I am writing to inform you that your user account, zen4dummies, has been deleted for a second time and the username is now banned. It is my opinion that the username itself constitutes spam." I suggested that he was probably crazy and my IP got banned for life. (sob,sob). I don't often get spam but for a few days after that I did. I suspect schnerdly was getting even. Half of the members of this forum use names that would probably not be allowed. If I had known that he was going to be such a jerk I would have gotten more creative in my barb back to him: Curses foiled again!
  16. Hide-My-IP suggested that I look at the Windows firewall setting: Control Panel(Category View)/System and Security/Allow a program through Windows Firewall and allow Hide-My-IP through. After some playing around with those settings things started working. I will learn Windows 7 in spite of myself. Maybe before Windows 10 comes out. Hopefully this is going to work. zen
  17. I tried Zenmate with Chrome and that acted the same way as IE10 and Hide-My-IP. Very slow HTTP downloads. Does anyone use Hide-My-IP?
  18. I have been using hide-my-ip to spoof websites that will not send content into this country: mostly some PBS programs and sports programs. When I loaded Hide-My-IP.com and pressed the 'Hide-My-IP' button the download speed goes down to nothing. Hide-My-IP.com company is little help. Does anyone else have problems like this? If you can suggest an alternative (VPN or another spoofing product) I would appreciate it. Thanks, zen
  19. I don't use iPhones but my wife and daughter do. Both have lost their phones but they were returned by honest people. Is the app come with the phone? I make them change to English language if they want me to do anything with them.
  20. Has anyone upgraded an S4 (not S4 Mini) to KitKat? I must do that to be able to use my new Galaxy Gear Fit that a friend just brought me from the US. I have an S4 Mini that I like but the update is not available for it as of yet and Samsung is not certain when that will be. A few weeks ago I took it to the Samsung Customer Service Center in MBK and they told me they could upgrade it. They told me that it would have to be factory reset (no problem, it was backed up) but when I got it back that is all that had been done to it. A call to the Samsung hotline gave me the information that the S4 Mini was not upgradeable yet. I am leery of those people now. Thanks, zen
  21. I want to set up something that would give her an income. She has been burnt by her brother and an inlaw and is wary of getting burnt again but if the money were being doled out she could honestly say that she did not have the money to give away. Her brother is older than she is and 'old Thai hands' tell me that the younger sibling must 'loan' money unless they do not have it. It is not clear how far this goes. She has been wanting to buy a house somewhere, like Korat, and I will probably go along with that. But I have no reason to leave whatever is left of my IRA to my siblings and would like to set up something for her.
  22. I contacted my financial advisor about leaving whatever left of my IRA to my Thai wife and he said that what I should do is setup a trust. A little bit of research showed this is probably not the best thing to do due to withdrawal requirements and other things. Does anyone have any advice on this?
  23. Thanks guys. I will not be mentioning any Thai insurance on whatever insurance claims that I make for the wife and daughter. I appreciate the info. Now if someone can tell me how to make the carriage return work on Thai360 my day will be complete. zen
  24. It is Open Season at my health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and I am seriously thinking of adding my wife and step-daughter. Has anyone had any experience with the Thai 30 baht plan? I think that it is only for emergencies. I am not sure how this will interact with my BCBS plan or even what the 30 baht health plan is. Thank for any info. zen
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