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  1. JIMHILL, where did you get that black (nylon?) case for your iMac? That seems like a good option. I've done some searching around eBay and Amazon and found this. It doesn't look like quite the same thing, as yours fits the box, which I prefer.
  2. Thanks for the replies, everyone. The original box is very well-suited for transporting this computer, so I'd like to use it. I think that's the safest option. But it seems using the original box creates the issue of it being mistaken for new. How about just bringing along my original receipt for the computer to prove I bought it a couple years ago?
  3. Greetings, I'm currently living in Chiang Mai and have been here almost a year. Long story short, I planned to be here maybe a year but will be going back to school here and anticipate being here three to four more years. I'm returning to the US for a short time to sell most of my possessions. I don't plan to bring back too much stuff from the US. No need for a shipping container, we can get most of what we need into luggage. Between my wife and I, I expect to have four large suitcases. Here's what I'm concerned about: I have a high-end 27'' iMac in the US. It's still quite new and had all the fancy upgrades at time of purchase. Roughly $2900 (USD) value. Rather than selling it in America (and invariably getting a lousy deal) and buying another one here (invariably paying way too much as these are even more expensive in Thailand), I'd like to just put it back in the original box and bring it as checked luggage. The cost for the additional "luggage item" would be far less than the loss between selling and buying new again. Can I expect to bring this thing through customs? The box is pretty big, about what you'd expect for a similar sized TV. Similarly, I have a unique type of scanner (example here) which costs me about $550 in the US. I've shopped around and a similar replacement here seems to be about $900. I'd prefer to just bring this into Thailand with me than try to buy one here. It's small enough to be a carry-on item, but I suppose it's a bit unusual and may catch the attention of the person staffing the x-ray machine. In case it's relevant, I'll be arriving with a “Non-Immigrant Type O” multiple (M) entry visa. Also, my wife is Thai. I assume the rules are different for her. Any help here would be appreciated. -CTD
  4. Yes, that's exactly what I have. Thanks for your response.
  5. Greetings, I’m currently in Thailand and have a “Non-Immigrant Type O” multiple (M) entry visa (my wife has Thai citizenship). My visa expires in early May, 2017. I’m returning to the USA for a short time and will be arriving back in Thailand in late April (only about 2 weeks before my visa expires). Can I expect to get another 90 day stamp upon arrival, even though this would extend my stay past May, 2017? When I was issued this visa, I was told by the folks at the consulate I could essentially turn my 12 month visa into a 15-ish month visa by re-entering the country just before the visa expires. I just want to confirm this is still the case before showing up at passport control. Thanks. -CTD
  6. Excellent. Thank you!
  7. Greetings, Can anyone recommend a place to buy a large quantity of cotton rags for house cleaning? I prefer to have a large stash of rags over using paper towels. It seems the only small towels I can find in CM are bath towels, which are too expensive for this purpose. I don't need anything high quality. Just cheap-o rags for clean up and housework. Thanks. -CTD
  8. I've never seen a 'Farang officer' in CM. Would this be maybe a farang volunteer with tourist police?
  9. Thanks for the tip. I haven't used either of those sites. I'll check them out.
  10. Greetings, I'm in search of a tablet holder/mount (for iPad) that will mount to a desk. See uploaded images for examples. Has anyone seen something like this in Chiang Mai? I know the malls all have countless mobile shops, but I don't recall seeing anything like this before. Thanks in advance.
  11. I've used other decks that have this feature, but never created a deck myself that does this. I'd certainly be worth looking into. Any idea what this feature is called? It'd be easier to figure out how to do this if I knew what to search for. Thanks!
  12. I agree that cold memorization isn't great. She's also working on her own personal Anki deck too, but we wanted some material to start with. Anki certainly isn't her only approach to reading Thai at this time. I'll take a look at your Anki deck. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Greetings, I'm seeking a pre-made Anki deck to help my wife with her Thai. She spent her childhood in Thailand, but moved to the US in her teens. She speaks Thai very naturally (at least pronunciation) but her vocabulary is basically still that of a child. She can read Thai, but I think she'd struggle to understand any technical book or really anything not intended for a child or teenager. I'm use Anki everyday, but my deck is too basic for her. She really needs to expand her vocabulary beyond the basics. Does anyone have or can point me in the direction of an Anki deck with advanced vocabulary? Thanks, -CTD