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  1. Ken Burns Vietnam PBS

    I use the Opera Browser that has a built in VPN. I was able to watch the trailer with it.
  2. Good advice Nancy. Learning the vowels, consonants and tone rules helps sort out the sounds. It is also helpful when the teacher shows the student how to hold the mouth to create sounds we are unfamiliar with. MaPrang is an excellent teacher. MaPrang Language School Sermsuk Rd. Same building as Corner Bistro next door to Croco Pizza. 081 022 4540
  3. Soon soon soon soon

    I'll just leave this here: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwwexa/windows-10s-built-in-linux-shell-could-be-abused-to-hide-malware-researchers-say
  4. Chromebook CTRL-L

    Do your instructions tell you to press the escape key after ctrl-l? That brings up a menu of bootable devices. This link will take you to the instructions I used to install Bodhi Linux on my Acer c720: jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/2014/01/howto-bodhi-linux-on-acer-c720.html It may be of help but it is a few years old. I use BodhiLinux on my Acer because it is way different (and fun) from most Linux distributions and the keymapping in the default theme was geared to the Acer c720. Another possibility is how the image written to the USB stick you are using is done. In some cases Unetbootin does not create a bootable image. If you used Unetbootin try using the dd command to write the image to the USB stick.
  5. Printing / Scans in US Letter size

    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure I want to invest in a printer and other accessories. I'll just use A4 from the copy shop and cut .7 inches off the bottom. The width difference is only .2 inches less than US Letter size. I do this very rarely.
  6. Printing / Scans in US Letter size

    The only reason for this is convenience when receiving documents via file such as pdf files scanned in the USA, printing them out to sign or fill in the blanks and mailing hard copies back to USA.
  7. Is there anywhere in Chiang Mai that can scan and print documents in US Letter size (8.5x11 inches)? Preferably around Santitham or Kad Suan Kaew area? A4 is 8.3 x 11.7 inches so I guess I could cut .7 off the bottom.
  8. Thanks for the info. For me it is not a big deal I might as well comply.
  9. Surely this has been mentioned before. I did a basic search but didn't see anything on this. In the pamphlet that arrived in the mail with my SS approval letter there is a statement that has me wondering. "I agree to notify the Social Security Administration promptly if I (or any person for whom I receive benefits) become employed or self-employed while outside the United States, change citizenship, or go (for 30 days or more) to any country other than the residence address I have entered in this application." Do I have to notify them that I am in Thailand most of the year? If it matters, my address filed with SS is in California and so is the bank that the money from SS will be deposited into. Am I reading it wrong? TIA
  10. Noted. Sorry to veer off course.... Last comment from me. I called my insurance company and there is no restrictions on length of time I can be out of the country. Also, they are sending me information to make my regular coverage 'portable' internationally.
  11. Can you cite this 'travel abroad is temporary'? If the insurance company puts restrictions on travel then I think the 'real expat' is the issue. At what point does one cease being a resident of USA and become a resident of another county for insurance purposes. I have address, bank accounts, drivers license, registered to vote, and pay taxes to both federal and state governments. I have not found travel insurance that covers pre-existing conditions so for me that is out of the question. I may as well buy Thai insurance and accept the lack of preexisting exclusions.
  12. Can you show some proof of this? I will ask my insurance company what their policy is concerning how many days one can be out of the country and not lose coverage. This may vary from policy to policy and from state to state. I'm guessing here but I think this actually hinges on legality of someone's residence. I'm sure some expats have severed ties with their home country completely but I have not. I am required to keep an address in the US to have a US bank account. My pension funds will not direct deposit into a foreign bank account. (Bangkok Bank setup exempted here). So I do keep address, registered to vote and a lot of other things that make me a 'resident' of California. I had to be a resident of California in order to buy the health plan through the CoveredCA marketplace. But does this constitute residency if I am out of the country for say 2 years? That I don't know. Maybe on would have to make yearly trips home??
  13. @Ruffian Dick It is so hard to find good info. This post might help you some depending on what you seek When I was shopping around for insurance after I retired (I was unable to purchase the employment based insurance from my work) I found it very hard to obtain any reliable info about what was covered and where under the ACA and in my case since I'm a resident of California the system is CoveredCA. I chose not to purchase any coverage on the ACA as everyone I spoke with (help specialists of CoveredCA, insurance agents, online forums etc) said there would be no coverage outside of the USA. I had chest pains last fall and went to the hospital here and ended up having angioplasty surgery. I paid for this out of my pocket. The doc advised me to return to the USA as I had other problems to address. I didn't have enough money on hand to do all that he wanted to do. I did return to US and I purchased a blue shield plan in CA to get the rest of my plumbing fixed. In digging through the paper work sent to me about my policy and I find that emergency situations are indeed covered outside of the USA. There is a network of international hospitals / care providers that this insurance company has agreements with. Had I have known this I probably would have maintained coverage even while living in Thailand. And I would guess this event would have been covered. I questioned the coverage further and asked, for example, if I were experiencing a heart attack would the emergency room AND subsequent angioplasty be covered. Here is the response: "Urgent and emergency care is covered by Blue Shield, regardless of whether you use one of BlueCard Worldwide providers or not.However, medical necessity will be determined when we review your claim." While it's not overly clear about the angioplasty I'm sure a doctor could write it in such a way to convince the insurance company that he was saving your life. Those things are over my head. But say you got hit by a car and you were dying..... I'd say Blue Shield would pay. One doesn't get any paper work to dig into until they purchase a policy. Unfortunately, people have unanswered questions unless someone in the know can advise them which is hard to find. How would I have known? And that brings me around to 2 points. 1) All of the hatred surrounding the ACA clearly lead to chaos and confusion. This probably was by design by those who oppose it. Secondly, many of the pieces of info I read were on forums and websites where people were spouting off stuff they really had no clue about. Remember the old saying: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” -- Mark Twain
  14. Cialis in Chiang Mai

    Cialis, Viagra etc are going to be higher in price than the generics made in Thailand. That's intellectual property pricing. Instead of Viagra ask for the generic Sidegra which is made in Thailand. For Cialis the Indian name is Apcalis but I think Indian generics are restricted as of late. Go to any long standing pharmacy with a good reputation and ask for Cialis or the generic and you'll likely get a Thai made, good quality drug. There is a middle ground between CM Ram and Internet / street peddlers.
  15. Santitam accommodation recommendations

    There is SB house. I think it is geared more towards long term occupants but worth a try.