Thursday, March 29, 2018

personal item sizes for airlines, 2018 research, special notes for Delta and TAP Portugal

Frontier              18 x 14 x 8
Delta                   20 x 17 x 11 (smaller in window seat)
Air France/KLM  16 x 12 x 6
TAP Portugal      16 x 12 x 5 (max weight 4.4 lbs / 2kg)
T&L Article          20 x 17 x 11
CostCo sm bag  16 x 12 x 8   (may be thicker if stuffed full or expanded)
Fits Mult airlines 17 x 10 x 8 according to another T&L article

Conclusion: CostCo bag is legal personal item on many airlines, except Virgin and Air France/KLM/TAP Portugal,
and is only legal on United if you don't bring another carry-on

On Frontier, only the personal item is included in the fare.  On TAP Portugal and Delta a personal item and a carry-on are included.  Don't know about others.

For carry-on, a size of 22 x 14 x 8, max 17.5 lb, would be free on both Delta and TAP Portugal (total of 22 lbs in personal and carry-on bag on TAP)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

PIXMA MX922 error code B200 workaround, thanks to Canon Community Bulletin Board!

Don't replace the print head!  This happened eventually on both the MX922's we have

Re: PIXMA MX922 with error code B200 (Series MX920)

1. Turn OFF Power
2. Open the print head bay (as though you were about to change inks)
3. Turn ON power
4. Wait for print carriage to start moving to the left and let it go past half way
5. Before print carriage reaches left hand side (but after going halfway across) shut the cover.
6. Leave the Printer turned on
7. Good to go.
I tried this and it worked for me

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fixing Windows update takes forever (hangs) on Windows 7 installs

Navigate to the below link, and scroll down to the instructions for Windows 7.  Worked like a charm:

I found this post thanks to a helpful related post on  I treid a *lot* of other suggestions first that didn't work...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Re: morning headache, increased BP, no snoring/choking/waking, could still be sleep apnea, doctors may not diagnose correctly

"Here's a short list of documented symptoms of sleep apnea: 

Myocardial infarction. 
Poor memory 
Night Sweats 
Nocturia – Frequent nighttime urination 
Erectile dysfunction 

There are others as well. These are some of the most common. Apnea is truly a systemic malady which produces such a vast array of symptoms that physicians have neither fully documented nor fully explored the extent of its involvement with these and other symptoms."

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:14 PM Connie L. O'Dell <> wrote:
If you wake up with headaches sometimes, you may have sleep apnea, even if you do not snore or choke or wake up.  The only visible sign may be silent breathing pauses during sleep.  Do not assume your doctor will ask you the right questions to find out if this is your problem.  The high blood pressure I have had for 10 years with the headaches is potentially another symptom, and my doctor never asked.  I was diagnosed because: 1) My husband saw me stopping breathing/breathing very shallowly, and 2) I used a cheap pulse-oximeter from that has an alarm that goes off when you have low oxygen, and taped it on my hand overnight, and sure enough, it showed drops to 85% and even 80%.  Immediately my doctor approved a sleep study to officially diagnose apnea.  In case you don't know, sleep apnea over time leads to multiple organ failure, hear attacks, and reduced brain function, which I *do not* need...  ;-) and is extremely hereditary, so my siblings should suspect it also.  I would like to think CPAP and more oxygen will fix my lifelong brain farts, but I'd be happy to just not to get (much) fartier, too...


Friday, February 16, 2018

Packing for Italy in April, thanks to Rick Steves bboard


Packing for Italy trip in April


Hi there - 

Looking for advise on packing for 10 days in Venice, Florence and Rome the first 2 weeks in April. We will be traveling between the cities via train. What should we bring (hubby and I)? I'm not great at packing light so looking for some advise.

Thank you!

 Posted by acraven
Washington DC
6937 posts

There isn't one right answer to this sort of question, just a bunch of no-doubt-varying suggestions. Here are mine.

I don't think you need to worry about hot weather at that time of year, even in Rome. I've had coolish, wet weather in Venice and Florence even in late May and early September, so preparing for that would be my priority. I do laundry in my room periodically and would take approximately this (which includes what I would wear on the plane).

  • 3 pairs of slacks. Mix-and-match with tops to maximum degree possible; take what you already own. One dress would replace one pair of slacks and one top.
  • approximately 5 tops, probably all long-sleeved, maybe 2 turtlenecks.
  • 1 pair longjohn bottoms (Walmart has a cheap line of Cuddl Duds). Some might substitute tights.
  • 1 longjohn top only if you are cold-natured and the last-minute weather report doesn't look good. You can't easily take this off if you're too hot indoors.
  • 5 changes of underwear/socks.
  • 2 or 3 bras.
  • 1 warm layer (could be merino wool sweater, fleece jacket, scrunchable/packable down jacket--or perhaps just a vest, wool jacket, etc.--there should be something in your closet that would be fine). Try for something that is easy to carry around when you don't need it for warmth. I have a boiled wool jacket, but it's pretty bulky.
  • 1 waterproof or at least water-repellant layer that will fit over the warm layer. This will also serve as a windbreaker. If the weather report is really grim (cold and much rain expected), I'd consider a full-length raincoat or quality poncho, but those are a royal pain to drag around when you don't need to wear them.
  • hat/headgear, ideally at least water-repellant. Consider that it may be windy, too, so umbrellas may not be too helpful, and unsecured hats may blow off your head.
  • gloves if last-minute weather forecast suggests temps will be low enough you'll want them.
  • scarf if you are so inclined.
  • supportive, broken-in walking shoes with grippy soles that will be safe on wet cobblestones. I wear nothing but lace-ups, but some people manage with other styles. Waterproof or not is something worth thinking about. Cold wet feet are no fun, but it may not be that cold, or that wet. Breathable waterproof shoes are expensive.
  • other shoes if you must (I take only one pair for summer-long trips, but I don't dress up). If your shoes are not waterproof and are not the type to dry quickly, you probably should have some sort of second pair.

The shoes are critical. If you're cold, you can buy a sweater in Italy. Finding a good pair of shoes is a much more complex (and probably costly) process. If you opt for style over comfort when you pack, you will regret it. You will be walking and standing on very hard surfaces, possibly for 8 hours on some days. Sore feet and lower-back pain are a real risk if you don't wear good shoes that are right for your feet. There is no perfect brand/model of shoe that is right for everyone. You may already have shoes that will be fine if you do a lot of walking at home.

To keep the weight of your luggage down, be ruthless about the toiletries and cosmetics you pack. Decant things into bottles that are just large enough for the length of your trip. Your hotels will almost certainly provide at least hand soap and shampoo. They likely will not provide washcloths, so you'll each need one of those. I take something colorful so it doesn't get mixed in with the hotel's lines (which will probably be white).

There are other handy-to-have things that we can suggest to you, but I'm focusing here on the things we all take, to one degree or another."