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Al and Nancy Fasoldt
Technology writer and photographer Al Fasoldt writes about consumer technology for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY, USA, and for Technofile Online. He and his wife, Nancy, host workshops in computers and photography. This Web site is run independently of the newspaper and its Web site,

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By Al Fasoldt

Cover photo: A new traveler
Lilly  Photo by Al Fasoldt. Copyright © 2014 by Al Fasoldt. All rights reserved.
YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW that Nancy and I love to travel in our RV. We covered a lot of ground in Otto, our Mercedes-Benz-powered motor home, but have now expanded our living space to a fifth wheel trailer towed behind our new Ram 2500 diesel pickup. The trailer is called Lilly, shown here; it's a Wildcat model, from Forest River. Fifth wheel trailers are towed like tractor trailers, pivoting over the rear axle of a truck. They are immune from most of the sway and fishtailing that can challenge regular trailers. Nancy and our traveling friend Julie are already ahead of me in mastering the technique of backing up such a large trailer around a corner, possibly because they're not afflicted by the macho syndrome that makes a man a … well, a man. Men tend to step on the gas first and ask where to go later. As for whether I do such a thing, I plead the Fifth.

New articles (much longer list)
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  • The Web's wonderful oddities (July 20, 2014)
  • Trust the government? No way (July 13, 2014)
  • Apple's autocorrect driving you crazy? Android does it much better (July 6, 2014)
  • Great sound? It's in the Bluetooth Canz (June 29, 2014)
  • Mail bag: Great tips for password protection (June 22, 2014)