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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Son"...by Jo Nesbo.
by Blues
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

I agree with the points made in tadamsmar's post above. 2FA and monitoring one's accounts on a regular basis are important steps.
by Blues
Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 175
Views: 16198

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Ice-9, my experience with LastPass (thus far) has been very similar to your own. I have found it to be a supremely useful tool made all the better for the ease of utilizing, changing and maintaining important passwords as well as the ability to use multi-factor authentication for additional security...
by Blues
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Thanks, guys, for the advice regarding the "authenticator". Set it up per the online instructions and all went swimmingly. :sharebeer
by Blues
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Thanks. For those using Google Authenticator with LastPass, does it have to be set up on each Google account (email address) for use with LastPass...and can it be set up just to be used with LastPass or does it have to be activated for the Google (and/or other) accounts as well? You can use Google ...
by Blues
Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Thanks. For those using Google Authenticator with LastPass, does it have to be set up on each Google account (email address) for use with LastPass...and can it be set up just to be used with LastPass or does it have to be activated for the Google (and/or other) accounts as well?

Thanks in advance.
by Blues
Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Thanks, TimeRunner. I was reading about it (and some of the issues folks have had) but it didn't seem quite "intuitive" to set up.
(I have an iPhone as well.)
by Blues
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

I love lastpass. I think the convenience of the browser plug in outweighs my fear of the cloud storage. I now never reuse passwords and don't even have to think about it. I use 2-factor authentication with it was well . On top of that they have been keeping me up to date on what passwords I should ...
by Blues
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

It's hard enough to log into TreasuryDirect when you're duly authorized. :oops:

:twisted:
by Blues
Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 175
Views: 16198

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Enigma" by Robert Harris. (I may have read this one years ago and have read a few non-fiction books on the topic over the years.)
by Blues
Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Kevin, I sent you a PM to avoid the risk of taking the thread off topic.
by Blues
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Kevin, I'm relatively new to both Chromebook and LastPass and I have experienced some of the same issues. What I've done, and it seems to work for me, is to set up a two stage process for some of the "problem" sites. It may be XYZ 1 and XYZ 2 wherein the first entry only has the site url a...
by Blues
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 101
Views: 5543

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

This security issue has convinced me to go with a password manager like maybe Lastpass. Will Lastpass users have to go to each site and rework their password? I would imagine the answer is yes. If yes, is the process easier for them? LastPass will do a security audit on your passwords and sites via...
by Blues
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 175
Views: 16198

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

Frightening scenarios and I fear that we have only seen / experienced the tip of the iceberg going forward.
by Blues
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 175
Views: 16198

Re: Windows XP

Sandboxie may be the greatest piece of the software security puzzle that I have ever had the good fortune to come across. I've been using it religiously for years. Once one is familiar with its many uses and capabilities there is virtually no end to its utility. Along with a good firewall / HIPS and...
by Blues
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP
Replies: 23
Views: 1481

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Peter Matthiessen died yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/peter-matthiessen-author-and-naturalist-is-dead-at-86.html?hp&_r=0 This article came out two days before his death: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/magazine/peter-matthiessens-homegoing.html?hpw&rref=magazine His bo...
by Blues
Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: Windows XP

I plan on continuing to use my XP system (currently patched) alongside 3rd party firewall / HIPS, antivirus and sandboxing software. That said, my routine and sensitive "online" activity will be performed on a sub $300 Chromebook. Other computing tasks which will not put the XP system &quo...
by Blues
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP
Replies: 23
Views: 1481

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Does anyone here ever get to the point of finance book overload where all these books are pretty much saying the same thing? I've gotten to the point (some time ago) where I feel that I have done as much managing and tinkering as required by our own portfolio and particular set of circumstances. Wh...
by Blues
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Does anyone here ever get to the point of finance book overload where all these books are pretty much saying the same thing? I've gotten to the point (some time ago) where I feel that I have done as much managing and tinkering as required by our own portfolio and particular set of circumstances. Wh...
by Blues
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Fatherland" by Robert Harris.
by Blues
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I just started The Black Box by Michael Connelly, the best crime novelist out there. I've read and enjoyed many of his books over the last few years but I don't think I can concur with that assessment. That said, I don't think I'd be able to state who was "best" author in the genre as the...
by Blues
Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Remorseful Day" by Colin Dexter.
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

VT, I read a couple of the early Bernie Gunther novels and they just didn't resonate with me. Also, there were quite a few inconsistencies that I found somewhat irksome at the time. C'est la vie.
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Gordon, I feel extremely confident that you will find "An Officer And A Spy" a very compelling read on a variety of levels...and thanks for chiming in with your thoughts on the other two novels.
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Give the HP Chromebook 14 a try. It's the future (I'm nor a Google shill!) While I opted for the Acer C720P a few days ago, I must concur and say that I am more than pleased with the Chromebook as a stand-in to replace most of what I have been using my older XP setup for. While there are some thing...
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2359

Re: I don't want to upgrade XP just yet, is that ok?

I just got a new Chromebook to replace most of what I do with my old 17" XP desktop replacement. I have to say that I love it so far. I feel so liberated not dealing with issues deriving from conflicting software, firewalls, sandboxes, antivirus etc etc etc. While it can't do everything, (and t...
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I don't want to upgrade XP just yet, is that ok?
Replies: 86
Views: 6340

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "An Officer And A Spy" by Robert Harris. A fantastic (and important) read, imho. One of the best in the past couple of years. I also just enjoyed "An Officer and a Spy." It's a rendering of the Dreyfus Affair in France. I'll go back and try other Robert Harris work...
by Blues
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

chaz wrote:I've gotten some more books by Stuart Woods from the library. He is a terrific author IMHO.


Name rings a vague bell...I know I've heard it somewhere before.


:mrgreen: :beer
by Blues
Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: Treasury Direct - Acct Access Issues

I just got a chromebook yesterday and decided to log into my TD account. Not only did I end up using the "one time passcode" to complete the log in info but the site forced me to create a new password afterward. Lots of fun...but...it's nice to know that they're keeping us safe (if only fr...
by Blues
Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:39 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treasury Direct - Acct Access Issues
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "The Son" by Phillip Meyer. Really liked it. Described as "Blood Meridian" meets "Love in the Time of Cholera" (and I loved both) I would say it was closer to the latter than the former, but without the magical realism. The author's insight into generatio...
by Blues
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: Kindle Paperwhite?

I was considering upgrading from my 2nd Gen Kindle reader but the app on the Kindle Fire HDX seems great so far. (Especially with white letters on a black background for reading at night. I use the ScreenDim app to customize the brightness (and contrast) with much more granularity than what the HDX ...
by Blues
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle Paperwhite?
Replies: 36
Views: 3258

Re: Amazon Prime Increase

Those who would waste time arguing about the merits (or lack thereof) of Prime, (we happen to enjoy it), may as well argue about the cost of driving vs. having something delivered, Sony vs. Samsung, Ford vs. Kia, Levis vs. Wranglers, N.Y. Strip vs. sirloin, paperbacks vs. hard covers etc etc ad naus...
by Blues
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Increase
Replies: 185
Views: 7632

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Chaz, I'm worried about what happens now that you may have run out of Stuart Woods titles... :P Reading "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem. Jury is out on this one. Some funny stuff, and he's got talent...but I'm not into some of the cute gadgety writing that he employs. We'll see ho...
by Blues
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep pla

I think "winning the game" may be the functional equivalent of Larry's "Plan B". You have a retirement portfolio allocated in a certain way from which you plan to take targeted income withdrawals. If things work out, stocks don't tank, and things seem to be on track great. But i...
by Blues
Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:15 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep playing
Replies: 241
Views: 24990

Re: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep pla

...As for"winning the game," I would say if you have pension and SS income sufficient to cover your basic cost of living, while you also have savings for discretionary use, then you have won. Even if that is not applicable to you, focus on the fact that when people save they should have a...
by Blues
Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:07 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep playing
Replies: 241
Views: 24990

Re: Poll: When did you retire? Would you do it all over agai

10 years ago at age 51. I'd have done it sooner if I'd have qualified. No regrets whatsoever.
by Blues
Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: When did you retire? Would you do it all over again ?
Replies: 103
Views: 10694

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "An Officer And A Spy" by Robert Harris. A fantastic (and important) read, imho. One of the best in the past couple of years. Started John Connolly's "Every Dead Thing" but the scenarios, events and characters were just too over the top for me to put up with...so of...
by Blues
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2632
Views: 600326

Re: Wade Pfau: Lifecycle Finance

Bobcat2--- What is the theory behind using an Indexed Global fund in Life Cycle Funding as opposed to two equity index funds such as VTI and VXUS? Thanks. I may be wrong but I think he was just using it as an illustration of how one might create a "three fund portfolio" with global equiti...
by Blues
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wade Pfau: Lifecycle Finance
Replies: 118
Views: 12030

Re: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep pla

There's one bit of daylight between my and Larry's take on need to take risk, which is that I'm willing to say that if someone has, say 50 years of living expenses saved up, then half is the LMP and the other half is the risk portfolio, and you can invest the latter however you wish. I don't think ...
by Blues
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep playing
Replies: 241
Views: 24990

Re: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep pla

The underlying topic is "marginal utility of wealth." Regardless of the conjectures you make above, each of us must strike *a personal balance* between added *hoped-for* return and taking added and unnecessary risk. One of the most important concepts I've learned here on the forums via La...
by Blues
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: William Bernstein-When you've won the game, why keep playing
Replies: 241
Views: 24990

Re: True Detective anyone?

I thought someone had asked for similar type books. Here are a couple of authors who provide settings in the Louisiana area: James Lee Burke - most of his books are Dave Robicheaux novels which are set deep in the bayou country and often deal with similar situations, although most are not quite thi...
by Blues
Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: True Detective anyone?

Several points.... There was a phone in the house. Marty was obviously able to force the woman to provide it to him. A gun to the head has a tendancy to do that. They did not have to hire a sniper. It was the man in the bar, whose son had disappeared. He had skin the game, obviously he was motivate...
by Blues
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: True Detective anyone?

I forgot that I was also put off by the quick and ready access to IRS tax returns. The fact is that the IRS requires formal requests from other Treasury agencies and doesn't necessarily honor those (with or without subpoena). There are very strict controls on the dissemination of that data. A lot of...
by Blues
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: True Detective anyone?

Rightly or wrongly, I tend to judge any dramas that focus on police work according to what I'd have done if encountering similar circumstances while I was still on the job. (Of course, a certain amount of literary license is granted in the interest of keeping things "interesting".) It's so...
by Blues
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: True Detective anyone?

Could someone who didn't like the finale articulate why? I thought it wrapped things up well - the series started out broad and philosophical but ended as police cases do - evidence, leads, and an eventual arrest/confrontation. I thought from the beginning people would be let down because of all th...
by Blues
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: True Detective anyone?

I agree that the finale did not live up to my expectations. Not godawful, just a bit of a letdown.
by Blues
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179

Re: Allan Roth on "Richest Guy in the Graveyard"

I have found when you are a saver and have lived nicely but below your means for decades it is extremely hard to change. You have altered your financial DNA and still frame spending decisions in the accumulation mode. I know I could spend a lot more but have altered my lifestyle and dreams to the e...
by Blues
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allan Roth on "Richest Guy in the Graveyard"
Replies: 53
Views: 6470

Re: Advice needed on problem neighbors

Since practically everyone these days has firearms or access to firearms I wouldn't recommend trying to impress people with less interest in being law abiding with one's personal arsenal. It might only provoke or forewarn them, neither of which is desirable. There was some good advice provided here....
by Blues
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice needed on problem neighbors
Replies: 30
Views: 3142

Re: Allan Roth on "Richest Guy in the Graveyard"

While I don't at all mind spending where necessary and enjoy spending on things that make DW (and myself) happy, I still find myself saving a good portion of my pension monthly. I think that the benefit of saving and investing all those years before early retirement got us used to living (a fulfilli...
by Blues
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Allan Roth on "Richest Guy in the Graveyard"
Replies: 53
Views: 6470

Re: True Detective anyone?

As a retired "fed", I've been enjoying the show and its dark side quite a bit. (My wife enjoys it as well but not as much as I do.) I'm a harsh critic when it comes to "police" dramas, (both in book form and film), and can pretty much count on one hand the cream of the crop. Show...
by Blues
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True Detective anyone?
Replies: 61
Views: 5179
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