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Re: Anyone feed the birds?

I found out the mice were gathering the seed that fell to the ground and stashing it in the engine compartment of my car. One mouse had built a little condo complete with a seed cache in an old dresser. There are rats, mice and squirrels in the neighborhood, so I have a similar problem with spilled...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feed the birds?
Replies: 84
Views: 6048

Re: where is my post?

Interestingly this is an "egosearch" http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/search.php?search_id=egosearch I've always found the search_id of "egosearch" to be interesting (and amusing) as well. That is the term the phpBB developers chose for the functionality, since this forum is pret...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: where is my post?
Replies: 10
Views: 663

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

^ I agree. I'm just surprised the releases for something like this aren't examined more. Instead multi-billion dollar companies seem to assume it works without bugs and put it into production. Even the companies that donate to use it, donate a very small amount of money. To me it seems like open so...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: Another reason why you should never reuse passwords...

I would point out that GRC is a little bit behind the times in how hackers actually go about cracking passwords. They rarely go straight to a brute force search, even with massively parallel GPU rigs available. What they do love to do is generate possible passwords off observed patterns, and you can...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another reason why you should never reuse passwords...
Replies: 249
Views: 39660

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

I just read how OpenSSL is worked on by a handful of parttime coders. That's pretty shocking considering how widely used it is. To classify any large open-source project as being worked on by a handful of part-time coders is disingenuous at best. Most of the coders on open-source projects are softw...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

With respects to the statement on Vanguard's website, a simpler explanation would be that the IT staff wrote the original release (which implied they were either not using OpenSSL or were using an earlier version of OpenSSL that was not affected by the bug, which is not surprising given many financi...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

It gets worse. Now the word is that the heartbleed bug can affect network and internet architecture as well, including your home router, firewall, and VPN. So, even if your favorite website has fixed it's servers your secure information might still be compromised as it is travelling through the web...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: Always understand taxes do not trust software

2) By the time you get to something as complicated as the long form and Schedule D, simply entering data accurately and complete becomes a nontrivial job. dbltrbl, I'll bet a nickel your issues are with data entry errors, not software functions. And that's why I use tax software. The first time I f...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Always understand taxes do not trust software
Replies: 33
Views: 2575

Re: I saw a "Boglehead" on my flight yesterday!

Many moons ago on another online group, members would wear a special symbol at public events to identify each other and get together for an "IRL" meeting. The compass logo for this website would make a handy little lapel pin or brooch for identifying Bogleheads on the go....
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:23 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: I saw a "Boglehead" on my flight yesterday!
Replies: 65
Views: 7223

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

So while it's alway a good time to review security practices. I think people should be clear that this is not your typical password problem, where one site is compromised and then that messes you up on any other site that uses the same password. Again, as news stories have noted, two thirds of the ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

So while it's alway a good time to review security practices. I think people should be clear that this is not your typical password problem, where one site is compromised and then that messes you up on any other site that uses the same password. Again, as news stories have noted, two thirds of the ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

I just read a number of news articles referring to this. This makes a weak password seem like a walk in the park. The entire system is literally vulnerable; if these reports are accurate. I have stopped accessing my most secure sites and am relying on automated phone calls (like I did 5-10 years ag...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

This is yet another reason why one should always use unique passwords for every site and just use a password locker with a strong master password to store them. If you're concerned about storing your social media passwords next to your banking passwords, use two password vaults (or however many you ...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 166
Views: 14968

Re: Windows XP users

Security Essentials will turn orange if you have not run a definition update or a scan recently. I have mine set to scan daily and update definitions before the scan. It's still green on a WinXP virtual machine with those two settings. I just updated Security Essentials and the Icon remains orange ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP users
Replies: 200
Views: 12365

Re: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)

LH wrote:Does the OP or any of the posters benefit financially from GTD? This thread has a salesman like feel to me.

just wondering,

LH

I do exchange friendly words with Tom L. (author of TMFSA) at an IT conference we both attend annually. But that's the extent of my "skin" in the game.
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)
Replies: 45
Views: 4177

Re: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)

Former military personnel do receive preference for many state and federal agency jobs, although it is not a "jump to the head of the line" sort of thing. For example, my agency was hiring an IT director and chose a non-military person over a former Marine because the former Marine had a m...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)
Replies: 45
Views: 4177

Re: Windows XP users

Existing installs of Microsoft Security Essentials will be supported till mid-2015, but new installs will not be supported after April 8. If you don't have Microsoft Security Eessentials on XP machine, you might want to install while you can. My WinXP system is now off the Internet most of the time...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP users
Replies: 200
Views: 12365

Re: Receiving junk texts and cell phone messages

See if your provider also has a way to report spam text messages. On AT&T, you can forward spam text messages to SPAM, which is easy enough to remember. If you have a smartphone, you can also probably program the phone to send specific numbers instantly to voicemail, or at least to not ring on c...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Receiving junk texts and cell phone messages
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Problem With New VCR Tapes

I'd agree that just because the tapes are new to you doesn't mean they are newly manufactured and that the VCR could be getting old. If you want to consider upgrading, Walmart sells the Magnavox over-the-air DVRs that can record directly from broadcast signals (no cable TV required) to a hard drive ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problem With New VCR Tapes
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)

Thanks. Decided against it and purchased a used copy of the Outlook 2007 version of TBYL. It's now in my home library. Think my best strategy here, even ahead of re-reading Getting Things Done, is to finish reading Time Management for System Administrators (TMFSA_ from cover to cover. I'm really en...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)
Replies: 45
Views: 4177

Re: Student Loans and Retirement help

She has about 120,000 in student loans. The breakdown looks something like this: 50,000 - 6.5% 40,000 - 7.6% 15,000 - 6% 10,000 - 5% 5,000 - 3% It's very tempting to just react to the loan rates and balances alone, but that really is not enough information to provide accurate advice. Answer the fol...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Student Loans and Retirement help
Replies: 9
Views: 750

Re: Lowes Install Services- anyone use them for a new bathro

I will probably follow thru with the bid, and grill the sub on his experience, and get some bids from some additional independent contractors. IMO, I think you can end up with bad work with an independent contractor as well- a neighbor had a major leak in a bath remodel that took nearly a year to r...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes Install Services- anyone use them for a new bathroom?
Replies: 22
Views: 1765

Re: AT&T New mobile share value plans

Note that you can still use the mobile share plan, but you pay $15 more a month for the lower data plans (e.g. 2GB, 4GB) if you purchase a contract phone instead of bringing your own phone or buying the phone on installment plans through AT&T Next. It might also be $15 more a month for the highe...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T New mobile share value plans
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Cheap UPC scanner to inventory home library / DVD collec

Anyway, can anyone recommend a good Android-based app for inventorying my books and DVDs? Or, as has been suggested, could there already be one pre-loaded? I don't have any personal recommendations because I'm still in the research phase of this myself (I won't have free time to catalog anything un...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap UPC scanner to inventory home library / DVD collection
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Amazon Prime Increase

And another thing... If they're going to keep calling it Amazon "Prime", shouldn't they change the price from $79 to either $97 or $101? It's no longer about the maths. It's about the marketing.... And yeah, geeks and nerds everywhere have noticed the same non-primeness about the new Prim...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Increase
Replies: 185
Views: 7594

Re: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)

Finally, anyone here a fan of the book Time Management for System Administrators? Evidently it is GTD-based and/or friendly. Just got a copy of it. I work in an IT department, so I'm interested in tailoring GTD to our line of work (IT infrastructure services). Not only do I have the book, I've met ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Implementing David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD)
Replies: 45
Views: 4177

Re: HOA lawyer sends threatening letter, need advice

OP, I would pay. The amount is cheap and a lesson learned. Stories like this are why I would never buy a property in an HOA. I am not going to spend upwards of $100k on some land and a building just for someone to tell me where to put my trash can. I have a property in a non-HOA. The neighbors fill...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA lawyer sends threatening letter, need advice
Replies: 46
Views: 4218

Re: ANY secure Internet access while traveling?

Got it. Thanks. So hopefully this is my last question... To access the VPN from an Android tablet or MS PC do I need to download client VPN software or, from the browser, after entering the domain name, just enter a userid and password? As long as the VPN software on your phone, tablet or PC suppor...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ANY secure Internet access while traveling?
Replies: 54
Views: 3332

Re: Have to pay PMI even after dropping below 80 LTV?

My value has gone up, not down, and based on current market value, I should now be at the 80 LTV threshold, but of course if I'd have to get an appraisal to prove it, which would be worth it. However, when I inquired, my mortgage processor told me that in order to assess dropping PMI, they take the...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have to pay PMI even after dropping below 80 LTV?
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: ANY secure Internet access while traveling?

Yes, a VPN should be a big help. You download software onto your device that encrypts it before it leaves your computer. A VPN can also help you to look like you are in the US when traveling so you can access US-only sites. One that I use is boxpn.com Thanks very much. Now, if one uses a VPN and th...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ANY secure Internet access while traveling?
Replies: 54
Views: 3332

Re: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans

FYI, if you log into the AT&T account manager and check plan upgrades, it is now offering the $90 ($85 if one phone is not "smart") price to at least some contract customers. I had the offer and my discounted smartphone was purchased 15 months ago. I don't know if this is based off the...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans
Replies: 55
Views: 6171

Re: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans

By selecting these plans you are moving off contract. The big change would be if you need a new phone ATT wont subsidize it. You will pay full retail price. The rep told me it has no impact on your contract. ATT Alert: Reps are confused. They told my friend if he buys Moto X from Motorola and activ...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans
Replies: 55
Views: 6171

Re: Resources for learning management techniques

You may have firing authority and just not realize it. If you are the acting manager you should have the authority to manage. I'm fairly positive I don't have firing authority and neither does the manager who is out on medical leave. In this particular state bureaucracy, not even the top manager ha...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Resources for learning management techniques
Replies: 37
Views: 1935

Re: Resources for learning management techniques

Sorry to vent, but I feel like I am playing a continual game of whack-a-mole with this particular employee . ... I've noticed a trend. He will ask one question, to which one provides an answer. Later he will claim that he asked another question (which was related to the question actually asked), an...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Resources for learning management techniques
Replies: 37
Views: 1935

Re: Resources for learning management techniques

Sorry to vent, but I feel like I am playing a continual game of whack-a-mole with this particular employee. Any verbal conversations seem to have completely no effect, or make matters worse, as his interpretation of the conversation is different from everyone else's interpretation of the conversatio...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Resources for learning management techniques
Replies: 37
Views: 1935

Re: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans

I switch to this ATT plan without spending $1000 extra. 2 lines unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 10GB data for $105 plus tax. There's new plan out tomorrow from ATT. 2 lines unlimited talk, unlimited text, and shared 2GB data for $90. I have never gone above 0.5GB so will try to switch again tom...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T Mobile Users: Check your plans
Replies: 55
Views: 6171

Re: OMG, There Goes Coinstar?

Albertsons have CoinStars or some such equivalent too, so I wouldn't worry. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the Safeway/Vons/Pavillon names are retained after the merger, just because those have a more "upscale" image than Albertsons does.
by Mudpuppy
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OMG, There Goes Coinstar?
Replies: 38
Views: 3833

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

I want to see what happens when the book thread gets to 100 pages. :) Don't more pages just go on extra lines, or does the software not allow more than 2 digits for a page count? I am more interested in what happens to the book thread when the number of posts hits 10,000 or 100,000. Which raises a ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:05 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 9044

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

I'm also getting an image not found error on the "(more info)" page when trying to load the icons for the Canadian sister sites. The URL that the page is trying to load for the icon is http://www.bogleheads.org/Canadian-flag-small.gif Thanks. For some reason, I saw the icons OK. Upon revi...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 9044

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

I know LadyGeek said changes wouldn't be made for a couple of days. I do have a suggestion though. Instead of listing the related websites as just "Sites (more info)" perhaps use terminology like "Related Sites" or "External Sites" or some similar label that makes it c...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 9044

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

I know LadyGeek said changes wouldn't be made for a couple of days. I do have a suggestion though. Instead of listing the related websites as just "Sites (more info)" perhaps use terminology like "Related Sites" or "External Sites" or some similar label that makes it cl...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 9044

Re: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated

Also, for those of us that are on a modern resolution :mrgreen: the part of the site that regulars primarily use (the new thread titles...) is only the far left 1/4 of our screen or so. I find this rather disconcerting... the old site had some issue here, but having the column on the left at least ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:13 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads.org Home Page Updated
Replies: 230
Views: 9044

Re: AMEX rewards on Kroger error

Mudpuppy's step-by-step explanation is concise and excellent. The only thing I would add is this: After you've tagged the purchases (say, for groceries, gas, and airlines), you will have a list already done. Those double and triple reward points will usually be added the FOLLOWING month. To reconci...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMEX rewards on Kroger error
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: need help with shades/blinds

thanks scone- i will check out kalwall. I think what i am really looking for is "smart window film". not sure if that exists yet. I don't think they've put the "smart" materials into larger glass panels like house windows yet, if you meant something like your original link. The ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: need help with shades/blinds
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Indoor Plants - Recommendations?

I have had a schefflera for decades now. It has survived multiple moves, multiple drops, and thrives on neglect. In fact, the only thing that nearly killed it was a roommate in grad school who watered it daily, despite being told it needed only weekly deep watering. It did not like the drownings she...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor Plants - Recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1403

Re: H&R Block Tax Software price drop

Thanks for the heads up. I've been so busy at work, I haven't had time to look for good tax software deals. This is "good enough" for me. Amazon also pointed out that H&R Block Premium is also on sale for $29.99 and H&R Block Premium+Business is on sale for 36.99, for those that ne...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software price drop
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: AMEX rewards on Kroger error

Would someone mind telling where you can see what percent you are receiving back on each purchase, if such exists? I've been searching my account on the amex website and can't seem to locate such information. There is no pre-existing method. But you can do a workaround (not going to say an easy wor...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMEX rewards on Kroger error
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Re: Moving vs expanding existing house

I'd say first find out if your current home can be remodeled and how much it would cost to be remodeled. Then you can make a more effective analysis of your options. There are too many unknowns and assumptions right now.
by Mudpuppy
Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving vs expanding existing house
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Is a 'Dream House' raffle worth it?

I'd only participate to support the charity, not to win the prize. But then it would probably be better to give directly to the charity and get the tax deduction. And it does seem like most who win these dream homes, even the more modest homes that places like St. Jude raffle off, end up having to s...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a 'Dream House' raffle worth it?
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: Life after Windows XP?

What are the risks of continuing to use a computer with the XP Pro operating system after MS support ends in April 2014? Immediate risk? Rather small. Long-term risk? If there is a major security vulnerability discovered, it won't be fixed. Depending on the nature of that vulnerability, you may or ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life after Windows XP?
Replies: 117
Views: 6007
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