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by RooseveltG
Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]
Replies: 56
Views: 5686

What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]

The future of Quicken is uncertain now that it is being spun off by Intuit. Is there really a viable web based alternative with staying power that matches Quicken's ability to manage investing and checking?

If Quicken's days are numbered, do you have a Plan B?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch from Quicken (Windows) to iBank5/Moneydance on Mac?
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Switch from Quicken (Windows) to iBank5/Moneydance on Mac?

I had problems getting Parallels 11 to work but there are downsides to using a second operating system: 1. Cost: you need Parallels, Windows and Quicken. 2. You need a larger hard drive and more processing power. 3. Inconvenience of launching Parallels and waiting for windows to load. 4. More techni...
by RooseveltG
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch from Quicken (Windows) to iBank5/Moneydance on Mac?
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Switch from Quicken (Windows) to iBank5/Moneydance on Mac?

I am a long time Quicken user currently running Parallels 11 on a Mac. I use Quicken 2014 primarily for investment tracking and bill payments.

I would like to hear if others have switched to iBank or Moneydance and what their experience has been.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here own an Endless Pool?
Replies: 12
Views: 4895

Re: Anybody here own an Endless Pool?

Our condo has an Endless Pool. I found it to be very monotonous compared to lap swimming. You also cannot vary your speed without stopping and adjusting the flow. I oversaw the installation and tested it beforehand but never use it. The older women like it because they can move around and perform mi...
by RooseveltG
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Educational iPad Apps for Adults?
Replies: 7
Views: 1092

Best Educational iPad Apps for Adults?

Any suggestions for excellent ipad apps for adults? My interests are varied and include art, music, literature, history, science, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8828

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

As the OP, I am considering both options (single lens vs lighter zoom).

If you carry one lens (and I am getting lazier as I get older), is there much "practical" difference between a 35mm lens at f/1.8G vs 1.4G? The price doubles for the faster lens.

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8828

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

Thanks for all the info.

If you are only carrying 1 lens, is there much difference between a 35mm and 50mm lens (assuming they are equally fast)? Which one is better for multipurpose use?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8828

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The price is not an issue. My daughter wants to give me her old Nikon 18-200 VR. It is a good lens but is very heavy. I have read about the Nikon 55-200 VR as a good alternative. It is lighter but I am not sure how useful the 55mm range is.

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8828

Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D5100 camera with a 35 mm lens. I would like to travel with a single zoom lens (leaving the 35 mm behind) that would work in most situations and is not too heavy. Any recommendations for those of us who like to just point and shoot?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 12" Macbook: Which one to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

Re: New 12" Macbook: Which one to buy?

Thanks, but I am actually asking about which model of the new Macbook with 12 inch display was selected.
by RooseveltG
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New 12" Macbook: Which one to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1431

New 12" Macbook: Which one to buy?

For those of you who own the new Macbook, which one did you buy?

Is the base model with the 1.1 Ghz processor fast enough for web browsing, email and watching videos? Is the speed bump for the 1.2 or 1.3 Ghz actually visible with normal usage (vs. video editing, etc)?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 4664

Re: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?

The new 12" Macbook is hard to come by.
Mac Airs are not.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 4664

Re: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?

And while I am at it!

Has anyone out there with my needs opted for the new Macbook and what are your thoughts?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 4664

Re: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?

An additional question would be, is an Intel 6000 Graphics processor noticeably faster than the older 5000?

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 4664

Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?

I am in the market for a used Macbook 11 Air for travel (writing documents, using the web and answering email). (I considered the new Macbook but it is pricey, hard to come by and probably overkill for me). In the refurbished market, Airs are available with 4/8 GB RAM and Intel HD 5000/6000 Graphics...
by RooseveltG
Fri May 29, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Price Used Furniture & Art?
Replies: 7
Views: 1007

How to Price Used Furniture & Art?

We just sold our condo and the buyer is interested in purchasing selected furniture and art. Are there any guidelines for pricing? We have thought of purchase price (in real dollars taking inflation into account) and discounting that number by 60%. Any precedents, thoughts or suggestions would be gr...
by RooseveltG
Sun May 17, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance for Florida Condo High Rise?
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Flood Insurance for Florida Condo High Rise?

Thanks for all the responses. I believe the recommended insurance is for individual unit owners.

I imagine the cost will be low so I will check into it.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat May 16, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flood Insurance for Florida Condo High Rise?
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Flood Insurance for Florida Condo High Rise?

We live on the 5th floor of a Florida condo. The board recently recommended flood insurance for all units. If the water ever reaches our floor, the state of Florida will cease to exist. (Our car is parked on the ground floor and is covered for flood damage under the auto policy). Does flood insuranc...
by RooseveltG
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talking to People About Retirement
Replies: 70
Views: 7387

Re: Talking to People About Retirement

Just tell people, "it's time." When I first retired, I was very self conscious when I would see colleagues who were still working. That feeling fades gradually over time and now I accept that retirement is my job! I also tell people that I "work," but just don't get paid for it. ...
by RooseveltG
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8750

Re: Password manager recommendations?

I use 1Password because it allows multiple "vaults." The "primary" vault holds my passwords, logins, etc. and the secondary one holds my wife's passwords. It is set up in reverse order on her computer and we both use the same long password to log into the program. When I am no lo...
by RooseveltG
Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Classical Music Box Sets?
Replies: 34
Views: 3626

Re: Best Classical Music Box Sets?

Great suggestions. The biggest problem is that once you have a sampler set, other box sets tend to overlap. While I understand the advantage of hearing different interpretations, for those of us just trying to expand our musical knowledge base the choice of which box to buy next is a challenging one...
by RooseveltG
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Classical Music Box Sets?
Replies: 34
Views: 3626

Re: Best Classical Music Box Sets?

Thanks for the replies.

I use Spotify but find it cumbersome (and dangerous) to use in my car through bluetooth. It is far easier to load music on to an iPod and then select tracks through the central display.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Classical Music Box Sets?
Replies: 34
Views: 3626

Best Classical Music Box Sets?

I am a newbie to classical music and purchased the RCA Living Stereo Collection 1 last summer. RCA has a Collection 2 and there are also collections from Mercury, Decca, etc. Many of these collections overlap and I am looking for the best collections to complement what I already have. Any suggestion...
by RooseveltG
Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3169

Re: Evernote Premium Worth It?

Thanks for the replies. You can backup Evernote through the Evernote app on the Mac. I don't think there is a way to automate the process so it needs to be performed manually on some type of schedule. You could lose notes added since your last backup. Is Microsoft OneNote a viable option? Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evernote Premium Worth It?
Replies: 28
Views: 3169

Evernote Premium Worth It?

I have used Evernote for several years. Unlike Dropbox, you cannot lock it on your phone unless you upgrade to Premium. There are other advantages (more storage, PDF editing, etc.). If any of you have upgraded, I would be interested in your thoughts.

Thanks in advance. Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Choose a Realtor to Sell Condo
Replies: 5
Views: 466

How to Choose a Realtor to Sell Condo

Any suggestions on how to choose a realtor to sell a condo?

Thanks in advance for any general advice.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Condo Sell Strategy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1275

Re: Best Condo Sell Strategy?

You are correct, I meant 110% of market price. (Not very Boglehead like of me to miss that).

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Condo Sell Strategy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1275

Best Condo Sell Strategy?

My wife and I are considering selling our rust belt city condo in the next few years. Our local market has always been soft with minimal appreciation (no boom, no bust). Although we are in no hurry, we are considering putting the condo on the market for 10% of probable market value, soft pedaling th...
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth Upgrading to LED Lighting?
Replies: 45
Views: 4221

Re: Worth Upgrading to LED Lighting?

I have only a few weeks of experience with LEDs so I cannot assess the reduction in my electric bills yet. Our kitchen is on the brown side and the LEDs seem warmer there than in other locations. I placed a 50 Watt equivalent LED in my study and at first the lighting seemed harsh. I am now used to i...
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iPhone 6 Plus: Too large or Do You Get Used to It?
Replies: 42
Views: 3579

iPhone 6 Plus: Too large or Do You Get Used to It?

I currently use an iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini for travel. I also find there are times where I am stuck in traffic, lines, appointments, etc. where it would be nice to read something larger than my iPhone (without also carrying the iPad). What are your experiences with the larger iPhone 6 Plus? Too la...
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth Upgrading to LED Lighting?
Replies: 45
Views: 4221

Worth Upgrading to LED Lighting?

When does the cost of replacing working lights with LED lighting make sense? I have used them in our high traffic areas (kitchen, hallway, master bathroom) but not in all locations.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Advice - Will retire and be a Florida resident for 2 yrs
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: Tax Advice - Will retire and be a Florida resident for 2

Two more pearls based on hard learned experience:

1. Obtain a "Declaration of Domicile" from your county office in FL.

2. Make certain you give up your Homestead Exemption in the state you move from the year you declare residency in Florida.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Odds of portfolio survival = 90%; odds of my survival = 0.1%
Replies: 171
Views: 12519

Re: Odds of portfolio survival = 90%; odds of my survival =

I would highly recommend the book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," by Atal Gawande to better understand end of life issues. Gawande explains that the primary goal of hospice/palliative care is to maintain quality of life, even if the level of care results in a shorter ...
by RooseveltG
Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Visit toPittsburgh
Replies: 35
Views: 2513

Re: A Visit to Pittsburgh

I have given many informal tours of Pittsburgh. A few thoughts: 1. One of the coolest areas is the Strip District, which is filled with food shops, restaurants, sports paraphernalia, etc. 2. Downtown is filled with many architectural gems from turn of the century buildings to PPG Place, which was de...
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Settings for AT&T International Travel Plans?
Replies: 2
Views: 520

Phone Settings for AT&T International Travel Plans?

AT&T now has international travel plans that include unlimited texting, small amounts of data download and phone calls for a cost (depending on the price of the plan). Phone call costs range from 35 cents to a dollar a minute. I will be carrying an iphone 5. Can someone clarify the phone setting...
by RooseveltG
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment Policy Statement - share your sample template?
Replies: 8
Views: 1587

Re: Investment Policy Statement - share your sample template

It took me a very long time to write a simple IPS. I wanted a bare bones outline that I could quickly review without needing to explain indexing, etc. Our ages are 62/61 and we are retired. Some who review this may disagree with our bond allocation. In retrospect, I wish I had stayed with more TIPS ...
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold under Marble Tiles?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Mold under Marble Tiles?

Great answer. Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airport Extreme vs Express as Range Extender
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

Re: Apple Airport Extreme vs Express as Range Extender

Thanks for the tip. Do those electrical outlet wi fi signals really work as well as wireless range expanders?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold under Marble Tiles?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Mold under Marble Tiles?

The problem with checking"is pulling up a tile and possibly damaging other tiles in the process.

I was wondering if others had experience with this.

Thanks again.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airport Extreme vs Express as Range Extender
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

Apple Airport Extreme vs Express as Range Extender

We are using an older Apple Airport Extreme base station with a newer Airport Express range extender. Our internet speeds fall off rapidly as we move away from the base station. We are considering upgrading to the new (vertical tower) Airport Extreme and using the older Extreme as a range extender. ...
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold under Marble Tiles?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Mold under Marble Tiles?

Our Florida condo sustained water damage from an unrecognized leaking refrigerator over several months. The floor consists of large marble tiles. The grout has expanded and extruded from several seams but only 1 tile has a small (1 mm) amount of displacement. The condo below us sustained significant...
by RooseveltG
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloning and File Backup to Same External Hard Drive?
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Cloning and File Backup to Same External Hard Drive?

I currently use a cloning program (MAC, Carbon Copy Cloner) to backup my hard drive and am wondering if it is possible to use the same external hard drive to separately backup independent files? This would save the expense of having a dedicated drive for a clone of the hard drive and another drive f...
by RooseveltG
Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Golf School Recommendations, East Coast?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Re: Golf School Recommendations, East Coast?

Thanks, I have but I understand golf school is much more immersive.

Rooseveltr.
by RooseveltG
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Golf School Recommendations, East Coast?
Replies: 11
Views: 1077

Golf School Recommendations, East Coast?

I am new to golf and have not improved with self instruction. Can anyone recommend good golf schools in the eastern half of the US?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician Long term Disability- Premium pre or post tax
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

Re: Physician Long term Disability- Premium pre or post tax

Post tax. During your working years, you have options to work harder (if not an employee) or longer if you have not met your financial goals. If you become disabled, you have no options. I think it makes more sense to pay for disability insurance with pre-tax dollars while you have flexibility and e...
by RooseveltG
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Travel Insurance: Tin Leg Insurance Co., Est. 2013?
Replies: 5
Views: 731

Re: Travel Insurance: Tin Leg Insurance Co., Est. 2013?

I passed on Tin Leg. It appears to be a company started by Squaremouth.

Thanks again for the info.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Travel Insurance: Tin Leg Insurance Co., Est. 2013?
Replies: 5
Views: 731

Travel Insurance: Tin Leg Insurance Co., Est. 2013?

We are purchasing travel insurance from Squaremouth and the low cost provider is a company called "Tin Leg." It has an A+ rating from Best and was started in November 2013. It appears to be part of American Modern Home Insurance Company. I have never heard of the company and is relatively ...
by RooseveltG
Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PDF Web Hosting Services?
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: PDF Web Hosting Services?

Thanks. It worked!

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PDF Web Hosting Services?
Replies: 2
Views: 537

PDF Web Hosting Services?

Does anyone have experience with or recommendations for PDF hosting services? I would like to place links to pdf articles I have written on my Facebook page.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Headset to use with Cordless Phone System?
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Wireless Headset to use with Cordless Phone System?

We use a Panasonic cordless phone system with a Plantronics wired headset. The headset shorts out every few months and we would like to replace this with a higher quality wireless headset. VTech manufactures a cordless phone system with integrated wireless headset but the reviews are not good. Are t...

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