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Re: Avast loaded malwhere with updated "protection".

I couple weeks ago I replaced Microsoft Security Essential with Avast. As I was trying various Avast options, I inadvertently installed GrimeFighter. GrimeFighter turned out to be a major nuisance, and to get rid of it, I uninstalled Avast and then installed it again. Would not uninstall/install wor...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avast loaded malwhere with updated "protection".
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

There is a much simpler way. Use the Find a member functionality of the Members page? Set Posts: Equal to 0, which shows 9364 users. Using this feature, Did you know that only 342 members have more than 999 posts? Feel free to do your own experimenting with the query parameters. Thanks PI, this wor...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1579

Re: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?

Prokofiev wrote:USA: New York City

Non-US: Barcelona, Spain



Good choices. NYC is the same as mine. Barcelona is interesting, but I have not been there yet,

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?
Replies: 60
Views: 3236

Re: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?

So you get to retire anywhere in the world. Cost is the only factor you may not consider in your analysis (and therefore I'm also going to exclude any consideration of taxes). However, consider all other usual factors like weather, job opportunities, culture, food, proximity to family, whatever. If...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?
Replies: 60
Views: 3236

Re: Some sense of having enough

Victoria, I find your input interesting... How does the author suggest we find those who are living our future?? DA I don't remember the details, but the essence of Gilbert's recommendation was simple. If you think that having an expensive house would make you happy, check if people who already own...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Some sense of having enough
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: Some sense of having enough

After 8.5 years of retirement and a strong bull market, I'm starting to feel confident about my retirement spending plan. Is there is a giddy phase early in retirement? The astonishment is gone from living without job income. How are you feeling about your retirement assets and spending? I'm suscep...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Some sense of having enough
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: [Eating] Fish

I used to buy a lot of frozen Alaskan salmon at Trader Joe's. Do you know if it's authentic? Pacific Ocean seems less polluted than the Atlantic, and the Alaska's waters seem cleaner than those further South. "A 2006 Consumer Reports study concluded 56 percent of the salmon marketed as wild is...
by VictoriaF
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: [Eating] Fish

fatima526 wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:Fatima, do the tins have a ring for easy opening, or they require a can opener? I want to order them from Amazon.com, and they don't provide this information. Thank you,

Victoria


Hi Victoria. They have the ring, no can opener required!


Excellent! Thank you, Fatima,

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: US NEWS 9 Most Affordable Placs 2 Retire

Before ACA, retiring abroad was more affordable than retiring in the U.S. Regardless of the cost of living in a domestic community, health issues were a significant risk and insuring against this risk was frequently too expensive or even impossible. Now with ACA, it's possible to find places in the ...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US NEWS 9 Most Affordable Placs 2 Retire
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: [Eating] Fish

Try "Wild Planet" sardines Agreed. These are great, I get the ones in water. They usually come 3 to a tin. Fatima, do the tins have a ring for easy opening, or they require a can opener? I want to order them from Amazon.com, and they don't provide this information. Thank you, Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: anyone here subscribe to The Economist? (renewal questio

I received a mailing from AAdvantage with a MAGSFORMILES offer. I have only 4,000 miles with American Airlines, and so I am not planning to use them any time soon. The list of magazines includes The Economist /51 print edition (3,200 miles) and digital edition (2,500 miles). My questions are: 1. Is ...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone here subscribe to The Economist? (renewal question)
Replies: 26
Views: 1998

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

sscritic and RDB were close to hitting #2,000,000 but they were too impatient.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1579

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

Barry Barnitz wrote:The 2 millionth post on the forum was made on Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:20 pm by Novine in the thread Mr. Money Mustache: Hero or Foolish?


If I were in Novine's place, I would ask for a coupon for 10 un-moderated posts.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1579

Re: Round The World!

Will do good wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:If airports had ticker symbols they would be easier to decipher.


Here's the website with airport codes: http://www.airportcodes.org


Thank you. I was joking. People on this site don't think twice about writing in the ticker-tape code, but airports are a different language.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Round The World!
Replies: 26
Views: 1544

Re: Round The World!

I took a look at this FlyerTalk website and it seems to be written in code. It doesn't look useful to a speaker of English. :( Example: " 1. When I booked the ticket the agent was only able to assign seats on AC and said the rest would be assigned at the airport. Entering the ticket locator on...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Round The World!
Replies: 26
Views: 1544

Re: US NEWS 9 Most Affordable Placs 2 Retire

'greatest country on God's green earth'? You mean... Sweden? ;-). Too much danger from pathological sex murderers - at least I think so, based on reading their detective fiction. If you were to be murdered in a pathological sex act, would not you want the perpetrator to look like Ingrid Bergman? Vi...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US NEWS 9 Most Affordable Placs 2 Retire
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

My bete noir are people at the grocery store checkout who insist on bagging their own groceries while the cashier waits, then after bagging, swipe their card. In this regard I do observe a gender gap. I'm also watching the prices on the screen as I bag my groceries to make sure they are correct. An...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443

Re: Round The World!

I am a longtime poster on FlyerTalk. I suggest you go over there and read about RTW tickets. FT is the travel equivalent of BH. Thanks to what I learned over there I was able to stockpile 5 MM miles and hotel points before I retired. Is it significant that you collected miles and points before you ...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Round The World!
Replies: 26
Views: 1544

Re: [Eating] Fish

The mislabeling epidemic is out of control... Is there a solution? Not to eat fish? To pay for some type of a fishy insurance? Victoria Short of opening your own DNA lab, I would suggest paying a lot more attention to the fish you are buying and not just the label. This won't help you in all cases,...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

Mel, you, livesoft, nisiprius, Valuethinker, and I are going to have to step it up a bit. Let's not take so long to get to 4,000,000. I have been told the second 2,000,000 is easier than the first 2,000,000 because of compounding. We will have to see. With 20,000 posts, you are in 1 percent . Victo...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1579

Re: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY

Congratulations to all contributors and readers! Special thanks to the organizers and moderators for restricting these 2m posts to quality posts!

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: FORUM REACHES 2,000,000 POSTS TODAY
Replies: 52
Views: 1579

Re: [Eating] Fish

Try "Wild Planet" sardines which you can find at whole foods or on amazon. Best I've had. Thank you, Vital. I found it on Amazon.com but the pictures show only the outer box. Do the cans have a ring for easy opening? Also, do you have any recommendations for choosing between sardines pack...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

Has anyone studied whether there are people who spend less responsibly with cash since it's harder to keep track of transactions (unlike the credit card, which gives you a record of each one)? I don't remember any particular studies, but in general, it's true that when people track their activities...
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443

Re: [Eating] Fish

Spirit Rider wrote:The mislabeling epidemic is out of control...


Is there a solution? Not to eat fish? To pay for some type of a fishy insurance?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 7609

Re: Buenos Aires and Macchu Picchu?

dwade1109 wrote:Just got back from MP and had a wonderful experience. Thank you for all the wonderful advice :happy


Congratulations with a wonderful experience. What were your highlights?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buenos Aires and Macchu Picchu?
Replies: 20
Views: 1564

Re: What does a Boglehead Mattress look like?

berntson wrote:Many Bogleheads believe in the Efficient Mattress Hypothesis (EMH)...


Is Boglehead Mattress Tilting allowed?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does a Boglehead Mattress look like?
Replies: 17
Views: 1324

Re: What does a Boglehead Mattress look like?

arsenebould wrote:What does a Boglehead Mattress look like?


It's stuffed with I Bonds instead of bills.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does a Boglehead Mattress look like?
Replies: 17
Views: 1324

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

I don't use a credit card for groceries. I buy in fairly small amounts ($5-$30, generally) and I don't want to punish the merchant with cc fees. Those credit card fees are built into the prices of the groceries you're buying, just like any other cost of doing business. So it's not like you're "...
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443

Re: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?

Bias alert: I'm usually one who likes to make travel arrangements well in advance to avoid the situation you described on your last European trip. I am like you. I like to make travel arrangements in advance, and once I see a fair that looks reasonable I prefer to lock into it rather than to keep c...
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?
Replies: 37
Views: 1784

Re: Windsor, UK, question

livesoft wrote:^ And a double-stroke if you went to Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.


Some people got triple-stroke from touring Yanukovych's house, a case of "three strokes and you are out."

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

My thinking about this is similar. I, too, take pride in my analytical mind, my ability to do mental math, and willpower. But I also know that on few occasions when I was short on cash and could not use plastic, I was spending less than I normally do. If you're spending less because you're short on...
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443

Re: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?

Victoria, As you're probably aware, you can upgrade to business on United for this flight for 15k miles. I always (try) to upgrade on the US-LHR leg to get a good nights sleep. I know you have future plans for travel so you may be banking your miles for future flights but FYI. Thank you for the sug...
by VictoriaF
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?
Replies: 37
Views: 1784

Re: Medicare and FEHB

LonePrairie wrote:I do sometimes have difficulty finding a provider who accepts Medicare.


If a provider does not accept Medicare, does he take patients who have some other secondary insurance such as GEHA? Or providers only focus on the primary insurance?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare and FEHB
Replies: 16
Views: 893

Re: Windsor, UK, question

You've already had your questioned answered, but I work in Windsor so I'll reiterate and add a bit. Old Windsor is very much a residential area, and not particularly nice (compared to Windsor proper - where the castle is), but there is a sidewalk all the way until the turn off where the Beaumont is...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

livesoft wrote:If the weather is poor, then a visiting used book stores is always a treat. How about looking for this book published by Black Swan?


But you see, now that I know about the book, I found it in Amazon.com. On a rainy day I'll have to look for some other Black Swan offerings.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

Thank you, livesoft. On the flight over the Atlantic I will sleep, and any skyfall will not be a movie. But I can watch Skyfall right before the trip. The National Gallery and the Science Museum sound good, but I might reserve them for a bad weather.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?

I have just below 20,000 miles on United and will exceed 20k after the London trip. I thought that flights outside the continental U.S. required at least 40k miles. 20k miles + $186 to Europe does not look bad. Victoria Are you serious? UA is offering RT tickets to Europe from US for 20K miles plus...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flights D.C. to London: Buy now or wait?
Replies: 37
Views: 1784

Re: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson

ThatGuy wrote:They have black swans at the SF Zoo, I visit them regularly.


Is that a preemptive strike?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Doesn't Matter - Does Matter - Good Post by Ben Carlson
Replies: 58
Views: 5179

Re: Luxury you can afford? Regrets?

I can afford to retire. I could do it for the past year but don't regret delaying it, because I used this year well.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury you can afford? Regrets?
Replies: 8
Views: 1555

Re: Windsor, UK, question

So here's the thing... If you've been to London so many times, you've probably seen everything on the beaten path. I too have of course seen all the big famous locations since they're so close, and my wife and I now prefer to wander and explore through the lesser visited (but still very nice) parts...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

Windsor and Eton are lovely, and should be especially nice the time of year you are visiting. My wife and I live not too far from Windsor, and we visit several times a year. I don't have too much further advice; it seems you have it mostly figured out, but also note that if you like, you can easily...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

chaz wrote:I toured Windsor Castle in 1978. Very nice.


I'll tour it, too, and then I'll reciprocate by inviting the owners to visit my castle.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

I have just made a reservation at Inkeeper's Lodge. Before I did, I received a code for a 15% discount off the flexible rate by subscribing to their newsletter. I am assuming that I will be able to cancel the newsletter later. Staying at the lodge will save me some money, but it will also provide me...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

22twain wrote:Stop off at The Fox & Castle on your way back to the Lodge sometime and give us a report on it. :beer

http://www.thefoxandcastle.co.uk/


Will do,

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

Wow, thank you so much, livesoft! I am changing my mind again. I will stay in the Lodge, walk the scenic route you suggested, and take a taxi in a downpour. I have already checked this bus route 71. The bus runs every 30 minutes. I knew from the schedule that it stops near Beaumont Estate, but it wa...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: Windsor, UK, question

I don't know the area but have you tried looking it up on google earth that should give you a good idea about whether it is walkable or not. I would, however, remind you that the weather in the UK can be very wet regardless of the time of year so you may want to take that into account - As my name ...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Windsor, UK, question

I will be attending a several-day event at Beaumont Estate , Windsor, UK. I can get a prepaid (noncancellable) room at Beaumont for £95.48 per day (including VAT). But I am also considering alternatives. Tripadvisor lists Innkeepers Lodge located about 1.5 miles away from Beaumont along A308, where ...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windsor, UK, question
Replies: 29
Views: 871

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

Even if studies show that "people" buy junk food with plastic, it does not mean that all people do so. winglessangel31 , you and I don't buy junk food. However, we all make some purchases with our credit cards that we would not have made with cash. I have a CC that gives 1% cash back on a...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443

Re: POLL: why carry cash?

Behavioral economics experiments show that people behave more honestly and make more prudent decisions when they use cash. An example of the former is that when students were getting cash for completing puzzles they were cheating much less than when they were receiving a token retrievable for cash ...
by VictoriaF
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: why carry cash?
Replies: 225
Views: 7443
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