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by batpot
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to iTunes on Windows 7 PC
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: Alternatives to iTunes on Windows 7 PC

Count me in the anti-iTunes camp; especially when it won't let you copy files FROM your crapple device.
This works for me for getting media files on/off my ipod:
http://www.mediamonkey.com/
by batpot
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 5546

Re: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?

Discount has a pretty good rebate going on today and tomorrow only:

www.discounttire.com/july4thSale.html
by batpot
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon getting too smart?
Replies: 35
Views: 4899

Re: Amazon getting too smart?

Just another reason to clear all your browsing history at the end of every browsing session, and only login as a final step to completing your order.
You didn't have to use another account.
by batpot
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from Android to iOS
Replies: 13
Views: 1558

Re: Moving from Android to iOS

Why you would give up your personal phone to get a company one? That seems like a way bigger impact to me. As for the title, all of your paid android apps will have to be re-purchased...this could be a lot of money, depending on what you've purchased. I'm guessing the reason the Amazon phone wasn't ...
by batpot
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 194
Views: 17419

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Identity theft is one obvious consequence, but has anyone considered that those with security clearances may now be targeted while traveling overseas?
by batpot
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Top 10 Bands and Top 10 Movies
Replies: 30
Views: 3798

Re: Your Top 10 Bands and Top 10 Movies

Bands:
Shellac
Pixies
Faith No More
Keelhaul
Lethargy
Gorguts
Don Caballero
Melvins
Starlight Mints
Devo

Movies are tough, but I can do writers/directors:
Kurosawa
Kubrick
Wes Anderson
Charlie Kaufman
Coen Bros
John Carpenter
Christopher Nolan
Tarantino
by batpot
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Top 10 Worst Bands/ Musicians and Movies
Replies: 48
Views: 5415

Re: Your Top 10 Worst Bands/ Musicians and Movies

I dare you to sit through more than 30 seconds of this...
[link removed by admin LadyGeek, see below.]
And if you kids like this crap, they need an intervention.
by batpot
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Phantom" Tipping
Replies: 68
Views: 11302

Re: "Phantom" Tipping

My understanding is that the tip line is meaningless. The credit card issuer only cares about the total written. You could write: Bill: $100 Tip: $5 Total: $125 The actual, legal tip is then $25. Are you confident a mistake like this isn't the issue here? I am confident that most people in this thr...
by batpot
Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping Rebate Sites
Replies: 7
Views: 1291

Shopping Rebate Sites

Just started using activejunky.com (my personal invite link: http://www.activejunky.com/invite/111107) Here are some reviews: http://www.cashbackholic.com/review.php?p=Active%20Junky 6% rebate at REI is pretty nice; I only wish I had learned about it sooner. Has anybody used any sites of this kind? ...
by batpot
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?

It depends on your needs. Speaking of which, you should also evaluate whether you really need the newest smart phone; there are many carrier-neutral budget phones hitting the market that are more than capable for most users. You'll see lots of people replying with various MVNOs, but many MVNOs use i...
by batpot
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Phantom" Tipping
Replies: 68
Views: 11302

Re: "Phantom" Tipping

Happened to me, and contacted Citi.
They refunded my account the $1 w/out an investigation. :annoyed

Next time I catch I will contact the restaurant.
by batpot
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House addition software
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: House addition software

We have a full basement, which as I understand it, typically requires some additional load bearing structures (e.g. columns) be added, and the exterior walls may also need to be reinforced. I guess the first step is to get an engineer, and go from there. I'd like to keep the whole addition to $150/s...
by batpot
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House addition software
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: House addition software

Awesome timing!
We're planning the same.

Are these tools capable of any kind of structural estimating (we're planning to go up a level), or is it purely just floorplan/layout?
by batpot
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Zimbabwe dollars are now worth something
Replies: 10
Views: 1855

Re: Zimbabwe dollars are now worth something

The market for a bank note, as a novelty, is very different: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-AA-100-TRILLION-DOLLAR-ZIMBABWE-CURRENCY-BANK-NOTE-FROM-BUNDLE-UST-REG/351424243614 I wonder how or if this buy out will change things? Years ago, a friend bought a stack of 100 of these for ~$100. Not a bad in...
by batpot
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Target Funds
Replies: 32
Views: 4438

Re: Vanguard Target Funds

So the idea is to just have to buy a single fund, and not have to worry about rebalancing every year, is that it? But what about your 401k? Unless you're fortunate enough to be able to buy this fund in your 401k, rebalancing is still a necessity. Given that I have to rebalance, I've developed a stra...
by batpot
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger phone screen 5.5" or Waterproof Phone 5.0" screen - which is more useful?
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: Bigger phone screen 5.5" or Waterproof Phone 5.0" screen - which is more useful?

I would think a functionality that you use daily would trump one that you use twice a year. How about getting a waterproof case for the lg for those twice a yr fotos? You can get one for 11 bucks with these features: Universal waterproof case dry bag fits all smartphones up to 6.0" diagonal si...
by batpot
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barclay doing away w/ the 2 screen login process
Replies: 9
Views: 1254

Barclay doing away w/ the 2 screen login process

Just got an email: We're simplifying the log in process for Barclays Online Banking. This month, we will be removing the log in step that asks you to verify your SafeKeys® image and phrase. Once these are removed, you'll simply enter your user name and password for account access. You don't need to ...
by batpot
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1043
Views: 172408

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Apocalypto I felt ok for the first 10 minutes then Mel Gibsons movie reminded me of the underlying depravity of Homo Sapiens. Interesting. I just watched this as well, for the first time since it came out. Some of it I had forgotten about, specifically the human sacrifices. It's a decent film and G...
by batpot
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car warranty about to expire
Replies: 18
Views: 2006

Re: New car warranty about to expire

Just a quick google search revealed 7 TSBs on this vehicle: http://www.acuraproblems.com/tsbs/TSX/2011/ Typically, service bulletin repairs are not performed unless the customer complains about symptoms related to them. They're either low likelihood, or low severity issues that don't constitute a re...
by batpot
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows Media Center discontinued
Replies: 18
Views: 1671

Re: Windows Media Center discontinued

Kodi/XBMC is not directly a suitable replacement for WMC or Myth. You still need something to act as a DVR backend to use Kodi/XBMC currently. If you are just loading video files and such VLC, Kodi and plenty of others are just fine. But if you need a DVR there are only a few options out there curr...
by batpot
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows Media Center discontinued
Replies: 18
Views: 1671

Re: Windows Media Center discontinued

Kodi, previously known as XMBC

http://kodi.tv/

I haven't yet tried it for myself, though.

I'm going to be watching that silicon dust kickstarter very closely, though; and they will be including Kodi support.
...I'm just not quite sure what that means. :?
by batpot
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air: Spend $ on RAM or Faster Intel HD Graphics?
Replies: 54
Views: 4473

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

An Intel HD 6000 is part of the CPU chipset, so it's not simply a gpu comparison, but a cpu&gpu combo. The HD 6000 is coupled with the latest Broadwell CPUs, while the 5000 is coupled with the older Haswell, so in addition to better performance, you're going to experience better battery life. So...
by batpot
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart phone as a camera only ???
Replies: 17
Views: 1523

Re: Smart phone as a camera only ???

Yet I see many older folks using their smart phones (or tablets) to take pictures. It seems so simple....all they do is point and shoot. Their is no pause for the camera to focus and the pictures turnout great. I have been paid for some of my photos, so I guess that might make me a professional pho...
by batpot
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PayPal Lessons Learned
Replies: 25
Views: 3509

Re: PayPal Lessons Learned

So what's the lesson learned?
You got your money back, despite a bunch of warning signs. What's the problem?
by batpot
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heads up on a great CC promotion (Chase Freedom)
Replies: 51
Views: 6519

Heads up on a great CC promotion (Chase Freedom)

$200 cash back after spending only $500 in 3 months, and no annual fee.
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/freedom/apply200/
by batpot
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US Mobile?
Replies: 27
Views: 1537

Re: US Mobile?

by batpot
Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What is safest vehicle on the road today that I can buy?]
Replies: 114
Views: 9064

Re: [What is safest vehicle on the road today that I can buy?]

You need a Marauder.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marauder_%28vehicle%29

Here's the Top Gear review...Hummer got blown to bits by C4 that Marauder drove away from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDoRmT0iRic
by batpot
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 28219

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Not if you use media center.

Probably will on my new lappy, but not sure about my tower.
by batpot
Fri May 29, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home - unexpected competition
Replies: 113
Views: 13973

Re: Selling home - unexpected competition

We (the sellers) did the inspections and disclosed them. They are there for anyone to read. Apparently that's how it works these days. Very interesting. Here in Seattle I have heard prospective buyers show up at the open house with their inspector so they can be prepared to make an offer immediatel...
by batpot
Fri May 29, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home - unexpected competition
Replies: 113
Views: 13973

Re: Selling home - unexpected competition

We received a few more offers by noon today, the highest of which was $880K. No contingencies on most of them. We accepted the highest one tonight and signed the contract. I'm hoping this works out and there are no issues along the way. This (no-contingency offers) is why today's Bay Area buyers ne...
by batpot
Thu May 28, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular

Browser wrote:My Consumer Cellular settings are: default,mms,supl,hipri

I have no idea what hipri is or where I picked that up.


Those are the settings from the AT&T website.
by batpot
Thu May 28, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular

When I signed up w/ CC last year, there were only 3: default, mms, supl And note that it still says this is acceptable, and the rep confirmed this as we walked through the settings. Everything I've read suggested AGPS isn't used anymore. And unless you have an AT&T branded phone, FOTA would be m...
by batpot
Thu May 28, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying iPhone 6 at full retail
Replies: 33
Views: 3092

Re: Buying iPhone 6 at full retail

Take the phone to a verizon MVNO and you'll save more than the $25 that the "edge" program would save you. This. You already paid full retail; no point in throwing good money after bad. And there was a recent thread on the topic: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=16...
by batpot
Wed May 27, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still make sense to have AAA membership?
Replies: 74
Views: 6555

Re: Still make sense to have AAA membership?

Even though I moved my auto, homeowner and umbrella insurances to Safeco I retained my AAA membership for the road service and discounts. even though? I signed up for AAA because it got me a discount on Safeco auto; it's paying for itself in lower premiums. I just need to remember to check them nex...
by batpot
Wed May 27, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to re-key locks on new house?
Replies: 36
Views: 3482

Re: Best way to re-key locks on new house?

I will never buy Kwikset again. One morning I was locking the deadbolt, and as I pulled my key out, the lock cylinder came out with it. A pin (or something) broke inside the lock. I was locked out, but by some stroke of luck, my wife was still inside the house that morning, so she could still open t...
by batpot
Wed May 27, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still make sense to have AAA membership?
Replies: 74
Views: 6555

Re: Still make sense to have AAA membership?

Even though I moved my auto, homeowner and umbrella insurances to Safeco I retained my AAA membership for the road service and discounts. even though? I signed up for AAA because it got me a discount on Safeco auto; it's paying for itself in lower premiums. I just need to remember to check them nex...
by batpot
Tue May 26, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular

No problem at all getting LTE setup; just called and told them I had a new phone, and took all of 5 minutes after the rep asked for my IMEI #. The rep walked thru the APN settings, which I had already copied from my old phone, and you can get them from their website, too: Name CC LTE (doesn't matter...
by batpot
Tue May 26, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular
Replies: 15
Views: 1806

Re: New phone considerations for Consumer Cellular

I'm happy to report that the Alcatel Idol 3 is a keeper. There are some instances of sluggishness in some aspects, such as websites with a bunch of ads and crap, but it's generally very tolerable. The battery life is good, the display is fantastic, the forward facing speakers work very well, and are...
by batpot
Wed May 20, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Huge Problem With First Home
Replies: 28
Views: 5290

Re: Huge Problem With First Home

You should have already received a CLUE report for the last 5 years, or the duration they occupied, if less than 5 years. You also should have received a disclosure form, but even if you didn't, the form says the seller's are still required to disclose material facts. https://www.aaronline.com/wp-co...
by batpot
Wed May 20, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Credit Card w/ 5% Cash Back Rotating Category is Best?
Replies: 37
Views: 5270

Re: Which Credit Card w/ 5% Cash Back Rotating Category is Best?

I like the Discover card better, because it generally has better deals w/ online vendors for extra cash back above and beyond the rotating categories. I've also used it's price protection feature a few times.
But I have both.
by batpot
Mon May 18, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To refinance or not to refinance
Replies: 13
Views: 1353

Re: To refinance or not to refinance

You don't need to accept the 15 year loan. Tell them you want a 13 year loan or if you can afford the payment go to a 10 year loan. Lot of times they they don't tell you that you can create a loan for any duration. I learned something new! I didn't realize you could create yourself a loan for any d...
by batpot
Mon May 18, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Foreign Fee Credit Card - Exchange Rate
Replies: 42
Views: 6278

Re: No Foreign Fee Credit Card - Exchange Rate

I cancelled the Barclay Arrival+ last month just before the one year anniversary. They didn't ask or pressure me into staying. I would have stayed, but I didn't want to pay the fee. The card was actually enrolled in my wife's name (I had a card too). I wonder if I could do another card in my name a...
by batpot
Mon May 18, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chasing the Big Dogs
Replies: 16
Views: 2410

Re: Chasing the Big Dogs

So I am 38 with 3.2 M net worth. Thus top 1% until I hit 40 (in a little over 1 year) then drop to top 5%? I find this suspect and difficult to believe. It's to be expected that the brackets will change by age (usually higher amounts as you get older and have time to accumulate). You are squarely i...
by batpot
Sat May 16, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chasing the Big Dogs
Replies: 16
Views: 2410

Re: Chasing the Big Dogs

He didn't get into what is/isn't counted...I see some count life insurance?
by batpot
Fri May 15, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Requesting recommendation on where to park my savings.
Replies: 8
Views: 1172

Re: Requesting recommendation on where to park my savings.

Moved to Barclays when they were the top a year or more ago.

Now the top is some bank called synchrony at 1.05; Barclays is 1.
I'll stay w/ Barclays.
by batpot
Fri May 15, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free if you sign up (Home Depot card)
Replies: 18
Views: 2766

Re: Free if you sign up (Home Depot card)

As long as I've had it, Shop Discover (or now Discover Deals) has offered at least 5% cash back at homedepot.com. It sometimes goes to 10%, and I've seen it as high as 15% when "home improvement stores" are one of their quarterly categories.
by batpot
Thu May 14, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 11867

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

So you are in compliance with the tread depth law in your state, then?
Even if it's not law, driving in rain or snow with bald tires is a major safety concern.

On another topic: Wouldn't a self driving car make liability insurance moot? That would hugely help offset the cost of the purchase.
by batpot
Thu May 14, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ATT next plan - prepayment quandary
Replies: 19
Views: 2320

Re: ATT next plan - prepayment quandary

How many minutes, and much data do you go through on your cell phones in a given month?

Why not pay them off, then switch to an AT&T MVNO like Consumer Cellular?
Sounds like you'd be going to split billing anyway, so might as well save some money in the process.
by batpot
Thu May 14, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starbucks Smartphone App Being Hacked
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Starbucks Smartphone App Being Hacked

linking, or using the debit card associated with your bank account is pretty stupid nowadays, when credit cards have zero liability.

There are a few exceptions that have to be made, but I keep those to a minimum, and try to limit the amount of money available in those accounts.

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