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by davebarnes
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick Out My New TV For Me
Replies: 30
Views: 2476

Easy

tj wrote:1.) Samsung 60" Plasma - $800 ---> http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-60- ... cat0101001

THIS ONE.
Large
Bright
Well known brand
wickedly low price
by davebarnes
Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which masters is better investment?
Replies: 18
Views: 1767

ROI?

Well, my daughter graduated undergrad from Columbia.
I hate Texas.

So, UT for the FREE win!
by davebarnes
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?
Replies: 40
Views: 2697

cooked

gkaplan wrote:Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Grilled pb&j sandwiches
by davebarnes
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13176

Re: Food of the Fifties

Jello
Cake made with Betty Crocker mix
Deviled eggs
wheateena
White bread
by davebarnes
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DH and I are buying bicycles
Replies: 39
Views: 1982

local bike shop

Find a LBS you feel comfortable with.
Buy a bike with their help. Maybe even used.
Get it fitted for you.
by davebarnes
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amica burned me, now what...
Replies: 43
Views: 5386

fussy, they are

1970 became AMICA shareholder with car insurance
1987 they said no to rehabbed house because, EIFS
24 years with State Farm
2011 new house with AMICA
by davebarnes
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap web hosting
Replies: 15
Views: 1244

It's 2015

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by davebarnes
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paperless Office?
Replies: 55
Views: 3526

Re: Paperless Office?

Well, my earlier post disappeared, so here is the short version.

buy hard drive 3x size of airbook
buy SuperDuper! and use Time Machine
buy VueScan for software
buy legal size scanner
PDFs

declutter before scanning
do it again
by davebarnes
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 must have car safety/'Convenience safety' features
Replies: 36
Views: 2960

Re: 3 must have car features

heated leather seats
radio - FM
what else is there?
by davebarnes
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garbage disposal installation
Replies: 33
Views: 1524

Easy

My 28-year old daughter installed her new disposal without my help. She went to Home Depot, bought it, brought it home, took the old one out, and put the new one in.
I plan to have her do mine when it needs replacing. LOL.
by davebarnes
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 988
Views: 157432

Paddington

Paddington.
Very good.
Fun.
Recommended.
by davebarnes
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing jobs and PTO
Replies: 9
Views: 1263

You lose

You get VACATION pay as it is yours.
You don't get PTO nor sick pay.
Which is why companies are shifting from vacation + sick to PTO. Clever.
by davebarnes
Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are Checking Accounts National?
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Why, yes they are

credit union
mine does back by phone ( I do this weekly)
mine is part of a giant network so "branch access" 'is easy if I need it (I do this once every 5 years)
mine allows me to use an ATM at any 7-11 for free (I do this once a year)

I like mine: DCU.org
by davebarnes
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a new vacuum
Replies: 22
Views: 1680

Just do it

Miele
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 5459

Don't be so low rent

arthurdawg wrote:I love a good Mac vs. PC debate... pull up the popcorn!

Artisan pizza and micro brews.
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Free business checking with mobile deposit
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Credit Union

My credit union since 1976.
http://www.DCU.org
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: How Will You Complete Your 2014 Taxes?
Replies: 69
Views: 5458

35 years and counting

I use a professional- a tax preparer. In the past 35 years, I have never received a notification from the IRS If I am ever audited, I will have a professional that has my records and knows my case. Family firm. Started with the father and now have the son. $260 with wages and small business. Worth e...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 5459

Re: As an Apple fanboi

Cheapest Mac laptop is $899. Have you actually purchased a Windows PC of the same price or you an Applehead who buys a $899 Mac and compares it to a $300 Windows PC. How can that be a fair comparison? That is problem with Appleheads. They don't compare like to like. You missed my point entirely. My...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Roth IRA vs 529 vs other for college savings
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

Roth IRA

Roth IRA for child.
It is not difficult to do.
Just think.
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Excel vs. Apple Numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 2389

Seriously ???

nisiprius wrote:P.S. Quick test, just a reality check to see what is going to happen. The latest version of Numbers I have is Numbers '08.

It is not 2008.
It is now 2015.
Try again with the latest version of Numbers (3.52) instead of a 7-year old version.
Seriously.
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 5459

As an Apple fanboi

For me. 1989-1997: Macs. At work and at home (business and personal) 1997-2005: Windows machines. For home-based business. Bought some and built some. 2005-present: iMacs for home-based business. And, Macbooks. And iPhones. I prefer Mac OS X over WIndows. Have Windows running under VMware Fusion on ...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Excel vs. Apple Numbers
Replies: 20
Views: 2389

Different

They are very different. Excel: long history legacy support macros and formulae used by spreadsheet wizards everywhere Numbers: simpler target audience = casual user a pro will hate it because it does not do "xxx" which Excel does If you are creating a simple spreadsheet for your personal ...
by davebarnes
Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bringing up 529s to the grandparents
Replies: 58
Views: 3534

Be smart

Forget the 529s.
Go for Roth IRAs.
by davebarnes
Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Took the GRE test [- Suggest a masters degree]
Replies: 39
Views: 2649

MBA

Best for your résumé is the MBA. Find a program without a lot of writing. I did not do much writing for mine (from Babson). As an engineer nerd, I hate expository writing. #2 on my list would be Computer Engineering/Science. But, then, as someone who has been coding since 1965 (with 18 years spent i...
by davebarnes
Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car Prices - is this the new normal ?
Replies: 89
Views: 9208

in Denver

I just experimented.
Denver, Hertz, Feb 11-17, 2015 is $175 with tax
not airport

30JAN2015
Another experiment
Denver, Hertz, Feb 11-17, 2015 $350 with tax
airport
by davebarnes
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding a good realtor
Replies: 12
Views: 834

screening

My screening questions are:
How many sides have you done in last 12 months?
Buy sides?
Sell sides?
The total should be 20+ as that will weed out the part timers.
The ratio is important as that helps you gage their level of expertise at representing you.
by davebarnes
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android or iPhone? Which do you like, and why?
Replies: 40
Views: 2142

whatever Tim tells me to buy

Our family:
1 iPhone 6+
1 iPhone 5
2 iMacs
1 iPad Mini
1 iPad Air
1 Macbook Air
1 Apple TV

We buy whatever Tim tells us to buy.

We like the UI for Apple products.
We like the safety of the walled garden.
We like the resale value of our old Apple stuff.
by davebarnes
Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a clickless mouse
Replies: 33
Views: 2657

Excellent recommendation

LAlearning wrote:New house with a separate office

Exactly.
by davebarnes
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliability of LED televisions?
Replies: 18
Views: 1467

Stupid is better

Stupid TVs are better than smart TVs. The reason is that the TV manufacturers are horribly incompetent when it comes to updating software. A $100 external box (Apple or Roku) makes more sense than incorporating that functionality into a $1000+ device. 3D is a waste of money. 4K is a waste of money r...
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to take a HSA distribution for past medical costs
Replies: 25
Views: 1949

best move

HueyLD wrote:Once you are 65 and on Medicare, you can withdraw an amount equal to Medicare premiums paid for you and your spouse (except for Medigap premiums). There will be no tax or penalty.

This, in my opinion, is the best action.
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a clickless mouse
Replies: 33
Views: 2657

Buy a Mac

lightheir wrote:Is the Apple mouse PC compatible? I don't use a Mac. Seems like on the website it's mac only. (Looks fantastic, though!)

You can buy a Mac to go with the mouse.
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a clickless mouse
Replies: 33
Views: 2657

Apple

https://www.apple.com/magicmouse/
It clicks, but is very quiet.
Image
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a home - 1st timer
Replies: 26
Views: 2710

Re: Selling a home - 1st timer

We spent $27K Curious how much you think it would have sold for if you hadn't done the work. Was it worth it It was a very strong buyers' market. The roof was 24 years old and had hail damage. $10K The water heater had a tiny leak. $1K The floors were a 1980s' color (whitewash) and had 24 years of ...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women's Face Moisturizer/Lotion
Replies: 51
Views: 3924

Alpine Silk

My wife swears by this stuff
http://alpinesilk.co.nz/all-products
She buys it directly from them in large quantities.
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by davebarnes
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsize, Reduce, Simplify.
Replies: 91
Views: 15013

Dieting is good

Do you feel liberated and more at ease? Did you find the transition hard? Do you wish you had done it sooner? Yes. No. Yes. But, the results would have been way different. We only downsized the living area by a few hundred sqft. But, we downsized the mortgage to $zero. Given the trajectory of the h...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm thinking about making very large 529 contributions ASAP
Replies: 76
Views: 6698

529s are stupid

529s are a horrible "investment".
You are better off buying gold bars and stashing them in a safe place.

When you fill out the FAFSA, 529 money is counted.
Gold bars (or cash under the mattress) are not.
Think about it.
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a home - 1st timer
Replies: 26
Views: 2710

Some actions

1. Declutter. This usually means removing 2/3 of all the stuff in the house. Into storage or the dumpster. 2. Clean. Deep clean. Everything and then everything again. Never fry or sauté food in the house again. Clean the cat's litter box every day and immediately before every showing. 3. Hire a real...
by davebarnes
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Checklist for buying a new car
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

yes, indeed

mhc wrote:Tell the dealer not to put any of their advertisement on your car.

I put that into the sales agreement before signing it. I make them initial it.

One time they ignored it and had to patch the trunk and then send new car to the body shop for painting. Then, I agreed to take ownership.
by davebarnes
Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 19377

Nothing

We own 1 car and drive it about 5K miles per year.
Gas prices (up or down) do not change our driving habits.
I expect our next car to be electric as our typical daily mileage is fewer than 20.
by davebarnes
Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MediCare and ? What are your out of pocket costs please.
Replies: 39
Views: 4082

Ymmv

Medicare advantage with Kaiser at $zero per month.
Part B at $105/mo
Out of pocket in 2014 was $3000 thanks to colon cancer.
Am huge fan of Kaiser.
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat??
Replies: 22
Views: 2564

This is not the 1940s

Technology changes rapidly.
Be mentally prepared to replace everything every 7 years and you will be OK.
by davebarnes
Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garbage disposals - are these still used?
Replies: 52
Views: 4145

Huh?

are a few things the little critters can't handle like egg shells and coffee grounds. What? I put both down our builder's special (Badger 5) disposal all the time. The really tough item is: fish skin. It bounces around and takes forever to grind up. When you live in the big city with a sanitary sew...
by davebarnes
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Purchasing a] shopping cart
Replies: 22
Views: 2546

Be smart AND cheap

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by davebarnes
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you encrypt financial/investment documents on your PC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Who cares?

Why?
I really don't care if someone sees my tax returns.
I send them to the IRS and they forward them to the CIA, FBI and NSA.
by davebarnes
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 988
Views: 157432

Selma

jginseattle wrote:Selma. Arguably the best movie of 2014.l

Saw it today. Very good.
The opening scene from Birmingham should be studied by every filmmaker. Just perfect.

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