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Apple

Buy an iMac
by davebarnes
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What desktop should I buy.
Replies: 36
Views: 2384

If you are a color nerd

by davebarnes
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone Cases
Replies: 21
Views: 1390

Friends

You need 5 friends. You pick a wine category -- as narrow or broad as you like. You get 6 brown paper bottle bags. You print up some tasting notes sheets and provide 6 writing implements. Each person brings 1 bottle and some food. Each bottle is opened and placed inside a bag and the bag is numbered...
by davebarnes
Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Taste testing wine at home
Replies: 23
Views: 1655

Want to telegraph status?

This
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by davebarnes
Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a move-up car after mid-size sedan?
Replies: 63
Views: 4033

plan ahead

Do not save any visible money for the kids' education. The colleges will take it all.
The best time to fill out the FAFSA is when your income is in the crapper.
by davebarnes
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Totally Stressed. Husband lost job.
Replies: 28
Views: 6350

Complex? Yes.

Some "light reading" on the subject at http://octoscope.com/English/Resources/Whitepapers.html
by davebarnes
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi, brick walls, metal
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?

Lettonie
Bath, England
Michelin 2 stars
$90/person
5+ hours

Amazing. Delicious. Wonderful.
by davebarnes
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?
Replies: 88
Views: 6548

Re: Book suggestion for buying primary home

City-data.com
Real estate
Read a lot
by davebarnes
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book suggestion for buying primary home
Replies: 13
Views: 873

my experience

Twice.
My 28 year old daughter has sent handwritten notes on her personal (Crane) stationary.
Both times she was told by the person who hired her that they appreciated it.
by davebarnes
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: thank you note following interview (best way)
Replies: 21
Views: 1449

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the answer.
Unless, you are Jenny McCarthy.
by davebarnes
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Virus Protection
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Misleading chart

Here is a decent chart showing comparisons: http://eartheasy.com/live_led_bulbs_comparison.html I find the chart to be misleading. They base all the costs on 50000 hours. If you have a light bulb that is lit for 1 hour/day, then that is 3650 hours over a decade. You will probably replace the bulb t...
by davebarnes
Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question
Replies: 64
Views: 4868

A number of people

My 28 year old daughter just got married (SEP2014) to a very nice young man. 1. We gave her $5K. 2. The groom's father paid for the rehearsal dinner. 3. The groom's mother gave them $2K. 4. The kids paid for the wedding and the honeymoon. Way too much in Dad's opinion, but it was their money. I thin...
by davebarnes
Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who Paid for the wedding?
Replies: 94
Views: 6494

Be smart

You only get 1 free one per company per year.
Mark your calendar to space them out every 4 months.

Sign up at credit karma.com for free for casual tracking.
by davebarnes
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where do I go to get my 3 credit reports?
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Oh, well

prudent wrote:Even if it results in an increase that you find objectionable, you can always look for another ....
Mother-in-Law.
by davebarnes
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mother-in-law wrecked our car
Replies: 52
Views: 5269

HeatnGlo

We have http://www.heatnglo.com/Products/Cosmo- ... place.aspx
Came with new house 3.5 years ago.
Happy with it.
It puts out a ton (26K BTUs) of heat.
by davebarnes
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a gas insert fireplace? which brand?
Replies: 4
Views: 745

false answers are good

Use 1password to keep track of your answers
It runs on most computers, including the portable one in you pocket/purse.
by davebarnes
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: login security questions, using false answers
Replies: 13
Views: 1032

first things first

Safety. Newer cars are safer.
Conservative. Kids want cool cars. Parents think: boring is better.
Repairs. Some brands cost more than others.
by davebarnes
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a kids first car -- considerations?
Replies: 25
Views: 2580

Ask the correct question

The correct question is not: is it a good camera?
The proper question is: will I use it?
I have a decent, older p&s Canon AND an iPhone 4s. There is no question that the Canon is a much better camera. There is also no question about which "camera" I use more.
by davebarnes
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low Price Nikon Camera
Replies: 31
Views: 1756

Re: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question

frugalguy wrote: Looks like I'm going to have to carry around a multi-column spreadsheet with me when I go to Home Depot. :P

True.
In the old days, you bought a light bulb based on one criterion: wattage.
Today, you buy based upon: lumens, watts, CRI, temperature, life expectancy, price.
by davebarnes
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question
Replies: 64
Views: 4868

Like it

Wife bought me AirPad 2 for my birthday to replace iPad.
Lighter.
Faster charging cycle.
Really like it.
by davebarnes
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own iPad Air 2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2113

Wool

Darn Tough - some interesting colors (girls get better choices than boys)
Smart Wool - boring colors

For me, online at http://www.socksaddict.com/
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High quality winter sock
Replies: 35
Views: 2191

Research

http://lcdtvbuyingguide.com/
Where I spend time first.

I really like the 3 plasma TVs that we own, but there is just no selection anymore.
by davebarnes
Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV buying recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 3030

Think about resale

The lease is cool until you go to sell your house and the prospective buyers say: No way!
You need to spend some time reading up on this "problem".
For example, http://www.npr.org/2014/07/15/330769382 ... omes-value
by davebarnes
Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Panels for Home
Replies: 17
Views: 1669

No such thing

Jozxyqk wrote:put us in a "forever" house

No such thing.
Life changes.
You will buy at least one other house after your "forever" one.
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Boglehead advice on new home
Replies: 28
Views: 3271

We think it helped

We paid for one.
It was buried in the tuition to our daughter's private school.
Two people to help 70 students.
Our child wound up going to a private university on the Upper West Side of NYC.
Her education and the brand name of the school have been useful in her career, so far.
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Private college counselor
Replies: 76
Views: 4554

For me.

8GB of RAM is the least I would buy.
Windows 7, never 8.
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: All inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta

http://www.hotels.com/ho132131/buenaventura-grand-hotel-spa-all-inclusive-puerto-vallarta-mexico/?PSRC=G21&dateless=true&gclid=CNC_i4a2ksICFQGraQodlmoA1w&hotelid=132131&rffrid=sem.hcom.US.google.003.08.02.s.kwrd%3DZzZz.sFRR0vJ5u.0.27836617822.10203z018193.d.t I have stayed here and l...
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

paper?

I am age 66 and have not used one for 10+ years.
My 28 year old daughter has never used one. Never.
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use a phone book?
Replies: 51
Views: 2137

I learned that money can buy happiness

Image taught me that money can by happiness.
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy happiness (WSJ)
Replies: 31
Views: 3641

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I bought two pairs of fun socks for $20 .
Plus tax.
by davebarnes
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 8559

I buy AppleCare

Buy AppleCare.
Sell computer at the 2.5 year point.
Sell for more money and much faster with AppleCare.
Take money and buy new Apple stuff.
by davebarnes
Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Buy Warranty for MacBook Pro
Replies: 27
Views: 4448

More info needed

What is the width and height of the opening?
What is the nominal width of the current oven?
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for a built-in oven
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Very heavy

A Japanese Type 99 Machine gun? Firing or deactivated? WWII bring back? Yes. Assumed firing, but we had no ammo. If we had, we would have used it. 3rd grade boys are crazy. Yes. Todd's father brought it back. GIs brought back the most amazing items. We did not play with it much as it was way too he...
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 5174

Re: Your favorite classic toys for kids

Daisy air rifle.
Cut the safety bar out of the muzzle so you could jam more dirt into it.

One my friends in 3rd grade had one of these
Image
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite classic toys for kids
Replies: 89
Views: 5174

Experience is very good

Credit version of RedCard.
Don't care if number is stolen.
5% pays part of the sales tax and PIF.
by davebarnes
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Target Redcard?
Replies: 30
Views: 3145

chocolate

Is the Little Debbie still in its wrapper?
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food Frugality: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 94
Views: 7643

What we like

Look at Room and Board.
We think it is very good and have some pieces for 10+ years. Typically made in the USA.
Image
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Furniture
Replies: 27
Views: 2114

AirPad

My wonderful wife just bought me an iPad Air 2 for my birthday.
Replaced an older iPad.
Much improved.
Very happy.
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Tablet?
Replies: 24
Views: 1979

Re: ObamaCare vs. Private Insurance??

[ObamaCare -- admin LadyGeek] is private insurance.
by davebarnes
Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ObamaCare vs. Private Insurance??
Replies: 105
Views: 11794

Consider IKEA

IKEA 1. Lots of design options. 2. German hardware. Blum. 3. Wall mounting system is better. 4. Very affordable. 5. Decent quality. 6. Lots of info about them. One source is http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/ Another is http://www.ikeafans.com/ 7. If you go with IKEA do your own picking and delivery. ...
by davebarnes
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Cabinets
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Easy

Bosch
buy any model as long as the list price is >$890 USD
quiet
cleans well
by davebarnes
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking recommendations for a new dishwasher
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Medicare Advantage fan

Me.
Diagnosed with colon cancer at age 65.1.
Have Kaiser MA plan in Denver for $100/mo.
Surgery, chemo have cost me $2500 in co-pays this year.
Am very happy with KP as I do not mind being restricted to the KP system.
by davebarnes
Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional Medicare vs Medicare Advantage
Replies: 30
Views: 2238

another one

city-data.com forum
by davebarnes
Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 70
Views: 7849

for me, personally

Medicare
Kaiser Advantage
colon cancer with out-of-pocket around $3K
by davebarnes
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best health insurance plan for a bad year (cancer)?
Replies: 30
Views: 2442

18 months

2007 Audi A3
4500 miles per year
$78 per oil change with fancy VW oil
every 18 months
by davebarnes
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 168
Views: 12271

Yelp is your friend

Look on Yelp.
It is how I found a repair shop for my iMac last week. Very happy with the work.
by davebarnes
Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: locating a competent PC repair shop........
Replies: 12
Views: 824

coincidence?

As of yesterday, I had received zero of these.
This morning; 30 in my Inbox.
I blame this thread.
by davebarnes
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiple Fake "Thank you for your order"?
Replies: 35
Views: 2488
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