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Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Absolutely insane to be using a 10 year old laptop. You can get a beast of a laptop for $350. I know, but despite its many flaws it worked well enough to meet my needs, so I kept it and didn't worry about its inferiority to newer models as it did all I needed to do, so wasn't functionally obsolesce...
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Well, it's a rare person that needs an i5 for the jobs you seem to want to do, but if that's what you want, that's what you want. But why pay $1340 when you can pay $803 ? Your link doesn't seem to be working. The processor I'm going to get is the lowest performance processor (at least in terms of ...
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

KyleAAA wrote:If you're going to splurge on a sSD, you probably don't need 8gb of RAM. Lenovos are solid.


The extra 4Gb is only an $80 upgrade, so I thought I'd get it just because it might come in handy in the future as software demand for memory only seems to go up as time passes.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Photos are photos. RAW, PNG, JPG, etc. are all pretty much universal file types readable by basically anything. Possibly your computer guy meant that the Nikon software you use to organize these files on your Windows computer won't work on a Mac, and he might be right. But you could almost certainl...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

The photos I'm going to move onto the new laptop were saved using Nikon's software on a Windows based machine. My computer guy tells me they won't transfer over to an Apple machine, so I was thinking of sticking with a Windows OS. I don't know enough about it to tell if he is right or wrong, but I ...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: Thinking About a New Laptop

Since you didn't prohibit outright I'll be first to say it: the MacBook Air is great. You'd have to buy a VGA dongle, but at the price and specs you are considering, it is a fantastic computer and very durable. Open Office and LR are both available for Mac. The photos I'm going to move onto the new...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Thinking About a New Laptop

The motherboard in the Dell Latitude laptop I've had since '04 bit the dust. My wife's Dell Inspiron also bit the dust so we are sans laptops. I am thinking of replacing mine with a Lenovo Thinkpad. I won't buy another Dell. I need a VGA output so I don't have to buy a dongle for it as I would proba...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking About a New Laptop
Replies: 45
Views: 2367

Re: E Reader Software

DSInvestor wrote:I think Adobe Digital Editions can open epub files and it's free.


That worked fine, no message from ESET. Thank you very much!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E Reader Software
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Buying new binoculars

Ram- I think mine are 8x42s, not 8x48s, but if they made an 8x48 at that time, I'd probably have purchased them just to get more light gathering power.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying new binoculars
Replies: 14
Views: 1043

E Reader Software

I downloaded a book in epub format and, of course, couldn't open it. So I went on the internet looking for free epub reader software and found some on cnet. When I went to download it I got a warning message from my virus protection software (ESET), so cancelled the download. It probably is ok and i...
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E Reader Software
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Buying new binoculars

Ram- I haven't used them a lot, but they are quite bright, very clear and seem to be well constructed. That said, I've never had a pair of premium binos available to do a side by side comparison, so I can't say how they would compare. For the amount of use I give them, I think they are fine and for ...
by gatorman
Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying new binoculars
Replies: 14
Views: 1043

Re: Estate Sales

gatorman, when my wife and I were moving back from Hong Kong to the U.S. in 1986, my brother-in-law gave me a bottle of Hennessy XO that was 25 years old at the time. I (sadly) finished the last of it last year; and it was absolutely superb. Replacement bottle is about $250 at Total Wine. I haven't...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Sales
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Re: Estate Sales

As a consumer, has anybody here gotten any incredible buys at estate sales? Among the things I've bought are the following; 60 yr. old unopened bottle of Hennessey cognac $5 Stanley #4-1/2 plane $1 Stanley steel thermos $2 Fifth of Canadian Club $5 2-10" Henckels slicers $2 4- !0" heavy d...
by gatorman
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Sales
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Re: games for basement Game Room - suggestions

Pinball machine
-gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: games for basement Game Room - suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 1011

Re: Estate Sales

As a consumer, has anybody here gotten any incredible buys at estate sales? Among the things I've bought are the following; 60 yr. old unopened bottle of Hennessey cognac $5 Stanley #4-1/2 plane $1 Stanley steel thermos $2 Fifth of Canadian Club $5 2-10" Henckels slicers $2 4- !0" heavy d...
by gatorman
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Sales
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Re: Yellowstone Family Vacation

We stayed here for a couple of nights in Jackson Hole: http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/virginian-lodge.html?aid=312313&label=sppctrip-hotel-75765_xqdz-b1204e239804389632ab160daaa2bbcd_pool-com_slice-99999&utm_source=tripad&utm_medium=SPPC&utm_content=images&utm_term=hotel-75765&a...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yellowstone Family Vacation
Replies: 14
Views: 1349

Re: What to do in Austin, TX

Franklin BBQ - frequently named the best in top 10 lists. While waiting for the shop to open, you can rent a lawn chair for $5 from the guy across the street and an employee will walk out to the line to sell you reasonably priced beers. Note that you should show up around 10AM to get food when they...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Austin, TX
Replies: 44
Views: 2818

Re: Floor jacks

I've got a HF jack. The valve seems a little difficult to turn, but the price was so good I'm ok with it. I say buy the HF jack. The $120 aluminum version is on sale for $70. Here is a link to the coupon:
http://www.harborfreight.com/
I've got the cheap steel version.
-g
by gatorman
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floor jacks
Replies: 17
Views: 1691

Re: Good free documentaries

Caduceus wrote:I watched "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" on PBS, but am not sure if it is still available now. This is about a chef's continual quest to improve his craft. It made me hungry.


I saw Jiro on Netflix, not sure if it is still available. it was an interesting documentary.
-g
by gatorman
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good free documentaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

good coffee grinder and roaster

The percolator vs. drip thread got me thinking I might enjoy roasting and grinding my own coffee beans. If those of you who roast/grind your own could give me some ideas on roasters and grinders, I'd appreciate it. Right now, I'm thinking an air popper might do the trick for a roaster and a hand gri...
by gatorman
Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good coffee grinder and roaster
Replies: 19
Views: 1186

Re: percolator vs drip

linenfort wrote:I wear a lab coat as an apron in the kitchen. When I'm brewing with the Yama siphon, I feel like Walter White.


Better Walter White than Gale Boetticher. Gale made a great cup, but in the end. . .
by gatorman
Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: percolator vs drip
Replies: 109
Views: 4808

Re: percolator vs drip

So does anyone use a siphon? They just look cool. I've got one of these: http://www.casa.com/p/northwest-glass-yama-stovetop-coffee-siphon-274551 I got the 8 cup version You can see a picture of the 8-cup version just a few posts upthread. I love it! That's it. When I was younger, my aunt had a sim...
by gatorman
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: percolator vs drip
Replies: 109
Views: 4808

Re: percolator vs drip

So does anyone use a siphon? They just look cool. I've got one of these: http://www.casa.com/p/northwest-glass-yama-stovetop-coffee-siphon-274551 I got the 8 cup version ($39.00). It says it makes 8 cups, and it does, 8 five ounce cups, 40 oz. of coffee in total. But what it lacks in capacity it mo...
by gatorman
Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: percolator vs drip
Replies: 109
Views: 4808

Re: sleep number beds

I had one, slept on it for 15 years then gave it to my daughter and bought a TempurPedic to replace it. There is no comparison, the TempurPedic is far superior to the Select Comfort.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sleep number beds
Replies: 22
Views: 2625

Re: How do you filter your water?

I recently installed a Whirlpool undersink water purifier, which I purchased at a local big box home center. I didn't do any research as i was under a real time crunch to get it done. Had I done so, I probably would have purchased another unit as I subsequently discovered the Whirlpool unit has an a...
by gatorman
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you filter your water?
Replies: 77
Views: 3135

Re: Grilling: Propane, natural gas, and electric?

Big Green Egg or Primo ceramic cookers. They use lump charcoal. I know it was not on your list but google the products to see if it is something you might want to use. ^^^ This, far superior to any gas grill. I've owned a ton of gas grills, currently own a large Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg is ...
by gatorman
Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grilling: Propane, natural gas, and electric?
Replies: 51
Views: 2894

Re: Favorite Christmas Gift

DW and I gave ourselves genetic testing kits from 23andme.com so we can learn a little bit more about our respective ethnic backgrounds. They say the average person having a European background has about 2.6% Neanderthal DNA. Mrs. Gatorman has opined that means I should test out at about 78%. it was...
by gatorman
Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Christmas Gift
Replies: 43
Views: 2083

Re: turkey was juiceless

I purchased two turkeys just before thanksgiving.One for thanksgiving and one for Christmas.Never had so little juice.It was not dry but little or no juices in bottom of pan for dressing(stuffing).Any idea why? Name brand, nothing different in cooking John What temp did you use to cook it? What tem...
by gatorman
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: turkey was juiceless
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: turkey was juiceless

I purchased two turkeys just before thanksgiving.One for thanksgiving and one for Christmas.Never had so little juice.It was not dry but little or no juices in bottom of pan for dressing(stuffing).Any idea why? Name brand, nothing different in cooking John What temp did you use to cook it? What tem...
by gatorman
Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: turkey was juiceless
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: Good Christmas (gag) gift

You will need an accomplice. Find out the winning numbers for last weeks lotto, not the Megamillions though as those winners have already been announced and are well known. Buy a $5 or $10 ticket for the current week and make sure those numbers (last week's winners) are one of the sequences (not the...
by gatorman
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Christmas (gag) gift
Replies: 18
Views: 1644

Re: Energy Star

Power Consumption (Power Stand By) : 0.3W Is that good or bad? I calculate, assuming the receiver was continuously in standby mode for a year: 0.3 W x 24hr/day x 365 days/year = 2,628 W-hr/yr = 2.628 kw-hr/yr @$0.10/kw-hr that equates to $0.2628/yr and at $0.20/kw-hr $0.5256/yr, so that doesn't see...
by gatorman
Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Refurbished Stereo Receiver
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Good Deal on a Refurbished Stereo Receiver

I saw this on Woot, thought some of you might be interested: http://tech.woot.com/offers/sony-strdh130b-hi-fi-receiver-2-channel-270w-1 Its $65, refurbished. Here is a link to the Amazon ratings: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH130-Channel-Stereo-Receiver/product-reviews/B006U1VH2S/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_...
by gatorman
Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Refurbished Stereo Receiver
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Dessert anyone?

Definitely buttermilk walnut pie, but chocolate bread pudding made with croissants is pretty far up the list too.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dessert anyone?
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: Options to a Bose Wave Radio

I may have missed it, but what is your budget?
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options to a Bose Wave Radio
Replies: 19
Views: 1598

Re: Chicken Santa Fe

I don't cook, but that sounds tasty. I'm not a fan of mushrooms, so I'd leave those off. I like dishes like this that seem to derive a lot of their taste from seasonings, garlic, peppers, etc. rather than some goopy/creamy sauce. Yes, but the problem can be that the incredibly spicy seasonings take...
by gatorman
Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Santa Fe
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Chicken Santa Fe

I'm going to try a variation on this recipe in a few hours, substituting swordfish for the chicken, tho I doubt I'll cut it into STRIPS before sauteing. One error: Mushrooms are listed in the directions, but not in the ingredients list, so I neglected to get any at the store earlier. I think it sho...
by gatorman
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Santa Fe
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Rib Roast, Prime Cut vs. Choice Cut

- Rub roast with seasonings, let sit at room temp for at least an hour - Put in 225 degree oven until the roast hits 115 internal. Take the roast out and cover with foil, let rest for an hour. Meanwhile, crank oven to highest temp setting. Put roast in hot oven for 5-10 minutes to brown the outside...
by gatorman
Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rib Roast, Prime Cut vs. Choice Cut
Replies: 23
Views: 1665

Chicken Santa Fe

I made this last night, it was pretty tasty. 1 green bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips 2 medium onions sliced into 1/4" rounds 12 oz. sliced mushrooms 2 jalapeno chilis, seeds and white membrane removed and then coarsely diced 4 boneless s...
by gatorman
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Santa Fe
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

dewey wrote:If someone wanted to make it the day ahead to allow for flavors to meld, just withhold the sour cream until the next day when reheating and add it as a freak ingredient just before serving. Then it won't degrade with the reheating process.



That would probably work.
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

What would you substitute for the cream of mushroom soup and the mushrooms for those with whom mushrooms do not agree? You could go back to the classic recipe, which requires dredging the meat in flour and then sauteing it. You could use chicken stock and perhaps a little extra flour (make a roux b...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

Are you looking for volunteers to try it? Thanks, Victoria If you ever decide to come down to Florida, let me know and Mrs. Gatorman and I will be quite happy to cook up a batch for you when you are in the area. Then you can tell us how it compares to the real thing, and perhaps we can improve upon...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

I make a nearly identical dish. Here's a cooking pro-tip: boullion makes everything taste better, so long as you are willing to eat MSG. :) Also, I like to shred a little fresh parmesan into it when I add the (condensed) cream of mushroom soup. MSG- Nyet. But I like the parmesan cheese idea, just h...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

Are you looking for volunteers to try it? Thanks, Victoria If you ever decide to come down to Florida, let me know and Mrs. Gatorman and I will be quite happy to cook up a batch for you when you are in the area. Then you can tell us how it compares to the real thing, and perhaps we can improve upon...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Chicken Stroganoff

What's wrong with Saturday or Sunday? Does it lose its flavor on the weekends? Why serve immediately? If you store it overnight before serving over the noodles, the flavors will have time to blend. On the weekend you can make the real thing, takes a lot longer because of the need to dredge the chic...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: Recommend a good pair of slippers!

I like these. You'll need to find somewhere to try them on before buying. The lining is so thick, you'll need to go a size or two larger than your regular shoe size to get a good fit.

http://www.minnetonkamoccasin.com/Produ ... casin-mens
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a good pair of slippers!
Replies: 47
Views: 4189

Chicken Stroganoff

This is a quick and tasty recipe for a weekday night. 1 medium onion, sliced thin 12 oz. sliced mushrooms 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" cubes 2 cups dry white wine 1 can cream of mushroom soup 8 oz. nonfat sour cream 6 tbs light olive oil 1 tbs mustard powder 1 tsp Spanish pap...
by gatorman
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicken Stroganoff
Replies: 25
Views: 1683

Re: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?

I live in Florida, but I'm not retired (nor do I have any desire to retire). Outside of wok hours, I try to get a good amount of exercise every week, mostly indoors so I can avoid getting too much sun. I also like to play my guitar and try and practice 30-60 minutes per day. I enjoy photography as w...
by gatorman
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?
Replies: 238
Views: 13194

Re: Entry level DSLR recommendations

Fellow bogleheads, The wife has put in a request for a new DSLR. Entry level is fine, refurbished is ok too. Budget is approximately $400 (would prefer 18-55 lens included with the body). I have been doing my homework and found this deal for $339 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827671-REF/Can...
by gatorman
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Entry level DSLR recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1424

Re: Looking to purchase a Camera... Any Suggestions

Hi Guys, I am looking to purchase a decent camera, I have been thinking about canon G15, do you guys have any experience with it? I have long been thinking that canon is the best, Is the playing field changed? Are panasonic and fujiflim etc offerings good? Thanks a lot for your guidance... To help ...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to purchase a Camera... Any Suggestions
Replies: 71
Views: 2947

Re: Best website for travel deals?

I like Kayak as well. I also use Priceline a lot for hotels and usually wait until the last minute to do so. I find it very useful for getting hotels near the airport at a reasonable cost. We also make 3 or 4 trips a year from the Swamp down to S. Florida and have found Priceline to be a good way to...
by gatorman
Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best website for travel deals?
Replies: 17
Views: 1751
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