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Re: Help with OpenOffice Calc Please

You need to use ; (semicolon) instead of , (comma). Thank you, that worked. I'm used to Excel, which is what I have at work. It uses commas to separate the arguments. It's a strange error message though, "missing brackets" when it should tell me I'm using the wrong separator. Thanks again...
by gatorman
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with OpenOffice Calc Please
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Help with OpenOffice Calc Please

I have a list of numbers and I want to obtain the rank of each number. I used the RANK function in Calc to do so. This is an exact copy of the function I used: =RANK(A3,A2:A6,1) I also tried: =RANK (A3,A2:A6,1) For both I keep getting error code #508 which says I'm missing a parenthesis. What am I d...
by gatorman
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with OpenOffice Calc Please
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Interesting Piece of Investing History

The use of an exponential moving average rather than a boxcar average is good common sense, although the application of a well-designed window function would be better yet. Boxcar averages actually manufacture periodicities in data that does not really contain them, much as a seashell manufactures ...
by gatorman
Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Piece of Investing History
Replies: 4
Views: 1002

Interesting Piece of Investing History

I found, in the middle of this: http://www.mcoscillator.com/download/special/McClellan_MTAaward.pdf (starting at pg. 8 of the pdf) a very interesting piece of investing history, P.N. Haurlen's monograph, "Measuring Trend Values," which is the earliest treatment I've seen on using exponenti...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Piece of Investing History
Replies: 4
Views: 1002

Re: Great camera to take pics?

Just one more thought for you: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g7-x?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=features-default&utm_medium=homepage-block&ref=features-default Not too bulky (but probably not shirt pocketable), fast lens(f/1.8-2.8), pretty big sensor (1"), ...
by gatorman
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 44
Views: 4524

Re: Great camera to take pics?

I hate how smartphone does not take great pics in low light. I am thinking of getting a Sony DSC-RX100M III. $800. It's too darn expensive for a point and shoot camera. Any alternative? I am looking at all around great camera but it looks like it's going to be a bulky camera, and like they said you...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 44
Views: 4524

Re: Great camera to take pics?

There is an old saying that "A camera is jut a box for your film." Back in the film days the highest end Nikon and the lowest end Nikon would take identical pictures if you were using the same lens and film. In the case of the RX100 models, there is a huge, huge difference between having ...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 44
Views: 4524

Re: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?

If I were you, I'd look at the power handling capacity of my speakers and then do a search for a receiver which can't overdrive them, i.e., if the speakers are each rated to handle 50 watts into 8 ohms continuous, I'd be looking for a receiver that puts out say 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Any...
by gatorman
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?
Replies: 24
Views: 1944

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

I believe the problem is this.... (this is the case with media com and I think comcast too). During setup, your internet modem will grant an internet connect to a device with only a certain MAC address. This is a unique identifier for a networking device - your laptop has one, your router another, ...
by gatorman
Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

...Usually there are 5 jacks, one is usually marked "WAN" and the other 4 will usually be marked "LAN." Make sure that the ethernet cable from the modem to the router is in the WAN jack and not the LAN jack. The jack is marked "Internet" and that is the one I'm using, ...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

4nursebee wrote:How do you know the signal strength and data rate are excellent when there is no internet?
Does your laptop need to have the wireless antenna switched on? On mine it is along one of the sides.


My computer has a display which shows signal strength is 5/5 and data rate is >300 Mbps.
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

technovelist wrote:Yes, please post a picture of the router where the ethernet cable (the one with an end that looks like the end of a telephone cable, only wider) is plugged in.


Not sure how to post a picture, but I am sure the cable is going to the right jack.
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

Probably something in the router settings. But before you go in and look at those, make sure that the wire from the cable modem is connected to the WAN jack on the back of the router. Usually there are 5 jacks, one is usually marked "WAN" and the other 4 will usually be marked "LAN.&...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

Probably something in the router settings. But before you go in and look at those, make sure that the wire from the cable modem is connected to the WAN jack on the back of the router. Usually there are 5 jacks, one is usually marked "WAN" and the other 4 will usually be marked "LAN.&...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

your 6141 modem provides both tv and internet? is this what the back of yours looks like? or do you have a separate box for tv? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yk%2BQ%2BQyBL.jpg http://www.amazon.com/Arris-SURFboard-SB6141-DOCSIS-High-Speed/dp/B007IMPMW4 Yes, except mine is white. I have a ...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Please help me solve my wireless router issues

BahamaMan wrote:Most routers allow you to connect to the Admin Portion of the router to set it up properly. Have you connected to the router and checked the wireless settings?


I have not done this, not sure what to look for.
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Please help me solve my wireless router issues

My newly installed canle tv/internet enters the house via a coax cable. The coax is connected to my cable modem (new Motorola 6141). From the modem there is an internet cable and another cable to the tv. Here is the situation: 1. Cable tv works flawlessly. 2. Internet is available when my laptop is ...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me solve my wireless router issues
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?

If I were you, I'd look at the power handling capacity of my speakers and then do a search for a receiver which can't overdrive them, i.e., if the speakers are each rated to handle 50 watts into 8 ohms continuous, I'd be looking for a receiver that puts out say 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Any ...
by gatorman
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?
Replies: 24
Views: 1944

Deals on Cameras

I saw this, thought some of you might be interested:

http://electronics.woot.com/plus/camera ... f=cnt_wp_5

Maybe not the very latest and greatest, but still some decent prices on cameras and accessories.

gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deals on Cameras
Replies: 0
Views: 411

Small Moneysavers Which Add Up

We are in the process of moving into a new house. We will be subscribing to our local cable tv company's service. We are buying internet access and cable tv, no phone. At checkout online for the cable company, I was asked if I wanted to rent a cable modem, the cost is roughly $7 per month. I looked ...
by gatorman
Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Moneysavers Which Add Up
Replies: 74
Views: 7379

Re: Exercise Posts

Why not buy another. However, you are right it's pretty pricey for what it is. I have seen several knock offs for around $40. If this is in fact what you were describing. That's it. As I recall, it was pretty effective, but I have all the exercise equipment I need. So I think I'd I'd rather have a ...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exercise Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 2471

Re: Exercise Posts

Haven't heard about the Bullworker for many, many years. In the late 60's I had an Exer-Genie, it must have been great because it was used by astronauts and football players. I didn't end up being one of either. I had an Exer-Genie as well. As I recall, it had an outer casing and an inner shaft one...
by gatorman
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exercise Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 2471

Re: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?

I have one of their older machines, a Bowflex Ultimate. I use it ~1x per week. I like it less than free weights, but I think one can still get a good workout with it. As I usually don't have a workout partner to be a spotter and I lift as heavy as I can tolerate, I think the Bowflex is much safer fo...
by gatorman
Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?
Replies: 25
Views: 2362

Re: Kissimmee, FL

Here are some ideas: Take an airboat tour: http://happytravels.com/wild-florida-airboat-rides-and-wildlife-park-in-kissimmee/ Ride a zip line: http://www.gatorland.com/ If you are willing to drive some, the Kennedy Space Center Tour is worth seeing. If you go, get one of the upgraded tours which inc...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [visiting] Kissimmee, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Australia and New Zealand

I've been twice. Both are amazing, but New Zealand is by far the most scenic. If you like wine, the Marlborough district at the North end of the South Island is worth visiting. You'd need to stay in Blenheim, accommodations are fairly limited as I remember. There's a ferry from Auckland which would ...
by gatorman
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 47
Views: 4270

Re: Tour travelling by bus

Mrs. gatorman and I did a couple of Caravan tours, one of New England and one of Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. I think a lot of your satisfaction with the tour will depend on the quality of the guide assigned to your bus. The first one was great because the guide was really knowledgeable, had over 700 p...
by gatorman
Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour travelling by bus
Replies: 36
Views: 2102

Re: wine recommendations for this meal?

this would go well with the ribeyes:

http://www.tahbilk.com.au/Category/tahb ... cab-shiraz

It depends on where you live though. Might be difficult to find.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wine recommendations for this meal?
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

rkhusky wrote:I've also enjoyed reading the Well World books by Jack Chalker, as well as the Pip and Flinx books by Alan Dean Foster and also his Icerigger trilogy.


I just finished the Icerigger trilogy, very enjoyable.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Re: Proper Way To Wear Suspenders

If you just bought yourself a pair of overalls, you wouldn't have to worry about it, the suspenders are sown right in. Your co-workers might even admire you for making a bold fashion statement.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proper Way To Wear Suspenders
Replies: 29
Views: 2050

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Towards the end of his career, RAH's novels got very long, very meandering, explicitly sexual, and very weird. Turned out, he had a tumor that was blocking the flow of blood to his brain (really!) and after it was removed, his fiction (and, reportedly, his personality) really changed again. Wow! Th...
by gatorman
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Heinlein certainly wrestled with censorship of his works (many of us would argue to their benefit-- old man Heinlein on sex was not, generally, an uplifting read). Some of Stross' novels also have some sex, especially it would seem Saturn's Children: Stross's robopervy tribute to the late late Hein...
by gatorman
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

You said Asimov is just "OK" ? I have the same problem reading modern SciFi which seems more attuned to Science Fantasy. I loved "Evolution" by Baxter. Lately I just read compilations of short Science Fiction. I didn't say "just ok", I said "ok," which means ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Thanks for all the good suggestions, there are plenty to keep my leisure hours occupied for awhile. I read Old Man's War last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, very Heinleinesque.
Thanks again,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Good Modern Science Fiction

I'm looking for some recommendations. When I was younger I liked Heinlein and A.E. Van Vogt. I wasn't much of a Bradbury fan and found reading Arthur C. Clarke to be tedious. I liked Asimov ok and liked the first few Dune books. I haven't read a lot of modern science fiction, but my daughter gave me...
by gatorman
Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 6895

Wayfaring on CAPE's Edge

Interesting bogpost on the use of CAPE to make 10 yr. forward return projections. Even going back to the turn of the last century, the author claims there is not enough data to do so with any confidence. Here is the link: http://statisticalideas.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/wayfaring-on-capes-edge.html ga...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wayfaring on CAPE's Edge
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: Role of Non-Vanguard Index funds in your portfolio

Earlier today, I was looking at an etf list on my broker's website (not Schwab) and saw that many Schwab etfs have costs comparable or lower (at least insofar as management fees are concerned, didn't check tracking error) than Vanguard's. So, at least preliminarily, I see no reason one couldn't subs...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Role of Non-Vanguard Index funds in your portfolio
Replies: 15
Views: 1043

Re: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns

Although I agree investment firms may not have their client's best interests in mind, I don't see anything misleading about this particular article. That's the tricky thing abut GS predictions, I'm of the opinion some are legit and some are designed to get people to act in a way that will benefit G...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:42 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns
Replies: 20
Views: 2934

Re: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns

cfs wrote:Sell signal.

GS predicting that stocks will be the place to be vs. bonds for the next few years sounds like a sell signal to me.


^^^^^^This!!!! But see my post immediately following for a more serious take on GS.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns
Replies: 20
Views: 2934

How Many Finance Gurus Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

From the Graham Investors website:

http://www.grahaminvestor.com/2014/02/1 ... ight-bulb/

A tongue in cheek message in favor of doing it yourself.

gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Many Finance Gurus Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Wiki Links

[Thread merged into here --admin LadyGeek]

Hi- Just wanted to let you know the links to the simba spreadsheet and Norbert's link to index universe in the Wiki need to be updated.
Regards,
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:59 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Suggestions for the Wiki
Replies: 278
Views: 103820

Re: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?

I use ESET Smart Security.
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain

Perhaps a marble/granite supplier could take a few thousandths off the top and remove the stain. I'd call around to see if that is feasible.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations

Erhan wrote:Below data is till April 2014. The markets have just reverted to mean...

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Erhan- Could you give us some explanation of the vertical scale of the graph you posted?
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations
Replies: 55
Views: 5286

Re: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.

I actively invest a small portion of my portfolio and split between indexing and individual dividend growth stocks for the rest. The portion I actively invest always causes me a small degree of stress because I have to be constantly watching it to see if it is time to sell. If I didn't do so well at...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2468

Re: When did you downsize?

Crimsontide wrote:
gatorman wrote:We had both moms living with us.


You are a saint :happy


I'm not a saint, they however were a blessing.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3379

Re: How to value house with unwanted tennis court

The thickness of the slab will play a large factor (thicker = more labor to remove and more disposal costs) in the price of removal. I can't imagine it costing over 10K, as demo labor (even under license/insured person) is relatively cheap compared with construction. You're underestimating the size...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to value house with unwanted tennis court
Replies: 24
Views: 2269

Re: When did you downsize?

We had both moms living with us. They've both passed now and the kids are grown and on their own and so we are in the process of downsizing. I estimate savings of ~$3500 per month as a result. I was surprised when I ran the numbers to see how much we could cut our housing cost by moving to a townhom...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3379

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. Also, The Birdcage.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 15422

Re: Pressure Cookers?

We had one when I was a kid. My mom made many dishes I haven't had for years, chicken and dumplings, pot roast (I've had pot roast, but not her recipe) and stuffed cabbage are a few I remember. Thanks for posting, you brought back a lot of memories! I may buy one yet!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Cookers?
Replies: 46
Views: 3444

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

1562, off 22%.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 536
Views: 14264
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