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Re: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?

I'd invest in a power rack, an olympic barbell, adjustable bench, and weights. I second this. Machines are prone to breaking. A good bar, plates, and a power rack (or squat stands) make for a better purchase if you're serious about resistance training. Squat, deadlift, and press your way to better ...
by harland
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?
Replies: 25
Views: 1727

Re: Which 4 door with 250+ hp

Just finished reading a Car and Driver comparo and they ended up preferring the Volkswagen GTI over the Subaru WRX despite the former's less powerful engine (210 hp vs 268 hp). It was also about $1k cheaper.
by harland
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which 4 door with 250+ hp
Replies: 104
Views: 8345

Re: 32 y/o with baby on the way needing advice

If your house hunting starts stretching into the last, say, two months of the pregnancy, I would wait at least six months to another year post-birth. For one, the baby may arrive early and once he/she does, you will not be in any sort of coherent mental state that will allow you to do math or execut...
by harland
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 32 y/o with baby on the way needing advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Best Stereo Headphones under $100

I know these are a little out of your budget, but another contender in the sealed category are the Audio Technica ATH-M50's. Neutral balance - no bass bloat. Very close to Grado in terms of presentation. With the straight cable, they're $128.50 on Amazon. I also echo the Grado SR-60i suggestion. The...
by harland
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Stereo Headphones under $100
Replies: 33
Views: 1839

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

Two final questions: 1. I deduce from the answers that the Sennheisers would be a major upgrade over the Bose noise canceling headphones. I really don't need the noise canceling and prefer over the ear phones. 2. It sounds like the headphone DAC/Amplifier may not be worth it and most of the improve...
by harland
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

1. Convert selected albums to AAC file version in iTunes. The HD650 is a great choice, but you'll probably want to use one of the lossless codecs to store your music, such as Apple Lossless Encoding (ALAC), AIFF, or WAV. I think with the HD650 you'll be able to appreciate the difference. AAC is fin...
by harland
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

In my opinion, software packages like Amarra are only worth it if you have files that differ in sampling frequency and bit depth ("resolution") or you have files that iTunes does not support natively (e.g. FLAC). These programs automatically adjust the Mac's system parameters such that the...
by harland
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: Speaker Jumper Cables

The gold plating might slightly lower the contact resistance with the post, but not enough to make any difference detectable to the ear. Gold is less conductive than copper. (Copper is also slightly less conductive than silver.) In any case, the gold plating is used to keep the copper from oxidizin...
by harland
Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speaker Jumper Cables
Replies: 19
Views: 1393

Re: Speaker Jumper Cables

That Dynaco sure is a sweet amp. You've got a real nice setup...

In any case, silver tends to tarnish so if you wanted to buy the AQ jumpers, I would go with gold.
by harland
Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speaker Jumper Cables
Replies: 19
Views: 1393

Re: Linux recommendations for use with chrome

I use Slackware 14.0. Not the most user-friendly to newbies, but I like better than just about any other distro out there. If your hardware supports it, consider using Linux as your primary OS and running Windows as a virtual machine using VirtualBox or QEMU. In my opinion much safer since you don't...
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux recommendations for use with chrome
Replies: 56
Views: 3824

Re: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?

Dumb phone. No touchscreen devices of any kind.
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?
Replies: 112
Views: 7429

Re: cell service lousy in our home

I would call your phone company before considering buying any piece of hardware that boosts reception. We have Sprint. Suddenly one week we had terrible reception inside and outside of our house. We were ready to switch carriers. I posted a message to the Sprint company forums and one of their reps ...
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell service lousy in our home
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: UPS for HDTV

Try ZeroSurge or SurgeX. Both are well regarded. I use a Bryston BIT15 to protect all of my electronics - in addition to a massive isolation transformer, it also uses ZeroSurge to protect against voltage / current spikes.

http://www.zerosurge.com/
http://www.surgex.com/
by harland
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPS for HDTV
Replies: 16
Views: 1801

Re: The Munchkin Man Diet

Do you know the Munchkin Man, The Munchkin Man, the Munchkin Man, Do you know the Munchkin Man, Who lives in Bogleheads Lane? Yes , I know the Munchkin Man, The Munchkin Man, the Munchkin Man, Yes, I know the Munchkin Man, Who lives in Bogleheads Lane. Glad to have you back and congratulations on yo...
by harland
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: The Munchkin Man Diet
Replies: 120
Views: 10954

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

A Dynaco ST70 clone is on my list of projects, but it's more for the dork factor than any sonic benefit I'd be able to hear. :D Don't be too sure that you won't get a sonic benefit. The Dynaco might not be accurate, but it will sound sweet if it's driving speakers that don't need a lot of power (or...
by harland
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 3887

Re: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?

Not if they're going near any icebergs. Are they going to add more lifeboats?
by harland
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?
Replies: 30
Views: 2231

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

so i have come here to the bogleheads forum to ask you nice folks if there is any cure for my current upgrade-itis? :confused There is no cure. Only the feeling of a lighter wallet. But seriously, just do what you do for investing - tune out the noise. No forums. No audio mags (print or online). No...
by harland
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 3887

Re: Need a Suit

I think the pleats + cuffs issue is more fashion than anything else (it's the 'modern' look). I'm sure in a few years that they'll be back in vogue when sales of flat front, non-cuffed trousers dip. Personally, I like pleats *and* cuffs on my trousers (I believe they go together) - but it's really u...
by harland
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a Suit
Replies: 16
Views: 1692

Re: Update on new desktop PC

One other thing I forgot to mention, might as well spring for the CPU with an unlocked mulitplier so that you can overclock if you ever want to. I thought I didn't and wanted to save a few bucks (~$30), but ended up buying the unlocked CPU and juicing it anyway since it was pretty easy to do and gav...
by harland
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 4090

Re: Update on new desktop PC

True, the benefits of tighter timings for memory are dubious in real world usage. Sometimes you just gotta have speed for speed's sake, but the increase in performance for the increase in cost is probably not justifiable. Having said that, there are benefits to having a better power supply. More sta...
by harland
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 4090

Re: Update on new desktop PC

I would switch out your RAM with a couple of sticks that have tighter timings (8-8-8-24 or 7-8-8-24) - might as well squeeze as much performance out of your build as you can. These should do fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231628 Also you might want to consider the Sea...
by harland
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 4090

Re: Windows laptop w/high quality, Mac-level touchpad

IMO, if you want the 'feel' of the Mac trackpad while using Windows, just buy a Mac and put Windows on it using Bootcamp. I haven't used a PC touchpad that comes close to the Macbook Pro. I use a 'business' laptop - a Dell Precision M4600 with a standard ALPS touchpad. It sucks, relatively speaking....
by harland
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows laptop w/high quality, Mac-level touchpad
Replies: 12
Views: 1261

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

CountryBoy wrote:Point 4-Realize now that wives are definitely not interested in the endless details surrounding an a/v purchase such as this; I mean it can really drive them/mine up the wall. :happy


Yes, hopefully to the point of 'Just buy that damn thing already...!' :D
by harland
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 5983

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

Or, perhaps phono preamp are only used by audiophiles? Why don't you ask? You need a phono preamp to adjust for the RIAA equalization curve used in cutting LPs. When was the last time you had a pre-amp with selectable equalization curves? Sometime in the 1960s for me. It had RIAA, NAB, LP, AES, and...
by harland
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 5983

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

Or, perhaps phono preamp are only used by audiophiles? Why don't you ask? You need a phono preamp to adjust for the RIAA equalization curve used in cutting LPs. NAD does make a decent one, but it costs nearly half as much as their lowest priced integrated amp. And you'd have to buy a set of interco...
by harland
Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 5983

Re: Need new desktop PC

You might want to look into boutique builders such as Puget Systems, Digital Storm, or Maingear.

http://www.pugetsystems.com
http://www.digitalstormonline.com
https://www.maingear.com/
by harland
Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new desktop PC
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Home Furnace: Brand Recommendations

Is anyone installing centralized humidity management and air filtrations sytems? What are you paying and how do you like them? We have a whole-house humidifier installed in our system (a Carrier branded Honeywell unit I believe). It works great - humidifies the air without causing condensation on t...
by harland
Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Furnace: Brand Recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 3776

Re: Any Monkey Can Beat the Market

I want a chimp-designed portfolio. I hear they throw darts better than your average orangutan...
by harland
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Monkey Can Beat the Market
Replies: 38
Views: 4860

Re: PBS Frontline is looking for people to interview

Why is Frontline not looking for people with positive experiences as well. Find 'em both and do a side-by-side comparison of the plans. Much more informative if people have a decent baseline upon which they can evaluate their own plan. That does seem a bit odd but perhaps they already have a few pe...
by harland
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PBS Frontline is looking for people to interview
Replies: 24
Views: 2032

Re: Going to S Korea, Should I get an EMV chip card?

When I was there in 2006, my US Citi Dividend World MasterCard worked just fine with only a magstripe, though I did end up paying foreign transaction fees (which were partially refunded due to a class action lawsuit).
by harland
Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to S Korea, Should I get an EMV chip card?
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Time for A New Mattress

We got a new mattress when we realized we were getting better sleep at hotels than at home. We replaced our traditional innerspring mattress with a latex one. Now whenever I go on a trip, it's the hotel bed that I have trouble getting a good night's rest in.
by harland
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for A New Mattress
Replies: 13
Views: 1510

Re: What (if anything) might this computer be worth?

Probably next to nothing. Donate it to a high school.
by harland
Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What (if anything) might this computer be worth?
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)

I drive a 2006 Civic, 4 dr, EX. One thing you should be aware of is that some of the engine blocks are defective and develop a coolant leak. Mine had this problem around 30k miles. It's a pretty catastrophic event and Honda repaired it free of charge, so keep it in mind.
by harland
Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: Nvidia GeForce GT 520 video card

Screen display is very lousy. I worked for several hours with HP tech support trying to make the display to work better. I discovered the video card is a very low performance card and costs about $50. Can you be a little more specific - is the picture blurry or are the fonts too big? What is the mo...
by harland
Sat May 12, 2012 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nvidia GeForce GT 520 video card
Replies: 23
Views: 1858

Re: Conditioner For Leather Furniture

Leather Magic cleaner and conditioner about once a year. Got it for free when we bought the sofa, so might as well use it!

http://www.leathermagic.com/
by harland
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Conditioner For Leather Furniture
Replies: 12
Views: 1312

Re: Do you own Apple products?

PowerBook G4, 5th gen iPod, 2nd gen iPod mini, iPod shuffle, Macbook Pro (late 2008). I find it rather ironic that all those PC manufacturers are blatantly copying the Macbook Air's 'ugly' form for Intel's Ultrabook push. I doubt many of them will hold up to the build quality of an Air, though. The ...
by harland
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you own Apple products?
Replies: 114
Views: 5614

Re: Is Windows ever a free download?

You can get the Windows 8 Developer Preview for free.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516
by harland
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Windows ever a free download?
Replies: 15
Views: 1305

I'm the odd-ball Linux user here apparently. My base system is Slackware with Fluxbox for the desktop... Not really, it is the oldest linux distro and I used to use it in the early days. It's pretty much the choice for techy (exept may be Gentoo). Paul I second that. Using Slackware64 + Enlightenme...
by harland
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: linux on an old PC
Replies: 27
Views: 2586

Re: Working on Windows files on a Mac

I use the Mac version of Office at home to edit documents produced by a Windows machine. No problems. If you want to connect an NTFS formatted thumb drive or portable hard drive to a Mac, make sure you download ntfs-3g (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/). The free version works pretty well. Macs don't...
by harland
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Working on Windows files on a Mac
Replies: 8
Views: 757

I have an older Lenovo but have not be happy with the touchpad. Finger gestures do not work as well as on my wife's Macbook Air. And there's a very good reason for that - the Macbook Air's trackpad is made of *glass* not plastic. The experience simply doesn't compare. I've got a late-2008 Macbook P...
by harland
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dell Alienware Laptops: Worth it?
Replies: 62
Views: 5902

...If I'm remembering correctly, the cutoff was with versions of the G4 processor. My G4 emac is on the newer side and runs Snow Leopard. This morning I upgraded to Safari 5.06 and iTunes 10.4... Tet, I'm almost certain you're running Leopard, not Snow Leopard. I've got Leopard on my PowerBook G4 a...
by harland
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac users: OSX Lion
Replies: 51
Views: 5669

The big issue is that Power PC is being deprecated by Apple... PowerPC has been left off the upgrade path since Snow Leopard. Lion drops support for Core Duo / Solo based Macs (i.e. the very first Intel Macs) as they do not implement a 64 bit architecture. Another reason to upgrade to Lion: With We...
by harland
Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac users: OSX Lion
Replies: 51
Views: 5669

... The bottom line is that TrueCrypt's license cannot guarantee that you won't be sued for copyright infringement... I don't get that sense at all either from the license text, or from the citation in the Wikipedia article from a RedHat employee - unless you're in the business of redistributing pr...
by harland
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCrypt donation drive
Replies: 12
Views: 1854

FNK wrote:I was not aware of the FOSS contention with Fedora, although the article you linked totally fails to spell out what the issue is.


I fail to see what the issue is either, but then again, I don't use TrueCrypt or Fedora.
by harland
Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCrypt donation drive
Replies: 12
Views: 1854

I use WEP and a MAC address filter, though I have read that MAC addresses can be snooped out then spoofed... This much is true. I can easily change the MAC address the Ethernet adapter uses on my Linux box. The one thing I really dislike about Yahoo! Mail (which the victim used) is that it doesn't ...
by harland
Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wi-Fi–Hacking Neighbor From Hell Sentenced to 18 Years
Replies: 36
Views: 4002

1795 Acorn Inn is a great B&B near Canandaigua. We stayed there a few years ago for a friend's wedding.

http://www.acorninnbb.com/
by harland
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finger Lakes, NY - Things to see and do - Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 2120

Also use the Wii for Netflix viewing. We don't have much time these days and the quality is comparable to watching it on the computer so I can't really complain. I even have it hooked up through <gasp> the composite video connection.
by harland
Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If I have a Wii, Do I need a Roku box for Netflix?
Replies: 25
Views: 4493

27" inches for a monitor?! Yikes, now that is what I call taking up too much space! That's bigger than my last two tvs!! ;) Monitors are getting really huge these days... not that I don't appreciate that fact while at work. My work monitor (24" widescreen) is nearly the size of my current...
by harland
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ditching their desktop computer for a laptop?
Replies: 86
Views: 8652

Wow. I can't believe they still sell desktops! :D

But seriously, I switched to the laptop form factor in 2003 and haven't looked back. They're as powerful as I need them to be - especially if they're running Linux...
by harland
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ditching their desktop computer for a laptop?
Replies: 86
Views: 8652
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