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Re: Best kitchen faucet?

Even better: touchless. It uses a motion sensor. I can't wait to one-up my dad and sister. Theirs are way cool, this is way way cool cool (doubling of adjectives - and verbs - is a Chinese thing). We installed one of these when we did a kitchen "refresh" last year, however it was from Moe...
by ilisira
Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best kitchen faucet?
Replies: 14
Views: 980

Re: Wi-Fi Thermostats: Nest and Ecobee

Not one of the two thermostat's you have asked about, but I have been using the RadioThermostat for 2.5 years now (can be found at Home Depot as a 3M branded one, or at http://www.radiothermostat.com/). We have two of them one is connected to an A/C, and furnace, other is connected to a heat pump, a...
by ilisira
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wi-Fi Thermostats: Nest and Ecobee
Replies: 31
Views: 3934

Re: Amazon Sunday Delivery

mlipps; its Amazon's shipping company, UPS for the most part, that isn't delivering seven days a week. UPS delivers five days a week; and Saturday delivery consists of next day air packages only. (After working 10-14 hours per day for five days, my son appreciates Sat and Sun off!) I understand why...
by ilisira
Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Sunday Delivery
Replies: 11
Views: 1102

Re: FSA gains $500 rollover feature

One oddity is that some employers have plans that don't use the calendar year. Typically school districts use the academic year, from September to August. If a husband and wife are on plans with different years there is a lot more room for maneuverer, you get two chances a year to adjust the contri...
by ilisira
Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FSA gains $500 rollover feature
Replies: 30
Views: 2306

Re: wi fi range, extenders, Powerline, etc

As was written in another thread, Comcast's technical support consists of turn off cable modem, then turning it back on . There is not much the lay person can do. My cable modem has on/off button; that is it. And as was also discussed in that thread, how do you propose to troubleshoot any signal is...
by ilisira
Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wi fi range, extenders, Powerline, etc
Replies: 64
Views: 3912

Re: Passport Expediting Services

Applied my passport the day of my naturalization, and used CIBT which my employer prefers. I got it the passport in two days, and the cost was about $200 extra on top of what you normally pay. Other options are getting an appointment from one of the regional passport agencies (http://travel.state.go...
by ilisira
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport Expediting Services
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: Best online photo storage website advise

I do use home computer+ external hard drive for backup at home, and use a cloud provider for long term offline storage. After doing some research I chose to use amazon glacier as the backup solution. They only restriction with the glacier is, it is not free do download all the data at once, but give...
by ilisira
Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best online photo storage website advise
Replies: 14
Views: 1948

Re: Do you pay for access to www.nytimes.com ?

Well, I forked out for a subscription today. After reading in it about the feds universal sweep of phone calls and Internet data, I figure I need to support someone trying to fend off 1984. Thank you. If there's no NYT, where are the web sites going to scarf up the content? :D Exactly. That's the r...
by ilisira
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for access to www.nytimes.com ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2736

Re: Get 5% back on credit card purchases.

I was able to cancel the preferred card. It had a $75 fee even the first year, but you have right to cancel withing 24 hours of application. I'll study this a little more. They gave me $150 (which I was not expecting) which covers the first two years' fee (this was in the email text I got about thi...
by ilisira
Wed May 15, 2013 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Get 5% back on credit card purchases.
Replies: 20
Views: 3177

Re: Getting lower cable rates by threatening to cancel

We have HDTV, phone, and internet on Time Warner. My wife say a friend of her's gets a discount by calling in once a year a threatening to cancel. She wants me to try it, but I have no experience with doing this. Does anyone here do this? I suppose I should research an alternative, I think AT&T...
by ilisira
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting lower cable rates by threatening to cancel
Replies: 67
Views: 6855

Re: Any Regrets on The Triple Play

No POTS for about 9 years. Initially we switched to Vonage, including a year abroad with a US number; then when TMO had a VoIP service, transferred the number to them (great deal for $10 unlimited calls monthly at that time), and Vonage again when I switched my mobile service provider, and Comcast V...
by ilisira
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Regrets on The Triple Play [TV, internet, phone]
Replies: 44
Views: 5134

Re: Living in Pittsburgh

Been here for 5 generations since 1904. The the short version is the the weather, the roads and The Pirates suck but everything else is fabulous. PM me for the long version I have lived/worked in Pittsburgh for 10 years before moving a couple of years back, and nothing can summarize this city as go...
by ilisira
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in Pittsburgh
Replies: 42
Views: 2564

Re: Home phone/Internet options/Cell Phones?

Hoot I will give Google phone a whirl again, I had # some time ago. Thannks How about OBi for google talk (http://www.amazon.com/OBi100-Telephone-Adapter-Service-Bridge/dp/B004LO098O/). I bought it to ditch vonage, and can't be happier. It works like a home phone at home, but uses google service (s...
by ilisira
Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home phone/Internet options/Cell Phones?
Replies: 21
Views: 1812

Re: Roth contributions

In my opinion it is best to invest in January of the current year as soon as one can if one is 100% sure their income will not be over the limit. If any doubt, fund the Roth in Q1 of the following year once you are certain you have not exceeded the income limit. I have been doing this, and last yea...
by ilisira
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth contributions
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?

The fun part is when you can't get at your funds for 3 days due to a DOS attack. I'm not a computer guy but can a bank really prevent a DOS attack or is it the way the internet is built/configured. A DOS attack cannot be prevented. This is oversimplifying, but imagine if 1,000 malicious people went...
by ilisira
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Today's Internet Security, Do you still feel safe?
Replies: 51
Views: 3172

Re: Credit Cards [Bad Experience]

I love credit cards. NFL Extra points card: Spend $1000, get $400. Check, x2 American Express Gold: Spend $1000, get $500. Check, x2 Chase Business Ink: Spend $5000, get $500. Check. Total: $2300 for shuffling some money around. Ditto here. 'cept don't "own" a business so don't think I wo...
by ilisira
Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Cards [Bad Experience]
Replies: 40
Views: 3485

Re: Advice Wanted On A New Cell Phone

I'm an Android smartphone person which is not what you want. But I'm wondering how one would get pictures OFF a phone without internet access and without taking the cover off and removing the memory chip. Perhaps with a USB power-cord? You are right, either USB cable (my motorola razr from 2005 was...
by ilisira
Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice Wanted On A New Cell Phone
Replies: 40
Views: 2390

Re: 457(b) contributions and tax software

My wife is eligible for both 403(B), and 457(B), and maxed both of them last year, and turbotax online version did not have any issues with the combined contribution. I would suggest you to use turbotax to check the numbers at least (it is free, and you can do everything except for filing/printing w...
by ilisira
Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 457(b) contributions and tax software
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Kindle wears out quickly?

I'm curious if other forum members who use a kindle have found that it seems to wear out in about two years? Based on my recent experience, the expected life of a Kindle Fire drops to zero if you accidentally drop it into a sink full of hot soapy water. That sounds like a clean kindle fire at least..
by ilisira
Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle wears out quickly?
Replies: 17
Views: 1708

Re: Kindle wears out quickly?

As long as we're talking about Kindle, I have a question. I also have a Kindle and enjoy using it and find it very helpful. What happens to my content if my Kindle is lost or stolen? Can I re-download the material I already purchased from Amazon? I've been assuming that I could do that, but I don't...
by ilisira
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle wears out quickly?
Replies: 17
Views: 1708

Re: My home appears to be a broadband pariah

After I moved into the new house, I got DSL, which worked well in the beginning, but is now deteriorating in quality. I attempt to sign on for AT&T Uverse, but is told that I do not live in a service area. Even after my next door neighbor got Uverse, I still can't get it. So I decide to order C...
by ilisira
Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My home appears to be a broadband pariah
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: Naked Statistics

Yes, that's the title of a new book by Charles Wheelan reviewed in today's NY Times. Even with the catchy title, it sounds like a book that might quickly drown me in concepts I can't grasp. Has anyone read it? If so, how would non-statisticians fare with it? I have read naked economics from him, an...
by ilisira
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Naked Statistics
Replies: 9
Views: 1733

Re: Saving on Internet and phone service

Toons wrote:Comcast for internet (59.00)
Google voice for home phone( free)
Walmart straight talk cellphone(30.00)
Monthly :happy



And OP can use OBi100 (http://www.amazon.com/OBi100-Telephone- ... 004LO098O/) if he/she wants to make calls through a regular handset.
by ilisira
Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving on Internet and phone service
Replies: 10
Views: 1568

Re: Buying new home before selling old one?

One thing to look out for: insurance. During a relocation 3 years ago, we bought our new home while the old one was on the market. No problem since my company paid dual-housing costs and had a guaranteed buyout. HOWEVER, when we got insurance on our second home, they wanted to know about our first....
by ilisira
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying new home before selling old one?
Replies: 16
Views: 1967

Re: Is Amazon Prime worth $75 a year ?

I have been paying for prime since the inception for the two day free shipping, so I was happy with the videos, and now with the kindle owner's library, it is definitely worth it..
by ilisira
Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon Prime worth $75 a year ?
Replies: 54
Views: 3508

Re: Which? Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 for 8 yr. old

My 8 year old loves her kindle (the cheapest non-touch model, it goes to school every day), and uses our tablet's at home as well (ipad, and nexus 7 at home). I had played with the original kindle fire in the past, and I would suggest nexus 7, as anything you can do on the kindle fire (HD), you can ...
by ilisira
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which? Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 for 8 yr. old
Replies: 22
Views: 2626

Re: Cell phones breaking budgets!

$130 for tripleplay from Comcast including the fastest internet they provide around here, and landline (as the wireless service around here is horrible, but it was just $10 extra), and our mobile phones are paid by our employers (both data+voice).. Not that asked, but I also have gogo monthly plan (...
by ilisira
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Re: Cell phones breaking budgets!
Replies: 106
Views: 10021

Re: Credit card fees - Can they be waived?

I've got some credit cards that have yearly fees. I applied for the cards essentially for the sign on bonus points. One is Chase, the other AM Blue Cash. They both have yearly fees, that I will probably downgrade to the more basic card before I'm hit with the fees. However, is it possible to call u...
by ilisira
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit card fees - Can they be waived?
Replies: 16
Views: 2112

Re: Need recommendation for backup program.

On the windows machines, I backup to the Windows Home Server which has redundant hard drives (incremental daily backups, and it keeps weekly/monthly full backups). For the Mac I am using, I connect an external hard drive once a week or so to use the Time Machine.
by ilisira
Fri May 25, 2012 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for backup program.
Replies: 25
Views: 2142

Re: How many are you are paying monthly bank fees

Between the big bank that we have our mortgage account, and the credit union, none for checking/savings.

A lot for credit cards (depending on the card perks, we get our money back pretty easily)
by ilisira
Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How many are you are paying monthly bank fees
Replies: 75
Views: 3445

Re: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones

I don't really understand your statement. The comparisons I've listed included price of the phone and the price of monthly bills. I never quoted $100/mth bills for contract, it was $59/mth which is the cheapest plan. The $100 figure you see for the prepaid is $100/yr. iPod touch would not be of any...
by ilisira
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones
Replies: 31
Views: 3185

Re: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones

I finally got a smartphone because they're so cheap (relative to the regular phone). I'm with ATT. My Motorola Atrix cost a one time charge of $50, and my long-term data plan is $15/month. That's the only extra charge over just a regular phone. I have no texting plan. The $15/month plan (200mb/mont...
by ilisira
Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones
Replies: 31
Views: 3185

Re: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones

I do not agree with most of the cost calculations above. All comparisons are no phone bill vs. upto $100 monthly phone bill, but this does not reflect use case of just upgrading to the smartphones from a regular phone (which I believe most of the users are doing). Still it is not cheap (upto $40 per...
by ilisira
Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Cost Analysis of Smartphones
Replies: 31
Views: 3185

Re: Flying to Wash.DC: need help from scratch :-(

Hi, kayak.com is your friend. I would enter WAS as your destination just to see how much it would cost for other airports as well. For the dates mentioned above (11/7-11/14) BWI is $210, and DCA $268 with US airways (CLT is their hub, so most of the direct flights will be with US). As for your quest...
by ilisira
Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying to Wash.DC: need help from scratch :-(
Replies: 37
Views: 2319

Chrome all the way, this is after using Firefox (and before that mozilla, and before that Netscape 4.0 for long years), and I never used IE at all.

The biggest issue is the way adblock works on Chrome, but still it is not a reason to go back.
by ilisira
Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox vs Chrome
Replies: 66
Views: 6023

Harold wrote:Yes.

Many of us do precisely that. (Main thing to watch out for is that you don't lose out on employer match later on in the year by doing so.)


But in case you switch jobs, and had already contributed the max. with the former company, one would lose the match from the new company for that year.
by ilisira
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 401k % contributions........
Replies: 21
Views: 2537

Thank you very much for the welcome. I am planning to close the account (everything there is in Vanguard funds now, it was just some play money, and after discovering this forum, I have decided not to play with money, but invest). For not closing the account, I was not sure if I will need the accoun...
by ilisira
Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here with experience closing out Zecco account?
Replies: 4
Views: 1248

Hi,

I did not close my zecco account, but withdrew all money just two weeks ago. So, they are not trying to be clever :). For the $20 charge, just wait for a couple of days (for me, the last time, it was two days), and they will not charge it.
by ilisira
Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone here with experience closing out Zecco account?
Replies: 4
Views: 1248

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