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Re: Mac reliability?

One thing to consider is that at some point, even if you bought the new Operating System, your Mac hardware will not allow the update. If you stay with the same outdated Operating System, some software will no longer update to the latest most secure version. I understand this is security by design, ...
by jridger2011
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 59
Views: 2094

Re: Android or iPhone? Which do you like, and why?

I'm conflicted since Android is more flexible but the apps and software updates are more stable for iPhone.
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android or iPhone? Which do you like, and why?
Replies: 40
Views: 1835

Re: buying vs renting in Queens

Where in Western Queens? LIC? Astoria? We are in Sunnyside and really like it. Judging on some of the school rating websites, living north of Queens blvd puts you in a great elementary school while south puts you in a less desirable school. The main issue with Sunnyside is just the lack of availabl...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying vs renting in Queens
Replies: 18
Views: 1234

Re: buying vs renting in Queens

Where in Western Queens? LIC? Astoria? We are in Sunnyside and really like it. Judging on some of the school rating websites, living north of Queens blvd puts you in a great elementary school while south puts you in a less desirable school. The main issue with Sunnyside is just the lack of availabl...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying vs renting in Queens
Replies: 18
Views: 1234

Re: Anyone else love reading textbooks?

Now that this has gotten some good replies and some inputs on how to study well, I am interested to know what something "good" looks like for math. Does anyone have any recommendations for well-written math/stats textbooks? Once again, really good descriptions in the text that explains the...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 2795

Re: Anyone else love reading textbooks?

Did this ever happen to anyone else while studying? Read the assigned pages or the entire chapter and get to the end of chapter questions. There is a good number that are relatively easily when going back to the formulas and theorems. Then, there are a fair number where the text does not go into en...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 2795

Re: buying vs renting in Queens

Where in Western Queens? LIC? Astoria?
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying vs renting in Queens
Replies: 18
Views: 1234

Re: Anyone else love reading textbooks?

Did this ever happen to anyone else while studying? Read the assigned pages or the entire chapter and get to the end of chapter questions. There is a good number that are relatively easily when going back to the formulas and theorems. Then, there are a fair number where the text does not go into eno...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 2795

Re: Do you bring lunch to work or buy?

Worked near Times Sq for many years, so bringing lunch was more economical over time. It is the land of $9 sandwiches and salads, $5 small cups of soup.
by jridger2011
Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you bring lunch to work or buy?
Replies: 122
Views: 12812

Re: How much food to you really keep?

Wow, that is a lot of food, to keep more than one month's worth. I typically keep about 4-5 days at a time, in the event things get busy and I do not want to get takeout or go out to eat. I do not have a freezer and found that when I kept things in the freezer too long, they became frost-bitten. Sal...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much food to you really keep?
Replies: 57
Views: 4188

Re: How to speed up Google Nexus 7 (2012)

I have the same issue and mostly avoid updates to it since it is working well for things like YouTube. I suggest getting a stand for it and putting it in the kitchen for quick recipe references or background music when cooking.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to speed up Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?

In particular, if you live in Brooklyn, your transportation expenses may be much lower than the average homeowner's, because you don't need to own a car; a monthly MetroCard will cover almost all of your travel, with the occasional train ticket. Are you sure about that? Do you have statistics, or i...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 4841

Re: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?

Bed-Stuy. Transit isn't the best but i'm usually on my bike. Seems like a neighborhood a couple of years before serious gentrification. On the other side, brooklyn is a big place and it can't all become Williamsburg. (which i just recently left after 10 years - getting too expensive, don't care for...
by jridger2011
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 4841

Re: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?

I expect that in NYC, a lot of households are making this calculations. You can get progressively risky, and with NCC_4, you might discover that if you are paying a $5,000 a month rent, all of a sudden, you can afford a $1MM property. I need to take a closer look at the numbers but we're currently ...
by jridger2011
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 4841

Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

I think this would be the cheapest solution since you have the iPad to control it:
http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/
by jridger2011
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix
Replies: 27
Views: 3052

Re: Wireless Headphones - noise cancelling

This is the brand I'm familiar with using for headsets for conference calls:

http://www.plantronics.com/us/category/ ... s-headsets

Just make sure you get the correct size input cords.
by jridger2011
Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Headphones - noise cancelling
Replies: 8
Views: 1197

Re: How to make more money?

It is important to figure out what you can realistically do given the time involved. Both engineering and pharmacy take an enormous amount of time to study, which is why they pay more than other occupations. If you both work full-time, there is only so much studying you can do after work and on week...
by jridger2011
Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to make more money?
Replies: 53
Views: 5552

Re: Dual Boot Mac Mni

I would recommend at least 8GB of RAM since the memory on a Mini cannot be upgraded later.
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Boot Mac Mni
Replies: 17
Views: 1216

Re: Do you read online reviews?

Yes, online reviews help for some things and not for others. If the reoccurring theme is there for a type of complaint, you go to the place/service knowing what you will get. Some reviewers will post tips on how to maximize your time or know to make reservations ahead of time. When I find good tips,...
by jridger2011
Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you read online reviews?
Replies: 26
Views: 1659

Re: Am I being cheap?

Maybe a serious discussion about the overall budget needs to be addressed like cost of ring, cost of rehearsal dinner, cost of wedding, and cost of honeymoon. Where to spend the most?
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 9218

Re: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room

I'd say it is safe in general. I always have a laptop or a tablet with me when I travel but I make sure to pack it up in my luggage before I leave. I usually do the same, just put it back into your luggage before leaving the room. Now that I think of it, for non-Mac laptops you can probably just do...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room
Replies: 65
Views: 13887

Re: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it en

To make this a better discussion, can you say you were support or development? I had a career in support many years ago, it didn't last many years since I realized being in a support role was not that flexible and tied to systems I could not learn on my own without the expensive software to support,...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it end?
Replies: 156
Views: 15069

Re: High quality winter sock

I keep hearing that SmartWool makes the best winter socks but the price tag scares me off. Is this one of those things were I buy a pair and suddenly go out of control and throw out everything else? Yup, you'll then need the $2,700 set of new pots and pans, and the new high-end Range Rover, and... ...
by jridger2011
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High quality winter sock
Replies: 35
Views: 2278

Re: Samsung Galaxy S5 - HTC M8

I think the S5 is a better buy for software reasons. I've had HTC before and they are slow on software updates, especially on Verizon. The software updates can also be inconsistent. Also, the battery is another good reason, with the S5 you can really expand your range by getting a second battery if ...
by jridger2011
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung Galaxy S5 - HTC M8
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: High quality winter sock

I keep hearing that SmartWool makes the best winter socks but the price tag scares me off. Is this one of those things were I buy a pair and suddenly go out of control and throw out everything else?
by jridger2011
Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High quality winter sock
Replies: 35
Views: 2278

Re: 23 year old... Can I afford a Rolex?

I think at 23, if you have the money for a used Rolex, you could spend it in other ways, too. It's like going on an expensive trip in your early 20's but your Rolex will most likely be physically around for many years to come and not just a memory or a few photos from the trip. You just need to know...
by jridger2011
Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 23 year old... Can I afford a Rolex?
Replies: 167
Views: 16563

Re: What do you splurge on?

I would say food since I live in NYC, it is hard to just say no to new restaurants or making a short trip to get a certain type of food. The food is just really good and a lot of times easier than cooking it, such as BBQ meats, deep fried things, and of course, ethnic foods where I don't own the spi...
by jridger2011
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 237
Views: 24403

Re: Advise Needed: Unique Situation At workplace

I've made the decision to leave each time this happened mainly because it takes HR really long to take action on a rotten apple. One time I managed to change groups all together. The insulting part is these rotten apples manage to get promoted by doing some things correctly. The grass isn't always g...
by jridger2011
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed: Unique Situation At workplace
Replies: 28
Views: 3992

Re: Cost to furnish a condo

I would say easily $5,000 to $50,000. The reason why I am saying this is because even really cheap beds/mattresses will still be at least a thousand with mattress, boxspring, bed frame of good quality. Buying a cheap couch only makes sense if you move often, but if you're always home or having peopl...
by jridger2011
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to furnish a condo
Replies: 29
Views: 5914

Re: Electricity costs going up

Just to give you guys context from NYC (from August's peak) through ConEd:

Supply per kWh = 10.16 cents

Delivery per kWh = 11.32 cents

Get charged both rates along with a giant service charge and some taxes.
by jridger2011
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electricity costs going up
Replies: 46
Views: 3851

Re: Great camera to take pics?

For low light settings, I would definitely recommend a low end DSLR with a good lens. I have thought about this for years and found that compact cameras were really great for travel for daytime photos and videos without depleting precious smartphone battery. The part where the compact didn't do so w...
by jridger2011
Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 44
Views: 5954

Re: When do you buy a new home computer?

I try to hold on to mine as long as possible, until the software such as browsers run too slow that a memory upgrade is necessary. I try to check to see how much it would cost to upgrade the memory and whether it makes sense to just buy a new machine that comes with a new OS version. It works out to...
by jridger2011
Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you buy a new home computer?
Replies: 52
Views: 4773

Re: Any experience with Hyatt Legal Plans?

Used it for a real estate closing, it went just fine.
by jridger2011
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with Hyatt Legal Plans?
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: What is the appeal of smart watches?

As I get older, I realize that checking my watch while talking to someone in a professional setting is less rude than taking out the phone and looking at the time. It is just my personal opinion, but I feel like I can glance at my watch quickly for time while in conversation without hitting a switch...
by jridger2011
Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the appeal of smart watches?
Replies: 22
Views: 2260

Re: What have you done to cut costs this year?

Dropped the unlimited data plan and do not miss it at all.
Thought deeply about grocery lists and really pared it down.
by jridger2011
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you done to cut costs this year?
Replies: 134
Views: 12864

Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Here's a delicacy: When the oatmeal has thickened enough, crack an egg on top. When it's done you have a beautiful poached egg laced with rolled oats to season as you like, and to eat along with your oatmeal. I seldom eat eggs with the yolk anymore. So alternately I've been doing something similar ...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oatmeal suggestions
Replies: 147
Views: 13417

Re: iPad Air & cellular

My mistake everyone, the LTE cell version of the iPad does cost more than the WiFi. It's the standard price to pay almost $100 more for the LTE capable version and Tmobile's deal is good, considering all I would need is the base model with LTE. The other carriers charge the same ~$630 without the da...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air & cellular
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: iPad Air & cellular

I bought my Ipad Air directly from Apple and was able to have Apple add the free Tmobile feature before delivery to me. It worked after I activated the service with Tmobile. If this is true, then it is a good deal. I was under the impression that I had to buy it through Tmobile to get the data. Tha...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air & cellular
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: iPad Air & cellular

I considered this deal but I realized the markup to give you the free data is worth $100 on top of the price of the iPad. The site lists the device for $600 but it retails for $499 from Apple. For $100 extra, you get the 200MB monthly data for the life of the device. I did not find it a good deal fo...
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air & cellular
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: manipulating Amazon reviews

One thing that bugs me about Amazon reviews at times is when reviews are posted for products someone did not purchase and has an opinion of why it's a bad product or why it shouldn't exist. Somehow those reviews sneak in and using the feature of "Most Helpful" really reduces the noise.
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manipulating Amazon reviews
Replies: 33
Views: 3143

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

Anyone with ultimate cornbread recipes to make on cast iron skillets? I have been using the Food Network's recipe for several years -it is very fattening but sooooooo good! I use two 8 inch skillets per batch in order to get a thinner cake. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 108
Views: 12099

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

Anyone with ultimate cornbread recipes to make on cast iron skillets?
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 108
Views: 12099

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

I wanted a nice BMX bike. I had a pretty cheap one I rode around for years before I grew out of it. I could afford it now, but I don't think I would get as much use out of it as I did if I were 12.
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 5906

Re: Amazon.com as a selling service

I've old books and games on Amazon. The fees are high but the payments are really simple and the risk of being scammed felt much lower to me than eBay. The key is to figure out the shipping cost up front, everything else is really straight forward, an email comes notifying your item has been sold, a...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon.com as a selling service
Replies: 17
Views: 1863

Re: Macbook Air; how much RAM?

I also recommend going with the higher RAM model. I have seen these MB Air's really struggle with the 4GB and the fan goes crazy when using YouTube. If she gets the higher memory model, it will last longer. Being a student means having to use the computer often, if it's slow, it will be frustrating.
by jridger2011
Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air; how much RAM?
Replies: 59
Views: 3550

Re: Need advice on which tablet to buy

I would suggest staying away from Nexus anything because the software updates can be unstable. I have a Nexus 7 from 2012 and the first series of updates caused the WiFi to drop and it took months for another update to roll around that fixed it. Somehow, it now takes more than 8 hours to charge it ...
by jridger2011
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on which tablet to buy
Replies: 44
Views: 2823

Re: Need advice on which tablet to buy

I would suggest staying away from Nexus anything because the software updates can be unstable. I have a Nexus 7 from 2012 and the first series of updates caused the WiFi to drop and it took months for another update to roll around that fixed it. Somehow, it now takes more than 8 hours to charge it t...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on which tablet to buy
Replies: 44
Views: 2823

Re: Travel to the Netherlands?

If you plan to go to the Anne Frank House, you should book tickets online months ahead because the line can be more than 1.5 hours long in the tourist heavy seasons. They only admit a small group inside at once because the actual house is not very large. I learned that the weather can change quickly...
by jridger2011
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to the Netherlands?
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: NYC [Visit to New York City]

I am not a fan of modern art and would not want to pay full price for this. If you are going on Friday, go for free in the evening to the MOMA:

http://www.moma.org/visit/plan/offers#admission
by jridger2011
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC [Visit to New York City]
Replies: 45
Views: 2329

Re: Looking to buy a new car but hesistant.

You can afford it. The truck will be a lot of fun to own and hold value well. It's a matter if you're willing to take out a $20k loan for it.
by jridger2011
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a new car but hesistant.
Replies: 17
Views: 1733
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