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by jridger2011
Sat May 02, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too late for career change/worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 5884

Re: Too late for career change/worth it?

Yes! It is still worth it and it's a good time for it. The job helps with paying for it and you want to stay at this job. Waste not a moment and find the right program and go!
by jridger2011
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of running clothes
Replies: 34
Views: 2261

Re: Getting the stink out of running clothes

I put things into a bag with baking soda, tie a knot and leave it alone for a few days. It usually does the trick. The times it needs to be done is after going to a Korean BBQ.
by jridger2011
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spendy spouse
Replies: 110
Views: 10794

Re: Spendy spouse

I think you have to look at what makes her happy even if it doesn't make sense to you and take it as face value. If she is happy and feels like it is a very good value for her happiness, you have to respect it. There are things you might value and find brings you great joy in having, but would not m...
by jridger2011
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [new position, facing an] hour commute (each way)
Replies: 52
Views: 3330

Re: [new position, facing an] hour commute (each way)

Yes, and have done the multiple train transfers. I've done the bus to train combination as well. A lot of the times, it's standing room only so no bringing anything extra or too heavy. Depending on where you live, when you factor in a long commute with bad weather, it makes the day extremely long. I...
by jridger2011
Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain
Replies: 17
Views: 630

Re: taking break from computer use - to avoid back pain

If your office has some exit stairways, I found it helpful to go up and down a few times to recharge. It is not meant to burn calories, but consider a longer way to the bathroom, take the stairs to the next floor, use that bathroom, come back down the stairs, walk to the water cooler, get a drink, a...
by jridger2011
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?
Replies: 22
Views: 1104

Re: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?

I would get backup glasses with contacts because there are some days contacts can be difficult to wear especially during allergy season.
by jridger2011
Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mandatory 17% tip at a buffet
Replies: 32
Views: 3622

Re: mandatory 17% tip at a buffet

Plus the $20 - $40 extra surcharge per night at the Vegas hotels, this is getting pretty expensive.
by jridger2011
Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 2247

Re: Gifts to take to Scotland.

http://www.johnlewis.com/men/levi%27s/c600001826?rdr=1 Levis are not difficult to find in the UK. Most things cost a lot more in the UK than in the US *but* remember our 20% VAT is included (ie no sales taxes). Children's clothes and shoes are exempt, as is food (but not food bought for consumption...
by jridger2011
Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 2247

Re: Gifts to take to Scotland.

Levi's jeans. Those jeans cost a fortune outside of the US.
by jridger2011
Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft's Surface 3- anyone considering?
Replies: 35
Views: 3895

Re: Microsoft's Surface 3- anyone considering?

I've been eying it, but like the Yoga line more. I'm prefer the laptop-first/tablet-second to the tablet-first/laptop-second form factor. Solid keyboards and larger track win over the type covers. However, the stylus is very tempting for digital art. Currently hauling around a USB pen tablet access...
by jridger2011
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house, not new, what to look for/wish you had
Replies: 33
Views: 2496

Re: Buying a house, not new, what to look for/wish you had

Consider road noise and when the snow plow would come by so you can get out of it.
by jridger2011
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 200
Views: 13867

Re: Restaurant tipping

Now I've got to ask this, is it just a NY thing that there is a rule for 18% tip mandatory for parties greater than 6? I am not against it but was wondering if other states have this going on. Here(Louisiana) we have even as little as 5 people automatic gratuity. It depends on the restaurant. Some ...
by jridger2011
Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant tipping
Replies: 200
Views: 13867

Re: Restaurant tipping

Now I've got to ask this, is it just a NY thing that there is a rule for 18% tip mandatory for parties greater than 6? I am not against it but was wondering if other states have this going on.
by jridger2011
Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best laptop under $1000
Replies: 41
Views: 4578

Re: Best laptop under $1000

I really wanted a Surface Pro at one point but getting the specs I wanted, along with the accessories like a keyboard really exceeded a budget for a computer that was not a work station for day to day (well over $1000).
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best laptop under $1000
Replies: 41
Views: 4578

Re: Best laptop under $1000

•Processor5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (2.20GHz 1600MHz 3MB)•Operating systemWindows 8.1 64•Display15.6" FHD Glossy Wedge with integrated camera (1920x1080)•GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 5500•Memory8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L 1600 MHz•Hard Drive1TB 5400 RPM•Optical DriveDVD Recordable•N...
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best laptop under $1000
Replies: 41
Views: 4578

Re: Best laptop under $1000

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/g-series/g50-80/?sb=:000001C9:00013E20: What's everyone's opinion on this laptop? I think you can do better than that. The base model uses a 5400 RPM HD, which is very slow. Look for a machine that has a SSD drive with at least 8GB of RAM. If your budget ...
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Manhattan
Replies: 53
Views: 5013

Re: Tourists in Manhattan

If you go the High Line, you should stop off at the Chelsea Market which is in a building right next to it. There are points of High Line where it has elevator access, not just stairs if you are not used to many stairs day to day. There are a lot of food options in the Chelsea Market, such as lobste...
by jridger2011
Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Manhattan
Replies: 53
Views: 5013

Re: Tourists in Manhattan

If you are staying in Chinatown, a really good tip is to avoid the Grand Street Train Station during rush hours of 5pm - 7pm. It is so crowded that you might not be able to get on at that time. The alternate is, if you are in good shape, walk to the N/R station on Prince Street if you want to use pu...
by jridger2011
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for ideas for a romantic getaway
Replies: 31
Views: 2344

Re: Looking for ideas for a romantic getaway

I would also recommend skipping New Orleans. There's nothing about that place that says romance. There are some really good places to eat for certain foods but not much to see. If she loves those certain foods, it is worth it to go, but it's not really a place I can say sightseeing will be that much...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 5191

Re: Mac reliability?

I think one of the reasons why Macs are more reliable is because there are very few variations of hardware that run the Operating System. Therefore, by design, the software runs perfectly since there aren't many configurations. Windows, on the other hand, can be installed on many brands such as ASUS...
by jridger2011
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 5191

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
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android or iPhone? Which do you like, and why?
Replies: 40
Views: 2035

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 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying vs renting in Queens
Replies: 18
Views: 1298

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: 1298

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
Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 3012

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 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 3012

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 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying vs renting in Queens
Replies: 18
Views: 1298

Re: buying vs renting in Queens

Where in Western Queens? LIC? Astoria?
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love reading textbooks?
Replies: 82
Views: 3012

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
Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you bring lunch to work or buy?
Replies: 122
Views: 13154

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
Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much food to you really keep?
Replies: 57
Views: 4379

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 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to speed up Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

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
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 5060

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
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 5060

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 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Home Price-to-Income ratios - unhealthy?
Replies: 46
Views: 5060

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 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix
Replies: 27
Views: 3271

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 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Headphones - noise cancelling
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

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 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to make more money?
Replies: 53
Views: 5724

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
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Boot Mac Mni
Replies: 17
Views: 1260

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 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you read online reviews?
Replies: 26
Views: 1829

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
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being cheap? [wedding/engagement ring]
Replies: 192
Views: 9764

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 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it safe to leave Laptop in hotel room
Replies: 65
Views: 14056

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 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: 15695

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
Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High quality winter sock
Replies: 35
Views: 2444

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 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung Galaxy S5 - HTC M8
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

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 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High quality winter sock
Replies: 35
Views: 2444

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
Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 23 year old... Can I afford a Rolex?
Replies: 167
Views: 18156

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
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 237
Views: 26006

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
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed: Unique Situation At workplace
Replies: 28
Views: 4039

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
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to furnish a condo
Replies: 29
Views: 6205

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...

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