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Re: Digitizing old home movies...

I would look into a company that specializes in transferring film to get the best quality, I've looked into getting some done for my dad's old Super 8 movies and this was one of the better looking places I've found. And they can put your digital files onto a hard drive, you won't be locked into an u...
by letseatpaste
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digitizing old home movies...
Replies: 24
Views: 1327

Re: Streaming to televison

I love the Apple TV, especially if you use any other Apple products as it works really well and is easy to use with iPad, iPhone, Macbook etc...

For right now, you could probably convert your video to Sony's standard using Handbrake, which is free.
by letseatpaste
Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming to televison
Replies: 33
Views: 3217

Re: Decent guitar for a beginner

I love guitar and think it's a great gift idea for someone who's shown interest. I also think surprising the person with a guitar you picked out is not the best idea, I usually recommend letting the person pick out the guitar themselves. An instrument is a very personal thing, even to a new learner,...
by letseatpaste
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent guitar for a beginner
Replies: 48
Views: 2923

Re: Budgeting Tools

ddunca1944- how is YNAB any different than Mint? Looks cook, but why spend the $60? Mint tracks the money you already spent, YNAB helps you make plans for the money before you spend it. It's a really flexible and powerful tool for active budgeting. It's especially good if your income or expenses te...
by letseatpaste
Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budgeting Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 1306

Re: Cheaper iPhone Options

Virgin Mobile just announced they'll be adding the iPhone to their lineup. You have to pay full fare for the phone ($550 for iPhone 4 or $650 got iPhone 4s) but you get 300min + unlimited (throttled at 2.5Gb) internet and unlimited text for $30/month. edit: This will not work with your current iPhon...
by letseatpaste
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheaper iPhone Options
Replies: 14
Views: 1661

Re: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!

I was in a similar situation, except my wife is just over 4 months along. We had about $6k saved up, and the wife's little 2-door Civic wasn't going to work great for a car seat, plus her tummy's getting bigger and that will be a pain to get in and out of pretty soon. If we didn't have a baby alread...
by letseatpaste
Thu May 31, 2012 10:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread, need a new/used car and some advice!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1366

Re: Newer Kindle models?

The cheapest Kindle ($79) is pretty great. I have an iPad but I still got the Kindle because the iPad gets a bit heavy for reading in bed, plus the additional eye strain for reading in long stretches . The nice thing is that it syncs across devices, so if I only happen to have my iPhone with me, I c...
by letseatpaste
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newer Kindle models?
Replies: 21
Views: 1810

Re: Budgeting Advice - What would you add?

Yeah, I think simple, actionable steps are the best. That's why I think Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps (which are free on his website I think) seem to work well and appeal to a lot of people (despite his awful investing advice). It makes you focus on one thing at a time, while seeing progress and the over...
by letseatpaste
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting Advice - What would you add?
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: woodworking plans

Fine Woodworking is a fantastic magazine, but the projects are usually pretty advanced and/or ambitious. I've never built any of their projects, but is good reading and really inspiring to see the high level of work. For simpler projects, Woodsmith is a good magazine with more specific plans and ste...
by letseatpaste
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: woodworking plans
Replies: 22
Views: 2700

Re: Financial Software

YNAB (You Need a Budget) is a really fantastic budgeting tool, there are several here that use it. We've been using it for about two and a half years. It's for active budgeting and planning, not just tracking where your money went after the fact. It's basically a digital version of the old envelope ...
by letseatpaste
Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Software
Replies: 24
Views: 1510

Re: Need internet email account

There's not much of a reason these days to use the ISP provider's email at all. If you ever move or switch service providers you'll probably have to switch email addresses. Going with something like Gmail, you can use it however you want, and it's your address forever. You can set it up in Outlook ...
by letseatpaste
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need internet email account
Replies: 49
Views: 2340

Re: Need internet email account

There's not much of a reason these days to use the ISP provider's email at all. If you ever move or switch service providers you'll probably have to switch email addresses. Going with something like Gmail, you can use it however you want, and it's your address forever. You can set it up in Outlook o...
by letseatpaste
Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need internet email account
Replies: 49
Views: 2340

Re: Need internet email account

When I am logged into my google account (not gmail), byname@gmail.com appears in the upper right with a drop down arrow. If I click on it, my choices include Sign out and Switch account at the bottom (below Account settings). Since I don't have a second account to switch to, I can't test it. So if ...
by letseatpaste
Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need internet email account
Replies: 49
Views: 2340

Re: Need internet email account

Google allows for opening multiple accounts at the same time, but you have to enable it in your account settings. I have three accounts logged in and active in Chrome right now (2 Google apps and one plain gmail).
by letseatpaste
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need internet email account
Replies: 49
Views: 2340

Re: Budgeting not going so well

I'd recommend getting a copy of YNAB. http://www.youneedabudget.com/ It is a great budgeting system. Spend time on that web site. Watch the tutorials. Read the help documents. Browse and ask questions on their forum. Take one of their online classes. If you can get started down the path of LBYM at ...
by letseatpaste
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting not going so well
Replies: 138
Views: 7004

Re: How do you budget for mid-long term expenses?

As long as it doesn't overwhelm you, nothing wrong with having lots of budget categories. I personally tend to get a little more focused when I'm saving up for one thing at a time, at least with personal fun/hobby things. For those not familar with YNAB, this sort of thing is really easy and doesn't...
by letseatpaste
Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you budget for mid-long term expenses?
Replies: 15
Views: 839

Re: How do you budget for mid-long term expenses?

I use YNAB, too. I'd just budget $35 or whatever every month and let your timeline be a little more flexible. When you get closer to your goal, you'll probably have a better idea of exactly what you want (if you still want that) and how much it will cost and can adjust it then. It's not like you're ...
by letseatpaste
Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you budget for mid-long term expenses?
Replies: 15
Views: 839

Re: Does anyone own an old school antenna

Get a TV tuner and try Windows Media Center. Hook it up to a TV with DVI or HDMI, and you've got a great DVR with zero recurring cost. I'm sure I'll head that way eventually and build an HTPC. I don't have a PC hooked up to the big TV currently, we do our Hulu viewing on a 24" desktop monitor ...
by letseatpaste
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own an old school antenna
Replies: 35
Views: 1337

Re: Does anyone own an old school antenna

Get a TV tuner and try Windows Media Center. Hook it up to a TV with DVI or HDMI, and you've got a great DVR with zero recurring cost. I'm sure I'll head that way eventually and build an HTPC. I don't have a PC hooked up to the big TV currently, we do our Hulu viewing on a 24" desktop monitor ...
by letseatpaste
Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own an old school antenna
Replies: 35
Views: 1337

Re: Does anyone own an old school antenna

If you're handy, for a few bucks in parts you can build your own indoor hdtv antenna. The main thing you might have to buy is a coax to twin-lead transformer for a few bucks. I built one and put it up in the attic, which was easy because the original coax from a roof antenna was still running down t...
by letseatpaste
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own an old school antenna
Replies: 35
Views: 1337

Re: iPad Screen Protector & Case

I like the official Apple Smart Case, but I don't think it would offer much protection if I dropped it. I'm not that worried about dropping it, though, and it's worth it to me to not have to lug around a bulky/heavy case for it. I only really use mine around the house and don't have a kid lugging it...
by letseatpaste
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Screen Protector & Case
Replies: 16
Views: 978

Re: Owning a used jalopy: Same cost as leasing brand car.

currently driving a 95 Toy Camry with 203,000 miles. In 2005, with about 185,000 miles on it, we blew a head gasket and needed about $3000 worth of work. We debated, but ultimately made the repairs and kept the car. 6 years and 18,000 miles later, it's definitely been the right decision. It needed ...
by letseatpaste
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Owning a used jalopy: Same cost as leasing brand car.
Replies: 132
Views: 6398

Re: making an enormous mistake at work

Not sure the nature of your business, but I'd be considering why there wasn't a second set of eyeballs on something that could potentially cost the company so much money. I know you can't micro-manage and oversee every single action, but it doesn't seem great to be so vulnerable to a single mistake.
by letseatpaste
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: making an enormous mistake at work
Replies: 83
Views: 7699

Re: Video Editing software

aainvestor wrote:
wesgreen wrote:Windows Live Moviemaker (free)


Only for Vista or Windows 7. Running XP.


Movie Maker is included with XP
by letseatpaste
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Video Editing software
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?

In iTunes remember to change the import settings (Edit --> Preferences --> Import Settings) to MP3 encoder unless you want the AAC format. AAC format is fine and I think most modern mp3 devices work with it. I have an older car stereo that will play mp3 data CDs but will not play AAC, so I try to ke...
by letseatpaste
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1226

Re: Why Rent?

"other than maintenance and unexpected repairs" can be a really expensive phrase. Maintenance and repairs of a house structure and all the systems that go with it (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc) are not trivial costs, especially if you're looking to stay put for very long term.
by letseatpaste
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why Rent?
Replies: 52
Views: 3442

Re: budget 101

YNAB (You Need A Budget) is a fantastic budgeting tool, we've been using it for a couple years now. I know there are a number of other folks on this board using it. It's really great for monthly planning and budgeting, and you budget based on how much money you actually have, not how much you think ...
by letseatpaste
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: budget 101
Replies: 20
Views: 2045

So far Quicken for Mac is doing what I need, but I don't do much (as all my investments so far are in tax-advantaged areas I don't care about tracking them closely). How well does SEE import from Quicken for Mac? What benefit would I get from moving to it? One thing I'd like is a budget that "...
by letseatpaste
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mac Finance Software - Anyone Using iFinance ???
Replies: 23
Views: 2605

As far as I know google apps isn't free for for-profit businesses. Is that why the owner won't want google apps? Google Apps Standard Edition is free.... Used to be free for up to 50 users. A couple months ago they dropped it to 10 for new accounts. No restrictions on making a profit, just the numb...
by letseatpaste
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email software?
Replies: 41
Views: 1912

Yeah, my company is only 10 people. We don't have an IT person much less department. Me and another young guy are the most IT aware people here, and we don't really know jack. Check out Google Apps for Domains, it's free for smaller organizations and you can run your company email through it with y...
by letseatpaste
Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email software?
Replies: 41
Views: 1912

Gmail with imap is a fantastic combo if you need more than just the web browser version. I haven't had any problems with Thunderbird using this setup.
by letseatpaste
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email software?
Replies: 41
Views: 1912

While you're going through the trouble, run ethernet cable, too, for internet access everywhere. Run the ethernet cable from where? And is this worth doing when you are using a wifi router in the house? My assumption is that wifi will get better and better and there will not be much need for cables...
by letseatpaste
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions on wiring a house for cable TV and cable internet
Replies: 18
Views: 1904

Google "structured wiring" for more specific tips. The basic idea is you want each outlet to run back to one main hub/patch bay, not splitting and branching off all over the place throughout the house. You'll want a high quality two-way splitter first in line on your incoming cable, one to...
by letseatpaste
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions on wiring a house for cable TV and cable internet
Replies: 18
Views: 1904

To all of you "to the penny (or nearest dollar)" trackers does anyone use or recommend anything besides Quicken? I can't stand the program and don't track expenses but my SO insists upon it even though he's generally months behind and doesn't adjust his budget ... I use YNAB (You Need A B...
by letseatpaste
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ? For Those Who Track Spending to the Penny
Replies: 51
Views: 7002

I treat gift cards as freebies. I don't track cash once it's withdrawn, but we do keep track of what it was withdrawn for. If my wife pulls out $100 for grocery cash to use at the farmer's market, that's the last time the written budget is affected. Budgeting and tracking is hugely helpful if you ev...
by letseatpaste
Sat May 28, 2011 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ? For Those Who Track Spending to the Penny
Replies: 51
Views: 7002

FYI, Lightroom's currently on sale at Amazon for $180, usually $300.

I just picked up that 35mm 1.8 last week, haven't shot a ton of stuff with it but I really like it so far. Nice to be able to shoot in low light without a flash.
by letseatpaste
Tue May 17, 2011 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Digital SLR
Replies: 72
Views: 6083

Why not just have a minivan and a truck? Why do you need a third vehicle?
by letseatpaste
Sat May 14, 2011 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trade in the minivan for a crew cab? Convince my wife.
Replies: 67
Views: 5458

I think Apple replaces the battery with a new one when they do a refurb, so it might be worth the premium to buy from them.
by letseatpaste
Fri May 13, 2011 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used or refurbished ipods?
Replies: 4
Views: 774

GeorgeMichaelBluth wrote:
empb wrote:
blues008 wrote:Would you mind sharing what industry you're working? That level of salary in your mid-twenties is pretty impressive.

Selling frozen bananas can be awfully lucrative if you stick with it!


Indeed. There is always money in the banana stand!


No touching!
by letseatpaste
Fri May 13, 2011 12:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: UPDATED***Help me decide on a new job offer!
Replies: 45
Views: 5846

I think % is useful for a very general check on where you're at on the big stuff like housing costs and savings rate, but counting dollars is more useful for day-to-day/monthly spending decisions. You'd constantly have to re-adjust all your budget %'s if your income changed since not all your expens...
by letseatpaste
Fri May 13, 2011 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Monthly/Yearly Budget (as a %)
Replies: 17
Views: 2359

Re: Egg limit?

When I cut the processed carbs out, my appetite seemed to naturally regulate and I am rarely hungry. Since I started eating this way over 6 months ago, my weight dropped significacntly, my clothes fit better, and my energy levels went way up. I can't complain. Anectdotal? of course, but it works fo...
by letseatpaste
Wed May 11, 2011 8:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some red meat healthier than pork or chicken?
Replies: 107
Views: 8916

From what I understand, you'll need to call T-mobile ahead of time and explain what you're doing, so you'll have that noted on your account. When you do the port through GV, they will assume you are canceling your cell service otherwise. When you call back T-mobile to get a new number assigned to yo...
by letseatpaste
Tue May 10, 2011 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porting our cell phone number to the cloud
Replies: 11
Views: 1895

Re: Advice on a trip to Ireland?

I would someday like to go to the North as part of my family came from the Sperrins area near Omagh but am still a little reticent to so. Just to be clear, there is no significant safety issue for tourists in the North. It's not a dangerous place: you are more likely to get mugged in Sarasota (2 Br...
by letseatpaste
Sat May 07, 2011 8:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on a trip to Ireland?
Replies: 26
Views: 2754

To a kid, their bike is their car. Help them learn to keep their own stuff in nice condition and not left to rot outside. It's somewhat of a safety hazard, too. Rusty chains will seize up and break or skip, and brake pads will deteriorate, spokes become non-adjustable, etc... I'd consider building/b...
by letseatpaste
Fri May 06, 2011 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you store your kids' bikes?
Replies: 18
Views: 1474

I've really only spent time in Scotland and N. Ireland, would love to get back and visit the south of Ireland. In specific answer to your questions: 1. It seems to me like it's rushing too much, two weeks is not as long as you think 2. see below 3. I'd say hire (rent) a car in Ireland, use public tr...
by letseatpaste
Wed May 04, 2011 9:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on a trip to Ireland?
Replies: 26
Views: 2754

Just wanted to add that I worked at a bike shop from age 15-20, including summers and spring breaks from college. It was a fantastic work experience and I actually count it as my favorite job I ever had (I'm 37 now). It was really great to be able to work skillfully with my hands and develop my mech...
by letseatpaste
Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling children's first jobs
Replies: 27
Views: 2514

I think it's better to tell your money where to go than figure out where it went after it's gone. We started a monthly written budget a couple months after marrying four years ago, first with a spreadsheet and then switched over to YNAB, which is fantastic for budgeting. Budgeting/tracking to the pe...
by letseatpaste
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have you ever tracked your spending for a year?
Replies: 105
Views: 14055

When I was in college and poor-ish, for a friend's wedding I gave them a card with a dollar in it. They thought it was hilarious, and whenever anyone asked what they got for their wedding it was one of the first gifts they would mention. I've also written a million dollar birthday check once or twic...
by letseatpaste
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to give at a wedding?
Replies: 114
Views: 10954

At work, I need pretty serious processing power and ram (new pc has 24 Gigs ram) and dual 28" monitors, so I use a desktop. At home I use a desktop and my wife uses a laptop, which she loves. I'll eventually get rid of the desktop and replace it with a laptop. The lack of clutter and required s...
by letseatpaste
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ditching their desktop computer for a laptop?
Replies: 86
Views: 8625

I value simplicity in our personal finances, and doing all our spending out of one account helps a lot with that, so we use a debit card. We also like to use mostly cash for groceries and dining out. I am fully aware I could eek out some extra bucks a month by using a credit card, but it's not worth...
by letseatpaste
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit cards can cause problems
Replies: 114
Views: 13295
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