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Re: Camcorder vs. iPhone vs. DSLR Camera

For those who think the iPhone isn't a legitimate photographic tool take a look at these galleries http://www.ippawards.com/2014-winners/ http://www.ippawards.com/2013-winners/ http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/12/5802800/iphone-photography-awards-2014 While the iphone can indeed take awesome pictures...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camcorder vs. iPhone vs. DSLR Camera
Replies: 38
Views: 1646

Re: Disappointed with sale items

Send it back. Telling us will do almost no good. Why aren't you talking to BB? I sent it back the day I got it. I don't think there's much to be accomplished by talking to BB; I had ordered 3 separate of the same shirt, so it was clearly the way it was meant to be designed, not a manufacturer flaw....
by lightheir
Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disappointed with sale items
Replies: 12
Views: 997

Disappointed with sale items

I think I'm probably going to avoid on-sale priced items from now on unless they are exactly the item that I know beforehand that I specifically want. Was disappointed to buy some on-sale Brooks Bros mens shirts online this past Thanksgiving sale week online - I own several shirt at $100-$140 from t...
by lightheir
Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disappointed with sale items
Replies: 12
Views: 997

Re: What desktop should I buy.

Sounds like you're desktop committed, but honestly, current laptop technology is both cheap and good enough that it should work as well as a cheap desktop for minimally lest cost. And like it or not, the good ol days of using one computer for 10 years with minimal compromise are almost certainly lon...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What desktop should I buy.
Replies: 36
Views: 2388

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

Wow, you guys are the best! So much info, thank you!! You thought of things I didn't think of and those that I did, but didn't know if I should ask about, like undergarments. That was very helpful too. Appreciate the links so I could see the products some of you mentioned. The washing tips too. No ...
by lightheir
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 54
Views: 3137

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

I exercise a lot, mostly endurance stuff, but tons of sweat, like 1-2hrs a day, every day. Best bang for the but is the C9/Champion polyester activewear at Target. It's pretty generic, but it's rock bottom inexpensive, and works as well as most technical clothing. I use the shirts, pants, and socks ...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 54
Views: 3137

Re: Transferring files onto a new computer

Seriously, go all-cloud if you can. I don't have to install anything to get 90%+ running, and 100% running for office/email/work related items. Google docs, Dropbox, Chrome, all of which come on any new computer nowadays, and you're good to go. Chrome even has a very, very good "Remote Desktop&...
by lightheir
Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring files onto a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2029

Re: Why So Many Used Prius for Sale?

Another factor of which I have become aware is the car leasing thing. Not sure how it works in the US but in the UK it appears everyone now leases (new car buyers). Therefore the 'cost' of the car to them is the 200-500 pounds a month, say, of the 4-5 year lease, at which point they 'trade in' the ...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why So Many Used Prius for Sale?
Replies: 51
Views: 6828

Re: Transferring files onto a new computer

And as a sort of related note - if you go all-cloud, meaning using things like Dropbox and/or Google Drive to both store your files and run your apps, you will never have to do a file transfer again except for a few handful of files that are easy to manage. (I have a folder of large home video files...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring files onto a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2029

Re: Exercise machine for small apartment?

Honestly, forget the machine. (This is coming from someone who both owns , loves, and actually uses his multiple pricey exercise machines on a daily basis, often for hours at a time.) In a small apt, you don't have the floorspace to make this an efficient use of space and resources. Yes, I have also...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exercise machine for small apartment?
Replies: 21
Views: 2012

Re: I'm scared - online hacking

I think that any software that at least puts another level of encryption on your naked data is good. It doens't have to be military-grade, just something hard enough not to be trivially bypassed. Contrary to CSI, you likely are NOT the ongoing target of a high-level gov't dragnet that is intent on d...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm scared - online hacking
Replies: 44
Views: 4846

Re: Private college counselor

I'm sorry after reading this thread I still don't understand the need for a private counselor. I would think that the more competitive school the better your grades have to be, the better your standardize test scores should be, and the more impressive your extracurricular activities should be. So I...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Private college counselor
Replies: 76
Views: 4554

Re: Private college counselor

But just look at inner city/poor school district applications rates pre-post coaching, and you see big differences, I know you address this point in your next paragraph somewhat, but it might be worth pointing out that most on this thread do not fall into this category. If money is no object then I...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Private college counselor
Replies: 76
Views: 4554

Re: Woodway treadmills

Sounds legit to me! Anything that keeps you going is worth it in my book.
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodway treadmills
Replies: 13
Views: 1320

Re: Woodway treadmills

I know you don't want this to be a "lexus vs Toyota" thread, but have you asked your wife exactly why she thinks the woodway is so much better, than, say, a $1500 treadmill that Olympic-level runners train on with no problems?
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Woodway treadmills
Replies: 13
Views: 1320

Re: Private college counselor

Going through the college applications process now with my oldest. Son is also in a very good public school, which simply doesn't have the counseling resources of a private school. If the expense is not an issue, I would hire one as early as possible during high school. It's not just the academics,...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Private college counselor
Replies: 76
Views: 4554

Re: Would you move/stay for better school district?

Funny how a website full of folks who believe in data to make decisions in their jobs (all the engineers and software folks out there) and in their investing decisions do not have any concrete data to support their stance on this topic. Does anyone have data to support their decisions? Do kids who ...
by lightheir
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you move/stay for better school district?
Replies: 55
Views: 4609

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

Reinstalling desktop software is so-last gen, and can be extraordinarily time consuming and costly. I think for common used software (browser/office/email/pictures), cloud is going to render the old school installs obsolete. You'll also find that it's much easier to keep a lean and mean system with...
by lightheir
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

Lot of people have asked the question - why is your computer slow. Without knowing if your computer has malware/viruses and other bloatware, that might be the first thing to look at. Many times simple restore operation will help to improve the performance - but please make sure you have adequate ba...
by lightheir
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

Lot of people have asked the question - why is your computer slow. Without knowing if your computer has malware/viruses and other bloatware, that might be the first thing to look at. Many times simple restore operation will help to improve the performance - but please make sure you have adequate ba...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

I actually think SSDs are nice, but not at all a required feature for a new computer. They do make things slightly faster, but it's not a revelation by any stretch. But if you do decide to go Chromebook, there are Chromebooks with SSD drives. I just found the below one - not at all saying it's the ...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

I actually think SSDs are nice, but not at all a required feature for a new computer. They do make things slightly faster, but it's not a revelation by any stretch. But if you do decide to go Chromebook, there are Chromebooks with SSD drives. I just found the below one - not at all saying it's the o...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.

Seriously, I'm not even kidding when I say you should seriously consider a Chromebook. This is what you yourself said in your post above: "My needs are simple. Essentially surfing the web and Email. Decent speakers for listening to Pandora would be desirable. (if I go with a laptop). Whereas a ...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Computer. Need recommendations.
Replies: 52
Views: 4942

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

The Fatal Shore. It's about Australia, and I have no special interest whatsoever in Australia, but it's so well written and yields so much insight into the nature of man , society, and culture when thrown into a literal hostile wilderness with little support, that you can't help but feeling much wis...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 9669

Re: Bogleheads, anyone doing "Black Friday"

I don't see why BHs should not due Black Friday, even if it means doing it online to avoid the crowds. The deals are real, and usually the best of the year. I tend to save up a bunch of purchases that can wait until Thanksgiving season to take advantage of the deals, but I still don't impulse buy on...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, any "Black Friday" [recommendations]
Replies: 59
Views: 5665

Re: How much is saved by taking mass transit to work?

Thinking beyond yourself, you could also consider your impact on others. By driving less, you'd reduce pollution and related negative health effects, and you'd reduce limited resources you are consuming (and the impact of providing those resources to you). In addition, you'd directly be making the ...
by lightheir
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is saved by taking mass transit to work?
Replies: 51
Views: 4043

UPS pickup small packages at a home?

Easy but useful question for those of you who have done this - When you use UPS to ship a small package (typically an Amazon return in my case), from a HOUSE address (not apt), can you just have the UPS truck come pick the package up at your front door? I've been taking my packages to the UPS store,...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPS pickup small packages at a home?
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Harry's razors

I think I want to try getting a Merkur. What is the difference between a Long Handled Safety Razor vs. Open Comb Double Edge vs Heavy Duty Double Edge Razor? Thanks! I went Merkur and never looked back. It does take a little bit to get used to using a single blade rather than the multiblade, but on...
by lightheir
Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry's razors
Replies: 53
Views: 5724

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

Rollercoaster decade for me. Near 50 now. Wore reading glasses at work for the first time yesterday, after using at home for a while. Crushing divorce near mid 40s - lost everything and then a lot. Took several years to get to zero after becoming an uber saver and fortunately have an income now bey...
by lightheir
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 103
Views: 17176

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I don't pay for frivolous purchases. I do spend a lot on experiences. This is based on my life philosophy and supported by behavioral economics' findings that experiences are more rewarding than material possessions. Victoria I'm definitely in the oppposite camp. Not in terms of spending my money o...
by lightheir
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 8563

Re: Great camera to take pics?

You don't need a $2k camera to get awesome pics, but you do need 'real' lenses. A 'prosumer' Canon or Nikon runs $700-$1000 and will take stunningly excellent photos as well as accept the full range of lenses. The difference in dSLR photos for portraits and lowlights is beyond compare. You can't get...
by lightheir
Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great camera to take pics?
Replies: 44
Views: 5439

Re: When do you buy a new home computer?

My solution works very well from a practical point, but does have some security issues for those who are really concerned. I moved almost all my computing storage to the cloud 5 years ago, utilizing google drive and google apps exclusively for all document management. It probably honestly won't matt...
by lightheir
Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you buy a new home computer?
Replies: 52
Views: 4572

Re: Recommend a NAS HD

Dropbox is a possibility that I wasn't considering before, it seems prices keep dropping on that storage. I'm not sure how a separate computer would be better than a NAS; they seem to cost more, have less space, and aren't optimized out of the gate for network; if you could clarify how one is better...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a NAS HD
Replies: 17
Views: 855

Recommend a NAS HD

Looking for any good recs for a network-attached hard drive. Simplicity to install and use is good - ideally, I would have non-techie parents and friends easily be able to logon to my HD to download files like family pictures with no fuss. Ideally, a low-power consumption HD is preferred as well, bu...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a NAS HD
Replies: 17
Views: 855

Re: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?

Semiotic, Be that guy that bosses love--the guy they call first when they have a problem to solve and need the best resource to solve it. I know that friends and family sometimes make a move undesirable. I, myself, have admittedly stunted by professional growth to stay in my home county. If I could...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?
Replies: 130
Views: 14806

Re: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?

It's great. For how inexpensive these monitors are nowadays, just get it and don't look back. I have the same setup, ext monitor + laptop and connect/disconnect in a second all the time via the HDMI port.
by lightheir
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: LED Flashlights

Many good brands now out there. FENIX has been my favorite. It's probably overkill for casual flashlight use (like around the house), but for specialized applications, it's bulleproof and high quality and super bright. Also note that the brighter the flashlight, even with LEDs, the faster it will bu...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED Flashlights
Replies: 51
Views: 3859

Re: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?

I sympathize, and yes, it's a tough job market for young grads like yourself. At the risk of sounding trite though, the world is still your oyster. You have just started career building, and you will likely not be able to predict the ultimate career you find (or careers) given that you're not on a d...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I stop feeling depressed about my finances?
Replies: 130
Views: 14806

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

I love my cast iron skillet. I'm not all specialized with my seasoning - but I definitely notice a night and day difference between unseasoned vs seasoned. Other than cooking stuff like bacon, I season it the way the Lodge website recommends, which is canola oil and then about 1 hr in the oven (I ju...
by lightheir
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 108
Views: 11205

Re: headphones for running

Anybody use those wireless earbuds from Jaybird? Yep. They are excellent bluetooth headphones. Pricey, but worth it if you sweat a ton. The main problem I have with them is that they are bluetooth, meaning you need a BT-compatible player to use them. I hate bringing my phone with me, so that's a pr...
by lightheir
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: headphones for running

I run a lot. Outdoors and indoors, have been running outdoors for decades. Headphones don't have to = danger for outdoor running. Use discretion, turn them to a volume where you can still hear enough ambient noise, and you'll have no problems. Don't let the few who crank the volume so loud that they...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: headphones for running
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Treadmills

Can anyone share what they paid for the Sole f80? Amazon is asking $1,500.00 free shipping. Thanks, K.I.S. I waited for a sale 3 years ago and had mine for $1400 shipped, and I paid another $100 for the in-house install. The amazon price you have is a fair price - you can probably get it for $100-$...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmills [vs. Ellipticals]
Replies: 55
Views: 4034

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

The bodyweight training while very good for what it does fo functinoal strength, completely misses cardiovascular improvements. Please do 12 burpees (with a little jump at the top) every minute on the minute for 20 minutes. Report back on the cardiovascular demands. Or, if you're an elite athlete, ...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

I'd disagree in general with this otherwise reasonable sounding advice. Most aerobic activities provide enough strength-related building to improve quality of life for otherwise sedentary folks, while combating one of the biggest life-threatening risk of older age, which is cardiovascular disease. ...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

I was looking into home exercise equipment - treadmills, exer-cycles, ellipticals, etc. when I stumbled upon indoor rowing machines. It feels like if I have just 20 minutes to work out on most days, a rowing machine will give me more bang for my buck than any other option. What do folks here think ...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

I was looking into home exercise equipment - treadmills, exer-cycles, ellipticals, etc. when I stumbled upon indoor rowing machines. It feels like if I have just 20 minutes to work out on most days, a rowing machine will give me more bang for my buck than any other option. What do folks here think ...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

Re: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]

I don't see a ton of mentions about coupons. We spend about what you spend, probably less, on a family of 4. Hard to tell exactly as your grocery store spending includes non-food items. Do you use coupons? My wife saves a minimum of $100/month using coupons. Wednesdays are double coupon days at Mar...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]
Replies: 158
Views: 11386

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

It depends what your goals are. I do a lot of endurance sports, and treadmills are particularly good in that they are weight-bearing and reproduce the physiologic motion of long-distance running, which humans have been shown specifically evolved to do. You get a ton of ancillary coordination, bone d...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3917

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

I dreamed of having EVERY video game available for my Apple computer. I honestly felt for nearly 5 years that if that were ever attainable, life would be complete and completely done, happiness fulfilled to the maximum. I found out a few months ago that you can run pretty much nearly every old Apple...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 5652

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

Ask your relatives if they have one they no longer use. Or friends. You'd be surprised with how many people have one lying around that they never use and are more than happy to unload for free. I have 2, both of which were given to me without me even asking. I didn't use 'em for 2 years, then one da...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 108
Views: 11205
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