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Re: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleig

I did a 21 mile commute one-way (42 total) 3-5x per week for a year before a baby arrived in the family. It's not for the faint of heart, but was great exercise, and because I predominantly rode back streets, def safer (but slower) than a scooter. Riding home in rush hour was a mixed bag - annoying ...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ditch car and commute to work in 250cc scooter in Raleigh?
Replies: 73
Views: 5247

Re: Looking to buy a quality scanner

You guys are convincing me to buy a Scansnap. What about stuff that HAS to be scanned on a flatbed (like maybe old photos)? Is there a way to do that with this machine? Most photos can be fed into the Scansnap, but some nonflexible things and books won't fit. Still, despite having a good flatbed an...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a quality scanner
Replies: 48
Views: 2875

Re: Looking to buy a quality scanner

Key piece of advice here if hasn't been mentioned above - If you intend to regularly scan papers/documents, you really should invest in a sheetfeed scanner (not flatbed) like the Fujitsu scansnap. They cost a bit more, but are absolutely worth it - I would be unable to keep up with regular scanning...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a quality scanner
Replies: 48
Views: 2875

Re: Looking to buy a quality scanner

Key piece of advice here if hasn't been mentioned above - If you intend to regularly scan papers/documents, you really should invest in a sheetfeed scanner (not flatbed) like the Fujitsu scansnap. They cost a bit more, but are absolutely worth it - I would be unable to keep up with regular scanning ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a quality scanner
Replies: 48
Views: 2875

Re: The Millionaire Next Door: Are You One?

The best way to get a million bucks is to have a high paying job and save 15%. It is a lot easier than having a job that pays half as much and needing to save 30%. Not if the guy with the high-paying job is paying 5x as much for housing... The lower-paid guy may indeed have more disposable income t...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Millionaire Next Door: Are You One?
Replies: 187
Views: 22368

Re: Eneloop batteries in smoke detectors

No problems with Eneloops, but since smoke detectors are such low-draw and long-lasting devices where you may need to change the battery very infrequently, I still think alkaline's are the best option here, on price, convenience, and bang for buck. This is coming from someone who loves eneloops and ...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eneloop batteries in smoke detectors
Replies: 36
Views: 1791

Re: Getting toddler to brush their teeth

A trick that has worked (at least for now) with my similar aged toddler was to upgrade her toothbrush to a battery-powered one, and then also introduce a hourglass sand timer of 2 minutes. We made it a game where she has to brush as long as the timer is going, and the electric toothbrush makes it ha...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting toddler to brush their teeth
Replies: 53
Views: 2401

Re: Please help us decide where to live

All I can say is that it's quite a privilege to be able to work from literally anywhere in the US/world!
by lightheir
Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help us decide where to live
Replies: 169
Views: 7815

Re: How do you afford to travel?

I don't feel like you should feel bad about not wanting to travel or not wanting to spend the huge amount of dollars needed for travel. Contrary to what a lot of travelers say, vacation travel does not necessarily widen your experiences or wisdom, especially if your travel is to prearranged tour vac...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you afford to travel?
Replies: 68
Views: 6204

Re: Car rental - how to minimize all those fees?

Yes - I agree with you. I actually found the tax surcharges for the PHX Sky Harbor airport so egregious (and I don't consider myself a cheapskate) that it's worth actually warning people to avoid renting a car on-airport just to avoid those fees, or to at a minimum compare the cost of going off site...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rental - how to minimize all those fees?
Replies: 47
Views: 4589

Re: Car rental - how to minimize all those fees?

@jlawrence01 - I am planning to rent a car in Seattle. You had mentioned that I can rent it in downtown and return it at the airport for no charge. Do rental agencies allow that ? If yes, which companies allow this procedure. Can you elaborate a little. Thank you. :) My apologies. I am in the proce...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rental - how to minimize all those fees?
Replies: 47
Views: 4589

Re: Buy A New Windows Computer Now?

I actually think that there's probably no need to upgrade if your computer was new a mere 2 years ago. Unless you have a specific limitation that you really want addressed, I don't think the gains from a replacement desktop for you in a 2 year span will give enough functional benefit to be worth it ...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy A New Windows Computer Now?
Replies: 53
Views: 2849

Re: Home security cam: remote video recording

I was going to get dropcam but I got concerned about the bandwidth uploading requirements - seems like it would consume tons of your upload data allotment per month
by lightheir
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security cam: remote video recording
Replies: 11
Views: 1226

Re: Car for a long daily commute

Ouch. The 55 mile distance isn't the killer. It's the deadly traffic that you will absolutely hit from start to finish of that commute, which will literally be <10mph for a lot of it, day in day out.
by lightheir
Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for a long daily commute
Replies: 75
Views: 5882

Re: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]

I am getting back into cycling after two years of very little cycling, 16 or 17 rides each year. A good motivator has been the app Ridewitgps it is free and records all your rides mileage calories speed and times on on a webpage. The more popular Strava did not work on my Verizon cell. On both you ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]
Replies: 71
Views: 5143

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

I've run for decades.. Here's the inside scoop that nobody talks about but is the reality of running shoes: - NO sneaker type has been shown to significantly decrease injuries. Barefoot, super cushioned, and everything in between - no difference in injury rate. (You will get more injuries if you sud...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 2811

Re: Using TurboTax on Apple Mac PCs

I believe there is a cloud version of Turbotax that is fully featured, so you can use on apple, pc.
by lightheir
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using TurboTax on Apple Mac PCs
Replies: 21
Views: 1005

Re: Hiring a Financial Planner

I can't answer your original question, but will give some hopefully obvious advice up front - REALLY look carefully into fees, and try and have them written out in dollar form BEFORE they charge you. They will go through all sorts of gymnastics to not give you this number, and instead say "it's...
by lightheir
Fri May 30, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring a Financial Planner
Replies: 10
Views: 1068

Re: Do you find digital media annoying

Yes, I find these restrictions annoying. They will undoubtedly find a better solution to family-share down the road, much like Amazon prime sharing. The benefits of digital media for me though >>> the nondigital format. It's not even close how much better the digital is, be it books, audio, podcast,...
by lightheir
Fri May 09, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you find digital media annoying
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?

Our definitions are essentially identical - both of us are saying we should be judicious in choosing with whom to entrust information in the 'cloud'. Still, I stand by my prior statements - if you have bank or retirement accounts, but still say you have an overall distrust for 'cloud' storage (whate...
by lightheir
Wed May 07, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?
Replies: 51
Views: 4604

Re: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?

My take is that if you completely distrust the cloud completely, you should be seriously considering why you are maintaining any bank account, which is in effect, run on servers with protections that aren't way more advanced than what you might get with gmail+dbl authentication. I distrust the clou...
by lightheir
Wed May 07, 2014 9:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?
Replies: 51
Views: 4604

Re: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?

It is likely that now and in the future, your data will be safer on the cloud than on a home computer then on your home computer with an active online connection. Corporations of all sizes are already discovering this, and offsourcing a lot of functions like email and office-type apps to Google etc...
by lightheir
Wed May 07, 2014 7:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?
Replies: 51
Views: 4604

Re: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?

So, you are trying to prevent hackers from breaking into your local machine, thus you are trusting that a corporation will protect your data in the cloud? It is likely that now and in the future, your data will be safer on the cloud than on a home computer then on your home computer with an active ...
by lightheir
Tue May 06, 2014 8:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer security -- a paradigm shift?
Replies: 51
Views: 4604

Re: College Competition

... I have seen this criticism of the 'grinders' before - it'll always be around. Me personally, though - I have great respect for the grinders, and think it is quite unfortunate that extremely diligent hardworking youth risk getting labeled 'grinders' when they should be rewarded for their hard wo...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Competition [locked]
Replies: 41
Views: 7737

Re: College Competition

What were their SATs (or ACT)? I wonder if their recommendations gave an indication that they were "grinders." Some schools want passion, interests, cleverness, insight, intuition more than grinding away. Essays are another gotcha. I read the college essay of one of my son's classmates, a...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Competition [locked]
Replies: 41
Views: 7737

Re: College Competition

Without knowing the general national-level scores of these candidates, you really can't get a clear picture of what's going on. Not that those metrics are alway make-or-break, but being valedictorian at a not-as-hard school may count a lot less if your national-testing stats aren't quite up to par. ...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Competition [locked]
Replies: 41
Views: 7737

Re: Need Ear Bud Recommendation

Is there some trick to using ear buds? I hate the darn things and much prefer head phones. Unfortunately the cheap headphones that don't fully cover your ear are becoming hard to find. I use them for jogging and x-country skiing and need to replace them a couple of times a year since the wire gets ...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5699

Re: Amazon.com prices change quickly

Honestly, I think Amazon is going to eventually get hit with a class action lawsuit. People (like me) are strongly influenced by customer reviews in their purchases, and the price changes can render the review scores meaningless or even highly deceptive. Most reviewers factor in the value of the pr...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon.com prices change quickly
Replies: 53
Views: 6066

Re: Amazon.com prices change quickly

Honestly, I think Amazon is going to eventually get hit with a class action lawsuit. People (like me) are strongly influenced by customer reviews in their purchases, and the price changes can render the review scores meaningless or even highly deceptive. Most reviewers factor in the value of the pr...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon.com prices change quickly
Replies: 53
Views: 6066

Re: Update

I've had a few rides with my MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 earbuds. Definitely an improvement. Wind noise is still present but greatly reduced. One other bonus is that the fidelity on these earbuds is much better than my old pair. Thanks Linuxology for the recommendation. Bogleheads come through again....
by lightheir
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5699

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

I now understand that keepass generates its own random passwords. However, does keepass know what the particular site requires in its passwords? For example, a site may limit passwords to 8 characters, or may require smallcase, caps, and numbers, but no other characters and no spaces. Does keepass ...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 105
Views: 8647

Re: Guitar purchase problem: Fender strat mfg warranty?

I also think you'll be completely fine, with or without a warrantee.

Guitars are not hi-tech devices. They have easily replaceable parts, and if anything does break, you can readily replace it with an even better part. sure, it does cost some money, but it won't break the bank.
by lightheir
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar purchase problem: Fender strat mfg warranty?
Replies: 25
Views: 1839

Re: Quicken 2014 opinions wanted

Mint can't do everything Quicken can. But it works extremely well for tracking purchases and expenditures. Not so good for investment tracking, and doesn't do bill pay or banktransactions - I actually like this about Mint, since I would rather logon securely to my bank to do these things rather than...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken 2014 opinions wanted
Replies: 47
Views: 2268

Re: I need a new coffee maker, any recommendations?

I'll toss another suggestion on the higher end of the spectrum, the Breville YouBrew. $250 (steep), but it's gorgeous and built like a tank. In terms of features, it lets the water sit with the coffee for a couple of minutes like the cone-wielding baristas (and PJW, I suppose); it can do one cup at...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a new coffee maker, any recommendations?
Replies: 66
Views: 14140

Re: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit

I've never tried them, but America's Best advertises a lot around these parts, $69.95 for glasses and an eye exam. I'm sure there's heavy upselling pressure but I almost gave them a try the last time I was shopping for a new pair of glasses. Instead I ended up just ordering from Zenni optical and g...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit

I have not read all the answers and will go back and review. However, a long while back there was a news program, I believe it was 60 Minutes, regarding the cost of glass frames. One company bought up ALL the glass companies ... therefore, there is no longer competition when it comes to glass frame...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit

I know I could easily have gotten my prescription before, but having to actually ask for it is a tiny bit off-putting, and I found that I kept delaying asking so much that my prescription changed again and it wouldn't have been useful. I put this off as well, and I ended up using a year old scipt'....
by lightheir
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit

Hello everyone, I appreciate all of the help I have gotten from this site so far. I am seeking an eyeglass shop alternative to Lenscrafters. I just came back from Lenscrafters - was quoted 630 for a high index/varilux frame and lens (this was already with a 30% discount). I wear eyeglasses for dist...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Low-Cost Eyeglass Shop I can visit
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Elio Car

I suspect it's going to be vaporware. I honestly don't know much about this company, but have seen several of these similar well-funded trike/cars vanish completely in the past 5 years after getting a fair amount of press and awards. (Like the Aptera , just one of many.) Would otherwise love to see ...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elio Car
Replies: 37
Views: 3299

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

I don't see why one would trust last pass more than other data providers online. Unlikekeepass, nobody can examine the security architecture.
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 105
Views: 8647

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

I don't quite understand the KeePass users who believe that using Dropbox/Google Drive is as secure as LastPass' servers. Dropbox's servers don't use the same level of encryption as Lastpass' servers esp when it comes to Dropbox's free accounts. I do understand those Keepass users who are suspiciou...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 105
Views: 8647

Re: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp

Weird - my Crashplan does not seem to be a resource hog at all. I barely notice it's there unless I'm on my computer at 3AM when it's uploading data full speed. I'm not meaning the UI piece... look at the started task (I think windoze calls them Services) which is the one doing the backup.... It's ...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp
Replies: 26
Views: 1489

Re: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp

Weird - my Crashplan does not seem to be a resource hog at all. I barely notice it's there unless I'm on my computer at 3AM when it's uploading data full speed.
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp
Replies: 26
Views: 1489

Re: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp

While it's not a full backup of all of my programs, I actually use box.com for important file backup. I keep my school work in there. Given pricing, if I was going to buy something now, I would probably use Google Drive, but I have 50GB from box.com for life, because I bought my laptop. The upload ...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp
Replies: 26
Views: 1489

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

I don't think using a key file alone is secure. A key file + password - now that's like double authentication and much more secure than a password. I think the keyfile is really to prevent remote hacks like someone brute-forcing passwords against thousands of websites remotely - if your keyfile is ...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 105
Views: 8647

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

Like TrueCrypt, KeePass can use a keyfile: Key Files Instead of remembering a super secure password, let your data take care of the details. All you have to remember is that you've used Grandma's vacation picture. And don't lose the picture. Or, any one of the thousands of files on your PC. Just be...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 105
Views: 8647

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

People should've bought during 2009-2012! I bought in the Cupertino area in 2011, and by sheer luck seemed to have timed the buy at the bottom. I also nearly doubled the square footage (remodel) before home building costs here went way up, so I have nothing to complain about :) But I certainly am n...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 4509

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

If/when the select areas of the S Bay hit the ceiling, it is almost certain that most of the the entire country will be hard harder first. Sure, it may stall out, but you can be sure that other areas will stall out faster. Why do you say that? Serious question... I don't see why other areas of the ...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 4509

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

If/when the select areas of the S Bay hit the ceiling, it is almost certain that most of the the entire country will be hard harder first. I don't see why the rest of the country will be hit harder first. - The current Bay Area Boom (Bubble) is driven by (a) soaring internet and social media valuat...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 4509

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

If/when the select areas of the S Bay hit the ceiling, it is almost certain that most of the the entire country will be hard harder first. I don't see why the rest of the country will be hit harder first. - The current Bay Area Boom (Bubble) is driven by (a) soaring internet and social media valuat...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 4509
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