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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: 100
Views: 5261

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: 14
Views: 499

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: 39
Views: 1000

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: 60
Views: 2078

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 1371

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: 26
Views: 1491

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: 100
Views: 5261

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: 100
Views: 5261

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: 25
Views: 1080

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: 25
Views: 1080

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: 25
Views: 1080

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: 100
Views: 5261

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: 100
Views: 5261

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: 3111

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: 3111

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: 3111

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: 3111

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

As said: - Great weather - Great beauty - Great schools - Multicultural area - etc Again, outside of Norcal, I am 100% with you. I consider real estate to NOT be a 'investment' and more of a cost. But I would make exception for Norcal bay area. If the area doesn't even dip during the big recent hou...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 3111

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

As said: - Great weather - Great beauty - Great schools - Multicultural area - etc Again, outside of Norcal, I am 100% with you. I consider real estate to NOT be a 'investment' and more of a cost. But I would make exception for Norcal bay area. If the area doesn't even dip during the big recent hous...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 3111

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

we're giving strong consideration to moving away from Califonia. Other people feel this way at times? We actually bought our starter home in east san jose, but the craziness of the valley did make us strongly consider moving away. So strongly in fact, that we did it. Between crazy house prices, a w...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 3111

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

Not be a downer here, but that small chepo house you bought in 1980 and sold would probably be worth over half a million dollars today in Sunnyvale. That may have been one of the biggest financial 'virtual losses' you have made in your life in terms of opportunity cost. (Of course, that doesn't con...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 3111

Re: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs

Not be a downer here, but that small chepo house you passed on 1980 would probably be worth over half a million dollars today in Sunnyvale, much more if it's a freestanding with land. That may have been one of the biggest financial 'virtual losses' you have made in your life in terms of opportunity ...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in the Bay Area and housing costs
Replies: 51
Views: 3111

Re: KeePass vs LastPass

It mainly depends on your must-have preferences. Both are good and I've used both. Keepass - - Open source, has had its 'guts' examined, more likely to have any flaws caught - Somewhat less convenient since it's not fully browser integrated (still very easy to use with robust autotype functions so y...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: KeePass vs LastPass
Replies: 100
Views: 5261

Re: Car recommendations - Mazda6, accord, Prius

Prius owner here. Really great mileage as expected, and car is pretty spacious for its class. While not a luxury mobile, it's very nice, and doesn't feel cheap to me. Smooth, comfortable ride, and really no issues transitioning from a regular car, aside from some weirdness of pushing a button to sta...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car recommendations - Mazda6, accord, Prius
Replies: 23
Views: 1738

Re: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas

Ok, I'm nowhere near retiring nor plan on retiring overseas, but my curiosity is definitely piqued.

If anybody has a referral for a good book on the pros/cons and logistics in arranging this as a US citizen going abroad, would love to check it out.
by lightheir
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas
Replies: 109
Views: 8767

Re: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending

Funny because I splurged for a professional photographer for a big family event in 2003. But at a similar event in 2007 I hired a kid for a few hundred dollars. I still regret spending all that money the first time. I will admit that between 2003 and 2007 the world went digital and my comfort with ...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending on?
Replies: 106
Views: 12749

Re: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp

I had an issue with my computer and decided to just wipe it and start over. After all I had all my non-system files on Carbonite. I forget the exact size, non-trivial, but not gigantic by modern standards either. Maybe 200 or 300 gigs. Well below tera-bites. It worked but took a couple of weeks. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carbonite vs Backblaze - an ongoing comp
Replies: 25
Views: 1080

Re: Inexpensive Win7 laptop that will support 2 to 3 monitor

Dual monitors are great for anyone doing tasks where you need a working window and a frequently used reference document so you don't have to keep switching windows. Easiest solution for OP, hands down is a 2-monitor system using the laptop screen as screen #1 and a single external monitor for #2. T...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive Win7 laptop that will support 2 to 3 monitors?
Replies: 21
Views: 1034

Re: What to do with Win computers?

Just encrypt sensitive stuff before uploading to the cloud. With file-level encryption (Truecrypt), plus Google-style double authentication for logon, I would consider my cloud data reasonably secure. If someone is going to go through the trouble to break the protection of both of these levels of se...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with Win computers?
Replies: 51
Views: 2140

Re: What to do with Win computers?

Data can be partially reconstructed sometimes from a hard drive that you've smashed with a sledgehammer or thrown in a fire. I exclusively use DBAN to cleanse hard drives I'm about to trash or give away. When you write information on a hard drive it sits there waiting to be accessed or overwritten....
by lightheir
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with Win computers?
Replies: 51
Views: 2140

Re: Options for the medical grad but no residency

Just an fyi, someone posted about working at an ugent care. In order to practice medicine, the bare minimim is completing at least a 1 year internship. After that, then you can apply to get your license to practice medicine. Would an uc hire a doc with only an internship? Possibly. There are many r...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Options for the medical grad but no residency
Replies: 95
Views: 7153

Re: Acronis or such, instead of/plus Carbonite/Backblaze, et

Kind of off-topic, but my solution has been to go almost all-cloud Both Google and Amazon have lost customer's data. But if you're not going to have a backup at all and the cloud service meets your needs there's probably a less chance of data loss there as long as they maintain backups. There are s...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acronis or such, instead of/plus Carbonite/Backblaze, etc.?
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Acronis or such, instead of/plus Carbonite/Backblaze, et

Kind of off-topic, but my solution has been to go almost all-cloud for software services, opting for cloud version for anything that exists. Like google docs for "office", online tax programs, online notepads, cloud storage, etc. Made my last computer upgrade as painless as it gets, even i...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acronis or such, instead of/plus Carbonite/Backblaze, etc.?
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Buying for someone who "has everything"

Stuff someone made for you by hand is always special, and costs nothing. Dosen't even have to be fancy.
by lightheir
Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying for someone who "has everything"
Replies: 43
Views: 2292

Re: Need a grocery app with certain (basic) features iphone/

rob wrote:Not sure about grosery lists but if you don't like evernote and looking for a simplier interface... try wunderlist (I use it a lot) - I also heard good things about milk..... but both are just to do list type things.


Can you quickly reorder items on wunderlist?
by lightheir
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a grocery app with certain (basic) features iphone/PC
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Need a grocery app with certain (basic) features iphone/PC

I've been surprised at how hard it has been to find a simple 'grocery list' type app that does what I want, simply, and easily. If someone could recommend a solution, would be greatly appreciated. Here are the things I am looking for (must-have features), which I don't think are that complicated: IP...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a grocery app with certain (basic) features iphone/PC
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: GPS with "favor interstates" option?

I've been overall very happy with my Garmin. No it, isn't perfect nor should you expect it to be. It even gives me different default routes for the same destination sometimes, depending on if I'm a block or two away from the initial start point, sometimes with dramatically different highway routes (...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS with "favor interstates" option?
Replies: 37
Views: 1337

Re: Options for the medical grad but no residency

I'm a PGY-5 resident, and I'm just gonna put it bluntly. Somewhere in the mass of failed applicants to her medical school was an equally qualified individual who wanted, more than anything, to help people. For whatever reason, your wife got the position over that person. Before your wife calls it q...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Options for the medical grad but no residency
Replies: 95
Views: 7153

Re: LED bulb prices

I don't have any LED bulbs yet, but I will say that there are about 5 hard-to-reach halogen bulbs in my home that I would gladly pay $100/bulb for a long-lasting LED replacement so I would never have to climb up there again. Unfortunately, they don't seem to make an LED in the size of the halogen bu...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED bulb prices
Replies: 104
Views: 8106

Re: Windows XP to Linux Question with existing HW

I would ONLY do it for the fun and curiosity of it, honestly. I've done this 2 times in the past with Ubuntu. The install is actually easy as pie- def easier than reinstalling Windows. The problem is the incovenience of dealing with Ubuntu instead of your native WinXP workflow. Yes, it does everythi...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP to Linux Question with existing HW
Replies: 61
Views: 2327

Re: Electric razors where replacement blades cost same as ra

Off topic, but as an-ex-electric user, I've come to love the old-school razor with old-school replaceable razor blades. The MERKUR razor is around $35 on Amazon and a full year supply of razors (Astra) if you change the blades twice a week (two years worth if you change the blades once per week!) is...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric razors where replacement blades cost same as razor
Replies: 19
Views: 1247

Re: Cloud storage advice?

I use Google Drive, and I just transitioned to a Windows 8 machine last week. The process was completely seamless, as Google Drive simple synchronized my new computer to be up-to-date with the files current stored on Google's servers. I have no idea what could be causing your tech issues. Edit: And...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud storage advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 1903

Re: How much water do you drink every day?

Just read this for non-anecdotal science on the matter, in definitive format but in laymans format http://www.amazon.com/Waterlogged-Serious-Problem-Overhydration-Endurance/dp/145042497X Dr. Noakes is a world-reknowned professor widely recognized as a legitimate leading authority on sports hydration...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much water do you drink every day?
Replies: 70
Views: 2845

Re: How much water do you drink every day?

I know medical advice is a no-no on this forum, but - all that extra water you drink does you zero good. You pee out all the extra water you drink. Your thirst is HIGHLY accurate unless you have kidney disease, and the amount of water you drink will depend both on activity/sweat as well as salt int...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much water do you drink every day?
Replies: 70
Views: 2845

Re: How much water do you drink every day?

I know medical advice is a no-no on this forum, but - all that extra water you drink does you zero good. You pee out all the extra water you drink. Your thirst is HIGHLY accurate unless you have kidney disease, and the amount of water you drink will depend both on activity/sweat as well as salt inta...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much water do you drink every day?
Replies: 70
Views: 2845

Re: Investing in Physical as well as Financial Health

I train pretty seriously for an amateur athlete, mostly in endurance now, but used to do strength in my younger days. That said, I would say that the requirements for basic health in terms of time invested and effort for a good standard of health, are pretty low. You do NOT have to work out like an ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Investing in Physical as well as Financial Health
Replies: 39
Views: 2578

Re: Amazon Prime Increase

For us, if Prime was purely about the shipping (it's not - we make ample use of both the streaming video and the free kindle books), it would be a tough sell at $99/year. We do appreciate the fast shipping, and order dozens of times per year. Many of those orders would require us to take extra trip...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Increase
Replies: 185
Views: 7605
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