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by lightheir
Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 77
Views: 10591

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

OP here. Wow! I was surprised to see this thread dug up. I missed all the updates from this past April as I was away on a cruise :) Anyways, using Finish Powerballs and Finish rinse aid worked for us. The new dishwasher just would not clean with the old powdered Cascade. We have semi hard water. Se...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a new car or hold
Replies: 19
Views: 1787

Re: Should I buy a new car or hold

That sounds like a great price for a new Prius. Go for it.
by lightheir
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 77
Views: 10591

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

No, we don't have a water softener in either the house nor the Miele unit. (It came with the house so I didn't choose it.) I honestly thought I was screwed until I tried the citric acid. It was literally night and day difference. Went from looking like an old, dying dishwasher caked with white crust...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 77
Views: 10591

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

OP here. Wow! I was surprised to see this thread dug up. I missed all the updates from this past April as I was away on a cruise :) Anyways, using Finish Powerballs and Finish rinse aid worked for us. The new dishwasher just would not clean with the old powdered Cascade. We have semi hard water. Se...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new dishwasher doesn't clean
Replies: 77
Views: 10591

Re: My new dishwasher doesn't clean

You people obviously don't understand the purpose of these modern appliances. The dishwasher is not designed to wash dishes, it's designed to save energy, save water, and improve the balance sheet of the manufacturer. The only way to actually clean dishes here in the iworld is by hand. You bought t...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing space in a small house
Replies: 39
Views: 3481

Re: Maximizing space in a small house

1500+ is plenty of room! I like the recommendations from Marie Kondo's book (#1 NYT Best Seller for awhile about cleaning your home/place - she's Japanese). Aggressively discard stuff you don't use regularly, and cherish the things you keep. Avoid storage solutions, even if they seem smart and fancy...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend me a great casual mens' sweatpants or similar
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Recommend me a great casual mens' sweatpants or similar

I like wearing comfortable clothes at home, and I've been really dissatisfied with all my sweatpant choices in the past few years. I'm willing to pay a premium for a good mens sweatpants or similar casual pants - price really almost doesn't matter. WHat I'm looking for- - Good material that doesn't ...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Killing off 2-Year Contracts & Phone Subsidies
Replies: 129
Views: 10936

Re: Verizon Killing off 2-Year Contracts & Phone Subsidies

This is all moot - go to an MVNO like Republic Wireless (or other if you don't like their network) and it's as simple a billing as you can get. I paid $105 per phone for years on ATT for a $210 monthly bill for 2 phones. When MVNOs came out, I finally made the switch, and I've got 95%+ of the qualit...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Secure and Backup of Documents
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Secure and Backup of Documents

In terms of security, you likely have very little to worry about with Gdrive and other respected companies. It is far easier for a hacker to hack the business software of the take out restaurant down the street to steal useful credit card numbers, than to waste their time and energy to hack a single...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Re: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)

I don't remember how, but I was able to activate mine online. After I got it working I phoned Comcast and gave them the new modem information so they could update their files. About a month later I got an Email from them saying I had to replace my DOCSYS 2.0 modem. So I got on the Comcast online ch...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives
Replies: 49
Views: 4163

Re: New PC - Buy Office or use free alternatives

Go Google office. For sure. I went off MS Office a few years back, and haven't looked back. It has been a fantastic transition and only gets better. I am sure that MS Office will become better at sharing and other Gdocs features as time goes on, but Gdocs is already great. Here's why: - FREE. And wi...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)
Replies: 53
Views: 2585

Re: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)

How hard is it to have Comcast get the new modem recognized?
by lightheir
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 28157

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Upgraded one of my machines. Went very smooth. Only issue was VMWare Workstation, w2hich probably doesn't affect most people. Good to hear. How's it performing compared to Win7 and how resource intensive does it seem? My laptop meets all the specs fairly easily, but it's no over-achiever as it is r...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aloha Mind math for 5 year old
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: Aloha Mind math for 5 year old

We used Kumon and it was very, very helpful. It teaches math by practicing until they get it right, over and over again, not moving the child ahead until they master the earlier fundamentals. Sort of teaching math using the Suzuki violin method. Short daily exercises at home, then into the Kumon ce...
by lightheir
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with an old iphone 4s - can't use it as a backup phone either
Replies: 20
Views: 1799

What to do with an old iphone 4s - can't use it as a backup phone either

I have an old iphone 4s sitting in my drawer right now. I recently moved to Republic Wireless from ATT, so there is no longer any point in keeping it even as a backup phone if I lost my current phone, as Republic wireless is incompatible with iphones (you have to use a Republic-wireless type phone d...
by lightheir
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People

jjface wrote:You really shouldn't wear contacts in a pool even with goggles. Increases your risk of infection. Maybe the odds are low but I'm not one to gamble with my eyes. They are bad enough as it is!


I've never heard of such a risk.
by lightheir
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 329
Views: 28157

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

My Win10 upgrade installation was shockingly simple. I'm really impressed - went fast and required zero input from me other than hitting "ok". Everything works great after the upgrade - better, actually, in that Bluetooth devices like headphones and keyboards which I had to annoyingly manu...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: Swim Goggles for Near-Sighted People

Contacts work great, but otherwise you can easily buy Speedo Vanquishers with Optical Correction on Amazon.com and they only cost about $20-22 each. They work great.
by lightheir
Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching
Replies: 96
Views: 8949

Re: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching

A professional baseball player does not directly increase the well-being of people. Not in the sense that a doctor cures diseases. I would amend the statement "Find something you like and become very good at it to make money" to "Find something you like that is useful to other people...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router Upgrade
Replies: 42
Views: 2871

Re: Router Upgrade

Wireless N is typically fast enough for everything, even multiple HD video streams - provided that you are in good proximity. Wifi signal can drop off a lot if there are walls in the way - you can tell if you run a speedtest online at different rooms. For example, I can get 55Mbps in my home office,...
by lightheir
Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?
Replies: 201
Views: 13536

Re: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?

$1000 per month on groceries is def on the high end but is fine IF it means that you are going to many fewer restaurants. Even inexpensive restaurants typically end up on average being significantly more expensive than cooking in unless you're going to really budget places. However, if you're seeing...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching
Replies: 96
Views: 8949

Re: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching

This type of question is symptomatic of how too many people are detached from reality. The only sane way to decide a life's work and a career are by doing what you love and what interests you. Follow your passion and interests wherever they may lie and then master the craft, skills, and training re...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching
Replies: 96
Views: 8949

Re: Careers: MD, Non-MD, MBA, Engineering, Law, Teaching

This type of question is symptomatic of how too many people are detached from reality. The only sane way to decide a life's work and a career are by doing what you love and what interests you. Follow your passion and interests wherever they may lie and then master the craft, skills, and training re...
by lightheir
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?
Replies: 33
Views: 2322

Re: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?

Having actually lost my main disk a few weeks ago, I now know for certain I don't need an image backup. In fact I wouldn't have used an image backup if I had one, as I took the opportunity to switch to SSD, and I vaguely knew that SSDs need some special handling, and that a Windows install had a hi...
by lightheir
Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?
Replies: 33
Views: 2322

Re: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?

My restores have been very quick. But for sure, if you're getting delays on the restore end of 5 mins, sounds like a no-go for you!
by lightheir
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2114

Re: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

OP here - I didn't realize Mint had an android app. That actually may change the game, as I could easily check on it through the app if it's fast enough and convenient enough. I'll download it and try it later - that may suffice. Regardless, citibank does offer the type of credit card email alerts ...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?
Replies: 33
Views: 2322

Re: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?

DO NOT expect DROPBOX to be a "BACKUP". If you somehow trash files on your computer, Dropbox will assume you meant to delete them and will "sync" that delete. Yeah, supposedly you can get prior versions or deleted versions, but you might not even know what got deleted. It just d...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2114

Re: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

OP here - I didn't realize Mint had an android app. That actually may change the game, as I could easily check on it through the app if it's fast enough and convenient enough. I'll download it and try it later - that may suffice.
by lightheir
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2114

Re: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

OP here - There are many ways to skin a cat, but for sure, what I do NOT want to do is log onto either mint.com or credit card accounts daily. I checked my Citibank account - unfortunately they don't seem to have this feature. :( If I change credit cards though I'm definitely looking into cards tha...
by lightheir
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2114

Re: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

OP here - There are many ways to skin a cat, but for sure, what I do NOT want to do is log onto either mint.com or credit card accounts daily. I checked my Citibank account - unfortunately they don't seem to have this feature. :( If I change credit cards though I'm definitely looking into cards that...
by lightheir
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?
Replies: 34
Views: 2114

Is there a service that will email you with each credit card purchase?

Just curious - is there a credit card or other service that can automatically email you immediately after any purchase is made on your credit card? I know some folks will find this to be more akin to spam than productive, but I would actually find this extremely useful as a near-instant double check...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wedding Reception
Replies: 68
Views: 8661

Re: Wedding Receiption

I disagree with all those above who say a cash bar at a wedding as 'cheap.' I've been to a few quality weddings where there was a cash bar - it was fine. One was a pure cash bar, and two other ones gave you 1-2 drink tickets for free drinks and after that it was a cash bar. Nothing tacky about it. I...
by lightheir
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from LCOL to HCOL
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Moving from LCOL to HCOL

So I went and visited D.C. this weekend and picked out three apartments that I really like and am looking to narrow those down. They are located in the Dupont Circle/Logan Circle Area, Cleveland Park Area and the Navy Yard Area. But concerning budgeting: Looks like my total monthly costs at each of...
by lightheir
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker
Replies: 53
Views: 3430

Re: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker

OP here - I used the read the Economist a fair amount, and will definitely reconsider it now that you all have rekindled my interest in it. I do recall though, one minor gripe I had about it was that the articles were generally quite short. Like no articles longer than 3 pages, as I recall, and a lo...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rx Savings Card - Too Good to Be True?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Rx Savings Card - Too Good to Be True?

These cards definitely exist. A family member of mine got a new Rx, and as we are on HSA, the bill for the first month supply: $800!!!! (no generic yet available) And this wasn't some rare chemotherapy medication - millions of people take this very medication every year. We just happen to have a HSA...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker
Replies: 53
Views: 3430

Re: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker

Great suggestions everyone, keep 'em coming!

I forgot about the National Review - I was surprised that I actually did enjoy reading a few of their articles a few years back, may try it again.
by lightheir
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker
Replies: 53
Views: 3430

Re: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker

I think DDMP is touching on the issue: Is OP interested in finding articles written from the point of view he agrees with, or does he look for material to criticize? Most of us will tend to think the writing is better in sources that align with our views. It would be great to find sources that did ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker
Replies: 53
Views: 3430

Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker

Am looking for a good magazine with writing level similar to that of the New Yorker. Definitely more of an emphasis on longform. All subjects are interesting, but current events and history are a plus. I've tried the excellent "New York Review of Book" (not the NYT Book Review), which is a...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?
Replies: 78
Views: 4109

Re: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?

I'm not an expert in gearing so maybe someone while chime in with more extensive knowledge. I tend to ride the same exercise route with two of my bikes. Going downhill with similar effort, my mountain bike pedals out at about 18-19 mph while my hybrid pedals out at about 21 mph. I think this is a c...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?
Replies: 78
Views: 4109

Re: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?

Not to be snobbish, but that Trek, at $660, is considered pretty much entry-level in terms of road-type bikes, so def NOT expensive for a road bike. $660 is def pricey to most non-bike riders, but it's the rock-bottom minimum for new bike-shop type road bikes. You can't even get the typical 'drop ba...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?
Replies: 54
Views: 3272

Re: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?

Just out of curiosity, do people here actually back up "everything" (including tax/financial/personal documents), or do you only back up the things that you don't mind the world seeing if the data ever gets compromised? Aren't these providers basically sitting targets? I mean, everyone kn...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Productivity Apps that you pay for
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: Productivity Apps that you pay for

I've tried many of the ones mentioned, but I still find far and away the best for my android phone is the google suite. Gmail, Gcal, Gkeep, Gdrive are the best out there, and free. Is Keep content available offline? I might look at that when my Evernote subscription is due for renewal. Yes - it wil...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Productivity Apps that you pay for
Replies: 21
Views: 1660

Re: Productivity Apps that you pay for

I've tried many of the ones mentioned, but I still find far and away the best for my android phone is the google suite. Gmail, Gcal, Gkeep, Gdrive are the best out there, and free.
by lightheir
Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody here own an Endless Pool?
Replies: 12
Views: 4769

Re: Anybody here own an Endless Pool?

I don't own an Endless Pool, but I do own a dryland swim device called the Vasa erg. It can get pretty monotonous, so I wouldn't get one if you're into swimming for the sheer enjoyment of the water, but if your goal is to actually get faster in swimming and you're ready to work hard to do it, it is ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?
Replies: 54
Views: 3272

Re: Internet storage and backup for Mac. Dropbox, iCloud, others?

Crashplan is a pure backup solution for about $60/yr, unlimited storage for as much as you can upload. It's not as flexible as the 'cloud hard drive' solutions like OneDrive where it's designed for very easy file management, but I've found that I haven't needed close to 1TB for 'active' documents, a...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)
Replies: 91
Views: 8843

Re: Worst financial book you have read (or will admit you have read)

I got suckered into this trash, believe it or not: http://www.amazon.com/Millionaire-Fastlane-Crack-Wealth-Lifetime/dp/0984358102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436239800&sr=8-1&keywords=millionaire+fastlane It's like Rich Dad, Poor Dad, with none of the 'decent' stuff, and all the 'bad' stuff,...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Cell Plan?
Replies: 45
Views: 5779

Re: Best Cell Plan?

I believe you'd need an unlocked phone in order to use a SIM card from another telco. Google maps needs data to download the maps. Did you allow location services for the google maps app on your phone. iPhones have the option to enable or disable location services by app and I assume other phones h...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Cell Plan?
Replies: 45
Views: 5779

Re: Best Cell Plan?

Some of the MVNOs like Republic Wireless have a trial period. Republic Wireless's is 30 days to try, so if you find you've got a huge gap in coverage or hate the service, you can send the phone etc all back for a refund. I pay $25 + $4 taxes a month now for solid 3G cell service (no data cap, but I ...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9144

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

For people who think MacBook Pros and other computers are similarly priced, you obviously don't understand how non-Apple laptop pricing works. For an Apple, there is an MSRP, and if you're lucky you'll get $50 off at BestBuy. For PCs, there is a, say, 30% off or $400 off "sale" AT ALL TIM...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon getting too smart?
Replies: 35
Views: 4895

Re: Amazon getting too smart?

It's actually highly likely that actual humans are involved in the product they select to show you. It's been on podcasts and online articles before - Amazon's "Mechanical Turk" is how they hire people for 'microtasks', such as looking through shopper's carts and then selecting items from ...

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