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by lightheir
Wed May 27, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still make sense to have AAA membership?
Replies: 59
Views: 4012

Re: Still make sense to have AAA membership?

I've used manufacturer-provided emergency road service in the past, and they always took forever. Worst was a 2 hour wait for them to arrive to get a tire changed in a big metro area. And it seems they subcontract it out to bare-bones providers...usually a young kid in a beater car with a couple of...
by lightheir
Wed May 27, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still make sense to have AAA membership?
Replies: 59
Views: 4012

Re: Still make sense to have AAA membership?

I've used manufacturer-provided emergency road service in the past, and they always took forever. Worst was a 2 hour wait for them to arrive to get a tire changed in a big metro area. And it seems they subcontract it out to bare-bones providers...usually a young kid in a beater car with a couple of...
by lightheir
Mon May 25, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

Ok, I figured out the problem but haven't figured out the way to fix it yet. Believe it or not, the culprit is my HDMI->DVI monitor cables. Not the specific cable per se, as I have 2 separate ones from separate brands, and both of them kill the wifi, but it is definitely the type of cable that is ki...
by lightheir
Mon May 25, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

Now I'm totally frustrated! I purchased: New $75 dual-band Netgear router New USB-80211ac dongle for my laptop Recently just purchased a $120 Netgear dual band wifi extender All the hardware seems to work great on everything EXCEPT my most crucial device, which is my laptop in my home office. I get ...
by lightheir
Sat May 23, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

My wifi extender is a dual antenna, and wow the speeds are faster on 5Mhz vs 2.5mHz (my phones are current-gen, and can see the 5mhz, whereas my laptops can't. Phone gets speeds of 20Mbps in the garage, whereas laptop is at 5Mbps.) Perhaps I am being too simplistic in my evaluation of the situation...
by lightheir
Sat May 23, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

I also am embarrassed to admit that I've been using Wireless G all along because my laptops are all wireless-G era. However, out of sheer frustration, I bought an excellent NetGear 5mHz wifi repeater and found that it could actually repeat signal on the opposite side of my house into the garage. He...
by lightheir
Sat May 23, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

I also am embarrassed to admit that I've been using Wireless G all along because my laptops are all wireless-G era. However, out of sheer frustration, I bought an excellent NetGear 5mHz wifi repeater and found that it could actually repeat signal on the opposite side of my house into the garage. He...
by lightheir
Sat May 23, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Re: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

First, are you using the power line adapter at the wall plug. I get much slower speeds off an extension cable. If you are, try different combinations of wall outlets. For example, at my house 1 outlet gives pitiful speeds while the other outlet on the same wall is sufficient for my needs. I suspect...
by lightheir
Sat May 23, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?
Replies: 26
Views: 1893

Most effective wifi upgrade for range/speed?

I've been constantly struggling with the inability to get wifi signal from a corner in my house to my garage at the opposite side of the house where I want to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime on the web. I know the ideal solution would to be to move the internet coaxial cable source to a central locat...
by lightheir
Fri May 22, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

Actually, the vast majority of olympic distance, and in fact, the vast majority of every distance triathlon is NOT draft legal. There are ITU world-elite circuit Oly-distance races that are draft legal, but those are for the super elite. Very few age-group triathons in the US are draft-legal. And I...
by lightheir
Fri May 22, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

Actually, the vast majority of olympic distance, and in fact, the vast majority of every distance triathlon is NOT draft legal.

There are ITU world-elite circuit Oly-distance races that are draft legal, but those are for the super elite. Very few age-group triathons in the US are draft-legal.
by lightheir
Thu May 21, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on digital camera and video camera
Replies: 16
Views: 666

Re: Recommendations on digital camera and video camera

I gotta admit - today's current gen phones take amazing photos AND videos. I was underwhelmed with my iphone 4s video, but my MotoX takes blazingly good HD video and photos - and it has an amazing 'double shake' move that brings up the camera instantly which is super handy to take those quick pic sh...
by lightheir
Wed May 20, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Buy a House?
Replies: 33
Views: 1582

Re: Maybe I shouldn't buy a house?

Home prices are way too high. Wait for the market to crash and then the greedy sellers will be desperate. This is easily said, and nearly impossible to do. I literally bought at the recent home market crash around 2004, and honestly, I was like the only person with the guts to buy in that market - ...
by lightheir
Wed May 20, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Buy a House?
Replies: 33
Views: 1582

Re: Maybe I shouldn't buy a house?

No reason for you to buy a house. Buy a house as your life needs evolve - starting a family and needing more space is the most common. But until then, enjoy your freedom and low rent - it's probably the only time in your life you'll be able to do so, as once you do buy a house, you're mostly tied do...
by lightheir
Tue May 19, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas visit ( first time)
Replies: 28
Views: 1886

Re: Las Vegas visit ( first time)

Honestly, I'd just plan on staying on the Vegas strip. You won't even need your car - there is so much to see and do. I get it that you're moreo f an 'outdoor' person and the recs for parks and stuff above are great. But as a first timer, just do the Strip - it'll be more than enough, and you can hi...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best cell plan for 'data hog'?
Replies: 13
Views: 1256

Re: Best cell plan for 'data hog'?

Go with the Cricket if you can keep your usage under 2.5 MB. That is pretty easy if you can utilize Wifi. I would not recommend Republic Wireless as their customer support is minimal and the Sprint network is very spotty. I just switched from ATT to Republic wireless, and my phone bill went from $2...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

It honestly sounds like you're probably in the middle or lower-middle of the bell curve of ability where most of us lie. With serious training, I'll bet you can get to even 20mph averages on a 'real' road bike (I don't know if you're riding one now), but without drafting, it'll probably be very hard...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

Not all multiuse trails are the same, and yes, there are some nice, low-ped trails that are much more like dedicated bike only trails where you can ride fast for long distances, no problem. For majority of trails, and almost all urban multiuse trails though, 15mph is the upper limit of what's safe o...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 2249

Re: MDs--Academics or Private Practice?

From a Boglehead perspective would appreciate thoughts on MDs going into academics versus private practice: My advice would be to consider carefully, re-evaluate your assumptions and make sure you really enjoy what you are planning to do. I'm not a bitter burned out MD, and I feel very lucky to rea...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?
Replies: 150
Views: 6923

Re: Aren't we overdoing electronic auto safety features?

I strongly feel we need MORE electronic auto safety features. Pretty soon, we will have wireless auto-to-auto communications. This will allow the car to instantly respond far faster than a human can to rapid slowdowns multiple cars ahead, and dramatically lessen the risk of getting hit by another po...
by lightheir
Mon May 18, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 4362

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

It's good to try and improve fitness. Find a nice course without that you like riding, without major stoplights or traffic, and time yourself on it, and try and improve on that time. Look up 'interval training' if you decide to get serious about it - it involves riding really hard for short periods ...
by lightheir
Sat May 16, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Prices Are Way Too High
Replies: 26
Views: 3644

Re: Home Prices Are Way Too High

Hi again! I had a recent big thread about too much house. In the Metro Detroit area - We were considering a $234,000 house and a $164,900 house on 100k income. It really didn't matter which one we chose, as they both went for over asking price, highest and best multiple offers. So then we decided t...
by lightheir
Wed May 13, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 9190

Re: I Hate Vacations

I only have so many years on this little blue planet. Might as well check it out. So I do. Plus, when I get older and can't do what I do now, the experiences I'll remember during my travels will far outweight thinking about the tangible goods I have owed. Can't take it to my grave, anyway. RM For m...
by lightheir
Wed May 13, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 9190

Re: I Hate Vacations

I think an unstated reality as well is how nice and enjoyable your non-vacation locale and life are. Someone above mentioned preferring the simple things (free) in life, like bicycling down the PCH in CA (Pacific Coast Highway.) Having done that myself, I can say that if that's in your backyard, you...
by lightheir
Wed May 13, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 9190

Re: I Hate Vacations

I will admit that I am at a stage in my life where vacations are a source of mild anxiety and sometimes I might even prefer being on a work day! - I have a 5 year old that requires care during the vacation, which severely limits things that I or my wife would like to do for actual enjoyment. Yes, th...
by lightheir
Sun May 10, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a lighter bicycle or lose body weight?
Replies: 53
Views: 3975

Re: Should I buy a lighter bicycle or lose body weight?

you will have essentially no speak again from buying a lighter bike compared to your current bike. If you say you notice it it's almost certainly a placebo effect compared to your current bike. that said, there is a very real effect of people being excited to ride their new bike even if it isn't any...
by lightheir
Sun May 10, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?

OP here with an update. Interesting result - I made the trip a few days ago, and brought both my trusty laptop (of which I'm a heavy user) and my MotoX phone (which is pretty new to me, but I'm really warming up to.) I got to my inlaws house and for some reason, was unable to get the router to conne...
by lightheir
Thu May 07, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: video camera?
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: video camera?

Best option -ask your friends if you could borrow one of their 'expired' smartphones. Should be easy to find a friend with one and who knows how to move the file to your computer.
by lightheir
Mon May 04, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 9304

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

I'm actually looking forward to the day that driverless cars completely dominate the road - only THEN will I truly enjoy driving, but it'll be on a closed off area meant specifically for the enjoyment of manual driving. I could then FINALLY allow myself to tear around corners without abandon, skid o...
by lightheir
Mon May 04, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 9304

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

A lot of people here seem wildly optimistic. Self-driving cars? What could possibly go wrong? :oops: It's not irrational optimism. Google's car that is out driving in the wild, already, almost certainly drives safer than you, and 98% of humans, right now, and it's only going to get better. Irration...
by lightheir
Mon May 04, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 9304

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

As well, prepare for the reincarnation of sprawl. A punishing 2-hour commute from the desert to the coastal towns right now in significant traffic (meaning no fun to drive) might become a 1hour 40 minute unassisted drive where you can even work, nap, or surf the web in the car, meaning people will ...
by lightheir
Mon May 04, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 9304

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

The unfortunate downside of the equation is that we will likely see a net INCREASE (and a substantial one!) in car usage since without drivers, a lot of folks who can't drive otherwise for legal or physical or age reasons, will be able to access cars. As well, prepare for the reincarnation of sprawl...
by lightheir
Sun May 03, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 9304

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

Absolutely, when the technology is mature - it seems to be getting there shockingly fast. I can't wait until humans are pretty much eliminated from the task of driving. Between drinking, texting, fatigue, road rage, etc., it's a near-miracle that we don't have more fatalities than we already do. I p...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use ph

Sounds like you can benefit with a bluetooth keyboard + nexus 7. Is your Nexus 7 2013 version? That's the one I use and I find it sufficient when I travel. I don't mind my phone, which is a One Plus One, but if I use that as my primary, I would have battery issues. I prefer a larger screen when I n...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic photo scanners
Replies: 8
Views: 854

Re: Automatic photo scanners

I'd seriously consider sending those photos out to a service to have them scanned since it's a one-time deal. It'll likely cost around $350-400 for 1000 photos and it'll spare you the repetitive task of scanning 1000+ photos. Most dedicated photo scanners cost more than this.
by lightheir
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of running clothes
Replies: 34
Views: 2251

Re: Getting the stink out of running clothes

I've literally tried everything, at length: - Pretty much every special detergent out there. None of them will eliminate the funk. They just leave your clothes smelling a bit differently than your regular detergent. - Bleach - kills your technical fabrics in doses high enough to offset the funk. An...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use ph

Like many have said, it depends on what you do. An iPad is my goto device for "email/media access". I don't do much content production, so have avoided tablet keyboards and dictation. A tablet + keyboard, and you might as well bring a new MacBook (or similar lightweight netbook+). I'm sur...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of running clothes
Replies: 34
Views: 2251

Re: Getting the stink out of running clothes

I do a lot of high-sweat endurance sports and have dealt with this issue for years/decades. The bad news - unfortunately, there is NO product that completely eliminates the funk from your technical clothes once they get funky. They will always have this low-level funk that tends to bloom with sweat....
by lightheir
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about a new desktop PC.
Replies: 55
Views: 3949

Re: Thinking about a new desktop PC.

My old Core 2 Duo laptop easily and dramatically outpaced the brand new Core i5/i7 machines other students I worked with had a year or two ago. The secret was a Samsung SSD. That 2008 ThinkPad W500 was a true workhorse. An SSD is the most dramatic upgrade you can give a modern computer. Old fashion...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use ph

DSInvestor wrote:One or two trips without the laptop and you'll know right? Leave the laptop at home and see how it goes.


True, but I'd consider 1 week of annoyance a long time and a bad use of vacation time if I can avoid it with some well thought out advice! :D
by lightheir
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use ph

OP here - to clarify - My laptop is light - I wouldn't gain much from going Macbook Air. The drawback for me to the laptop is a need to both carry an extra laptop bag AND having to worry about it. Sure, not a huge deal but given that my phone is in my pocket on me all times when I'm traveling or out...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Traveling light up to 2 weeks - ditch the laptop, use phone?

I'm contemplating a big switch in my travel packing for trips up to 2 weeks on vacation, not work. I normally always bring a laptop with me as my main email/media access device. I'm in the generation that grew up with computers, so yes, if there's wifi or cell signal around, I'd much rather have acc...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spendy spouse
Replies: 110
Views: 10757

Re: Spendy spouse

Agree with the above comments, but just as an important counterpoint: It's very easy, especially on this forum, to frame the story in such a way that the wife is 'spendy' (bad) and you are thrifty and low-budget (good), but having been in that exact situation myself, it's usually not true whatsoever...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses
Replies: 30
Views: 1747

Re: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses

The doctor in the OP has it backwards--not unusual. Paper and tissue made from wood products are quite abrasive and will scratch plastic lenses. Cotton products and towels are less abrasive. I've been washing the same plastic lensed glasses for eight years now, with soap, water, and bath towel with...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses
Replies: 30
Views: 1747

Re: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses

I wear $30 glasses from Zenni. 5 years of near daily wear from one pair, and not a single visible scratch. No babying needed. As I posted above - rinse under a running faucet, and lather with whatever soap is available (hand soap works great). Rinse well under the running water. You can easily spot ...
by lightheir
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses
Replies: 30
Views: 1747

Re: cleaning plastic eyeglass lenses

Soap and water is the way to go. No need for fancy stuff - this is the best, and water from the faucet knocks off any debris that would otherwise scratch the glass if you move it around. Spot dry works well - I don't rub the glasses with a towel, I just dab the remaining water spots with either a pa...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ted Talks
Replies: 15
Views: 2332

Re: Ted Talks

They're good, but I've also lost a lot of interest and excitement in them. I feel that nowadays they try too hard to force something into their TED-formula of presentation to make it often something bigger and more important than it actually is. I strongly suspect they could literally take someone w...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ted Talks
Replies: 15
Views: 2332

Re: Ted Talks

Also try podcasts - Radiolab, in particular.
by lightheir
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?
Replies: 22
Views: 1100

Re: Just got contact lenses. Should I buy backup glasses?

The glasses are helpful since contacts are generally recommended to not be worn more than 12-15 hours at a time. A lot of people do wear them longer than that daily with no problem, but there is more eye fatigue and dryness if you do so, so having glasses for after that period is helpful. I've howev...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marginal benefit of spending more on car
Replies: 83
Views: 6833

Re: Marginal benefit of spending more on car

I'd avoid cars <$10k since you can clearly afford more recent cars. Cars <$10k tend to have high mileage, and like it or not, things break faster on them. I drove my Honda Civic into the ground, and treated it extremely well, but once it got to blue book $4000ish range (well over 100k miles), all so...

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