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by lightheir
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CrashPlan NOT a whole-drive system backup solution?
Replies: 29
Views: 1858

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: 29
Views: 1858

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: 2049

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: 29
Views: 1858

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: 2049

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: 2049

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: 2049

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: 2049

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: 8489

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: 2390

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: 3290

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: 1717

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: 3290

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: 3290

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: 3290

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: 3897

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: 3897

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: 3182

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: 1629

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: 1629

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: 4186

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: 3182

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: 90
Views: 8497

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: 5588

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: 5588

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: 9000

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: 4830

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 ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three devices = redundancy
Replies: 36
Views: 5085

Re: Three devices = redundancy

I own a MacBook, an iPad and Galaxy smartphone. I've found this is redundant for my needs. I literally use the smartphone only for talk and text. That's all I need a phone for. When I'm in a mobile situation and want to do some banking or check email, I pull out the tablet. It just works for me due...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9000

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

It's the $1200 solution to the $300 problem. Agree. See other threads about Toshiba Chrome Book 2. ... ... There is huge overlap in software functionality between PC and Apple, but it's simply incorrect to say a $1200 Mac laptop is the equivalent of a $300 chromebook - it's not even a close compari...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9000

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

It's the $1200 solution to the $300 problem. Agree. See other threads about Toshiba Chrome Book 2. ... ... There is huge overlap in software functionality between PC and Apple, but it's simply incorrect to say a $1200 Mac laptop is the equivalent of a $300 chromebook - it's not even a close compari...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three devices = redundancy
Replies: 36
Views: 5085

Re: Three devices = redundancy

The pad will always be more comfortable than the phone to use due to size, but if you can use a tablet, a 'larger' smartphone will definitely do the trick on the road. Yes, you will be making a small sacrifice by foregoing the size of the tablet, but current-gen smartphones are so good now that they...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart phone data usage
Replies: 54
Views: 5603

Re: Smart phone data usage

1GB is more than fine if you avoid streaming music and video. Even using Google maps intensively won't push you to 1GB/month. It's really the music and video that will eat your data. Regular website browsing consumes very little - you can use it all day, every day and use < 0.5Gb / month. Also note ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9000

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

You're not missing much as you have your own good workarounds, but I guarantee that apple did not make their tightly tuned ecosystem with the idea of people intentionally avoiding itunes and icloud and iapps! That's the missing functionality I'm talking about, even if you (and I) have perfectly good...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9000

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

It's the $1200 solution to the $300 problem. The main,more important issue is whether you are ok with entering and committing to the mac ecosystem. Once you start using icloud and itunes (especially), and buying the iphone apps, it becomes very difficult to extricate yourself or even do true cross-...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve
Replies: 72
Views: 8795

Re: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve

Just remember that it's often better to just yield, and even take the potential financial hit, than to win the argument at great cost. I pretty much never argue with my spouse, but 5 years ago we got into our real only big fight over whether or not to buy a home in a very high COL area (we had good ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 9000

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

It's the $1200 solution to the $300 problem. Agree. See other threads about Toshiba Chrome Book 2. I disagree. I'm a PC user predominantly, but am familiar and own Apple laptops and tablets, and I don't think Apple is overpriced for what it delivers - beautiful design, a unified hardware/software e...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convince me not to buy Porsche
Replies: 180
Views: 14777

Re: Convince me not to buy Porsche

You paid $4500 for a bicycle?! Your spending is over the top my friend Are you going to have the same attitude with a home? BELIEVE ME! When youre 45 with kids you will have wished you saved and invested more and spent your money more wisely. Working day in and day out for decades gets old :happy A...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

That's the difference. I definitely get better (much better) results with a tripod. Not sure OP would want to tote a tripod or multiple lenses given he's asking for one all-around lens. Part of that is shutter-speed as you know. An f/2.8 lens will let one have a faster shutter-speed than an f/4 len...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The 200-300 zoom range lens is pretty excessive for an all-around lens as well. At that level of zoom, you're sacrificing a lot of sharpness, and also really should be considering using a tripod for stability. I'd actually say the same for the 18-200, having bought that first myself and realizing n...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from Android to iOS
Replies: 13
Views: 1536

Re: Moving from Android to iOS

Just keep in mind that once in iOS, it's trickier and more difficult to transition out of iOS than it is vice versa. I recently moved from iOS to Android, and the only thing that made it doable is that I had intentionally limited my use of the i-tunes and i-apple ecosystem in favor of more open sour...
by lightheir
Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The 200-300 zoom range lens is pretty excessive for an all-around lens as well. At that level of zoom, you're sacrificing a lot of sharpness, and also really should be considering using a tripod for stability. I'd actually say the same for the 18-200, having bought that first myself and realizing n...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

My Tamron 18-200 does have the current-gen vibration reduction or whatever they call it. It actually does work, too - if you turn it off, results at nontripod zoom are noticeably worse. But again, I almost always get a better picture, even with a digital zoom postprocessing, by using the 50mm fixed ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

If the zoom offered the same quality as a prime lens, they wouldn't need to make prime lenses anymore. A professional photographer mentor of mine said two things changed her photography for the better #1 her 50mm, and #2 going full manual. Mike I'm not even close to a pro photog, but those two chan...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The best one lens for Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Oly, etc., would be in the an 18-200 range which both Canon and Nikon have. Fuji has an 18-135 for that area. On APS-C, which it seems you are using, it covers an effective Full Frame equivalent range of 28 to 300 or so mm. It is the best one lens solution ...
by lightheir
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

I would recommend looking through some of your most recent photos. What percent are close ups of people & objects? grand vistas? photos of action that is somewhat distant from you? Based upon that you now know how you view the world, your shooting style, and the zoom range you should look for. ...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

OP wanted a zoom, single lens for travel. Lightweight preferred. Self-admitted to being a point and shoot guy. Why is anyone recommending fixed, bright, portrait lenses? I will continue to talk to myself in left field over here, muttering, "maybe he should just buy a point and shoot camera, fo...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

OP wanted a zoom, single lens for travel. Lightweight preferred. Self-admitted to being a point and shoot guy. Why is anyone recommending fixed, bright, portrait lenses? I will continue to talk to myself in left field over here, muttering, "maybe he should just buy a point and shoot camera, fo...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2297

Re: Any reason not to take the cellphone subsidy?

I hate the cell subsidy. It might seem like a decent deal if you're already planning to upgrade to the latest and greatest every 2 years or so,but you'll still be forced to pay a premium ($200ish) for the newest, best phones even with the subsidy. The subsidies tend to only completely cover phones t...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

On a recent visit, I gave my daughter my Nikon 18-200 zoom lens. I replaced it with the 18-300 lens. In my opinion, the new lens was not much of an upgrade. For the money, the 18-200 is the better buy and lighter. Because size matters, 99% of my photos are taken with a (very small) Canon PowerShot....
by lightheir
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8372

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The price is not an issue. My daughter wants to give me her old Nikon 18-200 VR. It is a good lens but is very heavy. I have read about the Nikon 55-200 VR as a good alternative. It is lighter but I am not sure how useful the 55mm range is. Thanks. Roosevelt. I have the 55-200 mm lens. But it would...

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