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Re: Computer Backup & Restore - Old Machine to New

I would backup all of the data and reinstall everything. Moving from one machine to another will involved new drivers. You appear to be going from 32-bit to 64-bit. Here's what i would do. Share your old machine on the network. Install the new machine with the same software and then copy all of the ...
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Backup & Restore - Old Machine to New
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Re: Blood work for cats

Well, as the original OP, I wasn't asking for specific medical treatment for specific conditions, but weighting whether these test are worth it for a healthy animal. If my mom was really well-off, the test will probably be a no brainier, but my mom lives on fixed income. She also live in a rather we...
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2403

Re: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]

I have a similar issue. I cooked everyday but don't go to wholes food and my grocery bill is still quite high. I plan to attack it in the following manner: 1. Examine the receipt to see where the spending is going. Perhaps it's going to these snacks, etc. I am betting that a lot of money may be due ...
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]
Replies: 158
Views: 10608

Re: [can my family live in a] Tiny house

For the earlier part of my childhood, I lived in that size place with my parent, my sister, and my grandmother. It depends on what you are used to. It was probably not ideal, but real estate for that area of the world was just too costly.

Paul
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [can my family live in a] Tiny house
Replies: 60
Views: 4075

Blood work for cats

The vet has been hard selling regular blood work for my mom's cat. The cat is now about 12 years old but is still pretty healthy and do not apparently have any known health issues. I haven't owe a cat for several decades and don't remember blood work being done in those days. Do you think it's worth...
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 2403

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

What you are asking is the efficient frontier of happiness. If you maximize your happiness in the short term, you will run out of resources and spend the rest of your life unhappy. If you delay your gratification too much, you may reach your retirement with regrets because you are no longer young en...
by paulsiu
Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6537

Amazon Mom - what do you subscribe to

Finally got around subscribing to Amazon mom. Based on what I can determine, you have to subscribe to 5 items a month to get a discount. The easiest item to do this are diapers, which the baby use about a box a month any way. Now I am thinking of the other possible other 4 slots: 1. Formula - except...
by paulsiu
Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Mom - what do you subscribe to
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Email security risk from staying logged in?

Not unless they have access to your machine. If you have a laptop and it's stolen, you can just change your password so the person can't login.

Paul
by paulsiu
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email security risk from staying logged in?
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Mobile device wallets security and usage

Looks like the major article about NFC vulnerability was back in 2012. The article mentioned Ice cream sandwich and older devices having issues, but it's not clear if later versions have this problem. I imagine in order for the attack to work, the NFC has to be operating at the time. I don't think N...
by paulsiu
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile device wallets security and usage
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: Need advice on which tablet to buy

What do you have now? You can reuse the same apps if they are from the same ecosystem. Just about every tablet on the market will serve your need, even the cheap ones. Is there some additional citeria such as long battery life, loud speaker, usage in the sun, etc.

Paul
by paulsiu
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on which tablet to buy
Replies: 44
Views: 2583

Mobile device wallets security and usage

I was setting up a phone for my mom and notice that it had NFC. I was curious and started looking into it. I previously dismissed the idea of a phone wallet because of security. What if someone steals the phone or have some sort of skimmer to read the NFC from your phone from a distance. However, wi...
by paulsiu
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile device wallets security and usage
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: low expense mobile phone?

For really low usage, the cheapest appears to be Lycamobile. It uses the Tmobile network. Supposedly, the minutes never expire as long as you make a call every 90 days. Cost is $0.05 per minute. I have it setup on a dumb phone. it's not so good for data and you can't send pictures through the messag...
by paulsiu
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: low expense mobile phone?
Replies: 16
Views: 1445

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I recommend Old Man's war by John Scalzi. The premise is interesting. The idea is that man has venture into the star and found that the universe is actually quite dangerous. As a result, they have to recruit an army to protect the colonies. Instead of recruiting the young, they recruit only senior c...
by paulsiu
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5383

Re: Daycare not opening issue

Daycare came back and indicated that it would b at least 30 days before we have daycare. They said that DCFS is dragging their feet and they can't control that. The center was supposed to be opened back in July, and it's now Sep. I am beginning to wonder if we will have daycare for this year. I can'...
by paulsiu
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare not opening issue
Replies: 9
Views: 1490

Re: Wifi phone calls vs Ooma

I think they are both VOIP technology, but implemented differently. OOMA probably uses its own proprietary VOIP. I am guessing that TMobile and Republic Wireless may be using Unlicensed Mobile Access or UMA, which allow rerouting of cell phone packets over a network. I haven't heard the voice qualit...
by paulsiu
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi phone calls vs Ooma
Replies: 14
Views: 1562

Daycare not opening issue

At the beginning of the year, we signed up for a new daycare facility. I had reservations about delays in opening, but the center assure us that the daycare was scheduled to open 2 months before when we need Daycare, so we should be OK. Now it's Sep and the facility is still not opened. The director...
by paulsiu
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daycare not opening issue
Replies: 9
Views: 1490

Re: Oldest age to start medical school?

I had a friend who started medical school in her 50's. Her rationale is that she wanted to work forever and she wanted a job where she can stand to work forever, so she ended up going into Neuro.

Paul
by paulsiu
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oldest age to start medical school?
Replies: 44
Views: 5528

Re: Medical Health screening

I talked with my insurance agent and he mentioned not to worry too much about it. You usually can't tell skew the result too much. He indicated that if I had a really bad day, then consider calling off the test in case it screws up your blood pressure. He did warned that his wife messed up the test ...
by paulsiu
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Health screening
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Re: Medical Health screening

I tend to eat a variety of stuff, so one day I am eating pork belly and another day I am eating tofu. I was thinking that I should favor the tofu rather than the pork belly before the test. I don't really believe in strange extreme diets. A friend of mine's parent once tried an all soy diet, with ho...
by paulsiu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Health screening
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Re: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?

I just do what the inlaws are comfortable with. My father-in-law do not wanted to be addressed as grandfather by my kids for example. I just call him by name.

Paul
by paulsiu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you address your inlaws and being addressed?
Replies: 84
Views: 4767

Medical Health screening

So the forms are finally complete. The insurance wants to do a medical screening, which makes me nervous. I am healthy and not on anything, but you always worry that something will pop up. I looked at the test and tried to figure out what they are doing and what can mess it up. 1. Height and Weight ...
by paulsiu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Health screening
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Re: Telephone Calls! Help!

Charity and political orgs appears to be an exemption to the do not call unless you explicitly state that you want to be on the do not call list. You have several options. 1. You can buy a telephone that allow you to block numbers. On my phone, I can scroll through the list and add numbers to a bloc...
by paulsiu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 105
Views: 7234

Re: your eye doctor; your eyes....

I would prefer an MD, but my insurance won't cover it. I see an OD.

Paul
by paulsiu
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: your eye doctor; your eyes....
Replies: 41
Views: 3338

Erasing hard disk that have died

One of my hard drive started making clicking noises. I have a backup so getting back the data is not an issue. I could hit it with a hammer or drop it in a bucket of water for several days, but we are suppose to recycle the electronic components. Is there a way to erase it without damaging the compo...
by paulsiu
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3484

Re: Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house

I coexist with wild animals. After all, this was their home first, in most cases. Occasionally skunks take up nearby residence and like to hang out under my deck. As long as you don't scare them, no problem. I have dishes of bird seed and dry cat food on my deck. Visitors include various types of b...
by paulsiu
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house
Replies: 39
Views: 3338

Re: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question

Based on the picture, probably, but that it all depends on the value of the car vs the repair. I would follow up with the insurance company.

Paul
by paulsiu
Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question
Replies: 37
Views: 2077

Re: Anyone use Wells Fargo Bank?

After my mom's move to California, the services at her local branch improved. The original branch was just terrible. I would fill out a POA, and it would just disappear. I tried to get the bank manager to fix it, he indicated that it wasn't his problem. My mom requested that they close out a brokera...
by paulsiu
Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use Wells Fargo Bank?
Replies: 57
Views: 7800

Re: Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house

While this may be more of an issue in the country, I do not live in the country. I live in a densely populated suburbia with a population of roughly 100,000 people. Raccoon are an issue in the city as well. They some times come through open windows. The area I live in seems densely populated with ur...
by paulsiu
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house
Replies: 39
Views: 3338

Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house

Ever since I moved, I have had a boatload of animal problems. In the 4 years I have lived here, I have had: 1. Raccoon living in the attic. 2. Rabbits eating up all of my plants. 3. Squirrels chewing up the garage threshold, resulting in mice in the house. 4. Squirrels chewing up lilies in my yard. ...
by paulsiu
Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Animal battle Round 7: Raccoon pooping near house
Replies: 39
Views: 3338

Re: Getting toddler to brush their teeth

Well, she used to let me brush her teeth, I would distract her with something like a movie or a book and I'll brush her teeth. I probably should do a better job, but I get what I can get. Recently, she decides to assert her independence and wanted to brush herself. The problem is she just put it int...
by paulsiu
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting toddler to brush their teeth
Replies: 53
Views: 2615

Dumb phone save hikers life

So this hiker lived because he was using a dumbphone with days of battery life. I am lucky to get 1-2 days out of my smartphone. I am puzzle though, how in the world did he get cell service in the woods? http://www.phonearena.com/news/An-ancient-Nokia-phone-saves-the-life-of-a-lost-hiker_id57744 Paul
by paulsiu
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb phone save hikers life
Replies: 11
Views: 1769

Re: I am thinking of buying Ooma or Magicjack need help deci

My suggestion is to get the OOMA. Based my research I did a few years ago, OOMA is far superior to magic jack in both voice quality and reliability. I recall there were issue with magic jack where it refuses to connect to certain numbers. To get OOMA to work properly, I suggest puttingthe OOMA befor...
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I am thinking of buying Ooma or Magicjack need help deciding
Replies: 52
Views: 3424

Getting toddler to brush their teeth

I have a 2-1/2 year old who gotten more and more resistant to brushing. She used to let me brush, but now she plainly refuses. She wants to do it herself, which I can understand, but at her age, she probably won't do a good job. I have tried various strategies. I tried motorized brushes, but she's a...
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting toddler to brush their teeth
Replies: 53
Views: 2615

Re: Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted

Kaiser Permanente provides both insurance and the medical services. You would think they will be able to bill themselves for the service.

Paul
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted

The hospital and insurance belong to the same corporation. One would hope that they can talk to one another :-).

Paul
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Transplant hard drive from old to a new laptop?

As other posters already mentioned, the license are OEM for your laptop, so if the motherboard dies, you will need to call to reactivate your windows and you may need to buy another license. If the laptop are identical to your original model, you can argue that the motherboard had been repair. I don...
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transplant hard drive from old to a new laptop?
Replies: 16
Views: 732

Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted

My mom was in a car accident a few months back and had to be checked out in the emergency room, the hospital sent a bill to the auto insurance and they indicated that the medical coverage was exhausted. I don't have her policy, but I think she had the usual $5K medical coverage. After the ambulance ...
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car insurance Medical coverage exhausted
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Breastfeeding and baby formula

My wife had the same issue. We tried different formula until we got one that seems best for the kids stomach. We also got the target version which was much cheaper than the major brand name. If you have sales where they give $10, stock up, you'll use a lot of it. For travel, I put power into differe...
by paulsiu
Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Breastfeeding and baby formula
Replies: 24
Views: 1289

Re: Want to Save Money? Be Polite!

One would argue that you should always be polite. In most cases, it's a sign of respect. In another case, you are trying to get something from the other person, so you have to hold your temper and ask nicely so you can get your stuff back, even if you feel like strangling the other person.

Paul
by paulsiu
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to Save Money? Be Polite!
Replies: 41
Views: 6829

Re: Reducing Expenses for Future Family

How much are you spending on the phone per month. If you decouple the phone from your broadband, how much do you save? If you go with an OOMA, you will initially spend about $150 but your monthly bill can drop to about $3-5. How much cell phone minutes do you use per month. My mom uses about 60 min ...
by paulsiu
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reducing Expenses for Future Family
Replies: 77
Views: 3310

Need Note taking and organizer software

What I am looking for something to organize paper and notes. Currently, I scan in stuff I get in the mail that seemed important and organized them into different folders on my computer. The problem is searches are somewhat rudimentary. I also like the ability to take notes and then view and edit the...
by paulsiu
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Note taking and organizer software
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: Retirement age for software engineers

This is just my opinion and experience, but I don't see any correlation between age, education, or anything for that matter. HR may want to hire people based on some buzz word skill set, but I prefer to hire someone based on their ability to adapt and how well you work with others. I do not however ...
by paulsiu
Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement age for software engineers
Replies: 94
Views: 9959

Re: "Having the wealth transfer conversation"

Do any of you have parents who think talking about this is bad luck? Whenever we approach mom with will and such, mom respond with a comment that it is bad luck to talk about such things. This is even though my dad died suddenly and left a mess decades ago because he didn't have anything planned out...
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Having the wealth transfer conversation"
Replies: 21
Views: 3055

Re: Poll: Dave Ramsey - Harmful or helpful?

His advice seems to be more appropriate to someone in debt. According to him, we avoid more debt, work hard (even 2 jobs) to pay off existing debt. If you are a boglehead type, you probably do all that any way or have no debt beyond their mortgage. His investment advice is typically so-so.

Paul
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Dave Ramsey - Harmful or helpful?
Replies: 65
Views: 5331

Re: Is Medical School Worth it Financially?

I think the question to you is if you like medical. I am not a doctor, but my sister is. I can tell you from her experience that medical is not for the faint of heart. You have to want to be in it for reasons other than money. Like a lot of doctors, she indicated that if she had to do it all over ag...
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Medical School Worth it Financially?
Replies: 66
Views: 5294

Re: Do frozen fruits have to be washed?

Bags of fruit do not need to be washed. They are prewashed. Washing them may not help with the E. Coli any way. The only sure way is to cook them.

Paul
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do frozen fruits have to be washed?
Replies: 17
Views: 1542

Re: Homemade Sauerkraut

A friend of mine used to make it when he was a kid in his basement. It was similar as you mentioned, requiring only minimal attention. He indicated that the homemade version is way superior to the store brought kraut, which is a pale imitation to the real stuff and not even made remotely like the ol...
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homemade Sauerkraut
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California

My mom recently retired to Walnut Creek CA. She is definitely at the lower end of the income. She retired to a retirement community Rossmoor. The condo she live in is actually a co-op. Because it is a co-op, it was actually pretty cheap for near the bay area ($200K). The only issue is that demand se...
by paulsiu
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California
Replies: 109
Views: 7050

Re: First anniversary gift ideas

You may go for the experience angle rather than a material gift. Instead of giving her jewelry, surprise her with an experience. Take her some place surprising or places where you first met, etc. If you are short on money, a romantic picnic with alternate venue in case of weather. Take her to a lake...
by paulsiu
Sun Jun 22, 2014 2:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First anniversary gift ideas
Replies: 21
Views: 1176

Re: water bottles and road trip

Unless the trip is really long, I wouldn't worry about it.

Paul
by paulsiu
Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water bottles and road trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1877
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