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Re: Yahoo mail

I have a fastmail account which I pay for, but don't use for regular email. I think I will switch to fastmail for all email.
by tc101
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yahoo mail
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Yahoo mail

Today yahoo mail is not listing current email. Mine starts with the newest messages on Oct 23. Reading online, other people are getting different dates, and other problems. Yahoo mail is getting worse and worse. I may switch.
by tc101
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yahoo mail
Replies: 11
Views: 308

Re: Are all computer printers now wireless?

Thanks everyone. I now see that what I thought was the ethernet port is really the USB port. This model only has USB port, not ethernet, and I was confused because it is square. The big problem is that they don't send an instruction manual any more, and I could not find the online manual. I feel kin...
by tc101
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all computer printers now wireless?
Replies: 33
Views: 2026

Re: Are all computer printers now wireless?

Mine is a brother HL-L2340DW. It says in the specs on amazon that it has a USB port, but I don't see it, only an ethernet port.
by tc101
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all computer printers now wireless?
Replies: 33
Views: 2026

Are all computer printers now wireless?

I ordered a new laser printer from amazon assuming I could just plug it into my computer, but it is a wireless. I was going to return it but then I noticed all the printers on amazon are wireless. Is this the way printers are now? Do I need to learn how to set this thing up on my network, or do peop...
by tc101
Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all computer printers now wireless?
Replies: 33
Views: 2026

WiFi, brick walls, metal

Does WiFi go through a brick wall as easily as through a wood wall?
If a refrigerator is in between the wifi router and a computer, does it create interference?
by tc101
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi, brick walls, metal
Replies: 12
Views: 1036

Re: tipping rubbish pickup people and letter carriers

Sometimes when the trash guys come by I walk out and say "You guys never get tipped do you?" and I give them each $5. It's fun. It makes us all feel good. I just do it because I like doing it, not because it matters much one way or another.
by tc101
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tipping rubbish pickup people and letter carriers
Replies: 56
Views: 3677

Re: Ken Fisher - Why I hate annuities

Nopes. I'll handle my own money and be darn sure I know where and how it's invested. This sounds good and I feel that same way in my heart, but numerous studies show that after age 80, the cognitive ability to manage one's own money often declines. So an annuity serves as a form of "dementia i...
by tc101
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ken Fisher - Why I hate annuities
Replies: 69
Views: 6152

Re: Florescent lights

I remember in elementary school, sometime in the late 50's or early 60's, the teacher gave us a few drops of mercury to hold in our hands. I think it was part of science class. Didn't they know mercury was toxic back then.
by tc101
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florescent lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1558

Re: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it en

Most of my acquaintances don't keep up with newer technologies, even the young ones. They're still stuck in the .NET and Ruby on Rails days.


What came next? That was cutting edge when I retired.
by tc101
Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it end?
Replies: 156
Views: 14571

Re: Florescent lights

This was one of the 8 foot long tubes. I opened a window in the basement. Will clean it up tomorrow.
by tc101
Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florescent lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1558

Florescent lights

How dangerous is the mercury in florscent lights? I broke one in the basement. Should I do anything special, or just clean it up?
by tc101
Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florescent lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1558

Re: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it en

I was doing contract work part time and finally retired at age 58. I was still writting code when I was 58. I was not very good at it by that age. The mind slows. Sometimes I was embarassed by the quality of my work. I should have gotten into something else in my 40s.
by tc101
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it end?
Replies: 156
Views: 14571

Re: Recommendations for online bank?

I have Ally and CapitalOne360. The customer service at CapitalOne360 has gone down a little since when they were previously ING. Ally has slightly higer interest rates, so I would pick Ally.
by tc101
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recommendations for online bank?
Replies: 24
Views: 2850

Re: Being woken up by neighbors above me

I agree with the poster who said "That is why I own a house".

If they ever started making totally sound proof apartments I would immediately become an apartment dweller.
by tc101
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being woken up by neighbors above me
Replies: 79
Views: 6294

Is there anything unhealthy about drinking tap water?

Is there anything unhealthy about drinking tap water? Is there any health benefit to drinking filtered water or spring water?

I know the tap water varies in different places. I am asking about most tap water in the USA. I know there can be temporary problems in individual systems.
by tc101
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything unhealthy about drinking tap water?
Replies: 17
Views: 1259

Re: Emergency Funds

There are online banks with higher interest rates. I think I am getting .85% at Ally. There are better deals than that. But for $8000, if you get an extra 1% that is only $80 a year. It is worth doing, but it is not a real big deal.
by tc101
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emergency Funds
Replies: 33
Views: 3372

Food stamps

I'm helping a retired friend who is in bad shape financially. Can a person making $1300 a month from social security get food stamps, and is it worth doing? Please no politics, just the facts. If you don't approve of food stamps just don't post.
by tc101
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Food stamps
Replies: 8
Views: 1744

Re: Rebalancing quarterly beats yearly, monthly, or never

There are so many studies showing so many different results. I guess it doesn't make a real big difference one way or the other.

Thanks for the links and thoughts.
by tc101
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalancing quarterly beats yearly, monthly, or never
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Rebalancing quarterly beats yearly, monthly, or never

According to this guys research, rebalancing quarterly beats rebalancing yearly, monthly, or never.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-ri ... -18?page=2

Is there other, better research out there, with other results?
by tc101
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalancing quarterly beats yearly, monthly, or never
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Re: What would you do about Comcast over billing?

To find the data usage, go to My Account > My Services tab > click Xfinity Internet > scoll down (https://customer.comcast.com/MyServices/Internet)


Thanks. I didn't know you could do that. Mine has only been 58GB per month for the last 3 months.
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do about Comcast over billing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: What would you do about Comcast over billing?

I also have Comcast. I went to our My Account page to try to look at my own data usage, but I can't find it anywhere.
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do about Comcast over billing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: What would you do about Comcast over billing?

Dispute the Comcast charge, don't pay it, and help her get her service secured.


How would you do that?

If this is legitimate it may be because of a virus sending spam from her PC.


Interesting possibility. I had not thought of that.

How much was her original data cap?


300GB
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do about Comcast over billing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

What would you do about Comcast over billing?

I do volunteer work helping refugees learn English and understand our culture. Today a Burmese woman asked me to help her fix her comcast bill. They billed her $10 for 50GB extra usage. She said they use the internet very little and watch netflixs an hour a day average and should not have this charg...
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do about Comcast over billing?
Replies: 15
Views: 1114

Re: Uber Car and the real cost of driving

I had a driver take the long way one time, but it only added $4 to the bill so I didn't complain. I thought it might have been an honest mistake, or maybe he knew more about traffic pasterns and took the longer route to save time. Here is an interesting story about how Uber just starts operating eve...
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Car and the real cost of driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Re: Uber Car and the real cost of driving

They are not getting paid while they drive around looking for rides.


In my part of Atlanta, they usually park while waiting for a ride. It would depend on the availability of free parking.
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Car and the real cost of driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Re: Uber Car and the real cost of driving

The guy I talked to last night said the car had to be 2009 or newer, or 5 years old or less. Maybe that varies from city to city. The car also has to have 4 doors. I would guess you would pocket somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15 an hour after expenses. If you are out of work, that sure would be...
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Car and the real cost of driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Uber Car and the real cost of driving

I was talking to an Uber Car driver last night. He said the driver makes about a dollar a mile driving, and that he was happy with that. He said that although the government allows a 55 cent a mile deduction for driving expenses, the real cost to him was only about 20 cents a mile. I think the real ...
by tc101
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Car and the real cost of driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Re: Is this $20 pre paid phone from Amazon a good deal?

What I am looking for is a cheap phone to sit in my glove compartment for emergencies if my other phone is broken or left at home. The phone listed above was the popular at Amazon.
by tc101
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this $20 pre paid phone from Amazon a good deal?
Replies: 13
Views: 1149

Is this $20 pre paid phone from Amazon a good deal?

This is an LG that is tracfone. This sure seems like a good deal. Is there a catch?

http://www.amazon.com/Optimus-Dynamic-A ... ell+phones
by tc101
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this $20 pre paid phone from Amazon a good deal?
Replies: 13
Views: 1149

Re: Netflix: how long broken?

Working fine here. Do a google on "Netflix down" or something like that. There are web sites that give details about the outages at major sites.
by tc101
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix: how long broken?
Replies: 13
Views: 2165

Re: Good book on Quickbooks

The single most important thing to remember is that it is a true double-entry bookkeeping system. That isn't readily apparent when you perform a given task in a register, but it is extremely important to develop an understanding of what is taking place in the background (the offsetting register). Y...
by tc101
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good book on Quickbooks
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Good book on Quickbooks

My wife has a legal practice and is using Quickbooks premier professional services 2012. I need to learn the basics. The book in the link below on Quickbooks 2015 is a bestseller at amazon. Is there enough difference between Quickbooks 2012 and 2015 that this would not be a good book? It there anyth...
by tc101
Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good book on Quickbooks
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Store or cut up un-needed credit cards?

I have had some cards for years with no activity and they don't get closed. The companies send me new cards.
by tc101
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Store or cut up un-needed credit cards?
Replies: 28
Views: 2598

Re: Airline carry on limits

I'm back from my trip to Boulder. I haven't flown anywhere in at least 5 years and I will say that air travel is no fun. However, the existence of Uber Car and the GPS on my phone sure do make getting around a lot more easy and fun. Air travel is so unpleasant but the experience of being in a new pl...
by tc101
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

OP, Don't dilly dally when your zone is called getting on the plane and there should be plenty of room for your stuff. No need for anxiety about it. My experience was a comical rarity.


Is my anxiety showing? I haven't flown in years, and I am a little nervous about it.
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

So far as what might get you stopped by security, is a big bottle of vitamin pills going to be a problem?
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

I've concluded that your carry-on backpack method is the way to go


Sounds tempting, but I'm 65 with foot and back problems so I will stick with the rolling suit case. I remember in my 20's spending 2 years traveling around the world with a back pack. Those were the days.
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

American offers what they call "Main Cabin Extra" seating, for an extra fee that is tacked on to coach fare. Delta has something called priority seating, but I don't think I qualify To qualify for priority seating, a passenger must have a full-fare, refundable ticket or elite frequent fli...
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

Can you take food on airplanes? Snacks like nuts and raisins?
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:42 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Considering a more aggressive AA than age = bonds

I am 65 and retired. I am 50/50, but have some additional money, about 25% of net worth, invested in real estate investments with my brother.
When the stock market was heading up I thought I should have more in stocks.
When it was crashing I thought I should have more in bonds.
by tc101
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Considering a more aggressive AA than age = bonds
Replies: 41
Views: 3768

Re: Airline carry on limits

[quote]Additionally, on some narrow-body domestic aircraft (like the MD-80/88/90) a full-size rollaboard will fit on one side (over the 3-person configuration) and not the other (over the 2-person configuration). [/quote I am on the MD-90 going, and am seated on the side with 2 seats, so will try to...
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

Do you know what kind of plane you will be on and how full it will be?


McDonnell Douglas MD-90 going and Boeing 737-900 Passenger returning. On both flights I have an aisle seat near the back. Both flights are almost totally full.
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

In July I took a Delta evening flight from San Diego to San Juan via JFK, the flight was packed and before boarding the plane everyone was given the opportunity to check in the baggage for free, that was a good deal. But then you still have to wait for it at the baggage return don't you? That waste...
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

Thanks for the info. Another related question. I know the last people loaded on the plane sometimes can't get overhead storage. I am sitting towards the back of the plane. Does that mean I will be getting on first, or last?
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Re: Airline carry on limits

Alternately I have an even smaller carry on roller bag that I could use, but then I would need some flexibility on what they call the personal item. I could use a little day pack that is the size of a
big woman's purse. Would they let me carry that on?
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Airline carry on limits

Here is Delta's carry on limit info http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/during-your-trip/carry-on.html They say "you’re allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item at no extra charge." "Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined len...
by tc101
Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3383

Do you every turn your smart phone off?

According to this article, "5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked" http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/phone-charging-myths/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfNGQ1M2J5eGtvd2l6Y2huYyJ9 it is a myth that you don't need to turn your phone off. It is good to turn it off every night, or at least once a week. Do you d...
by tc101
Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you every turn your smart phone off?
Replies: 36
Views: 2033

Re: Changing a flight date

Thanks for the info. Next time I will fly Southwest.
by tc101
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1767

Re: Changing a flight date

Lesson learned - buy tickets directly from the airline.


Somebody else told me the same thing. Like you said, lesson learned. I haven't flown in a at least 5 years, but may be starting a time of frequent travel, so this loss is not a big deal, just a learning experience.
by tc101
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1767
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