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by zaplunken
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5197

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

My seed garlic last fall was rather small and it produced rather small garlic. My plan this year is to use some of the larger garlic, but purchase from a garlic producer for some really good stuff. I did plant the "on sale" plants...about 75 onion transplants, 4 kolorabi, 4 cauliflower, a...
by zaplunken
Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

My ISP does offer free AV software (Charter) but I don't know what it is. I have to believe that you get what you pay for so free, while good, may not be as robust as what you pay for.
by zaplunken
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

Hi, I'm a general computer geek and have been a IT professional for just shy of 5 years. First I would recommend a new computer at some point. Vista is still receiving updates but computers are so cheap now days there is little reason to run Vista. Depending on the number of hours you use your comp...
by zaplunken
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

I use Norton for my basic; Malware bytes anti malware AND Malware bytes anti explot additionally I also use Sandboxie to isolate any potential problems; and Voodoo Shield for additional layer of protection. MSE, which was once a top rated product has gone done year after year. I won't recommend it ...
by zaplunken
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

Today I went to local stores (Walmart, Target, Staples) to see what they had and the costs. I was told at Staples, my final stop, that Norton (and he said all of them) no longer include a CD or DVD when you purchase the AV software. You go to the website and download it. Does anyone know if that is ...
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

Any experiences with Trend Micro or Vipre?

Can I run MSE on my pc? I thought MSE was built into Win 7 and 8?
by zaplunken
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

What antivirus software?

I did a search here on antivirus software and most hits are from 2008 to 2013, hardly current. My Norton subscription expires in 2 weeks. The shop that built my computer always sold Norton but he said it is too expensive ($45 or $50) and now sells Trend Micro ($30) and recommends Trend Micro. So I G...
by zaplunken
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

Naturally a website that stops access after X failed attempts will foil hackers but I still say the more complex and meaningless the better and of course never use a userid, password or security question in more than one place. Most financial institutions do not allow multiple log in attempts. The ...
by zaplunken
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

I have read many threads here and many links provided in those threads and it is clear that you never use words found in a dictionary for passwords regardless if you use 2, 3, 4...x words combined because hackers use tables of words in dictionaries, foreign words in dictionaries, phrases and sayings...
by zaplunken
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

If you don't trust an encrypted pm then where are passwords? KP is not in the cloud, my KP base is on 3 flash drives not my C drive and my master password is one I won't forget. I have a print out of the entire base in a safe deposit box. I think I'm OK.
by zaplunken
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

Yep. My mother's last name is tree 44k milkshake My high school mascot is kick6 pie 55g My first car was a cake 88th flood Well you get the picture and no those are not the correct answers. I put these into the notes section for each KP entry. I don't have 1 userid, password or security question tha...
by zaplunken
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

CABob wrote:
Tico_75 wrote:Use a random word, like "Monkey4Bananas".

Might be a good idea, but, how do you remember what you said unless you use Monkey4Bananas for every question for every account that asks these questions?


I have one word for you - KeePass.
by zaplunken
Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

LadyGeek wrote:Thanks, I changed my master password.

There's something to be said for KeePass, which is totally offline. I use KeePass for everything critical and as a backup for LastPass - which is just used for browser based logins.


Yep!
by zaplunken
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox Reader View - Nice!
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: Firefox Reader View - Nice!

That's a nice feature, never heard of it but went to FF and read about it! Most sites I go to don't have the option to use it but 1 did and it really cleans it up! Thanks.
by zaplunken
Sun May 17, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 8620

Re: Password manager recommendations?

I have used KeePass for 3 years. It is free and resides locally - I would never put important data in the cloud. Once I got the database setup I copied it to a flash drive and tested it using the FD. Then I copied that to another flash drive. Then I copied that to another flash drive. 1 is none and ...
by zaplunken
Sun May 17, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prescott and Prescott Valley Arizona
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: Prescott and Prescott Valley Arizona

I have tracked the weather in Prescott and Prescott Valley for almost a year on a daily basis. The valley is always a little warmer in warm weather, apparently the heat settles into the valley or the air is trapped and just gets warmer. It's not a lot but can be 5-8 degrees so if it is 88 I don't wa...
by zaplunken
Sun May 17, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?
Replies: 89
Views: 6833

Re: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?

livesoft wrote:I will admit that I always liked zaplunken's blue lips and green elixir avatar.


The Bestest avatar evah is MINE cuz it's so colorful! :sharebeer
by zaplunken
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

I read http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Placing_%20...%20ed_account and the TLH. The TLH is a bit complicated re rules of how long to be in something before you can TLH it just gets too involved, I try to KISS so TLH seems to be more involved than I think I want to be! I don't have any money other tha...
by zaplunken
Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

Bond funds are not tax efficient and better held in tax deferred or tax free accounts, what sense would it make to hold the STIG fund in a taxable account? It seems logical to hold a tax free fund (muni bond in this case) in a taxable account and also since that is where the cash is now (taxable). ...
by zaplunken
Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

So why do you have that short-term bond fund VFSUX? Why not put all of it in tax-free muni fund your are considering? Or why not put all the Ally money in VFSUX? The STIG fund is in a roller over IRA and the Alley money is taxable. So? You could use STIG in a taxable if you wanted. By moving from A...
by zaplunken
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

livesoft wrote:So why do you have that short-term bond fund VFSUX? Why not put all of it in tax-free muni fund your are considering? Or why not put all the Ally money in VFSUX?


The STIG fund is in a roller over IRA and the Alley money is taxable.

Yeah I missed a few decimal points!
by zaplunken
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

Forgot to answer this one: My crystal ball is cloudy yours is clear? The way things are going rates could drop to 1.6% or 1.5% 1o year T note now I didn't offer that as I am not expecting it but if it happened the return would be far more than 2.5%. Again this is tax free so there is a multiplier f...
by zaplunken
Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Re: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

I don't want any CDs as I don't want to tie up money for any specific term and get 1% or 1.5% if that's even possible. Oh brother. CDs with early withdrawal option and 1% savings accounts (which you can find online) are among the very few instruments that fit this description while paying above 0.1...
by zaplunken
Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?
Replies: 14
Views: 1558

Parking money in a tax free muni bond fund?

Just for background I have a 50/50 portfolio comprised of Vanguard MF - Total Stock Market, Total International Stock Market, Midcap Value, Healthcare, Intermediate Term Investment Grade Bond, Short Term Investment Grade Bond and money left in my 401k Stable Value paying 3.25% which is why I left it...
by zaplunken
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a good Pistol to buy?
Replies: 112
Views: 10372

Re: Whats a good Pistol to buy?

I just got an email from Ruger the other day. They have a SP101 in .327 Federal magnum, a caliber you seldom hear about. I looked up the stats and this is an amazing caliber. The 327 Federal SP101 is a 6 round (vs 5 for the 38 Special and 357 magnum). It comes in just 4.2" barrel (vs the 2.25&q...
by zaplunken
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap ammo
Replies: 32
Views: 3636

Re: Cheap ammo

These guys have very good prices for new and reloads I doubt they sell 22 ammo. The people at a gun forum I am on have shot hundreds of thousands of rounds of their ammo and everyone loves it. I will be buying from them when I need some. Free shipping on your 1st order. http://www.freedommunitions.c...
by zaplunken
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Need a new sub-forum for guns?
Replies: 25
Views: 2971

Re: Need a new sub-forum for guns?

It's probably just me but I don't see the point of asking gun questions on an investing forum. I wouldn't go to a gun forum to get investing advice. I wouldn't go to a craft forum for gardening advice. I am active on a gun forum, and you would be surprised how many investment related questions turn...
by zaplunken
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guns for hunting/defense
Replies: 134
Views: 9662

Re: Guns for hunting/defense

<snip>If you can have someone rack the slide for you and leave it as it should be kept loaded with one in the pipe then all you need to do is shoot. 20 rounds may not be enough but 1 shot may be all that is needed, as I said all situations are unique. Also having another 19 round mag would allow yo...
by zaplunken
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guns for hunting/defense
Replies: 134
Views: 9662

Re: Guns for hunting/defense

All, When taking an advanced defensive pistol course, the instructor said something I'll never forget. "There is no such thing as an accidental shooting...someone doesn't follow correct firearm handling protocol. That's what really happens." So, next time you read about an accidental shoo...
by zaplunken
Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guns for hunting/defense
Replies: 134
Views: 9662

Re: Guns for hunting/defense

zaplunken , there is so much wisdom, so much good advice in what you wrote, you deserve some sort of Boglehead accolade - the Academy award for absolute best supreme guns for self defense screenwriting...! :sharebeer (Would dearly love to steal another's poster;s tag line "When seconds count, ...
by zaplunken
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guns for hunting/defense
Replies: 134
Views: 9662

Re: Guns for hunting/defense

There has been a lot of good advice and some not so good. I don't hunt so I'll just discuss SD firearms. A rifle or shotgun isn't a good choice inside a house IMO as distances are typically very close. Unless you live in a very large house you'll probably be confronting the BG at 5-15'. Pointing a r...
by zaplunken
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1365

Re: Planting garlic

Been growing it for years and in your zone (5a) so I know what to do. You need loose friable soil if you need to hammer a stick into the ground to get a hole forget it! 3" deep is better than 2", mulch with 4-5" of straw or shredded leaves to prevent heaving, remove all mulch leaving ...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"
Replies: 87
Views: 10022

Re: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"

In your personal life (not the govt job) I'd ask how many sites are important to you. If it is 1 then memorize a good strong userid and password. I suspect it is a lot more than 1 so IMO you need to use a password safe. There are many, I use KeePass and find it suits my needs.
by zaplunken
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 5472

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Probably yellow jackets as they nest underground. Yellow jackets are aggressive and get mean in August, meaner than they typically are! Add to that they don't have a barbed stinger so they can string repeatedly. You really don't want to mess with them but I still say Bald Faced Hornets make them loo...
by zaplunken
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

How's this for random - mkw*319V28Jhf(7102L^bti! and none of that means anything. I am my own randomizing device. It's low in duplicates, high in digits and low in special characters compared to the expected results for a true random string. Low in duplicates and low in special characters are thing...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

Yes, you absolutely need 2 factor authentication. For starters, 2FA protects you in cases where your password has already been compromised somehow. The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think the...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

But my question has to do with a password safe on my flashdrives. This isn't about 2f id at Amazon or Ebay et al. Unless someone gets into my pc my safe is off limits to the internet and even then it is on 2 flashdrives because I removed it from the C drive so one of them would have to be plugged in...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

My real master password is nothing like your example. It is totally random characters, there isn't any rhyme or reason to it. By "totally random" do you mean you selected it using something like drawing cards, throwing dice or a well designed random number generator? If you picked it with...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think they can send a voice code. But this is for a safe no external source would send me anything so the 2nd factor would be the same until I change it. I s...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

The problem with a unique 2nd factor each time (I believe Google sends this to a phone) is I don't have a phone that can receive a text but I think they can send a voice code. But this is for a safe no external source would send me anything so the 2nd factor would be the same until I change it. I st...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Re: Two factor identification and your password safe

It is possible that your password could be cracked more easily than indicated on that site. For example, if your password is qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm it will be cracked very quickly even though 26 random lowercase letters would indeed be virtually uncrackable. Beyond that, there are other problem...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"
Replies: 87
Views: 10022

Re: "Russan Gang Amasses Over A Billion Stolen Passwords"

This has been the most enlightening post on hashing and salting encryption of passwords. I knew the terms and I knew they involved encryption, but how they functioned, I was not familiar. Thanks for a most educational post. Really! I always follow threads about password security here and I have rea...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two factor identification and your password safe
Replies: 31
Views: 2201

Two factor identification and your password safe

So if you use a site like this https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm to determine how long it would take to crack your password do you think you need to use two factor identification with your password safe? I entered a password "like" my master password just changing the letters, numbers and s...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 107
Views: 10217

Re: Telephone Calls! Help! [Telemarketing phone calls]

I had fun with "Danny" the other day, a man with an Indian accent. He was selling solar panels. I jerked him around for over 5 minutes until he finally gave up. I told him I live underground and I have not seen the sun for 20-30 years. Hard to believe he kept on after that comment! He aske...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telephone Calls! Help! [Stopping telemarketing calls]
Replies: 107
Views: 10217

Re: Telephone Calls! Help!

NOMOROBO doesn't work everywhere, it is not available in my location. I have just a land line through my cable company. I have Caller ID which is great. My phone also allows me to assign several different ring tones for a phone number I program into the speed dialing feature. So I use 2 ring tones. ...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Base Password Manager
Replies: 14
Views: 1205

Re: Cloud Base Password Manager

I use KeePass but I don't trust putting it in the cloud because I don't know how secure that is and I don't understand how that works. Who's to say it can't be hacked having it out in the ether? I removed the database from my C drive after I copied it to 2 flashdrives, one is a backup. So now even i...
by zaplunken
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 5472

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Different flying stinging insects (shape, size and aggression level) build paper nests so not all are the same or are aggressive. I have been watching a Bald Faced Hornet's (very nasty not to be fooled with!) nest for over a month and it is not growing in size much to my surprise. A few years ago I ...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 5145

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

As for the dishwater, why not remove it and have a carpenter come in and design a use for that space. In my new kitchen, I would do that in a minute but my wife would go crazy. I have 2x the cabinet space I need so the last thing I need is more cabinet space! It's fine just sitting there with the w...
by zaplunken
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder
Replies: 43
Views: 5472

Re: Removing a beehive from mailbox newspaper holder

Hint: For years, the wasps annually took over my sprinkler system control box. I'd get rid of them, and they'd return. Until I received the tip about the most amazing nest prevention: http://www.amazon.com/Tanglefoot-300000430-Waspinator/dp/B002BKMO42/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1371926656&sr=8-...
by zaplunken
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?
Replies: 51
Views: 5145

Re: Will not using my dishwasher cause problems?

Thanks. I'll just turn the water off and forget about it.

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