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by Blues
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"SIlence of the Grave" by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #4)

More Icelandic crime fiction. 8-)

Having grown up with a best friend from Reykjavik during my junior high through college years, this fiction is like an old friend coming around for a visit.
by Blues
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reykjavik nights by Arnaldur Indridason. A great read. This is this the 10th book I have read of his and even while it may be depressing, I still find him the most interesting and worth while writer of crime fiction. This is only because Raymond Chandler has not written any books in the last 70 yea...
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Dry" by Jane Harper. An Australian crime novel.

Synopsis can be read here: https://www.amazon.com/Dry-Novel-Jane-H ... 1250105609
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1627

Re: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations

So I may pick up a black & decker impact driver with 20v battery for $68 - https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-BDCI20C-Lithium-Impact/dp/B00JJ3QY9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489326876&sr=8-1&keywords=impact+driver+black+and+decker or a combo kit for $12 more - https://www.amazon.com/B...
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How Many Of You Listen To The Noise?
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Re: How Many Of You Listen To The Noise?

Not at all. Not the financial news anyway.
by Blues
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations
Replies: 36
Views: 1627

Re: Impact driver (and possibly drill) recommendations

I've had an excellent experience over the past several years with the Black & Decker 20v Max series of tools...from portable vacs to blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, drills, impact drivers etc. I've only had to have one of the dozen or so tools replaced under warranty and I had a new bl...
by Blues
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reykjavik nights by Arnaldur Indridason. A great read. This is this the 10th book I have read of his and even while it may be depressing, I still find him the most interesting and worth while writer of crime fiction. This is only because Raymond Chandler has not written any books in the last 70 yea...
by Blues
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Big fan here of Shelby Foote, (the unapologetic Mississippian), and his three volume work on the Civil War. :beer
by Blues
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 439
Views: 183517

Re: TV show recommendations?

Just finished season 2 of "The Missing" and it was very good. (BBC / Starz)
by Blues
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane. Outstanding book. I had seen the movie. This is much more detailed. Ed The various Kenzie books are a lot of fun. Lehane used these to really polish his craft. His real break to serious literary novels came with The Given Day which was a ...
by Blues
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane. Outstanding book. I had seen the movie. This is much more detailed. Ed I find that I enjoyed his earlier work more than the most recent few years. Probably up until "Shutter Island". After that, mostly I could take it or leave it.
by Blues
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: TSP rollover help
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: TSP rollover help

I sent the TSP form to Vanguard. Vanguard said they won't deal with the TSP form. I called TSP and they said they won't accept a Vanguard form. What the heck. That is very disheartening to hear. I did it years ago with three funds, (as I recall), from at least two different investment companies and...
by Blues
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

All Joe Knight by Kevin Morris. An interesting ride thus far...about a quarter of the way through.
by Blues
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

There is no perfect security. Regardless of what you do, there is still the possibility of being hacked. If you don't want to use a web-based password locker, that's fine. But not using any password locker at all, in "today's Internet", is not a reasonable, logical thing to do. Use a loca...
by Blues
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

FRANK2009 wrote:Treasury Direct used to issue a card with letters/numbers that one needed to decode a temporary password. I felt like I was in a spy movie every time I used it.


Weren't you disappointed to find it only said: "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"? :oops:
by Blues
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2546
Views: 652926

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

As one who spent a career in law enforcement, I consider that show one of the very best of its genre along with "The Wire". You might also be interested in the French Canadian series 19-2 . There are two distinct productions, the original one in French and the parallel production I linked...
by Blues
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2546
Views: 652926

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Prime Suspect , a British police television series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jane Tennison... Victoria As one who spent a career in law enforcement, I consider that show one of the very best of its genre along with "The Wire". Mirren and company did a specta...
by Blues
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2546
Views: 652926

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Hell or High Water" with Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster et al

Good movie on a variety of levels which hearkens back to some classic genre films of the past.

Excellent performances by the cast.
by Blues
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Thanks, Ed. I've had that one on my to-do list. Maybe I'll move it up. :beer
by Blues
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treasury Direct Account Locked
Replies: 35
Views: 3102

Re: Treasury Direct Account Locked

Just in case anyone's wondering, the 1099-INT are not yet available for 2016 on the TD site as of just a few minutes ago.
by Blues
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am in the middle of Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, who also wrote One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest . It is widely considered to be one of the great American novels. It was given to me by a friend, and I initially started reading it as somewhat of an aside. About 60 pages in I realized I ha...
by Blues
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Constant Soldier" by William Ryan.
by Blues
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Concur, RA. I read that one several years ago when I was reading a great many of Ambrose's books, most all of which are highly recommended. I especially enjoyed his work on Lewis & Clark and two or three of his books on WWII.
by Blues
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" by Heather Mac Donald

She makes her points well (if a bit repetitively). The other side of the story "reported" by the mainstream media.
by Blues
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hillbilly Elegy , by JD Vance. A look into a culture that isn't well suited for the modern world. I had never considered myself to be part of the "liberal elite" before, but apparently a college education and a decent job makes me one. Started out pretty good but by the time I got a quart...
by Blues
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bengal22 wrote:Beloved by Toni Morrison. First book I have read by her and I plan on reading more.


I read that some years ago and overall thought it a pretty good read...but then I have some issues with the "magical realism" style regardless of author.
by Blues
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Due to popular demand...I started "A Man Called Ove", by Fredrik Backman late last night.

It's been entertaining thus far...early into the read. :beer
by Blues
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

nisiprius wrote:Just finished A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Wow. Wow. What can I say? Wow.


Glad to hear that. I have a copy in my "to be read" pile.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Thanks for the link, d.r. I used it to log in and it shows "low price locked in" as of today's date and time.

(This in addition to the undisclosed low price locked in promise from May.)

Now we'll see whether they honor the zero federal, zero state price in the ad.
by Blues
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"News Of The World" by Paulette Jiles
by Blues
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

The best deal I could get from Taxact for the Plus edition is $10.50 for Federal (30% off with early lock-in) plus an extra $25 for a state. Did I miss something? Seems like the price has gone up substantially compared to last year. Please read the posts above. The matter has been addressed by many...
by Blues
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: TaxAct having a cyber Monday sale preorder

They are calling it a cybermonday sale but it's on now. You can lock in a low price. I don't work for them, but I like the product. It also has a nice planning tool. $10.50 for Plus (for investors) Just bear in mind that if you use TaxAct to file a state return as well, they will charge an addition...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Don't get me wrong, Ethelred, I don't have an ax to grind, I've been very happy with TaxAct for over ten years up until now. (Like I once was with Intuit's Quicken before their corporate antics pushed me away from their products, including TurboTax.) I'm not suggesting that any of the alternatives I...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes... What are the "competing products" that are cheaper? And are they downloads or...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

It looks pretty certain that my many years of using TaxAct are at an end. Even at a best price of $27 for federal / state filing for 2016 it's still more than double that of competing products. And so it goes...
by Blues
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 77
Views: 9701

Re: Owning a Chromebook

I have an Acer C720P with touch screen. Great little machine I've been using for the past couple of years. I only use my old Windows XP Pro machine when I need to print something as I have my laser printer hooked up to it. I don't envision ever going back to a "regular" computer at this po...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Mike, it looks like your OLT is even cheaper than FreeTaxUSA. Free federal for everyone and very low state charges.

Looks like the market is providing quite a few choices though I haven't read reviews of that service as yet.
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

On another note, is there any way to see what price you have locked in already? All I see when I login and go to "my return details" is "low price locked in". I don't want to lock in something higher than that, since I think whatever I did before was lower than $46 for online pr...
by Blues
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: Cyber monday hit -- $35.50 fed + state for Plus

Dunno if it's such a great deal now, but the cyber monday sales are on. If you don't have a better price and want to keep options open, go grab it now. Plus is $10.50 and Premium is $21 -- along with a $25 state filing fee . That state filing fee is outrageous, and I will be telling them that, but ...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one...
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

$43 ($18 Federal / $25 State) hardly seems a bargain considering that it's over three times what I paid for the combined product last year. Hopefully that won't be the "low price" I locked in six months ago or I'll be searching for a more competitive priced product...assuming there is one.
by Blues
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Maybe they figure that if they double their prices and lose 30% of their customers, then they come out ahead. As of this morning when I logged in on the site there's still no indication of just what the "low price" I "locked in" last May actually is for the online version (feder...
by Blues
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

So nice, he's reading it twice! :wink:
by Blues
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

Preview version is still not out. Being able to do an early run and fine tune things before year end was a good feature. I hope that's not going away. As it is, it's later than usual. FWIW, I was told by one of their phone reps that there would be no preview version until December. Did they say whe...
by Blues
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

*3!4!/5! wrote:Preview version is still not out. Being able to do an early run and fine tune things before year end was a good feature. I hope that's not going away. As it is, it's later than usual.


FWIW, I was told by one of their phone reps that there would be no preview version until December.
by Blues
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2221
Views: 612138

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Bungo wrote:Current reading: I'm about halfway through Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner


An excellent work of literature.
by Blues
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Blue Cross - Good Value?
Replies: 27
Views: 1417

Re: Federal Blue Cross - Good Value?

FWIW, I had BCBS for most of my 27 year federal career and several years into retirement but I switched to GEHA a few years ago and have saved a bundle in recent years (on premiums) and neither my wife nor I have had any issues with GEHA. We are both healthy (knock wood) and are not on any medicatio...
by Blues
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

I think your supposition is correct regarding the "My Taxes" button only being available when logged into a TaxAct Online account. (I used to use the desktop version for many years but that login is no longer active since switching over to the online product a few years back.) The button i...
by Blues
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct pre-purchase discount
Replies: 121
Views: 13778

Re: TaxAct pre-purchase discount

maxq wrote:For those who state their accounts show a locked in price for 2016, where on the account page(s) do you see that? :?:


If you click the Taxes or My Taxes button, (I'm not logged in to the site), you'll see a list of your tax returns. Look at the entry for 2016 (assuming there is one).

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