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by Copper John
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Live TV internet streaming - 30 vs 60 fps

I have Playstation Vue with the Amazon Fire TV Box with a direct ethernet cable connection from my Fire TV unit to my router. I am watching sports about 75% of the time and I have not experienced any lag in the movements of the players while viewing the sporting events nor any lag in the guide loadi...
by Copper John
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 27
Views: 2428

Re: Xfinity Mobile

This has the added advantage of increasing the potential opportunities for me to interact with Comcast customer service. :oops: Seriously, given how notorious Comcast is for billing mistakes with TV and internet equipment, I would keep meticulous records about phone purchases and payments. Also, ch...
by Copper John
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care
Replies: 15
Views: 2069

Re: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care

Outcome measures attributed strictly to healthcare quality and access are very difficult to obtain at the micro level level let alone on a state level. Being able to obtain adequate risk adjustment data is extremely difficult and costly to obtain. For example , in this study the top 4 outcome states...
by Copper John
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Coverage Outside US
Replies: 45
Views: 3114

Re: Medical Coverage Outside US

You are NOT covered in Canada with only a few exceptions: m Consider this scenario which happened to a friend of mine on Medicare. Fly Fishing out of the country and he fractured his ankle and it required rod placement. Incurred bills totaling around $20K. He had travel insurance and this covered hi...
by Copper John
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Television Provider Options 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1512

Re: Television Provider Options 2017

Thanks for the Youtube update Frugal Investor. Interesting on the Fox regional sports networks. I think the ones I see on the $45 tier are different than the Fox Regional sports networks as they are only college sport networks. For Denver at $45 they show Fox College Sports Atlantic, Fox College Spo...
by Copper John
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Television Provider Options 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1512

Re: Television Provider Options 2017

- Fox Sports Go App - This would get you the Fox NFC games broadcast in your area. You would have to provide your TV provider password to be able to access the app. Playstation is listed as an acceptable TV provider for this app. Not sure about Sling or the new Direct TV streaming service. In many ...
by Copper John
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Television Provider Options 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1512

Re: Television Provider Options 2017

I have the Playstation Vue streaming $35 package. I access this from my TV through an Amazon Fire box. This is what you would get for your needs: BBC - Included ESPN - Included as well as ESPN2, EPSNU and ESPN news Packers - As previously posted to get all the Packers games you would have to get the...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Can I move data from Microsoft to Mac with new computer?]
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: [Can I move data from Microsoft to Mac with new computer?]

I was tired of spending hours trying to get various programs and operating system functions to work with every Windows update and I made the move a couple of years ago. If I recall Apple offered a utility upon firing up the Mac to do this, but I did not use it. I simply copied all of my documents in...
by Copper John
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?
Replies: 53
Views: 4513

Re: Google Fi? pros/cons? anyone using it?

Thanks for all the input. Its to the point where there are so many companies, so many plans so many 'deals' (with hidden fine print).....seems like it used to be much simpler to get a phone and a plan. And, "Buying" a phone for $400+ is absurd (to me) but is about where it leaves most of ...
by Copper John
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For Sale By Owner HOUSE- Advice Please
Replies: 26
Views: 3120

Re: For Sale By Owner HOUSE- Advice Please

Different states require different things. For example some require an attorney for every closing. Become familiar with what your state requires. I did a FSBO without even listing my house a few years ago. There were generic forms on the internet for my state (contract, disclosures, etc.) I believe...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State Farm to Geico
Replies: 13
Views: 1268

Re: State Farm to Geico

I have SF for my auto (2014 Forester XT), condo and $1M umbrella. Just went through this exercise with GEICO online to see how they compare. I matched my current coverages with GEICO. 12 month Coverage SF Auto $1,200 Condo $194 $1M Umbrella $119 Total $1,513 GEICO Auto $710 Condo $840* $1M Umbrella ...
by Copper John
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who mixes android and iOS
Replies: 24
Views: 1195

Re: Who mixes android and iOS

Desktop - Long time PC user and recently switched to IMac. Love it and can not ever see going back to a Windows PC Phone - Have always had an android and not compelled to switch to Iphone. I have not any issues in integrating gmail, calendar, chrome bookmarks etc with my IMac. Big plus is I can use ...
by Copper John
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?

You can get CBS (and any other local broadcast stations) for free just by hooking up an appropriate antenna to your TV. Highly dependent on location. In my neck of the woods, the only "local" station we can pull in is FOX and it is 80 miles away and with a large external antenna! Yes I am...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?
Replies: 43
Views: 2898

Re: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?

I recently switched from the very slick X1 platform on Xfinity to Play Station VUE. For me the pluses fare outweigh the negatives and I would do it again in a heartbeat. But to answer your questions as to things I miss: 1) Local sports channel - I live in the Denver area and I do not get the local c...
by Copper John
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA Cost
Replies: 85
Views: 6846

Re: AAA Cost

AAA Plus $127/year Colorado Note in comparing this plan to plans generally offered by auto insurers for a few bucks year you are comparing apples and oranges. AAA plus will tow you to where ever you want up to 100 miles. Not the case for example with my State Farm insurance plan for $5/year. The SF ...
by Copper John
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 27
Views: 2428

Re: Xfinity Mobile

Okay in my comparison you can get a newer high end phone for about the same monthly price as I clearly stated or as you stated you could get an "equivalent" LG phone for $20 a month cheaper. In my personal analysis I used the higher priced Samsung phone as I would want to stay within the S...
by Copper John
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile
Replies: 27
Views: 2428

Re: Xfinity Mobile

I have Xfinity for my internet service and recently dumped their cable TV service. I looked at their offer and compared it to my current cell plan over a period of 24 months using 1GB of data. The monthly cost came out very close. The edge on the surface would go to Xfinity as in this plan as I woul...
by Copper John
Tue May 23, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice from FF miles experts
Replies: 25
Views: 2319

Re: Need advice from FF miles experts

Their real value is always what is worth to you. I calculate their dollar value by dividing the miles by the price of what (fare, etc.) I purchase at the time I make the purchase. For me, I've almost always found that the highest value uses for FF miles are: (1) Long-haul (intercontinental) flights...
by Copper John
Fri May 12, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yellowstone Itinerary
Replies: 31
Views: 1976

Re: Yellowstone Itinerary

Yellowstone is not an area that you normally need a guide, but if optimizing a chance to see wolves is high on your list you may want to look into getting a guide for a day. Wolves are normally very wary of humans and success in spotting them will require a combination of knowledge, luck and the rig...
by Copper John
Sun May 07, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching Auto Insurance, need advice on Roadside assistant
Replies: 35
Views: 2456

Re: Switching Auto Insurance, need advice on Roadside assistant

As one of the prior posters stated, roadside assistance is a convenience that I am willing to pay for and not a classic self insurance situation where for the amounts involved I would normally self-insure. The free roadside assistance plan for my 3 year old Suburu has just expired and I have chosen ...
by Copper John
Sun May 07, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United Mileage Plus CC - worth it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1965

Re: United Mileage Plus CC - worth it?

I have it and have used it as my main card for a number of years. Every few years I will augment it with a 2nd card to gain additional miles/points. For example ,I just obtained the Chase Ink Business card that offered 80K points if you spend $5K within 3 months. These points can be transferred to ...
by Copper John
Sun May 07, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: United Mileage Plus CC - worth it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1965

Re: United Mileage Plus CC - worth it?

I have it and have used it as my main card for a number of years. Every few years I will augment it with a 2nd card to gain additional miles/points. For example ,I just obtained the Chase Ink Business card that offered 80K points if you spend $5K within 3 months. These points can be transferred to a...
by Copper John
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering Michelin Premier A/S tires for my Honda Accord. Any thoughts?
Replies: 33
Views: 18809

Re: Considering Michelin Premier A/S tires for my Honda Accord. Any thoughts?

I waited for the Michelin sale at Costco to buy a set of four Premier A/S tires for my 2014 Subaru Forester XT, which has 18 inch wheels. When the sale came, the Costco coupon booklet had a disclaimer: not all models or sizes. Well, my tires size did not qualify for the $70 discount. I bought the t...
by Copper John
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Combatting mosquitoes traveling in S. America
Replies: 39
Views: 2393

Re: Combatting mosquitoes traveling in S. America

You will want to get a permethrin-treated mosquito net - if they aren't providing any for you (which they commonly do in that part of the world) you can buy one from a camping store - sea to summit makes a lightweight versatile one but there are plenty out there. You can also light a repelling coil...
by Copper John
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I cut the cord a couple years back but think I'm going back to cable
Replies: 47
Views: 7405

Re: I cut the cord a couple years back but think I'm going back to cable

Just note on one of the popular baseball forums I read several users posted that their MLB subscriptions were canceled by MLB after they used VPNs to avoid blackouts for breaking MLBS TOS. I have no idea on the specifics as I know many people use VPNs and proxies seem to have success. One poster pos...
by Copper John
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Voice as secondary number: pros & cons
Replies: 19
Views: 2426

Re: Google Voice as secondary number: pros & cons

I have used my Google Voice number as a "decoy" number as you describe in your post for years. You have the ability to set it up with a "do not disturb" function and with that turned on calls will not ring your phone and instead go to voice mail. You will get an email with a tran...
by Copper John
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

Looking at the announcement closely it sure seems like this does include the Cubs for Chicago area residents:

http://blog.sling.com/announcements/the ... ening-day/
by Copper John
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

Sling has just announced it will carry CSN Chicago in the Chicago area beginning April 2nd so that will give you access to the Cubs games in Chicago: Per the Sling website: "Today I’m happy to share that sports fans in the California, Bay Area, Chicago and Mid-Atlantic markets will have access ...
by Copper John
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

You are right Lindrobe that Directv Now is offering Comcast Sportsnet. I had no idea. But there appears to be a major catch. Looking at the Directv Now channel line up on their website it looks like CSN offerings vary greatly by zipcode. The zipcodes they show for Illinois that offer CSN are all do...
by Copper John
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

Copper John, I am a huge Cub fan too. If it wasn't for CSN not available on any of the streaming apps, switching right now wouldn't be a problem. I tend to watch at least 5 games a week when the season is in full swing. Maybe I can just stream on their website and use a friend's password to watch. ...
by Copper John
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

Yes I think that would be the only way to get live Cubs games living in the Chicago area. I just looked at the CSN website in Chicago and they do not list Sling or Vue as TV providers for authentication. Being out of market, I could get the MLB.tv single team package for $88, but you would be blacke...
by Copper John
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photoshop - what to get?
Replies: 42
Views: 2340

Re: Photoshop - what to get?

I'd also consider Affinity Photo. $50, no subscription, free trial available. m I've only used Affinity Designer myself, but it's very good. (I used Adobe products professionally for many years.) +1 This is a great program. I use the Affinity Photo version and I would say it is a much more robust p...
by Copper John
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robocalls! -- current best call blocker?
Replies: 58
Views: 5884

Re: Robocalls! -- current best call blocker?

My Samsung Galaxy has a blocking mode and this works great for me. I simply turn it on and use the settings to set it up so only calls from those who are in my contact list will ring the phone. All other callers will go instantly to voice mail without ringing the phone. If you use your phone for bus...
by Copper John
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable and Internet
Replies: 54
Views: 7272

Re: Cable and Internet

Thank you all for your responses. As for the data cap, does anyone know of a provider with fast download speeds with a high cap? As per 123, it does look as if having JUST internet with Comcast is not worth it. Also, does VUE have access to local sports channel (CSN)? For example, would I get Bulls...
by Copper John
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luck with DirectTV Now?
Replies: 37
Views: 5253

Re: Luck with DirectTV Now?

Lindrobe wrote:For Bogleheads with PS Vue, any buffering during OSU game last night?



I have PS Vue connected via ethernet cable to a Fire TV box and did not have any buffering during the Clemson/OSU game.
by Copper John
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fenway Park
Replies: 22
Views: 2289

Re: Fenway Park

Just did a quick search for hotels that meet your criteria for the weekend the cubs are in town, slim pickings. If you can expand your budget a little more there's a Holiday Inn on Beacon St. in Brookline that's along the Green line, but walkable to Fenway. If you stayed further out, it may be chea...
by Copper John
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fenway Park
Replies: 22
Views: 2289

Re: Fenway Park

I am assuming you are a Cub fan. As a die-hard Cub fan born and raised 3 miles from Wrigley and having lived the last 20 years in Boston I think you will love Fenway. It will feel at home in some ways and very different in others. You will have an instant kindred spirit with most of the fandom. Smal...
by Copper John
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sling TV
Replies: 28
Views: 3166

Re: Sling TV

Another sports nut here that recently cut the chord. I use Sling's competitor Sony Playstation Vue as it has a few more sports options for my personal preferences (Big 10 Network, local CBS network for NFL). I did a trial of both Sling and Vue and would occasionally get some buffering with both. I h...
by Copper John
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roth Conversion Taxes...where to send, when to pay?
Replies: 14
Views: 1883

Re: Roth Conversion Taxes...where to send, when to pay?

There is a line on your federal tax return for IRA distributions. Your conversion amount will be entered on this line and the amount is added to your income and you will pay taxes based on your total income after deductions and exemptions. You also have the option to have the holder of your IRA to w...
by Copper John
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: How much cash do you keep?
Replies: 103
Views: 10459

Re: Retirees: How much cash do you keep?

Once you are retired I never understood the advantage of keeping a set figure like 12 or 24 months(or whatever) expenses in cash. The problem is if you have a set figure then each month as you spend the money you would need to also replenish it from your investments just as if you only kept one or ...
by Copper John
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: How much cash do you keep?
Replies: 103
Views: 10459

Re: Retirees: How much cash do you keep?

I keep about 5-7 months of expenses in an online banking account to pay bills and withdraw cash for daily expenses. This is about 2% of my total portfolio. When my banking account drops down to about 2 months of expenses, I will sell mutual funds in my brokerage account and transfer those funds onli...
by Copper John
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4536

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

+1 for Cape Town, but avoid Johannesburg at all costs - gritty, crime, dirty. The Western Cape is very good. Top it up with a safari at Kruger and you'll have memories to remember. Don't forget to shark dive while in Cape Town. Really depends on your secondary goals... other than setting foot in Af...
by Copper John
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4536

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

I'd like to thank everyone for the information and suggestions. I think I never thought before that Uganda and Rwanda are safe places to visit. I will do more research to decide which country to visit, most likely to be one from South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt. But I will certainly visit other cou...
by Copper John
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4536

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

+ 1 for Botswana. I have been to S. Africa many times (but mostly for business) recommend Cape Town, Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Cape Town. J'burg is interesting but be careful crime is still high. Go see the Apartied Museum a great museum that gives you a little feel for what has happened in RSA. ...
by Copper John
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which country in Africa to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 4536

Re: Which country in Africa to visit?

I have traveled to Africa 10 times and I have visited S.Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania. I believe the only countries of this group that do not require a Visa for U.S.citizens would be S. Africa and Botswana. Botswana has had a very stable government for many years and is a very safe de...
by Copper John
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Direct TV Now - free Apple tv offer (cut the cord)
Replies: 8
Views: 1187

Re: Direct TV Now - free Apple tv offer (cut the cord)

[quote]Can older TVs stream? Currently using Verizon Fios and is hooked up via HDMI to a Verzion set top box./quote] Yes - the streaming device (Roku, Amazon Fire TV Box, Apple TV) connects via an HDMI cable to your TV. The streaming box then connects to your router either wirelessly through WIFI or...
by Copper John
Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: What are your passions?
Replies: 56
Views: 7509

Re: Retirees: What are your passions?

1. Fly Fishing - my overwhelming passion. Before retirement it was an weekend endeavor. Now it is my "job" :happy

2 College football

3. Cigars and port

4. Running

5. African travel - wildlife photography while on safari
by Copper John
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain
Replies: 10
Views: 805

Re: Deck Repair - Semi Transparent versus Sold Stain

I put on a solid stain on my deck in a high sun area of Colorado. After one year it was peeling. Big mistake and I decided to try to hand sand it to remove the solid stain and go back to a clear stain. Almost impossible to get all of the solid stain out. Maintenance now going forward will require mo...
by Copper John
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Late September
Replies: 24
Views: 2076

Re: Advice for Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Late September

I live near by and spend a lot of time in RMNP. I always tell hikers from out of the area to ALWAYS carry rain gear no matter what the weather forecast says.I have been hailed on when the forecast calls for a 0% chance of rain in Estes Park. Estes Park sits at 7,500 ft and many hikes in RMNP will ta...
by Copper John
Thu May 26, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use Ally bank as their only bank?
Replies: 34
Views: 5682

Re: Anyone use Ally bank as their only bank?

Ally has been my sole bank for checking and savings for about 5 or 6 years. I am very satisfied with them and I do not have a need for a brick and mortar bank. Issues to consider: - As mentioned above there is not a way to deposit cash. This has not been an issue for me. The few times I have had &qu...