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by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Telephoning Vanguard
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: Telephoning Vanguard

sport Try calling during odd hours. Very early, or very late might work. I think your idea is an excellent idea and I will indeed try to call them tonight 9-10PM, outside of normal business hours. But the thought did occur to me that I find myself now restricted to dealing with Vanguard outside of ...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Telephoning Vanguard
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: Telephoning Vanguard

Wakefield1 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:28 pm
Seems like there is more than one phone #-are some better?


If you are referring to Vanguard phone #, I have tried several different ones and they all appear to offer equal opportunity when it comes to results.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Telephoning Vanguard
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: Telephoning Vanguard

1- In the interests of full disclosure, I am not a million dollar + account and so have no personal rep. 2- I proceeded to the screen that Broken Man 1999 kindly advised and got this message: High email volumes We're currently experiencing high email volumes. For immediate assistance, we recommend c...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Telephoning Vanguard
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Re: Telephoning Vanguard

Well I went to the Contact Tab and under
Contact us by mail
there is no email for Vanguard.

Where is "secure email" address?

Also I called late last night and early this morning.

Any ideas?
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Telephoning Vanguard
Replies: 21
Views: 800

Telephoning Vanguard

I was on hold on the telephone to Vanguard for 30 mins yesterday and gave up.

Today I have been on for 1 hr.

Does anyone have suggestions re how to access Vanguard via phone?
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIRE how do you live now
Replies: 56
Views: 6562

Re: FIRE how do you live now

Work out 3-4 days a week at the gym
Study French 2-3 hrs day, 6 days a week.
Practice taichi 30 mins., 6 days a week.
by CountryBoy
Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2089
Views: 512316

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

RE: Arrival
JW Retired
Yes, we saw it on Friday, the first day in our nearby theater. We both liked it.

I had one problem in that a lot of the dialog is very subdued/quiet so I missed some of it.

Wife and I both retired; liked the show. I found much of the dialogue to be mumbling.
by CountryBoy
Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 1629

Re: Ad Blockers Not Blocking

Many thanks for the guidance.
by CountryBoy
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 1629

Re: Ad Blockers Not Blocking

So if uBlock is the bad guy and uBlockOrigin is the good guy how do I delete uBlock? I right click on it and also go to the Start Menu Pgms to uninstall but it does not show up. I don't seem to be able to uninstall uBlock.
by CountryBoy
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 1629

Re: Ad Blockers Not Blocking

Wow! There is an awful lot to learn here!
by CountryBoy
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 1629

Re: Ad Blockers Not Blocking

jebmke

Thanks for the info re Thunderbird; it looks good and I downloaded it but am not sure how to use it? Do I have to pay for a new email account? Can I just keep my old Chrome and Yahoo Accounts and have Thunderbird act as a screen of sorts.

Thanks........
by CountryBoy
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 1629

Ad Blockers Not Blocking

I am using Yahoo E-mail with uBlock and AdBlock Plus but am still getting ads along the right hand side of the screen and ads that appear in the listings of emails before disappearing after 3-5 secs. On my Gmail with Chrome, I get ads that go directly to my Spam folder but no where else. Do others f...
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best website for consumer product reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: Best website for consumer product reviews

mb2016
Yes, I and many others agree re your comments re CNET.

bhinvestor234817
Thank you; that is new for me.
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best website for consumer product reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: Best website for consumer product reviews

LifeIsGood, thank you. It looks excellent.
by CountryBoy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best website for consumer product reviews
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Best website for consumer product reviews

Could people please tell me what are the best websites for consumer product reviews?

I am familiar with Amazon and Consumer Reports but I know there are others out there and I am not able to track them down.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Dealing with neighbors with dogs]
Replies: 45
Views: 2684

Re: [Dealing with neighbors with dogs]

In my opinion, urinating in the yard is great fertilizer for the grass. One can see evidence of that: Greener grass wherever the dog has gone. I don't worry about pets urinating in my yard. Well, I have had examples in years past where there were burn spots from dogs. The concept of it as fertilize...
by CountryBoy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Dealing with neighbors with dogs]
Replies: 45
Views: 2684

Re: A Political Question

cheese_breath That is a totally excellent and valid question and must be answered. Yes, I did indeed see the dog in the position all dogs assume when doing what they have to do, ie their duty. It is not their fault. I might add in passing that the dog neighbor across the street owns about 5 acres, a...
by CountryBoy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apps for spendings tracking
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: Apps for spendings tracking

I agree; +1
by CountryBoy
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Dealing with neighbors with dogs]
Replies: 45
Views: 2684

[Dealing with neighbors with dogs]

All politics are local and nothing is more local than you dealing with neighbors, so here goes. I came back from working out at the gym this morning at 9am. As I drove into my driveway I noticed my neighbor from across the street and up one house was standing on the lawn of the neighbor directly acr...
by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 7041

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

GULP!!!

Thanks for the heads up.
by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 7041

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

I thought automatic updates provided me with antivirus info for my machine, among other things.
by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 7041

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Many thanks to all.

Sounds as if the GWX Control Panel is the way to go.
by CountryBoy
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 7041

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Turn off auto windows update.

Well that is one solution, but all I want is to block the Windows 10 update. Many of the other updates i want.
by CountryBoy
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 7041

How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Any experienced people who can explain how I can block MS from loading Windows 10 on to my Windows 7 desk top machine? My understanding is that they are now forcing it on people.

Is GWX Control Panel the best answer?

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

If there are people who are learning French and would like to share experiences in the journey, please do PM me. I think there is a lot to be gained from sharing of info re the best resources, best methods(for each person) for learning, and much more. One person from this thread has already agreed t...
by CountryBoy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

My French language level is A1 with hopes of B1 by end of 2016 and C2 by my time of death. That is for just one language and that is being optimistic. Are you folks aware of the language learning arena? People in it look to collect languages the way some hunters collect trophies and the more and soo...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Learning a second language is exactly about perseverance and enduring frustration which even the talented cannot escape. There's no way around that. You can succeed if you decide that you will never quit. But that's a big "if."

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

RE: Postby M_to_the_G » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:36 pm Thanks for your very comprehensive response; greatly appreciated. It is especially appreciated since I am retired and at the starting line of learning the French language(after 3 yrs. in high school) and I believe misplaced expectations can be very cr...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

1-

In college in the 60s I always thought that
Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.
would be a fantastic place to go and learn.

2-
For flash cards:

www.cram.com

3-
Many people like

www.memrise.com

4-
Happy New Year!!!
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

most important thing to remember is that it takes 5 years to reach "fluency".


I totally respect your patience, perseverance, and self-discipline. A hard act to follow but I will try.
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Has anyone ever taken any CEFR or CEF test? Many language learners do so to test proficiency. They seem to me good signposts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Eu ... _Languages
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Am very grateful for everyone's feedback. Herewith a suggestion for people learning a second language and the vocabulary thereof......build a spreadsheet in something like Excel. I know that sounds strange on first hearing but if you think about it the idea is very useful. I simply don't get the s/w...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Sounds like good advice.
Have to go out and get a camera for my PC so I can Skype.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Many thanks to the people who suggested Fluent in 3 Months. A fantastic book and so grateful I read it. Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Just curious if anyone thought to use Anki? It seems the rage right now.
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

OK, I just ordered it from the library.

Have you or someone you know read it?
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Ah yes, the dictee. I grew up with it in school. I wonder if Alliance Francais will use it when we go in the spring.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Your short term and long term goals sound excellent. The problem of quantifying goals and time frames is a very challenging problem with language. As a footnote to language learning, people may be interested in this article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/07/teach-yourself-italian I belie...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Re: Rayandron and SMART I think this might be what you were referring to. I am not sure how to "quantify" when it comes to language learning but I guess there is some way..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria#Developing_SMART_goals Specific The criterion stresses the need for a...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

MoonOrb

What signposts have you set for yourself along the way of this long journey? Have you quantified end results by certain points of time.

For myself, I think it could be totally valid to have it as a life long journey.
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

No I am not advanced in my language studies; that is what I am trying to communicate. Most of those words are cognates....However, the verb tenses, the colloquial usage, and the pronunciation are areas where I need considerable work. At the moment, my daily study plan is: vocabulary-45 min. reading-...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Most grateful for people continuing with this thread and getting down to the detail level. Re vocabulary lists: I downloaded one list of the 10,000 most frequently used words and found that I knew all but about 75 of them. I believe there are a lot of different lists out there. I believe the French ...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

I had no idea about any of the comic books:

http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/top10.htm

I won't even ask the price which is probably astronomical; but they look great.
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

graphic novels in French?
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Wow, comic books, I never heard of that! :oops:
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Just curious if anyone has ever attended

http://www.alliancefr.org/en

anywhere in the world.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Setting goals in language learning is not an easy thing. One can set up a daily sched of say: Vocabulary 45 min Listening 10 min Reading 10 min Grammar 45 min But in setting up any long term goal of learning a language it is hard to do. How does one quantify your ultimate goal? To be fluent? Most pe...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Many thanks for your in-depth review. Yes, I am already using those websites and make it a constant practice to keep a radio or tv stn in the bkgd going at certain times 'to soften up my ears.' I live one hour north of NYC. There are no real groups for speaking French other than the wkshops that All...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

Heads up for those learning French: this guy is Good- Frederick- https://www.talkinfrench.com/ He doesn't just deal with punctuation, grammar, vocab, pronunciation,.etc.; rather he helps you with bldg. a study plan and how to specifically go about learning the language. And has lots of stuff to down...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10418

Re: How to learn a second language

MoonOrb

Congratulations on your excellent self-discipline and perseverance.

I am building a learning strategy/study program now and your suggestions are very helpful.

Thanks.

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