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by Mudpuppy
Tue May 24, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Staying Logged In
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Staying Logged In

Epsilon Delta wrote:It's not like bogleheads.org is a high value target. What can a miscreant do after they extract my password from the browser? Post sensible comments, ruining my reputation as a raving loony?

phpBB isn't created for just Bogleheads.org....
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: smart phone contact list, android, how to make private?
Replies: 11
Views: 924

Re: smart phone contact list, android, how to make private?

i wonder if there is a way to see all the apps that currently have access to my contacts in Android 6.0.1 Yes there is, and you can also deny them access in Android 6. But it is a rather labor-intensive process as you have to look at each app one-by-one. Go to Settings, then your Apps screen (under...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: surface street or freeway commute?
Replies: 32
Views: 1469

Re: surface street or freeway commute?

I would say freeway also. Just make sure there are side roads one can take WHEN (not IF) it gets congested or has other problems. Inevitably you'll need to know these and it helps to insure that there's a plan B. Investigating alternative routes was also going to be my suggestion. In California, wh...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: smart phone contact list, android, how to make private?
Replies: 11
Views: 924

Re: smart phone contact list, android, how to make private?

Most people's circle of friends is rather small, so Facebook may be harvesting this information from your current Facebook friends instead of from your Android contact list. Say you are Facebook friends with Bob and Alice and both Bob and Alice are Facebook friends with Carol. You'll then get Carol ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beverages [Flavored carbonated water]
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Beverages [Flavored carbonated water]

I haven't done this recently, but I've purchased bottles of soda water in the past and then mixed the soda water with fruit juice to get a carbonated beverage without as much sugar and calories as the fruit juice. So you could use a SodaStream or the like to carbonate the water, then mix it with fla...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Pet care if you are older or can't care for them?

My grandmother has a cat, but can no longer safely bend over and has other mobility issues. She has a caretaker who comes by every morning and evening for the mobility issues. Her caretaker also cleans the cat box and makes sure the cat's food and water dishes are full and clean. The caretaker will ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Staying Logged In
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Staying Logged In

I haven't looked at how phpBB does session cookies/tokens, but it is common to have "keep me logged in" tokens check for a matching IP address. That way, if someone copies your session token, they can't use it on another machine. If there is an IP address component to the phpBB session tok...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 22, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Honda airbag recall?
Replies: 97
Views: 13079

Re: Experience with Honda airbag recall?

Does anyone know how long it takes from the time the dealer orders the part for the airbag until it comes in? I have a trip planned for the beginning of June and am worried about the part arriving when I am out of state. The time to get parts seems to vary. Honda is supposed to be prioritizing ship...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 21, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1933

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

You're right, CyberSecurity will have a presence. But, the direction of the industry is to run lean and give developers the tools they need, instead of roadblocks. The future state of CyberSecurity won't be a larger staff footprint with security certifications. It will be automated and in the cloud...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 21, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1933

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

Cyber Security is hot now, but it won't be hot forever. Cloud is going to automate a lot. DevOps is going to push the security work back to the developers. A career is forty years, a lot will change. Call me a pessimist, but cyber security careers aren't going anywhere in the next 40 years. I still...
by Mudpuppy
Fri May 20, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1933

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) - advanced level certs - these are more valuable The (ISC)2 CISSP certification is more than an advanced certification. It is one of those "many years down the road" certification...
by Mudpuppy
Fri May 20, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?
Replies: 36
Views: 1933

Re: Whats the point of MBA? Should I get it if I'm going to Cyber Security career?

An MBA is really tangential to your goal of branching into cyber security. There are a wide variety of master's programs that focus on various aspects of cyber security, ranging from information management (MIS or Business) to applied cyber security (IT or CIS) to highly technical (CS or SE). These ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu May 19, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Honda airbag recall?
Replies: 97
Views: 13079

Re: Experience with Honda airbag recall?

My shock was the dealer wanted me to sign the form, regardless of if I took a rental or not (signing that I was not going to drive the car until replacement parts came in some day). Prior to coming in for an oil change, no effort was made to contact me to schedule a repair. That just strikes me as ...
by Mudpuppy
Wed May 18, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Honda airbag recall?
Replies: 97
Views: 13079

Re: Experience with Honda airbag recall?

I believe that's the form for when you agree to take a rental car but don't want to leave your car at the dealership. Refer back in this thread to others who signed a form stating they wouldn't drive the recalled vehicle when they got the rental car and wanted to keep the recalled vehicle at home. W...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 14, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Honda airbag recall?
Replies: 97
Views: 13079

Re: Experience with Honda airbag recall?

All 3 of our vehicles are being recalled for the Takata issue. So that will not work. Perhaps your daughter needs to look into public transportation options near her summer job, then rent a car to come home (or you could go pick her up in one of your cars). Or you and your spouse could drive her ca...
by Mudpuppy
Mon May 09, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Green Home Builder in Southern California
Replies: 16
Views: 1203

Re: Looking for Green Home Builder in Southern California

We don't have two sources of water piped to our homes. We have one water line that brings in the water for inside and outside. The only places that get reclaimed water are farms, orchards and golf courses. Your area doesn't have recycled water pickup points? I thought that was becoming common in Ca...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 08, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Green Home Builder in Southern California
Replies: 16
Views: 1203

Re: Looking for Green Home Builder in Southern California

But it does beg the question where their water comes from in Temecula? Because if it is ground water, it's not a permanent supply, it is being borrowed from past rainfall-- eventually that will run out. This may have been a rhetorical question, but you can find out the source of water in any munici...
by Mudpuppy
Sun May 08, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"
Replies: 51
Views: 4155

Re: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"

On noise cancelling, I haven't found ones that meaninfully block out conversation noise? Apparently it's technologically nearly impossible, because the phones would have to anticipate the next syllables-- unlike more rhythmic noise. My Bose noise-cancelling headphones can soften far-away conversati...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer monitor question
Replies: 17
Views: 927

Re: computer monitor question

1440 x 900 at 60 Hz Will 60Hz hurt my eyes? I know 60Hz hurt my eyes on my old CRT monitor. Here's a surprise. Everything electric in your house is 60 Hz. Do the lights in your rooms hurt your eyes? L. 60Hz as in a measurement of monitor refresh rate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refresh_rate Not ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer monitor question
Replies: 17
Views: 927

Re: computer monitor question

I never heard of a monitor 'hurting your eyes" before. Maybe if it is too bright like the sun? I cannot imagine it would be too dim, but that would train your eyes to see better at night maybe. Back in the CRT era, some people were sensitive to the flicker that lower refresh rates would cause....
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"
Replies: 51
Views: 4155

Re: Has your workplace transitioned to "open/collaborative space?"

A few caveats for noise-cancelling headphones. First, it will only drown out far away conversations and background noise. Anything happening nearby you will still be audible. Second, do not turn up the volume to drown out the nearby conversations. Hearing damage can occur if you pipe too many decibe...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer monitor question
Replies: 17
Views: 927

Re: computer monitor question

1440 x 900 at 60 Hz Will 60Hz hurt my eyes? I know 60Hz hurt my eyes on my old CRT monitor. Refresh rate (Hz) on an LCD is not the same as refresh rate on a CRT due to the different technologies employed in drawing the images on screen. LCDs do not have the same flicker that CRTs would have. So an ...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: computer monitor question
Replies: 17
Views: 927

Re: computer monitor question

Windows is correct. The native resolution is 1440 x 900. See http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-e198wfp/specs/
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Is the smiley face angry?
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: Is the smiley face angry?

Since you can select any smiley you want from the side bar, I'm not sure I see the issue. I'm assuming most of the smileys, if not all of them, are stock smileys provided with phpBB. Since this place runs as close to stock phpBB as possible, I don't see the admins editing the smiley image files to c...
by Mudpuppy
Sat May 07, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 144
Views: 17907

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

I'm another person who prefers MT, so I've been keeping tabs on MT support as new models come out.... We'll have to see what MT support exists when Honda unveils the next generation of Accord, but the change with the Civic (dropping MT on the EX trim) and the difficulty I had trying to find a MT EX...
by Mudpuppy
Fri May 06, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 144
Views: 17907

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

I really like my current car - it has 126,000 miles and still going strong. I am not looking forward to the day it dies - because Toyota seems to be phasing out manual stick shift. If I had to get the same car right now - I would be stuck with a boring automatic version. I guess I'll just have to t...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: remodel: energy-independent house!
Replies: 36
Views: 2710

Re: remodel: energy-independent house!

Wall insulation is as critical as attic insulation in an extreme environment. I doubt a 1950s ranch house has much in terms of wall insulation. I would start by getting an audit of all the thermal leaks in the walls, attic, windows, etc. and getting that patched up. It should help a great deal in re...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux/Windows Boot Problem
Replies: 54
Views: 2893

Re: Linux/Windows Boot Problem

This brought up a question. On the XP laptop, I always have a USB drive plugged in as a backup. It's not bootable, obviously, so I left it in thinking it wouldn't cause any interference. I'm wondering now if when I plugged in the second USB drive -- the bootable one with the distro -- it somehow co...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?
Replies: 64
Views: 5924

Re: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?

1. I am really really not into jewelry and makeup. I do have a few nice (I think) necklaces, but rarely wear them, and I am sure I still have a lipstick somewhere at home for once a year occasion. Is that really a must have or if I fix the clothing is it acceptable to go without? Again, it depends ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux/Windows Boot Problem
Replies: 54
Views: 2893

Re: Linux/Windows Boot Problem

What happens when you go into the F12 boot menu and select the boot from USB Memory option? Do you get any error message before it goes to boot Windows? Given that this is a Windows XP computer, it probably has a standard, old-fashioned BIOS, but you should verify that it is indeed BIOS and not UEFI...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?
Replies: 64
Views: 5924

Re: Women business clothes - what brands make the right impression?

Am I glad I worked in IT, where people could probably show up in pajamas without anyone caring. Okay, maybe not pajamas, but I'll bet dungarees with a pajama top would pass muster. No shoes required. This is not true in my experience. (I work in IT.) There is a dress code in IT and if you vary from...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 144
Views: 17907

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

So ... I actually found a car I think I like. The Tesla Model 3. Has the AWD option, EV so the fuel efficiency is off the charts, very minimal maintenance costs without the combustion engine, and has the style. I would have to wait until likely early 2018 to get one as they will be backed up for a ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?
Replies: 333
Views: 54034

Re: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?

Folks do realize this thread was started in 2012 and was already resurrected twice in 2014 and 2015, right? Everything saladdin wrote was written over a year ago.... So just let saladdin's argument rest, no matter how much you disagree with it, like it was doing for over a year before this thread wa...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Deals?
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: Treadmill Deals?

Just an update. I found the 995i for 20% off and free Prime delivery on a Prime-only Amazon deal, so I went with that. The sporting goods store is starting to have better going-out-of-business sales, but the size of the box is much larger than my available trunk space. Having Amazon deliver it right...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifted Shingles on a New Home
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

Re: Lifted Shingles on a New Home

It sounds like you have an unrealistic expectation from a home inspection. A home inspection will not notice every issue, particularly if the issue is minor. They are after all human, and can spot many issues the average homeowner would overlook, but they cannot guarantee to spot all issues. With re...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Network Saturation" with Optimum Router [overloaded FIOS wifi?]
Replies: 16
Views: 1265

Re: "Network Saturation" with Optimum Router [overloaded FIOS wifi?]

It's labelled as a Fios Quantum Gateway G1100. It does put out both a 2.4 and a 5.0 network. I've got the newest laptop on the 5.0 network, but see no improvement over when it was on the 2.4 network. DSLReports claims that router has a 3x3 antenna array for 5GHz, which should be sufficient to avoid...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Network Saturation" with Optimum Router [overloaded FIOS wifi?]
Replies: 16
Views: 1265

Re: "Network Saturation" with Optimum Router [overloaded FIOS wifi?]

What brand and model router did they send you? It might have a small multi-antenna array, even though it supports two bands. Also, can you configure it with different access point names for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands? If so, that can allow you to put the lower priority devices on the 2.4GHz band (mor...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Honda airbag recall?
Replies: 97
Views: 13079

Re: Experience with Honda airbag recall?

No mention, or offer, of any rental car was made. They're not going to randomly volunteer to spend more money on this. So they aren't going to offer you a rental car. Every customer who doesn't know the recall entitles them to a rental car is a cheaper customer overall. But they are supposed to pro...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Deals?
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: Treadmill Deals?

Thanks for the feedback. The used treadmill market here, at least as shown on Craigslist, is either super low-end or super high-end machines. I was wanting something more in the middle, and I'm not really seeing that on Craigslist. Well, I did see a ProForm 995i on Craigslist, but it was listed at T...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Deals?
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Treadmill Deals?

I've been reviewing past threads on treadmills suggestions for a while. I've narrowed in on either the $1300 MSRP Sole F80 or ProForm Pro 2000 or the $1000 MSRP Sole F63 or ProForm Power 995i. Looking at a few retailers on Google Search, it seems most places are very much in the same price range for...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone - Separating work from life
Replies: 18
Views: 1748

Re: Cell phone - Separating work from life

I've learned the hard way to be very careful about who I give my cell phone number to at work. I used to give it out to any direct co-workers, and most of them were (and still are) good about using it for its intended purpose (e.g. only text me after hours if there's a major issue with a server or i...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: How about a buy/sell (personal goods) forum?
Replies: 27
Views: 2874

Re: How about a buy/sell (personal goods) forum?

Besides LadyGeek's points, a forum such as the one suggested would seem to run contrary to the spirit of the non-profit model of the Bogle Center for Financial Literacy. Even if no fees were charged, there is a vast difference between discussing what to buy or strategies to get the best deal and act...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fraudulent charges on two separate credit cards
Replies: 22
Views: 2446

Re: Fraudulent charges on two separate credit cards

Someone bothered to place an order for an exensive pc with my actual address, phone but with the name of 'Fu'. Were they planning to have UPS or Fedex redirect the package? They probably were planning that. Another common tactic is to give all your information as the billing address and information...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus
Replies: 85
Views: 7972

Re: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus

Citi Double Cash is a better card. 2% cash back on everything. No annual fee. As far a simplicity, yes DC is better. However as far as return goes, use of freedom unlimited with the sapphire card (and freedom card) yields a higher return when transferring to certain partners. For example, I only tr...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2016 hedge fund contest
Replies: 142
Views: 8074

Re: 2016 hedge fund contest

protagonist wrote:So my hypothetical investment is up 49.6% for the year while my very real Fidelity account is down 8.3% compared with a year ago today.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Just remind yourself that it could have just as easily been -49.6% for your hypothetical investment.
by Mudpuppy
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving a LBYM lifestyle ["Living Below" to "Living At" Your Means]
Replies: 54
Views: 6572

Re: Leaving a LBYM lifestyle

OP, even though this falls into my category of "increasing expenses", it sounds like you can afford the new expense and it will lead to an increased quality of life. Spending money that you can afford to increase your quality of life is a very valid spending choice. If you're just having d...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus
Replies: 85
Views: 7972

Re: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus

Any debt carries risk, no? I am just choosing not to add any risk to my situation ( other than a mortgage and investment risk- though minimized by utilizing index funds). I'm just being objective in regards to risk. Anything could happen and I'm not willing to risk much for little reward that is in...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus
Replies: 85
Views: 7972

Re: Chase Freedom Unlimited card 1.5% back + bonus

Using even numbers- my expenses are 4K a month and all is able to be charged. 2% back= 80. I'll just leave it simply that $80 a month is not worth a 4K risk at 19.99%. If that 80 a month changed my financial landscape that significantly, I prob. have bigger problems. How is it a 4k risk if you pay ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leaving a LBYM lifestyle ["Living Below" to "Living At" Your Means]
Replies: 54
Views: 6572

Re: Leaving a LBYM lifestyle

I suppose it would depend on if the move from Below-Means to At-Means is due to either (a) spending more or (b) making less income. I personally would have an easier time of it with (b). There are many valid reasons to choose to make less income, such as switching to a job with better satisfaction t...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy or pass on buying this first house?
Replies: 31
Views: 3438

Re: Buy or pass on buying this first house?

What really made me love this house was: the relatively new construction date, the modern kitchen with granite countertops, the square footage, the nice garage and especially the new hardwood floor. It is called Brazilian Cherry, which I have never heard of before but was blown away by it. I'm wond...

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