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by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?

A friend told me his cellular signal (AT&T) fades and is sporadic in areas without strong signal coverage.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?

I am in the market for the cellular version of the Series 3 Apple Watch.

If you have the cellular version of the Series 3 Apple Watch, how do you use the cellular feature and does it work well? I have heard that the signal is weaker and coverage is spotty.

Thanks in advance.

Roosvelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Site to Sell Used Laser Printer Cartridges?
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Best Site to Sell Used Laser Printer Cartridges?

I have a used HP laser cartridge and can send it back to HP for recycling. Anyone sell their cartridges to a recycling company? If so, which one would you recommend.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Web Based News Aggregator 2018?
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Best Web Based News Aggregator 2018?

I look at the same 10 web sites everyday to select articles to read. Is there a customizable web aggregator that combines the topics I am interested in on to one page?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Roosevelt
by RooseveltG
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?
Replies: 129
Views: 8080

Are Password Managers Really Necessary?

I use a Password Manager but friends claim they are unnecessary. They ask if I know anyone who has ever lost brokerage firm assets because their account was hacked and I cannot say that I do. They also do not worry about credit card fraud because they locked down their credit and liability is limite...
by RooseveltG
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?

I recently learned how to tag files for easy grouping from different folders.

They are cool but are they useful? If you use tags in Mac OS, can you share what you use them for?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Steam Oven vs Microwave?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Steam Oven vs Microwave?

We have heard mixed reviews on steam ovens. Do they cook that much better than a microwave and are they worth the cost?

Any real life experience you can share would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving up on Quicken? (and expense tracking software altogether)
Replies: 73
Views: 6965

Re: Giving up on Quicken? (and expense tracking software altogether)

I use Quicken for Windows on a Mac (Parallels) and have 20 years of financial data. During a health scare 7 years ago, I decided that it was pointless to spend time categorizing every expense as long as we were under budget. Most transactions are paid by credit card and I just allocate the entire ba...
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?

Thanks, but how does it compare to the older Apple Thunderbolt display?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?
Replies: 8
Views: 930

LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?

My Thunderbolt display has finally died. I can purchase a used one on eBay or buy the Apple recommended LG 27" 5K display. I realize I will need a dock because it only comes with USB-C ports. Has anyone compared the LG to the Thunderbolt display side by side in person (vs. specs)? Thanks in advance....
by RooseveltG
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 15520

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

Thanks for all the opinions. Here is what I learned from Irma as a Florida newbie. 1. Hurricanes are not predictable. We flew out 48 hours before Irma hit and talked to friends that morning who were driving to Tampa to ride out the storm. The hurricane turned west and their strategy backfired. 2. Th...
by RooseveltG
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 15520

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

As the op, we are scheduled to fly out of Ft Lauderdale tomorrow at 5:30 pm. This is only my second hurricane and in retrospect I cut it too close for comfort. We are still leaving 41 hours before the hurricane arrives but flights may stop after 8 pm tomorrow. Plan B if the flight is cancelled is to...
by RooseveltG
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 15520

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

I appreciate the suggestions. It looks like it makes sense to sit tight until 2 days out and then either drive/fly away.

Can anyone comment on traffic conditions to Orlando 48 hours before a hurricane is projected to make landfall?

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 15520

Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

We are new to Southeast Florida and hurricane season is upon us. Besides preparing and knowing where the hurricane shelters are, I have 2 specific questions. 1. What is the optimal time frame to leave the area? Leaving too early each time is cumbersome and leaving too late is too risky. Hurricanes c...
by RooseveltG
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 1893

Re: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?

Thanks.

I did forge ahead without a broker. I called the insurance carrier whenever I had a question. That allowed me to efficiently sign up for a supplemental plan, while receiving pertinent information. A "broker light" experience.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 1893

Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?

I am eligible for Medicare and have a fairly clear idea of what plan F and Part D I would like to purchase. Most of my colleagues have used brokers but this seems like a simple on line process that does not require a broker. What are the pros and cons of signing up with and without a broker? Thanks ...
by RooseveltG
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Part D: Silverscript Choice vs Plus Plan
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Medicare Part D: Silverscript Choice vs Plus Plan

Can anyone clearly explain how one chooses between a Part D Choice vs Plus Plan. It looks like the main difference is the amount of coverage in the "coverage gap" or "donut hole." There are some drug tier differences in the gap but this is difficult to assess when you cannot be certain what medicati...
by RooseveltG
Mon May 08, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will and Estranged Child advice
Replies: 44
Views: 5239

Re: Will and Estranged Child advice

There varying degrees of estrangement including "relationship charade." As a parent it is difficult to reward bad behavior and it feels unjust passing wealth to a child/spouse causing emotional pain. Furthermore, the only "lever" an older parent has is their wealth, while children can lord access to...
by RooseveltG
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 336
Views: 47798

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

Larry:

I tell anyone who will listen that you are one of my "gurus." Thank you for all your wisdom. I wish you the best in retirement. You will be missed.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?
Replies: 17
Views: 7181

Re: Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?

I have a combined cable modem- wireless router (Comcast XB3). Comcast indicates that there will be no speed degradation if I choose not to use Bridge mode, but there may be other details I am missing.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?
Replies: 17
Views: 7181

Re: Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?

Those of you using Mesh networks, do you connect it to the Comcast Modem using Bridge Mode? Is there some advantage to bridge mode vs. just connecting to an ethernet jack on the cable modem?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?
Replies: 17
Views: 7181

Mesh Network: Linksys Velop vs Netgear Orbi?

We live in a condo and use a range extender to relay wifi. We need to manually switch networks every time we move from the front to the back. We are interested in a Mesh network that creates a single network that does not require switching. The Linksys Velop is a true "Mesh," while the Netgear Orbi ...
by RooseveltG
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro 15 (2016 Model): Worth the Upgrade?
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: Macbook Pro 15 (2016 Model): Worth the Upgrade?

I need a powerful machine to run Parallels for Windows with Quicken. Other than that, my needs are fairly straightforward but I do like the larger 15" display.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro 15 (2016 Model): Worth the Upgrade?
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Macbook Pro 15 (2016 Model): Worth the Upgrade?

I am on the fence about upgrading from a 2012 Macbook Pro 15 to the new 2016 15" model. If you have upgraded, can you share your thoughts and advice?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro 2016: Monitor Options
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Re: Macbook Pro 2016: Monitor Options

This is pretty confusing considering that Macs are supposed to be easy to use. Now I am thinking of keeping my Apple Thunderbolt Display and connecting it to a new 2016 Macbook Pro 15". I assume all I need is the USB-C to Thunderbolt cable sold in the Apple Store. Any other suggestions (and the prio...
by RooseveltG
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro 2016: Monitor Options
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Macbook Pro 2016: Monitor Options

I may need to buy a new Macbook Pro 15 with a larger monitor than the backordered and delayed 27" LG designed for it. I have considered Dell 34" and LG 34-38" monitors. Does anyone have experience connecting the new Macbook Pro 15s to one of these non LG larger monitors? Do I need a dock (most being...
by RooseveltG
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Condo Property Insurance to Buy: Land Value Question
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: How Much Condo Property Insurance to Buy: Land Value Question

Thanks for the replies.

Is there some rule of thumb about what percentage of the overall value of a condo does the land represent?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much Condo Property Insurance to Buy: Land Value Question
Replies: 6
Views: 632

How Much Condo Property Insurance to Buy: Land Value Question

I live in a high rise condo and am trying to determine how much property insurance to purchase. The condo association carries coverage for everything outside the walls of our unit and this amounts to 15% of the fair market value. Our condo property coverage covers everything inside the walls as well...
by RooseveltG
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High End Routers vs Mesh Network?
Replies: 14
Views: 6006

Re: High End Routers vs Mesh Network?

Thanks for all the replies. I did change the channel and made certain that the extender is extending the 5MHz band and that has helped.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High End Routers vs Mesh Network?
Replies: 14
Views: 6006

High End Routers vs Mesh Network?

I live in a condo and currently boost Comcast Modem/Router wireless signal with a range extender. I have read that Mesh networks (Eero, Netgear Orbi and Amplifi HD) may be faster than my current setup. Which is the better solution for increasing speed? A high end router with a stronger signal or a M...
by RooseveltG
Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Playstation 4 Games for Beginners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4519

Re: Best Playstation 4 Games for Beginners?

Thanks for all the replies. I am on older techie but find these games to be quite challenging!
by RooseveltG
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Playstation 4 Games for Beginners?
Replies: 28
Views: 4519

Best Playstation 4 Games for Beginners?

Can anyone suggest easy starter games for the Playstation 4? I found Driveclub to be very user friendly but have a hard time figuring out Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (bundled with the system). Basically, I knock off 3 aliens, get killed myself and then have to sit through the intro video again to end u...
by RooseveltG
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken For Mac
Replies: 10
Views: 1179

Re: Quicken For Mac

I have tried to unsuccessfully migrate my Quicken Windows data to iBank and Moneydance without success. I also found the Mac version of Quicken unusable.

I would love to ditch Parallels but for now I can only hope that the new owners of Quicken improve the Mac version.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed May 18, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Higher condo fees on higher floor units?
Replies: 25
Views: 2905

Re: Higher condo fees on higher floor units?

I have lived in 2 condos. The condo fee is usually based on square footage and not the floor level or value (the latter two are correlated). This seems to be the most objective and fair way to share costs. PS I was the president of one condo board and it is the worst unpaid job in the universe. When...
by RooseveltG
Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: UTMA, Florida: Custodian In Control Past Termination Date?
Replies: 41
Views: 2475

Re: UTMA, Florida: Custodian In Control Past Termination Date?

If a 26 year old knows about the account, wants his parents to manage the funds, is free to withdraw money and pays taxes on the income (his tax ID number), does the UTMA need to be officially terminated?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at private equity, the research, and a better benchmark
Replies: 10
Views: 1358

Re: A look at private equity, the research, and a better benchmark

Larry:

Thanks as usual for your sage advice.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A look at private equity, the research, and a better benchmark
Replies: 10
Views: 1358

Re: A look at private equity, the research, and a better benchmark

Larry: How would you categorize (inherited) illiquid fractional ownership in a small private company in a portfolio? Would it be small cap value or a unique asset class? Also, would you reduce your equity allocation (the "Larry Portfolio") because of this higher risk? Thanks in advance. Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Mailing List Platform/Software 2016?
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Best Mailing List Platform/Software 2016?

I am trying to set up a mailing list for 20 people in my condo that would function like Bogleheads, except that each person would receive an email when a question is asked or answered.

Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo (Alexa)
Replies: 91
Views: 17853

Re: Amazon Echo: Worth It?

That discussion was from 11/14. The software has been updated and those comments are no longer valid.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo (Alexa)
Replies: 91
Views: 17853

Amazon Echo: Worth It?

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek]

Anyone using the Amazon Echo voice assistant? Reviews suggest it works well but a friend returned his and said it was not ready for prime time. What has been your experience?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Thermostat: Worth it
Replies: 19
Views: 3652

Re: Nest Thermostat: Worth it

Thanks for the replies.

The title of the post should have a question mark!

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Thermostat: Worth it
Replies: 19
Views: 3652

Nest Thermostat: Worth it

Most of the prior posts on the Nest are 2 years old. Since that time, the Nest 3 is out and the software has been updated. We live in a condo and manually change the temperature when we wake up and go to sleep. I like the aesthetics of the Nest but am wondering about functionality of the latest hard...
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult Coloring Books
Replies: 16
Views: 2523

Adult Coloring Books

There have been several recent articles about the popularity of adult coloring books. They apparently reduce stress and are now best sellers on Amazon.

Does anyone have experience with these? Do they reduce stress and productively fill your time?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hold International Funds in Roth IRA or Taxable Account?
Replies: 12
Views: 2249

Re: Hold International Funds in Roth IRA or Taxable Account?

The taxes would be in the highest bracket.

I was also told that a tax credit rather than a deduction is usually taken.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hold International Funds in Roth IRA or Taxable Account?
Replies: 12
Views: 2249

Hold International Funds in Roth IRA or Taxable Account?

Is is more advantageous to hold international funds in a taxable account or a Roth IRA? Foreign taxes paid are deductible in the taxable account but dividends and capital gains are taxed. The Roth IRA is tax free but foreign taxes paid are not deductible. Which location is best? Thanks in advance. R...
by RooseveltG
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2016 For Mac: A Solution for Mac Users?
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Quicken 2016 For Mac: A Solution for Mac Users?

Will Quicken 2016 for Mac finally provide a Mac alternative that will import data from the Windows version, pay bills online and avoid the need for Parallels or VM Fusion to run a virtual machine?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Strategy to buy the condo next door
Replies: 12
Views: 2188

Re: Best Strategy to buy the condo next door

Good advice and much appreciated. Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Strategy to buy the condo next door
Replies: 12
Views: 2188

Best Strategy to buy the condo next door

We want to purchase the small condo adjacent to the one we now own. We are trying to determine the best strategy for broaching the topic to the current owners. The realtor for the building advised us to wait until the condo comes on the market. She claims the owners will increase the price if they f...
by RooseveltG
Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]
Replies: 105
Views: 17641

What is Your Plan B if Quicken dies? [Intuit selling Quicken unit]

The future of Quicken is uncertain now that it is being spun off by Intuit. Is there really a viable web based alternative with staying power that matches Quicken's ability to manage investing and checking?

If Quicken's days are numbered, do you have a Plan B?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.