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by TimDex
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Blacklisted by History," by M. Stanton Evans, a reassessment of Joe McCarthy. I will simply say that if you've ever used the term McCarthyite as an epithet, you should consider reading this book. Will not be to everyone's taste, I know. Tim
by TimDex
Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett. Available in kindle format. Very well written history of two ships' crews, wrecked on Auckland Islands, south of New Zealand, in the mid 19th century. Fascinating bit of history, and a heck of a story of how one crew succeeded ...
by TimDex
Tue May 24, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reading several British mysteries by Peter Grainger. Well done police procedurals. I believe they are privately published on Amazon kindle, for about three or four bucks each. Well written, and compared to the far fetched drivel I've just been reading by name authors, worth double the price. If you'...
by TimDex
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tip on an older HP Printer
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Tip on an older HP Printer

I'm still operating an HP Laserjet 1320 that I bought maybe 13-14 years ago. Black and white, never fails. Second the,opinion on buying used. A friend who works on small computer systems installations says newer printers are garbage and never sell a functioning older hp. Tim
by TimDex
Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uncomfortable gift situations
Replies: 27
Views: 3257

Re: Uncomfortable gift situations

This is why our family has a no gift agreement, also. I do give Amazon ecards to my much younger niece and nephew ... We have no children of our own, they are like kids to me, and they know better than I do what they want or need. But for the adults we have a Christmas Day dinner together that is ju...
by TimDex
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

VT...thanks for the Gavin Lyall recommendation. Just started secret servant, very good, well written. Also have started something entirely different... A book to carry me through a long winter and into spring most likely: Republics, Ancient and Modern, by Paul A. Rahe, a professor at Hillsdale. An e...
by TimDex
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2227

Re: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations

Second the idea of military blankets. However, reenactors etc have driven up the cost of American army blankets and Swiss army blankets are out of sight. Be sure to avoid Rothko type military "style" blankets which are garbage. I got about a half dozen Dutch AABE military blankets off eBay...
by TimDex
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2227

Re: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations

Look for a used wool blanket on eBay. Pick a quality brand that's in really good shape. It will likely be a bargain because wool blankets are not as popular now as comforters etc. Brands such as kenmore, van wyk, orrlaskan, American woolen mills, etc are excellent. I've bought about a dozen. Hudsons...
by TimDex
Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Mr. Piper and His Cubs, by Devon Francis, 1973. A history of the founder of the Piper Cub company by a Fortune magazine writer. Very well done, very readable, one of the best business histories I have read in a long time. Never flew an airplane, but my first flight was in an old piper in the mid fif...
by TimDex
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Cider & a Flick
Replies: 30
Views: 3134

Re: Hard Cider & a Flick

Try to find some local hard cider brands. There are a lot of small producers turning out a good cider. We have a lot in NY because the state relaxed the regs on orchards producing their own if they use their own apples. I've also tried one from I think Michigan, JM Scrumpy, which was,outstanding. Th...
by TimDex
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Two recommendations. Ian Toll's Pacific Crucible is a very well written history of the Pacific war. I think I finally understood what the battle of coral sea was about, and how the code breakers at Pearl Harbor worked to set up the victory at midway. Marc Morris has written some wonderful works on m...
by TimDex
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

In terms of mystery series, I've found the C.J. Box series about a Wyoming game warden to be pretty well written. Tim
by TimDex
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "An Officer and a Spy: A Novel" by Robert Harris, a writer of some pretty decent thrillers. It concerns the Dreyfus Affair, which tore France apart in the late 19th century. Well written, and sticks very close to the actual history. Makes the culture war, as it were, in Franc...
by TimDex
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying electric shaver
Replies: 34
Views: 4010

Re: Thinking of buying electric shaver

Electric shavers seem to be very individual choices. Has anyone who used an older Remington micro screen, purchased at wal mart, found a satisfactory replacement? The newer Remington at Walmt is pretty lousy...at least for me. They cheapened it up. My old one has a dying battery. Tried the Panasonic...
by TimDex
Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Wedgwood,The First Tycoon....by Brian Dolan. Excellent book, how Wedgwood rose from an apprentice potter. Fascinating man, tremendous energy, experimental chemist, member of the middle class dissenters circles which included Joseph priestly. Much about the intellectual ferment in England in late 18t...
by TimDex
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrel nemesis
Replies: 60
Views: 6777

Re: Squirrel nemesis

CCI makes a Quiet 22 that has almost no sound but will punch through a couple sheets of aluminum flashing. Won't cycle a semiauto. I haven't shopped for ammo in a long time. Is the great 22 LR drought over? Tim
by TimDex
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrel nemesis
Replies: 60
Views: 6777

Re: Squirrel nemesis

Cat. All purpose solution to squirrels, rabbits, mice.
by TimDex
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My grandparents need their hodgepodge of investments sorted out
Replies: 14
Views: 2133

Re: My grandparents need their hodgepodge of investments sorted out

Is what they're doing all that bad? My mother invested for 60 years in a portfolio of 50 percent dividend stocks and 50 percent government notes. She didn't end up living on nine lives. I do believe that indexed investing makes sense but you may be contributing to their increased anxiety level by te...
by TimDex
Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sometimes you go through a drought, and then get a deluge. Three books I've read or am reading, which are exceptional, are: Roads Taken, the great Jewish migrations to the new world and the peddlers who forged the way, by Hasnia R. Diner.....excellent book, many personal anecdotes, a bit much of wha...
by TimDex
Sun May 31, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Solar panel forum
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Re: Solar panel forum

Solarpaneltalk.com by far

Read the stickies.

Tim
by TimDex
Tue May 26, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?
Replies: 31
Views: 4025

Re: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?

When I built new used only Anderson windows, and am not too happy...that's 15 years ago.

Have replaced numerous windows with pella triple pane and am very pleased. Did it through lowes. Worried that a big box store would not have good installers but the job was done right.

Tim
by TimDex
Fri May 08, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 1929 was a great year to buy stocks
Replies: 92
Views: 5953

Re: 1929 was a great year to buy stocks

What is usually forgotten about the "great time to buy stock" is the reason why stocks were so cheap. No one, or very few to say the least, had the cash money. Bank accounts were frozen or had collapsed along with savings. See the book by Joseph Roth about living In the Great Depression. I...
by TimDex
Sat May 02, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System
Replies: 53
Views: 7033

Re: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System

Quite a few threads discussing this at solarpaneltalk.com. Personally, I think most splashy media introductions like this one should be regarded with skepticism. Tim
by TimDex
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished the first five books in The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon....fans of both medieval history and the game of thrones might be interested. Comes with an intro by George rr martin. It concerns 14th century France. The first five books aware on kindle. The last two in the series ar...
by TimDex
Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar
Replies: 61
Views: 5548

Re: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar

Batteries are the downfall of home solar systems. They are extremely expensive to obtain a power company equivalent energy source. I would recommend anyone Interested in home solar systems and battery backups visit solarpaneltalk.com and study the various stickies. There are a bunch of electrical en...
by TimDex
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Diehards
Replies: 24
Views: 3889

Re: Any Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Diehards

Why not the tax managed balanced fund, with 50 percent index and 50 percent muni bond fund?

Tim
by TimDex
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403232

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading "A Great and Terrible king" by Marc Morris, about Edward I and the "Forging of England." An excellent read...wonderful historian. I got it because of "The Norman Conquest" by the same author which I highly recommend. I could call the latter a game of t...
by TimDex
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Donor Advised Fund
Replies: 50
Views: 4712

Re: Fidelity Donor Advised Fund

My problem with these funds is what happens to the money after I die? I get to specify (request) how the money gets allocated during my lifetime, but once I pass on, can I have left a directive on allocating money to charities? My understanding is, no, and that the director of the DAF then will dona...
by TimDex
Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Local Bogleheads Groups [Looking for Central NY Chapter]
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: Local Bogleheads Groups [Looking for Central NY Chapter]

Not to my knowledge. When bogleheads groups were first formed, some years ago, about four of us met at the now defunct borders bookstore at the carousel mall. No meetings since then. Tim
by TimDex
Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating new income stream
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

Creating new income stream

The "don't buy stuff" idea has been in the inter tubes news lately. Ann althouse has a nice take on it. She notes that when her sons were in college, she created a new income steam for herself by not buying stuff. http://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/08/dont-buy-anything.html Tim
by TimDex
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Super wealthy have access to different investing vehicles
Replies: 76
Views: 7629

Re: Do Super wealthy have access to different investing vehi

While I am very happy with what I do have, if I had a sufficient sum I would own my own index fund, with one share, a very large share price, and an expense ratio infinitely close to nonexistent.

Tim
by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 2540

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

I've been down this road too many times debating gun confiscation and control with advocates who pretend to be unbiased and are simply trolling. Your list is extremely biased and the supposedly non biased sources are institutions dominated by left wing ideologues. Try reading people like Gary kleck ...
by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 2540

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

What jumps out to me in your list is the number of committed antigun activists. This is not a list of properly conducted research, but a list of politically motivated hit jobs. D. Hemenway as a impartial analyst? Please....

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by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 2540

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

The medical site you link to requires registration. Generally, any public health commentary on gun use age tends to be very skewed. There are a lot more defensive gun uses each year than the media would have you believe. See pretty much any research by Gary Kleck. That said, I would consider having ...
by TimDex
Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?
Replies: 74
Views: 5825

Re: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?

I've used a kindle for several years and like it better than physical books. However, for military histories and the like with lots of maps, a regular book from the library is much better. Maps and photos in kindle format just aren't handled right. I think publishers are designing for regular books ...
by TimDex
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garlic anyone?
Replies: 51
Views: 5499

Re: Garlic anyone?

A little ot, but it is really easy to grow garlic. I live on canadian border, plant in fall when leaves turn, mulch with straw. I put in about 150 plants last fall (using garlic cloves from previous harvest). Even in the suburbs, you could put in a patch. tim
by TimDex
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Router Recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 4247

Re: WiFi Router Recommendations?

I recently installed an apple airport express and was a little surprised at how easy it was. Five minutes and done. Wifi is worth it if you have multiple items like kindles, tablets plus a computer. I still have my old printer (an HP 1320 which does have a usb port) hooked up to the computer. It may...
by TimDex
Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrading Cookware?
Replies: 48
Views: 6519

Re: Upgrading Cookware?

I bought a set of paula deen cookware on sale at wal-mart. great stuff, heavy bottom, stainless, cheap. (pause for snark on part of readers re paula deen...but it's good stuff) I buy a cheap nonstick pan and throw it out when the teflon wears out. I do have a le cruset heavy enameled cast iron pot t...
by TimDex
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Doomsday Preppers [TV show]
Replies: 15
Views: 1795

Re: Doomsday Preppers [TV show]

The people featured are carefully selected to look foolish and irrational, which is in line with the media/Hollywood view of anyone who doesn't agree with them.
by TimDex
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle wears out quickly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Kindle wears out quickly?

Thanks for the advice to call amazon. I did, and they are sending a replacement kindle at no charge provided I return the one that's defective. They will send an email with a shipping label so it's no charge for me to return via ups. I guess they do operate on the razor and razor blade principle. I ...
by TimDex
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle wears out quickly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Re: Kindle wears out quickly?

I will give amazon a call.

In response to a question on downloading already purchased material, just go to the manage your kindle page and you can find your stuff. It's easily downloaded to another device.
by TimDex
Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle wears out quickly?
Replies: 17
Views: 2273

Kindle wears out quickly?

I'm curious if other forum members who use a kindle have found that it seems to wear out in about two years? I've had two kindles, a keyboard model, and a newer touch, and have used them daily. The first failed and second seems on the verge of doing so, despite repeated hard restarts and a return to...
by TimDex
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norton update phish?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Norton update phish?

frugalinvestor --

that does clarify....

thanks


tim
by TimDex
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norton update phish?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Norton update phish?

My wife, do handled the computer systems at the library before she retired, is adamant that what symmantec wanted was the password for the email account, and that they have requested this from them at the library in the past. Further, she said she received an email from symmantc noting that our acco...
by TimDex
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norton update phish?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: Norton update phish?

I've tried contacting norton and have gotten no response. I was wondering if I got it wrong -- I was certain it asked for the password to my email account and not just a password to the norton site. I wondered if I was wrong so tried googling -- apparently some others have had a similar experience. ...
by TimDex
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth fixing a 30-year-old Maytag dryer?
Replies: 26
Views: 5560

Re: Worth fixing a 30-year-old Maytag dryer?

I have new washer and dryer.

Worthless. I should have kept my old maytag.

My advice -- if they can be fixed do it. Newer washers in particular do not wash clothes like old ones. Do not listen to any nonsense about how new appliances are friendlier to the environment.

tim
by TimDex
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Norton update phish?
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Norton update phish?

My wife was upgrading our online norton security account and I noticed that it wanted not only our email but also the password to our email account at yahoo. I couldn't believe that this was anything but a phish, occasioning some dispute between DW and myself. Is this accurate? Does Norton require y...
by TimDex
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: uses for old laptop?
Replies: 28
Views: 3723

Re: uses for old laptop?

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit once posted that he had a laptop he used only for financial transactions and accounts. I emailed him to ask him about it, and he replied that it was an old laptop that had a new hard drive. He said he realized it was essentially a virgin machine so he relegated it to fi...
by TimDex
Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?
Replies: 42
Views: 28698

Re: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?

I use the cheap vicks warm air mist humidifiers for 16 each at wal mart. With a 1100 sq ft house, two of them will bring the humidity up to about 52%, compared to about 30% without.

tim
by TimDex
Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Help...EJ to Vanguard
Replies: 43
Views: 4212

Re: Portfolio Help...EJ to Vanguard

FWIW, transferring an EJ taxable account to Vanguard is possible -- all the American funds will end up in a brokerage account where you can sell them at your leisure. tim

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