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by URSnshn
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Apple products need Norton anti Virus?
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Do Apple products need Norton anti Virus?

When Apple products have vulnerabilities, Apple fixes them for the products and software it supports. It's pretty good. I've never experienced an issue. I ONLY have experienced issues from anti-virus products and the like that told me I had a problem - when it turned out I didn't. So I wasted time b...
by URSnshn
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?

I appreciate all the suggestions - will review and give it a try - we'll what I turn up!
by URSnshn
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Best places to find discontinued appliance parts?

Do you have any suggestions to find either an original or a replacement GE stove oven rack? The oven that came with this house works well, but is missing the oven rack. The part is discontinued. I was hoping to still be able to find it or find a replacement. I know I can look at E-Bay, etc., as well...
by URSnshn
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 119
Views: 6102

Re: BH travel tips?

Thank you to all who replied regarding to my dilemma around checking or carrying on liquids - you've given me some additional ideas. Additionally, I have found it helpful to limit clothes and make sure they coordinate and can be rolled - amazing what can be rolled. I have a particularly off the wall...
by URSnshn
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 119
Views: 6102

Re: BH travel tips?

leftcoaster wrote: ↑Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:17 am Let’s share some BHish approaches to travel. Here are a couple to start... pack to purge old shirts, socks, pants, underclothes? Travel with them and discard after use. Yes, you can drop them at goodwill on the road if you insist. Glockenspiel wrote: Th...
by URSnshn
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?
Replies: 56
Views: 3812

Re: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?

Thank you all! Yes I will have the brake fluid replaced - per the maintenance manual, not only in my Honda, but also my other car (though it doesn't call for it on a regular basis). I'm also going to a different independent. I just am not sure if they will really do the work based on their beliefs o...
by URSnshn
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?
Replies: 56
Views: 3812

Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?

My Honda Accord manual tells me to replace the brake fluid every 3 years. My independent car place thought it was bogus and there was no reason to do it unless there was some kind of braking issue. They asked me if I had ever replaced it on the previous car I owned - well I don't recall ever doing i...
by URSnshn
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 119
Views: 6102

Re: BH travel tips?

Love all the tips. One thing that has come in handy for me is zip lock bags for packing my rolled clothes - very handy also for keeping things organized and separating dirty laundry from clean clothes. Question #1: I would love to travel with no check in baggage. But how? There is the whole liquids ...
by URSnshn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 3436

Re: Stovetop Tea Kettle Recommendations?

A great glass tea kettle is https://store.moma.org/kitchen-dining/coffee-tea/glass-water-kettle/113197-113197.html?cgid=kitchen-coffee-tea#start=22 The one caution - it is GLASS - so follow the directions and don't, when hot, put it on a cold surface, etc. You do have to watch this tea kettle (no wh...
by URSnshn
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is anyone using a bill paying service?
Replies: 16
Views: 1523

Re: Is anyone using a bill paying service?

Some counties in the US have elder services available. They may be low cost and/or no cost solutions to bill paying. Bill paying is a routine task, and it may not be so routine. For example, medical bills can be something that takes a bit of time and/or overseeing.
by URSnshn
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tires on a 15 year old car....Replace or not?
Replies: 79
Views: 5114

Re: Tires on a 15 year old car....Replace or not?

I replace the tires on my car at the 6 year point from the freshness date on the tire(s) - no matter the mileage. And, I buy the freshest tires I can.
by URSnshn
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you consider an emergency fund as part of your overall allocation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2051

Re: Do you consider an emergency fund as part of your overall allocation?

I invest for each financial goal, including an emergency fund, and I consider it one bucket.
by URSnshn
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage/travel recommendations?
Replies: 54
Views: 3446

Re: Luggage/travel recommendations?

What a wealth of information - many thanks to all!!!
by URSnshn
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 206
Views: 25807

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

Maybe it might be a bit too good to be true ... Lisa Vaas at on Sophos writes, " At first blush, MoviePass, the subscription that lets you see a movie a day at participating theaters for $9.95/month (now on sale for $7.95), sounds like a great deal. But like so many too-good-to-be-true deals nowaday...
by URSnshn
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage/travel recommendations?
Replies: 54
Views: 3446

Re: Luggage/travel recommendations?

Thanks everyone!!! Yes my travel will be both business and some recreation. No, Shallowpockets - I'm not planning on carrying 50#'s of clothing with me! I was just listing the baggage "limitations" for United. Fifty pounds of clothing actually made me laugh out loud - I hadn't really thought about t...
by URSnshn
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage/travel recommendations?
Replies: 54
Views: 3446

Luggage/travel recommendations?

I will be traveling more soon and have a need to be a bit more organized and travel with a bit more ease. I like to travel light Main carrier will be United and generally in the US though not exclusively. United's basic baggage dimensions and criteria: Personal item: 9 x 10 x 17 inches Carry-on: 9 x...
by URSnshn
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Far is too Far, Commuting?
Replies: 205
Views: 10608

Re: How Far is too Far, Commuting?

This is a personal decision. One can get use to anything, many have even longer commutes. It all depends. What you might do is drive that distance to work - to and from - for two to three weeks. Devise your own path even though the direct path is much shorter. Test it out for yourself and let us kno...
by URSnshn
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3491
Views: 985538

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Mudbound
The Post
Darkest Hour
by URSnshn
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 556
Views: 61488

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Mudbound - really worth the time and well done.
by URSnshn
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?

UPDATE: I was prepared to do a clean install, but first I did some more research and contacted my antivirus and Apple online support. Both were very helpful. It took about 5 days to figure out the issues involved. The weekend was a delaying factor. 1) I had "two trojans" - neither were an issue. One...
by URSnshn
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anonymous financial gift to student / best gift card option
Replies: 54
Views: 2898

Re: anonymous financial gift to student / best gift card option

I would be hesitant to use a gift card, unless there was some way to ensure that the dollars you put on it - are actually there. I recently received a gift card and when I went to use it, there were no funds on the card. If you do buy a gift card and want to be anonymous - I would pay with cash or m...
by URSnshn
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?

I don't know which Trojan it was - I thought I took a picture of the name, prior to quarantine but didn't. Trojan was in the name of it though. I won't make that mistake again. I've called a couple of people who are are local experts and Apple and guidance is varied: It was suggested: 1) One tech ex...
by URSnshn
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?

Hadn't thought of reinstalling my operating system. Hmmm? Are there any best practices out there? I don't want to be doing more work than I need to and yes I'd rather be safe than sorry. I wish I knew what Trojan Horse it was, but unfortunately I don't have record of it.
by URSnshn
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relearning Calculus
Replies: 81
Views: 6261

Re: Relearning Calculus

What a cool post! I love this OP! If you've the interest go for it! I came to mathematics in an odd way. I didn't even have all I needed when I realized in Physics that I was missing a major piece and had to take more math to actually understand what I was doing in Physics. When you follow your thir...
by URSnshn
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

What do to following a Trojan horse clean-up?

My MacBook Pro caught a Trojan Horse. I use two anti-virus software products and Malwarebytes. One of the software products alerted me to the issue, I doubt I had it very long - possibly less than a day, but I can't be sure. I've now cleaned my laptop out, but I was wondering if there were any other...
by URSnshn
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest coffee maker please
Replies: 113
Views: 6955

Re: Suggest coffee maker please

Chemex might fill the bill - http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/
by URSnshn
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Choosing which room to sleep in
Replies: 48
Views: 5143

Re: Choosing which room to sleep in

I have no idea which room in this house is the master bedroom. If I had to guess it would be the room with the 2nd closet. However the other room has three windows. Both are close to the same size. We chose the one with the windows.
by URSnshn
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?

Well, I don't what it was - but it washed off - no problem at all. When the plumber came, for other reasons, we never mentioned it to him. Yes!
by URSnshn
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 154
Views: 13613

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

I buy new tires every 6 years no matter how they look. I check around ... Consumer Reports, etc. to determine the tire ratings. I shop locally from places I trust and I buy fresh tires (recent dates). And I check my tire pressure monthly.
by URSnshn
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?

Thank you all! Yes, I am planning on seeing if I can clean it off - really, who knows what it could be. I appreciate all the suggestions and perspectives.
by URSnshn
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?

The one thing I can be sure of is that it isn't grease - we don't and haven't ever cooked with any. My diet precludes cooking or consuming anything with oil or butter. The screw idea is an interesting one, though the spots look more like splotches. I have a picture, but am having difficulty getting ...
by URSnshn
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Shiny spots on ceiling - what could they be?

I had some water damage on my kitchen ceiling about a year ago or so. A hole was opened, the pipes that were leaking were fixed, and the hole in the ceiling was patched and the entire ceiling was painted. They needed to put up some drywall as well. When the light is just right - I can see some shiny...
by URSnshn
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are land line phones still being supported?
Replies: 60
Views: 3934

Re: Are land line phones still being supported?

I had an electrician at my home recently and he was telling that he was glad he had a landline especially for 911. The reason? A landline can be found - kids and adults always know where it is - unlike a cell phone.
by URSnshn
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strong Nearsighted Glasses - Tips Requested
Replies: 10
Views: 661

Re: Strong Nearsighted Glasses - Tips Requested

I appreciate all the replies! And ... Inbox788: Interesting about the calculator! I don't know how thick the 1.64 polycarbonate lens I have is at its thinnest point - a guess would be a 1/4 inch - but it is very difficult to tell. Also very interesting about possibly using glass (Zeiss, Lantel) and ...
by URSnshn
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strong Nearsighted Glasses - Tips Requested
Replies: 10
Views: 661

Strong Nearsighted Glasses - Tips Requested

Hi! I have a strong prescription (over a minus 12. I'd like my glasses to be attractive. In addition I have smaller face and have had a hard time finding glasses my size in stock. From my own research I find that more attractive glasses - less of a "pull in" effect and less thickness - will be if th...
by URSnshn
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apple 2FA - Security Question
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Apple 2FA - Security Question

Thank you for the replies. Your explanations were helpful!
by URSnshn
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apple 2FA - Security Question
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Apple 2FA - Security Question

My understanding of two factor authentication (2FA) is that one needs to receive the second code on a device other than the one being used to access the website. So, if I want to log in to an online bank on my computer, for example, I would receive my 2FA code on my phone rather than my computer. If...
by URSnshn
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do people still use AAA?
Replies: 267
Views: 19396

Re: Do people still use AAA?

AAA has served me over the past few years. Most of time I don't use it for car help, but there was the year I had to call them 4 times and every time they showed up as expected. You can get hotel, travel discounts other places, however I have to say the discounts have helped me save $ quite a few ti...
by URSnshn
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Confusion about prepaying property taxes
Replies: 139
Views: 14331

Re: Confusion about prepaying property taxes

I think the best strategy is to consult your tax accountant on this. After talking with mine - I'm thinking twice. I do not think it is a no-brainer to simply pay property taxes ahead of time - the IRS may well rule in a way that doesn't make this - in the end - as satisfactory as may sound right no...
by URSnshn
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Confusion about prepaying property taxes
Replies: 139
Views: 14331

Re: Confusion about prepaying property taxes

So, if I read this thread correctly, the consensus for NY'ers is to pay your property taxes early if the you receive a bill (and it looks like it will be for many), BUT it may not be allowed by IRS. If you pay early you haven't lost anything if you will fall under the standard deduction in 2018.
by URSnshn
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When is a good time to rebalance?
Replies: 30
Views: 2702

Re: When is a good time to rebalance?

OP, I think it can be helpful to have an IPS for things like this. If you don't have one now may be the time to create one.

One idea: choose any day of the year, if on that day your AA is out of balance beyond your band percentage: rebalance. If not re-look next year.
by URSnshn
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: pick one for me..
Replies: 14
Views: 1350

Re: pick one for me..

#1, then #2
by URSnshn
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 12313

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

NOTE: Apple's Airport Extreme,Time Capsule and Airport Express DO HAVE ISSUES with WPA2 a nd users should keep an eye for a patch in coming weeks (no ETA on this). It should be noted that users will need to watch for and update these devices - it is not automatic. I have now had this confirmed verba...
by URSnshn
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 12313

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

With respect to Apple - it's routers, time capsules, etc. and its devices ... My understanding after calling .... --- Apple's take is to patch the devices - they tell me as long as the client side devices are patched - that takes of the most critical issue. So they've pushed out patches and updates ...
by URSnshn
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 12313

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

Do not assume that your Apple device will be updated. If your Apple Time Capsule, Airport Extreme, Express etc., is too old to get updates (I believe at 7 years, they are considered obsolete) - you may need to get another or at least call Apple and check it out. edited for a third time to post the m...
by URSnshn
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Letter from CC company (Discover) re: current income
Replies: 31
Views: 6424

Re: Letter from CC company (Discover) re: current income

Why not call your cc company and ask what this is? I did, I do not have to submit the info and was told I could ignore it - turned out there was no obligation on my part to do anything at all.
by URSnshn
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken
Replies: 112
Views: 12313

Re: WPA2 protocol used by vast majority of wifi connections has been broken

I'm not an expert, but I think this article explains what it is - and what we can do about it nicely. The last bit is pretty easy to understand. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/10/16/wi-fi-at-risk-from-krack-attacks-heres-what-to-do/ Also, this is a short video that explains the issue: http://...
by URSnshn
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else using HTTPS Everywhere or similar?
Replies: 16
Views: 1826

Re: Anyone else using HTTPS Everywhere or similar?

Thank you all for your thoughts on HTTPS Everywhere - sounds like a no brainer.

Also, I appreciate your sharing some other extensions I hadn't been aware of and will check them out!
by URSnshn
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax ... and the story continues ... UK
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Equifax ... and the story continues ... UK

I'm sorry to read that the Equifax issue continues to unfold as it has. More here ...

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/1 ... e-at-risk/