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by amd2135
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State Farm to Geico
Replies: 13
Views: 1104

Re: State Farm to Geico

I did the same switch and don't regret it.

Well... except for the free cookie coupon my State Farm agent would mail me for my birthday. That was nice.

But on second thought, I'd expect a free cookie for paying ~$2k/year more than Geico. :happy
by amd2135
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 32
Views: 1736

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

TotalWireless.com (Verizon) has the 32GB SE for $159 (black or white). My SO bought one last week- there was a 15% off coupon code available that I found via a web search. It was supposedly "expired" as per a popular deal site but worked fine. Not sure if it's still available. I was surpr...
by amd2135
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you canceled cable?
Replies: 91
Views: 5387

Re: Have you canceled cable?

I wish we could- our rent includes "free" cable, but we've lived here a few years now and have never bothered to plug it in. I honestly have no idea what channels we get. We're near the local TV towers so we can receive HD broadcasts with a simple ~1.5m FM radio antenna. Even that got remo...
by amd2135
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4301

Re: Dehumidifier woes

They all seem to be made by Midea, Gree and TCL. Maybe there's one or two others. My current one is a "Frigidaire" (Midea) that I got as a free replacement for a recalled "Frigidaire" unit. It has no warranty and I don't expect it to last for more than a few years. Action items: ...
by amd2135
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way To Code A Text Parser
Replies: 27
Views: 1505

Re: Best Way To Code A Text Parser

I'm a C++ / Qt5 dev, but I would definitely go with Python for this job.
by amd2135
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College admissions question - she got a "C"
Replies: 100
Views: 7812

Re: College admissions question - she got a "C"

The "C" is not the only issue. The overall class rank matters. Higher = better. And yes, the "C" matters. Of course it does. But she can minimize the effect by getting As the rest of the time. My high school explicitly did not track, publish, or disclose class rank to anyone. Th...
by amd2135
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time
Replies: 45
Views: 2287

Re: Changing Car Cabin Air Filter - after how much time

How to change your cabin air filters (Civic edition): - Empty the glove box - Swing the glove box all the way down by pushing the sides in - Unclip the cover on a box that's about an inch tall - Pull the filter out - Look at how gross it is (maybe) - Put a new filter in - Reassemble everything you ...
by amd2135
Mon May 29, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to buy tires
Replies: 62
Views: 4922

Re: best way to buy tires

The closest Chevy dealer to my home runs an employee pricing promo twice a year. I brought my Mazda in (...a bit awkward, yes) and left with a lower bill than Tire Rack, Discount Tire, or Costco could offer.

Pay attention to sales in your area to see if you can find something similar.
by amd2135
Mon May 22, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 39
Views: 4951

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

I don't find that strange at all. When I switched from State Farm to GEICO I cut my insurance bill to roughly 1/3 what I was paying for BETTER coverage. Allstate's quote was a major outlier- they wanted massively higher premiums than GEICO by a factor of ten. We're talking the difference between sev...
by amd2135
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Choices
Replies: 45
Views: 3732

Re: Car Choices

Hyundai just had a pretty serious engine recall. FYI https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/hyundai-kia-recall-over-1m-vehicles-for-engine-gremlins/ Not great, but I'm glad they're being proactive about it. My last vehicle's VIN was covered under an advisory (not recall) in which a perfectly running en...
by amd2135
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?

I would not risk burning down my home with aftermarket Lithium Ion batteries. The exception is with reputable aftermarket manufacturers that use brand name cells. Anker comes to mind as such a company but they don't sell tool batteries. Probably not what you want to hear, but my solution has been to...
by amd2135
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Choices
Replies: 45
Views: 3732

Re: Car Choices

I have a '14 Mazda6 and love it. My next vehicle will likely be a Mazda... If they have a full electric option by then. :)

I don't think they're making them in Michigan though. Mine was built in Hofu, Japan. The latest generation has minimal Ford influence as that partnership has come to an end.
by amd2135
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: familiar with Honeywell 401k offerings?
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: familiar with Honeywell 401k offerings?

I am not, but you should be able to learn quite a bit from their form 5500 filing here: https://efast.dol.gov/portal/app/disseminate

There's quite a few hits- you may need to increase the "number of results" in the bottom right to find what you need.
by amd2135
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable cellphone with the best camera possible
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Affordable cellphone with the best camera possible

Optimizing for nothing but the camera I would get a Nokia Lumia 1020, then a Lumia 930 / Icon. Those are all available within budget on Swappa. All have optical image stabilization like the iPhone 7. I had the Icon and its camera was far superior to the one in my iPhone 6. The 1020's 41 megapixel se...
by amd2135
Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top tape measures
Replies: 30
Views: 1972

Re: Top tape measures

I also have a Stanley that I purchased a few years ago. I was so excited to see the "made in USA" label that I failed to notice it's only printed in inches... and my brain works best in metric. Regardless of my mistake, it does its job well enough and extends a bit past the 7' mark. Yet th...
by amd2135
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap, User Friendly Printer
Replies: 34
Views: 3167

Re: Cheap, User Friendly Printer

Our latest purchase was an HP P3005d. $10, 5k+ pages of toner in a genuine cartridge, only ~25k pages printed in its life. Our last $10 printer did run into an issue but it doesn't take long to drop it off for recycling and grab another. For the price you certainly can't go wrong, but you'll be rep...
by amd2135
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap, User Friendly Printer
Replies: 34
Views: 3167

Re: Cheap, User Friendly Printer

Do you have a university surplus store or similar nearby? Ours sells business class laser printers for $10 - $15 in working condition. They often have thousands of pages of toner left. Our latest purchase was an HP P3005d. $10, 5k+ pages of toner in a genuine cartridge, only ~25k pages printed in it...
by amd2135
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Honda
Replies: 58
Views: 4769

Re: Toyota vs. Honda

I want to like Toyota but I just can't get over their handling characteristics. Thankfully it sounds like the 2018 Camry will improve on that greatly. Hopefully they'll have a fully electric version when I'm comparing vehicles in 7-9 years. The plan is for my current vehicle to be my last with an in...
by amd2135
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geico insurance rate increase: 26.24% APY?
Replies: 42
Views: 3528

Re: Geico insurance rate increase: 26.24% APY?

We just paid our 6-month Geico car insurance bill a couple weeks ago. We saw a decrease of 12.76% with no change in coverage.

It does look like they made some major rate adjustments recently. Thankfully for us it was in our favor.
by amd2135
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does a new computer make sense...
Replies: 27
Views: 2016

Re: When does a new computer make sense...

I say keep it until El Capitan stops getting security updates, as your machine does not support the latest OS (Sierra).

At that point you will need to upgrade or install an OS that still gets updates (Windows, Linux).
by amd2135
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi card Nightmare
Replies: 75
Views: 8693

Re: Citi card Nightmare

FelixTheCat wrote:I vote with my wallet. Cancel Citi if they are causing you problems.


+2. I placed Citi on my personal blacklist after a final set of customer "service" nightmares. They didn't seem to care much when I cancelled my card with them either.
by amd2135
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Router Advice
Replies: 43
Views: 3779

Re: Wifi Router Advice

I have a Linksys EA6300 (main router) and Netgear R6250 (wireless bridge to main router). I can recommend neither . The Linksys is buggy and is full of bad design decisions overall. I had to offload some of its functionality onto my file server to maintain any level of reliability. Netgear doesn't h...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a Computer
Replies: 28
Views: 2871

Re: Building a Computer

Rather than build it yourself, you might find it better to find used computer that was a top-of-the-line gaming computer 2 years ago, and then tweak it to your intended use. For example, when I was putting together a system for game emulation (need a crazy fast CPU) and home theater (HDMI) I ended ...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refurbished phones
Replies: 4
Views: 522

Re: Refurbished phones

I third the idea of purchasing a phone on Swappa. You can see the exact phone you're buying and inquire about it. Many eBay sellers seem to apply "refurbished" to used devices they have huge piles of from wherever. They are rarely actually refurb'd by the manufacturer and can come with uns...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 16GB - is memory adequate?
Replies: 44
Views: 2224

Re: iPhone SE 16GB - is memory adequate?

I'm glad I saved the money when I purchased a used 16GB iPhone 6. I originally thought it might be inadequate but now I hardly ever think about it. Evidently I have ~3.5GB free right now. My usage level is definitely on the low end. I frequently toss my phone in a corner or leave it home to intentio...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon to Cricket or StraightTalk
Replies: 63
Views: 4481

Re: Verizon to Cricket or StraightTalk

Verizon Prepaid itself is a great deal. Other prepaid plans/MVNOs that use the Verizon network have severely throttled LTE data speeds - 5 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. I recently switched to Verizon Prepaid from Consumer Cellular. $45/month for 2 GB + 1 GB automatic extra for using autopay to renew, al...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking comfortable car seat
Replies: 19
Views: 1363

Re: Seeking comfortable car seat

If you want to stick with a Sedan, I'd check out the Toyota Avalon or Lexus ES. VERY comfy seats. And very little headroom. I don't know about the Toyota, but I sat in a few cars with a reputation for comfortable seats recently. My head touched the roof when the seat was adjusted otherwise properly...
by amd2135
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 10933

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

We average about $20 - $25 including tip. We never get appetizers and always drink only water. Neither of us drink or even like soda. Beers are best left for home. We don't go out often, so restaurant spending isn't a big budget item. Lunch is always Sam's Club if we forget to bring it to work- we'r...
by amd2135
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Amazon Prime card, no annual fee, 5%(!) back on Amazon purchases
Replies: 72
Views: 7577

Re: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

I am a household member of an Amazon Prime member. I still get the 3 percent, not 5. Can others confirm this is correct? Edit : Per Amazon chat I have checked and found that in order to get the 5% earning through your Amazon Visa Card, your amazon account should have a paid amazon prime membership....
by amd2135
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best printers for home use
Replies: 67
Views: 5973

Re: Best printers for home use

Love my HP LaserJet 4100. It was purchased for $10 tax-free at the local university surplus center. It came with a duplexer unit and a couple thousand pages left on an OEM cartridge. I had to buy an Ethernet interface separately for another ~$10. That was funded in full from expiring "ebay buck...
by amd2135
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?
Replies: 67
Views: 7769

Re: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?

This morning I called Lenovo to change my order on my new Thinkpad- add a larger SSD. When I called the msg. recording said it would take 7 minutes for an agent to respond. It took 45 minutes. And that was the SALES department! They want my business (or so I would think). I can imagine how long sup...
by amd2135
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Casio G Shock radio wave solar watches
Replies: 11
Views: 1785

Re: Casio G Shock radio wave solar watches

I own two Casio atomic solar watches. My fiancée wears the oldest, a G-Shock. It's 13-14 years old. It still has original everything and works perfectly. It often shows a full charge on its aged rechargeable battery. I'm currently wearing a 7 year old solar atomic Casio Lineage. Also completely orig...
by amd2135
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?
Replies: 67
Views: 7769

Re: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?

I tried two of them (9350/Skylake) before I gave up and bought an X1 Yoga. Both were from the Dell Outlet directly. The first was refurbished and had a major display defect. It would turn on and off at random. Dell support was an absolute nightmare and they accused me of refusing repair in the past....
by amd2135
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would I notice a difference between an i3-6100 and an i5-6200 processor?
Replies: 20
Views: 1359

Re: Would I notice a difference between an i3-6100 and an i5-6200 processor?

Browsing Intel's website it appears that the i5-6200U is nothing but an i3-6100U with Turbo Boost. i3-6100U i5-6200U Turbo Boost allows the processor to run faster than the "base" frequency if there is enough power/thermal headroom. My laptop has an i5-6300U and makes use of Turbo Boost ve...
by amd2135
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires
Replies: 42
Views: 3056

Re: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires

If cost saving is the driver, it actually makes more sense to buy a cheaper 2WD car and put winter tires on it instead of buying a 4WD car with only all-seasons. A 2WD car with winter tires will vastly outperform a 4WD with all-seasons on in the winter. The tires are what make all the difference. T...
by amd2135
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires
Replies: 42
Views: 3056

Re: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires

The running cost can actually be negative in certain situations. The tires for my car's stock 19" wheels are rather pricey. 17" winter tires are so much cheaper for this car that I will break even after 8 years of ownership vs. using only the stock setup. Beyond that I'll be saving money. ...
by amd2135
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph
Replies: 8
Views: 763

Re: Recommendations for a Watch/Chronograph

I'm partial to Casio's Wave Ceptor solar atomic watches. I've purchased two- one 7 years old, the other ~13-14 years old. Both still work great- I wear the newer one, my SO wears the older. Both are on the original battery. The hidden solar cell in the watch face keeps them topped up. No one would k...
by amd2135
Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap, Non-Traditional Cell Phone Plans
Replies: 52
Views: 5365

Re: Cheap, Non-Traditional Cell Phone Plans

Tip: Prepaid plans using the Verizon network have an aversion to using the Verizon name. I suspect Verizon blocks its use. Look for terms like "CDMA-V", "Network V", "America's largest network", etc. If in doubt you can always ask or compare their coverage map to Verizo...
by amd2135
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zenni Optical
Replies: 39
Views: 5938

Re: Zenni Optical

Interesting- I wasn't aware that Zenni had blue blocking lenses. Maybe I'll give them a try as a demo pair before buying a "real" pair from Replacement Lens Express. I say this because my experience with Zenni's coatings has been negative. I've had a pair craze to the point that I thought ...
by amd2135
Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.
Replies: 72
Views: 6704

Re: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.

I get black teas from Teabox and higher quality Japanese green teas from Mellow Monk . Both are excellent. For everyday Japanese green tea I buy this on Amazon . You get 333g / 12oz for ~$10 shipped. My last batch was smooth and entirely inoffensive but lacked the subtleties of nicer tea. I drink it...
by amd2135
Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades
Replies: 38
Views: 3532

Re: Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades

I buy just the inserts and replace them in the OEM blade assemblies that came with my car. Inserts are OEM and work very well. Strangely enough, the local dealer doesn't stock them. I have to get them on Ebay. They'd rather sell me an inferior complete unit. Very glad I kept the originals when I gav...
by amd2135
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 26615

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Has anyone signed up for http://www.totalwireless.com? Bring your own device or buy a phone. They have some intriguing plans for the "must have Verizon" people. ~$33/month for 1 phone, unlimited calls/text and 5GB data. They have a 4 phone, 15GB shared plan for $95/month with auto pay. Th...
by amd2135
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 263
Views: 26615

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Boom! Mobile (Verizon. Even indicated as such on the top-left of my device's screen.)
250MB (0.25GB) LTE data
Unlimited talk / text
Free roaming, visual voicemail, hotspot usage
$19.99 including all taxes and fees

Works great on my iPhone. Wouldn't pay more.
by amd2135
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least expensive iPhone
Replies: 58
Views: 4860

Re: Least expensive iPhone

I would also consider going with an older iPhone. The iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 are more or less the same device. Don't let the marketing fool you unless you have a legitimate need for a newer feature. Same with the 5S and 6SE. The newer models are more powerful but I've never had any complaints about the...
by amd2135
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Someone else's check got cleared from my Checking Account
Replies: 65
Views: 5943

Re: Someone else's check got cleared from my Checking Account

Gosh, I'm not only shocked that there are people who still manually reconcile accounts, I'm shocked that you guys are shocked that others don't do it! I don't understand why there is a need to reconcile anything or to keep a register. I log in to mint or my account, see if I recognize the transacti...
by amd2135
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank app/website issues?
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: Ally Bank app/website issues?

My SO commented yesterday that Ally online banking would be down for maintenance today. I'm not sure where she saw that or why that maintenance took as long as it did.
by amd2135
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where/how do Bogleheads get their tires inflated?
Replies: 97
Views: 7146

Re: Where/how do Bogleheads get their tires inflated?

I don't use the free air compressor at gas stations anymore because a decent quantity of water almost always comes with it.

Like many here, I use a bike pump. It works great for my purposes. I use it with an air gauge ranged for car tire pressures for more accuracy than the one on the pump.
by amd2135
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WellsFargo customers - check your credit report ( due to massive scandal)
Replies: 4
Views: 1023

Re: WellsFargo customers - check your credit report ( due to massive scandal)

It took them this long to figure that out? Wow. I've heard multiple stories of fraudulent WF credit card signups including two with my own mother. She'd randomly get a card she didn't ask for in the mail and have to call to cancel. I left them years ago due to this and other major issues with their ...
by amd2135
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?
Replies: 34
Views: 4208

Re: Are LED bulbs getting more efficient?

I still have 2 of the original Phillips L-Prize bulbs that i got just out of curiosity when they where new to see if I would like LED. Those where $25 each!!! after a major utility rebate (they where $50 retail - insane... but people bought them). The latest bulbs now may be a lot cheaper and almos...
by amd2135
Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talked myself out of buying a new car. What do you think
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Talked myself out of buying a new car. What do you think

I sunk far too much into repairs of my '02 Envoy before I finally got rid of it at 115k mi. It was well maintained and it still developed several major mechanical issues toward the end. I would never consider buying another. I'm sure the next owner enjoyed the $$$ repairs it had coming for the engin...

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