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by amd2135
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Kona
Replies: 25
Views: 3094

Re: Hyundai Kona

I may be interested as soon as the electric version comes to the US. I honestly didn't know they were making a gas version until just now.
by amd2135
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

I'm getting the distinct impression that Kidde doesn't have the proper procedures in place to produce a quality product. They've been involved in several safety recalls recently that affect the ability of their products to perform their basic functions. Once or twice in a few years is forgivable. On...
by amd2135
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Going Sideways/Weird Shipment Problems
Replies: 66
Views: 5578

Re: Amazon Prime Going Sideways/Weird Shipment Problems

Personally, Prime shipping has been getting better. I just received a package a day earlier than expected and it's not the first time that's happened in recent memory. Most deliveries are via USPS now. From the tracking info it would appear Amazon themselves are directly transferring packages to the...
by amd2135
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?
Replies: 13
Views: 967

Re: Is Amazon HD video better than a blu-ray disc?

I'm surprised Amazon claims their HD streaming option is similar to Blu-Ray.

I disagree from my own personal experience. It's possible though that Amazon has recently changed their compression algorithm, bitrate, or both.
by amd2135
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does anyone use Personal Capital, Mint, Tiller, or You Need a Budget?
Replies: 38
Views: 3647

Re: Does anyone use Personal Capital, Mint, Tiller, or You Need a Budget?

I used Mint previously, but last I used it its savings category system didn't work as I wanted it to. I don't want a separate savings account for 25 different savings categories. Maybe it's changed since then. I use YNAB 4 ('Classic')- it does everything I need, and I see no need to pay a subscripti...
by amd2135
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?
Replies: 117
Views: 9053

Re: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?

Most consumer grade routers are just poorly designed. This is common behavior and suggestions to load open source alternatives such as DD-WRT or Tomato won't fix the underlying hardware. I've been down this road. If you have even a modest technical background, I suggest buying one of these instead:...
by amd2135
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 9153

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

Nothing is at risk. Absolutely nothing. My phone is for entertainment. Talk, text, sports, and general info. I don't do any banking, investing, or even email. Phone is always unlocked too (because there's nothing on there to protect). I'm not the type that lives his life staring at a 5" screen all ...
by amd2135
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 9153

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

I'll join the chorus here on security. Anything older than a 5S isn't supported. Newer versions of iOS contain numerous critical security fixes, and the 5 doesn't get them. This means the possibility of someone remotely copying the data off of your phone, spying on you, etc. with no visible signs of...
by amd2135
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde fire extinguisher recall
Replies: 58
Views: 6703

Re: Kidde fire extinguisher recall

I registered one month ago for two recalled extinguishers. The first came a couple weeks ago and the second just arrived.

I didn't bother calling FedEx for the pickups- I used their online return pickup form. Worked great. Just don't forget to declare it as hazardous.
by amd2135
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going from Post Pay to Pre Pay Phone service (Verizon to Total Wireless)
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: Going from Post Pay to Pre Pay Phone service (Verizon to Total Wireless)

My wife agrees that the app is better than the website for account administration. Their web interface is/was very buggy. She couldn't even get them to take her money without downloading the app. I personally use Boom Mobile and have no web issues with them. She only has TW for the iPhone SE deal. I...
by amd2135
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spouse gets blowouts? [Hair care]
Replies: 47
Views: 2882

Re: Spouse gets blowouts?

My wife spends less than I do. She has longer hair so she can get away with a $16 haircut at Great Clips once every year or two.

I have shorter hair so I need one every two months or so.
by amd2135
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Prevent mail theft; sign for USPS Informed Delivery]
Replies: 216
Views: 19539

Re: [Prevent mail theft; sign for USPS Informed Delivery]

I signed up because our mail delivery is erratic. I've already identified two letters that simply never arrived (it's been over a month). It's been useful to know when I need to make a call to inform a mailer of lost/stolen mail. I'm thrilled to know someone will be surprised to learn their $50 cert...
by amd2135
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you want your receipt?
Replies: 99
Views: 8648

Re: Do you want your receipt?

Always, for any purchase of any price. I need it to log purchases against the appropriate budget item. That results in much less confusion when I reconcile against the budget every other week or so.

If no receipt is available I'll take a picture of the price or enter a note in my so-called "phone".
by amd2135
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?
Replies: 69
Views: 6342

Re: How long did it take for Equifax to email you a security sign up?

I have the email but the "Continue" button on the page they linked to doesn't work on three different browsers. It simply does nothing at all.
by amd2135
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategy for smartphones.
Replies: 31
Views: 3460

Re: Strategy for smartphones.

My iPhone 6 broke last month, which I had purchased used ~1.5 years ago for $340. I sold it for a net of $155 after eBay/shipping/etc fees with full disclosure. I just purchased a used iPhone 6s that had a new battery installed under warranty just a few months ago for $275. Thankfully I had a 5S on ...
by amd2135
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Best Offer Strategy
Replies: 19
Views: 2746

Re: eBay Best Offer Strategy

I set the auto-reject for best offers at a little over 15% off the asking price. There is nothing a buyer can put in the comments that will persuade me otherwise. I feel my items are priced fairly, or up to 10% high if I add the best offer option. Often items sell at the asking price anyway, even wh...
by amd2135
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 8280

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

Your wife runs with an expensive crowd. I don't know anyone with a louis vuitton handbag. I don't know anyone who WANTS louis vuitton bag. I seriously doubt my wife would recognize one if she saw it. I'd be further surprised if she noticed anyone else's bag at all. She's perfectly happy with her we...
by amd2135
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy iPhone 7 or Wait for iPhone 8
Replies: 57
Views: 8693

Re: Buy iPhone 7 or Wait for iPhone 8

I'm waiting for the announcement on the 12th. Hopefully I can grab a used or refurbished 6s at a reduced price immediately after. :happy As for the iPhone 8, X, Edition, or whatever you want to call it: I've owned 4 devices with an OLED display and don't want another. Two of those experienced burn-i...
by amd2135
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy new iPhone
Replies: 41
Views: 5678

Re: Where to buy new iPhone

I know I'm resurrecting an old thread. I'm on verizon and am considering a new iPhone. Verizon offers a SE for 99cents, a 6S for $99 and a 7 for 199. These are new not refurb or used. The Apple refurb site offers a 6S for 449. Swappa has a 6S for $270 or a 7 for $450, used of course. Is a 2yr contr...
by amd2135
Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 12068

Re: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018

NEXT QUESTION! So, if one goes with CrashPlan Pro for business, what new features might one take advantage of? 200 - 400 kilobit per second restores, no mailed disk drive option and total apathy from support. Crashplan business did not come through for us. Now that I have more time for a larger rep...
by amd2135
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 12068

Re: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018

bertilak wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:51 am
NEXT QUESTION!

So, if one goes with CrashPlan Pro for business, what new features might one take advantage of?
200 - 400 kilobit per second restores, no mailed disk drive option and total apathy from support.

Crashplan business did not come through for us.
by amd2135
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Late model Windows 7 laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: Late model Windows 7 laptop

I second the idea of buying a refurbished Windows 7 machine- preferably a business class Lenovo ThinkPad or Dell Latitude / Precision.

It's worth mentioning that Windows 7 is nearly 8 years old and will no longer receive security updates after January 14, 2020.
by amd2135
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Throttle Body Servicing & Injector Flush: 2017 Equivalent to Strut Scam????
Replies: 10
Views: 1392

Re: Auto Throttle Body Servicing & Injector Flush: 2017 Equivalent to Strut Scam????

This strongly depends on the vehicle. Throttle body cleaning- On my old GMC Envoy the throttle body absolutely had to be cleaned at a regular interval (30k miles). Failure to do so would come at a significant fuel economy penalty. Throttle response would lag and idle would get rough. This service wa...
by amd2135
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: State Farm to Geico
Replies: 13
Views: 1894

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: 42
Views: 5444

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 surprised to fi...
by amd2135
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you canceled cable?
Replies: 90
Views: 8713

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 removed becaus...
by amd2135
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 7049

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: Don't spend more for...
by amd2135
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way To Code A Text Parser
Replies: 27
Views: 2439

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: 11084

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. This was to prevent it...
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: 3596

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: 61
Views: 7478

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: 6031

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: 4696

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: 2315

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: 4696

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: 698

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: 1572

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: 2597

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 the China-bu...
by amd2135
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap, User Friendly Printer
Replies: 34
Views: 4261

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: 4261

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: 6257

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: 75
Views: 12062

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: 2662

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: 10090

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: 67
Views: 7212

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: 3432

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: 1329

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 unsafe afterm...
by amd2135
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 16GB - is memory adequate?
Replies: 43
Views: 2925

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: 70
Views: 7453

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: 1732

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...