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by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 119
Views: 6815

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

I could change careers until I'm blue in the face. Doesn't matter. Still don't want to get up and go to work. Do you dislike the product you're coding for? I've always wondered if it made a difference whether programmers liked the end product. Let's say you're developing an app for something boring...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 75
Views: 4906

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

Smartest thing the defendant did was not to take a breathalizer test. I don't know what the guy paid his lawyer to defend him, but I think if you asked him he'd tell you it was well worth it. In some (many? states) if you refuse to take a blood or breathalyzer test , they can suspend your license u...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

Chan_va wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:28 pm
Pure click bait. I clicked on this thread thinking this was about some fancy new options strategy that investment banks were structuring.
I can offer you a one-time deal on securitized structured flip flops. ;)
by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Little P**S Ants
Replies: 46
Views: 5133

Re: Little P**S Ants

I offer the lizards on my back porch the same kind of deal. Since it is both ant and lizard season.... Tip #1: If you see a lizard with a wider mid-body than usual, expect baby lizards soon. Tip #2: If you see a baby lizard in your yard, be careful when opening and closing the house door. Once a ba...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

These are what I wear, and I highly recommend them: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MCYUH78/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've had the same foot issues you've described, and I find these very comfortable. Btw, I also have this same brand in flip-flops, but these are slides, so you...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

For indoors, the basic lightweight flip flops from Havaianas. They are so light that no gripping action is needed. From what I've read, the gripping action is pretty much automatic when wearing flip flops. I've never noticed it myself, but a graphic showed a man running in flip flops where the grip...
by azurekep
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 11
Views: 737

"Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

I usually wear flip flops around the house in the summer. I've known for some time that this isn't the greatest thing for the feet. The problem is that one has to over-grip the bottom of the flip flops to hold them onto the feet. This can cause foot problems over time. The lack of a secured heel (i....
by azurekep
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 48
Views: 2643

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

Seriously, if you read and digest one of the books about the Russian Revolution (they're all pretty dense, just by nature of the myriad events), you will be excellently equipped to have highly intelligent discourses on the pros and cons of our modern government, when the discussion inevitably turns...
by azurekep
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 407
Views: 55339

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Is there a way for users to change the notification icon from red to something else? Likewise with the red page icons that show up next to some threads? The blue theme of Bogleheads is relaxing and conducive to good thought. The red is alarming. Agreed. I find the whole update makes the forum somew...
by azurekep
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Little P**S Ants
Replies: 46
Views: 5133

Re: Little P**S Ants

Apply a pesticide drench on the outside perimeter of the house that is rated for ants. The ants are completely harmless. They're not fleas infested with bubonic plague or poisonous spiders. Some people even keep them as pets. My ant's name is George. He says, everybody lay off. (How's that?)
by azurekep
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Little P**S Ants
Replies: 46
Views: 5133

Re: Little P**S Ants

There's no reason to cause them harm. They don't hurt anything, they don't carry diseases that can affect humans, and they clean up crumbs that might attract roaches. They are also interesting to watch. Keep your house free of food sources and they won't be so noticeable. No food in a house? Yeah, ...
by azurekep
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 48
Views: 2643

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

You'll never look at a forest the same again.
by azurekep
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 88
Views: 4822

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Does the service require a photo ID to verify identity and address before signing up?
by azurekep
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

If it doesn't say spring water it is most likely tap water. That's really what I was getting at with this thread. The "purified water" available at supermarkets is tap water that has been purified by RO and/or distillation. I accept that and in the past it has been less expensive than the water sou...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

For both Chrome and Firefox, there has been a concerted spear phishing attack to try to compromise developer accounts recently. The goal is to get into the developer's account, push out an update, and have it automatically propagate out (since the browsers default to automatically updating add-ons ...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?
Replies: 45
Views: 4370

Re: What home task(s) are worth learning to do yourself?

We have some very reliable handymen in our neighborhood who are trustworthy and will do most jobs for a reasonable price. The handymen where I live are expensive and do a subpar job. Our neighborhood has a pact -- if any of us find a good handyman, we pass on that knowledge to the others. So far, n...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2522
Views: 797513

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Scudder is heavy drinking for about 5 books then gets sober at the end of the 5th one. You can start at the 4th book as Block backfills in important details. The transition to being sober is a good read. The 4th book is A Stab in The Dark and the 5th one is Eight Million Ways to Die. I loved all of...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

As of version 55, Firefox uses multiple processes, but instead of one process per tab it's a configurable option: on many systems the default number is 4, but you can go to settings and make it lower or higher. This is more for performance than security, apparently. I think the security aspect come...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

I have had two pernicious issues with FF lately. Every once in a while it seems to go wild with memory - ballooning to 2.5-3gb in task manager. I end up having to kill the process and restart FF. It also seems to create a massive duplicate history on some sites such that when you hit the back butto...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

I have switched to Opera on my Macbook Pro. So far it is the only one that I have found that stops auto-playing videos. It also can put itself into a lower power mode when I am on battery which extends my running time. There are extensions for stopping auto-playing videos. Heck, there may even be a...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

In the past couple of weeks, there has been news about companies trying to defeat ad-blockers. That will inevitably lead to countermeasures on the ad-blocking side. Here's one countermeasure that's already available and it applies to Chrome/Chromium users who use UBlockOrigin. uBO-Extra A companion...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

I primarily use Firefox. I only use Chrome when I want to see flash videos since for some reason I can;t get Flash to install in Firefox. Mozilla, Firefox's parent company, is on the forefront of doing away with Flash due to security concerns. It either now, or will be, turned off by default and ev...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

I use FF on my mac. But somethings just don't open or appear & I need to use chrome for those. Chrome is also better I think for streaming video. Chrome can be a memory hog on PC's as it opens multiple background sessions for quicker reloading I guess. Check Task Manager when you're running chrome ...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

2009 called about switching. jk :) Chrome release date was 2008, so you're saying that was the time to ditch FF? :) There have been recent threads with folks complaining about Firefox, so that's where this all comes from. I would have put "Ad-Blocking" in the title since that's the real topic (not ...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2085

For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

In the past couple of weeks, there has been news about companies trying to defeat ad-blockers. That will inevitably lead to countermeasures on the ad-blocking side. Here's one countermeasure that's already available and it applies to Chrome/Chromium users who use UBlockOrigin. uBO-Extra A companion ...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elite status clubs that you are part of?
Replies: 31
Views: 3186

Re: Elite status clubs that you are part of?

^ I'm also a proud member of the community that uses a mouse instead of keyboard shortcuts. :)
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elite status clubs that you are part of?
Replies: 31
Views: 3186

Re: Elite status clubs that you are part of?

I'm a proud member of the Linux Community. :)

Actually, I'm the token Densa member of that community. I'm just an average user and wouldn't know a terminal command if it hit me. (exaggeration, but not by much)
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 407
Views: 55339

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Is there a way for users to change the notification icon from red to something else? Likewise with the red page icons that show up next to some threads? The blue theme of Bogleheads is relaxing and conducive to good thought. The red is alarming. If you mark all your notifications as read, the icon ...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Reading
Replies: 66
Views: 5972

Re: Free Reading

Do brick-and-mortar libraries have a useful purpose anymore? Are they worth the public funds they cost? Just asking. Are Wikipedia and Google your sole research tools? From what I've seen, most people do just use Wikipedia and a search engine these days. That brings up the issue of what is "reliabl...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 407
Views: 55339

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Is there a way for users to change the notification icon from red to something else?

Likewise with the red page icons that show up next to some threads?

The blue theme of Bogleheads is relaxing and conducive to good thought.

The red is alarming.
by azurekep
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Reading
Replies: 66
Views: 5972

Re: Free Reading

Quoting got messed up, but I'm responding to the question about converting comic pdfs to a better format. This may not be applicable here since many pdfs are locked or ortherwise not available for manipulation, but... Comics are best read in .cbr or .cbz format. These are called comic book archives,...
by azurekep
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1310

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

There was another (earlier) thread on this. I think some people have moved to Keepass. Firefox is in the midst of a big change centered on the way extensions are created. The turmoil will continue for the next few releases. I moved to Pale Moon to avoid the upheaval. I set my dad up on Lastpass, an...
by azurekep
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1310

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

There was another (earlier) thread on this. I think some people have moved to Keepass. Firefox is in the midst of a big change centered on the way extensions are created. The turmoil will continue for the next few releases. I moved to Pale Moon to avoid the upheaval.
by azurekep
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2245

Re: Harry Bosch:the Amazon Series vs the novels

One jarring difference from the novels is Harry's home. In both the novel and TV show, he was supposed to be able to afford the home with its sweeping view due to a one time payment as a consultant on a movie. But in the novels, the house is a cracker box cantilevered over a hill, looking down on t...
by azurekep
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Replies: 154
Views: 12942

Re: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

This is why it's not recommended to use free VPNs. Companies have to make money somehow.

Good that a complaint is being brought though.
by azurekep
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

The pH of distilled, deionized, or reverse osmosis water is of no real importance. There is virtually nothing in the water except for a trace amount of carbonic acid, formed when the water came into contact a little bit of CO2 in the air. Because the filtering process removed all the buffering agen...
by azurekep
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2522
Views: 797513

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

FreeAtLast I love every one of Michael Connelly's book's and have read some twice. I just finished his new book "The Late Show" totally enjoyed it as much as Bosch or Haller. My other favorite authors are Lee Child, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block ( Matt Scudder series ), Dennis LeHane, and Harlan Cob...
by azurekep
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

It seems the choice is between Zerowater and Brita for portable filtration. I had a nifty chart comparing the two but can't find it. Zerowater came out ahead in numbers and levels of contaminants removed. I'll have to look into the ins and outs and economics of using one of these units vs buying gal...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

It's more handy to carry around water of a specific pH than a toothbrush? Look at it this way. Order of preference (within 20 minutes of eating): 1. Brushing 2. Drinking non-acidic water 3. Drinking whatever water is available 4. Drinking no water Sometimes #3 is the most convenient. The water may ...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

The Dan wrote: Turns out Aquafina water is pH 5, which I found surprisingly low.
That's amazing. I'm not sure how they can get away with calling that water.

If you're going to drink something with a pH 5, you might as well drink something fun like beer. :P

Okay, so beer is more like 3.5 - 4, but still...
by azurekep
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

It's more handy to carry around water of a specific pH than a toothbrush? Look at it this way. Order of preference (within 20 minutes of eating): 1. Brushing 2. Drinking non-acidic water 3. Drinking whatever water is available 4. Drinking no water Sometimes #3 is the most convenient. The water may ...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

Sorry. I thought you were responding out of concern at the implication made by the Livestrong site. Yeah, sorry. I followed the Livestrong link, but as soon as I hit the part about pH, I stopped reading -- because it was something of immediate interest to me and I wanted to act on it. I now realize...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

Weird coincidence, but I was just reading this thread then made my way to Slickdeals and saw this reverse osmosis system for sale on the Front Page. Can't vouch for it, but talk about coincidence! https://slickdeals.net/f/10433348-ispring-5-stage-reverse-osmosis-drinking-water-filter-w-brushed-nick...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

6 is in the normal range. It's simply not neutral. Our tap water is 7. I've always heard that called neutral. At least for a swimming pool, 6 is considered acid. Natural water mineral content varies wildly by region. The suggestion that you can maintain proper mineral intake simply though a certain...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

You're filling up your body with BPA whenever you drink from the plastic bottle you buy your water in. Just get a filter and filter your own water. Our water here tastes bad in the summer, but we have an RO system installed, water has no taste at all coming out from the RO system. I realize that. F...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

Thanks for that. I just tested the pH. The purified water is 6 (acidic) and the spring water is 7 (neutral). I'm definitely going with the spring water now. So this is why bottled water is so expensive. Because it can be. Because people are willing to pay for nonsense claims and nonsense "benefits....
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Re: Drinking water price craziness

Distillation also removes the good stuff from water. http://www.livestrong.com/article/372479-what-are-the-dangers-of-drinking-distilled-water/ Thanks for that. I just tested the pH. The purified water is 6 (acidic) and the spring water is 7 (neutral). I'm definitely going with the spring water now...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2522
Views: 797513

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

azurekep, at 150 pages in, I am enjoying the book as much as any Bosch or Micky Haller book. Connelly is one of my top favorite authors along with Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Lee Child and Lawrence Block I'm reading my first Lawrence Block book -- Hit List , a John Keller book. At first, I coul...
by azurekep
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drinking water price craziness
Replies: 80
Views: 7111

Drinking water price craziness

Suddenly, "purified water" is more expensive than "mountain spring water" where I shop. I've always bought the purified water because it's cheaper and I figured the quality would be consistent. Spring water can vary in quality. The label on the purified water says that it's "purified by reverse osmo...
by azurekep
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organizing small electronics (portable mp3 players)
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Organizing small electronics (portable mp3 players)

ziplock bag? That's actually not a bad idea. I went ahead and did that. I had some extra 1-quart slider bags around that do the trick. They have a space to write the contents, and so using a sharpie, I labeled the old Sansa clip to distinguish it from the new. The bags lay on top of each other so t...