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by bertilak
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable
Replies: 21
Views: 1447

Re: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable

I hear complaints from people with satellite service which is disrupted due to storms (we get lots of thunderstorms in summer). Ever seen a TWC central office? It has giant satellites to get the signal they distribute locally by cable. It might be that their antenna is better at grabbing a signal t...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2880
Views: 845216

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Doctor Who Episode: Blink - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000252/ * While some episodes of Doctor Who are hit and miss, this one stands above all others. You don't need to know much about the titular character of the show, as it's mostly shown from the point of view of a bystander. That episode is a...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

OK, here is why it does not make sense to me. Keep the flashlight (sun) is stationery. Hold a volleyball some distance away so that the flashlight shines on it. Set a small ball to represent the moon some distance between those two. Now, rotate the volleyball in one direction. Won't the direction t...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2880
Views: 845216

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

ruralavalon wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:34 pm
There is an excellent series of 25 BBC movies available on Netflix, based on Agatha Christie novels featuring Hercule Poirot. We have watched these, and enjoyed them all.

Evil Under the Sun. Murder at an island hotel.
Take a look atThe Burgh Island Hotel! It hasn't changed much.
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

OK, here is why it does not make sense to me. Keep the flashlight (sun) is stationery. Hold a volleyball some distance away so that the flashlight shines on it. Set a small ball to represent the moon some distance between those two. Now, rotate the volleyball in one direction. Won't the direction t...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

Then how come the eclipse starts in the west and ends in the east? The sun "moves" east to west, the moon "moves" west to east (but very very slowly so you can ignore it for purposes of understanding if you want), so the moon first touches the western edge of the sun and exits the eastern. But real...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

... Kings of the Road who go slower than the speed limit on the left lane, and the parallelers who occupy each lane, going at identical speeds! They are making sure you drive safely. Who set those dangerously high speed limits anyway? It's for your own good but mostly for the good of the community....
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

an_asker wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:34 pm
PS: 75% is not enough. If time and money are not a factor, you need to make the trip to totality!
You are right. If I hadn't known ahead of time I might not have noticed anything.
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 243
Views: 11647

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

I'm in a 75% (approx) location. I figured that was enough fun so my travel was limited to stepping out onto the driveway. It was an interesting thing to see. Two surprises: Even at 75% blockage the outdoors was still blazingly bright. My thought was, we have a lot more sun than we really need! The n...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental car booted for prior unpaid parking tickets
Replies: 31
Views: 3143

Re: Rental car booted for prior unpaid parking tickets

Not having use of the car should be considered similar to a car break down, in my opinion. The rental company is responsible for taking care of things like that. Not in my experience. I got out of my motel room to find my rental car had a flat. The company would not: Send someone to put on the spar...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1892

Re: Crashplan for Home ending service late 2018

Another disappointed CrashPlan user here. :( Looks like the hunt is on. Code42 (the CrashPlan people) recommends Carbonite, but that is one of the ones I flatly rejected last time around. That was several years ago so I guess I should re-evaluate. I am not sure now what all my criteria/requirements ...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable
Replies: 21
Views: 1447

Re: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable

Ever since my "out in the sticks" internet service finally got to the point where it supports streaming video there is little left that I watch on DirecTV although I have been very happy with their service. I never did the "switch your partner" dance to juggle promotions. Over the years I twice got ...
by bertilak
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seal off rooms that are not used?
Replies: 21
Views: 2835

Re: Seal off rooms that are not used?

I would not seal the room off. Good air flow is necessary for a house and if you seal it off I would fear over time you might have mustiness, mildew and possibly mold. This would be especially true in the hot, humid South where I live. We notice this too in rooms to which we keep the door closed. R...
by bertilak
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ - ... Stop Index Trackers [from] Eating the Economy
Replies: 23
Views: 2938

Re: WSJ - ... Stop Index Trackers [from] Eating the Economy

If everyone went away from passive investing to stock picking they would blame all of the "dumb" investors not valuing stocks properly. Right. If index investors are bad for the market because they are getting a free ride by not participating in price setting, imagine how much worse it would be for...
by bertilak
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 88
Views: 4941

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

This service is pretty handy but it does make me wonder about who else might be getting scanned images of the outside of my mail. Government agencies? advertisers? I guess they're getting it already though so I might as well too... My guess is the just gave us access to something their mail sorting...
by bertilak
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 88
Views: 4941

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

If I'd had informed delivery during such an experience, I'd know they were telling the truth even if my neighbor hadn't rescued the envelope. Half a thought here. If you had saved or printed off that image and the mail got lost you would at least have something to show the post office. I say "half"...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 799371

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (1864) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Occasionally, I buy a book but don’t get around to reading it. I put it on the shelf and forget I even have it. Today I ran across Uncle Silas and decided I was in the mood for it. The book is said to be of the Gothic Mystery genre....
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"
Replies: 88
Views: 4941

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

It still seems to me to be a solution in search of a problem. Now if someone can figure out who sends all that crap that ends up in my spam folder that is something I would be interested in. :D I agree. First of all, it won't tell you of any mail that was stolen before it got to the final post offi...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?
Replies: 27
Views: 1720

Re: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?

In Quicken, the transaction is a transfer from the checking account to the credit card. There is no double counting because a transfer has no categories. Exactly. The OP said he is trying/can't categorize the credit card payment. It shan't be categorized again because it is a transfer. The 12 charg...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Due to 8 Year Bull Market, Pay Off Rental Now?
Replies: 35
Views: 3644

Re: Due to 8 Year Bull Market, Pay Off Rental Now?

Another way to look at it:

I can't say what the future will bring, nor have I analyzed your situation specifically, but after 8 years of a bull market you have had, essentially, a windfall. I think it is reasonable to "take some money off the table" to pay down (or off) a mortgage.
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate
Replies: 66
Views: 6929

Re: Retired Boglehead obsession with money- devil's advocate

Let's not confuse obsession with prudent management.

It's probably a sliding scale but there is a difference.
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?
Replies: 27
Views: 1720

Re: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?

You can make the categories as broad or narrow as you like. For instance, I separate restaurant food from grocery store food, but I get a combined food total too. And I categorize restaurant spending as a sub-category of entertainment and give groceries their own major category. If I ever decide to...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

LadyGeek wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:16 pm
^^^ Thanks for the info, it's helpful. My guess is the server was saving all the emails until I made that change.
I think things are still not fully sorted out. I got an email about unread posts earlier today (16th). It was dated the 13th.
by bertilak
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?
Replies: 27
Views: 1720

Re: How can I keep track of my monthly spendings?

I use Quicken. Ditto, with a hint: Don't use cash. Put it all on a credit card (or at least as much as you can). This way when you download transactions from the CC, Quicken will recognize the payee and supply the category. Once things get rolling you rarely need to type anything in. Every expense ...
by bertilak
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

LadyGeek wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:06 pm
You may be getting old notifications. My guess is this "change" freed up the older notifications and the server is clearing them out.
Makes sense. Will probably sort itself out soon.
by bertilak
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 192
Views: 156985

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

Munir wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:21 pm
bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:11 pm
bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
I will do a quoted reply to my own post (this one) to check notifications.
And here is the reply.
That didn't work. Not getting notified. Trying gain.
Bertilak: Is my reply working?
Got the notice today. Thanks.
by bertilak
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much coverage should I buy in an umbrella liability policy
Replies: 15
Views: 1561

Re: How much coverage should I buy in an umbrella liability policy

Also check the cost. I found the incremental cost of bumping my umbrella by an additional $1M was low enough that it seemed like a no-brainer.
by bertilak
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

^^^ That's good news. About 2 hours ago, I made a change that should help email notifications. I assume the change would only effect email notifications from that time forward. To those with the problem, have email notifications resumed? I get lots of redundant notifications for "unread" posts but ...
by bertilak
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car accident - dealership body shop or independent?
Replies: 17
Views: 835

Re: Car accident - dealership body shop or independent?

I always go with one of my insurance company's "preferred" shops. When I do so, my insurance company insures the quality of the work for the life of the car. This is particularly important if you're in an accident out of town, where you wouldn't easily be able to return to the same shop if problems...
by bertilak
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Software Updated to phpBB 3.2.1
Replies: 37
Views: 2193

Re: Software Updated to phpBB 3.2.1

celia wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:49 pm
The double quotes look like cartoon eyes following me around. A little creepy.
To me those quotes seem to be looking over my left shoulder. It's like they see someone sneaking up behind me!
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 192
Views: 156985

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

Thanks All,

Thanks for the replies. Notification "works" in that it shows on the upper right of the screen, but there are no emails.

I will wait a bit per LadyGeek's comment.
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 192
Views: 156985

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
I will do a quoted reply to my own post (this one) to check notifications.
And here is the reply.
That didn't work. Not getting notified. Trying gain.
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox
Replies: 31
Views: 2125

Re: For those switching to Chrome from Firefox

I used Firefox in the past, but one of their revisions was not workable for me, so I switched to Chrome. I noticed that some sites don't let me view videos with Adblock Plus on, so I refuse to see that video and ad. I visited recently a site where more than 100 ads got blocked, I felt liberated! It...
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 192
Views: 156985

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

bertilak wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
I will do a quoted reply to my own post (this one) to check notifications.
And here is the reply.
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 192
Views: 156985

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

I will do a quoted reply to my own post (this one) to check notifications.
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Perhaps there is another trick to get simple indents. This code [list=none] [*]Red [*]Blue [*]Yellow [/list] Gives this result Red Blue Yellow Ron Woo-Hoo! Thanks. (But I do think "none" makes a better default. Unless he "indent) I went to https://www.phpbb.com/theme/images/logos/blue/160x52.png to...
by bertilak
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

LadyGeek wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:33 pm
^^^ Nothing changed on how to do a list. The icons in the post editor changed, that's about it.
Actually, something HAS changed, something that I used a lot and think is quite important. See viewtopic.php?p=3490516#p3490516, just above.
by bertilak
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 409
Views: 55903

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

One thing that no longer works: Use of the list feature without any [*] no longer gives a nice clean indentation. It supplies an unwanted [*] if you don't put one in yourself. Example: This used to produce a simple indent without a bullet. It looks strange when you use multiple lines. Hello! What's ...
by bertilak
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morning Wave's Telltale Charts
Replies: 5
Views: 839

Re: Morning Wave's Telltale Charts

Four days and my PM sits in my outbox, unread.
by bertilak
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 799371

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

It tells the stories of the travels of Mungo Park... Mungo Park told the story himself in Travels in the Interior of Africa (1799). See https://www.travelbooks.co.uk/shop-online-books/travels-into-the-interior-of-africap-mungo-park for an excerpt. An absolutely fascinating tale. ‘One of the most li...
by bertilak
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Big Decisions
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Big Decisions

If I were in your situation, I'd probably sell or hedge most of the company equity now to diversify, continue working and renting for at least 18 months, then consider retiring outside of the SF Bay area. It seems a waste to buy a house in SF and retire shortly after that. You're paying a premium t...
by bertilak
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1372

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

Firefox just did an automatic update to 55.0.1 (from, I assume, 55.0.0). LastPass now installs and seems to be working . I say "seems to be" because when I tried to create an account it said my email was already in use. I'm sure that existing account is from the last time I experimented with LastPas...
by bertilak
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best at Home Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1774

Re: Best at Home Safe

Perhaps a decoy safe is worthwhile .... You know, a real safe with nothing in it, except maybe some cheap bricks or paving stones. I second that suggestion. I don't have one yet but I'm considering it. I mean, if a thief breaks into your home while you are away and sees a safe and can pick it up an...
by bertilak
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best at Home Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1774

Re: Best at Home Safe

My father-in-law had a HUGE safe....one like you would see in grocery stores back in the 60s, 70s, 80s. When he passed away we got it. The thing easily weights 3000 lbs. and is on casters. We hired a towing/wrecker company to pick it up and deliver it to our garage. When it's moved, I have to use a...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1372

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 currently use KeePass. I hear...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best at Home Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1774

Re: Best at Home Safe

I should have said it only once! "Random Poster" called me on it.
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best at Home Safe
Replies: 24
Views: 1774

Re: Best at Home Safe

Either one that is secured to the slab or some other house object or very heavy. Unfortunately, we had a robbery with a safe containing a large coin collection that included stealing a 400 pound safe in less than thirty minutes. We are still uncertain how someone knew it existed since it was in a c...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1372

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

Did you install LastPass from here? https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lastpass-password-manager/ If not, re-install from that page. Then follow these instructions: https://lastpass.com/support.php?cmd=showfaq&id=385 That's pretty much what I already did -- a couple of times. That 2nd l...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1372

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

My LastPass extension on Firefox on Linux is working as usual, and I'm not sure what to suggest. However, I do notice that you are installing it coincidentally just as Firefox is releasing a new version of the browser, and I wonder if the updating Firefox might somehow interfere with the installati...
by bertilak
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass not working for me on Firefox
Replies: 25
Views: 1372

Re: LastPass not working for me on Firefox

Did you try these steps? https://lastpass.com/support.php?cmd=showfaq&id=385 Maybe try uninstalling the extension from windows? I did most of that. I did reinstall the extension in case I messed it up the first time. Note that the extension worked OK on Chrome. I forgot to mention that. Firefox ext...