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by catdude
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iMac problem?
Replies: 49
Views: 2933

Re: Apple iMac problem?

I'd be hesitant about buying a Mac Mini because it has not been updated since 2014. The MacRumors buying guide lists it as 'Don't Buy '. https://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac Perhaps that forum might help you with your question. Thanks for the heads-up. I think I'll sit tight for awhile and keep u...
by catdude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iMac problem?
Replies: 49
Views: 2933

Re: Apple iMac problem?

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592 http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/use-imac-display-as-monitor-for-another-mac-3596055/ I'd bring to apple store and test the setup before buying. Seems like you have to have the exact right cable. $500 for a new mac mini and you're in business... arsenalf...
by catdude
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: To buy or not to buy...
Replies: 18
Views: 1375

Re: To buy or not to buy...

rashad3000 wrote:We have no other debt, except for a 15-year mortgage at 0.125%.


Do you know where I can get one of these mortgages? :)
by catdude
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How are folks handling the unprecedented rise in the market ?
Replies: 136
Views: 11425

Re: How are folks handling the unprecedented rise in the market ?

If this market rise is getting you all rattled you would have had a tough time in the 1980's and 90's. Water cooler discussions about which lousy "maximum capital gains" category funds were up only 50% last year......... Yes, to be honest, it does feel silly to be rattled when the market ...
by catdude
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iMac problem?
Replies: 49
Views: 2933

Re: Apple iMac problem?

I really have had no problems with either iMac - maybe you could just use the 21" monitor as display and buy a mac mini? arsenal fan - This is an intriguing idea. But is it possible to do this? What port on the iMac display would one use to hook up a mac mini? EDIT: I just checked the Apple we...
by catdude
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iMac problem?
Replies: 49
Views: 2933

Re: Apple iMac problem?

Y'all, I have an iMac with similar specs as GW208's (the OP). My browser is Safari and 98% of my usage is for web surfing and emailing. I get the beach ball fairly often... probably 3 or 4 times a week. Usually I can just move the cursor off of the Safari window, and onto the desktop, and the beach ...
by catdude
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to buy a iPAD
Replies: 13
Views: 1417

Re: Best way to buy a iPAD

.Check B&H Photo Video. They had a sale recently on iPads and I got the local Best Buy to match their price on a Mini 4.
by catdude
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 2050

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

I need to agree with a couple of opinions posted up thread --

1. Powell's Bookstore is really great
2. Traffic in Portland-- especially at rush hour-- is horrible
by catdude
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal loan to a family member
Replies: 114
Views: 6343

Re: Personal loan to a family member

OP, see my signature below. Twain may as well have been speaking of family relationships as well as friendships.
by catdude
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android phone, which one?
Replies: 16
Views: 1268

Re: Android phone, which one?

In the past I used the Moto G (3rd gen.) and Moto X. Both were really good phones, excellent value for the $$$. The Moto X has been supplanted by the Moto Z, which looks to be pretty dang cool...
by catdude
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?
Replies: 118
Views: 10295

Re: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?

Interesting enough, there are a few states that don't have a sales tax, but I wonder if they get their revenue through higher income taxes/property taxes. That's the story here in Oregon. There's no sales tax -- though there have been many attempts over the past few decades to impose one -- but the...
by catdude
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rich Inlaws - Buy Us a House and Let Us Live Rent Free/Cheap?
Replies: 28
Views: 2599

Re: Rich Inlaws - Buy Us a House and Let Us Live Rent Free/Cheap?

I think this raises audacity to a zen art form.
by catdude
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City
Replies: 47
Views: 2625

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City

We originally had reservations near Madras, Oregon, but getting there was going to take too long and then... we read about the expected mobs and mobs and multi-hour traffic delays. The reason for that spot was the best likelihood for clear skies. I'm about 40 miles south of Madras, outside the zone...
by catdude
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City
Replies: 47
Views: 2625

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City

We originally had reservations near Madras, Oregon, but getting there was going to take too long and then... we read about the expected mobs and mobs and multi-hour traffic delays. The reason for that spot was the best likelihood for clear skies. I'm about 40 miles south of Madras, outside the zone...
by catdude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which IPAD?
Replies: 48
Views: 3551

Re: which IPAD?

Y'all, This is a very timely thread for me. Late last week I bought the standard iPad (32GB) for $299 at Best Buy (I got them to match B&H Photo Video's price). I got a great deal, but I'm finding it rather cumbersome compared to my old 16GB iPad Mini 4. I like that I can grip the Mini 4 with on...
by catdude
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cancelled Cable TV Service Today... [Downsized cable service
Replies: 26
Views: 2879

Re: Cancelled Cable TV Service Today... [Downsized cable service

About six months ago I bought an OTA antenna and did a Sling free trial. Both of those worked just fine, so I called the local cable company and said I wanted to drop my TV service but keep my internet service. As I expected, I wound up in a negotiation with the rep. He moved me to a lower tier of T...
by catdude
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 36
Views: 2249

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

CULater wrote:I'm assuming that all these deals being mentioned (Consumer Cellular, StraightTalk, etc.) mean the SE is locked to their service and must be unlocked to get away -- correct? How long are you married to the service before you can do that?


With consumer cellular you're locked in for six months.
by catdude
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 36
Views: 2249

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

I took advantage of the Consumer Cellular $200 offer a month or two ago. It's worked out great. I love that the SE fits easily in my pocket -- it's very portable. I'm 61 and don't have any trouble seeing the screen. It's OK for texting; I admit that it's easier to text using my iPad, but it's not a ...
by catdude
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who mixes android and iOS
Replies: 24
Views: 1119

Re: Who mixes android and iOS

Yeah, Ive used my wifes iPad casually and have come to realize that Im not a "power user" on the tablet (easy to just pull out the laptop for content creation work) and dont need to go high end again like my Nexus10 was when I got it. So that's why I'm thinking the $329 base iPad (the new...
by catdude
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Increasing iPad storage capacity
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: Increasing iPad storage capacity

madbrain wrote:Next time, buy a tablet with a microSD slot. Ie. not an Apple device.


Problem is, I'm in the Apple ecosystem -- in addition to the iPad, I've got an iPhone and an iMac....
by catdude
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Increasing iPad storage capacity
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: Increasing iPad storage capacity

Hi, OP here again. My thanks to those of you who suggested deleting unused apps. I found that I had an app that was a real memory hog -- it used up 4 GB! :shock: :oops: It was comprised of several episodes of House of Cards that I'd downloaded many months ago. I deleted it and now I've got 6 GB of a...
by catdude
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Increasing iPad storage capacity
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: Increasing iPad storage capacity

Increase the screen size while you're at it. The new iPad has been on sale for $299 (32gb) and the 128gb is about $100 more. You also get a newer faster processor among other benefits. To keep what you have, you can go wireless/wifi or plug in a flash drive like iXPAND FLASH DRIVE, but that means h...
by catdude
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Increasing iPad storage capacity
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Increasing iPad storage capacity

Hi Bogleheads - I've got an iPad Mini 4 (wifi only) that only has 16GB of storage. I heard here on Bogleheads that Best Buy is selling the 128GB version for $299 ($100 off). I tempted to buy one, because I'm bumping up against the limit on my current iPad. But rather than buying a new one, it obviou...
by catdude
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mom wants to buy iPhone, questions
Replies: 14
Views: 954

Re: mom wants to buy iPhone, questions

Consumer Cellular has the iPhone SE for 200 bucks -- https://www.consumercellular.com/Products/821/Details IIRC you'll be locked into CC's service for six months, after which you'd be free to use another service. CC has low-cost monthly plans... I pay $25 a month. Very satisfied CC customer here...
by catdude
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many tech devices do you have?
Replies: 75
Views: 3434

Re: How many tech devices do you have?

OP, you've got nothing to worry about. My one-person household: 1 iMac 1 iPhone SE 1 iPad mini 4 1 trusty old Logitech squeezebox boom (music player / internet radio) 1 Sangean internet radio 1 Amazon Echo 2 Echo dots 2 Amazon Taps 1 Amazon fire stick This doesn't count a bunch of old devices, gathe...
by catdude
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% Stock Portfolio?
Replies: 138
Views: 7248

Re: 100% Stocks For A Late Starter?

They may think they can handle the volatility, but when the stock market takes one of its periodic nosedives, they find out that they can't. They panic and sell at the bottom and lock in their losses. Lots of folks on this forum know more about investing than I do, and we'll see what they have to sa...
by catdude
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?
Replies: 56
Views: 5003

Re: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?

catdude brilliant. Thanks. The link you sent opens up the front page of WSJ in Chrome. But, when I change the link from 20170607 to 20170608 to see today's news the screen site says "page not found." The same event happens when I change from A0001 to B0001."page not found" As ot...
by catdude
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?
Replies: 56
Views: 5003

Re: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?

jonbois wrote:Catdude:
Do you know a way to read Barron's in a similiar way. It would be very helpful

Thanks\Jon


Jon -

AFAIK Barron's isn't available online in pdf format. I posed that question here on BH's awhile back, and got no responses. So I assume it's not available....
by catdude
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?
Replies: 56
Views: 5003

Re: Does anyone read the Wall Street Journal?

You can read a pdf copy of the WSJ every day -- http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/print/WSJ_-A001-20170607.pdf Just edit the url to get to the page you want to read. For example, change "A001" to "B001" to see the first page of section B. And change "20170607&...
by catdude
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Discouraged by Starting Late
Replies: 21
Views: 3550

Re: Discouraged by Starting Late

OP, I didn't get started till I was 40, and, thanks to my pension, I was able retire at 55. You're much better off than I was at your age. You can do it!
by catdude
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 1885

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

David Herbert Donald's biography of Abraham Lincoln
by catdude
Tue May 30, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse In Apartment
Replies: 39
Views: 3964

Re: Mouse In Apartment

Another vote for getting a cat -- but, given my ID and avatar, that's probably not a surprise.
by catdude
Mon May 22, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Index fund investor donates millions
Replies: 12
Views: 2274

Index fund investor donates millions

Hi Bogleheads, Here's a story from the Washington Post about a guy who would feel right at home here. He drives a pair of Buicks. “To me, if it has four wheels and moves, I’m happy,” he said. “Buicks have good repair records.” You would never guess that Mitchell E. Davis has donated more than $4 mil...
by catdude
Sat May 20, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone GPS apps
Replies: 15
Views: 1147

Re: iPhone GPS apps

Hi, OP here. Thanks everyone for your suggestions... I'm much obliged. I've downloaded a few of your recommended apps to my phone and will check them out...
by catdude
Fri May 19, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone GPS apps
Replies: 15
Views: 1147

iPhone GPS apps

I bought an iPhone SE about a month ago and lately I've been using it as a GPS device in my car. I've been trying out the free Waze app and it seems pretty good. Just wondering if y'all have tried out other GPS apps and if there are any you can highly recommend. My preference is for free apps -- I'm...
by catdude
Thu May 18, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...
Replies: 138
Views: 13184

Re: For those with $500k-$1m in investments...

Age 61, been retired for 6 years... 18% of portfolio is in taxable, 82% in tax-advantaged...
by catdude
Tue May 16, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Few days in Portland in July
Replies: 36
Views: 2523

Re: Few days in Portland in July

MichaelRpdx wrote:I'm surprised no one yet has mentioned Powell's City of Books. A full city block and three stories tall, it's a shrine to the printed page. Get a map on your way in.


Another vote for Powell's (located at 10th & West Burnside). A must-see place if you're a book lover.
by catdude
Sat May 13, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Praise for Roth IRA conversions in retirement, a bonus for early retirees
Replies: 11
Views: 2058

Re: Praise for Roth IRA conversions in retirement, a bonus for early retirees

Thanks for your post. As some who's early in the process of doing Roth conversions, it's very helpful to have the perspective of someone who's done it for many years. Glad to hear it's worked out well for you. I'm 61 and I've done Roth conversions the last couple years... I've got 9 or 10 years to g...
by catdude
Fri May 12, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Citibank Bonus Promotion
Replies: 39
Views: 6210

Re: Beware Citibank Bonus Promotion

after hearing how many of you had similar problems, I'll go somewhere else. Chase is more reputable - I got my bonus no hassle. That is ridiculous on their part - spread the word I guess. Chase is indeed easy to deal with. I set up accounts and got their bonus about a year ago... no trouble at all....
by catdude
Fri May 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: edward jones guided solutions/grandfathered
Replies: 18
Views: 2858

Re: edward jones guided solutions/grandfathered

Duckie is right. Lose Edward Jones ASAP.
by catdude
Fri May 05, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most Common Financial Mistakes
Replies: 108
Views: 14421

Re: Most Common Financial Mistakes

Outside of living above means (too much car, too much house, too much credit card, etc) I think the single biggest mistake is that people don't take the time to educate themselves about saving and investing. Even the most basic level. A few days of research about basic investing principles could sa...
by catdude
Tue May 02, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club
Replies: 23
Views: 3862

Re: I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club

Out of curiosity, what do you anticipate your taxes to be? I am assuming mine will be pretty low since I plan on converting as much as I can to a ROTH IRA while my income is low. Also, do you factor in the taxes on your taxable account? or do you assume the long-term gains to be 0% if income is low...
by catdude
Tue May 02, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club
Replies: 23
Views: 3862

Re: I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club

Congratulations! And I love your avatar of your cat. Thanks, but I have to confess that's not my cat. I grabbed that avatar off the internet. I have all kinds of awesome pics of my four awesome cats, but I wasn't able to shrink any of them down to avatar-size. BTW, my kitties are all senior cats, a...
by catdude
Tue May 02, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealing with regret
Replies: 102
Views: 9373

Re: Dealing with regret

As an old friend of mine once told me, "Everybody makes mistakes. That's why they put erasers on pencils and spittoons in bars."
by catdude
Tue May 02, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club
Replies: 23
Views: 3862

I'm kinda sorta in the 2-comma club

Y'all, I've hit a milestone -- more or less. As other folks have noted when they've reached this milestone, you can't really talk about it to non-Bogleheads, but I'll share with all of you the news that I've reached a net worth of a million dollars (this includes my home equity). Now, a large portio...
by catdude
Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dealing with regret
Replies: 102
Views: 9373

Re: Dealing with regret

OP, we've all made dumb moves. That's how we get our education. In my case, one of my many mistakes was to not start investing till roughly age 40. This was in the mid-1990's. I missed out on most of one of the greatest bull markets in history. :oops: I get a little regretful sometimes when I think ...
by catdude
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any golfers played Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast?
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: Any golfers played Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast?

CJC000 wrote:You can fly into PDX, rent a car and drive down the beautiful Oregon coast


This is very good advice, the Oregon coast is wonderful and well worth the trip all by itself.
by catdude
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE on sale at Consumer Cellular for $200
Replies: 4
Views: 851

iPhone SE on sale at Consumer Cellular for $200

Howdy y'all - I just noticed that Consumer Cellular currently has the Apple iPhone SE (32 GB) for $200. That's half of what Apple is offering it for ($399). https://www.consumercellular.com/Products/821/Details I'm really tempted to buy one... though my current phone (the Moto X) is pretty groovy. B...
by catdude
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Dot sound quality w/o other speakers
Replies: 7
Views: 659

Re: Amazon Dot sound quality w/o other speakers

We use an echo dot in the kitchen and also have a bluetooth speaker in another room. When listening to music, the quality of the bluetooth is much preferred. If it is being used in the kitchen without the bluetooth speaker, the quailty is similar to a typical single speaker clock radio. Works fine ...

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