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by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window 10 Update -> Biometric , Cannot log in (Read this)
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Re: Window 10 Update -> Biometric , Cannot log in (Read this)

Can you remove biometric feature? HueyLD, I finally did by uninstalling the HP Simplepass program. It seems to cause a lot of problems and I do not use the fingerprint scanner. KlangFool Soo..this is a case of HP's biometric not playing well with Win 10? Trying to ID if this is an HP/hardware-drive...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this

Yeah..I saw my Defender Virus turned off a couple weeks ago and thought it was odd, but only when I looked at the Defender window itself. I finally started poking around, after I rebuilt the other laptop, and found the fix. The status Defender should be as is in the pic below. If the Virus component...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts

I run Win 10-Creators and Chrome as default browser..no issues with any websites. I abandoned IE years ago(and experienced the Mozilla, IE, etc..browser-website dance)..never looked at Edge(not sure if it's IE with a new name), haven't needed to touch Mozilla for quite a while. I tend to keep things...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this
Replies: 2
Views: 901

If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this

I just finished rebuilding a laptop from a new HDD back into a functioning machine running Win 10 Creators and Malwarebytes 3.2.2. (The issue detailed below didn't happen with this new build as MWB has addressed the source of the conflict with update 3.0.6 and above) As a side note..I worked for yea...
by fishboat
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car battery?
Replies: 53
Views: 3454

Re: Car battery?

Just read this thread as I'm about to purchase a battery..and tossing out a data point..fwiw. The battery I'm replacing is 15+ years old and still starts its '98 Merc Grand Marquis just fine...even outside all night at 9 degrees a couple days ago. It's an '02 Motorcraft battery and has lived its lif...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inexpensive house or condo as home base (MKE?)
Replies: 39
Views: 4015

Re: Inexpensive house or condo as home base (MKE?)

+ 1 on the above. I've lived in the Milwaukee-region for 50+ years and traveled around the US & EU..Milwaukee is a nice town. My former company wanted me to move to Charlotte..I looked at Charlotte on three different trips..I declined the offer to move. There's a number of reasons behind that decisi...
by fishboat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle wheels - what's a reasonable budget
Replies: 38
Views: 1768

Re: Bicycle wheels - what's a reasonable budget

Ask your questions at bikeforums.net...lots of discussions about wheels & folks are willing to help Velomine has some nice wheelsets at a reasonable price. http://www.velomine.com/ There's quite a few custom wheel builders around the nation that can help you decide what to go with..and they are not ...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 1799

Re: Furnace Issues

...for a savings of $66/year. Not a quick payout for me. Obviously I will eventually replace the furnace, but saving $ on gas won't be the reason. This has been my experience also. I had an 18 year-old Lennox Pulse that needed a new board..board wasn't available as Lennox abandoned supporting the f...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did we make it to "The 2 Comma Club"? Maybe not?
Replies: 21
Views: 3585

Re: Did we make it to "The 2 Comma Club"? Maybe not?

I'll be honest..I don't understand threads like this. Not sure what the point is. I knew someone that included insurance policys... In my mind, you have to live somewhere and drive something..so home-RE & autos is/are out of any asset summary. Including insurance is comical. Two comma(IMO) starts at...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Our Chimney Need a Liner?
Replies: 8
Views: 831

Re: Does Our Chimney Need a Liner?

Good on you for getting the chimney cleaned-checked. I won't take the drama route and suggest you'll die tomorrow if you use it as-is..but woodstoves are designed to run with a liner installed. The brick flue is a huge heat-sink and difficult to ever really get warmed up. This results in the flue-ga...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2565

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

In the interest of efficiency..I'll reference my response here:
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by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Business Laptop Suggestions Request
Replies: 36
Views: 2966

Re: Business Laptop Suggestions Request

Dell Latitude series. I used Latitudes my entire career and had virtually no issues. I did modeling and would run them for days at 100% CPU/RAM usage..they'd just chug along and finish the task intact..no issues..and ask for what's next. My last two were a D630 & 6420..both worked great. I'm(retired...
by fishboat
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?
Replies: 87
Views: 7576

Re: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?

..84 posts in..

I'm retired nearly two years and I saw this thread a while back..been meaning to respond..but..I haven't gotten around to it.
by fishboat
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report freeze guide
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Credit report freeze guide

Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but to avoid searching and getting steered to "unofficial websites", does anyone have handy the official websites and CS numbers required to freeze credit reports at Experian, Equifax, Transunion, Innovis & Chexsystems?
by fishboat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue - Question for Jazz experts
Replies: 49
Views: 3458

Re: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue - Question for Jazz experts

... I'd consider exploring more Miles Davis, but I understand he's had some radical transformations throughout his career, and I'm not quite yet at a place where I want to explore that. But I do want to explore more in the vein of what Kind of Blue is. I know, this also happens to be the most comme...
by fishboat
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 11248

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

I have a sign on my refrigerator that says "retirement is a disease to avoid while you are healthy". I'll be honest..I find this statement very sad. I've been retired 18 months. Retirement isn't a disease like pneumonia. It's an opportunity to pursue your life's interests without the constraint of ...
by fishboat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: trailer SUV combination for tyro
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: trailer SUV combination for tyro

OP..from the way you state your initial post, you have lots of research to do yet, but you probably know that. Some thoughts.. The bathroom/shower requirement will drive you to larger units. Class B units can easily run $100K (new). $100k goes a long way in Class C units and the Class C offers a rea...
by fishboat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightning strikes nearby locking up my new smart thermostat
Replies: 12
Views: 1538

Re: Lightning strikes nearby locking up my new smart thermostat

..the other side of the coin when one adopts new, "smart" whiz bang devices that add some novelty benefit. When they fail, need to be rebooted, need new software, don't play well with some new-standard device, become obsolete within a few years due to a new standard, has a glitchy interface, or requ...
by fishboat
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: kids think lazy if retire?
Replies: 70
Views: 8446

Re: kids think lazy if retire?

OP..perhaps next time the kids make a "lazy" comment you could tactfully suggest they pay their own way through college. They'll then get to experience how much hard work is required to begin the path to being lazy at 50. I was going to say...that's the response I would have gotten if I had talked ...
by fishboat
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care
Replies: 15
Views: 2261

Re: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care

Thanks Victoria for posting this. Good/useful info, nice data workup and overall-interactive presentation..brings back memories of a former life.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: kids think lazy if retire?
Replies: 70
Views: 8446

Re: kids think lazy if retire?

OP..perhaps next time the kids make a "lazy" comment you could tactfully suggest they pay their own way through college. They'll then get to experience how much hard work is required to begin the path to being lazy at 50.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS says I owe..I don't
Replies: 34
Views: 5770

Re: IRS says I owe..I don't

OP here..just closing the loop. I rec'd a letter today from the IRS. After reviewing the documentation I sent, they stated the issue is now closed with $0 owed.

Thanks again to all that helped point me down the right the path & proper 8606 entries to resolved their questions.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Late model Windows 7 laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 1034

Re: Late model Windows 7 laptop

I've updated three PCs from Win 7 to Win 10 in the last year. All have now gone through the Creator's update. It's been a 'non-event' on all three machines. All the machines are 5-10 years old(one laptop, two desktops) and average machine-builds, nothing special. Never experienced Win 8, but Win 7 a...
by fishboat
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to calculate drive time in traffic?
Replies: 22
Views: 1039

Re: How to calculate drive time in traffic?

Google Maps knows. Both the estimated arrival time and time best route to take... I've tried on Google Maps but I don't think it can calculate est. time during a specific time frame. It does if you run google maps during your expected commute timeframe. Google monitors real-time cell phone movement...
by fishboat
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "National Parks senior passes in short supply."
Replies: 34
Views: 3905

Re: "National Parks senior passes in short supply."

Ruger wrote:...Big time bargain even at $80.
+1 $10..$80..still one of the best deals available anywhere.
by fishboat
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mr handyman?
Replies: 14
Views: 2138

Re: Mr handyman?

It's a franchise & only as good as the local service provider. Labor rates will also be local. "Generalizing" something like this won't be accurate. I had them replace a window and cedar siding around the window. I provided the siding, freshly stained, to match the freshly restained house. They meas...
by fishboat
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding a bike in Bogota, Colombia?
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: Riding a bike in Bogota, Colombia?

I knew there was something else..You may want to contact Charles Lemieux on crazy guy.. https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=17616 I hosted him for a night last summer as he was passing through. He's French-Canadian from Quebec City and was on his way to Patagonia. I'm not sure where he is cu...
by fishboat
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding a bike in Bogota, Colombia?
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: Riding a bike in Bogota, Colombia?

The best place to look for country-specific information on cycling is crazyguyonabike.com . Here are a couple thousand links from that site on Bogota . +1 on crazyguyonabike. You may also want to take a look at Megan & Gordon's site http://www.bikelivingtheamericas.com/about/ They recently complete...
by fishboat
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4341

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

The OP actually needs 0% of the stuff above. ...Agreed! There is lots of great suggestions upthread but if you follow them all you will simultaneously be prepared for century road rides, backwoods trail riding in the mountains, busy urban roads, and your local bike path. Of course, that's assuming ...
by fishboat
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4341

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Essentials.. >Inner tube repair kit with extra, unopened, contact cement tubes. Key is the unopened cement tubes. You open one, use a little, put it back in your bag..the next time you need it, it'll be dried up and you're $ol. Pack 2-3 new 0.25oz tubes. >multi-tool kit and tire wrenches: https://ww...
by fishboat
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photobucket is out of control with popups. Alternatives?
Replies: 14
Views: 1767

Re: Photobucket is out of control with popups. Alternatives?

Photobucket has just disabled 3rd party linking to images on its site via URLs (or one can pay $399 a year to keep the links). They haven't blocked everyone as my (reasonably limited these days) links to photos are working fine, but, from what I understand, their intent is to hit folks like me even...
by fishboat
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Sounds like you "done-good". Congrats. Sounds like a good bike shop to do business with. Avoid "gel" seat covers and big poofy seats. If you ride often enough your sit bones will get accustomed to it. Refer the the Cervelo Engineering site I posted earlier to understand seat selection, if needed. Af...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I'd think a couple levels up from the bottom would work fine. Derailleur groups are so much better than they were years ago. How much better you might see with each level may be a good question, or has been discussed already, on the bikeforum.net forum. Parts that really matter are first the deraill...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

When I was 73 years old and recovering from hip surgery I discovered I could more easily ride a stationary bike than walk any distance. The physical therapist suggested I might investigate the purchase of a "surfer" bike. The first bike I purchased was a Schwinn 7 speed bike for $200 at Kmart. I ro...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

How "important" is the rear derailleur for durability and reliabliy? Assuming negligible difference in price at call it $70 difference, is this particular advantage really worth high attention? I'm still a little new to judging these components and I know these are all entry level bikes, but if the...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I'm not finding my mtb tires on the web. They're basically mild-tread slicks in the center with cleated-ribs on the far edges. They're fast on streets, rail trails, and off trail. If I get too far off trail the cleats on the front-side walls grip the trail so I don't move around much. That sounds k...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

You're looking at Trek & Giant..might as well look at Specialized too (the big three) https://www.specialized.com/us/en/men/bikes/mountain/trail/hardrock-v-650b/115480 https://www.specialized.com/us/en/men/bikes/mountain/trail/rockhopper-29/115566 Fuji, Diamondback, and GT are other options(Performa...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

\ It'll be interesting to try the 27.5" wheels vs the 29. Wheel size doesn't matter. The "29er" is a marketing thing more than anything else..it creates a "buzz". 29ers are the same wheel size as 700c road bike tires. Typically mountain bikes came with 26 inch wheels. I believe 26 inch wheels are a...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

\ It'll be interesting to try the 27.5" wheels vs the 29. Wheel size doesn't matter. The "29er" is a marketing thing more than anything else..it creates a "buzz". 29ers are the same wheel size as 700c road bike tires. Typically mountain bikes came with 26 inch wheels. I believe 26 inch wheels are a...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Checking out older used car purchase
Replies: 7
Views: 610

Re: Checking out older used car purchase

Examples of one of the best deals going in reliable, comfortable, good mpg (21/26), inexpensive autos: https://danville.craigslist.org/ctd/6197859815.html https://greensboro.craigslist.org/cto/6165820689.html https://norfolk.craigslist.org/cto/6180774034.html Been an owner for 12 years. Great car, i...
by fishboat
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

You seem to be basing your purchase primarily on price and theory/advice...possibly mixed in with a brief ride around a parking lot(somewhat meaningless if you don't know what you're looking for in terms of fit/geometry..etc.). I think you might be able to make a better decision if you rented a cou...
by fishboat
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving a car cross country
Replies: 54
Views: 3155

Re: Moving a car cross country

OP..send me a PM. I may be able to drive it. I have a spotless driving record for the last 40+ years, recently early-retired, my timing is flexible, 1200 miles..no sweat, been there, done that more than a few times.
by fishboat
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

You seem to be basing your purchase primarily on price and theory/advice...possibly mixed in with a brief ride around a parking lot(somewhat meaningless if you don't know what you're looking for in terms of fit/geometry..etc.). I think you might be able to make a better decision if you rented a coup...
by fishboat
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Just recently I sold a bike on Craigslist I had bought from a work friend that was too small for her. It was a 1995 Georgina Terry (women's specific road bike), steel, with Shimano 105 components. It probably had less than 500 miles on it - fantastic condition. I couldn't get more than $125 for it....
by fishboat
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Excel 2010 and Windows 7 -- Where to go from here?
Replies: 39
Views: 3139

Re: Excel 2010 and Windows 7 -- Where to go from here?

Not so long ago I was an advanced user of Excel and Tableau. Both are very versatile and work well together (Excel as datasource for Tableau). Excel is very easy to use when manipulating data. You can then use Tableau to analyze and work the data up. Tableau is extremely powerful for real-time, non-...
by fishboat
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 7573

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

OP..go here: http://www.bikeforums.net/ and do some research. There are sub-forums where you'll find lots of similar people that have gone before you. There's lots of good advice scattered in the posts here, but to find/recognize it you'll need to know more than you do right now. Where do you live? ...
by fishboat
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof suggestions.
Replies: 29
Views: 3159

Re: New roof suggestions.

Just had mine done..I went with Owens Corning Duration..good stuff. A roof is not something you want to go super cheap on.

https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/sh ... s/duration

Have a full tear-off done and water-ice damning membrane applied if needed (by gutters and around flashings).
by fishboat
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Notice CP2000 for Tax Year 2015 Backdoor Roth
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: IRS Notice CP2000 for Tax Year 2015 Backdoor Roth

One of the four threads you read may be https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=219225&p=3383040&hilit=irs+says+I+owe#p3383040 if not, you may find some insight there. I received a letter from the IRS a couple days ago stating they received my response and need to review it. No addition...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passing through Las Vegas for 1.5 days..hiking
Replies: 19
Views: 1430

Re: Passing through Las Vegas for 1.5 days..hiking

I've been banging on this for hours. I finally looked at google maps for the route between LV and the North Rim to see what was along the way..duh..I didn't realize we'd be driving so close to Zion. That seems like a no brainer..potentially cooler temps, but probably no warmer(?) and certainly much ...
by fishboat
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passing through Las Vegas for 1.5 days..hiking
Replies: 19
Views: 1430

Re: Passing through Las Vegas for 1.5 days..hiking

Thanks all so far & thanks Adam for the hiking location suggestions, I'll look them up. Our lodging on the North Rim is all taken care of & decided. My questions are specifically for the LV segment of the trip. I'm still going through searches..looking at options..