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by gatorman
Tue May 24, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 52
Views: 5073

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Any experienced people who can explain how I can block MS from loading Windows 10 on to my Windows 7 desk top machine? My understanding is that they are now forcing it on people. Is GWX Control Panel the best answer? Thanks. They will want you to agree to their terms and conditions. Don't do it, de...
by gatorman
Sun May 15, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Explanation for High PEs?
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Explanation for High PEs?

Interesting theory on why PEs have been above the long term average for such a prolonged period:

https://www.thefelderreport.com/2015/03 ... s-for-now/

If correct, could have some worrisome implications.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun May 15, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friend owed money by now deceased person
Replies: 14
Views: 2268

Re: Friend owed money by now deceased person

celia wrote:I would think the deceased DID have some liquid assets if he was able to make a cash loan to your friend.


I think you may have it backwards. My reading of the OP's post is that the decedent was the borrower, not the lender.
by gatorman
Sun May 15, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice from a Nobel Prize Winner
Replies: 1
Views: 746

Advice from a Nobel Prize Winner

Good advice for the younger set:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002936117

I especially like his Rule #5.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun May 15, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friend owed money by now deceased person
Replies: 14
Views: 2268

Re: Friend owed money by now deceased person

There may be no probate if all the assets were joint. If that is the case, sending a copy of the note to the decedent's wife, together with a polite letter requesting payment, might be the best bet. She might feel a moral obligation to pay off the loan. One can, in most states, file a document calle...
by gatorman
Thu May 12, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Military retirement upcoming; suggested retirement location?
Replies: 19
Views: 2933

Re: Military retirement upcoming; suggested retirement location?

St.Pete/ Clearwater, FL
-Warm
-Good location for sailing
-Good location for tennis
-Nearby military base (MacDill)
-No state income tax
-Lots of townhomes/condos
-Reasonably walkable

-gatorman
by gatorman
Mon May 02, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best drill/driver for home use
Replies: 67
Views: 4422

Re: Best drill/driver for home use

I have an 18v Milwaukee drill/driver and an 18v Milwaukee drill/hammer drill/driver. The drill will handle almost anything, but if I need to drill into masonry, the hammer drill is far superior. I'd say look for something that has the hammer drill feature in addition to being a regular drill/driver....
by gatorman
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Off to Australia - need advice
Replies: 49
Views: 3200

Re: Off to Australia - need advice

Thanks for the replies, Carl53, gatorman and silentfaith. gatorman: I am still confused as to what transportation is covered by which pass. Is the Sydney water taxi you are referring to covered by the Opal card? Yes, we will definitely have (layers of) warm clothes with us. Still undecided between ...
by gatorman
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Off to Australia - need advice
Replies: 49
Views: 3200

Re: Off to Australia - need advice

Cairns is not a large place, so you shouldn't need a car unless you are going to the rainforest. We took a cab into town from the airport and then got along fine hoofing it (no rainforest). We booked on a sailboat, a huge cat, for our reef trip, hoping to experience some sailing on the way to the re...
by gatorman
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Australia on short notice
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Travel to Australia on short notice

We just had visitors from Australia. they booked their return flights from the US and found the best deal was Air New Zealand. That said, this website: http://www.skyscanner.com/flights-to/au/airlines-that-fly-to-australia.html says your options are United, American, Delta, Qantas, Jetstar, Air New ...
by gatorman
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip from Florida to Chicago with 7-year-old, what should we see?
Replies: 27
Views: 2008

Re: Road trip from Florida to Chicago with 7-year-old, what should we see?

Glass bottom boats at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, FL
Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville- don't miss the butterfly enclosure
by gatorman
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do used cars typically last?
Replies: 53
Views: 4227

Re: How long do used cars typically last?

Not all Japanese brands are equivalent. All models within a brand are not the same. If you specify a make and model, perhaps you will get more meaningful responses. 07 Honda Pilot -- or something similar that gets all full red circles (except one half) on Consumer Reports. I have an '07 Pilot, it h...
by gatorman
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor gas grill recommendation
Replies: 58
Views: 3312

Re: Outdoor gas grill recommendation

First get a TShirt your size that says Grillmeister. Then get a large Big Green Egg. If wife wants to cook outdoors get her electric hot plate with extension cord. Then take over the outdoor grilling. You won't regret. This^^^^, but the OP should still get a gas grill with a side burner, the side b...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Re: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

I butterflied my turkeys for several years and I believe it is indeed superior to cooking the bird whole. The time savings is considerable. However, I found that butterflied turkey was just a stepping stone on the road towards turkey nirvana: smoked turkey. I like some smoke, usually add a couple c...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Re: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

If you are going to go all experimental and spatchcock your turkey, you might as well, to mix our metaphors, go whole hog, and , instead of wet brining (you do brine it?), try dry brining instead with a mixture of a half cup of kosher salt and 2 tbs baking powder as described here: http://www.seriou...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Re: Spatchcock Your Turkey?

When did butterflying a bird become spatchcocking it? OK, I guess I'll do the research myself... Yep, it's the same thing. Removing the backbone to let the bird lay flat for faster and more even cooking. Title edited for clarity. I think a better question is "When did spatchcocking a bird beco...
by gatorman
Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

I've cooked a lot of spatchcocked chicken, but haven't tried a turkey. This may be the year. Anyone tried it? For those unfamiliar with the technique, here is a primer: http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/how-to-spatchcock-cook-turkey-thanksgiving-fast-easy-way-spatchcocked.html Actually, I think I'l...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 4318

Re: Watch under $100

$79.00

http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_U ... 1r004b.htm

or this,
$99.00

http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_E ... 27008w.htm

First one is Quartz, second one is automatic.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 4318

Re: Watch under $100

Ticking watches drive me insane too! I finally decided that I needed a mechanical and not a quartz watch to make sure the ticking didn't drive me crazy. I would caution against choosing the Swatch Sistem51, it's somewhat louder than most mechanical watches. Check out lower priced Seiko watches or O...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 4318

Re: Watch under $100

by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lower Cost Plane Tickets
Replies: 8
Views: 1636

Lower Cost Plane Tickets

I haven't tried this myself, but it appears to be a method where one might save a significant amount on overseas air travel: http://time.com/3626031/fake-location-cheaper-plane-tickets/ As pointed out in the article one must use a credit card which does not charge a foreign transaction fee to enjoy ...
by gatorman
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 33154

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Please lock in SD,ACI and AKS.
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Cider & a Flick
Replies: 30
Views: 3040

Re: Hard Cider & a Flick

The Martian was very good. We haven't seen the other two yet.
by gatorman
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Which Roku?

Thanks to all who responded, I appreciate the advice.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Which Roku?

I have a roku 3 and Apple TV and can recommend both for Hulu Plus. I think I read somewhere that Roku 3 it is faster (faster response times) than the Roku stick. If you have apple devices like Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, Apple TV is a good choice too. Note that Apple is releasing a newer versi...
by gatorman
Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Which Roku?

I want to get Hulu, but my bluray player does not support Hulu, only Netflix, which I have. My daughter suggests I get a Roku player to pick up Hulu. My tv has spare HDMI ports and is not a 4k machine. I have a wi-fi network installed. I don't care about gaming capability. I'm thinking all I need is...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [visiting] Austin, TX
Replies: 22
Views: 2152

Re: Austin, TX

I Don't have any suggestions of where to stay, but I do have a suggestion on where to eat. Franklin barbecue.
by gatorman
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Re: Old Tools

For certain jobs, you just can't beat an old nail puller. Recently my 32 year old son was totally amazed when he saw me use an nail puller that probably belonged to my grandfather on the farm. Just be careful and don't get your finger pinched while handling it or using it :) Below is a picture of a...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Re: Old Tools

Which brings me to the point of this post, what other old "obsolete" tools do you use that you find to be useful and just as good as modern technology, maybe better? I'm sure there are many such tools out there, waiting to be rediscovered and put back into service. Chisels, hand saws (I a...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Re: Old Tools

Somewhat off track but "Old Tools" also exist for the kitchen. When I learned to cook I was raised that an electric hand mixer was used for a lot of tasks. It made me reluctant to do certain things because assembly and cleaning of an electric hand mixer seemed to always take way too much ...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1811

Old Tools

I bought a deck storage chest and, of course, it came unassembled. The assembly directions said no power tools, but there was an almost unlimited number of screws that needed to be driven to put it together. Well not too long ago at a garage sale, I'd purchased a Yankee style ratcheting screwdriver ...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

The storm doesn't have to go right over you to cause problems:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... 4-10-50-54
I hope those of you who live in South Carolina prepared and are doing ok.
by gatorman
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are luxury watches good investments?
Replies: 45
Views: 3388

Re: Are luxury watches good investments?

I have an Omega Seamaster professional diver's watch. Looking at what I paid for it back in 1998 and what they go for used today, my cagr on the value of the watch is basically the rate of inflation. So, it has held its value, but there's been no real price appreciation. Also, I'm out the return I c...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

NOAA now showing the storm as missing the US. Good thing, winds are 135 mph.
Folks up in Nova Scotia may still be at risk.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

In my experience a top loader washing machine holds water much more reliably than a bathtub. Perhaps, but could be soapy and non palatable... After a few days your definition of palatable will change. This Mayo Clinic article will give you an idea of how much water you need per day: http://www.mayo...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

New track posted, looks like the projected track is moving east.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/ ... _NL_sm.gif
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

It's a category 4 storm this morning, very serious. Hopefully it will weaken as it moves North.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

The most recent update has the track shifted east and pointed right at New York City.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphic ... l#contents

Hopefully, future updates will move it even further east and off the mainland altogether.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

Good advice. Never hurts to be prepared. Should note, however, that storm track is still highly uncertain: 2. Confidence in the details of the forecast after 72 hours remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the United States East Coast. The range of ...
by gatorman
Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3480

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

Some of you may not have had the experience of living through a major storm. I have been through a couple, although I'm pretty far inland and so didn't get the full brunt of it. But I think I can perhaps give you a few thoughts which might make living through the experience a little less stressful. ...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 33154

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Well what you suggest is essentially what has already been done to me. Really? I thought you said: Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0 ..... All I was suggesting is that the final price showing up in your portfolio should be the takeov...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 33154

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Programmatically speaking, I think hornet96's suggestion would be easier for Norbert to implement, since he already has functionality to liquidate a pick during the contest. I doubt he has the functionality to distribute the money among the remaining picks, particularly since this contest doesn't r...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 33154

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0, wouldn't it be more fair to distribute the money equally among my remaining 5 picks and then use 5 as the denominator to determine percentage gain and loss? Just sayin . . . Right now I'm competing ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 33154

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0, wouldn't it be more fair to distribute the money equally among my remaining 5 picks and then use 5 as the denominator to determine percentage gain and loss? Just sayin . . . Right now I'm competing w...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent Deal on Cameras
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Decent Deal on Cameras

Similar questions to this appear from time to time on all the camera discussion boards. There are several well-known, large, and reliable on-line sellers. For example, BandH, Adorama, a few others, and maybe even Amazon. Almost always their prices track within a few bucks. Any seller significantly ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent Deal on Cameras
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Decent Deal on Cameras

Woot has a decent deal on cameras here:

http://www.woot.com/plus/electronic-stu ... f=cnt_wp_2

New Nikon D3200 with 18-55 VR kit lens for $330 with factory warranty (not gray market), 55-200 VR lens for $170. Also some deals on Fuji and Canon gear. Sale ends on the 30th.

gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of 4500 purchase [Camera]
Replies: 122
Views: 7402

Re: Talk me out of 4500 purchase [Camera]

Looking for some opinions from other photography junkies on here. I'm on the edge of buying a Canon 5D3 and the 50mm 1.2L prime lens. About 4500 total, here's the catch. I'm not s photographer, I do not make any income from it. It's a pure hobby, I just like quality equipment. Am I crazy to go that...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1746

Re: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?

jabberwock wrote:I have had an Omega Seamaster for 22 years most of the time worn daily. Not a single scratch or mark on its Sapphire crystal. It makes a huge difference.


I've had mine for 18 years, no scratches on the crystal but a good sized one on the rotating bezel.
by gatorman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1746

Re: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?

Also, you should plan on spending around $5000. just ask Petrocelli.
by gatorman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: May Need New Gas Water Heater
Replies: 12
Views: 1620

Re: May Need New Gas Water Heater

Check with your gas company to see if they are offering any deals/rebates. I got a tremendous deal by buying through the gas company when I had to replace my WH a few years ago.
gatorman

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