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by guitarguy
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?

Intens wrote:I would only buy genuine Apple parts. You paid alot for your Macbook Pro, so why would you chance it with 3rd-party parts?


Of course. I wasn't considering anything aftermarket. But there are lots of channels to buy a genuine apple replacement...and even they are rated pretty poorly.
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?

I'm looking into a replacement power supply for my 13" MacBook pro. Everywhere I go (OK...primarily Amazon and Apple) they're all 2-3 star ratings with many reviews saying they're crap and stop working after a few weeks. Anyone ever buy one of these things that they wouldn't rate as junk?? :co...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?

I'm looking into a replacement power supply for my 13" MacBook pro. Everywhere I go (OK...primarily Amazon and Apple) they're all 2-3 star ratings with many reviews saying they're crap and stop working after a few weeks. Anyone ever buy one of these things that they wouldn't rate as junk?? :con...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?

I actually think I'm honing in on my choice: http://monocreators.com/the-flyby/ , actually cheaper on Amazon by $25. I have 2 backpack style guitar cases by Mono (the acoustic and the double-electric) and they are absolutely incredible ...hands down the best cases of this type I have ever seen...an...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

My strategy is my time is for loving my family. Not wasting my time on slick deals. I will always have enough for everything I would ever want. Those who "save" more money, end up paying it as taxes or to charity. I am up for debate if anyone wants to challenge that. Its an open invitatio...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Since I started late and did some research, I was able to hit the Chase cards early and often. Now it looks like I am out of the game, unless I apply for business cards. Hope your credit card reward gaming is going well! I just ended up nabbing the Ink Plus card for my business...applied in branch ...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?

Thanks for the recommendations all! I should add a couple more "nice to haves" would be: - stands upright even when empty (or almost empty) and has a super durable bottom - light weight I have this bag as well and found it to be a poor replacement for my SwissGear backpack from Target. sim...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

I need an awesome tech backpack. Any recommendations?

OK so I'm in the market for a new backpack that will be used to transport various things during band gigs. Some main criteria I'm looking for: - Must have padded pocket large enough for 13" MacBook Pro (TSA friendly is a bonus but not necessary) - Must have padded or lined pocket of some kind f...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

Just another general update,

We did 2 shows this weekend, one of which had lots of wifi going on...everything from iPad billing at the bar to free network for customers. We did a scan, picked the best 5G and 2.4G channels, and everything worked flawlessly.

Was very happy. :beer
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

I do realize that nothing wireless is completely bulletproof, but I also don't think it's unreasonable to be able to make it pretty darn reliable if we do it right. Call it 98%. :D At least you don't expect 99.99% :D 98% you might get. That means it won't work one week each year, can you live with ...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

I do realize that nothing wireless is completely bulletproof, but I also don't think it's unreasonable to be able to make it pretty darn reliable if we do it right. Call it 98%. :D You won't reasonably approach that in an unknown venue. Only wiring it will get you anything starting with a "9.&...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Since I started late and did some research, I was able to hit the Chase cards early and often. Now it looks like I am out of the game, unless I apply for business cards. Hope your credit card reward gaming is going well! I just ended up nabbing the Ink Plus card for my business...applied in branch ...
by guitarguy
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

As someone who has worked in this industry for 25+ years when you want bullet proof you need wired connection, and a redundant one at that. We do have a cable connection between our laptop and the router (and the console) to alleviate any concerns there, but a wired connection obviously isn't in th...
by guitarguy
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Separated business finances for big time rewards
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Separated business finances for big time rewards

Unless your wife's tuition qualifies as a business expense, it doesn't seem like you've separated much. OK then...I admit I'll use this expense to help meet the minimum spend on the card for the bonus and basically after that it'll just be used for business stuff. Oh...I'll probably set my phone bi...
by guitarguy
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Separated business finances for big time rewards
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Separated business finances for big time rewards

Just wanted to post this in case anyone out there is thinking about taking steps to separate their business finances and hasn't yet done so. Now is a great time to do it! I did it in 2 steps: 1. Opened up Chase business checking, and got a $500 reward for doing it. (This deal may now be expired thou...
by guitarguy
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

I'm mostly concerned about the iPad connection to the 5G network for the engineer being 100% bulletproof. If you want bulletproof you can't rely on unlicensed spectrum. You need to either lease licensed spectrum (e.g. using a cell phone) or hard wire it. Or at least have a hard wired connection ava...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

https://www.xirrus.com/free-tools/ OP, 1) You can use above free tool on PC to survey the WiFi hotspot at any places. 2) Is it possible for everyone to use 5G? If yes, you may want to buy 2 routers and run them at separate channels. 3) Use (1) to find free open channel for 5G and 2.4G. 4) I am more...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Router SSID Broadcast in Crowded Wifi Environment

Question to those of you who might be more IT savvy than I... Our mobile band PA system has implemented a router that essentially allows for iPad operation for the sound engineer to mix the band and iPhone/iPad operation for each musician to control their own monitor mix. Very cool. Only problem is....
by guitarguy
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV/AT&T Merger - The Kiss of Death of a Once Good Company
Replies: 33
Views: 3215

Re: DirecTV/AT&T Merger - The Kiss of Death of a Once Good Company

First of all they are ALL awful. That said...FWIW...

AT&T has been pretty good for us. We have U-Verse and internet...pretty much problem free. The only hassle is when the bill comes and it's too high...I call over and over and they pretty much always lower it. :annoyed
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

That's crazy. But then again you probably have a jerk cop in every city. But there are also great ones who would more than likely handle the situation appropriately. I was at my city park playing frisbee with my dog one time...he was off leash and I of course knew full well it's technically against...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol
Replies: 124
Views: 10240

Re: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol

I agree that a 9mm loaded with the right ammo is undoubtedly a more effective stopper than a .380 What do you recommend as a reliable self defense ammo for a 9mm? What pistol are you shooting and what is the barrel length? I shoot a compact, an FNH FNS 9C, which has a barrel length of 3.6" and...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol
Replies: 124
Views: 10240

Re: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol

queso wrote:
guitarguy wrote:
queso wrote:
guitarguy wrote:
gatorman wrote:I agree that a 9mm loaded with the right ammo is undoubtedly a more effective stopper than a .380


What do you recommend as a reliable self defense ammo for a 9mm?


A .45 .. ;-)


I don't think those will fit :D

Kidding! :)


Ditto!
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol
Replies: 124
Views: 10240

Re: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol

queso wrote:
guitarguy wrote:
gatorman wrote:I agree that a 9mm loaded with the right ammo is undoubtedly a more effective stopper than a .380


What do you recommend as a reliable self defense ammo for a 9mm?


A .45 .. ;-)


I don't think those will fit :D
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol
Replies: 124
Views: 10240

Re: Good Deal on a Pocket Pistol

gatorman wrote:I agree that a 9mm loaded with the right ammo is undoubtedly a more effective stopper than a .380


What do you recommend as a reliable self defense ammo for a 9mm?
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

A dog fight between two medium/large sized dogs is a pretty brutal thing to be a part of, I'll never forget it. It's absolutely disgusting that so many people partake in organized dog fighting as a 'business' or hobby. Not only is it brutal, it usually goes down in a split second. And it's scary. I...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

Get your dog to the vet ASAP. I am pretty sure that off-leash is against the law in many if not most municipalities. I would have filed a police report immediately. The same situation happened to me once (except my dog was not injured), and I called the police immediately and waited in front of the...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

Just a general FYI to all, the best way to break up a dog fight is to grab the dog's back legs, lift as high in the air as makes sense depending on the size of the dog, and "wheelbarrow" walk the dog backward. If the dog turns on you or continues to be aggressive, keep walking and move in...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPDATE BELOW: Should we stay or should we go now?
Replies: 32
Views: 4969

Re: Should we stay or should we go now?

I didn't read anything in this thread...but I read the thread title as if it was written by The Clash.

I sincerely hope that was on purpose. :D :sharebeer
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

Just a caution: The pick up by the back legs method won't work without two people that both know what they are doing (unless one dog is on a chain or otherwise restricted). Nor does it work well if you are short/not too strong. You can get seriously hurt doing this if you try to learn as you go. Of...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

Just a general FYI to all, the best way to break up a dog fight is to grab the dog's back legs, lift as high in the air as makes sense depending on the size of the dog, and "wheelbarrow" walk the dog backward. If the dog turns on you or continues to be aggressive, keep walking and move in...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog attacked by another dog
Replies: 91
Views: 4764

Re: Dog attacked by another dog

Sorry to hear that happened to you...first and foremost I hope your dog is OK! First and immediately tend to your dog's pain by having a vet examine him. The vet can also say whether the injury might have been caused by the attack. Then decide your next move. . ^ This. I would also try to talk to th...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I will be canceling the CSP when my annual fee comes due. I just got the Costco visa which pays 3% on dining/travel. My primary use of UR points is transferring to southwest. 3% on Costco visa beats 2x SW points for me, not even considering the $95 AF, and I don't feel the other perks of the card s...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I will be canceling the CSP when my annual fee comes due. I just got the Costco visa which pays 3% on dining/travel. My primary use of UR points is transferring to southwest. 3% on Costco visa beats 2x SW points for me, not even considering the $95 AF, and I don't feel the other perks of the card s...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I will be canceling the CSP when my annual fee comes due. I just got the Costco visa which pays 3% on dining/travel. My primary use of UR points is transferring to southwest. 3% on Costco visa beats 2x SW points for me, not even considering the $95 AF, and I don't feel the other perks of the card s...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

2) bonuses create psychological bias towards more spending. Victoria This is why I like MS. If I need to spend X dollars to get a bonus I MS that amount within the first few days of getting the card. This way I am never thinking about having to spend money to meet the bonus. I still use most of the...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Credit Card Debt- Need Help
Replies: 107
Views: 7679

Re: High Credit Card Debt- Need Help

OP, What is the value of your husband's (and your) portfolio and assets? I've not seen this info anywhere yet in this long thread. Do you know? Has he shared this info with you? This is a pretty key piece of information here. You've said that he's ready to retire, and that you're set (meaning you BO...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco and Chase Freedom Visa 5%
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: Costco and Chase Freedom Visa 5%

Chase announced that wholesale clubs will be in the 5% category for the remainder of 2016.
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco
Replies: 182
Views: 29404

Re: Liking the new Citi CC at Costco

For me, the biggest gap on this card is the lack of a supermarket discount. I'm getting 6% up to $6000 on my Amex, which after the $75 fee works out to 4.25% back. 4.75% (assuming you spend the whole $6k). And when you factor in some of the offers they have that you can tag to the card...e.g. $25 o...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

What am I missing about the costco cash cards. :confused I get the 5% for buying it but then the cash card doesn't get the discount when using it. That's right. For me, the 5% on Freedom is more valuable than other discounts, because in combination with Chase Sapphire Preferred, I can exchange Ulti...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I churn. I've opened 23 new credit cards in the last 2 years. 14 are still open. Problem is there are really not a lot of cards left that I'm interested in now that the Chase 5/24 rule is in place. Do you know if 5/24 applies to Chase Ink Cash? Victoria Yes, I read that it does. Chase supposedly ex...
by guitarguy
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Looks like the AMEX Blue Cash Preferred annual fee will increase to $95 starting in August. I suppose it's still a good deal for groceries and gas, but I have reluctance to pay an annual fee even if it does pay for itself eventually. Fortunately, this will only be for new applicants. Those of us al...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

This has been a wonderful learning experience. Thanks so much everyone. I've never played the churn game, but looking back, I haven't paid for a flight in over 20 years. Don't fly much, but when I do, it's always been Southwest. Now, learning how valuable this game can be, I've become excited. Just...
by guitarguy
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

But we have recently changed since we are getting married and have some international trips planned and are churning some cards right now. In the last year we have signed up for the Chase United, AMEX Delta Gold, Citi AA Platinum, and 2 AMEX SPG. We currently have about 500,000 points between the t...
by guitarguy
Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

I think me and DW will both plan on getting that Hyatt card. With a free night annually, it will offset the fee easily. More than likely by double. There are several category 3-4 Hyatt hotels that are easily within driving distance for us. Even if we don't do any extended stays we could simply use ...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about credit cards/credit score. Looking for help.
Replies: 16
Views: 1195

Re: Question about credit cards/credit score. Looking for help.

Isn't it funny? This forum is devoted to simple, passive investing and people pride themselves on only looking at their balances yearly. Less is more. All the time saved is spent on a ridiculous credit card and bank account juggle. Of course, we are all free to use our time however we wish, but the...
by guitarguy
Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

This thread has been so interesting...thanks to everyone that has chimed in. I hope others out there have learned as much as me from reading this stuff! :D After the wealth of info I've taken in over the past couple of weeks...I'm still left wondering what is the best strategy for a type of family ...
by guitarguy
Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

Say he spent $100,000 and had 100,000 SPG points and parlayed those into a stay at a really nice hotel during peak season....sure he could get $6k worth of stays. Whether it's actually worth $6k if you aren't willing to outlay the $6k in cash otherwise is another thing. This is an interesting take,...
by guitarguy
Tue May 31, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?
Replies: 363
Views: 33590

Re: What's Your Credit Card Rewards Strategy?

This thread has been so interesting...thanks to everyone that has chimed in. I hope others out there have learned as much as me from reading this stuff! :D After the wealth of info I've taken in over the past couple of weeks...I'm still left wondering what is the best strategy for a type of family l...
by guitarguy
Tue May 31, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much can you make from the credit card / bank account game?
Replies: 54
Views: 4358

Re: How much can you make from the credit card / bank account game?

There is the thing called Walmart bill pay, where you can pay credit card at the money center using "debit" cards. My Walmart removed the function a while back, if your WM still has that function,you can easily ms $20k for 1 hr of work. So you're saying that in order to pay my CC bill, I'...
by guitarguy
Tue May 31, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Mom's Fence / Neighbor
Replies: 57
Views: 4129

Re: Advice on Mom's Fence / Neighbor

General rule of thumb? Never heard of it. My fence posts are on the outside of my privacy fence because that side of the fence is the ugliest. Why would I want to look at the ugly side of a fence? But seriously, I've never heard of such a rule. In my town, the pretty or finished side of a fence has...

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