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by harland
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Virginia Tech vs. NC State [choosing a school]
Replies: 52
Views: 3132

Re: Virginia Tech vs. NC State [choosing a school]

I work for a research lab for the Federal government in the DC region and I can tell you that VT has a top notch CS department. Some of the faculty are at the pinnacle of research in spatial data mining and machine learning. I know we compete with all the big tech companies out West as well as other...
by harland
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music Technology - new solutions?
Replies: 20
Views: 1458

Re: Music Technology - new solutions?

If you feel like streaming your audio from your iPhone via Bluetooth, I highly recommend looking into the Riva Audio Turbo X. It's been getting good reviews lately.

http://rivaaudio.com/
by harland
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]
Replies: 140
Views: 8522

Re: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]

LadyGeek wrote:It's a guy's real name which happens to be German. Unfortunately, I can't post the name here as it will be misinterpreted to be somewhat inappropriate. They also market the brand with that phrase.


Oh, it's Mark Levinson... just kidding. That's some good Sch... er, I mean stuff.
by harland
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]
Replies: 140
Views: 8522

Re: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]

Hmm... I spent about $13k for an integrated amp alone. This is for stereo, not multi-channel (though it does double duty for music and movies). I still consider myself a Boglehead. I owned a very good system for about a decade before I decided to upgrade... well... just about everything. I enjoy it ...
by harland
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protein Bars and Smoothies
Replies: 61
Views: 3500

Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

I use Just Protein from IronMind to supplement my intake for strength training purposes. It's rather expensive but it consists of only four ingredients: whole egg powder, calcium caseinate, instant non-fat dry milk, and natural vanilla-almond flavoring. No sweeteners whatsoever. I usually drink it w...
by harland
Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guilty pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 13029

Re: Guilty pleasures?

Hi-fi audio. You don't want to know how much I've spent. Neither does my wife. Hi fi? Is that like hi def. I bought a speaker bar that was 200 watts. I thought that was enough for me. You'd probably laugh at my setup :| It's like hi def but for your ears. I wouldn't laugh at your setup. You're smar...
by harland
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guilty pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 13029

Re: Guilty pleasures?

Hi-fi audio. You don't want to know how much I've spent. Neither does my wife.
by harland
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Places to buy furniture
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

Re: Places to buy furniture

If you're looking for leather or high quality hardwood furniture and bedding, I suggest making a trip to The Keeping Room in Alexandria, VA. The proprietor, Duane Collie, has the best prices by far on Hancock & Moore, Bradington-Young, etc. He also has a decent selection of high quality wood fur...
by harland
Thu May 21, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Citi Price Rewind
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Citi Price Rewind

I've used this service a few times. It works as advertised.
by harland
Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of running clothes
Replies: 34
Views: 2982

Re: Getting the stink out of running clothes

I tried baking soda, OxiClean to make the workout clothes smell less. Now I use Sport Suds + OxiClean. That combination on warm wash cycle seems to work the best.

https://www.sportsuds.com
by harland
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with men's exercise clothes please
Replies: 55
Views: 4646

Re: Need help with men's exercise clothes please

One thing to note - DO NOT use fabric softener with 'wicking' garments. It hampers their ability to wick away the moisture.

To keep the stink away from workout clothes, I use 'Sport Suds' detergent. It's fragrance-free and won't damage the properties of the fabric.
by harland
Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV buying recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 3784

Re: TV buying recommendations

Panasonic no longer makes plasmas. Neither does Samsung. LG is the only decent manufacturer of plasma TVs left standing. Honestly, I would wait to buy a new TV. OLED technology (which apparently blows away LCD or plasma picture-quality wise) should drop in price over the next one to two years. 4K a...
by harland
Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?
Replies: 25
Views: 10653

Re: Invest in Bowflex Max Trainer?

I'd invest in a power rack, an olympic barbell, adjustable bench, and weights. I second this. Machines are prone to breaking. A good bar, plates, and a power rack (or squat stands) make for a better purchase if you're serious about resistance training. Squat, deadlift, and press your way to better ...
by harland
Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which 4 door with 250+ hp
Replies: 105
Views: 10444

Re: Which 4 door with 250+ hp

Just finished reading a Car and Driver comparo and they ended up preferring the Volkswagen GTI over the Subaru WRX despite the former's less powerful engine (210 hp vs 268 hp). It was also about $1k cheaper.
by harland
Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 32 y/o with baby on the way needing advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1616

Re: 32 y/o with baby on the way needing advice

If your house hunting starts stretching into the last, say, two months of the pregnancy, I would wait at least six months to another year post-birth. For one, the baby may arrive early and once he/she does, you will not be in any sort of coherent mental state that will allow you to do math or execut...
by harland
Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Stereo Headphones under $100
Replies: 33
Views: 2101

Re: Best Stereo Headphones under $100

I know these are a little out of your budget, but another contender in the sealed category are the Audio Technica ATH-M50's. Neutral balance - no bass bloat. Very close to Grado in terms of presentation. With the straight cable, they're $128.50 on Amazon. I also echo the Grado SR-60i suggestion. The...
by harland
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 2023

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

Two final questions: 1. I deduce from the answers that the Sennheisers would be a major upgrade over the Bose noise canceling headphones. I really don't need the noise canceling and prefer over the ear phones. 2. It sounds like the headphone DAC/Amplifier may not be worth it and most of the improve...
by harland
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 2023

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

1. Convert selected albums to AAC file version in iTunes. The HD650 is a great choice, but you'll probably want to use one of the lossless codecs to store your music, such as Apple Lossless Encoding (ALAC), AIFF, or WAV. I think with the HD650 you'll be able to appreciate the difference. AAC is fin...
by harland
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 2023

Re: Audiophiles: Worth upgrades to improve itune sound?

In my opinion, software packages like Amarra are only worth it if you have files that differ in sampling frequency and bit depth ("resolution") or you have files that iTunes does not support natively (e.g. FLAC). These programs automatically adjust the Mac's system parameters such that the...
by harland
Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speaker Jumper Cables
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Speaker Jumper Cables

The gold plating might slightly lower the contact resistance with the post, but not enough to make any difference detectable to the ear. Gold is less conductive than copper. (Copper is also slightly less conductive than silver.) In any case, the gold plating is used to keep the copper from oxidizin...
by harland
Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speaker Jumper Cables
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Speaker Jumper Cables

That Dynaco sure is a sweet amp. You've got a real nice setup...

In any case, silver tends to tarnish so if you wanted to buy the AQ jumpers, I would go with gold.
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux recommendations for use with chrome
Replies: 56
Views: 4508

Re: Linux recommendations for use with chrome

I use Slackware 14.0. Not the most user-friendly to newbies, but I like better than just about any other distro out there. If your hardware supports it, consider using Linux as your primary OS and running Windows as a virtual machine using VirtualBox or QEMU. In my opinion much safer since you don't...
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?
Replies: 112
Views: 8406

Re: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?

Dumb phone. No touchscreen devices of any kind.
by harland
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cell service lousy in our home
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: cell service lousy in our home

I would call your phone company before considering buying any piece of hardware that boosts reception. We have Sprint. Suddenly one week we had terrible reception inside and outside of our house. We were ready to switch carriers. I posted a message to the Sprint company forums and one of their reps ...
by harland
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UPS for HDTV
Replies: 16
Views: 2130

Re: UPS for HDTV

Try ZeroSurge or SurgeX. Both are well regarded. I use a Bryston BIT15 to protect all of my electronics - in addition to a massive isolation transformer, it also uses ZeroSurge to protect against voltage / current spikes.

http://www.zerosurge.com/
http://www.surgex.com/
by harland
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: The Munchkin Man Diet
Replies: 120
Views: 12355

Re: The Munchkin Man Diet

Do you know the Munchkin Man, The Munchkin Man, the Munchkin Man, Do you know the Munchkin Man, Who lives in Bogleheads Lane? Yes , I know the Munchkin Man, The Munchkin Man, the Munchkin Man, Yes, I know the Munchkin Man, Who lives in Bogleheads Lane. Glad to have you back and congratulations on yo...
by harland
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 4849

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

A Dynaco ST70 clone is on my list of projects, but it's more for the dork factor than any sonic benefit I'd be able to hear. :D Don't be too sure that you won't get a sonic benefit. The Dynaco might not be accurate, but it will sound sweet if it's driving speakers that don't need a lot of power (or...
by harland
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?
Replies: 30
Views: 2470

Re: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?

Not if they're going near any icebergs. Are they going to add more lifeboats?
by harland
Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 4849

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

so i have come here to the bogleheads forum to ask you nice folks if there is any cure for my current upgrade-itis? :confused There is no cure. Only the feeling of a lighter wallet. But seriously, just do what you do for investing - tune out the noise. No forums. No audio mags (print or online). No...
by harland
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a Suit
Replies: 16
Views: 1827

Re: Need a Suit

I think the pleats + cuffs issue is more fashion than anything else (it's the 'modern' look). I'm sure in a few years that they'll be back in vogue when sales of flat front, non-cuffed trousers dip. Personally, I like pleats *and* cuffs on my trousers (I believe they go together) - but it's really u...
by harland
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 5397

Re: Update on new desktop PC

One other thing I forgot to mention, might as well spring for the CPU with an unlocked mulitplier so that you can overclock if you ever want to. I thought I didn't and wanted to save a few bucks (~$30), but ended up buying the unlocked CPU and juicing it anyway since it was pretty easy to do and gav...
by harland
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 5397

Re: Update on new desktop PC

True, the benefits of tighter timings for memory are dubious in real world usage. Sometimes you just gotta have speed for speed's sake, but the increase in performance for the increase in cost is probably not justifiable. Having said that, there are benefits to having a better power supply. More sta...
by harland
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update on new desktop PC
Replies: 46
Views: 5397

Re: Update on new desktop PC

I would switch out your RAM with a couple of sticks that have tighter timings (8-8-8-24 or 7-8-8-24) - might as well squeeze as much performance out of your build as you can. These should do fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231628 Also you might want to consider the Sea...
by harland
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows laptop w/high quality, Mac-level touchpad
Replies: 12
Views: 1450

Re: Windows laptop w/high quality, Mac-level touchpad

IMO, if you want the 'feel' of the Mac trackpad while using Windows, just buy a Mac and put Windows on it using Bootcamp. I haven't used a PC touchpad that comes close to the Macbook Pro. I use a 'business' laptop - a Dell Precision M4600 with a standard ALPS touchpad. It sucks, relatively speaking....
by harland
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 9088

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

CountryBoy wrote:Point 4-Realize now that wives are definitely not interested in the endless details surrounding an a/v purchase such as this; I mean it can really drive them/mine up the wall. :happy


Yes, hopefully to the point of 'Just buy that damn thing already...!' :D
by harland
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 9088

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

Or, perhaps phono preamp are only used by audiophiles? Why don't you ask? You need a phono preamp to adjust for the RIAA equalization curve used in cutting LPs. When was the last time you had a pre-amp with selectable equalization curves? Sometime in the 1960s for me. It had RIAA, NAB, LP, AES, and...
by harland
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo Receiver Suggestion
Replies: 70
Views: 9088

Re: Stereo Receiver Suggestion

Or, perhaps phono preamp are only used by audiophiles? Why don't you ask? You need a phono preamp to adjust for the RIAA equalization curve used in cutting LPs. NAD does make a decent one, but it costs nearly half as much as their lowest priced integrated amp. And you'd have to buy a set of interco...
by harland
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new desktop PC
Replies: 19
Views: 2152

Re: Need new desktop PC

You might want to look into boutique builders such as Puget Systems, Digital Storm, or Maingear.

http://www.pugetsystems.com
http://www.digitalstormonline.com
https://www.maingear.com/
by harland
Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Furnace: Brand Recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 4896

Re: Home Furnace: Brand Recommendations

Is anyone installing centralized humidity management and air filtrations sytems? What are you paying and how do you like them? We have a whole-house humidifier installed in our system (a Carrier branded Honeywell unit I believe). It works great - humidifies the air without causing condensation on t...
by harland
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Monkey Can Beat the Market
Replies: 38
Views: 5227

Re: Any Monkey Can Beat the Market

I want a chimp-designed portfolio. I hear they throw darts better than your average orangutan...
by harland
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: PBS Frontline is looking for people to interview
Replies: 24
Views: 9039

Re: PBS Frontline is looking for people to interview

Why is Frontline not looking for people with positive experiences as well. Find 'em both and do a side-by-side comparison of the plans. Much more informative if people have a decent baseline upon which they can evaluate their own plan. That does seem a bit odd but perhaps they already have a few pe...
by harland
Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to S Korea, Should I get an EMV chip card?
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: Going to S Korea, Should I get an EMV chip card?

When I was there in 2006, my US Citi Dividend World MasterCard worked just fine with only a magstripe, though I did end up paying foreign transaction fees (which were partially refunded due to a class action lawsuit).
by harland
Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for A New Mattress
Replies: 13
Views: 1590

Re: Time for A New Mattress

We got a new mattress when we realized we were getting better sleep at hotels than at home. We replaced our traditional innerspring mattress with a latex one. Now whenever I go on a trip, it's the hotel bed that I have trouble getting a good night's rest in.
by harland
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What (if anything) might this computer be worth?
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: What (if anything) might this computer be worth?

Probably next to nothing. Donate it to a high school.
by harland
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)
Replies: 6
Views: 1189

Re: Discovered Honda Civic Service Bulletin (sale pending!)

I drive a 2006 Civic, 4 dr, EX. One thing you should be aware of is that some of the engine blocks are defective and develop a coolant leak. Mine had this problem around 30k miles. It's a pretty catastrophic event and Honda repaired it free of charge, so keep it in mind.
by harland
Sat May 12, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nvidia GeForce GT 520 video card
Replies: 23
Views: 2106

Re: Nvidia GeForce GT 520 video card

Screen display is very lousy. I worked for several hours with HP tech support trying to make the display to work better. I discovered the video card is a very low performance card and costs about $50. Can you be a little more specific - is the picture blurry or are the fonts too big? What is the mo...
by harland
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Conditioner For Leather Furniture
Replies: 12
Views: 1899

Re: Conditioner For Leather Furniture

Leather Magic cleaner and conditioner about once a year. Got it for free when we bought the sofa, so might as well use it!

http://www.leathermagic.com/
by harland
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you own Apple products?
Replies: 114
Views: 6211

Re: Do you own Apple products?

PowerBook G4, 5th gen iPod, 2nd gen iPod mini, iPod shuffle, Macbook Pro (late 2008). I find it rather ironic that all those PC manufacturers are blatantly copying the Macbook Air's 'ugly' form for Intel's Ultrabook push. I doubt many of them will hold up to the build quality of an Air, though. The ...
by harland
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Windows ever a free download?
Replies: 15
Views: 1360

Re: Is Windows ever a free download?

You can get the Windows 8 Developer Preview for free.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

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