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by htdrag11
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?
Replies: 31
Views: 2275

Re: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?

This might be unrelated to cellphone but relevant to replacing the battery. I was looking to replace my underpowered Dyson DC35, so contacted Dyson about using the parts from the old DC35 to supplement the cheaper DC34. The answer was "maybe", a rather disappointing reply. Ended up replace...
by htdrag11
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?
Replies: 31
Views: 2275

Re: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?

Not sure about your data plan but I'm very comfortable streaming from my Google Play Music which has over 4,000 songs (a symphony is counted as 4 songs or more) with a 50k limit. I've been adding to my library ever since I picked up a Google Home during BF sales. I see no need to bump it up at 32gb ...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do I play music on an Android phone?
Replies: 18
Views: 1891

Re: how do I play music on an Android phone?

Google Play Help - Transfer music from a computer to your phone or tablet: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1101500?hl=en Seems to suggest that you upload the purchased album to your Google Play library online, then use Google Play app to access it from anywhere. +1. Works fine when I p...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Howard Schultz stepping down [Starbucks CEO]
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Howard Schultz stepping down

He is going to pursue another higher end coffee chain, among other things.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/busin ... -year.html
by htdrag11
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Man Who Invented the World’s Most Important Number
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

The Man Who Invented the World’s Most Important Number

Even a retired old fart can learn something new, Libor. At one time I was working in the IT department for one of the big banks but never realized how Libor was set or manipulated.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... r-iw3fpmed
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

Well, things happened. Unfortunately my installer had an accident and passed away. I went to Homeadvisor.com and thumbtack.com to look for bids. There were a total of 4; one was low-balling and about over an hour away. The other 3 never showed up but one did give me a reasonable quote using text. Wh...
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most cost-effective way to transport things between Boston and Seattle
Replies: 9
Views: 1058

Re: Most cost-effective way to transport things between Boston and Seattle

Take a look at every item, if you haven't used it in 1 year, consider getting rid of it. Our daughter moved from DC to Seattle this February, and she did most of the trashing. Heavy stuff like books and/or DVDs were shipped by USPS. We put some in our luggage, as well as her trips back and forth. W...
by htdrag11
Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo
Replies: 53
Views: 5644

Re: Amazon Echo

Daughter has one. Too many questions could not be answered by Alexa. Wait for Google Home to be on sale. Hopefully by BF it will be under $100. If I have to buy the Echo, I would go for the Dot for less money. Think it was on sale for $39 at one time. It is a want, not a need. I've several BT speake...
by htdrag11
Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Air/ Chromebook
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: MacBook Air/ Chromebook

I just bought a used Dell CB 2 13" FHD 4GB RAM /16GB Flash memory for $220; this is my 2nd one (1st generation was not good enough for me at the time). I also had a MBP circa 2010 which I sold. My workhorse Dell XPS 15Z (dual boot) has several keys that are rather sensitive. The CB is about 3.2...
by htdrag11
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The End of Alchemy
Replies: 7
Views: 2122

Re: The End of Alchemy

Finally it took me about 6 weeks to finish (2 extensions from my library). As someone pointed out, it is rather dry, though there were some humorous points. The sad thing is we're going to repeat it since we humans do not learn from our past mistakes or experience, as well as our government (made up...
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet going down
Replies: 32
Views: 3059

Re: Internet going down

I'm an IT guy of 15 years. I guarantee DYN is now working on a redundancy plan. I would even say the government is stepping in and pretty much requiring them to do this. DDoS attacks have been around for a long time but these days they seem to be getting a bit more complicated. It is quite alarming...
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet going down
Replies: 32
Views: 3059

Re: Internet going down

mouses wrote:Here's a link to a partial way around this sort of nonsense, see post #6:

http://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/a-way-around-dns-attacks/


Great tips.
by htdrag11
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades
Replies: 38
Views: 3019

Re: Replacement Windshield Wiper Blades

I don't but usually buy from Costco when they are on sale.

Since I'm a klutz, I would just watch YouTube for installation procedures. Trico Flex has a few videos to demonstrate.
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ - The Dying Business of Picking Stocks
Replies: 38
Views: 5908

The Dying Business of Picking Stocks - J Zweig

Active management is facing a slow death, like dinosaur. Even BlackRock is moving into low cost passive index funds with a vengeance, following Schwab. Where are the customers' yachts?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-dying-b ... 1476714749
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ - The Dying Business of Picking Stocks
Replies: 38
Views: 5908

The Dying Business of Picking Stocks - J Zweig

Active management is facing a slow death, like dinosaur. Even Black Rock is moving into low cost passive index funds, following Schwab.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-dying-b ... 1476714749
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

Decide whether you have an overheating problem or a cold one. Most of USA it will be the former, I expect (maybe not Maine or Minnesota). I have both in a London climate. Our Veluxes face south. |Too hot on a sunny day, too cold on a cloudy one (in winter). Remember shades only work if they are ext...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

The option list is getting as long as Porsche's. Just finished with the flashing option, then there is the glass option. I live in the NE with at most 2' of snow in a very bad winter. Our current 20 plus year old are holding well except for the leak. Do I need Impact or Snowload options on the glas...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

The option list is getting as long as Porsche's. Just finished with the flashing option, then there is the glass option. I live in the NE with at most 2' of snow in a very bad winter. Our current 20 plus year old are holding well except for the leak. Do I need Impact or Snowload options on the glass...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

user5027 wrote:
htdrag11 wrote:For those who have ordered the solar powered blinds, how dark is the double pleated? Our skylights have southern exposure. We're thinking of Charcoal or Grey.


On the transparent-translucent-opaque scale, they are opaque.


Thanks, and for the scaling factor.
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

For those who have ordered the solar powered blinds, how dark is the double pleated? Our skylights have southern exposure. We're thinking of Charcoal or Grey.
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

Velux is the best. After 24 years still excellent. I have been in business almost 20 years as a contractor and have installed many Velux skylights over time. Not one call back for leaks or any other issues yet... Great to hear. That is what my installer suggested. Ours is deck mounted, flushed. In ...
by htdrag11
Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Re: Velux skylights

I'm not sure what your question is. We have Velux skylights and Pella windows. When our house was built, the owner/builder wanted the absolute best of everything. Built in 1984 and all are still fine. Just looking for general information, confirmation and experience. I'm sure that I could call Velu...
by htdrag11
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Velux skylights
Replies: 23
Views: 1707

Velux skylights

I saw some of the comments on Bogleheads, as well as comparison between Solatube and Velux. Since our 20+ year old skylight was leaking, our roofer recommended Velux since he installed them with little or no complaints. He originally did the roof for us in 2001 and still in great shape. However, the...
by htdrag11
Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 147
Views: 10570

Re: Favorite Coffee

I only use my Cuisinart electric grinder when there is company, otherwise I use a manual Porlex like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Porlex-JP-30-Stainless-Coffee-Grinder/dp/B0002JZCF2/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1476035261&sr=1-1&keywords=porlex++grinder Got it on sale for...
by htdrag11
Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop ideas
Replies: 41
Views: 2222

Re: Laptop ideas

I love the keyboard on my Dell 13 Chromebook FHD, and the matte screen. My backup is a Windows 10 Dell XPS 15z HD which is about 2 pounds heavier. Do not see the need for Windows now that I've also loaded Linux on the Chromebook; plan to upgrade my 16gb SSD to 128gb for $45. Got a free CD drive from...
by htdrag11
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leon Cooperman on Hedge Fund future
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Leon Cooperman on Hedge Fund future

Not a surprise to us Bogleheads that expensive financial management were overrated.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/leon-coop ... 54537.html
by htdrag11
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

Tested the 2705dw from Brother on all the functions except faxing. iPad was a no brainer. Windows 10 was straight forward, using the CD. HP Windows 8.1 with no CD drive took a while (slow pc) but works fine. Android phones also work. The delay between the printer with the iPad and phones are noticea...
by htdrag11
Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 27
Views: 4068

Re: Well Water - black residue

Not sure if it's the same cause but I had the same issue. On a friend's recommendation I bought Clorox automatic toilet bowel cleaner tablets from Lowes. Around 4 bucks for two. They last a month or two and then you have to put in a new one. They go in the tank. Haven't had the problem since I star...
by htdrag11
Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

Well, a day late and a dollar short. Staples ran out of the refurb 2700dw for $99, so I opted for a big box 2705dw for $109 plu tax.
by htdrag11
Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 27
Views: 4068

Re: Well Water - black residue

I'll bet its fine sediment (like was mentioned above.) I've had it off and on for years (long before the drought) Did you empty the toilet tanks and get all the black stuff out of the bottom? You may need a "finer" filter cartridge. What's the micron rating? 25 microns. Toilet tanks are c...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 27
Views: 4068

Re: Well Water - black residue

After installing a GE whole house filter (between the sprinkler and the softener) like this one: http://tinyurl.com/hrnpj39 Both the upstairs and downstairs tanks still have some black smudge. Based on all the feedback, it could be the following: - water softener not working probably (water treatmen...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

Good to know, I've rarely use our fax and scanner machines, so duplex is not a high requirement on our list, just nice to have when we need it. Originally we were just talking about replacing it with a laserjet for Google Cloud printing and Airprint functions only, but DW has the final say in her de...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

After reading some of the reviews from Amazon, I'll probably go with the cheaper Brother 2700 instead of the 2740, foregoing some of the duplex function and the color LCD screen. For the refurbished model, it's about $70 savings. Are there any comments before I commit this weekend? Thanks for all th...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 82
Views: 5188

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

There is also a new series from down under, The Kettering Incident with Elizabeth Debicki from The Night Manager series. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4228802/?ref_=rvi_tt I watched it for about 5 minutes. It's kind of reminded me of X-files. Got too many other stuff to watch at this moment, so I put ...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 82
Views: 5188

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

Not sure if this series fits into your category, but I found The Night Manager (NM) enjoyable in six one-hour installment. It's on Amazon, produced by AMC. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1399664/ Other than several leap of faith moments, it was great series based on a novel by John Le Carre, such as NM...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

Big fan of thewirecutter.. I think their recommendations are spot-on most of the time. I have bought routers, modems, televisions, and even kitchen appliances based on thewirecutter's recommendation and have been very, very happy with them. http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-all-in-one-printer/ ...
by htdrag11
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-in-one Printer Recommendation
Replies: 65
Views: 6296

Re: All-in-one Printer Recommendation

Consumersearch.com recommends four all-in-one: two Brothers, one Canon, one HP. Full report is here, http://www.consumersearch.com/all-in-one-printers/how-to-buy-a-multifunction-printer Resurrect an old thread. I need one to support both my Chromebook and DW's iPad for under $200. :dollar I'm narro...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 91
Views: 7959

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

Half and half cream is w/o preservatives but only last one week. Price is right though.

Black raisins are reasonable, no sulfite added.

Cashiers and staff always have a pleasant smile.
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 147
Views: 10570

Re: Favorite Coffee

yangtui wrote:Big fan of the 1 dollar any size ice coffee at Cumberland Farms. Prefer this over Starbucks or other pricey takeaway coffee shops. McDonald's ice coffee is excellent as well.


I also enjoyed Mickey D's ice coffee, indeed cheaper than Starbucks (still like their Pike Place).
by htdrag11
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Coffee
Replies: 147
Views: 10570

Re: Favorite Coffee

I found Peet's Coffee rather smooth, comparing to Seattle's Best. Next step up is Raven's Brew (Amazon).

Would like to buy another gadget for cold brew (DW said I'm catching up with her teapots).

Life is good with cup of Joe. :D
by htdrag11
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2089
Views: 511141

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Huntsman: Winter's War , on Blu-ray DVD. It's a prequel to Snow White. It kept me interested and was somewhat entertaining. Not bad. I saw them both also but bought the Snow White version. Another one I will buy (very few BR in my collection) is Kubo and The Two Strings. For those who enjoy car...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: map frustration
Replies: 76
Views: 4123

Re: map frustration

Try Waze on a friend's smartphone for a trip and then see if you still have this hard stance against not owning a smartphone. Waze is great. Diverted us in real-time around accidents and major traffic jams on numerous occasions. No need to get swept up in the points games-iness of it. It's just a r...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?
Replies: 81
Views: 5796

Re: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?

Check out TCL in Costco. We just picked up a 55" TCL from Amazon. Extremely impressed. I'm hardly an expert, until last year I had never owned a TV (our 32" Sanyo), but the picture is great and I love the Roku interface. Hard to beat for $400. Yes, BIL was happy with it and actually bough...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?
Replies: 81
Views: 5796

Re: Should I upgrade my 6 year old plasma TV?

Home theater stuff is one of my hobbies so I keep on the bleeding edge a bit. We have loved plasmas mainly because their overall picture has been hard to beat with LCDs, especially when it comes to motion resolution and black levels. Still have 4 in the house, Panasonic and Pioneer ones from 50-65&...
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wall St. Nuclear Meltdown
Replies: 62
Views: 8935

Re: Wall St. Nuclear Meltdown

"Superman" lost last night, thus the meltdown due to a missed field goal in Mile High city. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ransomware alert
Replies: 54
Views: 5172

Re: Ransomware alert

A good point - an offsite backup of some sort is also important. I use a USB external drive to back up my hard drive regularly; I disconnect this as soon as the backup has completed. I also have a USB flash drive with critical / irreplaceable files that I keep in my desk drawer at work. As you said...
by htdrag11
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ditching cable/satellite, am I thinking correctly?
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: Ditching cable/satellite, am I thinking correctly?

YouTube also has a lot of free contents, such as classic Paramount movies. I just wish that there is more than one internet providers in my town.

Have fun. You would not miss much network or cable TV noises.
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non-fiction tv shows or movies you like to stream on netflix, hulu ,and amazon?
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: What non-fiction tv shows or movies you like to stream on netflix, hulu ,and amazon?

Top Gear and Anthony Bourdain's travel/food shows. Both on Netflix. These are my two current favorites on Netflix. Sadly, I've watched every Top Gear currently available, and I'd rather not figure out how many hours that's been. These are also the two shows that both my wife and I enjoy and can wat...
by htdrag11
Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming alternatives to Amazon and Netflx?
Replies: 10
Views: 1478

Re: Streaming alternatives to Amazon and Netflx?

I seriously would just get a chromecast then cast content from youtube. I just watch a documentary by national geographic on sharks and killer whales last night. Free! :thumbsup Lots of great free content on the Internet. Paramount put a huge collection of stuff out legitimately on Youtube: https:/...
by htdrag11
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wellington vs. Total Market and CD's
Replies: 17
Views: 2867

Re: Wellington vs. Total Market and CD's

How about Balanced Index Admiral VBIAX at 0.08% expense, with a 60-40 mix? There is no need to rebalance.

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