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by htdrag11
Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: perfectly happy with cable
Replies: 128
Views: 6440

Re: perfectly happy with cable

Yes, one can sideload KODI to FireTV Stick as well as Chromecast.

Amazon seems to have a double standard. There are plenty of sellers on their site that sell "knock-offs", just as "the KODI team has been actively pursuing infringing addons..."
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: perfectly happy with cable
Replies: 128
Views: 6440

Re: perfectly happy with cable

I've been using KODI for about 3 years, legal or not. Depends on what you're looking for, there are live US sports (not HD quality) programs available which would be considered illegal per US laws. There are also plenty of international soccer games as well. Just bought and put together a Raspberry ...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedge Funds blame Index funds: Bogleheads referenced
Replies: 80
Views: 6736

Bill Ackman actually had a point with his index fund bubble theory

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek]

A lone wolf or crying wolf?

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bill-a ... eid=yhoof2
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 5015

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

3 pm in Monmouth County. The official story is about 12" but wind drift here is over 30". Our generator in the NE is cleaned while the driveway facing SW has the heavy drift (not a surprise based on previous years). At the end of our driveway where the town had plowed. The bottom of our ma...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 5015

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

...We already have called in the cavalry (our lawnmower man) when there is that much snow, so my 20" Toro is fairly useless against packed snow... Lawnmowers, of course, aren't generally the right tool to use on snow... Let me clarify. He has been doing both our lawn and snow removal for the l...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct Plus vs TurboTax vs H&R Block for 2015
Replies: 77
Views: 5041

Re: TaxAct Plus vs TurboTax vs H&R Block for 2015

Used TurboTax for 10+ years, until this year due to their slimy tactics. Using H&R Block software this year, haven't done much with it yet but looks promising so far. Ditto. Used it for 2014 tax year. Paid $16 for 2015 (even cheaper) H&R with one e-file for fed and state which I'm sure is c...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stats on Americans 'cutting the cable' ?
Replies: 42
Views: 3595

Re: Stats on Americans 'cutting the cable' ?

Our friends in DC was amazed that they could cut the cord by using a cheap antenna (flat w/o amplifier for $7 shipped) to pick up all the local HD stations, thus saving $40 plus per month. They only live about 10-15 miles from their TV stations. As in my case, wife still needs her Food TV and HGTV f...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 5015

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

Monmouth County, NJ - 10:30 am. First time we saw the plow truck (earlier than usual). I can barely see the Home Depot snow stick at the end of our driveway. We're on top of a hill, so we'll always get the highest and the most wind drift, the driveway. The worst area is over 2' already. We put in a ...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

Ha ha! She could afford it but so could us retired old farts. :D She would do her generation proud, as well as Bogleheads, frugal (buying a used car), saving lots of her take home pay and has a very plain portfolio. Our only concern is that this generation does not believe in living large or owning ...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

Good to know about Costco and Wallingford.

Been a Costco/Price Club member for so long, but did not know about rental. Figures a small SUV like a RAV4 is about $300/week.
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

Random question, if you're not that familiar with Seattle... What part of town is she planning on living in? Does she actually need a car? Wallingford area, near the zoo. Since Washington State has no income tax, think see can deal with paying more tax on the car. To settle down initially, think sh...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

itstoomuch wrote:Rent a vehicle, not at airport but along the LINK route. Lots of Uber, Zip, Car-2-Go.


Please elaborate. Are you saying that it is more economical to rent a car along the LINK route?
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

John, Thanks for the Autotrader link. Got one in her ballpark but the price is $4k over her budget though fully loaded w/ xenon lights and GPS. How does one negotiate with the useless GPS option on a used car? Another one with less options and is right on her target price. Carfax is clean for both. ...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Looking for a used Mazda in the Seattle area

Daughter is moving to Seattle in March and we'll be out there with her for 7-10 days. She will be getting rid of her 10 year old car and starting fresh. She'll be renting and parking the car on the street for starter. She narrowed it down to a 2012 or 13 Mazda 3 Hatchback with Skyactive 2.0 engine f...
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does a BH play the lottery?
Replies: 78
Views: 3748

Re: Does a BH play the lottery?

Bought my $2 dream on Monday in NJ, no line and no $$$. One of the rare occasion that I got 2 numbers (not the red Powerball).
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

As I said earlier, "blood is thicker than water". I'm just trying to keep peace in my own family. Can you just ship the wife off? Sell it to her as an opportunity to see her daughter and brother! :mrgreen: Not happening; been married for almost 40 years. :D Yes. Do what the boss says. Sit...
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

I'd rent a car one-way. That would work for most folks but everyone coddles this BIL of mine. You're doing it too. If he wants the car tell him to come and get it. Doesn't matter how he arrives, just that he arrives and leaves with the car. If you don't plan on keeping the car, give him a deadline ...
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

Thanks for all the good thoughts, but blood is thicker than water. Getting into an argument with my boss is not worth the aggravation; it's her money. As for seeing our daughter, we're trying to help her moving 3,000 miles away which is already a big deal w/o my BIL's issue getting in the way. :oops...
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

dream_chaser wrote:I'd rent a car one-way.


That would work for most folks but everyone coddles this BIL of mine.
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

swl wrote:You could ship it, depending on how much your sanity is worth to you.


My wife will pay for it. :oops: Last time it cost us $700 when shipping the car 1,600 miles away in her last assignment.

Still need to find out the paperwork, insurance, ownership, etc.
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: Transporting a car out of state

Modified 1. Don't give him those plates. He needs to buy a transfer permit (and his own insurance) before driving the car. Should be under $30 at your local DMV for the permit. Dumb question. How does one obtain a transfer permit? Would he need the title? Flying could be an option for $104 plus tax...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting a car out of state
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Transporting a car out of state

My BIL needs our help to pick up my daughter's 10-year old car about 350 miles away, us being in the middle about 220 miles to 120 miles. It will be a gift to him. What are the easiest way of doing it? 1. He' could take either a bus or a train. Our daughter will sign of the title to him with her lic...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: CNBC's "Fast Money"
Replies: 14
Views: 2922

Re: CNBC's "Fast Money"

I missed Uncle Lou. Jim Grant is a heck of a writer.

I recalled that he fired Gail Dudak for being a perennial bear. I also never forgave PBS for firing him either, by reducing my contribution/membership.
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)
Replies: 86
Views: 10522

Re: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)

I'm not really sure why anyone needs to buy a book to declutter. Anyone who finished 8th grade should be able declutter their house in less than one day. It's amazing what people will spend money on. Next thing you know people will be buying books on how to lose weight... oh wait I borrowed the boo...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)
Replies: 86
Views: 10522

Re: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)

I would not get rid of the movie collection once you've converted them to electronic format. While it is legal in the US (but not the UK) to format shift as long as you retain possession of the originals, it is not legal to format shift and then donate the originals to a charity. In other words, yo...
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)
Replies: 86
Views: 10522

Re: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Book)

Wow. Just watched the Post's video. My wife folds her stuffs similar to her when we go on vacation. She is very neat and organized, unlike me. However, I did ripped most of my movie collections into two 4-T HDD's, and proud to donate/give away most of my collections. The tough part would be my LPs a...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy

Super! I'm doing her taxes for 2015, for the last time.

Next year she'll be moving out of state so someone else (a CPA) will be doing her taxes. She could afford it. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy

Hulk and Wolf,

The link was helpful.

Wish could have done it with one more day in 2015.

TD calls it a conversion, not a roll-over.

Thanks a bunch folks.
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Backdoor Roth Mechanics for Dummy

This is my very simplistic understanding about backdoor Roth. Here is the scenario for my daughter: 1. Current 401k has $18k. 2. Roth has $50k through the years. 3. Opened a traditional IRA for 2015 and deposited $5,500. 4. Both Roth and T-IRA are in TD accounts. 5. Her MAGI is way over the Roth thr...
by htdrag11
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2015 tax software 50% off
Replies: 16
Views: 1956

Re: H&R Block 2015 tax software 50% off

There is also a 10% bonus on refund via Amazon or Target.
by htdrag11
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block 2015 tax software 50% off
Replies: 16
Views: 1956

Re: H&R Block 2015 tax software 50% off

Just got this deal for H&R Deluxe + State and eFile for $15 plus tax here:

https://slickdeals.net/f/8409413-h-r-bl ... teSearchV2

Don't know how long it would last.
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku vs. Apple TV Considerations
Replies: 43
Views: 3874

Re: Roku vs. Apple TV Considerations

I understand that the OP did not want Amazon Fire TV/Stick, but if you're savvy, you could load KODI (XBMC) which would open up a whole new world of mostly non-HD content. For sports, I found both Chromecast and Fire Stick a necessity. I also own a WD TV Live Streaming Media 1080p, but mostly for it...
by htdrag11
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1438
Views: 275915

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

King Rat starring George Segal, written by James Clavell who was a POW during WWII in Singapore. James Fox played as George's only friend. It's Upstairs and Downstairs with a very bleak environment. I was glad to catch it though the film deserved a lot more recognition.
by htdrag11
Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me
Replies: 53
Views: 4637

Re: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me

My primary laptop is a Dell XPS 15z, about 3 years old w/o issues until I upgraded to Win X. Other than OS issues such as flashing screen and occasional screen getting fuzzy, it has been reliable. The older one is the Latitude D6630, also a workhorse until 2 of the USBs died. Gave it away last year ...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "A Year-End Tax-Planning Checklist"
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: "A Year-End Tax-Planning Checklist"

I did not know about this. :oops: "You cannot sell one security from your taxable account and immediately rebuy it in your IRA. That would be subject to the wash-sale rule." Thank you, Taylor. Not that I am advocating breaking the rules, but how would they ever know? So far as I know, tra...
by htdrag11
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "A Year-End Tax-Planning Checklist"
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: "A Year-End Tax-Planning Checklist"

I did not know about this. :oops:

"You cannot sell one security from your taxable account and immediately rebuy it in your IRA. That would be subject to the wash-sale rule."

Thank you, Taylor.
by htdrag11
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win 10 issues [Windows 10]
Replies: 21
Views: 2370

Re: Win 10 issues [Windows 10]

Well, found the fix to my Dell XPS problems. 1. Screen flashing - go to MSCONFIG, there were 2 files that need to be disabled. I had fat fingers during the initial test. See link below. http://techdows.com/2015/08/fix-screen-flashing-issue-in-windows-10.html 2. My other problem is more specific to D...
by htdrag11
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"
Replies: 46
Views: 6307

Re: Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"

In the current issue of the magazine is an article about us. It's nice to know the history of how it get started and the King, Taylor Larimore, as well as one member who lost her shirt with heavily owned company stocks. Does the article also say that she found many more shirts after she became a Bo...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win 10 issues [Windows 10]
Replies: 21
Views: 2370

Re: Win 10 issues [Windows 10]

I've problem with screen flashing in my Dell XPS from Windows 7. I upgraded from Windows 7 to 10, so it was not a clean install. Uninstalled both of my display drivers and also updated couple items in using MSconfig to no avail. I also tried to put in an older version of the Intel driver - rather un...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cyber Monday
Replies: 50
Views: 5747

Re: Cyber Monday

One of the definitions of an old person is only wants, not needs.

I did no buy anything at all since I did not find bargains in Amazon Echo ($149 is outrageously price since it was introduced at $99) and the Google Chromecast Audio (still at $35). The latter is a poor man's Sonos.

Nada! :(
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"
Replies: 46
Views: 6307

Kliplinger's on "The World According to the Bogleheads"

In the current issue of the magazine is an article about us. It's nice to know the history of how it get started and the King, Taylor Larimore, as well as one member who lost her shirt with heavily owned company stocks. There is also a summary of what a Bogleheads is like, such as frugality, low-cos...
by htdrag11
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 427
Views: 170071

Re: TV show recommendations?

The Last Kingdom on BBCA, season 1 just finished in 8 episodes with gore and language. I read the first 3 books of the Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell. Picture quality wise, it is not up to HBO GOT series but some might find it had too much emphasis on sex and nudity. The pacing of The Last Kingdom...
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MBA dilemma
Replies: 41
Views: 2960

Re: MBA dilemma

My original degree was Math B.A. Got my MBA about 6 years later when my company paid for it. It did not help my career but for personal growth, I found it valuable, using both my left and right brain. Told my child the same thing with a B.S. degree and a MBA paid by Uncle Sam. It did not help in the...
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1438
Views: 275915

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, 1976 featuring Jodi Foster and Martin Sheen. It was released after Taxi Driver. Her performance in this movie was excellent and rather creepy for a 13-14 year old. Unlike today's movie, it is rather short but to the point, with none of the fluff.
by htdrag11
Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Down to 2 cars: How to decide?
Replies: 15
Views: 2018

Re: Down to 2 cars: How to decide?

I used to own a Mazda 3 2007 sedan and a MAzda CX-5; both were reliable.

Go for the used one since you park in the construction zone, IMO. The advantage of the hatchback is a great hauler when you do need to transport stuff.
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

Re: Well Water - black residue

Thanks. It's inexpensive and worth a try before calling around.

Somehow, price estimates tend to go up when I told them the town I live in. :oops:
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 429
Views: 44022

Re: upgrade to Windows 10?

I finally upgraded my Win7 Dell XPS 15z to Win 10 since I've had several issues lately with my laptop. I could go to a MBP, another Dell with IPS panel or try 10. So far, the cheapest route seems to work after one day. Took me most of yesterday afternoon and scheduled a 2 am upgrade when no one is o...
by htdrag11
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

Re: Well Water - black residue

My well water has a lot of sediment. I think it's harmless except that over time it clogs aerators and can interfere with the seal of the toilet tank flapper. To deal with that, I installed a whole house sediment filter like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-HF-360A-Sediment-Cartridge-Includ...

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