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by htdrag11
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613677

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Miss Sloane is not my type of movie, but Jessica Chastain always delivers. It was unfortunate that most folks did not see this one but it was entertaining for a political film when we had enough of it last year. This is one powerful female lead role. After seeing Arrival, it's hard to compare these ...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for mattress in the NJ area
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Looking for mattress in the NJ area

We are very happy with our http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/bedroom/randb-mattresses/encased-coil-mattress-with-natural-latex-foam-medium Encased Coil with Natural Latex Foam - Medium which you could get at Room & Board 236 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 212.204.7384 a similar mattress ...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for mattress in the NJ area
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Looking for mattress in the NJ area

I live in NJ, I could find a mattress at Sears online with about $600 and another for $200 and something plus shipping.. They key is look for the online sears clearances. Also there is a physical location for Sears outlets but that one was far away from where I live.. Check this: http://www.searsou...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for mattress in the NJ area
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Looking for mattress in the NJ area

That was fast. Ikea is certainly a possibility.
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for mattress in the NJ area
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Looking for mattress in the NJ area

I was researching some of the threads here and went to Mattress Underground. It seems to be clear that one should avoid the majors. The dilemma is to find reputable stores in my area and actually "test-drive" them. For reference, this was the last one slept on: IKEA HESSTUN Spring mattress...
by htdrag11
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost Stock Certificate - EMC
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Lost Stock Certificate - EMC

It might be a good idea to talk to the 16 year-old's mom to clarify the status of the gift. In 10 years there could have been a lot of family changes. It's also possible that the "no clue" situation comes from mom not thinking the 16 year-old is mature enough to handle the funds. Maybe th...
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Re: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop

Hindsight is always 20-20. Due to weather, it got delivered one day late in front of my garage at 7 pm although my front door was well lit and snow free. It just so happened that I checked status on the shipment. Now I understand why Walmart could do it for $10 less, not paying UPS or USPS to send m...
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey
Replies: 34
Views: 2072

Re: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey

In my experience new 2017s are a thousand or two more than a new 2016. I saw the 2015 CPO in person tonight and it's in excellent condition. Has had one owner, who bought the car from the same dealer he sold it back to. He did his maintenance there too, so they have all the records. I'm bringing it...
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost Stock Certificate - EMC
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Lost Stock Certificate - EMC

Thank you, Pajamas.
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost Stock Certificate - EMC
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Lost Stock Certificate - EMC

About 10 years ago I bought some 50 shares EMC as a gift (actual certificate); the company was taken over by Dell last year when they paid $24.05/share plus a tracking stock against VMWare. Just got a call from the rightful owner who turned 16, telling me his mom had no clue what happened to his gif...
by htdrag11
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613677

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I'm always a sucker for anime and cartoon. This one is from France with English sub, about an aristocratic young girl who overcame her background and frigid surrounding to find her calling. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262345/?ref_=nv_sr_1 At 80 minutes, it was a pleasure and a short escape to the N...
by htdrag11
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey
Replies: 34
Views: 2072

Re: Deal on 2016 CPO Honda Odyssey

Winter months in the Northeast is always the best time to shop for car.

For the record, I bought a 2012 CPO Lexus. You're doing the right thing by checking the duration of the car in the dealer's lot.
by htdrag11
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Re: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop

Got it from Walmart for $10 less; either one could ship it to me by Thursday, weather permitting (snow was forecast 4-8").

The advantage of Walmart is that I could pick up tomorrow 10 miles away but did not want to.
by htdrag11
Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Re: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop

Assuming the cat is house trained, what are they going to do to grout? What sort of stain is specifically an issue with the cat? food? Not the cat so much, our grout is about 28 years old. It does not look like I need to spend the extra $40. :mrgreen: As for cat safe, most likely I'll add 1/4 cup o...
by htdrag11
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop
Replies: 9
Views: 820

Pet Owners: Bissell 1940 or 1544A Steamer Mop

I've been using this for the last 8 years: https://www.amazon.com/Sh-Mop-ALUMINUM-Sh-wipes-PRODUCT-Sh-Micro2-0/dp/B00GLX25UI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1440640085&sr=8-3&keywords=SH-MOP However, it does not clean our tile floor, especially the grout area well. We'll be having a cat this year...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2424
Views: 613677

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Flaws and all, I found Arrival is about family drama in how one dealt with inner demon, integrating sci-fi as its backdrop. It's the sci-fi aspect that drew me to watch. Amy Adams' acting should deserve an award. I do appreciate the "message". For CGI eye-candy, I found the Hollywood style...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Re: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

hicabob wrote:
hicabob wrote:Mercedes does very nice cooled seats.


Nope - they are ventilated , not cooled :oops:. I didn't appreciate the difference.


Yes. I should be more specific. AC is definitely better than cooled or ventilated. Need to keep DW happy. :D
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Re: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

I have a Lexus LS460, Lexus ES350 and a Ford Expedition. They all have cooled/heated seats, adjustable. Surprised that your wife's Lexus has only ventilated seats. Perhaps something to do with trim level, defect, whatever? Myself having owned higher end Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar over the years, your...
by htdrag11
Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Re: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

unclescrooge wrote:
It's exceedingly comfortable, even in summer


Thanks. It's good to know, from one scrooge to another. :D
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Re: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

pshonore wrote:I believe Ford Expedititon has "cooled" seats - of course thats just a Lincoln in disguise :happy


Duh! That would be less costly for a scrooge like me. :mrgreen:
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Re: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

unclescrooge wrote:Hyundai Santa fe sport.

Wife loved it, especially while she was pregnant!


I could be wrong but I thought that both the Santa Fe and Kia Sorento have plain ventilated seats. See link below:

http://kia-buzz.com/stay-cool-and-comfo ... of-summer/
by htdrag11
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs
Replies: 18
Views: 977

Looking for AC or cooled front seats - SUVs

DW wants her next SUV to have Cadillac's AC cooled seats, not just ventilated as in our Lexus RX. Living in the armpit of America, summer is always hot and humid. I Googled AC, cooled and ventilated, but found most of them are ventilated using a blower. Most of them said "cooled", but they...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2160
Views: 585897

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Enjoyed The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by S, Mallaby. I actually skipped the middle part since it was quite long winded. However, I found his upbringing years bore much influence into his psyche. For the role of a Fed chairman, he outmaneuvered even savvy politician like Kiss...
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone

Link above will assist with getting your phone unlocked, just follow the instructions. AT&T stores will give you the new sim and activate it, just walk in and ask. I bought a 5X that was delivered on release date and had no issue. Sync your contacts, pictures and anything else you want to save ...
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone

neilpilot wrote:Not sure I fully understand what you are looking for, but when we need a phone to use on the ATT network the least expensive way is to buy a ATT Go-Phone and pop in your sim. Buy it at a retailer (not ATT), eBay or Amazon, etc.


Probably get it from eBay or Amazon.
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone

I've been unlocking some AT&T phones yesterday (we're bailing to tmobile). Anyway, if your contract is paid off, then go ahead and request an unlock of your phone right now here: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/ The nexus would also be unlocked right? If you have an at&T company store ar...
by htdrag11
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Staying with AT&T but getting unlocked phone

We're with AT&T's Mobile Share Value Plan and two year contract is up. Since our daughter is paying for the plan through work, I plan to stay and get an unlocked phone (old or refurbished Nexus 6p, staying with the Android OS) and wondering what is the process. 1. Could I get my old Moto G 8GB X...
by htdrag11
Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

Something came up, so I ended up driving to Firestone first thing Sunday morning. The manager was able to accommodate my request and I was out of there in 1.5 hour, not too bad considering there were couple of cars on the bays already. Upon getting home, I noticed the harder ride due to over inflate...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When Bad Things Happen to Good Funds
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

Re: When Bad Things Happen to Good Funds

From 1991 through 2005, Bill Miller's Legg Mason Value Trust beat the S&P 500 by a (CAGR) average of 4.4% per year, not just "more than a percentage point. And it didn't just beat it on the average, it beat it every single year, fifteen years in a row. And then lost every penny of outperfo...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

Op here. I ordered the Continentals which Costco does not carry, from Tire Rack on Thursday at 4 pm and got delivery on Friday. Firestone called and I set up the appointment next Tuesday (hate weekends and Monday) afternoon. That is efficiency. I did not want to bother with Discount Tires' pre-appro...
by htdrag11
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When Bad Things Happen to Good Funds
Replies: 6
Views: 1493

When Bad Things Happen to Good Funds

In case you missed the latest from Bloomberg Businessweek, the snowball effect is gaining momentum. Investors are even fleeing from well managed Active funds in billions, kind of throwing the baby out with the bath water. Would CFP and investment advisers go the way how the travel industry has fared...
by htdrag11
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

I went with Tire Rack and ship them to my local Firestone shop for $80 installation. Did not want to hassle with Discount Tire's $50 pre-paid Visa (came out about even). Hope the "free" Road Hazard" is worth the money. So I'll be getting my Continental. BTW, I had an oil change at my ...
by htdrag11
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well Water - black residue
Replies: 31
Views: 5560

Re: Well Water - black residue

I am about to replace my GE filter (placed before the water softener) next week. Will adjust the regen to every 3rd day since there are only the 2 of us now. For drinking and cooking, we use this under the sinker GE FXULC filter. https://www.amazon.com/GE-FXULC-Drinking-System-Replacement/dp/B0002HM...
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

On the Costco site, I saw the discount on the tires upon checkout, but did not see the $60 discount on installation. I only got till Friday to do it. Looks like I'll pass

Two-day turn around is way too short.
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

I just go an email from Costco for Executive Members: - $70 coupon for set of 4 Michelins - $60 coupon for installation Getting new tires while shopping @ Costco? Priceless :beer Expires 1/13/17 The plot thickens. I'll check to see if my wife who is an Executive member, received the mail yet? As fo...
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

Do you have a Discount Tire near you? I've found their service to be top notch and they will always meet Costco's pricing, if they are not already lower. Just make sure to get the tires you want. +1 I do a lot of shopping at Costco but have not been impressed with their tire prices or their auto se...
by htdrag11
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Re: Thinking of getting tires from Costco

My time is not a premium, so waiting is not an issue other than annoyance. "Free" rotation is not their priority.

I'm replacing my old tires, not mounting onto new rims, so do not need new TPMS.
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of getting tires from Costco
Replies: 68
Views: 5654

Thinking of getting tires from Costco

Tires are for a Lexus RX350 AWD base model. In the Costco site, I saw $15 installation package and disposal fee per tire and $2.99 per TPMS, which is competitive. Are there any other surprises? Think "warranty" is included for road hazard. The only reasonable option for me is the Michelin ...
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

Simple solution may be getting decent powerline adapter. It is just plug & play. https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Powerline-Adapter-Starter-TL-PA4010KIT/dp/B00AWRUICG/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1484086544&sr=1-3&keywords=powerline%2Badapter&th=1 I actually found the kit in my...
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

DSInvestor wrote:
What is the media provider? There have been recent posts about buffering with DirecTVNow. Do you have similar problems with other providers like Netflix, Hulu, PBS, AmazonVideo on the same device?


Google Play; I got a movie as a gift. Sometimes I have problem with Netflix, but not often.
by htdrag11
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

Ged wrote:
The Netgear is a gigabit switch that comes with a lifetime warranty, the TP-Link is 100MB and the warranty 2 years. Something to consider.


Point taken. Thanks.
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

You want to run an ethernet cable from your router to where your video system is and place a simple switch (likely 4 ports) there. Also you might want to look at contacting Optimum regarding your current internet service plan. They recently upgraded their service categories. I was able to get 200 M...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

FYI to my knowledge Optimum is not charging rental costs for modems. I had one and considered switching it out. There is (or was) an FAQ on Optimum's site about how to address and install a modem on their network, and it said something along the lines of they don't discourage it, but why bother if ...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

Dottie57 wrote:You almost sound like you are trying to create a second network .. split into two ? Is this true?



That is not my original intent. I was trying to split the incoming cable into 2 separate modems, or networks in this case. See my reply to jf89.
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

You don't need a second modem, you need a second router. Run an ethernet line to the second location (running wire through walls is much easier than it looks) and have the second router there working with the first. If this device is the only thing there, you could instead end the ethernet at a wal...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

The provisioning system that cable companies use (DOCSIS) does take care of registering a new cable modem, and providing service to it, and it will not allow a second cable modem to be used on the same account unless it is provisioned (and paid for). The 65Mbps should be enough for about 10 differe...
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Re: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

crake wrote:
Added the next tier internet service, so my DL speed is suppose to be 65 mbps at 5G.


I am not sure what you mean by 5G.


From speedtest.net, I get 65 mbps for DL at 5G, but only about 25 mbps at 2.4G

Our house is tiny by neighborhood standard, at 3,500 sq. ft.
by htdrag11
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimum cable and 2nd modem?
Replies: 27
Views: 1415

Optimum cable and 2nd modem?

I live in NJ, confining to multiple providers as long as I choose Optimum for internet service. We own a 2-story home with their Arris TM822 modem and my Securifi Almond+ router on the main floor. Added the next tier internet service, so my DL speed is suppose to be 65 mbps at 5G. However, I do see ...

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