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by jridger2011
Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 3241

Re: Math and Computer Science

What would be the end goal job? 1. Software 2. Web Development 3. Database related 4. Network / Security 5. IT Project Consulting 6. Software Sales If interested in jobs 1-4, probably need a CS degree. If not interested in any, maybe CS is not a good major to spend the time studying topics he does n...
by jridger2011
Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling in Retirement
Replies: 57
Views: 4299

Re: Traveling in Retirement

There are some trips that are less likely in retirement because the amount of walking can be exhausting. Think of the cool places in Europe that has a bit of cobblestone or the uneven terrains in very light scenic hikes. There are some things that cannot be put off if you want to enjoy them.
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for parents with Perfectionist Child?
Replies: 48
Views: 3422

Re: Advice for parents with Perfectionist Child?

A while ago I read this on the Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/12/the-silicon-valley-suicides/413140/

Those kids were really great students and it is very shocking this could happen.
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?

Personally, I like some of the expandable Eagle Creek bags. That way you can carry-on, but have the option of checking the bag on the way home if you buy a bunch of stuff. They also have a good international option. Ebags carries Eagle Creek and it can also be found at the Container store. They hav...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save
Replies: 44
Views: 4256

Re: Warning on Amazon Subscribe & Save

I have ordered some coffee from Amazon through the S&S program. The first order hooked me onto the brand, there was a coupon to clip, and it brought the price down a few dollars. Over time, this coffee that usually retails for around $9 is now $12 on Amazon. I had to cancel it even with the conv...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?

we bought Samsung luggage over holidays that advertised as 21". On flight from US to UK, BA had no issues with it. On flight from UK to Asia, the gate rep said that with the handle (a leather one), it is more than 21" and hence checked it to final destination. I now dont even know which i...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Tips for Packing & Moving?
Replies: 14
Views: 1281

Re: Best Tips for Packing & Moving?

I rented some moving boxes before and ordered some of these things: http://www.staples.com/Wardrobe-Box-With-Bar-20x20x34/product_1643937?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:1643937&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=1643937&KPID=1643937&gclid=Cj0KEQiA0Na1BRDlkqOcyczng5cBEiQAnEDa2IaNky8QU3EDS4t1CtKG9BsgZbG_zev8kk...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?

we bought Samsung luggage over holidays that advertised as 21". On flight from US to UK, BA had no issues with it. On flight from UK to Asia, the gate rep said that with the handle (a leather one), it is more than 21" and hence checked it to final destination. I now dont even know which i...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: Airllne carry on luggage size: recommendations?

we bought Samsung luggage over holidays that advertised as 21". On flight from US to UK, BA had no issues with it. On flight from UK to Asia, the gate rep said that with the handle (a leather one), it is more than 21" and hence checked it to final destination. I now dont even know which i...
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sibling's destination wedding?
Replies: 110
Views: 6070

Re: Sibling's destination wedding?

Since it is a sibling, I would vote on going but making a trip out of it with your family. Attend the wedding, do fun stuff at the destination that your family likes, make a really cool photo book of it.
by jridger2011
Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone travel without hacking?
Replies: 73
Views: 6436

Re: Anyone travel without hacking?

I have not traveled enough to invest the time into it. I am usually more focused on planning the trip and things to do on the trip. I never worked in consulting so I did not experience that feeling of having a lot of points.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook replacement battery (do you get what you pay for?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1350

Re: Macbook replacement battery (do you get what you pay for?)

I would not recommend getting aftermarket batteries for a laptop because even with OEM batteries there can be a risk as printed on the battery and power adapter.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Boglehead Way of Employment
Replies: 82
Views: 6637

Re: The Boglehead Way of Employment

I think the Boglehead way would be assessing your needs, risks, and passions together. Needs: Income that sustains a life you want to live with the hours/environment that you can sustain. Working night shifts, long shifts, outdoors, heavy travel, etc is not for everyone. Risks: A lot of jobs have ri...
by jridger2011
Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Serta iComfort / Tempurpedic - Buying a Mattress
Replies: 40
Views: 2930

Re: Serta iComfort / Tempurpedic - Buying a Mattress

Just to add in some personal experience with Tempurpedic, after owning one for more than 3 years, the mattress is still in good shape. No sagging or dents. I worried about the smell and also worried about being too hot. Even by adding a mattress protector, it did not feel too hot to sleep in during ...
by jridger2011
Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feel like talking "R"
Replies: 20
Views: 3333

Re: Anyone feel like talking "R"

Sas user here, although I have wanted to learn r for a while. What are the advantages? I think the main advantage is being free to use. I still have a SAS book from the official course I took years back. I haven't opened it in years because I don't have a copy at home to use. Some workplaces restri...
by jridger2011
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feel like talking "R"
Replies: 20
Views: 3333

Re: Anyone feel like talking "R"

Data analysis is the big topic... I have some code to draw in 332 .csv files and would like to understand the list.files; list. I was trying to compare the list.files function to data.frame or data.matrix file. What does the ______._________ mean? I am kinda basic right now. :beer What type of file...
by jridger2011
Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does a BH play the lottery?
Replies: 78
Views: 3746

Re: Does a BH play the lottery?

Bought a total of less than $10 worth of tickets. It was a fun conversation piece of what absurd things to do with that much money. The chances of winning a big prize are pretty slim, but it is still fun to joke about it.
by jridger2011
Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feel like talking "R"
Replies: 20
Views: 3333

Re: Anyone feel like talking "R"

I feel like talking R. Let me know what topics would be fun to discuss. There are some paths that are fun to explore: 1. Data Analysis => turn your old SAS code into R. If stats is not something you do day to day, move to option 2. 2. Data Aggregation => turn SQL queries within tables you have into ...
by jridger2011
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving for the future vs you only live once
Replies: 72
Views: 7948

Re: Saving for the future vs you only live once

I think most of us agree there has to be a balance. If you have goals it makes it easier to make decisions. We also change over time, it does not make sense to always apply the same rules. BH forum folks know how to save and the value of time against savings. Find a savings rate that works for you a...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why plane fares so expensive???
Replies: 53
Views: 5021

Re: Why plane fares so expensive???

I poked around the site a bit and there are some deals. Round trip tickets from NYC Surrounding Area to ATL can be expensive, around $250 if purchasing several weeks in advance. Using Skiplagged, it is possible to find fares that are $80 each way. This is a good deal, but the concern is mentioned a...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why plane fares so expensive???
Replies: 53
Views: 5021

Re: Why plane fares so expensive???

I poked around the site a bit and there are some deals. Round trip tickets from NYC Surrounding Area to ATL can be expensive, around $250 if purchasing several weeks in advance. Using Skiplagged, it is possible to find fares that are $80 each way. This is a good deal, but the concern is mentioned ab...
by jridger2011
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vision - problems seeing things up-close
Replies: 24
Views: 1611

Re: Vision - problems seeing things up-close

I think you could visit an optometrist and get fitted for progressive lens (no line bifocal). It's a good clean look, without fussing with your glasses day to day.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?
Replies: 15
Views: 880

Re: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?

I'm looking now at setting individual limits, but I do not see the option to set allowances. Under "Manage Data", it just gives options to add/remove data allowances for the entire account. Are you talking about Verizon? I'm looking at this page http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/know...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why plane fares so expensive???
Replies: 53
Views: 5021

Re: Why plane fares so expensive???

Look at http://www.skiplagged.com especially if you are flying into a hub. - I've read that if you use any frequent flyer programs, skipping out on the last leg of a flight, could cause a cancellation of your account. You don't sign into your account and you don't use your frequent flyer number. Th...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?
Replies: 15
Views: 880

Re: Best wireless providers for managing shared data plans?

I'm looking now at setting individual limits, but I do not see the option to set allowances. Under "Manage Data", it just gives options to add/remove data allowances for the entire account.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why plane fares so expensive???
Replies: 53
Views: 5021

Re: Why plane fares so expensive???

mikep wrote:Look at http://www.skiplagged.com especially if you are flying into a hub.


I've read that if you use any frequent flyer programs, skipping out on the last leg of a flight, could cause a cancellation of your account.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Prospects for English Majors?
Replies: 73
Views: 4968

Re: Job Prospects for English Majors?

I'll add to this based on experience working with folks that have gone this route. Case 1: Ivy League English Major Career Path: Non Profit, Private Companies for Strategy, Top MBA Program, Investment Banking Case 2: Local College English Major Career Path: Non Profit, MA Degree, Higher Ed Administr...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SIL looking at a MLM "opportunity" - how to protect her?
Replies: 18
Views: 2526

Re: SIL looking at a MLM "opportunity" - how to protect her?

Your SIL has a background in accounting and would know how much she needs to earn in profit in order to sustain this venture. What would probably need protecting are relationships since she needs to cast a wide enough net to profit. I feel like these MLM things make for really awkward conversations ...
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Smartphone Camera
Replies: 21
Views: 1081

Re: Best Smartphone Camera

I would stick with a dedicated camera. I found that my iPhone camera is good in a lot of cases but can be blurry at times and not so good for low light settings. You don't need to carry a big camera, there are tons of smaller ones with good sensors that will last a few hundred shots.
by jridger2011
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Engaged...So how do we handle finances now?
Replies: 40
Views: 3641

Re: Engaged...So how do we handle finances now?

Congrats! I would probably keep things separate until the marriage because it would be a hassle to change names on bank accounts, etc. It would not be a bad thing to just list out the bills and split it by percentages of earnings. I would not recommend helping each other pay off loans until after ma...
by jridger2011
Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 8046

Re: How to learn a second language

I think a full immersion is needed to really learn and enjoy the second language. This includes listening to music and watching shows/movies in that language. The hardest part is getting the vocabulary big enough, learning the tenses, plural and singular, and knowing idioms. A Chinese man told me on...
by jridger2011
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Buy Luxury Watches/Jewelry
Replies: 16
Views: 1654

Re: How to Buy Luxury Watches/Jewelry

I would recommend an independent shop locally as well. Nice watches need service and you would need to find a place you can trust for maintenance of your watch.
by jridger2011
Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dress shirts and button-down shirts - budget and quality overview
Replies: 40
Views: 4067

Re: Dress shirts and button-down shirts - budget and quality overview

A thread I can contribute my thoughts in and this pertains to colors/patterns. I do not think it is worth spending on expensive white shirts. They get worn out fast even with great care. Solid color shirts, this is where you cannot skimp because the color will fade and it will look very worn after s...
by jridger2011
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True cost of a [dental] implant
Replies: 36
Views: 4907

Re: True cost of a [dental] implant

I'm not sure what the true cost is, but in NYC, a dental practice in Manhattan, it will come in around $5000. The dental implant process is long and requires a number of visits so I am not sure if this type of thing is worth traveling for. Visits: 1. Extraction + optional Bone Graft 2. Checkup 3. I...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: True cost of a [dental] implant
Replies: 36
Views: 4907

Re: True cost of a [dental] implant

I'm not sure what the true cost is, but in NYC, a dental practice in Manhattan, it will come in around $5000. The dental implant process is long and requires a number of visits so I am not sure if this type of thing is worth traveling for. Visits: 1. Extraction + optional Bone Graft 2. Checkup 3. Im...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potential price appreciation of townhouse vs. single family house
Replies: 25
Views: 1795

Re: Potential price appreciation of townhouse vs. single family house

A nice thing about a townhouse that uses property management is no waking up early to plow the driveway and no yard work.
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1
Replies: 26
Views: 2581

Re: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1

Thank you all for the responses. I think I will go with the Sonos system because most experiences from people have been positive. There is just not enough information on the Bose SoundTouch and I do worry the software will not get the refinement Sonos keeps getting.
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads: Share how you like to vacation
Replies: 113
Views: 8734

Re: Bogleheads: Share how you like to vacation

Finding the money and time to take a vacation is pretty amazing so I try to be selective as much as possible. I'm not a fan of sitting on the beach to do nothing all day but it does sound fun for a day or two, not a week's worth. I like visiting smaller cities with good food. I live in NYC, an expen...
by jridger2011
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1
Replies: 26
Views: 2581

Re: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1

I'm looking for a simple product that can play media wirelessly. It would help to better understand your specific requirements. Any of a number of solutions can play media wirelessly. However, how do you specifically need to connect? You mention Bluetooth as a pro and lack of line in as a con. Do y...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1
Replies: 26
Views: 2581

Re: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1

I have the Sonos 1. I have 6 of them. I also bought the Sonos 3's, brought both home to compare, frankly couldn't tell the difference so brought the 3's back. Plus the 1's are easier to tuck out of the way. Sonos has apps for smartphones and there's 3rd party apps for Windows phones. I'm happy with...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1
Replies: 26
Views: 2581

Bose SoundTouch 10 vs Sonos Play:1

I'm looking for a simple product that can play media wirelessly. I've owned a Logitech Squeezebox Boom in the past that broke down. Logitech was great hardware, but the software was poor and eventually discontinued support. I'm looking for a similar product. Two of those products fit the price and f...
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get a grip! (on your iPhone)
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: Get a grip! (on your iPhone)

I wonder if these are easy to go inside pants pockets. I've had cases that were grippy but they were lint magnets.
by jridger2011
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What am I missing ? ... Smart Phones $100 vs. $600
Replies: 65
Views: 5766

Re: What am I missing ? ... Smart Phones $100 vs. $600

I think the best explanation is really about your personal preferences. There are $100 smartphones that will fill a need really simply. It has email access, some apps, a camera, and works fairly well. The point is fairly well. Some people want a really good system with a combination of great hardwar...
by jridger2011
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cord - Netflix or Hulu?
Replies: 50
Views: 3640

Re: Cutting the cord - Netflix or Hulu?

I found this website useful to go along with Netflix http://instantwatcher.com/

Netflix has a good collection of shows and documentaries that are very focused on topics. The older shows are great, too.
by jridger2011
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do high earners get rid of their junk?
Replies: 59
Views: 8899

Re: How do high earners get rid of their junk?

Mostly give away or throw away if it is too outdated to be useful, like old computers. Because of the amount of waste, I am more mindful when buying things.
by jridger2011
Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Pricing of Product at different prices
Replies: 28
Views: 3277

Re: Amazon Pricing of Product at different prices

Be careful with choosing a lower-priced third party for some common things. I've had the experience where the product got really good ratings from reviewers but when I chose a third party seller, I felt like I got a knock-off without the branded retail packaging. Since it is a hassle to deal with re...
by jridger2011
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Philly /NJ/NYC weather at Thanksgiving
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Philly /NJ/NYC weather at Thanksgiving

The area is not freezing during that time of the year, but feels colder because you will most likely walk around a lot more. Bring some really warm socks and something to cover your head/ears and dress for 40 degree weather.
by jridger2011
Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any one here live with parents or in laws for a long time?
Replies: 26
Views: 2964

Re: Any one here live with parents or in laws for a long time?

For some cultures this is a great arrangement since it saves money for things like family vacations, music lessons, test prep, and other things that would be harder to save for with a big mortgage. If your spouse is not happy with the arrangement it would not be healthy for your marriage to stay.
by jridger2011
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting New York in early November
Replies: 58
Views: 4838

Re: Visiting New York in early November

For anyone staying during the weekend, please look at the weekender for MTA service: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html It's unlikely you will venture outside of Manhattan during your stay, but if you do, you really need to look at the weekend train service updates to avoid waiting for a train that...
by jridger2011
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting New York in early November
Replies: 58
Views: 4838

Re: Visiting New York in early November

For anyone staying during the weekend, please look at the weekender for MTA service: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html It's unlikely you will venture outside of Manhattan during your stay, but if you do, you really need to look at the weekend train service updates to avoid waiting for a train that ...

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