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by jwblue
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Televisions: Is there any reason not to update software?
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Televisions: Is there any reason not to update software?

I own a Sony XBR-43X830C. We are receiving a message on the screen that a software update is available. I have read that updating software on an electronic device can sometimes create issues. Sometimes it is not possible to revert to a previous version of a software. Could this an issue with this te...
by jwblue
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door opener issue
Replies: 19
Views: 1394

Re: Garage door opener issue

Upon further investigation I am almost certain the issue is not the garage door opener itself. The noise is coming from the roller at the bottom of the garage door. The noise occurs where the track curves at the top. The wheels are plastic/synthetic and do not contain any all ball bearings. From wha...
by jwblue
Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door opener issue
Replies: 19
Views: 1394

Re: Garage door opener issue

Do you have a copy of the owner's manual? Mine says: "Once a Year • Oil door rollers, bearings and hinges. The opener does not require additional lubrication. Do not grease the door tracks." The garage door guy also recommended silicon lubricating spray because WD-40 tends to attract dirt...
by jwblue
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage door opener issue
Replies: 19
Views: 1394

Garage door opener issue

When opening the garage door just before the door finishes opening there is a noticeable squeak. It happens at the same point every time. I am wondering since it only squeaks one time if this is an issue besides it needing to be greased. If it was an issue with the track needing to be greased wouldn...
by jwblue
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 250
Views: 14845

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

I would think it is all about the interview. Would a supervisor who went to Yale hire an applicant that went Yale solely based on that fact? What if he liked the personality more of the applicant that went to a middle of the road state school? I would say he would hire the person that went to the mi...
by jwblue
Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet going down
Replies: 32
Views: 3060

Internet going down

Twitter, PayPal, CNN among many other sites having issues.
by jwblue
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a bright floor lamp
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Looking for a bright floor lamp

Need to light up a living room 17' x 10'. Maybe a little smaller.

Prefer 3 bulb but does not have to be.

Must be compatible with incandescent bulbs.

Up to $300.
by jwblue
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5475

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

It seems I could present this to my bank as for grounds for a refund. The California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act is in §502 of the California Penal Code. According to the State Administrative Manual of California, the purposes is as follows: "The Comprehensive Computer Dat...
by jwblue
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5475

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

Unfortunately I was not around when this occurred.

I am somewhat computer savvy. What would have been the solution to this issue? She said that the computer was turned off, and back on and the message was still there.
by jwblue
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5475

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

It seems I could present this to my bank as for grounds for a refund. The California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act is in §502 of the California Penal Code. According to the State Administrative Manual of California, the purposes is as follows: "The Comprehensive Computer Data...
by jwblue
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5475

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

Appreciate the advice.

If there is an issue with having the money refunded, I want to have as strong a case as possible.

What exact law did the company break with this scam?
by jwblue
Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5475

Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

My 86 yeard old mother was on her computer when her computer froze and a message appeared stating her computer was infected by a virus. There was a phone number to call to have the virus removed. She called that phone number and gave her credit card information. The credit card did not work so she g...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it possible to repair rotted wood on a structure?
Replies: 16
Views: 2150

Is it possible to repair rotted wood on a structure?

We have a wood structure outside our home. The wood is rotted. Is there any way to repair it using some type of polyester resin or another way? We would rather not replace it. What type of contractor might do this type of work? https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-eb7eNRxUdWU/VxK5qA4b43I/AAAAAAAABvk/r...
by jwblue
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home : Termites and spot treatment
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: Home : Termites and spot treatment

I read somewhere that wood is treated with Bora-Care it prevents it from being damaged by termites. This seems too good to be true. Does anyone know about this?
by jwblue
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home : Termites and spot treatment
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Home : Termites and spot treatment

How long is spot treatment of termites effective for getting rid of termites? We really do not want to have the tent treatment. In my area they charge about $1,200 to spot treat a 1,300 square foot home. I read through some of the treads in this forum about this topic. Some companies have a treatmen...
by jwblue
Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?
Replies: 20
Views: 1601

Re: Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?

I left out something important.

It is the online versions I am considering. Not desktop.

Will the online versions support what I want?
by jwblue
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?
Replies: 20
Views: 1601

Re: Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?

Can I still download all my transactions from my broker websites using Deluxe?

Is there still support from Turbo Tax if I need it?
by jwblue
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?
Replies: 20
Views: 1601

Turbo Tax - Deluxe or Premier?

Does Deluxe support stock trades? I almost certain I used Deluxe last year with stock trades but the TurboTax website says I need Premier.

I am asking about the online edition.
by jwblue
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is artificial grass safe?
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Is artificial grass safe?

I was hoping someone who already has done extensive research could answer this question. I have done a search on Google and found out that artificial grass can contain lead and other toxin. Is ag really maintenance free? I have read it isn not. We are weighing having ag and concrete installed in two...
by jwblue
Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing in stocks of companies in the same industry
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Investing in stocks of companies in the same industry

Is is not a good practice to purchase shares of companies in the same industry (e.g. Coca-Cola and Pepsi)?
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doctor
Replies: 14
Views: 11393

Re: HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doct

I am a PA that works in orthopedic surgery and PAs can provide results over the phone. You may have been talking to an OPA which is orthopedic physician assistant , but they are more like Ortho tech and not licensed to practice like PAs and nurse practitioners. It is a confusing name .That is proba...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doctor
Replies: 14
Views: 11393

Re: HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doct

Was it a medical assistant or a Physician Assistant? PAs or NPs can give results over the phone to whomever is listed on your HIPAA paperwork. Medical Assistants cannot (at least we don't allow them to at our practice). Most of the time if I leave a message I tell the patient to call me back. I don...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doctor
Replies: 14
Views: 11393

HIPAA law and release of test results over phone by doctor

This is a question that maybe only a physician can answer. I called my doctor's office in order to receive my blood test results. I spoke to the orthopedist's ortho assistant. He said he could not give my blood test results over the phone and that only the doctor could do this. He said I should sche...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?
Replies: 46
Views: 33200

Re: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnac

2. If possible choose the high efficiency furnace with variable speed fan motor. This will make inside temperature more stable, resulting in a noticeable improvement on comfortability. Another benefit is that a mid/lower end AC working with variable speed blower could increase its efficiency. For e...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?
Replies: 19
Views: 6821

Re: Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?

This is the reply I received on another forum. If you have existing metal round ducts then I would keep them and reseal and re-insulate them if needed. They are far superior to flex ducts for air flow, longevity, and leakage. As far as damage goes unless you have to tear out walls there shouldn't be...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?
Replies: 19
Views: 6821

Re: Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?

As a new homeowner with a house built in the 70's I'd be curious to hear the answer to this question. I've never heard of ducts needing to get replaced. It is also my understanding that flex duct is less efficient than rigid duct. Is there something prompting you to consider this? The HVAC installe...
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?
Replies: 19
Views: 6821

Should we have new ducts installed with our new a/c?

Our home was built in 1982. We are purchasing a new air conditioning unit.

Should we install new ducts? They will be R6 flexible ducts.

Will there need to be any damage done to our home to replace the old ducts?

Would there be any money saved by installing new ducts?
by jwblue
Mon May 19, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?
Replies: 46
Views: 33200

Re: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnac

Is it worth the money to install a high efficiency unit?

We live in the San Diego area. We would use the air conditioner about 5 months out of the year.
by jwblue
Fri May 16, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is heavy insider buying always a positive sign for a stock?
Replies: 19
Views: 1459

Re: Is heavy insider buying always a positive sign for a sto

As a cautionary tale, my only personal experience did not end well. I was an “insider” at Tyco, Int. back in the late 90’s. The company was the darling of Wall Street, and employees from the factory floor to the CEO were buying stock as fast as they could get it. Including me. I could buy a certain...
by jwblue
Fri May 16, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is heavy insider buying always a positive sign for a stock?
Replies: 19
Views: 1459

Is heavy insider buying always a positive sign for a stock?

I am considering investing in stock. Over the past two weeks there has been heavy insider buying. Is this always a good sign? Logic tells me it is but it is a high risk technology stock so I do not know if there could be some sort of manipulation. The stock was under $1.00 a few months ago. Filing D...
by jwblue
Thu May 15, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running a washing machine without water
Replies: 1
Views: 1590

Running a washing machine without water

By mistake I turned on the washing machine without turning on the water valves. It ran for about 10 minutes. Maybe longer. I do not recall what cycle it reached.

Is there likely damage? Should I call a technician before running it again?
by jwblue
Thu May 15, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?
Replies: 46
Views: 33200

Re: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnac

I have read good things about Trane.

Has anyone hear had experience with them?
by jwblue
Thu May 15, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?
Replies: 46
Views: 33200

Re: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnac

Is it me or does that seem like a lot of cooling capacity for a really small home?! Did the contractor perform a manual J computation (measured all rooms, doors and windows etc.) to calculate the cooling/heating load for the home? If he just performed a "rule of thumb" calculation based o...
by jwblue
Thu May 15, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?
Replies: 46
Views: 33200

What is the best brand of 3 ton air conditioner & furnace?

We received an estimate from a contractor to install a new air conditioner unit and furnace. He talked up Amanas as if they were clearly the best. He was convincing. It was the only brand he installs. I went online and read reviews for the Amana air conditioners and they were poor. Which is the most...
by jwblue
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Significant error in investment account
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Significant error in investment account

I am trying to reconcile $5K in my investment account. It seems it is an error.

However, I am a firm believer that these type of mistakes rarely occur.

Has anyone ever found this type of error in their investment account?

I am going to contact my brokerage.
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in Ap

You are not Vanguard, so I wouldn't worry. Besides, if you get things corrected by the broker, you aren't going to issue a 1099. Plus, there is an automatic 30 day extension as I read. For fun, look up what the penalty is for filing your 1099 late with the IRS. It might be $1.98 or $2 million, I do...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April

The easiest thing to do would be to change the SSN on the account now. But I wonder if it is too late. Here is what I would do under the circumstances. Both of you file for extensions until October, paying the taxes due now. Ask for the SSN correction and a corrected 1099 from the brokerage. It sho...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April

Note that my answer doesn't really answer your question because it assumes both of you know your own SSNs. Since you put your number next to her name, then it doesn't really apply, although I think I would just fake it. Who actually got the 1099? I don't see it in your OP. Appreciate the response. ...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Taxes: Changing Social Security number on tax form in April

I own an investment account in Joint Tenancy with my sister. My SSN is on the account. This was a mistake. We should have put her SSN. My sister paid all the money into the account. If she claims all the dividends earned in the account on her return she would pay zero taxes. If I claim half as Joint...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Claiming a dependent that receives Social Security
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Taxes: Claiming a dependent that receives Social Securit

Do you not believe the IRS? Person's own funds not used for support. A person's own funds are not support unless they are actually spent for support. Example. Your mother received $2,400 in social security benefits and $300 in interest. She paid $2,000 for lodging and $400 for recre­ ation. She put...
by jwblue
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes: Claiming a dependent that receives Social Security
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Taxes: Claiming a dependent that receives Social Security

I have an elderly sister that lives with me. Can I claim her as a dependent if her Social Security payments are more than half of her support? She pays some of her Social Security for food and secondary health insurance premiums. She saves the rest. I am finding conflicting information online. I rea...
by jwblue
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: It it a good investment to repair a leaking faucet?
Replies: 9
Views: 971

It it a good investment to repair a leaking faucet?

My mother lives in another state an has a kitchen faucet that is leaking. She will need to hire someone to fix it. It is a single handle and leaking from under the handle. It is also requires more effort than in the past to lift the handle to turn on the faucet. Would it be worth the money to hire a...
by jwblue
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 25618

What are reliable refrigerator brands these days?

Has anyone done refrigerator shopping lately?

Looking for a side by side without a water dispenser.

What about an Electrolux?

Haier?
by jwblue
Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new car vs leasing
Replies: 61
Views: 7192

Re: Buying a new car vs leasing

There isn't really a debate.

The only reason to lease a vehicle is to get the latest and greatest in a car every 2 years. It will cost more money in the long run.

Otherwise, buy and hold until repairs are are too high versus monthly payments of a new vehicle.
by jwblue
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Where can I find charts for international stocks?
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Where can I find charts for international stocks?

Where I can add more than one moving average?
by jwblue
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do multimillionaires have their money insured?
Replies: 10
Views: 2264

Re: How do multimillionaires have their money insured?

I guess the short answer is that you do not have any "money" in your brokerage accounts. You hold shares of securities. If you do not have a margin account then those shares never get lent out, never leave your account. Thus there is really no need to insure them. The broker is just holdi...
by jwblue
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do multimillionaires have their money insured?
Replies: 10
Views: 2264

How do multimillionaires have their money insured?

How do multimillionaires have their money insured?

I believe brokerage accounts have SIPC insurance up to a $500K value.
by jwblue
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is this a bad time to buy a bond fund?
Replies: 15
Views: 1970

Is this a bad time to buy a bond fund?

In the near future I want to begin a Boglehead Three Fund Portfolio. However, does the fact that interest rates are all but certain to rise in the near future mean it is unwise to buy a bond fund right now? What could be an alternative? Could I take the money that I was going to put in the bond fund...

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