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by lightheir
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyeglasses Problem - how to fix? Any Opticians Out There?
Replies: 24
Views: 1934

Re: Eyeglasses Problem - how to fix? Any Opticians Out There?

This won't solve your problem per se, but you should also seriously consider online glasses merchants like Zenni.com. I'll bet you can get something equivalent to your $350 of glasses for <$50. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually is - my last 3 pairs of glasses were all under $50 from Zenni....
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Stepping back from the generational gap debate up-thread.... Those of you on Facebook to monitor your teenagers should be aware that the real generational gap is Facebook is not really the social media app of choice for teenagers. Facebook is mostly the social media app for adults, and what teenage...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. You realize that every generation, literally going to back to the ancient Greeks, says this, right? The kids are fine. I admit I do not know all kids. But many of the teens I run into in town or new hires at work are ...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

FB is the logical culmination of the Narcissistic Herd Generation - pressured into posting your most intimate secrets and photos so that they can be enshrined forever on The Cloud. The web is dangerous enough, but if Big Brother ever takes over, his job will be so much easier thanks to social media...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

FB is the logical culmination of the Narcissistic Herd Generation - pressured into posting your most intimate secrets and photos so that they can be enshrined forever on The Cloud. The web is dangerous enough, but if Big Brother ever takes over, his job will be so much easier thanks to social media...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 7858

Re: Are you on Facebook?

I'm not on social media, but I think for adults like us where its usage isn't so dominant in our social circles say, compared to middle-schoolers, it's a completely different ballgame. In today's modern youth world, you're absolutely behind the social ballgame if you're completely left out of the po...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue
Replies: 34
Views: 10490

Re: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue

I live in a house with a teak floor now. I used to rent a place with an engineered laminate something. My teak floor is nice and beautiful and all, but honestly, the laminate looked just as good and was FAR more surface-scratch resistant to dog nails than my teak floor. I rented a tiny one-brm place...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend some nice, comfy mens work socks
Replies: 16
Views: 681

Recommend some nice, comfy mens work socks

Looking to upgrade my mens work socks. Desk job, so no special requirements, but given that my socks pretty much last forever now, I'm ok with spending more for improved comfort, appearance, etc.
by lightheir
Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart rate monitors
Replies: 22
Views: 1126

Re: Heart rate monitors

Are you a professional athlete? Have a heart problem? I've gone my whole life without a HRM. Ran marathons, cycled century rides, climbed mountains. Keep it simple. Me too. Playing with data is fun though so I think about it from time to time. However, I can count my pulse for 15 sec and multiply b...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 3922

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

You can rest safe that these hackers aren't going to take the time to first hack into your google drive account, then dig through your files to find your financial records, and then try and impersonate you online. Take basic security measure, but no need to be paranoid about it as an individual. Th...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 3922

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

Reality is that individuals like us who aren't gazillionaires or celebrities have very little to worry about having our online files stolen, so long as you're using something with basic reasonable security, which is included in most cloud storage services. Hackers will NOT waste their time first hac...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 3922

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

Cloud + local is very safe. However, this article likely far overblows the fear of a full cloud data wipeout. Something like this happens to vanishingly few users - say compared to the MILLIONS of users who lose years+ of accumulated data every time they do something as simple as upgrading their com...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]
Replies: 19
Views: 1144

Re: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]

Even better: Go cloud based. With google drive, everything is password protected with double authentication. Lol that works great until their internal systems are compromised and your data is now all over the dark webs. There is no way I would rely on cloud for storing any sensitive data unless I e...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your plan if you lose job tomorrow ??
Replies: 73
Views: 5972

Re: What is your plan if you loose job tomorrow ??

My job is mostly volunteer. I could quit tomorrow and it would not affect our income or much else. I do it because it is my passion. If I disliked my job or had a creepy boss, I'd definitely be active looking for a new, different way to support myself in a different environment. Life is too short t...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your plan if you lose job tomorrow ??
Replies: 73
Views: 5972

Re: What is your plan if you loose job tomorrow ??

I don't think this is as fair a question for those near-retirement age for BHers, since a lot of BHers have been responsible enough with their finances that they can retire early with only minimal suffering as they're basically there. It's a lot different if you're <45 (myself). I'd have to immediat...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]
Replies: 19
Views: 1144

Re: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]

Even better: Go cloud based. With google drive, everything is password protected with double authentication. Keep minimal or only "don't care if lost" files and software on the laptop. If you have the mindset that you can get 95+% of your functionality on any internet-connected computer wi...
by lightheir
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tires: Yay or Nay
Replies: 105
Views: 5432

Re: Winter Tires: Yay or Nay

I lived in NY for most of my life. Not exactly a snowbelt place, but I've been through regular snow and quite a few big-time blizzards. I would DEFINITELY say yes to the snow tires. The improvement in drive quality in snow and ice is very noticeable. It goes from feeling quite dicey with lots of sli...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HOA Swimming Pool Trespassing Issue
Replies: 100
Views: 7003

Re: HOA Swimming Pool Trespassing Issue

I doubt those police monitoring apps work as well as you think. Calling the cops if they're there regularly should work.
by lightheir
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raising a reader
Replies: 53
Views: 3241

Re: Raising a reader

Our son is going to be 8 months old soon, and both my wife and I want to ensure that he gets into a habit of reading from an early age. What strategies have worked for parents here for that? Any ideas you guys can share? Thanks! Any ideas? Ok. The hard, hard truth is that universal literacy is vast...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for teenage son
Replies: 61
Views: 4648

Re: Car for teenage son

I don't see why an 11-year old Odyssey is undriveable. It should definitely be your first choice unless the repair cost is currently enough to make you really want to jettison it. Honda's tend to be driveable well past the 10 year mark without undue costly repairs. I think adults tend to overgeneral...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A nice wrist watch under $1500
Replies: 42
Views: 2939

Re: A nice wrist watch under $1500

I think it's an absolute must if you're spending $1500 on a watch for it to have a sapphire face. That seems to be one of the biggest difference between $1k+ watches vs lesser ones. I can't myself bring myself to spend that much on a watch, but for many of those who critique this as a wasteful luxur...
by lightheir
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Tires - Anyone ever frustrated?
Replies: 86
Views: 5792

Re: Costco Tires - Anyone ever frustrated?

The lesson learned is to always be wary when dealing with 'free' promised services down the road, from non-premium vendors that make it a specific point to have top notch customer service (which you'll be paying for with the premium/luxury pricing.) While I haven't used Costco for tires, this has pr...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"
Replies: 48
Views: 3869

Re: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"

I went non-iphone Republic Wireless because of this price gouging. Yes, they should charge less if not subsidizing the phone, but clearly they aren't doing so. Reasons enough to move to a different carrier/phone model - you'd be surprised how good noniphones are - they're every bit as good now.
by lightheir
Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?
Replies: 70
Views: 5895

Re: Bogleheads, have we "arrived" ?

Financially independent, meaning you don't need to work at all unless you to choose to, and still will have a comfortable retirement (based on your desired standard of living.)
by lightheir
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bicycle recommendations
Replies: 72
Views: 4519

Re: bicycle recommendations

Off topic a bit, but I just had to post this interesting and funny video of a pro mountain biker doing a gnarly descent on a $179 Huffy mountain bike. It's stressful to watch - I won't spoil the surprises, but expect mechanical failures at inopportune moments! http://digg.com/video/walmart-mountain-...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?
Replies: 52
Views: 3135

Re: Alternatives to Traditional Pasta?

Probably wouldn't be good for the volume of a party, but two very good vegan options are zucchini pasta and carrot pasta made with a spiralizer.
by lightheir
Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bicycle recommendations
Replies: 72
Views: 4519

Re: bicycle recommendations

Bikes from Walmart work for me. :happy Mine cost $169 at Walmart and is a beautiful lime green with handlebars in just the right place. I added a really big, cushy seat. That said, it weighs about 300 pounds when I try to lift it onto my bike rack. :( But I use it only a couple of times a year for ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headphones, consumerism, and escalation of "needs"
Replies: 55
Views: 4415

Re: Headphones, consumerism, and escalation of "needs"

Remember the anticipation you had as a child waiting for Christmas morning so you finally open those presents? Sometimes doing research can make you feel like that again. The anticipation can be half the fun. The anticipation IS the fun. I still spend some time reading up on all the latest and grea...
by lightheir
Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 251
Views: 20949

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Not so high a milage, but low miles/year. That is even more frugal. My 2002 is at 109K My wife's 2000 is at 60K Both of us have about a 2 to 3 mile commute which is not bike friendly. Not sure if it's just unsafe, but if it is 'bikeable', a $2k electric bike would be the best investment for a commu...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great fiction for the summer and beyond
Replies: 21
Views: 1984

Re: Great fiction for the summer and beyond

I hated Station 11. To this day, I have no idea what the point of that book was or why it's garned so much praise. Too little scifi to be called scifi, too little drama to be called a drama, and all the suspense ends up in really, really underwhelming finishes. The writing also isn't anything specia...
by lightheir
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs
Replies: 54
Views: 3688

Re: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs

I get 100Mbps down, 20Mbps up on the wired ethernet network. That's the 'normal' internet speed here for Comcast in Norcal, but it does cost about $80/month. Definitely be aware of optimizing your wireless setup - you can lose a ton of speed with distance as well as only a few walls in the way. I us...
by lightheir
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SSD + HDD good option for upgrading desktop PC?
Replies: 62
Views: 6979

Re: SSD + HDD good option for upgrading desktop PC?

The processor is deficient. I wouldn't bother upgrading that machine. Any modern PC with modest specs will significantly outperform it. Disagree for OP's use - he says basic things - no gaming. My laptop is now 6 years old and runs all basic nongaming stuff flawlessly, even with a very mediocre-at-...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.
Replies: 37
Views: 2867

Re: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.

Off topic, but I do recall being shocked at how quickly the print encyclopedias up and decided they were going out of business. As I recall, Wikipedia and the online encyclopedias were clearly on the rise, but at that point, had definitely NOT surpassed (even close to it) the popularity and referenc...
by lightheir
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: alternatives to AOL
Replies: 34
Views: 1971

Re: alternatives to AOL

My mom still wastes $10 per month or so to pay for all email. Drives me bonkers and she will NOT change to Gmail!!
by lightheir
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody successfully start writing fiction for pay as a side income?
Replies: 25
Views: 2735

Anybody successfully start writing fiction for pay as a side income?

Just curious.

Anybody successfully start writing fiction for pay as a side income? If so, what do you think is important about yourself that allowed you to succeed? Just curious - seems like a fun thing to do.
by lightheir
Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self Driving Cars
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: Self Driving Cars

It would be hilarious to see SDCs in a old city like Boston :oops: we drive on converted cow paths, I doubt any algorithm can figure them out. I will conjecture that this would be a very easy problem to solve, and I'm not even an engineer. When automated cars get to fairly high penetrance, it's inv...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self Driving Cars
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: Self Driving Cars

Truly autonomous SDCs are a very long way off. What we are seeing out on the roads currently is a "demo" that works well in good light and good weather conditions on roads that are far from challenging. People forget that we have been traveling in large jet airplanes since the 60s and tha...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self Driving Cars
Replies: 51
Views: 2313

Re: My prediction

I made this prediction in 2012 and I still stand by it. By 2060 it will be illegal for humans to drive in the USA. I sincerely doubt that. It's still perfectly legal to drive without seat belts, if your car is old enough (~196X, depending on the state), and that's a fifty year grandfathering. I cou...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!

Not sure why you would compare an MP3CD to a Kindle book. But when I search for "The Fold" in MP3CD format: - audiobookstand.com = $7.99 - Amazon = $9.99 When I search for "Grunt" - audiobookstand.com = $15.99 - Amazon = $15.02 It pays to check each title. Only 4 personal financ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!

I would think that in general, and audiobook should cost a lot MORE than a Kindle-format book. For most mainstream books, it's not uncommon for the audiobook to cost $29, whereas the kindle version will be $9.99. Makes sense, considering you need to add costs for the narrator and production for the ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Separate data partition on dual-boot system?
Replies: 60
Views: 3260

Re: Separate data partition on dual-boot system?

To be fair, you can execute simple commands in MS Windows with a Batch file . Using Notepad, create "Hello.bat": You can also use doskey , or New-Alias in the power shell. Similarly in bash you can use alias or set up a shell script. There are probably other ways to skin the cat, although...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!
Replies: 3
Views: 459

audiobookstand.com - $6 legit audiobooks !?!

I came across this website audiobookstand.com recently as I was looking for a source of audiobooks for driving (I asked about audible.com here a few months ago). I suspect it's fairly new to the scene, as I couldn't find any reviews of it (as opposed to many reviews of audible.com) To my amazement, ...
by lightheir
Tue May 31, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soapbox (car safety features)
Replies: 240
Views: 24250

Re: Soapbox (car safety features)

I don't need to defend my cool features. I have it, I use it, I mostly like it. If you don't see the benefit, then don't buy it. Stop being curmudgeons. And stop calling me inattentive because I use it. I was inattentive before I started using it. I AGREE! Unfortunately, the OP and several others-i...
by lightheir
Tue May 31, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soapbox (car safety features)
Replies: 240
Views: 24250

Re: Soapbox (car safety features)

I don't need to defend my cool features. I have it, I use it, I mostly like it. If you don't see the benefit, then don't buy it. Stop being curmudgeons. And stop calling me inattentive because I use it. I was inattentive before I started using it. I AGREE! Unfortunately, the OP and several others-i...
by lightheir
Tue May 31, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone got used to reading very technical/academic papers online?
Replies: 22
Views: 1745

Re: anyone got used to reading very technical/academic papers online?

I read tons of technical (bioscience) papers on small screens even before screens were that good. I did most of my reading (which was a lot) on a 11 inch screen since that was a portable sized laptop that I could use in the lab and on the road. It does take some practice and familiarity with keyboar...
by lightheir
Sun May 29, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I want a house with a pool?
Replies: 96
Views: 7536

Re: Do I want a house with a pool?

You have to have a pretty big pool to so any serious lap swimming - 25 meters at least. Ours is 32 feet long and still too short. Home pools are for floating around, cooling off. Except lap pools, maybe. Kinda off topic, but I'm a fairly serious triathlete, and swimming is something that I have to ...
by lightheir
Sun May 29, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I want a house with a pool?
Replies: 96
Views: 7536

Re: Do I want a house with a pool?

You have to have a pretty big pool to so any serious lap swimming - 25 meters at least. Ours is 32 feet long and still too short. Home pools are for floating around, cooling off. Except lap pools, maybe. Kinda off topic, but I'm a fairly serious triathlete, and swimming is something that I have to ...

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