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by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

OOooh, that's a super awesome monitor Acer Predator 34 inches. I seriously want that! Curious - does yours have G-sync? And on that note, how important is G-sync anyway? I know it's about the screen tearing with frame refresh vs video card mismatches, but to me it seems like tearing would be a reall...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

OOooh, that's a super awesome monitor Acer Predator 34 inches. I seriously want that! Curious - does yours have G-sync? And on that note, how important is G-sync anyway? I know it's about the screen tearing with frame refresh vs video card mismatches, but to me it seems like tearing would be a reall...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

Questino re: 3440 resolution - do you have problems if you have to run the games in 1080p (because the game might not support higher resolutions?) Or does it run fine just with the letterbox format?
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least expensive iPhone
Replies: 65
Views: 5559

Re: Least expensive iPhone

Yeah, if OP is that cost conscious, he/she should seriously consider Android alternatives. I'm on Republic Wireless, and you can buy the very good entry level phones for <$250 that will run neck and neck with most non-bleeding edge iphones. My phone bill last month from Republic wireless was $11. Fo...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least expensive iPhone
Replies: 65
Views: 5559

Re: Least expensive iPhone

Yeah, if OP is that cost conscious, he/she should seriously consider Android alternatives. I'm on Republic Wireless, and you can buy the very good entry level phones for <$250 that will run neck and neck with most non-bleeding edge iphones. My phone bill last month from Republic wireless was $11. Fo...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

I don't have time to do a detailed post. But you should REALLY consider ultra wide, specifically 3440x1440. I could write paragraphs trying to convince you, but I won't. Ultra wide is great if you're going to be using the pc to do work or just like having lots of real estate. It eliminates the need...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

How are 1080p and 2k really any different? 1080p: 1920x1080 2k: 2048x1080 The additional 128 horizontal pixels (138k total pixels) should not really have any bearing on how much graphics horsepower you need. This is a 6.7% increase in pixel count. Contrast that with going from 1080p to 4k, which is...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 19
Views: 703

PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

This one's for the diehard PC gamers out there, and def not for everyone, but I know BHers have a fairly decent stable of computerheads, so strut your stuff! I'm still trying to decide which PC gaming build to do. Yes, I'm a fully grown man, and I honestly barely have time to game (let alone do anyt...
by lightheir
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1383

Re: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?

OP sounds like a relatively casual rider (not riding every day or in very adverse or tough conditions) so I'd expect either disc brakes or regular road-type caliper brakes to work well. If you're commuting in rain, def try and get disc brakes as they perform a lot better in rain/water. Same if you'r...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?
Replies: 109
Views: 6816

Re: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?

And I guess I should have added to my housing comments - I was meaning that the OP could afford the housing upgarde without undue financial burden (which it sounds like he can do.) I think pretty much ANY large purchase (obviously housing is usually amongst the biggest purchases) that ties you down...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?
Replies: 109
Views: 6816

Re: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?

The housing though, is def legit. I wish it wasn't, but it absolutely is life-changing, and probably THE most life-changing way you can possibly spend your money. It is life-changing for you . I have three close friends and a neighbor who bought mansions (not McMansions, but legit 10,000+ sqft mons...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?
Replies: 109
Views: 6816

Re: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?

The housing though, is def legit. I wish it wasn't, but it absolutely is life-changing, and probably THE most life-changing way you can possibly spend your money. It is life-changing for you . I have three close friends and a neighbor who bought mansions (not McMansions, but legit 10,000+ sqft mons...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?
Replies: 109
Views: 6816

Re: How long for hedonic adaptation to set in?

FWIW, I've tried to live super frugally as an adult and then have moved upwards since. The one thing I will definitely say was worth spending (big) money on, was housing, whether it be rented housing or a purchased home. I thought I could get away with living in a smaller, less quality place for a l...
by lightheir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 54
Views: 4016

Re: WiFi [extender]

FWIW, I have had zero problems with any devices on my Google wifi. 6 different phones, which include seamless wifi handoffs on Republic wireless's wifi-based calling, 5 computers, 2 tablets, 2 TVs. The few times I thought the Google wifi was going bonkers (as all other wifi routers/repeaters have do...
by lightheir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla roof deposit: Anyone paid one?
Replies: 16
Views: 2063

Re: Tesla roof deposit: Anyone paid one?

Tesla roof comes with lifetime warranty. What happens if Tesla goes out of business? When Tesla goes bankrupt your warranty is worthless. Yes, I said when, not if. You can't run a company at a multi-billion dollar loss and expect to make it up on volume. Ha ask Amazon, uber, spacex, etc all of whic...
by lightheir
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going First Class
Replies: 42
Views: 2325

Re: Going First Class

When I inherited several million dollars last year we decided that while we had no interest in a nicer home, fancy cars, expensive clothes, watches, handbags etc... we were only gonna to fly first class. The reactions when I have told people have been interesting often expressions of disbeief. Like...
by lightheir
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 54
Views: 4016

Re: WiFi [extender]

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender (EX7000-100NAS) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R92CLD6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is on the top floor corner of my home. 3 stories, 6000 sf, covers entire home (wood, concrete, stucco), also reaches to the stables which...
by lightheir
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 54
Views: 4016

Re: WiFi [extender]

Does anyone know the price curve of google wifi and the other home mesh networks? Would a sub $100 per device solution be expected in 1, 2 or 5 years? Don't cheap out and suffer the indiginity of inferior wifi for a few years just in hope that some vaporware <$100 device will save the day. It's $23...
by lightheir
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

Sort of off topic, however regarding phone cables, I recently upgraded my phone to a Motorola X play phone on Republic Wireless. This phone has a monster battery that lasts nearly two days with regular use. As a result, I only use One charging cord and it's at my home base station. I never need to u...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too much house? (nervous 1st time buyer)
Replies: 57
Views: 3963

Re: Too much house? (nervous 1st time buyer)

I would actually encourage you to buy in this situation. I think it's as close to a no-lose situation for you, honestly. I hear loud and clear all the financial concerns listed above, all of which are legitimate, including poor liquidity, undiversification, and additional costs etc. I also agree tha...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On the video games path - how to set it up with younger kids
Replies: 36
Views: 2015

Re: On the video games path - how to set it up with younger kids

If there is one thing for certain, it is that playing lots of video games as a child does not render you a social and intellectual mess. Tons of kids such as myself played tons of video games in our childhood and ended up extremely successful today, and not just because of intellectual or game type ...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Fresh & the value of your time
Replies: 25
Views: 2731

Re: Amazon Fresh & the value of your time

I've used it before and liked it - I liked that they used "Sprouts" where I am, which is a smaller market grocery store. The one thing that surprised me with one delivery though and def gave me pause - on one of my orders, the delivery person wasn't the typical young adult experimenting with the 'gi...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a car without thinking too much about value
Replies: 45
Views: 3966

Re: I bought a car without thinking too much about value

I did similar as you 8 year ago when I got a new job. The Prius costed 60% of my annual income when I bought it new (I was relying on my parents for backup/emergency expenditure.) Went in, asked the most convenient dealer to me if they could handily beat the Costco price, and I then reasoned my time...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?

Seiko has watches with a Sapphire crystal at reasonable prices (difference between Sapphire and Hardlex in a given watch is sometimes less than $50). I'm used to seeing sapphire on Seikos (which typically cost $250+). I think you should look other places. My current sapphire crystal Seiko is around...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?

bottlecap wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:11 pm
Why do you think sapphire crystal is so expensive that it adds $200 to a watch?

I don't get it. I've purchased two watches in the last three years for under $100 that have sapphire crystal.

JT
Which brand of watches did you purchase that had sapphire crystal faces that were <$100?
by lightheir
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Re: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?

Seiko has watches with a Sapphire crystal at reasonable prices (difference between Sapphire and Hardlex in a given watch is sometimes less than $50). I'm used to seeing sapphire on Seikos (which typically cost $250+). It's stuff like this that is new to me: https://www.amazon.com/June-Ed-Stainless-...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?
Replies: 11
Views: 895

Anyone try a "cheap" sapphire-faced watch?

I've noticed that recently there has been the appearance of quite a few asian branded 'sapphire crystal' faced watches on Amazon and elsewhere, often in the $50-$250 price range. As early as last year, the cheapest sapphire faced watch I could find was $250. I'm of course, skeptical about the new pr...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Rolex and The Boglehead
Replies: 274
Views: 11008

Re: The Rolex and The Boglehead

Don't think of it as a watch, it's a man's jewelry. This is exactly what it is. And nothing wrong with that. But don't fool yourself that you are buying it because of its amazing engineering. You're buying it because it's pretty (and maybe because marketing has told you successful people wear rolex...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 54
Views: 3716

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I actually suspect that underlying the 'faddishness' of the minimalist running interest is the unfortunate reality that shoe companies have the power of big advertising dollars behind it, whereas minimalist/barefoot running has, well zero to run barefoot. I'll bet with high certainty that if in an ...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 54
Views: 3716

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I actually suspect that underlying the 'faddishness' of the minimalist running interest is the unfortunate reality that shoe companies have the power of big advertising dollars behind it, whereas minimalist/barefoot running has, well zero to run barefoot. I'll bet with high certainty that if in an a...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 54
Views: 3716

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I agree that the big popularity back when Fivefingers came in was quite faddish, but I think the long-term consequences of barefoot/minimalist running are not to be underestimated. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard for science to study it well - science is good at making experiments that track 1,5, ev...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new laptop?
Replies: 46
Views: 2318

Re: Time for a new laptop?

Gonna pile on with the above, but to reiterate: - Unless you have a SPECIFIC limitation that you're trying to overcome on your laptop (like really poor battery life), your problmes with your 'error msgs' can be easily fixed with a Windows reinstall. And your 5-yr old laptop will do everything else r...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting (young) kids interested in coding
Replies: 81
Views: 5020

Re: Getting (young) kids interested in coding

My 7 year old can't even read more than rudimentary books, let alone figure out coding. What are you folks feeding your kids?! :shock:
by lightheir
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audio books
Replies: 28
Views: 1726

Re: Audio books

audiobookstand.com carries the not-as-popular audiobooks, on the cheap. You're not going to find the bestsellers and hits there, but if you're ok with some high quality books that aren't super popular, they're a literal steal. HUGE collection. Highly recommended. Everything I have bought there has b...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 18231

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

I started bringing a soylent 2.0 into work for lunch. They are about $3 per bottle. Beats going out for $8. Save sone wear n tear on my car too. I've been mulling over doing a 12 bottle subscription of Soylent. There are ~20 lunches in a month. If I did a Soylent drink for 12 of the 20, I'd probabl...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart phones and data/text usage.
Replies: 31
Views: 2147

Re: Smart phones and data/text usage.

No joke, my republic wireless phone bill is 18.50 per month and I use a flagship Moto z play phone that I don't turn off the data. It costs more per month that the more data you use but I just do website browsing on the road and the bill is miniscule. It really is that good. I never turn off data to...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

I seriously doubt saving 20% as opposed to 15% of your income at $50k/yr will significantly change your quality of retirement life. At most, it will allow you a few extra expenditures down the road when you're well past the age of prime health and possibly too old to enjoy many of the things you wo...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

I seriously doubt saving 20% as opposed to 15% of your income at $50k/yr will significantly change your quality of retirement life. I'm guessing most people only save 5% (probably just to get the employer matching if they have a 401 (k) ). The author made the point in a podcast that investing is li...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

From William Bernstein's "If You Can. How Millenials Get Rich Slowly": https://s26.postimg.org/5uuxacnah/Capture.jpg source: https://www.etf.com/docs/IfYouCan.pdf +1 At the moment, I'm happily waiting until my current phone fails before upgrading. I'm well past the 2 year upgrade cycle offered by v...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

It's a shame that young people (and many adults) spend a significant portion of their lives staring at a small screen. And I'll admit, I spend too much time watching people stare at small screens. There are better things for us to do. Meh. It's not about the small screen at all. That small screen i...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone X is $1000
Replies: 333
Views: 20101

Re: Iphone X is $1000

$1000 is downright cheap for most folks honestly, for a device that some folks literally every waking hour of their day, sometimes continuously for hours. I think of the days when I used to have to pony up $2k for a black and white LAPTOP (probably the equivalent of $3-4k today) that I'd use for onl...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 18231

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

I always brought lunch, or kept supplies to make lunch in the company refrigerator. Most of my co-workers did as well. Usually we would go out for a Friday lunch and beer once or twice a month. No difference in networking or promotion opportunities either way. I did feel I would eat better by prepa...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 18231

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

I'll go ahead and one up all you brown baggers: Here's a realistic lunch hour for me: 1. Swim for 45 minutes (or some other active workout) 2. Fast through lunch (yes, fasting isn't bad for you - there is a legit doctor who has written a whole book on the benefits of fasting). And I'm not at all a d...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?
Replies: 313
Views: 18231

Re: Is it really Worth it to brown bag your lunch at work?

I def think there are real cost savings and health benefits from brown bagging your lunch, but I gotta admit that it's usually presented in a 'holier than thou' matter that gets old quick. I don't know anyone who got rich from brown bagging their lunch, $78k in savings included, nor have I ever met ...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?
Replies: 20
Views: 1539

Re: Anyone use Nextdoor.com for referrals?

I've used it a decent amount, and have had good success with it. I like get recs and help from neighbors who actually live in the area, often from people who I know well and chime in. You can turn off the incessant daily emails - mine is set so it never sends me msgs at all - I have to manually go t...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury car: perception vs reality
Replies: 118
Views: 6443

Re: Luxury car: perception vs reality

My opinion, it goes both ways and everything in between. You will find folks who can't afford it who do. Rich who can, but still buy more expensive then they can afford. Rich who can who buy less expensive cars then they could have otherwise. Rich who choose not to. Poor who choose not to. Poor who...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8930

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I don't have an EV, but I have a friend who just 'upgraded' by adding two EVs to their cars so they have 3 total. I was surprised at first, as new EVs are invariably $35k+. Turns out that if you choose a used EV that's not so highly rated, like the Kia Soul EV which 'only' gets 90ish miles of range,...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS
Replies: 65
Views: 3531

Re: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS

No need on Garmin to 'send receipts' to for lifetime map updates. It's pretty easy, but you do have to plug your unit into your computer via USB If you're going to go the phone route, remember that GPS still eats a lot of battery life, so be prepared with a car charger. On a related note, I've had e...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you rather (car wash/detail)
Replies: 31
Views: 2916

Re: Would you rather (car wash/detail)

It's the opposite for me. It takes me much longer to wash a car than it takes to run it through a hand wash place but I always hit them first thing in the morning or at another point where they're not busy. For the OP: hand wash as needed, full detail as needed once or twice a year. That said, we d...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS
Replies: 65
Views: 3531

Re: Wanting a Portable Auto GPS

Just get a current Garmin at price range $100-$150. You cannot go wrong. They come with free lifetime map updates, so no more worries about that. It is true that phones can double as car GPS, and Google Maps / Waze do work well, but I have definitely found it is more convenient to have two separate ...