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by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]
Replies: 19
Views: 1019

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: 58
Views: 4184

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: 58
Views: 4184

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: 1019

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: 42
Views: 1869

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: 6857

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: 3177

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: 42
Views: 2983

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: 2876

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: 5619

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: 3781

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: 5746

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: 4396

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: 3044

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: 4396

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: 4360

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: 20428

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: 1912

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: 3603

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: 6862

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: 2777

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: 1917

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: 2704

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: 2182

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: 2182

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: 2182

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: 444

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: 444

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: 3149

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: 444

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: 23816

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: 23816

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: 1725

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: 7372

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: 7372

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
Sat May 28, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]
Replies: 38
Views: 3065

Re: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]

Are there BHs who find they don't enjoy too many things? Apart from my work, the only things I like are traveling, reading, investing and sex. Not into food/restaurants or sports (doing or watching). My current boyfriend says I am the only person he knows who doesn't have any hobbies, so I am follo...
by lightheir
Sat May 28, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]
Replies: 38
Views: 3065

Re: Other Than Finances [Fun things to do]

Play and study chess. Super low cost, pretty much limitless free and super high quality learning resources online, and can be both low-tech and hi-tech, and spans generations. Never goes obsolete - any serious competitive video gamer would be amazed if they decided to give it a serious look - they'd...
by lightheir
Wed May 25, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zenni Optical
Replies: 29
Views: 2022

Re: Zenni Optical

I have had excellent results with 4 pairs of Zenni glasses. My current pair is now 5 years old (!) and not a single scratch on it despite daily use. They're so inexpensive that just follow the 'fit' recommendations and hope for the best. All of mine fit totally perfectly, but of course, if your face...
by lightheir
Wed May 25, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running in new pair of shoes
Replies: 41
Views: 2466

Re: Running in new pair of shoes

There is no performance advantage to running in new shoes. For something like a 10k, you might want to consider racing flats - but you should do some training runs and maybe shorter races in them first, if you go that route. To some extent cushioning on a shoe absorbs energy and slows you down but ...
by lightheir
Mon May 23, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running in new pair of shoes
Replies: 41
Views: 2466

Re: Running in new pair of shoes

Longtime (20+ year) pretty serious runner here. Definitely try out your shoes at least once, if not a few times before race day. Just to avoid unexpected blisters or other malfunctions. For BUYING new shoes (not the OP who already has shoes), modern shoes are good enough that they really should feel...
by lightheir
Sat May 21, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age did you reach 100K networth?
Replies: 299
Views: 50234

Re: What age did you reach 100K networth?

Man I feel poor! I just started saving and will pry no be 100k until I am 35. Sad thing is I started working at 16, paid for college, got a severance package from the company I worked for through college meant for senior employers I just was in that category at 21. Didn't work for a year or so whil...
by lightheir
Fri May 20, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Listening to tunes while exercising
Replies: 29
Views: 2461

Re: Listening to tunes while exercising

... It comes out at my butt, ... This is right up there with the discussion of horse semen as an investment as phrases I never expected to see on this site [taken out of context to make it sound more shocking] OP: I have a friend that is really excited about these: https://www.getkanoa.com/?gclid=C...
by lightheir
Tue May 17, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elliptical trainer
Replies: 43
Views: 2163

Re: Elliptical trainer

I don't believe that it's necessarily true that if you buy pricey exercise equipment, it's absolutely doomed to become a pricey clothes hanger. I'm one of those that has a treadmill etc., and I use the heck out of it, for years. Totally worth it for me. HOWEVER, if you have NOT been regularly using ...
by lightheir
Sun May 15, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups
Replies: 26
Views: 3019

Re: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups

I've been using Crashplan for a couple of years to backup all my photos and other data to another computer and to the cloud. Very happy with it. If you have a lot of photos be prepared for that first backup to the cloud to take a very long time. Weeks or months. It's not so bad once you get everyth...
by lightheir
Sun May 15, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups
Replies: 26
Views: 3019

Re: Looking for Cloud Storage Solution for Photo Back Ups

Does anyone out there have a recommendation regarding a cloud storage solution for photo backups? I have a Mac and use time machine but I am getting anxious about the risk that I could lose all my photos. I used to synch my photos to an external drive and store the drive off-site but I am not disci...
by lightheir
Fri May 06, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 53
Views: 3253

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

OP here - ironically, despite the excellent recs given above with apps, I ended up just going to a photo store near my workplace and having it done there. It was surprisingly hard to find a pure white wall and to get a photo with no shadows with my cell phone! Ok, I didn't exactly make a heroic effo...
by lightheir
Thu May 05, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild
Replies: 84
Views: 10663

Re: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild

LA is a good place for exotic car watching. I recall one afternoon in a near-budget type chinese food restaurant in west LA at around 3PM, where I was the only patron in the house, a Bugatti Veyron and some other superexotic sports car (not Lambo or Ferrari, even more exclusive than that) pulled up ...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 3946

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

On a semirelated note just for kicks, I've had a pair of small rabbits move into my backyard.

I've been surprised at what a decent job they've been doing 'mowing' my lawn! Ok, they do leave large uneven patches of too-tall uneaten grass, but the areas they eat look really neat and manicured!
by lightheir
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a home safe - advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 3661

Re: Want to buy a home safe - advice?

A lot of home safes end up going unused: they're too much trouble. So perhaps "pretotype" the safe: get a generic lockable cabinet and pretend it's your safe for a while. You may figure out there's actually a better spot, or that you need two smaller safes rather than one big one. -- Also...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to buy a home safe - advice?
Replies: 37
Views: 3661

Want to buy a home safe - advice?

I'm planning on buying a home safe to store jewelry, documents, and other things. I'm thinking something that's heavy enough to be difficult to steal - not just a small hotel-sized safe. I don't have any metal bars I can fix it to either, so it'll have to be heavy duty enough to stand on its own. I'...

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