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by lightheir
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?
Replies: 45
Views: 2279

Re: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?

I use command-line interfaces all the time on Linux and don't use the GUI. I use command-line interfaces all the time on Mac/OSX and rarely use Finder. I prefer to use xterm instead of any semi-native terminal program. I don't get what you mean by "more powerful" because there are only ab...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?
Replies: 45
Views: 2279

Anybody using the TERMINAL over the GUI in ubuntu?

I just installed Ubuntu linux on an older PC due to the (unfortunate) soldered-on 4GB RAM being too draggy for Win10. Works great now. Just a question - are any of you preferring the command line (terminal) interface to the GUI? I know it's allegedly more powerful, but are there any folks doing real...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does a new computer make sense...
Replies: 27
Views: 1671

Re: When does a new computer make sense...

To add to the 'no need to upgrade' advice, also remember that OP has a Macbook Air. Without intending to antagozize the pro-anti-Mac cultists, I have been extremely impressed with Mac laptops from that era. I am a fairly die-hard PC user, and my last 3 laptops were all mid-lowrange PCs. My wife's Ma...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote
Replies: 25
Views: 1091

Re: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote

Use Amazon cloud drive. 55 dollars or so a year for u limited backup. Comes with Amazon photos with unlimited photo and video backup that is automated off your phone if you use prime photos. There is a way to sync an entire folder from your cpu with prime online but it's a little Janky. Honestly, I ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote
Replies: 25
Views: 1091

Re: Jungle Disk now $8/month minimum...thinking of dropping it for Dropbox and Evernote

I had serious issues with crashplan after i got a new laptop and hD drive and I wanted to stay afresh with the new laptop, meaning not copying all my files to the be laptop. Crashplan made it really easy to accidentally lose all my old data, which is what actually happened. Be sure you know the prot...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 216
Views: 16104

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

I've got a japanese-style fancy looking deep tub (not a hot tub).

We rarely use it -a 'normal' shower and bathroom would have been far superior.

In our defense though, we didn't buy the house because of it - it was a neutral item for us.
by lightheir
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Ill second that it's not just a different brand of repeater. The Google wifi mesh is FAR superior to my pricey repeater. I don't know how it works but I read somewhere about intelligent handoffs between networks. OK, google forums says you can use with Comcast modem by changing modem to bridge mode...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Ill second that it's not just a different brand of repeater.

The Google wifi mesh is FAR superior to my pricey repeater. I don't know how it works but I read somewhere about intelligent handoffs between networks.
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

1. What's to stop Google from using this to track you? Are they committed to privacy? 2. How are security updates handled? Nothing can stop them. But if you're gonna ask that question, you should be asking the same question of whatever company is maker your router or cable modem setup and asking wh...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Half the reason this works is that people don't realize that a closet in the corner of your home is the worst place to put your router. Physical objects and distance both degrade your router signal. You could have saved the money by moving your router to a better location. I was 100% aware of this ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

So did you plug the first hub in your closet into the router that came from your Internet Service Provider? Or do you just plug the Google hub straight into the network cable, bypassing the router from your cable company? This is a pretty penny for my pocketbook, but we have the same problem with d...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Re: Google wifi is awesome

I am not sure that I'm understanding this. I have a FIOS modem/router (with wifi turned off) that connects via Ethernet to two Apple AirPort Extreme WAPs (802.11ac) at opposite ends of my house. There is one SSID and password, and the handoffs as I move around the house appear seamless. I used Netf...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 58
Views: 8054

Google wifi is awesome

I know this is as brazen a product plug as it gets, but I think it's warranted. I spent a lot of time and money trying to improve the wifi in my 2200ft house last year. The main problem was that the internet came in through a closet in one corner of the house, and my wife did not want to run externa...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody using a real-time PC game streaming service yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Anybody using a real-time PC game streaming service yet?

Just curious - any computer gaming fans out there using a real-time streaming service like GeForce Now, Playstation, (or the defunct Onlive) regularly? I'm not a big gamer, but I do have brief periods of time where I like to get into a AAA PC game with as many immersive bells and whistles as possibl...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?
Replies: 76
Views: 6247

Re: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?

I do think the answer depends (of course) on what your favorite use is. For sure though, the performance gap between desktops, laptops, tablets, and even phones, have dramatically decreased for common web surfing and office productivity apps to the point that I'd happily use my phone my 'home comput...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Climate and happiness revisited
Replies: 111
Views: 6576

Re: Climate and happiness revisited

Well, Gees, it's March for goodness sake. Most of the country is just itching for winter to end. That said, I've never lived anywhere more delightful than California. I think it's a perfectly reasonable idea to plan your escape from Fargo. I'm not even from Fargo (I'm from NY - nowhere near as bad!...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arlo Pro Security System (wireless/WiFi)
Replies: 16
Views: 1095

Re: Arlo Pro Security System (wireless/WiFi)

I'm very interested in this system - the battery life is frankly, the thing that is my main holdup. If it were 3+ months regularly, that's enough for me to be all in. I'm swayed by the number of reports on Amazon and other user reviews that range from 3 weeks to 2 months - that would drive me crazy ...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you clear your inbox?
Replies: 49
Views: 2972

Re: Do you clear your inbox?

I've also seen successful people with both cluttered desks/inboxes and super-clean desks/inboxes. I will add however, I've found that despite the success of both groups, in general, it can be easier to work with the clear and organized person in terms of workflow because they tend to have more struc...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Boglehead DIY or Pay a Professional?
Replies: 95
Views: 6960

Re: Do Boglehead DIY or Pay a Professional?

As a young adult with a fulltime job, it is difficult for me to find the time to research and do DIY repairs with family time as well. That said, I still make my best effort to do very easy DIY jobs myself, which amazingly, seems like the bulk of the home repair issues I'ev encountered in the last 6...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?
Replies: 42
Views: 3941

Car windshield wipers - go cheap or better?

I'm about the change my car windshield wipers. I noticed there's quite a range of prices and design for ones compatible with my make/model of car, even in a single manufacturer (like 8 different choices from $8 to $35+ for a single wiper.) Any reason to choose a more expensive wiper? I dont' mind pa...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas
Replies: 20
Views: 2025

Re: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas

Sort of related (sorry for highjacking the OP's thread) I'm going to be running a marathon in the Vegas area that's not too far from the strip in late April (Mt Charleston). I could stay at the strip, but I've been there enough, and honestly would rather not this time around as I'd rather rest and m...
by lightheir
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Popular Mechanics magazine scam
Replies: 23
Views: 3191

Re: Popular Mechanics magazine scam

I got nailed by this pseudiscam myself embarrassingly. I bought running shoes online a few years back and then spontaneously received outside magazine despite not signing up for it. Thought it would stop but it came for a whole year. I didn't get a bill for the year but a renewal request that I thou...
by lightheir
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?
Replies: 171
Views: 10006

Re: How much do you typically spend in a restaurant?

I too feel like I hate myself every time I and my family go out to eat, thinking that I can do it cheaper, better, and more healthily, and more time efficiently, by a fair margin. Then I try and be rational about it and see if that's actually a fair assessment given the time and effort I have to spe...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Re: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

Isn't that what Ziploc containers are for? And the ones with a gasket mentioned before are even better. This is the failing solution I'm using now. Ziplock boxes are TERRIBLE for not only soups, but sauces, even something light 2 Tbsp of olive oil on pasta will leak out all over the place if the bo...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!
Replies: 10
Views: 1005

Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

Recommend a LEAKproof microwavable, fairly decent sized lunch box!

All my plastic lunchboxes leak with soup or pasta+oil etc. Really annoying.

A decent-sized one would be appreciated - larger (but not gigantic) is favored.
by lightheir
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia

All good advice for a very difficult situation, thanks. The main difficulty right now, is that the husband of this pair is mentally 'with-it' most of the time, and would definitely pass all the typical doctor office tests for mental competence to make his own health and financial decisions. That sai...
by lightheir
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Advice for asset protection for 70+yr old inlaws, one with advancing dementia

I love my inlaws but I (and my spouse) see a looming financial crisis coming up to hit them soon, even though as of now, they're in good financial shape. They're both 70+, and while I don't have all the details of their finances, I know from my wife that they don't have outstanding debts, have paid ...
by lightheir
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Ways to Buy Time
Replies: 68
Views: 7423

Re: Best Ways to Buy Time

Best way I 'gain' (not buy, but same idea) time: I almost only watch TV when I'm on my treadmill or bicycle trainer at home. I'm on 'em a lot! Also, now with Netflix and Amazon, it's easy to download shows to your smartphone, and thus if you're at the gym, you can easily catch up on shows on your ph...
by lightheir
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable home exercise
Replies: 91
Views: 6700

Re: Affordable home exercise

MY "success" at keeping up (mostly) an exercise program for the past almost 6 years is using the higher quality and multiple choices of equipment at a gym. If I get "bored" with (or otherwise don't want to use) one kind of exercise machine, there is NO financial adverse conseque...
by lightheir
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age, income, and NW would you buy a $50k car?
Replies: 174
Views: 11443

Re: At what age, income, and NW would you buy a $50k car?

There's a lot of folks here who would never buy a new car, let alone one for $50k. It's a depreciating asset. But for those that would consider it, under what financial conditions would you do it? Hypothetically, if you were 35, had household income of $400k, and $2M NW, would you drop $50k on a ca...
by lightheir
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age
Replies: 118
Views: 7507

Re: Hard Endeavor/Exercise in Middle Age

Piling on with the folks who say train as hard as you can at age 40+. There's a real age-related slowdown at age 40+, but it's far, far less than the people bemoaning it make it out to be. If you're a marathon runner, it's about a 10 min deficit compared to a spry 18 year old by the Boston Marathon ...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cycling power meters
Replies: 23
Views: 1982

Re: Cycling power meters

I posted earlier, but as an addendum, to be dead honest, if you gave me the choice which one to keep or asked me which device I found superior for both racing and training, for me personally, the answer is hands down the heart rate monitor. The powermeter is more precise, responds faster, and gives ...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cycling power meters
Replies: 23
Views: 1982

Re: Cycling power meters

I have a Powertap hub built into a rear wheel. Got it before pedal-based and crank systems came down dramatically in price. It's been a useful training aid for me, and it's extremely useful if you do a lot of indoor cycling on a trainer (I did that for 2 seasons and it was indispensable for that!) T...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?

I've been a lifelong wearer of mens dress shoes in the $75-$120 range. My current pair is 3 years old and it looks it, it not a good way. Plenty of scuffs that are showing white (it's not leather) and plenty of sole wear. I was wondering if there is any benefit other than the obvious 'better pricier...
by lightheir
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning: BH may be hazardous to your financial health
Replies: 63
Views: 10067

Re: Warning: BH may be hazardous to your financial health

I actually think the biggest legit danger in terms of financial hazard on this site is being too financially conservative and thus missing out on real life-changing positive opportunities because of financial shortsightedness. Note that I wouldn't give this advice to the general US populace, which d...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frying pan recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 3325

Re: Frying pan recommendations

I used to go with the stickless pan for eggs/fish and the cast iron for everything else. After the stickless skillet dies every year (the 'high quality' ones last maybe 1.5 years at best before the nonstick really wears down), I just do it all on the cast iron, eggs and all. It's not as easy to clea...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frying pan recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 3325

Re: Frying pan recommendations

I'm a big fan of the cast-iron skillet. Warning though - if you expect to use and clean it like a typical stickless pan, you'll hate it. But if you take the time to learn about it, it's an amazing tool. Seasoning it is NOT difficult - I rarely do a dedicated seasoning treatment, and 'just cook' to s...
by lightheir
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books (real or digital)
Replies: 40
Views: 1636

Re: Books (real or digital)

I have yet to read a digital book. I prefer books and hard covers mostly. Our book shelf behind me has all of Jack Bogle's books (and related Vanguard books) in hard cover and mint! I read them frequently. Digital can't touch that. Are you under the impression that digital books evaporate once they...
by lightheir
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone still upgrading their PC build? (Not replacing the machine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2546

Anyone still upgrading their PC build? (Not replacing the machine)

Curious - anyone still doing 'upgrade PC builds' here? Not talking about replacing an entire workstation or laptop - I'm talking about things like pulling out lesser and obsolete parts like HDs and motherboards, and replacing them with newer, better ones. If so, what did you do and how long are you ...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators
Replies: 33
Views: 2484

Re: Shoes for flat-footed over-pronators

Anyone with flat feet, overpronation, and stability issues find particular types of sneakers, casual shoes, or dress shoes comfortable? I'm familiar with some Brooks running shoes like the Beast, though I haven't tried the '16. I'm looking for other running shoes to consider. I'm also looking for c...
by lightheir
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Merkur Safety Razor = money saved
Replies: 25
Views: 1849

Re: Merkur Safety Razor = money saved

Yeah, with how good these 'old-school' razors are, it's amazing to me that Gillette and those brands have used overpowering marketing to essentially erase the concept of this 'simple-but-best' tool in lieu of disposable inferior products that cost a ton more over the long haul. I don't think there's...
by lightheir
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?
Replies: 35
Views: 2989

Re: 32 GB or 128GB storage for a new smartphone?

If you really are sure you will NEVER store video (Netflix, amazon to watch on the plane when there's no wifi), and you don't use a ton of apps, then 32GB is fine. THe moment you start utilizing the video download services, you will want more than 32GB for sure. Note that if your phone has a SD card...
by lightheir
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Housing Payment Can a Boglehead Afford?
Replies: 90
Views: 4825

Re: How Much Housing Payment Can a Boglehead Afford?

It's clear I did a horrible job asking my question, so I'd like to start over. I'm not asking for the answer, but rather your answer. What percentage of your income would you feel comfortable spending on a home? What is the tipping point where you would begin feeling uncomfortable? Let's assume the...
by lightheir
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Housing Payment Can a Boglehead Afford?
Replies: 90
Views: 4825

Re: How Much Housing Payment Can a Boglehead Afford?

The advice above is good. Keep in mind - I've seen quite a few people in highly desirable HCOL areas, spend more and stretch it - to GOOD outcomes. As long as you don't completely blow yourself up budgetwise, there are lots of good things that come with many HCOL areas, of some of which are rapid ho...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Backup Ideas
Replies: 51
Views: 4402

Re: Computer Backup Ideas

OP here. What is the advantage of using Crashplan as compared to simplifying my cloud set up that I have now? Is Crashplan truly a "backup" where if a file is corrupted I can restore it to a safe version? With modern day computers and Mac specifically, do I need a whole disk backup? MacOS...
by lightheir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Backup Ideas
Replies: 51
Views: 4402

Re: Computer Backup Ideas

Simply keeping a copy of your data in the cloud or on another device is not a proper backup. If there is a problem in your data (e.g. data corruption) you merely end up with two copies of the same problem. If you don't verify and prove you can restore data from your backup system, you deserve what ...
by lightheir
Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Backup Ideas
Replies: 51
Views: 4402

Re: Computer Backup Ideas

Id actually recommend going all-cloud, especially since you're almost all the way there already, rather than going to bigger offline hard drive backups. Using a combo of free and paid backup services works great. I myself use Google docs (free) and Amazon unlimited prime backup (paid, 50ish per year...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Products to cope with other drivers' LED headlight
Replies: 66
Views: 7465

Re: Products to cope with other drivers' LED headlight

You're probably doing this already, but you can start by tilting your rearview mirror to only see the reflected glare of the cars behind you, and then turn your sideview mirror to point more downward just out of direct view of your sight so rear casr don't blind you there. I can't suggest anything f...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drain Cleaner or Plumber for slow drains?
Replies: 52
Views: 4148

Re: Drain Cleaner or Plumber for slow drains?

Definitely use the metal 'snake' that you send down the drain. I've had hairballs that none of the chemical drainers can really address. They improve things mildly, but not enough to be a long-term fix. The snake is very easy to use, and reliably pulls up even really thick and wedged hairballs or ot...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming system for kids?
Replies: 53
Views: 4874

Re: Gaming system for kids?

Don't do it. Get them a library card instead. My brother, sister and my best friend have young kids who have consoles and tablets. The kids are video game junkies fighting over charging cables in the car. Sneaking into bathrooms to play tablet games or watch minecraft videos. It is very very addict...

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