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by lightheir
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

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: 3203

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: 3203

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'...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 52
Views: 2496

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

So a passport lasts 10 years. That's $1.20 per year for the picture and 4 minutes driving time per year if you use the photo guy. Or you could spend hours reviewing our advice on what you should do and maybe pay a buck at the drugstore. I know what I'd do. Hello photo guy. :D True, but given that i...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 52
Views: 2496

Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

It's time for me to renew my passport. I was hoping to DIY the passport photo using my cellphone camera and ordering the color print from Shutterfly or some drugstore service (I don't have a color printer) - there seems to be some phone apps and even websites that 'optimize' the size/picture for you...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use a Motorola Moto X smartphone?
Replies: 17
Views: 1474

Re: Anybody use a Motorola Moto X smartphone?

I have the 2015 MotoX (the 2nd gen, but not the '3rd' gen PURE most-recent models.) I use it on Republic wireless where it is one of the only phone choices available to choose from. It's an awesome phone. Does everything, well. Big enough to be useful for web browsing, not so big that it doesn't fit...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Booster
Replies: 22
Views: 1482

Re: Wifi Booster

My netgear extender works great and was easy to setup.

It's a lot more reliable than my powerline was (used to drop signal all the time on the powerline, not sure why.)
by lightheir
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for kid's graduate school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3422

Re: Paying for kid's graduate school?

video games until 4 in the morning, etc, Sound like my son, as he heads to college this fall. These weeks, just wondering how to make them responsible ??? without impacting too much on their education. I played tons of video games growing up, too. Didn't badly affect me whatsoever. I think it's ine...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for kid's graduate school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3422

Re: Paying for kid's graduate school?

As you long as you truly can afford it (not compromising on retirement included), and your kid sounds like a reliable person in terms of committing and completing (which it does sound like he is), I would definitely pay for it. Sure, some would consider it a 'luxury' to be able to foot this bill for...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4341

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Linux has passed its heyday. We are moving into a world of non-OS centric software and apps, and your operating system will matter less and less. I'd argue that the rise of Android has pushed Linux into the background, and will continue to do so since Android is best positioned to conquer both mobi...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4341

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

And to further push the OP away from consumer-level use of Linux (not dev-level): I learned a lot of Linux initially to take advantage of the fabled "shell-level control" you have with Linux, meaning a power Linux user can accomplish complex file manipulation, often in batches, with a sing...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4341

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Thanks for all the thoughtful replies. Seems that this topic spurs just as much interest as it always has. On the one hand there is the view that Linux is past it heyday, but there are others who are quite happily using it and see no imminent decline. Considering all your comments, and the cost of ...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4341

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

I'd still argue that despite the inclusion of the kernel, the fundamental approach to the phone or computer is dramatically different between Android vs Linux. They're very, very different for the user in execution.
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Booster
Replies: 22
Views: 1482

Re: Wifi Booster

Powerlines are a good option and relatively inexpensive, but in some houses and circuits they can be a bit glitchy. Mine ceases to work at least 20% of the time when I'm trying to get signal to my garage. I use this highly rater 'wifi extender' http://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-ra...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 70
Views: 4341

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

Linux has passed its heyday. We are moving into a world of non-OS centric software and apps, and your operating system will matter less and less. I'd argue that the rise of Android has pushed Linux into the background, and will continue to do so since Android is best positioned to conquer both mobil...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Smart TV - integrated with Roku
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: New Smart TV - integrated with Roku

I have the 32 inch version of this TCL with Roku, and it's great. The wifi connectivity is excellent - I was worried it would be a lousy wifi antenna as I have the TV in my garage for a treadmill where reception is poor enough that my laptop has problems grabbing a signal, but the TV has no problems...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?
Replies: 42
Views: 3250

Re: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?

The best method to advance your critical thinking is the study of the maths and sciences. The reason for this is: - Quantifiable right/wrong answers in most of the core aspects of these fields, esp at the earlier levels. - Highly studied, highly established field, with numerous professionals having...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?
Replies: 42
Views: 3250

Re: [Recommend book(s) on] Critical thinking, suggestion please?

The best method to advance your critical thinking is the study of the maths and sciences. The reason for this is: - Quantifiable right/wrong answers in most of the core aspects of these fields, esp at the earlier levels. - Highly studied, highly established field, with numerous professionals having ...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strategy Games
Replies: 31
Views: 6128

Re: Strategy Games

Chess is hands down the best, most durable, and flexible board game. Play it casually or study it seriously. Play online or on a board Tons of amazing learning resources if you want to improve Never obsolete Has a truly rich and deep chess literary history that you can enjoy for a lifetime. And play...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 24963

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

People aren't looking for a way to lose weight, they're looking for a way to rationalize staying fat. That is, unfortunately, my opinion as well - based on what I have seen and experienced. That definitely a gross oversimplification. For some (most), your metabolism slows as you get older, and your...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 24963

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

It took me way too many years to realize that almost everything I like to eat I shouldn't eat. The food that I have no cravings for, protein and veg, are the things I should eat. A common assumption is that you have to like your food. I find this attitude harmful. Consider the most important criter...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well, I caved [bought new car]
Replies: 38
Views: 4819

Re: Well, I caved [bought new car]

It depends on the exact model and sometimes the trim level whether a car shouldn't even be considered used. Price a new, 1,2,3 year old Civic. Ask the salesman why the new one is cheaper than all the used ones. Same, even more so with a Wrangler. Now....go look at a Ford Focus. A new one, a last mo...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well, I caved [bought new car]
Replies: 38
Views: 4819

Re: Well, I caved [bought new car]

For the in-demand used car models, I don't think you save much at all by buying a used car unless you happen to be very lucky and/or spend an inordinate amount of time scouring classifieds. The market is pretty well established now with pricing that accounts for the lost opportunity costs in time sp...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't understand nutrition and exercise
Replies: 340
Views: 24963

Re: Don't understand nutrition and exercise

OP - just do this. Guaranteed success http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-rock-dwayne-johnson-diet/ In my experience, if you train heavy, you can eat pretty much whatever you want within reason. It's not just training heavy, it's doing a total of 2.5 hours of workouts 6 days a week on a strict ...
by lightheir
Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Value TV purchase
Replies: 38
Views: 3066

Re: Best Value TV purchase

TCL Roku is great. The Roku interface is well regarded as the best in the market, and the prices are so rock bottom that you can't possibly go any lower. I bought a 32" (my first TV in 10+ years!) this past winter and I've been shocked with how easy the setup with, how good the picture, and how...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 91
Views: 6904

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

I've had personal experience with MDVIP, which is currently sweeping the Nation. My PCP of over 20 years transitioned to this as of 1/1/16, and the charge was/is $1,800 a year. This PCP is not particularly well regarded but I had stayed with him because my health insurance is not accepted by all do...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I do not know how to back up my computer
Replies: 72
Views: 4666

Re: I do not know how to back up my computer

I will post again - Despite what you believe, Crashplan can and will EASILY delete your files, even when you set it to 'never delete.' The moment it sees that a computer is disconnected from it (the most common scenario being upgrading to a new computer with a brand new hard drive, and not wanting t...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bread - The Cost and Convenience
Replies: 94
Views: 8847

Re: Bread - The Cost and Convenience

Seriously, do the "no-knead" bread recipe (NYT Mark Bittman) - it's super easy, hard to screw up, and comes out so well that it's literally better than any bread you'll buy. I'm not exaggerating here either - there's something magical about the 'just-out-of-the-oven" artisinal bread t...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill Accessories
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Treadmill Accessories

I bought a dedicated treadmill tripod stand from Amazon for around $120 that is super sturdy and has a surface that's big enough to hold by laptop or even my 32" LCD TV for the treadmill, while being completely stable. Well worth it for me, as I train pretty hard on mine. The 32" LCD TV is...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 3953

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

Initial Board certification means someone completed a residency/ fellowship and passed an exam demonstrating esoteric medical knowledge. Maintenance of certification means the physician is being fleeced to pay several hundred dollars a year to a monopolistic organization to maintain a label./quote]...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 3953

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

Apparently, at least three years ago, it did pass the sniff test. Patients actively involved in their health care do have better outcomes. http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=86 I'd agree that patients who are 'actively involved' in their health have better outcomes. ...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?
Replies: 38
Views: 3953

Re: Meaning of term "Board Certified Physician"?

If you are ABMS (a specialist) certified, you'll also have to prove annually that you are continuing the requirements to remain board certified such as: continuing education, attending chart rounds, performing PQI projects (quality improvements), etc. It's not just about getting an initial certific...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Frying Pans
Replies: 71
Views: 6739

Re: Cast Iron Frying Pans

I've learned how to cook on the grill, however, and started making meat, chicken and fish on an All-Clad teflon frying pan on the stove top. I was told that I should try a cast iron frying pan. There is no reason whatsoever to "try" cast iron unless you're having specific problems with yo...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop
Replies: 63
Views: 4235

Re: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop

I'm fairly proficient in consumer-use computers. Macs are pricier, but I will say without question that they are rock-solid and absolutely worth the premium. I've owned 4 laptops in the past 6 years, for work and play, all of similar price range (<$1000, including the Mac), and hands down, the best ...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time To Quit My Job?
Replies: 53
Views: 4713

Re: Time To Quit My Job?

Quit your job, grow your business and your industry connections and fame through your business, and then have the option of getting rehired for 2x your current salary if you choose to! :D
by lightheir
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zenni Eyeglasses
Replies: 6
Views: 1346

Re: Zenni Eyeglasses

I was extremely satisfied with all the Zenni glasses I purchased. I made the dive literally 8 years ago (!!) and fully expected 'throwaway' type glasses since they were <$35, compared to my $450+ frameless glasses that no longer was up to prescription. To my amazement, the glasses were perfectly goo...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need an awesome smartphone?
Replies: 73
Views: 4633

Re: Do I need an awesome smartphone?

We are not getting any smart phones because their displays are so small, tough to read. We have cell phones for phone calls. Our internet interface is via pc with 23 inch display. Not that this is enough of a reason to go full-bore new smartphone, but I will add that I hated my iphone 4s for web/ms...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need an awesome smartphone?
Replies: 73
Views: 4633

Re: Do I need an awesome smartphone?

I also have a Moto G. It does everything I need it to do. No way I'm spending hundreds on a larger/newer phone. Complete waste of money. I can't believe how much money people spend on their phones. Not just the device itself, but the monthly service plans. I have Ting for about $15 per month. Exact...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Storage
Replies: 37
Views: 2773

Re: Cloud Storage

Again, Crashplan is meant to be an 'active' computer backup, meaning it monitors your active files on your active computer. It is NOT designed or meant for long-term archival storage. The safest way to use it for archival storage would mean that every time you buy a new computer, you move ALL your ...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need an awesome smartphone?
Replies: 73
Views: 4633

Re: Do I need an awesome smartphone?

I'm struggling to understand what a MotoG can't do that an ipod touch can do. Is yours like a super-old-school Moto G that has no web browser or something like that? The 2012-2016 MotoGs are excellent devices with strong web and multimedia capabilities for an entry level phone.
by lightheir
Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Storage
Replies: 37
Views: 2773

Re: Cloud Storage

Google drive for all active stuff Amazon cloud for long-term archival (there is no data cap, unlimited storage) I have learned the hard way to avoid my once-loved Crashplan after I found out how easy it was to lose over 1.5TB of data with no warning, instantly, when I disconnected an old computer f...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Storage
Replies: 37
Views: 2773

Re: Cloud Storage

Google drive for all active stuff Amazon cloud for long-term archival (there is no data cap, unlimited storage) I have learned the hard way to avoid my once-loved Crashplan after I found out how easy it was to lose over 1.5TB of data with no warning, instantly, when I disconnected an old computer fo...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Free Shipping Is Now $50....
Replies: 74
Views: 9688

Re: Amazon Free Shipping Is Now $50....

I wish there was a good alternative to Amazon, just for competition's sake, but except for niche areas, not really. I also hate to further promote Prime, but I will add for all those holdouts out there, the Prime shipping is more than just 'slightly' faster than the free one that comes with the $50 ...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I do not know how to back up my computer
Replies: 72
Views: 4666

Re: I do not know how to back up my computer

+1 for Crashplan subscription. It takes forever to do the initial backup, depending on your connection speed, but then it is really just a forget about it until you need it kind of thing. I strongly recommend AGAINST Crashplan. The reason: if you upgrade computers, it is wayyyy too easy to accident...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 220
Views: 17562

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I loved video games, and still enjoy them when I have spare moments to play, but a far greater enjoyment now is chess. Seriously, for all you gamers who love competitive gaming, chess beats ALL the video games out there. It's definitely not 'too slow' - try playing 1 minute 'bullet' chess (1 minute ...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tough Frugal Decisions
Replies: 111
Views: 18576

Re: Tough Frugal Decisions

Not trying to be harsh here, but I'm honestly underwhelmed by most frugal stories. You wanna talk a sad situation? Look at the thousands of young adults today graduating with $100k+ of college debt, or even $400+k (yes, that's real, and not uncommon) of graduate or professional school debt. Umm.. t...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tough Frugal Decisions
Replies: 111
Views: 18576

Re: Tough Frugal Decisions

Not trying to be harsh here, but I'm honestly underwhelmed by most frugal stories. You wanna talk a sad situation? Look at the thousands of young adults today graduating with $100k+ of college debt, or even $400+k (yes, that's real, and not uncommon) of graduate or professional school debt. I don't ...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age for video games?
Replies: 29
Views: 1978

Re: At what age for video games?

I played a TON of video games growing up. It was definitely my main activity from 3rd-10th grade, year-round. Hours a day, every day. It's hard for me to criticize it in retrospect, as I have no deficits I can attribute to it, and only lots and lots of good memories and times with friends playing th...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Store stuff long-term in insulated attic?
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Re: Store stuff long-term in insulated attic?

Is there any no-nos to storing stuff long-term in an unfinished attic that has loose insulation scattered throughout several inches or so deep? Actually that sounds like an UN insulated attic. An insulated attic has insulation on the attic "ceiling" under the roof, isn't ventilated, and a...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 13, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Store stuff long-term in insulated attic?
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Store stuff long-term in insulated attic?

Is there any no-nos to storing stuff long-term in an unfinished attic that has loose insulation scattered throughout several inches or so deep?

I'd be storing outdoor camping gear that is only used once every 2-3 years, so really not accessing it frequently.

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