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by lightheir
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: has anyone leased a luxury/sport car to get it out of their system?
Replies: 44
Views: 3260

Re: has anyone leased a luxury/sport car to get it out of their system?

I know for sure if I were a cop, and 2 cars were zoomed by at 15+ over the speed limit, which one would I choose to nail more often than not? The Ferrari that looks blazing fast, or the Prius that happens to be booking it over the limit, even if they're going the same exact speed? I'd choose the Pr...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: has anyone leased a luxury/sport car to get it out of their system?
Replies: 44
Views: 3260

Re: has anyone leased a luxury/sport car to get it out of their system?

Our neighbor leased a shiny red sports car in his 30s when he was single and did not like getting pulled over as much as he was. He didn't appear to do anything wrong as a driver but sports cars (especially red) catch the eye of the police, too. I think this gets overstated. The vast majority of tr...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How is your experience about buying home in SF bay area?
Replies: 18
Views: 2261

Re: How is your experience about buying home in SF bay area?

I was lucky enough to buy around 2010, near the low point. I wish I could say it was because I was so smart and prescient, but I wasn't - it was just the right time, and in fact, EVERYONE including all the media pundits and the banks (mortgagers included) were screaming DO NOT BUY!! (I have a NYT-pu...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Flashlight to keep in home for emergency
Replies: 56
Views: 3563

Re: Best Flashlight to keep in home for emergency

Surefire. http://www.surefire.com/eb2-backup.html That's a good flashlight, but it's honestly uber-overkill for emergency purposes. Plus, when you're dealing with a flashlight that powerful, odds are higher that if you hand it to someone, they'll put it on the 'high' mode when not needed, and thus ...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend me an odorless antimicrobial surface cleaner for work
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Re: Recommend me an odorless antimicrobial surface cleaner for work




That was seriously like the most useless article I've ever seen about clealiness. Paging Dr. Obvious!!
by lightheir
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend me an odorless antimicrobial surface cleaner for work
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Recommend me an odorless antimicrobial surface cleaner for work

Need a good recommendation for an odorless antimicrobial surface cleaner for work. I work at a desk with a computer, rotating daily.

I tried Lysol sprays but the fragrance was overpowering and nauseating.

Trying to limit my winter colds this season.
by lightheir
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bluetooth headphones for TV watching?
Replies: 9
Views: 609

Re: Bluetooth headphones for TV watching?

I use a TaoTronics bluetooth transmitter that has a USB connection to the TV for power, and plugs into the headphone jack (can also do the AV outputs) of the TV simultaneously. Like $35ish on Amazon. Paired them with the TaoTronics bluetooth earbuds and they work great. I will add however, that at l...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 164
Views: 10570

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

Depressing. 74 grand ?? For 1%-3% of an average salary, you get to communicate with anyone in the world at any time and have the majority of human knowledge at your fingertips. Basically unlimited entertainment and knowledge. That's inspirational. I should clarify. The depressing part is the fact t...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Archiving Videos
Replies: 22
Views: 1199

Re: Archiving Videos

No way I'm an outlier. I'm a typical modern-era dad with a small child. Which equates to plenty of videos. Anyone with kids under 7 years olds has phone videocameras for the entire duration of their child's life, which equates to tons of videos. None of videos are even more than 2 minutes long, and ...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Archiving Videos
Replies: 22
Views: 1199

Re: Archiving Videos

Hard drives are so 90's. USB drives are cheap and have more than enough capacity for most people's videos and they take up a lot less space in say a safe deposit box. I have a handful of them and just periodically rotate them off/out of my keychain,shed, safe deposit box and car. Piece of cake. I d...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Archiving Videos
Replies: 22
Views: 1199

Re: Archiving Videos

Hard drives. You'll probably need a bunch of them, and also annoyingly, they do fail at some point so you will need backups of backups at some point years down the road. Seriously, you should get over your fear of the cloud and just plunk down the $55ish per year for Amazon CLoud drive or something ...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What makes people succeed?
Replies: 98
Views: 8358

Re: What makes people succeed?

Growing up where and how I did in the 60's we had a word in the neighborhood that everyone understood was super critical to a person's success. That word was hustle. I started working part-time at 14 and never stopped working until 60. Those I know personally that have done better than I in terms o...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with my CD collection
Replies: 35
Views: 2608

Re: What to do with my CD collection

Most likely TOSS THEM. Seriously, if you can't easily donate or sell them, they're probably worthless, or at least not worth the hassle it will take to liquidate them. Otherwise, they're just taking up space, not just in your home, but in your mind. Sure, it's painful, but it is a reality of life, a...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: EBay price - how is this possible?
Replies: 31
Views: 4055

Re: EBay price - how is this possible?

Blows my mind that someone would plug a $600 phone into a 99 cent charger, knowing it's likely to fail early or be defective upon arrival. After a few bad outcomes, I avoid this electronic garbage on the principle that it's potentially dangerous, extremely wasteful, and encourages manufacturers to ...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Vegan Products
Replies: 57
Views: 3221

Re: Favorite Vegan Products

Frozen banana ice cream, make of nothing but frozen bananas in a food processor. It's insane how good they are, and seriously, it's nothing but frozen bananas in a food processor. Every bit as good as real ice cream, on the cheap and much healthier. I honestly can't believe anyone hasn't made a chai...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car leases: not that expensive, after all, if you can't do maintenance yourself?
Replies: 32
Views: 3092

Re: Car leases: not that expensive, after all, if you can't do maintenance yourself?

A key thing to remember is that many of the problems that arise through regular wear-and tear in the lifecycle of a leased car, are still your responsibility to pay for repairs either before or at the time your return the vehicle. It's true that newer cars should technically require less repairs sin...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyeglasses Problem - how to fix? Any Opticians Out There?
Replies: 24
Views: 2029

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

This won't solve your problem per se, but you should also seriously consider online glasses merchants like Zenni.com. I'll bet you can get something equivalent to your $350 of glasses for <$50. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually is - my last 3 pairs of glasses were all under $50 from Zenni....
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Stepping back from the generational gap debate up-thread.... Those of you on Facebook to monitor your teenagers should be aware that the real generational gap is Facebook is not really the social media app of choice for teenagers. Facebook is mostly the social media app for adults, and what teenage...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. You realize that every generation, literally going to back to the ancient Greeks, says this, right? The kids are fine. I admit I do not know all kids. But many of the teens I run into in town or new hires at work are ...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

Didn't say all kids. But our parents were right, we are softies compared to them. It may well turn out not to be true for the current generation as I wouldn't be surprised if we are entering a long era of economic stagnation due largely to the worldwide inequality problem you allude to. To each the...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

FB is the logical culmination of the Narcissistic Herd Generation - pressured into posting your most intimate secrets and photos so that they can be enshrined forever on The Cloud. The web is dangerous enough, but if Big Brother ever takes over, his job will be so much easier thanks to social media...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

FB is the logical culmination of the Narcissistic Herd Generation - pressured into posting your most intimate secrets and photos so that they can be enshrined forever on The Cloud. The web is dangerous enough, but if Big Brother ever takes over, his job will be so much easier thanks to social media...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you on Facebook?
Replies: 144
Views: 8323

Re: Are you on Facebook?

I'm not on social media, but I think for adults like us where its usage isn't so dominant in our social circles say, compared to middle-schoolers, it's a completely different ballgame. In today's modern youth world, you're absolutely behind the social ballgame if you're completely left out of the po...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue
Replies: 35
Views: 11855

Re: Hardwood Flooring: Floating vs. Glue

I live in a house with a teak floor now. I used to rent a place with an engineered laminate something. My teak floor is nice and beautiful and all, but honestly, the laminate looked just as good and was FAR more surface-scratch resistant to dog nails than my teak floor. I rented a tiny one-brm place...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend some nice, comfy mens work socks
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Recommend some nice, comfy mens work socks

Looking to upgrade my mens work socks. Desk job, so no special requirements, but given that my socks pretty much last forever now, I'm ok with spending more for improved comfort, appearance, etc.
by lightheir
Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart rate monitors
Replies: 22
Views: 1181

Re: Heart rate monitors

Are you a professional athlete? Have a heart problem? I've gone my whole life without a HRM. Ran marathons, cycled century rides, climbed mountains. Keep it simple. Me too. Playing with data is fun though so I think about it from time to time. However, I can count my pulse for 15 sec and multiply b...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 4025

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

You can rest safe that these hackers aren't going to take the time to first hack into your google drive account, then dig through your files to find your financial records, and then try and impersonate you online. Take basic security measure, but no need to be paranoid about it as an individual. Th...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 4025

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

Reality is that individuals like us who aren't gazillionaires or celebrities have very little to worry about having our online files stolen, so long as you're using something with basic reasonable security, which is included in most cloud storage services. Hackers will NOT waste their time first hac...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud
Replies: 37
Views: 4025

Re: NYT cautionary tale on the cloud

Cloud + local is very safe. However, this article likely far overblows the fear of a full cloud data wipeout. Something like this happens to vanishingly few users - say compared to the MILLIONS of users who lose years+ of accumulated data every time they do something as simple as upgrading their com...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]
Replies: 19
Views: 1193

Re: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]

Even better: Go cloud based. With google drive, everything is password protected with double authentication. Lol that works great until their internal systems are compromised and your data is now all over the dark webs. There is no way I would rely on cloud for storing any sensitive data unless I e...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your plan if you lose job tomorrow ??
Replies: 73
Views: 6128

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

My job is mostly volunteer. I could quit tomorrow and it would not affect our income or much else. I do it because it is my passion. If I disliked my job or had a creepy boss, I'd definitely be active looking for a new, different way to support myself in a different environment. Life is too short t...
by lightheir
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your plan if you lose job tomorrow ??
Replies: 73
Views: 6128

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: 1193

Re: Encryption [Computer disk encryption]

Even better: Go cloud based. With google drive, everything is password protected with double authentication. Keep minimal or only "don't care if lost" files and software on the laptop. If you have the mindset that you can get 95+% of your functionality on any internet-connected computer wi...
by lightheir
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tires: Yay or Nay
Replies: 105
Views: 5860

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: 7261

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: 3395

Re: Raising a reader

Our son is going to be 8 months old soon, and both my wife and I want to ensure that he gets into a habit of reading from an early age. What strategies have worked for parents here for that? Any ideas you guys can share? Thanks! Any ideas? Ok. The hard, hard truth is that universal literacy is vast...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for teenage son
Replies: 61
Views: 4762

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: 3003

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: 6079

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: 3939

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: 6020

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: 4714

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: 3231

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: 4714

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: 4487

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: 21495

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: 2018

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: 3779

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...

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