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by madbrain
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

my point was not that chromecast only works with Google Wifi, only that it would be more likely to work with the same vendor than a 3rd-party like Orbi or eero or Lyra or <insert 3rd-party wifi mesh system>. but the onus is on Netgear to get the compatibility with chromecast, it is not really on Go...
by madbrain
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 9803

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Wish I could buy a super high deductible catastrophic plan for cheap and have a budget of $20k for health care, I'd come out way ahead. Isn't a "bronze plan" what you describe? A bronze plan covers all medical conditions, including chronic conditions, so it's still far better than a plan strictly f...
by madbrain
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 9803

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Well with the elimination of the CSRs by the Feds, my unsubsidized Blue Shield Silver PPO plan in California is going up a full 50%!!! This happened on Thursday. How can you possibly have new premiums to reflect that on Friday? My understanding is because the cost sharing reductions payments were "...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

We live in a dense area with a lot of wifi networks and surely other wireless devices like phones and baby monitors. Forcing all our devices up to 5GHz helped a lot. That's another avenue to try if you have good signal strength but slow and erratic performance. Many devices don't have 5 GHz radios,...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

The few times I thought the Google wifi was going bonkers (as all other wifi routers/repeaters have done for me in the past more than occasionally), it turned out that the entire house internet feed was down, or the power had gone out completely. Unfortunately, a lot of devices are tied to the clou...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

I tried the plug-in wifi extender. My devices always dropped connection when transitioning between signals. Instead I bought an access point: Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LR Networks Enterprise Wi-Fi System https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-UAP-AC-LR-Networks-Enterprise-System/dp/B015PRCBBI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma in October
Replies: 56
Views: 4663

Re: Sonoma in October

Smoke from Napa can be felt in San Jose 60+ miles south More like 100 miles south. And yes, I felt it. It was terrible on wednesday. Felt better yesterday and today. Official air quality numbers say that it is worse now, but I just don't see it. I live in hills so that could make a big difference.
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

I originally purchased the Orbi prior to buying my Google Wifi because it got great reviews. I had issues setting up the Orbi and found Netgear's tech support to be awful, so I returned it and bought the Google. I read the same thing in the Orbi support forum when I was having trouble...it worked g...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 56
Views: 4271

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear....
by madbrain
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 ACA costs arrived
Replies: 88
Views: 9803

Re: 2018 ACA costs arrived

Your quoting average health insurance costs through an employer. For the 2013-2016 period, the total increase for either individual or family shown above is 10% in total (not per year). In contrast, the unsubsidized individual market has seen skyrocketing costs under Obamacare, increasing 100%+ in ...
by madbrain
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 882567

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Why did this film have a low turn out? Some articles mention the demographic was 30 and older males came out to see it, plus the R rating. Is the younger crowd suffering from short attention spans? Blade Runner 2049 is number one at the box office this week, so not quite sure what you mean by low t...
by madbrain
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 50
Views: 6245

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

letsgobobby wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:20 pm
tbradnc wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:26 pm
You have to be within 100 yards of your theater to book a ticket.
soooo... can't get one for my kids? (who don't have cell phones of their own)?
You may be able to get around the 100 yards of your theater restriction with some smartphone app that fakes your location .
by madbrain
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 50
Views: 6245

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

Not so sure it's really legit. Some people have reported that MoviePass who used the service to see many movies a month had MoviePass raise their price even before the one year contract was up. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/122-great-found-deals/2912800-moviepass-unlimited-daily-movie-ticket-subscri...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 882567

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Stronger", in the theater. This is about the Boston marathon bombing, and one of the survivors. Much better movie than "Patriot's day' on the same subject that came out last year.
by madbrain
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink
Replies: 22
Views: 1592

Re: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink

I also recommend a laser color printer. After dealing for years with inkjets and their endless cartridges (and mainly just using a b/w laser to avoid draining the ink), I ponied up for a color laser printer earlier this year. After printing enough to drain a couple of rounds of ink cartridges, my t...
by madbrain
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for a new hot tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2552

Re: Shopping for a new hot tub

Costco had a model called the Aquaterra Chesapeake on sale until monday for $4499. It's no longer for sale at all, unfortunately. It was 7' x 7'7" which would be more ideal for my space, which was the reason it was on my list. One Spa dealer is selling one on Craigslist for the same price and adver...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4236

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

Well that makes an EV almost no fun at all. I can't really see the safety issue if you had a proper trailer. Now if you had a small Honda portable generator running in the back seat, then yeah, CO poisoning would do you in... As opposed to ICE, where you also have to stop to refill your gas tank ? ...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4236

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

Electric towing a trailer with a gas generator and some extra gas for the generator. It's a DIY hybrid configuration. Interesting concept. I wonder how well it works in steady state. How big a portable generator is needed to keep your Tesla or Bolt running at 40 mph indefinitely? And those cars are...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4236

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

I can stock extra gas by filling some cans. If it is a full electric car (non-hybrid) how would you stock extra electricity? You need to drive out of state an the normal 3 hour drive will take you 12 hours - will your electric-charge last? Will there be a place to stop and charge on the way? Makes ...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4236

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

A short range EV should not be your only car if you are worried about this sort of situation. Many if not most households have more than one vehicle, at least one of which is an ICE. We have a Bolt (100% EV) and a Volt (PHEV) . The later can take either electricity or gas. This is the one we would u...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3015
Views: 882567

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just came back from watching "9/11". This is a fictional story. There is some decent acting with Whoopi Goldberg and Charlie Sheen, but I had a really hard time with some of the racist lines. I recommend skipping this one.
by madbrain
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

What is the home voltage for the Tesla charger? Outside North America, voltage tends to be 200-220v. http://www.teslamotors.wiki/wiki/Supercharger For those of a technical bent, here’s how a typical Supercharger (in this case, the one at Port St Lucie, FL) is configured: the eight bay setup, like t...
by madbrain
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 8802

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

To me, if MIL wishes to invest in real estate, it makes more sense to buy a luxury home, enjoy it, and see the appreciation in the home over the next 10-20 years :oops: Buying a luxury property to live in will be a big driver of higher expenses. This seems like a complete misfit for someone who sup...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Neither of us have done a single trip over 140 miles all year long, even though both our cars have more than enough range to do so. Long trips like represent much less than 5% of the use case overall. There are now more level 2 chargers than gas stations in the US. I drove more than 140 miles twice...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 78
Views: 7222

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Did you think for $35K you could have all the goodies? All car manufacturers show their base price. BTW, if your remove the "dorky" wheel cover you get a better looking wheel. It will just lower your mileage a bit since it is less aerodynamic. All manufacturers don't have such a huge difference bet...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 78
Views: 7222

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I gotta say that I'm impressed with Musk. We all knew that he is good at separating governments and consumers from their money, but this scheme to up-sell after a long-anticipated wait on a $35k Tesla is truly genius. The dude ain't dumb. Indeed. But not all consumers are dumb, either. I'm very muc...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 78
Views: 7222

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

StevieG72 wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:21 pm
Sounds like there is demand for the vehicle, how quickly do they depreciate?
EVs have extreme depreciation compared to other vehicles due to the ever changing technology. Technological obsolescence is a real issue. These are heavily depreciating assets. I love EVs, but they are not investments.
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

"Sorry, Grandma. Can't come to visit over the holidays. You live 140 miles away and my car can only go 115 miles. But, hey, I'm good 95 percent of the time." According to the Dept of Transportation, people take 1,305 personal car trips per year, on average. 5 percent of that would be 65 trips per y...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Certainly a bike or not buying a new car is a great alternative. From an emissions point of view, it depends on your diet. The human body is not an efficient machine for walking or biking. If your diet is high in meat, it may be worse for you to walk vs drive an energy efficient car, or certainly, ...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 8802

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

Total mandatory spending $51,171.37 To be fair, this is barely under the median household income in the US. Many families larger than yours earn less than this. Agree - I'm not saying our expenses are typical of every single family. However, they are certainly not 10x . I posted the list not just f...
by madbrain
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?
Replies: 69
Views: 8802

Re: Should we let MIL pay off our mortgage?

She subsides on $5,000/year. Really? If this is true, it's mind boggling. $5K doesn't even pay my annual medical premiums, and yet your MIL buys medical insurance, prescriptions, food, car, insurance, clothing, rent, cell phone, cable/internet, utilities, and perhaps a splurge at McDonald's. Wow. I...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 24196

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

Ikea furniture. Absolute POS at every level. Their kitchen organizers or pot hangers are fine but not their furniture. Interesting. I have some Ikea Besta book shelves that we designed to be floor to ceiling, with glossy black glass doors and drawer finish that match with our 9ft2 grand piano in th...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you track expenses ?
Replies: 58
Views: 3602

Re: How do you track expenses ?

Quicken.
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Certainly a bike or not buying a new car is a great alternative. From an emissions point of view, it depends on your diet. The human body is not an efficient machine for walking or biking. If your diet is high in meat, it may be worse for you to walk vs drive an energy efficient car, or certainly, ...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 24196

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

A large deluxe BBQ from Costco. It was all stainless, and while the outside held up very well, after several years the burners started to fail and because it had been a special one-off production run for Costco, I couldn't get replacement parts. Can't you return it to Costco, then ? I suppose I cou...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8958

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Hello I have about a year before I will be selling back my Audi A3 TDI to VW/Audi due to emissions scandal. I'm seriously considering an EV option and will look at Tesla Model 3 ( deposit made), the 2018 Leaf and the GM Bolt. I'd like to hear what Bogleheads think about EV's and if they think now i...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 24196

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

Not much a regret guy but there was that hot tub... Never did figure out maintenance Love my hot tub, have been using it twice daily this summer. It's really not that difficult . After the initial few days after fill up to stabilize things (alkalinity, pH, chlorine), it's 0.5oz to 1oz of dichlor pe...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 24196

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

Front-load clothes washer: too much bending and socks like to sit in the rubber seal that fills with water. Then I have to wring them out so they can go in the dryer. When done washing, I have to sop up the water that sits in the seal so mold doesn't form and then keep the door open at all times so...
by madbrain
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 24196

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

curmudgeon wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:59 pm
A large deluxe BBQ from Costco. It was all stainless, and while the outside held up very well, after several years the burners started to fail and because it had been a special one-off production run for Costco, I couldn't get replacement parts.
Can't you return it to Costco, then ?
by madbrain
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

I have both the CSR and Costco Visa and the annual Costco cash back checks only entice me to spend more at Costco. You can cash your Costco check at the register. You don't have to spend it at Costco. You do have to go there, though. True but I don't know of anyone who goes to Costco just to cash t...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

TravelforFun wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:35 pm
I have both the CSR and Costco Visa and the annual Costco cash back checks only entice me to spend more at Costco.
You can cash your Costco check at the register. You don't have to spend it at Costco. You do have to go there, though.
by madbrain
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

Trying to determine if it makes sense to keep the wife's CSR. Most of the UR we transfer to Hyatt (via my Ink Plus). I'm happy to pay the $95 a year on the Ink Plus since I try and max out Office Supply at 5x. The key for me is is it worth it for the 1.5 rate on the CSR vs the 1.25 rate on the Ink ...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

You will still have the same number of UR points no matter if you cancel any card, as long as you transfer the UR points to an account you still have. You must keep at least one UR type card to keep the points - don't cancel them all your UR cards. Right now I have the CSP and Freedom. I will not b...
by madbrain
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

I meant to say the cash value in regards for travel.The 168,000 point is worth about $2600 if used for travel in the CSR portal. It's really not cash value since it's only for travel. If you close the CSR and transfer the points to another card, you will not be able to redeem the UR points at 1.5 c...
by madbrain
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

hoops777 wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:15 pm
But if I cancel the CSR card I am assuming I cannot use the CSR portal so my 168,000 points will only be worth 168000 points not x 1.5 anymore?
Points are always points. You don't get more points if you have a CSR. Your redemption options depend on which card you keep.
by madbrain
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 73
Views: 8820

Re: Citi Costco Visa vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

Two questions.The Costco citi card rental car insurance is primary for 2 drivers.Is the CSR coverage better? It's primary also. May have higher coverage limit - $75000. If I cancel my CSR card but still have my Ink card,do my UR points that I transferred to CSR get reduced back to their original va...
by madbrain
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How old were you when you got your first credit card?
Replies: 46
Views: 2012

Re: How old were you when you got your first credit card?

21 . I kept getting rejected for credit card due to "no credit history" even though I was working with decent income.
It wasn't until after I bought a home and qualified for a mortgage that I could get approved for a credit card.
by madbrain
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MagsforMiles Magazine Subscriptions
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: MagsforMiles Magazine Subscriptions

runner3081 wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:09 pm
I have found that two copies will come. They do not extend them.
If you call the publisher and give them the numbers on your mailing label, they can fix it and extend it.
But initially, two copies will come.
by madbrain
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much sooner could you retire with NO property taxes?
Replies: 116
Views: 7351

Re: How much sooner could you retire with NO property taxes?

California also allows seniors (62 and older) or disabled persons with an annual household income of $35,500 or less to apply for postponement of property taxes on their principal residence (until death or sale of the house). If you want to pay 7% interest rate on the postponed amount. Also can't b...