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by marc515
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??
Replies: 11
Views: 1217

Dyson Cordless Vacuums??

I'm interested in the Dyson Cordless "V8 Animal", however is it quite pricey at $500. My main concern is run time and battery longevity. Runtime without powered attachments is 40 minutes, but only about 8 minutes on Max. Then there is the longevity issue; as the battery starts to degrade, ...
by marc515
Fri May 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?
Replies: 37
Views: 5635

Re: Opticians: is there any difference in quality of Costco glasses?

I wear Varilux "S-Design" Progressive Lenses, which Varilux claims are the best progressives on the market, and I am not sure how Costco lenses would compare. If I was wearing lower model lenses, I would think Costco would be OK. That said, I love the ultra clear vision I am getting with t...
by marc515
Tue May 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1011
Views: 241381

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

For the folks that looked at both Rolex and Omega, how did you make your decision? Both are high quality watches. That said, I'd vote Rolex. Rolex service is second to none. Secondly, I do not like the Omega bands/bracelets, as they lack micro-adjustment clasps. Let's face it, our wrists usually sw...
by marc515
Mon May 15, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 51
Views: 6167

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

The best pillows we've ever had are the Eden Pillows, made by Coop Home Goods.

https://coophomegoods.com/collections/p ... den-pillow

If you do some searches, you will find they have the best reviews.

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by marc515
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?
Replies: 10
Views: 1191

Re: Aftermarket batteries for cordless tools?

Agree with Lifeisgood on Rigid, and the warranty!

That said, I would never risk a fire by using any non-OEM batteries period.

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by marc515
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice portable Bluetooth speakers
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Nice portable Bluetooth speakers

Check out the UE Boom; fantastic sound!
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by marc515
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?
Replies: 120
Views: 7544

Re: Which puppy to buy: golden retriever or labrador retriever?

Don't think you can go wrong with either a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever; they are both great dogs.

While adopting a rescue would be nice, there's nothing wrong with going to a breeder to get the dog you want.
by marc515
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring Files - Macbook
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Transferring Files - Macbook

I highly recommend you cruse on over to the MacRumors forums; there's a wealth of knowledge on that site:

http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/macbook-air.122/

Best Regards,.....marc
by marc515
Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is ready for iphone 7?
Replies: 149
Views: 13796

Re: Who is ready for iphone 7?

sunny_socal wrote:Note7 > iPhone7, not even tempted to try apple this time around


Geeze, I don't think an exploding phone is better :happy

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by marc515
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Crossover SUV to purchase
Replies: 146
Views: 16768

Re: Best Crossover SUV to purchase

I think you need to test drive a few more vehicles :happy Seriously, you are all over the place, and need to narrow your choice down to no more than three vehicles. Maybe you should develop a spreadsheet with cost and all your must haves and wants; might help you narrow your choices down somewhat. Y...
by marc515
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recourse for a failed dental crown at 3 years
Replies: 22
Views: 2261

Re: Recourse for a failed dental crown at 3 years

I had a very similar situation some years ago. My wife had a crown done and about 2 years after that, the dentist left the plan. The new dentist told her the crown needed to be replaced as it wasn't fitted correctly which would lead to decay. I wrote a letter to the insurance company, and they respo...
by marc515
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]
Replies: 48
Views: 5462

Re: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro (with one year left on Apple Care) that will cost me $750 to repair. They say I spilled some liquid on it thus voiding Apple Care. If I do the repair Apple Care is back in play for another year. Craigslist list my computer right around $1000 (generally with no Apple Care)....
by marc515
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]
Replies: 48
Views: 5462

Re: $750 repair or buy new

BUY NEW PC/ Windows Laptop for $700 Lenovo or Sony, Be happy forever. There is nothing a mac can do what windows can't do... Well,.....after using a MacBook, a $700 Windows laptop just would not do for me; I'm spoiled now :) You come off as a typical Windows PC user, and I don’t mean that as a dig....
by marc515
Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spontaneous vehicle purchase online - store it or back out?
Replies: 17
Views: 2826

Re: Spontaneous vehicle purchase online - store it or back out?

The eBay Auctions I've seen have a reasonably high reserve price so they won't sell for less than the dealer wants. Used car dealers are not people who sign away good inventory for a "surprise" price. I also do not believe 10k savings is possible. Numbers do not make sense - a 30k car for...
by marc515
Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)
Replies: 66
Views: 7845

Re: Thinking about Mac (vs Windows)

When I was first considering a MacBook, I took an informal poll by asking folks I talked with, what kind of PC they had, and what they what they thought of MacBooks, and what I found out in general was: 1: Folks who had Win PC's, had the impression or fear that Mac's are harder to learn, and that pr...
by marc515
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac laptop vs. Windows 7 (or 10) laptop
Replies: 63
Views: 5425

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

I've used Windows PC's for the past few decades, and switched to Mac early last year. After using a MacBook for about a year now, all I can say is I have no desire to ever use a Windows PC again. The MB has and is a joy to use, and I haven't experienced a single issue with it. The trackpad is simply...
by marc515
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I think MacBook Air has a "bug"
Replies: 32
Views: 2960

Re: I think MacBook Air has a "bug"

I have had my MBP for a year now, and love it; every once in a blue moon, I might experience a minor glitch, but no major issues yet. Run the disk utility which is located in Launchpad; mine is in the "Other" folder. You can also download the app "Bitdefender" There is a great fo...
by marc515
Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waste of money? [High-end home theater]
Replies: 151
Views: 12062

Re: Waste of money?

All I can say is i'm surprised the OP even asked the question :happy
by marc515
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me
Replies: 53
Views: 6105

Re: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me

I switched over from a Dell XPS-15 (9530) to a 15" Macbook Pro Retina this past March, and all I can say is the user experience on a Mac is so much better.

Apple has won me over with this purchase, and their customer support is by far the best I've ever had.

It just works!
by marc515
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Conversion of paper to electronic for EE bonds
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: Conversion of paper to electronic for EE bonds

I converted ours years ago; one of the best things I ever did!

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by marc515
Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone
Replies: 117
Views: 16218

Re: New iPhone

I had a love-hate attitude about Apple for the longest time. Then my wife got the iPhone 4 and an iPad some years ago, and we both became hooked. Now we both have iPhones, two iPads and a Macbook Pro. As for the Macbook Pro. Every line of electronic devices has, or will have issues; it's simply the ...
by marc515
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 72
Views: 33281

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]

My 2 year old Honda Self Propelled is the best mower I've ever owned. Very clean cut, excellent mulching and bagging.
by marc515
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: It's illegal not to reply to a US Census Request? (Identity Theft Concerns...)
Replies: 27
Views: 2049

Re: It's illegal not to reply to a US Census Request? (Identity Theft Concerns...)

What's the harm in responding? If you are worried about identity theft, you need to give up all your credit cards, close all your bank accounts, and not go to any medical facilities; i.e., live life in a bubble. Hackers are everywhere, so I wouldn't be any more worried responding to a census request...
by marc515
Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrading my computer to work more days from home
Replies: 22
Views: 2119

Re: Upgrading my computer to work more days from home

I use a top of the line macbook pro with SSHD, using a power usb port to connect the macbook to a high quality 26 inch Samsung monitor, logitech wireless mouse and K800 keyboard for home use. Using apple gear = minimal hassles, no virus and malware drama, great ergonomics - I would never go back to...
by marc515
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?
Replies: 42
Views: 4826

Re: Are you upgrading to ios 9? When?

I don't waste my money on Apple products, so no. +1. I waste mine, albeit much less, comparatively, on Android-based products. Looking forward to scooping up the next Nexus 5 when it becomes available...and not having to jump through a dozen hoops while solving quadratic equations in order to gain ...
by marc515
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 26142

Re: Costco

Marmot wrote:Costco also gives you a year end rebate for what you spend.


Other credit cards will do that.
by marc515
Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?
Replies: 50
Views: 26142

Re: New tires - where to buy, how to get a good deal?

When you look at the total picture, COSTCO is very difficult to beat. Not only are their prices competitive, but you also get: Free periodic tire rotation WITH "Balancing" Free tire repair. If you buy from any other source, you will have to pay for the rotation and balancing, and that adds...
by marc515
Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 14669

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

See, for example: http://slickdeals.net/f/7948357-hp-desktop-laptop-additional-savings-up-to-250-rebate-30-off-free-shipping Envy 17t Laptop i7-5500U Dual Core Processor + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Discrete Graphics 16GB DDR3 Memory 17.3" LCD 1920x1080 512GB SSD Drive 6-cell 62WHr Lithium-io...
by marc515
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 14669

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

The sore point with me and Mac is that they don't have a touchscreen laptop (like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro I bought). :( I am a Macbook user. My DH uses Windows. He has a fairly new Dell laptop. If I use his laptop, his trackpad is so crappy that, yes, I find his touchscreen necessary to get around. W...
by marc515
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 14669

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

For people who think MacBook Pros and other computers are similarly priced, you obviously don't understand how non-Apple laptop pricing works. For an Apple, there is an MSRP, and if you're lucky you'll get $50 off at BestBuy. For PCs, there is a, say, 30% off or $400 off "sale" AT ALL TIM...
by marc515
Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacBook Pro Worth the money?
Replies: 79
Views: 14669

Re: MacBook Pro Worth the money?

I switched to a Macbook Pro a few months ago, and really love it. My wife uses our old Dell, and when I have to go on to help her with something, I love my MBP even more. IMHO, Mac's are worth it, and I can't see myself going back to a PC. Additionally, MacBooks are comparatively priced to upper end...
by marc515
Tue May 19, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 9121

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

Very Fast :))

I just couldn't resist; be safe out there

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by marc515
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop: Windows based vs. Apple
Replies: 86
Views: 9659

Re: Laptop: Windows based vs. Apple

We got our 15" Macbook Pro a few days ago, and all I can say is, it's fantastic. Being as I am retired, I have no need to go back to a Windows based PC, nor do I want to now. Our Windows PC was a Dell XPS 15, and while It is a really nice PC, the MBP and OSX just works so nice. We also have iPh...
by marc515
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 89
Views: 7102

Re: Mac reliability?

The other elephant in the room is that most Apple products cost about 2x compared to their Windows equivalent with like-for-like components. So if you're shopping purely on reliability and most here would agree that most Windows & Apple hardware is pretty much equal in that space, then the Appl...
by marc515
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat??
Replies: 39
Views: 5895

Wifi Thermostat??

I've been looking at Wifi Thermostats, and so far the ecobee3 looks to be about the best. The main concerns I have is reliability, and longevity; I'm wondering if these newer smart thermostats will last as long as the less-smart thermostats. What are you guys using, and how do you like it? Thank you
by marc515
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 PC?
Replies: 49
Views: 3797

Re: Windows 7 PC?

I've had Win 8.1 for 8 months now and don't have any issues with it, and I simply cannot understand what all the fuss is about.
by marc515
Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb phone save hikers life
Replies: 11
Views: 2127

Re: Dumb phone save hikers life

Dutch wrote:Maybe if he'd had a smart phone, he wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place :P


LMAO; it's nice to see a good sense of humor!
by marc515
Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a Rolex Watch
Replies: 8
Views: 1934

Re: Selling a Rolex Watch

by marc515
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 5133

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

Alex Frakt wrote:
marc515 wrote:Yes, but there's nothing that indicates it isn't a medical condition either!

The OP is currently running and didn't mention any problem other than his shoes being too tight.


OK, you win!
by marc515
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 5133

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

Some good suggestions here, but none of us know what's going on with your feet other than you indicating you have flat feet. I have flat feet, and custom orthotics are the only thing that works for me. Rather than take advice from an online forum, I would see an orthopedic doctor and have your feet...
by marc515
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 5133

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

Some good suggestions here, but none of us know what's going on with your feet other than you indicating you have flat feet. I have flat feet, and custom orthotics are the only thing that works for me. Rather than take advice from an online forum, I would see an orthopedic doctor and have your feet ...
by marc515
Thu May 29, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 5133

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

If you have severe over pronation, you should consider custom orthotics designed specifically for your feet.
by marc515
Wed May 28, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?

Louis Winthorpe III wrote:The Lenovo has Windows 8.1. I'm sure getting up to speed on that will be a pain, but I'll have to learn it sooner or later.


Win 8.1 is nice, and not a big learning curve.
by marc515
Wed May 28, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Need laptop advice. Lenovo IdeaPad S210 59387503?

The Lenovo has Windows 8.1. I'm sure getting up to speed on that will be a pain, but I'll have to learn it sooner or later. I had mine preloaded with Win7, I don't have the patience for fooling around with 8.1. Even with preloaded Win7 I still had to wait through 203 SW updates being pushed by Micr...
by marc515
Tue May 06, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RETIRING May 31! Any advice .....?
Replies: 87
Views: 10313

Re: RETIRING May 31! Any advice .....?

My only advice is to enjoy your retirement
by marc515
Sun May 04, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]
Replies: 72
Views: 33281

Re: Do Honda Mowers Leave Un-cut Grass Strips? [YES, but...]

I'm glad I saw this thread as I was looking at the Honda mowers, and will now have to reconsider.
by marc515
Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best vacuum cleaner
Replies: 23
Views: 2963

Re: best vacuum cleaner

I'm involved in another forum that talks about things like this. In short, Miele vacuums seem to be the best by a long margin. But...they need bags. I was going to mention Miele - I, too, did not want to deal with bags, but I got sick of the loud, smelly, cumbersome canister vaccuums that kept brea...
by marc515
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig vs normal coffeemaker?
Replies: 131
Views: 10787

Re: Keurig vs normal coffeemaker?

We use a paper filter in our Drip Coffee Maker, but as I understand it, the Keurig does not have paper filters, so you end up with sediment in the bottom of your cup; is that true?
by marc515
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Pet Insurance- Dog??
Replies: 18
Views: 1976

Thoughts on Pet Insurance- Dog??

We are getting a puppy in the near future, and are considering getting Pet Insurance; VPI seems to be the largest company out there.

We've never had Pet Ins on any of our other dogs, but Vet bills and treatments are increasing.

So, looking for some insight from you guys on this topic.

Thank you!
by marc515
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What's the best website to track stock Portfolio?
Replies: 7
Views: 1778

Re: What's the best website to track stock Portfolio?

I have an excel spreadsheet to track purchases, and Avg cost.

I'm looking for a web site that has something like the Morningstar "Portfolio" that I can access on my computer, iPhone, and iPad.

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