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by mrb09
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?

We put in a Cali Bamboo floor last year. Ordered direct from manufacturer. - Shipping was good, arrived on time. They drop-shipped with a driver with no forklift, ended up using our tractor and clamp-on forks to unload :) - Had one color mismatch and they accepted return no problem. They sent replac...
by mrb09
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m looking for a word...
Replies: 114
Views: 9269

Re: I’m looking for a word...

In software, if we have a transient bug that goes away when you add a debugger or trace logging, we call those "heisen-bugs" -- the observer interferes with the observation.
by mrb09
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Blower
Replies: 24
Views: 1301

Re: Outdoor Blower

I have a number of Kobalt 80v tools that work extremely well. String Trimmer (plus brush blade for heavy brush), Chainsaw and Blower. They all are very well built and perform beyond my expectations. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-volt-Max-Lithium-Ion-500-CFM-125-MPH-Heavy-duty-Brushless-Cordles...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada

Never been that far north. Wife and I did a 4 day kayaking trip between base camps in the Discovery Islands (between Vancouver Island and mainland), one of our best vacations ever. We've been to Vancouver Island and surrounding archipelagos maybe half a dozen times and still find plenty of new stuff...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big Work Trip - Looking for Ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 1463

Re: Big Work Trip - Looking for Ideas

Another vote for slowing things down. About 10 years ago I combined a vacation and business trip to Bangalore. I cashed in my Singapore Air miles and my wife and I flew to Singapore, we spent three days there and then flew to Melbourne (we had friends there). My wife and I spent a week there, I flew...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 3325

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

We're on a spring. Flows well but only a few gallons a minute during the summer. Before we moved our holding tanks uphill for gravity feed downhill to the house, we had a 1500 gallon holding tank level with the house, with an auxiliary pump. The (downhill) spring pumped into the tank, and the auxili...
by mrb09
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to fund a CD with online bank??
Replies: 10
Views: 954

Re: How to fund a CD with online bank??

+1 on the checking -- I always transfer to/from Ally checking from outside accounts, then from Ally checking to Ally savings/CDs
by mrb09
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chain Saw pruner or Pole Saw?
Replies: 24
Views: 1917

Re: Chain Saw pruner or Pole Saw?

I have a stihl 20' pole saw. Not sure of the model, maybe a PP 800 pole with a PS 80 blade? Had it for 15 years or so. Absolutely love it, joy to use (up to a point). I know what you mean about the labor, but somehow it seems like a chainsaw on the end of a 20' pole would be its own kind of workout....
by mrb09
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What iPhone podcast application do you use?
Replies: 40
Views: 3401

Re: What iPhone podcast application do you use?

However, for this and for daytime use I use cheap earbuds that I buy at CVS for 10-15 dollars. They last for a few months, and when they begin to deteriorate, I get another set. But, I suspect that these cheapo earbuds are not the best way to listen to the spoken word. In fact, the packaging touts ...
by mrb09
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury
Replies: 42
Views: 2405

Re: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury

Wife and I switched from many years of using road-specific pedals/cleats to using Shimano SPD mountain bike pedals and SH56 Multi-directional release cleats on our road and tri bikes. They seem more safe (YMMV) and have the added advantage of being easy to walk around in when off the bike - worth t...
by mrb09
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 50
Views: 3978

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

Bought a 2013 Certified Pre-Owned Prius from Toyota. That comes with an extension to the factory warranty including the battery. Very happy with the car. Not the most exciting car I've ever had, but works for me. When I was looking I searched for 2012 - 2014 models -- they did a refresh on the gen 3...
by mrb09
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling Timber
Replies: 37
Views: 2855

Re: Selling Timber

I live on forested land in California. There was a harvest at our place right before we moved in, and there was quite a lot of slash (wood waste) left. That's part of the contract with the timber company, they'll take the timber but if you want cleanup, that's part of the price negotiation. Highly r...
by mrb09
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding bicycles
Replies: 29
Views: 2037

Re: Folding bicycles

I have an REI bike which is a rebranded Tern D7i (actually a slightly older model, but that's the equivalent now). I bought it when I was going into a remote work site on a consistent schedule, I'd stay a few nights in a hotel and ride the bike to work from the hotel, about six miles each way. I'd k...
by mrb09
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Live / work in California - Technology Career
Replies: 99
Views: 6488

Re: Live / work in California - Technology Career

I'd add Sacramento the list of urban areas. Gets hot in the summer, but not Phoenix hot. As other folks have said, California is a very big state. I live east of Sacramento in a sparsely populated county in the low Sierras, not even close to what coastal California is like (except for the state taxe...
by mrb09
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remotely power cycle devices?
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Remotely power cycle devices?

I use the GE ZWave switch: http://www.z-wave.com/shop-z-wave-smart ... mart-plugs

You'd need some kind of IOT hub to work over the internet, like a Samsung Smartthings Hub. That's what I have.
by mrb09
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Minimize Your Emergency Care Expenses
Replies: 195
Views: 29815

Re: How to Minimize Your Emergency Care Expenses

Bookmarked!

Thank you.
by mrb09
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator
Replies: 43
Views: 2624

Re: Recommend an A.C. powered auto tire inflator

When I ditched my run-flats, I got a Viair 70P that I keep in the trunk. It's DC but it's small, very quiet, and has a very accurate gauge. Best of all (for me), there is a brass chuck that threads onto the tire valve-stem so it's always a tight seal. And when you disconnect, you just lose a little...
by mrb09
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: India tourist visa - possible to expedite?
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: India tourist visa - possible to expedite?

I've gone through CIBTVisas for business visas, they have expedite options, never tried a tourist visa. I've done it when I really needed it quickly (like within 10 days with a holiday in-between) and they've been right on top of things.

Did you actually send your passport in yet?
by mrb09
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers
Replies: 11
Views: 782

Re: Wireless Ability for Surround Sound Rear Speakers

No experience with rear speakers, but have a Sony HT-CT790 sound bar with a wireless sub that seems to work ok. I have the sub behind the couch, out of line of sight of the sound bar.
by mrb09
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 102
Views: 11557

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

I love mine, use once or twice a week and make enough for leftovers. I tend to make similar things to what I used to make in a slow cooker, but now I can do dinners at the end of the day instead of having to start everything mid-day for a slow cooker. Preventing "bland" is same rules as a slow cooke...
by mrb09
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7446

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

Another related thread: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=232887

Only other thing I'd add is there's a difference between driving in heavy snow vs. icy conditions.
by mrb09
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)
Replies: 33
Views: 2017

Re: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)

We lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains during the 1989 earthquake. We had only a wood stove and we lost our chimney, so no heat. While we were fixing the house (thank you, SBA) we had a kerosene heater that we ran for probably four months or so. All in all, kerosene is kinda of a pain but better than ...
by mrb09
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best cordless drill??
Replies: 71
Views: 5104

Re: best cordless drill??

Another vote for the 20v li-ion dewalt. I have the drill, the 8" circular saw, and an extra 5AH battery. I just keep an extra battery in the charger and swap when I need them. Night day over the old 18V nicad battery system.
by mrb09
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1188

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

I'm on computer conferences several hours a day. I have hearing aids but I still have some issues hearing on calls if my headphones have too much bass, and I've had folks complain in the past about background noise from my mic. I've tried lots of different headsets and/or headphones and mics. I ende...
by mrb09
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire size, and wheels for snow tires
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Tire size, and wheels for snow tires

I'm in the California Sierras with a pretty steep 500 yard driveway, some snow but doesn't stay all winter, lots of icy mornings. So I don't have to deal with winter every day, but have enough weather that I get tired of chaining up in the mornings/evenings for weeks at a time. In the last 15 years,...
by mrb09
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 55
Views: 4534

Re: Home backup generator experiences

I have a dual mode solar system that is normally grid-tied (sells excess back to utility) but if there's a power outage it switches off-grid to solar/battery via a generator standby switch. The actual switch process takes about 30 seconds, and I have small UPS's on computers, routers, etc so there's...
by mrb09
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Tours
Replies: 67
Views: 4184

Re: European Tours

Another recommendation for the Rick Steves books. Even if you just use it for background, the museum sections of his guides are outstanding. Used his guides for Musee d'Orsay and Louvre in Paris, and Uffizi and Accademia in Florence. He gives a nice flow rather than just individual descriptions of e...
by mrb09
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: idiot proof router?
Replies: 53
Views: 4826

Re: idiot proof router?

Happy google wifi user. I bought the three pack of access points, and one of my access points has a switch plugged into the google ethernet port with two ethernet devices on the switch (smartthings hub and file server). Works great and extremely easy to set up. My modem is configured as a router and...
by mrb09
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.
Replies: 46
Views: 3450

Re: Help with PR emergency prep: Water filter, Propane stove, etc.

Personally, I carry a Steripen UV filter with me when traveling, I use it for hiking as well. They're very small, and there are a lot of even "minor" evens that make water non-potable.
by mrb09
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 1924

Re: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?

My road bike has caliper brakes, and my gravel bike had cantilever ("V") brakes, which I've since replaced with disc brakes. You'll probably need new hubs for the discs. You may need new forks, and frame may or may not be set up for rear discs. You can get mechanical disc brakes which will work off ...
by mrb09
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma in October
Replies: 56
Views: 5434

Re: Sonoma in October

Sixty I am going to give away a local secret. There are great wines in El Dorado county around Plymouth. This is way over east of Sacremento. They do great old vine zinfidels and other reds. Places like Sobon, Terra d'oro, Shenendoah, and others. Then drive up to Apple Hill and pick apples off the ...
by mrb09
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation
Replies: 30
Views: 4622

Re: Home automation

I've been happy with zwave light switches and a smartthings hub. The iphone app for the hub makes it easy to do dawn/dusk based on actual sunset, or turn on/off a set of switches, stuff like that. You can trigger events from other devices, I have a mini-remote that we use to set three sets of lights...
by mrb09
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks

I use https://pinboard.in/about/. It is an extremely simple (like craigslist simple) paid ($11 a year) service. It doesn't have a browser plugin per se, but they have a javascript snippet you can bookmark that acts like one, so you can do "bookmark this page with the following tags". You can organiz...
by mrb09
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using full name for email - bad or good idea?
Replies: 37
Views: 23383

Re: Using full name for email - bad or good idea?

My main gmail account is first initial last name @gmail.com e.g. if my name were John Smith, it is jsmith@gmail.com. I got that because I got into gmail very early in gmail's existence. I have another gmail with the full first and last name john.smith@gmail.com, but do not use that very much. The f...
by mrb09
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home: Google, Apple, or Amazon?
Replies: 36
Views: 2977

Re: Smart Home: Google, Apple, or Amazon?

I'm not really a voice activation kind of guy, I do have a Samsung SmartThings Hub that I'm pretty happy with, it runs my zwave switches for my lights. I have a simple remote that triggers the hub automation scripts, and I can also run the scripts from my phone.
by mrb09
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a rowing machine
Replies: 26
Views: 1487

Re: Suggestions for a rowing machine

Just curious, as I have been considering buying a a Concept2 myself - I live in an apartment building. Is the noise or vibration likely to bother my neighbor below me? I know the fan makes a good bit of noise, but wasn't sure if it transmits through floors. Thanks! We have ours in an upstairs bedro...
by mrb09
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a rowing machine
Replies: 26
Views: 1487

Re: Suggestions for a rowing machine

Yet another vote for Concept 2.
by mrb09
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 278
Views: 35851

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

+1 for anything written by Scalzi, and +1 for Ancillary series, that was some of the best "made you think" SF I had read in a while. Hadn't seen it mentioned, but I really like Nathan Lowell's "Solar Clipper" series. No epic space battles, just folks making their living in space. Written by an ex-me...
by mrb09
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 10044

Re: Where do you get your news?

Online NYT - I have a paid subscription because I think they're doing good reporting and I like to support them USA Today - because I like their IPhone App Slate - they're biased but mostly truthful, plus Dear Prudence QZ - I like getting the international perspective (especially the India news, as ...
by mrb09
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flex steel,mLazy Boy,or other sectional?
Replies: 10
Views: 744

Re: Flex steel,mLazy Boy,or other sectional?

Happy with our flexsteel loveseat and chair. We've just had them about six months but so far so good. We got the loveseat with the console in the middle, super comfortable.
by mrb09
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wondering if solar is worth it - does my utility bill seem high? (Arizona)
Replies: 40
Views: 3261

Re: Wondering if solar is worth it - does my utility bill seem high? (Arizona)

If you have tiered pricing (say you pay more after 1000 kWh a month), putting in solar to drop you down to a lower tier can be a pretty good deal. Here in California, we were in tier 3 in the summer for a/c (tier 3 is pretty expensive) and solar brought us down to tier 1. We're on a net meter plan, ...
by mrb09
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sport Rx Glasses (for Mountain Biking)
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Re: Sport Rx Glasses (for Mountain Biking)

I have some Rudy Project frames I got from my optician, they have RX photochromic lenses. I got them for the same reason you're looking at, evening rides. I really like them, although they weren't cheap, they're worth it to me. I wear them for both mountain bike and road bike rides. Before that, I h...
by mrb09
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: taking probiotics anyone
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: taking probiotics anyone

I take pill-form probiotics whenever I take antibiotics, otherwise just try and have yogurt, kefir, etc. Since antibiotics do mess with my system and I only take pill-form probiotics when I take the antibiotics, hard for me to tell the effects.
by mrb09
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Bitcoin] question
Replies: 131
Views: 12338

Re: Bit Coin question

Bitcoin is the first currency that is trustless and decentralized. In my opinion it's gong to be huge. There's such an enormous amount of trust placed in central banks and eventually people are going to realize their trust was misplaced. Bitcoin provides instant transactions anywhere in the world. ...
by mrb09
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: smart light timer possibly using Google Home
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: smart light timer possibly using Google Home

+1 on a SmartThings hub and zwave switches, they've been working well for me. I have mine triggered by a remote, but I see "at sunrise or sunset" in the trigger options.
by mrb09
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What to do when a parent's money runs out?
Replies: 218
Views: 33070

Re: What to do when a parent's money runs out?

In home assisted living would probably run $20 to $25 per hour, likely with a 2 or 3 hour minimum per visit. That's in mid-cost cities in the general area I live. Who would pay for that? Can the OP afford to pay that, plus the repairs to the house, plus ........ the numbers can start getting big pr...
by mrb09
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides
Replies: 30
Views: 3832

Re: "Structured" Flip Flops, Slides

I have some foot issues from running (flat feet, plantar fascia, bunion, you name it) and I ended up with a full sandal, a pair of vionic boyes . I really like them, their arch support is really good and they a reasonably stiff sole. Very comfortable for walking. For slip-ons just to go outside and ...
by mrb09
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RSU taxes
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Re: RSU taxes

I don't know how that works with the company taking shares out at grant time, that seems like it wouldn't work if the stock price changed, they'd have to take out either more or less at vest time. This comes down to the difference between an RSU and a restricted stock grant. An RSU is actually only...
by mrb09
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RSU taxes
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Re: RSU taxes

My RSUs are through Fidelity, when they vest they automatically sell enough to cover the taxes as ordinary income. As other posters have stated, grant price is irrelevant, it is all about vest price. At that point when I sell them, I pay taxes on sale exactly as if I had bought them on the vest date...