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by squirm
Thu May 25, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Risks of electronic access
Replies: 50
Views: 3396

Re: Risks of electronic access

People get hacked cause they use an old OS and/or don't keep their system up to date. My friend still uses XP cause he's too cheap to upgrade.
by squirm
Thu May 25, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Risks of electronic access
Replies: 50
Views: 3396

Re: Risks of electronic access

Some of this is going to depend on your tech savvy. For example, if you are prone to opening email attachments from people you don't know, or from people you do know but have no reason to be sending you an attachment, or if you fall for emails that look like they're from a company you deal with but...
by squirm
Thu May 25, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to buy tires
Replies: 31
Views: 1283

Re: best way to buy tires

I buy them from discount tire. They had the same price as Tire Rack, wasn't worth the hassle of doing the install myself (friend has a lift with tire and balancer) or having someone else install.
Just go to DT, TR is not worth the additional hassle. I've heard Costco is good too.
by squirm
Thu May 25, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Cleaning Rental
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Carpet Cleaning Rental

Usually better then the retail consumer version.
Use hot water. Make sure the beater bar works, rented one in which it didn't.
by squirm
Thu May 25, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Cleaning Rental
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Carpet Cleaning Rental

Usually better then the retail consumer version.
Use hot water. Make sure the beater bar works, rented one in which it didn't.
by squirm
Wed May 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rant (purchasing air tickets)
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Rant (purchasing air tickets)

Happens to me. Buying air tickets is nerve wracking. It takes a lot of time too. My wife knows to stay away from me when I'm in the middle of it.
by squirm
Tue May 23, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a dual-action polisher for my working car?
Replies: 16
Views: 901

Re: Should I get a dual-action polisher for my working car?

Only if your an idiot will you ruin your paint with a polisher. Basic instructions to follow.
Agree with the Porter Cable. I do our cars once every 8 months or so. Sometimes I clay them before a polish, just depends on my mood.
by squirm
Tue May 23, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox painfully slow
Replies: 23
Views: 2097

Re: Firefox painfully slow

Hi guys,I will try your suggestions when I get a chance later this week and will report back. Thanks!
by squirm
Tue May 23, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be
Replies: 28
Views: 1913

Re: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be

Oh, one piece of advice, decide who will be the disciplinary. For us that was me. Wife is a huge softy. Kids figure that out, they ask mom for stuff first in which she replies "go ask your father".
by squirm
Tue May 23, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be
Replies: 28
Views: 1913

Re: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be

So I was told that long ago dads weren't part of the birth process. Hard to believe that was the norm at one time. I was there for my wife in every way.
by squirm
Tue May 23, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To auto loan or not to auto loan?
Replies: 23
Views: 1294

Re: To auto loan or not to auto loan?

I hate making car payments even when I had a zero percent loan. Personally I'd just pay for the car outright. Yeah you can get a 2.5% cd and finance at 2.2% for a gain of .3%...whoppie.
by squirm
Mon May 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2nd car for long commute
Replies: 15
Views: 1659

Re: 2nd car for long commute

Same commute, our truck stays in the barn and gets used for truck stuff, we drive our commute car for commute stuff. Each has it's purpose. We're not driving the truck everyday to work cause it might be cheaper. What a pain.
by squirm
Sat May 20, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox painfully slow
Replies: 23
Views: 2097

Firefox painfully slow

Anyone know why Firefox has been extremely slow for the past several months? I'm really contemplating moving to Chrome, I like FF cause of the add ons, I can block Adobe Flash, etc, but tonight was the last straw, trying to fill out online forms it was brutal. Switched over to Chrome.
by squirm
Fri May 19, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 2284

Re: Where to get oil change?

I'll stick to putting better tires in front to keep from slamming into the guy in front, which is the much more likely scenario then fish tailing.
by squirm
Fri May 19, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be
Replies: 28
Views: 1913

Re: Suggested Reading or Advice for Father-to-be

I'm not going to write a book here, but give you simple advice. Be ready for the lack of sleep. Take turns sleeping. I went to bed very early and then took over baby chores at 2am so wife could get solid sleep. Be a real father, I did everything to help, I had diaper changing down to a science, unde...
by squirm
Fri May 19, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Puncture - plug from outside or patch and plug from inside
Replies: 31
Views: 1578

Re: Tire Puncture - plug from outside or patch and plug from inside

It's more of a pain to take the car in then to just take the tire off and plug it. At least for me.
by squirm
Thu May 18, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Puncture - plug from outside or patch and plug from inside
Replies: 31
Views: 1578

Re: Tire Puncture - plug from outside or patch and plug from inside

I've always plugged from the outside, many times over the years including working at gas stations. I've also patched when working at gas stations. Never had a problem with either when done correct. Although the patch people will say to never plug.
by squirm
Thu May 18, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: should I tip repairman for TV?
Replies: 27
Views: 1554

Re: should I tip repairman for TV?

I tip and/or pay well for jobs because my money comes from appreciation, dividends, interest, job, blah blah blah, not from back breaking labor. I appreciate not being a slave to that type of work and appreciate those that have to endure it for the little pay. Most people in my circle have money fro...
by squirm
Thu May 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: should I tip repairman for TV?
Replies: 27
Views: 1554

Re: should I tip repairman for TV?

Most of the people on this forum I would guess won't be adversely affected by giving a tip. It could mean a lot more to the recipient. I agree with this. While I don't do as well as most people on this forum I do better than most people in this country. I don't know when we became so selfish and co...
by squirm
Tue May 16, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Solar Roof
Replies: 81
Views: 7719

Re: Tesla Solar Roof

We have solar panels on our roof, frankly I never considered them ugly, if fact I like seeing them, knowing their producing power with zero pollution.
by squirm
Tue May 16, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: experiences with treating sulfur odor in well water?
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: experiences with treating sulfur odor in well water?

We had the rotten egg smell in our well water for a while with all the rain we've been having. I just switched from a pleated filter to a activated carbon filter, got rid of the smell. I suggest getting the water tested during inspection. Maybe our problem was mild compared to yours, I don't know, b...
by squirm
Tue May 16, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The recent WannaCry ransomware
Replies: 60
Views: 6400

Re: The recent WannaCry ransomware

Vendors often need to validate updates, you can't just install updates on your operating systems and hope your hardware and software infrastructure works. It's complicated and it's not like pressing the update Button on your laptop.
by squirm
Sat May 13, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Afraid I may have been hacked
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

Re: Afraid I may have been hacked

I doubt it will get worse. Seems to be getting better Imo, unless you're not keeping your os patched and up to date.

Getting hacked by a preview message with a up to date system is very rare.
by squirm
Sat May 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I ever have enough for a condo/house in Cali?
Replies: 42
Views: 3096

Re: Will I ever have enough for a condo/house in Cali?

Just wait for the next housing bust. We did just that. Bought in 2012. This can't keep going on. When I read pay like this, I figure a bust is coming soon.
by squirm
Sat May 13, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to tip movers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3329

Re: How much to tip movers?

Why would someone not tip movers? It's hard work for little pay. Offer them soda too. You probably tip whoever cuts your hair. Don't understand some people.
by squirm
Sat May 13, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Afraid I may have been hacked
Replies: 18
Views: 2690

Re: Afraid I may have been hacked

How could you be hacked by replying to an email message? Seems like that term becomes more and more losely used these days.

Just pay attention to your browser address bar, don't open up email attachments and set UAC to high.
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number

whaleknives wrote:Any clues on the receipt?

No, surprisingly there's nothing on it, might as well be blank piece of paper.
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number

whaleknives wrote:I wonder if this could help: TreasuryDirect Treasury Hunt.

Yes,
I've been trying that but it's not working....
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number

whaleknives wrote:Do you know who bought the bond? That would be a good place to start. Gift bonds we received for ourselves and our children were actually given to us.

Yes, but that person has Alzheimers.
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number
Replies: 9
Views: 542

US Savings bond given to me, don't have serial number

I found a old gift receipt for a US savings bond that was given to me over 15 years ago. There is nothing on the gift receipt about the bond. It stated it was issued for me, that's all I know. I spoke to my bank to see what my options are to redeem, but they couldn't help. Who does one speak to in t...
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price for brakes and rotors?
Replies: 73
Views: 2939

Re: Price for brakes and rotors?

It is just funny about how people on here argue for days about the latest safety features on cars. We spend thousands for auto stop improvements but now we are talking about cheap skating the stopping power of the brakes. Do you guys really want to go with the low bidder for the brakes???? Then I w...
by squirm
Fri May 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price for brakes and rotors?
Replies: 73
Views: 2939

Re: Price for brakes and rotors?

I do my own brakes but agree with some of the others, don't do them yourself unless you know what you're doing. Just shop around for better prices.
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we need a separate water filtration system?
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: Do we need a separate water filtration system?

Soft water is nice. At first I thought it felt slimy during a shower, now I don't like showering without it.
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a new car purchase make sense?
Replies: 38
Views: 2485

Re: Does a new car purchase make sense?

So how does lane departure aid in safety? Sounds like a silly feature to get. Seems to me it only encourages someone to text while driving. I guess you're assuming that if they didn't have lane departure they would not be texting or texting less if they didn't have that feature. I'd say it doesn't ...
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I switch my home electric bill to "Time of Day" billing?
Replies: 22
Views: 1925

Re: Should I switch my home electric bill to "Time of Day" billing?

Do people really need to cool during the day? Our days can get very hot (110) but by the time the house heats up (esp the first floor) it's almost time for bed, so we usually only run the upstairs ac at night, at off peak hours. Then in the morning we turn on the whole house fan to cool the entire h...
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a new car purchase make sense?
Replies: 38
Views: 2485

Re: Does a new car purchase make sense?

So how does lane departure aid in safety? Sounds like a silly feature to get. Seems to me it only encourages someone to text while driving.
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Solar Roof
Replies: 81
Views: 7719

Re: Tesla Solar Roof

I thought this was supposed to be comparable to a normal roof. Even with the tax credit, it's 10 times what we paid for our last re-roof. Depends on your definition of a "normal roof". Looks like Telsa compared to a high-end tile roof, not a basic asphalt shingle roof, at least if you loo...
by squirm
Thu May 11, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a new car purchase make sense?
Replies: 38
Views: 2485

Re: Does a new car purchase make sense?

Personally I'd rather drive a safe car then one that isn't as safe. There's too many knobs out there texting and driving. I see it all the time. You'll get people that reply with stats, and probabilities, but I go with my rule which is: Drive safe, keep a good distance, and drive a safe car. Go with...
by squirm
Wed May 10, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching Auto Insurance, need advice on Roadside assistant
Replies: 35
Views: 2165

Re: Switching Auto Insurance, need advice on Roadside assistant

What are you guys doing to your cars? We drive at least 25k miles per year, never had a flat or was stranded. Battery died once, my fault,I knew it was on the last leg but milked it and lost. Had wife drive over to parking lot and jumped it. If wife gets stranded told her to call me and I'll come an...
by squirm
Wed May 10, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I switch my home electric bill to "Time of Day" billing?
Replies: 22
Views: 1925

Re: Should I switch my home electric bill to "Time of Day" billing?

We have time of day/use. You get use to using the power hogs later or earlier. I suggest you go for it.
by squirm
Wed May 10, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we need a separate water filtration system?
Replies: 13
Views: 894

Re: Do we need a separate water filtration system?

Are you on a well? If not then it's probably not needed. If you are, get your water tested. We have a reverse osmosis, we're in a well, the water can get pretty smelly without it.
by squirm
Wed May 10, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting correct size car
Replies: 31
Views: 2159

Re: Renting correct size car

Ask for a free upgrade.
by squirm
Tue May 09, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft, I want my computer back!
Replies: 165
Views: 11506

Re: Microsoft, I want my computer back!

We moved everything to Apple years ago and will never go back! Insert any company into this line to see how logical it is. "We moved everything to Blockbuster years ago and will never go back!" "We moved everything to Best Buy years ago and will never go back!" "We moved ev...
by squirm
Tue May 09, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft, I want my computer back!
Replies: 165
Views: 11506

Re: Microsoft, I want my computer back!

We moved everything to Apple years ago and will never go back! Insert any company into this line to see how logical it is. "We moved everything to Blockbuster years ago and will never go back!" "We moved everything to Best Buy years ago and will never go back!" "We moved ev...
by squirm
Mon May 08, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar City Sales-pitch
Replies: 50
Views: 7942

Re: Solar City Sales-pitch

Buy your solar outright, since you're with pg&e, it's even a faster payoff. The only reason why I listened to the SolarCity rep is because she was hot.
by squirm
Mon May 08, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Blood Banking
Replies: 22
Views: 2455

Re: Cord Blood Banking

I just went with the the recommendation of the pediatrician college, which was no.
by squirm
Mon May 08, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Citi giving me money?
Replies: 10
Views: 2011

Re: Why is Citi giving me money?

Don't most credit cards offer some sort of price protection?
by squirm
Mon May 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Citi giving me money?
Replies: 10
Views: 2011

Re: Why is Citi giving me money?

I've used it a few times, have yet to find a lower price though.
by squirm
Sat May 06, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda vs. Mazda vs. Ford
Replies: 40
Views: 2738

Re: Honda vs. Mazda vs. Ford

The issue with car buying threads is you'll get 3000 replies and still wonder what to do.

Mr Market sets the resale rates of Honda, Toyotas and the likes higher then GM, Ford, etc for a reason. Think about that. Then ask yourself if you can comfortably afford the car and move on.
by squirm
Fri May 05, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: wife offered her bosses position, questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: wife offered her bosses position, questions

Doom&Gloom wrote:Far, far, far beyond "too weird."

It's not like she's a stranger... Known her for years.

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