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by tech_arch
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?
Replies: 50
Views: 3385

Re: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?

As a heads up....two weeks ago I purchased eclipse-viewing glasses from Amazon that were described as being ISO compliant. Yesterday I get an e-mail from Amazon saying that these glasses were not ISO complaint and to not use them for viewing the eclipse. So things are sometimes not what they seem. ...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifetime Tire Alignment
Replies: 35
Views: 2648

Re: Lifetime Tire Alignment

Would you trust me if I tell you that a car pulled in on the rack and got the printout and then backed out without doing any work on it and then immediately put back on the rack and got another printout, those would NOT be identical? There is inherent measurement error in anything that we measure. ...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?
Replies: 29
Views: 3129

Re: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?

Am I missing the point? Plugging into 3-4 services at $25-$50 a pop comes in at a comparable cost to cable. Do I also need multiple devices - plus OTA - as well? AND then how do I generate the time to watch all this stuff? We have PSVue, Netflix, and HBO Now. We'd have Netflix and HBO with or witho...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?
Replies: 29
Views: 3129

Re: YouTube TV - Anyone used or currently using?

It just came to our area so we're doing a trial right now. We currently subscribe to PSVue. The big advantage YouTube TV has for us is that it provides the local stations, which currently aren't available to us on PSVue. The downside is that they don't have an app (yet) for the Fire TV. To get aroun...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifetime Tire Alignment
Replies: 35
Views: 2648

Re: Lifetime Tire Alignment

My experience has been the opposite of the plurality here. We had an '07 Vue for almost 10 years and had a lifetime alignment for it through Tires Plus (owned by Firestone nowadays.) Every other oil change I had them rotate and rebalance the wheels and check the alignment. Their before and after rep...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA + HDHP [Me] and FSA [Spouse]
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: HSA + HDHP [Me] and FSA [Spouse]

Hi all, Did a search on the forum and google. My wife and I just got married. Prior to getting married, I was funding my HSA while on a HDHP insurance plan. She was funding her general-purpose FSA while she's under her employer sponsored insurance plan. Now that we are married, I would like to cont...
by tech_arch
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Costco/TrueCar auto shopping experience
Replies: 34
Views: 5045

Re: My Costco/TrueCar auto shopping experience

Looking at a new 2017 Honda CRV Touring and have done a little price shopping. Was curious about TrueCar and Costco pricing on the vehicle. Here's what I found out from a couple dealers. The first dealer didn't participate in the Costco program, so I asked about TrueCar pricing and looked up the Tr...
by tech_arch
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Sous Vide Recipes/Foods?
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Favorite Sous Vide Recipes/Foods?

I was going to post a link to Serious Eats but I see that's already been done. Kenji's recipes are great and never fail me.
by tech_arch
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone retire and move to a planned community in FL?
Replies: 48
Views: 6452

Re: anyone retire and move to a planned community in FL?

Florida is not just unpleasantly warm in the summer, it's warm and humid most of the time (save a few weeks in February), and becomes excruciatingly so beginning in April. Most people live indoors. The heat and humidity are spot on; we have a few weeks early in the year when I enjoy being outside, ...
by tech_arch
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirectTV Install
Replies: 14
Views: 1020

Re: DirectTV Install

Thanks for all the comments. Quick follow up -- if I really don't like the location where the DirectTV installer proposes putting the dish, can I beg off at that point, or am I already bound by the contract at that point ? If I really intended to use the service for many years, I could put up with ...
by tech_arch
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 57
Views: 4061

Re: Solar panels

I was having some roof repair done on my Arizona house and asked the roofer if he thought the roof would support solar panels. He did. But he also mentioned that when the roof needs to be replaced, the solar panels needed to be removed first. - A hidden cost. Yep. When we signed our contract to hav...
by tech_arch
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 57
Views: 4061

Re: Solar panels

No, net metering actually wipes out BOTH the supply charges AND the transmission charges. The only thing it doesn't wipe out is the $17/month fixed connection fee. Basically net metering wipes out any kWH-related charges. My utility does net metering, but the buyback rate is lower than my purchase ...
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Provider) App
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Advice on a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Provider) App

Another vote for Google Voice. I've been using that for my primary service for several years.
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 57
Views: 4061

Re: Solar panels

And don't forget, the Edison bill does not go to zero, unless you go completely off grid. They will still charge you a monthly hook-up fee ($10-$15?), so the true savings is not $100/mo. And, as noted, one needs to factor in degradation of the panels. Perhaps ~0.5% per year? Eventually, they will a...
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: instant pot [Pressure cooker]
Replies: 34
Views: 2953

Re: instant pot [Pressure cooker]

We have thought extensively about getting one, even put one in our Amazon cart a few times and borrowed my mom's several times, but we've decided that with our lifestyle it simply doesn't provide anything our trusty crockpot doesn't already. It's cool that it can greatly decrease cooking time, but ...
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 57
Views: 4061

Re: Solar panels

Electric bill ranged from $80 something to $120 something, so on average $100 a month. $17500 is the price for solar panels after taking into account 30% federal tax credit. System is 11.9 kW. Does that help? That sounds overly large. Our system is 9kW and our average monthly usage is ~1600kWh. Bre...
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: instant pot [Pressure cooker]
Replies: 34
Views: 2953

Re: instant pot [Pressure cooker]

Love ours. Great for faster braises, making broth, and perfect hard boiled eggs.
by tech_arch
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any way to eat healthier at Subway (or any other quick lunch ideas)
Replies: 102
Views: 5013

Re: any way to eat healthier at Subway (or any other quick lunch ideas)

am wrote: I read that their roasted chicken breast is only 50% or so chicken


That is false. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/food-scientists-weigh-in-on-50-subway-chicken-test-its-100-weird/

Note: I'm friends with an employee at ELISA labs and trust their work completely.
by tech_arch
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android phone, which one?
Replies: 16
Views: 1298

Re: Android phone, which one?

We've been very happy with Honor phones. We both have an Honor 8 and I would recommend it.
by tech_arch
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: HSA contribution question
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: HSA contribution question

A_C_E wrote:I was under the impression that the amount is prorated. Is that not true?

I'm 99% sure it's prorated. The divorce would be a Qualifying Event for updating your insurance, and at that point you would update your contributions to the new lower level.
by tech_arch
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is a "sleeve"?
Replies: 34
Views: 3212

Re: What is a "sleeve"?

[post removed --admin LadyGeek] My first thought was a tattoo that covers your arm. My searches found: ⋅  Credit sleeve ⋅  How to Maximize Your Income Portfolio Using A Four-Sleeve Approach ⋅  More on the Portfolio Sleeve Management System Those posts make it sound lik...
by tech_arch
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?
Replies: 149
Views: 13640

Re: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?

We use Amazon and CamelCamelCamel a lot. We also have Prime, though, and do cursory price comparisons. Besides groceries, I buy nearly everything online. I still make most of my purchases on Amazon, but I've switched to Target.com for nearly all household supplies. Target.com's billing system is an ...
by tech_arch
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling with 5 and 2 Year Old from Atlanta to Orlando - Is It Worth Flying?
Replies: 46
Views: 1750

Re: Traveling with 5 and 2 Year Old from Atlanta to Orlando - Is It Worth Flying?

I've done both recently, with a 7 & 2 y.o. Last Christmas we drove from Orlando to Tennessee, with an overnight stop in Atlanta on the way up and straight-through on the way back. We also just flew this month from Orlando to NY. I personally find driving easier with the kids; less stress on pack...
by tech_arch
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hilton Vacation Getaways
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Hilton Vacation Getaways

Used to work for HGV; these are legitimate introductory packages designed to make you think, "wow, this is great!" so they can sell you on being a member. If you are interested in buying into a timeshare, check out the secondary market. Some companies have a right of first refusal, which t...
by tech_arch
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise With The Grandkids
Replies: 31
Views: 2194

Re: Cruise With The Grandkids

I have two kids, the older now 7. The kids will have a blast on NCL, RCL, or Disney. I'd personally rate RCL and Disney above NCL, though, in terms of food and onboard activities. Our personal favorite is RCL. Disney is quite pricey, but worth it if you're Disney fans. Be prepared for the kids to wa...
by tech_arch
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stupid Security Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 3872

Re: Stupid Security Questions

Another vote for providing garbage answers and storing them in my password manager.
by tech_arch
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3081

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

telemark wrote:Are any of these whole-house protectors usable in an apartment building?

Some of these install along side the breaker panel, so they might be an option. I would discuss with your landlord.
by tech_arch
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Can you search for a string like 5.2%?
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Can you search for a string like 5.2%?

Yes. Type 5.2% site:bogleheads.org in your browser address bar. If you have a default search engine specified, what do you get? I just tried this out. Searching for 5.2% in the regular search works, but the advanced search rejects it; the advanced search says The following words in your search quer...
by tech_arch
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3081

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

Not meaning to highjack this thread but my electrical panel doesn't have any open slots to add more circuit breakers. It's my understanding that all these require adding a breaker to install. Any other options for me? My utility offers one that installs behind your meter. Installation took less tha...
by tech_arch
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3081

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

My utility offers a surge protector at the meter, for either $6/month rental ($20 installation fee) or $300 purchase (free installation). It's supposed to protect appliances like our A/C, washer & dryer, and fridge. It offers no warranty against a direct lightning strike, though. We purchased it...
by tech_arch
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar attic fans vs. regular turbines?
Replies: 26
Views: 2110

Re: Solar attic fans vs. regular turbines?

I researched these earlier and found enough information online to convince me to not install them. First, normal ventilation should be sufficient for the hot air; if not, a ridge vent may be better. Second, the solar fans are small and don't move much air, making them ineffective. Plus most of the h...
by tech_arch
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a Florida Sunpass
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: Getting a Florida Sunpass

Agreed. The net cost of the sunpass is zero, as they typically give a $5 credit. Last time I bought a 5 dollar Sunpass I was expecting the credit but I am pretty sure that I did not get it. I do like another poster's idea of Scotch Taping the thing to your windshield. I didn't think about that, and...
by tech_arch
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a Florida Sunpass
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: Getting a Florida Sunpass

I just did exactly that...ordered the more durable Sunpass. It's still not clear why I need to enter my plate number on a rental car...or, if I can just enter my plate number, why do I need the Sunpass transponder? Here in PA I use EZPass for rental cars often. I never enter anything...the toll pla...
by tech_arch
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a Florida Sunpass
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: Getting a Florida Sunpass

As an Orlando resident, my advice is to buy the $20 pass that is designed to be moved from vehicle to vehicle. That's only a few days of rental car fees before you come out ahead. Note that officially the system says a new pass might not be active until the next calendar day. If you add the tag numb...
by tech_arch
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?
Replies: 43
Views: 2871

Re: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?

We use Vue on an Amazon Fire device. We're quite happy with just a couple of complaints. * Vue only lets you have a few minutes of buffer when watching live TV. We were used to 30 minutes from previous DVRs. * Can't adjust stop times on the DVR. This can be a problem with live sports * Can't mark re...
by tech_arch
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way To Code A Text Parser
Replies: 27
Views: 1707

Re: Best Way To Code A Text Parser

Depending on the output, Microsoft's Log Parser app might be of use. It lets you run SQL queries on log files.
by tech_arch
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "What Vanguard Fund Has Beaten Its Category Average 16 Years In A Row?
Replies: 14
Views: 2345

Re: "What Vanguard Fund Has Beaten Its Category Average 16 Years In A Row?

I'm confused; according to Morningstar's page for VTSAX it trailed the category in 2007 by 0.59.
by tech_arch
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords

I am not sure what is going on here or what I am missing I am using chrome in my 2 desktops at home and 1 at work and 2 android phones. All remember my passwords So why do you need lastpass if you have chrome? This question is not rhetorical: what happens if you're using a computer that isn't yours...
by tech_arch
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does a mere mortal navigate healthcare/insurance issues
Replies: 50
Views: 4902

Re: How does a mere mortal navigate healthcare/insurance issues

This happened to me at my last colonoscopy. There's one facility in town that all of the local GI docs use, and it was in-network. My insurance made the anesthesiologist's accept the in-network rate since they were working at an in-network facility. Talk to your insurance company; I think it's reaso...
by tech_arch
Wed May 31, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords

Pessimist55 wrote:i was asked to renew for $12 a couple of months ago.

Here's a post with the differences - https://blog.lastpass.com/2016/11/get-lastpass-everywhere-multi-device-access-is-now-free.html/
by tech_arch
Wed May 31, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords

2. When I type in my password, always do it a little differently (using the mouse cursor to reposition) Many (most?) keyloggers also take screenshots every time a key is pressed or mouse button clicked so this will not defeat them. I've used LP for many years and happily pay them. I like their prod...
by tech_arch
Wed May 31, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Solar Breakeven Period for a Small Business?
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: Florida Solar Breakeven Period for a Small Business?

I can only comment on residential numbers. A lot will depend on the utility. I did it for my house; the salesman estimated ~8.5 years but my analysis showed ~9.5 years. We have net metering in Florida and I assume the business is eligible for net metering as well. For me, I sell back at $9.5/kWh and...
by tech_arch
Wed May 31, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA distributions non-qualified. Fixable?
Replies: 9
Views: 893

Re: HSA distributions non-qualified. Fixable?

In particular: You need to be sure to stop all contributions to your HSA up to six months before you collect Social Security. This is because when you apply for Social Security, Medicare Part A will be retroactive for up to six months (as long as you were eligible for Medicare during those six mont...
by tech_arch
Tue May 30, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA distributions non-qualified. Fixable?
Replies: 9
Views: 893

Re: HSA distributions non-qualified. Fixable?

There are also additional rules regarding HSAs with respect to Social Security and Medicare. This page lists some - https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/types-of-medicare-advantage-plans-hmos-ppos-and-more/health-savings-accounts-hsas-and-medicare/health-savings-accounts-hsas-and-medicare...
by tech_arch
Mon May 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just realized I have been doing wrong my whole life financially.
Replies: 10
Views: 3078

Re: Just realized I have been doing wrong my whole life financially.

I used to have a side gig as a consultant, but cut it out for more family time. There are careers out there that don't require college degrees that pay well. I'm a big fan of Salesforce; SF admin and developer positions are in high demand if you can train yourself and get some of their certification...
by tech_arch
Sun May 28, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: i just changed all my passwords
Replies: 30
Views: 3555

Re: i just changed all my passwords

How confident are you in Dashlane security? Could a vulnerbility in dashnale compromise all your passwords at once? That's always a possibility with any password manager. You should still use one. Password managers don't have to be perfect, they just have to be better than not having one . Troy Hun...
by tech_arch
Sat May 27, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: i just changed all my passwords
Replies: 30
Views: 3555

Re: i just changed all my passwords

How confident are you in Dashlane security? Could a vulnerbility in dashnale compromise all your passwords at once? That's always a possibility with any password manager. You should still use one. Password managers don't have to be perfect, they just have to be better than not having one . Troy Hun...
by tech_arch
Sat May 27, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Time limit on saving HSA receipts
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: Time limit on saving HSA receipts

"If you didn't claim a medical or dental expense that would have been deductible in an earlier year, you can file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, for the year in which you overlooked the expense. Don't claim the expense on this year's return. Generally, an amended return...
by tech_arch
Sat May 27, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Copyright music on YouTube - why isn't it blocked?
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Copyright music on YouTube - why isn't it blocked?

There's a lot of copyright music on YouTube where the publisher just puts a picture of the lyrics for the video. Anyone know why this is allowed and not blocked? For example - m with almost 10 million views. Wouldn't Led Zeppelin rather have that traffic go to their channel? It depends on the copyr...