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by tech_arch
Tue May 22, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Living
Replies: 23
Views: 1773

Re: Florida Living

Gill wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 2:57 pm

No, Tampa airport is 135 miles from Cape Coral. Fort Myers Airport (RSW) is only 15 miles.
Gill
Would you classify that as a "relatively major" airport, though? I thought it was more of a regional airport.
by tech_arch
Tue May 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Living
Replies: 23
Views: 1773

Re: Florida Living

I grew up in Broward county (Ft Lauderdale), lived in Tampa, and have friends in Cape Coral. These are all very different areas. I'll try to address your points one by one. * City life: All of your locations probably have what you mentioned, though I'd be surprised if Cape Coral had a Whole Foods * ...
by tech_arch
Sun May 20, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birmingham AL and Gainesville FL (?)
Replies: 7
Views: 785

Re: Birmingham AL and Gainesville FL (?)

I lived in Gainesville for over a decade (went to UF and stayed after graduation.) Gainesville is definitely a college town, with the associated pros and cons. Some areas are very much student areas, but once you get a few miles away from campus it's more like a normal town. You don't mention time o...
by tech_arch
Mon May 14, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeing a rocket launch in FL
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: Seeing a rocket launch in FL

BanditKing wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 11:02 pm
Where is a good place to be if you want to see a SpaceX booster return? I really want to see a Falcon Heavy launch and return.
In general, if the boosters are returning to land, then anywhere near KSC where you can watch the launch will be fine for the return.
by tech_arch
Sun May 13, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeing a rocket launch in FL
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Re: Seeing a rocket launch in FL

As above, definitely book the trip so the launch is early as delays are commonplace. If you have admission to KSC, you might be able to watch from the Saturn V building, which usually has bleachers, a loudspeaker for the countdown, and a docent explaining what is happening. I've done that for Delta ...
by tech_arch
Thu May 10, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reccommended Minivans
Replies: 31
Views: 1823

Re: Reccommended Minivans

Love my 2016 Odyssey, but it was just a shade over $30k. We actually liked the new Pacifica better, but were worried about Chrysler's reliability so went with Honda.
by tech_arch
Thu May 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 1726

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

One thing I have not seen mentioned is that there are lots of toll roads in Florida. This is true, but not too much on the coasts. Going down the east coast to the Keys you'll be on I-95 and US 1, neither of which have tolls. You'll cross Alligator Alley, a toll road, going across the state to Napl...
by tech_arch
Wed May 09, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 1726

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

East coast: First night I'd consider staying at Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville. A few hours south will bring you to St Augustine, which has a nice feel, beach, and fort for visiting. If you're into racing, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is usually in late January; if you're not, you'll probably ...
by tech_arch
Wed May 02, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to babymoon?
Replies: 38
Views: 3691

Re: Where to babymoon?

dm200 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Five day cruise to Bermuda from Baltimore..
Cruises are great for relaxing since everything is taken care of. Be careful about the sailing cut-off date, though - pretty much every cruise line will deny you boarding if you enter your 24th week of pregnancy before the cruise ends.
by tech_arch
Wed May 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why are two almost identical value ETFs (MGV and VTV) priced so differently?
Replies: 19
Views: 1252

Re: Why are two almost identical value ETFs (MGV and VTV) priced so differently?

Thank you all! Consider me well schooled on this matter. Sincerely appreciate you all taking the time to explain such an elementary concept so eloquently and straightforwardly. Everybody's education has to start somewhere. When it comes to elementary concepts, just remember everybody had to be taug...
by tech_arch
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WALK ME Appearing on URL Bar [during Fidelity login]
Replies: 26
Views: 2969

Re: WALKME Appearing on URL Bar

I'm not a Fidelity customer, but I'm familiar with WalkMe; they make software that integrates with other platforms to provide on-demand help and tutorials. This is generally used to help people learn new systems, so I wonder if Fidelity is testing out using this to help train customers on how to use...
by tech_arch
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 3313

Re: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks

Many cruise lines have similar benefits if you own at 100 shares (or at least they did.) We used to own some stock just for that specific reason.
by tech_arch
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 283
Views: 37005

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I enjoy Nancy Kress and would recommend her Beggars trilogy: Beggars in Spain, Beggars and Choosers, and Beggars Ride.

Here's her page for the first, Beggars in Spain - http://nancykress.com/beggars-in-spain/
by tech_arch
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?
Replies: 24
Views: 1827

Re: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?

Slov wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:52 am
I am 6'1 and 190lbs. So, I am hesitant to get such a small engine motorcycle.
I'm 6' and was around the same weight when I had my 250. I had no trouble keeping up with city traffic and could easily do highway speeds with it. If I could buy another bike it'd probably be a 500cc sport bike.
by tech_arch
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?
Replies: 24
Views: 1827

Re: Should I get a loan for a motorcycle?

First, thank you for your service. Short answer: First bikes should be something cheap, bought for cash. Advice: 1. If you're not an experienced rider (and it sounds like you'd be new to riding), definitely take the MSF beginner's course. I did, and it taught me A LOT. 2. Every rider will drop their...
by tech_arch
Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HRA vs HSA? Which is better ?
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: HRA vs HSA? Which is better ?

That will depend a lot on your specific plan offerings. HRAs can be offered with regular PPO and HMO plans while HSAs require a qualified high-deductible health plan (QHDHP). If you post the details of your options we can give better feedback.
by tech_arch
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving utilities underground - any experience?
Replies: 11
Views: 1064

Re: Moving utilities underground - any experience?

... (though the improved reliability would be nice) ... Just curious: does your neighborhood have frequent outages? Buried lines can be helpful in some situations for reliability, but they're not a cure-all, especially if the problems aren't local. I do agree that buried utilities make for a nicer ...
by tech_arch
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 43
Views: 5430

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

sunny_socal wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:19 pm
I think these are great deal. Will buy again when these wear out! (I replace about every 2-3 years)
Your blades last that long? I'm lucky to get a year out of mine in central FL.
by tech_arch
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney World question, accessing resorts and monorail
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Disney World question, accessing resorts and monorail

I've done this a few times. Here is what you should do... - Make dining reservations at one of the 3 monorail resorts. - With reservations, you are able to drive directly to the resort and park for free. - You can then leave your car in the parking lot and explore all you'd like. Use the monorail t...
by tech_arch
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center

Watch out for the gators. A few years back, an alligator breezed through a set of pressure-sensitive automatic doors, into an office building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC). As clock punchers came in for their morning shift, they were greeted by a smug, six-foot reptile, lounging under a benc...
by tech_arch
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center

Would you recommend buying the pass in advance or can we just get it at the gate? Is there a long line to get in that we need to avoid? We'll probably be arriving at the Space Center around 9:30 AM on a weekday. Thanks! I haven't been there in a couple of years and never during the week. I'd sugges...
by tech_arch
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center

123 wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:48 am
https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info ... hancements

I enjoyed a visit there some years ago. Since you've got a specific date you may want to order tickets in advance, I don't know if they sell out.
I think this would only be a problem if there's a launch scheduled for that day.
by tech_arch
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Advice On A Tour From Port Canaveral To Kennedy Space Center

I've sailed out of Port Canaveral and used to have an annual pass to KSC. You don't need to go with a tour operator; just take a taxi/Uber/Lyft over there. KSC does offer some special tours that you might be interested in, but the normal pass gets you access to many things: multiple static displays ...
by tech_arch
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this solar panel bid reasonable?
Replies: 57
Views: 3965

Re: Is this solar panel bid reasonable?

Also, you're not considering the advantage of having some energy independence. Having a way to generate your own electricity, especially coupled with battery storage, means you can function off grid in the event of power outages. With climate change causing more and more unpredictable bad weather l...
by tech_arch
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: QUESTION ANSWERED NO HELP NEEDED - mortgage escrow payment added to principal balance and charged interest each month
Replies: 18
Views: 859

Re: mortgage escrow payment added to principal balance and charged interest each month

I noticed that the escrow portion of my mortgage payment is being added to the principal balance each month and my lender is charging me interest on this principal balance that includes the escrow payment. Is this right? Should I really get charged interest on the escrow amount used for prepaying t...
by tech_arch
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon FreeTime on tablets
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Amazon FreeTime on tablets

Amazon's website makes it look like FreeTime is access controls and FreeTime Unlimited provides the content.

See Set Up Amazon FreeTime vs About Amazon FreeTime Unlimited
by tech_arch
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon FreeTime on tablets
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Amazon FreeTime on tablets

FreeTime is only $2.99 for Prime members. That being said, I think the access controls are free and the subscription is only for the content (FreeTime vs Freetime Unlimited.)
by tech_arch
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Software Engineer Advice ~ Languages?
Replies: 41
Views: 3696

Re: Older Software Engineer Advice ~ Languages?

I haven't seen it on here, but Apex (and JavaScript) if you're interested in the Salesforce ecosystem. Salesforce developer jobs pay well and lots of remote work is available. Apex is built on Java so coming from .Net it shouldn't be a hard transition. Check out trailhead.salesforce.com if you're in...
by tech_arch
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dive computer recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Dive computer recommendations

I just use an Oceanic Evo in my console; I don't dive enough to justify a wrist computer. My backup is a regular dive watch for tracking dive time. When I started buying my gear the people on my normal dive boat recommended against Suunto, claiming their algorithms were overly conservative and would...
by tech_arch
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Saturna=the only no-fee HSA investing option
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Re: Saturna=the only no-fee HSA investing option

My employer's HSA is through Payflex. As of October, Payflex removed the $2/month fee for having an investing account. Various Vanguard funds are offered. I think they make it up by padding the expense ratio a bit, though I'm having trouble finding the relevant document right now.
by tech_arch
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a virtual private network (VPN) and how will it help me?
Replies: 14
Views: 1740

Re: What is a virtual private network (VPN) and how will it help me?

To add to bharghav9's answer... At a public WiFi spot, anybody can be snooping on you and using a VPN adds an extra layer of encryption[1] for the snoopers to break. With KRACK, people within range of the network will also be able to snoop on you, so essentially making it as "secure" as the public W...
by tech_arch
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: YouTube TV

We tested Youtube TV and Playstation Vue. For us, PS Vue worked out better, mainly because Youtube TV doesn't have an app for Amazon Fire devices, so it wasn't as easy to watch on our TV. We were happy with the quality of both. You need a good internet connection for all of these streaming services,...
by tech_arch
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Wash sale rule unclear if not married at time of buy or sell
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: Wash sale rule unclear if not married at time of buy or sell

Why not just avoid the problem altogether and coordinate your sales and purchases like you would if you were married?
by tech_arch
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching from High Deductible Plan when planning children
Replies: 15
Views: 1798

Re: Switching from High Deductible Plan when planning children

One additional thing: consider the family deductibles, too. Once the child is born that will be a new deductible to meet.
by tech_arch
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching from High Deductible Plan when planning children
Replies: 15
Views: 1798

Re: Switching from High Deductible Plan when planning children

1. Understand that the insurance company might technically be a nonprofit, but it's not a charity. It more than breaks even one way or another. You have to take a "big picture" approach and look at total outlay for the year. 2. You didn't mention the frequency of pay. Assuming your employer pays ev...
by tech_arch
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Bloom - cheap robo advisor for 401k
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: Bloom - cheap robo advisor for 401k

I tried it out a while ago; it only looked at my 401(k) which meant it couldn't consider my other holdings. Overall, I wasn't impressed, but it was two years ago.

You can see my take on it at viewtopic.php?f=10&t=176044.
by tech_arch
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TransUnion - Credit Lock vs. Freeze
Replies: 9
Views: 1204

Re: TransUnion - Credit Lock vs. Freeze

I opted for the freeze because I think it is more secure; the lock seems to still allow some people access to your credit report, based on what the TrueIdentity page stated. If you go to https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze/place-credit-freeze2 you'll see they have a table comparing the two opti...
by tech_arch
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poker Software
Replies: 11
Views: 1737

Re: Poker Software

You'll probably get crushed regardless in Vegas :) My friend used to teach out there and a lot of his students parents were professional gamblers. They weren't the type you see in on tv, but the type who would sit next to tourists like us and clean up. Yep. There's a sucker at every table and if yo...
by tech_arch
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jobs that pay over $100,000
Replies: 157
Views: 18904

Re: Jobs that pay over $100,000

A lot of good responses. I'll add that I didn't start making that kind of money until I learned how to add value for companies and became a consultant. Make yourself valuable to a company and you'll start earning more.
by tech_arch
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is Bitcoin?
Replies: 263
Views: 40267

Re: What is Bitcoin?

There's a quick primer on Wade Pfau's site on cryptocurrencies in general - https://retirementresearcher.com/should ... urrencies/. It gives an explanation of what they are discusses them as investments.
by tech_arch
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poker Software
Replies: 11
Views: 1737

Re: Poker Software

There are plenty of apps that you can get for your computer, phone, or tablet of choice that can let you practice against the computer. As you say, though, without some skin in the game it just isn't the same and you'll never get the same feeling unless you have real money on the line. You also have...
by tech_arch
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy glasses for eclipse viewing ?
Replies: 70
Views: 7390

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: 7141

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: 4129

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: 4129

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: 7141

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: 304

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: 47
Views: 34516

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: 594

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.