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by gtownsend
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple - macOS Mojave
Replies: 33
Views: 2299

Re: Apple - macOS Mojave

I upgraded a couple of days ago. All my ancient unsupported 32-bit software (e.g. Photoshop Elements 6) still runs fine, albeit with a warning the first time.
by gtownsend
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Very First Smartphone [Samsung Galaxy S9+] — Please Critique This Plan
Replies: 123
Views: 6495

Re: My Very First Smartphone — Please Critique This Plan

A great Boglehead approach would be to get Google Fi phone service with a Moto X4 Android One phone ($250 from the Fi website). This is what I have, and it is a great phone with an excellent camera. I especially like the ability to get phone service over WiFi when I'm deep inside a building. If I wa...
by gtownsend
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone is using my cellphone number
Replies: 21
Views: 2933

Re: Someone is using my cellphone number

You could point out to Best Buy that 1. You are not a customer of theirs. 2. You do not want any phone calls from them. 3. Further calls are illegal and may subject them to damages. This is not your usual junk caller that can hide behind spoofed numbers in foreign locations. I've had this approach w...
by gtownsend
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 2619

Re: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

I use a 40" Samsung 4K TV as a monitor on my Mac. I'm really pleased with the setup. At that size it's not a "retina" display, of course, but 110 pixels/inch is still pretty good. I think of it as equivalent to a seamless 2-by-2 tiling of four 20" HD monitors. The larger screen means I can simultane...
by gtownsend
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard: new display this morning?
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: Vanguard: new display this morning?

At least you got an overview page. When I logged in Monday morning, it gave me this instead of the overview: Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator, webmaster and inform them ...
by gtownsend
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1400

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

I've successfully used an external drive to store my iTunes library. That would free up space on your internal drive. I'm not doing it right now but I have other bulky things on an external "overflow" drive. I strongly endorse the use of a separate pair of external drives, swapped regularly, for Tim...
by gtownsend
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1557

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

For rural Illinois, check with libraries and historical societies in the place of interest. In the early 1900s some highly localized histories were produced, both by subscription in good times and later under WPA grants in bad times. If you're lucky you might find a biography of an ancestor, possibl...
by gtownsend
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London/Paris Trip Questions
Replies: 41
Views: 2211

Re: London/Paris Trip Questions

Don't exchange money in advance or at a "currency exchange" booth, because they charge high fees and have poor exchange rates. Use an ATM machine upon arrival and whenever needed subsequently. Heathrow has lots of fee-free ATMs in the baggage claim area. They'll urge to to make a huge withdrawal (so...
by gtownsend
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home: Google, Apple, or Amazon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3443

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

stan1 wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:31 am
... I can see life changing benefits for someone who is severely disabled or blind.
Possibly, but a blog post by Lauren Weinstein points out that Google Home (at least) requires a smartphone for setup and maintenance:
Google Home Is Leaving Elderly and Disabled Users Behind
by gtownsend
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: google calendar event by unknown
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: google calendar event by unknown

Depending on settings, Google can add something to your calendar that it spots in a mail message. I discovered this when Google told me it was time to leave for my flight to Dubai (!). It turned out that, weeks earlier, somebody had mistakenly given my e-mail address when purchasing airline tickets....
by gtownsend
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple people: Office 365 or Apple's stuff?
Replies: 14
Views: 1356

Re: Apple people: Office 365 or Apple's stuff?

Another possibility: I've been happy with LibreOffice (docs & spreadsheets) for many years. I transitioned when my ancient version of MS Word died at a time when Apple was still charging extra for their equivalent. LibreOffice does everything I've wanted it to do, and I've had little trouble reading...
by gtownsend
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: To Avatar or Not - Get One? How did you choose?
Replies: 137
Views: 10388

Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Mine is a GPS doodle that I created entirely by accident.
I discovered it after returning from an automobile trip.
by gtownsend
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 237
Views: 199464

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

This is a test.
This is only a test.
Had it been an actual alert,
you would have
by gtownsend
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 12981

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

I like that it uses "pure" Android, meaning that it gets the latest Android version and the latest updates directly from Google as they are available without waiting for the carrier to make it available. In my previous experience using Samsung phones with ATT, it would take 6-8 months from the time...
by gtownsend
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After market rear view (backup) cameras.
Replies: 19
Views: 2554

Re: After market rear view (backup) cameras.

The Wirecutter (NYTimes tech review site) has just posted a review of aftermarket backup cameras:
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-b ... -displays/
by gtownsend
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy New Car?
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Buy New Car?

... She wants like a crosstrek or something of similar size... Then I would wait at least to check out the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek which will be coming out soon. Initial reviews are promising, and it's based on the redesigned 2017 Impreza which was well received. It will probably be in high deman...
by gtownsend
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multi-page scanner?
Replies: 26
Views: 2986

Re: Multi-page scanner?

Another vote for the Fujitsu. I've been singing its praises for years and I've scanned 36000 pages. And I'm appreciative that my long-obsoleted ScanSnap S510M still works on the latest Mac OS. I believe that current models come in different packages with different software sets, so check the details...
by gtownsend
Tue May 09, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?
Replies: 107
Views: 8206

Re: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?

The local newspaper, in paper form, which I find much easier to read than their online version. I don't mind paying to support local reporting. They may have ignored the French election but they have been covering local wildfires, an upcoming tax referendum, turmoil at a local community college, and...
by gtownsend
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries:NiMH or Li-Ion?
Replies: 25
Views: 2620

Re: Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries:NiMH or Li-Ion?

I'm curious what household items go through batteries so fast for you all that they warrant using rechargeable batteries? ... Handheld hiking GPS units. And not so many years ago, our Canon digital pocket cameras also used AA cells. That was really nice, because one charger worked for both when tra...
by gtownsend
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Store Important Documents Online?
Replies: 51
Views: 3869

Re: Store Important Documents Online?

I scan all my important documents onto my computer, which is backed up to an external drive. Once a month I swap the external drive with its twin in my safe deposit box. That's the most important function of the safe deposit box: holding the off-site backup of documents, photos, music, a few movies,...
by gtownsend
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?
Replies: 76
Views: 8431

Re: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?

I'm using a MacBook Air, purchased refurbished a year ago, as a desktop computer. It runs plugged into the wall with its lid closed. I was really hoping for an updated Mac Mini from Apple but one never emerged. I use USB-connected mouse, keyboard, and external drives (for overflow and for Time Machi...
by gtownsend
Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scenic train trip?
Replies: 21
Views: 2296

Re: Scenic train trip?

I rode the Canadian from Vancouver to Edmonton and scheduled it to coincide with a full moon. That was fantastic! Closer to your home, the trip from Montreal to NYC (or in my case Croton Harmon) is nice. I also enjoyed the Crescent from New Orleans to DC. Next I want to try the DC - Pittsburgh – Phi...
by gtownsend
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation
Replies: 36
Views: 7183

Re: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation

We took our doors off, piled them in the van, and took them to a local window & door shop.
$20 apiece in current dollars sounds about right.
by gtownsend
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Complete Car Noob- Help Making First Vehicle Purchase
Replies: 72
Views: 9149

Re: Complete Car Noob- Help Making First Vehicle Purchase

In one or two more years many new cars will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With these systems your phone drives the car's built-in display for navigation, music, etc., so you're not tied to the manufacturer's proprietary and expensive-to-update system. This is the feature I'm waiting f...
by gtownsend
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money transfers to individuals
Replies: 12
Views: 1480

Money transfers to individuals

Does anyone have experience with any of the money transfer apps that many of the large banks seem to offer? I'm thinking, for example, of the recent Wells Fargo TV ads where soccer star "Don Ovan" sends $40 to his new coach. They imply that you can send money to anyone with an e-mail address. I'm gu...
by gtownsend
Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charge Phone From USB or Cig Lighter?
Replies: 6
Views: 3360

Re: Charge Phone From USB or Cig Lighter?

Standard USB ports charge slowly. They have to be specially tweaked to charge quickly, in violation of standard USB limits, and the wall charger that comes with a phone has this little tweak. Critically, the tweak is *different* for Androids and for iPhones, so you need to be sure to get the right f...