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by go_mets
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

Apparently it records, via wifi, to an SD card in a base station inside your house. What I can't figure out is how the online access works. If you can figure it out, than you could design the system. I am not sure what the fuss is about when all the hackers would see is your lawn and your neighbors...
by go_mets
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy a laptop for a co-worker
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Re: Need to buy a laptop for a co-worker

if Dell, the Latitude line
if Lenovo, the Thinkpad T line
if HP, the Elitebook or Probook line
by go_mets
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Struggling with debts and upcoming events, what are my options?
Replies: 51
Views: 4576

Re: Struggling with debts and upcoming events, what are my options?

OP needs to be forthcoming with more info for any one to provide any more guidance. Losing a job but no unemployment benefits... Got bonus of 10K but her salary is not enough for two to live... Home size, mortgage, monthly P+I.... Amount of CC debts and APRs.... Having that many issues on house tha...
by go_mets
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Keurig
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: used Keurig

I see one in my area selling for $40.
I am hoping to get $20 for mine.
by go_mets
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 3008

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

I have the first generation Ring Doorbell. It does record to the "Cloud". I don't care because it is a view from my front door not a view of the inside of my home. I also have two Vimtag cameras on my front door step pointed in two different directions. They are hardwired to the outside electrical o...
by go_mets
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Keurig
Replies: 4
Views: 451

used Keurig

Is there much value in them?

I inherited a used Keurig K40.
Cleaned it up.
Purged the system.

Is there anything else I should do other than descaling?

I don't drink coffee so I was thinking of selling it on Craigslist.
by go_mets
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2007 vintage digital photo frame
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: 2007 vintage digital photo frame

Thank you all.

I bought a class 4 4 GB microSD card last August to try to recover a Garmin GPS.
Now I can't find it. If I do, I might give it a shot. Otherwise, I will be e-recycling it.
by go_mets
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I leave my local bank
Replies: 43
Views: 3802

Re: Should I leave my local bank

Try pulling the money from Ally instead of pushing it from your local bank. Ally's daily transfer limits are undoubtedly higher. I have a local bank, and I have always pulled money from my online accounts. I am not sure how to even push money from my local bank except using Popmoney. A small local ...
by go_mets
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2007 vintage digital photo frame
Replies: 7
Views: 813

2007 vintage digital photo frame

I purchased a 2007 Polaroid digital photo frame at a rummage sale for $1. It originally came with a remote, but there wasn't one in the box. I cannot get it to play the JPGs on a SD card. I tried formating just 4 GB of my 32 GB SD card. Tried FAT16 and FAT32. Doesn't get past the bootup screen. If I...
by go_mets
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I leave my local bank
Replies: 43
Views: 3802

Re: Should I leave my local bank

DIFAR31 wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:05 pm
Try pulling the money from Ally instead of pushing it from your local bank. Ally's daily transfer limits are undoubtedly higher.
I have a local bank, and I have always pulled money from my online accounts.
I am not sure how to even push money from my local bank except using Popmoney.
by go_mets
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your personal experiences with downside of early retirement?
Replies: 95
Views: 17721

Re: What are your personal experiences with downside of early retirement?

In my case I'm mid 50s and am in what can be described as a long pre retirement phase. I work contract off an on, sometimes on 6 months sometimes off 6 months, sometimes full time often part time. I occasionally apply for full time positions but very half heartedly and they usually don't go anywher...
by go_mets
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is this how early semi-retiring works?
Replies: 35
Views: 5755

Re: Is this how early semi-retiring work?

I didn't did not exactly plan the early semi-retiring. I walked away from my job at a megacorp because I hated it. I did not have another job lined up. That was 5.5 years ago. I have managed to stay afloat with part-time jobs in my field. I didn't realize that once a person hits 50+, jobs are harder...
by go_mets
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase
Replies: 39
Views: 5271

Re: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase

As far as the "ethics" of the situation go, I don't really see much moral problem here. You didn't pay for the item but the seller still has the item and presumably can list it for resale. There is a little bit of hassle in that but I presume the seller is keeping the deposit you already paid, so i...
by go_mets
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase
Replies: 39
Views: 5271

Re: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase

I have buyers remorse on a large eBay purchase. Paid a deposit which I certainly do not expect back. How do you think is best to handle if the seller (who would understandably be upset) threatens action (I assume he would be in his right to do so)? With all of the unethical behavior on eBay such as...
by go_mets
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase
Replies: 39
Views: 5271

Re: I need to ethically reneg on a large eBay purchase

There is, however, one exception--the nonbinding bids on cars and real estate auctions. Why are cars and real estate different? Are all eBay auctions of cars and real estate that way or is it just that some sellers of those items set up the auction so the bids are non-binding? I'm confused on this....
by go_mets
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: personal vehicle with company vehicle question
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: personal vehicle with company vehicle question

rent a car for your long trips?
by go_mets
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: attacked by off-leash dog
Replies: 220
Views: 8475

Re: attacked by off-leash dog

As I understand it, the law varies municipality by municipality.

I find it very strange that your city's policy say that they won't respond when you are attacked by a dog.

Pepper spray?
by go_mets
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: keyboard for Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: keyboard for Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet

It looks as if I need to buy a separate stand for the tablet.
Am I right?
by go_mets
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: keyboard for Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Replies: 4
Views: 304

keyboard for Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet

I have a brand new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet 2018 version.

If I wanted to add a keyboard for it, will any Bluetooth keyboard work?
The highly-rated ones on Amazon include a case and cost more than I really want to pay which is why I am asking.
by go_mets
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers beware on eBay.
Replies: 92
Views: 9180

Re: Sellers beware on eBay.

I doubt Etsy will be any better.
It is still people. LOL.
by go_mets
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers beware on eBay.
Replies: 92
Views: 9180

Re: Sellers beware on eBay.

I have a Paypal account for when I sell the occasional item on eBay. But I will not be linking to Paypal for my eBay seller account after 3/29. I do not plan on verifying my identity to Paypal. I will have to find an alternative to Paypal for getting paid. For buying I can still use my credit card t...
by go_mets
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How would you use your [financial] knowledge to help others?
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: How would you use your [financial] knowledge to help others?

Background: I enjoy learning about personal finance and have always wondered if there was a way I could use this knowledge to help others. I know there are many here that feel the same way. This forum is one way (a great way!) to help, but not the only one. Does anyone have any experience with bein...
by go_mets
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Staying in Brooklyn- Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Staying in Brooklyn- Recommendations

Looking to visit NY in August. On previous visits, we’ve always stayed in Manhattan and thought we’d try Brooklyn. Lots of AirBnB options but not familiar with the different areas. Any recommendations? Would like to be close to public transportation, local restaurants, cool area. Thank you! I don't...
by go_mets
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal wants my SSN
Replies: 12
Views: 5368

Re: Paypal wants my SSN

Paypal has never wronged me which is more than I can say for a few large banks. About ten years ago, I paid for something on eBay using Paypal. In those days, Paypal automatically defaulted to using the amount in your Paypal account. If there is no money there, they went after the linked bank accou...
by go_mets
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal wants my SSN
Replies: 12
Views: 5368

Paypal wants my SSN

I use Paypal grudgingly, but when I logged in today, it wanted me to give it the the last 4 digits of my SSN among other things.
This is getting ridiculous!

https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/art ... nt-faq3832
by go_mets
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

Re: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer

If you are sure you will only use them to look out your window at the birds in your yard, assuming not any great distance away, or once in awhile then under $100 would be fine. Also the advancements in bins over the last 10 years is dramatic. I put three bird feeders in the back yard. I want to get...
by go_mets
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Google isn't your friend when shopping ....
Replies: 12
Views: 2542

Re: Why Google isn't your friend when shopping ....

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:58 pm
I never thought it was my friend. In fact, when I google for something I never click on the ad ever. Why should I if I know exactly what I’m looking for.
If you knew exactly what you are looking for, why would you need to Google?
You'd go straight to the website using it's IP address.
by go_mets
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 126
Views: 25580

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports made it clear many years ago that their biases on what is important didn't match mine. Fair enough, they made their choice and I made mine. I wrote them off so long ago I can't remember when it was. What have you replaced them with? With companies paying for good reviews I don't tr...
by go_mets
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

Re: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer

I can't comment as to the eyeglass aspect of using binoculars, but I can assure you that it is difficult to get decent optics for less than $100. With that said, it is not necessary to spend $2K and get high end binoculars. Try this; hopefully you live close to a sporting goods store like Cabelas o...
by go_mets
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

Re: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer

What kind of glasses do you have? I have progressive lenses, which I love most of the time. But they are horrible with binoculars! I have to take them off for any serious viewing, no matter which binoculars I use. Yep. Progressive lenses. I currently have Nikon Sprint II 8x21 that I purchased 20 ye...
by go_mets
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Techies provide me best practices
Replies: 21
Views: 2083

Re: Techies provide me best practices

What is the USB security key that Google talks about here https://www.google.com/landing/2step/#tab=how-it-works ?
step #2

I have to use a USB key when signing into a computer at work.
by go_mets
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card
Replies: 42
Views: 6308

Re: send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card

If you have applied for and been approved for a credit card, they already have more information about you than they are asking you to send them for verification. Which makes this request a bit ridiculous. The credit card is going into the drawer, and I have redeemed my Quicksilver rewards as a stat...
by go_mets
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

Re: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer

I don't know about that model or what model to buy but here is a description of the problem and an indication that one needs to look at the "eye relief" spec on the binocular: http://www.birdwatching.com/optics/education/eye_relief.html I bet further research via Google would help. Right. I had rea...
by go_mets
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer
Replies: 21
Views: 1713

"good" binoculars for bird watching for eyeglasses wearer

I have a Nikon 8x21 but I want to be able to see the birds in the backyard clearer.

I have read on one website that the Bushnell H2O is good.

Any other suggestions?

Price < $100.
by go_mets
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card
Replies: 42
Views: 6308

Re: send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card

This year I applied for two new credit cards --- one with Bank of America and one with Capital One. I have a credit card with both companies. I was approved for both credit cards. With BoA, I was able to activate the new card online. With CapitalOne, they wanted me to either mail or email a photo o...
by go_mets
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card
Replies: 42
Views: 6308

send in driver's license photo for new Capital One credit card

This year I applied for two new credit cards --- one with Bank of America and one with Capital One. I have a credit card with both companies. I was approved for both credit cards. With BoA, I was able to activate the new card online. With CapitalOne, they wanted me to either mail or email a photo of...
by go_mets
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?
Replies: 355
Views: 35035

Re: Early retirees, how much did you leave on the table?

I guess I don't really understand this binary belief that if you are working you are wasting a year of your life but if you are retired, sleeping in and piddling around the house you are making the most of it. While I am sure you can do more when retired, how much more will you do than you already ...
by go_mets
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 years in community college, then transfer? need opinion please
Replies: 118
Views: 6400

Re: 2 years in community college, then transfer? need opinion please

http://www.austincc.edu/engineering/Mec ... evised.jpg

It looks as if the only guaranteed path is if your nephew gets into the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy
He ends up at A&M http://www.austincc.edu/engineering/
by go_mets
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 years in community college, then transfer? need opinion please
Replies: 118
Views: 6400

Re: 2 years in community college, then transfer? need opinion please

This type of arrangement is very common with Rutgers and the nearby community colleges. If your nephew is guaranteed admittance to UT-Austin after finishing two years at community college, I don't see any reason not to do this. I had a co-worker's whose son did something similar. Two years at commun...
by go_mets
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon third-party item received damaged. No recourse?
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Amazon third-party item received damaged. No recourse?

This is why 90% of my online purchases are made with Amazon. There's such an amazing safety net built in to the entire process. I've only had one problem in the past year, and in the end the third-party seller refunded my money and sent me an upgraded item as a replacement for what I actually purch...
by go_mets
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook no longer receive updates
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Chromebook no longer receive updates

The X131e is an antique (released in 2012). Just buy a new Chromebook. If you really want to use it, run Ubuntu through Crouton. I had not heard of Crouton before. Will keep that in mind for the future. Fortunately, the Chromebook did update to Chrome OS 69 which is apparently the newest stable rel...
by go_mets
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook no longer receive updates
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Chromebook no longer receive updates

I bought a used Thinkpad Lenovo X131e Chromebook recently. It no longer will receive software updates. The last update was in June 2018. I am guessing that is why there are so many of these Chromebooks hitting the used Chromebook market. I have two choices: 1. take steps to turn it into a Windows 10...
by go_mets
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Item NOt Received - but DELIVERED
Replies: 44
Views: 2924

Re: eBay Item NOt Received - but DELIVERED

This has happened to me a couple of times with eBay initially refusing to protect me. They point to the delivery confirmation as "proof" that the package was delivered. I believe one time the item might have been stolen at my door - a 2nd time it was never delivered (I had video evidence). In fairn...
by go_mets
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Self Employed Health Insurance Deduction, ACA Subsidy Double Dipping
Replies: 29
Views: 1618

Re: Self Employed Health Insurance Deduction, ACA Subsidy Double Dipping

I just realized that the tax program is asking me if I have the self-employed health insurance. Not my wife. It's my wife with the independent contractor job and insurance through the marketplace. I'm a stay at home dad. I do the taxes with my name as the primary, so it asks questions about me spec...
by go_mets
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Self Employed Health Insurance Deduction, ACA Subsidy Double Dipping
Replies: 29
Views: 1618

Re: Self Employed Health Insurance Deduction, ACA Subsidy Double Dipping

I just realized that the tax program is asking me if I have the self-employed health insurance. Not my wife. It's my wife with the independent contractor job and insurance through the marketplace. <snip> Do you think this is it? Yes, that is it. You cannot have self employed health insurance becaus...
by go_mets
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: eBay Item NOt Received - but DELIVERED
Replies: 44
Views: 2924

Re: eBay Item NOt Received - but DELIVERED

El Greco wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:17 pm
They item has to have been signed for as well.
Is this somewhere in the eBay rules?
If so, I would like a link.
I occasionally sell items worth $50+.

.
by go_mets
Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which TurboTax version
Replies: 31
Views: 1787

which TurboTax version

Because of the new tax law changes, I have decided to buy TurboTax just to make sure I am doing things correctly. For 2018, I had both W-2 income (minimal) and 1099 income. In the past I would file Schedule C-EZ and Schedule SE I also have 1099-DIV and foreign tax paid (minimal). I also purchased me...
by go_mets
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 4327

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I'm a Canadian computer geek and software engineer by trade. Because US models and retailers differ significantly from up here, I cannot offer and specific guidance on models or retailers. But again, think future-proof as practical as you can make it, low cost doesn't always make sense here. Like y...
by go_mets
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 4327

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

To Klangfool: I don’t have a COSTCO membership and would need to add that cost into purchase :( Almost all PCs do not come with USA-based support which is what Costco apparently gives you. That USA support is worth a bit of $. You may want to reconsider and purchase a Costco membership. As for Offi...
by go_mets
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 4327

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

Loosing my resumes and all my docs, pictures, etc was hard enough. Was there another post about this? Most of the time, documents and photos can be easily retrieved from a hard drive or PC that no longer boots. If you don't know how to do this, Best Buy's Geek Squad would be able to do this for you.