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by pochax
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1906

Re: Internet Speed 15Mbps okay ?

if you are at 200 Mbps now, 15 seems like a big drop to me. how much will you actually save doing that? is there no in between? (50, 75?)
by pochax
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car - how much can we afford?
Replies: 78
Views: 5553

Re: New car - how much can we afford?

Sandi_k wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:52 pm
Mazda CX-5

Small-ish (but not too small), reasonably fuel efficient, big enough hatch area for stroller. Tall enough to easily stash kid in car seat.
+1. will retain some of the sportiness of your current car (compared to other small SUVs at least).
by pochax
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4k UHD TVs worth it?
Replies: 66
Views: 5048

Re: 4k UHD TVs worth it?

if you are looking at a 49" i don't think it's worth it. if you are going for 65" or greater it could be worth it but remember that 4k content is sparse to come by and when it is available it is almost always more expensive than regular full HD (1080p) content (eg. renting/buying movies). if you gam...
by pochax
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OnePlus 5t Smartphone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Re: OnePlus 5t Smartphone?

probably the best android phone for <$500. has specs comparable to Samsung Galaxy S8 (except display and camera are slightly inferior to Samsung). if i were to buy a phone right now in that price range, that would probably be the one i would recommend. can also look at the essential phone which goes...
by pochax
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any laptops with Ryzen mobile?
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Any laptops with Ryzen mobile?

Acer just announced a Nitro 5 entry level gaming laptop for $799 (Ryzen mobile and Radeon graphics card) at CES this weekend.
by pochax
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best DNA genealogy testing kits
Replies: 133
Views: 18563

Re: Best DNA genealogy testing kits

dm200 wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:27 am

Mine accurately shows type of earwax, amount of body hair, lack of baldness, likely eye color - so what?
exactly...clearly my facetiousness was lost in my post. sorry for any misleading.
by pochax
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best DNA genealogy testing kits
Replies: 133
Views: 18563

Re: Best DNA genealogy testing kits

i just got my 23andme results over the new year and i have to say it is phenomenally accurate- it predicted that my ring finger would be longer than my index finger and sure enough, it is! :shock: in all seriousness, it was a fun thing to do but i did not learn too much from it except i am not a car...
by pochax
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricket "unlimited 2" plan: 4 lines for $100
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Cricket "unlimited 2" plan: 4 lines for $100

yes, google maps should work. i think if i wanted to watch a HD video or something, i would prefer at least 8 Mpbs. music streaming, 480p video, and GPS (maps) should work fine (as well as email).
by pochax
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Router Advice
Replies: 67
Views: 6814

Re: Wifi Router Advice

What would you recommend for the add-on router? Also asking this of 2comma. Thanks. honestly, it depends on how much coverage you need. if your whole house is typically covered by one router (without any range extenders or additional access points) then you can get by with a standard router (try to...
by pochax
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Router Advice
Replies: 67
Views: 6814

Re: Wifi Router Advice

My bad; I see the confusion now. I added a question to an existing thread that talked about Google wifi. But Google wifi is not something we are considering. We want the same function in a new device — combo of router and modem. oh ok...as a modem/router, i did not like the actiontec. the router si...
by pochax
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricket "unlimited 2" plan: 4 lines for $100
Replies: 6
Views: 806

Re: Cricket "unlimited 2" plan: 4 lines for $100

yes i switched to it. i hope they increase the speed though, it's barely enough, but it will do.
by pochax
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Router Advice
Replies: 67
Views: 6814

Re: Wifi Router Advice

My understanding is that the current device is both a router and modem. We will be below 150 mps, probably 50. correct, but if you are going to use the google wifi as the router you will only use the FiOS device as a modem. you cannot (should not?) use two routers. the actiontec will function as th...
by pochax
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Router Advice
Replies: 67
Views: 6814

Re: Wifi Router Advice

Thought I’d piggyback on this earlier thread — We have Fios service with our 2-year contract (internet, TV, landline) expiring soon. Our router is the same one we got (from Fios) when we started with them 6 years ago. It is a Actiontec M1424WR. We bought the router, so no monthly charge for it. No ...
by pochax
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebooks- What is the lure?
Replies: 157
Views: 18332

Re: Chromebooks- What is the lure?

In regards to Chromebooks, I am looking to replace my laptop with a Chromebook for browsing and streaming, email with a little Work and simple Excel work and would appreciate recommendations as the best value buy for large screen based on experience in the $150-$220 price range. Thanks the largest ...
by pochax
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap tablet just for internet surfing
Replies: 46
Views: 4906

Re: Cheap tablet just for internet surfing

I'm leaning towards that RCA 10" tablet that it looks like i can buy for 99$ on HSN. ( maybe even less using topcashback.com portal). NO! please don't do a 3rd-party android tablet not named Kindle Fire or Samsung Galaxy! if you MUST go tablet (i recommend the chromebook option that others have sug...
by pochax
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saved a lot by cell phone 'family plan'
Replies: 21
Views: 2159

Re: Saved a lot by cell phone 'family plan'

We are paying $100 for FIVE lines with unlimited calls, texts, and 5 GB data per line per month with Cricket. Cricket is one the AT&T network and we have been very happy with the coverage in all the areas that we live and visit. We originally tried Sprint but the coverage was mediocre. I depend on ...
by pochax
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for an ultra-simple note taking app (Android)?
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: Looking for an ultra-simple note taking app (Android)?

JDot wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:27 am
I suggest Google Keep. It syncs on all your devices. Very small footprint.
+1 Google Keep FTW
by pochax
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new TCL 55 4k TV has washy, pinkish cast
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: new TCL 55 4k TV has washy, pinkish cast

elcadarj wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:38 am
Try this site's settings guide:

http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/tcl/us5800/settings
beat me to the punch! great minds......
by pochax
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new TCL 55 4k TV has washy, pinkish cast
Replies: 18
Views: 1121

Re: new TCL 55 4k TV has washy, pinkish cast

try this: 1) go to Rtings website: http://www.rtings.com/tv 2) find your tv model. 3) click on "Settings" (next the the "review" tab) and find the expert TV settings and try to match them. if that does not help, it is likely the lighting in your room or the tv properties themselves causing the probl...
by pochax
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best SUV
Replies: 30
Views: 2976

Re: best SUV

I like the CX-9, but is the towing capacity still lagging the rest of the market? Last I checked it was 3500 including all occupants, etc. so that leaves very little for a trailer. The Highlander, Pilot, XC90, etc. (other largish crossovers) all had higher towing capacities last I checked (around 5...
by pochax
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?
Replies: 51
Views: 7208

Re: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?

23andme is offering ancestry plus health reports for 50% (normally $199 for both, now $99) as long as you buy 2 kits otherwise just $70 off for one kit:
https://www.23andme.com/
by pochax
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?
Replies: 51
Views: 7208

Re: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?

I looked at getting one of those for my wife for Christmas, but I opted for an Asus 302 for $70 off ($429) at Newegg instead. We both have 3 y/o Asus Chromebooks now, but the keyboard on mine now has a few inoperable keys. I seldom use it (almost exclusively for travel) and was looking for a replac...
by pochax
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best SUV
Replies: 30
Views: 2976

Re: best SUV

badbreath wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:52 pm
Mazda CX-9
+1
by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Syncing Family Files and Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 970

Re: Syncing Family Files and Photos

IF you and your family (intended sharing audience) have Google Photos (linked through your gmail account): 1) go to Google Photos account page 2) hit "hamburger" menu icon in upper left corner 3) find "Settings" 4) scroll to "Shared Libraries" 5) give access to your family members whatever access yo...
by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vehicle for seniors?
Replies: 73
Views: 6397

Re: Best vehicle for seniors?

more importantly than the brand you end up with, the level of safety features and the visibility (can only really learn by test drive) is more important. i believe Toyota now puts the new safety tech as standard and most car companies are putting it in lower trims (not just the premium trim levels)....
by pochax
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin or Bridgestone?
Replies: 67
Views: 4267

Re: Michelin or Bridgestone?

What are the odds you were comparing say 300 dollar bridgestones with 600 dollar Michelins? Or an 80k tire with a 40k one? Both brands have an large range of products and is easy to compare vastly dfiferent ones. And it gets even tougher when they try to use the same branding "Assurance" for a rang...
by pochax
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin or Bridgestone?
Replies: 67
Views: 4267

Re: Michelin or Bridgestone?

in my sample size of one, i had an SUV crossover with Bridgestone OEM all-season tires - i did not care much for them. noisy and a bit slippery in light snow. when switched to Michelin all-season tires, they were quieter and seemed to have better snow traction. personally, i think Michelins are wort...
by pochax
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad
Replies: 30
Views: 2162

Re: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad

I would seriously consider an iPad rather than a Chromebook. Chromebook is great tool for folks who need to simple work like word processing, spreadsheets, surfing, etc. If you need something super simple, easy to use for someone that doesn't doesn't do hardly any typing and doesn't need to do "wor...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch
Replies: 10
Views: 776

Re: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch

Thanks for the responses, guys! In hindsight, I should've chosen to demo with a retailer than the tennis club as I could have taken the racket anywhere. Now, I am forced to play at the club (with court fees) instead of home court. My issue with demoing with online firm is that the shipping charges ...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch
Replies: 10
Views: 776

Re: Tennis Rackets - Head Graphene XT vs Head Graphene Touch

i use Head Graphene Speed racquets (i have the graphene speed pro and graphene XT speed pro), but not the latest Graphene Touch series. i got the graphene XT speed pro for $99 when it went on sale about a year later when the newer model came out. i think you can expect a decent price drop on previou...
by pochax
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2371

Re: Iphone 4

AntsOnTheMarch wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:45 am
If you don’t see the incredible value added difference between an iPhone 4 and an iPhone SE, youre not using your phone correctly.
that's a bit much- how can one judge if someone is using it "correctly"? everyone's usage pattern is different.
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2371

Re: Iphone 4

But what do people do on Iphones apart from make calls, check emails, texts, and browse websites? Is the performance difference when it comes to playing games or watching videos (neither of which I do on the Iphone)? in terms of general use, yes. but as other posters mentioned, there are security u...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPHONE 8, X
Replies: 39
Views: 2495

Re: IPHONE 8, X

The screen is larger, by diagonal measurement/whatever they use, but it doesn't seem as large for practical uses. It puts a black frame on either side of whatever you're viewing in landscape mode. Seems like the Plus gives more usable screen real estate. If you want to watch content like Netflix, H...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 4
Replies: 37
Views: 2371

Re: Iphone 4

if you use your phone to just make phone calls and check email and texts, i don't think you need to change.

the cameras on the newer phones are noticeably better in quality.
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPHONE 8, X
Replies: 39
Views: 2495

Re: IPHONE 8, X

hard facts: iphone X has larger, arguably nicer (OLED vs. LCD) display, face ID (no touch ID), animojis, and optical image stabilization (OIS) in both cameras (iphone 8 plus has OIS has it in only one of the 2 cameras, iphone 8 only has one camera period (with OIS)). not-so-hard facts: 8/8 plus look...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing all of your savings.
Replies: 41
Views: 6126

Re: Losing all of your savings.

thangngo wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:58 pm

I was thinking you invested in bitcoin when I read your post, but I could be wrong.
if the OP had invested in bitcoin right now, (s)he would be doing VERY well....or maybe he shorted bitcoin?
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad
Replies: 30
Views: 2162

Re: Chromebook/Similar for Elderly Dad

i think your dad will be good with an Acer 14 or 15 (both are $200-300) and adjust the text size in the settings for chrome OS to his liking. the one issue you will need to think about is the printing. chromebooks aren't really plug-n-play like windows or macs. you will need to set up Google Cloud P...
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing all of your savings.
Replies: 41
Views: 6126

Re: Losing all of your savings.

if you already can acknowledge that the loss was based on "stupid" investments, you have already mentally dealt with it. in the wise words of GI Joe: Knowing is half the battle. the next step, is emotionally dealing with it (and others are giving you good advice for that).
by pochax
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3981

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

So, comparing the Moto G5plus available for $170-224 versus the Huawei mate 9 at $399, is the Huawei that much better for almost twice the price? Moto G5+ seems to be lacking in camera function in low light from my initial research and a great camera is important to me. I wonder if any current Moto...
by pochax
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 51
Views: 3206

Re: Home backup generator experiences

Lots of comments related to costs of propane vs gasoline. How about NG vs the others? What would be a ballpark figure for daily use for a 20 kW natural gas generator? it depends on the variable cost of NG in your area. i can tell you when Sandy hit our area, my NG generator (20kW) ran 24/7 for 7 da...
by pochax
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got an iPhoneX
Replies: 157
Views: 12414

Re: Got an iPhoneX

I just came from Apple Store. iPhone X is smaller but screen bigger than 8 Plus - no doubt. However when I click camera or you tube video there is black spacing on both sides of X. When compared with 8 Plus - 8 plus screen is bigger on youtube video and rear camera. I asked this question to Staff :...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best mobile Family Plan for 4 Lines?
Replies: 21
Views: 1327

Re: Best mobile Family Plan for 4 Lines?

Total wireless uses verizon network, $100 for 4 lines and 25 GB shared data (which seems plenty to me). https://www.totalwireless.com/wps/portal/home/shop/serviceplans EDIT: disclaimer, can't use GSM based phones used on AT&T and T-Mobile...which is why i'm stuck on Cricket until my spouse and son n...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 1028

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

You don't even have to go without between Internet only + Netflix + DirecTVNow/Sling/Hulu/Vue your not missing anything for less than what your paying for Cable + Internet. problem for me is the internet alone would go for $80/month. total bill with TV and set top boxes is ~$110/month plus free HBO...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home backup generator experiences
Replies: 51
Views: 3206

Re: Home backup generator experiences

TL:DR - yes, happy with it (but not necessarily a good financial move). Installed 20kW Generac Nat Gas generator in 2012 just before Superstorm Sandy and it ran continuously for 7 days until power returned. total cost of install (parts/labor) was ~$10k. yearly maintenance cost is ~$150-200 but you c...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 33
Views: 3432

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

although it is currently out of stock at Amazon, this model is very good if you are willing to spend $100 more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075FLBJV7/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?pd_rd_i=B075FLBJV7&pd_rd_wg=kx05n&pd_rd_r=P4HXG1Q7TCKGC1P09H72&pd_rd_w=8XNPG&th=1 there is a good chance it may get a discount clo...
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cricket family plan is changing
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

Re: Cricket family plan is changing

wish i read this post prior to Nov 4 :( was planning on adding my daughter soon and now i am losing out.

when my wife and kids' GSM phones need replacing in next few years, i am going to consider moving to Total Wireless...they seem to have a $100 shared 25 GB data plan for 4 lines.
by pochax
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are all Payroll-->HSA contributions pre-tax?
Replies: 11
Views: 764

Re: Are all Payroll-->HSA contributions pre-tax?

in my paystub, my HSA contribution is taken out pre-tax so i cannot deduct it again on my tax return. it is basically just withheld like my 401k contribution is.
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3981

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

mxs wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:19 pm
Questions remaining:

Anyone have any idea about the $100 iPhone SE?
How does the camera on the iPhone 4S compare to the iPhone SE, G5, or G5S?
check out this website to compare different sample photos from almost any phone:
https://www.phonearena.com/phones/camera/
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3981

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

I am looking at Verizon MVNO's, so USMobile "Super LTE", Total Wireless, and Page Plus. I have looked at our usage and USMobile is the cheapest for what we need. I went into the local Verizon store and talked to them about the $95 plan we are on, and they changed it to a modern one with more data a...
by pochax
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable switching thought exercise
Replies: 15
Views: 1028

Re: Cable switching thought exercise

Yes, we've done the switch but have different last names. Comcast customers. The other thing to do is go into the store and negotiate in person. I've gotten really good deals in person. I haven't been successful with Comcast over the phone recently. I resent the song-and-dance we have to do every 2...