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by lazydavid
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning about Uber Pool billing
Replies: 20
Views: 2023

Re: Warning about Uber Pool billing

I'm a big fan of Uber and Lyft and depending on the situation I think Uber Pool/Lyft Line can be a good value. To put it in perspectively, you traded $25 for an extra 30 minute trip out of your way. If I have extra time or if I'm not worried about getting to my destination by a certain time, then I...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle Paperwhite speed?
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Kindle Paperwhite speed?

Watty wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:54 pm
2) Also delete any apps that you don't need. You may have loaded something that is automatically running in the background. I am not sure how to check for that on a Kindle.
The Kindle is an e-reader, not a tablet. There are no apps to be installed or removed.
by lazydavid
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with
Replies: 37
Views: 1765

Re: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with

Thanks. I'll have to (of course) test drive it (or any potential vehicle) as I definitely don't want a decrease in performance. The Q5 is pretty fun to drive. Acura RDX might be a good option actually. The 3rd gen was introduced last year to rave reviews, with many people saying it's the best Acura...
by lazydavid
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with
Replies: 37
Views: 1765

Re: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with

I definitely have short legs, but the car doesn't drive well? I was reading mostly great things about it. Depends on what your definition of "driving well" is. The RX is a transportation appliance, albeit a very good one. It rides smoothly and quietly, is comfortable and pretty well appointed. But ...
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with
Replies: 37
Views: 1765

Re: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with

newbie003 wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:12 pm
RX350 looks like it checks off all my boxes. doing more research now.
As long as you don't like driving and have average-length or shorter legs, the RX is just about perfect.

Reformed RX owner here. :)
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Over the stove microwave lights burning out; replace with LEDs?
Replies: 12
Views: 817

Re: Over the stove microwave lights burning out; replace with LEDs?

We replaced the halogen bulbs in our non-microwave range hood with LEDs a few years ago. They work well, and are currently much older than the original ones were when they burned out. In our case, I think it was actually the heat generated by the bulbs themselves in such a confined space that was th...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD Camry
Replies: 46
Views: 3487

Re: AWD Camry

Rereading the promo statement, the new Camry AWD system shouldn't hurt the gas mileage at all. The AWD car will only weigh 165 pounds more and the driveshaft decouples from the drive train at the front when AWD isn't required. That's different than the full-time 50-50 systems or the older systems t...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney plus streaming deal
Replies: 54
Views: 5771

Re: Disney plus streaming deal

greg24 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:06 pm
I scoff at DVD purchasers. Why would I buy a DVD when I already own it on VHS?
Because your rewinder is broken and you've already watched the movie? :P
by lazydavid
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Juice Jacking - phone data theft
Replies: 21
Views: 2170

Re: Juice Jacking - phone data theft

I wish these articles would provide a bit more technical data to help those that understand some of the mechanisms. I believe the usb wall outlets in my house have no storage capability. You should not be concerned about ones you installed in your own home. The risk is that for the public ones, you...
by lazydavid
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Juice Jacking - phone data theft
Replies: 21
Views: 2170

Re: Juice Jacking - phone data theft

Thanks. I did a search and came up with the same item. I am buying this. Also, even without this gadget, I guess one can plug the phone to a power pack and plug the power pack to the socket. This should stop data flow It would, but many power packs do not support being charged and charging a device...
by lazydavid
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Juice Jacking - phone data theft
Replies: 21
Views: 2170

Re: Juice Jacking - phone data theft

So why not use a power-only-no-data USB cable? did you even actually read the article? as based upon your response, its clear you did not. First, you posted two articles (three, actually, if you include the one on 2FA). Which of the three are you accusing livesoft of not reading? Also, which of the...
by lazydavid
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What UN-frugal thing do you do? What do you splurge on?]
Replies: 582
Views: 48041

Re: [What UN-frugal thing do you do? What do you splurge on?]

I just bought an Aillio Bullet coffee roaster. I've been waiting for Sweet Marias to get them back in stock 8 months. A bit of a learning curve but it's fun ! I just brewed my first pot of coffee roasted on the Bullet - WOW! Big difference from the old Behmor. List price $4990? :oops: That is being...
by lazydavid
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Juice Jacking - phone data theft
Replies: 21
Views: 2170

Re: Juice Jacking - phone data theft

So why not use a power-only-no-data USB cable? Yup, that works perfectly. There are also "USB Condoms" that achieve the same result with any standard power cable. I've been telling our employees not to use public charging stations for close to 10 years now. Humorously enough, when I set one up at t...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Generator Install
Replies: 44
Views: 2798

Re: Garage Generator Install

If I did such a setup, the generator could stay outside and still be completely protected from the elements. I probably would still prefer to plug it in, and hook up the gas only when about to use. I keep the generator on a trickle charger so we can easily crank without worrying about a dead batter...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Generator Install
Replies: 44
Views: 2798

Re: Garage Generator Install

Aren't these deck boxes made of plastic/resin? Do you just store the generator in the box when not in service, and remove when operating? I can't see how one could run a generator in such a box, but maybe I am misunderstanding. Yes they are made of resin, polyethylene in my case. I've cut in 24x24"...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Generator Install
Replies: 44
Views: 2798

Re: Garage Generator Install

Even the idea of running it inside a dedicated shed is problematic with respect to carbon monoxide. The vent idea with a fan assist just moves the failure point to the fan. A small shed with wide open doors, and a CO detector check before entering could work for temporary use. I think you are conju...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car for baby?
Replies: 62
Views: 2640

Re: Bigger car for baby?

There certainly have to be adjustments that can be made. I mean, I took a 10 hour each way trip in a 2000 BMW 3 series (about the size of a Honda Civic) with myself (6'4") and a rear-facing infant carrier on the driver's side, and my wife (5'11") and Father-in-Law (6'1") on the passenger side, no is...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 54
Views: 3511

Re: Snow tires

Also, having traction available to avoid the person that didn't invest in snows from killing you. :) Which brings me to the only caveat I've found with the traction provided by snow tires. When in traffic, you need to stop as slowly as if you didn't have them , to avoid getting rear-ended by the gu...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Generator Install
Replies: 44
Views: 2798

Re: Garage Generator Install

There are several videos on youtube of people using half height garden sheds/storage boxes for their generators away from the house. They poured a slab and bolted it down as well. If anything it gets the noise further away from the home. This is what I did, and it works extremely well. It does mean...
by lazydavid
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9557

Re: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

Thank you. The website is for the 2018 version. Will find it myself. Camelcamelcamel only tracks Amazon prices. When the link was originally posted on October 30th, the 2019 version was not available on Amazon, so it was given as an example of how the price changes over time. As of November 6th, Am...
by lazydavid
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights
Replies: 56
Views: 3508

Re: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights

After 20 years using an electric blanket, about 10 years ago I switched to a heated mattress pad. I much prefer having the heat radiating up from below, and it is probably more efficient to boot.
by lazydavid
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: optimal strategy for exploiting robo-advisors
Replies: 33
Views: 2560

Re: optimal strategy for exploiting robo-advisors

I think this could have worked two years ago, when Wealthfront used Apex Holdings as its underlying broker/trading platform. When they migrated to maintaining their own accounts, I could no longer transfer in-kind. So now when I have RSUs vest, I have to sell them at UBS, ACH to my bank, and then AC...
by lazydavid
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Sigh) "Wasting" year-old smoke detector batteries...
Replies: 93
Views: 4834

Re: (Sigh) "Wasting" year-old smoke detector batteries...

All my smoke detectors (Nest Protects) are five years old, and on the original batteries. Except one, which a week ago told me it was low. It's in the master bedroom, and the pathlight feature gets used a lot when we get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or whatever. So I replaced ...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outlook email PST file is corrupt, need advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1262

Re: Outlook email PST file is corrupt, need advice

I am considering Office 365 for my laptop but wondering if I will just be transferring the problem to my laptop since the data corruption problem seems to be a design flaw in Outlook. You will not have this issue. Or rather, if you ever do, you would just delete your outlook profile and then log in...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 54
Views: 3511

Re: Snow tires

None of the dealers I buy tires from stock Nokians (they're kind of niche), so I haven't had personal experience. That said, I have never heard anyone say a bad word about them. They're supposed to be among the best you can get, and I am highly confident you will love them.
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Wired smoke alarms. Recommendations.
Replies: 34
Views: 1912

Re: Hard Wired smoke alarms. Recommendations.

Question for those with the hardwired Nest Protect systems—how (if at all) will it interact with the non-smart smokes also hardwired into the house? Thinking about replacing two of ours with the Nest (one on each floor) but if that negates the ability to trigger all smokes together, I’ll have to re...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...
Replies: 48
Views: 2279

Re: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...

fru-gal wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:55 pm
What's backhaul?
How one mesh access point talks to another access point. Some mesh systems have the option of doing this over ethernet (best), some have a dedicated wireless channel that is not used for client traffic (good), some use the same radios that they use for client traffic (ok).
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...
Replies: 48
Views: 2279

Re: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...

The new Nest WiFi "Points" have no Ethernet ports but the main router does. Also the new router is backwards compatible with the older wired Google WiFi pucks. For those that still want (and can implement) a Ethernet backhaul, they can use multiple Nest Wifi Routers or a single Nest Wifi Router wit...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...
Replies: 48
Views: 2279

Re: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...

Get the MESH (any, Google wifi is a great one), and call it a day. +1 But get the newer Nest WiFi instead of Google WiFi. https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/4/20946586/google-nest-wifi-review-mesh-router-price-specs-features While the newer ones are prettier and add Google Home functionality, they're...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy
Replies: 12
Views: 893

Re: Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy

Be very aware of the repercussions if an excluded driver drives and is involved in an accident. The coverage goes to the state minimum. No optional insurance will be in effect. If your state minimum is $10k and the excluded driver crashes into a $300k Ferrari and the passengers require $1M in medic...
by lazydavid
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Wired smoke alarms. Recommendations.
Replies: 34
Views: 1912

Re: Hard Wired smoke alarms. Recommendations.

When replacing a 10 year old hard wired alarm, it's a good idea to get one which plugs into the same plug, and mounts on the same mounting bracket. Otherwise you might have to remove the mounting bracket and install another one; probably needing different holes in the ceiling. If the plugs are diff...
by lazydavid
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9557

Re: HRBLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

I particularly like the complaints about one version of tax software costing $10 more than another. It's tax software! You use for something kind of important! Buy the best you can and it's still cheap. We are in agreement. But at the same time, if something I need next year costs $30 today, and th...
by lazydavid
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9557

Re: HRBLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

dodecahedron wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:26 am
You could always move to NY, the one state in the country where state law prohibits software publishers from charging extra for the state efile! :D (But I guess it is cheaper just to pay the $10 for state efile fee.)
The ol' pay $600k to save ten bucks trick! :D
by lazydavid
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9557

Re: HRBLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

If the email / link that you eventually receive is not personalized, or if / when you see it in Amazon for $20 or less, could you post it on this thread for others to use as well? I have no history with HR Block so I won’t be receiving any deal offer. Sure. It was a Black Friday week deal. I think ...
by lazydavid
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9557

Re: HRBLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

Your link is for the product that does not include a state return. For those of us who need a state return, purchasing it separately can get expensive. I will be waiting. Last year Block 2018 Deluxe *including* state bundled with Federal was available for under $20 on a Black Friday Amazon deal. Ed...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White list +CAPTCHA type solutions for land-lines?
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: White list +CAPTCHA type solutions for land-lines?

....I suspect cell phones would get spam calls too (now or in the not too distant future). Negative on the spam based calls in my experience. I can't predict the future though. 15+ years of cell phone ownership I've never gotten a random unsolicited call on a cell phone like on a land line. It's be...
by lazydavid
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4326

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

Of all the billions of computers out there, how would anybody know mine was missing said patches, let alone that there is anything worthwhile to steal? There are search engines just like google for publicly-accessible machines with particular vulnerabilities, the most popular of which is called Sho...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I want a pre-made, wholesome lunch delivered to me daily for under $15. Options?
Replies: 52
Views: 4698

Re: I want a pre-made, wholesome lunch delivered to me daily for under $15. Options?

There’s a restaurant/pizza place near me that does this. You can specify number of meals, likes/dislikes, or just build the meals directly. They cook them with limited seasonings, package them up, and you can either pick them up or they’ll deliver. Your responsibility is to season to taste and rehea...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please advise re wiping laptop SSD before gifting
Replies: 25
Views: 2224

Re: Please advise re wiping laptop SSD before gifting

Post #2 in this thread answers the OP's question perfectly. OP is passing the computer on to family members, not to a stranger. If OP is worried that family members will seek to gain access to files that have had their lookup table removed, then OP likely has different family members than most. Res...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4326

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

How many actual infections over remote desktop not on a LAN with compromised machines? And for the other notable post-support exploits on XP, how many likewise were not dependent on being on the same LAN as the vulnerable machine or exploiting Internet Explorer, specifically? No idea, as I stopped ...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4326

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

The really popular OS's like XP and 7 tend to get really thoroughly "tested" by exploiters both because they become the high profile targets and because they remain in use and support for a long time. By the time support finally ends, even assuming there are holes left to exploit, not much effort g...
by lazydavid
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4326

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

What are these security vulnerabilities? Someone can steal your credit card number when you enter it online? They can find your passwords? Windows 7 has been out a long long time. What possible new vulnerabilities could there be that hasn't been discovered by now? There are more discovered pretty m...
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 8856

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

Interesting, and certainly not the first time I've heard someone regret the cost they spent on a wedding. Just out of curiosity, if you're comfortable saying is it more just the principle of having dropped around $30k on the wedding or is it that the cost has directly affected your current lifestyl...
by lazydavid
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 8856

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

My current plan is $0. My son will be getting my car when he turns 16, along with a replacement if it becomes unreliable before he launches. We will be paying for his education. We will be matching his Roth 401k contributions. At some point we will probably help with a downpayment on a house. But he...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: idiot networking [Need more ethernet ports, replace cable modem?]
Replies: 38
Views: 3307

Re: idiot networking

The windows firewall is active. And as I noted, I have never seen the slightest indication of compromise. In any event, I need the peripherals. I have not been able to find substitutes for them. This is the Windows XP firewall: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT_c10jNETUtXC2DU-...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC check ups?
Replies: 46
Views: 2981

Re: HVAC check ups?

Our system has a 30-year warranty (parts and labor) from the installer, that requires annual cleaning/maintenance to remain valid. So we do it. They have done some minor repairs during these visits--things like sticky vacuum switches (not sure if that's what they're called) and hoses that deteriorat...
by lazydavid
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: idiot networking [Need more ethernet ports, replace cable modem?]
Replies: 38
Views: 3307

Re: idiot networking

I have never seen the slightest indication that either the septic system or the laptop has been messed with. Your machine is compromised, full stop. A security research firm did a test a few months ago where they put 150 vulnerable systems (like XP is) online at random locations in the world (so it...
by lazydavid
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: idiot networking [Need more ethernet ports, replace cable modem?]
Replies: 38
Views: 3307

Re: idiot networking

Yes connecting your cable modem to the netgear switch will then allow you to connect 4 other devices. They all should pick up an IP address from the cable modem and get out to the internet. You can then purchase a stand alone wireless access point aka wireless router and connect it into the netgear...
by lazydavid
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery
Replies: 118
Views: 6382

Re: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery

That was just an example of being badly inconvenienced. You could be running late and have an important appointment you are leaving for, and then the car won't start. That would be a different inconvenience. If you don't mind being inconvenienced and want to try for an extra year or two on a $150 i...
by lazydavid
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1071

Re: New brakes

Waiting on lazydavid to comment. :wink: Lol, I think that's my first summon on BH! Though not impossible, I would find it odd for a shop to open the bleeders when changing brake pads. Normally taking the cap off of the reservoir is all that's required. The fluid level will be on the low end when th...