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by lazydavid
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1-stage vs 5-stage HVAC compressor?
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: 1-stage vs 5-stage HVAC compressor?

I know you asked for an ROI view, but I have a multi-stage system and the comfort benefits make it worthwhile. I don’t know how long the break even is for a 19 SEER 4 ton vs 16 SEER 3.5 ton. This exactly. It's very likely that the upgrade doesn't make sense from a purely financial standpoint. But c...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 48
Views: 3440

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

Which gets to the point, if you truly want to lockdown a machine, running a user account isn't enough. You need a way to whitelist executables. There's some truth to this, but Windows SmartScreen should be set to 'block', which is another layer of protection from running a random .exe file. In the ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fireproof & waterproof folders or safes for important documents?
Replies: 26
Views: 1235

Re: Fireproof & waterproof folders or safes for important documents?

It's entirely possible to get a new passport in less than a week...I've done it in just the scenario you describe (short-notice work trip). Yes, it costs a lot of money, but if you're on business you can probably expense it. Not right now it isn't. All forms of expedited service have been suspended...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 48
Views: 3440

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

My IT department would never allow the installation of Minecraft or any other computer games. Typing in an admin password or pin for someone else is one of the cardinal sins, which would get you instantly fired at work. How do you troubleshoot when you can't open the control panel? Trying to run yo...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fireproof & waterproof folders or safes for important documents?
Replies: 26
Views: 1235

Re: Fireproof & waterproof folders or safes for important documents?

It's entirely possible to get a new passport in less than a week...I've done it in just the scenario you describe (short-notice work trip). Yes, it costs a lot of money, but if you're on business you can probably expense it. Not right now it isn't. All forms of expedited service have been suspended...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 48
Views: 3440

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

I wouldn't use IT departments as the model for a family computer. My IT department doesn't allow us to install any software or connect to a new printer or connect to a public wifi. Just about anything beyond changing the desktop background requires putting in a help desk ticket. Assuming you were a...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota OEM parts
Replies: 29
Views: 1508

Re: Toyota OEM parts

What parts do you need specifically? In some cases, OE or OEM parts (those are two different things) make sense, in others they make no sense at all.
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 48
Views: 3440

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

I'm not buying the "separate accounts are too much trouble" argument. Many of us have to log into PCs dozens of times a day, even when those machines aren't shared. It's a completely normal part of modern life. If you want to speed the process a little bit, Windows Hello allows the use of PINs for l...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi
Replies: 91
Views: 5534

Re: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi

I saw an earlier comment about wanting a nice stereo. On the Q7, the base stereo is dreadful and so is the Bose. You needed to step up to the Prestige to have B&O as an option, you might want to find the sales guide for the Q5 years you're looking at and see how the ordering worked. I would agree t...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...

I don't know why you expect an appointment near you, no one else can get one anywhere near them. Check Florida and New York right now :) I would expect the New York offices wouldn't be open anyway, since none of their residents are eligible for Global Entry. Edit: how wrong I am. If you search the ...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for customizing a new HP desktop tower purchase
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Recommendations for customizing a new HP desktop tower purchase

Your "techie son" should be able to install it quite easily. Based on son’s advice to just replace the computer, I suspect that son is either not quite that much of a techie or is not interested in spending any of his time on Dad’s computer. Both strong possibilities. As an actual techie myself (26...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bradford White vs Rheem Gas Water Heater
Replies: 30
Views: 1577

Re: Bradford White vs Rheem Gas Water Heater

Bradford Whites are difficult to replace the anode rod on. It is built in to the hot water outlet port so you have to unhook that line then hope you have enough headroom to pull it out and put the new one in which isn't common. Rheems have a separate port that you just unscrew the rod from the top ...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HD DVR Purchasing Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: HD DVR Purchasing Advice

I don't believe there are any mainstream DVRs that can tune or record 4k cable channels. That said, the Tivo Bolt, Bolt+, and Edge (along with the 0-tuner Tivo Mini Vox) can access a pretty good number of 4k streaming services, and can also tune and record HD cable.
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying myself a luxury item.. Is LV wallet a legit purchase?
Replies: 125
Views: 5796

Re: Thinking of buying myself a luxury item.. Is LV wallet a legit purchase?

While there's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for reaching milestones, it sounds a little bit like you want to find something to spend $1,000 on, and this is simply the first idea you've come up with. I think a reward you get for a milestone should really mean something to you. Something you'v...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...

According to this link, its now 485 days, and all offices are now closed till Aug 10th. If you had an appt prior to that date, it will need to be rescheduled. I have an appt in about a week, and have not received a cancellation email yet. This is correct. My Father-In-Law had an appointment on July...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for customizing a new HP desktop tower purchase
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Recommendations for customizing a new HP desktop tower purchase

If you are otherwise happy with your current machine other than the OS, it is silly to buy a new one just for Windows 10. Upgrade your existing machine and move on with your life. If you are concerned about another lightning strike or other surge of some type, invest a fraction of your $700 budget i...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi
Replies: 91
Views: 5534

Re: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi

Maybe an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. 505 HP is hard to beat. A bit above your price range new but a year or two old and you could swing it. And best part is not every other soccer mom is driving one. The reliability would terrify me, but talk about a sweet-sounding engine. I literally cannot t...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi
Replies: 91
Views: 5534

Re: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi

I did this exact comparison in the early part of this year, stemming back to late 2019. Was -this- close to pulling trigger on a Q7 but went with a 2016 RX F-sport. After doing my diligence, and despite Consumer Reports trying to convince me in their rankings that Audi was better than history shows...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spiked Seltzers?
Replies: 46
Views: 3260

Re: Spiked Seltzers?

Let's call spiked seltzer what it is: not distilled liquor in carbonated water, but Malt Liquor Flavored Beverage Product (or something like that.) It's Colt 45 dressed up for yuppies. If you find it refreshing and tasty, at the right price, then buy it an enjoy it. But if you want the flavor of vo...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi
Replies: 91
Views: 5534

Re: Boglehead Way to buy an Audi

Just my two cents. The significant other has an Audi A5. It’s got beautiful styling, great power, and it corners extremely well in the mountains. However, we were disappointed by some of the features the car doesn’t have. For example, it doesn’t have handles on the driver and passenger side to get ...
by lazydavid
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chevrolet Tahoe?
Replies: 22
Views: 1800

Re: Chevrolet Tahoe?

Our 2017 Sequoia came with a cigarette lighter and ashtray..found that amusing That's because all vehicles designed in the 1980s had cigarette lighters. :mrgreen: Of course I'm exaggerating a little, but only a little. The Sequoia is quite possibly the most ancient vehicle still sold new today. The...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5832

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Bottom line - too bad that plasma's lost support and that 4K versions aren't around today. IMO they provided the best overall experience, even superior to OLED, if you count the fact that they don't have the aforementioned issue. Not necessary a better picture to OLED - OLED gets that award - but o...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person
Replies: 64
Views: 3819

Re: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person

We voted in-person. Our district did a good job with remote learning in the spring, but my son was done with his entire day in <2 hours every day. He needs the additional engagement from being there.
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

We dropped DirecTV a few months ago because we just didn't watch. I was planning to get YouTube TV in the fall for college basketball and football. I will now be getting either Sling or Hulu. Internet costs us $60/month. I am not willing to pay more than about $100/month for internet and TV. If you...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

We dropped DirecTV a few months ago because we just didn't watch. I was planning to get YouTube TV in the fall for college basketball and football. I will now be getting either Sling or Hulu. Internet costs us $60/month. I am not willing to pay more than about $100/month for internet and TV. If you...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying a Mercedes SUV
Replies: 42
Views: 2232

Re: Thinking of buying a Mercedes SUV

The GLK is really small and not particularly impressive, IMO. It was replaced by the much better and 5" longer GLC in 2015. So I guess the plus side is the one you're looking at is the last model year and should in theory be comparatively reliable. If you want a German in that price/size class, I'd ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVR for OTA TV
Replies: 53
Views: 2871

Re: DVR for OTA TV

Your machine was not new. It was previously purchased by someone (likely a longtime TiVo customer), who enrolled it in TiVos beta program. They ran into an issue, and rather work on getting it addressed (or opting out of the beta program), they returned the unit. The retailer simply resealed it and ...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

Google has raised the price of Youtube TV by 30% to $64.99/month. :shock: oh h#ll no. Throw in taxes, prob $70-75 a month? Nope, that’s the other distance between streaming and cable. Up to this point (and until the end of August, apparently), my entire YTTV bill has been exactly $49.99. Or about 5...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

You all know you can share this subscription with two family members or friends? So it’s really only $20 per month each person. Just can’t have more than 3 devices logged in at once If you're a fan of violating contracts (and the guidelines of this board), sure. Family member requirements To join a...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

For live sports, the delay and latency with streaming services even with a high speed connection is definitely noticeable due to the number of internet hops from the TV to the service aggregator, and then to the actual service itself. Cable providers are better for live sports. If I understand your...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1712

Re: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?

Planned obsolescence. Since you asked :) I'll put in the obligatory "my 7-year old LG fridge is working fine", but I knew when I purchased it that getting out-of-warranty repairs would be basically impossible due to parts unavailability. This is a problem for most brands nowadays, but LG and Samsung...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 171
Views: 13249

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

Since this is ViacomCBS's doing, I'll probably cancel CBSAllAccess and Showtime to recoup the costs. :)
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth fixing the car?
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: Worth fixing the car?

As others have mentioned, that price for brakes is pure robbery. The $145 for a battery was about what I paid for a AAA truck to replace the battery in my wife's car when it died and she needed a jump right when she was getting getting ready to leave town for a week. We knew that we were paying top...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle - Word Runner reading app
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Kindle - Word Runner reading app

The Kindle eReaders do not run apps, and due to the refresh rate of eInk this would be an interminably slow way to read a book even if you could. Think 30 wpm or less, about 1/10th as fast as a typical reader. Meanwhile your tablet is theoretically capable of displaying up to 3600 wpm in this fashio...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth fixing the car?
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: Worth fixing the car?

Where do you live? Broken AC would be a dealbreaker for me, but in some places it might not be that bad. As others have mentioned, that price for brakes is pure robbery. A full set of high-quality pads and rotors for all 4 wheels is just $140 , or under $100 if you want stock equivalent. Pads only c...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Monitor Stand
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Dual Monitor Stand

I've installed a few hundred grommet-mount ergotron monitor arms in a previous life, and at least at that time the quality was very good.
by lazydavid
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: magicJack question - What happens if you don't pay the 911 fee?
Replies: 18
Views: 1567

Re: magicJack question - What happens if you don't pay the 911 fee?

Why would you not pay? Because fees are critical and this could be the difference between retiring at age 50 or 70. Absurd hyperbole (which I'm hoping was your intention?). There is no scenario in which being short $2,459.73 at age 50* would mean a person would have to work an additional two decade...
by lazydavid
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: About to buy a car. What am I forgetting?
Replies: 38
Views: 2337

Re: About to buy a car. What am I forgetting?

"What am I forgetting?" When you go in to talk to the finance person, just say no to the paint guard, locking lugs and the extended warranty! Correct, and thank you. I know about the first and third, I'm not sure what the second is, but it might be related to headlight fluid. Locking lugs nuts. I'l...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVR for OTA TV
Replies: 53
Views: 2871

Re: DVR for OTA TV

Chip wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:19 am
I have the 3 TB Bolt+, which has six tuners. So, as noted by criticalmass, not as neat a trick as you think.
You did say Bolt and not Bolt+ :)
by lazydavid
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVR for OTA TV
Replies: 53
Views: 2871

Re: DVR for OTA TV

It may vary by cable company, but my cable-card equipped Bolt can tune in up to six channels simultaneously. i.e. watch 1 and record 5. That’s a neat trick, since the Bolt only has four physical turners, and is therefore only technically capable of tuning four channels simultaneously. The older Roa...
by lazydavid
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVR for OTA TV
Replies: 53
Views: 2871

Re: DVR for OTA TV

Now, another question . . will the Tivo Bolt VOX OTA unit work for Uverse, or Direct or DISH service? I pay AT&T $10/month for DVR rental. I'd pay Direct TV, or Dish TV for rental too. Would a Tivo work instead? The "OTA" means "Over The Air". This is a special version of TiVo units that can ONLY r...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

Don't you find it hard to keep the griddle area clean? Our range is far from pristine--it gets a lot of use--but a separate plug-in frying pan is what we use--easy to clean. You're not supposed to keep it clean (as in shiny). Like any cast iron or mild steel pan, it works best when well-seasoned, w...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1099

Re: Water Heater Question

When we moved in to our current house, we had two 40 gallon water heaters piped in series. The previous owner added the second heater when they put a ginormous jetted tub in the basement bathroom. When the first one failed, we replaced it with a 50 gallon, but had the plumber re-do the piping so the...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

Funny! I was just looking at the Wolf 48" 8 burner range. I had a Wolf 6 burner range in a second home and loved it. Have never used the griddle/grill option when I have had them available and while I may not need 8 burners I have had 6 in use from time to time. We have the Wolf 48" 6-burner/12" gr...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2007 Lincoln Town Car declared totalled
Replies: 13
Views: 1451

Re: 2007 Lincoln Town Car declared totalled

Not surprising at all. I have a friend whose car was totaled because his bumper was cracked in a rear-ender. Since the estimated repair was more than 75% of the value of the car, it's all done. Take the money and buy something newer. If you still like Lincolns, the Continental is actually a really n...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

Well, now I will also be changing appliance stores, as I was told yesterday the 30" standalone units are no longer made. This is why I love this forum. Just to play devil's advocate, did you tell them you specifically did not want panel ready units (before finding out you could just buy a stainless...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

Thanks! I'm leaning toward this option. I think the $23-24K is driven by the fact that Sub Zero no longer makes the 30" fridge only/freezer only units and so I was quoted the price for two 30" fridge/freezer units. The 36" fridge and 24" freezer option is not only cheaper, I think it will be more u...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

I didn't see a 24" freezer with stainless steel--just "panel ready." I don't want to have new panels made. "panel ready" just means it takes a panel to provide the look you want. That panel does not have to be wood that matches your cabinetry. If the look you want is stainless steel, well SZ sells ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?
Replies: 93
Views: 3646

Re: Viking Built In Refrigerator--Repair or Replace?

Another option is to get 2 "normal" 30" fridge/freezers. If the rest of the kitchen isn't ultra high-end, this is actually a really good option, provided the doors can be reversed. That said, there's a good chance that a kitchen that has separate 30" paneled refrigerator and freezer is pretty darn ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Made a horrible decision with regards to car. need guidance
Replies: 60
Views: 6217

Re: Made a horrible decision with regards to car. need guidance

I saw a guy's car slide down the driveway with no one in it. It was just sitting there. Hadn't been driven for hours and it decided to gently slide down his driveway into the road. It had Summer high perf run flat tires, 275/35. The summer compound turns into stone below 40deg. I don't care if you ...