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by lazydavid
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Box wine- update and recommendations?
Replies: 45
Views: 2000

Re: Box wine- update and recommendations?

It doesn't actually come in a box, but one of my favorite wines in that price class is Costco's Kirkland Cabernet. It's $8 for a Magnum (1.5L), so equivalent to $16 for a 3L box. Not spectactular, but very drinkable, probably equivalent to wines costing right around 3x its price, or $10-12 for a 750...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wine in cans
Replies: 16
Views: 808

Re: wine in cans

6 - 8 years ago I was traveling in South America and the convenience store had 12 oz cans of wine next to the soda. Bought two, drank one, and gave the other away. Drinking wine like a can of soda just didn't work for me. As mentioned above, packaging and method of consumption are not inextricably ...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email from LastPass
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: Email from LastPass

Awesome, thank you for the detailed reply. I'm assuming that extra time translates into a very long time for brute attacks. Yep, that's the idea. For reference, before the change, validation of my master password occurred almost instantly in the lastpass browser extension on my laptop, which is a C...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email from LastPass
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: Email from LastPass

LastPass has used PBKDF2--which stands for Password-based Key-Derivation Function version 2--for a very long time, if not for their entire history. This is one of the more secure hash algorithms currently in widespread use. More details here What has changed is not the algorithm itself, but the defa...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2913

Re: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020

I don't know about any head gasket issue, but it's pretty incredible that Subaru has been selling cars with a 3.6l V6 until now. Buyers have had a choice between a weak 4 cylinder and an old 6 cylinder engine that has the same mpg as a Honda Pilot. I don't know why they haven't just licensed some o...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2913

Re: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020

One thing that will never change with a subaru...an engine that leaks and head gaskets that need replaced. We're trying to squeeze another year or two out of our forester before we get rid of it. Except it has changed, almost a full decade ago. It got somewhat better after 2007, and the 2011 Imprez...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020
Replies: 36
Views: 2913

Re: New Subaru Outback Engine Offering for 2020

I would not be concerned about it. Though this specific engine was new ~2 years ago with the introduction of the Ascent, Subaru has been putting turbocharged mills in most of their lineup for almost two decades. They've had a 2.0L turbo in the WRX since forever, and also the Forester XT, Legacy GT, ...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New family car and safety considerations
Replies: 46
Views: 2472

Re: New family car and safety considerations

If you still like the Bronco, there's a new one coming next year, and the initial spy shots and renders look pretty awesome. Also, due to their popularity, you'll get a LOT more for selling yours than you would think. Do not trade it in--find a private buyer. You may have already found one in this t...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6222

Re: Buying a Smoker

Excellent! BTW, don't worry about efficiency under #3. You can re-use that charcoal for your next cook. You should always have some brand-new charcoal at startup, but it can be mostly partially-burned with no issue. Just shake the ash off of it and then mix it in. Also think about getting a multi-pr...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a 2 in 1 laptop
Replies: 28
Views: 2229

Re: Want a 2 in 1 laptop

abuss368 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:39 pm
Read that Mac OS and iOS would converge within next year or two. Rumor mill of course.
That's been the rumor for the past 5 years. I no longer put any credence in it.
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grill Mat
Replies: 29
Views: 2333

Re: Grill Mat

Dontwasteit wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:51 pm
Get yourself a griddle. Blackstone or Camp Chef. You will love either.
Yep. Bought myself a 36” Camp Chef Flat Top Grill last year, and within a week went back to buy a 17” Blackstone griddle and a carrying bag so we can take it on vacation.
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want a 2 in 1 laptop
Replies: 28
Views: 2229

Re: Want a 2 in 1 laptop

I have two surface pro 4s and love them, but depending on what you mean by using in your lap on the couch it may not be a good fit. You cannot effectively use the physical keyboard with the device resting in your lap. But if you want to hold it or rest it on your leg sans keyboard, and do primarily ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying cash for a vehicle
Replies: 86
Views: 9769

Re: Paying cash for a vehicle

For the longest time I didn't know what people meant when they said a new car was safer than e.g. a five year old car. After all, crash test results, restraints, vehicle weight, and height have not changed much in that time. But then I started seeing examples of what they mean. They want the steeri...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6222

Re: Buying a Smoker

Do ribs. They cook in half the time or less, so you can start to get comfortable with temperature management without feeling like you have to slog through an entire day. Once you're comfortable, going 18+ hours on a good-sized pork shoulder won't be a big deal. When you decide you don't want to main...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to Flexsteel chair
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Alternative to Flexsteel chair

Can't help you with this one. My parents still have a pair of Flexsteel chairs that they bought when they were first married....and they're past their 50th anniversary at this point. They've been reupholstered a couple of times for aesthetic reasons, but are still super-comfortable today.
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6222

Re: Buying a Smoker

I have a Vision Kamado smoker, the brand sold by Lowes and Home Depot. I have smoked some great meats, but if I could go back I would opt for an electric smoker for precise temperature control without hassle. My Vision holds its temperature as well as can be hoped for, about 6-8 hours, but charcoal...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 87
Views: 4172

Re: Automatic Watches

If you don't wear the watch every day (like if you have more than one), you're going to be resetting it every time you put it on anyway, unless you also invest in an automatic watch winder. I have a Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch that I also have the mechanical module for. So I wear the smartwatch d...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grill Mat
Replies: 29
Views: 2333

Re: Grill Mat

I use my flat top grill (basically a giant direct-fired griddle) for anything that isn't going on the grates of my charcoal grill. Does a fantastic job, has a ridiculous amount of space (600+ square inches), and cleans up in <10 seconds with just a basic scraper.
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pickup truck issue!!
Replies: 39
Views: 2761

Re: Pickup truck issue!!

I was recently faced with a similar conundrum with my 2011 Diesel BMW. It needed about $7k worth of maintenance and (mostly emissions-related) repairs and modifications, $1600 of which (failed SCR Catalyst) was already committed at the time. After debating trading it in, I decided to have the work d...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wize Cam reviews
Replies: 23
Views: 1591

Re: Wize Cam reviews

One reason at least initially that they were so cheap is they streamed all their video full-time to an unidentified server in China. The manufacturer "fixed the glitch" last year with a firmware update. I still wouldn't trust them though.
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6222

Re: Buying a Smoker

Why are the Kamados so expensive? Seems crazy to have a $2,000 smoker that requires charcoal. Could get a Rec Tec for that price. Mine wasn't anywhere near $2k, but it was expensive. I think the 395 lbs of glazed ceramic is at least part of that. Mine is the Kamado Joe Big Joe (same size as the XL ...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sandals with arch support
Replies: 25
Views: 1942

Re: Sandals with arch support

My son wears orthotics, and when we wanted to get him sandals that wouldn't cause him to lose the progress he made, we got him fitted for ABEO sandals. They have a variety of setups with pseudo-orthotics built in, and we were able to find one that was close enough to his custom-fitted ones that he c...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6222

Re: Buying a Smoker

I used to own two propane smokers, which I used for many years. Then I got a Kamado grill, and its stable, easy to control temperatures spoiled me. Once did a 16-hour brisket cook only adjusting vents two or three times. My other smokers required tinkering every hour or so, adding more chips or wate...
by lazydavid
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New budget SUV vs used luxury SUV
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: New budget SUV vs used luxury SUV

I went through the same decision process very recently, deciding between the 2019 CX5 and the Lexus NX and the Acura RDX. Bought the CX5 Grand Touring with the Premium package. I would pick the current model RDX over the CX-5 as Acura really nailed it this time around; But if you were looking at th...
by lazydavid
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?

Why wouldn’t a hotspot work? I’m using an iPad via a hotspot right now with a $20/month AT&T unlimited plan. Works great and more cost effective than using the iPad onboard SIM card, since the hotspot also drives several computers and devices simultaneously. I do appreciate the iPad’s built in gps,...
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?

Sell your iPad and buy one with LTE and GPS. Adding a hotspot is extra expense/complexity for a solution that won't actually work. And a tablet with built-in cellular is a game changer in lots of ways. So much so that I've literally never bought one without it.
by lazydavid
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?
Replies: 47
Views: 2629

Re: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?

Thank you so much...that would be great! I left a message for my electrician, but it may be another week before he replies...took several weeks just to get him to quote and I'd like to return this transfer switch sooner, if I don't end up needing it. I'll PM you with info. :beer I replied to your P...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying a 60 or 65 inch tv this weekend. which one?
Replies: 74
Views: 3350

Re: buying a 60 or 65 inch tv this weekend. which one?

ThankyouJack- I don't watch tv much . This may be the reason why my Pioneer Elite still works well after 15 years. I just want a new tv. Uh oh. If you currently have an Elite Kuro (AKA the best Plasma ever made), anything short of a high-end OLED is going to look like crap. You will be particularly...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?
Replies: 47
Views: 2629

Re: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?

The interlock switch does sound like a viable option if my panel can accept it. (I'm reading that not all panels can accept one - another question to ask the electrician - sigh.) The model of your panel should be printed on the cover somewhere, likely inside the door. If you post that up I'll find ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat
Replies: 53
Views: 3262

Re: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat

A mustang gt convertible or a bmw 5 series convertible (if those still exist). It would be a 6-series. 5-series are sedan/wagon, 6-series are coupe/convertible. 2016 was the last model year, though I imagine it'll be back at some point. Right now the only large convertible in the BMW stable is the ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?
Replies: 47
Views: 2629

Re: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?

The interlock kit is intriguing...I've read about this option before, but having a little trouble understanding how it compares to transfer switch - i.e. if it'll accomplish the same thing or involve any tradeoffs. Then there's the challenge of getting someone to quote to install it, since I'm stil...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frequent Flyer No Man's Land?
Replies: 17
Views: 2133

Re: Frequent Flyer No Man's Land?

Chip wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:06 am
Vienna to Paris is 645 air miles. Valuing FF miles at .02/mile we're talking $13 per ticket.
This is the right answer. Cut your losses, 645 miles isn't worth the hassle you've already put yourself through, let alone continuing to bang your head against the wall.
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower room with Window but no Exhaust Fan: Mildew Prevention
Replies: 34
Views: 2414

Re: Shower room with Window but no Exhaust Fan: Mildew Prevention

I have been looking at dehumidifiers on Amazon (interesting reviews!) and also at central air or a mini-split system (some of the mini-splits have a "dry" setting so they are dehumidifying without running the air conditioner). An A/C unit cannot dehumidify without running the compressor. It's the a...
by lazydavid
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat
Replies: 53
Views: 3262

Re: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat

Audi A5/S5 is the best looking in this class by a mile IMO. MB E Class has the most comfortable backseat. Neither available with a manual--S5 had one through MY2016, but is exceedingly rare. As others suggested, I would look seriously at the Mustang/Camaro convertibles. Big NA V8 plus a 6-speed manu...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?
Replies: 47
Views: 2629

Re: Anyone pay to install transfer switch recently? Does quote seem reasonable?

I ran a circuit to a weather proof box fitted with a 220V twist lock receptacle. Other end of wire was installed on a double pole 30A breaker in existing panel. When my power goes out I flip main line breaker to off, flip off my outdoor AC units, connect generator using a 10foot pigtail to receptac...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 104
Views: 14871

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Though, the video subscription is like $40 plus a month (?? might be $60). It just seemed really high to me, though I don't know FMV of cycling classes. No, it's not $40+ or $60. It's $39. That includes classes in 10 different categories (outdoor, running, cycling, strength, yoga, meditation, stret...
by lazydavid
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 104
Views: 14871

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

It's been an absolute game-changer for me. With the exception of a two-year period when I rode my bike to work 2-3 days a week during the summer, it's probably been two decades since I got any kind of regular exercise more strenuous than walking the dog. I work long hours and have a lot of external ...
by lazydavid
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas - Any Kid friendly inexpensive shows ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1851

Re: Vegas - Any Kid friendly in-expesive shows ?

I will second Mystere. We've seen it three times, my son was probably 7 or 8 the first time. He laughed so hard at certain sequences that I thought he was going to pass out. I'm sure we're going to wind up seeing it a 4th time when we're there next month. O is also a great show, but probably doesn't...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with car decision
Replies: 31
Views: 2058

Re: Help with car decision

I would keep the Accord. I have a much smaller car than you do (E90 3-series, which is shorter than a Civic), and on Friday I'll be taking my son to an out-of state lacrosse tournament, which I also did several times last year in the same car. We will be bringing a canopy tent (1' x 1' x 5.5' broken...
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Cars and Teenagers
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: Rental Cars and Teenagers

Most won't allow it at all. Those that do will have a "young renter fee" of around $50/day, and limit the classes that can be rented.

One loophole: Avis will waive the fee for USAA members: https://www.avis.com/en/association/A177232
by lazydavid
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for light beer.
Replies: 41
Views: 2670

Re: Recommendation for light beer.

spitty wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:50 am
We tried the Kirkland light beer once and thought it was terrible...YMMV
Yeah that one is beyond horrible. Tastes like beer-flavored kool aid.
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it a waste of money having your furnace checked every year?
Replies: 75
Views: 10855

Re: Is it a waste of money having your furnace checked every year?

Are you in a state that now requires ultra low sulfur diesel? If so, I’ve looked at some research from NYSERDA/Brookhaven National Lab that ULSD burns as cleanly as natural gas, reducing particulate matter (soot) deposits. I don't buy this. My car runs on ULSD, and the particulate filter still fill...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?
Replies: 22
Views: 1015

Re: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?

On your car, which has the engine mounted the way god intended (longitudinally), replace only the failed one. If another one fails down the line, replace at that time. Quick, easy repair that should only take a few minutes. For engines mounted the wrong way (transverse), replace just the failed one...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?
Replies: 22
Views: 1015

Re: car cylinder ignition coil - replace only nonfunctional one or all of them?

On your car, which has the engine mounted the way god intended (longitudinally), replace only the failed one. If another one fails down the line, replace at that time. Quick, easy repair that should only take a few minutes. For engines mounted the wrong way (transverse), replace just the failed one ...
by lazydavid
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Durable non-stick cookware suggestions?
Replies: 30
Views: 2743

Re: Durable non-stick cookware suggestions?

For the skillet, get a commercial nonstick, like this one from Sam's Club . They're cheap and perform well. We take one with us when we travel, because the condos we stay in always have horrible cookware. For the pot, I would actually suggest a enameled cast iron dutch oven . Way more versatile. Act...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 72
Views: 4122

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

My 1998 Camry has two close to new Michelin Defenders on the rear, but the front ones are older Yokohama radials. There seems to be sufficient tread on the front ones for a while. I bought the car 3 1/2 years ago and have put about 18,000 miles on those tires. I plan to get two Michelin defenders w...
by lazydavid
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 4896

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I have a switch already with some extra slots, so no further investment. Running ethernet seems much easier than figuring out a power source for each camera. KF was asking if your switch was POE. That's a separate feature that is not on all or even most switches. Between the one Cisco (real Cisco, ...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 4189

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

Twin 50 gal in series is the answer Unlimited hot when you want it Throttle back to one on when you don’t In parallel is even better. You get to take full advantage of the recovery of both units, and if you ever have a problem with one, it can be completely isolated and repaired or replaced without...
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 412
Views: 44157

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

I can somewhat relate. I used to put in as little gas as possible to lighten the weight of the vehicle, to increase fuel efficiency. This sometimes resulted in a trip to the Costco gas station twice a day. I can now afford to treasure my time more and fill up once a week. Still go to Costco though....
by lazydavid
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which shaving cream / oil?
Replies: 58
Views: 3656

Re: Which shaving cream / oil?

I switched from canned cream to canned gel, to cream in a tub, to soap, and I'm sticking with soap. My favorite is Panna Crema, a tallow-based soap from Italy that is sadly no longer made.