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by mrb09
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Techies provide me best practices
Replies: 21
Views: 1816

Re: Techies provide me best practices

Aside from the other good advice, - I'd make gmail 2FA a top priority, since if anyone gets access to your email they can often do a password reset on your less protected accounts. When you set this up you get a list of access codes that can be used if you lose your second factor device (phone or wh...
by mrb09
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My wife going back to school for Masters in Counseling - online
Replies: 48
Views: 2722

Re: My wife going back to school for Masters in Counseling - online

My wife did something similar. She's in her 60's and did this just a few years ago. She had her original masters in human behavior, retired from high tech usability experience jobs, then got her second masters in marriage and family therapy from a for-profit university. Then after 3000 hours of inte...
by mrb09
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building a house in rural mountains
Replies: 70
Views: 7099

Re: Building a house in rural mountains

Didn't build from scratch, but do live on 50 acres in rural mountain-y area. House was here, but we put in the barns and redid the well. Don't have a snow-cat, but do have tractor, utv and atv with a snowplow. Random bits of advice: - Especially if you have horses, have a water plan for when somethi...
by mrb09
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Home Computer of Some Kind
Replies: 40
Views: 2157

Re: New Home Computer of Some Kind

What about one of the "pro" tablets, whether ipad pro or Surface pro The iPad Pro is a wonderful piece of hardware, but I wouldn't recommend it for your uses. You basically want to do things with the PC that are not possible or too cumbersome on the iPhone. Guess what, those things will be just as ...
by mrb09
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Button Down Shirts / Travel Pants / Light Jacket? Other Tips from experienced Boglehead world travelers?
Replies: 145
Views: 9179

Re: Men's No-Cotton Travel Pants Suggestions? Other Tips from experienced world travellers?

Due to health, I have not travelled in several years. Recently upgraded my passport, TSA Precheck, Travel ID, etc. ("newbie" ready to ride/fly). Now packing for an upcoming trip, I've found that my assortment of travel pants have "shrunk" in storage. (that must be it) :shock: Thus, I am on the hunt...
by mrb09
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Curry Powder?
Replies: 38
Views: 2077

Re: Curry Powder?

Penzey's 8 jar pack, because "best" is pretty subjective. https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/indian-curries-8-jar-gift-pack/c-24/p-1550/pd-gb Expensive, but you will probably derive some amusement from trying them out. Tasting the various kinds is good experience for making your own, too. I use...
by mrb09
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying and shipping art work internationally
Replies: 10
Views: 608

Re: buying and shipping art work internationally

Bought some signed first nation lithographs in Canada a few years ago, no issues at all with shipping. One dealer had their own in-house shipping, and one used a third party shipper. Paid by credit card and they handled everything.
by mrb09
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Plowing
Replies: 54
Views: 2545

Re: Snow Plowing

Rural California at 3500 feet elevation, 500 yard driveway. Have a Polaris ATV with a snow plow, and compact tractor with a bucket loader if the snow banks get too high (it has happened). Hand clear around the house/barn. We also have a four wheel drive truck with studded snow tires if I can't compl...
by mrb09
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 56
Views: 3447

Re: Seeking Advice - Emergency Preparedness

install a natural gas generator...... or get solar panels with a battery that can hold a charge for a few days. Thanks - I am leaning that way (generator). The solar panels plus batteries is much more expensive. The solar panels plus battery also have a federal 30% credit, and you will not have an ...
by mrb09
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first international trip - London/Paris
Replies: 74
Views: 4350

Re: Planning first international trip - London/Paris

Just adding to what other folks are saying: - Don't even think of renting a car - Stay near a tube station - Save Paris for the next trip. - Get an Oyster card Last few times I was there, I used the Heathrow express to get from the airport into the London (arrive via Paddington Station) and used a t...
by mrb09
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best headphones under 500 bucks
Replies: 79
Views: 6811

Re: Best headphones under 500 bucks

I'm a value guy, so my cans are Audio Technica ATH-M50x for home. They perform well above their $150 price point. I haven't personally tested their higher-end ATH-M70x, but based on my experience would not be surprised if for $300 they perform similarly to $500 'phones. I have some older Audio Tech...
by mrb09
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you need a hearing aid
Replies: 50
Views: 3528

Re: When do you need a hearing aid

Hi all! I’m 66 YO & have been wearing hearing aids for 11 years now. I believe that when you are tired of saying “pardon me, what, huh, or what did they say”, or asking someone to tell you what was just said on tv, you will know when it’s time to buy. I just got tired of hearing only 80% - 90% of a...
by mrb09
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Shaver/Beard Trimmer
Replies: 21
Views: 1904

Re: Electric Shaver/Beard Trimmer

I use: - An old Braun trimmer (something like a Braun BT5050, not sure what older model I have) for trimming my goatee and mustache - A Remington HC4250 for my mostly bald head - A safety blade for my face So what works for me is a specific tool for the job. I use the blade once a day, and the trimm...
by mrb09
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell my MacBook pro?
Replies: 18
Views: 1681

Re: Should I sell my MacBook pro?

I used to have two latops, one for work and one personal and additionally an ipad air. All my personal stuff is in cloud accounts now (google docs, 1password, etc), so I rarely used my personal laptop any more. I ended up giving it to my daughter since her older laptop was having issues. I don't mis...
by mrb09
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Developer Laptop
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Re: Developer Laptop

Another option is use a hosted environment for your large datasets, something metered like AWS if you're going to spin up services and shut them down, or a dedicated system like linode.com. Then just use your laptop for testing small test datasets.
by mrb09
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1788

Re: Stereo receiver amp without aux plug or bluetooth ?

I have a gen 1 iPad hooked up to a 30 year old amp via a headphone-to-RCA cable, plugged into in the "CD" connection. I use that to stream Pandora. I have another also-older amp hooked to an Apple airport express with the same type cable, that turns it into an airplay speaker I can stream from my ph...
by mrb09
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4549

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

I have a bit of acreage and need to deal with both limbing branches and bucking up fallen trees for firewood. I have: - A gas powered Husky 141 w/ a 14" bar - A gas powered Stihl MS 271 w/ a 20" bar - A unpowered Stihl Pole Saw w/ a PS80 saw blade - A folding Stihl PS10 saw For limbing, I wouldn't g...
by mrb09
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 2014

Re: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy

We were in Italy a few months ago. I forwarded our mobile numbers to google voice, and that lets us send and receive texts but not receive incoming voice calls. I don't get a lot of incoming texts, so that worked for me. You can also just shut off cellular and turn it back on for emergency use. Did ...
by mrb09
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation to San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoia
Replies: 32
Views: 1596

Re: Vacation to San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoia

Flying in SFO/SJC/OAK and flying out of Fresno is an interesting idea. If you do that, you could go south along the coast first. Monterey is worth a trip, you can head down Highway 1 from SFO/SJC/OAK. Consider a stop at "Phil's Fish Market" in Moss Landing (seriously, google it). Recommend the Aquar...
by mrb09
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small-wheel bicycle
Replies: 19
Views: 1354

Re: small-wheel bicycle

I have a 20" Tern (rebranded as an REI "flyby"). I travel into my company's HQ by car for several days at a time, I pop it in the back of my car so I can have a bike there. I had an '06 Accord coupe and it went into the trunk with plenty of room to spare, now I have a '14 Prius and it fits there as ...
by mrb09
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?
Replies: 27
Views: 1338

Re: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?

Had that for my last implant, extraction of a cracked tooth + bone graft. I was full sedated once for an extraction and didn't like the recovery time -- was nauseous and couldn't drive after. For my second extraction, since I'm pretty nervous around medical procedures in general, nitrous took the ed...
by mrb09
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ICE or a hybrid car
Replies: 31
Views: 2165

Re: ICE or a hybrid car

I have a 2014 Prius, my wife has a 2014 Mazda 3. I like the Prius because it is practical (including 10k between oil changes, and less wear and tear on brake pads for regen braking) but the Mazda is way more fun to drive. I wouldn't worry about ICE getting phased out any time soon, and honestly the ...
by mrb09
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]
Replies: 74
Views: 8046

Re: Marriage [How should finances be handled?]

We have a joint account, separate individual accounts for personal expenses, and separate credit cards. The joint account pays all joint monthly expenses. That's in Ally bank, we have separate logins but a joint account. The individual accounts get funded monthly with the same amounts, not by propor...
by mrb09
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Buy a Tablet?
Replies: 16
Views: 1452

Re: Should I Buy a Tablet?

I used to have two laptops, my work laptop and my personal laptop. Now all my personal stuff is in cloud apps with web interfaces/small apps for my work laptop, and apps for my ipad: google drive, 1password, evernote, etc. I ended up giving my current personal laptop to a family member, and I just u...
by mrb09
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marriott Rewards Customer Service
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Marriott Rewards Customer Service

Things are really a mess right now with the SPG merger and unification of programs. I think things are supposed to be finalized from a program perspective around mid-Aug. I've been with Marriott for a while (I'm lifetime platinum) and I personally think they're usually pretty good, but recently not ...
by mrb09
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Laptop Computer Recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 1000

Re: Travel Laptop Computer Recommendation

Not a chromebook user, but I do use google drive (docs + sheets) for all my personal documents (all my passwords go into 1password). As other folks have mentioned, they have apps for offline mode. For personal stuff, I actually gave up my personal laptop and now just use either web interfaces on my ...
by mrb09
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Touring Singapore in October
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Touring Singapore in October

Definitely the Jurong Bird Park and the Night Zoo.
by mrb09
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make opened bottles of wine last longer
Replies: 38
Views: 3126

Re: How to make opened bottles of wine last longer

I use this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GA3KCE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_SYDwBb6ZEPFTC For red wine, If I use this, I can make the wine go a day or two if I open it, vacuum it and put it back in my red wine (57 degree) fridge. Open white wine usually just goes back in the colder food refrigerator witho...
by mrb09
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater vs. Soundbar
Replies: 67
Views: 6639

Re: Home Theater vs. Soundbar

Caveat: I'm not much of an audiophile. We tend to listen to music in the kitchen/dining room on an ancient Yamaha system connected to an ipad, and we use the living room for either reading or watching TV. That said, another vote for simplicity for sound bar. I have a simple Sony HT-CT790 with the so...
by mrb09
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe travel Qs [Questions]
Replies: 63
Views: 3968

Re: Europe travel Qs

Was in Italy in May, flew in/out of Munich - Had two ATM cards from Ally, they worked at all ATM machines - Italy likes cash more than northern Europe, but never had any issues Visa cards with hotels and higher end restaurants. Did go through a lot of Euros though, we were binging a bit ;) Agritouri...
by mrb09
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kayaking!
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: kayaking!

Paddling.net is a good resource Second the recommendation to take a class for basic technique. Learning basic strokes will help a lot. For lakes and tidal areas, you'll probably have a choice of three types of kayaks: - Sit on top -- self explanatory, you sit on top. The kayaks have an enclosed holl...
by mrb09
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new truck before retiring?
Replies: 53
Views: 3378

Re: Buy new truck before retiring?

Only thing I'd add (this may have been mentioned and I missed it) if you're towing a lot, look at the numbers for towing. A smaller engine will drop percentage-wise mpg a lot more while towing. Sometimes RV magazines will list their towing numbers in their truck reviews. If you're just towing occasi...
by mrb09
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hands-free solutions
Replies: 15
Views: 796

Re: Hands-free solutions

The car I have now has integrated bluetooth, but before that I used a clip-on visor, "SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Speakerphone", was the last one I used. That visor keeps the speaker and mic closer to your head then a dashboard mount for the phone.
by mrb09
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Italy Trip Questions
Replies: 33
Views: 2245

Re: Italy Trip Questions

Just got back from 11 days in Italy. Flew in/out of Munich, was able to get a non-stop from SFO (home airport) to Munich. Did overnight in Munich and took commuter flight (Air Dolomiti) into Florence, booked that cheap flight separate from the SFO->Munich one. Rented car in Florence. Stayed 7 days i...
by mrb09
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google voice in Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Google voice in Europe

Last few times I was in Europe I set my mobile number forwarded to google voice, and set do not disturb on google voice so I wouldn't get stray calls at night. If someone wanted to leave a message, I got a notification as long as I was on a wi-fi network. Texts I just let go to my mobile number dire...
by mrb09
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: death certificates...hospice and 911
Replies: 32
Views: 3176

Re: death certificates...hospice and 911

When we went through this with my mom, we were instructed by Hospice to call them rather than 911. They had someone on call.
by mrb09
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 5052

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

I'm a software engineer, not a structural one, but I was fascinated by the Taj Mahal. The level of detail is just incredible. Westminster Abby is a good architecturally, but also the resting place of Isaac Newton. The flying buttresses supporting Notre Dame. If you like the Florence Duomo, also see ...
by mrb09
Sat May 26, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which tickets would you buy in advance (Europe)?
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: Which tickets would you buy in advance (Europe)?

Not mentioned in your list, but last time we were in London we bought a visitor Oyster card for Underground (tube) travel, which was well worth it for convenience.
by mrb09
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?
Replies: 19
Views: 2519

Re: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?

We put in a Cali Bamboo floor last year. Ordered direct from manufacturer. - Shipping was good, arrived on time. They drop-shipped with a driver with no forklift, ended up using our tractor and clamp-on forks to unload :) - Had one color mismatch and they accepted return no problem. They sent repla...
by mrb09
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?
Replies: 19
Views: 2519

Re: Does anyone have Cali Bamboo flooring? Your experience?

We put in a Cali Bamboo floor last year. Ordered direct from manufacturer. - Shipping was good, arrived on time. They drop-shipped with a driver with no forklift, ended up using our tractor and clamp-on forks to unload :) - Had one color mismatch and they accepted return no problem. They sent replac...
by mrb09
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m looking for a word...
Replies: 114
Views: 11039

Re: I’m looking for a word...

In software, if we have a transient bug that goes away when you add a debugger or trace logging, we call those "heisen-bugs" -- the observer interferes with the observation.
by mrb09
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Blower
Replies: 24
Views: 1739

Re: Outdoor Blower

I have a number of Kobalt 80v tools that work extremely well. String Trimmer (plus brush blade for heavy brush), Chainsaw and Blower. They all are very well built and perform beyond my expectations. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-volt-Max-Lithium-Ion-500-CFM-125-MPH-Heavy-duty-Brushless-Cordles...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 863

Re: Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada

Never been that far north. Wife and I did a 4 day kayaking trip between base camps in the Discovery Islands (between Vancouver Island and mainland), one of our best vacations ever. We've been to Vancouver Island and surrounding archipelagos maybe half a dozen times and still find plenty of new stuff...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big Work Trip - Looking for Ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: Big Work Trip - Looking for Ideas

Another vote for slowing things down. About 10 years ago I combined a vacation and business trip to Bangalore. I cashed in my Singapore Air miles and my wife and I flew to Singapore, we spent three days there and then flew to Melbourne (we had friends there). My wife and I spent a week there, I flew...
by mrb09
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 4085

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

We're on a spring. Flows well but only a few gallons a minute during the summer. Before we moved our holding tanks uphill for gravity feed downhill to the house, we had a 1500 gallon holding tank level with the house, with an auxiliary pump. The (downhill) spring pumped into the tank, and the auxili...
by mrb09
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to fund a CD with online bank??
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: How to fund a CD with online bank??

+1 on the checking -- I always transfer to/from Ally checking from outside accounts, then from Ally checking to Ally savings/CDs
by mrb09
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chain Saw pruner or Pole Saw?
Replies: 24
Views: 2323

Re: Chain Saw pruner or Pole Saw?

I have a stihl 20' pole saw. Not sure of the model, maybe a PP 800 pole with a PS 80 blade? Had it for 15 years or so. Absolutely love it, joy to use (up to a point). I know what you mean about the labor, but somehow it seems like a chainsaw on the end of a 20' pole would be its own kind of workout....
by mrb09
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What iPhone podcast application do you use?
Replies: 40
Views: 3911

Re: What iPhone podcast application do you use?

However, for this and for daytime use I use cheap earbuds that I buy at CVS for 10-15 dollars. They last for a few months, and when they begin to deteriorate, I get another set. But, I suspect that these cheapo earbuds are not the best way to listen to the spoken word. In fact, the packaging touts ...
by mrb09
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury
Replies: 42
Views: 3023

Re: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury

Wife and I switched from many years of using road-specific pedals/cleats to using Shimano SPD mountain bike pedals and SH56 Multi-directional release cleats on our road and tri bikes. They seem more safe (YMMV) and have the added advantage of being easy to walk around in when off the bike - worth t...