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by Blues
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker
Replies: 36
Views: 2109

Re: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker

I hadn't previously heard of Privacy Badger though I do use the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere. Installed Privacy Badger alongside my Adblock Plus and Disconnect and I think they complement each other very well. No slow down...in fact, I notice better response on the pages I normally visit. (And each app is...
by Blues
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Homecoming on Amazon Prime Video https://www.amazon.com/Season-1-Official-Teaser/dp/B07FNWYY2L Free for Prime members, Series with Julia Roberts in half hour installments. I watched the first episode. I'm not sure whether the buzz is deserved or the buzz is really about Ms.Roberts. I'll probably wa...
by Blues
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker
Replies: 36
Views: 2109

Re: Recommend Chrome ad-blocker

Adblock Plus along with Disconnect on our chromebook. An excellent tandem in my experience.
by Blues
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How much international stock? A suggestion.
Replies: 334
Views: 72351

Re: How much international stock? A suggestion.

Having just checked the other day, international represents 20% of our equity holdings...though I sometimes lament the fact that we have any at all given its less than stellar performance.

(We've held international in our portfolio for decades.)
by Blues
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: aerobic exercise: rower vs. treadmill and elliptical
Replies: 44
Views: 3209

Re: aerobic exercise: rower vs. treadmill and elliptical

My opinion is that you make room for the C2 Model D erg. It's a fantastic machine and will kick your butt to any degree desired. (Or not. It's totally your choice how hard you want to make your session.) I use the rower to provide cardio benefits I don't get otherwise from my weight training. So, in...
by Blues
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I watched the first episode of Season 6 (and final season) of House of Cards last night. Thought it was pretty weak. Possibly awful. Hopefully it gains some traction. At least it's only eight episodes. Hate to be a wet blanket...but... I thought it picked up quickly after that first episode. Still ...
by Blues
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

MJW wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:44 pm
I watched the first episode of Season 6 (and final season) of House of Cards last night.

Thought it was pretty weak. Possibly awful. Hopefully it gains some traction. At least it's only eight episodes.
Hate to be a wet blanket...but...
by Blues
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.
Replies: 25
Views: 2406

Re: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.

I don't mind paying them what I consider a fair price for the state return and "deluxe" features. The fact that they don't jack us around with various pricing schemes makes me want to reward them with my wallet. Others may feel differently. Couldn't agree more with your entire post. I generally go ...
by Blues
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.
Replies: 25
Views: 2406

Re: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.

I don't mind paying them what I consider a fair price for the state return and "deluxe" features.

The fact that they don't jack us around with various pricing schemes makes me want to reward them with my wallet.

Others may feel differently.
by Blues
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.
Replies: 25
Views: 2406

Re: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.

Do you all use FreeTaxUsa to actually file your return, or just do do tax planning and preparation? I hadn't heard of it but the reviews look good. I was with TaxAct for over ten years. Finally got sick of the pricing shenanigans, switched to FreeTaxUSA for prep and filing federal and state returns...
by Blues
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.
Replies: 25
Views: 2406

Re: FreeTaxUSA.com now has 2018 Return available.

Thanks. Been waiting for this year's version to become available.
by Blues
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Headlamp for dog walking
Replies: 30
Views: 2095

Re: Headlamp for dog walking

Nitecore HC30. I've been using it with our dog nightly for a couple of years now. It's a great light and has withstood the rigors of cold, wet and being dropped once or twice. We live in a very dark semi-rural setting without outdoor lighting along the gravel paths we walk through in a heavily woode...
by Blues
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Exactly. I download songs, playlists or albums to the iPhone (or other mobile device). I do this while connected wirelessly in my home to my internet service. No data or cellular service involved. Before I go down to the vehicle, I start the Spotify app, allow it to update any playlists I've downloa...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I got tired of doing the "call every five months and negotiate a low rate" dance so I ditched the service. They never stop with the 5 month offers; get emails and snail mail constantly Sometime back they even offered me a radio receiver for my home My counter offer, stop the BS and give me the year...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

^^^Even my missus, who is by her own admission no audiophile, says that the Spotify music via bluetooth is much better sounding than SiriusXM. BTW, for those of you who may wish to save money (over Spotify) and have less demanding needs or tastes, Amazon Music or Prime Music can accomplish the same...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Fireplaces
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Gas Fireplaces

Probably not good to run a ventless fireplace too long due to the products of combustion being given off. Namely, carbon monoxide. When I used to use mine, the meter on the CO detector never showed any affect. My concern is particulates. These would be microscopic particles of carbon along with any...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

^^^Even my missus, who is by her own admission no audiophile, says that the Spotify music via bluetooth is much better sounding than SiriusXM. BTW, for those of you who may wish to save money (over Spotify) and have less demanding needs or tastes, Amazon Music or Prime Music can accomplish the same ...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

There's no data use or charges when I play Spotify via bluetooth in the vehicle. I just download various playlists or albums to my phone from time to time via our wireless connection at home. It's painless and takes seconds to accomplish. Before leaving the house I set Spotify to "offline" on the ph...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 82
Views: 13424

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I got tired of doing the "call every five months and negotiate a low rate" dance so I ditched the service. I'm much happier just listening to Spotify via bluetooth in my 4Runner, plus I get to choose what I want to listen to. And the fidelity of the sound is much better imho...not to mention, no rep...
by Blues
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Fireplaces
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Gas Fireplaces

We have three propane (ventless) fireplaces in our home. (We bought the home when it was three years old and they were already installed.) For years I kept the pilot on but since I so rarely used them, (and don't like the slight smell they produce), I've shut them off for the past few years. (A larg...
by Blues
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

"Scott & Bailey", a British police drama focusing (primarily) on a couple of female detectives as the lead. (Amazon Prime video.)

The first couple of episodes were quite good, imho...especially when compared with most of the garbage offered up in the genre by and large.
by Blues
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Finished "Jack Ryan" last night. The last few episodes went beyond merely stretching the imagination.

Too bad.
by Blues
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

You'll be glad you did.
by Blues
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm trying to read The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas, but I think I've bogged down. I just started Count of Monte Cristo (also by Dumas). I'm only at page 16 of 479. So far our hero has been arrested on trumped up charges by someone who will obviously benefit from that. My thoughts so far: I...
by Blues
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homeowners insurance - purchase online
Replies: 17
Views: 1339

Re: Homeowners insurance - purchase online

I have renter's insurance, auto insurance, and an umbrella policy all bought online through Amica. Ditto...but for home , auto and umbrella. Switched to them several years back and haven't had any cause for regret. Their website is easy to navigate, see documents or make payments through. Their tel...
by Blues
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Wa-To-Yah and the Taos Trail , by Lewis Garrard. This is the first person narrative of a 17 year old who travelled from Missouri to New Mexico and back in 1846, at the start of the Mexican War. He describes travel with traders and mountain men, indian camps and life, the Taos Revolt's resulting tri...
by Blues
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist by Richard Rhodes.
by Blues
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook
Replies: 16
Views: 1390

Re: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook

If you have an iPhone or android device, you can download an app from Brother called "iPrint&Scan" As long as the iPhone or android device is connected to the same (wireless) network that the printer is on, you can print directly from the device. (I use a Kindle Fire or iPhone in our case.) It's ver...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Nobody watching "The Tunnel"? Two season on Amazon Prime. Terrific! Also on Prime - "Eat.Race.Win". Fascinating look behind the scenes of the Tour de France, emphasis on the nutrition of the racers & the preparation of their meals. Really good. I watched the first season of "The Tunnel" on PBS. I h...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449264/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533743857&sr=1-3&keywo...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449264/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533743857&sr=1-3&keywo...
by Blues
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations...by Ronen Bergman
by Blues
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

jacoavlu wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Starting in again (third time) on the border trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. So, so good.
One of my all-time favorites. :beer
by Blues
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

If you're into spy novels, stand alones that work even better when read as a series, the ongoing Gabriel Allon series by author Daniel Silva might be your cup of tea. I'm at # 11 in his series of 18 volumes to date, so I'm obviously a fan. Silva's a very good writer. He develops interesting charact...
by Blues
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr. Part of the Bernie Gunther series. And unfortunately we just lost him. No more Bernie Gunther. It's a bit like losing Wallender (Henning Mankell) - something has gone out of the world. I liked Wallender; I'll give Gunther a shot. Thanks! I liked Wallender, for t...
by Blues
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

^^^Agreed. Season one was the one trick that pony had going.
by Blues
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I'm into Season 2 of Bloodline. The first season took some patience, and while I found just about every main character to be unlikable I was at least basically satisfied by how things played out. Now I'm a few episodes into the second season and having a hard time caring what happens to the Rayburn...
by Blues
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just finished the second season of "Goliath" on Amazon Prime. The first season was great and was supposed to be a one off mini-series.

They should have left it at that. Disappointing.
by Blues
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan
Replies: 69
Views: 11756

Re: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan

Thanks for the heads up. Closed an older 1.5% No Penalty and swapped into the new rate.
by Blues
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5787

Re: Rowing machine motivation

(FWIW) My normal C2 workout start with 5 minutes of warmup... ...Then I do 5000m with resistance at about 130 (like real water rowing they say. On my machine this has the dial set at about 5.5.) I row at about 20 strokes per minute. The 5000m takes me between 24 and 25 minutes. I start off with fiv...
by Blues
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5787

Re: Rowing machine motivation

Mix up your routines. Do shorter (but intense) interval workouts as well as longer steady state rows. Also, during your steady state, mix in some Power 10's and then go back to a more relaxed pace. If you're not already doing so, install the ErgData app on your phone or tablet and use it to log and ...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Oh dear....guess I'll have to add this one to my list. Please do not let your head explode, Blues. It might be messy. :D That would assume contents. :wink: (Then again, you did say "might".) bertilak, yeah...further off the rails would be an understatement. Now don't get me wrong, I've met some FBI...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

+1 Even today it is absurd that an agent would have done what Stan did, but much more so in the 80s. Thanks. :sharebeer I can't tell you how annoying it was for a couple of days after the show ended seeing all these fluff pieces via online news sites talking about how touching and dramatic the fina...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

The ending of "The Americans" was pathetic at best. They made Stan, and by association the FBI a laughingstock. How he could just overlook the recent murder of colleagues and informants, (as well as the penetration of gov't agencies and programs), and just let them escape was beyond absurd and rend...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 923
Views: 100124

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

The ending of "The Americans" was pathetic at best. They made Stan, and by association the FBI a laughingstock. How he could just overlook the recent murder of colleagues and informants, (as well as the penetration of gov't agencies and programs), and just let them escape was beyond absurd and rende...
by Blues
Sun May 13, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan
Replies: 69
Views: 11756

Re: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan

Closed one large No-Penalty CD @ 1.5 % and opened three 12 month CDs @ 2.25%.

Pretty much a no-brainer for us as we have ample funds available without being concerned about locking up the $ for 12 months.
by Blues
Thu May 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?
Replies: 37
Views: 4228

Re: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?

I use a $20 Garmin chest strap I purchased on Amazon and it's been flawless....but I only use it in concert with my Concept2 Erg (rower).

I find it quite comfortable to wear during my conditioning workouts, and it stays in place. I don't use it for lifting weights or other activities.
by Blues
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roll wife’s IRA into her Thrift Savings Plan?
Replies: 25
Views: 1435

Re: Roll wife’s IRA into her Thrift Savings Plan?

Yes, I believe you should do so. It's a win-win with the additional bonus of access to the "G" Fund.

I did the same with my own tIRAs when I moved to my current state of residence because the move protected them from state taxation down the road when I begin taking RMDs at age 70 1/2.
by Blues
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance Annual Increase
Replies: 20
Views: 1966

Re: Homeowners Insurance Annual Increase

This thread inspired me to call Amica and go over our proposed renewal policy coming due in June. Just bringing down the numbers to what I (and she) considered reasonable, (as opposed to what their computer had chosen,) saved us $200. Awesome. The gal, who was both knowledgeable and as nice as can b...
by Blues
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3405
Views: 1013851

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

ruralavalon wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:58 am
Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason.

A mystery set in Iceland, involves a murder, a 40 year old rape case, and genetics. I recommend this book.
Read the first few of that series. They were pretty good. Started to get a little repetitive after three or four as I recall.