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by AntsOnTheMarch
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 155
Views: 9409

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

Only the ones I can walk to.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing DNS service to provide more security
Replies: 14
Views: 1621

Re: Changing DNS service to provide more security

The other devices on the network are an Obi 200 VOIP device and my smartphone when it is connected to WiFi. Not sure if the Obi is affected, but guess my smartphone would be when I have a WiFi connection, right? Yeah, if you change the DNS on your router, your computer, Obi 200, and smartphone shou...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Year Old Leftover Car
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: Two Year Old Leftover Car

Dealer: No difference between 2017 and 2018.
You: Great! I’ll take the 2018 and you can sell the 2017 to someone else just as easy.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Year Old Leftover Car
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: Two Year Old Leftover Car

TPMS light being on may mean that one or more wheel sensors are bad.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Camping Trailer
Replies: 42
Views: 3876

Re: Light Camping Trailer

AntsOnTheMarch, yes, the 13ft Scamp is on our list. Also maybe some type of teardrop trailers. A pop-up may be too minimal - my wife loves to cook. And yes, I am somewhat leery of buying a camping trailer new. This would be a bit of a shift in our lifestyle and trailers depreciate fast. Any suggest...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Camping Trailer
Replies: 42
Views: 3876

Re: Light Camping Trailer

Our friends bought a used 13’ (like new) scamp and love it. They use for national parks and also to visit family when housing is tight. They tow it with a Subaru Forrester. I have heard from many campers that there’s a good used market. People buy them expecting a certain lifestyle and barely use th...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)
Replies: 67
Views: 9232

Re: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)

AlohaJoe wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:02 am
AntsOnTheMarch wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:34 am
AlohaJoe wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:24 am
Only old people answer the phone these days.
Not even. I’m old and I only answer from known numbers.
"Only old people answer the phone" doesn't mean "all old people answer the phone". :D
:sharebeer
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)
Replies: 67
Views: 9232

Re: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)

Only old people answer the phone these days. Not even. I’m old and I only answer from known numbers. My battle plan: - No land line. - I have the iPhone announce the caller. Phone rings and caller is not in my contacts it announces “unknown caller,” I immediately use the power button to send it rig...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

Re: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?

No votes for magnetic strips? I’m not a fan of pegboard. Expensive and doesn’t hold up and work as well as you’d think. A piece of plywood is cheap and great for customizable holders. Much preferred in my book.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving UHaul
Replies: 20
Views: 2278

Re: Driving UHaul

Rented uhalls a couple of times. Use common sense! Be aware of where you need to drive and park and how difficult it will be to maneuver, back up, etc. Be aware that certain roads are off limits to trucks. I made the mistake of going through a park closed to trucks and was pulled over. Thankfully th...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed May 30, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router hack, have you acted?
Replies: 101
Views: 9812

Re: Router hack, have you acted?

Here’s a purely what if question for the techies. What’s the timeline for suggesting a reboot and password change? Say you changed the password 2 months ago. Or say you rebooted the router a month ago, or a week ago, or 2 days ago, or 10 minutes before this announcement was made public. Why would r...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed May 30, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router hack, have you acted?
Replies: 101
Views: 9812

Re: Router hack, have you acted?

Here’s a purely what if question for the techies. What’s the timeline for suggesting a reboot and password change? Say you changed the password 2 months ago. Or say you rebooted the router a month ago, or a week ago, or 2 days ago, or 10 minutes before this announcement was made public. Why would re...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Wed May 30, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Router hack, have you acted?
Replies: 101
Views: 9812

Re: Router hack, have you acted?

My AirPort Extreme is not on the list so I’m doing nothing. It’s already got the latest firmware and a robust password. I make it a practice to assign unique, robust passwords to any new device/login and keep all relevant info in my password manager. Next on my list is to keep up on security updates...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 28, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet
Replies: 60
Views: 4742

Re: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet

I think that the iPad is awesome and that you will love working with it. I use mine way more than I do my laptop these days. I got the first model iPad when it came out and upgraded to the iPad Air 2 in 2014. It’s still going gangbusters. I have zero issues with performance or multitasking. I will p...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Tue May 22, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 6106

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

There's a pretty interesting town a few miles east of Newark and easily accessible by train. I forget its name. But if I remember correctly they have a baseball team, and I think Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel wrote songs about it. It's kind of like Albany but bigger. If you are flying from Californi...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 21, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 6106

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Should we visit the Berkshires since we have added a couple of days? I would. It will take you slightly away from your “as the crow flies” path but not by much. I’d look at Lenox, MA (Tangelwood, The Mount [Edith Wharton’s home]) and North Adams, MA. Others will contribute more suggestions, I suspe...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 21, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 6106

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Forgive me if this is a stupid question but driving only one way from Albany to Newark are their issues seeing the towns because of what side of the river you are on? Yes - different sites - some on one side of the Hudson River and some on the other. However, there are multiple bridges over the Hud...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 21, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What’s your phone/internet bill?
Replies: 92
Views: 6814

Re: What’s your phone/internet bill?

XFINITY/Comcast broadband internet 100 mbps: $49.95/mo.
XFINITY mobile phone (2 phones, 1-3 gigs combined data/mo.):

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by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 21, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 6106

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Lots of good suggestions which are worth repeating and confirming. October would be my most favorite month to do this. If you have the time to drive up on Rt. 9 on the east side of the Hudson River and make many stops (with some layovers), you’d be traveling in an area rich in attractions. It seems...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Sun May 20, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 105
Views: 6106

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

Lots of good suggestions which are worth repeating and confirming. October would be my most favorite month to do this. If you have the time to drive up on Rt. 9 on the east side of the Hudson River and make many stops (with some layovers), you’d be traveling in an area rich in attractions. It seems ...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Tue May 15, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 11444

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]

Thanks for everything! Happy birthday and I wish you many more!
:sharebeer
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu May 10, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring data from old iphone to new
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: Transferring data from old iphone to new

I’ve used my iCloud backups (wife and myself) exclusively for backup and data transfer to new devices for many years. It’s the easiest way to go (as opposed to backing up devices to computer via iTunes). If you need the extra space pay the 99¢ ($1.00 with tax). There’s a great family deal if you’re ...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 07, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy new underwear?
Replies: 86
Views: 6930

Re: When to buy new underwear?

Caduceus wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:40 am
My partner says underwear has to be changed out every year, but that does not make any sense to me.
A sure sign that your partner’s mind has been taken over by consumerist propaganda.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Mon May 07, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: most compelling TV character ever
Replies: 260
Views: 25330

Re: most compelling TV character ever

Lots of good picks but this is hopeless. Where would I start? Maybe I missed them but I don’t see Ed Norton from The Honeymooners or Oscar, Felix and Murray the cop from The Odd Couple or Herman Munster and Grandpa. I like that Earnest T. Bass and Floyd the barber are here. What about Gomer, Opie (a...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Sat May 05, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!
Replies: 129
Views: 11855

Re: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!

Sugar is the new bogeyman. I noticed it when all my obese friends and relatives started telling me about it because of Katie Couric. Yet they refuse to follow simple, time tested advice like eat more fruit and veggies. Also, when people say stuff like “studies are beginning to suggest,” it’s like s...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Fri May 04, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!
Replies: 129
Views: 11855

Re: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!

Sugar is the new bogeyman. I noticed it when all my obese friends and relatives started telling me about it because of Katie Couric. Yet they refuse to follow simple, time tested advice like eat more fruit and veggies. Also, when people say stuff like “studies are beginning to suggest,” it’s like sa...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Fri May 04, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!
Replies: 129
Views: 11855

Re: Have you quit eating sugar? Tell me how!

Whole food plant based vegan here. Just out of curiosity, can a vegan be other than plant-based? No, but to be more precise... Vegan usually implies ethical vegan, no animal products. You can drink beer and eat potato chips and be a vegan. Plant-based = health-minded plant based diet which may or m...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms
Replies: 32
Views: 3526

Re: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms

anoop, You are not tied to yahoo or any email service provider but you are tied to the university service which may change terms tomorrow. Same thing for registering domain and paying for it. Nothing is truly free and you should always think that whatever data you store will get compromised. The be...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms
Replies: 32
Views: 3526

Re: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms

Now let's say Bob doesn't like his university and doesn't want to be reminded of it. He can instead, as mentioned by someone else above, register a domain name, e.g. bobsdomain.com. He can then set things up so that email sent to bob@bobsdomain.com will go to either his yahoo or gmail account. I ha...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: “The Smell of Retiree Mon$y...”
Replies: 57
Views: 9044

Re: “The Smell of Retiree Mon$y...”

Personally, If anyone put me in a position where I was even considering threatening to disinherit them, i would disinherit them without any threats or warnings. This. Option #2 Write a note. Thank them for their concern for YOUR money and inform them that you are concerned about THEIR impatience to...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Fit EX
Replies: 33
Views: 2996

Re: 2018 Honda Fit EX

My logic for asking now about a car I may buy in a couple of years is to find out the problems that hopefully will be addressed by then. I have heard and read from several places about the loud inside noise when driving on a highway. Also the uncomfortable seats on long trips. Since I probably will...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Fit EX
Replies: 33
Views: 2996

Re: 2018 Honda Fit EX

I have 2010 Fit Sport, 5 speed manual transmission. I love it! Don’t know what differences there might be between my older fit and a 2018 though. Complaints I’ve heard from people who don’t like their fits are noisy ride, paint not being durable. My response: it’s an economy car. I test drove all ma...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms
Replies: 32
Views: 3526

Re: Do you use Yahoo? New Privacy Terms

One for the first things I did after getting on the internet back in the 90s was to register a domain name. I then made my email myname@mydomainname.com. I’ve used this ever since. At first I had a website and I dealt with my emails through my web host provider. But eventually I got rid of the websi...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please suggest a file folder type
Replies: 21
Views: 1589

Re: Please suggest a file folder type

I also live in an an apartment. I second a digital solution that will fit your needs. I don’t store much paper anymore but when I do, I find that I like the flexibility of expanding file folders like this. https://www.amazon.com/Smead-Straight-Cut-Expansion-Redrope-73234/dp/B001L1RFOG You can drop i...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare
Replies: 97
Views: 8856

Re: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare

Does anyone know if changing DNS to 1.1.1.1 in the ISP router will change the DNS for all devices that use the router? Do you have to change DNS address for each device, and the router? What if the router is set for the ISP DNS but you change a device to the 1.1.1.1 What takes prescience, router or...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 92
Views: 8055

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

Problems and excuses: https://consumerist.com/2009/03/23/walgreens-doesnt-want-you-to-print-your-own-passport-photos/ https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travelbuzz/1528576-cvs-won-t-accept-my-payment-passport-photos.html and this I've posted before https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/cvs/westford-mas...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 92
Views: 8055

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

I'll also add that Amazon Prints (AmazonPrints.com) will print a 4x6 for just 9 cents. If you're ok waiting few weeks to ship, it's actually a cheap option that doesn't go through corporate bullshit that drugstores try to make you pay more for. I’d rather pay slightly more and get them the same day...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund

livesoft wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:07 pm
Do you see how to find these on your own? You may want to investigate all the other [ultra] short-term bond funds available on the no commission ETF list.
I think that SPDR Portfolio Short Term Corporate Bond ETF will be fine for me for the small amount of $$$ I’m thinking about.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 92
Views: 8055

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

Haven’t read the responses... I used the following iOS app to successfully create passport photos for wife and myself a couple of years ago. Worked like a charm. ID PhotoPrint: US passport photos, delivered by Tinkertanker https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id-photoprint-us-passport-photos-delivered/i...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund

I would stick to the either or both of the dirt-cheap, commission-free short-term bond options. Replicating VFSUX would require a mix of the two, but in an HSA, I'd probably just pick one. There are other commission-free options, but they are at least 2-3x as expensive, and in short-term bonds ever...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?
Replies: 92
Views: 8055

Re: Passport photo DIY - anyone done it easily?

Haven’t read the responses... I used the following iOS app to successfully create passport photos for wife and myself a couple of years ago. Worked like a charm. ID PhotoPrint: US passport photos, delivered by Tinkertanker https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id-photoprint-us-passport-photos-delivered/id...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Suggest “TDA available” short term bond fund

I have an HSA with TDA option. I would like buy a low cost, short term bond ETF similar to this: VFSUX - Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade Fund Admiral Shares https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0539&FundIntExt=INT This is for AA purposes and a small part of portfolio so it doe...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 27886

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

I haven't been able to watch any of the proceedings, but did they explain "How" they are collecting data on non-Facebook users? I watched it and still have no idea. I think Zuckerberg was willfully evading certain questions and congress people were not up to speed on tech enough to challenge. Imagi...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?

seawolf21 wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:44 am
Merchant is required to post refund transaction within 7 days.
:sharebeer

Good to know!
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?

Thanks for the responses. I am looking at my transactions in real time on the website (including pending and posted transactions). There is no sign that the credit/refund is in the works anywhere that I can see. For some reason, unlike charges, I never see pending credits. They appear when they pos...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?

Thanks for the responses. I am looking at my transactions in real time on the website (including pending and posted transactions). There is no sign that the credit/refund is in the works anywhere that I can see. Good to know. From my experience these credits always take longer to post and yes it ca...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?

Thanks for the responses. I am looking at my transactions in real time on the website (including pending and posted transactions). There is no sign that the credit/refund is in the works anywhere that I can see.
by AntsOnTheMarch
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?
Replies: 9
Views: 607

How long do you wait for CC credit/refund to post?

I had a charge at a movie theater on April 8. A credit/refund was issued less than 1 hour later due to technical problems with the projection of the film. I was told by the manager that it would take a couple days to clear. The original charge has posted to my account and as of today, I see no sign ...
by AntsOnTheMarch
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare
Replies: 97
Views: 8856

Re: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare

I trust many small companies more than Comcast, Facebook, google or equifax.