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by bob60014
Sat May 25, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London / UK Summer Trip
Replies: 21
Views: 966

Re: London / UK Summer Trip

If only spending 2 nights in London I suggest that you maximize your time and find accommodations near the main tourist sites and easy access to transport. Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square comes to mind as they are walkable to many sites as has access to several tube lines and bus routes.
by bob60014
Thu May 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2822

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

For what it matters, I didn't Test Drive either my Mustang or my F-150, both purchased new. I'm not sure what useful purpose a test drive is supposed to do for you nowadays... If one has back issues, is tall or short or has other conditions where seat comfort is key or that make ingress/egress a is...
by bob60014
Thu May 23, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Tool for coordinating vacation dates between friends?
Replies: 16
Views: 1183

Re: Google Tool for coordinating vacation dates between friends?

Google Trips, TripIt or Kayaks Trip Huddle https://www.kayak.com/mvp , may be worth a look. Ive heard of but have not used Trip Huddle.
by bob60014
Thu May 23, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ongoing eBay buying problems
Replies: 30
Views: 1852

Re: ongoing eBay buying problems

Dumped ebay some time ago due to ongoing buying (no delivery/inferior products) and selling issues (buyers claiming damaged product-taking parts off electronics). Also issues with PP re refunds and delays. No regrets leaving.
by bob60014
Thu May 23, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best way to test drive cars?
Replies: 39
Views: 2822

Re: What is the best way to test drive cars?

Re rentals. Many dealers in my area, suburban Chicago, also have a rental area. Its usually promoted for the service department as well as for customers extended test drives. I've done this a couple times, usually for 2-3 days to really test drive! The main thing is how will I feel after sitting in ...
by bob60014
Thu May 23, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Epson Perfection v750, v800 or v850 Scanner?
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Epson Perfection v750, v800 or v850 Scanner?

The Epson FF-680w is a good, fast photo scanner especially when dealing with large quantities.

Link to Amazon, https://tinyurl.com/yy6fytrq
by bob60014
Wed May 22, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Epson Perfection v750, v800 or v850 Scanner?
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Epson Perfection v750, v800 or v850 Scanner?

What size are the majority of photos and how many are to be scanned?
by bob60014
Mon May 20, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Urgent credit problem
Replies: 35
Views: 3429

Re: Urgent credit problem

Unusual for a the routine burglar and burglary to obtain these jewels, basically your financial life. They usually go for the easy turnover items, electronics, cameras, phones, gold, silver etc... What's the rest of the story?
by bob60014
Mon May 20, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

Re: Best SIM card for travel in Europe?

Who do you have as a carrier? If Tmobile, and depending on plan, it works throughout Europe without have to change the sim, plus no roaming fees or surprise costs.
by bob60014
Mon May 20, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essen Germany...what’s around ?
Replies: 12
Views: 635

Re: Essen Germany...what’s around ?

Depending on your interests,

Villa Hügel -Krupp mansion
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex- a UNESCO Heritage Site
Botanischer Garten Grugapark
by bob60014
Mon May 20, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody recommending Windows World?
Replies: 22
Views: 1708

Re: Anybody recommending Windows World?

Chicago area, never heard of them.
by bob60014
Fri May 17, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Questions to ask 457b representative
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Questions to ask 457b representative

TBL_IA wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 6:17 pm
Retire2022,

I expected a percentage based fee or a fixed fee, and was pleasantly surprised when I was told there wasn’t any. :D
As always, get it in writing! :)
by bob60014
Fri May 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Churning Credit Cards
Replies: 57
Views: 4404

Re: Churning Credit Cards

Add FlyerTalk as a place for indepth discussions.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credit- ... grams-390/
by bob60014
Thu May 16, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impossible Burger At Home
Replies: 35
Views: 2776

Re: Impossible Burger At Home

Beyond Beef is available at "select" Target stores. Probably will take a bit to find it. Here in the Chicago area I've seen it at our Jewel grocery.
by bob60014
Thu May 16, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Another] How much to spend on a car/what to get thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1392

Re: [Another] How much to spend on a car/what to get thread

You mention no kids now but possible in the next year or two. How would the luxury car fit into this?
by bob60014
Wed May 15, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a mp3DirectCut but for .m4a audio files?
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Is there a mp3DirectCut but for .m4a audio files?

I haven't used it in awhile but if I recall, Wavepad from NCH will do it.

https://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html
by bob60014
Tue May 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Police and Troopers fund.
Replies: 77
Views: 3120

Re: Police and Troopers fund.

I retired from law enforcement and whenever we were asked by citizens who wanted to help those in public safety and specifically about donations to these types of outfits, we would always respond "your TAXES support us"! That usually was met with a " :oops: " ;)
by bob60014
Tue May 14, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Worth Fighting a Speeding Ticket?
Replies: 64
Views: 4244

Re: Worth Fighting a Speeding Ticket?

Many locales offer court diversion or similar for traffic violations. Here in the Chicago area, if this is a first violation or some other determination, you pay a fine and court costs, go to traffic school (most are online now) and if successful you are placed on supervision usually for 3 or 6 mont...
by bob60014
Mon May 13, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lounge access in Lisbon?
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Lounge access in Lisbon?

Best to post on the Flyer Talk or the TripAdvisor Air Travel forums.
by bob60014
Mon May 13, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issues, fix vs replace
Replies: 33
Views: 1950

Re: Computer issues, fix vs replace

4nursebee wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:07 am
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums ... try4736974

I just did the following and think I found the fix. This was very frustrating!

When sites were open in MS Edge, did not notice, that is what prompted to search for chrome issues
:sharebeer
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to know before moving all my belongings into storage?
Replies: 19
Views: 1735

Re: What to know before moving all my belongings into storage?

If not climate controlled, give it consideration if you have photos, videos, artwork or anything that can degrade in adverse conditions.
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brother in law using our address
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: Brother in law using our address

Perhaps get him a P.O. Box, no issues if any, for you.
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question on Capital One $450 bonus offer
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: Question on Capital One $450 bonus offer

I got Capital One's offer in my email a couple of days ago ($450 bonus for transferring $50k or more and keeping it there until 8/20) and am looking to take advantage of it, but I'm not sure of whether a pull is necessary to qualify or whether I can push funds to the account. I ask because the mone...
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best month to visit London?
Replies: 40
Views: 3038

Re: Best month to visit London?

April and early May and late September early October. The weather is good, you wont deal with the summer tourist season and the prices for hotels and air fares may be better.
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 256 Gbytes for IPhone! How much further?
Replies: 29
Views: 2070

Re: 256 Gbytes for IPhone! How much further?

how much further can we go? I was hoping we could get enough capacity to calculate the next round trip to the moon - including a lunar landing and take-off. The computer that guided Apollo spacecraft had 2k of core memory and 24k of ROM. I recall that Armstrong was getting warnings during the last ...
by bob60014
Sat May 11, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issues, fix vs replace
Replies: 33
Views: 1950

Re: Computer issues, fix vs replace

My computer for a second time is giving me heartache. Text on the screen is screwy on most web pages, reloading the page helps but not for long. Frustrating to use. Basically half of each letter disappears. Thanks Hold on here, be sure you are attacking the right thing. You say this occurs on web p...
by bob60014
Fri May 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku
Replies: 35
Views: 3547

Re: Roku

For the receiver, the Yamaha is a great choice. Before I downsized I had a Aventage RX A830 and loved it, worked flawlessly with tv, Roku (before I had a tv with it preinstalled) cable and bluray. The internet radio was a added bonus. What did you downsize to? Sorry, home was downsized. Currently n...
by bob60014
Fri May 10, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku
Replies: 35
Views: 3547

Re: Roku

For the receiver, the Yamaha is a great choice. Before I downsized I had a Aventage RX A830 and loved it, worked flawlessly with tv, Roku (before I had a tv with it preinstalled) cable and bluray. The internet radio was a added bonus.
by bob60014
Fri May 10, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacant Lake Lot. Sell or Hold?
Replies: 54
Views: 2891

Re: Vacant Lake Lot. Sell or Hold?

My parents retired to Minocqua and we considered buying and build in the area too. When we would visit we read the local real estate listings and saw the same properties, built or vacant, available for sale year after year. It told us that unless the property was truly unique trying to sell would be...
by bob60014
Fri May 10, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to replace HDD with SSD
Replies: 16
Views: 1615

Re: How to replace HDD with SSD

Cloning the original is the easiest and not difficult and most manufacturers have free cloning software available. If I recall, WD's is Acronis based. Do a backup before cloning.
by bob60014
Thu May 09, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why is Social Security pushing retroactive benefits?
Replies: 32
Views: 3665

Re: Why is Social Security pushing retroactive benefits?

Social Security doesn't call unless it's a follow up to a call YOU have placed. Yep , it's a scam, like the IRS "we're coming to get you" calls.
by bob60014
Tue May 07, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Walk away from my auto lease?
Replies: 154
Views: 7350

Re: Walk away from my auto lease?

What is the make and model? We may be able to provide another avenue to assist you. Besides, no one knows who you are! :)
by bob60014
Mon May 06, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aulani Disney resort
Replies: 15
Views: 2034

Re: Aulani Disney resort

If you are happy to stay in the compound I guess it's ok, but there is not much nearby. If wanting to get out and explore a car would definitely be needed
by bob60014
Sun May 05, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to visit in the Caribbean?
Replies: 19
Views: 2262

Re: Where to visit in the Caribbean?

Aruba, no contest. Great accommodations, beaches, food, tiki bars, safe with plenty to do and see. Car rental is easy, no issues to get around.
by bob60014
Sun May 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you shop to get best deal for home appliance/electronics?
Replies: 22
Views: 1879

Re: Where do you shop to get best deal for home appliance/electronics?

Best Buy and most other retailers will price match, online or brick n mortar. Must be exact model number in most cases. I look online for the best price then go into a store that has it in stock and walk out with it for the lowest online price. Usually the only hassle is waiting to have a manger ove...
by bob60014
Fri May 03, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 41
Views: 2359

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

Just a reminder too, the hotels are generally not as spacious as in the U.S., hence the accommodation questions and pricing.
by bob60014
Fri May 03, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 136
Views: 5650

Re: Received email and PDF allegedly from Apple

What did Apple say when you called them?
by bob60014
Fri May 03, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody try Cameron Hughes wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Anybody try Cameron Hughes wine?

They advertise heavily here in the Chicago area. I've haven't tried them but some friends have and they found the wines to be fine. Admittedly I'm no connoisseur but at under $15/per I can purchase some very nice wines at the local stores and enjoy the search of picking and choosing. If theyre on sa...
by bob60014
Thu May 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My silly question: what $20-50 gift should I ask for?
Replies: 20
Views: 1405

Re: My silly question: what $20-50 gift should I ask for?

+1 for donations to charity. I dont need or want stuff either. It helps others out and hopefully it makes the giver feel good. It has worked brilliantly for me.
by bob60014
Wed May 01, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we go out of state during a painting project?
Replies: 14
Views: 1094

Re: Should we go out of state during a painting project?

SevenBridgesRoad wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 7:43 pm
FeesR-BullNotBullish wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 6:24 pm
...Are there considerations I'm not thinking of?
This is not a reality show where you've trusted your house to Joanna and Chip.
??? Who the heck are these people?
by bob60014
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cheapest Realtor exam course ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1086

Re: Cheapest Realtor exam course ?

You might want to start at the California Association of Realtors Pre License Course. It's a modest fee and if you find it's not for you, little is lost.

https://www.car.org/education/pre-license
by bob60014
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kids fishing gear
Replies: 23
Views: 1073

Re: Kids fishing gear

If you have a pay to fish trout farm or any other kind of place where you're guaranteed to catch a fish, you may want to go there occassionally to keep the interest alive should you have limited success at the local pond. Its cheating a bit but as said, kids love to catch em!
by bob60014
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?
Replies: 17
Views: 1187

Re: Is the United Airlines Online Reservation System Confusing, or Is It Me?

Use caution using third party booking sites. Booking directly through the airline provides you with some protection/options should there be any issues with the flight(s). With the third party vendors any protections may vanish. The Air Travel forum on TripAdvisor and other sites are loaded with horr...
by bob60014
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet and computer safety
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: Internet and computer safety

Windows Defender is actually one of the better programs. No need to get anything else. Be sure your computer and router have the firewall enabled and you'll be fine.
by bob60014
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best use of Chase Sapphire Preferred points?
Replies: 27
Views: 2712

Re: Best use of Chase Sapphire Preferred points?

The Chase travel portal now runs through Expedia which seems to have better options than before.
by bob60014
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fencing
Replies: 8
Views: 1084

Re: Fencing

Not a fan of the aluminum fencing as it dents easily, at least the ones I've seen. With a dog it could be a issue.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin
Replies: 19
Views: 1517

Re: How much cash in Reykjavik and Dublin

You might need some Euros in the Kenmare area if you get out into the countryside, but I've never had any issue with just a CC. That said, in any foreign country I go to I'll always pull at least $50 from a bank atm in the local currency for small purchases like snacks/coffee, cabs, tips and to have...