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by bob60014
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Day 2018
Replies: 80
Views: 8364

Re: Amazon Prime Day 2018

Even though they got off to a slow start and the selection this year was lame, imho, I was able to find a Samsung Tab S3, Panasonic FZ1000 Camera and a Crucial 500gb ssd drive. They were 25-30% below the usual street prices. All things I was in the market for, so I'm happy.
by bob60014
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Day 2018
Replies: 80
Views: 8364

Re: Amazon Prime Day 2018

" Not a good sign since they are the largest provider of cloud services. ........"
AWS (cloud) is independent and not affected.
by bob60014
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $540 a month on food for graduate student budget too much?
Replies: 60
Views: 3878

Re: $540 a month on food for graduate student budget too much?

"I am basically eating out for every meal right now (subway, chipotle burritos, burgers/tacos, etc......." you have identified the problem, change your eating habits!
by bob60014
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TripAdvisor "Points" & "Levels" ?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: TripAdvisor "Points" & "Levels" ?

They are worth nothing and you get nothing for them other than the satisfaction of having more points than the other guy.! The only use maybe is if one becomes a "expert", posters can have a idea as to ones possible "credibility". But as we know more posts/reviews doesn't necessarily make one a expe...
by bob60014
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?
Replies: 65
Views: 3630

Re: Are Credit Cards Actually Convenient?

There is obviously something else happening here. Call the issuer to resolve.
by bob60014
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FedEx / UPS Vacation Hold?
Replies: 10
Views: 937

Re: FedEx / UPS Vacation Hold?

Never a issue with USPS. I have used the hold service and redirect service once each with UPS, again no issue.
by bob60014
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 31
Views: 2064

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

McCormick's just has a stranglehold on the grocery shelves, great for convenience, but are no better than any others imho. In the Chicago area and when travelling we will wander into oriental, middle eastern and Indian markets (Patel Bros) and get some of the best spices, almost always at a lower pr...
by bob60014
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Honda/Toyota -- How old is too old?
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Re: Buying Used Honda/Toyota -- How old is too old?

My 2009 Matrix with 175000 miles....indestructible!
by bob60014
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2011 Honda was with 6 differential flushes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: 2011 Honda was with 6 differential flushes?

15k seems the norm and watch for the Maintenace Minder code. The guys here have good info about everything CRV.

https://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/19 ... hange.html
by bob60014
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crock Pot Recipes
Replies: 19
Views: 1777

Re: Crock Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin Preparation Time 25 mins Cook Time 5 to 6 hours on (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours on (high) Yield 4 servings Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 3 pounds chicken thighs, skinned 1 envelope (1/2 of a 2.2-ounce package) beefy onion soup mix 2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms 1 1/2 cups ...
by bob60014
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing photos from JPG files
Replies: 30
Views: 1081

Re: Printing photos from JPG files

There are free programs available to modify pictures from your PC (Google Photos) as well as kiosks at the Walmart and Walgreens photo. Once modified, Google Photos also has a printing service to put into book or singles.
by bob60014
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple & Effective Video Camera Option - Help Buying, Please!
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Simple & Effective Video Camera Option - Help Buying, Please!

Quick, easy, cheap. No matter what you get, be sure to get extra memory cards and batteries.

https://www.amazon.com/Camcorder-SOSUN- ... deo+camera
by bob60014
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: App - Index app
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: App - Index app

+1 , CNBC. Quick, easy and has what I need for a quick view if and when I check.
by bob60014
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile
Replies: 19
Views: 2079

Re: Thoroughly cleaning grimy tile

What type of grime? I've had luck doing this in the shower and kitchen floor.. Baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda into a small bowl and add enough white vinegar to make a paste. Once the mixture stops fizzing, use a sponge to apply it to the surface then let it set for about 15 minut...
by bob60014
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid cell phone plan vs Regular Contract Plan
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Re: Prepaid cell phone plan vs Regular Contract Plan

Before we switched to tmobile 55+ plan, I had the tmobile $30 plan as described for several years using it primarily for work. It worked great for me and didn't have any unexpected charges or issues. I simply switched due to having the need for international service and unlimited data.
by bob60014
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just had windows installed..one of them with scratches..
Replies: 15
Views: 1635

Re: Just had windows installed..one of them with scratches..

It's all about the installer!! The good ones are worth every penny.
by bob60014
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving Tip and Ideas?
Replies: 23
Views: 1335

Re: Moving Tip and Ideas?

" ......city to DC and may have to significantly reduce my house size. "...... You already mentioned it, but do yourself a favor a declutter even more than you think. We went from a 2400 Sq ft home to a 1200 Sq ft condo and we thought we had done a good job of getting rid of the unnecessary, but fou...
by bob60014
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $50+ gas bill for $4 in gas?
Replies: 16
Views: 3026

Re: $50+ gas bill for $4 in gas?

Is that NICOR or are you part of aggregation? We are NICOR in the nw burbs and haven't noticed any increase.
by bob60014
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just purchased the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Replies: 12
Views: 1238

Re: Just purchased the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Kinda along the same lines as Ford use to be, "Fix Or Repair Daily! "
by bob60014
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?
Replies: 86
Views: 4283

Re: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?

I view advanced tech in vehicles like this. As I am getting older I know my senses and reaction time will start to diminish, so anything to assist me to know there is another vehicle in a blind spot, stay in my lane ( falling asleep at the wheel alarm!) , brake earlier, etc ..will help keep me a lit...
by bob60014
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citi Card Denying Numismatic Material Charges
Replies: 4
Views: 1003

Re: Citi Card Denying Numismatic Material Charges

Write a good old fashioned letter to the CEO!
by bob60014
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: point and shoot digital cameras
Replies: 35
Views: 3026

Re: point and shoot digital cameras

I love my Panasonic FZ1000. Loads of features, great price point, versitile and in the end, get great shots. As a bonus I can bring it into concerts when they say "professional cameras not allowed", sit up in the cheap seats and still get sharp, clear pix. http://shop.panasonic.com/cameras-and-camco...
by bob60014
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping at non sit down places
Replies: 94
Views: 7772

Re: Tipping at non sit down places

strafe wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:19 pm
Is there any assurance that credit card tips at counter service restaurants actually go to employees?
ABSOLUTELY NONE!!
by bob60014
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping at non sit down places
Replies: 94
Views: 7772

Re: Tipping at non sit down places

The people working in these type of places are getting paid a full wage, usually minimum, but still a full wage. Its up to the employer to ensure their people are compensated properly. In this case I do not tip, though there are some rare exceptions. On the other hand those working in a "sit down" s...
by bob60014
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?
Replies: 42
Views: 2897

Re: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?

One thing you could do in the future is to carry this Slime tire inflator in your trunk https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005Z8HAUK/?coliid=IIWN9MDIUA32J&colid=RWVS4NTZ1R54&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it, along with a good 12v DC spotlight for night time roadside problems. The inflator will let you keep any f...
by bob60014
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost or fee to use
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: cost or fee to use

Never used beenverified but sounds like they just search through all public records and provide a file. If you were to it on your own those records are free or minimal cost through local, state, federal agencies, plus you could even obtain more data. You of course must do the legwork to obtain these.
by bob60014
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura MDX compressor gone kaput
Replies: 5
Views: 475

Re: Acura MDX compressor gone kaput

Im fairly sure that is a serpentine belt, as are most vehicles nowadays, and cannot be removed. Replacement /rebuilt compressors and kits run anywhere from $250-$400 then add r134. Perhaps look around for a mechanic that would take a side job on for the installation. Obviously no real warranty but m...
by bob60014
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why does baking soda remove smell from old books?
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: Why does baking soda remove smell from old books?

I now know why I failed basic chemistry in HS! :oops:
by bob60014
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a good travel website these days?
Replies: 12
Views: 1645

Re: What is a good travel website these days?

I’d recommend you book directly with the airline, having worked for an airline for several years. OTAs (like Expedia and Priceline) tend to have less information about what’s going on with the flight and adds another layer of complexity during operational problems. No domestic US carrier when purch...
by bob60014
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are these Bank & Credit Union Fees?
Replies: 16
Views: 1453

Re: What are these Bank & Credit Union Fees?

"So in what circumstances would a bank run a credit & identification check? This fee wouldn't apply to setting up a new checking or savings account, would it?"....

When you apply for a loan, credit card or perhaps overdraft protection through them.
by bob60014
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Galaxy S7 - Wireless charging mount that plugs in cigarette socket.
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Galaxy S7 - Magnetic car mount + wireless charging?

A google search using your post title quickly finds this. https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Wireless-Charger-Neotrix-Charging/dp/B01GYPMECG https://www.amazon.com/Renbon-Wireless-W5,Magnetic-Mount,Wireless-I-Enabled/dp/B07795K45G https://www.androidcentral.com/best-car-mounts-galaxy-s7-and-galaxy-s7-e...
by bob60014
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replace video card on laptop?
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: replace video card on laptop?

New laptop for sure!
by bob60014
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use T-mobile cell network?
Replies: 32
Views: 1793

Re: Anyone use T-mobile cell network?

We've been with tmobile for 10 year plus and recently switched to their 55+ plan, which save us a bundle and is great for overseas use. Overall I find the service to be fine, some areas rural-low population areas may have slow or no service. But I have found this with all carriers.
by bob60014
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AOL - update to terms of service
Replies: 29
Views: 2037

Re: AOL - update to terms of service

It's one reason why I'm not using Yahoo anymore. Here is a good article, there are others too, explaining why.

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/4 ... know-about
by bob60014
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater PC Uses?
Replies: 15
Views: 1324

Re: Home Theater PC Uses?

" I can’t imagine wanting to browse the web on my TV....."

I was hesitant to do this also and it takes some time getting used to, but it is so much easier on my eyes and more importantly, my back!
by bob60014
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vintage brands
Replies: 15
Views: 1446

Re: Vintage brands

20 Mule Team Borax, SPAM!
by bob60014
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: those with whole home generators: who installed it?
Replies: 28
Views: 1839

Re: those with whole home generators: who installed it?

My parents had one installed and a authorized qualified licensed electrician is the way to go.
by bob60014
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: speakers in ceiling - repair needed
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: speakers in ceiling - repair needed

With half working half not there are two possibilities i can think of. Its either a faulty amp or more likely a loose wire. If you feel up to it before you call ,check and resecure the wire connections at the tuner/amp, each speaker and try to track the wires as far as possible, looking for signs of...
by bob60014
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater PC Uses?
Replies: 15
Views: 1324

Re: Home Theater PC Uses?

You can add WMC to Win 10 machine, this has been done and used by many. https://lifehacker.com/get-windows-media-center-running-on-windows-10-with-a-f-1729919907 My Samsung smart TV will allow me to access cable as well as my wmc/server files, but I prefer to use the WMC interface on a separate hdmi...
by bob60014
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Theater PC Uses?
Replies: 15
Views: 1324

Re: Home Theater PC Uses?

I use all of the above and also using (win 7) Windows Media Center along with My Movies to watch my ripped DVD''s, play my ripped music (all for personal use!) and saved photos from my media server (WHS 2011). I am also able to access via wi-fi and can control just about everything from my tablet.
by bob60014
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting Aluminum Siding
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Painting Aluminum Siding

Preparation is everything. You will want all the dirt, mold, stain and oxidation removed and completely dried prior to applying the primer. Failure to do so may cause adhesion problems. Most cleaning can be done with a power washer but some areas, corners, crevices, around some windows, shady areas ...
by bob60014
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BoA credit card expires in January. Should I order replacement card now?
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: BoA credit card expires in January. Should I order replacement card now?

Just call BoA to expidite the matter. It not a unusual request.
by bob60014
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help find these shoes for an old lady
Replies: 32
Views: 3555

Re: Please help find these shoes for an old lady

Have you tried to contact them directly? Sometimes a nicely written note with all a picture and any numbers/identifying info can occassionally produce results.