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by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: noisy generator
Replies: 60
Views: 4250

Re: noisy generator

Unfortunately, Generac is the Yugo of generators. They spend money on commercials, not on the product.

Kohler is the way to go. The engines are quieter and the enclosure is designed to protect the unit from weather while attenuating noise.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car insurance for 22-year old
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Car insurance for 22-year old

I am going to gift my 2003 car to my son as he's moved out of the house and I don't want to be liable for damages that might be incurred by him in or around his new home. I carry high liability limits on the auto policies, plus an umbrella policy. My son has virtually no assets. Any suggestions on w...
by Y.A.Tittle
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for 23 year old
Replies: 33
Views: 2859

Re: Car for 23 year old

A 2008 Accord or Camry.
by Y.A.Tittle
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you really like the CR-V, you should check out the [_____]
Replies: 89
Views: 9510

Re: If you really like the CR-V, you should check out the [_____]

Sandi_k wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:35 pm
Mazda CX-5. It has a traditional transmission, instead of the CVT in the CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.
The RAV4 has a traditional auto transmission. It is also the best choice because it is the most reliable, holds its value and is easy to work on.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building/House Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 1960

Re: Building/House Plans

Do Haves Storage Low-E glass Transfer switch for generator Natural gas extended to outside deck for grill and to laundry room for dryer Extra garage space for stuff Insulated interior walls, for noise A no-step shower Don’t Haves Central vac (battery powered vacuums are the future) Excess ceiling fa...
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)
Replies: 41
Views: 2745

Re: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)

Among those options, Purdue offers the best bang for the buck. It is a really big school, if that matters.

They cover most engineering disciplines and the reputation is good- resume value.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car pickup today.
Replies: 48
Views: 3702

Re: New car pickup today.

No to both.

Margin enhancements for the dealer. Zero added value.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: COMCAST - Modem / Router recommendation
Replies: 28
Views: 2101

Re: COMCAST - Modem / Router recommendation

The last time I bought a cable modem I returned my leased unit to Comcast and bought one on Amazon for $70.

Now Comcast is “recommending” that I upgrade and pointing me to Amazon where the new modem costs almost $200.

I smell a rat.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas hotel
Replies: 44
Views: 3916

Re: Las Vegas hotel

Hotels NOT to use: Luxor, Camelot, Rio Suites and Circus Circus.

Dumps.
by Y.A.Tittle
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare
Replies: 97
Views: 9051

Re: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare

+1 on that. DNS is a very common attack vector. I would never put my machines at risk using this “free” service. Remember: if it purports to be free then YOU are the product. The security issue isn’t at all what you are implying. Cloudflare’s new Public DNS is safe and secure to use. It is an alter...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How would you rotate these tires?
Replies: 20
Views: 1946

Re: How would you rotate these tires?

Front wheel drive. Have tires with identical size (i.e., mileage/age) on the front wheels. Don’t rotate until you replace all four tires.

Risk tranny damage with unequal tires on the fronts.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare
Replies: 97
Views: 9051

Re: New faster DNS - 1.1.1.1 by CloudFlare

FYI CloudFlare recently announced (Apr 1) a new globally available free DNS service at 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. They claim it is the fastest available and will not log your requesting IP for more than 24 hours. I am trying it out and it seems to work very well. More info here: https://1.1.1.1/ https://...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda reliability slipping?
Replies: 31
Views: 4258

Re: Honda reliability slipping?

I own Hondas and Toyotas. Both are pretty darn good. Probably more difference model-to-model than manufactuer-to-manufacturer.

I will say that Toyotas are easier to work on.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robotic lawn mowers
Replies: 18
Views: 1821

Re: Robotic lawn mowers

I have a large yard to mow also. It takes 40 minutes with a 48 inch lawn tractor. A battery powered mower for that sized lawn is a pipe dream.

This Old House is, IMO, a dubious source of information. They generally parrot brochure-speak, especially from sponsoring companies.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replace 2004 Honda Accord ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1516

Re: replace 2004 Honda Accord ?

Headlights are blurred. That is a DIY 30-minute fix or many places, such as Sam's Club will do them. 2nd that. I've been to dealerships that want $150, yet my local Sam's I think was in the neighborhood of $30. The 3M kits are like $10 on sale at Amazon and all you need is a basic, no frill power d...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car sideview mirror
Replies: 25
Views: 1509

Re: Car sideview mirror

Had simlar experience. Looked up Youtube videos on how to replace. For my car, it was not too hard. Bought a replacement unit at Rockauto. Took it to an auto body shop to get it painted. Did the replacement work myself in less than 2 hours.

Following the video was key to success.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VW Atlas
Replies: 49
Views: 5368

Re: VW Atlas

We have a 2014 Acadia Denali. I would not buy the Traverse. I’m shocked with the maintenance issues on the Acadia. Side detection went out. After 3 trips they finally replaced under warranty for $2,500. We had the AC system in 3 times and they never fixed. Independent shop says rear condenser needs...
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want/need some income in semi-retirement
Replies: 90
Views: 7653

Re: Want/need some income in semi-retirement

Hayden wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:13 am
I knew a retiree who got a job at Home Depot. Might be fun walking around the store helping people with their projects.
Walking on concrete floors all day, opening the store in the early AM, closing the store late in the PM. No thanks.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protecting personal privacy on-line - CBS News
Replies: 28
Views: 2676

Re: Protecting personal privacy on-line - CBS News

I've frozen my credit and just use common sense online. I really don't know why people are surprised by Facebook. I've always assumed companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc know a lot about me and are sharing that info and I really don't care. The point where I really get concerned is if I s...
by Y.A.Tittle
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a some good computer speakers to listen to southern gospel music on would like high quality under $100
Replies: 12
Views: 1477

Re: Looking for a some good computer speakers to listen to southern gospel music on would like high quality under $100

Kenkat wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:36 pm
My son has these and likes them - Logitech Z623 - Amazon’s Choice, a little over $100:

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Z623-Wa ... B003VAHYTG
Yes, these are good. Sub-woofer plus desktops give fine sound for an office or smaller room.
by Y.A.Tittle
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Corrected 1099-B
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Corrected 1099-B

Just got a corrected1099-B from Vanguard for 2017 that restated, upwards, the short and long term gains on one stock I transacted in 2017. My return was filed and my refund processed about weeks ago. This change will increase my 2017 income taxes about $100. Should file an amended return now, or wai...
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?
Replies: 49
Views: 3909

Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

The cheapest possible so you won't feel as bad when you realize you should have bought a gas-powered unit.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult
Replies: 67
Views: 5209

Re: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult

Discuss the ramifications of underage drinking (you might not prevent it, but knowing the risks is prudent) and the possibility that someone can adulterate a drink with a Rufi, or something similar.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good
Replies: 34
Views: 3753

Re: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good

Looks like the Highlander went to a sheetmetal oragami class.

Very happy with my 2018 RAV, including its looks. I would be curious to see the interior of this one. Some car makers are throwing dozens of buttons into cars- to the point of confusion.
by Y.A.Tittle
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 28143

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

Facebook, Amazon an Google collect far too much information surreptitiously and with no oversight. I never use Facebook, will never buy an Alexa, or Ring doorbell and block everything possible when using Google.

I trust Apple a little more, but not much more.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quiet vehicle for two cats
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: Quiet vehicle for two cats

The car magazines (Motor Trend, Car & Driver, etc.) usually publish a road noise dBA measurement when they road test a vehicle. You may be able to do comparisons by going to a magazine's website and searching for the detailed results of the test on your target vehicles. That said, a given vehicle ca...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile Deposit Bank Fraud
Replies: 36
Views: 3172

Re: Mobile Deposit Bank Fraud

In an age when hacking and fraud are constant threats there is no substitute for signing into your online bank account daily and checking the balances. A small price to pay for progress, such as it is.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 43
Views: 9988

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

Bosch Icons work for me, but you cannot evaluate blades in a vacuum. Weather, usage, how clean you keep the windshield and whether the car is garaged all impact effectiveness and longevity. IMO, cost it irrelevant. If you can't see where you're driving in the rain then saving a couple bucks is unwise.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cedar Roof
Replies: 27
Views: 1996

Re: Cedar Roof

Cedar roofs need inordinate care: cleaning, treatment, etc., all as prelude to replacement.

Start a sinking fund for a replacement composite roof.
by Y.A.Tittle
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Seattle travel suggestions request
Replies: 10
Views: 957

Re: New Seattle travel suggestions request

Ahhh yeah... don't stay near the airport. There is one nice hotel in the area, but you would still have to taxi/Uber/shuttle back to SeaTac to get on the light rail which is semi-useful. If your goal is to save on hotel expense you can do that lots of places that are nicer/safer/better. Staying in d...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off ...next steps
Replies: 31
Views: 5810

Re: Laid off ...next steps

They offered you a good severance package- enjoy it. You might compare your open market health insurance options before committing to COBRA. Invest time in creating a great LinkedIn profile. Align your profile to your resume. LinkedIn is a widely used tool so flip the switch that says you are intere...
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?
Replies: 119
Views: 12767

Re: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?

The 2018 RAV4 still offers a CD player as well as Bluetooth.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?
Replies: 119
Views: 12767

Re: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?

CVTs have been around a while but they don't feel like a normal transmission. The Toyota gearbox is rock solid.

A Camry is a fine vehicle is you want reliable, safe transportation.

You can do more bargaining on a sedan than you can on an SUV. Sedans don't hold resale as well as SUVs, however.
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?
Replies: 119
Views: 12767

Re: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?

Bought the RAV4 after shopping the RAV4, CR-V and CX-5. CX-5: Nice exterior styling but somehow is cheap looking. Nice interior layout. Dealers are willing to discount. Inferior resale value, reliability and durability compared to the other two. CR-V: Lots of good experience with Hondas. Resale, rel...
by Y.A.Tittle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Honda Pilot vs. Kia Sorento vs. RAV4 - Help me pick
Replies: 14
Views: 1338

Re: 2016 Honda Pilot vs. Kia Sorento vs. RAV4 - Help me pick

Have a 2018 RAV4. Great vehicle. The SE and "Adventure" trim levels are more fun to drive than the LE and XLE. Reliability (based on my other Toyotas) and ability to hold value are hard to beat. Looked at the CR-V but the giant infotainment screen is annoying. Did not like the CVT transmission. The ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does one emotionally keep it together during market swings?
Replies: 118
Views: 11191

Re: How does one emotionally keep it together during market swings?

Have a long-term perspective.

Have a plan that supports the long term perspective.

Stick to the plan.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has Seeking Alpha Become Worthless?
Replies: 29
Views: 8330

Has Seeking Alpha Become Worthless?

Seeking Alpha was always a selective read- you had to parse the content carefully. Now, though, most of the contributors can be accessed only by buying up to "Premium" service. I guess this is good for those who did nothing but pen opinion pieces, but only a minority were worth reading in the first ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Serve 'auto on at chosen time' coffee maker
Replies: 9
Views: 1000

Re: Single Serve 'auto on at chosen time' coffee maker

In which case buy a programmable drip coffee maker (Kitchen-Aide make a good one, as do others) and set it up for 2 cups the night before. You will save money on the coffee and on the coffee maker.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do with this car?
Replies: 37
Views: 3363

Re: What would you do with this car?

You can't change hisotry, so no sense in quetioning what you did or why.

I would sell it back to M-B for whatever I could get, accept the loss and buy a new Acura/Toyota/Lexus SUV. In a year you will be reveling in the money you saved on maintenance, insurance and depreciation.
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Serve 'auto on at chosen time' coffee maker
Replies: 9
Views: 1000

Re: Single Serve 'auto on at chosen time' coffee maker

If a single cup coffee maker does its job in 30 seconds, what is the purpose of programmable timer?

Wake up and push the button, right?
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tax Software - Turbotax Deluxe $39.86 Amazon
Replies: 15
Views: 1472

Re: Tax Software - Turbotax Deluxe $39.86 Amazon

Amazon typically has a good price for TurboTax- better than the supposed discounts offered by my brokerages, employers, etc. That's the power of volume.

For some reason this year is was cheaper to buy the CD version than the downloadable. Doesn't make sense, but it's what it was...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal liability risk for unit owners in condo association?
Replies: 13
Views: 1556

Re: Personal liability risk for unit owners in condo association?

The condo homeowners association should have liability insurance to protect against claims arising from issues in common areas, structural failures, etc. If they don't have such coverage, it's a major fail by the board of directors. You could demand proof of such insurance before buying, as well as ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?
Replies: 18
Views: 2435

Re: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?

LinkedIn is a scam. Yes, you should have a profile, and yes, you should mine your connections for references, but that's it. If you're really looking for a job, read Nick Corcodilos https://www.asktheheadhunter.com/basics People who are constantly looking for a job (I know people like that) and hea...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?
Replies: 117
Views: 10200

Re: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?

It may be your particular router. The only time by router reboots is when I download firmware updates, about twice per year. I advise doing that for security. Also I have my router on a quality surge protector. I don't use an integrated cable modem + router. I bought my own cable modem (don't like p...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a house now versus waiting (Bay Area)
Replies: 35
Views: 6541

Re: Buying a house now versus waiting (Bay Area)

I moved the the bay area twice. Both times I thought housing prices were outrageous, but bought anyway. Both houses made me tons of money. If I wanted to move back to that area (I don't and never will) I could not afford either of the houses I once lived in. The bay area is unique. Housing prices we...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to choose a college
Replies: 67
Views: 3511

Re: How to choose a college

There is no one correct method to choose. That said, I would add: - Campus visits (more than one) are useful. You get to see and compare in person. Books and the internet are simply not enough. - A gap year between high school and college is an interesting idea. I didn't do it nor did my child, but ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite beach vacation destination?
Replies: 64
Views: 6123

Re: Your favorite beach vacation destination?

St. John (pre-hurricane, don't know what it's like now)
Kauai (south side)
Captiva Island, FL
Sannibel Isalnd, FL
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new car buying experience.
Replies: 46
Views: 9711

Re: My new car buying experience.

I don't buy cars often, but when I do I pay cash. There are few things as gratifying as writing a check for the amount I'm willing to pay and saying, "This is it. Do you want it or not?" If they say no, take the check and walk away without looking back. I've had salepeople chase me into the parking ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!
Replies: 151
Views: 10912

Re: Still using a 5 year old iphone 5. Who's with me? No new phones!!!

I have a 5s. It runs well for what I do. That means I don't spend my life on my phone looking at social media rubbish. The battery life seems to be in decline by after 3 years that is to be expected. Every LiON battery loses its ability to keep a charge. Physics. I might replace the battery myself- ...
by Y.A.Tittle
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 154
Views: 15188

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

My "strategy?"

Determine the best tires. Quality is paramount for tires and Tire Rack has great information. Then I shop the Discount Tire website to see if they have that tire and if they do, troll the site for sales. When do they do or if I can't wait any longer I go buy them. Simple.