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by rk6
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?
Replies: 111
Views: 10939

Re: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?

I get that point, but quite a few people could try to pursue a foreign opportunity if it was important enough to them, even if it wasn't with their current employer. It seems like very few do. Where I was going with my comment is that I think there are far fewer overseas assignment opportunities av...
by rk6
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?
Replies: 111
Views: 10939

Re: Curious about negative expat experiences -- why don't more people do it?

This puzzles me, because 99% of people (even white collar professionals) don't take an expat gig, so if it's so wonderful, why isn't everyone doing it? I'm curious what data you are looking at for this statement. In either the federal world or the business world, how common do you believe expat ass...
by rk6
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work from Home - Most Tax Friendly States (Not Cost of Living)
Replies: 76
Views: 6141

Re: Work from Home - Most Tax Friendly States (Not Cost of Living)

Also understand that some states (like NY) will tax you if they deem your work is being done in that state "virtually". So you can't just look at the taxes for the state you live in, you also need to consider whether you may later "virtually" work in a state that has this rule.
by rk6
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer memory lane
Replies: 43
Views: 1529

Re: Computer memory lane

There are a number of "anecdotes about working with computers XX years ago" books out there, but the recent beautifully-styled hard cover rerelease of Hamming's "The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn" has some good stories about how things had to be optimize...
by rk6
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Engineering Physics as a major
Replies: 92
Views: 4658

Re: Engineering Physics as a major

Does the school offer a regular BS Physics degree?
by rk6
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Of Net Worth, Pensions, and Annuities...
Replies: 34
Views: 2546

Re: Of Net Worth, Pensions, and Annuities...

The previous poster alluded to this but: option 5. (ignoring defaut risk for the moment) subtract the expected cashflow from your projected minimum expenses, starting on the first payment date. The lower resultant required expenses then require a smaller net worth to fund. The pension is then so rep...
by rk6
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work
Replies: 40
Views: 2824

Re: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work

Whatever you choose for primary and secondary internet access, also consider a multi-wan router like the Pepwave Surf Soho or Synology RT2600 to provide automatic failover and/or load sharing. I use the Surf Soho with FIOS and a NetGear hotspot with T-Mobile service. Failover takes about 30 seconds ...
by rk6
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Japan Investing
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Japan Investing

Understood marseille07, I edited my post a bit to reflect that.
by rk6
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Japan Investing
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Japan Investing

Buying already-occupied unit isn't a terrible idea. Someone mentioned currency risk but it's not really applicable because OP wants to have some JPY to hedge USD; getting some yen is exactly what they want to do. Not a terrible idea, if you can be reasonably sure of at least getting your purchase p...
by rk6
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Japan Investing
Replies: 11
Views: 897

Re: Japan Investing

In the event you don't move there later, you are taking a big currency risk. You are also paying a bit of a premium due to the upcoming Olympics. When was the apartment built? - that factors into both earthquake resistance levels and insurance premiums. How far is it to the nearest station? What's t...
by rk6
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to transition to part time?
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: how to transition to part time?

What I meant by the coworker point was not so much about what they might think or say about your choice (not that that would matter to me personally), but rather that to whatever extent you get satisfaction and fulfillment from daily interactions with coworkers inside and outside the office that may...
by rk6
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to transition to part time?
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: how to transition to part time?

I have done it (in finserv IT). I first talked privately to a couple people who I had worked with for a long time, who knew what I was good at, and who knew that the value I would add as a PTer would still be worth my carrying cost. Ultimately I took a retirement package and then followed one of the...
by rk6
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Word Solver Programs / Apps
Replies: 15
Views: 988

Re: Word Solver Programs / Apps

Could you just use the online program with the letters you know, and then repeatedly enter an increasing number of letters (7, 8, 9, 10, 11 etc.)?
by rk6
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to map left click to some keyboard key?
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: how to map left click to some keyboard key?

From your question I will assume that a separate plain old USB mouse ($5-$10) is not an option. This is a different solution and it may not be what you want, but if it works it would not require any more software - most laptop trackpads that have separate buttons also have the ability to use the lef...
by rk6
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving from NYC to London - please recommend movers
Replies: 22
Views: 1598

Re: Moving from NYC to London - please recommend movers

We have moved internationally a couple times (Asia) and used Crown Relocations - satisfied each time. They are the standard moving company for the firm I was working for at the time.
by rk6
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SWE jobs career advice
Replies: 62
Views: 4225

Re: SWE jobs career advice

Suggest investigating doing some cloud computing certifications, specifically those related to s/w development and DevOps. In the process of getting those certs you can strengthen your skills with the desired development languages and toolsets. Getting a mid-level certification for AWS or Azure open...
by rk6
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Informed Delivery Showing Zero Incoming Mail?
Replies: 46
Views: 7941

Re: USPS Informed Delivery Showing Zero Incoming Mail?

My guess is that they are not legally able to display images of mail that they scanned before you accepted (presumably via the completion of the signup process) the legal T+C governing the storage of the images, personal information, data retention etc.
by rk6
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nine Volt Batteries
Replies: 61
Views: 4142

Re: Nine Volt Batteries

Small adapters are available to turn a 9V battery into a small LED flashlight, you could keep it in the car or purse etc. https://www.ebay.com/itm/BLOCKLITE-9-VOLT-LED-FLASHLIGHT-TORCH-CAMPING-LAMP-COMPACT-SIZE-ULTRABRIGHT-E8U7/133422733409?hash=item1f109d5861:g:1Q8AAOSwCWtez3oG There are also adapt...
by rk6
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hand Shower Faucet
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: Hand Shower Faucet

I installed the Rinse Ace from Home Depot on our existing shower head, in our basement full bath - we don't use that shower for bathing - I use it to clean tools, shoes, smaller things, and as a bit of a slop sink. The hose disconnects if you want, so it's out of the way when you aren't using it. Th...
by rk6
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Canadian bank account
Replies: 11
Views: 967

Re: Canadian bank account

For the different people on this thread, I am curious what the need for a Canadian bank account is.
by rk6
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest thermostat question
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Re: Nest thermostat question

Did you have an actual power outage or power surge that would have affected your furnace unit?

Was the Nest unit hard-reset, either by you deliberately or as a result of losing battery (this second one is probably unlikely)?
by rk6
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest thermostat question
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Re: Nest thermostat question

I have several Nest thermostats. Is the thermostat operating from the 24V wires from the furnace when it is connected, but just not charging/losing charge (Settings > Tech Info > Power)? Or does it not even turn on? If the latter, remove it from the base and do the USB charge suggested above to at l...
by rk6
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safely selling used portable generators
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: safely selling used portable generators

Thanks to everyone for your feedback and ideas.
by rk6
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safely selling used portable generators
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: safely selling used portable generators

People are missing my point, which means I am not making it clearly enough - this is not about the as-is of the generators, it's about the person not being able to come back and sue me because they *claim* they had no idea a generator could suffocate their entire family if they ran it overnight in t...
by rk6
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safely selling used portable generators
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: safely selling used portable generators

Appreciated but again Craigslist is not a option and the paperwork part again seems like more trouble than I can justify, especially if I have to pay a lawyer. They are in working order but the total value of these 3 generators used is probably < $1K. I was hoping someone in central NJ would say &qu...
by rk6
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safely selling used portable generators
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: safely selling used portable generators

Thanks, but Craigslist or Facebook is not a option. My concern is not that someone will think they purchased an inferior or broken product.
by rk6
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safely selling used portable generators
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

safely selling used portable generators

I am in central NJ. I have three portable generators I want to get rid of, so that I can make room for newer ones. I am not as concerned with the sales price I receive, as I am with selling them to someone who will indemnify me in case they injure or kill themselves. In fact I would be willing to gi...
by rk6
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Simple Baseball Question, Maybe
Replies: 31
Views: 2678

Re: A Simple Baseball Question, Maybe

Also most live broadcast play-by-play teams will have at least one former player for color commentary, frequently a pitcher - e.g. for ESPN Yankees-Boston last night it was Alex Rodriguez, for YES in NY it's one of David Cone, Paul O'Neill, Singleton, Flaherty etc. For FS1 it's Smoltz, Pierzynski. T...
by rk6
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2171

Re: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

Eneloop and the Duracell gold/green rechargeables I have had the best luck with.
The Amazon green ones have been OK but not as good as the above two, for me.
I also use the PowerEx chargers whenever I can to do conditioning etc.
by rk6
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On-call on weekends ?
Replies: 65
Views: 6406

Re: On-call on weekends ?

Is your problem the lack of compensation for weekend "on call" time (including time when you are not actually dealing with an outage but have to stay close?), or is it that you think you literally can't go anywhere and have to stay home, or both? How many minutes is the expected response t...
by rk6
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drop Ceiling Tile Replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: Drop Ceiling Tile Replacement

The tiles are cheap, they generally come in just a couple sizes (e.g. 2'x2' and 2'x4') - you buy one that matches the pattern and cut it to fit. The patterns are pretty standard and likely the local store will have it. A few bucks at most and one trip.
by rk6
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving a coin collection
Replies: 20
Views: 2279

Re: Moving a coin collection

Is your question "I am going to ship it - what shipper should I use and what precautions should I take?"
or is it "I'm going to drive it myself - what precautions should I take?".
by rk6
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus Key Fob Issue
Replies: 42
Views: 2101

Re: Lexus Key Fob Issue

Go through the menus in the car's control system. There's probably a "Locking" menu.
There may be a setting for "what the second press of the keyfob button does", and that setting may have gotten changed or erased.
by rk6
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I make this career change?
Replies: 11
Views: 1719

Re: Should I make this career change?

OP - you use the word "growth" in your post 3 times - what does "growth" actually consist of, to you?
by rk6
Thu May 21, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car or Train? Plus, Used Car (Make/Model/Year) Recommendations for Long Commute
Replies: 36
Views: 1443

Re: Car or Train? Plus, Used Car (Make/Model/Year) Recommendations for Long Commute

Note that if the OP has a lot of flexibility in WFH hours vs office visits, perhaps the trips into and from the office on the train can be timed to very early AM and very early PM, when the trains are presumably even less crowded- thus lowering the social distancing risk some more.
by rk6
Thu May 21, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car or Train? Plus, Used Car (Make/Model/Year) Recommendations for Long Commute
Replies: 36
Views: 1443

Re: Car or Train? Plus, Used Car (Make/Model/Year) Recommendations for Long Commute

Can you provide location information on the cities, highways and stations you are talking about.
The answers to your questions may partially depend on where.
by rk6
Tue May 19, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tea supplier comparison
Replies: 74
Views: 6232

Re: Tea supplier comparison

Twinings Golden Assam is what you want. Rare to find in the US.
Normally can only be purchased in Asia, it is specially made for that market.
Try poking around on Amazon or its global cousins.
by rk6
Mon May 11, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Layoff Imminent, seeking guidance.
Replies: 56
Views: 7532

Re: Layoff Imminent, seeking guidance.

Recommend creating a separate email account for linkedin.
A separate job-search gmail account + a dedicated google voice number are a good combo for the top of your resume and for linkedin.
by rk6
Mon May 11, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Laptop Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Portable Laptop Monitor

Do you want a second screen because you actually need a second screen for some specific reason, or just because one screen is not enough real estate? You didn't say what the size or resolution of your existing laptop is. There are a number of near-workstation-class laptops with larger (17") ver...
by rk6
Thu May 07, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to negotiate severance if laid off?
Replies: 75
Views: 6414

Re: How to negotiate severance if laid off?

The MW article mentioned one of the key factors here contributing to that generosity - they want to be able to hire some of these people back without hard feelings later (at which time, presumably they will have to pay some prorated amount back from the severance).
by rk6
Mon May 04, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?
Replies: 19
Views: 1643

Re: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?

Thank you - so far I have been working with the historical data on the Storm Prediction Center site at https://www.spc.noaa.gov/, the watch summary data and the severe weather and the probability graphics from 1982-2011. My request to the readers is for personal experiences and thoughts (granted the...
by rk6
Mon May 04, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?
Replies: 19
Views: 1643

Re: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?

Thanks for all the responses so far.

To those who have lived in both places, my primary interest (for this post) is in *severe* weather (tornadoes, high winds, hail) that represents a risk to life and property - the relative frequency of it in your experiences between the two places.
by rk6
Sun May 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?
Replies: 19
Views: 1643

weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?

For various reasons, my wife and I are considering moving from central NJ up to the middle of NY state, eastern side. Specifically considering upper Hudson Valley or the "Capital District" area - not more north than Saratoga County or more south than say New Paltz. I am looking for someone...
by rk6
Sun May 03, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you transfer files without Wifi, bluetooth, cable?
Replies: 37
Views: 2207

Re: Can you transfer files without Wifi, bluetooth, cable?

There are USB flash drives that have both regular USB type A connectors for connection to PC and either micro type A or type C connectors for connection to smart phone. Check your smartphone's USB port type and look on Amazon or similar for one.
by rk6
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rubberstone garage floor?
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Rubberstone garage floor?

You can still spot-patch and/or quickrete-resurface the floor pretty cheaply, and then do the tile thing. I haven't really had a lot of problems with dirt and water under them - my garage was not that pitted but was oilstained and some cracks, all from previous owners - I can always gather the tiles...
by rk6
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rubberstone garage floor?
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Rubberstone garage floor?

What are you trying to accomplish - waterproofing, structural repair, cosmetic repair? Is your goal just to cover up the defects and make it look presentable/cool? How much do you want to spend? I have used modutile for redoing my garage floor and part of my basement. There are other similar product...
by rk6
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice/upscale pens and pencils
Replies: 79
Views: 6193

Re: Nice/upscale pens and pencils

Japanese-made Japanese-branded retractable pens/pencils are stylish and excellent deals for the money in addition to being cool gifts or conversation pieces. I use nothing but. You can do pretty well for $15-$20 USD each including shipping, get a few, pick the one(s) you like, give the rest away as...
by rk6
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nice/upscale pens and pencils
Replies: 79
Views: 6193

Re: Nice/upscale pens and pencils

Japanese-made Japanese-branded retractable pens/pencils are stylish and excellent deals for the money in addition to being cool gifts or conversation pieces. I use nothing but. You can do pretty well for $15-$20 USD each including shipping, get a few, pick the one(s) you like, give the rest away as ...
by rk6
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you replace this laptop?
Replies: 30
Views: 2551

Re: Would you replace this laptop?

As far as increasing the speed goes, I would first try all of the other no-cost things everyone mentioned, before upgrading RAM. Always upgrade the part of the system you know to be the slowest/most constrained, first. And you don't know that that's the RAM, at least not yet. What you say you use th...