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by josehde
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV Speakers/sound bar/bose wave
Replies: 20
Views: 1652

Re: TV Speakers/sound bar/bose wave

I picked up a Vizio SB2920 Sound Bar from Amazon and have been using it for years. Current price is under $80. I see some others in the $60-$70 range. I'm totally happy with it. I will note that I'm not very picky, but even I could tell the TV speakers were tinny junk, and just having the next step...
by josehde
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Take Control of Your Financial Future With These 4 New Rules"
Replies: 7
Views: 2157

Re: Take Control of Your Financial Future With These 4 New Rules"

Insightful stuff, man. Thanks for this. Gives me motivation to have a clearer perspective on financial security, which I'm just starting to explore. Heck, months ago, I would have jumped into investment offers I didn't know much about, like this one from Stock Dork : gold stocks an acquaintance offe...
by josehde
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8688

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

I waited for 13.1 because of articles that said that iOS 13 was buggy, so I didn't expect to see 13.1.1 so soon. Thank you, Apple, for the silencing unknown callers feature. I also go for dark mode whenever it's available, so that was a welcome addition. Way easier on the eyes. 13.1.1 is working fi...
by josehde
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Writing and reading back what I've noted is how I mostly remember stuff I read. Don't be afraid to write on books. I agree that this is time consuming though, but you can type them instead. On Kindle, I highlight and make notes. If you're alone, you can read books, articles, etc. aloud. Repeat the i...
by josehde
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1564
Views: 167211

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Unbelievable on Netflix, it wasn't an easy watch. But then again, it isn't the first show this year that dealt with difficult subjects. Chernobyl and When They See Us are great but I don't think I'd want to see them again anytime soon.
by josehde
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8688

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

I waited for 13.1 because of articles that said that iOS 13 was buggy, so I didn't expect to see 13.1.1 so soon. Thank you, Apple, for the silencing unknown callers feature. I also go for dark mode whenever it's available, so that was a welcome addition. Way easier on the eyes. 13.1.1 is working fin...
by josehde
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4800
Views: 1250788

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Ad Astra . The movie is trite and pretentious. Not recommended. Brad Pitt is a talented and engaging actor. But he seems to pick a lot of bad projects. Or perhaps Hollywood just doesn't have a lot of good ideas these days. Check out Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood to see what Pitt can do in a good...
by josehde
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee becomes cold too soon
Replies: 116
Views: 8630

Re: Coffee becomes cold too soon

A vacuum flask will do the trick, but don't get surprised if after a few weeks or months your coffee has some sort of a metal taste. My solution for this was replacing my massive coffeemaker with single cup makers with really small cups. If you wanna look for one, I got my Hamilton from this suggest...
by josehde
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?
Replies: 85
Views: 6573

Re: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?

I saw a video of a girl cooking salmon inside her dishwasher. you might wanna try that if you're experimenting. :D
by josehde
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice: Refuse delivery of a damaged item!
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Advice: Refuse delivery of a damaged item!

If they refuse again and again, you might want to bring that to the nearest Costco in your area. Pff, they should stop this customer service fiasco or else they'd be surprised by home many consumers they lost just for fixable stuff like this.
by josehde
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric razors
Replies: 25
Views: 2157

Re: Electric razors

I know this has been suggested already, but just to add: Braun 3! It's goooood and so far, durable!
by josehde
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you afford to travel?
Replies: 116
Views: 16456

Re: How do you afford to travel?

I have always wanted to travel, but not in a way that would have me away for months or years. I am content with the occasional trip, and it doesn't have to be far, just somewhere a little different and interesting. The interesting part isn't hard as I think there is always something worth exploring ...
by josehde
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downside of going to a competitive high school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3618

Re: downside of going to a competitive high school?

Seconding the advice to consider your child's interests. Does your kid thrive in a competitive environment? How does he/she respond to failure? Besides concerns for stress, I think it is also worth considering that competition in school can make winning or emerging at the top more important than act...
by josehde
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer printer suggestions.
Replies: 25
Views: 1274

Re: Computer printer suggestions.

If you wouldn't need to print in other colors, then you can get a laser printer. Can be bought for lower than $100, and sometimes even cheaper during sales. Printers made by Brother are reliable, good reviews from everyone I know.
by josehde
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What makes your dream house so special?
Replies: 41
Views: 3297

Re: What makes your dream house so special?

I don't think I have a dream house in the usual sense, which is often about size, number of rooms, location. My desires for my house are pretty simple -- something I would always look forward to going home to, would look very personal that anyone visiting would immediately remark that it is very "me...
by josehde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best gadget for juicing ginger root?
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: best gadget for juicing ginger root?

I think most blenders can handle ginger roots. I do it from time to time. Just make sure to chop them. I even sometimes manually crush bigger chunks to make it easier for the blender.
by josehde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for 2 way radio.
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

Re: Recommendations for 2 way radio.

I might call the Yellowstone HQ and see if they can tell you how well walkie-talkies work in the park. They may not work any better than cell phones, and you may avoid wasting your money. Range depends on two main things: Terrain and frequency. FRS, and most other license-free systems other than CB...
by josehde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you afford to travel?
Replies: 116
Views: 16456

Re: How do you afford to travel?

It's just a matter of booking flights really early or waiting for discounts in my case. Credit card rewards come in handy too. For expenses while on the trip, I always dial back on spending on hotels and food. I love trying local food and not upscale restaurants. I prefer Airbnbs too--I love the opt...
by josehde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthy fast food
Replies: 152
Views: 11058

Re: Healthy fast food

jlawrence01 wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:13 am
El Pollo Loco

2 piece roasted chicken
Tossed salad which I topped with salsa
Broccoli - large portion
Tortilla

$5

Inexpensive, healthy, satisfying
Amen to this! I am a huge fan of EL Pollo Loco. Salsa and chicken and freaking delicious.
by josehde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Condo pool requires having an attendent on duty
Replies: 25
Views: 3209

Re: Condo pool requires having an attendent on duty

Interesting. Haven't heard of such law, but yeah, it makes sense.
by josehde
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Cleanup
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Computer Cleanup

Used to be CCleaner, but it was hacked some months ago. Guess it would be target for hackers given its popularity. Also didn't like that it became 'naggy' and you had to pay a subscription just for the notifications to stop. The posters above were right. Despite the promise for optimization and clea...
by josehde
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?
Replies: 146
Views: 16252

Re: What is your hobby and how did it come to be your hobby?

I have a few hobbies, the oldest would probably be reading. My mom liked to tell strangers that I was the only person in the family to read our encyclopedias from page to page (of course this is an exaggeration, I was the one who used them the most would be more accurate). I guess I just liked learn...
by josehde
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books on gaining control of your mind/behavior
Replies: 24
Views: 2258

Re: Books on gaining control of your mind/behavior

I find your post really relatable, it ends up with me postponing some goals/restarting because I have this desire to get all things right in the beginning, which of course is often unrealistic. Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett is something I came across before. I have not read my recommended...
by josehde
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2019?
Replies: 198
Views: 19711

Re: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2019?

I have these lined up for the rest of the year: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Architects of Intelligence by Martin Ford Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick Might ad...
by josehde
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1082
Views: 121168

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Packing my own lunch and making my own coffee. Can't believe there was a time when I always went to Starbucks for my daily caffeine fix.
by josehde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting/Expense tracking
Replies: 39
Views: 2674

Re: Budgeting/Expense tracking

I used both Mint and YNAB before, but these apps really can't seem to work well for me. I'm always back to the tried and tested excel sheet--I'm more comfortable tracking expenses manually that way.
by josehde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Facebook reading our minds?
Replies: 37
Views: 3671

Re: Facebook reading our minds?

Facebook (and Google) algorithm definitely is something amazingly creepy, by the way they can often get you stuff that you need even without you asking for it. And yeah, they comply with the code of practice for privacy notices (it's a requirement, of course, more of it here ) but it's often a bunch...
by josehde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lease vs Buying a Car
Replies: 84
Views: 6374

Re: Lease vs Buying a Car

There have been some amazing lease hacks possible the last few years where, depending on your state, you could get a great new car for well under $100/month. Some were electrics with huge tax credits, rebates and incentives. Leasing can be vastly cheaper than buying, under certain circumstances. Ca...
by josehde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What lifestyle creep made you happier?
Replies: 412
Views: 47309

Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Apple products and monthly travels. No regrets! :D
by josehde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle courses
Replies: 45
Views: 5500

Re: Side Hustle courses

I am older. I did side hustles, although in the old days we called them second jobs. In general, for a professional, in my opinion it is better to spend the time honing your skills rather than taking on a second field. Yes, I could make a few bucks on Facebook ads or on mowing lawns, but nothing wi...
by josehde
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soon to be dad, how to prepare
Replies: 127
Views: 7368

Re: Soon to be dad, how to prepare

Congratulations OP! Don't sweat buying too many clothes. They will grow up too fast anyway, and family and friends might pass on some of theirs. An extra measure of understanding and patience is required. Know that you and your wife will be frustrated many times than you would like, and that's okay,...
by josehde
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worry free antivirus for my parent's computer
Replies: 18
Views: 1193

Re: Worry free antivirus for my parent's computer

The biggest risk is links. They need to never click on a link in any email. ESPECIALLY if it is from an “important” financial relationship like their bank, the IRS, Medicare, etc. If they can internalize that one rule they can avoid most so called “phishing” attacks where most identies are stolen. ...
by josehde
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What websites do you use for the latest investing news?
Replies: 51
Views: 4517

Re: What websites do you use for the latest investing news?

Bogleheads, Vanguard Market Summary & to some degree Twitter. Twitter to find out what happened when major swings occur. Actual investing news has zero effect on my strategy - automatic investing weekly into small cap & total stock. +1 on Twitter, although I have to look past many tweets that aren'...
by josehde
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new computer could use advice
Replies: 32
Views: 2925

Re: Buying a new computer could use advice

If your looking at a Tower only, got my Mother this: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-desktop-intel-core-i5-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-black-with-silver-trim/6228201.p?skuId=6228201 i5, 12G RAM. She was completely frustrated with her 5/6 year old i3. Loves this computer. 0 issues for her....
by josehde
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1564
Views: 167211

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Watching Black Mirror, done with three seasons. Some episodes are great, some episodes are pretty bad. A hit or miss series, IMHO. RM This is how I found Black Mirror as well. Really not one for big twists, but some I found well-executed. Bandersnatch, meanwhile, I just thought was frustrating. Any...
by josehde
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1564
Views: 167211

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Watching Black Mirror, done with three seasons. Some episodes are great, some episodes are pretty bad. A hit or miss series, IMHO. RM This is how I found Black Mirror as well. Really not one for big twists, but some I found well-executed. Bandersnatch, meanwhile, I just thought was frustrating. Any...
by josehde
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?
Replies: 95
Views: 8954

Re: Are Airport Lounges Worth the Money?

That depends. If you fly frequently and have long layovers, yes. Many offer free food and beverages, free wifi, comfort and a bit of peace which is great since I usually find airports tiring.
by josehde
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1564
Views: 167211

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

We rarely go to the movies as well. Personally, I like having the option of pausing a show/movie and getting back to it at a later time. I like having my subtitles too. I’ll admit up front that I’m spoiled. We have a great TV room for TV, but for films we have a blacked out room, acoustically treat...
by josehde
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1564
Views: 167211

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I literally cannot remember the last time I went to a movie theater. We always watch at least a few minutes before going to sleep, and often decompress for a few hours in the evening. My daughter made me go to Black Panther. It sucked despite great production values, decent CGI, and and a great the...
by josehde
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Security
Replies: 16
Views: 1831

Re: Computer Security

If Microsoft's antivrus/malware tools are so excellent, why do so many major employers pay for other options? My take on it is that there was a time when Microsoft did not have its own antivirus/malware tools, so the Nortons and McAfees got their feet in the door at many companies. Momentum has kep...
by josehde
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google problem on Imac
Replies: 45
Views: 2235

Re: Google problem on Imac

And anything important, it is best to write down the password and store it in several locations. While that isn't really a recommended security approach, for most home users it is better to write it down to avoid losing it and all of the problems that can cause, than worry about someone breaking in...
by josehde
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who builds lenses on existing frames?
Replies: 17
Views: 1189

Re: Who builds lenses on existing frames?

Echoing comments on Costco, although granted it's been some time since I had my frames done. I'm due to replacing mine soon, so following this thread for more recommendations.
by josehde
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What? No Income?
Replies: 62
Views: 7651

Re: What? No Income?

Don't forget the other side of the equation! While you are trying to build your financial security by working longer, you are shortchanging several other key parts of your future happiness and security. By leaving your job, you will have more time build your relationships with your loved ones, you ...
by josehde
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: e-file directly into IRS.gov website
Replies: 12
Views: 923

Re: e-file directly into IRS.gov website

tmcc wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:51 am
https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd

It keeps no history after the tax year completes (seemingly)
It's a shame that the UI seems so clunky.
by josehde
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eye glasses - cheaper alternates
Replies: 45
Views: 3472

Re: Eye glasses - cheaper alternates

If you're young I would highly suggest LASIK. I got LASIK in December, $3880 out of pocket with a $1k coupon from my eye care provider. It has been the best thing I have ever done. It was painless and I saw things for the first time I never saw with glasses. Im a little light sensitive yet but I lo...
by josehde
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Security
Replies: 16
Views: 1831

Re: Computer Security

Microsoft's tools are actually excellent, you likely don't need any other tools. The antivirus / malware industry was spawned by Microsoft's refusal to address security problems in its operating systems or provide tools to detect and mitigate risks regarding those vulnerabilities. In the past few y...
by josehde
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 157
Views: 8458

Re: Received a Ransomware email

You're right to ignore it and change passwords but for added measure activate 2FA (not with your mobile number though) and use a password manager.
by josehde
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is our household budget crazy?
Replies: 141
Views: 13201

Re: Is our household budget crazy?

You're spending more than what I would be comfortable with, but you're also earning more and spending for more people, so no, I don't think your budget is crazy. It's expected for someone of your income to have higher consumption so I would not sweat it. Your budget on books caught my eye, though. M...
by josehde
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"
Replies: 303
Views: 35743

Re: "The best and worst U.S. states for retirement"

Ranking places like this is little more than clickbait. The best place to retire is where you want to live, not some place that fits an arbitrary equation. And by the time you are 65, you should have at least a pretty good idea of where that is. It might be where you can afford, but might also be w...