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by rec630
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Play Music sunsetting to YouTube Music
Replies: 66
Views: 3734

Re: Google Play Music sunsetting to YouTube Music

Google Play Music continues to release updates on the play store which surprises me. I havent updated the last couple for fear they will remove or disable current installation. Has anyone applied the lastest update and is it a valid play music update? Google descriptions are non existent or very wea...
by rec630
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Printer Prices
Replies: 44
Views: 2903

Re: Consumer Printer Prices

What in the world are all these people printing, anyway? I probably use my cheap Canon all-in-one inkjet 99% of the time for scanning. I print maybe five pages per month. I get forms people/companies want signed and original returned. I also have medical issues and all Drs arent on the same system ...
by rec630
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Printer Prices
Replies: 44
Views: 2903

Re: Consumer Printer Prices

I've been hording my old HP Laserjet 4 for decades. I've been refilling cartridges and rebuilding the circuit boards by hand as a "old guy" hobby. Granted it's in the basement due to the size and noise but I added a custom made NIC and nothing beats it in speed or quality for bulk jobs. I also had ...
by rec630
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: social security 'extra security' feature?
Replies: 30
Views: 3186

Re: social security 'extra security' feature?

The Social Security Administration has had a long-standing contract with Equifax for identity verification. It has worked poorly, especially for those who have identity protection services in place. I sure hope this new "extra security" feature doesn't involve Equifax in any way. Equifax...meh! The...
by rec630
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most comfortable shoe: please recommend
Replies: 71
Views: 5259

Re: Most comfortable shoe: please recommend

I'm generally a fan of New Balance but I have had them in the past release a "new improved" V2 of a style I loved and had several pair of that was absolutely horrible for fit and comfort.
by rec630
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 96
Views: 6163

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

My old car continuously reported pressure regardless if moving which was nice for when adding air. At tire replacement time my shop, whom I trust greatly, recommended replacing sensors as they were several years old. Turned out they were unable to successfully get them off and suggested I visit the ...
by rec630
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a mattress?
Replies: 50
Views: 4770

Re: Recommend a mattress?

Buying a mattress is such a horrible experience for me, worse than buying a car. It is so difficult to compare given the way mattresses are made, branded and marketed. The number Ive read that fail or develop slumps and tried to return seems amazingly high. A decent resource I think https://www.them...
by rec630
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest place to get subscription to Wall Street Journal
Replies: 36
Views: 3820

Re: Cheapest place to get subscription to Wall Street Journal

You can sign up for a 3 month trial (All Access digital, WSJ.com and tablet/phone app) for $1 a month. Call and cancel before the 3 months are up. Wait a couple days and sign up for it again. I've done this numerous times. I imagine at some point they'll prevent this but so far have not. I did this...
by rec630
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spouse: How to get REAL ID driver's license without social security card and recent job?
Replies: 79
Views: 5534

Re: Spouse: How to get REAL ID driver's license without social security card and recent job?

I went in yesterday to renew my license, opting for RealID. It was easy and simple. I had my passport, current driver's license and a 1099 showing full social security number and address. That was enough in my state. I will be doing the same soon (license expired in May), but from what I am hearing...
by rec630
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online Ammo purchase recommendation
Replies: 53
Views: 5570

Re: Online Ammo purchase recommendation

Wow just Wow, I stocked up a couple of years ago, I talked with my son today and he is looking to get his permit. Ex-Military. I went on line a bit ago and everything seems wiped out. Incredible. This is crazy. Anyone know a site that has .22lr and 9mm in stock? My wife decided she wanted to get so...
by rec630
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Play Music sunsetting to YouTube Music
Replies: 66
Views: 3734

Re: Google Play Music sunsetting to YouTube Music

I wont be moving to the youtube platform. I'm a bit surprised to see PlayMusic updates on the Play store for an app they are shutting down in 3 to 4 months. Ive had 2 updates in the last week or so.
by rec630
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spouse: How to get REAL ID driver's license without social security card and recent job?
Replies: 79
Views: 5534

Re: Spouse: How to get REAL ID driver's license without social security card and recent job?

I chose to NOT get a REALID. I had opted to pay the extra for an additional passport card at the time I renewed my passport. I was not able to request a replacement SSN card online and had to go into an office. I also got the "You cannot request a replacement card online" msg although my state showe...
by rec630
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SOLVED was: Ideas for hard-to-find OTC supplement?
Replies: 11
Views: 841

Re: SOLVED was: Ideas for hard-to-find OTC supplement?

Perhaps try calling customer service at manufacturer and ask them where to buy? If not retail locations they may be able to provide distributor info which could point to a retailer.
by rec630
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 368
Views: 47055

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Just renewed. Chat person said they didnt have the $60/yr promo. I said ok, cancel. She transferred me to a retention specialist, who quickly gave me the $60/yr. Done for another year When calling in, always say you want to cancel and that usually gets to a retention specialist quickly. No need to ...
by rec630
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic
Replies: 282
Views: 25427

Re: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic

Kenkat wrote: Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:50 am Caffeine free Coke or Pepsi. We talked to one of the Coca-Cola reps at the store and he said there was an aluminum shortage and so they were only making their core product lines.
Ah...not only are caffeine free products missing, Cherry coke in the mini cans have disappeared from everywhere.
by rec630
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LTCi refuses claim
Replies: 33
Views: 5808

Re: LTCi refuses claim

Hate to hear these stories but glad to hear they finally agreed to pay. Would have to check my policy but I think mine from CNA requires me to pay out of pocket the first 3 or 6 months before they start payments. It definitely isnt the company it was when benefit originally offered by my work 20 or ...
by rec630
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DVR for OTA TV
Replies: 71
Views: 4603

Re: DVR for OTA TV

ChannelMaster also has/had an OTA DVR but not sure how the latest product compares/performs to their older product or competitors. A couple of years ago Magnavox also had one that let you burn to a DVD but not sure if discontinued, at least in the US. Was available via Walmart and some specialty sto...
by rec630
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 120
Views: 7174

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

Agreed https://www.rtings.com/ is a good research resource. Also the forums at https://www.avsforum.com/forum/index.php OLED is awesome. My next set is planned to be a Sony XBR-65A9G or LG OLED65C9PUA (or maybe the equivalent new year model.) These are not cheap but I tend to overbuy and keep my set...
by rec630
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face mask recommendations
Replies: 173
Views: 13214

Re: Face mask recommendations

https://www.filtrete.com/3M/en_US/filtrete/home-tips/full-story/~/coronavirus-and-important-things-to-know-about-airborne-particles/?storyid=d69e7735-c02c-46d2-9c8a-ae23372934ac Can we use the Filtrete™ Air Filter material/media to create handmade masks? Our filters are designed to be used in HVAC ...
by rec630
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face mask recommendations
Replies: 173
Views: 13214

Re: Face mask recommendations

WHO has apparently changed, at least somewhat, their recommendations about what type of mask for whom. They now recommend medical masks for those who are at risk, including those over 60 or with certain medical conditions. Link to pdf is here: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/advice-on-the-u...
by rec630
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 368
Views: 47055

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

They offered me AllAccess for $99/yr plus fees and taxes. Same rate they did the Select plan for last year. Would not go any lower.
by rec630
Sun May 31, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face mask recommendations
Replies: 173
Views: 13214

Re: Face mask recommendations

You can pretty much find surgical masks at a not too unreasonable price from many sources. I'd like to know some of those sources. The Joola site mentioned before looks possibly legit. In general though, I dont see exam/procedure/surgical masks with certified labels, BFE or level 1/2/3 ratings unle...
by rec630
Sat May 30, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face mask recommendations
Replies: 173
Views: 13214

Re: Face mask recommendations

KN95s on the approved CDC list in theory meet N95 specs, but Ive read a lot of fake product with counterfit approval labels or stamps on product and bags. A true multi layer exam/procedure medical surgical mask may give you 50 to 60 % protection, but these dust pollen things are much lower in report...
by rec630
Thu May 21, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of sunglasses?
Replies: 107
Views: 6742

Re: What kind of sunglasses?

I used to always wear RayBans after I moved up from the really cheap pairs. It is amazing what a quality pair of sunglasses can do for your vision. And now Maui Jims have replaced my RayBans even though pricey. Biggest complaint is when my lens RX changes, it can be difficult to get new lenses if th...
by rec630
Sat May 09, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to negotiate severance if laid off?
Replies: 75
Views: 6337

Re: How to negotiate severance if laid off?

Good you are thinking of this now. I wish I had considered that but my "Rif" was kind of out of the blue as they went on a sweep of people over 50 and long term emoloyees. Didnt have a whole lot of time. Should have seen something coming with new executives and a modification to corporate severance ...
by rec630
Sat May 09, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do Early Retirees Pay for Medical
Replies: 132
Views: 10236

Re: How Do Early Retirees Pay for Medical

Paid for out of savings/investment/pension. Got Rif'ed and went through severance and retirement. Retirement plan inncludes a medical and dental benefit...for now. Used to be free based on number of years worked. Now it keeps getting worse, e.g. modified benefits, cost, etc with the changes every ye...
by rec630
Sat May 09, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my CPA overcharging me?
Replies: 24
Views: 3277

Re: Is my CPA overcharging me?

I think my CPA charge this year was around $275 for tax prep. Theres always a flurry of communication around tax time and then maybe a very small handful of messages throughout the year. I've never been charged extra for any of that additional contact. This is a smaller family run firm.
by rec630
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 24996

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

BTW, when I went today, just about everyone was masked and gloved to the hilt. Can't blame them - feels like the virus is literally in the air here and everyone knows someone who's died. Even folks (like me) who couldn't get in early enough for the masks had face covers. Some had stitched their own...
by rec630
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 24996

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

BTW, when I went today, just about everyone was masked and gloved to the hilt. Can't blame them - feels like the virus is literally in the air here and everyone knows someone who's died. Even folks (like me) who couldn't get in early enough for the masks had face covers. Some had stitched their own...
by rec630
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: E-Fax
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: E-Fax

Any security concerns with these services? The places that wont accept email or other fax alternatives are usually the ones receiving a fax of a more sensitive nature e.g. medical records. In theory my printer will also fax but I've never tried setting it up. It's not near a phone jack nor am I sure...
by rec630
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Wheel Cleaner Spray
Replies: 9
Views: 740

Re: Car Wheel Cleaner Spray

I've been satisfied with Eagle One EAGLE 1 A2Z WHEEL CLEANER . Been using it for a few years.
by rec630
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How much you lost/gain since Feb 20,2020 ?
Replies: 349
Views: 30167

Re: How much you lost/gain since Feb 20,2020 ?

I dont really track actual dollars but more the percentage. About 10 days ago I was down ~13% over past year. Today its 6%. No changes planned for now and reevaluating rebalancing this month.
by rec630
Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?
Replies: 57
Views: 4097

Re: Do you subscribe to Consumer Reports?

I was a subscriber for many years. Then there were changes. The content was substantially decreased. In addition, sometimes an article had only cursory information with instructions to go to the web site for details. However, there was an extra fee for accessing the web site. I decided that I no lo...
by rec630
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Social Security Card as Identification for Real ID
Replies: 78
Views: 7264

Re: Social Security Card as Identification for Real ID

For those that need a replacement social security card, it can be requested online in many states: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html This may be helpful if your card is lost, old, laminated, or for whatever other reason deemed unacceptable by the folks checking documents for Real ...