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by simple man
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers
Replies: 53
Views: 3570

Re: Another Smart Phone Thread, Low/Mid priced phones and carriers

I would stress the issue raised above about updates. This should be a key criteria going forward. I have a Samsung 5S and Verizon wont give me the next Android OS update. There is clearly an incentive for the carriers to stop updating your phone after a while so you have to buy a new one. I hear the...
by simple man
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Cut the Cord yesterday!
Replies: 51
Views: 4456

Re: I Cut the Cord yesterday!

And if you want the premium cord cutting experience, I highly recommend that after you get your antenna, get a DVR for over the air broadcasting. I got mine from Channel Master and it is awesome. One time charge, and if you get the wifi connected model, they provide you a full channel guide on the s...
by simple man
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 18574

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

The bigger issue here is the decent reporting of the news. Why pay for a periodical when you know what they are going to print based on the narrative that periodical has decided to support? It has really turned me off. I find I learn more academically about what is really happening in the US by read...
by simple man
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is going on with the home insurance rates?
Replies: 53
Views: 5187

Re: What is going on with the home insurance rates?

Ditto. Our homeowners went up an insane amount! I could not believe it and the agent was not very helpful. We had Geico for car insurance so asked them. Their price was like 30% of the other quote! A normal amount. The agent says Geico digs deeper into the underwriting info and does not just tag you...
by simple man
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime customers can now give Amazon access to their home
Replies: 53
Views: 4571

Re: Amazon Prime customers can now give Amazon access to their home

Yep. Found Bezos in my kitchen the other day....had to shoo him out. He said he was cooking Prime rib... :oops:
by simple man
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 10053

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

No. I am trying to distance myself from Google and their silly intrusive evil spying practices. I think using THEIR actual hardware would be the coup de grace. Might as well bank with them, give them all my tax returns and run a broadcasting camera from my bedroom!!! :oops:
by simple man
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best weight loss resources?
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: Best weight loss resources?

Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated

Harvard Study

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/health/19brody.html
by simple man
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best weight loss resources?
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: Best weight loss resources?

I dont think I disagree really. But I would note that a normal overweight person who simply focuses on low caloric intake, but still eats starches and sugars and potatoes, will be creating enough extra insulin to keep them always hungry. It is just not a formula for success, unless you can stay in s...
by simple man
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best weight loss resources?
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: Best weight loss resources?

On the problem with the "calories in/calories out" argument, I would suggest Gary Taubes' What Makes us Fat. It is eye opening and uses the actual science and real life examples to prove the fallacy. From Amazon summary: Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damagi...
by simple man
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best weight loss resources?
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: Best weight loss resources?

I had felt just like the OP. I did what everyone said and it never worked. I have been immersed in nutritional history and science for the past 4 months. What I found is CRAZY! In the Big Fat Surprise, the author looks at all the studies being used by the USDA and others to promote the "eat less/exe...
by simple man
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling burial plots in Alabama
Replies: 14
Views: 1202

Re: Selling burial plots in Alabama

Really? That really burns me up!
by simple man
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: New Woodlands, Texas Local Chapter
Replies: 21
Views: 3508

Re: The Woodlands, Texas Chapter?

Please add me as interested also! Thanks.
by simple man
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Protection
Replies: 83
Views: 6186

Re: Password Protection

I had heard at one point (I think on BH) that if you give your password data to a third party, you can end up waiving any liability protection you might have from say someone hacking your bank account or other financial account. Not sure if its true, but it does have some logic to it...I do not feel...
by simple man
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV DVR Dilemnia: OTA or Satellite
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: TV DVR Dilemnia: OTA or Satellite

If you go with the Live TV option, I highly recommend Channel Master. Their box is the size of a notebook and has a wifi option to get 14 days of programming on the menu. Truly awesome.
by simple man
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My first promotion without a pay increase
Replies: 47
Views: 5217

Re: My first promotion without a pay increase

I agree with some others that they might not think you are a flight risk....Every now and then, wear a suit to work. Get haircuts regularly and make yourself look more marketable (whatever that means in your situation). Take off a day with very little notice. At the same, make a positive case to you...
by simple man
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks
Replies: 9
Views: 627

Re: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks

I added the Pocket add on to my FF. It has worked great so far. Of course, it is just a bookmark also and thus you run the risk of your page not being there when you want to reference it again. For really important stuff, I may save it as a pdf...
by simple man
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash on hand for emergencies
Replies: 42
Views: 3454

Re: Cash on hand for emergencies

I understand and have been made comfortable by all the arguments regarding modernity and silly prepping. BUT then I realized I was suffering from arrogant first worlder privilege. Problems can and will happen. By definition, we do not EXPECT them to happen. I realized (and this is just me) that if I...
by simple man
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spray Foam Insulation
Replies: 20
Views: 2190

Re: Spray Foam Insulation

A few thoughts from my experience: 1. Good for NEW build, less so for retrofit because the chemicals need to air out when it cures. Could be problems on retrofit. 2. Insulation value is MUCH higher. 3. The house stays very tight, so you must have a way to bring in fresh air - such as with the ac air...
by simple man
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Experian credit freeze by phone vs online
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: Experian credit freeze by phone vs online

Has anyone been able to use the Experian freeze online? I get the feeling they are giving us the runaround. I put in on the info and then get kicked out saying I have to physically mail in a bunch of documents. Crazy. The other 2 worked fine.
by simple man
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home
Replies: 67
Views: 4602

Re: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home

It seems like a key issue here is whether natural gas would keep flowing in an emergency. I have been in the South for most of my life with lots of hurricanes and I have never heard of natural gas pipes being curtailed. That is a new one on me. I wonder what they had in Sandy that made that happen. ...
by simple man
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two Factor Authentication and One Time Passwords
Replies: 24
Views: 2260

Re: Two Factor Authentication and One Time Passwords

Schwab still offers a physical token for its 2FA. I got that over the phone app since the reviews on the phone app were awful and your phone can be hacked. I've gone retro on those hackers! hah.
by simple man
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home
Replies: 67
Views: 4602

Re: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home

Thanks. What do you think the cost would run nowadays? 5-8k?
by simple man
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home
Replies: 67
Views: 4602

Large portable generator vs. permanent natural gas generator for home

I want to have emergency power capability for my home and am considering a large portable generator (gasoline powered) or a fixed Generac style generator that I can connect to my natural gas pipeline. Both would have either a direct connection to a transfer switch or for the portable, be able to plu...
by simple man
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 25878

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

And fancy home theater with wired speakers. It turns out a sound bar is 98% as good, much cheaper and super easier. (hint - the rear speakers in a home theater are used very seldom and most all the sound comes from the front anyway)
by simple man
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 275
Views: 25878

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

Any kitchen device other than a good set of pots, pans and sharp knives. Everything else just adds complexity...

Wood floors...

Schwab Private Client Service...
by simple man
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 13026

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

Get to know the people who are raising your kids??? :oops:
by simple man
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 182
Views: 13026

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

Seems like you answered your own question: "Nothing is more important to us than family" If that is true, seems to me that you would want to be with them more than the money is worth. Trust me when I tell you, you will never get that amazing time back again. There will always be a job there for you ...
by simple man
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Revealing Usernames
Replies: 108
Views: 16377

Re: Revealing Usernames

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Sorry - couldn't resist....Thanks Bill.
by simple man
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Mathematics of Retirement Investing
Replies: 123
Views: 15395

Re: The Mathematics of Retirement Investing

As I say in my line of work, predictions of risk are based on probabilities. The actual result is binary. That is when it is determined if you are brilliant or a fool.
by simple man
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florence Hotels.......
Replies: 25
Views: 1575

Re: Florence Hotels.......

Plaza Hotel Lucchesi. Stayed there with family twice. Elegant, but also reasonable. Huge, beautiful breakfast will hold you all day. Not a long walk to Ponte Vecchio, but in a quiet location. Highly recommend.
by simple man
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 11977

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

In church. Sitting quietly. Just me and my higher power (solely my opinion).
by simple man
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: WWYD? Cash in Investment to Pay Off Mortgage Question
Replies: 50
Views: 3019

Re: WWYD? Cash in Investment to Pay Off Mortgage Question

We used savings to pay off a large mortgage awhile back and it was GREAT! Do not underestimate the psychological benefits of having no debt. When the market fell last time, all the neighbors were freaking out - but with no debt, it was a big yawn for us. As long as you have enough cash or access to ...
by simple man
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who takes financial chances and why is this forum so financially conservative?
Replies: 139
Views: 14734

Re: Who takes financial chances and why is this forum so financially conservative?

Reminds me of the classic argument:
"You're a pessimist."
"I'm a realist."
You're a pessimist."
"I'm a realist."
repeat... :oops:
by simple man
Fri May 26, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are middle-aged breadwinners getting a raw deal?
Replies: 20
Views: 3281

Are middle-aged breadwinners getting a raw deal?

Ok. I know I am inviting you to my pity party, but feel free to hang around. I am a middle-aged (+) breadwinner in a single income household. I have been doing this big corp stuff a long time, and I am indeed getting burned out a bit and think about the big picture and what I am doing with my life. ...
by simple man
Mon May 22, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NY vs Utah 529?? Can't decide!
Replies: 23
Views: 2566

Re: NY vs Utah 529?? Can't decide!

Been with UESP for almost 10 years. Great program, very focused on low costs and just doing the job they are supposed to do. Very professional and helpful. Not run by the stockbrokers....I dont know about NY.
by simple man
Mon May 22, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Shocking car insurance quote
Replies: 39
Views: 5600

Re: Shocking car insurance quote

Same thing just happened to me with Liberty. We are long time Liberty customers and the new prices were absurd. My DW made some calls and Geico came in at LESS THAN HALF THE PRICE for auto and home. DW was in insurance and says it is apples to apples. She said Geico asked a lot more questions so the...
by simple man
Mon May 01, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft, I want my computer back!
Replies: 175
Views: 16431

Re: Microsoft, I want my computer back!

One thing folks often overlook is all the junk cache that builds up just with normal usage and web surfing. I use CCleaner and it is great - but I encourage you to look for others too. Sometimes it will remove a Gig of trash. That is a Gig that my pc had to work through to get to my real task...alwa...
by simple man
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX

btenny - Are your Intermediate Term Bonds treasuries or corporates (or both)?
by simple man
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX

I am not sure. From what I see there is confusion. Investopedia says FannieMae and FreddieMac are NOT covered by the full faith and credit of the US. http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/07/mbs-guarantee.asp. But i agree with you, that is the heart of the issue.
by simple man
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX
Replies: 5
Views: 589

The Big Short, FannyMae and VBMFX

My main question here for everyone is "should we be concerned at all?" I love the movie The Big Short. Great information on the exploding economy in 2008, presented in an incredibly creative way. The key issue focused on is the fact that subprime mortgages got packaged as high credit risk....
by simple man
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial/Retirement Planner in Houston area
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Financial/Retirement Planner in Houston area

I am getting to the point where I think it would be helpful to have a planner give me a double check on where I sit for my post-current career departure. Does anyone know of a good fee based planner in the Houston area?
by simple man
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possbile career moves without college degree
Replies: 39
Views: 3973

Re: Possbile career moves without college degree

In my area, policing requires 60 hours of college (basically an Associates Degree).
by simple man
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is Lexus not fixing its air bags?
Replies: 8
Views: 1113

Why is Lexus not fixing its air bags?

Long story short, about 8 months ago I got the letter from Lexus saying they need to fix my takata airbag (passenger side only). To this day, Lexus wont fix them. I understand that Honda is getting all the new production of the new air bags first. I am patient but I am getting tired of making people...
by simple man
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The True Cost of Statins
Replies: 1
Views: 861

The True Cost of Statins

After 3 years, I finally capitulated and went on a statin. I dont like unnecessary drugs. It turns out (this is supported by most evidence) that when you are on a statin you should also take CoQ10, which is expensive. Now, in my latest research, i have learned that although statins will reduce the r...
by simple man
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anybody else Age - 10 in bonds, rest in stocks
Replies: 58
Views: 5355

Re: Anybody else Age - 10 in bonds, rest in stocks

Started with Buffet's full "age = bonds" and have kept at it. Now at 50-50, and based on what i have read on 50-50, i am inclined to stay here for the duration...
by simple man
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College application time coming soon. Can you recommend an SAT/ACT prep course? Or have other ideas?
Replies: 36
Views: 2109

Re: College application time coming soon. Can you recommend an SAT/ACT prep course? Or have other ideas?

Yes. I thought it was funny they were "moving to a scale of 1600" when I never knew they left the 1600 scale, which was in place when I was younger.
by simple man
Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College application time coming soon. Can you recommend an SAT/ACT prep course? Or have other ideas?
Replies: 36
Views: 2109

College application time coming soon. Can you recommend an SAT/ACT prep course? Or have other ideas?

Needless to say it has been a while since I took an SAT or ACT test. Now I have a kiddo coming into that season - soon to be taking standardized tests to apply for college. It is all so very competitive nowadays. Do you have any recommendation on test prep courses, such as Princeton, Kaplan, etc...?...
by simple man
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8mm Video Camera
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: 8mm Video Camera

Thanks nisiprius! You have provided your own incredible imagery here! lol :D This is incredible detail of how it works. Hard to believe now that we pull out our phones and click with one hand. Thanks for taking the time to show us the level of work involved.....Very much appreciated! :sharebeer
by simple man
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8mm Video Camera
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: 8mm Video Camera

Yes. The bigger issue is processing. Kodak is rolling out a new service where you buy the film and the price includes them processing it for you, sending you the film and them uploading it digitally for you to download.
by simple man
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8mm Video Camera
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

8mm Video Camera

My son is studying filmmaking and all the latest that filmmaking school has to offer. I was thinking it might be cool to go retro and get him an 8 mm camera so he can experiment with that style in making his film shorts for school. I know nothing about it. Are there new 8mm"s or do I have to bu...