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by hunoraut
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Mirrorless overtaken DSLRs?
Replies: 26
Views: 1408

Re: Has Mirrorless overtaken DSLRs?

It doesnt seem much of an argument anymore. You look at all the model release history of Canon and Nikon and you'll see all the eggs are in the mirrorless basket now. The lifecycle of the Nikon D-series have doubled or tripled. I use a Fuji XH system because the tactile experience is so enjoyable. B...
by hunoraut
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can openers
Replies: 25
Views: 1028

Re: Can openers

which OXO did you try? the snap-lock model works a charm
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 101
Views: 6416

Re: New smoker recommendation?

2) Charcoal burners basically use the charcoal for heat and then a few wood chunks for smoke. The idea is that the chunks smolder and impart a smoke flavor. That always struck me as wrong? When you're burning wood you made darn sure that the wood is NEVER smoldering ... you do not want that kind of...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

I think you are just arguing semantics right? With first hand knowlge I can tell you that the OEM tires on two of my vehicles are approximately 30-40% cheaper than the mid rated tires in that size range. So they are indeed “cheap”. They are also certainly poorly rated against many other same size/c...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

That article is pure tinfoil stuff, stacked with one error after another, I'm surprised people are buying into it
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

Hunoraut, I thought I'd help you out with a Google search. This includes explanations from a GM dealer, popular mechanics and consumer reports. You've used my allotted bogleheads time today, but I would love to know if you are still convinced this is an urban legend: JT Actually, all the search res...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

"OEM" tires are not anything special, especially not in the sense that manufacturers cheap out on their tread depth. They should all measure about 9mm deep or so. The tires are either completely and utterly identical to an aftermarket one (say, a Michelin MXM4); or they are a manufacturer-specific ...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

Well known to anyone who has done cursory research. There have been a number of previous threads on the issue in this forum alone. JT deferring to "well known" is how urban legends perpetuate. the only thing shown in this thread is a 2-decade old article. in it, the claim is tire manufacturers deli...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

bottlecap wrote: Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:43 am It's well known that oem tires are not the same as the tires bought aftermarket, even if they carry the same name.

It's getting to be time for new tires.

JT

well-known how? these tires have different parts numbers from the supplier? sounds like urban legend
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help...we're getting a dog!
Replies: 133
Views: 6214

Re: Help...we're getting a dog!

The only advice I can relay is to have lots and lots of patience, around the soiling, and possibly chewing behavior. Over time, the number of accidental soiling goes down very steadily, but with a very WIDE scatter. Do not expect a single punctuated, eureka moment for the puppy. Around 3 months ours...
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.
Replies: 65
Views: 3566

Re: All Season Tires wearing out too fast.

It's fairly straight forward. Tires will wear out quickly if: * Your vehicle is heavy and places more load on them * Your vehicle is powerful or you drive hard and place more load on them * You drive on rougher road surfaces which are more abrasive " Your vehicles suspension is less square - due to ...
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hassle free luxury car
Replies: 116
Views: 7539

Re: Hassle free luxury car

A Lexus isn’t sporty.... If you want a sporty luxury car Audi, BMW, or Mercedes are on another level Lexus is the few manufacturers left with a naturally aspirated V8. It revs to 7300RPM. It's probably one of the sportiest motors left in production. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are not sportier. Mercede...
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hassle free luxury car
Replies: 116
Views: 7539

Re: Hassle free luxury car

Why dont you just get a Lexus GSF if you like the LC500? same drivetrain, in 4dr
by hunoraut
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leather Cleaner/Conditioner Recommendations, Please
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: Leather Cleaner/Conditioner Recommendations, Please

It seems like any time leather cleaners/conditioners come up Lexol bubbles to the top of the list. I've used it intermittently in the past but started a regular regime with my last new car. In spite of regular treatment of the leather seats with their conditioner they still became dirty and the Lex...
by hunoraut
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leather Cleaner/Conditioner Recommendations, Please
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: Leather Cleaner/Conditioner Recommendations, Please

I use Saphir products on shoes, but that's probably overkill for a sofa.

IMO the point is as long as you regularly moisturize/condition it, that's 95% of the required care and the actual product is only the remaining 5%
by hunoraut
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stationary Indoor Bikes
Replies: 34
Views: 2232

Re: Stationary Indoor Bikes

The answer very strongly depend on price and purpose: * Is recipient a cyclist who wants to replicate training feel and improve cycling skills? --> turbo trainers or rollers * Is recipient non-cyclist who just wants to get aerobic workout? --> anything * Want a social or gamified experience? --> a f...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks
Replies: 67
Views: 3731

Re: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks

I think the original spirit of AirBNB was homestays and alternative lodging, but now it's really about taking away local housing stock in urban centers to profit off tourists in hastily-furnished Ikea apartments... ...so there's a bit of an ethical question there. Traveling with a family it is very ...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks
Replies: 67
Views: 3731

Re: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks

For restaurants, go to a swank bar and chat up some of the locals. “What’s your favorite place for ... If you’re not shy, it’s fun, and I’ve found some of my best meals that way include some far off the beaten track that would never appear in a guides. This works if you assume doing the same thing ...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks
Replies: 67
Views: 3731

Re: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks

summer in Tuscany - assuming events are allowed to resume - has the Palio di Siena. As a cultural event its a wonderfully pageant. It's not just about watching a horse race (which ends quite quickly) but the surrounding spectacle leading up to it... you can book an open-air neighborhood dinner and s...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks
Replies: 67
Views: 3731

Re: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks

Rome might not have been built in a day, but it can be seen in one. Get up early, walk through the coliseum, ruins of the senate, Trevi fountain, etc. Its all pretty, but I'm not big on "sights" and museums. Sorry, Dad. This might be the most looniest tip ever written. I've been to every capital on...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks
Replies: 67
Views: 3731

Re: Help me plan a family trip to Italy - Two Weeks

Airfare is already handled. We have two weeks, flying in and out of Rome. My kids will be 9 and 7. My initial plan is 5-6 days in Rome, train to Venice, a few days there then the rest of the time in Florence / Tuscany. Any help is appreciated. I’ve never been to Italy and it seems almost all google...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

my knife sharpener is called "lorenzo" and he owns the local cutlery shop. most people who dont want to work on a whetstone at home, just find a specialized knife shop. they'll know how to treat your blades. only need to do it once or twice a year to grind a new edge. the rest of the time, use a hon...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New washing machine / washing clothes in hot water?
Replies: 52
Views: 3603

Re: New washing machine / washing clothes in hot water?

Cubicle wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:15 am Would not buy the heater model. I presume you have a stove to heat water. If it's really needed, just boil whatever you needed to sanitize. If bleach & sunlight weren't an option.
$200 is a fair amount to pay for the convenience of not having to manually boil laundry items from a stove top.
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New washing machine / washing clothes in hot water?
Replies: 52
Views: 3603

Re: New washing machine / washing clothes in hot water?

garments themselves have washing instructions. most suggest warm cycles. i wash fragile stuff cold, everyday wear warm (30-40*C), and towels and linens warm to hot (40-60*). the detergent we buy are also built for these temp ranges. theyre not all formulated to work best "cold". so personally, i wou...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

Lee_WSP seems savvier than me on this stuff, so I'll cautiously add: Agree on teflon chemistry, environment. Our solution is cast iron. It's good enough for our nonstick needs, including eggs. But we've had it for 20 years. For the first 15 it wasn't good enough. The difference between 'factory sea...
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

Thumbs up for referencing Louis Rossman - I've actually mentioned him in a couple threads from people who needed Apple repairs. As he says himself, the issue is not that Apple is uniquely bad - because they're really not. It's that when a Lenovo breaks, people will say Lenovo is terrible. When an A...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?
Replies: 126
Views: 8946

Re: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?

I disagree. I think the 1" sensor cameras are excellent and where the P&S format excels. The quality of the photos is a lot better and the auto modes are a lot less processed than most phone cameras which go way over the top one way or the other. Apple loves to make fire colors very bold and skin t...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

My folks purchased a 50" Panasonic Plasma ~10-15 years ago. Still the best picture quality of any tv I have ever watched a game on. The images and colors are extremely bright and vivid. They want to replace it with something bigger but haven't been able to find anything in the stores that can repli...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

nigel_ht wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:48 am
Nice...imply everyone that thinks that Apple makes high quality products are dupes.
i.e. "only i know something that 1 million other people dont. they must be the fools"
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

Question about bedsheets - I once had a set made of T-shirt material and they were the most comfy of all, but I am loathe to find them whenever I now look for another set. Does anyone know of a good manufacturer? What you're looking for is a "knit" or "cotton jersey" set. I'm the opposite. I like f...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

I'm saying the average person doesn't know the difference or care and wouldnt even push the computer to the point they could tell. The majority of people that have MBP could do the same thing with a 150 dollar chrome book or a 10 year old Dell inspiron. They just buy MBP bc apple has the best marke...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?
Replies: 126
Views: 8946

Re: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?

I guess the latest iPhone has pretty big sensor size and has phenomenal "post". But, have you ever tried to zoom-in or print said pictures from a smart phone? The fake bokeh, "adjusted" skin tones and the AI or whatever makes everything look really flat. I'm sure eventually P&S cameras will be repl...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 321
Views: 19673

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

Not quite. I wouldn't trust a cellphone for accurate metering. In any case, a 10 dB difference is what you need to perceive a doubling of volume. See: Sound level and auditory perception I'm more concerned about the spectral components (fundamental and harmonic frequencies) produced by low quality ...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

. To your point, the Mac also has other improvements for the extra cost like better keyboard and trackpad that may be nice to have, but I don't really think they really make or break the experience - the cheaper windows ones aren't that bad, and the Mac isn't that great, especially compared to prop...
by hunoraut
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Build Thread 2020
Replies: 321
Views: 19673

Re: PC Build Thread 2020

The fan size is smaller than what I have, which means more RPMs to move the same amount of air and will be louder. Note the max ambient noise is 25.4 dB(A) vs. 22.4 dB(A). A 3 dB difference is barely audible, but it proves a point. . In terms of relative, perceived sound intensity, 3dB is yuge. Pla...
by hunoraut
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Items that are worth the money for the quality
Replies: 417
Views: 29134

Re: Items that are worth the money for the quality

I was tweaking dip switches and motherboard jumpers on 386DX machines when I was a kid. Until my first laptop, every desktop I owned was assembled part by part from mail order. Used virtually every generation of Dell Precision for the last decade at work. Using now a Precision and a Latitude 7xxx se...
by hunoraut
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?
Replies: 126
Views: 8946

Re: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?

I may be behind the times, but in my dinosaur old photographer’s brain, big glass to take in the image and photo cells to process the image matter. I don’t have current side-by-sides to compare. But my Luminex crushes my iPhone on photos. pure physics, you want the biggest sensor to gather the most...
by hunoraut
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 499
Views: 31476

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

austin757 wrote: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:54 pm Wait, a Miata is a sports car?
Light weight, 3 pedals, naturally aspirated, rear driven...it's more sports car than most of the vehicles mentioned in this thread, and is also the best selling sports car in the world.
by hunoraut
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use the full capabilities of advanced smartphone cameras?
Replies: 29
Views: 2105

Re: Does anyone use the full capabilities of advanced smartphone cameras?

most of the "smartphone vs dedicated camera" comparisons and anecdotes are pretty flawed. theyre typically centered around which device is easiest to take good-enough photos in most situations? sort of like between a landcruiser, a ferrari, and a toyota camry, which is best.... but the criteria for ...
by hunoraut
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?
Replies: 126
Views: 8946

Re: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?

I think the message Apple is trying to get through is that the MagSafe charger is a wireless changer (so no need for lightning cable). But, with Qi wireless chargers, if you wanted to pick up the phone to make a call, charging would stop. With MagSafe, since the charger sticks to the phone, you can...
by hunoraut
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?
Replies: 126
Views: 8946

Re: iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone 12 Mini?

Mini has sensors from newer generation. Has processing and software to improve the images, such as better performance in low lights. Has 2 cameras for 2 different photo scenarios. As important or more, it has ~2200mah of battery capacity vs ~1800mah, and newer processor should be even more efficient...
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do Bogleheads cope with not beating the market?
Replies: 142
Views: 10590

Re: How do Bogleheads cope with not beating the market?

Easy for you guys to say to ignore the market and stay the course. You follow the market and see the rally. You look at the individual stocks and see some of them gaining 10% 20%. You read BH forum and see others up YTD 30% 40%. You look at your passive index funds and you see they are up 1% or 2%....
by hunoraut
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Phantom braking
Replies: 28
Views: 2391

Re: Tesla Phantom braking

Sorry but I must ask. What's an analog speed sign? I imagine it must say something like "go kind of slow-ish around here" or "pretty fast compared to what you just did." we have lots of digital speed signs here. they are identical in height, format, size, and color to the painted signs. to the huma...
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Phantom braking
Replies: 28
Views: 2391

Re: Tesla Phantom braking

As far as the auto emergency brake, I've had lots of false-alarms...not enough to wholly annoy me.

But also the few times I've actually gotten close to the vehicle or obstacles ahead, neither has the alarm or the emergency braking come on.
by hunoraut
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 499
Views: 31476

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

I just wanted to come back and respond update this thread. I will also update OP. Since starting this discussion we have paid off the mortgage and have over $3 million plus enough money to purchase a nice car. This occurred much faster than expected thanks to rebalancing in March, our robust econom...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for $5,000+
Replies: 127
Views: 10505

Re: Best watch for $5,000+

You lumped the Sub into a pretty negative comment about other brands like JLC and Panerai not being creative and said it was "the worst". I didn't realize you were talking about Sub homages (since nobody is really making homages of the reverso that I've ever seen). They AREN'T creative. Or, they ha...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for $5,000+
Replies: 127
Views: 10505

Re: Best watch for $5,000+

The rational part of my brain tells me a mechanical chrono is an expensive mistake. I never had much interest in a Speedmaster. I despise the trend towards making a bazillion different 'limited' editions of the same watch. I find the way Omega milks the whole 'Moonwatch' branding rather trite and i...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Winklevoss: The Case for $500,000 Bitcoin
Replies: 349
Views: 23690

Re: Winklevoss: The Case for $500,000 Bitcoin

It is not uncommon for those skeptical of equities to put their cash elsewhere. Very common locations are real estate, commodities, and collectibles. I find bitcoin to be pretty complex compared more tangible assets such the aforementioned real estate, collectibles, or commodities. I'm not sure peo...
by hunoraut
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Phantom braking
Replies: 28
Views: 2391

Re: Tesla Phantom braking

1. It's not AEB it is the cruise control (hence computer reset will not do anything) 2. It's caused most of the time by faulty mapping data -- verified because often it'll happen at the same location over and over again 3. It's sometimes caused by shadows and overpasses and other scenarios that tric...
by hunoraut
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for $5,000+
Replies: 127
Views: 10505

Re: Best watch for $5,000+

The rational part of my brain tells me a mechanical chrono is an expensive mistake. I never had much interest in a Speedmaster. I despise the trend towards making a bazillion different 'limited' editions of the same watch. I find the way Omega milks the whole 'Moonwatch' branding rather trite and i...