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by samtex
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air 1st generation update
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: iPad Air 1st generation update

OP

Thanks, managed to get it updated to 12.4.9 with minimal trouble and no broken bones.

Samtex
by samtex
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Air 1st generation update
Replies: 7
Views: 456

iPad Air 1st generation update

A family member who is an IT manager had a stack of "new" Apple 1st Gen iPad Airs that had very little return value credit with Apple, so she purchased one for us to use to Facetime with other members of the family. I'm not an Apple aficionado. So here I am to ask a question or two. It sho...
by samtex
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to Austin
Replies: 35
Views: 2525

Re: Moving to Austin

a010z wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:01 pm Are you in tech? If so, I vote for staying in bay area...
Elon is in tech too...

Samtex
by samtex
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Fault Insurance - Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Re: No Fault Insurance - Florida

Its fine to talk to a lawyer. Ask questions. If you dont like him, ask for a rec on Nextdoor.com I agree but he was hired before I could make any suggestions. I'm thinking the lawyer will complicate things, possibly without adding any value or actually decreasing any compensation for my family memb...
by samtex
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Fault Insurance - Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 668

Re: No Fault Insurance - Florida

Vanguard Fan 1367 wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:48 am I agree with you that I would wait on the attorney. I would at least like to see what the insurance would do to help before getting an attorney involved.
Well, that's the issue, the lawyer is already involved. :oops:

Samtex
by samtex
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Fault Insurance - Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 668

No Fault Insurance - Florida

A family member was involved in an auto accident, they were stopped and another person ran into them. There is no dispute as to who was at fault. Their car was totaled, the at fault person's car was probably totaled also. So far there has been minimal injuries, other than bruising but it has only be...
by samtex
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Check your prescription refill price
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: PSA: Check your prescription refill price

whodidntante wrote: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:31 pm It would be more money if you were a cat with asthma. :wink:
I get one prescription for myself and an inhaler for my cat from Canada. Save a bundle.

Samtex
by samtex
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GM OnStar pricing
Replies: 1
Views: 292

GM OnStar pricing

Anyone ever tried negotiating renewal rate on OnStar?

Samtex
by samtex
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2136

Re: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

Well, I should have waited for more answers but I went ahead and bought some Enelope Pro's. One package came with a their charger. Is it a good one or should I purchased another brand? In the past I bought a "Ecogear FX" Lithium-Ion charger from Amazon for use with Lithium Ion 18650 batter...
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2136

Re: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

Teague wrote: Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:26 pm OP, what are you using the batteries for? The best choice can depend on the application.
Mainly some inside automatic night lights (4 AA's) around the house and in cabinets. Tooth brushes.

Samtex
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset

I was wondering of the earbuds might fo well in the wind since they appear to be more protected but I guess they don't have the noise cancellation technology . Samtex +1 for Apple's AirPods. I use the AirPods Pro (think I saw them on sale for $200) all day. For earbuds, they are by far the best nois...
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset

I should hsve included my phone is a Samsung-android

Samtex
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2136

Re: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

I think tha'ts normal, My 20 volt lithium battery drill will work find up until it just stops. Fortunately it has a power gauge leds that shows it current charge. Samtex DW and I use Eneloop (spel?) for everything, including portable flash units for commercial photography. They do need to be topped ...
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2136

Re: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

I always sort the reviews by current reviews first. With the default sorting, you might be reading reviews from years ago first. Samtex Another for Eneloop. I would buy somewhere other than Amazon though as chance of counterfeits is too high there. Which might conceivably account for the bad reviews...
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Bluetooth Ear buds vs Bluetooth single ear cell phone headset

I've been looking to replace an ancient Motorola "single ear headset". My current one works well in the car or home but it has very poor noise cancelling ability. The slightest wind outside creates too much noise for the other party to understand me. I was considering a Plantronics Voyager...
by samtex
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2136

Rechargeable batteries AA AAA etc.

Iv'e purchased a few rechargeable batteries from Amazon and had good luck but it's been a few years ago. I was going to buy more but after reading the reviews I decided to wait and do more research. The reviews for the Amazon branded batteries (what I purchased in the past) are not stellar, at least...
by samtex
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?
Replies: 32
Views: 2406

Re: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?

I went through this a few years ago. Here are a few key points that I received from a ventilation manufacture. Ridge vents are rarely installed properly and are over rated. A couple of mistakes, differences over two feet in roof elevations cause problems in flow, in those areas you should build part...
by samtex
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 327
Views: 38251

Re: Bread failure question

Bingo, I bet that was the issue, in fact the oven was off but I left the light on, if I remember it was closer to 100° Samtex The other day I tried a no-knead recipe. Followed it exactly. Very basic, flour, instant yeast, salt, water. initial proof - 12 hours covered with plastic, around 90°F . Bake...
by samtex
Thu May 28, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 327
Views: 38251

Bread failure question

The other day I tried a no-knead recipe. Followed it exactly. Very basic, flour, instant yeast, salt, water. initial proof - 12 hours covered with plastic, around 90°F . Baked in a cast iron dutch. oven. Didn't rise much, wasn't eaten. :( The video specified "cool" water mixed with the dry...
by samtex
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account

This entails 3 transactions as exchanges: $400 from fund A to fund C $100 from fund B to fund C $500 from fund B to fund D I think Vanguard will allow the following TWO transactions: Sell $600 from B with destinations C ($100) and D ($500) Sell $400 from A With destination C ($400) If that doesn't ...
by samtex
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account

The next account would have necessitated me moving funds from two funds to the other two funds in the account, evidently that isn't an option in one transaction. I suppose I could sell two funds, transfer the funds to my settlement account, wait for transfer then make a purchase from the other two ...
by samtex
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Simplify rebalancing Vanguard four fund account

Trying to find the simplest way to rebalance a four fund account. I rebalanced one of mine today where I only needed to take funds from one fund and used "exchange" to move funds to the other three funds, very simple. The next account would have necessitated me moving funds from two funds ...
by samtex
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 2557

Re: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance

Well after partially figuring out the "system" everything seems to have improved. I discovered you have to take a prescription along with the Good RX coupon (or other type) to the pharmacy, place the order and then they can give you your actual "cash price." (They can void the tr...
by samtex
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 2557

Re: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance

I have been on Medicare for one year. My experience is Part D with IRMAA has limited (at best) utility for me. I found out that buying without a drug plan is preferred. I wish it were legal to continue buying insurance instead of Medicare. If you are on Medicare and have IRMAA and are not taking so...
by samtex
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 2557

Re: Prescription Drug Pricing: Good Rx Coupon vs. Medicare Part D insurance

In the past I tried using Good RX and the pharmacy didn't seem very cooperative. Frankly I don't really remember much of the discussion, it's been some years ago and it may have been with normal insurance possibly before my Medicare part D. I wonder if it was because of the "pharmacist gag law&...
by samtex
Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

"Cons: If you have more than one unit you are forced to use NAT on the main unit, thus making your entire network a NAT, which in many cases causes it to be a sub-NAT if your router is not bridgeable. Mine is not, AT&T in their infinite wisdom has no way of doing a pure bridge, never a dul...
by samtex
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

OP here, I decided to go with the Google WiFi mesh system (1st gen). Some may not like it for it's simplicity but it seems to work well and Google runs updates automatically as needed. As far as speed on my laptop, the main issue may have been the WiFi card. I found out mine had a known issue of not...
by samtex
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 661
Views: 94135

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

A close friend of mine was sitting at a red light a few weeks ago, when someone plowed into the back of him. He was pretty lucky, so far mainly some whiplash. His 1991 Chevy work pickup was totaled with 450000+ miles. He was really looking forward to 500000 miles when he could send in a picture to s...
by samtex
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy

Thanks for your help / replies. I'll check with the company.

Samtex
by samtex
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Auto Insurance - removing a driver on policy

Before I contact my auto insurance carrier, I was wondering if anyone had some experience with this? My DW had a medical issue over five years ago (not seizures) but she did experience a change from it, I would say she is slightly less aware or somewhat more distracted by her surroundings. I felt sh...
by samtex
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Directv Keeps Adding Protection Plan without My Consent
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: Directv Keeps Adding Protection Plan without My Consent

I haven't noticed Dish Network doing this but they did tell me I could save some money if I did drop the fee. They said if I did have something go out, I could just add it back and they wouldn't charge me for whatever went out. I was sceptical but they assured me it wouldn't be a problem. We will se...
by samtex
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

How many other wifi networks are around to potentially cause interference? For example, do you live in an apartment complex or a single-family house? Unless there is interference (such as from other wifi), wifi is normally reliable (like, reliably good or reliably bad depending upon how far you are...
by samtex
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

Intermittent buffering of a movie could also be due to slowness on the host side (the streaming server) or congestion anywhere in the internet between the streaming service and you. Anecdotally, I often saw this on Netflix when I had CenturyLink as my ISP, even though a speed test showed 10 times t...
by samtex
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

Have you tried a different computer to see if it also has a problem? It could be a problem with the computer hardware or software. I had a vaguely similar problem with an older WiFi router so I replaced the router. That did not solve the problem. What it turned out to be was that the Wifi on my lap...
by samtex
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

OK, I just lost a reply after about 30 minutes composing it. :oops: Here is a shortened version... I like the Google mesh system but I have never had an issue using a single router in my home, as far as distance issues. I also need more LAN ports, which I suppose I would need to add a GIG switch? Th...
by samtex
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

Re: WiFi speed, is this normal?

Lots of good information. I got sidetracked today, sorry for the delay. I'll respond with some additional information when I get a break.

Thanks again,

Samtex
by samtex
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi speed, is this normal?
Replies: 39
Views: 3852

WiFi speed, is this normal?

I never felt I had a speed issue to speak of. No gamers here, no multiple streaming online content etc. The other night I noticed some intermittent buffering of a movie, so I thought I would do a little checking. I have a cable Internet connection, rated supposedly at 100 Mbps. An Arris CM820A cable...
by samtex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa

I use Google Photos quite a bit, and you can set options for Collaboration and Comments for each album if you don't want to allow others to add stuff to your album. I believe that you are correct that others could forward a link if you send it to them. I have not seen anything regarding access to c...
by samtex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa

jebmke wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:56 am I was not able to replicate this by sending a link to a folder or individual file in Google Photos.

:confused
Did you send a link to an email address, open it and then click on the share icon?
It also seems to give the receiver the ability to edit the album etc.

Samtex
by samtex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Issues sharing photo albums in Google Photo vs Picasa

Iv'e tried searching this issue on other websites without much luck. I was wondering if anyone here may have run across these problems. In the past I have used Google Picasa (I assumed, not realizing it was different from Photo). It worked well and it allowed to share albums either privately or publ...
by samtex
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Dealer Lost My New Car's Key
Replies: 14
Views: 2737

Re: Toyota Dealer Lost My New Car's Key

I wouldn't worry about the old key. There is probably a better chance that a crook could hack your new car than someone locating it that has the missing key.

Samtex
by samtex
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house
Replies: 48
Views: 4125

Re: Neighbors tree branch growing too close to my house

Palatineman wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:31 pm
There were several posts indicating I should pay for it. Why is this the case when it is my neighbor's tree that is invading my property and causing potential harm to my house?
:oops:
by samtex
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 317
Views: 40385

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

No personal experience with Original Medicare - but it seems to me that Physicians with patients on Original medicare might give a heads up to any such patients who do not have a Medigap policy of the potential high risks of costs. Hmmm interesting you think physicians know about these things, and ...
by samtex
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to "waste" money on groceries?
Replies: 109
Views: 10381

Re: How to "waste" money on groceries?

The best way to waste money on food is to convince yourself there is a difference in taste or quality that you receive in exchange for an increase in price when it’s really not there. This could be due to brand distinction or the organic/non-organic distinction. Both food and money have a good bit ...
by samtex
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to "waste" money on groceries?
Replies: 109
Views: 10381

Re: How to "waste" money on groceries?

We make sure our beef is grass-fed. I can taste the difference - even for burgers. (whenever we have a cookout everyone asks how the burgers taste so good thinking I am adding something - the secret is grass-fed). I have quite the opposite experience. Grass fed beef tends to be leaner, drier and ch...
by samtex
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart is not Amazon
Replies: 54
Views: 7502

Re: Walmart is not Amazon

I find Wal-Mart site by jet.com laughable. You would think if Wal-Mart spent that much money, jet.com could at least use some of it on the site. Just look at it and compare the look and functionality to Amazon. Not to mention having to deal with Wal-Mart.

Samtex
by samtex
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating with XM
Replies: 27
Views: 2871

Re: Negotiating with XM

So it's that time again to negotiate a better rate with XM. This time I let my subscription expire in it's entirety, meaning we no longer receive XM, usually I wait until it's almost expired and then threaten to cancel. We have three devices, one being a lifetime device. The other two are the cars....
by samtex
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma

Tough situation. Do you think your friend's charge extends to advising against specific investments that he chose? If he chose the annuity of his free will, I would give him and his wife the benefit of the doubt. I would not hesitate to voice your reservations but I don't think I would pressure her...
by samtex
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma

I might wait a decent amount of time until after the immediate shock of your friend's death has passed. Then ask your friend's wife out for coffee, for dinner, or for something else. During that conversation, you can tell her (gently) that your friend had asked you to be there for her after he pass...
by samtex
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

How best to uphold deceased friend's wishes / dilemma

A very close friend recently passed away. He and his wife purchased an Equity Indexed Annuity some years back. I'm a little concerned for her. I am his alternate executor his wife is primary and I am the executor of her current will. Without getting into deep details, I don't have a terribly high op...