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by wmackey
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best intro to Python programming?
Replies: 21
Views: 2827

Re: Best intro to Python programming?

I have been working through "Head First Python".

Link is:
https://www.amazon.com/Head-First-Pytho ... way&sr=8-2

I've worked through several of these head first books and found them very good.
by wmackey
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle
Replies: 51
Views: 3380

Re: Side Hustle

I fell in to an Adjunct Professor role at a large school. One course in the Fall and one in the Spring. I enjoy it and the extra money is nice.
by wmackey
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's FIOS cable running over my yard
Replies: 52
Views: 7090

Re: Neighbor's FIOS cable running over my yard

Two other options that may get their attention and don't require an attorney. 1. Write a letter to the president of the company threatening one of the actions below, follow though if they don't respond. 2. Formal complaint to the FCC 3. Formal complaint to State Public Utility Board/Committee Utilit...
by wmackey
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil to natural gas conversion anyone?
Replies: 43
Views: 2319

Re: Oil to natural gas conversion anyone?

Moved from Oil to Natural Gas last summer. Went from $350 to $92 per month on budget plan. Conversion was ~12k, but included taking care of a few nagging problems with radiators.
by wmackey
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wine in cans
Replies: 34
Views: 2600

Re: wine in cans

6 - 8 years ago I was traveling in South America and the convenience store had 12 oz cans of wine next to the soda. Bought two, drank one, and gave the other away. Drinking wine like a can of soda just didn't work for me.
by wmackey
Mon May 06, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Educational pathway(s) for future engineer
Replies: 89
Views: 4575

Re: Educational pathway(s) for future engineer

Just my two cents. When I did my engineering degree I wound up taking all of my math classes before doing any engineering courses. This gave me a significant edge over other students. This may not be possible, but the more math he can knock down the better.
by wmackey
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?
Replies: 145
Views: 13381

Re: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

Cigars, Bourbon, and listening to tinfoil hat radio late at night.
by wmackey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When were you convinced that you had more than enough money?
Replies: 117
Views: 12546

Re: When were you convinced that you had more than enough money?

When I went through our past two years of spending and put together a budget and realized my withdrawal rate would be about 1.5 % even without social security and/or my part time gig.
by wmackey
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone remember window/DOS batch file scripts?
Replies: 24
Views: 2491

Re: Does anyone remember window/DOS batch file scripts?

Not a complete answer, but I would look at combining the findstr command with regex to pick out just what you are looking for. Here's a link to some starter info on findstr: https://www.windows-commandline.com/findstr-command-examples-regular/ Also, a link for some basic regex: https://medium.com/fa...
by wmackey
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long have you had, or did you have, your HP-12C calculator?
Replies: 72
Views: 3207

Re: How long have you had, or did you have, your HP-12C calculator?

I've only had my 12c's (yes, plural) for about five years. However, My 11c (Scientific) goes back to ~1985. It was my second 11c. HP replaced the first one free of charge after it was destroyed in an EMP blast.
by wmackey
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing a new toilet - shut off valve and wax ring
Replies: 33
Views: 2484

Re: Installing a new toilet - shut off valve and wax ring

I've had plenty of experience with "old valves", which is why I mentioned potential for damaging pipes. It doesn't happen often, but can mean a lot more work.
by wmackey
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing a new toilet - shut off valve and wax ring
Replies: 33
Views: 2484

Re: Installing a new toilet - shut off valve and wax ring

For the valve, leave it alone unless it starts leaking. You run a small risk of damaging the pipe in changing in out and why spend money you don't have to. As for the ring, I've always used the wax seal. They are cheap and work.
by wmackey
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New book based on Millionaire Next Door
Replies: 120
Views: 18600

Re: New book based on Millionaire Next Door

DW works in a small hospital. When she leaves, they will see a 5% drop in their overall 401k. I don't think many people are taking full advantage of the benefit.
by wmackey
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used vs New - always buy new once you get to a certain point?
Replies: 31
Views: 3263

Re: Used vs New - always buy new once you get to a certain point?

JoeRetire wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:45 pm
wmackey wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:22 pm
When I'm done with a car, it goes to salvage. Got 309k out of the last one.
Nice! What kind of car was that?
05 Jetta TDI. I beat that car to death and it just kept going.
by wmackey
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used vs New - always buy new once you get to a certain point?
Replies: 31
Views: 3263

Re: Used vs New - always buy new once you get to a certain point?

When I'm done with a car, it goes to salvage. Got 309k out of the last one. That said, DW gets new, I get used (but really nice). Most other things are a toss up, except I often find old and used to be of better quality.
by wmackey
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpacking in Guatemala and El Salvador?
Replies: 31
Views: 3808

Re: Backpacking in Guatemala and El Salvador?

Spent a few days in Honduras last month, mostly in El Paraiso and surrounding area. Had a great time and never felt unsafe. That said, we were in a group and had several locals with us at all time,
by wmackey
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 299
Views: 34222

Re: The Side Hustle

I was very lucky. MegaCorp was on board of local university and was asked if they knew anyone who could teach a specialty topic. Boss tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was interested. Going in to my 5th year of teaching on the side in the fall.
by wmackey
Wed May 16, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Becoming a Certified Financial Planner
Replies: 21
Views: 2742

Re: Becoming a Certified Financial Planner

You do not need experience to sit for the exam. If you pass, you will need experience before they will certify you. I took the CFP course a few years ago. I did it mostly for my own education. I took one shot at the test, didn't pass. It was well worth it for the education, but it is a rough test.
by wmackey
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Corporate Leveling
Replies: 22
Views: 3389

Re: Corporate Leveling

It has happened to me three times. Although I have never had the pay go down. I would be frozen until pay scale caught up with where I was. First time I changed jobs, second time I changed company, not sure how number 3 will work out yet.
by wmackey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Monthly Cost of Living
Replies: 66
Views: 8855

Re: Your Monthly Cost of Living

I found the discussion useful. Reminded me that there were a number of smaller things I hadn't accounted for. Here's what I have: Mortgage 560 Escrow 360 Oil 350 Electric 150 Trash 50 Water 30 Sewer 27 Cable 222 Phone 305 Food 425 Here's what I now need to add: Clothing Bday Gifts Xmas Gifts Gas/Die...
by wmackey
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Etiquette of hanging up on live telemarketers
Replies: 77
Views: 4984

Re: Etiquette of hanging up on live telemarketers

No. Rude would by laughing at them, which I have also done.
by wmackey
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Latest generation RAM 1500's
Replies: 27
Views: 2205

Re: Latest generation RAM 1500's

Angelus359 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:43 pm
If I needed a truck, I'd rent one for a day

I like my Prius.
Like the T-Shirt says. Death before Prius. :D
by wmackey
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Latest generation RAM 1500's
Replies: 27
Views: 2205

Re: Latest generation RAM 1500's

I have the 2013 Ram Express. Love it. Only downside is parking garages in major metro areas (Like DC). Have several scuff marks on the roof (but I made it fit in the parking space ;-). Get a bed cover, it will boost mileage by 1.5 to 2 MPG. If you care about mileage, don't get the more aggressive of...
by wmackey
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what pickup truck
Replies: 65
Views: 7423

Re: what pickup truck

I have the RAM 1500 and drive it like a stole it. Airborne several times and I can tell you from experience the governor kicks in at 95 mph. That said, I've got just under 70,000 on it and have not had any issues that were not due to sudden impact with unmovable objects. :D
by wmackey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ecuador safe to travel and hike?
Replies: 21
Views: 3311

Re: Ecuador safe to travel and hike?

Went to Quito a few years ago. Stayed in a local hotel (not us chain) and wandered out well in to the night. Never felt uncomfortable. People were warm and friendly.

Wade
by wmackey
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Master's or Master's PLUS MBA Dual Degree
Replies: 14
Views: 1746

Re: Master's or Master's PLUS MBA Dual Degree

I have both an MBA and an MS in CIS. Two different schools, but no one ever asks about that. In several job changes the fact that I had two graduate degrees did give me an edge. Also, this would open up two different avenues for teaching should you be interested in that. In my case, it helped get me...
by wmackey
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Commuters (that drive), what do you listen to?
Replies: 60
Views: 4725

Re: Commuters (that drive), what do you listen to?

I have ~ hour and 20 minutes each way. Keep satellite radio on Jimmy Buffet. You just can't get road rage listening to buffet.
by wmackey
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland tour using CIE as tour operator
Replies: 6
Views: 1888

Re: Ireland tour using CIE as tour operator

We did this tour last year. Had a great time. Driver was very knowledgeable (and entertaining). For a first visit, well worth it. Only real downside was you are so busy visiting one venue after another you don't get the time to soak it in. We are looking forward to going back on our own and picking ...
by wmackey
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance - Sewer Backup necessary?
Replies: 7
Views: 1812

Re: Homeowners Insurance - Sewer Backup necessary?

I've had a backup in to the house twice. Both times I just cleaned it up myself. That was only possible because of a walkout basement. Water level only came up a few inches. Anything more and I would have really wanted the insurance help.
by wmackey
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Most anticipated retirement purchase
Replies: 107
Views: 10913

Re: Most anticipated retirement purchase

I'm going for a month stay at a local hotel in a small third world country. Right now, I'm thinking Granada, Nicaragua but that might change. Somewhere where they don't have WiFi or Internet and the phone reception is poor.
by wmackey
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 582
Views: 77723

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2005 VW Jetta = 295,000 and counting.
by wmackey
Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 90559

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Upgraded one of my machines. Went very smooth. Only issue was VMWare Workstation, w2hich probably doesn't affect most people.
by wmackey
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stonehenge 4-Sale. Best Offer.
Replies: 6
Views: 1794

Re: Stonehenge 4-Sale. Best Offer.

No where near the oldest. Look up "Göbekli Tepe" estimated to be 14 to 15 thousand years old.
by wmackey
Fri May 22, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4137
Views: 1184835

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Two Books

1. Data Science for Business (Provost &Fawcett)

2. The Great War of Our Time (Morrell)
by wmackey
Thu May 07, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Easy careers to last me to retirement?
Replies: 141
Views: 24520

Re: What job to get to coast to Retirement at age 59 1/2?

Teaching. Still have 848 days to go (but whos counting?). I was fortunate to already line up an adjunct role a a local university. Teaching one day a week.
by wmackey
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TDI Sportwagen, in the snow?
Replies: 7
Views: 3520

Re: TDI Sportwagen, in the snow?

I have the 2005 SportsWagon TDI w/ ~275,000 miles on it. I actually prefer to take the VW instead of my 4x4 unless the snow gets so deep the car might get stuck on top of it. I'm in the North East, so I deal with winter snow and ice every year.
by wmackey
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's in your car emergency kit?
Replies: 52
Views: 6106

Re: What's in your car emergency kit?

I drive > 120 miles a day. I may not need anything, but I've stopped to help a number of people.
surfstar wrote:Cell phone.

Cars are darned reliable these days. Unless you're going way off the major roadways, you don't really need much planning.
by wmackey
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's in your car emergency kit?
Replies: 52
Views: 6106

Re: What's in your car emergency kit?

Same minus phone, plus Ham radio, Tool box (US and Metric), and a "Big" first aid kit.
mhc wrote:jumper cables
coat, hat, gloves
blanket
shovel
cell phone (I don't carry one on me, it stays in the car)
water
knife
flashlight
toilet paper
towels
rope

I don't usually drive out of town, so I don't carry much.
by wmackey
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Death of Savings Bonds
Replies: 33
Views: 4485

Re: The Death of Savings Bonds

Was going to give my new grand children bonds for Christmass and Birhtdays. Got so frustrated I gave bars of silver.
by wmackey
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car for a long daily commute
Replies: 75
Views: 9609

Re: Car for a long daily commute

I drive 120 miles a day and have done so for seven years. I'm still driving the same VW Jetta Diesel. I got ~ 47 mpg up until the last year or so, finally dropping into low 40s as the milage creeps up. Currently have 256k miles and no issues other then regular maintenance.
by wmackey
Wed May 04, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LinkedIn - benefits, drawbacks?
Replies: 26
Views: 3690

I use linkedin, and get a far bit of value from it. I would say the one downside is that some people put way too much info on their page. You should avoid getting to specific about work at current or previous employers. This kind of detailed info can be used to put together reconnaissance by competi...
by wmackey
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Causes of job changes during professional career
Replies: 11
Views: 2125

In 33 years, I changed jobs only twice. Once when I left the military (probable shouldn't count), and once after twenty years at a megacorp when I didn't like where they were taking the company. It took ~ three years to make up what I lost financially. However, it was worth every penny.
by wmackey
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon TDI (Diesel)
Replies: 102
Views: 27124

I have the 2005 version of the TDI Wagon. I've put 172,000 on it so far and except for routine maintenance, I've had no issues and and I still get ~ 47 mpg. It's almost all highway speed on cruise control (120 miles a day).

I don't plan on getting rid of it until it dies, or I retire (6 to 8 years)
by wmackey
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The bullet bubble
Replies: 19
Views: 3602

Excellent Post. With the DOW rocketing above 10K it is time for me to review my "End of Western Civilization" Portfolio. Of course, Ammanition plays a major role in the AA. :D 25% Ammo, 25% Spam, 25% Alcohol (airline size bottles), 25% Cigarettes (Camel Unfiltered) :wink: I'll take suggestions on h...
by wmackey
Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netbooks with Atom processor are cool, options?
Replies: 91
Views: 12703

I just picked up the HP Mini 110 w/ Linux. It's just about perfect for me with 2 gig ram and a 16 gig SSD drive.
by wmackey
Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The current financial crisis and you
Replies: 43
Views: 5886

Triple digit golfer wrote:Wow, 31% have become more conservative. That means 31% have locked in losses? I guess even Bogleheads are human and subject to human error and behavior :)
Not necessarily. The choice was tweaked OR become more conservative.
by wmackey
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Veterans Day. Veterans please sign in
Replies: 95
Views: 17797

US Navy 1978 - 87
by wmackey
Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Favorite Scotch?
Replies: 62
Views: 22763

Cragganmore is my favorite when I can find it. The state stores in PA don't often stock it.

For an inexpensive choice, I lke Auchentoshan. It's a lowland single malt.

Wade
by wmackey
Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 236440

Recently completed: Fooled by Randomness Currently working on: Words That Work - It's not what you say, It's what people hear by Dr. Frank Luntz. Next up is: Wikinomics - How mass collaboration changes everything by Don Tapscott. I saw this author last week in DC talking about the book and stopped o...