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by dongrussell
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing aid help
Replies: 16
Views: 2663

Re: Hearing aid help

I have had a number of hearing aids, and none have been completely satisfactory. Therefore, I am reluctant to spend thousands on something I am dubious about. I am insured with BCBS of Texas Medicare Advantage, which provides $1500 every three years for a pair of hearing aids, and uses the TruHearin...
by dongrussell
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's up with 4K tv? Should I buy one?
Replies: 101
Views: 10055

Re: What's up with 4K tv? Should I buy one?

I think the most important consideration may have nothing to do with the 4k capabilities at all. The 4k sets are likely to have the latest features, especially HDR (high dynamic range), which allows for much more accurate color rendition. The 1080p sets have designs probably left over from previous ...
by dongrussell
Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepaid Cell Plan USA
Replies: 35
Views: 4744

Re: Prepaid Cell Plan USA

Tracfone optimus dynamic II smartphone (uses CDMA), triple minutes smartphone, I use mostly wireless data and can use Skype when on wireless. For $129 for the phone from walmart, and $129/year, I get 400 min,400texts/400MB data/year tripled, so really 1200 min/1200texts/1200MB data/year, so 100/100...
by dongrussell
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 80593

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Upgraded my wife's new computer yesterday. There are two problems I have identified: 1. My wife's old desktop computer is running Windows 7. Several login accounts are set up for family members and guests. None have passwords required for login. This is not possible with Windows 10. I had to set it ...
by dongrussell
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Wireless Home Monitoring System
Replies: 6
Views: 1252

Re: Recommendation for Wireless Home Monitoring System

I have a Foscam but have not set it up for remote access. They have a newer model that records in high definition and also takes a SD memory card for recording any activity. I would recommend this, since you are unlikely to be watching the video continuously, and this will be easy to play back for p...
by dongrussell
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?
Replies: 30
Views: 3092

Re: Titanic II, would you take a cruise?

Wish someone would bankroll the restoration and operation of the SS United States.
by dongrussell
Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Outliving your money
Replies: 42
Views: 5105

Re: Outliving your money

gd wrote:A note to owning houses-- SS won't give you enough to 1) pay property taxes or 2) repair houses.
It depends - In Houston, my taxes (after the over-65 deductions) are around $1200/year and Social Security (me and my wife) is considerably more than that per month.
by dongrussell
Sat May 26, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walkable or bike-friendly cities for retirement
Replies: 74
Views: 7067

Re: Walkable or bike-friendly cities for retirement

I would suggest that neighborhood is often more important than the city you are in. In my area, we can walk to almost everything. In other parts of the metropolitan area, that would not be true. It just depends on where you are. We are in an attractive new development, located between two commercia...
by dongrussell
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: More Computing Nostalgia - Slide Rules
Replies: 62
Views: 26008

The slide rule of choice for EEs in the 'fifties was a K&E log log duplex vector. When I went to exams, I always carried a little tube of talcum powder for emergency lubricant. Slang for slide rule = slipstick. My first hand held electronic calculator was a Bowman. Four functions: add, subtract, mu...
by dongrussell
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I build my own PC?
Replies: 47
Views: 4759

I've built computers for myself and others since the dawn of the digital age. I wouldn't do it again. If you decide to go ahead with it, it helps to have a computer-savy friend who will have lots of spare parts, or at least a fully-stocked computer store nearby (Fry's, Microcenter, etc.). The proble...
by dongrussell
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Mazda owners?
Replies: 39
Views: 4053

I've had (and loved) several, such as the GLC and Protege, in the 1980-1990 timeframe. They were fun and reliable. However, i wouldn't buy another, due to their rocky relationship with Ford and so few dealers left. I have the feeling that if I'm stranded in the boondocks, it may be difficult to find...
by dongrussell
Fri May 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone thinking of getting a Google Chromebook?
Replies: 27
Views: 3419

Some things really bothering me about this:
What about external devices syncing with the computer (iTunes, phone aps, etc.)?
What about attachment to printers/scanners/etc?
by dongrussell
Tue May 03, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a new camera
Replies: 37
Views: 4352

Another vote for the Panasonic Lumix series. I have an older and cheaper one, and it takes better pictures than anything I've had previously. Optical image stabilization is a must, whatever you get.
by dongrussell
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Were you a net buyer of equities betwn Mar 11-16 inclusive?
Replies: 76
Views: 9782

Moved a chunk of my retirement accounts to VTINX today just because I wanted to diversify a bit, anyhow - was all cash, CDs, Money Market, and bond funds