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by catdude
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 4585

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

My brother recently bought a new TV and he got a free month of service from Sling. He couldn't use the freebie so he gave it to me. I'm up & running on Sling now... I'm watching a hockey playoff game and toggling back & forth between Sling and YTTV. The picture quality (to my eye, anyway) seems to b...
by catdude
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?
Replies: 63
Views: 4585

Re: YouTube TV is increasing their price - will you cancel it?

I've only had YTTV for a few months and I've been paying $40/month. I'll probably stick with them but I'll take a look around at see what the other streaming services are offering. When I was shopping around a few months ago, YTTV was the only service with MLB network as part of its basic package. T...
by catdude
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eye glasses - cheaper alternates
Replies: 45
Views: 2855

Re: Eye glasses - cheaper alternates

Another vote for Costco.
by catdude
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frequent flyers: quality of airline onboard wifi?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Frequent flyers: quality of airline onboard wifi?

Seatguru.com is your best bet for figuring out if you will have outlets. Most larger delta planes do. GoGo is pretty good. Worse if there are a lot on business travelers. You can browse and do email. Thanks for the tip on seatguru. Definitely a handy website. I'll be on 737-900's and it looks like ...
by catdude
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frequent flyers: quality of airline onboard wifi?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Frequent flyers: quality of airline onboard wifi?

Howdy Bogleheads - Late this month I'm gonna be taking a couple of cross-country flights on Delta. It's been about 2 1/2 years since the last time I got on a plane. Back then, as I recall, the quality of the wifi was pretty lousy. I basically couldn't get it to work. I'm just wondering if onboard wi...
by catdude
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folks in their 60s and above. What early investment on health do you recommend.
Replies: 193
Views: 12413

Re: Folks in their 60s and above. What early investment on health do you recommend.

I just want to echo the "don't smoke" advice. I don't smoke myself but my dad did, and it killed him. He died at age 70 of lung cancer. I was with him at the end and it was pretty rough. I often think that if everyone could see what I've seen, no one would smoke.
by catdude
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in New York City
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

Re: 2 days in New York City

mancich wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:39 am
Great suggestions by previous posters. But God help you if you are flying into LaGuardia. It is currently a complete mess due to construction.
Don't worry, I'm flying into JFK. I'm steering clear of LaGuardia.
by catdude
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 10.5"
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: iPad Pro 10.5"

Turns out it's a moot point after all. I just checked Amazon and they've jacked the price back up to $750. Never mind....
by catdude
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why would one NOT do Roth Conversions?
Replies: 22
Views: 2707

Re: Why would one NOT do Roth Conversions?

I've done a couple Roth conversions in recent years, but I'm currently tossing & turning a bit about whether to continue doing them. I'm in the 12% fed tax bracket, but the problem is my state's marginal tax rate of 9%. I hate it. It's got me thinking I'll probably stop doing conversions. It's alway...
by catdude
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 10.5"
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

Re: iPad Pro 10.5"

OK, that was a half-baked idea. Thanks folks for your advice, I think I'll forget the whole idea. But I may go for the Mini, it looks pretty groovy.
by catdude
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 10.5"
Replies: 16
Views: 1060

iPad Pro 10.5"

Just wondering if anyone out there in BH-land has the Apple iPad Pro 10.5" model. Amazon is offering the 512GB (wifi-only) version for $650. (List price = $1000). It gets glowing reviews on Amazon but I'd like to hear from y'all on this. I'd mainly be using it to stream YouTubeTV, catch up on the ne...
by catdude
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Auto-Lock threads older than 6 months!
Replies: 50
Views: 6631

Re: Auto-Lock threads older than 6 months!

We either need to lock those old threads or figure out a way to alert the readers that this is the reactivation of an old thread. The way already exists, just look at the date of the original post. I agree with mptfan. Over the years I've gotten into the habit of always checking the original post d...
by catdude
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't get Ethernet adapter to work on iPad
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Can't get Ethernet adapter to work on iPad

You guys are brilliant! I unplugged the ethernet cable that was running to my Mac, and plugged it into the lightning adapter. Now it works! It's now showing an address for my router... previously that had been blank...

Thanks guys very much for your help, I'm much obliged.
by catdude
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't get Ethernet adapter to work on iPad
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Can't get Ethernet adapter to work on iPad

Howdy Bogleheads, I hope someone can help me figure this out. I decided to see if I could stream video (YouTube TV) on my iPad, via ethernet rather than wifi. I occasionally get blurred video when I use wifi... I'm thinking maybe ethernet will clear that up. So I bought a lightning-to-ethernet adapt...
by catdude
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Retiring before 65: How do you deal with health insurance?]
Replies: 70
Views: 7976

Re: [Retiring before 65: How do you deal with health insurance?]

I retired at 55 from a large local government, and I get health insurance coverage thru my ex-employer. When I was working, I paid 20% of the premium; now that I'm retired, I pay 30%, which is fair IMO.

I'm the first to admit that I'm a lucky dog.
by catdude
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody tempted by the new iPads?
Replies: 37
Views: 3090

Anybody tempted by the new iPads?

Hi Bogleheads - Apple quietly announced upgrades to a couple of their iPads this week. There's the iPad mini 5.... https://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/ ... and the iPad Air... https://www.apple.com/ipad-air/ I have to admit to being tempted to get the new mini. Can't say that I really need one, but I ma...
by catdude
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for Landline Alternatives (Ooma, Magic Jack, etc.)
Replies: 56
Views: 2112

Re: Suggestions for Landline Alternatives (Ooma, Magic Jack, etc.)

I've had Ooma for 8 or 9 years now. It works very well, call quality is fine. I recommend it highly...
by catdude
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sirius
Replies: 16
Views: 1199

Re: Sirius

Slightly digressing, but anyone remember the Inno XM to go? Had one ten years ago, could just hit record on songs & it would store content. Like taping songs off the radio Ah nostalgia... I had to google it to refresh my memory, but yeah, I had one years ago. Don't think I did much recording of son...
by catdude
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to get over a $25K stock market loss?
Replies: 125
Views: 10110

Re: How to get over a $25K stock market loss?

OP, I doubt if any of us here has had a mistake-free investing career. Stop beating yourself up over it, just live and learn. Awhile back I started a thread on investing and financial mistakes. You can read it here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=228527 There are other threads on m...
by catdude
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone - message alerts
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: iPhone - message alerts

In the Settings > Do Not Disturb, do you have Activate set to "Automatically" or "Manual"? "Manually" OK. So in your original post, when you said "Alert", you meant sound, not notification that shows on your screen for a text? That clears things up. With the sound off, you still get screen notifica...
by catdude
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone - message alerts
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: iPhone - message alerts

bloom2708 wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:25 pm
In the Settings > Do Not Disturb, do you have Activate set to "Automatically" or "Manual"?
"Manually"
by catdude
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone - message alerts
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: iPhone - message alerts

Do you have the silent slider button on by mistake do you? Look at the upper left side of the phone, there is a small button above the volume buttons that slides up and down. It will show a red line if on... Ahh, that's the problem! It was set to "on"... I'm getting notifications now. Thank you ver...
by catdude
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone - message alerts
Replies: 12
Views: 801

iPhone - message alerts

Hi Bogleheads - I have a frustrating problem with my iPhone 7. It doesn't alert me to new incoming messages. I often have the experience of checking my phone and discovering that someone texted me three hours ago. I've checked the Settings / Notifications / Messages menu, and everything appears to b...
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in New York City
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

Re: 2 days in New York City

rgs92 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:01 pm
There is this I thought you might like:
https://www.catcafebk.com

The Brooklyn Cat Cafe
76 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY
Thanks for the link... how did you know I'd be interested in this? :beer
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in New York City
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

Re: 2 days in New York City

Thank you all again! I really appreciate all the tips I'm getting. I've bookmarked this thread so I can refer to it often as the date for my trip gets near.... One thing's for sure -- I'm gonna forget about seeing the Colbert show live. I like his show but not enough to spend 3 or 4 hours waiting in...
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in New York City
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

Re: 2 days in New York City

Thanks, folks, for your responses. You've given me some good ideas. Keep them coming!
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I think I can retire. Help me with the confidence and a plan.
Replies: 29
Views: 4632

Re: I think I can retire. Help me with the confidence and a plan.

Didn’t see this posted, but I’d move to a cheaper location, like Colorado or Bend, OR. Spend half or less of your equity on a great new house and then you’ll really be in great shape. I see that OP is from the SF Bay Area. OP, join the stampede coming to Bend! We already have tons of Bay Area refug...
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What theory has changed, since you last took Economics/Finance courses in college?
Replies: 69
Views: 4790

Re: What theory has changed, since you last took Economics/Finance courses in college?

I remember the professor in Econ 101, back in the mid-1970's, assuring us that there would never be another Great Depression. There were just too many safeguards in place, he said, that would prevent that from happening. Of course we came pretty dang close to another Great Depression in 2007-09.
by catdude
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 days in New York City
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

2 days in New York City

Hi gang - I'm gonna be in New York City for a couple days late next month. Any must-see things? I'll be staying with family members in Brooklyn. Way back in the 1980's I took several trips to NYC. Haven't been back since then. Here's some places I have in mind to perhaps visit -- -- World Trade Cent...
by catdude
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Airline travel and economy: pay $$ to pick seats
Replies: 116
Views: 7417

Re: Airline travel and economy: pay $$ to pick seats

I'm flying round-trip, cross-country, on Delta next month. I bought a Basic Economy ticket, then used mileage to upgrade to aisle seats up front. I'm not gonna be receptive if someone asks to switch seats with me.
by catdude
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Three Days in DC
Replies: 83
Views: 3577

Re: Three Days in DC

National Portrait Gallery. It's off the mall and less crowded than the primary Smithsonian museums. Not sure how keen the kids would be though.

Also the National Zoo is good to see....
by catdude
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What do you tell people who ask for retirement/investment advice?
Replies: 71
Views: 5255

Re: What do you tell people who ask for retirement/investment advice?

I have a friend who's asked for advice a couple times in recent years. She's almost 63 and her husband is about 70. They don't have much in the way of assets (some home equity, that's probably about it). And hubby has serious health problems now. I've tried to interest her in learning a bit about in...
by catdude
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Starting over at 28 and need a plan going forward
Replies: 23
Views: 2904

Re: Starting over at 28 and need a plan going forward

SarahS wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:35 pm
A great place for an EF is in Vanguards Prime MM fund (VMMXX). Completely liquid, very safe, and earns about 2.5% interest.
I agree with this -- Prime Money Market is where I keep my emergency fund.
by catdude
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 172
Views: 6330

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

samsdad, you are very wise! I too use a Mr. Coffee brewer, the 4-cup variety (the cats don't like coffee so I don't have to brew all that much :) ). I stock up on Folgers and Yuban 3-pound cans of ground coffee when they're on sale at Costco. Very Bogleheadish of me, if I may say so myself. But do ...
by catdude
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 172
Views: 6330

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

I think the Mr Coffee thing cost $18 at Wally’s. The black plastic one made all the way on the other side of the world in China. Talk about exotic! It looks like it means business and the black is really slimming. I put about eight cups of premium water from my tap connected to the municipal supply...
by catdude
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When were you convinced that you had more than enough money?
Replies: 117
Views: 11512

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

If I develop a severely debilitating condition, I will seek a quick end. Victoria Same here. Need enough left for a one way first class ticket to Switzerland and first class round trip for companion. 8 figures made me stop worrying, which is ridiculous and more than I ever expected, but nice. I thi...
by catdude
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Great Goofs
Replies: 47
Views: 4307

Re: Great Goofs

Not saving and investing in my 20's and early 30's Loaning money to people who turned out to be deadbeats and dirtbags When I did start investing, I chased performance, i.e., hot mutual funds Always bought new cars (and went into debt to buy them) rather than paying cash for used cars :oops: :oops:...
by catdude
Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Great Goofs
Replies: 47
Views: 4307

Re: Great Goofs

Not saving and investing in my 20's and early 30's Loaning money to people who turned out to be deadbeats and dirtbags When I did start investing, I chased performance, i.e., hot mutual funds Always bought new cars (and went into debt to buy them) rather than paying cash for used cars :oops: :oops: ...
by catdude
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who does their own taxes?
Replies: 111
Views: 7399

Re: Who does their own taxes?

Another vote for FreeTaxUSA...
by catdude
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone ever heard of an unsolicited retroactive pay raise?
Replies: 24
Views: 1919

Re: Anyone ever heard of an unsolicited retroactive pay raise?

Or an HR study had shown that the pay was too low to ensure retention in a high value job skill. I have seen that before. It happened to me many years ago. I worked for a large local government, and OHR did a study which determined that the organization's accountants were underpaid. I don't know wh...
by catdude
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Cutting- Hulu Live TV Review and Questions
Replies: 40
Views: 2962

Re: Cord Cutting- Hulu Live TV Review and Questions

I really like YTTV, they're great for sports. As far as I can tell, they're the only service with MLB network as part of their basic package.
by catdude
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fast turnaround on Federal Tax
Replies: 40
Views: 3658

Re: Fast turnaround on Federal Tax

E-filed on Feb. 4th, refund hit my bank account yesterday. But my taxes are very simple... a W-2, several 1099's, standard deduction...
by catdude
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Cutting- Hulu Live TV Review and Questions
Replies: 40
Views: 2962

Re: Cord Cutting- Hulu Live TV Review and Questions

atlgenxennial wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:38 pm
Thanks so much. Forgive my ignorance, but don't I need a PlayStation to subscribe to Vue??
No, as long as you have the PS Vue app on your Fire stick, you're fine.
by catdude
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [2018 tax return - How does it compare to previous years?]
Replies: 363
Views: 28527

Re: [2018 tax return - How does it compare to previous years?]

2017: AGI = $48,428; tax = $3,603
2018: AGI = $51,113; tax = $4,445

Note that 2017 income includes a LT capital gain of $9,763 that (since I was in the 15% tax bracket) was federal tax-free.

In 2018 I did a Roth conversion of about $12,000 to use up available space in the 12% fed bracket...
by catdude
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 3863

Re: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness

I'm in semi-annual call mode. Every six months I call and tell them I want to cancel, and they offer me another six months for $30. At that rate the service is just barely worth it. I don’t know how I did it, but I finally talked them into a perpetual rate ($5.94/monthly, including taxes). Have you...
by catdude
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 3863

Re: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness

I'm in semi-annual call mode. Every six months I call and tell them I want to cancel, and they offer me another six months for $30. At that rate the service is just barely worth it.
by catdude
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is anyone planning on using TurboTax Basic for 2018 taxes?
Replies: 12
Views: 1160

Re: Is anyone planning on using TurboTax Basic for 2018 taxes?

Just curious -- is there a cost for the Turbo Tax Basic software? I don't mean the filing fees, I mean the software itself. I just did my taxes this afternoon, using FreeTaxUSA, and the only charge was for the State filing fee ($12.95). I'm happy with FreeTaxUSA, but if Turbo Tax Basic is truly free...
by catdude
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting from zero..literally.
Replies: 45
Views: 5034

Re: Starting from zero..literally.

When I was 32 I had next to nothing. And I really didn't get started investing till I was 40. :oops: If your friend gets with the program, he'll be fine.
by catdude
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you keep in checking?
Replies: 135
Views: 10524

Re: How much do you keep in checking?

In recent years I've been keeping $8 - 10K in my checking account, earning next to nothing, but I just decided to move most of that to Vanguard's Prime Money Market Fund and get a little income....