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by lightheir
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming Desktop
Replies: 45
Views: 2837

Re: Gaming Desktop

Technology in gaming changes REALLY quickly. I'm also in the market for a entry-level gaming rig (or a higher one), so I've been getting myself up to date. Turns out that $500 can definitely get you a 1080p gaming rig that can play nearly anything at decent levels, and all but the most demanding 3-D...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?
Replies: 22
Views: 1060

Re: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?

If you don't have them on your phone is there a reason for it? I just don't see the benefit. Except when depositing a check by snapping a photo - that's pretty cool. I used to be a die-hard 'not useful' opinion person regarding phone apps like you. I have since 100% changed my ways. The key differe...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...
Replies: 48
Views: 2271

Re: Tech guys need help with Mesh wifi booster...

Get the MESH (any, Google wifi is a great one), and call it a day. It will save you potential (likely) HOURS of troubleshooting the inevitable day that something goes wrong, even if it's as simple as an outage of the main provider cable fiber entering your house. I've tried most things as a non-prof...
by lightheir
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]
Replies: 102
Views: 8221

Re: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]

I love my minimalist wallet(s). I have tried a few of them - amazingly, the cheapest and simplest one works the best for me, although to be fair, all of them are good. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072HKS4JK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The best things about this one: - It is...
by lightheir
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3754

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

I have read a few past threads on the subject of backing up my files to a cloud and how secure it is. I have contemplated encrypting my files before uploading them to Google Drive but would prefer not to have that hassle. I really love how easy it is to use Google Drive to backup a single folder on...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage
Replies: 41
Views: 3183

Re: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage

I will bet Google wifi will reach, although that 25yd distance is going to be challenging. You should place 2 wifi points as close and as HIGH as possible to the garage side of the house and hope for the best. I had an attached but weirdly internet-insulated garage (?pipes in the wall) that no expen...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How hard is it to get into college?
Replies: 167
Views: 10779

Re: How hard is it to get into college?

- You lose nearly all the dispriviliged minorities in your student body. Like <5% left. This almost certainly has less to do with innate intelligence, and everything to do with the lack of income, safety, and resources these minorities encounter. Even the brightest dispriviliged minority from a poo...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How hard is it to get into college?
Replies: 167
Views: 10779

Re: How hard is it to get into college?

With that thought in mind, the only solution I see would be to require applicants to meet certain grade and SAT/ACT requirements for particular colleges . If one meets that requirement for grade/SAT/ACT no matter what your race, sex, age, etc, then you get an entry into the admission lottery that j...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 1791

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

In my opinion if you're picky about piano the only brand worth considering is Yamaha. The Yamaha digital pianos have keys that somewhat resemble real pianos if you're used to classical playing.  I ended up getting a DGX-660 There are keyboards from competitors of Yamaha (as well as from Yamaha) tha...
by lightheir
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 1791

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

Casio Privia. They're surprising good, very light, and inexpensive, you can get a new one for about $500-600. nicest part is that they're small and light enough that if you want to sell it, it's easy, or you can store it until later no problemo. Keys are weighted, tone is good albeit not super loud....
by lightheir
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bicycles
Replies: 116
Views: 9357

Re: Electric Bicycles

So what exactly are you arguing, that an e-assist bike isn't a viable mode of transportation for you when you wouldn't be going outside anyway? I'm confused as to what point you are trying to make. It may not be a good option for you, so don't get one. That doesn't mean it isn't a good option for a...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking WiFi solution
Replies: 35
Views: 2763

Re: Seeking WiFi solution

Here is an area where you can lose big time if you cheap out. Just get the MESH. Google wifi or orbi both work great. The moment you have ONE internet outage or needs troubleshooting, it will pay for itself several times over with the amount of time and headache you will save compared to troubleshoo...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser or inkjet
Replies: 58
Views: 3477

Re: Laser or inkjet

DEFINITELY laser. If you are an intermittent user, the laser is WAYYYY better. The nozzles on the inkjets clog and the ink tanks actually gel up and don't do so well if you are only printing very intermittently (like long enough to go 2+ yrs between tank changes.) The laser will be bulletproof, requ...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downside of going to a competitive high school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3618

Re: downside of going to a competitive high school?

Highschool size is also very important. I went to a very large highschool so for anything like a sports team or a school play there were maybe ten kids trying out for any spot. That meant that if you were not very good at something you would have little chance to get involved with an activity. +1 G...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: downside of going to a competitive high school?
Replies: 49
Views: 3618

Re: downside of going to a competitive high school?

There can be some downsides. If the classes are just too hard, and your child doesn't get enough individual attention because they are lost in the middle mass of performance, they may have actually been better off being a slightly bigger fish in a smaller pond where teachers may actively seek them o...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Any thoughts on how absorbing the same information via audiobooks compares to reading? I like to listen to various non fiction during dead time (commuting, choirs...) to take on new knowledge. May give it the x4 treatment to see if i retain it more. If it's serious stuff to learn and retain/use, au...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 27764

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

You literally picked the singular only example just to prove your point - that high school is such an exception that it has a fully documented wikipedia page about it, that's how unique it is. I'll give you that one, but I will take the other 99.99% of schools that prove my point/stats.
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 27764

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

@Klangfool I see your point and somewhat agree, but I'll nitpick in that there is no possible way that your local area will have you 'surrounded' by HYP-equivalents in high school. Even the best private schools can't place more than 10% of their graduating class into such places, and in most wealthy...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?
Replies: 278
Views: 27764

Re: Does it matter what type of college one goes to?

Interesting thread. As a school principal, I must say that your degree has absolutely ZERO to do with your success in education. You are either a teacher or you aren't. When I am hiring someone, I only care about their philosophy of educating children and whether or not they have the necessary cert...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

I agree that the method I presented will not be optimal for that diverse range of topics, in particular math, music. But having done it for years and years, it will be a fundamentally valuable part of the learning toolbox for any dedicated student at any level and you ignore mastering learning this ...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Trust me, top students at Harvard and other elite school are hardly experts when it comes to retention. And trust me those too students have a variety of studying and reading habits. They are smart adolescents (undergrads) and young adults (graduate students) who have found upon habits, behaviors, ...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Hard to say the time requirements, as it depends heavily on how big your book is (how ambitious you are), how nonfamiliar the subject matter is, and how dense the subject matter is. For me it was about 1 week to get through the first pass of 100-150 pages of truly new textbook material. It drops by ...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Some of the advice you have received seems rather extremist in nature: Never take notes, enjoy catching professors in error, ignore others’ advice as crazy BS. I counsel prudent pragmatism: Try our as many ideas as you like and see what works for you. Andy. Disagree For novices there seems like a m...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Some of the advice you have received seems rather extremist in nature: Never take notes, enjoy catching professors in error, ignore others’ advice as crazy BS. I counsel prudent pragmatism: Try our as many ideas as you like and see what works for you. Andy. Disagree For novices there seems like a m...
by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

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by lightheir
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

Thank you for sharing the approach, @lightheir. If I understand you correctly, reading a good reference book four times without taking notes will enable me to retain information accurately? How does one revisit the content in a year's time or later? Skim through the pages? The approach you suggest ...
by lightheir
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 5962

Re: How to read (and retain)?

First - you need to distinguish the type of reading you want to do. BIG difference between work/technical/professional/academic reading where you really need to know and use the information, often at a high level, compared to pleasure or casual reading. For the work/professional/academic reading, th...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I wanted to teach myself computer programming.
Replies: 64
Views: 5552

Re: I wanted to teach myself computer programming.

My advice for someone who just wants to learn/explore: Keep it very simple. To me this means a simple, well-structured language with very basic input/output. My two primary recommendations are: C# console apps (i.e. pure text input/ouput) with .NET Core . Javascript and HTML5 Others can work as wel...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beyond Meat Burger? Do you like?
Replies: 119
Views: 9501

Re: Beyond Meat Burger? Do you like?

I've had both. Not vegetarian/vegan here, but I do eat vegan style for 90% of my diet and would prob go all the way if it weren't for the kid who hates vegan food. :? I like the Beyond Meat burger and sausages. Of course, nobody is going to accidentally confuse it with a true meat burger, but it's j...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wifi router, too many options!
Replies: 41
Views: 3027

Re: wifi router, too many options!

Are you more concerned about security or performance for the price or ease of setup. For ease of setup & security, Google mesh is the way to go at the moment according to my research. But for the top of the line security & reliability, a commercial grade router is hands down better but a huge PITA ...
by lightheir
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Missing" money from Ally. Transfer completed but account balance not updated..
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: "Missing" money from Ally. Transfer completed but account balance not updated..

Ally has slow transfers. You have to not panic and get used to it. Ally should actually have a system where they send you warnings about this repeatedly early - even I went into semipanic mode when my $50k transfer 'disappeared' for 3-4 days, although in fairness, I think if you dig deeper onto the ...
by lightheir
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 215
Views: 12068

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

So as someone with thousands of track laps under his belt, I wanted to find something to show that the model 3 would indeed get through a single 20 minute track session. I found no such thing. I did find many, many 3 lap romps by various drivers with good things to say about the handling, accelerat...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 554
Views: 48665

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

My workmate took me for a ride in his performance me and repeatedly floored it when passing others. Acceleration is INSANE!!!! I literally almost lose my.lunch every time he hit it. And im a relatively young guy with no fear of normal speeds. Any doubters have not have had the full Tesla 3 accelerat...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a serious DIYer?
Replies: 84
Views: 6589

Re: Are you a serious DIYer?

I honestly think a huge part of it has to do with how much free time you have to tinker with stuff. I love DIYing stuff, but since have so little time to do it, even near-trivial tasks like replacing easy toilet parts takes hours (wrong part, multiple trips to stores or UPS returns, looking up stuff...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I falling into the trap of judging everything through cost lens?
Replies: 51
Views: 5037

Re: Am I falling into the trap of judging everything through cost lens?

Honestly, I only just started to not view everything primarily through price, and the main reason is that for the first time in my life, I feel that I have a reasonable claim to true disposable income. And I'm 44. It's honestly just hard for me to spend extra money on things when the spectre of fund...
by lightheir
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone make their own tortillas?
Replies: 37
Views: 3509

Re: Anyone make their own tortillas?

As an aside, there is nothing wrong with lard. The anti lard was.he result of a successful marketing campaign by synthetic food oil companies in the 70s and 80s. Fat is actually now seen by a lot of reputable modern dietitians às GOOD. Sugar in contrast is the enem, far more addictive and nonsatiati...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos
Replies: 45
Views: 4190

Re: Mosquitos

If you don't like the smell of deet try picaridin based sprays for skin. Just as effective and almost no smell.
by lightheir
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?
Replies: 90
Views: 9315

Re: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?

I'm going to check out NYAB...but can you tell me what it does that Mint or Quick Books doesn't? I tried the Mint budgeting - too primitive, you'll stop immediately. You need some mildly sophisticated budget tools (easy move money around, easy to make/drop categories, easy to move budget month to m...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?
Replies: 90
Views: 9315

Re: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?

OP, This may or may not help you. I came from a culture where the average gross saving rate is 30+%. So, we saved our 30+% gross income and spent the rest. We do not need to budget because we "Pay Yourself First" in term of saving. We cannot spend the money that we do not have. We probably only go ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?
Replies: 90
Views: 9315

Re: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?

OP, This may or may not help you. I came from a culture where the average gross saving rate is 30+%. So, we saved our 30+% gross income and spent the rest. We do not need to budget because we "Pay Yourself First" in term of saving. We cannot spend the money that we do not have. We probably only go ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?
Replies: 90
Views: 9315

Re: Does money/lack of money preoccupy you?

I've been very good about not worrying/messing with indexed investments. Having a busy life helps with that! However, for those that find themselves overobsessing about their investments (and daily finances), I would definitely recommend YNAB (You Need a Budget). I'd heard about it for years, but fi...
by lightheir
Wed May 29, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a budget TV
Replies: 22
Views: 1898

Re: Recommendations for a budget TV

Tcl Roku 55 inch 4k tv.

Rtings.com recommends it. It's legit,.I have one.

Note that for 4k glory you will need a 4k input source, Netflix charges extra for this.
by lightheir
Wed May 22, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Senior management/executives
Replies: 51
Views: 4449

Re: Senior management/executives

At the risk of being really unpopular/devil's advocate here, and without knowing the full details, I'd say the approach this with nuance. Too many social justice warriors make these things a black or white issue, and too quickly bust out the pitchforks at the first offense, when in reality you just...
by lightheir
Wed May 22, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wiper blade replacement
Replies: 30
Views: 2821

Re: Wiper blade replacement

I have been replacing my wiper blades with beam style Anco Contour blades. They are typically $7-9 each plus shipping at RockAuto.com. I think they work very well and are easy to change. https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/anco,C19BB,wiper+blade,8852 Yeah, those are the blades I used that honestly, t...
by lightheir
Wed May 22, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Senior management/executives
Replies: 51
Views: 4449

Re: Senior management/executives

At the risk of being really unpopular/devil's advocate here, and without knowing the full details, I'd say the approach this with nuance. Too many social justice warriors make these things a black or white issue, and too quickly bust out the pitchforks at the first offense, when in reality you just ...
by lightheir
Mon May 20, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wiper blade replacement
Replies: 30
Views: 2821

Re: Wiper blade replacement

I will add - I asked a question on BH forums a few years back about whether pricier 'premium' wiper blades were better than cheap ones that cost less than half the amount. Nobody seemed to have an opinion on it, so I went cheap on Amazon. That blade totally, utterly sucked. If anything, it was WORSE...
by lightheir
Thu May 09, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?
Replies: 77
Views: 6361

Re: Anybody try the Blue Apron or the like?

I have no financial interest to disclose - but my cousin told me about "cook smart" - its very similar to all the other services, but they don't send the food. You choose the recipes and it makes a grocery list for you (if you live near a big city there is a link for grocery delivery if you like) -...
by lightheir
Wed May 01, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike helmets
Replies: 87
Views: 6232

Re: bike helmets

I'm myself 100% for helmets in ALL situations bike, but especially not to be neglected when riding over 15+mph (like during training or downhills) or mountain biking. I too used to think it was 'stupid' to not wear a helmet for years, but then I was introduced to the reality of European bike commuti...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Defective audio port on new laptop
Replies: 15
Views: 828

Re: Defective audio port on new laptop

I know there's sunk cost fallacy realities here, but given you've spent significant time troubleshooting the port, I'd send it back for the motherboard replacement. Had this been a computer of at least a year old, and that was the only thing wrong with it, I'd just have assumed the jack was broken a...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding bikes: Go Brompton or cheaper?
Replies: 27
Views: 2208

Re: Folding bikes: Go Brompton or cheaper?

OP, I have a $300 Dahon single speed folding bike and a $1,700 A2B Kuo+ Folding electric bike. So, in my opinion, you should either go for a 7 speed Dahon folding bike ($300 or lower used) or at $1,000+ range go for the folding electric bike. I do not see a reason to buy a $1,000 folding bike (non-...