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by lightheir
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?
Replies: 45
Views: 3815

Re: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?

This happened to me at Budget car rental. I can't say I was surprised, but my wife was furious that they were trying to give us a gargantuan van or a compact sedan instead of the midsize SUV we had specifically rented in advance for driving along mountain roads. We ended up waiting nearly an hour fo...
by lightheir
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new email address. Gmail or ???
Replies: 70
Views: 5051

Re: Need new email address. Gmail or ???

If you value your privacy, you should not use gmail. outlook.com is a decent option. There is no privacy on the Internet. Just because you use outlook.com doesn't mean Google inst reading every email you send to any gmail user. Any other ISP could be doing the same unless you are encrypting your em...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Shelving?
Replies: 29
Views: 2846

Re: Garage Shelving?

I'm surprised you all want such industrial-grade, expensive, pricey and sizeable shelving. What are you all putting on your shelves?! I have cheap plastic shelving for all my garage stuff, and it works great. Not wobbly, doesn't rust, and can build/up break/down in <5 mins. Unless the OP is storing ...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 74
Views: 8066

Re: What backup service to use?

I think I key helpful think that is overlooked is MINIMIZING your 'sensitive' data footprint before you go on a backupfest. My sensitive documents with potential personal information of value for thieves are almost all .pdfs, and even after 10 years of going all-digital, definitely don't even crack ...
by lightheir
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Shelving?
Replies: 29
Views: 2846

Re: Garage Shelving?

It's fall time and I tried to move some summer stuff into the garage but ran out of space :( I found SafeRacks in costco for $250 which is quite expensive imho. Any suggestions for cheap (but safe) garage shelves? Seriously, what is wrong with plastic racks? Mine were under $50 each and they have w...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop setup questions
Replies: 23
Views: 2046

Re: New Laptop setup questions

Google office >>> libreoffice for my use. If you have complex spreadsheets,powerpoints, may not be the case for you, but gdocs is really powerful, easy to use, and robust.
by lightheir
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acoustic Pianos
Replies: 42
Views: 2059

Re: Acoustic Pianos

I searched Craiglist and didn't see anything I like. Remember, this also has to be a piece of furniture too so it can't be some vintage piano or with in-your-face blemishes. I will have to keep an eye out for a used Yamaha or a Kawai. In the mean time while waiting for something suitable to come by...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acoustic Pianos
Replies: 42
Views: 2059

Re: Acoustic Pianos

The only reason I see you buying a real furniture-level acoustic piano is if you seriously intend it to be a decorative piece in your house that you will not mind having there even if nobody plays it at all, (which is highly likely.) If you want to otherwise have a perfectly excellently functional p...
by lightheir
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to help teenager fix silly mistakes in math?
Replies: 50
Views: 3297

Re: How to help teenager fix silly mistakes in math?

Honestly, it's probably genetic for the most part. They can likely 'improve' it with care and attention, but it will never truly go away. I was the same way - I would make really stupid 'careless' seeming errors in complex mathematical work, but have the right algorithm for solving problems that pee...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3446

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

How quickly this has escalated from replacing an old cyclemeter to $750 pedals that require changing before a ride and charging :-) As long as we are making things way too complicated, there may be a triathlete watch out there that would work for scuba and biking :beer Good luck Texasdiver! While I...
by lightheir
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3446

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

Power >>> cadence for utility. You can actually ignore cadence when training by power.

Assioma power meter pedals swap between bike quickly but are 750$
by lightheir
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it sensible to buy a car from Elon Musk?
Replies: 59
Views: 3121

Re: Is it sensible to buy a car from Elon Musk?

I gotta say - I never thought I'd like Tesla luxury vehicles, but my buddy just got a Model 3, and we took a ride in it. Yes, that's one fine car - VERY impressive! I would be hesitant to take opinions of the car from folks who have never been in one after feeling that acceleration and marveling at ...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rec. for a specific type of internet router
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Rec. for a specific type of internet router

Do you mesh networks in your design? What I'm saying above is exactly how any mesh user would bypass brick walls. (Like sending signal through the roof via a superiorly positioned mesh point from above.) lightheir, Choice A) Use 2 Mesh AP to get around a brick wall and spend a few hundred dollars d...
by lightheir
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rec. for a specific type of internet router
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Rec. for a specific type of internet router

The surfboard gateway (thingamajig ;) ) is ours. I bought it when we got internet service 3 years ago. I also have this TP-Link Archer router plugged into the ethernet port on my cable gateway and it works great - excellent speed, coverage and much more stable and reliable than other routers that I...
by lightheir
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rec. for a specific type of internet router
Replies: 33
Views: 1548

Re: Rec. for a specific type of internet router

The surfboard gateway (thingamajig ;) ) is ours. I bought it when we got internet service 3 years ago. I also have this TP-Link Archer router plugged into the ethernet port on my cable gateway and it works great - excellent speed, coverage and much more stable and reliable than other routers that I...
by lightheir
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bike Suggestion
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: New Bike Suggestion

Couple tips: - If you are riding all on paved roads, you want a road bike for max speed. Not a hybrid, not a mountain bike. - The curly handlebar road bikes (otherwise known as 'drops') that the pros ride are the fastest because they let you get down into a low aerodynamic position when it counts. A...
by lightheir
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nanny online payment services - why are they so expensive?
Replies: 30
Views: 3364

Nanny online payment services - why are they so expensive?

I am hiring a part time nanny, all legal-above-board payments including taxes. I am looking for an online service that automates tax computation for nanny payments and takes care of the distribution of funds once I send checks to them. I'm amazed to see how expensive the online services for nanny pa...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 89
Views: 15026

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

It just got swamped by the speed and volume of online review like Amazon. It also has become too easy to game cr reviews - if your small appliance gets bad reviews, you just change the name and its too hard to correlate. Happened every time to me when I pulled up stuff to buy - all the poorly review...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?
Replies: 89
Views: 5749

Re: physics/math major looking for programmer/analyst job?

I can't speak to this from personal experience, but I have a number of bright friends who transitioned from non-technical (albeit well renowned) fields to software engineering/advanced analytics by enrolling in a bootcamp. One of the engineers at my workplace, for example, was an estate attorney fo...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7705

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Not specific to your situation, but was I was younger I got a speeding ticket for going 36 in a 25 zone in a rural part of New York. When I was updating my car insurance a year later, the insurance agent asked me to confirm the ticket, which I was said to admit I incurred. He said "don't worry, at t...
by lightheir
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts
Replies: 37
Views: 2635

Re: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts

Sorry, but as a 15+ year user of synthetic shirts with rigorous sweaty use, once they've got that funk on them NOTHING will get it out. I race marathons, triathlons, etc., so I sweat a lot on my stuff (I'm not a casual light exerciser.) I have tried everything - bleach, vinegar, ascorbic acid, sport...
by lightheir
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

$400 for a KitchenAid microwave door latch repair?!

The door latch on my kitchen aid microwave died recently. When you push the door open button, the door won't open. Otherwise it heats food fine. It came with the house 10 yrs ago and is a mounted.unit that costed at least $700 (I didn't buy it) Was horrified to have the microwave guy quote me $400 t...
by lightheir
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy CPAP replacement parts?
Replies: 50
Views: 3451

Re: Where do you buy CPAP replacement parts?

After paying a small co-insurance amount to Apria Healthcare, I read the bill and saw that as a Medicare member, I can get my supplies for free. I called them, and apparently my supplies will be provided from now on. Wheeee! I always find it amazing that I pay $20k/yr for family health insurance th...
by lightheir
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture sliders
Replies: 17
Views: 1246

Re: Furniture sliders

Felt pads work as well for lighter chairs etc. Amazon is fine as well as any hardware store
by lightheir
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I dont know how to spend money
Replies: 39
Views: 5235

Re: I dont know how to spend money

I know where you're coming from, even though yes, you were even more frugal than I was, but I was victim to having to live in a HCOL area due to educational situations, not by choice. I actually don't think your thinking is too far off. When you're only earning $50k/yr, in today's USA where the soci...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin
Replies: 31
Views: 2390

Re: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin

Can't agree more with this. You really need to ask yourself why. Another highly competitive athlete (and former high-level triathlete like Lightheir) and exercise scientist for a living. I understand what both of you are saying. However, both of you are in the I’m guessing top 3% of the population ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4582

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

About 50 years ago my parents bought me an expensive trumpet. About $500 then as I recall. Similar models now seem to be $3000 to $4000 new. That trumpet played so much better than the cheaper cornet I learned on. I'm sure I became a better player because of that trumpet. It was a good investment. ...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin
Replies: 31
Views: 2390

Re: Heart Rate Monitors Fitbit vs. Garmin

It would be helpful to know WHY you want/need the HRM data at all. Fitbit and other companies have pushed these HRMs functionality as an added feature to outflank non-HRM competitors, but the value of HRM monitoring for those outside of serious endurance sports is highly questionable. I race enduran...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?
Replies: 82
Views: 4582

Re: Have you ever purchased a pricy musical instrument?

Italian 1905 violin now worth $50k, and a bow worth $20k from childhood. (Have played many violins $1k-$10 range which were since sold.) PRS electric guitar $2k and a bunch of <$1k acoustic and electric guitars Own a $1500 digital piano. The $$$$ violin was an amazing LONG-term experience. I actuall...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?
Replies: 31
Views: 4012

Re: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?

No overall price drop from what I'm seeing.

Wf still equals whole paycheck.
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi router
Replies: 46
Views: 4242

Re: WiFi router

If you have a typical home, 3000 sqft, a mesh router is NOT necessary. Just get a good router, it will be enough to cover a 3000-3500 sqft home. EA8500 AC2600 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Linksys-Max-Stream-1733-Mbps-4-Port-Gigabit-Wireless-AC-Router-EA8500-RNW2889/263792047045?epid=219499432&hash=item...
by lightheir
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi router
Replies: 46
Views: 4242

Re: WiFi router

Just spend the money and get the mesh system. It works so well and the Google one is so robust that my wifi went from annoying to troubleshoot before it to totally stable for the 2 years I've been using it. Seiriously, the moment the web goes down and you start troubleshooting it, the Google WiFi ph...
by lightheir
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?
Replies: 30
Views: 1406

Re: Good scanner for paperless (or less paper) office?

I used to be into this "I will scan things" idea and have a flatbed multifunction with an auto-document feeder, but I hardly use it. I find Evernote's camera function on the smartphone to do a marvelous job of "scanning" documents that I--likely irrationally--fear I will one day need. It does a "go...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you read books?
Replies: 34
Views: 3347

Re: How do you read books?

There is a big difference between reading a book versus studying a book for knowledge retention. I am very good at reading books for knowledge retention. There is no shortcut it, and it takes a ton of work, no different than studying 4 scientific subjects in college or graduate school. Lots and lots...
by lightheir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I am STUNNED over how much help my friends recieved with house purchase!
Replies: 47
Views: 4185

Re: I am STUNNED over how much help my friends recieved with house purchase!

In many HCOL areas, it's nearly impossible to buy a home without substantial family assistance/donations. I have a 2 doctor household, and there was still no way we could afford a house on our own earnings in this HCOL area despite good salaries for what we do. My parents bailed us out big time. And...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5748

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5748

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5748

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I use the loop app to track my exercise daily. Categories I add are strength (lifting/yard work/shoveling), cardio(swim, run, ski, row), stretch (yoga). I exercise daily, but don't spend a lot of time doing it. Also use it to track diet. 3 categories. No grains, no sugar/juice, no Vegetable oil. I ...
by lightheir
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 39029

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

It looks like there is hope yet!!! 40s are the new 30s right?? https://www.outsideonline.com/2312831/quest-run-sub-four-minute-mile-age-40 I'd literally go so far as to say 50s are the new 30s. With the advances in medicine, science, and training methodologies as well as the booming market for adul...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 39029

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I've learned that people wayyyy exaggerate how much of a toll being 40 is physically compared to being 20. I am actually greatly enjoying my physical capabilities as a 40 year old. Yes, it's true you can no longer take things for granted like you do in your 20s. In your 20s you can eat garbage, neve...
by lightheir
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to invest in elementary education?
Replies: 37
Views: 2761

Re: How much to invest in elementary education?

...If you believe that drug and alcohol abuse does not occur with the students who are most able to flex their privilege and financial resources, then you are kidding yourself... I never said that, and don't believe it. What i do believe is that private schools have many fewer discipline problems, ...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?
Replies: 27
Views: 2456

Re: AT&T lower-cost data alternatives (is Sprint's $15/mth worth it)?

I'm always wary of too good to be true plans having been baited and switched by legit companies too many times. Amongst those are: Amazon unlimited cloud storage - got you in then antear later, bye bye unlimited Republic wireless refund plan - bye bye I could go on - I strongly suspect if the math d...
by lightheir
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5748

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I have a treadmill, and find the mental aspect of using it really difficult. I use podcasts, but it is mentally challenging to stay on it for half an hour. But I treat it like brushing my teeth. It doesn't matter if I enjoy it, it is just something I need to do for health reasons. Just getting star...
by lightheir
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good place to buy window curtains
Replies: 9
Views: 932

Re: good place to buy window curtains

I can't believe how much custom and even brand curtains cost.

I got really good blackout ones on Amazon for $40 that I installed myself and was very easy to do.
by lightheir
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Reno, your objective opinion please.
Replies: 34
Views: 3161

Re: Home Reno, your objective opinion please.

I gotta say what everyone else is thinking.

Late 30s and like 5million+ in assets? Dang I'm in the wrong business! :shock:

I'm also surprised you're choosing Reno of all places with that kind of income and asset base. Curious why you chose there of all places.
by lightheir
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............
Replies: 35
Views: 2831

Re: Need to replace my Vizio TV..............

If the audio outs on your TV works, you should just add an external audio system like a soundbar. At 55" of size, you NEED a better audio system than the rockbottom budget ones that come with the TV. If it were a smaller 32" TV, ok, you probably sit close enough that the built in audio is fine (or i...
by lightheir
Tue May 29, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

Prob a little more complicated than that though. GSW are an all time shooting great team, playing defense against that when curry is on Nova mode will distract you hugely from normal shot efficiency due to fatigue and mindset switched from defense to offense.
by lightheir
Tue May 29, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking past results are reliable
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: Thinking past results are reliable

Prob a little more complicated than that though. GSW are an all time shooting great team, playing defense against that when curry is on Nova mode will distract you hugely from normal shot efficiency due to fatigue and mindset switched from defense to offense.
by lightheir
Sun May 27, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Near commercial level treadmill
Replies: 36
Views: 3138

Re: Near commercial level treadmill

BUBear29 wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 4:17 am
I was also going to recommend Woodway. Excellent running machine
$10k+ for a new Woodway AND a heavy-duty nonstandard power outlet required. :shock:
by lightheir
Mon May 07, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way
Replies: 78
Views: 6861

Re: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way

abracadabra11 wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 8:09 pm
Surprised by the high bias here.
I would aim for $15-20k.
$15k is def in budget econobox territory for new. We aren't going high at all!