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by lightheir
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Fall of Consumer Reports
Replies: 110
Views: 18720

Re: The Fall of Consumer Reports

Another very real thing to consider with items reviewed Consumer Reports as well as other items which are well-reviewed in the marketplace: With today's internet era, information is widely accessible. So things that get good reviews (especially ones with very good reviews, and reliable ones over lot...
by lightheir
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 58
Views: 2388

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

It's def a complex problem. Storage size aside though, has anyone here has a problem with retrieving old Gmail files or attachments? Seriously Gmail has been amazingly reliable for me despite not even planning to use it as a backup source. I'd use it for everything but the size of family videos and ...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving
Replies: 58
Views: 2388

Re: Blu-Ray drives vs DVD drives for data storage and archiving

You should consider ARCHIVAL Blu-Ray. But straight Blu-ray is already pretty good as mentioned above. Hate to break it to you as well, but using nonarchival DVDs and hard drives are a poor method for long term data storage. They have a really high failure rate. I know at this point you'll say "you'v...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Fly Protective Head Gear
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Black Fly Protective Head Gear

You can do the same thing as 'insect shield' for much cheaper by just buying a big jug of Permethrin on amazon ($50ish) and dunking/spraying your hiking clothes in them and drying out of the sun. Use clothes that will be really permeated with it - you're not going to just spray the outside. If prope...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: separate computers for specific purposes--how many and for what?
Replies: 35
Views: 2548

Re: separate computers for specific purposes--how many and for what?

The only real segregation you need to worry about is: 1. Public (like a library or even work) vs home (private) computers. The public one could have all sorts of bad stuff lurking on there, whereas the risk of that is much, much lower on your home computer. Don't do banking or other sensitive stuff ...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Setting up home office for first time
Replies: 14
Views: 1030

Re: Setting up home office for first time

I think things have changed a fair amount in the whole home office setup due to tech. The young <30 tech crowd does a surprisingly large amount of work on a mobile laptop and minimal additional equipment. No 2-4 multimonitor displays, and they prize mobility. Especially if they used shared office se...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: World VCR production is ending next month. What to do with my old VHS tapes?
Replies: 69
Views: 7895

Re: World VCR production is ending next month. What to do with my old VHS tapes?

VCRs were so ubiquitous and popular that there will be plenty of business or people making businesses to convert old VHS tapes to modern formats for long enough that the entire generation of VCR-lovers who still have media they care about converting, will entirely die out before this becomes a longe...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FamilyTreeDNA Admits to Sharing Genetic Data
Replies: 53
Views: 2804

Re: FamilyTreeDNA Admits to Sharing Genetic Data

I have trouble seeing a negative that concerns me. Really? Your DNA is the fundamental definition of your physical identity and likely holds many keys to your personality, health and psychology. Are you comfortable sharing this information with anyone that wants it? For a flippant example, would yo...
by lightheir
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the current, best way to source decent eyeglasses (frames & lenses)?
Replies: 26
Views: 2234

Re: What's the current, best way to source decent eyeglasses (frames & lenses)?

I had the same Costco experience of heavy sunglasses, limited selection, and their shops are usually small, noisy, and crowded. I've been using Zenni for a long time, and instead of putting new glass in old frames, I'd just try out what you like on Zenni, order the cheapest glass option, and if som...
by lightheir
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3659

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I strongly suspect that if op is having problems merely choosing a computer that oprns.ms office files, he isn't using pivottables and other more advanced Excel functions. For monadvanced Excel file use gdocs opens and edits stuff great. That comprises the vast majority of of most users. Gdocs also ...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3659

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I have bought most of my computers at Office Depot. For a small additional fee, they go into the computer and remove all of the garbage software on the machine. Also, they will install any software on your machine - Office, Anti-Virus, etc. It is a very easy process. I have a Chromebook. It is exce...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tax Season Tax Options
Replies: 39
Views: 3528

Re: Tax Season Tax Options

I haven't used Freetaxusa yet, but I get the exact same vibe that I got with TaxAct a few years ago. A few years ago TaxAct was super cheap, like less than half of Turbotax, seemed great. Stayed that way for a year. Once they got a sufficient userbase, the price jumped up a lot - I vaguely recall it...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3659

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

3. Laptop - I prefer desktop to laptop. If I get a laptop I will also need to purchase a dock station in order to use my monitor and keyboard. Besides, it seems laptops seem to break down more often than not vs desktop. summerof42. A) No, the laptop is better. You can carry it around. And, it is ch...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3659

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I'm actually surprised nobody has mentioned a Chromebook to the OP. Actually, "marstaton4" mentioned it about seven hours and a couple dozen posts ago. :sharebeer The OP was interested in keeping with a desktop, so much of the information has gone that route. Got it, makes sense. I sincerely hope t...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Really need help with new computer purchase!
Replies: 89
Views: 3659

Re: Really need help with new computer purchase!

I'm actually surprised nobody has mentioned a Chromebook to the OP. I strongly suspect it will be his simplest, lowest cost, best solution, but there will be the (small) added learning curve of using ChromeOS and google docs. @OP - Were you aware that google drive opens/saves/edits MS Office files w...
by lightheir
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the current, best way to source decent eyeglasses (frames & lenses)?
Replies: 26
Views: 2234

Re: What's the current, best way to source decent eyeglasses (frames & lenses)?

Tons of posts here about buying online from cheap yet shockingly good places like Zenni optical and others. While you can't try them on before you buy, you can easily buy a cheap 'test' pair for <$50 (sometimes <$25!!) that you can at the least use as a backup emergency pair even if the fit is terri...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External Hard Drive?
Replies: 71
Views: 3951

Re: External Hard Drive?

OP, remember that ALL hard drives, flash drives, etc. WILL fail. The question is not IF but WHEN. Therefore, I use multiple hard drives & flash drives for my data. Connected to my computer, it takes very little time to sync to all drives. I got my hard drives from old computers then added an extern...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Victim of my own success! How to deal with a complex life?
Replies: 103
Views: 8896

Re: Victim of my own success! How to deal with a complex life?

It'll work itself out. Getting recently married, moving to a house, and having a young kid kills any hope of feeling caught up, unless you have exceptionally good help and grandparents that love sitting for you a lot. Few tips you probably already do most of, but worth mentioning: - Automate ALL bil...
by lightheir
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any MD pursued a CFA? Thoughts?
Replies: 27
Views: 2528

Re: Any MD pursued a CFA? Thoughts?

Kinda off topic, but I seriously considered MBA or CFA, etc. for quite awhile as an MD - until I got married and had a kid. Who then promptly sucked ALL my time AND what little was left of my intellectual energy after work. SO glad now I didn't go down that rabbit hole - kid + MD job = enough work a...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: peloton fitness bike
Replies: 22
Views: 2608

Re: peloton fitness bike

Curious - do you guys (or gals) who really like your pelotons as describe above, own or use a separate indoor bike trainer like a Kickr or fluid trainer? Or is the peloton system the main motivator to get you to ride indoors (meaning without it you wouldn't ride indoors at all) I'm an endurance junk...
by lightheir
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired in your late 40s or early 50s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14473

Re: Retired in your late 40s or early 50s?

I just want I say that I am green with envy to all of you who retired in your late 40s and early 50s. I am 48 now and won't be able to retire soon (combination of poor choice in spouse, getting financially wiped out to the point of being in debt by a divorce in my early 40s, and then ending up a si...
by lightheir
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you suggest where to live if work at UCLA
Replies: 40
Views: 3234

Re: Can you suggest where to live if work at UCLA

Best bets: - Santa Monica! $$$$ but it's as close to city-beach life as you can get. It has a distinctly different feel from the rest of urban LA, thanks to the ocean breeze, more space, and nicer ritzy neighborhoods. If you're renting, you can actually sort of find reasonablish yet still kinda pric...
by lightheir
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: question from "not the smartest personal computer guy in the world"
Replies: 12
Views: 1747

Re: question from "not the smartest personal computer guy in the world"

I second the idea of considering a Chromebook. They're great, even better for someone who is not especially tech savvy. I would not keep passwords stored on the computer. If you're keeping a hard-copy printed out/written down that should be good enough (but make sure you're storing that in a locked...
by lightheir
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paper or Paperless? How and what financial records do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 3945

Re: Paper or Paperless? How and what financial records do you keep?

Go paperless unless you hate computers. Seriously, it saves you SO much time and energy and house space in the long haul. Plus you can back it up. Don't worry unnecessarily about the 'security' of it all. Take reasonable precautions, like don't just leave files hanging out unprotected to be copied, ...
by lightheir
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to complain about Hertz bait-and-switch?
Replies: 58
Views: 6259

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: 5447

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: 31
Views: 3553

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: 75
Views: 8831

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: 31
Views: 3553

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: 2136

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: 2181

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: 2181

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: 3488

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: 4193

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: 4193

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: 3285

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: 1611

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: 1611

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: 1611

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: 3178

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: 3450

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: 110
Views: 18720

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: 6392

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: 7887

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: 2730

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: 1195

$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: 3641

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: 1309

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: 5420

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: 2517

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 ...