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by teCh0010
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arcade game vendor recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 2285

Re: Arcade game vendor recommendations

Are you looking to purchase a new reproduction cocktail with a MAME emulator? These are your 60 in 1 machines that run classic '80s arcade games. New reproductions use LCDs, but older reproductions still used CRTs. Or, are you looking for the official Namco 2000 release of Ms.Pac-Man/Galaga Class o...
by teCh0010
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What charity are you donating to this Christmas season?
Replies: 104
Views: 3287

Re: What charity are you donating to this Christmas season?

Food bank, Meals on Wheels, imagination library, Angel tree
by teCh0010
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arcade game vendor recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 2285

Re: Arcade game vendor recommendations

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good vendor for arcade games? Looking to buy a Miss Pac Man / Galaga cocktail game for Christmas this year and want to find a good online retailer who will deliver with little or no hassle. Definitely NOT interested in anything used or Ebay. Are you looking t...
by teCh0010
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WIFI mesh - Orbi or Google
Replies: 33
Views: 1969

Re: WIFI mesh - Orbi or Google

Orbi has a dedicated backhaul radio, google does not. I would pick Orbi
by teCh0010
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arcade game vendor recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 2285

Re: Arcade game vendor recommendations

Arcade1up sells a commercially packaged cocktail table. 8 games including ms pacman and you can get ms Pac-Man artwork.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/arcade1up- ... Id=6416407
by teCh0010
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?
Replies: 73
Views: 4222

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?

It seems that with these capabilities I could set up one Deco device by the TV, using the existing Cat 5e for a wired backhaul, then place the other devices as dictated by the signal analyzer. If one of the MoCA-served locations is desirable I could, if necessary, buy a MoCA bridge to create a wire...
by teCh0010
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU handle home security [alarm systems]
Replies: 89
Views: 6377

Re: How do YOU handle home security [alarm systems]

I have a wired alarm system left over from the PO, I’m going to use the RING retrofit kit to integrate with ring alarm system. Already paying for the camera, the alarm is basically free at that point.
by teCh0010
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery powered generators?
Replies: 116
Views: 7232

Re: Battery powered generators?

We use a Goal Zero Yetti to power a laptop, speakers, and a projector for “ride in movie” for the neighborhood kids in our cove. We also use it for a 40in TV when tailgating, and various duties when camping. I have a small dorm size freezer that runs off of it no problem, we use it for ice cream for...
by teCh0010
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a knife set
Replies: 99
Views: 6655

Re: Looking for a knife set

We have a 15 year old Henckles pro block at home that was a wedding gift, it’s been great. I use a turn box style sharpener. But at our beach condo we have a 30 dollar set of brightly colored cuisinart knives that are about two years old and I don’t really have any complaints about other than the ch...
by teCh0010
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have a dishwasher they recommend?
Replies: 128
Views: 9212

Re: Does anyone have a dishwasher they recommend?

Kitchenaid Architect series has been really good for us. Quiet, cleans well, and dries everything.
by teCh0010
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?
Replies: 73
Views: 4222

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?

Thanks for all of the additional replies. I should have mentioned up front that I don't need perfect coverage or throughput, I just need devices to work reasonably well throughout most of the house. I tested 2.4 GHz signal strength using the Android analyzer mentioned earlier in the thread: At rout...
by teCh0010
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?
Replies: 73
Views: 4222

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?

Sidenote on the MoCA portion of the network. It's plenty fast enough for successful streaming, but my Verizon MoCA (in the past) was limited to 75 Meg. Is that just Verizon, or is that a hardware limitation for MoCA? That was most likely a limitation of the MoCA gear from Verizon. MoCA has gone thr...
by teCh0010
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?
Replies: 73
Views: 4222

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?

OP I would get Cat 6 cables and replace the Cat5e as I am told the later are slower. Here is an cnet article which explains it better than I: Around your house, you probably have either Cat 5 or Cat 5e wire. Cat stands for category. Cat 6 is cable that's more reliable at higher speeds than Cat 5 or...
by teCh0010
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery powered generators?
Replies: 116
Views: 7232

Re: Battery powered generators?

Are there any gasoline generators that you can just let sit for 2 or 3 years with no maintenance or gas or oil change, and then start up easily when the power goes out? That’s much more likely to be successful with a propane generator. Get a dual fuel, only run it in propane but keep the gasoline a...
by teCh0010
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?
Replies: 97
Views: 16245

Re: 4 years later...update to old discussion

I was issued a 9350 in 2016 as a work laptop, after 12 months I exercised my right to buy it and gave it to my kids. It is still humming along and is a good machine. My main complaint it the location of the camera below the screen, it shoots up your nose for zoom. I was issued a 9365 as a replaceme...
by teCh0010
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do reviewers love the Dell XPS 13 but users don't?
Replies: 97
Views: 16245

Re: 4 years later...update to old discussion

Reviewers across the board seem to lavish incredible praise on the Dell XPS 13- most choose it as the best ultrabook available. Here is an example from a reviewer I consider generally reliable: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-windows-ultrabook/ Yet it gets mediocre reviews from users, who...
by teCh0010
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?
Replies: 73
Views: 4222

Re: Improving Wi-Fi coverage: Use existing Cat5e and MoCA?

If you’re fairly techy take a look at Ubiquiti. They’re not perfect but they’re darn good. Closer to enterprise grade than any of the mesh stuff and cheaper. Unifi Cloudkey Gen2 (1 was terrible) controller Unifi USW-8-60W or 150W switch And a bunch of AC-Lite access points If that’s too expensive y...
by teCh0010
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chartering a flight on short notice?
Replies: 39
Views: 3773

Re: Chartering a flight on short notice?

I’ve done this in the past, your best bet is to farm this out to a charter broker. You have a few options here - Wheels Up - You could buy their lowest membership and book directly from the app, 3k up front plus the cost of the flight. If this is the only flight you will take you are probably throwi...
by teCh0010
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to check incoming calls if phone is broken or lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: How to check incoming calls if phone is broken or lost?

Verizon Messages + lets you make make calls and get your text messages on any device. Not sure about letting you answer an incoming call.

The catch is that you will need your phone to authorize the setup, you have to set it up before you lose your phone.
by teCh0010
Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Third row SUV seating considerations
Replies: 32
Views: 2334

Re: Third row SUV seating considerations

We have two kids and a Honda Pilot. The third row is great for taking the grandparents with us in a single car around town, and the third row in the 2016+ pilot is very spacious even for adults. The luggage space behind it is limited. It’s fine for groceries, a stroller, or some bag chairs. We could...
by teCh0010
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone chartered a private jet? Need info. . .
Replies: 55
Views: 6859

Re: Has anyone chartered a private jet? Need info. . .

I chartered a small private jet (Citation CJ2) twice in 2019. They charged me $2954 per hour plus landing fees, both trips were one day round trips so we didn’t get into per diem for the pilots and cost to overnight the aircraft. I booked directly with the operator, I also looked at Jetly as a broke...
by teCh0010
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood
Replies: 23
Views: 2430

Re: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood

I've always seen culvert used to refer to the tunnel you use to pass water under driveways or roads. The low area next to the road is the ditch. Sidewalks generally would also mean curbs and storm sewers to do it right with normal size (1/3 acre) lots. In more open neighborhoods (estate lots, 2 - 4 ...
by teCh0010
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with replacing water heater
Replies: 49
Views: 3080

Re: Help with replacing water heater

I’ve found that 60 and 75 gallon gas water heaters can be expensive, and putting two 40 gallon 40k BTU gas heaters in series can provide faster recovery times with better first hour delivery for a lower cost. 40 gallon 40k btu heaters are commodity items with competitive price pressure. If you have ...
by teCh0010
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a Ladder—What type to get?
Replies: 64
Views: 3838

Re: I need a Ladder—What type to get?

I have a 22ft combination ladder. Yes it is heavy (40 pounds) but it has been great for outside stuff. It gives me a double sided 9 foot a frame ladder and a 22 foot reach extension. I use it for almost all my outside work. Inside I mostly use a three step step stool. This lets me get around anywher...
by teCh0010
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Separate router vs built-in
Replies: 12
Views: 979

Re: Separate router vs built-in

The only time it is better to rent vs own your router is when Comcast manipulates the equation. In areas where Comcast has a 1.2TB data cap you can pay 30 a month for unlimited data, or 25 a month for “Xfi complete” which includes equipment rental and unlimited data. I’m doing that now, I’ve got the...
by teCh0010
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone recommend this $350 laptop?
Replies: 51
Views: 3714

Re: Does anyone recommend this $350 laptop?

Dell sells a similarly priced Inspiron 15 3000. It’s easy to open up and has two standard ram slots, ships with a 128gb M2 SSD, but has an open 2.5in slot so you could grab a cheap 2.5 spinning disk from someone who upgraded to add bulk storage. It’s got a slower processor, but real world use is fine.
by teCh0010
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2577

Re: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed

Check out the gulf stream vista cruiser, they were built specifically for crossover tow vehicles and the 17foot and some of the 19s would probably work for you.
by teCh0010
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car recommendations please
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: new car recommendations please

Within the Honda family if you want robust AWD you could look at the Pilot or slightly shorter Passport. Both share their AWD system with Acura which is very good. If you want an AWD sedan the next generation of the Acura TLX is coming out now, it is a complete redesign. If you want an AWD minivan I...
by teCh0010
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office space
Replies: 22
Views: 2210

Re: Office space

One of my friends had an 8x10 shed dropped in his backyard by one of the amish shed companies. After it was in place he added a window and did insulation, drywall, and electrical, and a mini split heat pump from eBay.
by teCh0010
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulation and air sealing quote - does this seem reasonable?
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: Insulation and air sealing quote - does this seem reasonable?

I live in Pennsylvania and I believe our program here is only for low income so I don't quality. I could take out a 1% ten year loan from the state but that seems silly. Our a/c is not in the attic thankfully. End goal is to reduce electricity costs. Would love to pay $100-$300 monthly for electric...
by teCh0010
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulation and air sealing quote - does this seem reasonable?
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: Insulation and air sealing quote - does this seem reasonable?

I would say it’s not great but it is fair. I paid 5k for a similar scope of work (air seal attic, duct sealing, cellulose) plus adding a 14x14 return in the ceiling and abandoning a couple of in wall returns that during blower door testing we basically pulling air from outside. I will say it has mad...
by teCh0010
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What if my renter DOESN’T call me at 3am about the toilet?
Replies: 37
Views: 5475

Re: What if my renter DOESN’T call me at 3am about the toilet?

When I had single family rentals I scheduled twice a year visits (spring and fall) where I changed the filters on the HVAC, made sure the AC or heat was working, rinsed off the outside coil in the spring. Since I had to go in to get in the attic I got an idea for any problems. Honestly most of my te...
by teCh0010
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on sewage lift station in new home?
Replies: 37
Views: 2791

Re: Thoughts on sewage lift station in new home?

My parents house has a lift station, they are on a 100x300 lot that has about 50 feet of elevation change from the road to the lake. It is the norm for all houses on the lake side of the street to have lift stations, sometimes two houses will share a larger one but theirs is dedicated. It is further...
by teCh0010
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacationing safely in the era of Covid - How did you do it?
Replies: 124
Views: 9790

Re: Vacationing safely in the era of Covid - How did you do it?

Went to the beach, drive instead of flew.

Didn’t eat out, ordered DoorDash and cooked.

Sat on the beach all day with families 15 feet apart.

It was honestly a great vacation. We normally are rushing off the beach to get cleaned up and go out to dinner. Now we can stay out for sunset.
by teCh0010
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 7962
Views: 555152

Re: Refinance Mega Threadve

Hello everyone. First post from a long time novice lurking and sucking up all the wisdom from everyone(thank you). I couldn’t help but finally create an account because I’m just failing at making progress on this one. I’m surprised at how everyone is able to get such low interest rates. I’m not abl...
by teCh0010
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 72
Views: 8959

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

I’m having a ton of issues where I lose connectivity and have to reset the modem. Not sure if it is the equipment or issues with Comcast service being overloaded because of covid.
by teCh0010
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?
Replies: 72
Views: 8959

Re: Comcast - lease modem/router or buy?

Comcast has flipped the script for rent vs buy in some markets (those with a data cap). If you provide your own equipment but want to add unlimited data and remove the cap Comcast charges you 30 a month. If you subscribe to XFi Complete for 25 a month you get equipment and unlimited data. I was look...
by teCh0010
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Modem and Router (C4000XG vs Asus RT-AC68U)
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: Modem and Router (C4000XG vs Asus RT-AC68U)

How much space do you need to cover with WiFi? That’s normally where cable modem / WiFi router combos fall apart and multiple APs or mesh come into play.
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best fire alarm for young children
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Re: Best fire alarm for young children

After following TLC1957’s checklist, this might be an alarm to consider. https://www.firstalert.com/product/interconnected-wireless-smoke-alarm-with-voice-location-battery-operated-pack-of-two/ This is the right direction. My house came with 3 wired smokes. I replaced them with the wired version of...
by teCh0010
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric heat and hot water options
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Electric heat and hot water options

I have a dual fuel heat pump, it would be the best of both world in your situation since you have gas already there. Runs as a regular heat pump until the temp drops below the set threshold, then engages the gas furnace. I have my crossover point at 45 degrees, but if electric is effectively “free” ...
by teCh0010
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Optimal dish replacement scheme
Replies: 29
Views: 1914

Re: Optimal dish replacement scheme

We keep 12 place settings of everyday tableware in the cabinet. Simple white pattern.

Typically comes 4 place settings per box, so we bought four boxes and keep one in storage for breakage.
by teCh0010
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability for Golf Ball Through Windshield
Replies: 93
Views: 6124

Re: Liability for Golf Ball Through Windshield

We needed a new windshield on our Honda pilot. All in between the glass and then the dealer labor to reattach and align the lane keeping camera it was like $1600. New cars with cameras for lane keeping can get pricy on windshields.
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car, Remodel or Pool?
Replies: 74
Views: 4103

Re: Car, Remodel or Pool?

Option 2 seems like the best use of your money. Sounds like you are doing well financially. The pool price seems quite high. Mine was $22K but maybe it is just your area. How long ago? The prices have gone up substantially. 20 years ago you could get a vinyl liner pool for 18k, now in the lcol area...
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car, Remodel or Pool?
Replies: 74
Views: 4103

Re: Car, Remodel or Pool?

I was in this situation. We lived in a 3/2 2000sq ft house with two youg boys. They each had their own room, but I desperately needed an office. My wife wanted a pool. My parents lived out of state so a guest bedroom would be nice. We looked at a few options. We could have expanded up by finishing t...
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation
Replies: 38
Views: 5087

Re: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation

We went a week or two after memorial day. Just when Florida reopened. We stayed in a beachfront condo in a low density section of 30a. The chair guys were setting groups up 6 feet apart. We had no problem keeping our distance on the beach. The hardest spot to social distance was going up and down t...
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation
Replies: 38
Views: 5087

Re: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation

We went a week or two after memorial day. Just when Florida reopened. We stayed in a beachfront condo in a low density section of 30a. The chair guys were setting groups up 6 feet apart. We had no problem keeping our distance on the beach. The hardest spot to social distance was going up and down th...
by teCh0010
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-vested RSUs in Divorce?
Replies: 25
Views: 1644

Re: Non-vested RSUs in Divorce?

I'm not an attorney but from an asset perspective they should be treated like they don't exist. If you get fired tomorrow you get nothing. The place where they will be relevant is in your future earning for calculating income based payments like alimony and child support. Not sure exactly how they c...
by teCh0010
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for a good efficient mini tower PC
Replies: 56
Views: 2606

Re: Recommendation for a good efficient mini tower PC

I "own" several servers. One at my house, one leased from OVH hosted in their DC, and one AWS EC2 box. What do you want to do with the box? Plex, NAS, development, etc? My home box is a Dell T30, current version is a T40. It's small, quiet, efficient, and still has room for 4 drives. It ha...
by teCh0010
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are basic minivans/suv "luxury" cars?
Replies: 77
Views: 4224

Re: are basic minivans/suv "luxury" cars?

Agree. The big vehicles are surprisingly expensive. But that’s what it costs now. You can definitely spend more on a true luxury brand. Managing to drop over 100k for an SUV is not hard if you look on the actual luxury lots. You can spend 80k on a suburban on a Chevy lot, or 88k on a land cruiser o...
by teCh0010
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are basic minivans/suv "luxury" cars?
Replies: 77
Views: 4224

Re: are basic minivans/suv "luxury" cars?

Cars got more expensive. A 1996 chevy tahoe 4 door started at 28k, the 2021 starts at 50k. A 1996 accord started at 15k, a 2021 starts at 24k. CRV starts at the same 24k and is our modern day station wagon. They also got a lot more features. The upper trim of the accord, pilot, traverse, explorer ge...