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by Exterous
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage
Replies: 41
Views: 3140

Re: Wifi in 3000 sq ft house and garage

I have a 3100 Sq ft house and bought a single Ubiquiti AC-PRO. It's located close to the ceiling in the middle of my basement and completely covers the garage and second floor
by Exterous
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6530

Re: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?

Microsoft has done a pretty good job of making the upgrade process work. With all the possible variations of hardware there will be issues and there will be computers that can't upgrade but we've upgraded thousands and thousands of window 7 to 10 computers using their in place upgrade SCCM task sequ...
by Exterous
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a Europe trip in Dec 2019 last week. Need advice
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Planning a Europe trip in Dec 2019 last week. Need advice

I've been using the site below for years to help plan travel around Europe especially given how affordable and easy train travel can be:

https://www.seat61.com/index-mobile.htm
https://www.seat61.com/international-tr ... terdam.htm
by Exterous
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older used car with low miles or newer used car with higher miles
Replies: 37
Views: 2419

Re: Older used car with low miles or newer used car with higher miles

I heard up thru 2015 it was pretty easy for "people in the business" to alter a car's mileage - so I'd want to see stuff like mileage at smog checks, oil changes etc. You don't even necessarily have to be in the business. No idea how many cars are this easy but when my wife's speedometer stopped wo...
by Exterous
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buenos Aires - How many days?
Replies: 33
Views: 2902

Re: Buenos Aires - How many days?

Yes, most travel guides tell you to keep your phone out of sight...however, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was walking around with their eyes on their phones. Also good practice to keep any backpacks, camera bags etc in the center of any taxi as opposed to near a window. Grabing items at stop lights...
by Exterous
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a trip to Africa the Boglehead way
Replies: 10
Views: 1034

Re: Planning a trip to Africa the Boglehead way

We have also gone of guided Safari wildlife drives. In our experience the latter was less satisfying because we were with other people, the trip was ultimately controlled by the driver/tour guide and we couldn’t just hang around a water hole a bit longer to observe animal X as long as we wanted. Se...
by Exterous
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your 5 favorite tools (hand, power, other)
Replies: 33
Views: 2581

Re: What are your 5 favorite tools (hand, power, other)

My favorite tools are not necessarily the ones I use the most. #1 Senco Collated Screw Gun. There's just something about a belt fed screw gun to make securing drywall fun. #2 Square drive screws. #3 Compound wire stripper. #4 Dewalt mitre saw with precise locks at common angles already available #5 ...
by Exterous
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Make sure your retirement investment plan includes being fired from your job in your 50s
Replies: 285
Views: 18242

Re: Make sure your retirement investment plan includes being fired from your job in your 50s

https://news.slashdot.org/story/19/03/29/2026222/intel-lays-off-hundreds-of-tech-admins <<Intel has reportedly laid off a number of information technology workers at sites across the company this week. Sources say the layoffs are numbered in the hundreds, but Intel has declined to specify how many ...
by Exterous
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your personal experiences with downside of early retirement?
Replies: 95
Views: 17580

Re: What are your personal experiences with downside of early retirement?

Quite honestly, if companies would allow workers to work, and forget about annual evaluations / goals / accomplishments... there would be a lot more getting done, and a lot more people staying, mentoring, grooming. It's been my experience as a manager that this is changing and even the gray haired ...
by Exterous
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car Company Preferences
Replies: 26
Views: 1824

Re: Rental Car Company Preferences

National is my preferred company but I don't mind Enterprise or Hertz
by Exterous
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: recommend your African safari
Replies: 16
Views: 1370

Re: recommend your African safari

We did a safari in Masai Mara Kenya in January and had an amazing time. Granted my sample size is 1 but I think a Serengeti (Tanzania)-Masi Mara (Kenya) safari would be quite the trip. We booked a private safari through Natural Wonders Kenya and couldn't have asked for a better trip. After settling ...
by Exterous
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?
Replies: 79
Views: 13932

Re: What is the best all-inclusive resort you have ever visited?

We've only been to a few like Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic and Moon Palace in Cancun but the best one by far was Live Aqua in Cancun. Strong drinks, nice rooms, great pool, nice beach, good atmosphere and the food was phenomenal. I would often have 2nd breakfast and 3rd lunch which was g...
by Exterous
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2-week European vacation
Replies: 34
Views: 2643

Re: 2-week European vacation

This website is the resource I've found most helpful for train travel in Europe: https://www.seat61.com/ I completely agree. I've been using that site for a few years for our trips to Europe. Great information about options and trip times, which can vary greatly. A city much farther away might be f...
by Exterous
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling
Replies: 78
Views: 4473

Re: Duffel Bag vs Wheeled Stand Up traveling

Huh. We've dragged our wheeled bags on many a cobblestone and unpaved path and it didn't seem particularly noteworthy to me (as long as they weren't gravel or had a lot of loose rocks). I will say traditional wheels are easier in those situations than spinner but offset by being a little more diffic...
by Exterous
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase sapphire reserve points
Replies: 19
Views: 2554

Re: Chase sapphire reserve points

Some of it depends on your airport too. AA rarely releases saver award space from my home airport (DTW) so I don't get a lot of value out of BA points. United and Lufthansa actually release a fair bit of space from here though so I'm typing this while on our Seychelles/Kenya trip booked with points ...
by Exterous
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery

The debate between NAS and offline isn't an either\or situation. If the data is critical it should be a 'both' situation. Personally I have a NAS that is always on for backups. This gives me frequent, automated backups on a device with multiple drives for data redundancy (Because drives fail - somet...
by Exterous
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery

Is there an app that will run backups on folders you select at intervals you select to locations you select? :?: Seems like some things I might want to back up frequently, locally and others less often to remote storage. One Ping False frugality. I use FreefileSync to run nightly backups to my NAS;...
by Exterous
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery

I use a homebrew setup with a couple of scripts I wrote. One backups up locally daily. The other encrypts my files and uploads to OneDrive. I hate to pay monthly fees if I don't have to. Is there an app that will run backups on folders you select at intervals you select to locations you select? :?:...
by Exterous
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery
Replies: 59
Views: 5500

Re: Failed hard drive(?) data recovery

256gb Solid state drive is small. go bigger! 256 is barely big enough for the OS, with not much space left over for swap/paging. 512gb is better. Uh...Windows 10 takes less than 30GB so 256 is quite a bit beyond 'barely big enough'. I have a Win 10 desktop with "only" a 256 SSD and find it plenty b...
by Exterous
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Job (1st Management Role)
Replies: 30
Views: 3226

Re: New Job (1st Management Role)

So different field (IT) but started from a similar work responsibility position. I had no direct reports and my projects were mine to direct, having near complete autonomy to complete as I saw fit because of my record of success. This meant a lot of flexibility in project selection and schedule and ...
by Exterous
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching Careers - From IT to Police Officer
Replies: 37
Views: 4784

Re: Switching Careers - From IT to Police Officer

One of my friends is a volunteer police officer. Not sure if they have those around you but it might be a good way to get a taste of what it would be like. You may also want to consider what company you are doing IT work for. At this point IT work is a pretty universal need so you can make plenty of...
by Exterous
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?
Replies: 184
Views: 21448

Re: Your Favorite [Travel Destination] on Earth: Where and Why?

Might be some recency bias but South Island New Zealand for me. So much beauty and without the crowds that we've found elsewhere (even though they do have a growing problem with that) Budapest would be second. Great architecture, culture and food and very affordable. That said so many amazing places...
by Exterous
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hilton Honors
Replies: 15
Views: 2207

Re: Hilton Honors

Ever try to plan a vacation 1 year in advance? Heh I have actually planned two over a year in advance. Both were cruises and you can start booking those about 1.5 years out. Some ships have some rooms that are better than others in the same class so booking early can be a very good idea. I've also ...
by Exterous
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hilton Honors
Replies: 15
Views: 2207

Re: Hilton Honors

I agree with Lindyhopper - If you just look at point redemption then Hilton doesn't look very good. But if you combine that with point earning then Hilton starts to look a whole heck of a lot better. Their promotions are often better too. Combining the near constant promotions with one of the cards ...
by Exterous
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart is not Amazon
Replies: 54
Views: 7311

Re: Walmart is not Amazon

Wait until people find out that Amazon is selling a lot of counterfeit merchandise, even if you choose "Ships and sold by Amazon". It's become a *huge* problem. Amazon takes all 3rd party merchandise and mixes it with their own merchandise. So while something is "Shipped and sold by Amazon" it coul...
by Exterous
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is your stealth way to save monthly?
Replies: 87
Views: 10359

Re: What is your stealth way to save monthly?

The trick is to LBYM. Saving $10 on your cellphone plan a month and diverting it may feel nice but it doesn’t affect anything in the long run. Here’s the proper way to look at it IMO. Say you make $10,000 a month with a goal of saving $2000. You are currently only able to save $1000/mo which means ...
by Exterous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Local community is offering a class on Saving for Retirement
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Local community is offering a class on Saving for Retirement

Instead of spending the $25 on the class, why not spend it on a copy of the Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing? :D ) Right - sorry this wasn't so much of a "I am looking for investment advice" but a "I am curious how good the investment advice being provided is." and if there is anything involving a lo...
by Exterous
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Local community is offering a class on Saving for Retirement
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Local community is offering a class on Saving for Retirement

The area I live in sent out their Fall 2018 Community Education brochure. In it there is a "Roadmap to Retirement" class. "Ever wonder how much you should be saving for retirement or what investments to select for your 401k?" "Understand how to invest properly to maximize growth and minimize risk" T...
by Exterous
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?
Replies: 185
Views: 13487

Re: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?

You only asked about medical evacuation but you both are of Medicare age. Medicare does NOT cover outside the US although I understand there may be some limited coverage under some plans. You can buy medical travel insurance for a small amount of money. This will include evacuation also. What you r...
by Exterous
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?
Replies: 185
Views: 13487

Re: Do You Purchase "Medical Evacuation Insurance" When You Travel?

You only asked about medical evacuation but you both are of Medicare age. Medicare does NOT cover outside the US although I understand there may be some limited coverage under some plans. You can buy medical travel insurance for a small amount of money. This will include evacuation also. What you r...
by Exterous
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve travel insurance
Replies: 33
Views: 4140

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve travel insurance

I've used them 4 times over the past 5 years or so: 2 Luggage delay related claims 2 flight cancellations due to weather The first luggage claim was a PITA because I had to consistently follow up and finally get a supervisor at the insurance company involved. They did eventually pay out. The other l...
by Exterous
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 544
Views: 72171

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Exterous wrote:
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:18 am
Current vehicles:
2005 Honda Civic 225k
2008 Audi TT 190k
2011 Honda Civic 80k
Started having a few issues with the 05 Civic so I replaced it with a Camry so my average mileage dropped quite a bit
2008 Audi TT 195k
2011 Honda Civic 98k
2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid 43k
by Exterous
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe travel Qs [Questions]
Replies: 63
Views: 4293

Re: Europe travel Qs

Going shortly on a leisure trip with our family of 5, to France (Paris and Strasbourg) and Germany (Munich), with possible side-trip to Salzburg, Austria. First time to Europe for me in many years. Qs: 1) Cash - Will probably take at least 2 different Visa credit cards. I figure we'll want some pap...
by Exterous
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring in Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Replies: 65
Views: 5712

Re: Retiring in Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Ann Arbor is a great city as long as you don't mind some of the quirks of a big college town and the weather. ~40,000 people move in in September and then back out in May. Going downtown to a bar or restaurant can be tough on the weekends during the school year, particularly if its a football weeken...
by Exterous
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you start flying business class?
Replies: 155
Views: 14150

Re: When did you start flying business class?

For a short time we flew sales to Europe in business class but then economy fares started hitting $300-400 per person, round trip. I can also often find routings with some better than average coach seats like row 45 on Lufthansa's 747-8. There are also some relatively frequent $2,000-2500 RT flight...
by Exterous
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you start flying business class?
Replies: 155
Views: 14150

Re: When did you start flying business class?

For a short time we flew sales to Europe in business class but then economy fares started hitting $300-400 per person, round trip. I can also often find routings with some better than average coach seats like row 45 on Lufthansa's 747-8. There are also some relatively frequent $2,000-2500 RT flights...
by Exterous
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on 1st international vacation
Replies: 106
Views: 8052

Re: Need advice on 1st international vacation

A quick suggestion - make sure you have a card that does Chip and PIN not just Chip and Signature. While there are a very few US credit cards that offer PIN as an option (Like the Barclays Arrival) for most people that means taking their ATM card. While its usually not an issue we have encountered a...
by Exterous
Mon May 28, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using Air Miles and Paying Fees and Taxes
Replies: 29
Views: 2143

Re: Using Air Miles and Paying Fees and Taxes

My advice for using frequent flyer miles for travel to Europe: 1. Avoid London airports. 2. Avoid British Airways. I flew from the US to Madrid (and back) a few weeks ago using United frequent flyer miles, and the taxes and fees were less than $100. Did you fly United, or use United awards for a di...
by Exterous
Wed May 09, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Cars:National, Budget, Alamo or Thrifty
Replies: 33
Views: 3040

Re: Rental Cars:National, Budget, Alamo or Thrifty

I don’t consider National second tier. I wish they were; usually they are more expensive than Hertz or Avis. Check this recent thread for recent discussion on choosing among rental companies: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=248682&p=3913128#p3912034 And use autoslash.com to se...
by Exterous
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel rewards programs
Replies: 45
Views: 5463

Re: Hotel rewards programs

Which ones are useful will depend a bit on where you travel and how you travel. If you're traveling to popular cities in the US, Caribbean or Europe point values are likely to be quite high compared to nightly rates so your ROI is low. Asia, Oceania or Africa are easier to find good values although ...
by Exterous
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is the first 100k really the hardest?
Replies: 156
Views: 49142

Re: Is the first 100k really the hardest?

It would be interesting to see what the 2015 posters feel about whether the last couple of years were easier. Although the strong market probably helps the "yes" decision For me the money is growing faster but it doesn't seem mentally easier after the baseline habits were established. The multi-deca...
by Exterous
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 23524

Re: BH travel tips?

I would love to travel with no check in baggage. But how? There is the whole liquids thing issue - so I end up checking one bag that I could do without. I can see using substitute bottles for a weekend, but what about longer trips when you're going to places that are unlikely to have some of the pr...
by Exterous
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pay for travel? Redeem CC points vs cash vs apply for new card?
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: How to pay for travel? Redeem CC points vs cash vs apply for new card?

A potential consideration on #1 or #3 would be travel insurance included with many travel related credit cards like your Chase Sapphire. I tend to put all my airline tickets on a card with travel insurance since that is where we encounter the majority of travel issues.
by Exterous
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 23524

Re: BH travel tips?

I go to Europe or Latin America twice a year, and I always check a 50 pound suitcase with enough clothing for two weeks. I try to carry on as little as possible. After I take my seat on the aircraft, I amuse myself by watching all those folks with the oversized backpacks trying to squeeze them into...
by Exterous
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 23524

Re: BH travel tips?

Navigation while walking has been possible with google maps and GPS for years. If you want directions while walking then you'll either need data, use the driving directions which may or may not be the best option, or a different app. Most folks are going to assume navigation on a cell phone app is ...
by Exterous
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend airline luggage fitting in overhead bin?
Replies: 31
Views: 4764

Re: Recommend airline luggage fitting in overhead bin?

First of all: you don't want a four wheel spinner. They are junk, and the wheels are garbage. That seems awfully presumptuous. I'm quite happy with my 4 wheel spinners which have done miles of travel over cobblestone roads without issue. It would perhaps be more useful to illustrate the pros and co...
by Exterous
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend airline luggage fitting in overhead bin?
Replies: 31
Views: 4764

Re: Recommend airline luggage fitting in overhead bin?

Luggage that comes in around the standard carry on luggage dimensions won't work on: Bombadier CRJ200, 700 and 900 Embraer 145 They do work on pretty much anything else including the Embraer 170, 175 and 190 (Assuming the overheads aren't already full of someone else's luggage) Even if you get a sui...
by Exterous
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 23524

Re: BH travel tips?

-GPS works just fine without cell service. -Download Google maps ahead of time for cell-less navigation Unless something has changed very recently Google Maps *walking* navigation requires data service, downloading the maps in advance does not resolve this issue. There are other apps that provide w...
by Exterous
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 23524

Re: BH travel tips?

-Look at the public transportation options where you'll be visiting. It will usually be cheaper than driving or a cab and can often be faster. Google maps does a great job with public transportation time tables too if you have service. We'll frequently book hotels near train or metro stops which mak...
by Exterous
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: AmEx Delta Gold is now Honoring Bonus
Replies: 87
Views: 12139

Re: AmEx Delta Gold Not Honoring Bonus

The customer support person doesn't know for sure, but says I applied for the card a couple of years ago, which I did . I had the card a couple of months. I didn't get a miles bonus then. Moreover, there's nothing in the language of the application or terms/conditions that states you can't apply ag...