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by linenfort
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 71
Views: 7925

Re: Beware Amazon Price Gouging

Thank you for the camel x3 heads up. Very useful site! I’ve spent too much time watching my cart changes over the years.
by linenfort
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hooking up Light without a plug point
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Hooking up Light without a plug point

How about a sensor - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JLB0GM6/_e ... 2CI3KLS16M

There are LED lights that work nicely with USB and thus powerbanks, but that seems more appropriate for a closet than a pantry. Well, how large is the pantry?
by linenfort
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 58
Views: 3316

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

heybro wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:30 am
All I need a computer for is email, internet surfing, watching some videos, and storing pictures/videos.
Mac mini and any old wired (USB) mouse. Keep your old monitor.
by linenfort
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is Bitcoin?
Replies: 242
Views: 31046

Re: What is Bitcoin?

This thread makes me wish for a crypto currency pegged to the dollar. Oh I found one called Tether. Great!... And, I see it was hacked two days ago. Never mind. Carry on.
by linenfort
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Re: Savor credit card

I don't know if it affects the card, but this just in:
Uber's customer data has been breached.
by linenfort
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High Sierra OS and Veracrypt: Ok?
Replies: 0
Views: 149

High Sierra OS and Veracrypt: Ok?

MacOS and Sierra play well together. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=199923 However, I've read on some forums that people are trying to open their encrypted volumes (containers?) and finding them empty. Or, they appear empty. I'm sure it'll be resolved soon enough, but I don't feel ...
by linenfort
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Marijuana stocks
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: Marijuana stocks

jb1 wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:34 pm
... marijuana stocks seem to catch my interest.
...
What are you thought on future stocks that can be big?
Altria and other tobacco stocks, perhaps.
by linenfort
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying and Spending Bitcoin
Replies: 71
Views: 6428

Re: Buying and Spending Bitcoin

Excellent thread! Thanks for posting your experiences.
by linenfort
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig died...what now?
Replies: 73
Views: 5206

Re: Keurig died...what now?

Probably stick with Keurig at least for the next machine. Are you sure the machine is dead? I ask because my parents had one that merely needed to be cleaned. Clogged tube or something. It came back to life after cleaning. They did have one die on them, though. French Press Come on, folks. The premi...
by linenfort
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Re: Savor credit card

The TD Cash card is bumping up their rewards to levels that match Savor: 3% on restaurants and 2% on groceries. Not bad. The TD Cash card also has a signup bonus of $200 for spending $500 in 90 days versus Capital One's $150 bonus for spending $500 in 90 days. Nice! I wasn't aware of that because I...
by linenfort
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Re: Savor credit card

The TD Cash card is bumping up their rewards to levels that match Savor: 3% on restaurants and 2% on groceries. Not bad.
by linenfort
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 140
Views: 9024

Re: Thouhgts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

Why would one need 15 of the same uniform? I had one white shirt and one white slacks when I worked in a hospital. I wore the same thing every.single.day. I washed them when I got home and wore them the next day. So I can see owning 2 or 3 shirts and 2 or 3 slacks, but not 15 of anything. Just buy ...
by linenfort
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Re: Savor credit card

That does sound tempting.
by linenfort
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Re: Savor credit card

I think the Uber credit card is better 4% dining ... That is pretty impressive! The only part I don't like, although it may be a non-issue for others, is that it's points and not pure cash back. How do the rewards work? Everything is points: the cash back, the rewards, etc. Those points can be rede...
by linenfort
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savor credit card
Replies: 20
Views: 1845

Savor credit card

Is anyone using it?
No annual fee.
3% cash back on restaurants, 2% on groceries.
Capital One.
by linenfort
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Megabus from New York City to Washington DC
Replies: 23
Views: 1547

Re: Megabus from New York City to Washington DC

I like Megabus. It’s been awhile for me and I didn’t go to D.C. The New York pickup and drop-off point was some diner on a corner. Seats were comfortable. Different drivers & passengers can make or break the experience for me — that’s not a comment on driving ability. It was always pretty smooth. Wi...
by linenfort
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I can't believe I am thinking this [Panic and Survival 2008-09]
Replies: 242
Views: 68498

Re: I can't believe I am thinking this [Panic and Survival 2008-09]

Sheepdog wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:50 pm
linenfort wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:02 pm
Great thread but, nearly a decade later I can't believe this vague subject title has no bracketed addendum explaining what it's about.
Let me try to change it after these years. Is this better or worse?
Far, far better! :beer
by linenfort
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I can't believe I am thinking this [Panic and Survival 2008-09]
Replies: 242
Views: 68498

Re: I can't believe I am thinking this

Great thread but, nearly a decade later I can't believe this vague subject title has no bracketed addendum explaining what it's about.
by linenfort
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard expects "decent sized correction" soon, sometime, maybe later
Replies: 68
Views: 7189

Re: Vanguard expects "decent sized correction" soon

Seems like we were all many of us were expecting this in 2013. :?
by linenfort
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy
Replies: 76
Views: 7451

Re: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy

afan wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:09 am
Until Vanguard says in public that it is placing phone calls about proxy votes I am classifying this as 100% spam.
Although it is pretty spammy it is unfortunately real.
by linenfort
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy
Replies: 76
Views: 7451

Re: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy

In the past, there have been phishing emails that link you to a fake version of a site such as your bank. If you click the link and log in, you are giving your username and password to hackers, who then log in to the real site. From there, they can of course see your entire account. Sounds paranoid,...
by linenfort
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Slow Drains
Replies: 40
Views: 3364

Re: Fixing Slow Drains

For the shower, I've had success with Turbo Snake , a slim, disposable approximation of an auger. For both the shower and the bathroom sink, straight ammonia has worked better for me than Drano. And, unfortunately, Drano worked better for me than Earth Enzymes. I really wanted Earth Enzymes to be th...
by linenfort
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photobucket - disappearing images and $$$ - has it affected you?
Replies: 28
Views: 2701

Re: Photobucket - disappearing images and $$$ - has it affected you?

Yes, I've spent some time googling for the best inexpensive paid image hosting sites lately.
by linenfort
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is Bitcoin?
Replies: 242
Views: 31046

Re: What is Bitcoin?

Jonathan wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:08 pm
Does gold have properties or attributes that make it valuable, beyond just collective belief in that value?
Obligatory Sanat Kumar "Why Gold" essay

Jonathan, I've read up on bitcoin in the past, but I really appreciate the way you field questions and gently handle comments.
by linenfort
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you handle ATM access with checking accounts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2389

Re: How do you handle ATM access with checking accounts?

Caution: Year-old thread I think I'm leaning towards alliant credit union to handle ATM and petty cash. Is this what you went with, Eurookat , Alliant? I waded through all the replies and learned only that a lot of people don't have an ATM card. If you're in Wawa country, there's a chance you're al...
by linenfort
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powerball - $510 million?
Replies: 64
Views: 4992

Re: Powerball - $510 million?

We occasionally buy a ticket for a much smaller game. A $200,000 jackpot is not large enough to ruin our lives.
by linenfort
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is Bitcoin?
Replies: 242
Views: 31046

Re: What is Bitcoin?

Jonathan wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:09 pm
Those shiny things are known as Casascius Coins.
...
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page
I have always wondered about those. Thank you!
by linenfort
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 18212

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

B2 is the grade actually. 'a full five notches into speculative, or “junk,” territory' http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mind-the-hype-teslas-15-billion-in-new-bonds-are-riskier-than-usual-2017-08-10 What is the grade on the upcoming Tesla bond again? B- :D I think the yield is supposed to be 5.25%. ...
by linenfort
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Replies: 158
Views: 15478

Re: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Has anyone used a VPN on an ipad or iphone in China in the past year or two? I'm not looking for privacy. I want to use gmail and Telegram, both blocked by the Great Firewall. Last time I cajoled family members into using WeChat, but it would be easier for everyone if I just used a VPN. (In the Stat...
by linenfort
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 18212

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

It would be interesting if they became a battery company.
Not my original idea, but I like it.
by linenfort
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Israel ETFs
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: Israel ETFs

Valuethinker wrote:Warren Buffett's largest acquisition of an entire company, outside the USA, was, I believe, the Israeli one (Iscor? About $6bn).
Iscar, yes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISCAR_Metalworking
by linenfort
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing In Water
Replies: 29
Views: 2894

Re: Investing In Water

Dottie57 wrote:See the last 10 minutes of the movie "The Big Short".
Ha. I was going to say that I think he invested in almonds or some food that requires a lot of water as his water play. Very clever.

I only have AWR, a utility. Since 2008.
by linenfort
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 18212

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

What is the grade on the upcoming Tesla bond again? B- :D
I think the yield is supposed to be 5.25%. 8-year bond if I recall.
by linenfort
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 3476

Re: macOS Sierra

Thank you both :beer
by linenfort
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 3476

Re: macOS Sierra

I've read on another thread here that Vuescan does a good job of taking care of old scanners on Sierra. They handle drivers for old scanners or something.

Has anyone used Veracrypt, the free encryption software, with Sierra? Does it work ok?
by linenfort
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 177
Views: 18212

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

Any fellow bogleheads investing in tesla ? Yes, in 2013 but only as a goof and nowhere near 5k, which is the only reason I've been able to hold on. Up 444% now, 500% the other day, perhaps just 10% tomorrow. I certainly don't plan to buy more shares, but I wanted a nibble of Tesla. I missed out on ...
by linenfort
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: macOS Sierra
Replies: 25
Views: 3476

Re: macOS Sierra

badger42 wrote:I'm waiting for a fix from Fuji before upgrading - right now Sierra isn't compatible with the ScanSnap software.
I'm glad you posted this. I really want a Fuji scanner, and I also want to upgrade to Sierra. My Mac mini has an SSD inside and I've read that MacOS is optimized for that.
by linenfort
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 369
Views: 33267

Re: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?

Skiwagon2 wrote:When I set up my first email account with Yahoo.....I was put in touch with someone in India to set the account up.
:!:
by linenfort
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

To those of you who said, " There are trackpads, you know " - yes, I have a standalone apple trackpad that I bought for my desktop. It's great. I can keep it on my cluttered desk, and not having to move it across the desk like a mouse makes a big difference. A query....do you use the 'multi-touch' ...
by linenfort
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

I just wish, for example, that you could initiate a trade at Vanguard by typing B for Buy or S for Sell (or even T for Trade) as an alternative to slogging your way through pop-up menus. I find mousing through (well organized) menus is best for things I do once or infrequently, while keyboard comma...
by linenfort
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

Yeah, definitely more tailored to smart phones these days.
by linenfort
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

I agree with some of what you said, azurekep. I never meant to do away with the mouse altogether. It's too useful. (All keys and no mouse works in vi, but not much else). I just wish, for example, that you could initiate a trade at Vanguard by typing B for Buy or S for Sell (or even T for Trade) as ...
by linenfort
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I sell my Altria (tobacco) shares?
Replies: 21
Views: 3257

Re: Should I sell my Altria (tobacco) shares?

sometimesinvestor wrote: Full disclosure I owned the stock when the dividend was over 5% and sold it when the yield dropped
I don't think the yield has dropped in over 47 years.
http://investor.altria.com/phoenix.zhtm ... videndinfo

This year, maybe.
by linenfort
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

Thank you very much for the replies, especially Petercooperjr and dollar_elbow (interesting name). This makes sense, Peter: Keyboard shortcuts are tougher than you might expect to implement on web sites, as people are using your site across different platforms and devices (which have different conve...
by linenfort
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 5359

Why is everything done with a mouse?

I guess Personal Consumer is the best subsection for this question. Before this gets locked, could a few Boglehead coders out there just tell me: Everything is so mouse-driven on websites, and before the web, I remember hitting Y or N or a number to move things along. At Vanguard, you can start logg...
by linenfort
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Quincy Jones ETF
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: New Quincy Jones ETF

Are ETFs replacing perfumes?
by linenfort
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?
Replies: 127
Views: 15431

Re: Anyone else gotten totally bored with investing?

I'm still reading this forum, so I guess I'm still interested.
by linenfort
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3063
Views: 904314

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL.

Hadn't seen it since I was a kid. Looks good on Blu-ray.
Stellar cast. (Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck...)
Does the Ira Levin book justice.