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by linenfort
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Slow Drains
Replies: 40
Views: 3072

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: 2462

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: 208
Views: 23232

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: 22
Views: 1734

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: 4613

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: 208
Views: 23232

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: 17084

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: 154
Views: 13503

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: 17084

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: 1299

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: 2642

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: 17084

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: 3366

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: 3366

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: 17084

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: 3366

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: 30509

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: 5058

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: 5058

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: 5058

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: 5058

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: 3189

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: 5058

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: 5058

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: 507

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: 14432

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: 2938
Views: 863722

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.
by linenfort
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bobby, say it ain't so [Robert Shiller's new CAPE fund]
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Bobby, say it ain't so

pkcrafter wrote: Robert Shiller, who apparently teamed up with flaky fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach to create a new fund--
I understand your dismay, but why is Gundlach flaky again?
by linenfort
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund (VMMXX) breaks 1.00 (% not $)
Replies: 139
Views: 17641

Re: Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund (VMMXX) breaks 1.00 (% not $)

I think I received a check for $0.02. I have it lying around somewhere, as I preferred to have the souvenir rather than the (lost time and) two cents.
by linenfort
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 100% stocks no debt?
Replies: 56
Views: 4535

Re: 100% stocks no debt?

I think I could pull off the grabiner portfolio in the sense of not caving, but I don't think I could pull it off psychologically for very long. I'd need antacids, hair plugs, therapy. More power to you guys who can do it, though. The math seems to bear out your strategy.
by linenfort
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BRKB Stock [Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B]
Replies: 26
Views: 2858

Re: BRKB Stock [Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B]

You own A share. :happy
If you leave your heirs that share, they still get the step- ah I get it. Plural heirs.
by linenfort
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BRKB Stock [Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B]
Replies: 26
Views: 2858

Re: BRKB Stock [Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B]

Ok, it's not like a mutual fund but it's a diversified something. I own some B shares. I wish I had A shares.
by linenfort
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is it ok to avoid Chinese A Shares?
Replies: 41
Views: 2741

Re: Why is it ok to avoid Chinese A Shares?

Why is it ok to avoid China A shares?
I am heavily influenced by John Bogle and don't really invest in ex-US, period.
by linenfort
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund (VMMXX) breaks 1.00 (% not $)
Replies: 139
Views: 17641

Re: Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund (VMMXX) breaks 1.00 (% not $)

I never would have noticed the 1% breach if it hadn't been for this forum. I thought everyone had forgotten Prime with the forced(?) "upgrade" at Vanguard to VMFXX, the federal MM fund for our sweep accounts. The last post I remember seeing about it was something about Taylor holding on to Prime bec...
by linenfort
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse In Apartment
Replies: 39
Views: 4302

Re: Mouse In Apartment

Before we adopted a loving cat (not for mouse reasons), we used an electric zapping trap. It worked quite well and came with its own bait, large food pellets. Humane.

Current house has no mice. We see them in the backyard, but they wouldn't stand a chance now. :happy
by linenfort
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?
Replies: 50
Views: 6923

Re: Anyone use "MyPillow" pillows?

Check out reviews at Sleepopolis.
That's what steered me to a pillow from Nest Bedding, and I am glad for it.
by linenfort
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard going Down Under
Replies: 12
Views: 2769

Re: Vanguard going Down Under

Here's hoping that Vanguard helps the Aussies properly invest their dollarydoos.
by linenfort
Sat May 27, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Death of the Stock Split? (WSJ)
Replies: 14
Views: 2650

Re: Death of the Stock Split? (WSJ)

nisiprius wrote: ...round lots ... expensive ...
... youngsters

Yup, it's all covered in the article, available at joMoney's archive.is link in post #2.

It also mentions Google's /Alphabet's A and C shares, as well as reverse splits and Berkshire's B shares.
by linenfort
Fri May 26, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Death of the Stock Split? (WSJ)
Replies: 14
Views: 2650

Death of the Stock Split? (WSJ)

Stock splits, once considered a way to keep shares affordable for mom-and-pop investors, are rare today as companies aspire to new heights


Mildly interesting.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazons-br ... 1495791009
by linenfort
Fri May 26, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Place to put Cash - short term
Replies: 30
Views: 4303

Re: Place to put Cash - short term

skepticalobserver wrote:Fifty-two week T-bill bid 1.23%! Maybe 1.25% on next month's auction?

+1
by linenfort
Mon May 15, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best way to hold Treasury Bills???
Replies: 37
Views: 3863

Re: Best way to hold Treasury Bills???

Doc wrote:If you are going to buy several thosand bonds I would suggest you look elsewhere for your broker. :D

Elsewhere? :confused You mean not Fidelity?
by linenfort
Sun May 14, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Best way to hold Treasury Bills???
Replies: 37
Views: 3863

Re: Best way to hold Treasury Bills???

(maybe Vanguard has the same service?) over TD. Anyone have a comment based on experience? OP uses Fidelity, but in case anyone's curious, Vanguard also makes it simple . Free to trade at both brokerage houses. I have bought from both, many times. And from Treasury Direct, but only before it became...
by linenfort
Wed May 10, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why Does The 60/40 Work So Well?
Replies: 81
Views: 12405

Re: Why Does The 60/40 Work So Well?

This thread so interesting / insightful and classic Boglehead! I just signed on to say the same. It was a great pleasure to read this thread, and while there's not really anything actionable, not every thread has to have actionable info. On the contrary, in an environment that favors inaction once ...
by linenfort
Thu May 04, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Your USER NAME...what does it mean?
Replies: 369
Views: 30509

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

linenfort wrote:
Clever_Username wrote:What's the word for something that clearly isn't self-descriptive? That's how to describe mine.


inaptronym.

Also, heterological.
by linenfort
Wed May 03, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google voice started blocking some phone calls
Replies: 10
Views: 1491

Re: Google voice started blocking some phone calls

Although I'm familiar with the settings, Google Voice has always been spotty for me.

Lately, they've been asking me to re-verify my landline, even though I just did that a couple of weeks ago.