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by linenfort
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buying Real Silver and Gold (Not Bitcoin)
Replies: 84
Views: 4434

Re: Buying Real Silver and Gold (Not Bitcoin)

I like these adventures you're going on, grayfox! You learn by doing. Ever seen LOTR. When they have to buy passage on the boat to Laketown, they use silver coins. You can't carry a company with you in your purse, like you can a silver dollar or a 20-dollar gold coin. I mean, my fantasy is to go out...
by linenfort
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?

I cleaned the receptacles where the door latches fit and it’s fixed...for now.
How do you not have space for a hood?

It’s a very narrow space, Bob. Hard to explain, but it would be difficult, and it would look weird. I need a bigger house, but that comes with its own problems. :happy
by linenfort
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?

.. was most likely due to a faulty door switch. The switch costs $10. Without replacing the switch, i used a chop stick to poke on the door larch hole couple times until i can feel the switch pressed down and release. This seems to fix the problem temporarily. I may eventually have to replace the s...
by linenfort
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2876

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

You can get linux laptops from Zareason or system76, but I don’t recommend that. I always like linux for about the first five days after installation. Then, linux brings the pain.
by linenfort
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?

Thanks, pshonore. Ours vents to the outside as well. We wanted a proper hood, but we just don’t have space. I begrudgingly got rid of a perfectly good 10-year-old countertop model when we renovated and replaced our dead built-in. It’s been a great 2 1/2 years, but now we’ve got a problematic built-in.
by linenfort
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Microwave - Reliable built-in with vent?

Our microwave likes to turn itself on lately. Not at 3AM when we're asleep (as far as I know), but when we close the door, before we press any buttons. It also doesn't respond to the stop button when it's not in the mood. Now, it may not even fit our space, but has anyone had a good 2-year or longer...
by linenfort
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard economic and market outlook for 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 2548

Re: Vanguard's 2018 Outlook has extremely low expected returns

That's ok. We're getting all our returns right now.
by linenfort
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One answer to the Dividend stocks puzzle from behavioral finance
Replies: 166
Views: 9172

Re: One answer to the Dividend stocks puzzle from behavioral finance

Well that looks like an excellent book and it’s going into my library soon. Thanks for the recommendation! When your name is Statman, you’ve got to know your stats. Part of my portfolio exists because of irrationality. Oh well. I also eat some foods that aren’t healthful, such as cookies, but psycho...
by linenfort
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Craig Rowland not blogging anymore on Permanent Portfolio.
Replies: 30
Views: 4637

Re: Craig Rowland not blogging anymore on Permanent Portfolio.

staythecourse wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:41 am
What is Mr. Rowland up to? If I remember correct he has had a pretty interesting professional life. Anybody know what his next adventure is?
https://www.sandflysecurity.com/
by linenfort
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which crash have you seen it before it is coming?
Replies: 134
Views: 9656

Re: Which crash have you seen it before it is coming?

My dad sensed the last one...and still lost money.
by linenfort
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 74
Views: 9283

Re: Beware Amazon Price Gouging

I wonder how often camelcamelcamel updates, because it gets a different price than I see. For example, Columbo Season One on DVD (ASIN B00DZP1C4K; please don't comment on my viewing tastes :happy ) is reportedly down to $9.99, which it used to be in my shopping cart. However, it's $16.23 in my shopp...
by linenfort
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Etiquette question: going out to dinner with friends and how to split the bill
Replies: 86
Views: 5289

Re: Etiquette question: going out to dinner with friends and how to split the bill

... What do you do when you go out to dinner with friends? ... We typically split the bill without regard to what people order, drink etc. I do not like it because I feel limited as that I typically like the rib eye ... I have three options: 1. Order what every body else orders. ( social herd menta...
by linenfort
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Didn't buy Bitcoin at $4600
Replies: 138
Views: 10740

Re: Didn't buy Bitcoin at $4600

... I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or serious. Given the medium of conversation we are using, I would recommend you make your points less ambiguous, if you can. Real money is riding on this and folks are making real decisions. He’s being sarcastic. Probably should use an s & slash, ie sarc...
by linenfort
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beware Amazon Price Gouging
Replies: 74
Views: 9283

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: 7
Views: 732

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: 72
Views: 4842

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: 262
Views: 35334

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: 1948

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: 199

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: 1289

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: 101
Views: 11346

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: 5431

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: 1948

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: 1948

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: 9408

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: 1948

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: 1948

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: 1948

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: 1629

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: 69346

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: 69346

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: 7459

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: 7589

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: 7589

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: 3445

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: 2765

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: 262
Views: 35334

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: 2432

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: 5059

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: 262
Views: 35334

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: 18360

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: 15859

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: 18360

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: 1426

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: 2913

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: 18360

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: 3513

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: 3513

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: 18360

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 ...