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by killjoy2012
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?
Replies: 40
Views: 2873

Re: iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?

A Surface Pro would be a better laptop replacement than an iPad Pro. Also at a much steeper price.
by killjoy2012
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living Abroad - Who's done it?
Replies: 52
Views: 4669

Re: Living Abroad - Who's done it?

If you can pull it off, I'd do it. Beware that even if you can work remote, Spain is +6 hours from EST, so I'd assume you'd need to be willing to work 2-11pm or something like that. South America would be easier from a time zone perspective. You also need to thoroughly check out the immigration rule...
by killjoy2012
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?
Replies: 55
Views: 5139

Re: New AC Unit broken or "feezing". HVAC company says it's my fault for "running it too hard". What can I do?

Call another HVAC pro that services your brand and see what they find. Odds are it's an air flow problem if it's freezing up. Are all of your air registers 100% open? Cold air returns not blocked by furniture? Have you hosed out the outside condenser to get rid of all of the gunk (spider webs, insec...
by killjoy2012
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?
Replies: 57
Views: 3755

Re: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?

What value do you place on the degree(s)? Because you don't need to go to school to learn any of the above. Not to be argumentative, but if I can put a Band-Aid on a cut, does that make me a doctor? Anyone can pickup a book, learn the basics of coding a particular language, and get some basic skill...
by killjoy2012
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?
Replies: 57
Views: 3755

Re: Can a physician work in tech while practicing as well?

I have a BS and MS in CS. A sibling has a BS in CS, then went to Med School, and is now a doctor. His path is extremely rare. What you propose is technically possible, but will be challenging, at come at a cost. First, I hope you are single, no kids, and no plans for either in the next 5+ years... a...
by killjoy2012
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on 1st international vacation
Replies: 106
Views: 5713

Re: Need advice on 1st international vacation

We (Americans) are very fortunate that our native language also happens to be the default global common language. As others have said, any major city or tourist area in Western Europe will be easy from a language perspective. I love London, and the UK would be the easiest of them all, but I think yo...
by killjoy2012
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: June in Paris: What to (or not to) wear, see and do?
Replies: 53
Views: 2752

Re: June in Paris: What to (or not to) wear, see and do?

Sneakers are fine, but I'd personally avoid white ones. White Nike/Adidas/etc shoes scream - American. Darker the better. A better option would be casual leather shoes, Merrell's, etc. I think shorts would fine on hot days, culturally, but the Paris climate is more geared for jeans or pants. Might a...
by killjoy2012
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 6 hour layover on Heathrow
Replies: 42
Views: 3316

Re: 6 hour layover on Heathrow

I've visited London and LHR many times. 6 hours is not enough time to visit Tower Bridge / ToL. It'd probably take you an hour to clear customs, get to the LHR train/tube station area, buy an Oyster, and find your way onto the Piccadilly. Then another 75-90 minutes by tube to Tower Bridge. Which wou...
by killjoy2012
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4255

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Giza plateau - Egypt.
The Petra - Jordan.
Great Wall of China
by killjoy2012
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming TV and repeal of net neutrality
Replies: 15
Views: 1097

Re: Streaming TV and repeal of net neutrality

However, I do have a concern that this could happen. I tried googling around for this but couldn't find anything specific to streaming tv services and net neutrality. Was wondering what the streamers here thought... will things go bad? I definitely don't want to go back to Cable TV or Satellite TV ...
by killjoy2012
Wed May 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scotland in 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1366

Re: Scotland in 2019

Thanks for your detail and insight. Only one of us has driven in the U.K.(not me) and I like your idea of starting in Inverness especially for the driving bit and working our way back. The four of us are meeting in a couple of weeks to discuss our travels. We are planning on being there the end of ...
by killjoy2012
Wed May 30, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scotland in 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1366

Re: Scotland in 2019

I've vacationed in Scotland 4-5x over the past 15 years, the last time being October 2017. Some of the previous posters have alluded to it, but IMHO, you really need to decide why you're going there - what do you want to see? Are you there for visiting castles? Scotch distillery tours/tastings? Golf...
by killjoy2012
Sun May 27, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped
Replies: 23
Views: 1542

Re: electrical outlet dead; fuse not tripped

Odds are it's loose wire somewhere in the branch circuit. Since you said it's quick wired (wires pushed into the back vs. screwed), odds are even more so. If the basement isn't fully finished, you should be about to trace the Romex from the panel and see where it goes dead. If the basement is finish...
by killjoy2012
Sun May 27, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer RAM Prices
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

Re: Computer RAM Prices

There's actually another class action lawsuit in the works for price fixing among the few remaining suppliers. This occurred a few years back too. Most blame the mobile/cellphone market... plus several major DRAM manufacturers going under.

right now, 8GB is ~ $100, which is pretty crazy expensive.
by killjoy2012
Sat May 26, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40
Replies: 117
Views: 10354

Re: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40

The thing with tech, is that the advice is all over the map. As someone with 20 years working in IT, non-tech company, all with Fortune 20 companies, focused in a hot subdomain, 2 CS degrees... I agree with your observations, but I think it all does kinda make sense. The variation comes with the di...
by killjoy2012
Mon May 21, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi + wired device [updated]
Replies: 56
Views: 3333

Re: Wifi + wired device

Earl Lemongrab: You essentially have 3 approaches to accomplish connecting the cable modem on one side of the house to your office on the other side: wireless, a/k/a wifi powerline Ethernet cable Running an Ethernet cable is most reliable, fastest speed, and cheapest... but at the cost of being a PI...
by killjoy2012
Sat May 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40
Replies: 117
Views: 10354

Re: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40

I thought career planning in IT after 40 was called "retirement planning"...? I think it depends on the company. If you're in SV at a tech company, yes, there's certainly age discrimination. If you're in your 40's and have kept up with the new tech/skills and are considered a thought leader, I thin...
by killjoy2012
Sat May 19, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40
Replies: 117
Views: 10354

Re: Career planning in IT/software development when over 40

I think you really need to take a step back, ask yourself what/where you want to be in 2/5/10/20 years, and go from there. I know that sounds obvious, but very few people do this, and instead, stay "heads down" working and just assuming that their boss will notice their delivery, and that their care...
by killjoy2012
Sat May 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lucrative careers?
Replies: 318
Views: 24199

Re: Lucrative careers?

Seems to be a huge demand for anything cyber security. I've worked in cyber for my 20 year career. It is a hot spot, for now. Not sure if it's good or bad, but most millenials graduating from college today have very little interest in the field - they all think they're going to develop the next hot...
by killjoy2012
Sat May 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lucrative careers?
Replies: 318
Views: 24199

Re: Lucrative careers?

OP - You should figure out the 1-2 things that you're passionate about and then go from there. Blindly listing high paying jobs doesn't mean much unless you like that field, have the ability to obtain that degree/job at the status level associated with the money level, etc. Plus you have to do whate...
by killjoy2012
Fri May 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ques
Replies: 47
Views: 4495

Re: Should I pay cash for a house?

Is 1.5ba really a deal breaker? I guess it depends on the community you live in. Where we are most homes are pre 1950 and the only homes with more than 1.5ba are ones that have had additions. Exactly. And the newer homes that are 2-5 bath are 2-7k sq foot homes, which the OP as a single person who ...
by killjoy2012
Fri May 11, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ques
Replies: 47
Views: 4495

Re: Should I pay cash for a house?

Yes, pay cash, so long as you're not pulling money out of tax sheltered accounts to do so. People commenting that this is too much concentration are likely not factoring in your age IMO, and that many 30 year olds typically have negative net worth. I also wouldn't sweat the "only 1.5 bath" comments,...
by killjoy2012
Thu May 10, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which City to spend 4-6 weeks?
Replies: 47
Views: 4630

Re: Which City to spend 4-6 weeks?

6 weeks would likely make London or Paris your best choices. Madrid, Rome, Berlin, and most of the other cities mentioned would be good for a few weeks, but 6 straight is pushing it, and London/Paris are about as well connected for public transport as you can get. Seville has wonderful old town... b...
by killjoy2012
Sat May 05, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it

Comparing like for like is a good idea, but keep in mind there may be some intangibles when keeping your own car. E.g. You know oil change and other maintenance/repair history on your car, not so much when buying blindly used. It's also fairly common for lessees to be under their allocated lease mil...
by killjoy2012
Fri May 04, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Car lease almost over.....Qs on buying it

Usually, your only option is to pay the residual value "buyout" price that's listed in your lease agreement. If you opt not to do that, then the dealer can buy the vehicle (usually at a discount) for putting it on their used showroom floor. And if they aren't interested, then it gets sent to auction...
by killjoy2012
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you rent car in Spain?
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: Did you rent car in Spain?

If you're just visiting the major cities and seeing the typical tourist sights, then I would skip renting a car, use the train to get between cities, and cab as needed. We spent 3 weeks there visiting Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Malaga... all by train, no car, and maybe 1-2 cab ri...
by killjoy2012
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning to drive a stick [car with manual transmission]
Replies: 126
Views: 6171

Re: Learning to drive stick

OP - By all means, learn to drive a manual trans. It's one of those skills everyone should have, but few (and fewer going forward) do. If you're serious about it, I'd probably go buy a beater and daily drive it for a while to get experience/skills built up. A 2 hour course is fine, and you'll learn...
by killjoy2012
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K
Replies: 81
Views: 5923

Re: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K

Most of the vehicles mentioned in this thread so far are not what I'd attribute to a successful, 36 yo single male. But if a Lexus LS/GS is what you're leaning towards, I'd just go buy a well equipped Camry - same thing - and save the Lexus name premium. I see your point. What do you suggest for *a...
by killjoy2012
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K
Replies: 81
Views: 5923

Re: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K

Most of the vehicles mentioned in this thread so far are not what I'd attribute to a successful, 36 yo single male. But if a Lexus LS/GS is what you're leaning towards, I'd just go buy a well equipped Camry - same thing - and save the Lexus name premium.
by killjoy2012
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1105
Views: 86145

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

So a very, very short test drive in a $100k vehicle that's a different model than the one you're considering purchasing, convinced you to buy their $40k model that they don't even have one of on-site to show you?
by killjoy2012
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC: R22 Freon leak, Replaced by 427A Retrofit
Replies: 14
Views: 1198

Re: HVAC: R22 Freon leak, Replaced by 427A Retrofit

FYI - One option is to buy a canister of R22 from somewhere (like Ebay) to hedge against the almost guaranteed price increase over time. Most will make you either show certification or attest that you will not use/install the R22 yourself - only using a certified installer. My HVAC service guy alway...
by killjoy2012
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?
Replies: 39
Views: 3225

Re: Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?

They make a ton of sense in colder climates where the home is heated by radiators, and the heated towel rack is dual purposed to also be the room radiator. I had them in a few hotels in Scotland and it was great. But I don't think I'd install an electric equivalent in my forced air house, even thoug...
by killjoy2012
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wireless phone use in Italy
Replies: 18
Views: 1392

Re: Wireless phone use in Italy

OP - Given your constraints/decision, the best option is to just purchased a Prepaid SIM once you arrive in country. Just make sure the phone is truly unlocked before departing. You will pay 2x+ by purchasing a so-called global SIMs before departing, and I'd be worried, even then, if it'll work corr...
by killjoy2012
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 3305

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

GeneratorNewb - You've received a lot of good advice here, and there's been several other useful generator threads on this site over the past couple years - no doubt you've read them. And you're going through the same questions and debates as most do when planning. IMO, the breakdown goes something ...
by killjoy2012
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Deleting Facebook?
Replies: 338
Views: 24078

Re: Anyone Deleting Facebook?

I have temporarily deactivated my Facebook account. Same - I just did so today. Several reasons: - Instead of primarily being used for connecting with friends & family, the news feed has turned into a marketing stream. FB ads combined with friends selling Avon, Tupperware, etc. People promoting the...
by killjoy2012
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Credit Card for airline tickets
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Re: Best Credit Card for airline tickets

The right answer also depends on your personal situation in terms of how tied into one particular airline you are, or are not. I live in a Delta hub city, and while there are other airlines here, Delta by far has the most flights to the most destinations, etc. Alternative airline usually involve lay...
by killjoy2012
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace
Replies: 35
Views: 2506

Re: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace

+100. It's a great space-savings idea, but terrible in practicality. Not to mentioned that heat rises, and putting a sensitive electronic device above a large heat source like a fireplace is pretty silly. Even more so if it's a natural fireplace. People do it all the time, and most of them spent les...
by killjoy2012
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?
Replies: 27
Views: 3017

Re: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?

OP - I don't find your description to be all that abnormal. And I honestly would just accept it, and not change much. What you might want to think about though, is that if your sub pump is running that often, what would happen when the pump motor eventually fails (they all do! esp ones that run that...
by killjoy2012
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo as security device
Replies: 11
Views: 1450

Re: Amazon Echo as security device

Didn't Ferris Bueller perfect this in the '80's?
by killjoy2012
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What if you have a poorly rated car?
Replies: 47
Views: 3359

Re: What if you have a poorly rated car?

Why would you put such blind faith in one magazine's ratings?
by killjoy2012
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Budget gaming laptop recommendation?
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: Budget gaming laptop recommendation?

Problem #1 is that laptops are not really ideal for gaming. Gaming CPUs/GPUs require a higher TDP than most laptop form factors are practical for. That said, some manufacturers do market certain laptops as "gaming", but they're probably on par with a mediocre PC. And $1k isn't going to buy even a me...
by killjoy2012
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC/Furnace Questions- 1 stage or 2 stage?
Replies: 45
Views: 2803

Re: AC/Furnace Questions- 1 stage or 2 stage?

1) The only proper method to size the furnace/AC for your house is by doing a Manual J heat load calc. Contractors coming out to give you a bid SHOULD be measuring the window sizes of all windows, noting which side (N/S/E/W) of the house they're on, the level of energy efficiency of those windows & ...
by killjoy2012
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation
Replies: 54
Views: 3426

Re: Rome-Florence-Venice-Prague summer vacation

5) I visited all 3 Italian cities in 2007. FYI - driving over there is pretty much the same as US/Canada. If you'd prefer to use public transport and avoid any stress of driving, I can understand that - though that likely adds other stresses. But Italy is a pretty easy self-drive in Europe IMO. 7) T...
by killjoy2012
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recessed 4 inch LEDs: Recommended brands
Replies: 25
Views: 1393

Re: Recessed 4 inch LEDs: Recommended brands

Personally, I'd just go buy 4" Halo incandescent cans from Home Depot, and then use screw in LED bulbs that are rated for such.

The cans that have a built in LED are extremely expensive, and if the LED ever needs replaced, very expensive again.
by killjoy2012
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House rewiring - cost of copper
Replies: 29
Views: 2196

Re: House rewiring - cost of copper

I have friends that are electricians, and I dabble with personal and family projects. While no, no one knows if CU will go up or down in price, CU did spike 5-6 years ago and almost doubled the cost of a 250' roll of 12/2 or 14/2 Romex - that's a fact. Romex is fairly cheap right now comparatively, ...
by killjoy2012
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mixing fuel octanes for cars
Replies: 57
Views: 4044

Re: Mixing fuel octanes for cars

OP: There's some bad advice in this thread (common on car threads here, unfortunately), so I'd recommend you take each comment, including my own, with a grain of salt and common sense. Mixing premium and regular to get mid-grade is generally fine, technically, assuming the fuel completely mixes bef...
by killjoy2012
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking career advice - Software Engineer
Replies: 34
Views: 3047

Re: Seeking career advice - Software Engineer

OP - It sounds like we work at the same company, and I'm honestly wondering since we have a major presence in your city! Your #1 and #2 choices are your best bet. The TLDR version is that you're an "at will" employee, and while it sucks, the reality is that if the environment is that toxic, it's bes...
by killjoy2012
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?
Replies: 103
Views: 7678

Re: Does it ever make sense to buy a new car?

OP can afford whichever option he wants. Not sure there's really any debate to be had. I caution the OP in stating that leasing was a terrible financial decision, when in the next breath he's stating he wants all the latest safety do-dads that the 2018-19 model offers. So, IOWs, if you would've purc...
by killjoy2012
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Live / work in California - Technology Career
Replies: 99
Views: 6972

Re: Live / work in California - Technology Career

Fellow Michigander here who works in IT and has visited N California a number of times, and almost accepted a job offer with a well known tech company in San Jose. LiveSimple - the biggest hurdle for us is housing. In rough terms, expect 4x the cost there vs. the equivalent in a nice suburban metro ...