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by scooterdog
Thu May 24, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decision points on new Iphone
Replies: 19
Views: 971

Re: Decision points on new Iphone

Went through the same calculus (iPhone 7 vs. 8) a few months ago, upgrading from a prior employer-provided iPhone 6 with a crippling 16GB of memory. It was terrible, as I kept running out of space. I ended up going to the Plus, and decided on the iPhone 7 Plus as the difference between the 7 and 8 m...
by scooterdog
Fri May 18, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Create a shareable calendar for iOS and Android?
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Create a shareable calendar for iOS and Android?

Hi runner9, a few years ago restarted a defunct Pack and was shocked at how different groups would use a terrible mix of free tools to organize things. Google spreadsheets and Facebook for photos and Dropbox for documents and SignupGenius to figure out who will be coming to a campout - crazy. We use...
by scooterdog
Fri May 04, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Phone Calls
Replies: 26
Views: 2215

Re: Medicare Phone Calls

In case anyone was wondering what happened to the Do Not Call List, the Washington Post wrote it up here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/how-robo-call-moguls-outwitted-the-government-and-completely-wrecked-the-do-not-call-list/2018/01/09/52c769b6-df7a-11e7-bbd0-9dfb2e37492a_story....
by scooterdog
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids
Replies: 33
Views: 1650

Re: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids

If the 'new' router doesn't do what you want it to do, well it's time to go through the hassle of returning it for a better one. This is a great benefit to buying such things at actual brick and mortar stores - you can return them and get something to test out the same day. (Imagine that!) Open DNS ...
by scooterdog
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead business travelers - preferences
Replies: 23
Views: 2309

Re: Boglehead business travelers - preferences

For the past 9 years I've traveled a bit for work - would say it has averaged 40% over that time. Airline: United (live near a major hub, the Premier Gold perks are great) Car: Hertz (have rented enough so I'm a President's Circle, so I get to choose any car as long as I rent an intermediate car. Se...
by scooterdog
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home printer
Replies: 21
Views: 1092

Re: Home printer

Also frustrated that our last inkjet that was occasionally used simply clogged up and was unrepairable after only 1 year. After shopping around picked up a Brother MFC-9340CDW, a color laser. Not for photos but is fantastic for duplex printing, duplex scanning, and even inexpensive generic laser ton...
by scooterdog
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?
Replies: 18
Views: 1969

Re: Is LinkedIn premium worth it?

I have a LinkedIn profile and occasionally (but not frequently) receive solicitations from head hunters. I'm seeking a new job and wondering if Bogleheads recommend LinkedIn premium for job leads? Is it worth the cost? Does it *really* provide value to job seekers beyond the non-premium version? Pu...
by scooterdog
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable chargers for electronic devices
Replies: 35
Views: 2120

Re: portable chargers for electronic devices

It would be nice to do something about the laptop. I travel frequently for work, and for my Lenovo ThinkPad T470S I bought this Ravpower battery pack (yes it’s pricey at $99 but has worked well for me): RAVPower 23000mAh Portable Charger 4.5A DC Output External Battery Pack (3-Port, 9V/12V/16V/19V/...
by scooterdog
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair Recommendations (Aeron?)
Replies: 38
Views: 3138

Re: Office Chair Recommendations (Aeron?)

Used a cheap Staples chair for the past 2 years, and then had enough of the discomfort (and a move back to a home office) to spring for a used Aeron for $450. Agree with others here, no comparison for me when I found a person off of CL who had the SteelCase and a few other high-end office chairs. Ha...
by scooterdog
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Projector Setup in Basement
Replies: 24
Views: 1834

Re: Projector Setup in Basement

Your Snells look great from what I can tell in the pictures--and nice job finding a matching center on eBay!
Thanks!

So glad I held onto these, through many years of minimal usage as a stand-alone stereo system.
by scooterdog
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Projector Setup in Basement
Replies: 24
Views: 1834

Re: Projector Setup in Basement

...optimal setup? We will likely have seating about 8-10 feet from where we will project the screen, so how large can we make the actual screen with the distance we will be from it? The range of seating distance is 2x (or further back) the height of the screen. Assuming a 16:9 HD aspect ratio, if y...
by scooterdog
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 7429

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

A few thoughts here, from my own experience with domains, email, and setting up a personal/professional Wordpress blog for the past several years. I used to use DreamHost for the first year with a huge discount, from $100/year to something like $20/year Then I went to a no-frills, self-supported Nea...
by scooterdog
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 3820

Re: Need advice - Job

Great to hear!

Such a truism: "In business, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate."
by scooterdog
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to secure your website?
Replies: 17
Views: 1519

Re: How to secure your website?

OP, you didn’t state what kind of website you wanted to create. A common case is for a blog (like Victoria is considering), and you can easily (and for free) setup a WordPress plugin to run two-factor authentication, so security around a Wordpress blog can be very good and the advantages of it as a ...
by scooterdog
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too much house? (nervous 1st time buyer)
Replies: 57
Views: 5449

Re: Too much house? (nervous 1st time buyer)

I agree with both viewpoints reflected here. - Don’t buy: you are single and RE is illiquid and financially you can do better. Logic holds up. - Buy: it is valuable experience, your financial condition is strong, the numbers are in your situation favorable. My situation 20+ years ago was being singl...
by scooterdog
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon to Cricket or StraightTalk
Replies: 70
Views: 7490

Re: Verizon to Cricket or StraightTalk

OP, and for anyone reading this thread, coverage by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are all different (or very similar) depending on where you live and how and where you use your phone. Since you are on Verizon and are happy with it, you may just keep with the Verizon network via PagePlus and sav...
by scooterdog
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Techies .....
Replies: 32
Views: 2870

Re: Phone Techies .....

Was on the iPhone 6 for the past few years, abruptly changed employers, and have been using an SE for 2 months now. Found it to be a little too small after using the larger-screen 6, and with new employer have now agonized between models and what to do: 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X (yes that...
by scooterdog
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink
Replies: 22
Views: 1894

Re: Color printer suggestions: high quality output, low cost of ink

I have yet to see any color laser printer that will delivery true photo quality. Went through this same buying process when an infrequently-used, expensive inkjet printer met a premature death with a clogged, non-replaceable printhead. This was a few months ago and I still feel bad about trashing a...
by scooterdog
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest way to upgrade iPhones ?
Replies: 37
Views: 4634

Re: Cheapest way to upgrade iPhones ?

Another happy Swappa user here; they check the IMEI (serial numbers) to make sure the phone hasn't been tampered with, they have an average price tool for the model you are interested in for historical trending, and their business model (a flat $10 per phone) makes it transparent in selling or buyin...
by scooterdog
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 18923

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

It is worth it. Salem OR. +100 +100 The boys and I made the 660-mile trip from Maryland to Nashville Tennessee on Sunday. (Yes, we did something of a 'power trip' by leaving around 4am, and not stopping for long along the way. Pulled in around 2pm, a 10h ride.) Yesterday we hung out at the Triple C...
by scooterdog
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifelock vs Experian vs other
Replies: 12
Views: 3800

Re: Lifelock vs Experian vs other

I forgot to mention, Clark Howard has a handy guide that goes through the state-by-state specifics.
by scooterdog
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifelock vs Experian vs other
Replies: 12
Views: 3800

Re: Lifelock vs Experian vs other

I have all the credit I need, and looked into this several years ago and decided that a credit freeze is the way to go. It will take some effort to unlock in case you want to have a credit check run, for example we applied for a HELOC a few years ago. Currently unfreeze requests are all done online,...
by scooterdog
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice - Job
Replies: 37
Views: 3820

Re: Need advice - Job

Lots of great input here. To add my own experience: remote employee working from home, offered +20%, met with Fortune 500 managers very soon after getting an offer in writing to give notice. Counter-offer was made (was ready for this) for an increased title, different manager and scope of work, and ...
by scooterdog
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 12845

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

As one who loves doing the same thing, this question is intriguing. Quiet, focused activity on something you find enjoyable (according to one poll a full 41% of Americans have not read a single book in the past year), and a feeling of peace. What you are describing immediately reminded me of Mihaly ...
by scooterdog
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy/Remodel or Addition?
Replies: 14
Views: 1349

Re: Buy/Remodel or Addition?

In our HCOL area, bought a place w/2200 sf and a small 400sf basement; when #3 came along we just did not have the space. Saw several neighbors who did expansion remodels to add living space, we decided that we'd be overbuilding for the neighborhood and would not recoup much of the 'investment'. End...
by scooterdog
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do not buy new cellphones on ebay
Replies: 54
Views: 7414

Re: Do not buy new cellphones on ebay

I've been using swappa lately. No issues yet. https://swappa.com This is what I came here to say. Waste all the time you want with dodgy sellers on eBay - buyer beware on cellphones and laptops, lots of $ value and risk there buying used. Totally not worth even trying. Great for other things though...
by scooterdog
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it Safe to Get Your DNA Tested?
Replies: 86
Views: 11073

Re: Is it Safe to Get Your DNA Tested?

We have no control over our Ethnicity or DNA, but it IS AN ACTIONABLE DECISION whether to turn over your DNA to some company that may or may not keep it secret. I guess its obvious I would never voluntarily give up my DNA. Am I being paranoid? Disclaimer at the outset: am professionally heavily inv...
by scooterdog
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?
Replies: 140
Views: 11771

Re: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?

First up: my qualification to comment was that I myself was single until my late 30's, and grew up lower middle class, and now earn about 10x the income from where I began in my career (now in marketing). Would say that financial perspective is one value that should be an important factor when selec...
by scooterdog
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is luxury car a smarter purchase?
Replies: 102
Views: 9693

Re: is luxury car a smarter purchase?

Fascinating discussion everybody! From the apples/oranges of Lexus vs. German luxury cars (note: I own both, and both bought used) to self-driving cars and the probability/improbability of any of this happening sooner than we think (or later as the case may be). Even Peak Oil - except that it was no...
by scooterdog
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 42
Views: 5477

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

I just bought an iPhone SE as a 'wifi only' device Thanks for the tip. I didn't know an iPhone could be used w/o service. When they're turned on, they sure seem to complain if there's no SIM card. I guess I strike another feature off the "Android only" list. Yes you'll need to pop in a SIM card (I ...
by scooterdog
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Managers
Replies: 61
Views: 5521

Re: Suggestions for password storage services?

My first PW manager was Roboform. I liked it until the annual subscription nonsense started so ditched it 10 years ago and changed to KeePass. Never looked back. Another prior long-time user of Roboform, until they changed their model and it wasn't worth the money. Switched also 10y ago but to Last...
by scooterdog
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 3827

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

KlangFool, in my case after working with Verizon to troubleshoot the poor coverage from a new device, a technician came out the following weekend. In my case we had the prior router in an upstairs closet (centrally located, out of the way, cabling and electrical up on a shelf etc.) The technician co...
by scooterdog
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metropcs iPhone SE $200
Replies: 42
Views: 5477

Re: Metropcs iPhone SE $200

I just bought an iPhone SE as a 'wifi only' device (because the 16GB work-issued iPhone 6 is very cramped for space) a few weeks go. It takes a little getting used-to, but the SE is a great device - amazing battery life for one, another is that the size is an advantage being easier to slip into a po...
by scooterdog
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 3827

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

Used to have the exact same Verizon router, and solved this very problem by buying (over a year ago) their new model, called a "Quantum Gateway Router". It didn't help the problem with wifi coverage, even though it had a lot of fancy specs. What I ended up doing was relatively simple: bought an Appl...
by scooterdog
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to backup Mini-DV tapes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1559

Re: How to backup Mini-DV tapes?

Assuming OP does not have access to a MiniDV camera, you could buy a used one from Amazon (say this one for $83 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ol/B00123Q8YQ/ref=mw_dp_olp?ie=UTF8&condition=all ) and the playback in 'realtime' using a FireWire cable per the post above. Our tapes import into Windows 10 ...
by scooterdog
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??
Replies: 11
Views: 1695

Re: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??

Years ago (just looked it up - it was way back in 2011) we bought a $300 Dyson "DC35" which predates their V6 etc cordless units. It's true, they are pretty well-designed, but have a lot of plastic, and feel cheap in that way. Biggest minus is the battery life as mentioned by others - 8 minutes can ...
by scooterdog
Wed May 31, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 165
Views: 26821

Re: What do you guys do on the side?

For the past 14 years we've had a SFH rental, minimal upkeep, great tenants, and very good income. In our situation it isn't much work at all, thus hard to consider a side hustle. Recently have been put on retainer to do specialized scientific writing, to the tune of $12K/y, or about a $200/hr hourl...
by scooterdog
Fri May 26, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Risky to ask for raise with another offer?
Replies: 28
Views: 2999

Re: Risky to ask for raise with another offer?

First of all congrats on getting an offer. It validates that you know what your value is in the market. Be sure you know where you stand before going forward. ...is very good advice. With a claw-back, and only 1.5y into your role, you have gotten fully up-to-speed in the organization in the past 6-1...
by scooterdog
Wed May 24, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need new Router/Wifi Networking Ideas
Replies: 39
Views: 5261

Re: Need new Router/Wifi Networking Ideas

Two years ago we decided to upgrade the Verizon FiOS router, thinking the wifi a/c/n would give us better speed. Turned out it was not happy where we located it, and we then ended up buying the latest-generation Apple AirPort Extreme and using the Extreme for the wifi functions (IIRC it was 'bridged...
by scooterdog
Wed May 24, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with all these passwords ?
Replies: 125
Views: 15147

Re: What to do with all these passwords ?

I can't remember how long I've been using LastPass, but suffice it to say it has been at least eight years and have generally been happy with it. I do print out a hard copy and put it in the safe. Very helpful in an emergency (knock on wood). And one other thing is I used a patterned code for all my...
by scooterdog
Wed May 24, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Identify theft inusrance coverage - worth it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1160

Re: Identify theft inusrance coverage - worth it?

What I've decided to do is get a credit freeze. I have all the credit and credit cards I need, and do not plan to get additional credit (I.e. buy a house or get a HELOC). And a few years ago when I really wanted a certain reward credit card, unfreezing it was fast and easy, done online with a PIN (t...
by scooterdog
Tue May 23, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First house - penny wise?
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: First house - penny wise?

Like others I say the second option is attractive. Understand the queasiness of getting a larger mortgage and all that may entail, even the 30y vs 15y. But the spread in payments gives you great flexibility (including the option to pay down quicker or just pay the minimum). And a larger mortgage in ...
by scooterdog
Tue May 23, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for you high net worth individuals... [real estate investments]
Replies: 82
Views: 13051

Re: Question for you high net worth individuals...

58%. 30y ago bought in a very HCOL area (SoCal), 20y ago rented it out. Only 1 SFH but has appreciated like crazy (and still is), fully paid for, stable tenant, hard to imagine how it could be reproduced today. (Although those who bought in '08 may be saying the same thing in SoCal in 30 years, who ...
by scooterdog
Sat May 06, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swing Set 2700.00??
Replies: 35
Views: 4287

Re: Swing Set 2700.00??

Agree that $2700 is steep, especially the cost / effort to maintain a wood one. Seven years ago we shopped Craigslist and found a metal one. Buyer paid $2200, offered it for $1200, we were able to get it for $700. (Spouse is great at negotiating!) Just found it online, it's this one: https://www.wal...
by scooterdog
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?
Replies: 48
Views: 6574

Re: thoughts on in-ceiling speakers?

For our modest living room setup, several years ago went with all-mounted Energy Take 5 Classic speakers. A year ago replaced the set of five (L/R/C/rears) with Polk Audio in-wall units. Very high WAF, sound much, much better. Basement we have a projector system, the rear L/R is mounted in-ceiling d...
by scooterdog
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Intercom Upgrade / Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 1441

Re: Home Intercom Upgrade / Replacement

We have an ugly NuTone system from the early 1970's - rocking a cassette player. Many strange things to deal with when I thought about a replacement or upgrade when it needed repairs: a four-wire, mono-audio, with intercom and newer com units in bedrooms and recently finished basement. And a $800 co...
by scooterdog
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upstairs Bungalow Remodel / Bathroom Addition
Replies: 32
Views: 3602

Re: Upstairs Bungalow Remodel / Bathroom Addition

Hire an architect. When we lived in Southern California, we were able to find an architecture student to do our drawings for a kitchen remodel, had no regrets (literally a fraction of the price after shopping around). Regardless if you get professional advice (even from a kitchen/bath design/build ...
by scooterdog
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.
Replies: 54
Views: 5707

Re: Thoughts on SUV for retirement.

Friendly reminder that you >are< on Bogleheads, so getting these recommendations are not surprising. As a happy GX470 owner (yes it's 12 years old and now 155K miles) it is perfect for us - luxurious, comfortable, bulletproof engine, and very enjoyable for long road-trips of which it has taken plent...
by scooterdog
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?
Replies: 40
Views: 4590

Re: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?

I still have my first pair of Allen Edmonds, a pair of black wingtips, from my graduate school days, 25 years ago. :shock: They've been 'recrafted' (as mentioned before) once, and with a heel tap (I tend to drag my heels) they are still in fantastic shape. Wore them to work only yesterday. IIRC they...
by scooterdog
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any WiFi experts? Acer with AC Adapter - really SLOW
Replies: 18
Views: 1989

Re: Any WiFi experts? Acer with AC Adapter - really SLOW

You've identified a real problem with today's Wifi (both the standards and all the obstacles). I upgraded my FiOS Actiontec modem to their newest-and-greatest 'Quantum Gateway' and discovered that their AC antenna was useless in identical location of the old one - they even sent a technician out to ...