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by ssquared87
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 62
Views: 5066

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

Pros: best weather in the country: no need to go on vacation, ocean, excellent restaurants especially Mexican, college system is desirable in CA. Cons: California has some "interesting" politics going on but I won't go there. It is overcrowded. You can see Tijuana from San Diego and there is likely...
by ssquared87
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for an ergonomic chair (staples)
Replies: 17
Views: 837

Re: Recommendation for an ergonomic chair (staples)

Another vote for the Herman Miller Aeron. You won’t find it in Staples, but it’ll be way more comfortable than anything you find there. You’ll have to go to craigslist and find a used one but that shouldn’t be too hard. Just be cognizant that there are 3 sizes, so make sure to get the best size for ...
by ssquared87
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which one: Lyft or Uber?
Replies: 44
Views: 2833

Re: Which one: Lyft or Uber?

Lyft

Have used Uber in the past and had lots of issues with drivers accepting, I’d wait a few minutes then the driver would cancel the ride.

I’ve also found lyft drivers to be friendlier overall and safer drivers. Have had several frightening experiences in UBer hardly any with lyft
by ssquared87
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7091

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

Wish I had automatic braking as it would have saved me from a crash in August. I was driving a 2016 Dodge Durango that rear-ended a VW Jetta that was at a dead stop at 45 mph. The Durango didn’t rear end anything...you did because you weren’t paying attention or didn’t maintain enough space to brea...
by ssquared87
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone here major in Economics in college?
Replies: 68
Views: 3801

Re: Anyone here major in Economics in college?

accounting has more jobs than economics I believe, and the only job for a music major is to be a teacher of music, if you aren't going to be a professional. Not at all. Most people who study economics don’t become economists. Accounting only prepares you for accounting jobs. Economics prepares you ...
by ssquared87
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tablet or small laptop for general and travel computer?
Replies: 41
Views: 2151

Re: tablet or small laptop for general and travel computer?

Lenovo yoga is a great option. The keyboard is great and I prefer that over those add on keyboards you get with the surface.
by ssquared87
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.
Replies: 62
Views: 7091

Re: My life saved by New subaru. Almost died.

Pretty much every manufacturer offers automatic emergency braking as standard or an option, nothing all that special about Subaru. While features like this are good, having a well engineered chassis that protects the vehicle’s occupants if the accident is unavoidable is crucial. Some vehicles are sa...
by ssquared87
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?
Replies: 75
Views: 5075

Re: Anyone done a Hair Transplant?

There are alternatives you may want to look into. I've had a few people tell me they've had success with Platelette Rich Plasma Therapy. Basically they take a small amount of your blood, run it through a centrifuge to increase the concentration of platelets, and then reinject it to your scalp to spu...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to wear for job interview - skip the tie?
Replies: 83
Views: 8984

Re: What to wear for job interview - skip the tie?

I am not in this field, and call me "old school", but why would anyone ever hold it against an interviewee for taking the time and effort for "dressing up", showing that they take a job seriously enough to dress well? It signals cluelessness about the culture. No one wears a suit and tie at 3am try...
by ssquared87
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to wear for job interview - skip the tie?
Replies: 83
Views: 8984

Re: What to wear for job interview - skip the tie?

I just thought I'd update this thread I started last year. I ended up wearing what I had originally planned on wearing to the interview. Non-iron striped dress shirt, Brooks Brothers blazer, non-iron microfiber khakis, brown well-shined dress shoes. No tie. I was offered the job the day after the i...
by ssquared87
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rear ended - Take the Cash?
Replies: 18
Views: 1828

Re: Rear ended - Take the Cash?

Nobody in their right mind would pay $4000 for a 10 year old Camry with a bent chassis. +1. If you didn't tell the future buyer about this unfixed accident then you would be a very unethical person. - Who said anything about not disclosing the crash? - Who said anything about not fixing the bumper?...
by ssquared87
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3553

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

Suggestions for a Honda Civic for a person who enjoys driving a BMW are unhelpful at best. Once you get behind the wheel of a German car with balls, it's hard to go back to driving less exciting cars. Speaking from personal experience. Actually, such a suggestion is extremely helpful, considering t...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3553

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

Suggestions for a Honda Civic for a person who enjoys driving a BMW are unhelpful at best. Once you get behind the wheel of a German car with balls, it's hard to go back to driving less exciting cars. Speaking from personal experience. Actually, such a suggestion is extremely helpful, considering t...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rear ended - Take the Cash?
Replies: 18
Views: 1828

Re: Rear ended - Take the Cash?

Nobody in their right mind would pay $4000 for a 10 year old Camry with a bent chassis.
by ssquared87
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Developer Laptop
Replies: 26
Views: 1770

Re: Developer Laptop

What size data sets do you intend to work with? A couple years ago, I got a ~$500 laptop with a 128 GB SSD for a computer science master's program. In one of my first classes, we were working with a 50 GB data set in Spark and I was simply running out of space. The problem was that in addition to s...
by ssquared87
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3553

Re: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help

Why would you need new tires if you drove 8k miles since 2016 ? Maybe your take home pay is too low to own, or lease, a new BMW, but you can certainly afford a used one. Buy it ~7 years old and insurance + registration savings more than compensate extra maintenance. You missed......if I keep the ca...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Developer Laptop
Replies: 26
Views: 1770

Re: Developer Laptop

Hadoop is so 2008. If you are trying to boost your marketable skills, Snowflake and Google cloud platform are the future And yes MacBook Pro is a solid option. Lot of my colleagues and myself who do this sort of work are on MacBook pros. Anything with at least 16gb of ram and solid state drive shoul...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a new iPhone?
Replies: 43
Views: 3675

Re: Should I get a new iPhone?

Yes the camera on the new phone will be significantly better than yours. How much do you care about the camera? I’ve got an iPhone 7 and while I am certain the Xs is better in many areas, I don’t care about those improvements enough to warrant an upgrade. I just don’t take many photos and don’t care...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Car Expenditures
Replies: 19
Views: 789

Re: Thoughts on Car Expenditures

The soundness of the decision is not the same. I’d argue that the Porsche buyer made the better decision, all other things being equal The $60K earner now has just $30K left for other expenses, savings, and taxes for the year, if s/he paid cash for the Accord. The $250K earner has $125K left for al...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback, Legacy, Camry Hybrid
Replies: 14
Views: 822

Re: Outback, Legacy, Camry Hybrid

Of those choices, the Subarus are the better options. They're more comfortable and drive better than a Camry. Do they not offer the Accord or Mazda 6? Those are better choices than any of the options you mention. I doubt you will think the Legacy drives better than the Camry. Recently test drove bo...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

I think for quite a few, their phones are becoming their "computers" . That's why there are ever larger screen sizes being released. I should say that the iPhone 8 I bought was effectively $550. It was $748 with tax and $200 rebate. This would apply to me...I use my phone for everything and don't e...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

As far as status symbols go, they make fairly poor ones. You'd need an eagle eye to tell the difference between an iphone X or Xr and an iphone Xs. Heck, even an old iphone 6 doesn't look much different from a few feet away. You’d be surprised. I live in LA and sadly people do comment on phones. Pe...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

No. Hey, I tried! 8-) There was a time that it would have been a true statement, but that was just about a decade ago at this point. The past two generations have been a Toyota Avalon with nicer trim. :mrgreen: But isnt the Avalon just a Camry with nicer trim? No, the Avalon is a larger vehicle. Th...
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

lazydavid wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:06 am
Leesbro63 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:51 am
How about this one: Isn't the Lexus ES350 just a Toyota Camry with nicer trim?
No.
Yes and it’s not even that much nicer
by ssquared87
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 1930

Re: Need burner phone for wife traveling in Italy

T-Mobile let’s you text and use the internet for free internationally, no plan upgrades or roaming charges apply. I just take my phone with me and use it like I would normally use it. No need for an additional phone or upgraded plan
by ssquared87
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outback, Legacy, Camry Hybrid
Replies: 14
Views: 822

Re: Outback, Legacy, Camry Hybrid

Of those choices, the Subarus are the better options. They're more comfortable and drive better than a Camry. Do they not offer the Accord or Mazda 6? Those are better choices than any of the options you mention.
by ssquared87
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

I dont get the newest iphone craze, everyone has to have it. I have been using a 6S for 2 yrs and it works great. My mom has an iphone 8, I can’t tell the difference between my phone and hers. Same size, same operating system, etc. I typically pay $200 for a new phone every couple of years. I bough...
by ssquared87
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 15766

Re: iPhone XS Max

The keynote just ended. $1100 for the cheapest iPhone Xs Max at 64 gigabytes of storage. It looks to be negligibly larger in form than a "Plus" model. I do not understand how Apple can continue to raise prices like this, and I'm a huge Apple fan going on 20 years. You can pre order 9/14 and release...
by ssquared87
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on buying a pre-owned Mercedes Benz cash?
Replies: 46
Views: 4065

Re: Thoughts on buying a pre-owned Mercedes Benz cash?

Sorry to poke insult at one of your narrowed-down choices, but in my opinion the CLA250 is a cheap unrefined excuse for a Mercedes that was meant to hook in millennial fashionistas to the brand at a price point that makes for a relatively cheap lease. It looks good but that's about it. You pay for ...
by ssquared87
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling
Replies: 120
Views: 18141

Re: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling

I'm finally out of this place never to return to California's gridlocked and stiflingly overpopulated coastal cities. Where are you headed? +1 curious as well. I can’t wait to get out of this state. CA is a complete dump and a waste of money. Am considering some smaller cities (Denver, Austin, Char...
by ssquared87
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling
Replies: 120
Views: 18141

Re: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling

I'm finally out of this place never to return to California's gridlocked and stiflingly overpopulated coastal cities. Where are you headed? +1 curious as well. I can’t wait to get out of this state. CA is a complete dump and a waste of money. Am considering some smaller cities (Denver, Austin, Char...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5687

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

Surprised so many think of the outback as a large vehicle. Then again, I've owned nothing but mid to full SUVs since 1992. :D The Outback is 190 inches long! Try parallel parking that rig on a crowded city street. I often struggle to park my 165 inch Volkswagen Golf on city streets. I've only neede...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?
Replies: 81
Views: 5687

Re: Subaru: Crosstrek or Outback?

Not sure what the concern is about driving an outback in the city. I prefer driving a small sporty car, and I'm used to cars the size of the Subaru BRZ and BMW 3 series to give you perspective on my background. For the past year I've been driving a BMW 5 sedan which is much larger than the vehicles ...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Replies: 77
Views: 8709

Re: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Wirecutter says the Bose QC 35 II are the best noise-canceling headphones: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-noise-cancelling-headphones/ I have a set of the older QC 15 model, which I use mostly on airplanes and occasionally at work. They reduce noise remarkably well, and the sound qualit...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new Toyota Camry. What extra options if any?
Replies: 70
Views: 4742

Re: Buying a new Toyota Camry. What extra options if any?

I didn't look at the options that are options and are not standard, but I will say that I drove a 2018 Camry rental car for over 400+ miles and it had the safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane change alert/assist, parking assist beeps, backup camera, navigation, reverse automatic br...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new Toyota Camry. What extra options if any?
Replies: 70
Views: 4742

Re: Buying a new Toyota Camry. What extra options if any?

I didn't look at the options that are options and are not standard, but I will say that I drove a 2018 Camry rental car for over 400+ miles and it had the safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane change alert/assist, parking assist beeps, backup camera, navigation, reverse automatic br...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Sneakers go with Business Casual?
Replies: 172
Views: 8504

Re: Can Sneakers go with Business Casual?

No.

The head of our office always wears sneakers with suits and sport jacket jeans and sneakers and he looks like a complete jerk...which he is, so i suppose it works for him
by ssquared87
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!
Replies: 37
Views: 2973

Re: Car Shopping, Seem to lose my Boglehead way each time help!!

However, call me a snob, but when I rent a car I feel completely out of place without all my tech and features. A big problem with tech and features in a rental car is that how to use them often not obvious. Even if the rental car had them you likely would not use them. I am curious what tech and f...
by ssquared87
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 7114

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

My last car was a daily driver until 244K miles. It was a 1998 BMW M3. Great car, I've got one with 152k miles. Don't daily drive it anymore because I've got some back issues and the seats are mediocre, but I'd have no hesitation to daily it otherwise. It's now my weekend car and remains one of my ...
by ssquared87
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus vs. Mercedes
Replies: 86
Views: 6542

Re: Lexus vs. Mercedes

... But I'm sure many of us have sufficient funds to buy that luxury car and also take the ski trip. Many of us may have never had a car note, and don't have a mortgage. ... That would be me, although I have no interest in taking a ski trip (an over water bungalow stay in the Maldives is another st...
by ssquared87
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus vs. Mercedes
Replies: 86
Views: 6542

Re: Lexus vs. Mercedes

For people that have owned Mercedes/BMW and also Lexus/Acura/Infiniti - is there a big difference in ride as a daily commuter car? My commute is about 30 mins each way, with maybe 70% of it being stop-n-go, rest on suburban streets. Is the ride of the german car that noticeable once the novelty wea...
by ssquared87
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus vs. Mercedes
Replies: 86
Views: 6542

Re: Lexus vs. Mercedes

Delamer makes a great point. Spend some time with both MFR infotainment interfaces. You use them a lot day to day, but typically don't think to mess with them in a test drive. I love Cadillacs, but their "CUE" system sucks so bad, that I ordered mine with the base package and skipped the system all...
by ssquared87
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus vs. Mercedes
Replies: 86
Views: 6542

Re: Lexus vs. Mercedes

BMW and Audi are more reliable than Mercedes and even Honda. If you go BMW, make sure to get the inline 6 engine,its smoother than toyota's (lexus), mercedes, and audi's inferior v6. An inline 6 engine's primary and secondary forces are inherently balanced so there's no need for balance shafts to re...
by ssquared87
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Decent compensation to move to Bay Area CA?
Replies: 290
Views: 21922

Re: Decent compensation to move to Bay Area CA?

Folks, Bay Area Working Culture -> Lack of work-life balance. A) Do you travel for business during the non-working day? B) Are you expected to work more than 40 hours per week? C) Are you expected to respond to business email, phone, text after office hour? D) Do you carry a pager? Aka, on-call? Kl...
by ssquared87
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Decent compensation to move to Bay Area CA?
Replies: 290
Views: 21922

Re: Decent compensation to move to Bay Area CA?

My take on the prices is that if you compare to other HCOL bay area is nothing special. People exasperated by prices are usually the ones coming from middle of nowhere or anchored in the past when everything was 10X cheaper. Not the ones coming from Shanghai or Hong Kong or London or Paris. +1. No ...
by ssquared87
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $65K Fun Daily Driver
Replies: 112
Views: 8696

Re: $65K Fun Daily Driver

Anyway I don't get the fascination with type of car. It doesn't not do anything right. It's heavy, has a high center of gravity, it is useless even on a dirt road, cannot be ever as fast as lower lighter car, it's not even that big inside, it's expensive. It is not a sports car, i is not an off roa...
by ssquared87
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What would you do - Car Question
Replies: 41
Views: 2959

Re: What would you do - Car Question

There’s no reason to replace the sequoia because it’s 17 years old...if you maintain it it will be reliable for many more miles, so I wouldn’t replace it due to its age or like some of the posters above mention. From a safety perspective, it doesn’t have the latest construction methods or materials ...
by ssquared87
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 215
Views: 12405

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

I didn't read all 4 pages but I vote for the Mazda MX-5 RF- the 2019 model bumped the HP up to ~180 Any car that has less than 300 HP should be disqualified as a fun car, at least in my books. I would stay away from any car that has turbo lags. It takes away all the fun. I would look at those chara...
by ssquared87
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $65K Fun Daily Driver
Replies: 112
Views: 8696

Re: $65K Fun Daily Driver

M3 6mt
by ssquared87
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 215
Views: 12405

Re: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k

If I had a family, I'd get the used VW GTI. If I didn't then I'd get an used Infiniti Q60. The 2017 model is just gorgeous. It'll be tough to get one under $30k at the moment though. I'd avoid 2015 and under as they are the previous model. If I wanted something sized in between, I'd get a used Lexu...