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by dsmclone
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh versus Range extender
Replies: 27
Views: 1682

Re: Mesh versus Range extender

Another big plus for the Google Wi-Fi is the ability to get a signal to outdoor wireless cameras.
by dsmclone
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mesh versus Range extender
Replies: 27
Views: 1682

Re: Mesh versus Range extender

I'll 4th Google Wi-Fi. Everyone I know with them, including myself, love them. Over the years I tried everything including internet through electrical, extenders, etc.
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types
Replies: 37
Views: 1622

Re: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types

I literally never downloaded a single app ever. I had no idea how to get into itunes or istore or idontcareatall. I have since been forced to a newer phone because my work changed email types and the old ios did not support it and the phone would not take a new enough ios. I'm now looking at apps a...
by dsmclone
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types
Replies: 37
Views: 1622

Re: Understanding the difference in cell phone OS types

iOS sounds perfect for you. I have an ipad and iOS fits my needs for a tablet. Ipads are cheap for what they do and they can easily last 5+ years. I use Android for my smartphones because I like to have choices and prefer other google products. When it was time for me to recommend a smartphone for m...
by dsmclone
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new car [pay cash?]
Replies: 15
Views: 1207

Re: new car [pay cash?]

Without knowing your situation, there is no right or wrong answer. Depending on your situation, the bigger question is whether buying a new $70k car every 5 years makes financial sense. The 1.9% interest rate doesn't really compare to the $35k in value that you'll lose over the next 5 years.
by dsmclone
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too many choices for my next TRUCK
Replies: 83
Views: 5914

Re: Too many choices for my next TRUCK

This is coming from a person who has bought 90% Asian vehicles.

Skip the Nissan and Toyota and pick one from the Big 3. The domestic brands know that this is their bread and butter and can't afford to make a bad truck. All 3 are good so I would drive all 3 and see what you like and buy it.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Phone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2162

Re: Need New Phone?

Verizon CDMA is going away in 2019.
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 5967

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

As far a which car to buy, you really need to drive all 3 and drive them with the configuration you plan on buying. If it was me, I'd stay away from the turbo 4 cylinder models on any luxury car. Yes, they are now pretty powerful but the sound alone would kill it for me and all 3 make great V6's. M...
by dsmclone
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?
Replies: 70
Views: 5967

Re: Time to splurge. MB E class, BMW 5 or Audi 6?

I looked into BMW ED a few years back and it sounds like it's really more of a pain that doesn't really save you any money in the long run. Instead of doing ED I just went to Munich, visited BMW Welt, and rented a car for trips outside of Munich. I was fine driving a rental on the Autobahn :D Then w...
by dsmclone
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need New Phone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2162

Re: Need New Phone?

I ordered a OP6t yesterday to replace my Pixel XL. Seems like a great deal to me and I'd rather stay away from antiquated iOS.
by dsmclone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first international trip - London/Paris
Replies: 67
Views: 3331

Re: Planning first international trip - London/Paris

I never go for fewer than 10 days in Europe and try to spend 1/2 time in city/rural.

I'd recommend 5 days in Paris and 5 days in the Normandy Region(Bayeux). I've been to Europe quite a bit over the last 20 years and this is a great combo.
by dsmclone
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?
Replies: 38
Views: 2654

Re: Luxury Sedans for around $25k used with lower miles? AWD?

Last year I purchased a 2012 Infiniti M37x. Just under 24,000 miles for $23,000. Roomy, all wheel drive, good power and handling, decent reliability and good crash rating. So I'd look for used M37/Q70 models. They can be found everywhere. The G37/Q50s are not mid to large luxury cars. The M37/Q70 d...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?
Replies: 48
Views: 3216

Re: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?

In 2000 I bought a brand new Honda Civic Si for $16,500. Drove it for 18 months, spent $200 on a cold air intake, and sold it for $16,500. They only made this model/style for 2 years and was extremely popular.
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 107
Views: 10712

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

I really wish people would quit calling the Model 3 an M3.
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?
Replies: 114
Views: 7157

Re: How many miles (total) on car before buying another car ?

I'm pretty much opposite of everyone on this board. I enjoy cars and have no urge in driving a toyota corolla for 500k miles just to save money. Just an example of why my wife and I have bought over the last 5 years. Bought New 2013 Acura RDX $36k (cash)-Drove it for about 50k miles and traded it in...
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beer - Strong German Style Lagers
Replies: 56
Views: 4863

Re: Beer - Strong German Style Lagers

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock is worth trying. It is strong. Makes U.S. beers seem like water. I'm going to take a wild guess that you don't drink much craft beer. I'm also going to assume that when you say "U.S. beer" you're talking about adjuncts. Go try a Prairie Artisian Bomb, Bourbon County St...
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to change tires; and what brand
Replies: 131
Views: 8455

Re: When to change tires; and what brand

Just my personal opinion but I don't think tires are something to be brand loyal to. All the big boys make both good and bad models and what one person may find great another may find terrible. The car you put them on also matters. This is why you go to tirerack or a forum for your car and get opini...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead's Car Talk
Replies: 35
Views: 3420

Re: Boglehead's Car Talk

Every time I see one of these posts it makes me aware that the right answer for you may not be the right answer for everyone else. Maybe you'll buy the one Toyota Corolla that is a lemon. "I'm just going to drive it until it dies, that is always the most economical". No it's not. The most economical...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 107
Views: 10712

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

Iorek wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:22 pm
I would keep the current Volt and in a couple years there will be whole new host of longer range EVs from Hyundai/Kia all the way up through Audi and Jaguar.
This is kind of my thought as well.
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Huge drops in VTXVX and VTHRX [Vanguard Target Date Funds]
Replies: 54
Views: 4953

Huge drops in VTXVX and VTHRX [Vanguard Target Date Funds]

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek]

I was just out looking at an account and it said
VTXVX is down 14.68% TODAY

VTHRX is down 9.31% TODAY

Should I assume this is a glitch?
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep a backup hot water heater?
Replies: 104
Views: 5613

Re: Keep a backup hot water heater?

I did a little more research on water heaters this weekend. I realized that my water heater uses a "power vent", which adds about $400 to the price. So we'e looking at a minimum price of $1,500. At that price, I'm wondering if I should start considering tankless but it sounds like there are major dr...
by dsmclone
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which one: Lyft or Uber?
Replies: 57
Views: 4259

Re: Which one: Lyft or Uber?

I've used both Lyft and Uber and never had a problem with either but in the U.S. and international (Uber). In NYC, I used Juno and it also worked well.
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep a backup hot water heater?
Replies: 104
Views: 5613

Re: Keep a backup hot water heater?

Mine is 13 years old, though it's one of those "lifetime" (riiight) Phase II water heaters with a plastic or PVC type exterior (the inside is still metal) that supposedly keeps it from bursting. What I've done is placed one of those $5 leak detectors on the floor next to it--on the hope/assumption ...
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep a backup hot water heater?
Replies: 104
Views: 5613

Re: Keep a backup hot water heater?

I'm struggling with this as well. Water Heater is 14 years old Never had an issue with it Never have done anything to it In the next room over(Basement) is my home theater that I'd rather not ruin I'm not worried about a slow leak but I am worried about the bottom dropping out. So if this happens wi...
by dsmclone
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8059

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

A new phone to replace my Pixel XL, which I've been pretty happy with.

Unless they offer some crazy good deal, I'm not going with the new Pixel 3 XL. Probably pick up a Note 9. I wish the new OnePlus coming out worked with Verizon.
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What purchase saved you the most money?
Replies: 136
Views: 12906

Re: What purchase saved you the most money?

I'm going to be contrarian here. Things that saved you money but aren't really comparable - i.e. buying a Honda over a BMW. People who shop for one tend not to shop for the other. Buying a Honda gets you reliability. Buying a BMW gets you thrills. Thrills are much more subjective in value. I tried ...
by dsmclone
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of moving to Texas, Iowa, Idaho, or North Carolina
Replies: 216
Views: 15520

Re: Thinking of moving to Texas, Iowa, Idaho, or North Carolina

If you start to seriously consider the Des Moines area and your wife has questions about call centers jobs, I'm probably going to be the best resource available. I've helped support the contact centers of the largest company in town for the last 15 or so years. As far as living in Des Moines, if it ...
by dsmclone
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Shelving?
Replies: 31
Views: 3399

Re: Garage Shelving?

Did this 10 years ago and still holding together strong

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by dsmclone
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ordered a vehicle through a dealership?
Replies: 40
Views: 3173

Re: Anyone ordered a vehicle through a dealership?

My experience in 2011: * Ford built it for me - exactly what I wanted. 8 weeks wait. * Honda felt that I should be grateful for being allowed to buy from them. YMMV. That's very odd considering that Honda usually has like 4 models and very few options. In 2011, even their most complex model the Pil...
by dsmclone
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald
Replies: 59
Views: 4404

Re: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald

The thing is, people won't tell you when you look like a tool by trying to cover up your baldness. You don't have to completely shave your head but it looks a lot better to have it really short than have long hair with a big bald spot. I know a couple of guys in their 40's who sometimes brag about t...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where are the hybrid or fully electric two seater commuting vehicles?
Replies: 44
Views: 1959

Re: Where are the hybrid or fully electric two seater commuting vehicles?

Just got back from Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago and it's amazing all the different vehicles that were being used. Of course bikes we're #1 but every cab I saw was a Tesla Model S or X. There were a ton of 1/2 seat electric vehicles that you described. With that said, I just don't think these woul...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ventilated car seats?
Replies: 61
Views: 4351

Re: Ventilated car seats?

This may be because I live in an area that has 4 seasons but here is how I would rank this features. #1 Heated Steering Wheel-Thought it would be a joke, turned out to be a great feature. #2 Heated Seats-Really varies between cars. Some are a lot stronger than others. #3 Cooled Seats-In the Infiniti...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 16002

Re: iPhone XS Max

I went to BB yesterday to check out the Note 9 and 10sMax. The first thing that surprised me was how much lighter the Note 9 felt even though it has a lot bigger battery and nearly identical in size. I went home and checked the weights and the Note is just a hair lighter so it must be in my head or ...
by dsmclone
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Very First Smartphone [Samsung Galaxy S9+] — Please Critique This Plan
Replies: 123
Views: 6651

Re: My Very First Smartphone — Please Critique This Plan

Just some general thoughts off the top of my head. The Samsung S9 is a very nice phone but maybe overkill for someone just getting in the game. How about buying something like a Moto E5 play for a few hundred? What do you think you'll be using the phone for most of the time? If you don't want to go ...
by dsmclone
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for best quality indoor security camera
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Looking for best quality indoor security camera

I have a Nest Camera outdoors, a Canary Camera indoors, and two weeks ago I bought a Wyze Camera. The nest camera outdoors does a fine job of detecting movement but it's not going to pick up details like license plates unless the car is in my driveway and it's light out. I think this is pretty stand...
by dsmclone
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long term stays/vacations
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Re: Long term stays/vacations

I'm facing a similar issue. I'm not retired but my wife and I both can work remotely so we thought of doing the snowbird thing for a month early next year. It's really hard to find a house for a month at a reasonable rate.
by dsmclone
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy-Out BMW Lease / Buy More Practical New Model / Buy Practical Used Model? Help
Replies: 82
Views: 3616

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

I bought a used CPO 2015 BMW m235xi this year. Love the car overall but if I was in your position and looking 10 years out, I would go the new Civic route. I bought the m235 knowing that I would probably keep it 3-4 years and knowing that it had already lost $15k in value since new. BTW, $21k for yo...
by dsmclone
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Refund
Replies: 19
Views: 2421

Re: Tesla Refund

Speaking of Tesla's, just got back from Amsterdam and there are not many cars on the road but nearly every taxi I saw was a Model S or X. Kind of surprised mostly because of how big of cars they are compared to everything else on the road there.
by dsmclone
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New SUV
Replies: 24
Views: 2181

Re: New SUV

Every time I've purchased a car I've tried to run the lease numbers at the same time and it's never really been close. Leasing would have always cost me more regardless of how long I kept the car and most of the time it's not even close.
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 16002

Re: iPhone XS Max

As many of you remember, I bought an iPhoneX last year to replace my old iPhone7Plus. I have been disappointed in the size of this phone, as compared to the older, more robust ("bigger") PLUS phone. It's hard t read with the X but I had no trouble doing so on my 7Plus. OK, so I'm willing to suck it...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel credit cards
Replies: 28
Views: 2997

Re: Travel credit cards

Interesting that you mention Chip and Pin. Just got back from 12 days in France and Amsterdam. My wife was carrying a CSR with no pin and I was carrying a Barclay AA card w/chip and Pin. We used the Barclay card probably 15 times and only one time did it ask for a pin. The other 14 times they just ...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone XS Max
Replies: 231
Views: 16002

Re: iPhone XS Max

As many of you remember, I bought an iPhoneX last year to replace my old iPhone7Plus. I have been disappointed in the size of this phone, as compared to the older, more robust ("bigger") PLUS phone. It's hard t read with the X but I had no trouble doing so on my 7Plus. OK, so I'm willing to suck it...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel credit cards
Replies: 28
Views: 2997

Re: Travel credit cards

I got the CSR when the bonus was 100k and expected to dump it after receiving the second year credit and before the second year $450 fee. In the end we kept it as the benefits actually came in handy. The Priority Pass lounge access has proven worthwhile and now they are even offering restaurant cre...
by dsmclone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home / IoT Light Bulbs - Philips Hue, LIFX
Replies: 10
Views: 966

Re: Smart Home / IoT Light Bulbs - Philips Hue, LIFX

I don't own a Nest but I've been pretty happy with using Hue bulbs. I mostly use them with Alexa and Google Home as well as vacation scheduling. I also have them tied into Harmony. So for example, if I say "OK Google, turn on TV" it knows to also turn on the light by the couch if it's after sunset a...
by dsmclone
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new car buying experience.
Replies: 46
Views: 9735

Re: My new car buying experience.

If you use Gmail, you don't necessarily have to create another email if you don't want. If your email address is johndoe@gmail.com just put your email address as something like johndoe+car@google.com and your normal email address will pick it up. Or you could put a different one for each dealer i.e ...
by dsmclone
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 46
Views: 7661

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

Tripit is a handy tool for travel. I also download maps for the area I'm visiting from Google Maps(offline) and then they are automatically removed in 30 days.
by dsmclone
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet
Replies: 60
Views: 4829

Re: Considering iPad to replace failing Nexus tablet

I generally dislike Apple and only use Android phone and Chrome books. With that said, I've used Ipad's for as long as I can remember and have been happy with them.
by dsmclone
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Non-Boring Boglehead Cars Under $30k
Replies: 247
Views: 16822

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

I've been very happy with my 2015 CPO BMW m235i that costs just a little north of $30k. The engine and trans are both known as being super reliable. It gets about 25mpg(premium only), looks good, it will do 60 in 4.5 seconds, handles like a champ, turbocharged 6 sounds glorious, etc. The only thing ...
by dsmclone
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sign - Speed checked by Radar
Replies: 41
Views: 2979

Re: Sign - Speed checked by Radar

Are speed limits relevant in the era of self driving vehicles? When that day comes I wouldn't be surprised if maximum speeds are required to be put into the vehicles's programming. That would make it a true "limit" rather than a stern suggestion with a potential penalty. If speed limits are impleme...