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by autonomy
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing pictures on long trips
Replies: 24
Views: 2222

Re: Storing pictures on long trips

$20 for a 64GB microsd card = no brainer for me. If you are too worried about cards getting stolen, get a bunch of 32GB ($11) or 16GB cards and just stash them as they get filled up. How much storage does your iPad offer?
by autonomy
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking questions
Replies: 164
Views: 19319

Re: Hiking questions

Define "longer". If I'm out for a couple of hours, I bring bug spray, water, something to eat, maybe a rain jacket if there's rain forecast. Shoes - depends on the terrain, most of the time sneakers or low-profile hiking shoes like Merrell or Keen. It's whatever comfortable for you. For bi...
by autonomy
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sea Kayak Worth it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1889

Re: Sea Kayak Worth it?

I own 2 Delta 12.10 kayaks - haven't taken them out much lately, sadly. They're great boats. In fact the 2nd one is my wife's because she loved mine so much she wanted one of her own (back when she wasn't a wife). I bought them 15% off during REI's memorial sales and they're great in still and somew...
by autonomy
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 154
Views: 18542

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

I go to the dealer for my tune up. I say, "Put a new tire on that car." Done shopping. Tune up?? No such thing anymore, unless you are driving a 40 year old car. Right, but Petrocelli is known to give out car buying advice by telling how he pays $600/month to lease a Mercedes and never ha...
by autonomy
Wed May 25, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on trips/vacations?
Replies: 74
Views: 9349

Re: How much do you spend on trips/vacations?

I don't track it and don't worry about it as long as I'm on track with my deferred deductions and don't dip into savings. I try to be reasonable. There are still too many places left to see and experience, and I'm not about to spend 40 years of my life stockpiling money in hopes that I will be healt...
by autonomy
Tue May 24, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do I invest in artificial intelligence?
Replies: 59
Views: 6268

Re: How do I invest in artificial intelligence?

OP, can you elaborate on the narrative where investing in artificial intelligence becomes commercially successful? This is a serious question and not mocking. For instance: 1. Self-driving cars 2. Robotic housecleaning 3. Various projects with military applications - autonomous vehicles of various ...
by autonomy
Tue May 24, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bikes
Replies: 70
Views: 7498

Re: Bikes

For $200 you'll pretty much have to get a used bike, which can be hit-or-miss if you don't know what you're looking for or what size you need. You may end up with a cheap, uncomfortable bike which will make you hate cycling. On the other hand, if you spend a little bit more, you might find that you ...
by autonomy
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone - Separating work from life
Replies: 18
Views: 2393

Re: Cell phone - Separating work from life

I disconnected my work email on my phone when I went on vacation. I haven't turned it back since because turns out it's much nicer to not have work intrude into my family life. While it's great to be able to solve problems 24/7, it's rare that there's something that can't wait until next morning.
by autonomy
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Updates on the status of Linux
Replies: 129
Views: 16175

Re: Updates on the status of Linux

May or may not be on topic: Despite the developers touting it as the next best thing that will revolutionize everything, I've not met a single person that not only liked, but didn't hate Ubuntu's Unity interface. I'd go with Linux Mint these days if you don't need to use any specialized software (no...
by autonomy
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Booster
Replies: 22
Views: 2652

Re: Wifi Booster

Have you tried playing with the antenna positions on your router (how many do you have?) Sometimes that can help. You can try to get a bigger antenna or a directional antenna. As far as streaming sticks go, I bought the FireStick back when it was $25 and it has satisfied all my Netflix/Pandora/Prime...
by autonomy
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation - should I rent a small suv
Replies: 20
Views: 2321

Re: Vacation - should I rent a small suv

The government says it costs 54c/mile, so $216 in gas, wear, & tear to use your car to drive 400 miles. You will likely pay more than that for a rental and will have to deal with the hassle of renting a car.
by autonomy
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Priceline for car rental
Replies: 22
Views: 4525

Re: Priceline for car rental

I try to avoid the budget rental companies (Dollar, etc.) after having so-so experiences with Budget. I bounce between Enterprise and Hertz and can't complain at all. Hertz is great because of their Gold program where I just hop in the car, but it can be very expensive in certain places. I never bot...
by autonomy
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grocery budget too high? Are there threads here on this? I tried searching
Replies: 62
Views: 6777

Re: Grocery budget too high? Are there threads here on this? I tried searching

There have been a bunch of topics about this. The budgets are usually highly variable. It all depends on where you live, where you shop, and what you buy. Buying fresh and cooking from scratch is actually more expensive than you would expect. Non processed items aren't usually on sale and there are ...
by autonomy
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Tire Tips
Replies: 30
Views: 3600

Re: Winter Tire Tips

Couple of points I want to make: I put my winters on at the beginning of February this season. Despite the warm temperatures lately (was not pleasant to be driving on the highway this past Thursday in 60 degrees), I will be keeping the tires on for a couple more weeks as I expect to be doing more hi...
by autonomy
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bear Meat
Replies: 37
Views: 4472

Re: Bear Meat

Do not eat coastal bears. They eat fish dead or alive. They will eat rotting flesh and will make the bear meat terrible. Your best bet is to hunt/kill bears that spend most of their time inland. They feast on berries and plant life. Thats where its at! Delicious vegetarian bears! I have a friend wh...
by autonomy
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 6132

Re: Math and Computer Science

It's kind of a two sided thing. Most CS programs have a lot of math. They usually require calculus, linear algebra, probability, and probably a math minor as part of the curriculum. Math is the foundational basis of most computer science, and teaches the critical thinking skills required to program...
by autonomy
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Thank goodness for my precious metals
Replies: 63
Views: 6051

Re: Thank goodness for my precious metals

TMCD75 wrote:As is typical, the stock market's plunge proves fruitful for the precious metals market. I'm up close to a grand this morning on my modest PM investments.
Confirmation bias.
by autonomy
Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rental car for weekend trip to save on miles on new car?
Replies: 65
Views: 11450

Re: Rental car for weekend trip to save on miles on new car?

My weekend day/hiking trips are about 90-100 miles ONE way. I've done 130 miles one way, but that one's tough. Never thought to rent a car for them. I already paid for mine, why pay more and go through the hassle?
by autonomy
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone travel without hacking?
Replies: 103
Views: 17201

Re: Anyone travel without hacking?

I've opened a couple award cards here and there (enough for 3 RT tickets to Europe, one of which I've used already). Someone I know was really into award cards, going around manufacturing spending. The way I see it, yes, I'd love to pay almost nothing for traveling places, but the effort involved is...
by autonomy
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing taxes for free in 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2381

Re: Filing taxes for free in 2016

livesoft wrote:Do you mind paying $10 to $30 and then getting a gift card for $50 to $100 to spend on anything?
Thanks all for the responses. Livesoft, is this a deal from TurboTax or what? How does one get on it?
by autonomy
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing taxes for free in 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2381

Filing taxes for free in 2016

So I just looked at https://www.taxact.com/ and they've gone to a tiered model a-la TurboTax with only 1040EZ/A being free. Any other reliable options for itemized returns out there besides doing taxes by hand? My state has free online filing, so I never have to pay for state anyway.
by autonomy
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2016 Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek (or Honda Civic)?
Replies: 28
Views: 7597

Re: 2016 Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek (or Honda Civic)?

For years I rode Audi Quattro, always with winter treads. Think winter treads don't matter, catch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfuE00qdhLA They're comparing snow tires with summer tires. Summer tires are completely useless in snow. They should've compared with all-season tires (unless 'summ...
by autonomy
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2016 Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek (or Honda Civic)?
Replies: 28
Views: 7597

Re: 2016 Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek (or Honda Civic)?

If your car is only occasionally going to see winter roads, and especially if it's mostly going to sit on the street, don't pay extra money for AWD (it's the new hot outdoorsy thing for everyone to have), get winter tires. You only need AWD if you often drive on snowpack and unplowed roads, or crazy...
by autonomy
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 9690

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

Nothing in the Boston area yet. Good luck all. Yeah, we got diddly squat, but seems like everyone further south got hit pretty hard. One of the few massive storms in which most of New England was spared. Too bad for the ski resorts, they need their snow - and things aren't looking very promising fo...
by autonomy
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have experience with truecar.com or similar ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4446

Re: Anyone have experience with truecar.com or similar ?

TrueCar can no longer be trusted as of 2 years ago. They're in bed with dealers due to (crazy IMO) lawsuits. Last time I purchased a car I came in about 5% under TrueCar price. I emailed 5 dealers and went with the lowest one as a. they didn't want to haggle further and b. offer was already under in...
by autonomy
Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 9690

Re: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]

My guess for why people get eggs, milk, and bread is because fried eggs, cereal, sandwiches are fast and easy meals. Then again, I always make sure to have enough of everything on hand so I don't need to stock up before a storm. MA is actually getting spared this time (last weekend the forecast was ...
by autonomy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GoPro IPO
Replies: 31
Views: 4775

Re: GoPro IPO

Just wanted to bump this thread up to use as an argument in the "Imagine you bought Yahoo/Google/etc. 20 years ago!" discussions Stock is down 55% from its IPO price, 81% from its high, 75% YTD. If you have significant investments in the stock, what do you do now? Sell and cut your losses ...
by autonomy
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?
Replies: 89
Views: 21775

Re: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?

With that said, I would trade a bit of fun for reliability and go with Mazda - if they offered a vehicle with more space than the 3 (trunk space too small) and smaller than the CX5 (too SUVish). In fact, I plan on moving away from Honda in ~4 years and towards Mazda/Lexus (totally boring but very l...
by autonomy
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me
Replies: 53
Views: 7532

Re: New Laptop -- Christmas present for me

Thinking of getting myself a Dell XPS 15 as a Christmas gift. I want something fairly light, SSD, and fairly powerful. I am also very intrigued by the Thunderbolt 3 port that the Dell possesses. Are there any other contenders I should be considering? The XPS15 would be my choice for work, but we're...
by autonomy
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?
Replies: 89
Views: 21775

Re: BMW current and past owners -- how was the reliability and would you buy another?

My brakes and rotors are also original and have plenty of life left. Good luck getting 60K miles out of a Honda pad/rotor. My TSX needed new rear pads at 27k miles, and now at 40k the rotors are shot. While you may pay more for parts on the BMW, they do last quite a long time. And for another data ...
by autonomy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A car nicer than the boss?
Replies: 257
Views: 35608

Re: A car nicer than the boss?

Maseratis aren't that expensive these days. You can get the low end model for like 80k. Which is why they are popping up all over the place now. AM is in that other price category. The good news is with either of them you get to buy a second car as a back up:) Every time I read about a Maserati, it...
by autonomy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift for your boss
Replies: 54
Views: 5907

Re: Gift for your boss

Heh, I feel lucky to work where I do; I have a very good 'like equals' relationship with my boss (at this point I even assign to him technical tasks in his area of expertise once in a while). I've been to his house, he's been to mine; we've given each other small birthday gifts (e.g. books). We can ...
by autonomy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A car nicer than the boss?
Replies: 257
Views: 35608

Re: A car nicer than the boss?

The S550 is a nice choice, because the average person doesn't really know whether that car cost $60K or $120K. Same for the suggested Corvette Z, M6, etc. A Bentley or a Maybach is something you're driven in. Final point - why did you not consider a Maserati? Here in Boston pretty much everyone seem...
by autonomy
Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network Guru's for 30 devices on router.
Replies: 57
Views: 8072

Re: Home network Guru's for 30 devices on router.

My university used to run 15 routers in the library, ask on the same channel. Result - no one could connect reliably because of interference. One solution is running three routers on the completely mutually exclusive channels 1, 6, 11. And or getting a 5GHz router and running multiple channels there...
by autonomy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Yahoo, a sad story and a good reason not to buy single stocks
Replies: 14
Views: 4919

Re: Yahoo, a sad story and a good reason not to buy single stocks

2. Investment of $10k in 1996 when Yahoo was first traded would have resulted in approx $258k vs $45k in the S&P500. Most investors would have years of Yahoo news indicating possible exit points if they chose to do so. Not to pick on you personally, but this kind of statement bugs me a lot when...
by autonomy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visited friends in California...Now I want home automation too!
Replies: 46
Views: 7143

Re: Visited friends in California...Now I want home automation too!

There are many reasons to be jealous of us folks in California, especially SoCal . But an automated house shouldn't be one of them. Reminds me of the Modern Family episode where Phil had everything wired, and almost ended up hooking up with Matthew Broderick. Like what? Losing jobs and going bankru...
by autonomy
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing a Condo vs House
Replies: 24
Views: 4235

Re: Purchasing a Condo vs House

I live in a condo and I was initially concerned having read all the horror stories about HOAs... but I think in this case the squeakiest wheel is the loudest. Our HOA is really lax (they'll send out emails when people are non-compliant but nobody walks around making sure all regulations are followed...
by autonomy
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord broke down last night
Replies: 71
Views: 12508

Re: Honda Accord broke down last night

From tire rack you have: Shipping Removal of the old tire from the wheel Removal of the TPMS sensor Mounting Balancing Installation Tax For sure you can count on "$200 tires" to be $1000 installed when you're buying them and bringing them to a shop for installation. Nobody works for free....
by autonomy
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord broke down last night
Replies: 71
Views: 12508

Re: Honda Accord broke down last night

I've been doing some planning for my next new-to-me car and the Acura T* was one I've considered. The tires thing caught my attention so I looked up what replacement tires were required. I'm not seeing anything too exotic nor expensive. Per a tsx ownes forum, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS seem...
by autonomy
Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (Available)Red Wine for under $15 preferrably under $10
Replies: 110
Views: 47617

Re: Best (Available)Red Wine for under $15 preferrably under $10

I'm a beer man, but here are my favorites, all available at the local Trader Joe's:
Marchigue Carmenere
Trapiche Malbec
Gascon Malbec
Layer Cake Malbec and others

Wifey likes Beaujolais Bordeaux as well.
by autonomy
Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The end of our Teflon pans is near...now what do we buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 10975

Re: The end of our Teflon pans is near...now what do we buy?

I'm amazed that you got 20 years out of your non stick pans. Our 10" Calphalon, which we use the most, wears out in a year. After buying two, two years in a row, I said screw it, let's try TFal at 1/3 the cost ($12 at TJMaxx). So far, so good. My favorites, though, are a Lodge cast iron (6 in a...
by autonomy
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treehouse in Backyard - Liability Question
Replies: 30
Views: 4864

Re: Treehouse in Backyard - Liability Question

Cherokee8215 wrote:The way things are these days, if I had a tree house on my property, I would only let my own kids use it and no others.
The way things are these days, I don't allow anyone onto my property!

/only half-joking
by autonomy
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whisky Recommendations
Replies: 109
Views: 20567

Re: Whisky Recommendations

I also wanted to mention that you should shop around, especially for single malts, as there seems to be a wild variation in price. A store near me used to sell Knob Creek for $25/750mL, while everywhere else it's over $32 ($29 on sale). Talisker 10y ranges from $52 to $65 New Hampshire outlets had L...
by autonomy
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My friend is hoarding cash. What do you say?
Replies: 78
Views: 12628

Re: My friend is hoarding cash. What do you say?

Seems like people who people who don't live in the US have a very strong opinion about the US economy collapsing in the next n years.
by autonomy
Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whisky Recommendations
Replies: 109
Views: 20567

Re: Whisky Recommendations

Sorry, but I am going to try and gently push you past your $1.00 per ounce criterion: Talisker 10 year Glenkinchie 12 year Lagavulin 16 year All are utterly delicious Scottish single malts (Macallan's 12 year ain't a bad back-up choice). Sir, I like the cut off your jib! I have not tried Glenkinchi...
by autonomy
Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: insidious facebook, mapping my monitor or NIC/IMEI?
Replies: 45
Views: 6932

Re: insidious facebook, mapping my monitor or NIC/IMEI?

i'd appreciate an emoticon in the future, as i'm guessing your sentiment is insincere :) though, i've tested it before, i seem to have an IP and DNS leak, but I'm thinking this is after I installed/uninstalled Disconnect, which did something to my OVPN GUI hmmm https://ipleak.net/ not sure if I had...
by autonomy
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: insidious facebook, mapping my monitor or NIC/IMEI?
Replies: 45
Views: 6932

Re: insidious facebook, mapping my monitor or NIC/IMEI?

though, i've tested it before, i seem to have an IP and DNS leak, but I'm thinking this is after I installed/uninstalled Disconnect, which did something to my OVPN GUI hmmm https://ipleak.net/ not sure if I had this at the time I posted the question, as I've checked it before and had noleak, the ne...
by autonomy
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guilty pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 18498

Re: Guilty pleasures?

Wife and I like cooking a lot, we eat very healthy, and I always bring my own lunch - either delicious leftovers or I can put tigether a tasty sandwich from nothing in 5 minutes time. Sometimes when we don't have time or feel lazy or have the craving, we get Chinese take out. Or when I just don't ha...
by autonomy
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Leasing a car not frugal but a good idea?
Replies: 104
Views: 16697

Re: Is Leasing a car not frugal but a good idea?

Oh, this thread again. I find it amusing that people owning million-dollar houses talk warmly of leasing cars (especially when those leases are written off as a business expense). Steve Jobs could afford to drive a new Mercedes every month if he wanted to because he couldn't care less about saving m...
by autonomy
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer items that are worth the initial investment?
Replies: 110
Views: 18274

Re: Consumer items that are worth the initial investment?

Timbuk2 Messenger Bag - I've literally dragged it all over the US and in Europe, beat it for school and work, and it's still going strong after 11 years. Miele Vacuum - seems expensive for a vacuum, but is worth it in the quality of cleaning, the versatility (easy to transport), and ease of use iPad...