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by rapscallion
Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone on Virgin Mobile??
Replies: 40
Views: 5305

Re: Iphone on Virgin Mobile??

Since I already have an iPhone (3, not the newest, but it does the trick) and no contract to worry about I think my best option is going to be: - Buy the cheapest Straight Talk phone from Wal-mart ($20) - Do the monthly unlimited Straight Talk plan ($45/month, down from $83 for AT&T). - Activate th...
by rapscallion
Fri May 18, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMEX Premium car rental insurance. Worth getting?
Replies: 40
Views: 15059

Re: AMEX Premium car rental insurance. Worth getting?

I don't believe the $25 provides any liability coverage. Something to keep it mind.

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by rapscallion
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The new iPad
Replies: 107
Views: 11554

Re: The new iPad

Go Blue 99 wrote:For internet surfing, I prefer to stick with my ThinkPad.
That's what I said right before I got my iPad2. I was wrong.

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by rapscallion
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: LifeStrategy funds going all-index
Replies: 76
Views: 12835

Re: Re:

KyleAAA wrote:Priced a galaxy S2 lately? Even with a contract it's more expensive than most iphones.
Amazon was selling Galaxy S2's for a penny a week or so ago.

http://droidlessons.com/amazon-black-fr ... t-a-penny/

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by rapscallion
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a Spotify invite they will send my way?
Replies: 24
Views: 4761

The info in the Gizmodo link is the same as the Fat Wallet post above. It works. It is how I got in on the first day, without an invite.

http://gizmodo.com/5821244/how-to-get-s ... -an-invite

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by rapscallion
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: e-Reader - Kindle vs. Nook
Replies: 30
Views: 3492

For reading...the Kindle wins hands down. I kind of worry about the future of B&N in the current bookstore crisis. Maybe some other company would support the Nook, but....maybe not. Have you tried one of the new Nooks? If so, I can't believe you'd think that. If you had said "For company strength ....
by rapscallion
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: e-Reader - Kindle vs. Nook
Replies: 30
Views: 3492

I voted for the Nook. I got one when the "New Nooks" came out last month, and I love it. It uses e-ink and has great battery life. I don't buy books, and Nook lets me read library ebooks on it today. That's what tipped the scales for me. It is simple, light and does only one thing. It lets me read f...
by rapscallion
Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Burns Still Likes VG Balanced Index
Replies: 14
Views: 5972

The balanced index seems like it is more expensive than it should be. If its holdings equate to 60% TSM and 40% TBM, shouldn't the expense ratio fall between TSM and TBM too?

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by rapscallion
Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire/Sokol
Replies: 55
Views: 8073

Re: Berkshire/Sokol

eucalyptus wrote:Worse, Buffett defends Sokol.
He may have defended Sokol with his words, but is there any doubt that Buffett fired him?

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by rapscallion
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Florida orlando homes - Windemere vs to Lake Nona
Replies: 10
Views: 3092

JDCPAEsq wrote:Windemere - Home of Tiger Woods...
Not for much longer.

http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/ ... 8806/blog/

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by rapscallion
Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: when will you go underweight/ adjust equity holdings
Replies: 28
Views: 3702

unclemick wrote:heh heh heh - :roll: :wink:
Sure am glad to see another unclemick post. I missed you.

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by rapscallion
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2011 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 374
Views: 36899

1211.10

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by rapscallion
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Barnes & Noble membership [annoyance]
Replies: 47
Views: 10343

Re: Barnes & Noble membership scam

I don't know if anyone else gets irritated by this. But every time I go through the checkout line at Barnes & Noble the clerk asks: "Would you like to buy a membership and save 10%?" Things like this sometimes irritate me too. I usually stew on them for a few minutes before I realize how lucky I am...
by rapscallion
Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit score hurt by cards not reporting limits
Replies: 15
Views: 2381

Re: If you keep the cards, charge a lot in one month

Grocery and gas gift cards. Well, I guess, but there's only so much you can do with that. I have a couple of Signature cards with limits in the $15,000 range. It would take me years to burn through $15,000 worth of grocery cards. Also, I don't even own a car, so my spending on gas is exactly zero. ...
by rapscallion
Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit score hurt by cards not reporting limits
Replies: 15
Views: 2381

Re: If you keep the cards, charge a lot in one month

FedGuy wrote:Are there any generally accepted strategies to charge nearly your limit in one month without a lot of wasteful spending?
Grocery and gas gift cards.

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by rapscallion
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ITunes Podcasts
Replies: 9
Views: 1927

A couple guys who used to be on Sound Investing have their own podcast now: http://investoradio.com/Investoradio/Investment_Talk_Radio_from_the_Former_Hosts_of_Sound_Investing_-_the_Best_Money_Podcast_of_2008.html NPR's Planet Money doesn't exactly fit within the criteria you mentioned, but I like i...
by rapscallion
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Won Free XBOX 360 with Kinect - Keep or Craigslist?
Replies: 25
Views: 3389

Been looking at Xbox 360s with Kinect. Some of the consoles have a 4gb hard drive and some have a 250gb hard drive. For those of you that have these games, why would I need the bigger hard drive?

Thanks,
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by rapscallion
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Ever considered rolling out of the TSP?
Replies: 19
Views: 2815

Re: Ever considered rolling out of the TSP?

As I was reading this: ...the only reason to stay in the TSP is the lower costs. I was thinking this: "thats a good reason to stay in TSP" I understand that drawing your money out of TSP at retirement has been a bit of a problem for some people who maybe want to roll it over to something else... Wha...
by rapscallion
Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IBond redemption
Replies: 11
Views: 1990

moneywise3 wrote:I bonds go by the month, not what day in the month. A 12 month waiting period means you can redeem on any day of the 13th month.
That means that an I-bond purchased on December 31, 2009 can be redeemed on December 1, 2010?

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by rapscallion
Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Very Disappointing...2 years and still no SUBJECT ONLY seach
Replies: 12
Views: 2194

Les's see. From the date of your joining this forum to today is 3 years, 8 months, 3 days. I see that you have posted 52 times, or just over once a month. Do you really need this "option" for the vast time spent on this forum? In my case, "number of posts" and "time spent on this forum" are not pos...
by rapscallion
Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get an iPad now or wait awhile?
Replies: 30
Views: 5321

If you decide to get one, you should check TJ Maxx first. Yes, TJ Maxx.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/18/ipad ... s-the-cou/

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by rapscallion
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cheap Honda extended warranty?
Replies: 27
Views: 6194

Re: Cheap Honda extended warranty?

Who is issuing the warranty? Honda, the dealer or a third party? If it isn't Honda, I'd pass for sure.

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by rapscallion
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing out when sticking to a Boglehead approach
Replies: 32
Views: 5188

Re: Losing out when sticking to a Boglehead approach

But, I find times when instead of DCAing into my boglehead portfolio, if I had just bought that stock, I would be much far ahead. Few examples include BIDU which I decided to sell at $36 so that I could use the money for indexing instead. I thought about buying Apple back when it was in the high $1...
by rapscallion
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: golf tips for a beginner?
Replies: 49
Views: 7923

Focus on the game from 100 yards in, you know, wedges and putting. That's where the money is made.

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by rapscallion
Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new Honda accord - leather or not
Replies: 41
Views: 9744

Re: new Honda accord - leather or not

When I bought my 2009 Accord, leather was a $2200 option. I didn't consider that price difference to be modest.

Get leather if you want it, but since you said:
java wrote:I dont have a preference to be honest.
I'd go with cloth.

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by rapscallion
Mon May 31, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phils' Roy Halladay pitches perfect game
Replies: 31
Views: 4732

Now you can pretend you were actually at the game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5236340

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by rapscallion
Sat May 08, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Orlando, FL in June - what to do?
Replies: 13
Views: 1939

Re: Traveling to Orlando, FL in June - what to do?

meridian wrote:...but what would you recommend that we see/do while there...
Enjoy a meal at Hemingway's in your hotel.

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by rapscallion
Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How would you invest a lottery winning?
Replies: 76
Views: 11842

Re: How would you invest a lottery winning?

rec7 wrote:...the rest in Total World Stock Idx Admiral Shares.
I don't believe there is an Admiral share class for Total World Stock, but that would be small potatoes anyway. Institutional, that's what you want. Lump sum, and live it up.

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by rapscallion
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:23 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Big Short - Michael Lewis
Replies: 8
Views: 2900

MachAF wrote:And I just bought an Ipad..so much for it being useful, can't even get any books I want...
You can listen to it on your iPad, you just can't read it. It's available as an audiobook on iTunes.

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by rapscallion
Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why I am at 0% bonds. (April 2010)
Replies: 97
Views: 15594

realitytruthprozac wrote:To clarify, I am in 0% stocks.
Neither stocks nor bonds are attractive here.
This is a time for capital preservation, not returns.
100% laddered CDs and yes, I am under 40.
When did you implement this strategy?

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by rapscallion
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite cartoon characters
Replies: 40
Views: 5123

1. Baloo (The Jungle Book) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o
2. Foghorn Leghorn
3. Eric Cartman

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by rapscallion
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 7,800,000 now in Millionaire Club~980,000 are ultra-wealthy
Replies: 50
Views: 7909

DRiP Guy wrote:That 7.8 MM, versus 308.8 MM US population marks 2.5% of the population millionaires.
I don't think this is right. It's 7.8 million households. There aren't 300 million households.

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by rapscallion
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro Laptop
Replies: 73
Views: 9056

So it has lost about 80% of the "coolness" factor. :) The aluminum case is nice, but it doesn't represent 80% of the coolness factor for me. The multi-touch trackpad, LED screen and Apple's user interface are all more important to me. I did get the most basic MacBook Pro (with the aluminum case), b...
by rapscallion
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Pro Laptop
Replies: 73
Views: 9056

livesoft wrote:So what exactly is it that the Mac powerbook can do that a modern laptop bought today cannot do?
Make me want to use it.

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by rapscallion
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saints announcer Jim Henderson
Replies: 9
Views: 3176

Sidney wrote:wrong forum
Vikings fan, huh?

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by rapscallion
Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2010 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 284
Views: 32566

1196

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by rapscallion
Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Bogleheads Overstate Difficulty of Stock Picking?
Replies: 189
Views: 27086

Andy, I think you forgot many other things I am guilty of: 1. I call directory assistance for numbers I could easily look up myself. 2. I often engage in a "one-cheek-sneak" at large gatherings. 3. I once brought pastries to a dinner party, and did not bring an assortment I had to google "one-cheek...
by rapscallion
Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Series I Bond question
Replies: 36
Views: 6948

Lots of folks are comfortable with the TD setup. I'm just not one of them. From your posts, it's obvious you're a big fan of I-bonds. Does this mean you only buy $5k in I-bonds per year, rather than the $10k you could get? I know paper bonds can be transferred to electronic. Can they be transferred...
by rapscallion
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas Hotel Recommendation?
Replies: 32
Views: 6077

...as a guest at The Hotel at Mandalay you are granted access to Mandalay Bay's incredible pool (one of, if not, the best pools in Vegas). While this is certainly true, it cannot be a consideration for a November to January trip. The average temperature in LV for November is 53 degrees, and for Dec...
by rapscallion
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eyewitness to history
Replies: 82
Views: 11430

stratton wrote:There have been whacky no hitters where runners have got on base due to error(s) and then scored causing the pitcher to have a no hitter and lose 1-0.
That happened last season, although technically it wasn't a no-hitter.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=280628119

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by rapscallion
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle on Target Date Funds
Replies: 59
Views: 12034

How could Bogle say that TR funds are expensive? A 0.19% expense ratio is expensive? He can't be saying that, so what does he mean? Most mutual fund companies offer some sort of target retirement funds. I don't think Mr. Bogle was speaking specifically of Vanguard's funds when he said that many are...
by rapscallion
Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle on Target Date Funds
Replies: 59
Views: 12034

Has anybody observed that Vanguard's Target Date funds for 2050, 2045. 2040 and 2035 are virtually identical in their holdings? And the expense ratios are .19% for two and .18% for the other two. I would have expected the funds to get more conservative as the target date gets closer. The TR funds d...
by rapscallion
Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Vegas Shows
Replies: 23
Views: 3815

How about "Jersey Boys" at the Palazzo? I think it's the hottest ticket in LV these days. Here's a link to a review:

http://www.lvrj.com/news/18559304.html

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by rapscallion
Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where is the best deal (retiring to a low tax state)?
Replies: 63
Views: 12081

This article doesn't have a date on it, but it references an "intangibles tax" for Florida. That tax was repealed over two years ago.

I wonder what else has changed?

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by rapscallion
Fri May 22, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jean Chatzky Q&A in Tampa (free)
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: Jean Chatzky Q&A in Tampa (free)

The way I read the article, it sounds like the event was a couple days ago.

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by rapscallion
Mon May 04, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OT, MP3 players
Replies: 39
Views: 7841

Re: Device for eAudiobooks

I use both OverDrive and NetLibrary with a Cowon iAudio G3, which is an older device no longer sold on the market. If you use the device primarily for audio books, in addition to supporting WMA file format, your device should pass these tests... How big are typical audiobook files? I'm looking at a...
by rapscallion
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young investor needs help with windfall/retirement accounts
Replies: 36
Views: 5879

My Wachovia advisor is a long-time friend of my dad's, so I'm a bit nervous to tell him I'm moving everything to Vanguard, but I guess it's unavoidable. :? You might want to take a peek at this thread from a year ago. Czilla was dealing with this same issue. http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopi...
by rapscallion
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why does Vanguard offer actively managed funds?
Replies: 32
Views: 5370

Re: Why does Vanguard offer actively managed funds?

DualCitizen wrote:If they claim that stock picking, or fancy computer models, don't work...
I don't think Vanguard claims that.

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