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by OnceARunner
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?
Replies: 17
Views: 573

Re: Mobile finance apps - do you use them?

I use.. Bank of America Ally Schwab Chase Citi USAA I check them anytime, anywhere. Never had an issue with security in 10 years of using financial apps on the phone. As for why I have them? I do 99% of my financial stuff through them. I rarely ever get out my laptop anymore. I do nearly everything ...
by OnceARunner
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8573

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

How can I add a 4th person to an existing group text where there are already 3 in the group? Click on the top of the conversations (where the pictures or initials of people in group are), then click "info". Below the 3 contacts already in the group will be a "add contact" option. Select that. Choos...
by OnceARunner
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8573

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

How can I add a 4th person to an existing group text where there are already 3 in the group? Click on the top of the conversations (where the pictures or initials of people in group are), then click "info". Below the 3 contacts already in the group will be a "add contact" option. Select that. Choos...
by OnceARunner
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel hacking international flights
Replies: 50
Views: 4964

Re: Travel hacking international flights

I have a Chase Mileage Plus card, a Chase Mileage Plus Business card, and a Sapphire card, all of which I use strategically to get the maximum points on United. For instance: the Sapphire card gives 4 points per dollar on Travel, and my gym is attached to a hotel, and the annual charge comes throug...
by OnceARunner
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 9904

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

From the outside what I see are: It has a single button. The last 3 don't have a button at all. It doesn't have an audio jack unless you want to pack a set of additional wires to use which are proprietary and expensive. I have bluetooth headphones, AirPlay2, and wireless speakers and have no need f...
by OnceARunner
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clarifying Broadcasting Rights for NFL Games
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Clarifying Broadcasting Rights for NFL Games

"However, starting four years ago, it became easier to shift games between Fox & CBS on Sundays, regardless of conference affiliation. This "cross flex" tool may be used to even out the number of games aired on each network, or to get a high-interest game more distribution - even if it's on the 'wro...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8573

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

The new iPad software had me wondering how much longer (or how close are we) to iPad completely replacing a Mac in terms of being able to connect the iPad to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse when needed. I don't own an iPad, but I don't think multitasking is quite there yet. Also if websites treat iP...
by OnceARunner
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 77
Views: 8573

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

GrowthSeeker wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:19 am
I have an iPhone 6.
There will be no IOS 13 for the iPhone 6 or older.
Booo. Hisss.
Of course the iPhone 6 came out 5 years ago, so it got 4 years worth of iOS updates, which is pretty good compared to other manufacturers. Android phones usually only get operating system updates for 2 years.
by OnceARunner
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What equipments should I have for TV installer?
Replies: 43
Views: 1930

Re: What equipments should I have for TV installer?

Holy cow, it's like nobody actually reads these threads. He has stated multiple times he is using the MantleMount, which allows the tv to drop down over the fireplace to an appropriate viewing height. I've seen these in action and they work really well. It's above the fireplace and out of the way wh...
by OnceARunner
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving for better public schools?
Replies: 64
Views: 5366

Re: Moving for better public schools?

As a teacher, I prefer schooldigger.com to greatschools. Better formulas for determining quality of the school.
by OnceARunner
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ally Bank [customer service problems]
Replies: 20
Views: 2234

Re: Ally Bank [customer service problems]

No problems or issues here.
by OnceARunner
Fri May 24, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best bassinet
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Best bassinet

Our first is due in 8 days and we bought the Halo Bassinet. Haven't used it yet, but it seems solid and super convenient for breast feeding in the middle of the night. Glad the two posters above me would recommend it after using it.
by OnceARunner
Tue May 07, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 201
Views: 10165

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

Can someone explain to me the whole K-cups thing. No offense to people who like them (like my sister), but I just don't get it. The coffee doesn't seem to be any better (to me), they are expensive, and isn't there a lot of packaging waste? I usually pay about $0.23 cents a K-cup. I'm the only one i...
by OnceARunner
Fri May 03, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe with teens - hotel options
Replies: 42
Views: 3028

Re: Europe with teens - hotel options

I would have looked at my parents as if they were crazy if they expected me to sleep in the same bed with my 16 year old sister for an entire vacation when I was 14. That works at younger ages, but once they hit the teenage years I would want a pull-out or rollaway or something. But as others have m...
by OnceARunner
Fri May 03, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3226

Re: Babymoon?

Pregnancy doesn't always happen on a timetable. "Likely be in her first trimester" hints to me that you may have unrealistic expectations. Yes, it could happen in a month or two, sure. But it could also take a year or never. Plan a vacation, live your life, if you get pregnant, mazel tov!, and adju...
by OnceARunner
Thu May 02, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3226

Re: Babymoon?

Pregnancy doesn't always happen on a timetable. "Likely be in her first trimester" hints to me that you may have unrealistic expectations. Yes, it could happen in a month or two, sure. But it could also take a year or never. Plan a vacation, live your life, if you get pregnant, mazel tov!, and adju...
by OnceARunner
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?
Replies: 19
Views: 817

Re: How do I use digit prepaid "card"?

I got a digital prepaid card as a result of participating in an online study. It was pretty simple. It came with a 16 digit card number and expiration date. I could use it anywhere online as if it was a regular card, until the balance was gone.
by OnceARunner
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Page for Your Computer:
Replies: 17
Views: 1425

Re: Home Page for Your Computer:

My home page is actually blank. When I open my browser, I generally know exactly what website I want to visit. No need to load another one first.
by OnceARunner
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granny Cam
Replies: 8
Views: 1417

Re: Granny Cam

Highly recommend looking at Wyzecam (available on amazon). You get a lot of bang for the buck ($25 for a camera, $35 for a pan/tilt) and it comes with tons of features. Very easy to setup and share video feeds if needed. Lots of updates and fixes to app and firmware, and their engineers are quick t...
by OnceARunner
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a bed
Replies: 42
Views: 3544

Re: Buying a bed

I tried various brands until we sprung for a dual chambered SleepNumber. We've slept great ever since. The first one lasted us 14 years and we're on year 4 of the second.
by OnceARunner
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2374

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

We visited both Finland and Switzerland on a recent trip using an open jaw flight, though in a different order than you. We flew from Atlanta into Amsterdam and spent 3 nights, took a train to Lucerne, Switzerland for 3 nights (the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited), and then flew from Zurich to...
by OnceARunner
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Concert Tickets
Replies: 20
Views: 952

Re: Buying Concert Tickets

I’m shopping for Elton John concert tickets. I seldom attend any live shows. Is StubHub, Ticketmaster or other the best place to buy? Do tickets get cheapest day of show as scalpers unload or is it better to buy early? Ticketmaster and Stubhub are definitely the safest options. You'll usually pay a...
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Extender
Replies: 40
Views: 2586

Re: WiFi Extender

Agree with the previous poster that a new mesh system will work a lot better and more seamlessly than an extender. Costco and Sam's Club sometimes have good deals on different mesh systems. Google's works well and is easy to set-up, but if you are worried about the google ecosystem privacy-wise, the...
by OnceARunner
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paris - Is It Safe?
Replies: 143
Views: 10077

Re: Paris - Is It Safe?

Is it safe? Safer than almost any city in the United States. The United States, in fact, is the most dangerous country I've been in, and I've been in quite a few. P.S. Gun ownership and homicide rates: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-do-u-s-gun-laws-compare-to-other-countries I'm not sure G...
by OnceARunner
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase Sapphire Preferred: Cancel/Downgrade Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1786

Re: Chase Sapphire Preferred: Cancel/Downgrade Question

You do realize you can combine points from the various Chase cards (preferred, reserve, freedom and business cards like the Ink)? So if you have points on the preferred account move them to your reserved account before you cancel. Other I think they will be lost. He already said he did that in the ...
by OnceARunner
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV - Remote Unpairing
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Apple TV - Remote Unpairing

It depends on which remoteis being used. The silver remoteis IR connctivity only. The black one uses wifi the page below is from apple and describes the various remotes and connectivity. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205329 I think it's a fair assumption he is using the black remote that came w...
by OnceARunner
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple TV - Remote Unpairing
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Apple TV - Remote Unpairing

The remote OPis using is line of site and is not Bluetooth . The newest AppleTV with the bigger WiFi remote might get interference with a router but the little silver remote does not use WiFi. The 4th gen remote uses bluetooth only to connect to the AppleTV. It uses IR to connect to other devices. ...
by OnceARunner
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with Apple Pay?
Replies: 71
Views: 6996

Re: Experience with Apple Pay?

Apple Pay works well for me where I can use it: Whole Foods, Ace Hardware, Giant, Starbucks, and my local independent grocery. Does anyone know if it works at CVS these days? I know CVS has its own payment system embedded in its app, but I refuse to load my credit card info into it. CVS recently ro...
by OnceARunner
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Priority boarding - Why?
Replies: 147
Views: 9068

Re: Priority boarding - Why?

It used to be that airlines boarded from rear to front, after seating first class. This scheme mostly kept the overhead storage open as people used the bins from rear to front, too. At some point, the airline industry changed to what is called the WILMA scheme. They now board window, middle, then a...
by OnceARunner
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Navigation System Update
Replies: 36
Views: 2278

Re: Car Navigation System Update

Also, IMO, in-dash Navi is vastly superior to phone-based one, based on my observation of friends using their phones to navigate. This may be the first time I’ve ever heard someone say this. I’ve used Toyota, Lexus, and Acura’s built in navigation and they all paled in comparison to using apple map...
by OnceARunner
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental Car Company Preferences
Replies: 26
Views: 1824

Re: Rental Car Company Preferences

Avis is usually my go-to. I've found they split the difference between price and quality the best. Usually more expensive than Budget, but provide a much better experience. Usually cheaper than National or Hertz. Another plus for Avis is that they never push the supplemental insurance. I have it not...
by OnceARunner
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm, quiet beach for March?
Replies: 20
Views: 2063

Re: Warm, quiet beach for March?

Aruba
by OnceARunner
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to get rid of leaves
Replies: 83
Views: 9108

Re: Best Way to get rid of leaves

tibbitts wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:07 am


I see people (commercial services, mainly) operating leaf blowers when the wind is almost the same velocity as the leaf blower output

How often do you have 200mph winds??
by OnceARunner
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good quality wireless headphones
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: Good quality wireless headphones

F150HD wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:41 am
huge thread on this exact topic just a few months ago. forum search is your friend
I already linked to both of them in this thread. reading the thread is your friend.

/sarcasm off
by OnceARunner
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good quality wireless headphones
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: Good quality wireless headphones

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=268321

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=225122

Here are two threads from the past month that have tons of discussion that you may find interesting and informative.
by OnceARunner
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Easy app for slideshows over TV?
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Easy app for slideshows over TV?

Photos app on the iPad has an easy slideshow function that you can project to the appletv through AirPlay.
by OnceARunner
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else is doing home automation?
Replies: 64
Views: 4214

Re: Who else is doing home automation?

Unless Google paid me quite significantly, there's no way I'd hand over so much personal information to them. I work in tech, I know a thing or two about machine learning and security, and there is no way in hell I'd have a Google Home or Amazon Echo in my home. They're basically recording everythi...
by OnceARunner
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finally cutting cable -- is 40mbps enough for streaming services?
Replies: 40
Views: 4754

Re: Finally cutting cable -- is 40mbps enough for streaming services?

I don't mean to threadjack, but I've got a related question.... The other day I called the cable company to cancel TV service. Of course the CSR asked why, so I told her -- my plan was to stream Hulu. She responded by telling me that the cost of my internet service would go from $45/month to $60/mo...
by OnceARunner
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mobile payment service - for a church rummage sale
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Mobile payment service - for a church rummage sale

Another vote for Square. The fees are minimal, and contrary to common thought, taking cash has its own "costs" built in.
by OnceARunner
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to pay for upcoming medical / IVF expenses
Replies: 73
Views: 5355

Re: How to pay for upcoming medical / IVF expenses

My wife and I are currently amidst our first-round of IVF. We tried and failed IUI. Here are a few of my thoughts and responses to earlier posts. My wife and I (early 30s) Early 30s is somewhat young for starting IVF, assuming no other health issues. Have you considered A) trying naturally for a co...
by OnceARunner
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: overcast is eating up my data plan
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: overcast is eating up my data plan

inbox788 wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Are there ads? Video ads? That's probably what's consuming the data.
That shouldn't be the case. Overcast is simply the medium that you are getting the podcasts through. The ads are built into the podcast itself and are downloaded with the podcast file.
by OnceARunner
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: overcast is eating up my data plan
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: overcast is eating up my data plan

Not sure why that is happening, but if you never want it to use data nor stream, you can turn data off for overcast in the cellular settings of your phone itself. Don't give that app access to data at all and it will only be able to play what you've downloaded and will only download over wifi. Could...
by OnceARunner
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home / IoT Light Bulbs - Philips Hue, LIFX
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

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

To my way of thinking, the HUE bulbs (and other smart bulbs) are a failed design. Here’s the problem: You have to leave the light switches turned on all the time and only use your smartphone to turn on the bulbs. That’s a complete fail. A basic principle of effective home automation is that the aut...
by OnceARunner
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network
Replies: 12
Views: 1649

Re: iphone xs--buy it sim free vs. on a network

Apple is selling one iPhone XS model (A1920) and XS Max (A1921) in the US that works on all four of the major networks. That was not the case in the past and was a major inhibitor on being able to switch carriers in the US. There were actually two iPhone X models. One model for AT&T and T-Mobile an...
by OnceARunner
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home / IoT Light Bulbs - Philips Hue, LIFX
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

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

I use the Phillips Hue bulbs with Homekit and they have been awesome. Can be controlled using the home app or by siri. You can also set up automations using geofencing with your phone. For instance, I have it set for the living room lights to turn on when either my wife or I arrive home. I have a go...
by OnceARunner
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you order for drinks at wedding?
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: What do you order for drinks at wedding?

Generally whatever local beer they are offering, cause I'll be drinking for 3 hours or so at the reception. I try not to drink mixed drinks if I know I'm drinking a while.

I'll order a bourbon and ginger ale for my last drink quite often though.
by OnceARunner
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 909
Views: 169699

Re: Boglehead Beer

Did lawn the other day + was very hot out. Went to the dive bar up the street + had a pint of ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for 2 dollars. Wonderful. In the evening went to the craft beer bar + had a Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap 12.4 abv. for 9 dollars. Terrific + also felt it.LOL. Depends...
by OnceARunner
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cashing a check
Replies: 28
Views: 2683

Re: Cashing a check

Why didn't LCNB National Bank take notice that the check was deposited twice? Why didn't my bank take notice that I was charged twice for the same check? Have you called your bank and asked them these questions? :happy Presumably he doesn't want to bring attention to the issue, or the bank may reve...
by OnceARunner
Mon May 21, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Update: New iPhone - Older iPhone text msgs disappear
Replies: 29
Views: 2156

Re: Older iPhone text msgs disappear

Just an idea - see if there are any other computers/phones/etc that might be somehow receiving the text messages and marking them as read. Maybe your old blackberry is still connected to your phone number in some way for example. This isn't a bad idea. Something may have gone wonky with the porting...
by OnceARunner
Wed May 16, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with Blue Apron?
Replies: 34
Views: 3715

Re: Any experience with Blue Apron?

Home Chef was quicker preparation and better quality to us.