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by BBQ Nut
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perpetual vs Subscription License - Microsoft Office
Replies: 41
Views: 2354

Re: Perpetual vs Subscription License - Microsoft Office

My lifestyle choice is for perpetual license. Heavy user of Excel, but only on my laptop at home as I don't want or feel the need to have access to programs or my files on multiple devices or in the cloud. When I'm out, I'm out and doing other stuff. So, that choice has saved me money over time. Jus...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain barrel questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2372

Re: Rain barrel questions

We have 2 50 gallon rain barrels that I installed and we even got a rebate from the local water district for them. Easy to install; they came with a router bit that attaches to a power drill. That and a screw driver was all that was needed to attach the water tube to the downspout. The barrel had tw...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?
Replies: 447
Views: 24960

Re: What fun car should I get in the $150k - $200k range?

Got this bookmarked for future reference.

Can't wait for other what should I buy threads so we can tongue lash and berate folks for their hobbies and interests.
by BBQ Nut
Fri May 22, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6878

Re: Discarding Music CDs

You can join/pay to read the Audio Engineering Society (AES) papers that document/prove that there are test results with statistical significance that people can discern lossy/MP3 formats to hi-res formats (above 16/44). If you can't - cool. Stuff your ears with the earbuds and fold socks while rock...
by BBQ Nut
Tue May 19, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6878

Re: Discarding Music CDs

Have you considered donating them to your local library? I donated some CDs and DVDs to my library and they were ecstatic at getting the donation. I am sure the library would not want them. I had fairly atrocious tastes in music. You know, stuff like boybands and instrumental tracks to truly bad mo...
by BBQ Nut
Tue May 19, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6878

Re: Discarding Music CDs

Have you considered donating them to your local library?

I donated some CDs and DVDs to my library and they were ecstatic at getting the donation.
by BBQ Nut
Sun May 03, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6566

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

Have a Weber Genesis and have loved it. Have to replace a Vermont Castings BBQ at the cottage and now that Costco is selling Weber's it seems like an even better choice! Another vintage Vermont Castings propane grill user here! I've kept mine going after 20 years + ! Built like a tank. :D Great for...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis
Replies: 86
Views: 5635

Re: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis

What are you talking about? I started with DirecTV Now (streaming...NOT satellite) which ATT bought and is now ATT Now for streaming There is no contract , I can cancel anytime. ATT has multiple streaming properties. It’s a mess. Below are just the ATT TV variants, not to even mix in all the HBO Go...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis
Replies: 86
Views: 5635

Re: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis

+1 for YoutubeTV. We've had it for six months and I can attest that it has Tennis and Golf channels. I agree with the others who gave it rave reviews. Now let me warn you against the new ATT service. It stinks on ice! The advertised price of around $50 per month doubles in the second year and that'...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: delete please, problem solved
Replies: 26
Views: 1863

Re: delete please, problem solved

Why should a mod delete this thread? I found the topic and issues informative. While not earth shattering in import, it should, imho, be part of the BH record for reference. I see this a lot of this on Next Door; folks start a topic, get their answer, then delete it. And it's gone for others to poss...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Having no luck finding a professional fiduciary
Replies: 46
Views: 3998

Re: Having no luck finding a professional fiduciary

I am a solo ager with only one next-gen relative in another state. It has been very frustrating. ...I’m reaching the end of my list of recommended pro-fids. I don’t want to deal with a bank because it is about more than looking over my finances. Can anyone else who has had to shop for a professiona...
by BBQ Nut
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you drive without a spare tire?
Replies: 193
Views: 11644

Re: Would you drive without a spare tire?

H*## No.

Gotta have a spare - even if it's the cheap doughnut.
by BBQ Nut
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Vinyl - Newbie
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Buying Vinyl - Newbie

If the vinyl is truly "rare", then I would assume they are being sold by a reputable seller. And if that is the case then at a minimum, the vinyl should be graded using the accepted system for condition: https://support.discogs.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001566193-How-To-Grade-Items I'd ask the seller...
by BBQ Nut
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on LP record collection (info and selling)
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: Advice on LP record collection (info and selling)

atikovi wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:56 pm
You got them for nothing. Your potential market is likely in a nursing home or soon will be. List on Craigslist as a lot for $100 and take the first $50 offer unless you want to devote the next 5 years of your life to unloading them.
Nice snarky post and not entirely true. :oops:
by BBQ Nut
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on LP record collection (info and selling)
Replies: 10
Views: 689

Re: Advice on LP record collection (info and selling)

If you have copious amounts of spare time you could do some on-line research for value comparisons. Discogs.com is one such site that has a growing database of used LP info & sales. The problem for getting accurate values is finding entries that match the LP issue you have as LPs have original relea...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Annual Tracking Spreadsheet Review?
Replies: 41
Views: 2935

Re: Annual Tracking Spreadsheet Review?

Spreadsheet user here; several tabs tied together via links & formulas to track various things. I never liked the on-line or pre-canned programs for investment/expense tracking as I'm very particular on how things are categorized or organized. So, I just made up my own; easy peasy. I update it once ...
by BBQ Nut
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!
Replies: 77
Views: 5833

Re: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!

Our upstairs master bath/shower is at the opposite end of the house where the waterheater is (garage cubby). It took *forever* to get the hot water line flushed of water that had been cooled down while sitting in the pipes so we could actually take a hot shower upstairs. A separate tankless option ...
by BBQ Nut
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!
Replies: 77
Views: 5833

Re: Time to replace the Water Heater - Lots of Questions - Help!

Our upstairs master bath/shower is at the opposite end of the house where the waterheater is (garage cubby). It took *forever* to get the hot water line flushed of water that had been cooled down while sitting in the pipes so we could actually take a hot shower upstairs. A separate tankless option w...
by BBQ Nut
Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Mexico Camping in June with Kids
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: New Mexico Camping in June with Kids

Just adding in that you should consider the Gila Wilderness area around the Silver City area.

Gorgeous country.
by BBQ Nut
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.
Replies: 50
Views: 4031

Re: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.

Another way to listen and explore streaming music stations on your computer (which can be streamed to a music system, or headphones on your computer). I stream to my dedicated sound system via a Chromecast Audio - works really well! radio.garden/listen You can search for stations by the call letter...
by BBQ Nut
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3589

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

Bad idea for a number of reasons - heat from fireplace can damage TV or at very least shorten lifespan. And you'll be craning your neck to watch TV unless you have a mount that adjusts vertically (very rare - most allow only tilt). Agreed. It also looks stupid. I haven’t made up my mind yet (still ...
by BBQ Nut
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3589

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

Oh, so now we are into lifestyle criticisms.

Awesome. :oops:
by BBQ Nut
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mounting a tv over the fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 3589

Re: Mounting a tv over the fireplace

If one actually does the math, a viewing distance of 12 ft away and bottom of screen 54" high, then in a typical reclined/slouched position on the couch there will be no neck or eye strain because your head is supported and the eyes naturally tilted up. I suppose if you are 6 ft away and sit in a ri...
by BBQ Nut
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.
Replies: 50
Views: 4031

Re: Downsizing CDs, Tapes Etc.

Another way to listen and explore streaming music stations on your computer (which can be streamed to a music system, or headphones on your computer). I stream to my dedicated sound system via a Chromecast Audio - works really well! radio.garden/listen You can search for stations by the call letters...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8299

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

We saved around $100/month by dropping cable and going with a Roku and PlayStation Vue. PS Vue had the channels that most closely matched what I was watching on cable. They seemed to have the best for live sports. I can get PBS OTA, so the fact that it isn't available in my streaming package isn't ...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8299

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

greg24 wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:13 am
What do you all pay for internet service?

Do you ever run into data usage issues due to streaming?
I'm still 'tied up'...ah...I mean 'bundled' with Spectrum.

But, the local going rate for their internet only, 100Mbps+ is $60/month, unlimited data
by BBQ Nut
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected
Replies: 96
Views: 8299

Re: Cable Cord Cutting more complicated than expected

Cable cord cutting has been a bit complicated for our household and the cost differential seems to be shrinking with "app creep" as family members add services to get add'l content. I have been doing probably an overly long evaluation/transition phase between cable and streaming as I've had both for...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money can retirees really save by moving to a state without income tax?
Replies: 143
Views: 12022

Re: How much money can retirees really save by moving to a state without income tax?

A few states do not have an income tax, but they may have other taxes (property tax, sales tax, etc.) to offset that. So it is not clear how much money a retiree or a retired couple may save by moving to a state without an income tax. I am particular interested in Florida (e.g., Tampa) and Nevada (...
by BBQ Nut
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace water heater just because it's old?
Replies: 73
Views: 6714

Re: Replace water heater just because it's old?

My 12 yr old water heater sprung a leak at the base and made a mess in the garage (dry wall damage). On top of that, the ball valve for shutoff at the top failed as well. Lesson learned 1)have it flushed and inspected periodically 2)get a pan and run a drain hose from the pan to the outside I stayed...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy Microsoft Office 2019....
Replies: 102
Views: 10820

Re: Best place to buy Microsoft Office 2019....

Give me the license to own. After subscribing to cable and streaming services it just bugs the *@#(*$% out of me to be subjected to monthly price creep ups. Own it and it'll pay for itself over time vs subscribing. And the cloud stuff - when I got my MS Win10 laptop it had that cloud service thang.....
by BBQ Nut
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?
Replies: 122
Views: 7264

Re: Do you trust Microsoft updating your Windows 7 machine?

Hang on to your hats....September's Win10 Update is yet another roll of the dice to see if you survive Microsoft's "upgrade"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkell ... 2b041a11e0
by BBQ Nut
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waze gives wrong directions;now gmaps too; any others I can use?
Replies: 33
Views: 3626

Re: Waze gives wrong directions;now gmaps too; any others I can use?

This is probably the engineer in me with over analyzing and planning every detail - including road trips or closer 'new' destinations, but I pre-plan my route using google. I also switch to map mode before leaving to get a visual check on my destination for entrances, parking lots, or anything unusu...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What equipments should I have for TV installer?
Replies: 43
Views: 2080

Re: What equipments should I have for TV installer?

Do I need a blue ray player if I plan to watch movies from Netflix and Amazon prime videos? Do I need a CD /DVD player hooked to the system? If you stream your movies from Netflix or Amazon, and stream music from Spotify or some other service, and you're sure you will never need to play a movie on ...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What equipments should I have for TV installer?
Replies: 43
Views: 2080

Re: What equipments should I have for TV installer?

Good grief, maybe the OP has no other option to mount the TV over the fireplace short of selling the house. It's called a constraint - folks live with these in the real world all the time. If the mount is a pull down, then any supposed eye strain will be minimized. Potential eye strain will also be ...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6681

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

Well, when ***I*** went to college it was in the snow and uphill both ways, I made rock soup with boiled shoes strings I found in the dumpsters and was happy with what I got to eat. What do old experiences have any relevance to the OP's question? It would be more informative if people with actual ch...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6681

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

I'm putting two boys thru college. $100/month per kid is a good estimate . They are like human vacuum cleaners for food. But then biking to school, walking campus, climbing stairs to classrooms, odd hours between meals, intramural sports - you know the normal things college kids do. Sometimes it's ...
by BBQ Nut
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College age male: How much money for food?
Replies: 138
Views: 6681

Re: College age male: How much money for food?

I'm putting two boys thru college. $100/month per kid is a good estimate . They are like human vacuum cleaners for food. But then biking to school, walking campus, climbing stairs to classrooms, odd hours between meals, intramural sports - you know the normal things college kids do. Sometimes it's a...
by BBQ Nut
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5595
Views: 1363479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Office Space"

It is so spot on, cuz I used to work at Initech. :happy
by BBQ Nut
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time home insurance claim, help appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: First time home insurance claim, help appreciated

Thank you for your reply, but I'm confused how you can save money. I thought insurance will pay for the replacement cost, so if the contractor says it will cost $10k, isn't that what the insurance should pay minus deductible? Not in our case - it was based on the insurance company's selected contra...
by BBQ Nut
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time home insurance claim, help appreciated
Replies: 9
Views: 1017

Re: First time home insurance claim, help appreciated

Sorry to hear about your situation. We went thru out first claim due to storm/water damage in our home which leaked in from a roof leak, damaged drywall in the downstairs kitchen and family room wood floor. We decided to file a claim with our home ins. co. They sent an agent out to do an initial ass...
by BBQ Nut
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pluto tv - free internet tv
Replies: 11
Views: 1496

Re: Pluto tv - free internet tv

Don't forget Tubi app on Roku

Another good 'free' app.
by BBQ Nut
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all models of Toyota generally considered reliable?
Replies: 52
Views: 5692

Re: Are all models of Toyota generally considered reliable?

Anecdotal: 1995 Toyota SR5 Pickup P...O....S Blown headgasket at 64k miles; not covered by warranty or any recall although the Camry was under recall as the problem was due to dissimilar metals between engine block and cooling system. So out the cost of a whole new rebuilt engine. Bad fuel pump. Ign...
by BBQ Nut
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?
Replies: 127
Views: 12561

Re: Wife (teacher) and I are trying for a baby. What are some "must-knows" and other tips?

Start saving for college early.

Ear mark a set amount each month to invest and just consider it 'off limits' except for college expenses.

We did that and put two kids thru 5 years of college each (the plan was 4, but I predicted 5 - and was right); no loans, no debts.
by BBQ Nut
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Box wine- update and recommendations?
Replies: 73
Views: 8115

Re: Box wine- update and recommendations?

tenkuky wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:02 am
See below Wine Spectator ratings for this canned and box wines....
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... -and-boxes
Link doesn't work :(

This page is corked.
The page you have requested does not seem to exist.
by BBQ Nut
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Box wine- update and recommendations?
Replies: 73
Views: 8115

Re: Box wine- update and recommendations?

I also like the Bota Box Nighthawk Black Red Blend - it's a good everyday table red wine.

Vons was out of this one day and I tried the Bota Box Nighthawk Black Cabernet - did NOT care for that one. Tasted like cherry cough medicine - blech.

But, that's just me.
by BBQ Nut
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 130
Views: 11283

Re: Buying a Smoker

The OP is chiming back in to report success. I managed to find a 18" Weber Smokey Mountain on Craigslist, brand new and still in the box, which I purchased on Saturday. I then went home, assembled it, and headed back out to buy charcoal, a chimney starter, wood chips, and ribs. I had two racks of b...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bizarre Excel Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Bizarre Excel Problem

The version of Excel came on the Win10 laptop (Microsoft Office Home/Excel 365)

Same issue with printing to PDF: Print Preview shows dates superimposed, but I create the PDF document it is fine.

So, it is only in Print Preview.

:confused
by BBQ Nut
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bizarre Excel Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Bizarre Excel Problem

I took a 'risk' and printed a copy and it turned out fine on the printer. But the double dates on top of each other are there in Print Preview. Even if I select MS XPS Document Writer as the selected print device, the Print Preview display shows the dates superimposed on top of each other (but only ...
by BBQ Nut
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bizarre Excel Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Bizarre Excel Problem

I've recently upgraded from a Windows 7 to Windows 10 Laptop. I have copied over all of my data via a USB stick. Everything seemed to be working fine - except today when I updated a spreadsheet which has quarterly dates for scheduled tasks I do. When I updated the spreadsheet with my Summer quarter ...