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by fishboat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 42
Views: 1917

Re: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes

Retired chemical engineer here. 1. Gas stations by definition handle flammable materials in bulk and are permitted accordingly. Additional handling of a minor flammable additive would not affect the permitting or risk profile significantly. The issue is quality control, not safety or permitting. 2....
by fishboat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gotta sell a boat - Looking for some advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: Gotta sell a boat - Looking for some advice

What's it worth? Do some legwork..ahh..finger work and visit boat listing sites on the web. http://www.boattrader.com/ Yacht trader may handle your boat..there's quite a few sites, just search for them. Find your boat and see what other owners are asking (that's what your buyer will do) Figure the a...
by fishboat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 42
Views: 1917

Re: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes

duplicate..
by fishboat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 42
Views: 1917

Re: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes

hmmm...I'm not buying some of the theory here... I'm a retired chemist, though not from the petroleum-refining industry. Doubt #1: What Neil said just above is how it works. While ethanol is added to gasoline for a number of reasons..a political & somewhat practical topic much beyond what's being di...
by fishboat
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Sources to Buy Prescriptions Out of Pocket
Replies: 49
Views: 2897

Re: Best Sources to Buy Prescriptions Out of Pocket

I've seen a number of ads locally for this one..VERY competitive screaming deal, from what I've heard.

http://lakeviewpharmacy.com/pharmacy/fe ... ildenafil/
by fishboat
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chip architecture vulnerability in pretty much everthing
Replies: 106
Views: 6611

Re: Chip architecture vulnerability in pretty much everthing

From what I've gathered, the Win 10 (1709) MS patch (KB4056892) that was issued recently to deal(partially?) with this issue has taken-down older AMD-chipped machines. The update fails to install and a reboot results in a bricked machine at the blue-window stage. Apparently it wasn't MS's fault as A...
by fishboat
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
Replies: 44
Views: 5319

Re: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil

The last couple years Mobil has been doing a rebate offer in the spring..$12 back for each of (max 2) 5 quart jugs. Basically 50% off. I use 0w-20 Mobil 1 in my Toyota 5.7L and will be looking for the rebate again this year..
by fishboat
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 71
Views: 6726

Re: New mattress

Purple is new to me..cute purple pigment compounded into PU foam..undoubtedly the secret to a good night's sleep. PU foam..can be hot, certainly is expensive, and has limited service life. I do sleep on a Tempurpedic two nights a week..and it's comfortable, but PU still suffers from high cost and l...
by fishboat
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 71
Views: 6726

Re: New mattress

There's lots of previous threads on this topic..might be worth some searching to find them. Everyone's experience-needs is-are different. I went through the mattress-replacement drill a couple years ago..after a high-end box-spring/inner spring set became less and less comfortable over the last few ...
by fishboat
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you ever win the game?
Replies: 50
Views: 5147

Re: Can you ever win the game?

OP..While having some savings-assets-investments are important, "..winning the game.." has more to do with your outlook on life and what is required to make you happy, than how large your savings are. Some folks try to fill their cup with things, and stuff, and baubles..and never do. Others live mod...
by fishboat
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability Issues with Organizing Meetup Events
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

Re: Liability Issues with Organizing Meetup Events

I've been attending MeetUp events for several years now and have had my own group for about two years. We do 8-12 mile hikes, kayak, 30-50 mile day-rides or short tours via bicycle, camp..and anything else that catches our interest. Most members are 50+ years old. While we may grab a beer and a sand...
by fishboat
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DELL Certified Refurbished woes
Replies: 15
Views: 4462

Re: DELL Certified Refurbished woes

Got a good deal on an Inspiron 15 5558 ... I plan on returning this thing tomorrow on principle... Anybody else have a similar terrible experience with DELL refurbs bought directly from DELL? Sad thing is we actually like this laptop but the whole experience has turned us off. Too much risk because...
by fishboat
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a Year on the JOb too Soon to Ask For a Promotion?
Replies: 24
Views: 2024

Re: Is a Year on the JOb too Soon to Ask For a Promotion?

I have been at my company for just over a year. My role is easily twice the responsibility and duties which was discussed during the hiring process.The role was originally described as an ERP support position, but it has turned into the system admin / security admin / and main functional support fo...
by fishboat
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which bike?? Please help.
Replies: 13
Views: 1246

Re: Which bike?? Please help.

Where to start..frankly I don't know. If you're really concerned about making a good purchase, and, hopefully, thereby have experiences good enough that you want to stick with cycling, then I'd suggest continued research on your part. Bikeforums.net is one good resource, as well as numerous books on...
by fishboat
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 and newer Suburban/Yukon XL Owners
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: 2015 and newer Suburban/Yukon XL Owners

Suburbans/Yukons had some issues in somewhat recent years ('08ish?) with excessive engine oil consumption..like an engine with 5K-20K miles on it using a quart(+) of oil between oil changes. GM said it was normal. Lots of folks that paid very good money for the trucks didn't agree. I came across thi...
by fishboat
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 6789

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

All season are... All season. If this car is for driving on plowed roads, all season is all you need. Snow tires may give people the illusion they have better traction on ice which could cause one to go faster than the conditions allow. I work in a group of engineers and this topic is discussed oft...
by fishboat
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: prudent buying a refurbished laptop?
Replies: 25
Views: 1765

Re: prudent buying a refurbished laptop?

I have no issues with a refurb laptop. Only potential concern is battery life. My Dell refurb is going strong 8 years later! +1 I've purchased several used-refurbed-Windows laptops in the last 6-8 years, typically for 7-15% of their original selling price...most recently $150 for a near $2k Dell La...
by fishboat
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 49
Views: 3192

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

FWIW, I did try this several months ago and created a Win10 VM. Trouble is, on a 4GB RAM machine, a Win10 VM runs a bit slow so I ended up deleting it. Frankly, i’m surprised it worked at all. I had trouble even getting Win 7 to run in a usable state directly on bare metal with less than 16 gb. Yah...
by fishboat
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen

mhalley wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:37 pm
I wonder how much if thus will be obsolete next year?
No comment, however after 5149 posts, I'm guessing you're aware such 'wondering' is a great way to get the thread locked.
by fishboat
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1670

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

I run two computers, both about 10 years old. One is a stock OEM 2008 Dell Inspiron 531, the other is a stock OEM 2008 Dell Latitude D830. The Inspiron started out as a Vista machine that was updated to Win 7 SP1 which was then updated last year to Win 10, which was again updated to Win 10-Creators ...
by fishboat
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Re: Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen

I have not read the book, but I appreciate you mentioning it. I will probably buy the Kindle edition. If you want to know what others think of the book, you can go to Amazon and look at the 15 reviews. It is highly rated and there are supporting comments. Yeah, I saw those, but not knowing anything...
by fishboat
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

Book: "A Concise Guide to Taxes in Retirement" x Bruce Larsen

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Has anyone read it? Opinions on whether it's a useful reference? Other books/resources?
by fishboat
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 72
Views: 4996

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

I would highly encourage you to ditch MS Office if possible and go Google docs (my pref) or open source free apps. The benefit of Google docs is that it's free, autoupdates, and syncs well so you will never have this 'buy MS Office yet again' issue even if you get 3 more computers or upgrade down t...
by fishboat
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 72
Views: 4996

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

I'm having trouble deciding which way to go. I am leaning toward a laptop, as the better deals seem to be in that space right now, and I guess I'm not ready to go cloud for all my essential documents I'll need to buy a laptop, and probably MS Office again. blech. probably fourth or fifth time in my...
by fishboat
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5498

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

There's nothing magically-good about current or "popular" music(Rap or Hip-Hop is "popular"..yet it still sucks), although new-to-me music of any style is always a desirable goal. Like any era, some new music is very good and much of it is really bad 3-4 chord formulaic try-to-drive-sales pop drivel...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Basic DESKTOP?
Replies: 72
Views: 4996

Re: Best Basic DESKTOP?

Get an off-lease Dell Latitude laptop...couple hundred bucks for a machine that was $1200-$2k+ a couple years ago. Well made, high reliability, very good long term support. Plug a standard (desktop) keyboard and monitor into it..poof..you have a desktop that's mobile if/when you need it**. I recentl...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window 10 Update -> Biometric , Cannot log in (Read this)
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Window 10 Update -> Biometric , Cannot log in (Read this)

Can you remove biometric feature? HueyLD, I finally did by uninstalling the HP Simplepass program. It seems to cause a lot of problems and I do not use the fingerprint scanner. KlangFool Soo..this is a case of HP's biometric not playing well with Win 10? Trying to ID if this is an HP/hardware-drive...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Re: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this

Yeah..I saw my Defender Virus turned off a couple weeks ago and thought it was odd, but only when I looked at the Defender window itself. I finally started poking around, after I rebuilt the other laptop, and found the fix. The status Defender should be as is in the pic below. If the Virus component...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts

I run Win 10-Creators and Chrome as default browser..no issues with any websites. I abandoned IE years ago(and experienced the Mozilla, IE, etc..browser-website dance)..never looked at Edge(not sure if it's IE with a new name), haven't needed to touch Mozilla for quite a while. I tend to keep things...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

If you run Windows Defender & Malwarebytes..read this

I just finished rebuilding a laptop from a new HDD back into a functioning machine running Win 10 Creators and Malwarebytes 3.2.2. (The issue detailed below didn't happen with this new build as MWB has addressed the source of the conflict with update 3.0.6 and above) As a side note..I worked for yea...
by fishboat
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car battery?
Replies: 53
Views: 3832

Re: Car battery?

Just read this thread as I'm about to purchase a battery..and tossing out a data point..fwiw. The battery I'm replacing is 15+ years old and still starts its '98 Merc Grand Marquis just fine...even outside all night at 9 degrees a couple days ago. It's an '02 Motorcraft battery and has lived its lif...
by fishboat
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inexpensive house or condo as home base (MKE?)
Replies: 39
Views: 4303

Re: Inexpensive house or condo as home base (MKE?)

+ 1 on the above. I've lived in the Milwaukee-region for 50+ years and traveled around the US & EU..Milwaukee is a nice town. My former company wanted me to move to Charlotte..I looked at Charlotte on three different trips..I declined the offer to move. There's a number of reasons behind that decisi...
by fishboat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle wheels - what's a reasonable budget
Replies: 48
Views: 3062

Re: Bicycle wheels - what's a reasonable budget

Ask your questions at bikeforums.net...lots of discussions about wheels & folks are willing to help Velomine has some nice wheelsets at a reasonable price. http://www.velomine.com/ There's quite a few custom wheel builders around the nation that can help you decide what to go with..and they are not ...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 2025

Re: Furnace Issues

...for a savings of $66/year. Not a quick payout for me. Obviously I will eventually replace the furnace, but saving $ on gas won't be the reason. This has been my experience also. I had an 18 year-old Lennox Pulse that needed a new board..board wasn't available as Lennox abandoned supporting the f...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did we make it to "The 2 Comma Club"? Maybe not?
Replies: 21
Views: 3759

Re: Did we make it to "The 2 Comma Club"? Maybe not?

I'll be honest..I don't understand threads like this. Not sure what the point is. I knew someone that included insurance policys... In my mind, you have to live somewhere and drive something..so home-RE & autos is/are out of any asset summary. Including insurance is comical. Two comma(IMO) starts at...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does Our Chimney Need a Liner?
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: Does Our Chimney Need a Liner?

Good on you for getting the chimney cleaned-checked. I won't take the drama route and suggest you'll die tomorrow if you use it as-is..but woodstoves are designed to run with a liner installed. The brick flue is a huge heat-sink and difficult to ever really get warmed up. This results in the flue-ga...
by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2811

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

In the interest of efficiency..I'll reference my response here:
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by fishboat
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Business Laptop Suggestions Request
Replies: 36
Views: 3226

Re: Business Laptop Suggestions Request

Dell Latitude series. I used Latitudes my entire career and had virtually no issues. I did modeling and would run them for days at 100% CPU/RAM usage..they'd just chug along and finish the task intact..no issues..and ask for what's next. My last two were a D630 & 6420..both worked great. I'm(retired...
by fishboat
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?
Replies: 87
Views: 8146

Re: Does Retirement Make You Lazier?

..84 posts in..

I'm retired nearly two years and I saw this thread a while back..been meaning to respond..but..I haven't gotten around to it.
by fishboat
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report freeze guide
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Credit report freeze guide

Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but to avoid searching and getting steered to "unofficial websites", does anyone have handy the official websites and CS numbers required to freeze credit reports at Experian, Equifax, Transunion, Innovis & Chexsystems?
by fishboat
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue - Question for Jazz experts
Replies: 49
Views: 3633

Re: Miles Davis: Kind of Blue - Question for Jazz experts

... I'd consider exploring more Miles Davis, but I understand he's had some radical transformations throughout his career, and I'm not quite yet at a place where I want to explore that. But I do want to explore more in the vein of what Kind of Blue is. I know, this also happens to be the most comme...
by fishboat
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone planning on never retiring?
Replies: 138
Views: 12058

Re: Anyone planning on never retiring?

I have a sign on my refrigerator that says "retirement is a disease to avoid while you are healthy". I'll be honest..I find this statement very sad. I've been retired 18 months. Retirement isn't a disease like pneumonia. It's an opportunity to pursue your life's interests without the constraint of ...
by fishboat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: trailer SUV combination for tyro
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

Re: trailer SUV combination for tyro

OP..from the way you state your initial post, you have lots of research to do yet, but you probably know that. Some thoughts.. The bathroom/shower requirement will drive you to larger units. Class B units can easily run $100K (new). $100k goes a long way in Class C units and the Class C offers a rea...
by fishboat
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightning strikes nearby locking up my new smart thermostat
Replies: 12
Views: 1618

Re: Lightning strikes nearby locking up my new smart thermostat

..the other side of the coin when one adopts new, "smart" whiz bang devices that add some novelty benefit. When they fail, need to be rebooted, need new software, don't play well with some new-standard device, become obsolete within a few years due to a new standard, has a glitchy interface, or requ...
by fishboat
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: kids think lazy if retire?
Replies: 70
Views: 8840

Re: kids think lazy if retire?

OP..perhaps next time the kids make a "lazy" comment you could tactfully suggest they pay their own way through college. They'll then get to experience how much hard work is required to begin the path to being lazy at 50. I was going to say...that's the response I would have gotten if I had talked ...
by fishboat
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care
Replies: 15
Views: 2363

Re: 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care

Thanks Victoria for posting this. Good/useful info, nice data workup and overall-interactive presentation..brings back memories of a former life.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: kids think lazy if retire?
Replies: 70
Views: 8840

Re: kids think lazy if retire?

OP..perhaps next time the kids make a "lazy" comment you could tactfully suggest they pay their own way through college. They'll then get to experience how much hard work is required to begin the path to being lazy at 50.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS says I owe..I don't
Replies: 34
Views: 5979

Re: IRS says I owe..I don't

OP here..just closing the loop. I rec'd a letter today from the IRS. After reviewing the documentation I sent, they stated the issue is now closed with $0 owed.

Thanks again to all that helped point me down the right the path & proper 8606 entries to resolved their questions.
by fishboat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Late model Windows 7 laptop
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: Late model Windows 7 laptop

I've updated three PCs from Win 7 to Win 10 in the last year. All have now gone through the Creator's update. It's been a 'non-event' on all three machines. All the machines are 5-10 years old(one laptop, two desktops) and average machine-builds, nothing special. Never experienced Win 8, but Win 7 a...
by fishboat
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to calculate drive time in traffic?
Replies: 22
Views: 1109

Re: How to calculate drive time in traffic?

Google Maps knows. Both the estimated arrival time and time best route to take... I've tried on Google Maps but I don't think it can calculate est. time during a specific time frame. It does if you run google maps during your expected commute timeframe. Google monitors real-time cell phone movement...