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by fishboat
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC laptops
Replies: 94
Views: 5908

Re: PC laptops

OP..you may want to search the past threads for "laptop" or laptop + "Latitude".

The discussion above has been discussed quite a bit..with similar responses.

Buying a cheap/new/consumer machine..meh..you'll get what you pay for, and less.
by fishboat
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac Office 2016 download on Ebay - how so cheap?
Replies: 23
Views: 2945

Re: Mac Office 2016 download on Ebay - how so cheap?

Some Googling legwork will indicate these sales, if originating in EU, are legit. Though I don't doubt there's some bogus ones tossed in..such is the nature of ebay. If an ebayer has hundreds, thousands of sales like these, and their reviews are excellent, then I'm thinking things are ok. I used the...
by fishboat
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
Replies: 58
Views: 7643

Re: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil

I will take advantage though the rebate is limited to participating retailers and Costco isn't one of them, and neither is Walmart. Those stores have the cheapest Mobil1 in my area. But with the rebate I still come out ahead. I've been buying 2 x 5qt jugs of 0w-20 from Walmart the last two years an...
by fishboat
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil
Replies: 58
Views: 7643

Re: 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil

The last couple years Mobil has been doing a rebate offer in the spring..$12 back for 5 quarts or 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.. This is exactly what I do, they've been pretty consistent the last few years ...
by fishboat
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury
Replies: 42
Views: 2857

Re: Question for older bicyclist, coming back from injury

Sorry to hear of your injuries. I've been riding 40+ years(as an adult) and haven't kissed the pavement..yet. I did start using a helmet two years ago..never too late. How did you crash?..may help in the suggestions on how to avoid it in the future. As for: How do you come back from that? How do I a...
by fishboat
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle: Hourly financial planning
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Side Hustle: Hourly financial planning

Not intending to cast any aspersions, but to address the elephant in the room on this thread.. You may not want to refer to a financial planning service as a "hustle" or "side hustle". While what you're proposing is laudable and much needed in the world, particularly in the financial service industr...
by fishboat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TurboTax & Form 8606
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

Re: TurboTax & Form 8606

Per the Feb promised date, I tried to update my return on TurboTax this morning and no dice..8606 was still missing.

I just tried the TT update a few minutes ago (6:30p Central) and the revised 8606 is now in place..it appears to be available.
by fishboat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS Form 8606 (Nondeductible IRAs)
Replies: 60
Views: 8822

Re: IRS Form 8606 (Nondeductible IRAs)

Per the Feb promised date, I tried to update my return on TurboTax this morning and no dice..8606 was still missing.

I just tried the TT update a few minutes ago (6:30p Central) and the revised 8606 is now in place..it appears to be available.
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

Discover Bank gives 1% back for debit card purchases on up to $3000 a month. Its online savings is paying 1.40% now, so you could store the payments there and then transfer them to checking when it's time for the payment. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Thank you RJ. That one looks reasonable. Part...
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

Check out doctor of credit. This list here seems old https://www.doctorofcredit.com/complete-list-of-rewards-earning-debit-cards/ Thanks JB..I looked at this and another, similar, summary of options.."I got nuthin". Nonexistent, or more trouble than it's worth. Oh well..worth a try.. thx.
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

....This has been discussed before in a number of threads. Sorry..I did some searching, but didn't fund anything, at least with respect to debit cards. The search function can be a little cryptic at times. I doubt debit cards have high rewards, because their transaction fees are lower and there is ...
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

I put my property taxes on a credit card with 2.25% fee to get me half way through required $10k spend on a credit card with $1000 up front bonus. Makes sense.. While I understand why people do this..I'm not looking to build an ongoing "credit card strategy" (part time job) around paying taxes. The...
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

ZinCO wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:32 pm
....This has been discussed before in a number of threads.
Sorry..I did some searching, but didn't fund anything, at least with respect to debit cards. The search function can be a little cryptic at times.
by fishboat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Rewards Debit Card for Est Qrtly Taxes?

I'm (early) in the process of setting up my quarterly fed & state income tax payments for this year. I see that there are some options to use debit cards to make the (fed at least) payments for a minimal, $2.50 - $4, fee. Is anyone aware of good reward-debit cards for this use? (easy/reliable transf...
by fishboat
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 121
Views: 13174

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

Class B's are nice from a mobility & economy standpoint, but they are pricey. $100-$140K can go a long way in other, larger RV options..but, everything in RVs (or boats) are a tradeoff... Mobility/economy is not a bad thing. Take a look at Sportsmobile..not heard of much, but they are into Class B's...
by fishboat
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 43
Views: 5167

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

I'd opt for a Dell Latitude laptop..business off-lease. All the positives of a high-quality build at minimal cost. I'm typing this on a $150 Dell e6220..originally purchased..by someone..for $1500ish. Three years old. Nice unit. For you..a larger laptop (check Wiki page on Latitude series) with all ...
by fishboat
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chevrolet Suburban - 1500 or 2500?
Replies: 26
Views: 2133

Re: Chevrolet Suburban - 1500 or 2500?

Google the years and model(s) (engines) you're considering plus "excessive oil consumption". I was considering a used Suburban/Yukon and came across the oil thing..I passed and picked up a Sequoia.
by fishboat
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft [Frustration update to Windows 10]
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Re: Microsoft [Frustration update to Windows 10]

An fyi... A recent Win 10 1709 cumulative update (KB4056892) has a error in it that bricks computers with AMD chips. If you happen to be running a computer with an older AMD-sourced CPU there's an easy fix. Rather than derail this thread with the workaround, I'll hold off until the OP provides addi...
by fishboat
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn service etiquette
Replies: 36
Views: 4191

Re: Lawn service etiquette

OP mentions an HOA..in that case who's driving the contract..the OP or the HOA? If it's the HOA, then the beef starts there, not with the service provider.
by fishboat
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft [Frustration update to Windows 10]
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Re: Microsoft [Frustration update to Windows 10]

An fyi... A recent Win 10 1709 cumulative update (KB4056892) has a error in it that bricks computers with AMD chips. If you happen to be running a computer with an older AMD-sourced CPU there's an easy fix. Rather than derail this thread with the workaround, I'll hold off until the OP provides addit...
by fishboat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium gas at BJ's for Mercedes
Replies: 42
Views: 4091

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: 1540

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: 4091

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: 4091

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: 3814

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: 7533

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: 58
Views: 7643

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: 84
Views: 13151

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: 84
Views: 13151

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: 5839

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: 12
Views: 1925

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: 16
Views: 5917

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: 2428

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: 1526

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: 876

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: 8358

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: 2161

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: 3957

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: 1672

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: 2154

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: 1672

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: 1672

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: 77
Views: 7013

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: 77
Views: 7013

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: 6795

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: 77
Views: 7013

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: 738

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: 1351

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: 1172

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...