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by ikowik
Sun May 06, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tea supplier comparison
Replies: 20
Views: 1517

Re: Tea supplier comparison

I second the recommendation for Upton Tea. Quality of loose leaf tea is much better than what one can get from even the best teabags- I have tried. Of course, once you start down that road, there is temptation to be serious, and end up buying infusers ( a good quality one is essential for loose leaf...
by ikowik
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Introduction to Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)
Replies: 53
Views: 5837

Re: Introduction to Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)

I am the author of the TIPS presentation. Finally, I never intended the presentation to end up here. I agreed to let Siamond post it here after the fact. I can tell you unequivocally that our goal was to educate people, not offend them. Would I do another Metro-Boston presentation? Yes. Would I all...
by ikowik
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?
Replies: 48
Views: 4318

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?

I agree, I find Brugal Anejo very smooth and good for sipping. Deceptive because it is so smooth, I find out next morning! As others have said before, Flor de Cana is a good one to look for. I had a bottle of "English Harbor" a while ago. Nice, with tropical (banana) overtones. Can't remember more a...
by ikowik
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deer Garden Damage Prevention
Replies: 36
Views: 2535

Re: Deer Garden Damage Prevention

likegarden wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:23 pm
Years ago in the Garden Web Hosta Forum a lady posted that she makes a good pot of strong coffee, lets her husband drink it and at night sends him out to mark their territory.
Number 1 or Number 2?
by ikowik
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mail diversion- one more reason to freeze credit
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Re: Mail diversion- one more reason to freeze credit

Yeah this is bizarre. How do you not realize you aren’t getting mail? Getting the daily mail Usps email notification would presumably help you notice this. Thinking it over, it is not that farfetched. Let us see: 1. Someone with a good credit score, has signed up for utility bills to be delivered e...
by ikowik
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deer Garden Damage Prevention
Replies: 36
Views: 2535

Re: Deer Garden Damage Prevention

What deer repellent spray are you using now? We have had problems last few years, and would like to start early this year
by ikowik
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mail diversion- one more reason to freeze credit
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Mail diversion- one more reason to freeze credit

This is one I am hearing for the first time. Diverting letters that arrive by US mail to a different address, and then opening new credit cards in the victim's name. By the time the victim realizes, the damage has been well done. One more reason to freeze credit, and getting whatever you can electro...
by ikowik
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?
Replies: 30
Views: 4023

Re: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?

iMessages can send messages to other Macs and iPhones. This does mean staying within the Apple system and signing with an AppleID
by ikowik
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCrypt Alternative
Replies: 15
Views: 2511

Re: TrueCrypt Alternative

I'm running FV2 on a 2010 vintage MBPro and a 2010 vintage Mac Mini, both running Sierra, no noticeable impact. I can't speak to CCC since I use SuperDuper! for my backups. With SuperDuper!, I use FV to encrypt an external drive and then just back up to it normally with SD's Smart Update feature. D...
by ikowik
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Equanimity is what it's all about.
Replies: 22
Views: 1849

Re: Equanimity is what it's all about.

You mean I could have skipped all the meditation, climbing the mountain in Tibet, years of monastic life, vows of celibacy/silence/poverty/ etc? :oops: I'm actually a practitioner of meditation. I usually experience samadhi on a daily basis. Impressive! And here I have been trying for years to no a...
by ikowik
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TrueCrypt Alternative
Replies: 15
Views: 2511

Re: TrueCrypt Alternative

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll either go with FileVault or VeraCrypt. With FileVault, can I encrypt and password protect only certain folders? No. FileVault is full disk encryption. The overhead on it is so low that unless you are running serious scientific or videographic number crunching, y...
by ikowik
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12794

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

https://www.quicken.com/personal-finance/quicken-premier Yes, it's probably a price mistake. Yes, the person in charge of pricing probably will get fired. And yes, we know you don't trust the cloud. But for the rest of us, a nearly $60 or $70 annual purchase for five years at the price of $0 (free)...
by ikowik
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Individual Stocks That Went Bust
Replies: 110
Views: 9273

Re: Individual Stocks That Went Bust

HenrySouthernCal wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:34 pm
Here are just some additional big names (countless small names in 2000-2008 period):
Country Wide Financial
Lucent Technology
Nortel
I remember the last two. Dogs!! But they were the ones that convinced me to turn away
from individual stocks and become an index investor. Good dogs!
by ikowik
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal database software for Mac
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Personal database software for Mac

Thanks for the replies. I am testing Tapforms, so far OK. Appears to be quite functional, but not elegant as Bento.
by ikowik
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 12350

Re: Do you meditate?

Any suggestions for starting out. I could use some calm in my life. A bit more serenity. Look for a nearby society or organization of people interested- something like Mindfulness or Buddhist practices. Be careful though, there are organizations that teach specialized forms or sects. Best to start ...
by ikowik
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal database software for Mac
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Personal database software for Mac

I have been a long-time user of Bento database on Mac, and have been able to continue with it up to now on Sierra OS despite discontinuation of support and development of Bento a while ago. Anticipating that future OS versions will make it increasingly difficult to continue with this, looking for al...
by ikowik
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular and Security code
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Re: Consumer Cellular and Security code

The security code is for a single account and applies to all phones listed on that account.
by ikowik
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular and Security code
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Consumer Cellular and Security code

Many on this forum use Consumer Cellular as their cellphone carrier. Wanted to pass along an issue and solution. After the recent data breaches, there has been much discussion and a few newspaper reports of fraud being committed by transferring (porting) a victim's cellphone number. Once successful,...
by ikowik
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 393
Views: 67899

Re: Identity theft

The puzzling part is how the thief knew about the IRA account. The Equifax breach, for example, could have revealed the name, date of birth, SSN etc' of OP's father. But not the IRA account and the security questions. So there must have been access to financial information on a computer that OP's fa...
by ikowik
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equifax customer information leak
Replies: 711
Views: 64316

Re: Equifax customer information leak

My credit reports have been frozen for a while. This morning I tried to see if I was affected at Equifax by clicking on the link at their website. Brought me to a page asking for name and SSN; Mozilla Firefox brought up a warning that this site might be fraudulent!! Phishing attack??!! I just closed...
by ikowik
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Moshe Milevsky on Tontines"
Replies: 61
Views: 9241

Re: "Moshe Milevsky on Tontines"

This thread reminded me of the story "The Wrong Box" by R L Stevenson, about two brothers who are the last surviving members of a tontine. Gives you some idea why these schemes fell out of favor!
by ikowik
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If I died today, what would my spouse do?
Replies: 69
Views: 15452

Re: If I died today, what would my spouse do?

Have not gone through all the posts in detail, so what I say might have already been posted. I have a large envelope right by the side of the computer in the office room marked "Start Here". It has typed directions on how to access further files on the desktop computer (encrypted), immediate steps o...
by ikowik
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Prevent mail theft; sign for USPS Informed Delivery]
Replies: 220
Views: 21992

Re: Postal Service -- "informed delivery"

Does the service require a photo ID to verify identity and address before signing up? When I signed up online for the "my usps" account which seems to be required, I was presented with four nexus (?) type questions similar to those to identify yourself to receive your credit reports online. Same ex...
by ikowik
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying directly for damage caused to someone else's car
Replies: 17
Views: 1815

Re: Paying directly for damage caused to someone else's car

This is not about your question, but that is good behavior on your daughter's part to accept responsibility and leave a note. Many would try to get away hoping no one noticed. My car was recently scraped badly by someone in the parking lot and he just left; fortunately someone saw the incident and r...
by ikowik
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life insurance policy on toddler
Replies: 19
Views: 2537

Re: Life insurance policy on toddler

My sister and brother-in-law, bought a life insurance policy on their now 3 yo approx 2 years ago. They admittedly don't have a lot of interest in personal finance and investing and asked that I look into the policy after I raised some skepticism. They are not and cannot contribute to a Roth due to...
by ikowik
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stable Value Funds vs Bond Funds
Replies: 33
Views: 4653

Re: Stable Value Funds vs Bond Funds

student wrote:I don't know enough to give advice but I can tell you that my fixed income allocation consists essentially all stable value fund, namely, TIAA Traditional.
I treat TIAA Traditional as Stable Value as well though with some withdrawal restrictions, and add the G fund in TSP to the mix.
by ikowik
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filling bookshelves cheaply
Replies: 56
Views: 3671

Re: Filling bookshelves cheaply

This thread reminds me of the book The Mystic Masseur by V.S. Naipaul. The main character buys books by the pound with no discrimination on content or title
by ikowik
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I move abroad to minimize health care costs?
Replies: 80
Views: 8338

Re: Should I move abroad to minimize health care costs?

Five years ago the thought of moving back to a developing-third world- whatever country would have been dismissed instantly. But now we are in our 60s, and itching to retire, that is looking good.
What a sad state of affairs in the healthcare area of USA!
by ikowik
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Changes to NYS Deferred Compensation Plan
Replies: 115
Views: 18010

Re: Changes to NYS Deferred Compensation Plan

Information on all fund changes came in mail a few weeks ago, but thanks to this thread I already knew most of it :beer It is likely not rational, but lack of ticker symbols for the CITs makes me a little anxious. Anyway, much of my investment was already in Vanguard Wellington which is staying. I t...
by ikowik
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you handle the costs of your child's wedding?
Replies: 170
Views: 18142

Re: How did you handle the costs of your child's wedding?

We paid- for my daughter's wedding and education. We set a budget, told my daughter and son-in-law they could use it all for the wedding or leave some for honeymoon and other expenses. My daughter's in-laws pitched in for 20% of the total budget, that was an unexpected bonus, we did not pass that on...
by ikowik
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with misdirected package?
Replies: 32
Views: 2506

Re: What to do with misdirected package?

Two weeks after we moved in to the first house we bought, we heard a door bell. By the time wife got to the door she saw a UPS van drive away, there was a package left at the door. Addressed to "Ned, Dear Friend" (yes, just Ned). No information on sender. This was in early December. We called UPS wh...
by ikowik
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attention Win XP users
Replies: 20
Views: 3523

Re: Attention Win XP users

My 12 years old IBM laptop was still functional with Windows XP, mostly web surfing, emails, light word processing and spreadsheets. The ransomware problem made me decide it was not safe to continue. I used this opportunity to lead a Linux distribution (Lubuntu) and learn a little about Linux. Has ...
by ikowik
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attention Win XP users
Replies: 20
Views: 3523

Re: Attention Win XP users

My 12 years old IBM laptop was still functional with Windows XP, mostly web surfing, emails, light word processing and spreadsheets. The ransomware problem made me decide it was not safe to continue. I used this opportunity to lead a Linux distribution (Lubuntu) and learn a little about Linux. Has w...
by ikowik
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 269
Views: 33470

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

... I know I am. I do not know why others think that I am spending very little money. I suspect many are not recognizing that you're not including housing in your expenses. This is correct for me, I did not realize property taxes were included in housing expenses. Hasty reading of the thread on my ...
by ikowik
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 269
Views: 33470

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

... I know I am. I do not know why others think that I am spending very little money. I suspect many are not recognizing that you're not including housing in your expenses. This is correct for me, I did not realize property taxes were included in housing expenses. Hasty reading of the thread on my ...
by ikowik
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]
Replies: 269
Views: 33470

Re: KF's Worst Case Retirement Plan [KlangFool's]

Just the internet and cellphone bill with couple of kids will eat sizeable chunk of that $20K budget. With kid drivers on the car insurance plan, there goes four digit outlay just for auto liability. I have not even yet added personal liability insurance to the mix. Talking about townhomes in North...
by ikowik
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obamacare Tax Penalty when insured through a foreign insurer
Replies: 12
Views: 2130

Re: Obamacare Tax Penalty when insured through a foreign insurer

I'm interested in the outcome of this, please post a follow-up. Thank you Sadly, I fear HueyLD is correct. I did contact the foreign insurer and they are not certified by the US and why would they? It's annoying, because the foreign insurance policy is incomparably better than anything available on...
by ikowik
Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security calculations w/early retirement
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

Re: Social Security calculations w/early retirement

The Social Security website has online calculators to estimate your benefit. Specify the year you think you will start drawing Social Security as the year of retirement, enter earnings for each year (should be available in your earning record once logged in), enter "0" as income for the years you th...
by ikowik
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Website Sharing Personal Information: Opt Out!
Replies: 17
Views: 4037

Re: Free Website Sharing Personal Information: Opt Out!

I went to the website mentioned, typed in my name. My current address, previous address, names of my wife and daughter appeared...Yeesh! All in one place for easy access instead having to troll through multiple public records! A Google search with my name does NOT turn up information on my wife, she...
by ikowik
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 216
Views: 38068

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

Remember, if like me you have frozen your credit reports, to lift it so Chase can access your credit ratings. I applied online, forgot I had a freeze on, got a letter in mail asking for a PIN or lifting of the freeze (they use Experian). After doing a temporary unfreeze online with Experian, I calle...
by ikowik
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to in March?
Replies: 21
Views: 2468

Re: Where to in March?

If you do decide on Costa Rica (or pretty much anywhere in the Caribbean or Central America), check the CDC website on Zika virus http://www.cdc.gov/zika The travel advisory is only for pregnant women, but measures to prevent mosquito bites would be good for everyone. There is some evidence that Zik...
by ikowik
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Subaru Legacy(4Cyl 2.5L or V6 3.6R?)
Replies: 56
Views: 15804

Re: Getting Subaru Legacy(4Cyl 2.5L or V6 3.6R?)

Another 4-cylinder Legacy owner. This engine is more than enough for commutes and long drives at legal highway speeds, with enough to spare for safe passing. I have test driven the 6 cylinder, never owned one. It is smoother (the 4-cylinder does sound rather "agricultural", the CVT adds to that coar...
by ikowik
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1937
Views: 359411

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

8% for 2016. 50/50 portfolio, mostly index funds, some Wellington, Wellesley and TIAA-Traditional.
International 20% of stocks.
by ikowik
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 77
Views: 13724

Re: Owning a Chromebook

Thanks for both above posts
by ikowik
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Owning a Chromebook
Replies: 77
Views: 13724

Re: Owning a Chromebook

I have been thinking about getting a cheap Chromebook and use it only to access investment company websites. Can some one comment on the security aspects of Chromebooks? Since programs cannot be installed an anti-virus program cannot be running...but then do I need an anti-virus program? Similarly w...
by ikowik
Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires
Replies: 42
Views: 6451

Re: Help me figure out the running cost of having winter tires

Having winter tires on steel wheels definitely the way to go. Check TireRack for good prices on both. I have been doing this for the last 3 cars and 20 years +. Get my cars serviced at local AAA Car Care center (member), they switch summer- winter tires+ wheels no extra charge. Realize storage is an...
by ikowik
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: India to Replace Largest Bank Notes
Replies: 20
Views: 3103

Re: India to Replace Largest Bank Notes

When I first read about this today morning I thought it was an Onion article, it seems like a surprising and radical move. Having previous worked and lived in India, I have a fair amount of rupees in cash with me in the US right now which is likely in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes - does anyone else liv...
by ikowik
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Fedex/UPS guy?
Replies: 53
Views: 21943

Re: Tipping Fedex/UPS guy?

Ah....tipping! The American Disease.
Maybe I should tip my boss next time I see him
by ikowik
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honey
Replies: 27
Views: 4524

Re: Honey

Most supermarket honeys are heated to high temp.s and filtered; and clover honey, the commonly available variety, has a rather limited flavor. Unfiltered "raw" honey which is heated to much lower temp.s, especially of the wildflower type, tastes better. See if your favorite supermarkets carry such a...