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by tm3
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Car - TSLA OR Honda
Replies: 60
Views: 5595

Re: Buying a Car - TSLA OR Honda

I've owned all styles of vehicles: SUV, sedan, pickup, minivan. The minivan is, by far, the most versatile. My wife resisted the minivan for years as she didn't like the "image" but now she loves it. Tons of room, easy packing for trips, comfortable yet easy to park and maneuver around in ...
by tm3
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

I'm actually in the market to buy a chess board. Sort of like the idea of being able to fold it up to carry it to a friend's house. Any recommendations? I think if I keep it under $60 I would keep the wife happy... Good folding boards are hard to find. The nice linen ones seem to be no more. The be...
by tm3
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

One of my gripes about the series (which I overall enjoyed, BTW) was its exaggeration of BH's accomplishments. The chess rating system if applied honestly is pretty accurate and repeatable -- there is no way that BH plays for a while in the basement with the janitor and then beats a player rated 21...
by tm3
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

Didn't read the thread so forgive me if this was already mentioned. The Queens Gambit inspired my kids to play chess again. My kids said that chess.com has an A.I. where you can play any game against Beth Harmon at any age. They were able to beat her until high school. My son thinks she was ranked ...
by tm3
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

I have 2 sons. Growing up, DW and son 1 like checkers and don't understand chess except that it's too comples and takes too long, they say. Son 2 and I play chess, don't care for checkers for the opposite reasons. Go figure. OP: thanks for posting this thread. Perhaps in retirement, I will get the ...
by tm3
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

Didn't read the thread so forgive me if this was already mentioned. The Queens Gambit inspired my kids to play chess again. My kids said that chess.com has an A.I. where you can play any game against Beth Harmon at any age. They were able to beat her until high school. My son thinks she was ranked ...
by tm3
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 96
Views: 7393

Re: Let's play chess

Right now, I'm wondering - what moves should I make to open? Now I see why opening moves are studied in great detail - my next step (as KlangFool succinctly notes). Great info, thanks for posting! I hate online play but right now it is the only choice and I may get motivated enough to try the softw...
by tm3
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager
Replies: 52
Views: 3699

Re: Password manager

How do I compare ACROSS offerings like Lastpass, Bitwarden, 1Password, etc.? I read a lot of online reviews and watched some YouTube reviews but it's hard to tell what is real and what is sales. But I eventually narrowed it down to Bitwarden and 1Password. I went to the support forums for both, try...
by tm3
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?
Replies: 150
Views: 9182

Re: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?

No excuse for that considering Tesla is now worth almost what all the other car companies are combined. Wow! Didn't know that one. I'm fine with writing a lot of the service/reliability issues off to "growing pains" -- for a while. Long enough would change my opinion to "greed" ...
by tm3
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?
Replies: 133
Views: 7294

Re: What Kind of Generator Do you Use for your Home Backup?

We've got a Generac natural gas unit, with an auto-start and transfer switch. Same here, and since I have so many outages I really enjoy having it. IIRC, the major choices when I bought were 1) air vs water cooled, and 2) size (which of course is linked to cost). I went with air cooled as it was le...
by tm3
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?
Replies: 150
Views: 9182

Re: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?

I got interested in Tesla per recommendation of a friend who is a "car nut" and who said it is a bang for the buck high performer with the potential savings on maintenance/fuel over an ICE vehicle. After researching I've decided that joebruin's point below is the make or break: 2) Althoug...
by tm3
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager for Mac Air
Replies: 26
Views: 1849

Re: Password manager for Mac Air

One more point to the OP -- if you are considering 1Password you may want to review their support forum. When I was auditioning there were a slew of complaints about problems with the newest Mac OS. I'm using an older OS and had no problem with 1Password.
by tm3
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?
Replies: 150
Views: 9182

Re: Tesla [car] purchase any significant downside?

I got interested in Tesla per recommendation of a friend who is a "car nut" and who said it is a bang for the buck high performer with the potential savings on maintenance/fuel over an ICE vehicle. After researching I've decided that joebruin's point below is the make or break: 2) Although...
by tm3
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager for Mac Air
Replies: 26
Views: 1849

Re: Password manager for Mac Air

I recently researched password managers for use on my Mac. The two "highest rated" (hard to tell which online evaluations are really comparisons and which are veiled ads) seemed to be 1Password and Bitwarden, with 1Password seeming to be more in favor on this forum. I signed up for both an...
by tm3
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 930
Views: 84314

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

Nice update. Thanks!
by tm3
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle quality (the real data, not anecdotes)
Replies: 139
Views: 9049

Re: Vehicle quality (the real data, not anecdotes)

I've used this website as a source for long-term car reliability: http://www.dashboard-light.com/. The data comes from 269,338 vehicles sold at auction. If you love data, this site is a treasure trove. According to their data, Toyota is one of the most reliable manufacturers: http://www.dashboard-l...
by tm3
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?
Replies: 96
Views: 6171

Re: What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?

Highway 9 made in NC.
by tm3
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nurse practitioner as primary care provider?
Replies: 76
Views: 5892

Re: Nurse practitioner as primary care provider?

The biggest question is whether you have assess to MD/DO in your area. If you have, then go for MD/DO. NPs training (even if very very advanced :D ) can never match them. The real doctors on average go through 12 years of schooling and that does not include fellowship which is somewhere between 1-3...
by tm3
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is joining a country club a liability?
Replies: 57
Views: 5173

Re: Is joining a country club a liability?

If you put pencil to paper and cipher it all out with comparisons to greens fees at public courses, local restaurants, etc. you are never going to conclude that the CC is the way to go. If you believe that CCs have members who are grandeur-deluded snots you will be correct, but I think you will find...
by tm3
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Help: Update: Bought a 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro lo New Hyundai Palisades: Is factory list price too high to pay?
Replies: 57
Views: 2982

Re: Need Help: New Hyundai Palisades: Is factory list price too high to pay?

No local Genesis dealer so we would have to go at least 2 hours away for factory warranty work, and what if it broke down and all that. So. . .no Genesis. Although it is a beautiful car. Your wallet sounds a lot like my wallet! 20 years ago my wife set her heart on a new Lexus. She liked some alter...
by tm3
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to price my used car to sell?
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: Best way to price my used car to sell?

I used a retired "auto nut" who has built a small auto brokerage business. He surveyed different sources to set the price, handled all the marketing, took all phone calls, and solved a problem at the closing that would have otherwise killed the deal. I got about $2000 more than I expected,...
by tm3
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle quality (the real data, not anecdotes)
Replies: 139
Views: 9049

Re: Vehicle quality (the real data, not anecdotes)

From the JDP www site:

Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability

To make this conclusion, they would have to have some data on long-term reliability (as well as their IQ survey results).

Where is it?
by tm3
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password storage apps, recommendations?
Replies: 119
Views: 5002

Re: Password storage apps, recommendations?

After resisting a password manager for a long time, recent discussions here convinced me to try one and I'm glad that I did. What a (likely insecure) mess of 25 years of passwords/accounts I had! I figured I would have 20 or 30 to deal with but I'm now up to 98. There are a lot of choices out there ...
by tm3
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: password manager help
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: password manager help

After resisting a password manager for a long time, recent discussions here convinced me to try one and I'm glad that I did. What a (likely insecure) mess of 25 years of passwords/accounts I had! I figured I would have 20 or 30 to deal with but I'm now up to 98. To your question, I am surprised that...
by tm3
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacOS Backup Software Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

Re: MacOS Backup Software Problem

Thanks everyone for all of the additional comments. I would believe the super duper rep. That error is coming from MacOS (kernel) when super duper is requesting that MacOS read or write to that disk. Did the rep. verify that disk2s2 is your backup drive and not another drive? If the backups are impo...
by tm3
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacOS Backup Software Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

Re: MacOS Backup Software Problem

Curious about the coincidence, I downloaded a trial of another software backup program. Interestingly, when I repair the disk and run the new software, no problem. Yes. Download the latest Carbon Copy Cloner and try the same cloning process. I've tried both Super Duper and CCC and I prefer CCC. CCC...
by tm3
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacOS Backup Software Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

Re: MacOS Backup Software Problem

It is unlikely that software will cause a hardware problem. Not a guarantee though that the software is correct. Hard drives are cheap, so I would get another one and see what happens. Good to know. I was concerned that the software might damage a new drive. I'm using Super Duper 3.3.1. The error m...
by tm3
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacOS Backup Software Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

Re: MacOS Backup Software Problem

Thanks for the comments. The drive in question is external, used for backup backups. It is a Seagate product, not Apple.
by tm3
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MacOS Backup Software Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

MacOS Backup Software Problem

Hopefully someone knowledgable can comment, or maybe direct me to where I might find an answer. In addition to Time Machine I periodically make hard drive backups on another external drive, using the software Super Duper. Earlier this week I was prompted by Super Duper to do a software update, which...
by tm3
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm buying a Tesla...Why I'm NOT paying cash
Replies: 25
Views: 2942

Re: I'm buying a Tesla...Why I'm NOT paying cash

Good analysis and I like your plan. Just curious, and I realize this is the wrong forum, but what investment(s) are you thinking will return >1.1% over the next few years, with the DJIA @30,000ish and TBills below 1%? Reward checking accounts: Presidential Bank - $25k at 2.25% Lake Michigan Credit ...
by tm3
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm buying a Tesla...Why I'm NOT paying cash
Replies: 25
Views: 2942

Re: I'm buying a Tesla...Why I'm NOT paying cash

Good analysis and I like your plan.

Just curious, and I realize this is the wrong forum, but what investment(s) are you thinking will return >1.1% over the next few years, with the DJIA @30,000ish and TBills below 1%?
by tm3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Strong Passwords Really Necessary?
Replies: 313
Views: 15260

Re: Are Strong Passwords Really Necessary?

Thank you to all that have addressed my questions. Wipe data after 10 incorrect attempts ...... a-HA! Hadn't considered that but unlikely that they will break the passcode in 10 tries. I didn't realize that the password mgr offered a separate biometric ID -- I thought it was just hidden behind the p...
by tm3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spouse's Bad Password Habits
Replies: 46
Views: 3575

Re: Spouse's Bad Password Habits

Anyone have any suggestions for checking for breached accounts? Encourage her to use Chrome, which saves passwords securely and can suggest passwords when you're prompted to create one. Chrome will even check your stored passwords against databases of known compromised passwords and prompt you to c...
by tm3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spouse's Bad Password Habits
Replies: 46
Views: 3575

Re: Spouse's Bad Password Habits

This is one of the main reasons why I like the password sharing feature of 1Password. We have our own desktop computers and of course mobile devices, and the program keeps them all updated. I tend to have stronger passwords than DW, and so I periodically change hers, on my device. :) Both of us are...
by tm3
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Strong Passwords Really Necessary?
Replies: 313
Views: 15260

Re: Are Strong Passwords Really Necessary?

This may be of interest: https://i.postimg.cc/W37XxFdV/D7-E4-E30-C-A9-B9-4796-8395-3346-B10-CAB58.jpg Based on what I have recently learned here, I have re-thought the whole cybersecurity issue and have been working on installation of a password manager and general password cleanup. That's a good t...
by tm3
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton owners, I need your advice!
Replies: 24
Views: 2361

Re: Peloton owners, I need your advice!

Peloton vs riding a bike outside is not a fair fight at all. Outside riding curb stomps the Peloton. However, as noted in another post there is a time efficiency factor that gives an edge to the Peloton. This! But, like you, I am a cyclist/mtber too. If you aren't a rider already and look at it pur...
by tm3
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton owners, I need your advice!
Replies: 24
Views: 2361

Re: Peloton owners, I need your advice!

Not an owner, but used Peloton extensively pre-virus. If at all possible, OP, I would recommend taking a few spin classes to see if you like them before investing in the Peloton. I love bike riding, I like spin classes, and I like the Peloton, but I personally would not invest in a Peloton. Peloton ...
by tm3
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are password managers safe to use?
Replies: 360
Views: 17126

Re: Are password managers safe to use?

What's a good PW manager for someone who's older, get's confused with some tech, doesn't live close to you and doesn't sees more trouble than value in them. I'm thinking Bitwarden and helping the person sign up for a free cloud account. Then I can help manage things from remote if need be (assuming...
by tm3
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow shovel \ snow sled shovel recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1520

Re: Snow shovel \ snow sled shovel recommendations

A few years ago I bought a Wovel and it works great. My wife gets the sidewalks and driveway cleared in no time with it.
by tm3
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are password managers safe to use?
Replies: 360
Views: 17126

Re: Are password managers safe to use?

Use a reputable password manager , put all of your passwords into it, and change all your passwords to be unique to each website. Each password should be comprised of random characters that's as long as possible for each website, ideally generated by the password manager itself. And then set up Two...
by tm3
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are password managers safe to use?
Replies: 360
Views: 17126

Re: Are password managers safe to use?

Lots of good info in this thread and I've learned some things. I'll be starting either 1password or bitwarden later this week, and may add 2FA with Yubikey at some point. I'll also add my phishing anecdote. I consider myself fairly intelligent, very careful, and cognizant of cyber threats. One day a...
by tm3
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Honey Dispenser?
Replies: 20
Views: 1406

Re: Recommend Honey Dispenser?

mcblum wrote: Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:05 am That's my wife!
We have a winner!

Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions. I'm sharing them and hopefully one or more will give us the solution.
by tm3
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are password managers safe to use?
Replies: 360
Views: 17126

Re: Are password managers safe to use?

My family and many I know use the thumb print for many years on iphone. NEVER fails to give access, and in the end you wont get locked out since you can instead use a password to access your iphone as a backup. So if someone steals the phone, all they need for access is to hack the backup security ...
by tm3
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Honey Dispenser?
Replies: 20
Views: 1406

Re: Recommend Honey Dispenser?

Thanks! Squeeze bear currently in use, this morning was glued to the cabinet shelf.

Tried a syrup dispenser, same result.

Maybe a switch to granulated sugar is mandated?
by tm3
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend Honey Dispenser?
Replies: 20
Views: 1406

Recommend Honey Dispenser?

I've tried several different dispensers for honey but somehow keep ending up with drip running down the side onto the cabinet and making a mess.

Can anyone provide a recommendation for something that is pretty foolproof?

Please don't recommend end user training -- that has already failed. :happy
by tm3
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are password managers safe to use?
Replies: 360
Views: 17126

Re: Are password managers safe to use?

Personally I like the use of facial recognition and thumbprints so that I can avoid typing my master pwd Can anyone comment on the security and reliability of facial recognition and thumbprint, both from the standpoint of device failing to recognize thus unable to unlock and the standpoint of devic...
by tm3
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Dimming Glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1758

Re: Auto Dimming Glasses

I like them, although they do not adequately darken in a car and they do not adequately darken when wearing a hat. Otherwise, nice to have reduced glare without having to fool with clip ons or fit overs. Only downside is the cost.
by tm3
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online Privacy and Security
Replies: 77
Views: 4614

Re: Online Privacy and Security

I read all these recommendations for third-party physical 2FA devices like Yubikey, but I miss a statement of what problem they are trying to solve. Are there any statistics at all on successful hacking of accounts that lack such strong 2FA or that compare strong 2FA with softer versions liks sms m...
by tm3
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is it ok to download Big Sur for MAC yet??
Replies: 47
Views: 3428

Re: is it ok to download Big Sur for MAC yet??

With us we are frightened to death to ever upgrade anything on an iMAC fearing that something won't work anymore. Right now we are on 10.14 and I am not even going to Catalina. Longtime Mac fan here (buy not a fanboi), love the iMac, still on High Sierra and sticking with it unless I hear a compell...
by tm3
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a cheap road bike really exist?
Replies: 129
Views: 6961

Re: Does a cheap road bike really exist?

IMO the most important part of a bike, especially a road bike, is proper fit. It makes it's biggest difference on rides longer than one hour. Bike shops are the place to get a proper fit, but as noted there are inventory problems. You might be able to pay them for a fit and then use that info to sho...