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by pondering
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 391
Views: 55825

Re: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft

I wonder if they would have had to pay attorney's fees after their stunt denying they received certified mail.
by pondering
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor responsibilities
Replies: 44
Views: 2960

Re: Executor responsibilities

The only problems I had notifying people of my brother’s death is when they had something of his.
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor responsibilities
Replies: 44
Views: 2960

Re: Executor responsibilities

My brother and I were estranged and he made sure that his friends who took care of him would be able to thwart some of the information gathering to open the estate.

You are nobler than I am.
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor responsibilities
Replies: 44
Views: 2960

Re: Executor responsibilities

The most expensive part of my Mom's probate was dealing with my brother who said he wanted to challenge how my parent's ashes were to be spread at sea. My brother's estate was never opened when he died a few years later since by that point he died without a will and I am the next of kin. I have no ...
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Echo Dot 2nd Gen: What do I do with this gift?
Replies: 12
Views: 1149

Re: Echo Dot 2nd Gen: What do I do with this gift?

I joined a few Facebook groups for the Echo/Alexa set. Message me or just search for them on Facebook if you are on Facebook.
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor responsibilities
Replies: 44
Views: 2960

Re: Executor responsibilities

Washington DC has very specific requirements to open an estate and who gets paid. If there are no assets the executor is on the hook for quite a bit of work.
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2922

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

The two things I use most on my windows computers that I am having trouble with on Linux is a replacement for Excel that works as well (I like the 20% of excel that few people use) and the windows file system, which has an excellent GUI and I'm familiar writing scripts for in the cmd shell. What is ...
by pondering
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Executor responsibilities
Replies: 44
Views: 2960

Re: Executor responsibilities

The most expensive part of my Mom's probate was dealing with my brother who said he wanted to challenge how my parent's ashes were to be spread at sea. My brother's estate was never opened when he died a few years later since by that point he died without a will and I am the next of kin. I have no d...
by pondering
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?
Replies: 52
Views: 8672

Re: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?

No matter how many times I report Peter Stuyvesant’s account they allow it. Peter Stuyvesant lived 400 years ago.
by pondering
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 572
Views: 214808

Re: TV show recommendations?

You can watch Warren Buffett on my favorite TV show, CBS Sunday Morning:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lessons-fr ... -hathaway/
by pondering
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a dishwasher
Replies: 54
Views: 3531

Re: Buying a dishwasher

Here are 5 dishwashers my wife and I are choosing between: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Whirlpool-47-Decibel-Built-In-Dishwasher-Fingerprint-Resistant-Stainless-Steel-Common-24-in-Actual-23-875-in-ENERGY-STAR/1000224771 https://www.lowes.com/pd/Frigidaire-Gallery-52-Decibel-Built-In-Dishwasher-and-Hard-...
by pondering
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?
Replies: 51
Views: 6920

Re: Any BLACK FRIDAY deals for Bogleheads?

I picked up three Google mesh network Wi-Fi access points for $250
by pondering
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T MVNOs and Group Texting
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: AT&T MVNOs and Group Texting

Group texting or iMessage? iMessage is a fairly sticky feature of iOS. It isn’t the same as group texting, but is often used for the same purpose.
by pondering
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charge card, what info embedded in chip?
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Charge card, what info embedded in chip?

Did you check with the credit card company if they have your cell phone number?
by pondering
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle, the world's richest man
Replies: 25
Views: 5114

Re: Jack Bogle, the word's richest man

I can think of plenty of more admirable people than Jack Bogle.

That being said, The world needs as many Jack Bogles as it can find.
by pondering
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pennsylvania Vehicle Registration Renewal - 2 year option
Replies: 24
Views: 2443

Re: Pennsylvania Vehicle Registration Renewal - 2 year option

I put the calendar item for about 20 months from now for the two year renewal I did earlier this year.

Getting the stickers off has been challenging.
by pondering
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Holiday Recipes
Replies: 48
Views: 4006

Re: Favorite Holiday Recipes

Here is one variation of a favorite side dish:

https://sterbalfamilyrecipes.miraheze.o ... ls_sprouts

If I get inspired, I'll create a category on my recipe wiki to share the ones posted here.
by pondering
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to protect an elderly person?
Replies: 7
Views: 1266

Re: How to protect an elderly person?

Come up with a plan to review financial statement in a timely manner every month.

If the person is still capable, just let them let you know they have conducted the review. Otherwise you do it.
by pondering
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Borrowing from parents - what interest rate?
Replies: 52
Views: 3712

Re: Borrowing from parents - what interest rate?

A key number here is 28,000. If the amount of interest is less than that, and no other gifts are planned for the year, the interest rate won’t matter, since the balance of interest can be considered a gift
by pondering
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Borrowing from parents - what interest rate?
Replies: 52
Views: 3712

Re: Borrowing from parents - what interest rate?

How much interest will be due annually?
by pondering
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPHONE 8, X
Replies: 39
Views: 2276

Re: IPHONE 8, X

The 8+ has the 1920 x 1080 screen size which matches all the other screens I use.
by pondering
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 28
Views: 2188

Re: What backup service to use?

I posted the list so far: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/wiki/What_backup_service_to_use%3F Amazon Drive Amazon Photos Amazon S3 Arq Arq Backup Backblaze BackBlaze B2 Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) Carbonite Code42 Crashplan Dropbox Duplicati (https://www.duplicati.com/) Evernote FreeNAS Googl...
by pondering
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 28
Views: 2188

Re: What backup service to use?

Good luck reading your files on your iPhone when you don’t have access to a PC with a backup service.

I periodically copy my files to an external hard drive as well.
by pondering
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What backup service to use?
Replies: 28
Views: 2188

Re: What backup service to use?

I use Dropbox because it works with the most OSes and it provides some use of the active files
by pondering
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

So it sounds like I should be looking for a full hd ssd drive laptop

Anyone seen any $500 ones lately?
by pondering
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any [iPhone] "Apps" you like?
Replies: 67
Views: 9300

Re: Any [iPhone] "Apps" you like?

I really, really like Braintoss which allows me to gather all my text, audio and photo captures to my inbox with the minimum of fuss.
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

Victoria started out asking about Wordpress, and what you need security for is to prevent your site from being exploited, and your server resources used to attack other sites on the internet, perhaps through denial of service attacks. Or, your site could be used to host an almost-clone of another w...
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

jbuzolich wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:53 pm
...The domain itself and email I setup through Google.
How long have you used this email setup?
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

Unless you want to make a business out of your web site, your traffic isn't likely to come much from search. Engaging in the community of people who discuss your ideas online will be much more important.
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

You should be much more concerned with backup. You should know how to mirror your site locally, and restore it to another web host if needed.

Restoring backups periodically is an important part of the backup process.
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

What security do you need for something that is public information anyway?
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

I would ask for examples of sites they host. siteground actually came up with the names of a couple of wikis they host. Bluehost hasn't. My wiki is currently hosted for free, by people I don't particularly like or have a good working relationship with. Can you tell me more about the use case for you...
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Wouldn't the important calls just go to voicemail?
by pondering
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Hitting a *57 on my home phone works just fine

The difficulties lie in protecting the police from having their activities being discovered by the people they are monitoring.

Like it or not all call metadata is being captured.
by pondering
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

Who are you considering getting to host the email?
by pondering
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Actually tracing call is easy in the phone company knows both and points of a call. Getting the trace information however is quite difficult.
by pondering
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Posting Photo
Replies: 16
Views: 877

Re: Posting Photo

resize it in paint, cut it in half each time
by pondering
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

I don't know that more people doing it is the thing. We need people who know what they are doing and how to respond to motions, discovery, depositions, etc. It is not just so easy as filing suit and collecting a check most of the time. I should think that the posting of a telephone number and name ...
by pondering
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Having posted my phone number online for over a decade I’ve received less than five unwanted calls as a result.
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

I'm also guessing that once I receive one of these calls I might want to find out more about the person making the call by being friendly and polite to the person calling me.
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

I just think that if I could write up how to do this on a wiki or blog, I could recruit people to do it more easily. If more of these actions were taken it would reduce the problem dramatically.
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

The main driver of this search are the 2 faults of the chromebook I'm typing on.
1) The low resolution screen and
2) the difficulty using the windows file system.
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Is there a checklist and detailed instructions on how to process one of these suits?

What is the hourly payback range?
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

Best deal I found so far:

HP 840 g2 elitebook laptop Grade "B" i7 5600u 2.6ghz 16gb ram 256gb ssd no optical drive windows 10 pro 64bit display 1920x1080 intel hd 5500 graphics good battery adapter 14"lcd

$475
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6329

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Did you win?
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

The more pixels on the screen the better.

My work laptop would be ideal screen wise, it is an HP ZBook 17
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

I guess I should add I am a heavy excel user and I take a lot of photos, typically more than 10,000 a year.

I have an older desktop with 2 screens that isn’t going away.
by pondering
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?
Replies: 69
Views: 6735

Re: GoDaddy - Any better options for website hosting?

Does everyone use their domain to send email? How reliable is the service?
by pondering
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 Windows Laptop
Replies: 29
Views: 2649

Re: $500 Windows Laptop

Post them here for feedback?