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by pondering
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your favorite non-investing, non-financial websites?
Replies: 47
Views: 16402

Re: Your favorite non-investing, non-financial websites?

I spend more than half my time on Facebook.com especially in groups. I co-admin a group of 19,000+ members about the show, CBS Sunday Morning: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132055125180/ I'm also actively updating my wiki of CBS Sunday Morning https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/wiki/Catego...
by pondering
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 93
Views: 7779

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

So, the next step is determining the best way to get the company name and address of the person calling.

I assume getting a subpoena is something I'll need a lawyer to help with initially.
by pondering
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your favorite non-investing, non-financial websites?
Replies: 47
Views: 16402

Re: Your favorite non-investing, non-financial websites?

In the more than a decade since this item was posted a lot has changed on the internet.

What are your favorite sites today?
by pondering
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backup of Sensitive Information
Replies: 35
Views: 2827

Re: Backup of Sensitive Information

Has anyone here changed their backup process in the last year?
by pondering
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping sensitive documents in the cloud -- bad idea?
Replies: 46
Views: 2636

Re: Keeping sensitive documents in the cloud -- bad idea?

I'm going start polling people if their time is too valuable to take local backups. Exactly how much time is involved? Can't you do it while watching TV?
by pondering
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping sensitive documents in the cloud -- bad idea?
Replies: 46
Views: 2636

Re: Keeping sensitive documents in the cloud -- bad idea?

Please do not store your only copy of a document on the cloud. Everything should be backed up locally.
by pondering
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Excel question: opening 2 copies of same spreadsheet?
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Excel question: opening 2 copies of same spreadsheet?

This is one of my favorite features of Excel
by pondering
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: migrating from Chrome to LastPass for password management
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: migrating from Chrome to LastPass for password management

Just having a list of sites you authenticate to can be helpful.
by pondering
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On-line legal documents...good?
Replies: 12
Views: 782

Re: On-line legal documents...good?

Do you mean the will will be invalidated or not immediately accepted?
by pondering
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 5183

Re: WiFi [extender]

I finally bought a google wifi. What a difference it has made.

My only complaint is my ISP's policy not to let me stream my DVR on my mesh network.
by pondering
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?
Replies: 22
Views: 2193

Re: Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?

I wound up with luggage and a trip to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for a weekend.
by pondering
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?
Replies: 22
Views: 2193

Re: Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?

Steelers preseason tickets are more our budget
by pondering
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?
Replies: 22
Views: 2193

Any last minute shopping ideas for a spouse?

So far my wife has suggested she would enjoy:

*Nice luggage (Vera Bradley)
*something to do with crafting
*a robotic vacuum, she wasn't impressed with the robotic mop I showed her
*a painting class

I'm all ears
by pondering
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 392
Views: 58278

Re: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft

Pondering - fortunately, no attorney fees were charged us. What I meant to communicate is that what often motivates people to settle are increase in costs once attorneys are involved. Since you had them dead to rights on with certified mail, an attorney on your side might just win the case that you...
by pondering
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me [Recover] My Bitcoin!
Replies: 93
Views: 12080

Re: Help Me Cash Out My Bitcoin!

The other way I’m surprised that bitcoin isn’t being regulated is by the lottery officials.
by pondering
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me [Recover] My Bitcoin!
Replies: 93
Views: 12080

Re: Help Me Cash Out My Bitcoin!

The state can no longer escheat your funds. Another possible way to get bitcoin regulated.
by pondering
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal finance software / Alternatives to Mint.com
Replies: 21
Views: 2175

Re: Personal finance software / Alternatives to Mint.com

You have to be very determined to keep up tracking expenses. About a third of the people here seem to do that.

My biggest challenge is split receipts which no tracking system handles well.
by pondering
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement Account Stolen by Identity theft
Replies: 392
Views: 58278

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: 3084

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: 3084

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: 3084

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: 1246

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: 3084

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: 49
Views: 3188

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: 3084

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: 8940

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: 216199

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: 3703

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: 7083

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: 316

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: 920

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: 5182

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: 2697

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: 4167

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: 1306

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: 3898

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: 3898

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: 2355

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: 2337

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: 2337

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: 2337

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: 2806

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: 9407

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: 7001

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: 7001

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: 7001

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: 7001

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: 7001

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: 7001

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...