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by LocalHero
Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem
Replies: 175
Views: 36544

Re: heartbleed - widespread internet security problem

Does anyone else feel troubled that treasurydirect.gov doesn't have any statement on their home page regarding the heartbleed bug? When I requested information on their status and specifically asked that they post that status on the home page, I received the following response: "Your suggestion has ...
by LocalHero
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV in an RV
Replies: 34
Views: 3756

Re: TV in an RV

Another consideration when receiving HD broadcasts over the air is that you will need to re-train the TV in each new location. In locations where signals are weak you may need to point the antenna one way to get one or more stations and another way to receive other stations. To do this you will want...
by LocalHero
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1494257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Lonely Silver Rain" by John D. MacDonald, the 21st and last Travis McGee novel. I have read the previous 20. "The Great Agnostic - Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought" by Susan Jacoby. Just starting on both. I recently finished "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" by Charl...
by LocalHero
Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The smartest advice I ever got
Replies: 38
Views: 9808

Be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. -- Mom
by LocalHero
Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip To Florida Keys
Replies: 24
Views: 3322

I recommend the Schooner Wharf Bar (& grill). They have live music in the afternoon. Located near the schooner wharf (amazing coincidence, isn't it) in Key West. Nice place to kick back and enjoy a drink and some good music.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2011 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 374
Views: 36697

$1527.23
I want my money back! Not inflation adjusted.
by LocalHero
Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: social security claiming question
Replies: 2
Views: 669

sscritic - Thanks for the clarification. My plans are now back on track.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: social security claiming question
Replies: 2
Views: 669

social security claiming question

From the Social Security Wiki on Bogleheads: Under Planning Social Security benefits When your wife applies for her own benefits at age 66, you can apply for your husband's benefit while delaying your own benefit. If her benefit is $800, you could get $400 at age 66 as her husband. By not taking you...
by LocalHero
Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: CRANDIC (Eastern Iowa) CHAPTER MEETING FOR AUTUMN, 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1907

Good to meet everyone. Thanks for organizing this. The presentations by Bill and Jerry were very good. Thanks Marlene for the Diehards 9 synopsis. Very nice venue with the quiet room just for us.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:01 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: CRANDIC (Eastern Iowa) CHAPTER MEETING FOR AUTUMN, 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1907

I plan to be there on the 16th.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: CRANDIC Chapter of Diehards.
Replies: 7
Views: 3689

Has a date and time been set for the fall meeting of the Crandic Diehards?
by LocalHero
Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Any Eastern Iowa Diehards?
Replies: 16
Views: 7275

The email listed for the CRANDIC Diehards (im4diehards@yahoo.com) is not working. Is there a new one?
JB
by LocalHero
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interested in a motorcycle. Need advice.
Replies: 68
Views: 7122

No regrets. Only a few close calls. Enjoyed it a lot.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Interested in a motorcycle. Need advice.
Replies: 68
Views: 7122

I commuted on each of Honda 350, Yamaha RD-400 twin (2 cycle), Yamaha 550 Vision v-twin, and a Yamaha 1300 Venture touring bike. They all let me take the long way home after a bad day at work. Focusing on the ride lets you forget other concerns and unwind. Great therapy. Others have mentioned the gr...
by LocalHero
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2010 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 284
Views: 32506

$1527.23

$1527.23

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Advice you've ever heard and followed?
Replies: 112
Views: 15915

Learn as much as you can about as many things as you can. -- Mom

JB
by LocalHero
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Congrats Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning authors
Replies: 76
Views: 12412

me too

Greetings Bogleheads,
I received email from Amazon that my copy had shipped along with the co-ordered "The New Coffeehouse Investor." Looking forward to both of them.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the best vacation you've ever been on?
Replies: 83
Views: 12596

Grand Turk

30th anniversary trip to Grand Turk. Stayed in a very small hotel, an old sea captains house, with a garden restaurant. The beach was across a sand street from the front door. Saw a Flying Gunnard. Walked and swam off deserted Governors Beach. Snorkeled and dove with Mitch (Blue Water Divers), an ex...
by LocalHero
Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Blue Screen of Death-Need a little computer help from gurus
Replies: 51
Views: 7994

Greetings EmergDoc, Something that should be done regularly as preventive maintenance is to make sure the CPU heat sink has free air flow. Blow the dust back through the fan with an air source. This assumes your machine setup is like my Toshiba which has a fan that blows air across the heatsink and ...
by LocalHero
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GM stock price
Replies: 52
Views: 7960

GM stock price

Greetings all,
Something I don't understand is why GM stock still has a value on the day of bankruptcy filing. I thought that any and all available assets would go to the bond holders and the stock would be worthless. What am I missing here?
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Tue May 05, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SAY HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY TO JACK BOGLE
Replies: 101
Views: 16769

Happy 80th

Happy 80th birthday Jack.

I took the user name LocalHero just for fun but you are seriously my hero for your work on behalf of investors. Thanks for all you have done. It's been my pleasure to meet you and to read your books.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR 2009 BOGLEHEADS CONTEST
Replies: 296
Views: 47664

Prognostication: $1527.23

Best wishes to All,
JB
by LocalHero
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REIT Index is up this much in 4 weeks?
Replies: 16
Views: 4310

Congratulations

Greetings bradshaw1965,

Congratulations on achieving that distance from Mr. Market. It will serve you well.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The dependence of digital upon analog
Replies: 23
Views: 4375

The data storage medium for both dynamic RAM, used for computer main memory, and flash, used in USB memory sticks and cards, is charge stored on a capacitor. Thus it is also an analog mechanism with internal values of 0, 1, and "maybe" possible. The "maybe" will be resolved to either 0 or 1 when rea...
by LocalHero
Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone excited?
Replies: 81
Views: 15633

not excited

Greetings All,

Retired for six years. Rebalanced in March as usual to 75% equities/25% bonds. Had to sell bonds for the first time to rebalance. Business as usual.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard TV Commercials - Am I missing something?
Replies: 15
Views: 4388

Greetings,

I saw a brief Vanguard ad on Public Television last week. Don't recall which program they were supporting. I remarked that I had never seen them on Public TV before.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I back out of meeting w/financial advisor?
Replies: 32
Views: 6907

Greetings Ella,

If I recall, Jane Bryant Quinn's "Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People" covers insurance, investing, and the like in a no nonsense manner. I recommend it for background on the problems you are trying to solve. Good luck.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Funny Joke
Replies: 3
Views: 1554

humor - Estate Planning

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful wo...
by LocalHero
Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's your weighted average expense ratio?
Replies: 27
Views: 8326

0.15%

Quite happy to starve Vanguard. Not sure how they run so cheaply but very glad that they do.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2008 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 317
Views: 78536

$1527.23
This number has been getting closer each year. I'm sure it will win in 2008. :-)

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your favorite "cops & robbers" movie?
Replies: 43
Views: 9467

The Thomas Crown Affair - Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway
Cool Hand Luke - Paul Newman
by LocalHero
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: FT:Taleb on "Portfolio Pseudo Science" 10/23/07
Replies: 17
Views: 3826

site registration

Greetings Bogleheads, The Financial Times site requires registration to read past the teaser/lead paragraph of Taleb's article. I am generally reluctant to register for such things so I sought and found an alternate method of viewing the article. I went through our local library site and found the F...
by LocalHero
Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle's latest book is a total revelation!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 5582

welcome to the inner circle

Greetings bettega, It's pretty cool when that light comes on and you say to yourself: "I've got this investing thing figured out and it's not so hard after all. I can do this myself successfully." I think it was Bill Bernstein's The Intelligent Asset Allocator that illuminated the process for me. Be...
by LocalHero
Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2007 Boglehead Contest -- Third Quarter Report
Replies: 9
Views: 2729

short term glory

Greetings Bogleheads,

I went from #2 at the end of the quarter to 75th the next day. Sure is crowded around my guess.

Chicken one day, feathers the next. -- Leroy Widmer

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Widescreen 24 inch monitor with old 19 inch monitor
Replies: 19
Views: 6065

Travis, The reason for reduced glare on LCD displays is that they are very close to flat. A "flat screen" CRT will probably have a little convexity to help it withstand the hundreds of pounds of pressure on its face. The flat surface will only reflect light one direction whereas a convex surface wil...
by LocalHero
Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Author recommendations - mostly science fiction
Replies: 68
Views: 23309

Greetings Readers, It's been a lot of years since I read them but Gregory Benford's "In the Ocean of Night," "Across the Sea of Suns," and the rest of the series were some of the best science fiction that I read. Also enjoyed Gibson's Count Zero series. Not so impressed with "Idoru." OT: Currently w...
by LocalHero
Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 3,000 Members Strong and Climbing!
Replies: 11
Views: 3415

Mostly lurker

Greetings Bogleheads,

I skew the lurker/member ratio because I rarely log in but scan the forum almost daily. So if others are like me the forum doesn't have as much non-member activity as you think.

Just my 25c worth,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harry Potter effect on number of posts?
Replies: 20
Views: 6124

HP

Greetings CountryBoy,

I even stopped reading Hiaasen's "Sick Puppy" in the middle of the book to read "... Deathly Hallows." Recreational reading is important too. I also have Ferri's and Peter Bernstein's latest on hold.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Harry Potter effect on number of posts?
Replies: 20
Views: 6124

book, not movie

Greetings Mel,

The reference is to the latest and last Harry Potter book. We bought ours at midnight last night and I'm on page 223. Grandson is at about the same point and granddaughter is on page 430.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat May 26, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Write Bogle Haiku, Win Bogle-autographed 'Little Book'
Replies: 39
Views: 17240

Haiku

Jack Bogle the man Provides knowledge to help me He is my hero Sharing and caring Educate investigate Jack Bogle's mantra Bogleheads meeting We all honor our mentor Jack Bogle thank you Celebrate with us We're Jack Bogle's Bogleheads Financial wisdom From the pen of K She is the gifted writer We hav...
by LocalHero
Wed May 23, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your Questions for the Experts
Replies: 44
Views: 20331

Black Swans

Greetings, I am reading The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. He makes the point that bell curves and correlations are not really applicable to investing. I believe that MPT is based on the elements that Taleb rails against. So where does this leave an investor who is trying to diversify but rema...
by LocalHero
Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Wish list
Replies: 27
Views: 14899

More visable reply subject

I second kenschmidt's recommendation for bolding or larger font for the reply subject line.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gota wonder... Boglehead?
Replies: 7
Views: 7011

re: indexer?

Greetings,
Because Zack Johnson's sponsor is Aegon (Dutch Insurance Co. with large presence in Cedar Rapids, IA) he is probably in variable annuities. Just a guess on my part with little supporting data.
Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading?
Replies: 566
Views: 232657

books lately

Greetings Bogleheads, Recently finished "A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing," 9th ed., Jack's "The Little Book of Common Sense Investing," Carl Hiaasen's "Skin Tight," and Randy Wayne White's "The Heat Islands." Am currently reading Hiaasen's "Native To...
by LocalHero
Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Done with my taxes --- Praise the Lord !!!
Replies: 21
Views: 7950

procrastination is my best thing ...

Started taxes in early Feb. Then went sailing for 3 weeks. Took awhile to get back in the mood when I returned. Finished them today. Great relief.

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads graphics contest to replace phpBB logo?
Replies: 168
Views: 95800

crooked eyeballs?

Greetings all,

Is it me or is Jack still listing to starboard (his right)?

Best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads graphics contest to replace phpBB logo?
Replies: 168
Views: 95800

my 0.25

Greetings artists, I liked the Bogleheads with lower case across the top better that the all caps. The all caps don't "feel right." Just figured out that maybe it's because it doesn't match the word immediately to its right on the forum header. I like "Stay the course" better too. If the logo with "...
by LocalHero
Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Wish list
Replies: 27
Views: 14899

Greetings Admins,

I would like a "cancel post" button/option for when one decides that the post being composed just doesn't work for some reason.

Thanks and best wishes,
JB
by LocalHero
Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Equity-heavy in retirement - Why not???
Replies: 61
Views: 24328

not just inflation rate growth

Again, assuming your portfolio is large enough to support your retirement, you probably don't need it to grow much more than inflation. So why do you need a portfolio that's intended to return several percentage points more? This grow at inflation rate in retirement means that you must realize grow...
by LocalHero
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: DH VI
Replies: 9
Views: 4474

Sold out?
I don't like the sounds of that. My check didn't get to the post office until Monday PM. Will we be in or out? See what happens when you go sailing for 3 weeks? The world gets away from you.

Best wishes,
JB