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by theunknowntech
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone try YourMechanic ?
Replies: 38
Views: 5434

Re: Anyone try YourMechanic ?

Interesting, so the mechanics actually comes and works on the car in your office packing lot, like i did fixing my car in a snowstorm behind the dorm in college? So, rather than working in a well lit, climate controlled garage bay with access to all the specialized tools, diagnostic gear, air wrenc...
by theunknowntech
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Hologram for the King, with Tom Hanks starring. Had some funny parts and Tom Hanks is always good. We saw it in the theater - Tom Hanks was good indeed, but I think the plot was weak, really, just a pretext to see those faraway places on the screen. I'll disagree here. This film was a breath of f...
by theunknowntech
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Hologram for the King, with Tom Hanks starring. Had some funny parts and Tom Hanks is always good. We saw it in the theater - Tom Hanks was good indeed, but I think the plot was weak, really, just a pretext to see those faraway places on the screen. I'll disagree here. This film was a breath of f...
by theunknowntech
Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 13698

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Ours is Cracker Barrel - great food and service at a reasonable price in a family friendly setting. Okay, I'll say it. Popeyes. Their fries are incredible. Keep a small jar of Hellmans with you for dipping. (And a pack of handywipes.) Insert your favorite bug-eyed Robert Crumb illustration here. Ho...
by theunknowntech
Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Sausage Party this weekend. It was exactly what I expected, One and a half hours of cursing and food doing funny things it was...different. it was everything i thot it would be. and more. I'd like to have been a fly on the wall in the meeting of the ratings board when they were trying to ...
by theunknowntech
Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Marguerite, a luminously great French film now on disk. IMO it makes the most intensely moving use of Mozart's Figaro since the original. It's also quite funny. Is this the same movie as Marguerite et Julien? No. This is the movie based on the story that "Florence Foster Jenkins" is also ...
by theunknowntech
Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Making of Donald Trump" by D.C. Johnson (winner of the Pulitzer Prize,) released a few weeks ago, is a delightful synopsis of what you would already know if you had been diligently keeping up with current events. Every day something new comes up, the NYTimes has been very good with th...
by theunknowntech
Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb rental review
Replies: 32
Views: 4131

Re: Airbnb rental review

It is my second rental and I am not sure what is the proper feedback. I put in 4 requirements, entire apartment, AC, on premise parking and free wifi. Normally, AC is not typically installed or needed except during the hot summer days, rather rare but happened during our 3_day stay. Well, when I tr...
by theunknowntech
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solo Travel
Replies: 40
Views: 4613

Re: Solo Travel

Here's one example where it didn't work out too well:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/world ... odayspaper

It pays to speak the language.
by theunknowntech
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: auto air conditioner recharge
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: auto air conditioner recharge

Is it fair to say that the A/C system is a closed system and if any refrigerant is leaking there's a bigger issue on the horizon. My wife came home with a "it just needs to be topped off" remark at the dealership. It's not completely closed because there's a compressor shaft seal and the ...
by theunknowntech
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Marguerite, a luminously great French film now on disk. IMO it makes the most intensely moving use of Mozart's Figaro since the original. It's also quite funny.
by theunknowntech
Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: auto air conditioner recharge
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: auto air conditioner recharge

An air conditioning system that is low on pressure and needs to be recharged means there is a leak somewhere. It may be a very slow leak, meaning that a charge will buy you a year or two - but nonetheless its a leak. Don't let anyone try and tell that its normal for a properly operating AC to loose...
by theunknowntech
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

At the risk of going off-topic I don't think it's necessarily laudible to "not give a whit what anyone else thinks of you". And I don't think that describes Feynman. I've read much of what he has written and much of what others have written about him. From what I can tell, he was a charmi...
by theunknowntech
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: auto air conditioner recharge
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: auto air conditioner recharge

Anyone ever recharge (DIY) his own auto air conditioner. How difficult to do on 2012 model ? 2012 model of what? If a 5-year-old car needs an a/c recharge, something is very wrong somewhere. You should take the vehicle to a good a/c shop and have them look at it. DIY not recommended, too many ways ...
by theunknowntech
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

At the risk of going off-topic I don't think it's necessarily laudible to "not give a whit what anyone else thinks of you". And I don't think that describes Feynman. I've read much of what he has written and much of what others have written about him. From what I can tell, he was a charmi...
by theunknowntech
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

At the risk of going off-topic I don't think it's necessarily laudible to "not give a whit what anyone else thinks of you". And I don't think that describes Feynman. I've read much of what he has written and much of what others have written about him. From what I can tell, he was a charmi...
by theunknowntech
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch from Allstate to Amica/USAA?
Replies: 34
Views: 2909

Re: Switch from Allstate to Amica/USAA?

I currently have two cars and our home insured through Allstate. After reading some bad reviews of Allstate's handling of claims I'm considering switching to either Amica or USAA based on positive reviews. My experience in Allstate's handling of claims directly thru "corporate" (automated...
by theunknowntech
Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

'Eye in the Sky', which is a lovely film that will test your ethical stamina. We are not allowed to talk about politics here, but none are required.
by theunknowntech
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication [now RESCINDED]
Replies: 168
Views: 16831

Re: SSA MANDATORY cell phone based multifactor authentication

I am all for tight security. But I just received this notice from the SSA (emphasis added). Short notice, and denial of online access without a text-capable device. <menomena menomena> I got that email too. I thought it was a fraud, a clever fraud. Who do they think we are? I don't text. Somebody o...
by theunknowntech
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is market out of Sync
Replies: 25
Views: 2770

Re: Is market out of Sync

It seems to me like the market is just overvalued. I can't figure what has changed so much from the beginning of the year until now to cause the bull market we're seeing. What are your thoughts? The _global_ market is still not quite back up to where it was in May of last year (2015). It has certai...
by theunknowntech
Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car are you driving?
Replies: 368
Views: 37015

Re: What kind of car are you driving?

If your winters are cold you should be swapping out the pilots. They make your car a death trap. They are, and I certainly do. Looking back thru the thread, Michelin Pilot SS's are a death trap? Oh dear. These are God's Gift to the driver, like no other. What you do with them on icy roads I have no...
by theunknowntech
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 11151

Re: synthetic oil changes

Cindyjrn wrote:There's people on this forum that make far bigger decisions in their life than when to change their oil by asking "some guys on the internet."

A lack of respect for authority still has its place.
by theunknowntech
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"
Replies: 48
Views: 5066

Re: replacing an iPhone, first time with the "new non-subsidized model"

ATT will also sell you the phone on a 24 monthly payment plan at 0% interest so it works just the same as the old plan but now it is overtly apparent what the phone actually cost you. I think this, more than anything, is the reason behind slumping iphone sales. Transparent cost of the device alters...
by theunknowntech
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 11151

Re: synthetic oil changes

Not directed at anyone in particular (far from it, my eyes glaze over,) but, would you really trust "some guys on the internet" to tell you when to change your oil, and with what, when the owner's manual is clear on it?

This never ceases to amaze me.
by theunknowntech
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.
Replies: 43
Views: 4507

Re: Encyclopedia, World Book, Complete Set, 1960 Ed.

Does anyone have any experience or useable outlets for a complete set of the World Book Encyclopedia (1960 Ed.), white cover? Do you have a bunker, a.k.a fallout shelter? Put them in there. "10 Cloverfield Lane", great movie! Work it on out. Put that movie in there too. Scare the crap out...
by theunknowntech
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

There Will Be Blood on Netflix. I didn't see it when it was in theaters and I'm a pretty big Daniel Day-Lewis fan, but the ending was so hugely disappointing that the movie was ruined for me. Could you specify what about the ending was so disappointing for you? "I drink your milkshake" <s...
by theunknowntech
Mon May 23, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WW2 Books & Education
Replies: 91
Views: 4757

Re: WW2 Books & Education

I hope this post does not go against the forum rules, but as we approach the 6th of June, I would like to ask my fellow members a question. I hope - due to the nature of this post - that it does not get deleted or closed. I am a younger person who would like to read more about World War II. Can any...
by theunknowntech
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fama French Factors for BRIC´s
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: Fama French Factors for BRIC´s

Hello guys, You might also change your gender specific salutation. 'Hello esteemed investors," "Hello knowledgeable investors," "Hello financial gurus (or at least leaning on the informed side)," He's talking about BRIC's, so the appropriate salutation is "Greetings co...
by theunknowntech
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 4830

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

BTW, how come giving Boglehead financial advice requires knowing extensive detail, but lawn care advice doesn't even require knowing what continent you're on? Or the details of your HOA covenant. (We'd rip out our front lawn and xeriscape it, but we can't. There is no higher form of petty tyrant th...
by theunknowntech
Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 4830

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

A lot of the fertilizers you get at places like Lowes / Home Depot and hardware stores have a high nitrogen content to promote quick surface growth without providing much nourishment to the root system. The high nitrogen blends also tend to burn the grass if you don't water them immediately. I pref...
by theunknowntech
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soapbox (car safety features)
Replies: 240
Views: 28550

Re: Soapbox (car safety features)

I'm a car guy. Love to drive. Have a restored classic I work on. Yada yada yada... Only one of the OPs listed features I'd want to see mandatory-or want on my car-is the back-up camera. If a person can't be attentive enough to handle the other items, they shouldn't be in the drivers seat. Unfortuna...
by theunknowntech
Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dan Lyons' "Disrupted" is burning up the wire right now, and I read it last week, so dibs. I hesitate to recommend it here, because Lyons gets some of the finance things wrong, in the expected way. But he does nail some of the cultural excesses of tech startup foo, and hilariously so. Ever...
by theunknowntech
Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto collision, best way to claim
Replies: 25
Views: 2339

Re: Auto collision, best way to claim

^^^ Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of every forum page: No guarantees are made as to the accuracy of the information on this site or the appropriateness of any advice to your particular situation. Never try to do something yourself without the guidance of your own insurance company. They h...
by theunknowntech
Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto collision, best way to claim
Replies: 25
Views: 2339

Re: Auto collinsion, best way to claim

Your problem then is to find a _good_ body shop that is willing to accept the shop rate that GEICO allows. Unless you have a pre-existing relationship with that shop, this may be difficult. My experience with our own insurance company (State Farm) has been excellent when they take care of and arran...
by theunknowntech
Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto collision, best way to claim
Replies: 25
Views: 2339

Re: Auto collinsion, best way to claim

Hi, My car (2015 Mazda CX-5) was rear-ended on the freeway last week. The car is severely damaged, including frame damage. I am going thru my carrier, GEICO, at present. The adjuster got an estimate of over $9k to fix it, which GEICO will take care of and then recover if possible. But, I don't want...
by theunknowntech
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car buying Qs
Replies: 51
Views: 4916

Re: Used car buying Qs

If you know better then the secondary car market (which is huge), go for it. But I doubt it, used cars are priced accordingly. Like I said above, just get a Honda or a Toyota and be done with it. So much is popular lore, handed down from generation to generation. I like Nissans and Mazdas because I...
by theunknowntech
Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Austin, TX
Replies: 52
Views: 6544

Re: What to do in Austin, TX

I agree that salt lick the sit-down, in-town restaurant isn't the best option. However, the rustic, out of town, original salt lick has a lot of ambiance, as well as good food. I think it's worth it for the experience, especially for first time visitors. If you do decide to go to salt lick, note th...
by theunknowntech
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2687
Views: 861010

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

My wife is reading 'Infinite Jest', by David Foster Wallace. It has kept her occupied for _weeks_, to the point of delirium, and she's not done yet. It is the best value in a book of fiction that I have ever encountered, even better than Proust's 'Remembrance'. I highly recommend it.
by theunknowntech
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: SP 500 Index Fund vs Total Stock Market index fund
Replies: 55
Views: 23452

Re: SP 500 Index Fund vs Total Stock Market index fund

So would it be considered sufficient to use a SP500 instead of a TSM etf when starting a "3-fund" portfolio? I wanted to start to carve my 401k in this image, but lack the option of a TSM. And it seems if they are so close to tax efficiency, average return, and expense ratio that the oppo...
by theunknowntech
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copper in Brake Fluid
Replies: 43
Views: 3420

Re: Copper in Brake Fluid

BTW, many if not most people decide that they can live without ABS once they see the bill to repair it. I can't. I'd be more than happy to live without ABS. I've spent most of my driving years before ABS came out, and I know when to pump and not pump the brakes on slick surfaces. I hate it when the...
by theunknowntech
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car buying Qs
Replies: 51
Views: 4916

Re: Used car buying Qs

bloom2708 wrote:Search for a Craigslist diamond in the rough.

One factor to consider is will your kid drive the car if it super uncool.

Look for a Pontiac Aztek. Hard to find parts for them, though.

That gum you like is going to come back in style.
by theunknowntech
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copper in Brake Fluid
Replies: 43
Views: 3420

Re: Copper in Brake Fluid

II would also feel uncomfortable recommending that anyone do this without access to a factory service manual for the car. There is an order in which things should be done, and there may be very specific procedures that you're required to follow in order to properly bleed the ABS system, as well as ...
by theunknowntech
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copper in Brake Fluid
Replies: 43
Views: 3420

Re: Copper in Brake Fluid

I would feel uncomfortable letting brake fluid sit in one of my cars for more than three years. It tends to get ignored by the factory-recommended service schedules because the effects of deterioration fall outside the usual factory warranty period. ABS systems in particular are sensitive to this, a...
by theunknowntech
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

How do you _define_ crazy? It's a matter of interpretation. You'll never look at Columbo the same way again. There's a lot to see here.
by theunknowntech
Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 54
Views: 6532

Re: Windows 10

If Microsoft sneaks in an "upgrade" to Win10, it should ask you to confirm that you accept the "End User License Agreement". You don't have to accept it, and if you decline it, the install will be rolled back to the earlier OS (although it may take a while.) Still, it's best to n...
by theunknowntech
Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3122
Views: 917479

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Sicario is a brilliant, brutal drug-war thriller from director Denis Villeneuve ( Prisoners, Enemy ). Excellent cinematography by Roger Deakins. my favorite movie of the year. Seconded, gripping from beginning to end. A fantasia of "does this make any sense at all" and then it recovers an...
by theunknowntech
Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Volkswagen Company [- Invest in it?]
Replies: 54
Views: 6418

Re: Volkswagen Company

Hello Epsilon, Anyway, the point was made that the German government is not about to let VW become a failed company . Is Volkswagen a viable ongoing enterprise. I would say absolutly. Has it been a profitable enterprise, and will it continue to be. I believe so. Of course the US government was not ...
by theunknowntech
Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is DIY Car maintenance that hard these days?
Replies: 51
Views: 5684

Re: Is DIY Car maintenance that hard these days?

Unknowntech, Freddy: thanks. I went a'googling trying to find one for a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. I found lots of sites saying they had all kinds of manuals, but none close to that except for one sketchy Russian sounding site that wanted registration. I didn't find anything that looked like a legit sourc...
by theunknowntech
Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Volkswagen Company [- Invest in it?]
Replies: 54
Views: 6418

Re: Volkswagen Company

Are you thinking of investing in VW? Bear in mind that the market has already priced in the "whatever news of the day". You're not getting any advantage from asking here. Consider that investing in individual stocks goes against the (Bogleheads philosophy) to invest across a diversified m...
by theunknowntech
Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: In a Housing Bind...
Replies: 60
Views: 7297

Re: In a Housing Bind...

Mudpuppy wrote:Even if it is a rental, the property manager may not be able to do much more than refuse to renew the lease

That would be the light at the end of the tunnel for the OP, and an incentive to stick it out at minimal cost.