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by RooseveltG
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken update headaches
Replies: 20
Views: 1430

Re: Quicken update headaches

I use a Mac and was running Quicken for Windows with Parallels. Finally ditched it last year and switched to Banktivity. It perfectly imported all of my data and I have not missed Quicken. I also like how the program displays commonly used reports on the left sidebar so that all the info I need is a...
by RooseveltG
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?

Valuable input appreciated.

I have a 4-year-old MBP with an SSD. I may wait until Mac OS Catalina arrives but am wondering if clean installs are worth doing in a Mac.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Re: Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?

Thanks for all the responses. I have an older Macbook Pro and see the spinning beach ball more than I would like. I also almost exclusively use my laptop as a desktop so I am considering the Macbook Mini. Not sure about the lack of a real video card in the mini so I am still on the fence. Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?
Replies: 16
Views: 938

Geekbench Scores: Single vs Mult-Core Scores?

I am in the market for a Mac mini. I notice that it has an extremely high Single-Core Geekbench Score and a much lower (relative to other computers) Multi-core Score. Can anyone explain the significance of this? When is the computer faster and when would it lag? Thanks in advance for any clarificati...
by RooseveltG
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare vs Eye Docs
Replies: 34
Views: 2932

Re: Medicare vs Eye Docs

I would strongly recommend that you see an Oculoplastic surgeon and not a general plastic surgeon. Oculoplastic surgeons complete an ophthalmology residency and a 2-year specialized fellowship. You can find an expert in your area on the website of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Recon...
by RooseveltG
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Book to Understand Shakespeare?
Replies: 16
Views: 1121

Re: Best Book to Understand Shakespeare?

Great Suggestions!

Thank you.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Book to Understand Shakespeare?
Replies: 16
Views: 1121

Best Book to Understand Shakespeare?

A Shakespeare "expert" recently recommended Harold Bloom's, "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human." Several online reviews panned the book and am wondering if there is one "go to" book that surveys his plays, characters, quotes, meanings, etc." Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities Index Fund: Providing a Positive Real Return?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities Index Fund: Providing a Positive Real Return?

The Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities Index Fund has a current 30 day SEC yield of 0.9%. If I understand this number correctly, if the principal remains stable and inflation = 2% for the year, the nominal (total) return should approach 2.9% (0.9 + 2). The actual returns reported by ...
by RooseveltG
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems Using ATT Phones on Verizon Network?
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Re: Problems Using ATT Phones on Verizon Network?

The phones were unlocked by ATT and set up in the Verizon store. They work, except for some locations (where they should work) and with some international carriers that work with Verizon.

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems Using ATT Phones on Verizon Network?
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Problems Using ATT Phones on Verizon Network?

We switched our iPhone X phones from ATT to Verizon because of poor ATT signal where we live. The phones appear somewhat buggy and have a tendency to drop calls and have fewer bars than expected. The problem is significant enough that we cannot obtain a signal at our airport to use the Uber or Lyft ...
by RooseveltG
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 158
Views: 16817

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

Many great men or women make their mark with achievement, but very few combine that with humanism, caring, modesty and class. He defined what a man or woman should be. He was a role model for everyone and not just investors. He made all of us richer, and not just monetarily. I feel fortunate to have...
by RooseveltG
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Data Backup is Enough?
Replies: 5
Views: 378

How Much Data Backup is Enough?

I currently back up data on iCloud and an external hard drive. I have also traditionally used another secondary backup service (iDrive or Backblaze), but am thinking of dropping the secondary backup. Is this a prudent move or does it make sense to maintain a level of protection beyond iCloud alone? ...
by RooseveltG
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quicken Mac vs Windows
Replies: 18
Views: 1643

Re: Quicken Mac vs Windows

I have used Quicken for Windows for over 20 years but am not on the Mac platform. I found the Mac version of Quicken to be unusable. It did not import my data accurately and does not allow customization of the accounts on the left side of the screen. Moneydance did not import well and the screen is ...
by RooseveltG
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Safe is Direct Access for Bankivity?
Replies: 2
Views: 465

How Safe is Direct Access for Bankivity?

I am in the process of switching from Quicken (Windows) to Bankivity. The latter uses Direct Access (via subscription) to connect to many banks.

Any thoughts on how secure this is?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bankivity 7: New user questions
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Bankivity 7: New user questions

I am in the process of transitioning from Quicken for Windows to Bankivity 7 on a Mac. I have a few questions: 1. Can you pay bills online (as you can in Quicken) and how do you do it? 2. Quicken links the money market and brokerage accounts so that purchases and dividends on the investment side app...
by RooseveltG
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone Switch from Quicken (Windows) to Bankivity or Moneydance?
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Anyone Switch from Quicken (Windows) to Bankivity or Moneydance?

I am using Quicken for Windows and have tried unsuccessfully in the past to transition to Bankivity/Moneydance on a Mac.

Would like to hear how it went and which product you prefer.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken 2019 for Mac
Replies: 13
Views: 1566

Quicken 2019 for Mac

Quicken 2019 for Mac is now available for $75/year (discounted to $67 for the first year). I am currently using Q 2017 on a Mac. Has anyone tried the new Mac version? Does it do automatic reconciliation? Is it easy to import the Windows file into the Mac version? Any info would be appreciated. Thank...
by RooseveltG
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Intro Geology Textbooks
Replies: 17
Views: 1235

Re: Best Intro Geology Textbooks

Thanks for all the info.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Intro Geology Textbooks
Replies: 17
Views: 1235

Best Intro Geology Textbooks

After visiting several national parks, I realize that my knowledge of geology is zip. Can anyone recommend the best clear intro to geology textbook used as the college level?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SD Cards for Cameras: How many MB/S?
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: SD Cards for Cameras: How many MB/S?

The camera is a Sony RX100 for travel photography.

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SD Cards for Cameras: How many MB/S?
Replies: 8
Views: 586

SD Cards for Cameras: How many MB/S?

SD cards for cameras have speed ratings from roughly 30-300 MB/Second. I am currently using a 90MB/S card and was wondering if I would see an appreciable difference with a 300 MB/S card. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Rental for South America?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Phone Rental for South America?

Thanks for the info!

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Rental for South America?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Phone Rental for South America?

Verizon could not add my AT&T unlocked phone to their international calling plan. They may be wrong, but I can't really get on the plan if they say it can't be done!

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Rental for South America?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Phone Rental for South America?

It is an AT&T Phone that is now on Verizon and Verizon is saying it will not work.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone Rental for South America?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Phone Rental for South America?

My cell phone was purchased from AT&T but I switched to Verizon 4 months ago. When I went to add the international travel pass option $10/day), I was told my phone would not work internationally on Verizon's partner carriers outside the US. Short of buying a new phone, can anyone suggest a phone ren...
by RooseveltG
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mind Mapping Software? Mindnode?
Replies: 15
Views: 1485

Mind Mapping Software? Mindnode?

I use a basic legal pad to outline lectures but am thinking of switching to a mind mapping program such as Mindnode.

Is this a gimmick or do these programs really help you develop ideas and see new connections?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt
by RooseveltG
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 7433

Re: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

Sorry. I was responding to the first response.

Appreciate all the posts.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 7433

Re: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

Thanks but not sure that answers the question.

Roosevelt
by RooseveltG
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 7433

4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

I work with an open PDF file and Quicken (using Parallels on a Mac) side by side on an Apple Thunderbolt display. Using this setup, only part of the Quicken program is visible; even when the PDF is reduced to a more difficult to read size. I have considered upgrading to either the LG 27 inch 5K Ultr...
by RooseveltG
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?
Replies: 83
Views: 11815

Re: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?

Appreciate all the responses. For now, we are considering Tanzania.

Perhaps those who went to Africa were self-selecting, but almost no one I know regrets having gone, which is a strong endorsement for going.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?
Replies: 47
Views: 4729

Re: iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?

Thanks to all who responded.

There is no perfect device that does it all!

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?
Replies: 47
Views: 4729

iPad Pro 12.9": Replacement for Laptop?

I have been traveling with an old laptop, smaller iPad Pro and a Kindle. Instead of a new laptop, I am considering replacing all 3 devices with a 12.9 inch iPad and Apple Smart Keyboard. My computing needs consist of Keynote presentations, word processing, email and the web. I am wondering if anyone...
by RooseveltG
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: African Safari: Worth it or Hype?
Replies: 83
Views: 11815

African Safari: Worth it or Hype?

Some seasoned travelers tell us that Africa was the best trip they ever took. Others have been unimpressed and are just as happy seeing animals in the zoo.

Would be interested in thoughts of those who have visited Africa. Is it worth it or mostly hype?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?

A friend told me his cellular signal (AT&T) fades and is sporadic in areas without strong signal coverage.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Apple Watch 3 Cellular Version?

I am in the market for the cellular version of the Series 3 Apple Watch.

If you have the cellular version of the Series 3 Apple Watch, how do you use the cellular feature and does it work well? I have heard that the signal is weaker and coverage is spotty.

Thanks in advance.

Roosvelt.
by RooseveltG
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Site to Sell Used Laser Printer Cartridges?
Replies: 4
Views: 1140

Best Site to Sell Used Laser Printer Cartridges?

I have a used HP laser cartridge and can send it back to HP for recycling. Anyone sell their cartridges to a recycling company? If so, which one would you recommend.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Web Based News Aggregator 2018?
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

Best Web Based News Aggregator 2018?

I look at the same 10 web sites everyday to select articles to read. Is there a customizable web aggregator that combines the topics I am interested in on to one page?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Roosevelt
by RooseveltG
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?
Replies: 200
Views: 16425

Are Password Managers Really Necessary?

I use a Password Manager but friends claim they are unnecessary. They ask if I know anyone who has ever lost brokerage firm assets because their account was hacked and I cannot say that I do. They also do not worry about credit card fraud because they locked down their credit and liability is limite...
by RooseveltG
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?

I recently learned how to tag files for easy grouping from different folders.

They are cool but are they useful? If you use tags in Mac OS, can you share what you use them for?

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Steam Oven vs Microwave?
Replies: 7
Views: 3219

Steam Oven vs Microwave?

We have heard mixed reviews on steam ovens. Do they cook that much better than a microwave and are they worth the cost?

Any real life experience you can share would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving up on Quicken? (and expense tracking software altogether)
Replies: 73
Views: 9205

Re: Giving up on Quicken? (and expense tracking software altogether)

I use Quicken for Windows on a Mac (Parallels) and have 20 years of financial data. During a health scare 7 years ago, I decided that it was pointless to spend time categorizing every expense as long as we were under budget. Most transactions are paid by credit card and I just allocate the entire ba...
by RooseveltG
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?

Thanks, but how does it compare to the older Apple Thunderbolt display?

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

LG Ultrafine 5K Display for Macbook Pro?

My Thunderbolt display has finally died. I can purchase a used one on eBay or buy the Apple recommended LG 27" 5K display. I realize I will need a dock because it only comes with USB-C ports. Has anyone compared the LG to the Thunderbolt display side by side in person (vs. specs)? Thanks in advance....
by RooseveltG
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 17156

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

Thanks for all the opinions. Here is what I learned from Irma as a Florida newbie. 1. Hurricanes are not predictable. We flew out 48 hours before Irma hit and talked to friends that morning who were driving to Tampa to ride out the storm. The hurricane turned west and their strategy backfired. 2. Th...
by RooseveltG
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 17156

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

As the op, we are scheduled to fly out of Ft Lauderdale tomorrow at 5:30 pm. This is only my second hurricane and in retrospect I cut it too close for comfort. We are still leaving 41 hours before the hurricane arrives but flights may stop after 8 pm tomorrow. Plan B if the flight is cancelled is to...
by RooseveltG
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 17156

Re: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

I appreciate the suggestions. It looks like it makes sense to sit tight until 2 days out and then either drive/fly away.

Can anyone comment on traffic conditions to Orlando 48 hours before a hurricane is projected to make landfall?

Thanks.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?
Replies: 141
Views: 17156

Florida Hurricanes: When and where to go?

We are new to Southeast Florida and hurricane season is upon us. Besides preparing and knowing where the hurricane shelters are, I have 2 specific questions. 1. What is the optimal time frame to leave the area? Leaving too early each time is cumbersome and leaving too late is too risky. Hurricanes c...
by RooseveltG
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 2191

Re: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?

Thanks.

I did forge ahead without a broker. I called the insurance carrier whenever I had a question. That allowed me to efficiently sign up for a supplemental plan, while receiving pertinent information. A "broker light" experience.

Roosevelt.
by RooseveltG
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?
Replies: 19
Views: 2191

Medicare Plan F and Part D: Use a Broker or Not?

I am eligible for Medicare and have a fairly clear idea of what plan F and Part D I would like to purchase. Most of my colleagues have used brokers but this seems like a simple on line process that does not require a broker. What are the pros and cons of signing up with and without a broker? Thanks ...
by RooseveltG
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medicare Part D: Silverscript Choice vs Plus Plan
Replies: 3
Views: 1628

Medicare Part D: Silverscript Choice vs Plus Plan

Can anyone clearly explain how one chooses between a Part D Choice vs Plus Plan. It looks like the main difference is the amount of coverage in the "coverage gap" or "donut hole." There are some drug tier differences in the gap but this is difficult to assess when you cannot be certain what medicati...