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by JDofAZ
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling ROKU experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1770

Re: Calling ROKU experts

I don't know of a way to reprogram the factory remote but my logitech harmony universal remote had a long list of "app" buttons. They must have many variations of them.
by JDofAZ
Sat May 23, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?
Replies: 75
Views: 6271

Re: Car shopping PHEV / ICE / or all electric?

I have an Ioniq PHEV that I'm happy with ,the EV range is only about 29 miles but most days I don't run the ICE at all. I've gone 5 months between fill ups. It is comforting not to have to worry about range anxiety but I hope to go full EV next time. I like to say PHEV is a gateway drug to full EV. ...
by JDofAZ
Fri May 22, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 97
Views: 6895

Re: Discarding Music CDs

My large CD collection is mostly classical music that I purchased in the 1990s and early 2000s. The thought of trying to put them on digital files in a computer seems overwhelming. I worry about the sound quality and about the ability to keep the tracks together for multi-movement musical works. So...
by JDofAZ
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What single individual stock would you buy?
Replies: 133
Views: 10355

Re: What single individual stock would you buy?

I remember - waaay back - when I was first looking into investing. I asked an older friend, at the time, how I might go about getting started. His advice? "Take a look at companies that you like their products". This fellow, at the time (late 80s), owned a LOT of Walmart. For myself, and without pi...
by JDofAZ
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? What were the pluses and minuses?
Replies: 51
Views: 4503

Re: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? What were the pluses and minuses?

Off the top of my head: Pluses: Devices typically get 4 to 5 years of OS updates from the year the device was introduced (this is huge in my opinion) You will be able to buy accessories almost anywhere Texting other iOS people has extra features beyond sms Google will know less about you, unless you...
by JDofAZ
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strange email from Synchrony about Amazon Prime Store Card
Replies: 35
Views: 9390

Re: Strange email from Synchrony about Amazon Prime Store Card

a me too post, glad this thread already pops up on google :)
by JDofAZ
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DSL Advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1835

Re: DSL Advice

As others mentioned swapping out the modem is difficult, in addition to needing century link credentials you also need the correct modem. CTL uses several technologies that are not compatible with each other, it might not even be DSL, it is more complicated than swapping cable modems. The most commo...
by JDofAZ
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Vanguard ongoing glitches, August 12-13, 2019]
Replies: 256
Views: 18692

Re: [Vanguard ongoing glitches, August 12-13, 2019]

A blog I follow reported it was an issue with the Consolidated Tape System. I’ll skip comment on their opinion but they had some interesting information, they even link back to this thread. http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/08/shhh-dont-tell-the-public-there-was-a-frightening-glitch-in-stock-market...
by JDofAZ
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One credit card statement late
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Capital One credit card statement late

That is what it was, closed on the 8th.
by JDofAZ
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One credit card statement late
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Capital One credit card statement late

This happened to me. They are in the middle of changing over some of their software and for some people statement close dates are changing. If yours was toward the end of the month it may be moving and you will wind up with an August statement that covers all of July and the part of June since your...
by JDofAZ
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One credit card statement late
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Capital One credit card statement late

dm200 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:40 pm
My guess is that the more likely reason is post office delivery problem - such as being stuck to someone else's envelope.
I opted for paperless, I'm looking at the website version.
by JDofAZ
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One credit card statement late
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Re: Capital One credit card statement late

bloom2708 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:59 pm
Do they have a "Chat with us now..." service?
Not that I could find
by JDofAZ
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One credit card statement late
Replies: 15
Views: 1257

Capital One credit card statement late

I've had a credit card with capital one for many years and like clock work they generate my statement on the 29th, until now. When I log in to their website new charges are still being added to the billing period that started on June 29. My assumption is this is something to do with the recent hack....
by JDofAZ
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VOIP - what do you use?
Replies: 55
Views: 4712

Re: VOIP - what do you use?

I'm happy with https://www.callcentric.com , I use their service with an OBi202.
by JDofAZ
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prius vs Prius Prime (plug-in)
Replies: 78
Views: 5391

Re: Low Prius Inventory-change strategy?

I would say in general a plug in version of any car is preferable to the regular hybrid, you will be surprised how much less gas you use. As for the prius specifically, I know someone who had a top trim 2018 Prius prime. They strongly disliked the controls, simple things like a/c controls are buried...
by JDofAZ
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 351
Views: 43623

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I enjoyed Sirius when I had it for free. However, the quality of the sound didn't seem as good as my local stations, especially ones that broadcast in HD. If I lived in an area without a lot of choices, or if I was on the road for a long period of time I could see paying for it. Fortunately the loc...
by JDofAZ
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it safe to keep using a phone after it stops receiving security updates?
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Is it safe to keep using a phone after it stops receiving security updates?

The risk is a compromised app exploits known and unpatched vulnerabilities to do some unauthorized thing on your device. Android has a lot of mitigations since so many android devices are never patched. Rather than repeat I'll link to their documentation https://source.android.com/security/ . Since ...
by JDofAZ
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iphone purchase
Replies: 19
Views: 2404

Re: iphone purchase

It is a common mistake but the iPhone plus screen is larger than the X. The X is not the same 16:9 aspect ratio of the plus so the diagonal measurement cannot be compared directly to each other.
by JDofAZ
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Arizona State Retirement System
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Value of Arizona State Retirement System

. As far as what you should do, that has to be your decision. 11 years, when you aren't happy, is a lifetime. I went back to a federal government job for a variety of reasons but one was to boost my pension (based on years and high 3 and now my high 3 is much, much higher). Unfortunately the job di...
by JDofAZ
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Arizona State Retirement System
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Value of Arizona State Retirement System

There is some healthcare benefit for retirees. Who knows what that really means to you at age 50 as health insurance premiums are a moving target these days. Also, you would be required to purchase through ASRS rather than through ACA or the private markets. See this link https://www.azasrs.gov/con...
by JDofAZ
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Arizona State Retirement System
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Value of Arizona State Retirement System

NJ operates similar and the Police and fire pension system ( the only healthy one in NJ) offers very very good pension benefits for anyone hired before 2010. Still excellent if hired after. We pay 10% salary and the municipalities pay about 28% of the eonplyees salary. So 100k employee for a total ...
by JDofAZ
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Arizona State Retirement System
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Value of Arizona State Retirement System

Yes, you are crazy if you leave before 50. Is the pension COLA’d? Try replicating it in annuity market, you will need a freighter full of cash to do so. The value of pension is deferred compensation and it’s guaranteed. No COLA. Increases are rare, for existing retirees they have not received an in...
by JDofAZ
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Arizona State Retirement System
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Value of Arizona State Retirement System

I am trying to determine how valuable my membership in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) is. I have 19 years of service in the system and I would need to work for another 11 years to reach “normal” retirement. ASRS determines the annual benefit based on Years of Service * Average Monthly Co...
by JDofAZ
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 420
Views: 94436

Re: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?

I got an email today asking me to upgrade saying
Action requested on your accounts by February 10, 2016
It doesn't actually say what will happen if you don't do anything.
by JDofAZ
Wed May 27, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest host to buy and sponsor a domain name?
Replies: 13
Views: 1984

Re: Cheapest host to buy and sponsor a domain name?

I've been switching from godaddy to google domains. Google seems to charge a flat $12 but godaddy was up to $18 (for .org I think).

google also throws in gmail forwarding and a very basic website for free.

https://domains.google.com