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by DiamondplateDave
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair old refrigerator or purchase new
Replies: 24
Views: 1840

Re: Repair old refrigerator or purchase new

I have an old fridge, like 20years old. It still is cold but water builds up, drips into the fridge, Not sure whAt is going on... Probably the condensate drain is plugged. This is a tube that usually runs from underneath the freezer(top freezer) across the top of the fridge compartment in the back,...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine
Replies: 74
Views: 5744

Re: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine

As stated, the water from the dehumidifier is exactly the opposite of sanitary. I have been using a CPAP with humidifier for 10 years. I have always used distilled water, except once when I ran out. I used our very hard tap water, as, as I assumed, it left a mineral scale behind that was difficult t...
by DiamondplateDave
Thu May 31, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College Laptop Security lock
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: College Laptop Security lock

I work for a college bookstore. We sell laptops. We used to sell locks. We still stock them, but they aren't big sellers. Most of them need a "Kensington Security Slot" for the lock to attach. None of the Macs have this now. There are Mac locks of various types available. In the past, we sold a kit ...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon May 21, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Create a shareable calendar for iOS and Android?
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Create a shareable calendar for iOS and Android?

and I gave the password to all my partners so they could use the built in calendar app on their iPhones to sync and look at the call schedule. <security problem from Google> Any suggestions? Not sure what you need? You can share the calendar, either as "public" or with specified people (they may ne...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?
Replies: 56
Views: 4613

Re: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?

As an owner of many end-of-life vehicles, and a resident of the Rust Belt, I can say with certainty I have had metal brake, fuel, and power steering lines fail. Several times, lines have failed at a low point. My assumption is that the water in the lines tends to settle to the low point, causing it ...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?
Replies: 39
Views: 3634

Re: Towel Warmers - worthwhile luxury or useless?

I have to confess I have no experience with towel warmers. Since my bathroom is in an uninsulated dormer, with only a small radiator, I would not rule out any additional source of heat. However, by total co-incidence, I was researching how much energy my Smart Devices draw- https://www.esource.com/e...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult
Replies: 67
Views: 5048

Re: Checklist for Parents of Incoming Freshmen/To-Be Adult

My employer sells Apple laptops to college students. We offer a package of <laptop>, AppleCare+, which includes accidental damage protection; and a support service of on-campus tech and a loaner program. If she don't have a laptop, see if the college offers anything like this. If not, see what they ...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thunderbird Malfunction
Replies: 13
Views: 1376

Re: Thunderbird Malfunction

It might help if you disclosed what email domain and OS you are using. Although it is apparently untrue that Thunderbird will be unsupported, I think I've had some trouble with gmail. Google says Thunderbird is not a secure application or something. I've had to set gmail to allow Tbird to access ema...
by DiamondplateDave
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo as security device
Replies: 11
Views: 1509

Re: Amazon Echo as security device

1. I started streaming iHeart Radio of the local NPR station at work yesterday on my Dot. I had just hooked up some old computer speakers and wanted to test them. Somebody came in and I turned the volume down. When I came in today, I eventually realized the Dot was still streaming NPR. So, obviously...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $500 gift card, what to do?
Replies: 42
Views: 3554

Re: $500 gift card, what to do?

I get $100 Amazon gift cards as a benefit from work. Actually, I have a choice but Amazon seems to be the best one-I don't eat at fancy seafood restaurants or shop at expensive clothing stores-so I give up the 5% I'd get by using my Chase Amazon Mastercard...oh, well. But, as a new wrinkle, in addit...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.
Replies: 37
Views: 2924

Re: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.

Our Mac is almost 6 years old. For the last 2 years it’s been too slow (...) As a Mac technician, I say this is not normal. I have a 2009 iMac that is perfectly usable. I see lots of 6 and 8 year old Macs that work just fine. You have a corrupt OS or filesystem, a failing hard drive (probably bad s...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.
Replies: 37
Views: 2924

Re: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.

I installed an SSD drive(...) I'm going to give it a shot for a couple months. I already find myself wanting to use it over the PC. 1. I see lots of Macs with only 4GB of RAM. At this point, 8 might be nice, but not essential. Make sure you understand the difference between closing the application'...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Flashlight?
Replies: 65
Views: 5992

Re: Boglehead Flashlight?

For Christmas I received a "Bell and Howell" LED flashlight identical to the 2-pack on Amazon shown upthread. Skeptical about "As Seen On TV", I was surprised that the light quality is actually pretty good (I have about 2 dozen different inexpensive LED flashlights). One drawback is the 3-AAA cells,...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long would a 09' Hyundai Sonata last?
Replies: 13
Views: 1413

Re: How long would a 09' Hyundai Sonata last?

Well, I am 7 years ahead of you. 2002 Sonata, 2.7 V6, loaded. I bought the car in 2007 from my boss. His wife commuted to Albany, NY on I-87. I think he wanted to get rid of it because the 5 year, 100Kmi warranty expired (102K). I had to do the brakes (pads, rotors, calipers, flush) all around and f...
by DiamondplateDave
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Mac Pro has gotten gigantically slow online: meltdown $ spectre?
Replies: 19
Views: 2448

Re: My Mac Pro has gotten gigantically slow online: meltdown $ spectre?

Without information as to what model, year, specs, etc. it's hard to give advice. Forgive me if this is too basic for you, but it would be where I would start if you brought the machine in to me. I've found a lot of Mac users don't know how to close programs. Next to the Apple menu, top left, <Progr...
by DiamondplateDave
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scrapping old computer parts
Replies: 25
Views: 2105

Re: Scrapping old computer parts

I haven't personally used them, but I have a pile of RAM and CPUs I'm hoping to get something for. The main issue seems to not have all the profits go to paying for the shipping. http://boardsort.com/ http://www.cashforcomputerscrap.com/current-pricing Whether what you have is worth the time...you'l...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A power bank for a MacBook Air?
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: A power bank for a MacBook Air?

Could you be more specific what you want to accomplish? Since the Air has a non-removable battery, you can't really keep a backup battery on hand. I presume what you want is to extend the potential runtime of the laptop in the event of a...power failure? Emergency? How much run time do you have now?...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for 'Smart Home' Experts.....
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Question for 'Smart Home' Experts.....

I have TP-Link HS100 and HS110 (energy monitoring) Smartplugs, Kasa app, iPhone, and Amazon Alexa devices. I have no problem setting a timer in the Kasa app to turn off my Smartplugs. I do this every night with the light in my bedroom-turn it on, then set a timer to turn it off in 15 or so minutes. ...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart home lighting: which lights to automate?
Replies: 19
Views: 1887

Re: Smart home lighting: which lights to automate?

One common bugaboo of smart home installs seems to be the lack of a neutral wire in the switch box. If you have wiring done, having a neutral wire available would be a plus for future use. My '20s era house has a mongrel mix of K&T and BX (armor-clad, no ground wire). I've mostly left the ceiling li...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appliance Install Issues
Replies: 40
Views: 2434

Re: Appliance Install Issues

Not an expert on this, just a Kill-A-Watt owner. I wasn't sure if one will tell you what the surge current on a fridge is. A quick Google indicates it will not. Estimate is 5-10x running current. My current fridge plate states it's about a 150W, it dims the lights sometimes when it kicks on (old ele...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plow Guy Raised Rates
Replies: 112
Views: 10502

Re: Plow Guy Raised Rates

One of the books I read on computer consulting suggested that if you found yourself working too many hours, you should raise your rates. This would cause a certain percentage of customers to go elsewhere, leaving you with a full workload but more income. It may be this person had too many customers ...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)
Replies: 33
Views: 2202

Re: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)

I tried heating the upstairs of my house with a kerosene heater one winter. It was a pain-buying the kero, storing it outside, lugging the heater downstairs and outside when it needed filling, trying to keep it adjusted. Between the fire hazard and the fumes/soot I decided it wasn't worth whatever m...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Any Albany, NY Bogleheads out there?
Replies: 17
Views: 3717

Re: Any Albany, NY Bogleheads out there?

I just saw this. I believe I looked for a local BH group and saw nothing not too long ago. Well, maybe it was last year. Anyhow, I will join the mailing list and try to participate. Panara and Prof. Java's are pretty convenient for me, moreso than downtown Albany. Book-swapping sounds good, and very...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks
Replies: 9
Views: 851

Re: Suggestions for organizing bookmarks

I use Firefox Sync, in the Preferences->Sync tab in Mac OS. My bookmarking needs are much lighter than yours, but I have not noticed any problems with it. I have about 15 years worth, maybe...1000? Every so often, I back the bookmarks up to a file with my contacts and Thunderbird mail, say once a ye...
by DiamondplateDave
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a New Macbook Pro?
Replies: 47
Views: 4988

Re: Should I get a New Mac or Macbookpro?

Certain models of the 13" Macbook Pro have issues with the SATA (hard drive) flex cables failing. There was a Quality Assurance program which ended this summer. Apple also recommends replacing the SATA cable when replacing the hard drive. Although the usual symptom of a failed cable are failure to a...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 7284

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

If you are going to do the work yourself, consider going to Harbor Freight etc. and getting their big 30" x 1/2" "breaker bar". Get a set of 1/2" impact sockets (black, six-pointed metric). I used these CONSTANTLY when I had older cars. The breaker bar will loosen fasteners that an impact driver (yo...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cat teeth cleaning costs
Replies: 41
Views: 8914

Re: Cat teeth cleaning costs

About 4 years ago, I adopted a stray neighborhood cat. I started taking him to the same vet I took my chinchilla to. About two years ago, the vet moved to a spacious new office, complete with a new dental theater. That same year, the vet started recommending I get the cat's teeth cleaned. Same thing...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need new tires?
Replies: 51
Views: 4880

Re: Do I need new tires?

I agree with the consensus to replace the tires. They're worn out, and they are old. My only thought is that when you buy new tires, you are also probably paying for a warranty. You might try and find a shop that will allow the warranty to go with the car if you buy from them. As an aside, I drove m...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hands free music for the home - Amazon or something else?
Replies: 7
Views: 1264

Re: Hands free music for the home - Amazon or something else?

I have an Echo, a Tap, and several Dots. I believe a Dot would do exactly what you want, but I know nothing about iheartradio. I use my Prime account to play TuneIn and Prime Music. I say "Alexa, play NPR" and it plays my local NPR station until I tell it to stop. I can also say, "Alexa, set a sleep...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Word Doc/Need to Send via Mac - question
Replies: 9
Views: 1124

Re: Word Doc/Need to Send via Mac - question

I'm not quite sure of your situation here, so this is more of a random suggestion: If you can *view* the letter, you should be able to print it as a .pdf. File->Print-PDF->Save as PDF. If you have to send it as a Word doc, then a pdf is no help.
by DiamondplateDave
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donated car to charity, title still in my name, now what???
Replies: 6
Views: 1210

Re: Donated car to charity, title still in my name, now what???

I'm curious if you got a receipt from the company, and what info was on it. I would think that would prove you transferred the car, although if it came to being dragged to the police station that might not be much consolation. I am surprised that you left the plate on it. Here in NYS, you have to tu...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OP UPDATE:Getting Rid of Google Search Result??
Replies: 37
Views: 7916

Re: Getting Rid of Google Search Result??

Quick background. I did a google search on my name and found that the 5th result down shows [...] When I go to the site, it says it will remove this information for $179. Ahhh....I think I'm seeing the motivation for all those busty clickbait ads.."it's amazing what this site knows about you". I'm ...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vendor to purchase the latest Apple Macbook Pro?
Replies: 17
Views: 2704

Re: Best vendor to purchase the latest Apple Macbook Pro?

I think that machine is overkill for what you will be using it for. It's possible that a new Mac will actually function for 10 years, but I would not gamble on it. Get an $1800 machine, or even a $2000 machine, with AppleCare. You will get three years, barring theft or accident, and 5 would not be u...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multimeter - Help Reading
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Multimeter - Help Reading

If the thermal fuse should basically be a short circuit, the tester should beep.The tester beeps when you touch the leads together? DVMs are often hard to interpret in regards to what voltage or resistance they are displaying. It sounds as if the thermal fuse is open, and you are seeing the resistan...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Routers!! are driving me crazy
Replies: 33
Views: 4418

Re: Routers!! are driving me crazy

I've had numerous flaky routers. It's very annoying when they don't die, but just do weird things. I bought an ASUS router, used it for a while with no problems, then bought another one with some more features. I just ordered another ASUS router from Newegg, should be $19 after $30 rebate. I'll just...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo & Tap
Replies: 28
Views: 3705

Re: Amazon Echo, Tap & Dot

I spent a little while trying to find a Dot a few weeks ago. They were not available. I did see rumors that Amazon was going to release a updated version. Strangely, they started promoting it just a few days later. After some hesitation, I finally pre-ordered a six-pack (buy 5 for $49.99, get one fr...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eating Healthy/Meals for One
Replies: 65
Views: 6696

Re: Eating Healthy/Meals for One

I have much the same problem. I found making a big tossed salad didn't work, one or more components spoiled quickly. However, keeping the ingredients separate in tupperware and making the salad when I wanted to eat worked well. The salad I just finished contained Spring Mix (greens are better than i...
by DiamondplateDave
Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Data recovery
Replies: 12
Views: 1361

Re: Data recovery

Could you elaborate on "plugged the hard drive into a different computer"? You mean you plugged the external hard drive into the USB port of another computer? The unit is a internal hard drive mounted in a case which provides an interface. It's possible the interface or it's power supply has failed....
by DiamondplateDave
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yahoo Spam is being forwarded to Outlook
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Yahoo Spam is being forwarded to Outlook

It appears it is working as intended.

https://forums.yahoo.net/t5/Features-an ... td-p/26762

I would consider using an email client and imap or pop
by DiamondplateDave
Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: Are all replacement Macbook Pro power supplies junk?

1. In general, my experience with third-party chargers and batteries is poor. Moreso with Apple stuff, although I might make an exception for some of the batteries sold at otherworldcomputing (macsales.com). Mostly, I would steer clear. 2. Apple sells bulk chargers to its repair facilities. You migh...
by DiamondplateDave
Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo & Tap
Replies: 28
Views: 3705

Re: Amazon Echo & Tap

I bought the Echo at the $99 price just for the cool factor. I've been impressed with it, although I will admit I don't use it to its full capabilities. It mostly understands me-I've never done the training- and the sound quality and volume is impressive for its size. I purchased a Tap through the E...
by DiamondplateDave
Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 6953

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

Just what I see as some needed clarification, based on what I have seen and the OP: 1. The pop-up saying the computer had a virus was probably just an obnoxious web ad, something random. They do lock the browser up so they can persist even over a re-boot. It's possible, however, that it came from an...
by DiamondplateDave
Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: GE Stock: Letter to stockholders Re:GEID
Replies: 1
Views: 725

GE Stock: Letter to stockholders Re:GEID

A friend inherited some GE stock. She doesn't know much about investing; all she does is cash the dividend checks. She recently received a letter from GE, and does not understand what it is about. She asked me, but, while I see what it is saying, I do not understand the implications of it. It says, ...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 8673

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Somebody posted this on another list I read: https://bgr.com/2016/05/25/microsoft-windows-10-upgrade-trick/ TL;DR: Windows pops up a box saying you are scheduled to update on x date. If you click the "X" close button, you are agreeing to the upgrade. You have to change/cancel the upgrade in that box...
by DiamondplateDave
Thu May 19, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Macbook Air - how to keep it running smoothly?
Replies: 18
Views: 2715

Re: Macbook Air - how to keep it running smoothly?

Any tips for keeping the Mac running well? Disclaimer: forgive me if I state the obvious; I have no idea what your tech-savvy is. 1. Keep liquids AWAY! Every week, somebody comes in with a Macbook that is a total loss. Yesterday it was somebody who 'spilled a few drops of beer in it, about a month ...
by DiamondplateDave
Wed May 18, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]
Replies: 48
Views: 7703

Re: $750 repair or buy new [MacBook Pro]

I work as a laptop tech. We frequently see Apple laptops with liquid damage. Although having Apple do the repair will maintain the AppleCare, unless the unit is practically new, it's not cost-effective. A Macbook Air is basically four components- the topcase (keyboard, battery, trackpad), the clamsh...
by DiamondplateDave
Tue May 17, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: garden hose
Replies: 46
Views: 4849

Re: garden hose

I bought (I believe) a Sears Craftsman hose about....10 or more years ago. It's still in great shape. It has heavy brass ends that would be hard to crush, even if you ran them over. I tighten the bib end with pliers and the nozzle end by hand, and just leave the water on all summer-no leaks. Stretch...
by DiamondplateDave
Mon May 16, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will it hurt my desktop pc if I have it sleep when not in use for 5 minutes?
Replies: 33
Views: 3008

Re: Will it hurt my desktop pc if I have it sleep when not in use for 5 minutes?

The way I see it, it's a trade-off between (possible) wear and tear on the computer vs. electrical use. I don't think a few minutes difference in run time is going to have any appreciable effect, the possible wear and tear is from the thermal cycling as the components expand and contract*. So, the g...
by DiamondplateDave
Sun May 15, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Email Hacked
Replies: 38
Views: 5263

Re: Email Hacked

1. Besides your Address Book, the mail interface may have a "Collected Addresses" area. Anyhow, I'm sure it's child's play to harvest email addresses. 2. Be aware that somebody that has access to your email account may be able to reset passwords to other sites. They will know what bank, credit card,...