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by azurekep
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: internet browsers and free software?
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: internet browsers and free software?

Free software has been around way longer than a lot of pay software. Some of the motivations, particularly for the smaller developers: Generosity. The only "payment' being appreciation by the users, along with the occasional donation A desire for the author to try out their development skills, while...
by azurekep
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you record customer service interactions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1069

Re: Do you record customer service interactions?

When I ask for a name, I get a first name. I would feel a bit nosy asking for the last name, even though the company probably has an entire dossier on me and all it's other customers. ;) But usually past conversations are written up in notes on the company end, so a name is less important. As an asi...
by azurekep
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox
Replies: 9
Views: 1185

Re: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox

I've been deferring trying out Waterfox since my daily driver is a 32-bit machine and Waterfox is 64-bit. But yesterday, I installed it on my financial VM (on a 64-bit machine) and it's great. I haven't put it through all the paces yet, but I don't anticipate any downsides. I've had my eye out on Wa...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 68
Views: 4187

Re: My dad's army jacket

I wouldn't find it disrespectful because you are not intending or doing any harm. I don't think I can predict the reactions of others any better than you can. I always think of the extreme cases. :) Like, in every major city there are vets suffering from PTSD that have not been properly treated. We...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insurance claim - what is my obligation?
Replies: 11
Views: 963

Re: Insurance claim - what is my obligation?

No offense, but your opinion doesn't matter. States have laws that govern this. The moving company may very well be entitled to the damaged mattress. They essentially bought it from you when they cut you that check. As a prior poster said, the company may never follow up, but that doesn't mean they...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2648
Views: 849516

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished the new Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child's The Midnight Line . It's a good one. Agreed. I'm near the end and not only is it one of the more enjoyable Reacher reads, but it touches on some important issues...which I won't bring up here for fear fo spoiling it. But since I just commented...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 68
Views: 4187

Re: My dad's army jacket

I am getting mixed reactions from people that feel it would be disrespectful to wear it. I do not want to offend anyone--I have taken off the pins (keeping them in the pocket) and will be removing the patches. I look to this group as the voice of reason: is this wrong? I didn't serve and the last t...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions for Boglehead runners
Replies: 28
Views: 1455

Re: Questions for Boglehead runners

In fifth grade, I vowed to run every single day without fail -- a promise I kept until recently when I had a minor injury (not from running). But I'm back in the groove. Just curious, how long of a streak was this? This article is a bit dated (2-3 years old, I believe), but I thought it was a good ...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions for Boglehead runners
Replies: 28
Views: 1455

Re: Questions for Boglehead runners

In fifth grade, I vowed to run every single day without fail -- a promise I kept until recently when I had a minor injury (not from running). But I'm back in the groove. Just curious, how long of a streak was this? Throughout high school, college and my career. Many years. Keep in mind though that ...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions for Boglehead runners
Replies: 28
Views: 1455

Re: Questions for Boglehead runners

1) How much do you spend each year on running, including gear/shoes, entry fees, PT, travel, etc.? It varies. I don't run competitively so no extra travel, entry fees. The money is just on shoes and clothes, which once purchased carries over for several years at a time. I've always used lightweight...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts
Replies: 12
Views: 836

Re: Windows 10/Edge Conflicts

The patient portal for our eye doctor requires Mozilla Firefox and more recently our local bank requires Internet Explorer to use certain features within their on-line banking platform - has anyone else had issues with W10/Edge clashing with certain online vendors ? Does Edge by any chance support ...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozilla Firefox Donations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1753

Re: Mozilla Firefox Donations?

So far I am underwhelmed. Some sites don't load at all. Scripts are still running around like rats. If they don't get this fixed, I'm dumping FF. For those who like Firefox but not the new version, they can move to the Firefox Extended Reslease (ESR) version. That will give them an extra year or so...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 107
Views: 6440

Re: Do you meditate?

letsgobobby wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 am
I am way too busy and stressed out to meditate.
No problem:

"Alexa, put me in a meditative state."

Or try one of the drive-thru centers. I think they're called "Om and Out". Kind of like Gas and Go.
by azurekep
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for news?
Replies: 46
Views: 2506

Re: Paying for news?

Since we've been talking about investigative journalism, I thought I'd link to an article that describes the techniques used to uncover a particular story. It could be applied to any official in any administration, so I hope it's taken in the non-political context that I'm offering it. It simply des...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for news?
Replies: 46
Views: 2506

Re: Paying for news?

You're talking about an ideal , how things used to be. These days there is little incentive for news organizations to pay journalists to actually investigate stories and double check their facts. It's too expensive and doesn't generate any revenue. It's much more cost effective to publish opinion p...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for news?
Replies: 46
Views: 2506

Re: Paying for news?

To the OP's question, just pick the top one or two outlets you like and pay. That assuages the guilt because you're supporting journalism and you're supporting the best-quality journalism (in your opinion). That leaves you free to browse the other outlets until you decide one of them is better; shif...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozilla Firefox Donations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1753

Re: Mozilla Firefox Donations?

I do not like the direction Chrome is going re: privacy and the monolithicity of Google, er, Alphabet, bundling its products like Hangouts only on Chrome. It's important to me and many others to always ensure a free and open web. Agree 100%. That's why I've always used Firefox and never used Chrome...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozilla Firefox Donations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1753

Re: Mozilla Firefox Donations?

Mozilla Firefox often asks for donations, but I never have given. I wondered why I should. I am asking the forum today because Firefox issued an upgrade of which they are saying connections are much faster. I agree that it is faster after my download this morning. Do some of you donate? Should we? ...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 107
Views: 6440

Re: Do you meditate?

In particular, I have a specific dislike of the sound "OM". Yeah, I have a similar ambivalence towards it. To me, "OM" always seemed cryptic and metaphysical rather than scientific. Something more closely associated with astrology than psychology. What softened my resistance somewhat was finding th...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2648
Views: 849516

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

MP173 wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:49 pm
Yesterday started and finished "Keller's Fedora" by William Block.
A quick and fun read. 8-)
by azurekep
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 107
Views: 6440

Re: Do you meditate?

I've tried meditation once or twice out of curiosity. What kept me from going further is that some of the common "tools" of meditation -- saying "OM", focusing on one's breathing and looking at a mandala -- are not things that provide a positive feeling in me. In particular, I have a specific dislik...
by azurekep
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 8596

Re: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

At work they call me Johnny Cash because of my black outfit, but ... I would take this as a massive compliment; no need to explain anything to them. You're the Man in Black. There was a Goth-type guy in our office (all black attire, all the time) who had a very scary nickname. He seemed to like it ...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chromebook vs Windows 10?
Replies: 56
Views: 3425

Re: Chromebook vs Windows 10?

kjvmartin wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:35 pm
Cheap windows laptops are poor investments.
They're great for installing Linux on. :D
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?
Replies: 97
Views: 6230

Re: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?

We used to pay maintenance and repair people by check because they don't take credit cards. Now we prefer to pay cash. It wasn't always that way. But the Equifax breach brought up the consequences of having account and routing numbers in the hands of digitally smart criminals, so we're happy to pay...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?
Replies: 97
Views: 6230

Re: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?

I know there have been threads where people have said they would never pay anyone in cash, thinking that it would be used for tax fraud, but I think the tables are turning. Can you provide the summary version of why they would never pay cash? I can't imagine how it could be used for tax fraud :?: B...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 8596

Re: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

I’m reading here some folks describing the use of having a uniform is really to reduce the decisions you need to make and focus on what matters. I look at it differently. Getting ready in the morning, including washing up, helps me prepare and concentrate on what I am going to accomplish that day. ...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 8596

Re: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

At work they call me Johnny Cash because of my black outfit, but ... I would take this as a massive compliment; no need to explain anything to them. You're the Man in Black. There was a Goth-type guy in our office (all black attire, all the time) who had a very scary nickname. He seemed to like it ...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?
Replies: 97
Views: 6230

Re: Isn't it safer to NOT sign Credit card?

We used to pay maintenance and repair people by check because they don't take credit cards. Now we prefer to pay cash. It wasn't always that way. But the Equifax breach brought up the consequences of having account and routing numbers in the hands of digitally smart criminals, so we're happy to pay ...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?
Replies: 138
Views: 8596

Re: Thouhgts about wearing a "uniform"/same thing everyday?

2. The main advantage of having standardized clothes is the reduction of the cognitive load of getting dressed. The saved capacity of System 2 can then be used for more important tasks such as writing books and winning Nobel prizes. Mark Zuckerberg made Facebook a "success" by wearing the same T-sh...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross Site Scripting
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Cross Site Scripting

Just to track this down for you though, I inspected the source from a browser without any plugins. At the very bottom of the page, there is an invisible iFrame that is part of Doubleclick's Floodlight services, which means it is primarily for tracking purposes. Inside that iFrame, there is a Double...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross Site Scripting
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Cross Site Scripting

I have NoScript set up to allow Vanguard to use Javascript and I can see that it is blocking doubleclick.net from using Javascript on Vanguard's site. Is there cause for concern that Vanguard is using doubleclick.net and that it is attempting cross site scripting? Doubleclick is a third-party site....
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inactive accounts closed?
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Inactive accounts closed?

I have a slightly different question. Let's say you have a checking account that has the minimum balance needed to avoid a monthly fee. If you decide you no longer want the account, can you simply draw it down to zero? Or will the bank try to levy fees against you? I know the question is ludicrous,...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross Site Scripting
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Cross Site Scripting

I have NoScript set up to allow Vanguard to use Javascript and I can see that it is blocking doubleclick.net from using Javascript on Vanguard's site. Is there cause for concern that Vanguard is using doubleclick.net and that it is attempting cross site scripting? Doubleclick is a third-party site....
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inactive accounts closed?
Replies: 30
Views: 2187

Re: Inactive accounts closed?

I have a slightly different question. Let's say you have a checking account that has the minimum balance needed to avoid a monthly fee. If you decide you no longer want the account, can you simply draw it down to zero? Or will the bank try to levy fees against you? I know the question is ludicrous, ...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

...I flipped it in the up direction and the dead outlet in question sprang back to life... I read a whole thread for this?! :D Some good and helpful comments above. Have not done this for a while and appreciate the insights from Sandtrap, talzara, Watty, et al. Definitely a lot of good info in the ...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

UPDATE: Problem solved. While checking the GYI outlets to see if they might have tripped, I noticed that a "light switch" on the bedroom wall was in the down position. We never use that switch so I generally don't pay much attention to it. But for kicks, I flipped it in the up direction and the dead...
by azurekep
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

I don't think it has been mentioned but you should also check the circuit breaker and try flipping it off then back on. Sometimes the circuit breaker can be tripped even though it might not look like it. If you reset the circuit breaker and it trips again then be sure to have an electrician check i...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

If you don't like to do this stuff yourself and you bring in an electrician, you might consider having him swap out a few other plugs if they are old, and adding GFI to bath, kitchen, and outdoor outlets if needed. That doesn't require running any new wires, and would only take a few minutes each. ...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2648
Views: 849516

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Almost finished reading The Man from the Train -- the Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James Bill James, a pioneer in baseball analytics, is also a long-time fan of true crime and Man from the Train is his second book in that genre. The book focuses on...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Re: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

1 two prong outlets have to remain 2 prong per code and fire code unless there is a separate ground wire that had been capped off. Many older homes were not wired for 3 prong outlets. There will be a black and a white but no green. If you wire the white to to the "ground on a 3 prong outlet then yo...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades
Replies: 20
Views: 1412

Maximizing use of electrician - outlet repair/upgrades

A three-prong outlet suddendly died and I'm looking at getting an electrician to fix it. In the meantime, the TV has been moved to a two-prong outlet. Electricians tend to be pricy, so I'm wondering how to make the most of the visit. Some of the things I'm thinking about: Would it be worth it to upg...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 17709

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

OTOH, there's been almost no coverage of the "Paradise Papers" yet, and I find that interesting. That is interesting. They did, however, bury include two stories in their Risk and Compliance Journal : ‘Paradise Papers’ Puts Corporate Tax Avoidance on Center Stage Corruption Currents: Elite Customer...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I install Linux on a 10-year old netbook?
Replies: 16
Views: 618

Re: Can I install Linux on a 10-year old netbook?

Can and should are two different questions. That might be fun to play with but if you are not on a real tight budget and if you really want to use it for something then it might be better to get a $200 chromebook or basic windows laptop during a Thanksgiving sale. You can also get a refurbished bet...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 17709

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

For national and international news I compare the WSJ to the Chicago Tribune and similar, and think the WSJ the best I am aware of. I don't use any paper for investing information. I had forgotten about the Chicago papers. Anything from a major city is somewhat national in scope. Though I tried the...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I install Linux on a 10-year old netbook?
Replies: 16
Views: 618

Re: Can I install Linux on a 10-year old netbook?

You could try Linux Mint XFCE, or another light Linux distribution. I had a Pentium M 1.7 notebook a few years ago I tried that with but eventually gave up and got a new one. The processor just couldn't handle the demands of even a light OS and common programs. I use Lubuntu on an ex-WinXP system t...
by azurekep
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 17709

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

The bigger issue here is the decent reporting of the news. Why pay for a periodical when you know what they are going to print based on the narrative that periodical has decided to support? It has really turned me off. I find I learn more academically about what is really happening in the US by rea...
by azurekep
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water filter for a home
Replies: 36
Views: 3931

Re: water filter for a home

I have two concerns on that system... Now that you have pointed it out, I have the same concerns. Yesterday, I was surprised by the low price and was looking for a "catch." I was ignoring the health claims and not paying attention to unprofessional writing. Now, I am realizing that the company is a...
by azurekep
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 245
Views: 19980

Re: GETYAHOO broken? [Spreadsheet extension]

Some people switched to the Nasdaq website when Yahoo first started fooling around with quotes. (They cover all stocks, not just the ones traded on the Nasdaq exchange.) This is the link for historical quotes. They can be downloaded as Excel format (and maybe work with Libre Office as well): http://...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 17709

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

But it gives different results from the actual web site. Interesting. Perhaps it's an image of the print edition. That appears to be the case. The word "print" is in the URL. ht tp://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ print /WSJ_-A001-20171104.pdf I just wasn't aware the print and online ed...
by azurekep
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!
Replies: 75
Views: 17709

Re: WSJ Digital Subscription - a bargain!

For cheapskates (like me) you can read the pdf version free here: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/print/WSJ_-A001-20171104.pdf Just change the (20171104) to the desired date. Very handy and no javascript required. But it gives different results from the actual web site. Using the p...