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by LadyGeek
Tue May 18, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Downtime?
Replies: 5
Views: 2071

It wasn't due to a wiki upgrade.
by LadyGeek
Tue May 18, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Blackrock Periodic Table
Replies: 6
Views: 2065

Re: Blackrock Periodic Table

That's very similar to the Callan Associates report for indices: The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns (Key Indices: 1990-2009)

I couldn't find a direct link to that report in the Cedar Financial Advisors' Investment Philosophy page.
by LadyGeek
Sat May 15, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken alternative for tracking Vanguard funds
Replies: 15
Views: 4232

You nailed it jacksprat, it's pretty much a Vanguard issue not a Quicken one. I've never had problems with any other banks either as far as transaction downoads go, just Vanguard. The rounding error issue comes out because when Vanguard transmits the individual transactions out via Web Connect it r...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 15, 2010 3:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why the big deal with ETFs? Are mutual funds going away?
Replies: 72
Views: 9662

https://advisors.vanguard.com/VGApp/iip/site/advisor/investments/bidaskspread That is a handy table on the advisors site, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to navigate to that page from the menus nor can I find it by searching. Any clues on how you got there? Same for me. However, it's ...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 15, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why the big deal with ETFs? Are mutual funds going away?
Replies: 72
Views: 9662

Like OP, I find it odd that ETF's suddenly become a big deal recently. In my opinion, mutual funds are here to stay for the long run. This poll http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=54897 helps to show the excitement. I think it is true that there have been an increase in ETF-related thre...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 15, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: brief downtime on May 15, 2010 for update to wiki software
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Thank you! This release is unrelated to Wikipedia's new look . Technically, it's a change in their "skin" to a style called Vector . We use the same software as Wikipedia, called MediaWiki . What Wikipedia has done is roll-out a beta version of MediaWiki. What does that mean? It's not quite finished...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why the big deal with ETFs? Are mutual funds going away?
Replies: 72
Views: 9662

Sounds like day-trading gone wild to me. This has to be a joke right? No. From my perspective, there was way Too Much Information saying to go ETFs, especially to convert from mutual funds. Remember that investors with no background in ETFs are reading these threads. Without understanding all the d...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Poll] Do You Encrypt Your Wi-Fi?
Replies: 47
Views: 5569

I use WPA2 on my Airport Extreme. My password is not "password" or "12345" but is not something that can't be pronounced (assuming 3 can be pronounced). However, I connect using a VPN to my university, so my data is going over the wireless portion and over the wires to my ISP through an encrypted t...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you planning to Watch FIFA Worldcup 2010?
Replies: 97
Views: 9606

sscritic wrote:To find out if you can watch ESPN3, go to
http://espn.go.com/espn3/index
and click on a sports event being shown, either live or in replay.
Thanks! The link works for Verizon FiOS in the Philly area.
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why the big deal with ETFs? Are mutual funds going away?
Replies: 72
Views: 9662

Why the big deal with ETFs? Are mutual funds going away?

I am confused. I was totally happy with my target retirement fund (and TIPS for my Roth). Vanguard announces free trading for ETFs and all heck breaks loose in the forum. All of a sudden, there are threads about market / limit / stop loss orders. How to setup your limit order to optimize the bid/ask...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hockey playoffs
Replies: 93
Views: 10754

Bring on the Habs!!! :sharebeer
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Poll] Do You Encrypt Your Wi-Fi?
Replies: 47
Views: 5569

To answer "No, how do I do that?", google for "how to encrypt a wireless network" and pick an article that's easy enough to understand.

The better way is to go to your router's website, which will have lots of information on how to do this (read the manual...).
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Poll] Do You Encrypt Your Wi-Fi?
Replies: 47
Views: 5569

I'm wondering why you are asking. If you have no encryption, encrypt immediately. WPA2 is the minimum. I'm hard-wired, but using a wireless router (supplied by Verizon FiOS, my ISP). I totally disabled every wireless feature possible. Why? So absolutely no one in the vicinity can access it. I can pi...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granite vs. Quartz Countertops (& Full or over existing)
Replies: 28
Views: 8606

1. Granite. I just replaced my counter tops a year ago. The reasons were because quartz is heavier, more expensive, and I can't remember the other reason (!). But our local store, which sells both, did not recommend quartz. 2. Get granite because your wife wants it. Be aware that samples don't repre...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's fraud policy
Replies: 89
Views: 14865

Don't forget about POTS. That "old" technology is still around. Especially mobile.

Are telephone transfers more or less secure than online? Tele-Account I don't know how the authentication process works.
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you planning to Watch FIFA Worldcup 2010?
Replies: 97
Views: 9606

Zidane's resurrection against Brazil in 2006 quarter finals until the header that almost went in minutes before the head butt in the final I watched that game. It was weeks before the controversy died - at least in the US... I'll certainly be watching a few games. Philly has a pro soccer team now, ...
by LadyGeek
Fri May 14, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hiding formularies due to HIPAA?
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

The only problem I found is that the formulary was not at the website I thought it was. It was a matter of finding the right provider: insurance administator --> Pharmacy Insurance provider --> Pharmacy that actually fills the prescription. I found the formulary from the pharmacy insurance provider,...
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine Without Sulfites
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

And more info: Sulfite Allergy

Scroll most of the way down the page and you'll find a list of high sulfite foods. I'll bet those little bags of dried fruits you find in the supermarket are chock full of sulfites (watch the calories!).

Sulfite Allergy (Overview)
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Vanguard Investor: Mutual Funds or ETF's?
Replies: 9
Views: 1165

I don't understand the "control" part. If you do a one-time conversion from a mutual fund to ETF, what else is there to do? Why would I be tempted to trade more often? Why is the bid/ask spread important as an extra cost? I thought that was only used when you bought/sold shares. Is that Vanguard tab...
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine Without Sulfites
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

I was going to suggest the homebrew route and leave out the sulfite, but that's not recommended. The wine will only last for a few months, which is not what you want to do. Have you checked to see if you have problems with other foods containing sulfites? Sulfites SULFITES IN OTHER PRODUCTS. Accordi...
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine Without Sulfites
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

OK, I'll create a controversy for you. :P Are you sure it's not a red wine headache ? Wine and Headaches -- Maybe Not What You Think It's not the sulfites that cause headaches, that's an urban legend. It's the tannins. Do you really have a sulfite allergy? I suggest a series of experiments with both...
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Archived master thread for Washington DC Area Bogleheads
Replies: 174
Views: 72511

FYI - I check the local chapter forum for new meetings and put them on the wiki's main page. Just added this one. You'll see the meetings listed on the left side under "Bogleheads Happenings". Feel free to PM a wiki editor or post in Suggestions for the Librarians to get meetings posted on the main ...
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Re: Philly Chapter Spring Meeting - May 15th
Replies: 6
Views: 2995

Next meeting reminder - This Saturday.
by LadyGeek
Thu May 13, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How does ETF work
Replies: 34
Views: 3974

Don't jump on something because everyone's talking about it in the forum at this moment. Have a solid investing plan and your long term goals figured out. Until the library opens: Please see Bogleheads Investing Start-Up Kit on the Bogleheads Wiki . One of the fundamental concepts is to be sure that...
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For people who choose to live without a cell phone
Replies: 111
Views: 12255

The Wizard wrote:I'm beginning to think that a lot of folks in this cell phone thread don't even have big screen plasma TVs at home.
Of course I do. 63" Samsung plasma. No cell phone or mobile devices. Heavily addicted to the internet.
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Limit Orders - How do you determine what limit to set?
Replies: 66
Views: 17218

I don't trade in ETF's nor direct company equity shares, so this thread means little to me. However I did see this article on M*, just posted this morning. Just referencing it here if anybody wants to read another opinion: http://news.morningstar.com/articlenet/article.aspx?id=337005 - Ron Thanks! ...
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do sell stop loss orders and sell limit orders work?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

Some interesting info on stop-loss orders: Stop-Loss Orders: A False Sense of Security

From this thread: Limit Orders - How do you determine what limit to set? , which has a lot of examples of limit orders for ETFs.
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with 529s please
Replies: 15
Views: 2037

Welcome! Just in case you weren't familiar with the wiki, it has a lot of info on 529 plans.

Please see 529 Plans on the Bogleheads Wiki.
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do sell stop loss orders and sell limit orders work?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

Re: How do stop loss orders and sell limit orders work?

This is a topic that appears to not be in the wiki. Probably because it has no value to Bogleheads. :) This is a 2-step solution. First, I'll create a wiki page. - Can you use the same order type strategy for stocks, ETFs (trade NAV in real-time), and mutual funds (trade NAV at the end of a day)? I...
by LadyGeek
Wed May 12, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Conversion of mutual funds to corresponding ETF question
Replies: 12
Views: 2208

I'd take a guess that the difference is because FTSE is an international fund. Click on the "See performance data" link at the bottom of the Vanguard page. You'll see these footnotes: Foreign security values are typically determined using either the latest quoted sales price or the latest closing pr...
by LadyGeek
Tue May 11, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do sell stop loss orders and sell limit orders work?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

In practice: 1- You probably want to avoid market orders like the plague. Retail brokers and predatory HFT algorithms do try to make market orders happen at bad prices to make a profit. e.g. your retail broker sells your market order to Knight Capital group in exchange for payment (payment for orde...
by LadyGeek
Tue May 11, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How do sell stop loss orders and sell limit orders work?
Replies: 25
Views: 4850

Impeccable timing. Yes there is. I was about to post a forum thread asking for help with limit orders related to ETFs. In summary: Now that Vanguard has eliminated brokerage commissions on its ETFS in its brokerage account, lowered the threshold for free brokerage account access, and has made the co...
by LadyGeek
Mon May 10, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Wiki and Reference Library
Topic: Suggestions for the Librarians
Replies: 255
Views: 200719

Thanks, it's fixed.

Please see Exchange Traded Funds on the Bogleheads Wiki.
by LadyGeek
Mon May 10, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For people who choose to live without a cell phone
Replies: 111
Views: 12255

I can design a cell phone, but that doesn't mean I need to use one. I just don't have a need to talk to anyone unless I'm home. There's a phone at work (no personal calls unless there's a problem), there's a phone at home. No need for anything in-between. Love the Star Trek analogies, I remember tha...
by LadyGeek
Mon May 10, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hockey playoffs
Replies: 93
Views: 10754

Flyers!! :D

Boucher gets hurt. No problem, we've got Leighton.
by LadyGeek
Mon May 10, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Conversion of mutual funds to corresponding ETF question
Replies: 12
Views: 2208

Boglenaut wrote:Wow! Something I wrote is in the Wiki! :sharebeer
You're fame is ensured! I added a reference link back to this thread (the wiki should always cite references).

Please see Exchange Traded Funds on the Bogleheads Wiki.
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Free ETFs at VG. But why ETFs?
Replies: 12
Views: 2841

I found the Vanguard conversion rules. Caution - don't do this in the reverse direction (ETF to mutual fund). From The Vanguard ETF® Difference : Tax-free conversion from mutual fund to ETFs Unlike any other ETF, Vanguard ETFs are a different share class of existing mutual funds, which means you can...
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using my computer as a television
Replies: 11
Views: 2181

Do you really want to watch high def TV on a small display? If I'm using a monitor, it's because I'm on the internet. I've got a picture-in-picture feed from a standard-def cable box that looks fine at 1/4 size. For comparison, my "real" TV is a 65" plasma. How will you deal with the audio? The PC s...
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Call your mother
Replies: 5
Views: 1207

I had a 2 hour power outage, so I got delayed with my call. She was waiting...

Is there any other 3-word phrase that could instill as much guilt on someone?

- How many mothers does it take to change a lightbulb?
- That's OK, I'll just sit here in the dark.
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raid or Perc6/i or ?? for RH4.x
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

At least I said almost too easy. After some testing, rsync is up and running. The GUI interface for rsync wasn't all that helpful, as I needed more options than shown (exclude a bunch of system folders, etc.). CyberBob- Thanks for the -b option. It was hard to tell from the man pages what that did. ...
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hockey playoffs
Replies: 93
Views: 10754

The Union are terrible, BTW. :| However, I still want to see them play once their stadium in Chester opens up. At least that explains why they could never get control of the ball. I was forming that opinion after only watching one game. Thanks for confirming. :P It was interesting to watch, though....
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I have bugs in my keyboard !!
Replies: 37
Views: 7020

I'd wait until they propagated to the mouse, CPU, and display. Then, you can go buy yourself an entire system and let them use the current one for development. Where software bugs come from Remember - You saw them coming out of the keyboard. You didn't see how they got in. Remove the incentives (foo...
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REITS are an investment in Land
Replies: 42
Views: 6354

The wiki has a concise summary from an investor's perspective. Is there anything that needs to be updated? Please see Real Estate Investment Trust on the Bogleheads Wiki . Vanguard does indeed categorize REITs as financials*. I didn't know why, though. * From the research used to update Percentages ...
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why no Direct Property in Boglehead AA ?
Replies: 46
Views: 5395

FWIW, we just updated the wiki page which shows the percentage of REIT holdings in the Vanguard index funds.

Please see Percentages of REITs Present in Vanguard Index Funds on the Bogleheads Wiki.
by LadyGeek
Sun May 09, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Free ETFs at VG. But why ETFs?
Replies: 12
Views: 2841

The wiki has a remedial ETF school (tutorials). Please see Exchange Traded Funds on the Bogleheads Wiki . There's no mention about exchanging (NOT selling) mutual funds to ETFs. Perhaps we missed something here, as it seems that this should be an up-front warning (I wasn't aware of this myself). Cou...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 08, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I have bugs in my keyboard !!
Replies: 37
Views: 7020

Speaking as someone who has pried off and cleaned each individual key on his keyboard... just throw it out and get a new keyboard. They're cheap. Speaking as someone who has pried off and cleaned each individual key on her keyboard...don't forget to have a copy of the key layout before you remove t...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 08, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raid or Perc6/i or ?? for RH4.x
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

I just did a simple test with rsync . That was almost too easy. rsync is not a database. It's a pure mirror of whatever you tell it to copy. There's no history per se, except that you can tell it to create a log file of what's copied. For example: When I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04, I somehow managed t...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 08, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Laura's Latest "Bogleheads' View" Forbes Column
Replies: 32
Views: 5917

We just updated that tax efficiency list in the wiki, 1 day before the article was published. The article has the old list.

Please see Principles of Tax-Efficient Fund Placement on the Bogleheads Wiki.

Click on the discussion tab at the top of the page to see why it was updated.
by LadyGeek
Sat May 08, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raid or Perc6/i or ?? for RH4.x
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

What is it you're trying to accomplish? If what you are really looking for is simply a backup copy of your data, a backup drive may be a perfectly good option. My suggestion for that scenario would be to use rsync , which would give you an exact copy of your data (or entire /home/rob) on your backu...
by LadyGeek
Sat May 08, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I have bugs in my keyboard !!
Replies: 37
Views: 7020

One important point - remove the food source. Otherwise, the problem will return. Freezing does not use any chemicals and is the best way to kill the bugs without messing up the keyboard. You will still have to shake the bugs out when they're dead, or, have a crunchy keyboard. It puts a new spin on ...