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by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick's Rules for Lump Sum Investing
Replies: 215
Views: 16922

Re: Rick's Rules for Lump Sum Investing

I added this thread to the wiki: Dollar cost averaging

(Also, the 11 page Finally! Can we lay DCA to rest and ban this topic forever? mentioned by tadamsmar.)
by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer backup solutions
Replies: 17
Views: 1186

Re: Computer backup solutions

lightheir has just posted some interesting insight about Mozy in the thread referenced above: What backup solution do you use? Don't depend only with online solutions. You can lose your internet connection. 30 GB is easily within the cheap USB hard drive range. Buy one for you, one to give to a trus...
by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best PC free software (safe too)
Replies: 38
Views: 3767

Re: The best PC free software (safe too)

The reason I mentioned Ubuntu is because it's the best distro for newbies, as well as #1 in support (to debate, but it's up there). You want easy? Get Ubuntu. If you like Linux, but need something more, then go with whatever you want. I dual-boot Fedora and Windows 7. There's no reason to run an emu...
by LadyGeek
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Looking to reallocate: DCA or no DCA?
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Looking to reallocate: DCA or no DCA?

I just dont feel comfortable dropping $550k into investments in 1 day. That's the real issue. You're letting your emotions get in the way. Treat it as a business decision, nothing more. Chapter 19 of the Bogleheads' Guide To Investing is "Mastering Your Investments Means Mastering Your Emotions". I...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best PC free software (safe too)
Replies: 38
Views: 3767

Re: The best PC free software (safe too)

If you want to test any OS like Ubuntu or ChormeOS before you start using it install VirtualBox : https://www.virtualbox.org/ and then install the guest OS in it. This way you have a guest OS inside a host OS for test purposes. If you dont like it just delete the virtual machine :) This may be too ...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Looking to reallocate: DCA or no DCA?
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Looking to reallocate: DCA or no DCA?

Welcome to the forum! Why don't you take some time to think about the "big picture" and take a look at the wiki? To answer your immediate question - Wiki article link: Dollar cost averaging It sounds like you want to convert a portfolio with an asset allocation of "A" into a new portfolio with an as...
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pointing the Hubble Telescope at "Nothing"
Replies: 82
Views: 11421

Re: Pointing the Hubble Telescope at "Nothing"

Here's what Epsilon Delta said in pictures: Pointing Control System They're called guide stars.
by LadyGeek
Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Advice for a 22 year old engineer
Replies: 47
Views: 6975

Re: Advice for a 22 year old engineer

If you're not sure why you need to have the right amount taken out, the IRS can help: Publication 919 - How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding? . The IRS actually has a lot of info to help educate taxpayers. It's sometimes difficult to locate on the website, though. To figure out how much tax to take ou...
by LadyGeek
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1929

Re: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?

MediaMonkey also does FLAC. The OP is asking to use it with an MP3 player, which may not reap the benefits of lossless conversion. It also takes up quite a bit of space.

I have privacy issues with WinAmp (scroll down to "Winamp Player").
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1929

Re: Good music CD to mp3 ripper software?

No question, the free version of MediaMonkey. You can configure the ripper for fairly high quality. After a few dozen CDs or so, the problem turns to one of organization. This'll do it.

I've owned it for years. It also does podcasts and internet radio.
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can Someone Suggest a Quality Politics/Economics Forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 1894

Re: Can Someone Suggest a Quality Politics/Economics Forum?

You can also try our Canadian sister site: Financial Webring Forum. The "Around the Watercooler" forum permits politics, but you must be a member to read it.
by LadyGeek
Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help Preparing Seminar (in Washington DC)
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Help Preparing Seminar

Why don't you PM someone from the Washington DC Area Bogleheads chapter? I suggest the last few names in the thread, as it is most recent. Also, consider adding "Washington DC Area" to the subject line.
by LadyGeek
Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pointing the Hubble Telescope at "Nothing"
Replies: 82
Views: 11421

Re:

chaz wrote:Amazing! Where did all the galaxies come from? Who created them?
We could restart this thread: Big bang theory, time? help?. A tutorial is in this post.
by LadyGeek
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: advice for multi-round quantitative finance interview proces
Replies: 17
Views: 1752

Re: advice for multi-round quantitative finance interview pr

Why did you apply for quantitative finance when you are majoring in condensed matter physics?

Wouldn't a chemical or materials research company be more appropriate? I'm concerned that you'd find finance totally out of your field - you'll be bored in 6 months.
by LadyGeek
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Fair
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: Job Fair

I'm inclined to take a pass on this for a couple reasons:... The way you worded the first post hinted at a strong underlying current of regret if you took the job. Trust your instincts - it's what you truly wanted to do and won't be happy otherwise. I fully agree with the others. No time for you ou...
by LadyGeek
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

You're welcome. I forgot to mention that clicking on that "broken" box icon will take you directly to the first unread post.
by LadyGeek
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jetman - new video
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Jetman - new video

Thanks. That saves me on jet fuel expenses.

The most dangerous part of those base jumps is hitting the back of your head on the cliff during the initial back flip. I'd skip that part.
by LadyGeek
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jetman - new video
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Jetman - new video

I want one. 8-) Right after I get skydiver certified (I guess this should come first...).
by LadyGeek
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

The fix is appreciated but perhaps I can venture an improvement. In topics that span more than one page you might append the "&newpost=12345" tag to the link to the last page of posts as well as the first. I believe this was will return the status quo ante (before Nov 20th or so). You are correct; ...
by LadyGeek
Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 379033

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

I'm continually reading the Honor Harrington sci-fi series by David Weber; of which I'm currently reading "At All Costs." For those who love the space-based / military sci-fi series, it's a must.

Baen Publishing has released a number of their books free online. Start with On Basilisk Station.
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

Sorry, but the .org/forum is the forum software. It's not amenable to fixing and is best left as-is. The color change was a feature of the old software, you now have to rely on the icons. The forum index (.org/forum) has numerous ways to read posts: In the white space at the top of the first forum: ...
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Americans spend $1 billion annually in unnecessary state tax
Replies: 147
Views: 23010

Re: Backdoor Both -- please contribute

I misread your first paragraph - thanks (wiki corrected).
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

Can you be more specific? An example would help.
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Americans spend $1 billion annually in unnecessary state tax
Replies: 147
Views: 23010

Re: Backdoor Both -- please contribute

This link will tell you about each States sales tax and other tax info. http://retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html That article is based on State Individual Income Tax Rates , from the Federation of Tax Administrators and is referenced in the wiki: State income taxes . Many states have tax ranges, so...
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Larry Swedroe's new book
Replies: 13
Views: 2588

Re: Larry Swedroe's new book

Taylor Larimore discusses Larry's book in this thread: "Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make" --A Gem. Apparently, it's an update of Rational Investing in Irrational Times - 77 mistakes, up from 52.
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make" --A Gem
Replies: 50
Views: 15010

Re: "Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make" --A Gem

It's now in the wiki: Taylor Larimore's Investment Gems and Larry Swedroe Does the forum still get a stipend for sales made from Amazon via http://www.amazon.com/s/?search-alias=aps&tag=bogleheads.org-20&field-keywords=Bogleheads the Boglehead link? If so it's a good time of the year to keep it in m...
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shipping options
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Re: Shipping options

UPS and Fed-Ex also have online calculators, see what works best for you. Also consider driving time and distance to get the package to the closest facility, and whether your daughter is at a location that can get the delivery (probably, but it's best to check).
by LadyGeek
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar introduces "forward-looking" QUALITATIVE ratings
Replies: 11
Views: 1755

Re: Morningstar introduces "forward-looking" QUALITATIVE rat

The forum software has inserted it's own opinion - check the truncation of the individual post's subject line. :D

Additional articles: Highlights From Morningstar's Analyst Rating System (15-Nov-11), How Do Bond Funds Stack Up With Morningstar's New Analyst Rating? (22-Nov-11)
by LadyGeek
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Fair
Replies: 11
Views: 1121

Re: Job Fair

Why did you submit your resume in the first place? I assume that you've exhausted all other possibilities to try to stay with your current company. You don't want to be seen at the job fair by anyone you know, it will create a tension afterwards - especially if you don't get the job. If you really w...
by LadyGeek
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

I got assistance from mingstar and put a fix in place. After some testing, it's now online. It's working now for me, but I'll reserve judgement until others confirm.
by LadyGeek
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mom's computer system is haunted
Replies: 20
Views: 2458

Re: My mom's computer system is haunted

I don't know of any that can be controlled from the PC except by a web browser. I think writing a script, which can be crafted in a way to act like a web browser (PHP, etc.), is moving your Mom's problem from the router to the PC. If there's a problem, she may not be able to tell you what's wrong - ...
by LadyGeek
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

OK, that's a much better problem. The web browser looks at the URL and sees if the site has been visited before. The forum upgrade changed the way the URL looks, which now show the forum ID and thread number: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=86121 (f=3 means this forum, t=86121 is...
by LadyGeek
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts
Replies: 23
Views: 2167

Re: Forum Listing Colors No Longer Indicate New Posts

I've also noticed this change on the Bogleheads.org index page. It has only been within the last couple of days so it may not be related to the recent major upgrade. It also seems to be somewhat sporadic -- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have not tried to document the problem but it ap...
by LadyGeek
Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is This How Bond Math Works?
Replies: 30
Views: 2537

Re: Is This How Bond Math Works?

Using a Texas Instrument BAII Plus financial calculator I got the same answer as Magician got $70,245.05 as follows: LadyGeek - draw the cash flow diagram) I usually make a chart representing the keys that I will be using on the calculator and then enter the numbers under the keys. So, I will be us...
by LadyGeek
Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Let's whine about "unexpected" expenses
Replies: 66
Views: 6135

Re: Let's whine about "unexpected" expenses

It's running fine and I'll just continue adding a quart of oil here and there. When it goes, it goes, and then I get a new car. That's fine. In this forum, you never know. :P As Default User BR suggests, shop around. The only criteria (plural for criterion) you need are the engine oil grade (SAE pr...
by LadyGeek
Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Let's whine about "unexpected" expenses
Replies: 66
Views: 6135

Re: Let's whine about "unexpected" expenses

My car was acting up (I'll spare you the details). At the end of the day I find out it's consuming oil at a pace of about half a quart every 1,000 miles. So every 2,000 miles I'm adding a quart of oil. I drive about 18,000 miles per year so at $6 a quart that's $4.50 I had to add to my monthly budg...
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Ideal distance from TV
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: Ideal distance from TV

Porcupine's article, What Size TV Should I Buy? Tech Tips from THX is dead on. Why? Take a look at the viewing angle marked as 40°. That angle is somewhat close to what a camera's normal lens (for 35 mm film) would see. IOW, it's what you see normally. (I'm skipping a lot of details, but that's the ...
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividends- exactly where do they come from
Replies: 38
Views: 2784

Re: Dividends- exactly where do they come from

I added this thread to the wiki: Dividend

Holding stocks with or without dividends is a long-standing point of contention. Five additional pages of discussion are in this thread: What is so great about dividends? Alot of misinformation?
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "A THANKSGIVING WITH JOHN BOGLE"
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: "A THANKSGIVING WITH JOHN BOGLE"

Happy Thanksgiving, Taylor! It's also in the wiki.

Wiki article link: A Thanksgiving to Remember
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BOGLEHEADS
Replies: 24
Views: 1441

Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BOGLEHEADS

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! This holiday has special meaning for the Bogleheads.

Please see Mel's wiki article: A Thanksgiving to Remember
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Update Your Bookmarks
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Please Update Your Bookmarks

The home page listing index was updated earlier this week to incorporate fixes needed from the recent forum software upgrade. I did some clean-up which changed how the listing is done on the address bar. I didn't realize that people would have bookmarks to the old URL (which no longer works) and the...
by LadyGeek
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:36 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: http://www.bogleheads.org/index_wide.htm?view=5&ndays=3
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: http://www.bogleheads.org/index_wide.htm?view=5&ndays=3

We fixed the home page listing because it wasn't updating properly due to the upgrade. I cleaned up a few things, which resulted in no longer needing the "old" index. It was tested to be sure everything worked, but I didn't realize it would break bookmarks. I put a notice on the old page to update y...
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Select A Stereo System
Replies: 80
Views: 6890

Re: Help Me Select A Stereo System

Just one more point. If you are looking at decent quality speakers (and receiver), be sure to use better interconnect wiring. Maybe not hi-end OFHC (Oxygen Free High Conductivity) copper, but a larger gauge zip cord. Perhaps 14 gauge wiring from Monoprice.com (Speaker Wires) . Bookshelf speakers don...
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: cbsnews moneywatch update
Replies: 30
Views: 7249

Re: cbsnews moneywatch update

The blog is also in the wiki under News and blogs or Larry Swedroe.

The wiki's direct RSS link is now broken. The RSS feed itself is returning old info from November 2. My guess is they are returning the old feeds until the new one becomes available.

(Update: Clarified comments on old link.)
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: RSS stop working with new upgrade?
Replies: 21
Views: 2716

Re: RSS stop working with new upgrade?

P.S. if any site admins are reading this, I am sure we would all love an update on the RSS status. Sure. I had a number of other things to do after the upgrade and just cleared them off my list. RSS is now #1, so it has my full attention. The forum software, phpBB, only supports atom feeds which do...
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: boglehead t-shirts?
Replies: 83
Views: 8236

Re: boglehead t-shirts?

Upgrading to the new forum software also meant that the artwork and site logos had to be upgraded. We decided to get the forum itself running first, artwork and graphics to follow later. It's a lot of effort, and Alex Frakt is working on it. I'll see if I can get an answer on when he'll be done. Han...
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is This How Bond Math Works?
Replies: 30
Views: 2537

Re: Is This How Bond Math Works?

For the serious bond enthusiasts, linuxizer has developed a bond market simulator in R. maRketSim - Bond market simulation in R (This is an advanced investor topic which goes beyond the OP's original question, but may be of interest to those posting in this thread. Questions should be posted in maRk...
by LadyGeek
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: anyone care to check my math
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: anyone care to check my math

Since you'll feel better doing this in 4.5 years and have thought this through, then stop worrying and put your mind at ease. If you haven't done so already, create an Investment Policy Statement to document everything and then put the plan into action. A year from now, take another look at your pla...
by LadyGeek
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: anyone care to check my math
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: anyone care to check my math

You would like to pay off the mortgage as soon as possible, and it's bugging you because you can do it in 4.5, versus the planned 6 years. I'm a bit confused, as you are predicting "savings" at 25 years and 30 years out, but have a 15 year mortgage which ends in 6 years. I would align your numbers t...