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by Doom&Gloom
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Architectural Shingles VS Metal Roof
Replies: 30
Views: 3489

Re: Architectural Shingles VS Metal Roof

We replaced our shingle roof with a metal roof a few years ago after a hailstorm. We couldn't be happier with it. We do notice a bit more noise during a heavy rain, but it does not interfere with conversation etc and is like a white-noise machine at bedtime.
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast Offers-whats the catch?
Replies: 26
Views: 3914

Re: Comcast Offers-whats the catch?

Its like checking into Hotel California. NOW I understand the lyrics. To think of all the time that I wasted decades ago :oops: I spent the better part of the last two-and-a-half days dealing with their customer support. I'm glad I hadn't read this comparison prior to that or I would have either be...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)
Replies: 53
Views: 5495

Re: Comcast wants me to buy a new modem (I think)

I don't remember how, but I was able to activate mine online. After I got it working I phoned Comcast and gave them the new modem information so they could update their files. About a month later I got an Email from them saying I had to replace my DOCSYS 2.0 modem. So I got on the Comcast online ch...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alaska Cruise - Saving Money On Shore Excursions
Replies: 25
Views: 2770

Re: Alaska Cruise - Saving Money On Shore Excursions

My spouse and I will be traveling with a group of friends on an Alaska cruise in 2016. There will be 3 couples, so a total of 6 -- three men and three gals, ranging in age from 36-41. We were able to get a very good deal sailing with Princess Cruises RT from Seattle. We are in balcony cabins and th...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alaska Cruise - Saving Money On Shore Excursions
Replies: 25
Views: 2770

Re: Alaska Cruise - Saving Money On Shore Excursions

Chilkoot Tours in Skagway is locally owned. They have a unique tour - take the train up and come back by "limousine" bus (i.e. 20 passenger size). Gets great reviews for the cozy group size and great guide/driver. it is cheaper than the cruise line "big bus" or the two way train. Two way train is p...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: Questions you hate being asked
Replies: 117
Views: 14463

Re: Retirees: Questions you hate being asked

I am sincerely pleased to answer questions about my retirement and point out the things that work well for me and the things that could be better. My guess is that those being annoyed have had experience with answering such questions and getting negative feedback, e.g., jealousy or criticism. Some ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77866

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

I didn't wait for the notification for either of my machines. I went to the Updates page and clicked "Check for Updates." The option to upgrade was in there. I selected it and was off and running.
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: Questions you hate being asked
Replies: 117
Views: 14463

Re: Retirees: Questions you hate being asked

obgraham wrote:Same question. My answer: "Work is for the young and foolish."
I like it! I hope I can remember it.
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Priorities
Replies: 91
Views: 15006

Re: Priorities

Nice post.

I would wish you well, but I believe you already have that covered!
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77866

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

abuss368 wrote:
Doom&Gloom wrote:^^^

No
To my question above?
Correct.

At least that is what Microsoft has been saying all along :happy
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77866

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Update: Even though Windows 10 seemed to have transferred all my programs and files over from 8.1, I subsequently "reset" Windows 10 because that seems to be what all the cool kids do. I had my files on a different drive (and backed up as well), but I had to reinstall my apps and programs. That too ...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I just getting old?
Replies: 19
Views: 2785

Re: Am I just getting old?

This seems like an interesting topic. I can't wait until the postman brings my newsletter to my door.
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77866

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

Just finished my upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1. It took about 30 minutes and went very smoothly. Couldn't have been easier. I haven't noticed anything that didn't carry over yet, but so far everything looks good. I'm sure I'll have some tweaking to do tomorrow.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage
Replies: 113
Views: 10499

Re: wife got in wreck with Honda CRV - no collison coverage

Though I agree this lady seems a bit more accident prone than she should be, I'm also intrigued by the sanctimonious attitude of the rest of us here. If you've never been in one of these accidents, that just means you've never been in one. If these things didn't happen, then good drivers would not ...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?
Replies: 533
Views: 77866

Re: Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Yes or No?

not yet...my printer won't work yet using windows 10 per canon customer service. it will need a new driver which is not yet available. i'll make the switch when the new driver is available and not one second before. You gave me a start. I've been looking forward to installing WIndows 10 ASAP. After...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 198
Views: 22230

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

A friend recently was at an interview for an IT job as a programmer. After a day of interviews her potential future boss walked her out to the parking lot and then proceeded to inspect her car. It was nothing special, a 6-year-old mid-range car. But the guy walked around it, peered through the wind...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card

Good to hear. Thanks for the update.
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vanguard Account Hacked
Replies: 22
Views: 4184

Re: Vanguard Account Hacked

So all we are left to conclude is that your personal security measures were weak?
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name and address security [Shred mail received?]
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Re: Name and address security [Shred mail received?]

I can't remember the last time that I got anything in the mail that was worth shredding. My name and address certainly is not valuable enough for someone to root through garbage.

e-notifications and e-statements ftw!
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 198
Views: 22230

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

hulburt1 wrote:I have a 1995,2004,2001 and a 72 vw. All paid for about 800k total miles. I see them driving to work in their new cars as I'm going out for coffee. Retired 7 years ago.
LOL!

POTT!
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?
Replies: 198
Views: 22230

Re: Would you look down on a co-worker for driving a beater?

No more than I would admire someone for driving a Tesla, Lamborghini, Prius, or mo-ped. Who cares what a co-worker drives?
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name and address security [Shred mail received?]
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Re: Name and address security

livesoft wrote:We shred because it is easy and recycle all paper. I'm OK with it because I don't want Officer Obie coming to find me.
That only happens on Thanksgiving.
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card

tfb, Then, they may not implement the new alert system on you yet. In my case, I login into my online A/C and can no longer find any option for enabling statement alert at all. KlangFool It's not an alert you choose to enable or disable. When you enroll in e-statement, you get the email. That's wha...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card

Is that card-dependent? I just checked mine, and I did receive an e-mail alert during July for each of my two Chase credit cards. Doom&Gloom, I do not know.. I only have Chase Freedom card. KlangFool That is one of mine as well, and I received an e-mail statement notification from Chase for it on 7...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card
Replies: 46
Views: 3969

Re: E-Statement Alert Gone for Chase Credit Card

Is that card-dependent? I just checked mine, and I did receive an e-mail alert during July for each of my two Chase credit cards.
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asking for separate checks?
Replies: 88
Views: 10395

Re: Asking for separate checks?

I'm shocked by some of the responses. There must be regional/age differences. In my neck of the woods (mid-atlantic), separate checks are the norm. Most servers ask at some point before bringing the checks how they should be grouped. Dividing a single check evenly would be highly unusual. Obviously...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?
Replies: 13
Views: 3689

Re: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?

We ended up having a French drain installed (about 120 feet) to the lowest spot on the other side of the yard where a "pop-up" terminated the drain. Any idea how often the "pop-up".... erm... pops? Is that area noticeably more soggy than the rest of the french drain? It sounds like you have a large...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?
Replies: 13
Views: 3689

Re: Home improvement: french drain or dry well?

It sounds like we had a similar situation in the southeastern US--very flat lot with runoff from one neighbor's backyard flowing directly toward our house. The topography of our backyard had been changed over a several year period by a variety of (mostly natural) events. Our biggest problem was that...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 76
Views: 11178

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

I see that a lot of folks are less than thrilled with their systems. One problem in buying a new vehicle and foregoing the infotainment system is that the manufacturers are bundling the infotainment system with other stuff you might actually want. For example, the only way to get blind spot warning...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: When did you start investing in the Market?
Replies: 60
Views: 4939

Re: When did you start investing in the Market?

At the advice of a family friend in 1974 I took a small inheritance in search of a broker. Merrill Lynch was the first of several brokers before I figured I could do as well as any of them and moved to Schwab. It took me a bit longer to stop trading too frequently and longer still to discover the Bo...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roomba - would you buy it again?
Replies: 30
Views: 4363

Re: Roomba - would you buy it again?

A 770 at Christmas 2012. Couldn't do without it, even though it is a bit of a pain to clean if we wait too long.
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for gas grill
Replies: 63
Views: 8594

Re: Recommendations for gas grill

We got a cheap (not your criteria I know) char-broil with the indirect flame thing... so flame heats a metal curved plate which is under the grill. Very pleased with it and it's as simple as they come. I've never had a Weber, but I got a Char-Broil after some unsatisfactory experiences with even ch...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting rid of moles & voles (rodents)
Replies: 28
Views: 3612

Re: Getting rid of moles & voles (rodents)

Put used cat litter down the holes. And if you don't have a cat, get one or two. Sorted. Our cats get the voles ok but do nothing about the moles. The cat litter works how, as a repellant? We have a cat who is outdoors during the day but indoors at night (when he "wants" to come inside). When he wa...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?
Replies: 140
Views: 17339

Re: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?

Much ado about nothing IMO
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Grown Children as beneficiaries
Replies: 33
Views: 3829

Re: Grown Children as beneficiaries

I was beginning to think I was the only one on this forum who believes it is ok to give children different shares. To take an extreme example, if I had a child who chose to spend his/her money on drugs or alcohol and was only sporadically employed as a result, I would not want to leave him/her very ...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property
Replies: 52
Views: 6588

Re: Builder wants to put a retaining wall on my property

Since you have not been approached while your neighbor has, I would stay in frequent contact with your neighbor about his plans. It seems possible that if you are not approached at all, but he agrees to the installation of the retaining wall, that "his" retaining wall might ultimately impact your pr...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?
Replies: 140
Views: 17339

Re: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?

I have filled my shopping cart with a bunch of items that my son will need when he enters college in the fall and a few small items that I want. If any of them are offered, I'll be buying. But I won't be making any purchases that I otherwise wouldn't buy. edit: I meant "wish list" not "shopping cart...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password Management
Replies: 75
Views: 7464

Re: Password Management

Keepass is probably what you are looking for. You're in complete control of the password database and if you don't want to put it in the cloud, then you don't have to. It's free and open source, and available for all of the major desktop and mobile platforms. It's easy to use and has plenty of adva...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you start?
Replies: 35
Views: 4557

Re: How did you start?

Welcome to the forum. So how did everyone here become so knowledgeable ? I don't know about the rest of them. I spent 20 years making stupid mistakes. Any tips to point me in the right direction? any book recommendation to start learning?! You can avoid all / most of that. Start here http://www.bog...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 785
Views: 144828

Re: Boglehead Beer

Shock-Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat . It's like drinking a Philly soft pretzel. The bouquet is one of bread yeast. There's an underlying spice mixed in with a somewhat pretzel-like taste of wheat beer. Interesting. A favorite? No, but it's worth trying when you're in the mood for something off the beat...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unknown phone calls
Replies: 67
Views: 8973

Re: Unknown phone calls

TomatoTomahto wrote:I get few calls now, but they still show up some times. I do miss Rachel from card services :wink:
Noooooo! She has been cheating on me? I'm heartbroken.

+1 to Nomorobo

I love those "one-ringers" that indicate that another junk call has been bounced from my home.
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me improve my online security
Replies: 24
Views: 4306

Re: Please help me improve my online security

Since you're using KeePass for your password locker, I would suggest having two password files with different master passwords. Use one file for the "important" accounts (e.g. banking, retirement, etc.) and one file for the rest of the accounts. Both files should have strong master passwords, but t...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TIPS - Did you give up?
Replies: 476
Views: 72227

Re: TIPS - Did you give up?

Not only did I not give up on TIPS, but about six months ago I added them for the first time ever. As part of my re-balancing from a REIT fund and a TSM fund, I added a TIPS fund which now comprises about 14% of my bond portfolio. I remember the late 1970's and hope never to re-visit them. And I'll ...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new desktop computer
Replies: 42
Views: 5511

Re: Buying a new desktop computer

I can't think of any reason to buy a desktop computer. Buy a great laptop like a MacBook instead and get a full size keyboard and big monitor to use it at home. The laptop can be used for both mobile and home computing. Desktops are 100% obsolete. Hardly 100%. With a tablet and a cell phone, I pers...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1404418

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Browser wrote:
Leeraar wrote:Greece GDP: $241 billion.
Walmart Revenue: $485 billion.

L.
I have a cruise around Walmart booked next month. :D
Be sure to pack your sail phone so you can drift in the isle where no other tourists can sale around you!
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager recommendations?
Replies: 86
Views: 12153

Re: Password manager recommendations?

I use KeePass and it is great. You can also print the data base and carry it with you if you need it. But not sure how to use it while we travel if i only take my ipad. My personal favorite is KeePass. It is free. The problem with it is that your encrypted password file is stored locally. In order ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to introduce legos to my almost 5 year old boy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1700

Re: How to introduce legos to my almost 5 year old boy?

bpp wrote:Just give him a bag of Legos. No theme. That is how most of us learned to love them at that age.
Thanks. I thought it was just me.
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?
Replies: 44
Views: 6769

Re: Non-Bogleheads approach to changing cars?

i choose to be boglehead-ish with my investing in order that i do not NEED to be overly boglehead-ish with my spending :wink: You, sir, have just succinctly summarized my lifestyle. Thank you for putting it into words for me :sharebeer I have purchased new cars most of my life, largely because I di...