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by cartophile
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to locate a photograph on the internet?
Replies: 14
Views: 1055

Re: How to locate a photograph on the internet?

Also try searching by any other terms from the context (e.g. "Luigi's Itialian" or "Arnold's Shoe Repair" or "West 35th Street") that might have been used to label the photograph somewhere.
by cartophile
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to locate a photograph on the internet?
Replies: 14
Views: 1055

Re: How to locate a photograph on the internet?

Try searching for your grandparents by name, on the off chance that somebody (not necessarily your blogger's source) might have posted it somewhere with names attached.
by cartophile
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Throttling, Spectrum and a VPN
Replies: 21
Views: 1623

Re: Throttling, Spectrum and a VPN

There was no change in equipment we simply unhooked the cable box and returned it to Spectrum. Put a 75 ohm terminator cap on the now-unused plug where the cable box connected. Or, even better, remove the splitter that was dividing the signal between the cable box and the internet modem and connect...
by cartophile
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideal City to live in?
Replies: 160
Views: 11807

Re: Ideal City to live in?

I'd suggest a northwest suburb of Tucson (Oro Valley or Marana). About 1.5 hours from the Phoenix airport, which has many direct flights, and you can ride the shuttle instead of driving. Or from the Tucson airport you can get to most places with a single connection. Lots of great places for hiking o...
by cartophile
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: Life insurance

If either of them belongs to a professional society (doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, etc) check for term insurance that may be available through that organization.
by cartophile
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour de France - sort of
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Tour de France - sort of

Privas is extremely hilly. That's a serious constraint. San Francisco is flat by comparison.
by cartophile
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Service Purchase early in Career
Replies: 35
Views: 1734

Re: Service Purchase early in Career - ASRS

baxterbones wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:14 pm
cartophile wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:36 pm My wife and I both did ASRS service purchases while we were working, and have never regretted it. ...
Thank you, I'm glad it worked out for you! Did you stay in AZ when you retired?
Quite content to stay here in Tucson.
by cartophile
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Service Purchase early in Career
Replies: 35
Views: 1734

Re: Service Purchase early in Career - ASRS

My wife and I both did ASRS service purchases while we were working, and have never regretted it. Fellow packrats please note that my collection of pay stubs from twenty years earlier was vital to proving eligibility. The ASRS pension fund has some protections in the state constitution, so it's safe...
by cartophile
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: advice for light switch timer
Replies: 44
Views: 1883

Re: advice for light switch timer

Another vote for the Honeywell RPLS740B1008. We have three of them.

As noted by another poster, the clocks do slowly drift out of sync. I've decided that's a feature. It looks as if somebody is puttering around the house and turning the lights on manually.
by cartophile
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for reading chair and light recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Looking for reading chair and light recommendations

I am another fan of the Ikea Poang chair. I also have the rocker version:
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/produ ... ng%20chair
Both are very comfortable.
by cartophile
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Wheel Chair Ramp Portable
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Need Wheel Chair Ramp Portable

Another vote for Prairie View. I have one of their solid ramps. For me it was more convenient to order and pick up from Lowe's (the hardware chain) than to coordinate an Amazon delivery.
by cartophile
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home office monitor?
Replies: 39
Views: 1823

Re: Home office monitor?

4K computer monitors are expensive compared to 4K consumer television sets, which normally start just a little bit larger in size. I'm using a Samsung 40" TV (UN40KU6300) exclusively as my computer monitor and I'm really happy with the extra screen space. It's equivalent to a 2x2 grid of four 2...
by cartophile
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why tap-to-pay doesn't work with Costco Visa
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Why tap-to-pay doesn't work with Costco Visa

Okay, I simplified a little for a concise title. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But the issue has come up tangentially in this forum a few times and I suspect others will be interested in what I've found. The Costco Visa card has a tap-to-pay symbol (four concentric arcs on the back, above the b...
by cartophile
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make a good, accurate map of a small village
Replies: 17
Views: 1674

Re: How to make a good, accurate map of a small village

Take a look at openstreetmap.org. It's a crowd-sourced mapping project covering the whole world. Start from what's there and add the details of your village. The map editor runs in your web browser.
by cartophile
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Monitor Set up
Replies: 52
Views: 3792

Re: Dual Monitor Set up

I've been happy with the 40" Samsung UHD TV which I use as my sole monitor. I consider it equivalent to a 2x2 seamless tiling of four 20"monitors, each with 1920x1080 resolution. Because it's a mass-market TV set, it's a lot cheaper than something manufactured for the high-end computer buy...
by cartophile
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Frustrating issue with VG website. Need advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 1970

Re: Frustrating issue with VG website. Need advice.

Frankly, I'm surprised they were able to get access (for lack of a better word) to "my" site or even know that I was a Vanguard investor. They probably didn't. I imagine that your employer sees only "their" part of the picture (the empty accounts), and that Vanguard shows it und...
by cartophile
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple - macOS Mojave
Replies: 35
Views: 3417

Re: Apple - macOS Mojave

I upgraded a couple of days ago. All my ancient unsupported 32-bit software (e.g. Photoshop Elements 6) still runs fine, albeit with a warning the first time.
by cartophile
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Very First Smartphone [Samsung Galaxy S9+] — Please Critique This Plan
Replies: 123
Views: 8485

Re: My Very First Smartphone — Please Critique This Plan

A great Boglehead approach would be to get Google Fi phone service with a Moto X4 Android One phone ($250 from the Fi website). This is what I have, and it is a great phone with an excellent camera. I especially like the ability to get phone service over WiFi when I'm deep inside a building. If I wa...
by cartophile
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone is using my cellphone number
Replies: 21
Views: 3151

Re: Someone is using my cellphone number

You could point out to Best Buy that 1. You are not a customer of theirs. 2. You do not want any phone calls from them. 3. Further calls are illegal and may subject them to damages. This is not your usual junk caller that can hide behind spoofed numbers in foreign locations. I've had this approach w...
by cartophile
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?
Replies: 29
Views: 29187

Re: 4K Computer Monitors: 27 vs 32 inches?

I use a 40" Samsung 4K TV as a monitor on my Mac. I'm really pleased with the setup. At that size it's not a "retina" display, of course, but 110 pixels/inch is still pretty good. I think of it as equivalent to a seamless 2-by-2 tiling of four 20" HD monitors. The larger screen m...
by cartophile
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard: new display this morning?
Replies: 11
Views: 3366

Re: Vanguard: new display this morning?

At least you got an overview page. When I logged in Monday morning, it gave me this instead of the overview: Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator, webmaster and inform them ...
by cartophile
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to free up space on iMac?
Replies: 19
Views: 1589

Re: How to free up space on iMac?

I've successfully used an external drive to store my iTunes library. That would free up space on your internal drive. I'm not doing it right now but I have other bulky things on an external "overflow" drive. I strongly endorse the use of a separate pair of external drives, swapped regularl...
by cartophile
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1796

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

For rural Illinois, check with libraries and historical societies in the place of interest. In the early 1900s some highly localized histories were produced, both by subscription in good times and later under WPA grants in bad times. If you're lucky you might find a biography of an ancestor, possibl...
by cartophile
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London/Paris Trip Questions
Replies: 41
Views: 2744

Re: London/Paris Trip Questions

Don't exchange money in advance or at a "currency exchange" booth, because they charge high fees and have poor exchange rates. Use an ATM machine upon arrival and whenever needed subsequently. Heathrow has lots of fee-free ATMs in the baggage claim area. They'll urge to to make a huge with...
by cartophile
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smart Home: Google, Apple, or Amazon?
Replies: 45
Views: 5086

Re: Smart Home: Google, Apple, or Amazon?

stan1 wrote: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:31 am ... I can see life changing benefits for someone who is severely disabled or blind.
Possibly, but a blog post by Lauren Weinstein points out that Google Home (at least) requires a smartphone for setup and maintenance:
Google Home Is Leaving Elderly and Disabled Users Behind
by cartophile
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: google calendar event by unknown
Replies: 5
Views: 2270

Re: google calendar event by unknown

Depending on settings, Google can add something to your calendar that it spots in a mail message. I discovered this when Google told me it was time to leave for my flight to Dubai (!). It turned out that, weeks earlier, somebody had mistakenly given my e-mail address when purchasing airline tickets....
by cartophile
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple people: Office 365 or Apple's stuff?
Replies: 14
Views: 1628

Re: Apple people: Office 365 or Apple's stuff?

Another possibility: I've been happy with LibreOffice (docs & spreadsheets) for many years. I transitioned when my ancient version of MS Word died at a time when Apple was still charging extra for their equivalent. LibreOffice does everything I've wanted it to do, and I've had little trouble rea...
by cartophile
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: To Avatar or Not - Get One? How did you choose?
Replies: 147
Views: 16840

Re: To Avatar or not to Avatar . . how did you choose or not choose?

Mine is a GPS doodle that I created entirely by accident.
I discovered it after returning from an automobile trip.
by cartophile
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 402
Views: 291355

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

This is a test.
This is only a test.
Had it been an actual alert,
you would have
by cartophile
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 141
Views: 14500

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

I like that it uses "pure" Android, meaning that it gets the latest Android version and the latest updates directly from Google as they are available without waiting for the carrier to make it available. In my previous experience using Samsung phones with ATT, it would take 6-8 months fro...
by cartophile
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After market rear view (backup) cameras.
Replies: 19
Views: 2780

Re: After market rear view (backup) cameras.

The Wirecutter (NYTimes tech review site) has just posted a review of aftermarket backup cameras:
http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-b ... -displays/
by cartophile
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy New Car?
Replies: 7
Views: 1050

Re: Buy New Car?

... She wants like a crosstrek or something of similar size... Then I would wait at least to check out the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek which will be coming out soon. Initial reviews are promising, and it's based on the redesigned 2017 Impreza which was well received. It will probably be in high deman...
by cartophile
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multi-page scanner?
Replies: 26
Views: 3664

Re: Multi-page scanner?

Another vote for the Fujitsu. I've been singing its praises for years and I've scanned 36000 pages. And I'm appreciative that my long-obsoleted ScanSnap S510M still works on the latest Mac OS. I believe that current models come in different packages with different software sets, so check the details...
by cartophile
Tue May 09, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?
Replies: 107
Views: 10082

Re: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?

The local newspaper, in paper form, which I find much easier to read than their online version. I don't mind paying to support local reporting. They may have ignored the French election but they have been covering local wildfires, an upcoming tax referendum, turmoil at a local community college, and...
by cartophile
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries:NiMH or Li-Ion?
Replies: 25
Views: 3532

Re: Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries:NiMH or Li-Ion?

I'm curious what household items go through batteries so fast for you all that they warrant using rechargeable batteries? ... Handheld hiking GPS units. And not so many years ago, our Canon digital pocket cameras also used AA cells. That was really nice, because one charger worked for both when tra...
by cartophile
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Store Important Documents Online?
Replies: 51
Views: 4268

Re: Store Important Documents Online?

I scan all my important documents onto my computer, which is backed up to an external drive. Once a month I swap the external drive with its twin in my safe deposit box. That's the most important function of the safe deposit box: holding the off-site backup of documents, photos, music, a few movies,...
by cartophile
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?
Replies: 76
Views: 9203

Re: Desktop Computer - Still relevant? Good investment?

I'm using a MacBook Air, purchased refurbished a year ago, as a desktop computer. It runs plugged into the wall with its lid closed. I was really hoping for an updated Mac Mini from Apple but one never emerged. I use USB-connected mouse, keyboard, and external drives (for overflow and for Time Machi...
by cartophile
Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scenic train trip?
Replies: 21
Views: 2642

Re: Scenic train trip?

I rode the Canadian from Vancouver to Edmonton and scheduled it to coincide with a full moon. That was fantastic! Closer to your home, the trip from Montreal to NYC (or in my case Croton Harmon) is nice. I also enjoyed the Crescent from New Orleans to DC. Next I want to try the DC - Pittsburgh – Phi...
by cartophile
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation
Replies: 36
Views: 25439

Re: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation

We took our doors off, piled them in the van, and took them to a local window & door shop.
$20 apiece in current dollars sounds about right.
by cartophile
Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Complete Car Noob- Help Making First Vehicle Purchase
Replies: 72
Views: 9760

Re: Complete Car Noob- Help Making First Vehicle Purchase

In one or two more years many new cars will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With these systems your phone drives the car's built-in display for navigation, music, etc., so you're not tied to the manufacturer's proprietary and expensive-to-update system. This is the feature I'm waiting f...
by cartophile
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money transfers to individuals
Replies: 12
Views: 1635

Money transfers to individuals

Does anyone have experience with any of the money transfer apps that many of the large banks seem to offer? I'm thinking, for example, of the recent Wells Fargo TV ads where soccer star "Don Ovan" sends $40 to his new coach. They imply that you can send money to anyone with an e-mail addre...
by cartophile
Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charge Phone From USB or Cig Lighter?
Replies: 6
Views: 3683

Re: Charge Phone From USB or Cig Lighter?

Standard USB ports charge slowly. They have to be specially tweaked to charge quickly, in violation of standard USB limits, and the wall charger that comes with a phone has this little tweak. Critically, the tweak is *different* for Androids and for iPhones, so you need to be sure to get the right f...