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by lazydavid
Mon May 17, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?
Replies: 57
Views: 23228

Re: Is there a current car without a console between the front seats?

There are lots of current cars with wide-open storage under the console for a purse. If you need to sit with your knees splayed out to the side obviously that doesn't help, but it does address the storage concern.
by lazydavid
Fri May 14, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving-YouTube Tv vs. Directv
Replies: 22
Views: 1610

Re: Moving-YouTube Tv vs. Directv

When we upgraded to a 4K TV, I exceeded my monthly data cap in four days. Had to upgrade to an unlimited plan. If you run 1080, you can stream a crap-ton and stay under 1.2TB. If you run 4K, not so much. only some of the stuff we watch is actually in 4k, but it's fun to peek at my wifi monitoring w...
by lazydavid
Fri May 14, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple watch for 10 year old?
Replies: 62
Views: 3647

Re: Apple watch for 10 year old?

14 year olds are using their phones in class for a lot more than listening to music. Yeah, even the "good" kids are going where responsible parents would not want their kids to be going. If one would not allow their young teen to ride a motorcycle on the street while not wearing a helmet,...
by lazydavid
Fri May 14, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple watch for 10 year old?
Replies: 62
Views: 3647

Re: Apple watch for 10 year old?

Clearly all kids are different, but mine has had a smartphone since he turned 10 (turns 14 in two months), and there have been no incidents other than one battery failure that was not his fault. He takes it with him everywhere he goes unless he is with us. Makes it easy to check in on him, or for hi...
by lazydavid
Fri May 14, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best time to buy tires
Replies: 36
Views: 2439

Re: Best time to buy tires

I buy tires when the ones I want are $70 off at Costco, with penny installation for Executive members.
by lazydavid
Fri May 14, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it make financial sense to buy a "beater" for a long distance commute?
Replies: 90
Views: 5116

Re: Does it make financial sense to buy a "beater" for a long distance commute?

Currently have a 2017 Lincoln MKZ with around 52,000 miles on it. Well-maintained, no issues so far. This is a great car for your use case. It's quiet, comfortable, reliable and gets decent fuel economy. And it depreciates fairly quickly regardless of mileage, so the somewhat high incremental milea...
by lazydavid
Thu May 13, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rugged laptop options?
Replies: 31
Views: 1571

Re: Rugged laptop options?

Stop picking your laptop up by the display. :P Seriously though, the business-line laptops are just built better than most consumer-grade ones (excluding some of the higher end consumer units), and will survive many years of normal use or even modest abuse. Downside is they tend to be a lot more tha...
by lazydavid
Wed May 12, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does it make financial sense to buy a "beater" for a long distance commute?
Replies: 90
Views: 5116

Re: Does it make financial sense to buy a "beater" for a long distance commute?

rockstar wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 4:09 pm For long commutes, I'd get a used Prius.
4-hour highway drives twice a week in an old Prius? Death would be preferable. Or Deaf, at the very least.
by lazydavid
Sun May 09, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 + Chrome = Slow and Sluggish
Replies: 90
Views: 3644

Re: Windows 10 + Chrome = Slow and Sluggish

Given most SSDs are 2.5 as opposed to 3.5, don't you have to buy some mount kit to install properly? I bought these : https://www.newegg.com/orico-1125ss-bk-hard-drive-caddy/p/0VN-0003-00108 Works wonderfully. I upgraded to SSDs several years ago. Haven't looked back since. Thank you. I'm also disc...
by lazydavid
Sun May 09, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 + Chrome = Slow and Sluggish
Replies: 90
Views: 3644

Re: Windows 10 + Chrome = Slow and Sluggish

I have a magnetic disk, not a SSD Why are you doing this to yourself? Truth. A 480 GB SSD is $49 . There is literally zero reason in 2021 to have spinning rust as your boot device. Arguments can be made in favor or opposition to high-capacity traditional HDDs for data storage. But no one should be ...
by lazydavid
Fri May 07, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7894

Re: Buying a new laptop

Went to the Lenovo website and found the following choices on page 2 between $500- $600. Which would you recommend? https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/outletus/laptops/c/LAPTOPS?q=%3Aprice-asc&page=1 I would get the X13 Gen 1. The X series is Lenovo's workhorse business/enterprise line. They're reall...
by lazydavid
Mon May 03, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In-door Ice Maker - problem/quick fix?
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: In-door Ice Maker - problem/quick fix?

the dispenser is most likely jammed. If the ice maker (not just dispenser) is in the door, open the access panel inside the door, remove the ice tray from it, and see if there is a bunch of ice jammed in the chute below it. Clear that out and you should be good. Many dispensers, however, actually ha...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended Stay Hotel
Replies: 14
Views: 1054

Re: Extended Stay Hotel

I know for a fact that at least some locations of Candlewood Suites and Home2 Suites (Hilton) allow dogs, with a nominal mandatory cleaning fee like $75 per stay. I suspect there may be other chains that offer this as well.
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7894

Re: Buying a new laptop

Not having a fan is not a feature in a device like that, you will experience thermal throttling of the CPU and GPU. The M1 in the Macbook is essentially a smartphone/tablet processor. It has a 10W TDP, which is VERY well-suited for passive cooling, especially when the entire shell is made out of al...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?
Replies: 74
Views: 5701

Re: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?

hudson wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:02 am Off the subject: My 69 VW...3 quarts of 50 cents a can 10W30 every 3K miles and clean the screen...no filter.
LOL, I don't miss oil cans at all. :)
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID now set to be effective May 3 2023 UPDATE
Replies: 130
Views: 10063

Re: REAL ID now set to be effective May 3 2023

Real ID deadline postponed until May 3 2023 https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/news/2021/04/27/dhs-announces-extension-real-id-full-enforcement-deadline I changed the overall subject title too. This is awesome. It means that the Real ID-compliant DLs my wife insisted we all needed to have immediately upon...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to change automatic transmission fluid
Replies: 62
Views: 4431

Re: When to change automatic tramission fluid

2007 Toyota Highlander, 238k miles. I have never changed the ATF. Toyota literally locked the fluid location, so every time I asked about it they said it had to go to dealer. Eventually I got to the point where I didn’t want to “mess w it” and cause an issue. This doesn't seem right. I had a 2007 L...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sleep Headphones?
Replies: 23
Views: 1333

Re: Sleep Headphones?

I would definitely take a look at the Bose Sleep Buds II, which are explicitly designed to be worn while sleeping and help encourage good rest: https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/wellness/noise_masking_sleepbuds/noise-masking-sleepbuds-ii.html#v=noise_masking_sleepbuds_ii_white Do note that you can...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new laptop
Replies: 99
Views: 7894

Re: Buying a new laptop

Acer $500 https://slickdeals.net/f/14980886-acer-laptop-aspire-5-amd-ryzen-5-4500u-2-30-ghz-8-gb-ram-512-gb-ssd-15-6-for-499-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch Not using an Intel processor Asus $550 https://slickdeals.net/f/14978045-asus-zenbook-14-q407iq-br5n4-14-microcenter-549?v=1&src=SiteSearch Not ...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low sodium restaurant foods
Replies: 66
Views: 4354

Re: Low sodium restaurant foods

So there's the big picture and the small picture. From a big picture perspective, nearly all of your overall sodium reduction will come from limiting the number of times you go out to eat, and controlling salt in the food you prepare yourself. You've already said you're doing that. That leaves those...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?
Replies: 74
Views: 5701

Re: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?

always surprising how much focus there is on a standard oil change but not on servicing ones transmission where one does hear of failures far more frequently. I think that's in part because the relationship between lubrication and wear is fairly straightforward. But automatic transmissions are tant...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tool for precise 90 degree cut with utility knife blade?
Replies: 36
Views: 2735

Re: Tool for precise 90 degree cut with utility knife blade?

I would second the recommendation of a rotary cutter. It will run nicely along any straightedge you can provide, and you should be able to apply sufficient force to cut through the rubber.
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?
Replies: 74
Views: 5701

Re: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?

I would not go 20k miles. Unburnt fuel seeps into the oil. That makes it the dark color. I would follow your car guidelines and how the oil looks after 5,000 or 7,500 or 10k Excluding cases where it looks like another substance entirely, appearance is the single worst way to judge oil condition. My...
by lazydavid
Sat Apr 24, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?
Replies: 74
Views: 5701

Re: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?

I would be willing to try 15k, and send a sample off for analysis at that change. If the report comes back that there's plenty of life left, you can take the next change to 20k/1yr.
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1338

Re: Surge Protector Recommendation

What are you protecting? My high-dollar equipment either gets plugged into a UPS (mine are all APC, but there are other good brands also) or a Tripp Lite Isobar surge protector. For other things, your basic $6.99 whatever brand is just fine, IMO. No risk to have too many devices on a power strip, un...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

Thank you! So do I just Google "lease broker" to find one? The forums at leasehackr.com are the best place to start, IMO. Many of the higher-volume brokers post spreadsheets of deals they're able to negotiate with dealerships that they work with a lot. Some may be local to you, which is a...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

As an example, my parents are considering a new car lease. The "standard" lease terms (meaning without negotiation) for a vehicle with a $45k sticker is $3,995 due at signing and $439/mo. Total cost $19,799. If they decide to pull the trigger, they will be leasing a top trim model with ad...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen/bar towel maintenance?
Replies: 25
Views: 1851

Re: Kitchen/bar towel maintenance?

Two things we do that avoid the situation you experience: 1. Towels are used for drying clean surfaces only. Just like I wouldn't wash a dirty pot with a towel, I'm not going to wipe a dirty counter with it either. It gets a quick clean with a sponge (scrubby side if necessary), then the water is mo...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

What happens if 1 year into this three year lease you need a different vehicle or are driving a different amount of miles or your vehicle needs change really in any way? You do an early turn-in, trade the car, or sell it outright, and get hosed on the value, exactly like you would with a financed c...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

What happens if 1 year into this three year lease you need a different vehicle or are driving a different amount of miles or your vehicle needs change really in any way? You do an early turn-in, trade the car, or sell it outright, and get hosed on the value, exactly like you would with a financed c...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Out on 4Runner - Used Lexus GX?
Replies: 34
Views: 2978

Re: Out on 4Runner - Used Lexus GX?

Also consider the LX570, which is the GX's big brother and Lexus flagship. You can get a 2011-2013 in great condition for the mid-high $30k range. Mileage is immaterial. They (along with corporate cousin Toyota Land Cruiser) are literally the most reliable SUV ever made by anyone, with a designed se...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior
Replies: 38
Views: 1965

Re: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior

Fire Cube requires pressing a button on the remote for TV voice commands? If so, Echo/Alexa has a big advantage there. No, the stick does. That's why it's a major advantage for the cube, at least in my household. I don't have to care where the remote is, I can just tell Alexa to do my bidding. :) W...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Out on 4Runner - Used Lexus GX?
Replies: 34
Views: 2978

Re: Out on 4Runner - Used Lexus GX?

Comfortable ride, great off-road capability, bulletproof reliability and atrocious gas mileage. :)
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior
Replies: 38
Views: 1965

Re: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior

In our case, doesn't appear to be a strong case for the Fire Cube over a Fire Stick 4K and Echo/Alexa. Apparently they provide equal capability for voice interaction with the TV, and neither has a performance/connection advantage. The voice interaction feature set is similar, but the caveat with th...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior
Replies: 38
Views: 1965

Re: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior

lazydavid, thanks for your reply- Fire Cube is kind of a mystery to me. Does Fire Cube have any advantage over Fire Stick 4K with Echo/Alexa? Is one easier to use? Can Fire Cube do everything that Echo does? The basis for selecting one option over the other isn't clear. The main differences with th...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Nobody's ever regretted paying off the mortgage."
Replies: 492
Views: 35011

Re: "Nobody's ever regretted paying off the mortgage."

Every now and again I look at whether it makes sense to pay off our mortgage, and the answer is always no. Currently have about 10 years left on a 15-year note at 2.5%. The NPV of all my remaining interest payments is only about $700 more than the amount of capital gains taxes I'd have to pay in ord...
by lazydavid
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior
Replies: 38
Views: 1965

Re: Q's on Fire TV Stick/YouTube TV/Echo-Alexa for tech-phobic senior

As others have said, always buy the 4k models, as the performance is better. We elected to put Fire Cubes on all the main-room TVs, and Fire Sticks on the occasional-use TVs in bedrooms/office. Remotes are identical between them, so there's no adjustment needed. But the remote-free voice control and...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Basement Bathrooms w/Ejector Pumps work? (w/Sewers, not Septic)
Replies: 20
Views: 1342

Re: Do Basement Bathrooms w/Ejector Pumps work? (w/Sewers, not Septic)

Every home that I've ever lived in, save one (which was on a slab) has had an ejector pump for ALL of the sewage, not just what came from the basement. They work fine. As others have said, don't go cheap. I would recommend a cast iron unit, and Zoeller is my go-to brand. They last pretty much foreve...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle
Replies: 75
Views: 6186

Re: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle

Does the Rubicon 392 have the steel skid plate? I took a quick look at the Wrangler Brochure and didn't see a pic. All Wranglers come with the same (pretty thin) skid plates covering the entire gas tank, and part of the transfer case. All Rubicons come with rock rails standard. Here's a picture of ...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting Vinyl Siding
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: Painting Vinyl Siding

You would definitely want a specific paint like Flora suggested above. This application will require a TON of flex agent, which a traditional exterior paint wouldn't have.
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette?
Replies: 45
Views: 4296

Re: C8 Corvette?

Carguy85 wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:46 pm That dial shift selector is cute.
The dial is the mode selector (comfort, sport, track). The shifter is pushbutton, and to the left of the mode selector:

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by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

Can you custom order a car for a lease? Say I want a Blue Honda Accord, Touring trim, beige interior and the dealership is willing to sell it for under invoice. Will they not care if you're buying it or leasing it? Of course. The dealership is selling a car no matter what: If you pay cash, they are...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

Lease calculation is based on MSRP value. Cash buyer based on whichever negotiated out-of-door price (usually 10-20% less than MSRP?) This demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how leasing works. The lease calculation is partially based on MSRP, in that the residual value is a percentage o...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

The last car I bought was under invoice and from a dealership 800 miles away. Even with the plane ticket and cost driving it back, I still saved thousands over what any local dealership would sell the car to me. If I were handing back the keys, that would be another $4-600 in travel expenses to and...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever
Replies: 158
Views: 15633

Re: Why leasing a new car is always the best option even if you intend to keep it forever

Sounds like a good option if none of the original assumptions made going into the lease ever change. I think the major assumption that would have to change would be the residual value of a 3-year-old Honda. It would have to be both higher AND lower, so you couldn't take advantage of selling the car...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board
Replies: 282
Views: 21848

Re: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board

Leasing can also be tax disadvantaged in some states where you pay sales tax on the entire price of the vehicle rather than just the total lease payments. True. Leasing is often not advantageous for people living in Texas and North Dakota for this exact reason. But the other 91% are ok in this rega...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board
Replies: 282
Views: 21848

Re: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board

2021 Corolla. Excellent credit. $1,160 down. $299/month - 72 months. Toyota Payment Estimator - https://www.toyota.com/payment-estimator You can lease a new Corolla for about $150/mo with about $1800 down. At the end of the 3 years you own nothing. In the buy situation, you own the car outright aft...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2021 Wrangler Rubicon unlimited
Replies: 29
Views: 2234

Re: 2021 Wrangler Rubicon unlimited

I just read that Bronco article. That is unacceptable and the hill they went up is powder puff in my opinion. Wranglers use an ancient transfer case with a chain drive front engagement. When locked in, there's nothing but gears, a chain and oil. No fancy AWD stuff. I don't know what the Sahara uses...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette?
Replies: 45
Views: 4296

Re: C8 Corvette?

I've been lusting after and planning the purchase of one since it was announced. After all, the mid-engine Corvette has been a dream of mine since I had the poster of the "Corvette Indy" prototype on my wall as a kid. Plan has been to buy one in ~2 years when my 13.5 yo steals my current r...
by lazydavid
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair plasma television or get new TV?
Replies: 76
Views: 5664

Re: Repair plasma television or get new TV?

I realize this post is now 6 months old and OP has likely done whatever he/she was going to do. I was in a similar situation in January, with the exact same model (51PN8500) that just went black one day while we were using it. No power whatsoever. So I elected for both options. I immediately replace...