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by JDot
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what size grommet hole for monitor arm?
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: what size grommet hole for monitor arm?

I'm not well versed in this area and I know this isn't what you asked for. But this has worked wonderfully for me for my ultrawide 34 inch monitor.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015R ... UTF8&psc=1
by JDot
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer monitor
Replies: 40
Views: 2689

Re: Computer monitor

So I'm not extremely techy and haven't researched monitors for a few years. I'm a casual gamer and communicate with quite a few of the same. I could not recommend more an ultra wide monitor. 3440 x 1440. Say 34 inches. Soooo many advantages. Everyone who has one absolutely loves them. First, due to ...
by JDot
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 45
Views: 2568

Re: Where do you get your news?

NPR. You're welcome.
by JDot
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a home sauna?
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: Anyone have a home sauna?

I just want to say that I regularly follow some sources who are into the longevity subject. There's more and more research into the value of sauna and how it "activates heat shock proteins." I would love to have the ability to have my own sauna. Feel free to google something like: longevit...
by JDot
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a 1.3M house - worried about unexpected expenses
Replies: 93
Views: 6639

Re: Buying a 1.3M house - worried about unexpected expenses

Those telling you to walk away are trying to be helpful, but as I understand the Seattle market currently, no contingency offers are becoming fairly standard, and the alternative is that you probably won't be able to buy a house if you insist on an inspection - or at very least - will be unable to ...
by JDot
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Sports Car
Replies: 77
Views: 5819

Re: Used Sports Car

corvette most have low miles and are well taken care of. +1 Corvettes are the most reliable sports cars. (Reliability Score from Long Term Quality Index) https://i.imgur.com/ZeRufNm.png Err how many Toyota Celicas have I seen with over 200,000 miles running well? Quite a few. I don't know that coul...
by JDot
Wed May 22, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relocate to Charleston SC?
Replies: 57
Views: 6519

Re: Relocate to Charleston SC?

This post won't be that useful. But, I love Charleston, SC. The food is like the NYC of the south. Better than Seattle and California imo. Folly Beach is fantastic. The humidity is something that most west coast people won't believe, but I think you get used to it. Charleston, SC isn't the "sou...
by JDot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Monitor Set up
Replies: 52
Views: 3791

Re: Dual Monitor Set up

Whatever setup you choose, I recommend trying some blue-blocking monitor glasses. I currently use the Gamma Ray brand with no magnification (I have LASIK corrected vision): https://www.amazon.com/Protection-Computer-Readers-Glasses-Shatterproof/dp/B00BQ7KBV4 It's amazing how the glare and blue wave...
by JDot
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual Monitor Set up
Replies: 52
Views: 3791

Re: Dual Monitor Set up

Matching 24-27” IPS monitors would work the best if you really want dual monitors. With that much screen real estate, your viewing angle is not going to be straight on, so it’s worth it to spend money on a better quality monitor. At my last company they gave us the choice between dual 27”, or a sin...
by JDot
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need vacuum recomendations
Replies: 41
Views: 5435

Re: Need vacuum recomendations

Shark My credentials? We own a golden retriever and a toddler and have about 50/50 carpet and hardwood/tile. Nuff said? :) Got it from Lowe's I believe like 4 years ago and it's going strong. It has two easily removable/washable filters which we have never needed to replace. I think it was around $1...
by JDot
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah or Charleston?
Replies: 49
Views: 6084

Re: Savannah or Charleston?

We did honeymoon in both cities. If you have to choose one, definitely Charleston, SC.
by JDot
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I be paying $1300/yr. for under/uninsured motorist protection?
Replies: 99
Views: 10129

Re: Should I be paying $1300/yr. for under/uninsured motorist protection?

UM and UIM are important. As someone already said, this covers more than just medicals. ("med-pay" covers medicals and is optional; I don't carry this because I have health insurance) It's going to differ from state to state so I'm not necessarily advising you to do anything. I'd shop arou...
by JDot
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What car should I get
Replies: 35
Views: 3463

Re: What car should I get

CVTs have come a LONG way even in the last 5 or 10 years. I've driven a CVT in a Honda Insight from 2010 and it was bad. (although reliability is known to be fine) I drove a forester, 2015 model and 95% of drivers would not know the difference. Finally, and this is totally a guess, but I bet you mos...
by JDot
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 22273

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

When I said "base" I may have misspoke. I just meant in general the non premium models. For instance, when I had a 2009 legacy GT (turbo), a bearing came loose in the engine at around 4,000 miles. Engine replaced under warranty. They apparently switched suppliers of their bearings that ye...
by JDot
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I Retire at 38?
Replies: 118
Views: 15658

Re: Can I Retire at 38?

...and have two small children... Children learn a lot from the example set by their parents. Things like how parents deal with work issues, work schedules, and how parents go to work day after day. If you're not working (even if you have assets high enough to be financially independent) they may v...
by JDot
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 278
Views: 32026

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Looking forward to reading through this. For the price, I've been drinking Bulliet. Wish I could find something a little cheaper.
by JDot
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 22273

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

When I said "base" I may have misspoke. I just meant in general the non premium models. For instance, when I had a 2009 legacy GT (turbo), a bearing came loose in the engine at around 4,000 miles. Engine replaced under warranty. They apparently switched suppliers of their bearings that yea...
by JDot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 22273

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

Yikes. I haven't heard of that issue from any manufacturer...
by JDot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 143
Views: 22273

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

Some of you probably know I'm a subaru fan. My take- if you *really* need AWD, the subaru is significantly better than most other AWD systems. Subaru's eyesight is excellent. Might be the best, including luxury vehicles. In my experience, Subaru does a lot better w/ reliability with their more base ...
by JDot
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 8444

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

Talk to some other people where you work about their experience and to get tips. Buying a bike at a shop is a good idea, but consider buying a used bike with a warranty provided by the shop. A new bike becomes a used bike very quickly, anyway. unwarranted hostility towards cyclists I'm sure that yo...
by JDot
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 8444

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

Deleting my original post. But in summary, hostility towards bicyclists is never warranted in my opinion. There are plenty of bicyclists who do not follow the rules. But I've seen too often where a driver believes it's okay to try to punish a bicyclist (sometimes the bicyclist is "in the wrong&...
by JDot
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 8444

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

We use road bicyclists as examples to our children of how not to take risks in life. I tell them that I fully support them risking their life in search of an adrenaline fix and to challenge themselves. If they want to take up rock climbing, SCUBA diving or any other risky endeavor I will happily pa...
by JDot
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?
Replies: 61
Views: 10327

Re: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?

Burntout, if you're a woman and need shoes that are work-appropriate, try the Naot Kirei. I never found the "ideal" walking shoe, but I tried a ton of inserts including Superfeet. Orthoheel was the clear winner. The best solution to plantar fasciitis, though, turned out to be bodyweight f...
by JDot
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?
Replies: 61
Views: 10327

Re: Walking shoes for plantar faciatis?

I don't know your history, and I wont' be there to monitor you. But I suggest you at least consider doing some reading about people who have gotten better by going barefoot. The traditional response to PF treatment used to be to put people in special shoes which support the arch so that the PF is ne...
by JDot
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 58
Views: 8026

Re: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)

What kind of price range are you looking in? Trying for under $12,000. Realize I may not be able to make it. I just did a search in my (not so populated) area and used 500 miles on autotrader. I found 5 pages of volts under $14k. Many with only 40kish miles or less and many were certified pre-owned...
by JDot
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Need $100,000 in 20 years. Help!
Replies: 52
Views: 6995

Re: Need $100,000 in 20 years. Help!

And this is exactly why we will have a shortage of PTs for years to come. The salary won't substantially increase because reimbursement rates are what they are. Yet the push to a DPT has resulted in this kind of debt. I graduated from PT school with a Masters in 2005 and the program was what I'd con...
by JDot
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?
Replies: 30
Views: 10335

Re: Is there a way to send text messages on my computer?

Just wanted to say two things. First, check this link out for options. https://www.greenbot.com/article/210255 ... sktop.html

Second, I've heard rumors that google is close to releasing something similar to iMessage on Chrome. I'm interesting in that.
by JDot
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: used Prius (or Chevy Volt?)
Replies: 58
Views: 8026

Re: used Prius

I purchased a 2013 used one with certified pre-owned warranty about 6 months ago. 40k miles for around $16k. Plug in. Note that the used plug in ones cost about the same as a regular similarly equipped prius. Several reasons for this but I could not find a significant drawback. Anyways- in general t...
by JDot
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?
Replies: 35
Views: 5088

Re: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?

I have no idea what is financially optimal, but I'd be inclined to try to find one that is deeply discounted because the battery is at the end of its life, and plan to replace the battery right after purchase. Not to pick on this post (I mean it's logical) but it's not practical. I could not find a...
by JDot
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?
Replies: 35
Views: 5088

Re: Used Chevy Volt - Which year should I look at?

I was close to buying one. I literally couldn't find any significant concerns against. If memory serves, I was looking at 2012-2013 ones with 30-50k miles on them for like $15k. I ended up going with a plug in prius which was similarly priced only because I trusted Toyota more. But I literally could...
by JDot
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: jlcollinsnh - Stock Series
Replies: 26
Views: 6031

Re: jlcollinsnh - Stock Series

So I originally started learning about financial stuffs and investing here at this forum. I am forever grateful that this place exists. From this platform I found "early retirement" and "frugal life" type forums/bloggers. JL Collins is referenced a lot in the early retirement com...
by JDot
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: car thread- too much money?
Replies: 85
Views: 8419

Re: car thread- too much money?

My stomach turns from all of the bad advice here. With that said, 1) with your income you could be fine withing doing it and 2) I've purchased some plus $30K vehicles in the recent past. Those were bad decisions on my part. Americans spend most of their money on housing, transportation, and food. So...
by JDot
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for an ultra-simple note taking app (Android)?
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: Looking for an ultra-simple note taking app (Android)?

I suggest Google Keep. It syncs on all your devices. Very small footprint.
by JDot
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering Building Gaming PC - Good Builds/Price Points?
Replies: 34
Views: 3683

Re: Considering Building Gaming PC - Good Builds/Price Points?

I always recommend "Digital Storm" because I've been so pleased with them. Specifically their Vanquish line. http://www.digitalstorm.com/vanquish-7.asp I probably would NOT do this, but it's cool. And I trust the company enough to get it right. (computer and ultrawide monitor in 1) http://...
by JDot
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maui Jim Sunglasses (or similar quality)
Replies: 14
Views: 3869

Re: Maui Jim Sunglasses (or similar quality)

Where do you find the best prices on these? Thanks Actually Costco carries the non-prescription MJs at about $80 a pair. A few styles are sometimes at the eyeglass counter, but we've also seen setups in the store with many styles and lens colors. No idea where you'd try for prescription MJs at a di...
by JDot
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maui Jim Sunglasses (or similar quality)
Replies: 14
Views: 3869

Re: Maui Jim Sunglasses (or similar quality)

I think Maui Jim sunglasses are in a league of their own. I called them once and was immediately connected to a real person. A great number of sunglasses companies are owned by the same company, Luxottica. While you can luck up and find sales and discounts, etc. on glasses made by Luxottica, I have ...
by JDot
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 3756

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

I've never considered myself a fan of Kia. I still wouldn't buy one over a Toyota or Honda if the price was the same. However, we recently did a 10 day road trip in California and rented a car. They gave us a Kia Soul. Two adults and our toddler with a car seat. We were pleasantly surprised by the u...
by JDot
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lease New Car?
Replies: 38
Views: 6174

Re: Lease New Car?

leasing is okay depending on your circumstances. I just finished a lease. One expense many people may miss is that you will likely need to replace the tires at 30 to 40k miles and your lease will be up at 45k. So that's $600 to $1,000 most likely that you will not see much benefit from imo.
by JDot
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storage Recommendations for pictures
Replies: 22
Views: 1823

Re: Storage Recommendations for pictures

If you're not a professional photographer and/or shooting in RAW, google photos is all you need. Trust me, you will thank me. It will do so much with your photos and videos you will be amazed.
by JDot
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Converting to Safety Razors
Replies: 120
Views: 15413

Re: Converting to Safety Razors

+1, safety razors are a huge money saver and much better shave than proprietary cartridges. Simple and classic. Very much a Boglehead approach to shaving, IMO. You do need a light touch, though. The better shave I can believe, but since somebody upthread said they buy a $25 pack of safety blades ab...
by JDot
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

Also, if you're not going to build your own, I suggest Digital Storm. They are a smaller company in CA. Sure, you can find better deals spec wise. But from what I've read (and my experience), Digital Storm will NOT skimp on parts or the labor. For instance, they don't just throw in a "referenc...
by JDot
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

Also, if you're not going to build your own, I suggest Digital Storm. They are a smaller company in CA. Sure, you can find better deals spec wise. But from what I've read (and my experience), Digital Storm will NOT skimp on parts or the labor. For instance, they don't just throw in a "reference...
by JDot
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

It's G-sync for Nvidia and free sync for AMD. It basically locks the frame rate of the monitor to the frame rate your GPU is able to put out so they talk nicely and therefore you don't get the screen tearing. It replaces V-sync if I understand it correctly. (I think v-sync is a software/setting in g...
by JDot
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

I don't have time to do a detailed post. But you should REALLY consider ultra wide, specifically 3440x1440. I could write paragraphs trying to convince you, but I won't. Ultra wide is great if you're going to be using the pc to do work or just like having lots of real estate. It eliminates the need...
by JDot
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!
Replies: 30
Views: 2700

Re: PC diehard gamers - sell me on 1080p, 2k, or 4k!

I don't have time to do a detailed post. But you should REALLY consider ultra wide, specifically 3440x1440. I could write paragraphs trying to convince you, but I won't. Ultra wide is great if you're going to be using the pc to do work or just like having lots of real estate. It eliminates the need ...
by JDot
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Rolex and The Boglehead
Replies: 273
Views: 19223

Re: The Rolex and The Boglehead

Not sure if something similar has been mentioned. But there are other options to consider than rolex vs. timex/casio, etc. For instance, I have a used Seiko Orange Monster I paid less than $200 for. Actually, i don't even remember. I need to adjust it by a minute or so every 2 or 3 days. Love it tho...
by JDot
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a 2017 Mazda 3 new for $15k?
Replies: 25
Views: 4759

Re: Buying a 2017 Mazda 3 new for $15k?

So as a somewhat reformed "car guy", I've decided to buy a used prius in Oct. when my current lease is up. You've got me thinking though. Really... $15k for a new 2017 mazda 3 hatch? Maybe I should look at these.
by JDot
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k and IRA (including ROTH)- protection from lawsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 628

401k and IRA (including ROTH)- protection from lawsuit

I know this has been discussed here previously... but I was hoping someone could either succinctly answer the above question or link me to the same. I think the question is evident but basically: What protections, if any, does a 401k and an IRA have if one is sued and loses a lawsuit (personal injur...
by JDot
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a single speed commuter bike, less than $400?
Replies: 24
Views: 3306

Re: Looking for a single speed commuter bike, less than $400?

Little known brand- but Fortified. And there's a discount code I have for 20% off. I ordered their 8 speed a few weeks ago and have been pleased. I used to cycle for performance/speed. Now I commute. PM me if after you check them out you're interested for code and I'll dig it up. I think it's still ...
by JDot
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2014 Prius C
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: 2014 Prius C

For what it's worth, I have considered this car. Short story is that my lease is up in Oct. Sometime around that time I'll be purchasing a 2012ish regular prius. You can find toyota certified ones with around 50,000 miles listed for around $13k. With certified used prius(es?) available at this price...